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It's hard to find low dose melatonin, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover this product. This product is marketed for children, but it's really just 1mg of melatonin in a chewable formula. I'm delighted that I can take a 1mg dose of melatonin and not have to try and break up a powdery pill. I'm not really keen on the grape flavor, so if this company would develop a swallowable, rather than chewable version I'd be delighted. For those looking for low-dose melatonin, here it is....Read more
This popcorn basically gave me what I expect from microwave popcorn. The kernels popped fully and evenly in the bag, and I didn't have any problems with burning. The flavor was standard microwave popcorn with butter. I'm not sure I would really consider this "healthy" (smart balance or not) but it's pretty decent microwave popcorn....Read more
I enjoy intense historical fiction and family sagas with deep secrets, and that's how I'd best describe this book. The book has a riveting narrative. A family of few means whose members suffer from mental illnesses and disabilities try to survive in mid-20th century North Carolina, where the state can and will forcefully sterilize those it deems 'unfit' for reproduction. Well-meaning young social worker Jane Mackie tries to make sure the family gets the services it so desperately needs, but discovers in work that sterilization is part of the program of public 'welfare.' This is a fascinating and compelling book about a shameful historical issue that receives little attention. This was a book I couldn't put down....Read more
I love this series. I have never been disappointed by any of Finch's Charles Lenox books, and that remains the case with this new installment. As always, Lenox is his charming self, and the historical details are vivid. Finch paints a compelling portrait of Victorian London, with all of its strict class divisions. There's a hefty dose of politics in this narrative, though it is perhaps more interesting than one might expect. Finch becomes involved in a case where the queen's own safety is at risk. Those who have enjoyed the others in this series will likely enjoy this one too. I look forward to the next....Read more
I appreciate Dixie trying to solve some of the problems people have with reusable containers- mainly, losing track of lids so that you no longer have pieces that fit together. Still, I'm not sure this is the way to do it. The attached lids on these containers make them take up much more room in cupboard storage and in the dishwasher. I also found the plastic to be flimsier than on comparable products. This is not a bad product, but be aware of the above issues before buying....Read more
Soapmaker Andi Clark finds herself caught in the middle of a mystery when a customer dies from an allergic reaction to one of Andi's scrubs. The deceased was allergic to strawberries, and somehow strawberry seeds wound up in the scrub. Like many of the main characters in cozy mysteries, Andi is supposed to be something of a lovable disaster, and she sets about trying to solve the mystery. All in all the mystery was not in and of itself terrible. Certain elements of the story were unbelievable or unwelcome. The complete lack of suspicion about the scrub, and the complete unwillingness of the police to believe that finding strawberry seeds in there was anything more than an accident seemed odd. Throughout the story Andi is suffering from a reluctance to commit to her long-term boyfriend. Again, this is a fairly common trope in cozy mysteries, and one that I find to be completely over-used. Sometime, somewhere, someone thought it would be fresh and innovative to have the woman have commitment issues. It's not fresh and innovative anymore. Not at all. It's just annoying. Finally, this book was laced with religious elements that added nothing to the story or the characters. Final analysis? Okay, could be better....Read more
According to the description, this is a 49-page story. Beware that it is not. It's actually more like a 20 page story with a bunch of advertising material tacked on the end. I was in the 40% range on my Kindle when the story ended. I found that really annoying. As for the story itself, it is okay, but not spectacular. I've found that the full-length novels in this series are better than the stories, and that was certainly true here. While the novels are all mysteries, the stories are not. This one revolves around a pun of sorts, and I felt like it ended rather abruptly....Read more
Barbara Pym has the ability to make life's small tragedies poignant. She does this while preserving the comedy in quotidian situations. The "excellent women" referenced in the title are the sort of spinsters found in every mid-20th century English parish, expected to gladly do the unwanted work of the parish, and to fill the role of the saintly single woman. They are sans commitments, and sans desires, at least that is the expectation. Mildred Lathbury is one of those excellent women. Through her church activities she becomes fond of the vicar, very fond indeed. As we enter Pym's comedy of manners Mildred's feelings deepen.
Pym is regularly described as a master of comedy, and indeed she is. There are many comedic elements in this story, and her characterizations are brilliant. It would be wrong, though, not to recognize that this comedy is paired with tragedy. I found the ending of the book to be deeply tragic.
So, I tried this stuff when I had a minor headache, and the good news is, it did get rid of my headache. It also didn't taste as terrible as I was expecting, but that doesn't mean it tasted good. If I'm already not feeling all that great because I have a headache, I don't necessarily want to swallow something that tastes like cherry cough syrup. I guess I just don't get the point. A bottle of liquid is inconvenient, tastes gross, is expensive, and no more effective than taking a couple of pills. Why would I want to mess with this?...Read more