Sunday, December 9, 2018

Absolutely Everything! by Christopher Lloyd Book Giveaway & Trailer



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SYNOPSIS

How was our universe made from a tiny speck of energy? Where did the first trees, plants, animals and humans come from? What happened to the dinosaurs? What was so miserable about medieval times? How were railroads and electricity invented? What are the perils of global warming? You might have many big questions about our planet, life and people. Embark on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents with this captivating book by Christopher Lloyd, author of the bestselling What on Earth Happened. Discover everything from the creation of planet earth and the rise of animals, to globalization, wars and global warming.  

Absolutely Everything! A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention. Join Christopher Lloyd on a thrilling ride through the history of the world in a book perfect for anyone aged 9 -99. 

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Praise for ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

“A riveting mosaic of exciting true stories. . . I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!" ―Deborah Heiligman, author of Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

"Condensing the history of the world into one book is a daunting task, but Lloyd tackles the challenge with finesse. In addition to bountiful photographs and illustrations, Lloyd’s recognition of patterns throughout history and direct questions to readers make this book absolutely enjoyable." ―Booklist Starred Review

“From the Big Bang to yesterday’s breakfast, this BOOK OF FUN AND DISCOVERY makes sense of it ALL." ―Martin Brown, Horrible Histories

“ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! I wish they’d had books like this when I was young…" ―Anthony Horowitz, author of Alex Rider

“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING... Children will love it – and adults too!“ ―Jacqueline Wilson, author of Tracey Beaker

“Just gobbling up more of Absolutely Everything! What a FABULOUSLY ENGAGING READ. Nonfiction that rolls along like an adventure novel. Love it!“ ―Nicola Davies, zoologist and author of King of the Sky  



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best selling history of the world, called What on Earth Happened? (Bloomsbury 2008) is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house What on Earth Publishing in Spring 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now in great demand as a lecturer and storyteller in schools, museums and at literary festivals throughout the UK and abroad. He divides his time between lecturing and writing

Andy Forshaw - Illustrator
Andy graduated in graphic design with illustration from Central St Martins College in London. He has worked on all What on Earth? books and rose to the extraordinary challenge of drawing and colouring more than 1,000 original illustrations in less than 3 months for the What on Earth? Wallbook – between March and June 2010.

PHOTO CREDIT: RUSSELL EMM



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GIVEAWAY

5 Winners will receive a copy of Absolutely Everything by Christopher Lloyd. 

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- Giveaway is open to international. 

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The Circus Thief by Alane Adams Book Review and Giveaway

SYNOPSIS

The circus is in town, and Georgie has his heart set on going. When Papa agrees to take him and his friend Harley, the boys marvel at the amazing elephants and clowns. But the best act of all is the amazing Roxie, a trained horse who can do all sorts of tricks. When Georgie is invited to ride on her back, he discovers it’s her last show―Roxie is going to be sent to the work farm! When Roxie bolts with Georgie on her back, Papa must come to his rescue. 

The Circus Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.  


My Book Review
Alane Adams's The Cirus Thief is a really good story for kids. It illustrates an adventure, a lesson and life. Amazing book for bedtime story and for kids learning how to read. The illustrations are well thought out. Every page is full of color and imagination. It reminds me a lot of the Greatest Showman movie. I would recommend getting this book. 

“The circus is bursting with amazing sights and sounds, from clowns and elephants to a lady with a beard, in The Circus Thief, a delightfully nostalgic tale of compassion, kindness, and generosity.” ―Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Bright, brave characters star in this exhilarating tale of magic and mystical creatures.” ―Kirkus Reviews


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.  

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1 Winner will receive an Exclusive The Circus Thief by Alane Adams Gift Box. 

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About the Book
Age Range 4-8 years
Grade Level: Preschool-2
Hardcover 32 pages
Publisher: SparkPress (November 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 194300675X
ISBN-13: 978-1943006755

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Overzealous Use of the CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guideline is Harming Pain Patients Article

Congratulations to Kate Nicholson, Dianne Hoffmann and Dr Chad Kollas on an excellent summary of the many horrid impacts of the 2016 CDC guidelines. As “weaponized” by State and Federal legislators in restrictive regulations and laws, these guidelines are directly responsible for hundreds of deaths due to doctor desertion, patient medical collapse and suicide. 
Three key but scientifically unsupported assumptions of the Guidelines writers are now known to be wrong. And the omission of an entire field of medical literature renders moot, the CDC one-size-fits-all dose criterion for safety review. Contrary to the guidelines, we now know:
(1) Managed medical exposure to opioid therapy is rarely associated with substance abuse in pain patients. Published CDC data reveal no cause-and-effect relationship between rates of physician prescriptions of opioids, versus rates of overdose-related mortality. NONE. The idea that over-prescribing caused our US opioid “crisis” is an urban myth invented out of thin air by CDC and DEA policy makers who didn’t do their homework. The published demographics of addiction and chronic pain also contradict this urban myth. Chronic pain patients are almost never abusers, even if they are dependent on opioids for pain management.
(2) Ample data also establish that medically managed opioid therapy is safe and effective for millions of pain patients for long periods. Though there are few long-term double-blind trials due to drop-outs of patients randomized to placebo, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services acknowledge that ~1.6 million patients (plus possibly similar numbers under private insurance) have been maintained on doses exceeding the 90 morphine milligram equivalent daily dose safety threshold of the Guidelines, often for periods of several years. CDC has demonstrated no elevated mortality statistics among these patients.
(3) Publication of a massive systematic outcomes review in June 2018 by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reveals that there are no proven-safe alternative treatments that may be substituted for analgesic or anti-inflammatory therapy. No trials for non-invasive, non-pharmacological therapies have progressed beyond small scale Phase I trials as additions (adjuncts) to usual therapy. The state of precision in the nearly 5,000 published trials reports is so abysmal that only 218 survived a careful quality review. These therapies may have a role as additions to medical therapy, but not as replacements. And they are most certainly not “preferable.”
(4) The CDC Guideline writers ignored a well-established literature on the metabolism of opioids in the human liver. Due to natural genetic variations in the expression of six liver enzymes, some people are poor metabolizers and others “hyper” metabolizers for up to 90% of all medications. As confirmed by recent AMA resolutions, the high natural variability in minimum therapeutic dose levels between patients makes any effort to standardize dose levels or duration completely inappropriate on the part of legislators or regulators. 
The only ethical response to this policy debacle must be immediate withdrawal of the fatally flawed CDC document to correct its many biases, errors, distortions and omissions. State regulations and laws based on the document must also be repealed. The DEA must also be put on notice that in the absence of patient complaints or a pattern of hospital admissions or fatalities, it is grossly inappropriate to investigate individual doctors solely on the basis of the volume of medications that they prescribe. By contrast, it is essential that disproportionate patterns of opioid shipments to rural zip codes by major corporate distributors be investigated to detect the few remaining pill mills.
The public policy environment surrounding pain treatment is about to change in major ways. And it is time for our legislators to participate. Direct the CDC to withdraw the guidelines. And DO IT NOW!

My thoughts:
This article is so true. Someone like myself who has been on opioids and a combination of other drugs have allowed me to have a life without them I was stuck in my bed with no light or noise. I couldn't get up to go to the bathroom without screaming in pain.  Opioids have given me my life back. Every day I have to worry if my pain doctor won't be able to write for my opioids.  My family knows if I go back to the pain I was in I will end my life no question. We don't make our animals suffer so why should we do that to humans who aren't going to get better they are only going to get worse. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Chrons don't get better it gets worse as you age so not having a treatment is cruel. It time we fight for chronic pain patients and not make their life any harder. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Match Made at Christmas by Patty Blount Excerpt and Giveaway






SYNOPSIS

This book was formerly entitled Goodness and Light

Thirteen years ago, two teens met on the ramp to Ground Zero, on a cold and snowy day, strangers bonding in a moment of grief. The boy pressed a crystal snowflake ornament into the girl’s hand and disappeared into the crowd, unaware that his simple act of kindness saved her from the guilt that threatened to consume her.

Since losing her mom, Elena Larsen hasn’t set foot in New York City -- until now. Agreeing to help her sister prepare for her baby’s birth seems like a good way to spend Christmas and Elena vows not to let the monstrous guilt that weighs on her heart ruin everything. But those plans go awry when she meets Lucas Adair, a man whose own grief and guilt just might rival her own.

When Elena discovers Lucas is the boy who gave her that crystal snowflake all those years ago, she can’t accept it as the sign Lucas believes it to be. For her, it means only one thing --- even beyond the grave, her mother can never forgive Elena for breaking her heart.

For Lucas, New York is hallowed ground that he can never leave. He spends his days working in the Financial District and his evenings volunteering and it’s almost enough to help him forget what he did. Lucas knows better than to make plans with a woman who will soon be leaving, yet can’t help himself. There’s something about Elena that pulls him in. He doesn’t put much faith in signs but even he starts to believe Elena is his absolution. Now, he only has to convince her.  


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A MATCH MADE AT CHRISTMAS BY PATTY BLOUNT -  EXCERPT

"Where do we start? Where do city people buy Christmas trees?" She put her hands on her hips and looked up and down the street.
When Elena Larsen wasn't being deliberately aggravating, Lucas decided she was sweet. And beautiful. He looked at her with a wry smile. "You act like you haven't —" And his laughter faded when the truth struck him between the eyes. "How long has it been, Elena?"
Her face went flat and the light left her eyes. "I haven't done Christmas since my mother was killed. I avoid the city, the holidays. My friends. Kara came back here for school but—" She held out her arms. "This city...for me, it's death and, and destruction and hate and—" She broke off, shook her head and lifted a shoulder. "They don't understand. Our friends are mad at me, she's mad at me —"
"I get it." He stopped her with a touch to her cheek. He sucked in a deep breath and got ready to step onto shaky ground. "Pain, grief — they're isolating things, you know? They're so huge, they eclipse everything and make you think nobody else feels what you feel, but that's wrong. Everybody does, Elena. Everybody. When I figured that out, when I finally talked about it, things—"
"Got better?" she asked with a roll of her eyes and Lucas understood she'd heard this before.
For a long moment, he considered lying and finally shook his head. "No. Not better. Just less huge, you know?" When she looked at him sideways, he shrugged. "Honey, it's like a club that should never have members but it does and membership means there's a certain amount of...of common ground." He finished with a wave toward the Freedom Tower.
She let out a long sigh. "I'm trying. I really am."
He put down the shopping bag and took her in his arms. "Elena, I know you are. I think it's incredible — you're incredible — that you're here now and trying to do things for Kara."
To his surprise, her arms circled him and she put her head on his shoulder. "For all the good that's doing," she murmured into his jacket. "I hate that I made her cry."
Lucas held her a moment longer, the old familiar fury straining the leash he'd kept it on for the last decade. He pushed it away and tried to focus on her, instead. There was something about her...something almost familiar in a way. She smelled like vanilla and he thought of the Christmas cookies she'd yet to bake. She felt warm and comfortable in his arms. His arms tightened around her because he wanted to make her laugh, make her feel safe. He wanted that like he wanted his next breath.
Al would insist it was a sign, he concluded. But then again, she wasn't staying. She'd been clear on that. So what kind of cosmic practical joke would point him toward a woman who would leave as soon as they got comfortable around each other?
So you have to work at something for once.
He went still. He could swear the voice in his head was his mother's. Every muscle in his body tensed and he brushed it aside. Instead, he made a decision. Made a wish
When she was all entranced by the magic of Christmas trees newly decorated, he'd invite her to shop with him to put presents under it. He'd make her his famous hot cocoa. He'd show her Radio City and Rockefeller Center. He'd take her through Central Park in a carriage. He'd prove to her that New York was still New York — even with its scars.
She nodded. "Okay."
He swept her hair behind her ear, cradled her face. "I think you're beautiful and incredibly loyal to brave a city you're so damn afraid of just so you could be here for your sister." Her tongue darted out to lick her lips and Lucas didn't think — couldn't think anymore. He leaned in, drew her closer, his fingers sifting through the soft silkspun hair, his mouth just a breath from hers. Copyright © 2018 by Patty Blount


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patty Blount grew up quiet and a bit invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice in books. Today, she writes smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. She’s the award-winning author of edgy, realistic, gut-wrenching contemporary and young adult romance. Still a bit introverted, she gets lost often, eats way too much chocolate, and tends to develop mad, passionate crushes on fictional characters. Let’s be real; Patty’s not nearly as cool as her characters, but she is a solid supporter of women’s rights and loves delivering school presentations.

Patty is best known for her internet issues novels, including SOME BOYS, a 2015 CLMP Firecracker winner and SEND, a 2012 Junior Library Guild Fall Pick. Visit her website at pattyblount.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. She blogs at YA Outside the Lines and is also active online. She loves hearing from readers, especially when they tell her she’s cool (even though she knows it’s not true), and is easily bribed with chocolate. Never underestimate the power of chocolate.

PHOTO CREDIT: DAN DEMERIAD 
  



GIVEAWAY

1 Winner will receive a Signed Copy of NOBODY SAID I'D BE EASY (+Swags) by Patty Blount.

- Must be 13+ to enter. 
- Open to International. 

** ENDS: DECEMBER 27, 2018*** 





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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Christmas Presents from the Past

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. As a child Christmas is even more fun. I remember not being able to sleep because I was trying to hear Santa Clause. Never did hear him. I finally figured out Santa wasn't real when my mom started getting lazy and wrapped the gifts from my parents with the same wrapping paper from Santa.

A couple of my friends were talkiing about the toys we wanted as a kid.

Here are some fun toys of my childhood.


DREAM PHONE GAME

One of 24 incredible boys really likes you. Now you just have to find out who by calling his friends for clues!
Play a boy's photo card and call his number on the electronic touch-tone phone! Listen to a clue about your secret admirer's clothes, sports, foods, or special hangouts. Then search the gameboard to identify who he is and who he isn't.
Calls are private unless someone plays a Speakerphone card - then everyone hears that clue! If it's a Share a Secret card, just you and one friend listen together!
To guess who your secret admirer is, make a special call to that boy. If you hear him say, "You're right! I really like you!", you win the game!
The game changes every time you play. Boys give different clues and the secret admirer changes too!


DREAM PHONE COMMERCIAL



GIRL TALK GAME

This game was first sold in 1988. This is basically a turth or dare game. I will never forget playing this with my friends during sleepovers.  Now I look at this game differently because this game plays on insecurities. You are punished when you didn't do the dare or the truth by putting a zit sticker on your face.  It basically saying to make fun of people who have acne. However, it is just a game. 


GIRL TALK COMMERCIAL


GUESS WHO? GAME
This is one of my favorite games. Sadly, I don't have this game anymore.  I still think as an adult it is a fun game.  It sort of like the game Battleship. 


GUESS WHO? GAME COMMERCIAL


SIMON SAYS GAME
Simon is a memory skill electronic game.  I played for hours because I wanted to keep pushing myself because each time you get the pattern correct it gets harder and harder. If you have dementia I would not suggest this game. 



SIMON SAYS GAME COMMERCIAL


TITANIC BOARD GAME

Titanic game became extremely popular when Titanic with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet came out in the movie theater. I still have my game. It is a fun game to play with people. 




SKIP IT GAME
When I was in elementary school I remember our school have a bunch of these to check out for recess.  You put this on your ankle and it spun around in a 360 degree rotation while you continusouly skipped. It counts the number of skips so we always had skipping competitions. 

SKIP IT GAME COMMERCIAL


POGS 
How to play POGs, you need a slammer. A slammer is a plastic or metal POG. 
Each player creates a stack of their POGs, with the image side face-up. The first player throws the slammer at their opponent's stack of POGS< with the goal of sending them flying. The ones taht land face-up go that player, and the rest goes back in the stack. Then the next player goes. At the end of the game, whoever has the most POGs wins. If you're playing for keeps, that may mean that the loser goes home empty. 
POG craze actually began in Hawaii, where a teacher had children play the game using cardboard milk bottle caps because it was a fun way to help with math.  POG stands for passion fruit, orange and guava, and was originally the brand of Hawaiian tropical drink.  

I never played the game I just traded with people and collected them. I still have all my POGs. I would love to see this come back. 


POG GAME COMMERCIAL



NINTENDO GAMING SYSTEM
Who doesn't remember Nitendo gaming system? My favorite games were Super Mario Brothers and Super Mario Racing game. I still own it and all my games I had. 


GAME BOY
I was so excited to get this for Christmas because now I could play all my favorite games I played using the Nitendo Game System but in a system I can take anywhere. 




TALKING NANO BABY
It first came out around 1997. It took me a year to get one of these because they were so popular. People were buying them for $500. My parents couldn't afford to do that so I had to be patient. My frist one was a Tamagotchi dinasour one until I could get the Nano Baby and Talking Nano Baby or Cat. Later I also got a Sabrina the Teenage Witch Salem Giga Pet. 
These taught kids responsibility. You had to make sure they were fed, played with and teaching it right or wrong. Parents who don't want pets these are the best toys ever. 
I remember schools started to not let us bring them to class because they were a distraction and they went off all the time. It was okay when they first came out because not many kids had them, but once they were able to get them pretty much everyone in my classes had one or more. 
I still have all of mine. 





FURBY 

In 1998 they took the technology of pocket pets into a bigger creepy pet. The classic Furby can with one another via an ingrared port located between their eyes. They first speak entirely "Furbish", a language with short words, simple syllables, and various other sounds. They will speak less and less Furbish and more and more English as they "grow". 
I got one for my birthday in 6th grade.  2 years later I got a baby Furby. 

Here is a creepy story. My first Furby started to wake up in the middle of the night and not shut up so I took out the batteries. Well, the Furby kept going off without batteries. I still have my Furbys but they are in my attic. 




DEAR DIARY
Dear Diary is basically a journal, planner, calculator, contact information.  Sadly, I didn't keep this because I would have loved to read what I wrote in it.


EASY BAKE OVEN

My mom had an Easy Bake Oven as a kid so she bought me one too. It was a lot of fun, but I now look at it as a waste of money because the baking mixes cost alot for what it makes and they don't have gluten-free options. 



BARBIE 



SPICE GIRL DOLLS

Spice Girls rule!! I had Ginger and Baby Spice dolls 





 AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS

I will never forget Christmas morning opening up a American Girl Doll.  I remember telling my mom I really wanted Felicity or Samantha.  Sadly Samantha is retired and at this time you can't get them unless you go onto eBay. I still have mine and in its orginal box and clothing.  My mom always made sure I took good care of my toys. 






 BEANIE BABIES

 Beanie Babies mania was insane. People were beating each other up to get certain Beanie Babies especially the bears. I had a friend who spent $300 on the Princes Diana bear.  Sadly, a lot of them are only worth $1.00-$10.00.




PILLOW PEOPLE
The Pillow People were plush, square-headed dolls released in 1986.  They had stuffed arms, stuffed legs, and had names like Mr. Sandman, Pillow Fighter, Punky Pillow, Mr. Thunderclap, Sweet Dreams, Rock-a-bye Baby, and Big Footsteps.



MY LITTLE PONY

My LIttle Pony launched in 1982 and ran till 1992 and to 1995 globally.  There were 150 million pnies sold in the 1980s. In 1997 it had a rival, but sadly they proved to be unpopular and was discontinuted in 1999. In 2003, the brand had a popular rivial which closely resembeled the original toy line. 



POLLY POCKETS

Polly Pockets hit the stores in 1989. They were plastic cases that opened to form a dollhouse with doll figurines were less than an inch tall.  I had a lot of them.  Now Polly Pockets are a lot bigger. Do kids today eat them because I don't remember the tiny size to be a problem?  




This was a few of my favorite toys I loved when I was child. What was your favorite toy(s) as a child?  





Absolutely Everything! by Christopher Lloyd Book Giveaway & Trailer

SYNOPSIS How was our universe made from a tiny speck of energy? Where did the first trees, plants, animals and humans c...