Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Bird a Novel by Kim E. Wilson Book Review




ABOUT THE BOOK 

Ellen Williams journeys to a place she’s never been, hoping to find answers. Why did a deceased stranger leave her a multi-million dollar estate? She has inherited the Caldwell Estate, a Georgia property so breathtakingly beautiful that a gift of this magnitude is beyond her understanding. This fortuitous event has come at a time when Ellen is struggling with her own direction in life; getting out of Louisville for a while is just what she needs. Mrs. Caldwell was a mystery to many who knew her. With each step closer to untangling the mystery, painful childhood memories begin to emerge of her sister Jenny, a horrifying night in the past, and of Bird. Finding the truth has a price. Buy Bird now to solve the mystery. Do you really want to know the truth?



BOOK REVIEW



Readers are taken into Ellen Williams's, a mother and wife, investigation into receiving an estate from a stranger, Del, who has a family of her own. As the investigation goes on we are taken back to her childhood memories, in 1963 that pertain to the investigation.  Ellen has gone through a lot in her childhood in the 1960s. Her mother kept lots of secrets from her. 

The book contains some hard topics such as suicide, death, rape and domestic abuse. 
The characters are relatable and are easy to picture. I love the layout of the book. Every other chapter takes you back to her childhood memories in 1968. The flow of the book is well done. "Bird" is a page-turner. I couldn't wait to figure out why she was given an estate from a stranger. There are many twists and turns and surprises. I highly recommend reading "Birds"!! 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Kim Wilson originally is from Champaign, Illinois. Kim moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1967 and never left. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Exceptional Child Education, specifically Learning Disability from the University of Louisville. She spent a career of twenty-seven years as a middle school teacher and an administrator in Jefferson County Public Schools. Kim has been a business owner and is a huge supporter of the arts. She has served as Chairperson to the Advisory Council for The Governor’s School for the Arts, a community arts program supported by The Kentucky Center for the Arts. She is married to her husband of over 40 years, has two adult children, and two grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, walking her retriever, playing the piano, traveling, and, of course, writing.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Wars For Humanity - The Wrath of Black Scar by A. R. Lerwill Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK

War for Humanity’ is a coming-of-age story set in the future after an apocalypse, where a rival species has risen to claim superiority, and a young human warrior named Aldber is caught in the midst of the climactic war. The conflict will challenge his beliefs and identity, the consequences of which will decide the fate of the world forever.

Although set in a post-apocalyptic world, all of the topics discussed relate to our current times: racism, religion, inequality, privilege, climate change, feminism, homophobia, toxic masculinity, mental health, the impact of technology, disability discrimination, the advent of artificial intelligence. It is also injected with politics, philosophy, spirituality, and personal experiences to make it treatment on the human condition.



MY BOOK REVIEW

I am still wondering what I just read. It was a fun adventure.  It sort of reminded  me of Hungar Games and Lord of the Rings. The reader is taken into Aldber's journey around the passage of the west land to the Oakloch Mountain. He is training to be a fearsome warrior. Hecta is one of his trainers. Aldber starts his mission to find Black Scar who supposedly kill his mother causing him to become an orphan until Grand Master Vivid by a Centauri took him in. According to Grand Master Vivid, Hollow Moon abandoned his own kind in order to save Aldber because of the prophecy. She has been on the run for years from Black Scar, or at least that is what he was told.

Through the book, Alber's is introduced to different groups allowing him to develop and understanding others. As he is investigating he finds out he was missing alot of information. He learned things didn't happen like he was told and taught. Now he wants to find him to get more questions answered. Does he want to find Black Scar to do his revenge? Or does he find him and kill him? Or does he find him? You have to read it to find out.

"War for Humanity" I found at times hard to follow. It took me a little bit to see Aldber's world he lives in. There were a lot of characters. It was a page turner because I wanted to see if he get to meet Black Scar.  "War for Humanity"'s topics in the book is trust, manipulation, respect and family. We learn about new species such as the Centauri who are looked at as mean beasts.
Even though at times it was hard to follow it was still a page-turner. Throughout the book, there were so many powerful quotes. Here are some quotes:

"You must lose to succeed"
"I am strong because I have been weak. I am fearless because I have been afraid. I am wise because I have been foolish."
"We are living in a very uncertain times. Generations of hardships have led us to this moment where nothing can be reversed. This war is about to escalate beyond unprecedented at live is," said Master Grand Vivid.

These quotes are powerful because they resonate with whats happening in our world as we speak.

I would recommend checking out "War for Humanity -- The Wrath of Black Scar" I cant wait to read more of his books.
A.R. Lerwell has a great imagination. The story has so many twists. 

Information on the Book:

https://www.instagram.com/warforhumanity/
Website: https://www.arlerwill.com/
https://www.facebook.com/warforhumanityofficial


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The creative journey started many years ago when as a boy my uncle took me to the cinema to see the special edition version of "Star Wars: A New Hope." It was a mind-blowing experience, which left an everlasting impression; it sent my imagination into overdrive.
At the time, my uncle also gifted me with a replica revolver, which I then used to play action-adventure games. This is when the first ideas for my story came to fruition.
Over time, I started to write down plot ideas, I developed the characters, and gradually created the world in which it all inhabits.
The process has been both an exhilarating and challenging experience, and I hope that you will all enjoy reading it as much as I have loved creating it for you.
War for Humanity is more than just a story -- it is part of the global conversation and I hope you can become part of it.
The fight for survival is not our only destiny. -- A.R. Lerwill

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Grand Rapids Is A Great City - Riots turn to Art

All of the businesses that were boarded up from the riots and looting have turned to beauty. A bunch of people turned to Art to get their message and feelings out. Art is powerful. These are beautiful. if you don't feel something from these then keep looking at them because these are powerful pieces. Black Lives do Matter. 

My prayers go out to all families who have been wronged by the police. 
Rest in Peace George Floyd

This is a tough time. If you are struggling with emotions and thoughts don't hesitate to call or text the suicide hotline to talk to someone. 



Here are some of the photos I felt a lot of emotions from:












Grand Rapids Black Lives Matter Peaceful Turns To Riot


I was having a hard time deciding to post this or not, but I thought I should.

On Saturday, May 29 at 6:00 pm a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest started in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Around 8:00 pm it quickly turned from peaceful to a violent riot and looting. It wasn't just African Americans who were involved in the riot, it had all colors involved. These people damaged over 100 businesses downtown Grand Rapids.




Michigan businesses have been closed since March 13th due to COVID-19 and were already struggling financially from the shutdown and now this.  I understand buildings can be rebuilt and lives can't be, but that is no excuse. 

These business owners put their heart and soul into their business and the community by damaging their property you are damaging their souls. If a person's soul gets hit too many times it ends up bad aka suicide.  Plus, these businesses provide people shelter, food, and health care, without them, there will be people who don't have any income coming in. These businesses help our community by donating food and money to schools and organizations that focus on minorities, but now that money has to be used to rebuild and repair their restaurants, stores, etc.

These people broke into the Children's Museum, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, and they also tried to burn down the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Luckily there were a couple of people who stepped in and got the fire out before it got uncontrollable.

I don't understand why people think these riots and looting are okay. I know I am white and privilege and I wouldn't understand.

I have to say it was amazing to see how many people came out on Sunday to help clean-up. 

I am all for protesting and getting your voice heard but these protests are turning into violent riots. It makes me sad to watch people damage property of their own kind. We are never going to have equality until we look at each other the same. No color of the skin is better than the other. We all deal with problems and emotions. 90% of the USA strive to support each other.

I think it is scary we are thinking of defunding the police. We need our police. I do feel we have an issue of not getting rid of bad cops fast enough.  All cops should be wearing a camera with a mic and if that camera stops working during a bust then they get a strike. After 2 strikes of not having a working camera both on themself and their cop car cameras, then they are out and put into a desk job or fired completely.  Police should only be given two strikes when it comes to overstepping their power.
I also feel like cop cars need to have a lot more cameras then they do. I think they should have one on the sides of the cop car, on both side mirrors, two in the front, two in the back, and two on the roof of their vehicles. Plus, two cameras inside on the dashboard and two cameras for the backseats.  All of these cameras should be streaming live at a call center where people will be watching what each of these cops is doing.

Talk to your community police and discuss how you are feeling and ways you think would be helpful to the black community.   I have found the more you know the police in your area the better. For example, six cops played basketball with a few blacks, hispanics and whites in the outskirts of Grand Rapids. I know in my neighborhood a bunch of cops brought ice cream to the park to talk with kids and parents. Most police have the heart of gold. Please keep in mind police do have kids and family members.

We need to send out kindness and love. We need to support our African Americans but not through rioting and looting.


Police Department
Art Museum Gift Shop


Jewelry & Pawn Shop


Burnt Cop Car

Court House





 




                                      







The Damage Clean Up Time

















Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Become a Hero by Buying a Mask ENDFIP


Oliver Jakie Punkin Norton
November 2019 I lost my baby Oliver from FIP. We need to find a cure. There aren't any treatments out there to get rid of FIP. I thought I would get over 15 years with my Oliver, but FIP took him away from me a lot sooner. He passed on to God at the age of 5 months.  He tried fighting it but he just couldn't win. I think about him every day wishing I would wake up and see him back to cuddling on my pillow next to me.  We need to find a cure or at least a treatment to make them have a longer quality of life with FIP. I know everyone is struggling during this time, but know if you donate money to ENDFIP Luca Fund for FIP research you will not only get a mask to protect yourself but you will also be saving animals' lives. Be a frontline hero for our pets and donate.  


 Here is information on how to help out: 


HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BY SUPPORTING FIP RESEARCH



Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a devastating viral disease of cats that occurs worldwide and can affect many systems of the body. It is a progressive disease and almost always fatal. FIP occurs when the cat reacts inappropriately to feline coronavirus (FCoV) infection.









ENDFIP® GET-ONE-GIVE-ONE face mask campaign started this week!

This is unchartered territory for us all. We are worried about our health, our families, our pets, and our world. But in stormy skies, there are silver linings. Be a voice for those who can’t speak by supporting ethical, cruelty-free FIP research. Be a source of hope for those who believe very few cares about them. Be a source of light amid the darkness surrounding these two coronavirus related diseases.

Through the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, anyone donating at least $25 to the Luca Fund for FIP Research will be qualified to receive a protective face mask. In addition, EndFIP® will donate a face mask to a person in need in South Africa for every mask given away to supporters.


JOIN the “get-one-give-one” movement. DONATE $25 or more at: www.endfip.com/donate/ and send an email to: fundraising@endfip.com to co-ordinate the shipping of your mask.

The masks are manufactured in California as per CDC released guidelines. Available in three sizes (Adult 6x9” | Child 5x7.5” | Toddler 4x6.5”) and are a machine washable covering that fits snugly with multiple layers of protection.
Please consider giving and/or sharing with your friends and family! 

www.endfip.com/donate | www.LucaFundforFIP.com
EndFIP® is dedicated to keeping cats healthy and happy.



Paws down! Together we can EndFIP®

The Luca Fund for FIP Research is part of the global vision of the EndFIP® project. Your donation to the Luca Fund will be applied to studies conducted at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. The Luca Fund for FIP research is a special fund of the American Alumni of the University of Glasgow established in 2018 to accept tax-deductible donations for Feline Infectious Peritonitis research. AAGU has been recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c) (3) charitable organization. All donations to AAGU are deductible as charitable contributions to the full extent permitted by law.
Your donation is both needed and appreciated. The Luca Fund for FIP Research is committed to exclusively support research that does not use laboratory cats and does not conduct experimental infection of healthy cats with a deadly virus. 

DONATE at: www.endfip.com/donate | www.LucaFundforFIP.com 

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