About the Author:
Monday, November 11, 2019
ABOUT THE BOOK
Date Published: October 2019
Anne Elliot broke off her relationship with Freddie Wentworth when her family didn't approve. Almost eight years later, Freddie re-materializes in her life. She's a captain in the Air Force, successful, single, and as beautiful as ever. Mortified that she doesn't have much to show for the intervening years, Anne tries to avoid her. When contact is inevitable, her life is turned upside down. Self-doubt becomes self-improvement, old wounds are reopened and then allowed to heal, and true friends and true love win in the end.
About the Author:
Jeanette Watts was happily writing historical fiction when she got the idea for her first Jane Austen-inspired novel, Jane Austen Lied to Me. Going to a JASNA event to work on selling that book, she attended a lecture that asked, "Why does everyone rewrite Pride and Prejudice so much more than her other novels? Why doesn't anyone rewrite Persuasion?"
So she had to...
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Sunday, November 10, 2019
Finally, after seeing three doctors that made me feel like I am a disgusting human for being on all these medications and not wanting to change them, I found an amazing doctor, Dr. T. She agreed with me to not change something that isn't broken. She was very compassionate and really listened to me. She made me feel a lot better about myself.
Those three doctors I saw before Dr. T, wanted me off from Ambien CR, Xanax, and cut down both my Zanaflex and Gabapentin and add another antidepression medication.
It took me a little over three years to find the right combination of medications.
I know I am on some pretty heavy medications: My pain doctor writes for my Fentanyl, Percocet. My primary care doctor writes for my: Ambien CR, Zanaflex, Atenolol, Remrom, Trazadone, Phenergan, Gabapentin, Linzess, Xanax, Tylenol PM, Mortin.
These are scary medications for doctors to prescribe because of the whole stupid opioid epidemic and drug crap.
I have been going to Dr. T now for one and a half years. Sadly, in August of 2019, Dr. T told me I need to start looking for another primary care doctor because they are closing the clinic and she doesn't know where she will be going. Tears started falling down on my cheeks. She told me it will be okay, but I told her about the doctors I saw before finding her. I am extremely terrified.
One week later, I started looking up doctors. The first doctor, Dr. C, was a rude uncompassionate asshole. Before even asking me questions about my medical history she told me I need to go off from my medications because it is a deadly combination. I have been taking these medications for 11 years now. If something bad was going to happen it would have happened by now.
She asked me why I am on all of these medications. I told her it's because of my Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Gastroparesis, Celiac Disease, Fibro, Severe Scoliosis, Arthritis, and my inappropriate sinus tachycardia. I told her about my surgeries. She acted like I was lying about my surgeries. To prove to her I pulled down my pants to show her my wound. She acted surprised. Then she looked in my ear and again was surprised I had a tube in my ear. WTF!? I am not lying. My mom was in the room with me. Dr. C got very annoyed my mom was asking her questions. She wasn't very nice to my mom. After she looked me over she gave me options. Option #1 she will treat me but she will take me off from 50% of my medications. Option #2 keep looking for another doctor. I choose option #2. When I got into my car tears started. I couldn't help but wanted to give up and jump out of the car at that moment. I don't want to go back to the days when my RSD pain was way out of control.
A week ago, I saw Doctor #2, Dr. K. She was nicer but still wasn't listening to me completely. I don't want to figure out a cure for my illnesses because there isn't one. I just want to keep my 11-year-old medication treatment regime.
She is worried about the Ambien CR 12.5 impairing activities that require alertness such as driving. Ambien isn't a new drug to me. I haven't driven on my Ambien CR 12.5 in 11 years. Plus I don't drive because I am terrified my legs might go numb while driving ending in a car crash, so if I don't have to drive I won't. Thankfully I have an amazing mother who drives me where ever I need to go. Also, I have not done any other sleepwalking activities Ambien CR can cause such as cooking a meal while out of it. I don't live by myself. I live with my parents, so no worries there.
Dr. K wants to up my Trazadone from 50mg to 100mg in place of the Ambien CR 12.5. I told her I DO NOT do antidepression medications well at all. I get very suicidal, aggressive, and extremely depressed and my anxiety is 10x worse. When we were trying to figure out the right medication combination I tried Trazadone 25mg and did nothing so they increased it to 50mg which helped some. Then they increased it to 75mg. 75mg was way too high of a dose for me because I had a severe groggy feeling all day the next day on top of feeling agitated, aggressive and depressed so they knocked me back down 50mg. I told Dr. K that but she didn't listen to me.
Dr. K wants to replace Xanax with propranolol which is a blood pressure/beta-blocker. I don't know if she understands I am on Atenolol for my tachycardia not for anxiety. I had to laugh at her because she told me tons of celebrities take it for performance anxiety. Here is the thing, Propranolol has many side effects two of them include a very slow heart rate and low blood pressure. In some people, it caused a really high heart rate. In some cases these side effects became permanent. I don't want a pacemaker. Finally, my heart rate is under control. I have fewer tachycardia episodes. If I take propranolol and it screws up my atenolol I won't be happy. When my heart doctor tried to ablaze my heart when I was first diagnosed with my inappropriate sinus tachycardia they couldn't do it because my heart cords are hooked up wrong and they would have slowed the heart down but also paralyzed my left lung.
I don't feel at all comfortable taking Propranolol. I already always have low blood pressure so this medication will make it even lower. Basically, Dr.K doesn't realize she is killing me with these medications.
The care plan she wrote for me said nothing about tapering my Xanax and Ambien CR. All she said was to start taking the 100mg Trazadone and the 20mg Propranolol. I am worried if I take these medications on top of my Ambien CR and Xanax I might die. I know for a fact both of these drugs need to be tapered down to help minimize withdrawal. Plus these withdrawals can cause my RSD pain to increase and cause other problems with my body. If my medications weren't working this would be different, but my medications are working perfectly. She is so concerned about the name of my mediations and the medical textbook she isn't seeing I am not a textbook patient and have been on these mediations for over 11 years. Everyone is different. We all handle medications differently. We all have different DNA. I told her I DO NOT WANT QUANTITY of life, I WANT QUALITY OF LIFE.
She asked me if I have seen a nutritionist. Many times but I found them to be a waste of time and money because 95% of them have no clue about being gluten-free. If I listened to them I would have been glutenized on numerous occasions. She said she will be my nutrition doctor because she specializes in nutrition. She is sending me to a sleep doctor for my insomnia. I have insomnia because of my scoliosis back pain, my RSD, and my stomach pain. Ambien CR has given me my sleep back.
Again I left another doctor's appointment crying and feeling hopeless. I am mad and upset. I don't feel like I am being heard. At this moment I just don't know what to do. I feel like I am a drug seeker.
I don't want to go through withdrawal from these medications to find myself going back on them. I also worry if I go off from one of these medications that are helping me to try another medication. If the new medication doesn't work I go back to the original medication that worked well but ends up it doesn't work anymore because the new medication screwed something up.
It is easy for doctors to say do this and that but they don't have to deal with feeling horrid. I tried so many different things to help try to put my health conditions into remission but every time I tried to cure it something else goes wrong. I can't go back to the past to undo what I did to try to fix my health problem, instead, I have to suffer from a new health problem added on to the other health problems I tried to fix. I have learned to accept my health won't get better it will stay the same or get worse. It is exhausting thinking something will help me but, in the end, it only made me worse. This is why I don't want to change my medication combination at this time because they are still working.
I am seeing Dr. T in a couple of days so maybe she found another clinic to hold her practice. Crossing my fingers. I ask you to pray for me.
I can't stress enough to the doctors I DO NOT WANT QUANTITY, I WANT QUALITY OF LIFE. I am 33 and if I died at the age of 34 I would be fine with it as long as I have a quality of life. If I live to be 90 I am fine with that too as long as it is quality of life. The feeling of hopelessness and frustration is my middle name right now. We don't make our pets suffer so why do we do that to humans? It is not fair. I am not afraid to say this. If the doctors don't want to help me have a quality of life I will take my life. RSD pain on top of all my other conditions isn't worth it. My family and friends understand that.
Good compassionate doctors are really hard to find.
Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 1.1.2
Use of Chaperones
Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 1.2.4
Consultation, Referral & Second Opinions
Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 1.2.3
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Saw the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof. I had mix feelings this broadways musical again. It's such a long show. I was praying my tummy would make it through the whole show.
I wasn't dying to see this show but it was free for my mom and me. Fiddler brings back so many memories when I was in it with the all-girls choir. If it wasn't for the main character Tevye, played by Yechezkel Lazarov, it would have been a total flop if not for him. The sets were dull but that is the type of show it is. Les Mis is a dark dull show but has a hint of colors.
The scene changes were very slow and took you away from the story. I would have loved to see them put some projections photos on the backdrops.
Anastasia Musical used both film projections and scenery and it was beautiful.Fidder's sets where very boring and hard to figure out where they were at times. For example, when they were in the town they had have four house cut-outs that hung from up in the fly rail. All they needed was a projection of a town. This would have helped cut down on the long set changes that took me out of the show.
My favorite scene was the Dream Scene. The costumes in this scene were amazing. Some of the actors were even on stilts. The masks on them were amazing and very detailed can be seen all the way to my seat.
The dancing was really good throughout the show. However, some of the dancing went on forever because they did the same dance over and over again throughout the show. I love the guys in the wedding scene with the bottles on their heads. One guy had one fall off his head, but I wasn't sure if that was supposed to happen or if that was an accident.
I have always wished this musical wasn't three hours long when there are many things that could be cut.
Act one has good pace. Act two is very boring. I feel the story falls flat because we don't know the daughters very well to care about them. Its boom they are married. I would have loved for Act Two not to be about the soviets kicking them out of their homes instead have it focus more on the daughters fighting to marry their true love.
I think that is why this musical isn't one of my favs because the storyline isn't the greatest. I didn't care about any characters except Tevey. I never understood the whole Fiddler and him reading the book. Is Tevet telling the Fiddler's story?
Yehezkel Lazarov, who played Tevye was really good. His vocals were strong. He brought relatable emotions to the songs. He was very funny and really helped the pace of the show. He put real emotions into the part.
Tzeitel, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy
Hodel, Ruthy Froch
Chava, NoaLuz Barenblat
Shprint , Emma Taylor Schwart
They didn't stand out in the show.
I just felt they were just doing the script instead of feeling the emotions of the characters.
The mother Golde, played by Maite Vzal, had good chemistry with Tevye. She had a deep raspy voice that shows her age because, to be honest, the daughters looked the same age as the mother so her darker raspy vocal made her sound older.
The matchmaker, played by Carol Beaugard, was not one of my favorite character. The Matchmaker is a comical role, but instead, she just was awkward. This is her first national tour and it shows. Her dialogue felt like she was just reading the script It didn't have a smooth technique.
Another thing with the dancing is there were way too many people on the stage at once. It was really crowded. and they weren't all doing the same thing. I kept waiting for them to crash into each other.
Like I said previously the pace of the show was on the slow side but this is my second time seeing this show and it always is really slow pace and long.
The first performances were September 22, 1964, set imperial Russia around 1905 based on Teyve and his daughters and other tales by Sholem Aleichem
1965- Best Musica
1965- Best Book Touring
1999- Best revival tony awards
Fiddler for the Roof as a whole 3 stars out of 5
FIddler's Scenery 2 out of 5 stars
Fiddler's Costumes: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Tevye's Acting & Vocals 4 out of 5 stars.
Tevye's wife'a acting & Vocala 2
Daughters- Tzeitel- Acting & Vocals 4 out of 5 stars.
Hodel- Acting & Vocals 31/2 stars out of 5 stars.
Tzeitel, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy
Hodel, Ruthy Froch
Chava, NoaLuz Barenblat
Shprint , Emma Taylor Schwart
They didn't stand out in the show.
CAST and CREW
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
ABOUT THE BOOK
Louisa Coultrie Halloway has returned home as caretaker for the family home on Edisto Island, but years before she left this world behind. Now she flounders to find her place. When Liam Whiting, a local professor studying tidal creek preservation, invites Lou to join his research team, she welcomes the opportunity for purpose. David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and their children to Edisto. As he finds his footing in this new life, their once strained relationship eases into a familiar rhythm—and he hopes for more. But the past still has a hold on them all, especially in the presence of Grace Watson, whose son intends to marry Lou and David’s daughter. Somehow, Grace and Lou must let the past of a shared love settle between them. In this idyllic setting, relationships, like the creeks, deepen and shift. Once more, Lou finds herself caught between the life she's chosen—and the love that might be meant to be.
Genre: Adult, Romance
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction a division of Lighthouse publishing of the Carolinas
Publication Date: July 31,2019
About the Author
Lindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction and cooks big family meals, but she complains about the dishes. Her debut novel, Still Waters, released in 2017 and was named the 2018 Selah Book of the Year. Her latest novel, The Bridge Between, released in 2019. Someday she hopes to balance motherhood and writing full-time. Until then, she’s just very grateful for her public school system. Connect with Lindsey and get her free novella, Magnolia Mistletoe with newsletter signup at lindseypbrackett.com.
When I wrote my debut novel, I had no plans for a second about the same family, in the same place. But one of my earliest readers, back when Still Waters was a barely fledgling manuscript, asked me to please—please—tell the story of Cora Anne Halloway’s parents.
She had picked up on hints of a possible reconciliation for Lou and David’s marriage and more than a story of first love and forgiveness, she wanted to hear a story about second chances—and the possibility that a daughter’s forgiveness of herself could lead to the healing of a broken family.
So that’s the story I set out to tell. Not one of first love, but one of second loves. What if we have the opportunity to love again—not only with a person we once trusted, but with someone who knows exactly what we need? But what if that’s not one person, but two, and a woman has to choose between the life she’s chosen—and the love that could be meant to be?
These and others were the hard questions of marriage and relationship that I struggled through as I wrote The Bridge Between. I believe marriage is ordained by God, is a gift He gives us which demonstrates his own perfect love. He told us how He loves—and how we are to love one another—in 1 Corinthians 13.
Love is patient. Love is kind. Never jealous or boastful. Hopes all things. Believes all things. Bears all things.
Love never fails.
But loving one another in this fallen world is hardly that simple. Marriage is hardly that simple, right?
But what if it could be?
In this story, Lou struggles with the choices she’s made. For better or worse, she chose to keep her frustrations quiet, to bury herself in sorrow, to ask her husband to leave. Now, she’s chosen to live a life she never imagined back in her family home on remote Edisto Island.
She works with a man who understands her, but her ex-husband knows her. As David and Lou begin to bridge the gap that grew between them, bits and pieces of what drove them apart shift and settle like the sediment washing out of the tidal creeks Lou studies.
And they discover the simple truth that love is indeed, patient and kind and hopeful and unfailing when jealousy and pride are removed.
There are many wonderful stories which celebrate the joy of first falling in love. But I hope if you read The Bridge Between, you’ll discover love on the other side of the meet-cute and the I Do.
Other great novels with great marriages I highly recommend:
An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter—this unconventional marriage of convenience story reminds us love is more than butterflies, it’s a choice we make.
Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton—Betsy and Ty have a young, sweet marriage that’s hit a hurdle and Denton’s portrayal is realistic and thought-provoking.
The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden—playing secondary storyline to Mia’s trek around the world is the marriage of her brother and sister-in-law who both are willing to sacrifice career goals and corporate ladders for the good of their young family.
When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell—after Millie and Bump move west, their new marriage is tested by secrets and betrayals. Beautiful follow-up to Into the Free.
Resources for that helped foster communication in my marriage:
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stable
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeline L’Engle (I would also call this reflections on marriage and motherhood)
Men are Like Waffles—Women are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrels (one of the first marriage books we ever read that enlightened our view of each other)
10 Behind the Scenes Facts about the Still Waters1. My grandparents actually met on a back road in Colleton County in the 1940’s. She was lost and he was bundling pine straw to sell. So that story inside the story is true.
2. McConkey’s Jungle Shack—and they’re not kidding about the shack part—really does have the best fish tacos on the coast
3. Late in Still Waters, I reference a story about soldiers mistaking a loggerhead turtle for an enemy when the beach was being used as a lookout during WWII. This really happened and you can read about it in Nell Graydon’s Tales of Edisto, which I used for both reference and inspiration.
4. We drive a blue minivan and it’s kind of well-known because the paint job was bad (thanks Honda) and we’ve never spend the money to fix it. So my best friend begged me to put the blue van in the story. It’s there, when Cora Anne and Nan stop at King’s Market, complete with a passel of kids. (I have four of those.)
5. I buy and eat a whole King’s Market key lime pie every time we go to Edisto.
6. My cousin Heather and I were born 18 hours apart, and our moms are sisters. Yes, she inspired Cora Anne’s cousin, Hannah. When we were kids at Edisto, we always hunted for sharks teeth and snail shells so we could make necklaces with our grandmother.
7. The book is set in 2006 because I wanted a time period before social media’s invasion and before BiLo bought out the Piggly Wiggly. Edistonians are not coming around. They still call their only grocery store The Pig.
8. The Edisto Island Open Land Trust is a gem I stumbled upon while researching what made the most sense for Tennessee’s philanthropic spirit. The EIOLT was the perfect fit since it’s all about preservation of the Island’s natural beauty, while empowering home owners to still be able to afford family property that’s been passed down for generations. The executive director, John, drank coffee with me one morning at the Edisto Coffee Shop and told me so much valuable information.
9. Botany Bay (and that’s the Botany sentinel tree on the Still Waters cover) was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Edisto took the brunt of the storm’s hit and the eye passed over the island. When the beach pushed inland, the entire first row of houses were left standing in water. But the community there is strong and resilient. They’ve been rebuilding and regrouping. The beaches will never look the same, but as my mama says, “That’s nature. And life. Storms come and you have to deal with the aftermath.” Or, as Tennessee puts it in the story, “Sometimes a storm’s what clears out the junk…”
10. Edisto Beach still has a video store, probably the last one left in the country. It’s also one of two places in the town to get ice cream—unless you’re sitting on your own porch enjoying the ocean breeze and listening for the churn to slow down.
Snippet"Sparkler time." Cole grabbed the package and headed out the door, his brothers on his heels. Outside was clear—a sailor's dream sky. The boys set off the sparklers against the midnight black and whooped when someone a few streets over sent up a spray of light. Lou stamped her feet and rubbed her arms. "I'm going to freeze to death." She’d traded her earlier t-shirt for a sweater, and David could tell it was thin by the way the fabric skimmed her body. "Here," he slid his coat around her shoulders, pulling the collar close under her chin and brushing aside her chestnut hair. She'd let it grow beyond her jaw for the first time in at least a decade. "Thank you." They stood that way for only a moment—but in the freshness of the new year under skies beaded with light eternity could have come and he would’ve died a happy man.
The Bridge Between bought so many emotions. I found this book can be a stand-alone because I didn't read the beginning of the series and still was able to follow along. Lindsey P. Brackett did a great job of making me this was a true story of a family. We are taken into Lousia's old family home on Edisto Island with her triplet sons. She wanted to leave Edisto Island to further her education after high school graduation. Instead, she quickly went back to the island. She wasn't sure of what she wanted for her life. She is not happy with her life and doesn't do how or where she will find happiness. Slowly her relationship with her ex-husband continues to grow stronger making it even harder on Louisa. David and Louisa worked together to provide their children with good family values. There are so many characters and so many intertwining stories. This is a very realistic family with many problems we face in real life such as in-laws finding your place in the world. The pace was well done. The characters were well developed. This is my first time reading a book by Lindsey P. Brackett. It won't be the last.
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