Monday, October 31, 2011

No Tricks, All Treats

              Happy Halloween!

Good Advice

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.    (A Buddhist Quote)

A Halloween Treat!

Strange Minnesota Monsters

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By C. S. Larsen

The Northwood’s of Minnesota offers the perfect setting for creatures, including those unexplained. Christopher tells some of these tales in this paranormal book. This book has many interesting and unusual tales of unexplained “monsters” in Minnesota.

In addition to the many Bigfoot sightings, he tells tales of giants, bringing to mind the famous Paul Bunyan. But he also tells of trolls and strange little purple dwarf –like beings. In this book is the infamous story of “The Mothman”, who was seen in the Rochester, Minnesota area.

Photos accompany some of the stories, both adding to and explaining some of the tales. Yet some actually add to the mystery of the story. A drawing of a lake monster reported to having been seen, offers consideration to Lake Pepin’s legendary creature.

Christopher recalls “The Ice Man” of the 1960s-1970s. Thought to have been a “missing link”, the Ice Man was studied and much discussed. A “fake model” was created and shown widely in demonstrations and shows. The “real” Ice Man was hidden away, out of fear of possible laws and legal repercussions.

Other odd creatures and legends of the dark nights of the Northwood’s of Minnesota are written about by Christopher Larsen in this fascinating book. For those who cannot resist legend and lore, and things that go bump in the night…or perhaps howl…do not miss Strange Minnesota Monsters.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Halloween Treat

Paranormal Mississippi River

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An Illustrated Encyclopedia

By Charles Cassady, Jr.

 This is one of Charles Cassady, Jr.'s paranormal encyclopedias. In alphabetical format, Charles tells the colorful history, legends and lore of America’s mighty Mississippi River.

The book is easy to read in its format, which is also cross-referenced. Charles also has illustrated the book with his own sketches and photographs.

Intertwined with the legend and lore, Charles gives much history of the Mississippi River and its people. He writes of plantations and places both widely and locally known. He covers New Orleans and its own colorful history, including Mardi Gras facts and fiction. Charles also discusses the differences between hoodoo and Voodoo. He also writes of conjure spells and loup-garou, and unusual sightings from lights to pirates. 

All of the stories herein are on and along America’s own Mississippi River. So take a leisurely ride along with Charles Cassady, Jr. But hold on…it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Halloween Treat

Virginia's Haunted Historic Triangle:
Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown & Other Haunted Locations

Virginia's Haunted Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, and Other Haunted Locations

By Pamela K. Kinney

Experienced author Pamela K. Kinney has taken a very interesting area of Virginia and brought its important history to life.

In this book Pamela tells true stories and those of myth and legend. She writes of apparitions and unusual sightings, such as Bigfoot and UFOs. Pamela tells well known tales and some little known tales of this area. All of the tales are in or near this historic "haunted triangle" in Virginia.

The reader is taken on a tour of haunted plantations and houses, down historic haunted roads and across legendary bridges. Pamela tells the story of each place, elaborating on it by adding her own experiences and impressions.

The photography throughout the book is amazing in color and detail. Pamela Kinney is thorough in taking the reader on her journey through time in this historic area. She has written other paranormal books and is a master costumer, as well. She can be found on both her own website and Facebook.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Halloween Treat

Folktales and Ghost Stories
of North Carolina's Piedmont

Folktales and Ghost Stories of North Carolina's Piedmont

By Theresa Bane and Cynthia Moore Brown

Theresa Bane is an acclaimed “vampirologist”. She has been featured on the Discovery Channel as an expert in her field of interest and study. She has been consulted and has advised many on the topic of vampires and “the Undead”. Theresa has traveled extensively, speaking and educating on both mythology and horror fiction, as well.

Cynthia Moore Brown is a performer and educator, where she has combined her love of the arts, writing, and teaching for many decades. She is a co-founder of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild. Her passion and goal is to keep folktales alive.

In this book the two women come together, using their knowledge and talents to entertain. They tell a variety of tales, both humorous and eerie.

The stories are all based in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, arranged in sections and chapters accordingly. There are many photos to illustrate the stories, including footnotes explaining the photos and elaborating on the history.

From graveyards to haunted houses, historical battlegrounds and Native American sites, the tales and stories will educate and entertain. Well written and easy to read, this book is one for most ages.

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Halloween Treat!

Paranormal Great Lakes:
An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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By Charles Cassady, Jr.

Charles Cassady used his skills as a journalist to put together an alphabetical collection, including photos and sketches, of places and things of a paranormal nature of the Great Lakes region.

An introduction gives background of the Great Lakes area, its history and its longtime geographic importance. Charles tells the history of the lakes importance within the shipping industry, including the shipwrecks and their stories. There is a map of the Great Lakes illustrating the layout and connections of the “Sister Lakes”.

The book is a well laid out A-Z listing of all five lakes and surrounding areas. The stories range from rumors, myths, legends, and lore. Charles tells of mermaids, ghost ships, lake monsters, UFO sightings, unexplained lights, haunted lighthouses, and much more.

A bibliography is included at the back of the book as a reference for much of the information listed. In addition, Charles offers websites and an index of places referred to within the book.

This is a very well done encyclopedia of unusual phenomena within a special area of America. It is a great addition to any library that includes not only history, but legends and lore.          

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Halloween Treat!

You've Got Ghosts!
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Haunted Tales from the Inbox

By Jennifer Lauer and Dave Schumacher

This is a collection of emails and stories received by the Southern Wisconsin Paranormal Research Group (SWPRG). Written by the two main members, the book is an interesting and entertaining read.

Jennifer Lauer is the founder and Executive Director of SWPRG. At the age of 19, she was moved by a personal experience to organize the group. She has been interested in the paranormal since she was a child. As she says, she continues to research what she does not understand and what has not been fully proven.

Dave Schumacher is the Science and Technology Advisor for the Group. Even as a child, Dave had what he calls “open-minded skepticism”. As he grew older however, his curiosity and interest grew more serious and persistent.

Like Jennifer, Dave attempts to collect and document real evidence, to either prove or disprove an afterlife. The belief that there is a truth drives them both to seek it.

Most of the stories in this book come from emails received by the SWPRG. The emails are dated and labeled from the sender and their location. Following each email are comments from the Investigators regarding the case.

There are many photos throughout the book of places, grave sites, and equipment used by SWPRG. Actual reports and journal entries from their investigations and cases are included in the book, as well as recommendations.

This is definitely a fascinating read!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Treats!

Halloween Treats

The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer

The Medium Next Door:
Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer
By Maureen Hancock 

This was an interesting read. Maureen writes with the ease of speaking directly to the reader, making her book easy and a pleasure to read.

Born one of nine children in an Irish Catholic family, Maureen tells of being intuitive from an early age. She writes of coming from a lineage of intuitive women, including her mother and grandmother. As a child, Maureen experienced a serious illness which brought her near death. She feels this heightened her abilities, making her more sensitive.

Since accepting her gift of intuition and insight, Maureen Hancock has co-founded two charitable organizations. “Seeds of Hope” provides support for those with terminal illness. “Mission for the Missing” helps those with missing family members. She also does work with private investigators. A believer in holistic medicine and healing, she practices through her center “Pathways to Healing”, as well.

At the end of each chapter, Maureen offers exercises and instruction on using one’s own intuition, dreams and experiences in life to perhaps benefit the reader through what she has learned.

Maureen has a keen sense of humor, as well. In fact, she has done stand-up comedy. Her humor is reflected in her writing. She does well in balancing humor with the serious nature of the book.

Ultimately, it is up to the reader to decide their own beliefs. This is regarding psychics, "intuitives", the supernatural, and with all of life’s issues, those known and unknown.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

Hosted by Hilary, who says...
"Each week, I plan on listing four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to me at If I use them, I will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Cathy Kennedy she submitted the last two statements.
I would LOVE it if you could please help me spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…"
This week’s statements:
1.I am afraid of____
2.My ___ is my favorite room of my house
3.The last time I _____ I couldn’t ______.
4.I got my first _____ when I was ____.
My Answers...
1. I am afraid of spiders, and enclosed spaces.
2. My bedroom is my favorite room in the house.
3. The last time I rescued a litter of kittens I couldn't sleep for weeks. It was worth it!
4. I got my first "serious" kiss when I was thirteen. We were moving from Texas back to Illinois.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pondering with a Purpose

Think on Thursday
Brenda Youngerman

The rules are really easy:

1. Grab the "Pondering with a Purpose" Badge
2. Look at the week's prompt
3. Post something on your blog that relates to the prompt - it can be a story, a poem, a picture -- anything you want it to be.
4. Go back to add the URL from your post to the linky list.
5. Go check out the other bloggers who have added their links to the list
6. AND most of all.... Have fun!
This week's Ponder: Fairy Tales
My Answer...
Bill and I have been married for 30+ years, friends for 35 years. Loyalty, commitment, honesty, and respect. It really is that simple.
We have been through the dark, gruesome things...the pain caused by life and the pain caused by others, including my family.And we have experienced some ribbons & curls.
But the key...we did it all together. We took our vows seriously. And truthfully? We started out as friends...and at the end of each day...we still are.

"Chats on the Farmhouse Porch"

Grab a carrot for Wendall, and join Patrice at  Everyday Ruralty on her porch for a chat!
Her questions:
1. What kind of camera do you use?
2. What will you have for Thanksgiving dinner? If not in the US, tell us about a special meal, please.
3. What's the biggest vehicle you've driven?
4. Have you ever been on a train? This can be a commuter train or the chugga-chugga-choo-choo kind.:)
5. What question would you like to ask the people visiting on my porch next week?
My Answers:
1. I use a Nikon Cool Pix, and I love it!
2. Thanksgiving always consists of a turkey and cornbread stuffing, with the usual greenbean casserole, potatoes, etc.! And I love pecan pie! With Bill's new job...we will see what happens.
3. The biggest vehicle I have driven is a van. Bill, however, is driving rigs with 53' trailers!
4. I've ridden commuter trains, Amtrak, and even the old Santa Fe train when I was a kid!
5. "What is the most unusual pet you have had?"

Thanks Patrice! I love your visits! Thanks for having me over!

Moonlight on Linoleum

Moonlight on Linoleum: A Daughter's Memoir

By Terry Helwig

Terry Helwig has a beautiful way with words. She is a gifted author, but also a special person. In her very touching memoir, Terry shares her story of growing up with a mother who is bipolar, and very often seemingly out of control.

Terry never gave up on herself, life, or even her mother. The oldest in of a household of six girls (one of which was actually a cousin); Terry was the mother-figure. At times she had to be mother to her own mother, Carola Jean.

Growing up in the 1950s-1960s, her early family memories were of her time with her biological father and paternal grandparents. This carried Terry through many later situations. The farm life and closeness of family were of stability and security. Terry remembered these things. Yet even then, Carola Jean’s absence was obvious and painful for the little Terry. The sense of abandonment was difficult.

When Carola Jean came back for Terry and her little sister, it was to go back to the Southwestern area of the States. This meant a transient life with stepfather Davy, and new baby sisters regularly. Terry persevered as the big sister and Carola Jean’s biggest supporter.

Terry’s stepfather, Davy, never gave up on Carola Jean either. Forced to move from place to place with his oil rigging job, he remained a constant for Carola Jean and his family. Purchasing a mobile home, Davy moved his family with him. He was determined to keep them all together, providing the best home that he could. During her childhood and into her teens, Terry attended 12 schools in 11 years while still managing to keep herself and her sisters together.

I love Terry’s bravery and resilience. Her memoir is filled with compassion and acceptance, and consequently, forgiveness.

It is Cat Thursday!

This is one of my favourite "hops".
(Thank you, Michelle!)
You can see my many previous entries
on my Cat Page.

Maggie & a home-grown pumpkin!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

An Award!

I received an email from my dear friend Brenda Youngerman 
I was amazed, because she was passing an award to me. With so much going on in my life, I have not blogged the way I want to.  (See previous post.)
Thank you, Brenda. I am truly honoured by this award. I have much respect and admiration for you. You are an inspiration and I adore you.
I am supposed to list and answer seven questions regarding seven posts.
This is hard, because I have not done much yet, goes:
1. Most Beautiful Post...Dewey's Birdhouse.
2. Most Popular Post...Maisie.
3. Most Controversial review of Not Afraid of Life.
4. Most Helpful Post...I hope my messages and musings.
5. Most Surprisingly Successful Post...some of my book reviews.
6. Most Under-Rated Post...Hope.
7. Most Pride-Worth musings; when I open up.
But, I hope you will decide for yourself. I hope you will read my posts and comment. Please feel free to let me know what you think.
Thank you again, Brenda!
Now...I pass this award to:
Please check out their work! They deserve recognition!

The Times They are a'Changin'

Bill & I  have gone through many changes in our 30+ years together: the good, the bad and the ugly...and we did it all together. The past few have been particularly chaotic. We lost people we very much cared about. We have lost and added critters to our home. This year has brought several changes in itself.
I had ankle surgery, and am still in physical therapy. (This ankle surgery has been far more painful than the (bilateral) hip and knee replacements!) I am working on it, though I am told that it will take a long while.

We all know the state of the economy, but I will not go into politics here.  Let's just say I am conservative. Over the past couple of years Bill was forced to change jobs, twice. Now (midlife) he is changing careers. Basically, he has little or no choice. This is hard emotionally, as he will be traveling constantly.

My blog continues to change and evolve, too. I am sure all of this will be reflected more in my future writing and blogging. I do plan more "blogging" (musing), as well as my book reviews. (Yes, I really do read a lot.) I have a lot to share. I am becoming more brave with my writing and sharing, thanks to some of my blogger-friends and writer-friends. (Thank you especially: Brenda, Beth & Elisa.) Please know that I love and appreciate all who follow and support me, each and every one of you.

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday Four Fill-in-Fun

Hilary at Feeling Beachie is the host of this Hop. HOP ON OVER TO HER BLOG!!
Each week, she lists four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own check out her site. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Sarah from The Mama Pirate(she came up with the last two statements)
This week’s statements:
1. ___is my least favorite household chore
2. ___ is my guilty pleasure.
3. In the __________, I think ___________.
4. My favorite ___________for _________ is _____________.

My Answers:
1. Washing dishes is my least favorite household chore.
2. TV is my guilty pleasure.
3. In the grand scheme of things, I think that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should
4. My favorite dream for my old age is being surrounded by nature. (Yes, in the U.P.)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Think on Thursday
Brenda Youngerman 
of Fiction with a Purpose

This week's Ponder: Home 

My Answer...
Home truly is where the heart is. "Home" means something different for each person, and with each phase in a person's life.
To me, Home is my refuge. Home is where I feel secure, where I belong. Home is where I feel loved. Home is the place where my husband and I come back together. Home is where we connect when all is said and done in the world.  
Home is where my cats and critters are, waiting for me no matter what anyone else says or does...they are at Home, just waiting for me.
Home is where my comfy chair is, and my comfy bed with my comfy pillow and blankets. This is important because when I have had to be away for prolonged periods of time (hospitals and health facilities for joint replacements), I miss these things very much! Home means comfort, too. "There is no place like home!"
But for me, Home is also the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is there that my heart yearns to be, where I can really breathe, relax, and be at peace with the world. My heart is that of a Yooper...and someday my Home will be there.

"Chats on the Farmhouse Porch"

Something new to me.
I invite you to join in!

  1. Did you have a way to earn money as a child or teen?
  2. Does your body run hot or cold? (Are you in a sweater/jumper when everyone else is in short sleeves or do you wear a sweatshirt when everyone has on parkas?)
  3. What's your level of computer savvy? 
  4. When you have pasta, do you prefer a red sauce (marinara type) or a white sauce (fettuccine type)?
  5. What's your favorite thing to put in brownies?
My Answers:
   1. As a teen I worked in women's clothing, at a local department store.
   2. Usually I run warm, but as I get older I tend to get chilly more easily!
   3. I learn as I go! In fact, I usually have to fix what my husband messes up! 
   4. I definitely prefer white sauces! Yum!
   5. This one is easy...*lol* teeth! I'm just sayin'...

Thank you for the cup of chai! And here is a nice fresh carrot for Wendell!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Everything We Ever Wanted

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By Sara Shepard

A family is thrown into chaos as an adopted son, who has always felt an outsider, is held accountable for a tragedy. As the scandal unfolds, old secrets linked to the biological son and the past come to light. There are dark, hidden reasons for their emotional distance.

Two families held together in a tangled mess of questions and secrets must come together to uncover the truth and answer some difficult questions. But the answers may not come easy, and they may not be the answers wanted.

Sometimes what you plan for may not be what actually happens, no matter how carefully laid the plans are. And sometimes what you think you want turns out not to be what you thought it was...or what you ever wanted at all.

Monday, October 10, 2011


There she was, foraging through the trash cans in our driveway. Feeling that surely someone must miss this aged Sheltie, I called the county animal shelter. I was told they would hold her there for five days, in case someone claimed her. With a guilty and heavy heart, I called daily to see if she had been claimed. I really wanted someone who had loved her come and rescue her. I could not get this old dog off of my mind. I had recently lost my 15 year old dog, Velvet. I had chosen her from the Houston Humane Society when I was ten years old.  We had grown up together, and now she was gone.
After the mandatory five days I was told that unclaimed, the old Sheltie would be put to sleep. She was “about 15”, almost totally toothless, and nearly blind from cataracts. She had fleas, ticks, was malnourished, and was in obvious poor health. Told that unclaimed and deemed unadoptable, she would be put to sleep that day. I immediately went to get her, paid the adoption fees, and named her Hope.
We drove directly to my veterinarian. He confirmed her advanced estimated age, the vast variety of parasites, including heartworm, and a severe kidney infection. Further tests showed that Hope had nerve damage in her hips and legs, suggesting she had probably been abused, explaining her stiff, shuffling gait.
         We successfully put Hope through all of the various, necessary treatments. However, it was dangerous for her to under-go the two-part heartworm treatment. The treatment drug used contained arsenic, which was injected intravenously into the dog to kill the heartworms. As the heartworms die, they constrict the dog’s heart. Hope collapsed during the second treatment. The true survivor that she was, she bounced back though.  She survived another hardship. 
After weeks and months of tests and treatments, Hope was finally given a clean bill-of-health. It was an amazing sight when one day Hope greeted us at the door, wagging her tail for the first time!
Not long after this, Hope went into what was to be her last “heat-season”. Unfortunately, it lasted for six weeks (rather than the usual three). Grits, our three year old yellow lab, and ever the romantic, thought for sure he could make a May-December romance with her work. We on the other hand, wanted the entire situation to be over! Hope had to be given hormone injections to end her cycle, and thus Grits’ infatuation.
For the next two years, Hope graced us with her sweet old-dog ways. Her resilience and appreciation amazed us. She loved everyone, letting them know with a subtle nudge of her nose and an easy wag of her tail.
Because of her poor eyesight, we had to keep watchful for her. Sometimes Hope would become “lost” in the yard, which thankfully was fenced-in. One warm sunny day, I could not find her anywhere. I called her, even knowing her hearing was very poor. It had been almost an hour since I had let her out in the yard, and most of that time I had spent searching. Heartbroken and perplexed, I sat down in the grass. All of a sudden there was rustling in the bushes, and out strolled Hope who had apparently found a cool, shady spot for a nap.
What was to be Hope’s last summer, we took her with us on a fishing trip to Minnesota. She traveled well both in the car, and the boat. She slept much of the time, just enjoying being with us. We loved being able to give her fun and security in her old age.
About a year-and-a-half after adopting Hope, I noticed a lump on the side of her neck. Checking further, I found several other lumps---all obviously enlarged lymph nodes. Being a veterinary technician, I knew this was serious.
The next morning I took Hope to work with me.  At the clinic, we did a biopsy of the lymph node in her neck. Several days later I was the one who took the call from the lab, which confirmed my fear. Hope had lympho-sarcoma---a fatal blood cancer, with a very poor prognosis.
          I was not ready to let Hope go, but while she appeared to feel fine, I knew it was only a matter of time. Hoping to prolong her life, even if only for a little while, I decided to try chemotherapy treatments for her.
She took the first intravenous treatment well, as she had all of the previous treatments. The second dose caused serious reactions, however. She was vomiting and had severe diarrhea. She also lost her usually hardy appetite, becoming listless, which was quite unlike her. I immediately discontinued the chemotherapy.  This was not what I wanted for Hope; she deserved better.
Now I knew now it was only a matter of time before the cancer metastasized in her lungs. I knew that I had to watch for the signs: panting and walking with her front legs far apart, as she struggled to expand her lungs. I knew that when she started to have trouble breathing, it would be time to let her go.
         When we adopted Hope I had promised her that she would always be loved and safe. She would have everything that she wanted and needed. I would never let her be hungry or scared, and there would be no more pain. I kept my promise.
        She was comfortable. Her last days were of sunshine and sleep, petting and pampering. She let us know when it was time; I saw the signs. I took her in to the animal hospital before office-hours one morning. I held her and told her how special she was, and how loved she was. I told her how brave she had been. She went peacefully and painlessly, without fear.
        On a sunny summer day (the kind Hope loved), two years after I took her in, I spread her ashes in the flower garden that she so loved to sunbathe in.
         Not only had we given to Hope, but she had given to us. In spite of the pain that people had caused her, she gave us unconditional love and devotion, loyalty and trust.
         Hope taught us about the quality of life and the importance of living it. She taught us that trust can lead to hope, and that hope can lead to love. Hope also taught us that while love can’t conquer all, it can make a difference.

October Special!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I Am Maru

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By Mugumogu

Maru is a four year old Scottish Fold cat, in spite of his traditional, upright cat “prick-ears”. He and his owner live in Japan. The name “Maru” means “round”. When his owner adopted him as a kitten, she felt that everything about him seemed round.

The book is written as if Maru is talking and his owner, as well. It is written in both English and Japanese. Following life with Maru, from kittenhood through the present day, there are numerous photos. We see Maru’s many expressions and moods as he shares his likes, dislikes, and habits. There are pages of still shots from his videos, including the famous “sliding into boxes” videos. Maru also shares his favorite toys, costumes and “behind the scenes” information.

Maru is already a worldwide sensation through his many online videos and blog. This book is destined to be a classic among cat lovers. I am definitely hoping for sequels. You just have to love a good pet book, especially one with adorable photos and captions!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nowhere Near Normal

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A Memoir of OCD

By Traci Foust

This is a dark and unique memoir of living with OCD. Traci Foust is very open about her lifetime of living with this difficult disorder.

While having its humorous moments, the reality of the disorder is not at all funny. Traci takes us back to the beginnings of her OCD, her childhood. While her manner of retelling her memories may be funny to us, the actual memories, which was her reality is quite sad.

The childhood that Traci recalls may seem normal; in many ways we can relate to certain recollections and feelings. However with OCD, everything is in overdrive, exaggerated, not by choice, but by an inner force one can’t control.

Traci does exceptionally well at showing us her world. I think she was quite bold by allowing us to see it, and to laugh at things that were not funny for her to endure. Perhaps her book will help some readers who have or know someone who has OCD. Perhaps it will help someone to understand this often misunderstood disorder. I hope it was cathartic for Traci, too.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Let's Take the Long Way Home

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

By Gail Caldwell

Gail Caldwell has written a beautiful and very heartfelt book of friendship between women. She captures the importance and depth of such a relationship.

Originally, she and Caroline (Knapp) connect through the common bond of their love of dogs. Over the following years Gail and Caroline become the best of friends, experiencing many life situations, serious issues, and remain connected through it all.

There is strength in numbers. When we are young we don’t realize the ease with which we have of making friends. School, our neighborhood, church, clubs and functions all offer opportunities to make friends. As we age, we connect through employment, parenting situations, clubs, social scenes, and of course the many technological opportunities. But it is more difficult to find time to make the real, deep, intense connection of true friendship, as we once did.

“Let’s Take the Long Way Home” is a tribute to Gail and Caroline, and a gift to all women and their friendships, highlighting the importance of this female bond and its effect on our lives. This book is meant to be read and shared. I fully recommend that women read and savor this book. Appreciate it, and your women friends. If you are blessed with a special one, let her know…now.