BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson

A YEAR BY THE SEA by Joan Anderson, (c) 1999. This is the true story of a menopausal woman who separated form her husband and spends a year by the sea. I guess she’s learning to be her true self? Can we really do that? Be who we are without thinking about it first? Judging our every action? So far I’m enjoying the book. You might also. It’s not a long story, just 181 pages before you get to the About the Book section at the back (which I skip over usually). So far Joan spends time working in a fish market and meets up with an older lady named Joan Erikson and they become good friends.

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, 2010. I’ve always wanted to read this book since I believe in life after death, reincarnation and past lives. It’s the story of a little boy who dies and goes to heaven where he sits on Jesus lap and is sung to by Angels as his spirit leaves his body and he visits his parents in the waiting room. Does this boy believe in Jesus because he was taught to in Sunday School? I don’t know, I haven’t read that far yet, I’m nearly finished reading the Epilogue. I do believe that no matter what religion we believe in there are some kind of beings that meet us on the other side. Including our loved ones who passed over. They are all a higher power. Call The Creator whatever name you choose. God/Buddha/Allah.. whatever that is what will meet you on the other side. Although some people have NDE’s and go to “Hell” or so they say?? I don’t know what to think of that. I like to think there is no real Hell. What kind of Creator would send a perfectly good and redeemable soul there forever? I can see sending one there as a place to sort through their lives, like a shrinks office, but not to stay there forever, what a waste!

NOTE: I’m sorry you might not enjoy reading about my beliefs if you are Atheist, but I feel a need to express myself anyway.

NOTE: According to this book the things that boy saw in Heaven were not all good. I mean he said there are TWO swords in heaven the angels use to keep Satan out for one thing, and the other was some war that would destroy the earth and only saved souls would join God, Jesus and the Angels in heaven. (Anyway, I’m not sure what I think about all that yet, but I’m perfectly willing to read and learn about any and all things).

BLACKBIRD, A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck

BLACKBIRD, A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck, 2000. This is a New York Times Bestselling Memoir. I admit I don’t read memoir’s very often, but this one seems to flow like a nice novel. It’s not bogged down with family photos either, which distracts me from the story and makes tend to skip over the story itself.. Frank McCourt who wrote Angels’s Ashes and ‘Tis, both of which I loved reading, recommends the book.

After the Acknowledgments, before the first chapter starts there’s a page of a hospital’s patient Death Summary for the author’s 33 year old mother Janet Lauck’s health in 1971. She had a benign tumor removed in 1961, and her health went downhill from there with weakness, fatigue, cough, paraplegia, bladder infections, the return of the tumor, etc. Finally in  October 1971 when the report was written with all these respiratory problems, she tried taking her own life with an overdose of pills, but died of respiratory arrest or arrhythmia. It’s such a pitiful life, yet she smoked up until the end of it.

So far the first chapter opens with Jennifer’s early childhood, taking care of a sick mother, who’s recovering from or dying of cancer. It seems she was surrounded by the love of her family, including her mother’s siblings and their children. I’ll let you know what I think of the book as I get farther along, but I will let you know the family moved from Carson City, Nevada to California for Jennifer’s mother’s health, where her mother eventually dies and her dad remarries. When her dad and stepmother go on their honeymoon the kids get sent to some wacko religious summer camp, and it looks like a lot of child abuse goes on there. Halfway though the book poor Jennifer is in a cabin awaiting her own first experience of sexual abuse on a mattress with dirty sheets surrounded by children’t clothing.

NOTE:  This is NOT a happy little story folks!  :  (  Sorry to give so much away, suffice it to say if you were abused yourself you might not want to read this book, but it’s not as bad as I thought it would be, with graphic details of the physical abuse like a Jodie Piccult book. Does it have a happy ending? I’m not giving it away.

THE KEY, A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber

THE KEY, A True Encounter by Whitley Strieber, 2011.

I bought this reprint at the flea market yesterday along with 3 Trade Paperbacks. I have a burning quest to have my questions answered which is why I delve into the “Unexplained” and unsolved mysteries of life. If you don’t believe in the mystical, spiritual and far out stuff you might not like this book. I on the other hand find it interesting.

It’s hard for me to give a summary Here’s some of the book blurb:

“At two thirty in the morning of June 6, 1998, Whitley Strieber was awakened by somebody knocking on his hotel room door. A man came in, and everything he said was life-altering.

This is the unsettling and ultimately enlightening narrative of what happened that night. Strieber was never really sure who this uncanny visitor was- a “Master of Wisdom”? A figure from a different realm of consciousness? A preternaturally intelligent being? He decided to cal him “The Master f the Key”.

The one thing of which Strieber was certain is that both the man and the encounter were real.

The main concern of the Master of the Key is to save us from self-imprisonment. “Mankind is trapped,” the stranger tells Strieber, and “I want to help you spring the trap.” In a sweeping exchange between Strieber and the stranger– which takes the form of a classical student-teacher dialog in pursuit of inner understanding- the unknown guest provides a lesson inhuman potential, esoteric psychology, and man’s fate. He illuminates why man has been caught in a cycle of repeat violence and self-destruction–and and the slender, but very real, possibility of release.”

This book is on par with major contemporary metaphysical traditions, such as A COURSE IN MIRACLES, and the teachings of Edgar Cayce, D. T. Suzuki and Carl Jung.

NOTE: I’ll have to tell you more about it later.

NOTE: I understand this book may make some folks uncomfortable, but my whole being, my reason for living  is about being REAL and not lying to myself or you. About waking up to the truth.

THE WEDDING DRESS; Stories from the Dakota Plains by Carrie Young

THE WEDDING DRESS Stories from the Dakota Plains by Carrie Young. After reading the last book which was a TV movie I was afraid this one was another due to its title. Remember the movie with Neil Patrick Harris (Who hardly acts gay on his TV shows and plays a great straight man), and Tyne Daily about a wedding dress that gets passed around different women through the years, getting altered most times? Well.. this seems to be a whole other story or stories I must say. The book consists of 7 different stories which take place on the Dakota Plains. I assumed it was a story about one wedding dress with 7 different owners. Nope.. I was wrong, although the first story was about a wedding dress and the friendship of two women. The second story was about a Norwegian man who wins a lot of money in 1929, in Little Butte, North Dakota. So you see the stories are all different. Each story is told from the narrators point of view, as if he or she is writing a diary or journal. In other words it seems like fiction to me, yet the back of the book says the word NONFICTION above the blurb border.

NOTE: I finished the book in under 24 hours, so you know it was interesting to read.. it was nice all the stories happened in or near Little Butte, North Dakota.


THE AMERICAN COOKBOOK by Mrs. F. L. Gillette, was printed in 1887, it was once owned by my Great, Great Grandmother. I imagine it was a gift. Gr, gr Grandma was born in 1878, so the cookbook could have belonged to her mother, and was passed down to her when she married in 1893. All the recipes in this book were cooked over a wood or coal stove, some in a fireplace perhaps. I have several of these recipes posted in my recipe blog on blogspot called . Perhaps I should make a Recipe blog here also.

POWER WORDS: Igniting Your Life with Lightning Force by Sharon Anne Klingler

POWER WORDS by Sharon Anne Klingler caught my eye in the NEW AGE book section at Barnes & Nobles tonight so I bought it. I almost bought a CHAKRA clearing book but changed my mind. I fully understand the power and energy of words now and I wanted to read up on the subject. I’ll let you know what I learn,.

Power words hold positive energy you can even feel it when you pronounce them. “when we say words, we invoke the energy of those words.” (Book excerpt).
Here are a few POWER WORDS:
HILARIUS! (This word actually brings up my energy level),

The book ANGEL WORDS by Doreen Virtue tells much the same thing as POWER WORDS but includes graphs to prove the point.

Other books by Sharon Anne Klingler:

SECRETS OF SUCCESS: The Science and Spirit of Real Prosperity