Thursday, July 16, 2015
Tuberculosis is considered a historical disease that was once an epidemic in Europe and United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. It has been detected as early as 7000 BC according to ehow.com. It was thought to be a heredity disease,but German microbiologist Robert Koch discovered the microbial causes of tuberculosis in 1882. I have never liked taking pills produced in a lab, but this disease was a contagious disease once known as the "white plague". Doctors early on had little to work with and without any vaccines or effective drub treatment until the 1940s,many people died of this disease affecting the lungs and sometimes other organs.TB would have continued to spread and wipe out populations worldwide if it had not been for modern medicine. In the article, What is Tuberculosis? What causes Tuberculosis?.Last updated June 17, 2015 [Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/8856.php#signs_and_symptoms_of_tuberculosis] that "TB is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs. It is the second greatest killer due to a single infectious agent worldwide, and in 2012, 1.3 million people died from the disease, with 8.6 million falling ill."
Sunday, July 12, 2015
In the Images of America : Banning book, I have learned a few things about its people, how it became a city, and see what still exists today. So if you love local history this series is the series for you. Did you know that there was a stagecoach stop at what is today Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum? Did you know there were two different Gilman families one that was in north Banning and did the stage coach stop and the other Gilman's Relief Hot Springs,which today is a Scientology complex? This series of books, Images of America, are mostly pictures of the past from small towns across the USA. Local authors have the ability to use pictures to create time capsules for future generations to learn about their city's past. These books contain short chapters starting with the first inhabitants of that city/area. No one writer is responsible for all the books in this series. Credit is given to those who provide pictures to the author. I find these books help me to research further information of the times.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I found this book on Goodreads.com. It has been a couple months since I used this site. But, the idea of a lost husband and the description peaked my curiosity. I admit I love farms and have visited a couple of small So Californian farms in the cities of Ontario, Oak Glen, and Cherry Valley, so I was interested in reading about a goat farm. The widow written in first person was a pleasant surprise. I loved seeing the world through Libby's eyes. I love writing in the first person when I write my stories which have only been self-published on Amazon Kindle. I haven't written in years until now. Focusing on my little ones who are now 4 and 6 years old. Reading this story spurred the writing juices inside of me to start again. So reading Katherine's 290 page book in three days was a record for me. I can't even remember reading that many pages in a long time. I have read 400 page historical novels in a weeks time staying up into the wee hours of the night. This heartwarming novel about a family that lost their father and husband is full of subtle twists. I love reading about people and how they react to life's challenges, and how they perceive other people's actions. I was totally immersed in LIbby's life on the goat farm in Atwater, Texas with her Aunt and O'Connor, the handy man, farm hand. I hate when I have to keep rereading a paragraph because I couldn't understand what the writer was saying. I love plain English. Simple language. I can appreciate Shakespeare, but I am not that type of writer or reader. So if you want, short, drama, and some action. Check out Amazon.com for Katherine's book. I plan to read her other books now and plan on buying The Lost Husband. I give this book 5 * * * * * stars. I even Facebooked the author to let her know I have reviewed it on Goodreads and shared it on Facebook. So enjoy. You could also try it out at your local library like I do. I only buy those I really, really love. http://www.katherinecenter.com/books/the-lost-husband/ http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Husband-Novel-Katherine-Center/dp/0345507940/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432168472&sr=1-1&keywords=the+lost+husband
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The trilogy of the Cousins O'Dwyer takes place in Ireland both in the present and centuries ago. As two worlds collide between the descendents of the Dark Witch of Mayo County and the evil,power hungry sorcecer, Cabhan. A new generation of Dark Witch descendents emerge: two from Ireland in a small village not far from Mayo and one cousin from America in search of a fresh start. Branna and Connor O'Dwyer welcome their American born cousin, Iona with open arms. Not long after Iona's arrival does the power of three, Cabhan has started to watch then and those close to them. Fin, Boyle, and Meara are soon entangled in the adventures of the O'Dwyers and Iona. Powers and secrets unravel as we find not only the descendents of the Dark Witch who used her power to heal,but the descendent of Cabhan. Nora Roberts fully immerses you into this world and I cannot put the book down at times. From the descriptions of the land, the Castle where the tourists and Iona stayed in book 1. We meet cousin Connor,who gives tourist guides with falcons through the woods. The stables where his friends Fin and Boyle are partners in running the horseback guides through the woods with Meara as their lead and some others, who work at the stables,but have no real parts. They offer both horseback lessons and guided tours on horseback which sometimes they combine with falcon walk. I was fascinated at the level of detail of the falconary business. It was my first in depth book of horses and falcons.I really learned the terminology of both activities. The only thing I do not see as strong as in other fictional books, I have read are the accents. I do not sense the strong Irish accents as I have. In the series, Bells of Lowells, by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. I could read the strong accents, but it was told in a different time period, so I am wondering if that is why. All in all, I am definitely adding this trilogy to my library at home. I plan to read it again and again. Starting with Dark Witch, Shadow Spell,and Blood Magick, this trilogy delivers drama, sci fi, and romance. The third book, Blood Magick comes out this October 28, 2014. So I have a little bit of waiting unless I want to pre-order it.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Such a stupid question, but it got me thinking and you reading. We eat for several reasons since we are no longer hunter-gathers moving along with our game and seasonal foods. We have grocery stores who get their foods from far away places like Ecuador or Mexico. Here is one source of my Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson. We eat now for comfort aka "comfort foods" when we are emotional, as rewards for doing our job, and when we are bored in front of the TV. I am guilty of eating in front of the TV. I like to eat new healthy foods by themselves. Do get grossed out. I eat grape tomatoes by themselves like some people eat chips. I like goji berries dried. I eat the sushi seaweed wrap by itself. I will cut grapefruit and eat it all by itself. Why do I eat? I eat to nourish my body with phytonutrients that help me. Reading this book so far, I have realized you could be eating these foods but not getting the nutritional benefits. Don't boil unless you are making a soup. Most food that you want to cook should be steamed,but don't take my word for it. Read on .....go to Amazon.com and check this book out. But first, you should think about why you eat? Are you sick all the time? What effect does food really have on the body? Why would you change your foods and how you eat?