Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

Rating:                              9 – 9.5 General Rating: Keeps your attention throughout. Skip factor:  0% which doesn’t happen too often. Who should read:  Any woman would like this story. But those who enjoy great writing will love. Summary: The story starts off with a bang. When Libby Miller arrives home to break the news to her husband that she has … Read more

Have a Book Fetish?

I do. I can’t stop buying books…old books, new books, paperbacks, ebooks…it matters naught to me. If one sparks my interest, I’m whipping out the credit card or pressing the “Buy Now” button. And those old Library Book Sales? OMG! Dont’ let me go. I used to take ten dollars but ended up scraping change … Read more

Short Stories of Kids with Gifts: The Dream Diaries

(Above are: Sonnie, Annie, Rachel & Chase)  Ever thought of someone, then they called? Had a Deja Vu feeling as if you’ve been somewhere you couldn’t possibly have been? Felt like someone was watching you? If you have, you’re going to love my new novella, The Dream Diaries. These are the short stories of the … Read more

An Author’s Life

Want to be a writer? Um, maybe you don’t.    I’m in a hostage situation. See that view in the window? (Yes, I have my Jack pants on.) That’s me. Every morning. At 5 am. Scratch that, 4 am. Okay, scratch that, too. Truthfully, I’ve been up between 2:30 and 3 am every day this week, … Read more

Three Sisters by Heather Morris

Rating:           8 General Rating: A World War II story about the perseverance of three sisters, whom survived Auschwitz and Birkenau. Who should read:  Those interested in touching stories about holocaust survivors. Sisters. Women who have survived similar atrocities, and certainly survivors and children of holocaust survivors. Skip factor:  8%. I skipped more than a little between 60% … Read more

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Rating:     10    Serendipitous. Heartfelt and enjoyable. A lovely warm tale about  a woman and a tentacled creature. If only life mimicked this book, rewarded truly deserving people who have weathered fate’s storms. Skip factor: I skipped nothing. 0%    Who should read? Readers who need a boost from life’s norm. Women who love serendipitous stories … Read more

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Rating:     9    Hard to read at times because of the clear picture this author paints. Skip factor: My normal 3-5%    Who should read? Compassionates. Anyone who would like to understand why people risk their lives and the lives of their family, leaving everything they have behind, and begin anew. This is a story of … Read more

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Rating:           8.5 General Rating: Is this book for you? It’s a hodgepodge of stories, Libby Jones’s, mostly. She’s a single girl turning twenty-five and about to inherit? What? She’s not quite sure. Break to the story of beautiful Lucy and her two children struggling to survive. Enter an odd character named Finn. The reader is certain … Read more

It’s Simple. It’s Choice. It’s Freedom.

Isn’t it wonderful that, as women, we can debate abortion?

Thank you to the women who have shared their thoughts. In many countries, women don’t have this right. Some are forbidden to voice their opinion. Some can’t walk outside without a man. Some aren’t able to go to school and learn to write elegant posts.

To ensure freedom exists for our female descendants, it is imperative we fight for the division of church and state, now.

To those of you who are pro-life, let me explain. If the laws in our country allow men, who believe a baby’s life begins with conception, to ban abortion, then when a different regime is in power, men who believe life begins at first breath, they have the ability to force abortion on women. It’s that simple. Yes.

This is not about life. This is not even about abortion. This is about choice. And freedom. Freedom for all women—rich or poor. Removing the ban on abortion unjustly affects women in the inner-city who don’t have the means to travel hundreds or thousands of miles for an abortion. The powers to be, the rich, the politicians, the upper echelon of our country seldom, if ever, experience the cold, lonely, feeling of not being able to feed your child. Of being forced into a back alley for an abortion so painful and grueling they will never forget it—only to be persecuted for it later.

To the righteous: quoting the bible only proves the decision to allow the banning of abortion is based on religion, and your posting of baby pictures and calling women who have had abortions murderers is persecution.

My religious beliefs are my own. Separate and distinct. As the laws should be. I will defend until my dying day, my sister’s right to make her own choices based on her own situation and her own religion, despite my beliefs and religion. I will never support taking rights away from another woman.

It’s simple, really. It’s about our daughters’ and granddaughters’ future. It’s about a woman’s choice. It’s about freedom.

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CJ Zahner is a woman, mother, and grandmother. No m,ore need be said.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Rating:           9 General Rating: Ng is an author to watch. Her writing is fabulous—the best I’ve seen recently. Favorite line: “Everything seems worse in the darkest hours of the night.” (So true!) Skip factor:  2%. I skipped little. Who should read:  While I believe this is more for women or young females, anyone who has experienced discrimination or who … Read more