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BOOK REVIEW – THE HINOMOTO REBELLION

TITLE: THE HINOMOTO REBELLION – Book One of the Aka Ryuu Chronicles.

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Staley

PAPERBACK: 352 Pages.
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It was lucky I could clear my schedule this weekend because once I got into this book, I didn’t want to put it down. This SciFi/Fantasy novel set in future Japan is a superbly crafted hero’s journey.
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It’s also lucky that because I did Script Frenzy, I found Liz and her blog, where I won a copy of this book. I was very interested in her work because she writes AND illustrates. She does both with excellence.

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The heroine is in a group of young people banded together to fight injustice. Have you heard the saying that girls will read books with a male or female main character, but boys only want books with a male main character? I think boys will also like this book because there are so many strong secondary characters who are male.

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These characters get their way into your heart for their loyalty and valor, while having endearing humanness that is so interesting.

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I love that the heroine has multiple sets of the same outfit. That is something I do when I find something I love.

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Well plotted, the ending was ultimately satisfying and emotional. A sequel is set up at the end of the book. Looking forward to that helps to assuage the sense of loss over finishing the book and leaving the alternate reality you’ve been in.

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The cover art is by Julie Minter.  The author did all the interior illustrations and she publishes a web comic three times a week here.

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The next book in the Aka Ryuu Chronicles will come out in 2011.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Book Review

 

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Two Awards

Super Comments Award

Marianne from Fickle White Woman gave me this award. Thank you Marianne. I am very grateful. 😄

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Versatile Blogger Award

And then to my surprise I received the Versatile Blogger’s award from Jb at the Homemaker’s Pensieve.

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I’m answering the questions from the first award and having that cover telling 7 things about myself from the second award.

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1. Why do you blog?
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I spent a challenging long winter in Quincy, Massachusetts one year. One thing that helped me get through it, was a page in the Boston Globe newspaper called CONFIDENTIAL CHAT. People wrote chatty things about their lives. I felt connected. Blogging does that for me. The thing I value most is the oneness of us all.

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2. What was your favorite age to be and why?
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Usually I say 40, but lately I realize my 7 year old self was all that I am. There was no lack.

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3. What’s your favorite sport to play?

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Jogging. Give me the wind in my hair and the feeling of freedom.

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4. What’s your favorite sport to watch, and who’s your favorite team?

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I married my husband because he doesn’t watch sports. I do like figure skating.

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5. If you could pick your perfect career (and money doesn’t matter / the kids are out of the house) what would it be?

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What I do, writing – being my own boss, on my own schedule and connecting. It’s called retired.

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6. Do you ever feel guilty for blogging?

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No, I consider it my raison d’etre.

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7. What is your favorite holiday?

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Christmas. Ideally every morning I wake up with ‘Christmas morning wonder.” Someone said to me once, oh presents? I love presents but no, it’s about creating a beautiful day and watching it unfold. I was one of the oldest in a large family. It was so much joy to help prepare everything and watch the younger children be enchanted.

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8. What’s your favorite kind of music?

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For exercising I like a good beat, most of the time I like silence or classical.

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9. Do you consider yourself a good driver or bad driver?

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I’m a good driver. I’m a Meyer’s Briggs intuitive. INFJ. Keep the Meyer’s Briggs Sensory perceivers  out of my car. They think you have to be looking everywhere all the time. My daughter is excluded from this and my hubby is included.

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10. What’s the farthest away place you have visited?

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Egypt, oh lordy, I felt like I was home when I was there. I wouldn’t want to live there, but it felt like home. Does that mean I was Nefertiti  in a past life? Muhaha.

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Here are the people I am awarding both these awards to. Yes it is a toofer. I picked these names by a secret process because there are so many of you who deserve it.

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If your name isn’t here and you want it, it is yours. Goodness sakes if you are reading this you have excellent taste. Ho ho ho

Seriously, if you are reading this I appreciate you and am grateful. Hoo hoo.

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The rules for awards are:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself or answer the questions or do something better that you think of.
3. Pass the award along to bloggers who you think are fantastic!
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.
( Rules are flexible, in case you’re not good with rules!)

Family of Shorts

Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

Mommy’s Journey

Images That Move With The Words

Crush Mix Blend

Daily Coping Skills

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY


The Girl Next Door Grows Up
Blog started this Feel Good Friday thing. Pick one of her prompts and write about it on your blog!

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In Oprah’s newsletter this morning I read a line by Martha Beck

Once you begin listening to your heart, I guarantee it’s going to say some things that shock you—otherwise, you wouldn’t have locked it away in the first place. You may discover that your heart wants to spend your paycheck on flowers or wear purple spandex to a board meeting. You don’t have to act on these impulses, but you must not judge or repress them.

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When I tuned in, I saw my inner child in my mind’s eye. She was covered in jewels. I am a minimalist. My inner child is not. She doesn’t care if the jewels are plastic – the more the better.

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In the mindset of not judging or repressing, I decided I could wear a gaudy ring I have, as I headed out to the beach.

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My minimalist self was wearing shorts and a shirt and flip flops. I planned to walk at the beach barefoot. I found two large gem rings to include with my outfit.

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I was smiling as I walked to the beach.  I noticed now my inner child had on fairy wings, larger than she is. They are translucent gauzy white with sparkles and specs of color.

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I decided I could wear imaginary fairy wings and immediately my posture improved.

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Then I noticed I had antennae with little red hearts on the tips. The antenae were communicating fairy talk with lots of inkle sounds. Pinkle, twinkle, vinkle, hinkle, jinkle, tinkle.

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I giggled and realized other people at the beach probably did not even know they had fairy wings on, but my antennae were communicating with them anyway.

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I wasn’t planning to get back to jogging yet, until I realized fairy wings give lift.

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I think I will keep my wings on all day. My husband doesn’t know he has some on too. Inkle, pinkle, twinkle.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized

 

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FROM MUFFIN TOP TO SKINNY JEANS

Short Mama at Family Of Shorts started this meme and I want in. I want the results.

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This week’s direction is:
Lets just update on our progress so far.

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I chose three things the first week and three different things the next week.

Move and stretch while at the computer and in front of the TV

Get in 3 days of walk/jogging at the beach and 3 days of water aerobics each week.

Laugh each day.

Eat something instead of Japanese tea sweets this week.

Have at least 40 oz. of cold unsweetened tea on hand.

Do strength exercises twice this week.

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Now I will focus on laughing each day, moving while at the computer and no tea sweets.

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I was thrilled with my slow weight release – 1/4 pound a week and my waist went down 2 3/4″. I’m 63 and my metabolism is slow. Hey hey.

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Then the shingles hit and my waist swelled up the three inches again and I’ve been too fatigued to exercise. I have a lot of trouble sleeping with the pain. Last night I did stairs when I couldn’t sleep.
I’m not contagious anymore and I walked at the beach this morning. Hoo hoo.

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I trust all the swelling will go soon and I’ll get back to my exercise. hee hee.

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My weight is back up two pounds. I hope some of that is the swelling. I have been wanting to eat for energy and comfort. Ho ho.

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This too shall pass. Hahaha.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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OW, OW, SCRATCH, SCRATCH – COPING WITH SHINGLES

As I write this, I have shingles. It’s my second time. It leaves me with the thought why did this happen to me? And better yet, how can I prevent it’s recurrence.

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I can rule out most but not all of the causes. On-line, I found information that red yeast rice which is a statin can contribute to shingles. Cholesterol functions to coat nerve endings.  Both times, I got shingles after taking red yeast rice.

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Guess what I won’t be taking anymore?

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This time the shingles is on my left trunk. Dr. Babinet pointed out that in Eastern medicine, the left side has to do with honoring the essence of our own uniqueness.

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He gave me three affirmations to work with.

I am free to be me.

I am allowing the world to support me.

I am open to receive according to my own expression.

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I created a triple whammy in this area by feeling challenged to set boundaries, connecting to a person without boundaries and judging myself for being ineffective and getting angry. It’s interesting to me that I could have done everything the same and been much further ahead by leaving out the part of judging myself.

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Oprah had an article in her newsletter that I find comfort in. It is about setting boundaries. I love the first exercise for all the permission it gives to honor your unique boundaries, and before that to come to know what they are.

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Two Awards

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This neat button was made by Becky. I received this award from Panda Box 33.

The Rules for the award are:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! (in no particular order…)

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Seven things about me are:

OMG, I wrote this and when I went to preview it, It was so boring. Here goes take #2.

1.  I have an hourglass figure. The waist has become thickened – hence my participation in From Muffin Top To Skinny Jeans.

2. Every time someone pays it forward, we all benefit.

3. Grandchildren are magical beings and everyone is a grandchild.

4. Flowers, trees and humans look beautiful in all stages of development.

5. Loving everything that happens to us makes it easier to bear – even if we are only pretending.

6. I am challenged with processing anger – partly because I think I am not supposed to get angry. With my husband I handle it very well, let it out and be done with it. Of course he has given me lots of practice. 😄

7. I love the spatial beauty of a tree – how it stands there and claims it’s space and it’s unique growth pattern.

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I received another award this week from

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Jackie at Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories,  For this the rules are
Now, for the rules! :)Post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.Pass the award to other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
Interesting that both these awards ask to pass the award on to newly discovered blogs.
So, I’m combining them and awarding them to these blogs that are new to me.

Amazons Aren’t Fat

Woven by Words

Family of Shorts

Flutterbye Chronicles

Spoonful-of-sugar

TTT and Me

Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

Yes Jackie, you get the Versatile Blogger award. 😄

Pen and Paper

Panda Box 33

Yes, Panda box you get the One Lovely Blog Award. 😄

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© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Abundance

 

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FROM MUFFIN TOP TO SKINNY JEANS

Short Mama at Family Of Shorts started this meme and I want in. I want the results.

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This week’s question is:

This week tell me what are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

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SNACK – A snack food (commonly called a snack) is seen in Western culture as a type of food not meant to be eaten as a main meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner – but rather to assuage a person’s hunger between these meals, providing a brief supply of energy for the body. The term may also refer to a food item consumed between meals purely for the enjoyment of its taste. from Wikipedia.

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I eat about 6 times a day and eat from 80 to 300 calories each time. I think that makes half meals and half snacks? I don’t like the term for some reason.

I don’t think in terms of snacks.  I usually just eat what I want from what I have available. If I’ve had a lot of calories I switch to sugar peas. If I have a lot of calories left I have a light beer with my food.

Usually once a day I have half an Ezekiel muffin with olive oil on it.

I would rather have luscious fruit than candy.

Sometimes I have a tablespoon of grain sweetened chocolate chips and then maybe another.

I love to have some homemade goat milk yogurt, sometimes with nuts and fruit added.

I mentioned taking half a puff pastry and bake it with raisins, nuts and chocolate chips in it. If you put small amounts of everything in it, it keeps the calories down.

If I’m out of calories and hungry, I might eat a dill pickle or some pickled ginger or a cup of tea with honey.

I didn’t get to go on vacation last week. Turns out I have shingles and my waist is swollen up 3 inches bigger. Funny they showed up at my waist, just when I was focusing on that as my measure. XD.  AND, I haven’t been exercising at all. Next month will be better.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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