Book Review: God Is …: Lessons I Learned about God in College by Nysi Kilgore

God Is …: Lessons I Learned about God in College by Nysi Kilgore

Going to college can be hard. Going to college in a different state makes it even more difficult and lonesome. In the book God Is…: Lessons I Learned about God in College by Nysi Kilgore, the author takes us along with her through her college years.

Along the way, Kilgore learned that she did not have to do it all alone. She did not have to be perfect and not everyone is your friend.

The author provides scripture references, most of them from The Message, regarding the issue discussed. If you are from a more traditional church background, you may want to keep a copy of your favorite translation of the Bible handy so that you can read the scriptures in a more traditional format.

We give God Is… all five stars. We feel this book is very well-written and timely for anyone getting ready to head off to college or who is already there.

This book would make a great reference for the older youth to use in a small Bible discussion group, so you may wish to buy multiple copies.

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Book Review: Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army: Native American Soldiers Who Fought in the Civil War by Quita V. Shier

Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army: Native American Soldiers Who Fought in the Civil War by Quita V. Shier

By now you have seen many books that would be a great addition to your genealogy library. You may be thinking, “Where am I going to put another one?” Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army: Native American Soldiers Who Fought in the Civil War by Quita V. Shier is one of those books you will be glad you made room for on your shelf.

This book is very well-researched. It is broken down by each individual who served in Company K. The author provides as much information on each person’s life story as could be found.

The great thing about Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army is that you could read it from cover to cover and love it. You could also just flip to a particular person’s story and find out all there is to know about that person.

Along the way, you will also learn about the conditions at hospitals, prisons, and on the field.

If you are at all interested in the War for Southern Independence, you will want to add Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army to your “To be read” list.

We give this book all five stars. It is very well-written and extremely well-researched.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. Fireworks ______________________.
  2. My favorite 4th of July picnic food is ___________.
  3. I begin every day with _________.
  4. _________ is the best thing since sliced bread.

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Here are my responses:

Fireworks are beautiful and fun, but very loud! I don’t like the loudness, but love the colors and trying to photograph them.

Well, we don’t go on 4th of July picnics, but I imagine one of my favorite picnic foods would be fried chicken.

I begin every day with a run to the bathroom and, most of a time, a prayer. That first prayer is often, “Please let me make it in time!”

David and our kids are the best thing since sliced bread. I couldn’t imagine life without them.

Our daughter Maggie has a new blog for her furbaby Martha. You can find it at: Martha’s Daily Mews.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Book Review: 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping by Marilyn Haugen

150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping by Marilyn Haugen

When I was a young boy, I was a boy scout and a girl scout. You see, my mother was the troop leader and I went to all the meetings. I was about the same age as most of the girls, so I got to participate in the meetings.

The boy scouts taught some about outdoor cooking and outdoor living, but the girls learned much more. They learned how to make life outside a lot like it was indoors.

One thing they taught was cooking in the coals of a campfire using foil. Well, 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil: Ovens, BBQ, Camping by Marilyn Haugen would be an excellent resource for those who want to make camping a lot more fun and a lot less like eating a brontosaurus burger cooked until it is burnt.

Once, we boy scouts had to cook on the fire for ourselves and our fathers. The fathers could not help. I made what we called Steak in Aluminum Foil. While the others were eating those burnt brontosaurus burgers and severely overdone hot dogs, Dad and I were chowing down on a delicious steak, potatoes, onions, and carrots. I can only imagine what I could have done had I had this outstanding resource. Even the eleven year old boy that I was could have made great food by following this book.

I have to give 150 Best Recipes for Cooking in Foil all five stars. It is very well-written and has many outstanding recipes.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

Our family is mostly Irish. Therefore, we love anything to do with a potato. This is why 300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook’s Guide by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh was such a great book for us.

Not only are there all kinds of easy to follow recipes in this book, there are also a lot of “fun facts” about the potato. There is sort or a Ripley’s Believe It Or Else” section in the front of the book where readers are treated to some little known facts about the potato.

These recipes are easy to follow with a good bit of detail for each recipe. It makes following the steps so easy even a husband could follow them.

We think you will love 300 Best Potato Recipes like we do. We give it all five stars and a slab of bacon.

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Book Review: The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan by Sam Kleiner

The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan by Sam Kleiner

If you like to read about fighter pilots or World War II like I do, you will enjoy The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan by Sam Kleiner.

This is a good account of what went on during the top secret days before the war. It is the story as taken from letters written back home to the families and friends of those infamous Flying Tigers.

This is a very interesting story written, while trying to be factually accurate, to tell the story of the leader and founder of the Flying Tigers and his fight to keep the Tigers flying.

To be honest, I never knew how involved the U. S. was with China at the time. Most of the books I have read mentioned the war in China more as a footnote than anything else.

We learn a little more about Pappy Boyington and his Black Sheep. We read about how a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee is buried in the rose garden at Lee’s home.

We give The Flying Tigers four out of five stars. It is a good book, but it just does not get to the level of “Can’t put it down.”

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Book Review: Security Analysis, Sixth Edition by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd

Security Analysis, Sixth Edition by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd

In the forward to this edition of Security Analysis, Warren Buffett tells us that he has four books in his library that he treasures most. Two of those books are first editions: The Wealth of Nations and The Intelligent Investor. The other two books are both Security Analysis. One of those books was owned by Dodd and has notes throughout it to be included in the second edition of the book.

This particular edition is great in that it has the text of the second edition, but it also has the first edition on the accompanying CD. There are extensive notes on the CD.

Security Analysis is long, but it is not a dry, boring book. It is very informative and easy to read. The only problem I see with it is the inconsistency of the layout of tables. Some tables go from early years to later years and others run in reverse order. This means in order to digest the material, you first must take a look at the years column to see if things are improving or getting worse as the years go by.

This edition has a copyright of 2009, but it says practically nothing about the 2007-2008 situation. It would be great if the next edition also covered those years and if the editors would include a few color charts and graphs. It would also be great if all the articles referenced in the footnotes were included on the accompanying CD.

The authors speak of the Efficient Market Theory and that, if it is correct, all information is already included in the price of the security. This could only be true if humans were not a part of the equation. As long as we have humans, we will have people who believe in one idea and most others will follow in their footsteps.

Since the Market is a voting machine, there will always be the opportunity to find a security that is not trading at its true value. Most investors trade with the crowd. As long as that is the case, those who actually analyze securities will be able to find value stocks.

Our library obtained this copy of Security Analysis from another library. I was the first ever to check this particular copy out. It has been sitting on their shelf nine years and never been opened. It is a pity that such valuable wisdom is sitting on a shelf and has never been read. You should be the one in your group to buck the trend and obtain this valuable information.

Most in the financial world have not read this book. You will have a secret source of insight into Mr. Market once you read this.

We have to give this edition all five stars. Although it was written in 1940, it is just as useful today as it was many years ago.

We checked a copy of this book out from the Wharton County Texas Library through their Interlibrary loan service. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles by Angela Hunt and Bill Myers

When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles by Angela Hunt and Bill Myers

Goosebumps, that is the best way to describe what I felt when reading When God Happens: True Stories of Modern Day Miracles by Angela Hunt and Bill Myers.

Many people do not believe in angels. I would imagine that most do. It is amazing how angels often appear when we least expect them. We enjoyed every story in this book and really hope the editors are able to create the series.

Each story in When God Happens was written by one of the people who actually experienced the miracles of God. Too often we are willing to listen to the world and believe that what we have experienced is just coincidence or just a fluke or dumb luck.

We are told that we often entertain angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2). If we just allow ourselves to let go and let God, we can often see His amazing work.

This book deserves all five stars. It is very well-written and very inspiring. If you like to hear inspirational stories about Christians who believe in the power of prayer and in letting Jesus Christ speak to them, this book is for you.

We feel that this would make a great small group book to read together at a church or with a prayer group to discuss and build faith.

You will find yourself not being able to put When God Happens down. It is just that good. You will probably want to buy several copies to give your friends and a copy to put in your church library.

As a side note, this is the 100th book we have read in our Goodreads 2018 challenge. We think it is awesome that this is the one that put us over the top.

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Book Review: Doodled Cats: Dozens of Clever Doodling Exercises & Ideas for Cat People by Gemma Correll

Doodled Cats: Dozens of Clever Doodling Exercises & Ideas for Cat People by Gemma Correll

Doodled Cats: Dozens of Clever Doodling Exercises & Ideas for Cat People by Gemma Correll is a cute little book about ways to draw cats.

The book is divided into four sections. Part 1 is All About Cats and has fun-fact type information, including 20 Signs You’re a Cat Person. This had us really laughing!

Part 2 gives us step-by-step instructions on how to doodle a cat. The examples are very basic and we think most folks will be able to follow their examples and make some really cute cat doodles.

Part 3 is like a kitty fashion show in that it shows doodled cats in various hats and outfits to help inspire you in your own doodling.

Part 4 is a template section to help you get started with your own doodles.

Doodled Cats is a fun little book. There are 160 pages, but it is a very short and funny book. We think that it will bring a smile to the faces of most cat lovers out there.

And, for you dog lovers, they also have a dog version called Doodled Dogs!

Both are available for pre-order right now on Amazon.com. Release date is 26 June 2018.

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Press Release: One Company Gives Back to Injured Veterans, Helping them Every Step of the Way

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One Company Gives Back to Injured Veterans, Helping them Every Step of the Way

With the iWALK2.0, injured veterans are able to have better mobility

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – (June 18, 2018) – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 18.5 million veterans in the country. Like the rest of the population, they experience lower leg injuries, resulting from any number of issues. One company has created a way to help them every step of the way, making it more comfortable for them to have better mobility as they recover. The iWALKFree company gives back to veterans, by giving those with lower leg injuries the iWALK2.0.

“We are extremely grateful for everything veterans have done for our country,” explains Brad Hunter, the innovator of iWALK2.0 and the chief executive officer of the company, iWALKFree, Inc.  “Being able to give back and help them even a little is the least that we can do. We are happy to know that our device helps make their injury recovery a lot more tolerable.”

The iWALK2.0 has been designed to help with all types of common lower leg injuries, as well as those with amputations. To provide veterans with the iWALK2.0, the company has teamed up with the Travis Mills Foundation. The foundation was created by Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, who is a wounded warrior, having lost of his arms and legs during combat. He became an advocate for veterans and amputees, starting the foundation to help with those efforts. During 2017, they helped 84 veteran families with being able to attend a healing retreat that included such as activities as yoga, archery, boating, fishing, hiking, painting, culinary arts, and much more.

One of the wounded veterans helped by the iWALK2.0 is Leslie Smith, a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Bosnia in 2001-2002. Her rigorous training required her to wear combat boots that lead to a blood clot. The condition led to an amputation of her left leg. Though she was fitted for a prosthetic leg, what many people don’t realize is that wearing them for any length of time can lead to severe skin irritation and extreme pain at the knee and upper thigh. Typically amputees give up their prosthetics from time to time so that these side effects can heal.  And many military vets who have lost their legs have given up on prosthetics altogether due to these side effects. The iWALK2.0 helps her through those healing periods.

The iWalk allows me to be and feel like a whole person,” explains Leslie Smith. ““The iWalk gives me freedom, confidence, and independence. I do not have to rely on a wheelchair or crutches. Having the ability to use my hands freely is of great importance especially being legally blind and having a service dog. The iWalk has removed any and all stress or worry that I will not be able to continue daily activities, work, travel, and anything fun, like shopping. I have no fear of missing out on what I need to do!”

With the iWALK2.0, Smith no longer has to hop, crawl, use a wheelchair or crutches, in order to get around when she was taking a break from her prosthetic to heal. This helps to avoid injuries, bruising, falls, and soreness.  Plus, it’s empowered her life because she can get around with ease and feel safe doing so.

The program that iWALKFree has in place to give back to those in need provides people with the opportunity to donate their used iWALK2.0 to a variety of charities. Along with the Travis Mills Foundation, they provide devices to the Adaptive Training Foundation, Canada Africa Community Health Alliance, Serving Us Veterans in Need, Globus Relief, Hands of Hope, Physicians for Peace, Limbs for Life, World Rehabilitation Fund, Marshall-Legacy Institute, and Volunteers for Inter-American Development Assistance.

In addition to giving back to veterans to help with their injury recovery, the company also provides help to other charities where they provide free iWALK2.0 units to those in need who do not have the means to otherwise pay for them. The device retails for $149, but their mission with that charity is to help those in need have access to a more comfortable way to recover from injury that will also help them be more mobile.

The product does provide benefits to those veterans who used it, because the iWALK2.0 offered them easier mobility while they were recovering from an injury. Rather than them spending their time recovering from a lower leg injury using crutches, which can be painful and limit mobility, they were able to get around easier and with less pain.

The iWALK2.0 is hands-free, pain-free alternative to using crutches and leg scooters.  It’s easy to learn to use, intuitive, and safe. From the knee up, the leg is doing the same walking motion that comes naturally to it. The device is essentially a temporary lower leg, which gives people their independence and mobility back as they recover from an injury. The device is pain-free, and makes it possible for people to engage in many of their normal routine activities, such as walking the dog, grocery shopping, and walking up or down stairs.

Clinical research, the results of which are on the company website, shows that patients using the iWALK2.0 heal faster, and have a higher sense of satisfaction and a higher rate of compliance. The iWALK2.0 sells for $149 and is available online and through select retailers. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the device. The device can be used with a cast or boot, and comes with a limited warranty. For more information on the iWALK2.0, visit the site at: http://iwalk-free.com. To see a video of the iWALK2.0 in action, visit: : iWalkFree.

About iWALKFree

The iWALK2.0 is a hands-free knee crutch, made by iWALKFree, Inc.  It’s a mobility device used instead of traditional crutches and knee scooters. It offers more comfort and independence, with the hands and arms remaining free. The device offers people a functional and independent lifestyle as they are recovering from many common lower leg injuries. For more information on the iWALK2.0, visit the site at: http://iwalk-free.com.

Source:

U.S. Census Bureau. Veterans Day 2017https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2017/veterans-day.html

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