Book Review Blog Hop #19


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Goodreads Summary: Go Set a Watchman (Audible and BOOK CLUB read)

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

My Review – 2 stars 

WOW… a great literary hero is no more. Atticus Finch was Jean Louie’s hero and now he’s just a despicable, racist. Jean Louise’s whole world has been destroyed, the man she looked up her whole life is nothing but a lie. The man she based her beliefs and values on, was only pretending to be a decent human being.

Jean Louise pretends to be a modern woman, who thinks we are all equal…but half her statements are just as racist as Atticus.  

The story, the revelation and the lesson her dad and uncle tried to teach her was horrifying. There was a reason this was NEVER published and never should have been.

Not sure how I will help students with To Kill a Mockingbird now, all I can think about is the “real” Atticus. The only good lesson is that even famous authors need to keep rewriting and learning from their first drafts.

  Highlight for spoilers… (((Atticus may have believed Tom Robinson was innocent or he could have been doing his job as a lawyer. Who knows now. 
He feels the NAACP is out of control and all the black citizens should be happy with how they are currently treated. Atticus is actually angry that they want respect and to be treated like human beings. 
You feel like Jean Louise feels, deceived by all those who she grew up with. Her dad is a liar and despicable racist, her boyfriend is just a fake piece of shit with no guts or mind of his own, Calpurnia now treats her like one of the towns many white racists, and Jem is dead.
Jean Louise is really a total contradiction of herself. She says one thing then says the opposite in the same moment. She was going to leave, but now is going to stay???? Who knows.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: The Art of Keeping Secrets (CD Rental from library)

Since a solo plane crash killed her husband two years ago, Annabelle Murphy has found solace in raising her two children. Just when she thinks the grief is behind her, she receives news that the wreckage of the plane has been discovered—and that her husband did not die alone. He was with another woman. Suddenly Annabelle is forced to question everything she once held true.

Sofie Milstead knows the woman who was on that plane. A dolphin researcher who has lived a quiet life, Sofie has never let anyone get too close. But when Annabelle shows up on Sofie’s doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts…and find the courage they need to face the truth.

WOW…not only do you lose your husband now you find out that he may have been unfaithful. Great premise and liking Annabelle’s character. Sofie is annoying and spoiled, tell Ananbelle and Jake the truth and stop acting like the entire world revolves around you. 

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Pasta with Meat Sauce

All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

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Pasta with Meat Sauce

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Ingredients:

~ organic pasta of choice
~ organic pasta sauce
~ organic frozen spinach
~ organic garlic
~ organic onions
~ organic ground beef

Directions:
~ defrost ground beef and spinach
~ dice onions and garlic, mix with olive oil and saute in cast iron skillet
~ add ground beef and spinach with 1/4 cup water and sauce, then simmer and cover
~ boil pasta and add some olive oil to keep pasta from sticking together

AJ approved it, but asked for more meat in his sauce. He doesn’t like hamburgers, but loves meatballs?!?!?!?!

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I keep seeing videos on flattening out ground beef for 1. portion control, 2. easier storing in freezer, and 3. quicker defrosting. All three did work, but AJ wants MORE meat in his sauce next time.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE

Hearty Oatmeal

All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

real food meals

Hearty Oatmeal

A great way to start the morning is with a hearty and healthy oatmeal. 

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Ingredients:

~ organic oats
~ organic banana
~ organic cinnamon
~ organic butter
~ honey
~ organic chia seeds
~ organic coconut oil
~ organic almond milk (unsweetened original)

Oatmeal Directions:
~ follow directions to make oatmeal (1 cup water to 1/2 cup oats)
~ add butter and coconut oil after you add oats to boiling water
~ after bringing to a boil, low to a simmer and continue to stir
~ add a mashed banana, honey, and cinnamon
~ ***on the side, add chia seeds to some milk and put aside so chia seeds will set***
~ mix milk with oatmeal and serve

 

AJ loves a good oatmeal!!!! I always try to make a bit different, next time I’ll add apples with the bananas.

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You can add other fruits, almond butter, or nuts to your oatmeal.

What you do like in your oatmeal? 

 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE

Fresh Baked Cupcakes

 

All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

real food meals

Fresh Baked Cupcakes…out of the freezer????

I’ve made fresh baked goods before, but then when you freeze and reheat it just doesn’t taste the same. So now, freezing the mixture raw, you can get that fresh baked taste every time…and only bake what you need.

freezing collageCupcakes:

~ organic cupcake mix
~ organic coconut or almond milk
~ organic butter
~ organic egg

Directions:
~ mix ingredients as directed
~ poor into cupcake wrappers placed in cupcake pans
~ flash freeze  – freeze in cupcake tin for a few hours so it will be solid
~ store in baggies
~ When ready to bake, place the desired amount in cupcake pan then bake for correct amount of time

I chose to make mini cupcakes, but you can do this with average sized cupcakes and muffins. I just tried it with brownies. Yes, I make brownie cupcakes and it was perfection. 

Add bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, or raisins. What do you like to add to your brownies or cupcakes? 

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AJ loved picking out the cupcakes he wanted and put them in the pan.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/       http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE

June Use Your Words

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using: clock ~ summer ~ curtain ~ floor ~ happiness 

They were submitted by: http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com

Even though I only have 11 more days of work, I am still counting down till it’s all done. I need a break from the commuting to and from work, rushing to get my son, and planning for the next day. I am so looking forward to summer.

What do I plan to do this summer? Well I’m glad you asked. It’s going to be a busy one, but relaxed at the same time. Ready for my plans?

AJ will be in summer school in the morning, I plan to pick him up, give him lunch in the car, then drive him to summer camp in the afternoon so he can make swimming and horseback riding. Don’t worry, summer school only lasts four weeks.  The rest of the summer he will be at summer camp all day and get to go on field trips.

I plan on tutoring a child once a week, this will have to fit in when AJ is either in summer camp or daycare. It will work out since the child is not far from where I live. It will be a bit hectic at times as I will be working against the clock to make sure I tutor the child on time, talk with his parents, and pick AJ up and drop him off in time.

Cleaning and organizing is on the list as well. I plan to clean everything! That means I will actually wash our curtains and deep clean our floors. I can’t afford to pay our cleaning lady for the summer. It only makes sense for me to do all the cleaning since I’ll be home. Though, I plan for her to start coming back to our house in September.

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An online class is also on my plate this summer. As a teacher, professional development never ends, nor does the opportunity to earn credits. I’m going to take an online class called Innovative Testing Tools. It will be challenging, but exciting.

The days that AJ doesn’t have school or camp will be the days we get to do our fun trips and activities. Perhaps play dates, swimming at the beach or pool, and trips to the zoo, park, museum, and aquarium.

Don’t worry we also have a family vacation planned! When and where? Well, you’ll have to wait till we get back to hear all about it.

Yup, this will be a summer filled with some craziness, but lots of relaxation and happiness.

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Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado
Spatulas on Parade   

The Bergham’s Life Chronicles  
The Momisodes
Stacy Sews and Schools
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy
Battered Hope
Southern Belle Charm
Someone Else’s Genius
Confessions of a part-time working mom
Searching for Sanity
Climaxed
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

I Keep Going

city-people-walking-blurI haven’t participated in a while and thought its about time I contributed.

FINISH THE SENTENCE FRIDAY

hosted by Kristi and Michelle (who thought of today’s sentence)

After a hard day’s work…I keep going. 

Yes, it never ends…not even when I put my head down on my pillow to sleep. My mind keeps spinning a list of all the things I must do the next day, and the day after, and so on…

It all begins with me leaving for work about 6:40 in the morning and starting my 70 mile round trip commute. As an itinerant reading specialist, I often travel to various schools.   It’s a long drive, but at least I can listen books on tape and try to enjoy the ride.

When I finally arrive in my town, I can’t go home.

Why? Well we live on a main road and next to stop sign. The traffic going to the stop sign is horrendous from three to well after five, just when I need to get my son. If I go home for a bit, then try to leave again, chances are it will take some time to get back out. The wait often turns into ten or fifteen minutes. Other drivers, even thought they aren’t moving, will inch up and refuse to let me go…it’s really sad. Let me say there are some sweet people out there who will let you go…thank you!!!!

Therefore I choose to either stay a bit later at work and then drive to my son’s daycare to pick him up. Other times I pick up a few items for the local health food store or stop by the library to get the latest book I put on hold.

“Hold on…didn’t you say your kid was in kindergarten?”

Yes he is, but I don’t make it back in time to pick up him. I don’t want to say I will get him and then not make it back in time. Instead I like knowing the daycare picks him up and brings him back there. It’s a great way for him to decompress after being in school all day.

Once I get him then get home a little after 5 pm, the craziness begins. All within in a few hours I have to…

  • empty out his lunch bag and clean it
  • empty out my lunch bag and clean it
  • make lunch and snacks for him
  • make my lunch and snacks
  • see what he has in his backpack
  • get out of my clothes and into panamas…after being in my clothes since 6 am I want out!
  • make side dishes to go with the (hopefully already prepared the night before) main dish
  • go over his homework and read books
  • get my clothes ready for tomorrow
  • try to put away growing pile of clothes on laundry rack
  • wash and dry clothes and towels
  • get his clothes ready for tomorrow
  • cook a main course for the next night
  • compromise and argue about cleaning up and getting ready for bed
  • getting him cleaned and ready for bed
  • cleaning up the living room
  • getting his teeth brushed in bed
  • reading a book or two
  • rubbing his back and having some special cuddle time

This does not include the days I have late meetings, when I take him to karate (and get home even later), or the time I spend on lesson planning.

By the time I get to bed, I lay down and fall right to sleep, only to wake back up because my brain is going a mile a minute.

So after a hard day’s work, I come home and work some more. At least I can work in my pajamas.

How would you finish the sentence, After a hard day’s work…