“Every Road” by Michael Traveler, author of The Backroads series of books

“Every Road” by Michael Traveler, author of The Backroads series of books

every road leads somewhere
to challenges that forge our soul
to temptations that make us weak
to joys beyond measure
to blessings that run deep
to places where we feel safe to sleep
to graces that rain down on us from up above

but rest assured
every road leads somewhere
to knowledge and riches beyond compare
it’s up to us to pay attention to be aware

By Michael Traveler

Dean Koontz The Door to December Book Review

Dean Koontz  The Door to December Book Review

128573If you are wondering who was Leigh Nichols, it was none other than Dean Koontz doing a bit of Richard Bachman-ing. The Door to December book, written in 1988 is a small thriller gem, filled with ghosts and Paranormal activity, is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in a hammock.
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Margaret Atwood – MaddAdam

“The people in the chaos cannot learn. They cannot understand what they are doing to the sea and the sky and the plants and the animals. They cannot understand that they are killing them, and that they will end by killing themselves. And there are so many of them, and each one of them is doing part of the killing, whether they know it or not. ”
― Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam

{8C8EE56D-9BAD-47A7-B4A3-6E7E7A020CF0}Img400From the visionary Sci-Fi writer that brought us Oryx and Crake and “The Year of the Flood” (which I have not read yet), comes the end of the trilogy of Snowman and the Crakers and the end of the era of Humanity and the new beginning.

The future has never looked so bleak.
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Dick Francis – Shattered Book Review

New Year’s Eve of the millennium – Martin Stukely dies while riding as a jockey. After the race, his friend Gerard Logan is handed a videotape for safekeeping. The tape is stolen from his glass-works shop that night in the midnight celebration before Gerard had a chance to know what was on it. Within the following week, Gerard is attacked by four masked individuals who demanded the return of the tape.

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Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin

2000 Margaret Atwood The Blind AssasinNever in my life have I been so enchanted. Enthralled. Besotted. Fully and utterly in love with a book.
I feel like I know Iris Chase Griffin, the storyteller, the old grandma retelling her life story to her young and estranged granddaughter. From the marriage of her grandparents at the turn of the century, to the bone button factory which had made them rich, to the place she grew up with her younger sister Laura, to the death of her mother, new love of his father, the two world wars, the ruin and the despair, the tragic death of her sister, the loveless marriage and the secret.

“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

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9 Beach Vacation Ideas

9 Beach Vacation Ideas

When it comes to go on your beach vacation, it can be very hard to pick a destination. There are many places you can go, whether you want to explore the beaches of Hawaii or just play golf in Georgia.
Below, you’ll find 9 ideas to help you decide on where to go for your vacation.

1. Hawaii resort

690x380-Hawaii-SunsetYou can choose to put your frequent flier miles to good use and take a beach vacation on the island of Hawaii. Here, you can relax on the beach, swim in the ocean, play golf, and even indulge in one of the many innovative spa treatments. Hawaii enjoys some of the best weather in the world – making it  a great choice for your beach vacation.

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Teaching a toddler to walk

Teaching a toddler to walk

Exercise is essentially important to the health of the infant. Its first exercise, of course, will be in the nurse’s arms.

Close up of baby grabbing feet
Close up of baby grabbing feet

After a month or two, when it begins to sleep less during the day, it will delight to roll and kick about on the sofa: it will thus use its limbs freely; and this, with carrying out into the open air, is all the exercise it requires at this period. By and by, however, the child will make its first attempts to walk. Now it is important that none of the many plans which have been devised to teach a child to walk, should be adopted the go-cart, leading-strings, etc.; their tendency is mischievous; and flatness of the chest, confined lungs, distorted spine, and deformed legs, are so many evils which often originate in such practices.

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