Picking up Where I Left Off

The last few months I’ve been irregular in writing blog posts. Sometimes a person just has to take a break from strict schedules, even self imposed ones. It has been almost three months since I posted a book review on Friday. This coming Friday will be a review of Gateway to the Future Book 3 of the Last Bucelarii by Andy Peloquin. Check it out when it posts.

My brother and me

In late April to mid May I was on a trip to New Mexico and Texas to see family and attend a couple of celebrations. My niece and her husband in El Paso celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and I was able to see my brother and sister-in-law who flew down from Oregon. I hadn’t seen my brother for over 3 years. It’s always too long in between times we get to see each other. That was a real joy for me to get to spend time with him. The other celebration was our nephew (my bother-in-law’s son) graduating medical school in Albuquerque and I was able to attend his graduation and celebrate with many of the family there. All in all it was a nice trip.  Although on the way there I got stuck in a freak snow storm not too far east of Albuquerque on I-40.

4/29/17 I-40 Edgewood, NM

There was an accident that involved a semi and we sat there for over 3 hours before traffic began to move. I really was concerned that running the car to stay warm I would run out of gas. But, I did make into Albuquerque and when I filled up I swear I running on fumes.

The day after I returned home the first trip I made into town my radiator sprung a leak. It cracked across the top. Had to pull into the closest parking lot and call my husband to rescue me. My son-in-law ordered a new radiator for me and after it came in at the earliest opportunity he installed it for me. I do believe that the hand of God kept that radiator from cracking while I was on the trip because I didn’t have anyone with me to rescue me.  That may seem superstitious to some of you, but, for me, I see the hand of God on my life protecting me every day. I give him praise for every time something like that happens where I see God has me in the palm of his hand.

Near the end of May I finished reading through the entire Bible which I began on January 1st. Now I’m reading the Eth Cepher sacred scriptures that I purchased for myself in March. It’s a lot slower reading because the names of people and places are all transliterated from the Hebrew. I’m learning though that there are some names I now recognize and know who or where is mentioned. Only in Deuteronomy (Devariym) so far. I am truly enjoying the reading of this version though. Did you know that the ten commandments weren’t just written on tables of any ordinary stone? This translation translates it as sapphire. I found that quite interesting.

Granddaughter on her 9th birthday

We’ve had two birthdays here since I returned from my trip. My grand daughter turned 9 and my son turned 33. In a couple days my other grand daughter will turn 2. May to June has a lot going on.  We were blessed to have my other son here on a business trip when his brother was celebrating his birthday. It’s been a long time since he was here for his brother’s birthday.

Coming up for the Fourth of July holiday he will be back and bring his wife and one of the cousins will be here too. I love having family, though sometimes I have to take some time alone to recharge because even with family I get a little overwhelmed when there are too many people around.

I’ll try to get my blog writing schedule back into a regular Monday and Friday posting. This one is a midweek post because I just didn’t get it written over the weekend for Monday. Hopefully next week I’ll have a Monday post and I’ll get another book read for a review on Friday. No promises though. It seems I’ve only read 5 books this year. I have really slowed down from the past two years. But, I’d like to get my sewing room back in order and concentrate on finishing up some quilting projects that have been put away for a long while. I’d like to get those done and do some smaller things too.  I also have a couple of garment projects I want to do.


Grandma Peachy

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The Armour of God

Last year I began setting aside a time daily to read the Bible. My first few months were disorganized and had no real purpose other than to read the Word of God daily. In December I decided that I would begin January 1st with a program to read through the Bible in a year. Primarily because I had been listening to people talking about prophesy and those who believe in a  pre-tribulation rapture versus those who believe in a post tribulation rapture. There is also a lot of controversy over the word ‘rapture’ because it is not specifically used in scripture.  I decided that I wanted to again read the entire Bible to refresh my memory and to make sure I read all the prophesies including those that speak of the return of the Messiah and the resurrection so I could determine for myself just what the Bible says about it and make up my own stupid mind about this rapture controversy.

Well, I am not one to leave a story in the middle of a dramatic plot development. I found myself reading two or three days worth of daily readings almost every day. Today, Sunday May 28th I completed the entire years reading. I picked up a lot of things that I had missed in other readings and refreshed my memory on other things. I read a different version than I had read before. I’ve read several versions over the years and the one I read this time, Holman Christian Standard Bible, was in a more current vernacular than others I’ve read. In the process of reading I relied heavily upon looking up what was originally used by using the e-Sword free Bible software on-line. The e-Sword is in the King James Version and has the ability to look up the Strong’s Concordance references with the click of a mouse. So much more handy than it used to be looking up the passage in a KJV then going to the Strong’s and looking up the words used in the KJV Bible. Technology is wonderful!

I’ve known the passage about putting on the full armor of God for decades. But, it’s been a long time since I really took it to heart.  Here is the full reference of which I speak:

Ephesians 6:10-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Christian Warfare

10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore,

with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation,and the sword of the Spirit,which is God’s word.

18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

I noticed that there a couple of other passages in the New Testament that speaks of putting on the armor as well.  Romans 13:12 speaks of putting on the armor of light and also we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 where scripture says to put the armor of love and faith on our chests and a helmet of the hope of salvation. I had never before retained these additional passages in my memory.

In my reading this time through I understood better what the full armor of God really means. We must put on Christ because he is the truth that is the belt to which all body armor is attached. His righteousness is the only righteousness that will protect us as our own righteousness is as filthy rags. Our marching boots are the gospel of Jesus Christ, Yeshua, who came to earth as a man without sin to be the sacrifice for our sins that we may have eternal life through him and eternal peace in Christ and with the Heavenly Father, Yahuah. That shield of faith is our faith in Christ and God that all he has promised he will do. This faith in Christ shields us from anything Satan can throw at us in our lives; temptations, persecutions, doubts, troubles, deceptions, anything designed to discourage our faith in the God of Creation and his Son our Savior. That helmet is our salvation where we accept the sacrifice of the Messiah and ask him, by the Holy Spirit, to dwell within our hearts that we may be one with Yeshua as he is  one with the Father. Then there is the weapon, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and Yeshua is that Word.

John 1:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 The Word became flesh
and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory,
the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.

Putting on the full armor of God we are ready to fight the good fight, to go into the battle, the spiritual warfare that we as Christians must fight daily. I don’t fully understand how all these things can be. It is beyond my human ability to fully understand, but, it is not beyond my ability to believe that it is and will be just as written in scripture. I want to be as Abraham who believed Yahuah and it was counted to him as righteousness.

So, now I’ve read the full text of the Word once again. Taking up my sword, I will begin again with a different plan in mind. This time from cover to cover and I am going to use the את CEPHER I got for myself for my birthday this year.  All the books, including many that are not included in our current English language Bibles, are placed in the order in which they were written.  Included in this translation is the name of God in every place that the tetragrammaton is found, plus every את (eth) found in the Hebrew text is included. The aleph tav, first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, there has to be a significant meaning that has never been translated into English Bibles when it occurs over 9000 times in the Hebrew texts. Yahuah is the aleph tav, the beginning and the end, the divine. So, everywhere it appears there has to be some divine meaning attached.  I’m pretty sure this time it will take me more than 5 months to read through the whole thing, but it will be an adventure.

One last thing, I still haven’t solidified my opinion of this controversy over pre and post tribulation rapture theologies. I think there is more to it than meets the eye or that we understand. See, God doesn’t work on our timeline, he is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He knows all things and I think that just possibly there are events that are not specifically within our timeline that prophets could only express in their linear thinking. I have decided that I’m not going to worry about it and that I am going to continue to prepare my heart and soul for the return of the King.


Grandma Peachy





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Thoughts About Living Healthy

There are so many people out there promoting healthy living. GMO foods are considered bad, insecticides are bad, too much sugar, high glycemic index foods are all considered unhealthy. There are a multitude of natural supplements with claims of making you more healthy. Organic and non-GMO foods are promoted as the only way to maintain good health.

Some or all of these ideas may be correct. I don’t know. I’m not a scientist, nutritionist, physician or anything related to these professions. All I can do is research available information. Even at that, I cannot vet the accuracy of the research. There are a lot of scientific studies that can be accessed, or at least abstracts of the research are available. Many are only available by subscription and you have to have the right credentials to access the full report on studies.

I know that moderation, eating a well balanced diet, and getting exercise are healthy lifestyle choices. But, eliminating GMO’s and eating organic is out of reach financially for me and I’m sure for many other retired and poor people. I understand the cost of organic is more than the typical food sources available to us. It is more labor intensive, more work has to go into ensuring that the produce is protected from cross contamination from GMO and insecticide sprayed fields. The cost is prohibitive when you’re feeding a large family on a limited income.

So how does one live a healthy life when all you can afford is the purported ‘bad’ foods. My thought is that we should do the best we can. Eliminate all the fast food, prepackaged foods and processed sugar. Fresh produce and non-processed meats are better than the prepackaged and fast foods. Add nuts to your diet. As I understand walnuts, raw almonds raw sunflower seeds are among the best. Walnuts help to keep blood lipids such as triglycerides low. Raw almonds are beneficial for lowering blood sugar and cholesterol plus regulating blood pressure. Raw sunflower seeds are also good for the heart and maintaining good cholesterol levels. They contain good fats, magnesium, and antioxidants. Don’t over do it, a handful a day is adequate but they make a good between meal snack .

Drink plenty of water, preferably purified water. I know that there are some who cannot afford to buy purified water. Don’t get the small bottled water at the store. Use a company that identifies the source of the water and that uses reverse osmosis (RO) in the purification process.  I get Culligan bottled water delivered which is sourced from the local city water in Omaha then uses a .01 micron filter before putting it through reverse osmosis. But if you cannot afford something like that there are websites that teach you how to purify water, including your tap water. An RO purification unit can seem a lot of money up front but the cost per gallon is definitely less than buying purified water like I do.  I live in a rented house and the counter around the sink is granite top without an opening to facilitate the use of an RO unit under the kitchen sink or I’d have bought one long ago.

Finally, get a good amount of exercise.  You don’t have to join a gym to get exercise. Walking is excellent exercise and it costs nothing. You can do your own exercise program at home for free too.  There are some good sights in the internet that can help you design your own exercise program.

I don’t take nutritional supplements in general. I can hardly remember to take my thyroid medicine every day let alone a handful of supplements. If you can afford them then don’t go buying them at the big box stores. Most health food stores have good selections of quality supplements at prices that are comparable to the drug store and big box store drug sections. But it is better to get your nutritional needs from the foods you eat. They are more easily absorbed when obtained through your food. If you’re concerned about your levels of various vitamins and minerals then your physician can have tests run to determine if you have deficiencies. As I understand one of the most common deficiencies is vitamin D. Deficiency of this vitamin is a common cause of osteoporosis among other things. The human body will make vitamin D if you get enough sunshine, but that can be difficult depending on where you live, the time of year, and your lifestyle. Vitamin D is found in fatty fish oils. An omega3 fish oil could be a good supplement if you do have a vitamin D deficiency.

I can never remember all the information that I read about the health benefits of specific foods. Often I have to redo my research when I have a specific issue I want to learn to treat. I do remember some things. Fresh garlic is a natural antibiotic, though it takes longer than prescriptions to heal an infection. It’s best as a preventative by including fresh garlic in your meals. If it is cooked above 120F it does lose it’s antibiotic effect but maintains other health benefits. Curcumin, found in turmeric, a relative of ginger, is a natural anti-inflammatory. There are many foods and herbs that have medically beneficial properties. Do some research and learn about the foods and herbs that can be used to improve your health. There are a lot of specifically healthy foods and spices that we have on our shelves that can improve our health. Growing herbs indoors is pretty easy and there are many we use in cooking that have excellent health benefits.

Living healthy is more about doing the things that promote good health and eliminate the things that are not healthy for the body than it is about worrying about GMO foods and taking expensive supplements. Eating in moderation a well balanced diet, taking care of the body with plenty of water and exercise is something that even the poorest of us can do.

Blessings and healthy living!

Grandma Peachy


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Weighing in on the Recent Geopolitical Events

I haven’t commented on political world events recently. The bombing in Syria the other day and listening to numerous news outlets since then has helped me form a definite opinion. I am disappointed in what our nation is doing in Syria.

I did not have a solidified opinion of Syrian President Assad until after I watched a video by body language expert, Bombard’s Body Language. I’ve been watching her videos for some time evaluating the body language of a lot of people in the spotlight. These videos, in conjunction with the body language training I’ve had when I was a Certified Fraud Examiner, has increased my understanding of body language in general. The interview of President Assad of Syria that was critiqued was with a Chinese journalist interviewing Assad. Assad’s comfort level during the interview was relaxed, he did not display any body language indicative of deception during the interview and his body agreed with the answers he was giving. In that interview, which I understand took place about a month or so ago, he was asked how long it would take to resolve the civil war within Syria. His answer was to the effect that if there were no outside interference it would probably take about two months or so. He was confident in that answer. When he qualified it with the statement of ‘given no outside interference took place’ his body language appeared to indicate he felt that outside interference was a distinct possibility. Another question about what his priorities were once the civil war is settled shows that the man’s priorities for rebuilding are pro people. His first priority is to rebuild the suburb areas that have sustained so much damage, then the infrastructure for sanitation, power and such, and third is industrial restoration. As I see it he wants to first house the people, second insure utilities and sanitation, then jobs. How does that sound like someone who would attack his own people with some kind of chemical warfare? In at least one and maybe more news reports from non-American sources I heard that Syria claims that they were bombing what they considered a munitions cache of the rebels and did not have any idea that there were any chemical weapons stored there. The bombing resulted in hitting that chemical cache. Rebels having those chemical weapons seems more likely to me than Assad using them against his people on purpose.

In a recent White House press conference, Sean Spicer said that the first priority is to destabilize Syria, he corrected himself and added to destabilize the civil war in Syria. His demeanor, to me, said that the first statement was the real one. We know that the US wants to overthrow Assad. I believe US intelligence is actively spreading propaganda to give us a reason to overthrow the Syrian president. We know that we’ve been supporting the rebels and I think someone in our intelligence community knew that there were chemical weapons stock piled by the rebels. I also believe that when Assad had their munitions cache bombed he was unaware that the chemicals existed, he thought all chemical weapons had been eliminated from his country.

I believe that here in the US our president, and we the public as a result, are being given false information on what is really happening in Syria. Syria, Russia, and a few countries we have been active in facilitating regime change, are nations that have resisted the world banking system and the agenda of the New World Order. Trump had a nationalist platform when he campaigned. I would think that he would be in favor of other nationalist leaning countries. So, why is it he’s falling into the trap of helping the NWO agenda through regime change? False intelligence seems to be the only answer in my opinion. He’s being told that Syria is a threat because of ISIS. ISIS is a threat to everyone, but Assad was working toward quelling the threat in Syria. As I understand he was ahead and winning until we stuck our noses in. Who is behind the false intel? Maybe it comes from somewhere within the CIA; who knows? I certainly don’t. But I do wish that our president would not believe everything he’s told by intelligence sources. He needs more reliable people in that capacity than what he’s inherited.

I listen to news and commentary on Israeli News Live (INL) and his take on what is going on over there in the Middle East. Steven Ben Denoon of INL is an American living in Prague, Czech Republic. He has contacts with many news sources within Europe and the Middle East as well as occasionally going on scene himself. I tend to trust his opinion commentary on the events, though I don’t always agree with his opinions. What I get from his broadcasts is not the same as what we get here in the United States.  The view from across the ocean is much different than here.

Then there is North Korea… The Chinese government may or may not have moved troops and weapons to the NK border to help the US take Kim Jong-un down. China backed NK in the Korean conflict. I don’t know their current relationship, but, the NK leader is out of control and I’m pretty sure that Xi Jinping of China realizes the threat NK poses. We engage in a lot of trade with China and if we don’t get the cooperation from them it could pose a risk to trade relations that they don’t want. It would appear that in the very near future the US will be attacking NK. We’ll see how that plays out.

Tensions in the Middle East and North Korea seem to be heading this planet into what could possibly be another world war. Many political commentators are forecasting just such an event. Some say that we can’t afford a war, but, honestly, it was war that brought us out of the economic hardships left by the Great Depression. Why would another war be any different? It’s brutal, violent, and costly in lives; but economically, war is profitable.

The next few months and years will be chaotic as we prepare for a war that voters didn’t expect. Right or wrong, we will most likely end up in a war that will last for awhile. I would hope not, but, it just doesn’t look like my hope will be the reality. Buckle your seat belts ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be a bumpy ride for the next 8 years.


Grandma Peachy


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Information Overload and Censorship

Over the past year or so I’ve been reading, watching and listening to a variety of people covering topics from UFO’s to survivalist strategies, end times prophesy to archaeological cover ups. There is so much out there in the virtual world that  no one person can absorb everything even if they were to spend every waking hour acquiring the information. One has to have discernment on what is or is not true and of the true what is relevant and important to know.
What is important for me is to study scripture, understanding the times I live in, and being spiritually prepared for whatever lies ahead so I will not be deceived. Prayer is the only way to ensure that my spiritual eyes are opened and I am not among those who are deceived. I think even then carnal understanding sometimes gets in the way.

There are a multitude of videos and web sites you can find on what the signs of the end times are and how the prophesies are being fulfilled today. Many think that Christians will be taken away to meet the Christ in the air before the time referred to as the great tribulation. There are those who think we will have to go through that same tribulation, and even others who think it is somewhere in the middle of that time. I don’t know for sure and though I tend to lean toward post tribulation I can still hope to not see it in the fullness of time. Yes there are signs that we could be approaching the end, but, honestly, if you can think of it, that’s not it – as my husband is fond of saying.

A myriad of sites and videos exist on the UFO phenomenon. Granted, some have to be fake videos and false reports, but not all of them and the number of people who report sightings is increasing annually. Something is going on there and I don’t believe in “Ancient Aliens.” What I do believe is that these are either other dimensional craft or our government(s) were given the technology by other dimensional beings. Those beings are satanic in nature regardless of what those in contact with them think.  They do no have the best interests of humanity in mind.

Christian ministry sites on the internet are abundant. Some are just preaching the gospel or reaching out to get your money and telling you what you want to hear. Others are preaching the end times are near and informing the public that will listen of the world events that seem to fulfill Biblical prophesy. Others are getting into the nitty-gritty of what to expect in the end times. A few are teaching on the real spiritual battle that we as Christians must be prepared for by putting on the full armor of God.

Then there are those who are revealing the massive cover ups of ancient history and evidence of things such as fallen angels, giants and nephilim – the hybrids of fallen angel and human interbreeding from the Genesis account.  Cover ups also range from what is the true purpose of CERN and related scientific projects to the question of what did they find in Antarctica.  The agenda of the New World Order is being revealed and equated to the one world government and religion foretold in the Bible. People all over the country are taking the threats of this NWO seriously and there are more people who are gearing up as survivalist preppers. Books and products abound for the survivalists. I couldn’t spend that kind of money if I wanted to. So I will have to lean on God.

All this information is at our fingertips. Computers in our homes and offices, miniature computers that are our cell phone in our hands, laptops, notebooks and iPads; all these things give us real time news and a vast amount of the information that exists is instantly available if you know how to access it.

With so much information and misinformation floating around out there on the internet it can be difficult for a person to, first, discern what is real and what is a lie, and second, to process even a portion of the information. I think my head is about to explode from all that knowledge.  I’ve heard that compared to the information doubling rate of about once every 100 years prior to 1900 and it rose to every 25 years in the early 20th century.  The rate of information doubling now is just 12 months and expected to be every 12 hours soon.  How did that happen? How can ordinary humans even be expected to keep up with a small percentage of that increase in knowledge? I wonder if we aren’t getting some help in some areas of expansion.

This increase in knowledge was predicted thousands of years ago in the book of Daniel of the Old Testament in the Bible.

Daniel 12:4 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“But you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.”

Other versions say that many will run to and fro and knowledge shall increase. It sounds like a forewarning of things to come and certainly in today’s world many do roam about or run to and fro. The transportation methods of today would make it seem like we scurry around like ants on the face of the planet going back and forth, or ‘to and fro’ in our cars, buses, planes and trains.

I tend to believe that there are cover ups. Just look at how much censorship has increased recently. The sites that are spreading the stories the elites in charge want to have spread are never targeted. The sites that are uncovering the extent of cover-up, the extent of conspiracies, the truth of both ancient and modern history, are being censored. I keep finding videos and YouTube channels that I have subscribed to are being removed by YouTube. Access to videos I’ve watched before is no longer available. I’ve even had one incident where my own computer would not allow me to log on and it wasn’t an error message that my password was wrong. It was a message that stated I was not allowed to log in at this time. What? Not allowed to log in to my own computer at this time? By whose authority is my own personal computer blocking me?

Times are getting worse for humanity, for rational, thinking people. There is a glut of information, and there is a reality that we can’t quite grasp. Just how close to the end times described in the Bible are we really? With the information overload that I’ve encountered and from the little that I can glean from it, we are close, very close. But, close to God isn’t the quite the same as close for us. It could be any day, or it could be decades or even centuries away. No one knows the hour or the day. It doesn’t say year though, so, maybe someone out there will get pretty close to predicting the return of our Lord, maybe.

Whatever you think or believe, do you know Jesus? Have you accepted the free gift of salvation and eternal life? If you haven’t be aware that the time of the end is close and even if it doesn’t come in my or your lifetime, when this mortal body dies it is too late to make the choice to follow Jesus. You don’t want to experience the judgement that will befall if you don’t accept the Savior. “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. “Romans 10:9


Grandma Peachy

Links of interest:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3q-ByZ2eoOikcEiajMYXXA  (Israeli News Live)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCenEYNg0gMTgG3vY2xl1qdA  (Steve Quayl)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCySeXTLuH6wSJveZrA-sz9A  (L.A. Marzulli)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5XDvksZ1ysCwHYt90oi2QQ  (Two Preachers End Times Signs)
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Book Review: Carly’s Voice by Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann

Carly’s Voice by Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann is another traditionally published book that I had wanted to read for some time. My interest in autism was initially sparked by my sister-in-law whose sister has autism. I’ve encountered autism several times in my life and currently the community in which I reside has an unusually high incidence of autism among children. Carly’s Voice has been on my reading wish list for some time.

This story of the impact of autism on the family of Carly Fleischmann was heart breaking from the beginning. The battle the parents, especially the mother, went through pulled at my heart strings.  I experienced deep empathy for her parents while going through the trials of first getting a diagnosis, then fighting to get the best education for their nonverbal autistic child. The author did an excellent job of imparting the emotional feelings of knowing that his child would never have the same kind of life as her siblings and knowing that he would not be able to get to know his daughter and do things with his daughter that a father looks forward to doing.

When the people who worked with Carly daily discovered her ability to communicate through the typed word her whole world opened up. Carly contributed her insights and point of view in the final chapter.  She has become an advocate for people with autism and is living proof that autism doesn’t have to keep one from accomplishing their goals and dreams.

I recommend this book to anyone who has been touched by autism even as remotely as the relative of a relative or friend. Carly’s Voice gives us a much better insight into the mind of a person living with autism and just how misunderstood they are even by those who are closest to them and love them the most. We can learn to be more accepting and compassionate of those with autism. They are not the autism, they are people with hopes and dreams just like the rest of us. An excellent read, well written and totally engaging.


Grandma Peachy




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Book Review: Do You Believe in Legend by Ani Manjikian

Do You Believe in Legend? is the second book in the Stars of Heros series by Ani Manjikian. I think that this second book in the series is better than first book, Spirit of the Lone Horse.  I still like the first book in the series. This tale is a combination of science fiction and fantasy featuring horses, equine shape-shifters, seasoned with a nice dose of time travel in a military setting.

The series plot is well developed and the saga of the Mason family and associates continues to unfold. Since the 19th century the family of Jo Mason has pursued a dream of a future in which people travel among the stars. Because of unexplained memories she carries, Jo Mason has questions about her past and her future. But, no one who can answer her questions is telling her.

Strong family ties are  important in the story.  Personal connections between siblings are prominent in the series. In Legend two brothers are left in different centuries and their contacts are few, far between, and not necessarily in the same chronological timeline for each brother.  Once thrust into the same century, because of an unforeseen accident, their relationship is strained.  Time travel paradox is convoluted and difficult overcome. Can and should events in the past be fixed? In this book decisions have to be made that take into account that what happens in an earlier century impacts future centuries.

The characters are well developed and I easily identified with the Jo, the main character. I was also quite empathetic to Randy, a man out of time. The story alternates between current time and the future, but, I did not find the shifts confusing because future events related to the past events in a way that allowed me to retain my suspension of disbelief. Relationships between characters are realistic and not shallow. The book is appropriate for teens and adults who like a mixture of science fiction and fantasy. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. The end is somewhat of a cliff hanger and I want to know what happens.


Grandma Peachy


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