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text 2017-03-28 03:06
Community Service 2017 – Operation Tuli


Small Boys become Big Men


“Operation Tuli”

In cooperation with

Alpha Phi Omega – Lambda Eta Chapter, Isabelita Rosueta Organization and Olongapo City Health Department


In Memory of Bro. Joel Castillo


April 21, 2017 | 8AM, Sta. Rita Health Center, Olongapo City

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review 2017-03-13 23:12
ARC Review: Insight (The Community #1) by Santino Hassell
Insight (The Community Book 1) - Santino Hassell

Well, folks - I'm no longer a Santino Hassell virgin. This is the book for which I traded in my v-card, and now I sit here, wondering what on earth is wrong with me for holding out for so long.

Insight is the first book in a new series called The Community. I'm not going to explain to you what The Community in question is or what its purpose is - I'm just going to let you read this book (I encourage you to read this book. I demand you read this book, OMG) and let Nate take you inside what can only be described as an intriguing, intense, slightly creepy and twisted mindfuck.

I'm sure we've all at one point or another idly wished for a super-human power, like being able to read people's minds or feel their emotions or manipulate them into doing our bidding without them realizing their being manipulated or predict what the future holds or... well, you get my drift. Now imagine, really imagine, being able to do just one of those things.

Nate Black, for example, is an empath. He can feel people's emotions, as well as emotions attached to an every day object, such as a necklace. Imagine for a minute what that might do to a person, to always feel every emotion someone else has, just because you're touching them. Imagine greeting someone with a handshake, or someone just bumping into you while you're walking down the street or in a crowded train, and you feel. every. thing. Just as if they were your own feelings. Imagine wondering if what the other person feels are their true feelings or the ones you pushed on them with your empath ability.

Ask Nate how that feels, when you're an empath but cannot control this supposed "gift", and you feel it all, all the time. Ask Nate how it feels when your mama just up one day and leaves you, and you're stuck with your aunt, who doesn't even like you much. Ask Nate what it's like to be bullied in high school because he's gay, and the one boy he liked turned on him, because possibly, your uncontrolled powers pushed your own feelings unto this boy, and you just can't be sure whether the feelings were yours or his. And also, your brother was an asshole. You too might be cynical and lonely and depressed, avoiding people whenever you can.

When Nate's twin brother Theo turns up dead in New York from an apparent suicide, and the story doesn't gel with a vision Nate has in a dream, Nate decides that maybe it's time to hitch a ride to NYC himself and ask some questions about what really happened to his more powerful brother.

Fortuitously, Nate manages to hitch a ride with Trent, a normal human, who's also one of the few from whom Nate gets positive feelings. Warmth. Kindness. Someone who makes him feel that he's not just a fuck-up, someone who floods him with good emotions upon first touch.

The author takes his readers on a wild ride from Texas to New Orleans to NYC, and that's not even half the book. Once Trent and Nate arrive in NYC, the creepiness factor only increases. I'll refer you to the intense and twisted mindfuck comment above.

There's a romance here, yes, but it does not take center stage, and instead provides the basis for the plot. It's like the wrapper around the whole thing, really, like a rubber band that holds Nate together so he can focus on finding out the truth. Like a beacon in the darkness, Trent is all that is good and true, and possibly the only person Nate trusts.

Be prepared for unexpected twists and turns, and more than one "holy shit, what just happened?". I won't tell you anymore than that.

It's a wild ride, but I couldn't put this book down for any length of time until I had finished. If this is the kind of book this author produces, I may need my sanity checked for holding out this long.

Run, don't walk, to get yourself a copy. It's available now.

Highly recommended.

Also, where's the next installment, Mr. Hassell? I needs it. I needs it bad!!

** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-01-19 19:59
Officer Buckle and Gloria
Officer Buckle and Gloria - Peggy Rathman

Officer Buckle attends schools and gives safety speeches. Unfortunately, many of the students and teachers ignore the safety tips that Officer Buckle gives the school. Gloria, the police dog, begins attending the speeches with Officer Buckle. With Gloria's help, Officer Buckle is finally able to get the school to start implementing his safety tips. I can see myself using this text in my classroom to jump start a conversation about our own class and school safety. Also, this text would be a great resource when addressing community helpers. I could read this book to my class before we dive deeper into the variety of people who help our community remain a safe place. Officer Buckle and Gloria is on a 3.4 AR level. 

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review 2017-01-07 23:12
The man and the movement
Clyde Warrior: Tradition, Community, and Red Power (New Directions in Native American Studies series) - Paul R. McKenzie-Jones

Too often the history of the post-World War II civil rights movement is taught as a predominantly African American one. While the iconic campaigns and events that defined events were those associated with the efforts by African Americans to gain equality, such events overshadow the contemporary efforts by others who weren't African Americans to press for rights, such a Native Americans. One of the early leaders of this movement was Clyde Warrior, a Ponca Indian whose coining of the phrase "Red Power" embodied the demands by him and his supporters for self-determination and an end to the longstanding influence of federal policy upon their lives.


Paul McKenzie-Jones's book goes far towards giving Warrior the recognition Warrior deserves for his efforts. He charts Warrior's life from his youthful practice of fancy dance through his student activism to his research in Native American educational practices. The image of Warrior that emerges is of a passionate person whose charismatic advocacy of Native American causes was cut short tragically by health issues caused by his alcoholism. Yet this image is an indistinct one, as McKenzie-Jones's focus on Warrior's thought and his advocacy comes is exaggerated by the passing coverage Warrior's personal life receives. Warrior's marriage is referenced in passing only, while his daughters rate only a couple of mentions in McKenzie Jones's book. Because of this, the book is best approached as a study of Warrior's ideas and his role in Native American activism rather than a traditional biography. This can be frustrating but it is perhaps fitting, as McKenzie-Jones's focus best allows him to make his case for why Warrior should be better remembered than he is today.

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text 2016-11-21 03:26
Southbourne Surf Life Saving Group Review: A Safe and Informed Community

Why do our body and soul love the ocean so much? Why us, humans, so drawn to it? Have you ever stopped and wondered why we seek out the calming effect of the ocean? Definitely, there would be many different reasons behind it and it goes beyond evolution.


No wonder a lot of people is living by the shore as it delivers countless benefits. Studies conducted that aside from being a source of livelihood, the sea has surprising health benefits to humans too. People who live near the sea are much healthier compared to those who live in central cities.


Many people during their vacation visit the sea, either to swim or sail and explore the enormity and wonders of it. Even for tourists, the beaches are one of the things they look forward whenever they travel in a region or country. And it is bound upon us to do everything to make it safe and secured from all dangers the sea may give. For this reason, Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club keeps the coastal community safe and informed by patrolling the sea and its surrounding area using well-maintained and efficient motor boats and modern sophisticated equipment.


Accidents are not limited only to the beach where a blanket of people gathers around. Risks exist even on places where people may be sailing, exploring or conducting other activities especially during weekends. This is why Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club patrols the coast every weekend and on bank holidays from May to October where many people spend their time near or by the sea.


Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club is the home of volunteer lifesavers who aims on providing a safe and secure community for Southbourne residents and tourists, to avoid being scammed, contact SSLSC. They train people on lifesaving to become a prepared individual effective in responding to an emergency situation that may arise in the community.

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