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review 2017-09-22 18:28
We Met in Dreams
We Met in Dreams - Rowan McAllister

“Yesterday in the park, I was feeling quite sorry for myself. I sat on that bench for a long time, trying to dredge up the strength to return to my empty apartments. Then an angel dropped in my lap, invited me to tea, and kissed me, and ever since I’ve been struggling to believe my luck. I feel as if I’m in a dream, and at any moment, I’ll wake broken and alone again.”

 

This book is the perfect blend of paranormal, mystery, historical fiction and romance.  Just an absolutely beautiful story that kept me on the edge of my seat; kept me continuously wondering who to trust, what to believe and how this would end.  And none of it was as I suspected which made the journey that much better.

 

I adored both these beautiful men and how they each became the angel the other needed to see through their darkness and see light and happiness awaiting them with each other.

 

And the visual descriptions of this manor, the period dress and the glimpses into London were perfectly captured for me. I was left mezmerized. 

 

Thanks Marco for the recommendation...truly one to follow.

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text 2017-09-21 05:52
Tree Therapy, Indian Summer - Facebook vignettes

 

Tree Therapy

Most days I get ahead of the morning. I’m up and busy with the mindless tasks that paradoxically fill my mind. It’s good to be engaged, interested, anticipating the challenges and rewards of the day unfolding.

 

Then there are days I awake anxious and for no particular reason. I don’t indulge these moods but despite my best efforts they prevail. I become disconcerted and irritable. Little things seem difficult, difficult things seem insurmountable.

 

On days like these I’m more keenly aware of intolerance and bigotry, of ignorance. I despair at people’s motives and am appalled by their actions. Frustration gives way to anger, gives way to cynicism, gives way to a feeling of hopelessness.

 

I’m running out of optimism. I know for a fact that everything is not going to be all right.

I would surrender, but to whom? I would retreat, but to where?

 

Nothing constructive or creative will happen until I shake this pall of despondency. I gear up and head out.

 

Even as I approached them my mood begins to lift.

 

The Maples of Kensington. Eight stately giants – so huge, so proud, so magnificently impersonal.

 

These are Bigleaf Maples (Acer macrophyllum), the largest of the Maple family perhaps 300 years old, maybe 50 metres high. Being tightly clustered they have developed a narrow crown supported by a trunk free of branches for about half its length.

 

I stand beneath them, I press my palms against their bark, I take a deep breath and listen.

 

And they speak to me.

 

High in their lofty branches the leaves rush and whisper and their sound soothes and reassures. Slowly their benign energy renews my confidence and restores my vitality. The desolation passes, and I feel unburdened, at peace and prepared.

 

 

 

 

Indian Summer

 

The summer had inhaled
And held its breath too long*

 

A strange mood ascends on me as summer slowly draws to an end.

 

The days have a listless quality, time seems suspended. There’s a feeling of deja vu – though not of an experience, rather an emotion, a dream sense, vague and inarticulate.

It’s like a lost memory – tinged with warning.

 

It’s about ending – something good, something sweet and easy. It’s about something approaching – new, different, challenging. The anticipation of change sends a ripple of foreboding, but I feel resigned, accepting.

 

One afternoon I find myself at Trout Lake, the local swimming hole.

 

When I was a kid the entire family would walk here from our home on East 4th. Sometimes I’d go with my neighbourhood buddies. It was a different world then, no structured play dates, we roamed free seeking and finding adventures. Most of these people are gone now, yet standing on the shore I can hear their happy voices, catch glimpses of them splashing into the green water.

 

This lake was witness to many rites of passage and figures prominently in my writing. The beach is small and less crowded than I remember. The raft I nearly drowned trying to swim to is not so far. Could it possibly be sixty years since I swam here?

 

Suddenly I’m enveloped in a sense of longing for a phantom life that almost was, but never will be.

 

I run across the hot sand, splash through the shallows and dive in.

 

The water is cool, slightly murky, exactly as I remember it and for brief seconds it washes the years away. I kick hard, go deeper, then roll over. Up through the depths the sun sparkles, shards of diffused light. I’m eight years old until I break the surface and look back to shore.

 

They’re gone.

 

And I’m still here.

 

 

 

*From Coming Back to Me, written by Marty Balin,
On Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow, 1967

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs

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review 2017-08-28 21:16
Yanni's Story (The Spencer Cohen Series, #4)
Yanni's Story - N.R. Walker

Once again NR Walker brings forth compassion and understanding in her most recent novel.  Yanni’s Story deals with physical, sexual and mental abuse and the process towards recovery. This story is not an easy one but it is done so quite beautifully and patiently.  And while the relationship between Yanni and Peter slowly develops, it is certainly justified and well explained. Recovery is not an overnight process.  It is not something that you can just snap out of.  Trust and feeling safe is of utmost importance. There are triggers and some of which may not even be identifiable until it’s upon you.  Walker handled these aspects amazingly well and so thoughtfully.

 

Peter is an absolutely beautiful character who is the ultimate protector and loving force that Yanni so desperately needs. I do wish we had gotten more on this man.  I felt his background and desires to play the Daddy role in a relationship lacking.  I also wish we could have gotten a scene with both Yanni and Peter in therapy together. 

 

Overall, I found that their relationship developed quite well, and the scenes with Patrice quite thought provoking.  Walker's Whoopi Goldberg description for Patrice was a perfect casting.

 

An absolute highlight in this book is the secondary cast of characters. Not only do we get glimpses of Spencer and Andrew, but we get a heavy dose of Andrew’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Landon. I have to say I loved them the most and specifically Allen.  And yes, once again I have cast the amazing Craig T. Nelson as this man in my head.  I tend to gravitate to him for these types of amazing fathers.  He along with the amazing Diane Keaton perfectly fit this special couple for me.  Maybe I have seen “Family Stone” one time too many, who knows.

 

  

 

Overall, Walker brings such passion to her characters, and Yanni’s growth and recovery process was heartbreakingly real.  I do wish certainly portions of the book had progressed a little quicker however deep down I understood the need to show the reality of recovery.  While this is not my favorite of Walker’s books it is definitely unforgettable.  I look forward to hopefully more in this series. I can definitely see other characters who desperately need their stories told as well. 

 

*An ARC was provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.*

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text 2017-07-25 07:28
A Better Way to Get off from Stress Levels

The human population undergoes stress in three-fourth levels without any doubts. Mostly the people who are working are undergoing both physical and mental stress in a short span of time. Getting stressed out is not merely a disease or something and people need to stay aware of some of the ways to get relieved from stress. Stress leads your body to other levels of complications so never let the stress distress you!

 

Stress Out the Stress!

 

It is very straightforward to stay from stress. There is much Stress Management Vancouver which can help people to get a complete relief from stress. People must understand that stress can lead to sleep disorders, insomnia and other issues which will clearly bring an unhappy cloud in their levels. To help out people in needed times there are Trauma and Art Therapy which can be a great solution for dealing with high-stress levels and other symptoms.

 

Time to Save People

 

Most of the women who are undergoing a misbalance of work life are trying to commit suicide and that is purely because of stress which takes them to depression. It is time for people to get off from those mental strain and work better with the help of handling Trauma and Art Therapy which can really save them on time. Engage into any one of the counselling sessions and make sure you are doing fine after that. Make sure you are working on better sides to improve your happiness in life.

 

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