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review 2022-07-12 05:06
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf

The Ramsays are at their summer residence with guests. Mrs. Ramsay keeps promising her youngest child they will go to the lighthouse the next day, but her husband says they won't because of bad weather. Unfortunately, tragedy happens before they can go to the lighthouse. When they do go to the lighthouse, the youngest son is now a teenager. It is a reunion of sorts from that time 10 years earlier.


This was not my cup of tea. I found the beginning boring. Quotation marks would have helped when characters were having conversations or thoughts. I often had to re-read passages to understand what was happening as well as who it was happening to. The book is in three parts. The first part is the basic story as in the above synopsis. The second part is what happens after the tragedy. The third part is 10 years later with the return of the Ramsays to the island.


The third part I find interesting. It is a stream of consciousness by different people. Some interesting thoughts occur. Some rebellious ones. Some on how to change others' responses to one. There are recriminations and anger in the thoughts. There is sorrow in remembrance.


These people are flawed. I just had a problem making a connection to any of them. Fortunately, I borrowed this from the library for book club. It is not a keeper for me.

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review 2020-10-11 23:19
Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault
Virginia Wolf - Isabelle Arsenault,Kyo Maclear

I adore this short picture book! The artwork, characters, and story is charming. The relationship between the two sisters is absolutely adorable. You can tell they care for one another and want to be there for each other when life gets hard. I love how this book encouraged kids to dive into their imagination if ever they feel depressed because they may find the happiness they are seeking. As someone who constantly daydreams of one day going to a place not of this realm, I related to Virginia so much. I, too, dream of my own perfect world. And if we continue to search for it, through art or writing or any other creative outlets, we may one day find our Home.


This book is absolutely beautiful. I encourage you to pick it up! It's short but has a lovely message and beautiful artwork to go with it! Anyone can pick up this picture book and find enjoyment in it. May also encourage you look explore your imagination again in case you've been focusing too much on Reality. It's a great book!

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review 2020-08-13 18:25
Selkie Moon – The First Lie by Virginia King @selkiemoonbooks
The First Lie (Selkie Moon Mystery Series Book 1) - Virginia King

I was introduced to Virginia King and Selkie Moon through a free Amazon copy of Laying Ghosts. I probably found it through a newsletter. Laying Ghosts is still free at the time I created this post, so I hope you take a moment to introduce yourself. Be sure and check to make sure it is still free.


The First Lie (Selkie Moon Mystery #1)

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I reviewed the Prequel Laying Ghosts, in the Selkie Moon Series by Virginia King, and when the author say it, she offered me a review copy of The First Lie. I love the cover, the location, Hawaii, and any kind of water…person, so there was no doubt in mind I had to continue on with the series. I was not disappointed.


Living in a difficult situation in Sydney she heard the call of Hawaii.


Selkie heard a voice, “Someone is trying to kill you.”


And so we begin. Is it real or a figment of her imagination? Is it Pele, warning her? Is she psychic? She’s seen the woman twice. Who is she? What does she want?


With the name Selkie Moon, I felt things would happen differently and The First Lie did not play out like I thought. It seemed a slow pace, but I think that is on me, not Virginia King…or Selkie herself. It takes time for her to work through her issues, her psychological introspection, growing and developing as a character to come into her own, becoming more mature, poised, and confident.


We have Hawaiian mysticism, and I love Hawaii, so this was that little bit extra that I look for in a good book. And, a friend, Wanda, who believes in all of it. Who doesn’t like to learn about the country they are visiting? I sure do. Years ago, Hawaii was #2 on my bucket list. I was so fortunate I was able to cross that off, though I would love to visit it again.


Selkie Moon almost drowned as a child and has a fear of water. The ocean calls to her, but she turns her back on it. Makes me wonder what is to come, if she won’t even get near it, let alone step into it.


Looking back, I appreciate the slow build and details of her life even more, walking in her footsteps and looking through her eyes. My anticipation for the next book, The Second Path, grew after reading the first chapter. I wasn’t going to read it, but seeing the next book is already out, I know there is no wait. And I do want to know what comes next…very much.


At first it felt hard to rate this, bouncing between a 3 and a 4, while reading. After writing this review and seeing the notes I made, I had to go with a 4.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The First Lie by Virginia King.

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text 2020-06-18 06:43
Things to Keep In Mind While Choosing a Preschool Montessori

Choosing an early-stage education for your kid is an essential step in helping him towards his better growth and development. Although, it is an overwhelming decision to make for most of the parents. Not only there are a variety of preschool programs to choose from, but also sometimes there are multiple classes or sections within the same school. 



It is necessary to choose the preschool program that is reliable for your kid’s future. But choosing the right preschool or Montessori is the top priority of every parent. That's why here are five tips on how to choose a preschool for your child.


Proximity to Home or Work 


It is something that you may neglect in your search for the best pre-schooling program. If you are searching for pre-schooling Montessori for your kid try choosing the nearest to your home or workplace.

For example: If you reside somewhere in Ashburn VA, search for the best Montessori School in Ashburn VA. By choosing Montessori Ashburn you can limit the stress of their safety. Besides this, you can drive your kids near Montessori Schooling Ashburn VA easily. 

 It is not only convenient to drop your kid to Montessori but also it will help you narrow down the decision of choosing Ashburn Montessori for kid’s schooling.




You have every right to demand their curriculum survey that your kid will follow.  Although, you cannot try to put pressure on the teacher into assigning preschoolers homework so that they can progress more quickly. 

Please note that teachers are well-aware of the methodology of teaching kids according to their age. Also, you have a right to tell your kids' teacher what you want from your child but you cannot tell her how to do her work. 

Moreover, do not impose unnecessary homework on your kid when the situation is not demanding it. It will kill his creative learning and encourage rot learning as well.



Size of the Program 


It is really important to know the size of the pre-schooling program you are going to choose for your kid. Montessori programs put more focus on community which may cause larger size classes. 

As you interview teachers feel free to ask the size of their program and know the reason why classes are larger in size.


Ask All the Questions 


Every Montessori has a different policy, and the same goes for Pre Schooling programs. They may have a similar basic structure but they may differ in prices, class size, and number of teachers, curriculum, and more. 

That is why you should meet every potential pre-schooling program teacher and know what their vision is. Similarly, If you have any confusion or insecurity just ask them and if you are still not satisfied with their answer then do not enroll your kid to that pre-schooling program. 


Winding Up


The preschool is the first stage of your child's education. So it must be a good program to develop his mind for further studies. The important thing before enrolling your kid in any pre-schooling program is to search thoroughly. 

If you are not sure about any program, keep looking for another one. Not every school will click your family mindset. Because these programs are focused to explore best out of your child. And if you think it is not up to your standard then move to another one. 



Source: playfulplatos.com
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text 2020-05-01 08:05
How Not To Hire A Professional For Appliance Repair Services

Let's face it, we all have household appliances that make our life easy and convenient. Nowadays, with technology on the rise, the trend of smart house appliances are bigger than ever before. We can find almost all types of appliances such as washing machines, dryer, TV, refrigerator, garbage disposal, and icemakers in the market. Not only are these appliances easy to use, but they help us in curtailing manual work and also save us a lot of time. 

All the household appliances offer a myriad of benefits, and there is no doubt about it. But what happens when they start to malfunction? Yes, a faulty appliance will tend to bring in a lot of inconvenience and trouble. It is like this because it disturbs the overall routine of the family. Hence, it is very important to get the damaged parts of the appliances fixed as quickly as possible.



Hiring a Professional For Appliance Repair? Here’s What You Need to Avoid


Getting the damaged parts of the appliance fixed as quickly as possible is the best thing you need to do. For appliance repair in Northern Virginia, you need to hire a qualified professional. But, with so many repair services providers available, how would you be able to choose the right one of the job? 

Well, everyone is going to suggest tips and tricks of things to look for in a repair service provider. Below we have listed some of the things that you need to avoid when searching for a professional company.


#1: Not Observing The Experience


It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for an ice maker repair in Northern VA or a heater repair services provider for regular maintenance, you should seek help from professionals only. Keep in mind that household appliances are an expensive affair and you do not want to risk its performance by hiring an inexperienced repairman.


#2: Overlooking Their Certifications 


When you type and search on the internet for garbage disposal repair technicians, you will for sure get hundreds of options. Each one of them would be claiming to deliver you with extraordinary services at the best possible rates. Well, you must pay close attention to their certifications and insurance. If during their provision, anything bad happens, you will not be held liable to fix it.


#3: Hiring More Than One Service Provider


When it comes to hiring a technician for refrigerator repair, you need to make sure that you recruit someone who will be able to offer all-inclusive services. This will not only save you from doing additional work, but you can also expect a decent amount of discount. Don’t worry, you will be able to find a lot of companies that offer a wide range of services.


#4: Underrating Their Customer Service


Aside from finding well trained and skilled professional, you ought to likewise search for repair services providing companies that have incredible customer reviews on their website. Top of the line customer service is one of the principal factors that separate great repair technician from the terrible ones. Take time to find and hire a technician from personal suggestions from friends or family or pick the alternatives that have just been tested or tried by people who you know.

Source: visionappliancerepair.com/northern-virginia-va
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