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text 2017-04-03 13:01
Charity - LIFT 4 Autism 2017
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LIFT 4 Autism Online Auction: Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28
 

Autism. A mystery to some. A way of life for others.

 

A cause for all since it is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. Many of these kids will rely on their parents to some degree, depending on severity, all their lives, with estimated costs between 5 to 7 million dollars in services and care over their lifetime. Many of the services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It is an expensive and difficult lifelong diagnosis to navigate.

 

Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan started LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance reading community in April, which is Autism Awareness/Acceptance month.

 

All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for Autism families. Discover more about them at kulturecity.org. Specifically, LIFT will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.

 

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

 

  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors!

Find the full list here: http://lift4autism.com/contact. If you are an author and want to donate, sign up here.

 

Browse all the amazing items up for bid here: charityauction.bid/lift4autism The auction will be LIVE and open for bidding Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28.  

 

  1. 1-Click the YA Fantasy Anthology Ever In the After for 99¢
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  *All proceeds go to LIFT 4 Autism!  
 
  1. Buy LIFT Wear! (t-shirts, mugs, totes, etc...)

https://teespring.com/Lift2017 LFIT 2017 t-shirt

  1. Make a financial donation through the LIFT Campaign.

DONATE here: https://www.kulturecity.org/lovewithoutwords/lift-4-autism/#lwow-donate  

Don’t miss a thing this month!

*Subscribe to the LIFT mailing list at lift4autism.com.
 
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review 2016-09-19 12:16
My Teacher
My Teacher - James Ransome

This is a wonderful book for K-2nd grade!  The book My Teacher is about a student trying to figure out why her teacher, who could have retired years ago, continues to stay at their school teaching.  Throughout the book, she thinks of all the reasons she might still be there.  This book would be great for Black History Month.  There are mentions of Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.  It would also be good to teach about donating to the needy.  There is a can drive in the classroom and it explains how you never know what a classmate is going through in their personal life.  This book would be a great first day book to read to because it explains why teachers do what they do!

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photo 2016-07-20 01:53
My new 'do

My new short 'do with purple highlights. I wanted to do something fun after my 6th hair donation. I like it. I'm the fun and sassy grandma! :D

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text 2015-10-09 16:37
CHBB New Releases: Introducing Encompass Teen!
Joey's Choice - Piper Kay
Hope and Love Anthology (A Donation Anthology for the Milwaukee LGBTQ Community Center Book 1) - Carlos Milla Soler,Hope Munoz Ryan,David Spicer,Aine P Massie,Jocelyn Sanchez,Piper Kay,Elaine White,Tempeste O'Riley,Victoria Kinnaird,M. LeAnne Phoenix
The Red Sun Rises - Victoria Kinnaird
Dear Adam - Jaclyn Osborn
Cogs in Time Volume Three (The Steamworks Series Book 3) - Catherine Stovall,Lexi Ostrow,Nicole L. Daffurn,Andrea L. Staum,Beth W. Patterson,Samantha Allard,Timothy Black,Michelle Cornwell Jordan,Wayne Carey,Steve Cook
Waiting for No One - Erica Allaire
Stake-Out - Lily Luchesi
Dead and Disorderly (Behind the Blue Line Series Book 2) - Alexis D. Craig
Shadowstorm (The Storm Chronicles Book 4) - Skye Knizley
Whitby After Dark (Lenore Lee Tales Book 1) - Stella Coulson

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Her dreams may hold the key to her survival...
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Grace must navigate both the perils of the colonies and the dangers to her own heart.
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review 2015-04-22 23:45
Sleep Donation (Kindle Single) - Review
Sleep Donation - Karen Russell

It is a special kind of homelessness, says our mayor, to be evicted from your dreams.

 

According to these professional Cassandras, sleep has been chased off the globe by our twenty-four hour news cycle, our polluted skies and crops and waterways, the bald eyeballs of our glowing devices. We Americans are sitting in an electric chair that we engineered.

 

-From the book

 

Sleep Donation is a novella that theorizes what our world might look like if faced with a disease of terminal insomnia. The CDC is searching for answers but no one knows exactly what causes it or why some people are affected and others aren't. A company called Slumber Corps collects sleep donations from the unaffected and distributes them to the sleep deprived. Instead of Red Cross vans collecting blood, there are Sleep Vans collecting hours of sleep.

 

Trish Edgewater works for the Slumber Corps. She is their best recruiter. Her sister died of insomnia before the sleep donation procedure was developed and Trish resurrects her ghost to persuade people to save others by donating their sleep. But Trish gradually becomes uncomfortable with the absolutes her company claims. And when Trish recruits (through her parents) Baby A, the first ever universal donor, she begins to question her beliefs even more. She starts to question the ethics of her bosses & their company.

 

This book was ok. I admit, I find novellas less appealing than full length novels. I prefer to get deeper into the story and world building. But, the story was interesting and it kept my attention. It was a creative and new idea. And the disease sort of made sense, with all the electronics and distractions, people do have trouble sleeping. What if there was a disease where you couldn't sleep at all. What lengths would people go to in an effort to find a cure? And what or who would they be willing to sacrifice?

 

I really wanted to see what would happen next. It felt like the whole story was building to something that you didn't get to see. So the end was a bit disappointing.

 

Recommended to:

If you like the quick pace of open ended novellas, then this would be a good book for you.

 

 

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