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review 2019-11-12 19:17
Get Wasted Medicinally
Woman's Guide to Cannabis, A - Nikki Furrer

This book would have been perfect to read before I ever went to a dispensary. 

 

It was filled with recipes, science and an explanation of everything you need to know about what's in weed. And it was all written in a way I could understand. Now I get why a lot of people claim CBD doesn't work. Most CBD you see is actually Hemp oil, which is different and not effective. 

 

I skipped the section on edibles because I can't eat them. I learned from a budtender that my stomach won't digest and absorb the THC since I have no gallbladder and have had a lot of stomach surgeries. Trust me, I tried edibles several times with little to no effect, and only after wasting money was I informed WHY I wasn't feeling anything. Now I know better.

 

I vape. Although given our financial situation, I may do both vaping and flower. Flower is cheaper. I just have to adjust to the burn in my throat. I cough a lot and my hubby, who cannot smoke legally due to his job) keeps asking me if I'm dying. Lol This read really helped me understand all the components that give a high or a relief from aches and pains. Now I know what I need to function at work and also what I need to get myself wasted safely. Or just to help me sleep. 

 

If you are considering doing weed for the first time, I really think this will help.

 

 

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review 2019-11-06 17:18
Dark Ambition by Ann Brocklehurst
Being from Hamilton, and still living here today, I was one of the many that followed this horrific story as it happened. When my co-worker offered to let me read her copy, I jumped at the chance.
I'm so glad I did too.
You think you know a story, especially when it plays out in your hometown and local news. Then you read a thrilling journalistic approach to what happened and you realize how little you actually knew.
Man, these two are sick. Smitch probably more so than Millard. Still, they got life and they deserved it.
While reading the book I had a few creepy moments. I can't tell you how many times I may have crossed paths with these guys. From the restaurant that they met at, a favorite of mine in Toronto, to where they lived, also among my stomping grounds. It got a little spooky, not gonna lie.  Even the victim, lives near my in-laws. Going past certain places, like Trinity Church Rd, it gets to me every time.... Will I ever forget someone was murdered near there? Probably not.
If you know nothing about this story, and like true crime, read it. It's a good one. It just hits so close to home for me.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/11/dark-ambition-by-ann-brocklehurst-42.html
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review 2019-11-04 14:24
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold

What a great book! I don't know what else to say except Rubenhold does such a great job of giving us a full picture of the five women who were murdered by Jack the Ripper. She goes in the order of the murders, with each section focusing on them from birth to death. She skips over their brutal murders and instead shows us how they lived, how they loved, and how many people were quick to blame these women and in some cases characterize them. Thank you Hallie Rubenhold for telling Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary-Jane's stories. 

 

"The Five" does something quite extraordinary, instead of splashing about in the sordid and terrible murders of the five women that Jack the Ripper killed in Whitechapel from April 1888 to November 1888 Rubenhold takes a hard look at the lives of the women in these cases. I can name several "Ripper" books out there where some historian or mystery writer tries to make a case why so and so was Jack the Ripper. The women are ignored except when the author wants to show photos of the deceased after being murdered or in mortuary photos. The women are treated as unimportant. Rubenhold rightly shines the light on the five women. In the case of Mary-Jane though, even though there's not a lot of historical data to go on, she does a great job of giving us a picture of her life and why no one really got a chance to know the real her. 

 

 

Hallie does a great job in each section of telling the circumstances of the women's birth, information about the parents (if possible) and then how the women was raised. She also does an excellent job of portraying a dark and dirty London where women were treated as less than men. It took me about three days to finish this book because I didn't want to rush. Rubenhold obviously did a lot of research for this book and it shows. It also doesn't suffer from historian's disease with too much information thrown at you. She is able to make you feel you are right there as she tells you about these women, the men they married or loved, the children they bore, and their families. Also why some of them were unfairly maligned as prostitutes. I do have to say that I love Rubenhold's research into why so many statements were ignored or twisted by the police to paint some of these women as lesser women who no one should grieve. 

 

"While the experience of homelessness in Victorian London was one of wretched misery for all who were forced to endure it, women like Polly, who found themselves without shelter, might also expect to become victims of sexual violence."

 

"However, before they had even listened to the full account, both the authorities and the press were certain of one thing: Polly Nichols was obviously out soliciting that night, because she, like every other woman, regardless of her age, who moved between the lodging houses, the casual wards, and the bed she made in a dingy corner of an alley, was a prostitute."

 

"Contrary to romanticized images of the Ripper’s victims, she never “walked the streets” in a low-cut bodice and rouged cheeks, casting provocative glances beneath the gas lamps. She never belonged to a brothel nor had a pimp. Neither is there any evidence that she was arrested or even cautioned for her behavior."

 

The flow works wonderfully from beginning to end. 

 

The setting of the book for the most part focused on London in the Victorian age. However, Rubenhold in the case of Elisabeth Gustafsdotter focuses on Sweden during the same time period. Rubenhold shows how little power a woman truly had in both countries during this time period. Reading about the marriage laws, how a woman was forced into the workhouse if she was unmarried/widowed and had no ways of supporting herself. Rubenhold even goes into several Contagious Diseases Acts that were passed in countries where the focus was on shaming and in some cases mutilating women. Being unmarried and pregnant the woman was blamed even if she was "forced" by the master of the house or someone else.  

 

"While a man could divorce his wife for a sexual liaison outside the marital bed, a woman had to prove her husband was guilty of adultery in addition to another crime, such as incest, rape, or cruelty. This Victorian double standard was enshrined in law, permitting a man to enjoy as many sexual dalliances as he wished, so long as he did not also rape the servants, have sex with his sister, and beat his wife too severely."

 

"Such relationships were regularly cited as being among the factors that drew women into lives of prostitution: “the housemaid of a pharmacist or a surgeon might be seduced by her master’s assistant; a lodging-house maid by a student, a commercial traveler or officer; . . . a hotel servant by a regular guest; a young clerk might seduce his parents’ servant-girl,” and so forth."

 

The ending of the book showing what each women was carrying on her when she was murdered will break your heart a bit. And I loved Rubenhold doing her best to show how these women lived and how the way they were murdered should not be what defines their legacy. 

 

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text 2019-11-01 19:51
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold

Wow Rubenhold hits you with a gut punch right away.

 

I had no idea about the real life Mary Ann Walker Nichols (known as Polly) the first victim of Jack the Ripper. I do know that she has been portrayed as being a prostitute, and Rubenhold quickly shows how she wasn't and how many newspapers and others were out to portray her as such in order to show maybe that she was asking for what happened to her.

 

You read a story about a young girl who took over her father's household after the death of her mother. Of a young woman who married a man named William Nichols and had children with him. Who eventually moved into the Peabody Worthies in London and then left her husband after she suspected him having an affair with a woman living next to them. How she was forced into the workhouses and then turned to "trapping" and how she turned to drink again and again. You get to really see her, a woman who wanted a lot in her life and was disappointed and kept trying. I am pretty angry that all along I thought she was a prostitute. But then I went well even if she was, it didn't make her life less. Rubenhold though shows you a complete life and focuses on that and not on Jack the Ripper.


I really loved the details included about the living conditions for the poor in London in the late 1800s. 

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text 2019-11-01 13:39
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold

So far really good. 

 

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