Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings & Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 267!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your 
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(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.


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Rules:
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It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
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Page 56

A small trickle of blood begins to leak from Lacey's nose, trailing red down over her lips before dripping onto her lap. I call her name and she reaches to touch the blood with her fingers. Her eyes begin to stream tears when she sees the crimson streaked across her hand. "Fuck," she says, blood sputtering from between her lips.



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Chapter One

James stared straight ahead, with no immediate reaction to what I've just told him. I think he's in shock. I follow his gaze out of the windshield to the empty parking lot of the convenience store off the highway. The building is abandoned, plywood covering the windows, black graffiti tagged on the white siding. In a way, James and I have been abandoned too, our former selves boarded up and locked away while the world moves on around us. We were supposed to accept that change, follow the rules. Instead we broke all of them.







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March Monthly News

Welcome to the March edition of monthly news!
I hope the luck o' the Irish was with you all! 
I had a great month, personally. Yesterday my oldest turned 21. A bittersweet feeling.
Now onto April where the rain drops and flowers bloom!



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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

#Win Falling Up (A Memoir) by Dr. Louise Stanger

Dr. Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW has successfully conducted hundreds of family interventions throughout the United States.  The professor, clinician, trainer, and lecturer is the author of a new book, Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal.

Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Journal of Alcohol Studies, Recovery View, Sober Way, and many other scholarly publications.

She has over three decades of experience as a college professor, a researcher who accumulated over five million dollars in government grants, and a licensed clinician working with families and individuals who experience substance abuse and mental health disorders.  For more information regarding her intervention processes, please consult: www.allaboutinterventions.com.

Dr. Stanger received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, Masters in Social Work from San Diego State College, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego. She has served as faculty at San Diego State University School of Social Work and SDSU Interwork Institute, as well as the Director of Alcohol and Drug Services at the University of San Diego.

The San Diego Business Journal listed Dr. Stanger as one of the Top 10 “Women Who Mean Business” and Quit Alcohol named her as one of the Top 10 Interventionists in the country in December of 2013.  Foundations Recovery Network – at their 2014 Moments of Change Conference held in West Palm Beach – proclaimed Dr. Stanger as the Fan Favorite Speaker.


She lives with her husband, John, in West Hollywood, California, with their two miniature golden doodles. She has three grown daughters, two step sons, and together with her husband has 7 grandchildren.


When Addiction Needs Intervention
by Dr. Louise Stanger


Addiction is the masked bandit that steals away control in the night and puts false capes of super power on as blinders to the truth that swirls around them.

When this happens, now is the time for the family to also get help, to create healthy boundaries with their loved one, communicating what is and what is not acceptable behaviors.  Getting mad at and looking for fault in the loved one experiencing a substance abuse disorder is not the answer; rather, joining as a team, collaborating, setting and holding firm boundaries is the answer.

Stand back, pause, and let the professionals do their job.

Some families prefer that their loved one have a mental health or physical illness rather than a substance abuse issue or addiction.  Sex, shopping, eating, gambling, porn, spending, and social media – addictions that professionals term “process disorders” – are also sticky to deal with. Families often become irritable, indignant, frightened, huffy, offended, vexed, and wrathful if professionals see the situation differently.

While in treatment, I’ve even seen loved ones take a professional off the clinical information sharing consent form as a way to exert control.  I witnessed parents pull a loved one out of treatment only to later regret the tragic consequences, which ensued.  That’s the key – control.

The frustration you feel as a family is not that the treatment provider has failed but rather the confusion, bafflement and trepidation over how long it takes for your loved one to connect their own dots and seek health and wellness for themselves.

Often times the “handing over the keys” or giving up control is the very thing the person experiencing substance abuse needs.  It’s time away from family.  When entitlement, poor judgment, and a lack of emotional intelligence due to coddling by their well-intentioned parents, is coupled with mental health and substance abuse disorders that have run wild, it becomes a toxic cocktail.

Do not fret.  There is courage in handing the reins over to treatment professionals and centers.  There is bravery in everyone getting help.  Temporarily, this may feel like you are falling down the rabbit hole, losing control in the short term, but you, your loved one, and your family as a whole will benefit in the long run.

Like the life-cycle of the butterfly – whose life begins as an egg on plants that caterpillars like to eat like hollyhocks or thistle – you and your loved ones will change in time given the proper care and feeding, sunlight, and willingness. As a metamorphosis takes place, a butterfly begins to take shape. Then the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis, a new creation.  Such too is the life cycle of recovery.  We all must be reborn from the chrysalis, dust off our wings and learn to soar with the help of family, friends, clinicians, coaches and mentors.

“I remember when my father died.  I was seven years old.”

The opening lines of Dr. Louise Stanger’s memoir of renewal, Falling Up, indicate just the beginning of what has turned into a life of loss and challenge – and of perseverance and accomplishment.  Dr. Stanger, a prominent addiction interventionist, has had to overcome more than her fair share of troubles.

Not only did she lose her dad and grandparents to suicide, but her husband died before she turned 45, and her infant son died of SIDS.  Other family members and friends died young or suffered from mental illness and/or addiction.  In some ways, she’s been in recovery her whole life and has been in an understanding position when it comes to her work of the last three decades—helping others live with addiction and families to rebound from the damage that comes from addiction.

“I live a life of recovery,” says Dr. Stanger.  “On the one hand, I help others recover from addiction and in how they choose to live amidst life’s challenges.  And in my personal life, I’m constantly finding ways to navigate the roadblocks, losses, and curves that come my way.”

Born into a tipsy-turvy world fraught with family issues, Dr. Stanger shares personal stories infused with that spark of human experience we collectively share – hope. You will follow her from an awkward little girl to a fearless adult. Through her family tragedies and triumphs – and battles with mental health challenges – Falling Up dares the reader to reflect on their own story as they witness the power that comes when we have the courage to get up. We all fall down, but with strength and conviction, the journey can lift us upward. Falling Up provides readers with a road map for their own successful renewal.

“This book is dedicated to all you wonderful vulnerable folks out there who have fought like me back to clarity out of the I can fix it bazaar,” says Dr. Stanger.  “Back to solid ground.  We’ve both been there –pulling out all the stops – from standing on your head meditating, to mortgaging your home, to blaming others, to rescuing, to bailing out, to stand-up paddling down the Amazon. All in an effort to help your loved one stop using alcohol or other drugs, stop the horror of depression and mania, stop hemorrhaging all their money away, stop sleeping with folks they do not know, stop binging and purging, stop becoming intimate with law enforcement, with drug cartels, with brothels, stop demolishing a house without a contractor’s license, and stop lying about where they went or who they were with and what they were doing.”

There are certainly many inspiring insights and lessons that readers can gather from her motivational message of renewal and transformation that no matter the odds one is confronted with, he or she can not only survive, but thrive.

Falling Up:  A Memoir of Renewal (WZY Press) 
January 2016
Trade Paper, 180 pages
$14.99
ISBN: 9780996761406

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings & Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 266!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your 
eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.


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It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
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HAPPY Good Friday!!

HAPPY EASTER!!

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Page 56

"I'm okay," I said. "Isaac?" No response. Not even the slightest hint that he was aware of my existence. Just the tears flowing down his face onto his black T-shirt.


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Chapter One

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.





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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (29)

Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city and her home, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. There’s too much for her on Internment: her parents, best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Her life is ordinary and safe, even if she sometimes does wonder about the ground and why it’s forbidden.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, Judas is being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find—or whom she will lose.



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Lauren Destefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. This is her first novel.












REVIEW:
Bring on book 2!
Mostly because the ending left me hanging so awful.... gawd.
I've read good and bad reviews for this one before I read it, and I feel I fall in the middle somewhere. I liked the setting, kinda neat to think this other place but not planet living in the sky. Even cooler is how they got off this place. But somehow I still wasn't wowed or fell in love with the story. Maybe the next book, with my body off the cliff, I might get into it more. I'm willing to try anyway.
Sci-fi or dystopian fans will probably devour this one. The strange setting is enough to pull a curious reader in, so give it a try anyway.

3/5


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Irish Guinness Beef Stew #Recipe

During March, with St. Patrick's day being a huge celebration whether you're Irish or not, it's nice to have a good Irish meal. I usually opt for corn beef and cabbage, but this year I went for something different. I'm glad I did too. It has a flavor that is delicious and not like regular beef stew. 


Irish Guinness Beef Stew



INGREDIENTS
  • Beef (I buy a decent size sirloin steak and cut it up.)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • olive oil
  • 3 cups potatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 carton of beef broth
  • 1/2 can of Guinness beer (Drink the rest while cooking.)

METHOD

Put the pepper and garlic powder in a bowl, then season the beef. Using the decent size pot you will cook with, brown the beef in a little olive oil. When it's dead and pink no more, you add the remaining ingredients and cook it about an hour, till the vegetables are soft.
Serve with a warm bread. Irish Soda bread, if you have it, if not baguette is yummy too.

Serves 4.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings & Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 266!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your 
eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.


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It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
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Page 56

Lex won't have anything to do with pharmaceuticals now. In studying medicine, he used to help manufacture the elixirs that precede the termination procedures, among other things.


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We live encapsulated by the trains. They go around in a perfect oval at all hours, stopping for thirty-five seconds in each section So the commuters are able to board and depart. Beyond the tracks, after the fence, there's sky. Engineers crafted a scope so they can see the ground below us. We can see tall buildings and other sorts of trains--some of which disappear underground or rise onto bridges. We can see patches of cities and towns that appear like one of Lex's blankets.







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#Win The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading (28)

The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club - The Dragon of the Month Club. 

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons - not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas. 

But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler's messy bedroom. Travelling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again. 

Drawing inspiration from some of literature's most memorable stories - from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes's London - the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.



  • Series: The Dragon of the Month Club
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9781505633665

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Iain Reading likes root beer. Like, a lot. 

He also wrote the Kitty Hawk series

He likes to write music and record in his spare time.










REVIEW:
Middle Grade? I think not.
The only issues I had with the whole book was a feeling that it should be geared for an older crowd than middle grade. As a mom, there were a few things I wouldn't want my middle-grader reading and getting the context put forth in this book. First stealing was okay with a reason, of course, then skipping school was condoned. Again with reason, though not one I would want my child thinking is okay. Then there was one terrifying moment in the book, with a man with scissors, and I thought, "if I'm afraid, imagine what my ten year old would be like..." (My kids are 18 & 20, but you get the idea.)
With that said, if you can get past that stuff, which I totally did, you get an imaginable story that comes to life. It did not have a Disney ending either, but I was okay with that since it seemed to leave room for more books.
I loved the Canadian references too... y'know, my roots and all.
I think the book is more YA but I did like it in the end. I know many of you will too. It's different.

3/5


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