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The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh Book Review

I am a born and raised Winni-the-Pooh girl. Needless to say, I was very excited when this wonderful collection was released. This book houses all of my favorite Winnie-the-Pooh stories that I remember reading as a little girl. And the illustrations are simply beautiful.

I was very happy to see that all of the classic Pooh characters were included in this treasury (even Kanga and Roo). These stories will warm your heart and bring you and your family…


Added by Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf on September 14, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Making Fun Of Terrorists (And Other Bad Ideas)




            I made a promise that I would attempt to go back to humor when I wrote my September 11th column. The reasoning: This is a humor column.


            Still, it’s hard to forget that we’re at war.


            Ha, see what I did there? I made a joke already! Lots of people have forgotten we’re at war. Extremists are cutting a swath across the Arab world, gaining power by…


Added by Mark R Hunter on September 10, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Notorious Unknown Release Date




            People may think I brag too much about having written five books (some people think I don’t brag enough, but they’re other writers). If I do, there are two good reasons: First, hey—I wrote five books. It takes some effort, even to write a bad one.


            Writing a good one is harder, of course. What I don’t often mention is that I didn’t write five books—I’ve finished lots more. The…


Added by Mark R Hunter on September 4, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

BUILD WEALTH & Spend It All Live the Life You Earned, By: Stanley A. Riggs, MD - Book Review

Reviewed by: Gary Sorkin, Pacific Book Review

Everybody knows “You can’t take it with you,” but Dr. Stanley A. Riggs has figured out a way to do so.  Instead of leaving your money to be consumed by the long-term health care industry, he has determined if you allocate your wealth to have a percentage spent each year on vacations, travel, and…


Added by Nicole Sorkin on August 29, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Lost In The Amazon … Rankings




            Like many published authors, I’ve developed a psychological disorder known as OCA: Obsessively Checking Amazon.


            This happens when you get a book listed on, and find yourself waking up in the middle of the night just to check the book’s ranking. When you don’t sell many copies (that would be most writers) your entire day can be made with one sale, or broken by the…


Added by Mark R Hunter on August 27, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Reality: A Little Less Funny Concept




            The other night my wife asked me to hand her a bottle of water. I reached for it and said, “When I blow a dollar on a bottle of water …”


            And then I stopped. I’d just learned of the death of Robin Williams, and that’s a line stolen from him. (It ends with, “I buy Perrier.”)


            “Reality … what a concept.”


            Celebrities are…


Added by Mark R Hunter on August 21, 2014 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Cotton Candy Days: A Review of Cibola Burns by James S. A. Corey

The Expanse series is an amazing romp with Cibola Burn a SF grand slam home run. Go now, read it and be forever freaked out.

For my complete review visit Thank the Maker:  …


Added by Holly Best on August 19, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

Camping: By The Light Of The Laptop




            My concept of camping is a great example of wanting to have things both ways. I like being away from home for a day or two … but I want to bring home with me.


            When my wife the Girl Scout went camping, she’d take a square of canvas, fifty feet of rope, and a pocket knife. For a week. To her, it’s not really camping if you can get there by car. No, you have to hike, and…


Added by Mark R Hunter on August 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Thumperino Superbunny and the Pirates of the High Seas, By: Amber L. Spradlin - Book Review

Reviewed By:  Jason Lulos, Hollywood Book Reviews

This is a very entertaining and imaginative children's book about Thumperino Superbunny, an intellectually and physically gifted superhero who uncovers a plot involving pollution, pirates, and mysterious gems. This is the third installment in the commendable Superbunny series; an enjoyable and thoughtful adventure…


Added by Nicole Sorkin on August 8, 2014 at 3:31pm — No Comments

It's A Wet Dog's Life



            Sometimes I wish my dog could talk. Other times I realize how very, very good it is that he can’t.

            Bae—we named him Beowulf, although for all I know he thinks of himself as Mxyplictic—must think we’re crazy. We cut our nails without complaint. We put perfectly good food in the trash can and then don’t let him sample. Worst of all, we get wet on purpose.

            “Wait – you’re going in there again?…


Added by Mark R Hunter on August 6, 2014 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

            Am I so much of a geek that I care when actors from some of my favorite shows come together in one movie?

            Yes. Still, this movie doesn’t need the help.

The consensus was that Guardians of the Galaxy, based on a comic book that most people who don’t read comics have never heard of, would be blockbuster or complete bust. Chris Pratt, the guy from “Parks and Recreation”, as a leading man action hero? Marvel going into space? A raccoon with a…


Added by Mark R Hunter on August 5, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Romancing The Feds




            I’ve spent a lot of time looking into what the US government spends money on. In fact, you could say I’ve spent so much time on their spending that nothing surprises me.


            You could say that, but you’d be wrong.


            Now they’re getting into my territory, dropping a million dollars into a project studying romance novels. Your taxpayer dollars are also going into…


Added by Mark R Hunter on July 31, 2014 at 9:35pm — No Comments

My scruffy main character is definitely not a Nerf herder

Today I got to see the proposed cover for The Notorious Ian Grant, done by Gemini Judson. I’ll reveal it when it’s official, but she found a likeness for Ian that perfectly conveys how I imagine him at the opening of the book: A handsome but scruffy guy, full of mischief and reminiscent of Sawyer from the TV show “Lost”.

The stormy background (It’s the sequel to Storm Chaser) brought to mind a possible tagline for the book:

“There’s a new whirlwind in…


Added by Mark R Hunter on July 26, 2014 at 9:49pm — No Comments

A Simple Look At Passwords



            I have a bad habit of being optimistic about humanity.

            Oh, in theory that’s a good thing. Let’s all think the best of people! Shouldn’t it be that way? Sure it should. Chamberlain thought the best of Hitler. So did Stalin, who was certain Hitler wouldn’t be dumb enough to invade Russia and stick around through winter. Come to think of it, just the word “Hitler” is a good hint that thinking the best of people…


Added by Mark R Hunter on July 24, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare - a Review

Book Review:

Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare, by Scott D. Southard

* Please note: I purchased this book. The author did not solicit this review.*

My overall Amazon Star Rating – 4 stars for this mystery/thriller.

As always, I will not rehash the plot of this book and summarize the story. I’ll leave that up to the book’s cover and other venues.

First off, this is an absolutely…


Added by Wanda Paryla on July 20, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Splash Pad: The Safest Place To Freeze



            I had a chance to watch my grandkids playing in Albion’s splash pad the other day, and it took me back to my childhood: Jumping in the water, splashing around, screaming …


            A splash pad is a really cool place for kids, because you get the splash part, but not the worries of going into water too deep. Plus, it’s clean water. There’s no such thing as a play area where you absolutely…


Added by Mark R Hunter on July 17, 2014 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Men are the Thing to Fear, By: Robert Morrison - Book Review

Reviewed by:  Lisa Brown-Gilbert, Pacific Book Review

An evocative work of contemporary fiction Men are the Thing to Fear by author Robert Morrison is an absorbing read that draws readers into the captivatingly debauched world of central character Danny Kaneen, an anti – hero who evolves into a surprising hero.

For author…


Added by Nicole Sorkin on July 15, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

At Least The Cubs Never Lost To Belgium



            I was going to make fun of soccer last week, until I realized I’d never actually watched a soccer game. It wasn’t fair, poking fun of something I had no knowledge of, although maybe I’m the only one who feels that way. So I sat down to watch an entire World Cup game (Mexico vs. Greece). It’s good to experience new things, educate yourself, exposure yourself to other cultures.

            Now I’m ready to make fun…


Added by Mark R Hunter on July 10, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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