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December 2011 Blog Posts (32)

Goodbye Noel - a review

The ‘crime fictionista’ strikes again! Goodbye Noel by Nike Chillemi starts with a bang and never lets up. This is the second in Chillemi’s ‘Sanctuary Point’ Series – mystery crime stories set in a small, post WW II American town.  This installment takes place right after Christmas when a young mother is found dead under her Christmas tree. Katrina Lenart, a maternity nurse who happens to stumble upon the scene, is given temporary custody of the orphaned infant while Inspector Ian…


Added by Tracy Krauss on December 31, 2011 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Happy New Year 2012– Greeting To you All. By Abdul Haye Amin.

Happy New Year 2012– Greeting To you All. By Abdul Haye Amin.

In the name of almighty Lord, “Bis-Mil-La-Hir-Rak-Ma-Nir-Ra-Him” Which mean “In the name of almighty Lord, (Allah/God/Dues), the most merciful and the most beneficial of all mankind”  may I wish…


Added by Abdul Haye Amin on December 30, 2011 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Kita's Gentle Message: You Gotta have Hope (Friday, Dec. 30, 2011)

The holiday season is jam packed with frenetic activity. Once the momentum of visiting and celebrating is reached and passed, there is a palatable letting down that brings with it a feeling of loss and disappointment that “it’s all over”. It’s important to take the time to be aware that this emotional vacuum is only temporary. Think good thoughts about yourself and the coming New Year. Above all, have hope that you are exactly where you should be and that you are on…


Added by Kita Szpak on December 30, 2011 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Just Shot a Video for

There are many people who have pain and are not aware that chronic pain is related to the way they are built.  Many runners experience problems because of this same concept.  This video which will be on both the Track show as well as our home site is a must see for any track and field coaches

Added by William Charschan DC,CCSP on December 26, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments

Kita's Gentle Message: Good Customer Service is Christmas Spirit (Friday, Dec. 23, 2011)

I bought three different mugs today for extended family for Christmas and was so pleased that my shopping was now done. Once home though, I discovered I had two of the same mug. I was loathe to go out and battle the traffic again so I called and explained my predicament. “No problem. We’ll bring you the right mug to your door and take the other one back,” said Mike, one of the store’s salespeople. I was surprised and delighted by such gracious service. True to his…


Added by Kita Szpak on December 23, 2011 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Yahshua's Bridge - a review

YAHSHUA'S BRIDGE is the second in The Master’s Wall series by Sandi Rog. Set in ancient Rome, the book takes place during the turbulent years of the early Christian church. Here we meet Alexander, a young slave who also happens to be the son of his master. The book spans twelve years of his life, full of interesting descriptions of Roman customs as well as the sometimes sordid truth of what life for a Christian was like at that time. His story is woven together…


Added by Tracy Krauss on December 22, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Zinovys Journey

Wow! This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. For a first novel, Ginny  Jaques sure knows how to grab the reader right from the instant the book begins and not let go. The description is magnificent, the characters varied and believable, and the action is well paced. Despite the fact that this is a really long book, I didn’t want to stop reading until I reached the final page.


The book is set in the not too distant future when a worldwide government has been…


Added by Tracy Krauss on December 21, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Children of Dreams - a review

This is the true story of a courageous single woman’s quest to adopt two international children, despite what often seemed like insurmountable obstacles.  Lorilyn Roberts weaves a tale that is nothing short of inspiring. Heartfelt, beautifully written and engaging from cover to cover, this is a story of perseverance, tenacity, and immeasurable love on the part of a broken divorcee who follows her dream to become a mother. In the process she learns what it means to trust in God completely,…


Added by Tracy Krauss on December 20, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Living by Faith

Living by Faith

Living by faith is not just for missionaries. Every one of us is living moment to moment by faith. We believe (aka. “Have faith”) that our heart is going to keep beating. This faith is so deep that we don’t even think about it. We simply expect it to happen. We are creatures of faith. Whether we realize it or not, this living by faith spills into our daily occupational life also.

My father worked…


Added by Carl Jenks on December 18, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

Kita's Gentle Message: Breathe (Friday, December 16, 2011)

This time of year brings with it overloaded schedules for many of us: work deadlines, holiday planning, parties, school concerts, gift buying, decorating, baking - in the midst of the usual routine.  Sometimes the thought of getting it all done can be overwhelming.  Remedy?  Stop, stay still and breathe.  A few moments like this may just ground you to the point of saying, “I don’t need to/have to do all these things.” Dispense with the unimportant and better yet,…


Added by Kita Szpak on December 16, 2011 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Seasonal Depression

I am sitting here at my pc in the mix of the season about to arrive. I’ve been faced by the outward realisation, merely by the Christmas shoppers; the Christmas tree’s arriving in the shops. The length of the cues we are forced to stand in becoming longer. It’s a happy time a time for rejoicing while mixing with those that you love. As it draws nearer there is an excitement that seems to bubble over from the masses around you, as they plan that perfect time. Which house will we be spending…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

The crutch we depend on

I’m in a bad way I have only just made it to the bathroom before throwing up; sitting there on my cold floor tiles I put my head between my knees just to keep upright. The room is spinning, rotating all around me like some never ending merry go round. I know that this is where I will sleep tonight, not trusting myself to be too far away from the bathroom. Its cold the house is in darkness and has never felt so empty. It’s just me and my drunken stupor, along with my demons, which once again…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments


Grief - it’s a word we can all relate to, if we have ever suffered the pain of losing someone close to us. It’s a word that is associated with love, the empty feeling it leaves behind as the bottom of our world falls out. It’s a word that is associated with death, as we try to move on in our lives without that special person. Buts death has many guises. So what relevance has it here? Let’s explore that question together. To my mind there are so many other things that we grieve for. The loss…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments


It’s a question I have been asked many times both personally and indirectly through my web page. So which why am I being asked here? There are so many whys in my past; it’s quite difficult to pin each one down. This scenario I am sure mirrors the lives of so many people, still unable to answer that particular question for themselves. Let’s now return to the start of this piece and deal with the said question “would it not be easier to deal with the cause and not the aftermath”? That’s one…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Self Harm

Self harm is a very conversational subject, and one that many people skirt around or as they say tread lightly.

Let’s first turn our attention to the outside world looking in. We are an unstable mind deliberately causing untold injury to ourselves, whilst finding or given justification. No one in their right mind would be able to do such a thing, what perverse pleasure are we striving for? Questioning our sanity fully aware the question has already been asked and answered. They turn…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

When The Nightmares Start

I shoot up in bed sweat pouring from my body, the sheets clinging tightly all around me. I try to adjust my eyes to the light, while they are darting from one corner of the room to another. I know he is here I heard his footsteps on the stairs. He is coming closer and closer to me with ever step that he takes. Suddenly it’s all out there in front of me, the memory of his breath on my face, the rancid taste in my mouth. Invading my body whilst I am unable to move paralysed with fear. Why…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:17am — No Comments

Weighted Which Way

I have just been asked by my councillor about my sexuality, a question I have been waiting for that took its time to arrive. The answer has been in my mind for so long waiting to be announced. I truthful didn’t know. So what were my options here? It seems through choice that I am Heterosexual, Bisexual or Lesbian. It all sounds so very clean cut, all the boxes ticked in the right place. The problem I am having, is that not one box has been ticked within me. The three most prominent males…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:16am — No Comments

Losing The One You Love

I’ve just returned home after another session with my Psychiatrist, today has really not gone well. I was asked to visit a place that had so many bad memories for me. Dealing with the sexual side of my rehabilitation is a killer. I know that I need this psychotherapeutic treatment, because I am drowning in my own pain. How do I put into words the shear agony that I feel inside when I revisit that place. It feels like someone is tearing out the very heart of me, leaving me feeling hollow and…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:13am — No Comments


Who do we see when we look in the mirror? You should be so comfortable with the face you were born with. We have seen ourselves grow and change, from the pictures we have witnessed when we were children. The truth is we never see the real us, the reflection always differs from the way that others see us. I am sure you know what I am talking about here, we think we are to fat but others tell us that not the case. Our hair never seems to look good, while friends ask us for our stylist’s…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:11am — No Comments

A bitter Pill To Swallow

It’s dark and I have no idea of where I am nothing around me looks Familiar, I can hear voices just out of eye shot. My head feels as if it may explode and I am fighting the urge to throw up. There is a swell of disinfectant hanging in the air which is not helping me much. I sit up in bed and try to take in my surroundings. I was not meant to be here, I had taken the decision to close my eyes for the very last time. I feel cheated; once more any control over my own life had been taken from…


Added by Teresa Joyce on December 16, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

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