‘Sound Of Silence’ Begins To Play …. “🇫🇷 French figure skaters Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres 🇫🇷 …. “!!

I have to share this post from Dr. Rex on French Figure Skaters Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres. Their routine to Disturbed’s rendition of “Sound of Silence” is one of the most breathtaking performances I’ve ever seen. Please, go check it out for yourself.

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~~January 22, 2018~~ 

FIGURE SKATING AT ITS BEST

… because we need beautiful, inspiring things in our lives.

Enjoy their performance. It’s beyond inspiring, soothing and amazing!

I love their song choice!

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When French figure skaters Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres teamed up to vie for first place in the International Skating Union’s World Team Trophy 2017 competition in Japan, they blew away the competition and left fans marveling at their routine.

The duo have developed a bond on the ice that allows Vanessa to completely trust Morgan when he is flipping and spinning her around. The two are able to incorporate amazing partner work in their routines because of this.

For the competition in Japan, they skated to Disturbed’s rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic hit “The Sound of Silence.” Their synchronized skating and perfectly performed stunts matched magically to the music.

The mellow, almost…

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Truly Devious, by Maureen Johnson ~ 4.0 Stars

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Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

432 Pages

Synopsis: Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly Devious.” It becomes one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The synopsis of Truly Devious immediately grabbed my attention. And then much to my delight, Maureen Johnson’s dedication read:

For anyone who has ever dreamed of finding a body in the library.

Right there I had a hunch I was going to love this book. But wait. It gets even better! On the first page is the image of a letter sent to Arthur Ellingham in 1936.

Look! A riddle!

Time for fun!

Should we use 

A rope or gun?

Knives are sharp

And gleam so pretty

Poison’s slow,

Which is a pity

Fire is festive,

Drowning’s slow

Hanging’s a

Ropy way to go

A broken head

A nasty fall

A car colliding 

With a wall

Bombs make a

Very jolly noise

Such ways to

Punish naughty boys

What shall we use?

We can’t decide

Just like you cannot

Run or hide

Ha ha.

Truly,

Devious

 

Well, if you could have seen me at this point, you may have feared for my sanity, as I was chortling and rubbing my hands together in anticipation. And I’m happy to say that for the most part I was not disappointed.

The characters were well-rounded and diverse. Stevie suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, but talks her parents into allowing her to attend the Ellingham Academy because she’s obsessed with the tragic unsolved mystery of the Ellinghams. She dreams of a career in law enforcement and is determined to solve this cold case. She’s extremely smart but socially awkward due to her anxiety issues. I was completely in her corner from the very beginning.

The secondary characters are intriguing and quirky. I especially liked Stevie’s best friend Janelle who is very sweet and supportive. I also loved Nate who seems to always be there for Stevie while at the same time he’s constantly agonizing over the novel he’s writing. I wasn’t overly fond of the romance between Stevie and David. I didn’t like David and the romance just felt forced, but it wasn’t a huge part of the story so it didn’t bother me too much.

The plot(s) had me completely hooked from the first page, despite being a slow burner. The story switches between the two timelines seamlessly. Both mysteries kept me guessing and even at the end, I was as baffled as I was in the beginning. Speaking of the ending, you’re going to either love it or hate it. Very little is given in the way of answers which is frustrating, but it perfectly sets the stage for the next book.

Overall I found Truly Devious to be a fun and engaging YA mystery which in a way brought me back to my Nancy Drew days. It’s filled with memorable characters and the while the cliffhanger ending made me want to hurl my Kindle across the room, it has me eagerly anticipating the sequel. I would definitely recommend this to any mystery loving reader.

 

365 Challenge: Day 310 – Ryder (LIST: Objects I adore)

Last Monday I reblogged a post from Jay, who so many of us know and love. His beloved dog Ryder was extremely ill and I asked everyone to send their thoughts and prayers. Well, sadly ten-year-old Ryder passed away on Wednesday in Jay’s arms with his other dad by their side. Jay has put together a beautiful and moving tribute to this special dog that will make you laugh and cry. It will also reaffirm how much of an impact our pets have on our lives. R.I.P. Dear Ryder. You will be sorely missed.

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Ryder: my 10-year old shiba inu dog who unexpectedly passed away this week

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When I took this photo 3 months ago, I never realized its meaning…

Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. While I never expected to include Ryder as an object I love, it feels appropriate given his unexpected death this week. If you are new to my blog, you should first read this message, which explains what happened to him earlier this week. This post will be about celebrating his life and my love for him.

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Ryder was born September 3, 2007. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that year, while visiting my parents in Pennsylvania, we took a trip to a pet store with the only intent being to visit with a few puppies. By the next day, I adopted Ryder, a red sesame shiba, who was about 13-weeks old. He was such…

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Women’s Marches 2018

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Delawarians marching in Philadelphia. (William Bretzger/The News Journal via USA Today Network)

There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.

~ Michelle Obama ~

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Marchers walking past the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City. (Photo: Kathleen Caulderwood/Vice News)

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Los Angeles Marchers. (Photo: Chelsea Lauren/REX/Shutterstock)

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A protester in Morristown, N.J. holding a sign forecasting the upcoming midterm elections. (Photo: John Chadwick)

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Aaron Bernstein/Reuters)

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Cathryn Harjung of Elkton, Md. holds her sign before the beginning of the Women’s March in Newark, N.J. (Photo: Jason Minto/The News Journal via USA Today Network)

The Magic Pages: A story for Kim

My friend Pete over at https://beetleypete.wordpress.com just wrote the loveliest story for me. I think this is one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me! Anyway, in addition to being a class act, perfect gentleman, and wonderful friend, he’s also an amazing writer, so I thought I’d share this with you.

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This is a fictional short story, written especially for the lovely lady and great blogger, Kim. For any of you who follow her site By Hook Or By Book, https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/ you will know of her love for literature, libraries, and Pomeranian dogs. You will also be aware of the difficulties she faces, and her woes over the Trump presidency. This story is just for her, but I hope it will bring some joy to anyone who reads it.

Kim’s last day at the library was a far from happy occasion. Leaving behind her beloved books, her friends and colleagues, and most of all those thousands of children she had introduced to wonderful literature over the years. She had watched their discovery, fostered their love of language, and looked on as they gasped at amazing illustrations, and fantastic new worlds to explore. There was sadness and tears amid the celebration of…

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Lovely Lyrical Lines

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Hold your breath

Make a wish

Count to three

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Come with me

And you’ll be

In a world of pure imagination 

Take a look

And you’ll see

Into your imagination 

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We’ll begin

With a spin

Traveling in 

The world of my creation

What we’ll see

Will defy

Explanation

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If you want to view paradise 

Simply look around and view it

Anything you want to, do it

Wanta change the world?

There’s nothing

To it

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There is no

Life I know

To compare with

Pure imagination 

Living there

You’ll be free 

If you truly wish to be

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If you want to view paradise 

Simply look around and view it

Anything you want to, do it

Wanta change the world?

There’s nothing 

To it

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There is no

Life I know

To compare with

Pure imagination 

Living there

You’ll be free 

If you truly 

Wish to be

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Sung By, Gene Wilder

Written By:  Jonathan Owusu-Yianomah, Kwesi Mills, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

 

 

So YOU Wanna Start a Blog….

Even if you’re an established blogger, there are pearls of wisdom here as well as some much needed humor.😁

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There must be as many blogs in this world as there are dumbasses who voted for Donald J. Trump on November 8th, 2016, and thats around 62,979,879 MILLION dumbfucks….to be precise. Now thats a lot of damn blogs and bloggers.

SO you wanna start your own blog you say….. well you certainly didn’t ask me for help or friendly advice or unfriendly guidance but guess what, THIS IS MY BLOG AND I’M GONNA GIVE YOU ADVICE ANYDAMNWAY.

First off choosing a blog hosting platform….. there are a few, GoDaddy, BloglovinWixWeebly, 000webhost, Blogger and even Tumblr is said to have blog hosting. Now to be brutally honest, none of these mentioned are as good as WordPress, but here’s a fact, WordPress sucks ass. WordPress is so stinkin bad I renamed WordPress WORSTPRESS about 3 years ago.

Here’s the thing, every other blog hosting site mentioned above…

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The Mask Beneath Her Face, by Rafael Chandler ~ 5.0 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and Neoplastic Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

412 Pages

Synopsis: During the 1980s, slashers terrorized America. With machetes and masks, these unstoppable killers stalked college campuses, quiet suburbs, and lakeside cabins.

Thirty years ago, Bobbi Metzger survived a massacre at her 16th birthday party. She spent decades putting her life back together.

Tonight, Bobbi will face a new killer; a high-tech slasher hell-bent on opening the doorway to an abyss of unimaginable horror.

How long can Bobbi survive this nightmare? What will she do to protect the people she loves? How much blood is she willing to spill?

Before I start my review, I need to issue a warning. Do not. I repeat—DO NOT— make the same mistake as I did, and read Mask Beneath Her Face right before bed. If you do, I can guarantee you will have a difficult time falling asleep!

To give you an idea of how much I loved this book, I started it at about 3:00 on a stormy afternoon, took an hour and a half off for supper, and then was fully emersed in it until I finished right before midnight. Then I stayed awake, staring at the ceiling, twitching at every creak in the house and scraping of branches against the window for at least another hour before dropping into an uneasy slumber. 

The premise is that there was a huge outbreak of slashers (think Jason, Freddie, Michael Myers, etc.), and claimed untold victims in their bloody mayhem. Bobbi and the other main characters in the stories are all survivors, sort of. Bobbi has spent the years since her sister and friends were massacred running from the supernatural monster that’s still after her. She copes by drinking and popping pills. Jessie, likewise haunted, lives as a recluse, terrified to have mirrors lest the slasher who haunts him, steps out of one to finish the job. Sam, a school counselor, seems to be doing better than his two friends, but is hiding a secret that puts him at risk physically as well as psychologically. And finally there’s young Cris. She’s a victim of human monsters rather than supernatural ones, but as a result has some dark ambitions that will shock the others. These are all flawed characters, yet well-rounded ones and I was surprised by how much I grew attached to them, especially Sam and Cris.

The world-building and plot are just insane. I’ve read other slasher books, but this blows them all out of the water! It’s bloody and gory and thrilling to the extreme. If this was a movie, I probably would have covered my eyes during some of the scenes, but since this is a book I couldn’t do that, hence my trouble sleeping afterwards. The ending is jaw-droppingly perfect, and I’m praying that this is not the last we see of these characters and their terrifying world. Ahem, Rafael? If you read this review I’m begging you to write a sequel, okay?

Mask Beneath Her Face may not be for everyone. It’s extremely violent, and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see blood leaking out from my Kindle, after I finished. But it’s a wonderfully imaginative and unique homage to 1980s slasher flicks and if you’re a fan of these like me, you’re going to gobble this up! Most of you know what a fan I am of Stephen King. Well, in my humble opinion, this is unequivocally King-worthy! But, if you decide to try this, be sure to read it during the day. Preferably in the sun. With lots of people around.  And wear running shoes, ‘cause you know, just in case.

 

 

Words To Remember

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I know I usually do a Whimsical Wednesday post here, but to be honest, with everything going on right now in Washington, I don’t have a single drop of whimsy in me. So, I found this quote by one of my favorite authors and thought I’d share it instead due to its relevance. I promise next Wednesday I’ll have another whimsical post that will hopefully make you all smile. 

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Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.

Author, Octavia Butler