This book was a collection of short stories about lost love, rejection, coincidental meetings and above all, surprises in life. These surprises could be bad, but it could be good too! Some of the stories might move you to tears, but some might shock you.
There were quite a few stories that made me smile. A couple left me surprised and wanting more! So many questions arose in my mind as each shirt story ended.
If you were looking for a quick read to inspire your imagination, this would be a good choice!
Thank you, Leah of Lethal Lites Candles for making me this amazing hand-made soy candle! She is a breast cancer survivor and 20 surgeries in 20 years! She is an inspiration at us! So glad to hear that she is healthy now.
Who Is Lethal Lites Candles?
1) Why and when did you start your business?
I had always made gifts for my friends and family. Candle making was one of my favourites. In 2016, I filled my moms beautiful teacups with soy wax so they had a use. Instead of collecting dust. I made a few more for friends. Then I started making candles as a part time gig in 2018.
2) What was your background?
I was off work for 20 years. When I returned to work, I got a job as a junior researcher in UX, as I didn’t want to go back to being a Pharmaceutical rep. When Covid hit, I was out of work- because I didn’t have enough experience to go out on my own. So, I was making candles for friends and family at Christmas 2020- and I posted some on Facebook Marketplace. It went crazy. I had like 4000 views. It was crazy. I couldn’t keep up. So, I decided that I would try to make this into a business.
3) Some interesting facts about your product?
The best part of my job is sourcing cool containers. I go to estate sales, vintage shopping, thrift stores. You name it, I fill it. I also do refills and I often fill people’s own containers that are meaningful to them.
4) Finally, anything else you would like to share:)
I called my business Lethal Lites because, back when I was like 18 years old- I was a DJ for like 8 months!! LOL! It was so fun.
In Ashimita’s words, “Before being a blogger, I never knew about such talented people who make such thoughtful content out there. I realized that it’s near impossible to try to fathom the sheer number of such people out there, and I accept it. But this makes me sad because that would mean giving up on beauty of this world, the beauty which lies in her creative people. So, I thought of coming up with this award – “The Aesthete Blogger Award.”
Now, why aesthete? “Aesthete” means a person who is appreciative of, or sensitive to, art and beauty. You might be one if you’ve ever been moved by a work of art or beauty. I think that every creative person out there is an “aesthete” because if you create things, then I believe you must have been moved by someone else’s creations at least once, if not more.
This award is to honor every creative person, irrespective of their number of followers and views. Because, as long as you create, that is all that matters. This award is for those bloggers who put an insane amount of thought in each of their posts and for those who spread creativity like wildfire!“
Here are the rules:-
Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
What is your favourite form of creativity?
Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
Ask your nominees 4 questions.
Share something you created. (can be anything!)
And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!
Questions From Hundreds & Thousands Of Books
If your life was a movie, what song play in the montage you’re in at the moment? I WILL SURVIVE
Where’s one place you really want to visit? MALDIVES
Three books you want to read before you die? BOOKS FROM THE NARNIA AND LORD OF THR RINGS SERIES,
What’s one thing you really want to try? Traveling to Russia
Questions From Anna’s Book Nook
Are there any upcoming book releases that you are really looking forward to? Not yet
Would you rather be able to fly on a dragon, a griffin, a Pegasus, or a Phoenix? (Or choose your own!) Griffin for Gryffindor?
What language(s) are you fluent in, and do you wish you could speak any other languages? Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. I have basic French that I am still studying and picking up Japanese, Korean and Spanish now.
What would you say is your most consistent bedtime? Listening to historical documentaries to go to sleep!
Unfortunately, COVID-19 continued to prevent us from travelling as freely as before. Therefore, I am very pleased to be able to “travel” live through the Korea Tourism Organization’s live broadcast online. This time we were visiting South Korea’s Yongin Folk Village.
The Yongin Folk Village or Minsook Village was a museum that was a replica of a village from the late Joseon period. There were over 260 houses there with three styles of the three classes, peasant, landowner and aristocrat.—- Wikipedia
I actually felt like I was there along with the hosts! As it was a live broadcast, the host was able be interactive and answered questions too! Looking forward to the next broadtcast!
Nanno was always the new kid at each high school. Imagine being the target of bullies each time from students and the staff alike. Curiously, she was never afraid and was attracted to secrets and danger, especially death. Revenge was all she could think of…
Season One was all about her standing up against all the bullies in each episode, including the ones that led to her death. From the beginning, the fact that she kept coming back to life in a new episode, viewers knew there was something supernatural about her. Making all those who had caused misery to others to repent and to beg for forgiveness was her goal. Forgiveness was not the goal….
Season Two delved into different aspects of abuse from parental neglect to rape. Sometimes it became quite dark. Then everything got complicated when there was competition….
For those who enjoy revenge and the supernatural should check it out. Even though most of issues might be exaggerated, but if one watched enough true crime shows understand that these issues were plausible.
In a dystopian future world, there was a walled city called Alice. Everyone inside this city was very privileged, while the people outside in the Wastelands were struggling to survive each day. The mayor’s daughter, Starla, was one of the most privileged in the land. She was turning 18, but she was not satisfied about being locked behind the wall. She felt like a bird locked inside a cage, looking outwards. Starla wanted to be free.
Suddenly, she was kidnapped and landed into the Wastelands. She met Ari, a mysterious girl who used to live in Alice, but somehow ended up exiled in the Wastelands with her parents. Then, she was alone, toiling in the salt fields to survive. Seeing this as an opportunity to change her fate, Ari agreed to help Starla get back to the Walled City, if she could move back into it.
However, was Alice really the dream city that they want to go back to?
This story line was the background story that introduced the existence of Ari. Reading about Starla reminded me of how many of the privileged young people who didn’t understand the suffering of the poor in the world. They despised and looked down on others who had less than them, while craving for more.
After the Endgames, where Vision actually ended up being decommissioned, Wanda (aka the Scarlet Witch) and Vision somehow ended up in a 1950s style sitcom show! Every so often, the sitcom would advance into the next decade, the 60s, the 70s and so forth. Life was perfect in every way. Wanda had the perfect home and life with Vision was a wonderful!
However, occasionally, there would be odd situations like someone calling out her name from the radio…. Or that her pregnancy lasted so short (which the couple thought was because they were superheroes)….
Back in reality, in the real world at agency, Captain Monica Rambeau, got sucked in the world of WandaVision during her assignment to search for weapons…. Vision also became suspicious about the odd behaviours of their neighbours….
I grew up watching 1950s, 1960s etc sitcoms so I found it very interesting just seeing all those classic scenes and styles enacted by these characters. I loved that they even got the filming style and filters looking authentic too!
To be honest, I didn’t know the back story of the Scarlet Witch, but this series helped to educate me more about her and her past.
I also enjoyed some of the surprising twists about the villains that appear in the series.
Before they were parents, they did things on a whim, whenever and whatever they wanted to do. However, as parents, they fell into the “no” trap. Everything the children wanted, they usually said no. This caused a lot of conflict and rebellious behaviour in the family as the children grew older.
One day, they decided to follow the advise of having a “Yes Day”, which was having 24 hours of all rules by the children. Naturally, there were a few ground rules. Hence, after trying their hardest to follow the rules at school and home for a certain time, the children had their “Yes Day”!
Let the party begin! Imagine all the interesting things the children wanted… for example, opening the windows while driving through the car wash. Oh dear….
That night, their teenage daughter decided to sneak out to a music festival, leaving her brother alone with his friends instead of watching him. When she got into trouble and regretted going to the festival, she only wanted to go home…
This movie was based on a book of the same name. For adults watching this, it could appear to be a complete waste of time. The fact that all that chaos to happen in one day with the parents’ approval could sound ridiculous to adults. However, watching with my school-age children brought a lot of laughter to watch the outrageous events unfold. These were often ones that they might think about themselves.
The ending was very touching as despite their differences and problems, the family came together to solve their problems.
It takes me a long time to let go of grudges, I can remember all the things that made me upset all the way to primary school….I may not show it but I retain a lot which fuels my fire. I usually forgive those people, but I rarely forget. Forgiving them doesn’t mean it gives the right to piss me off again though…so sometimes they do it again! Just because I appear to be easy going!!!
Then blame me for being upset and unforgiving! 😤
These repeat offenders are exactly that… offenders. Hence, I am in charge of my own emotions so I try my best to make my own happiness in my way, not somebody else’s standard. It takes me ten times the effort to dig myself out of the negative pit each time. Here’s to drowning out all the negativity in my own way! 🎧
A little girl named Coraline moved into a new home with her inattentive and preoccupied parents. This apartment, with some interesting tenants, made her world more fun! Then, she discovered a mysterious door that led to a world that was just like hers, except it had everything she ever wanted there.
In this alternate world, there was a set of Coraline’s parents. The Other Mother and Other Father would let her do everything she wanted to do or eat everything she wanted to eat. She loved it! When she compared to her real life, this was the perfect world!
However, one day, she discovered that this world was just a scheme to trick her soul to stay there forever. Coraline discovered that there were previous children who died and whose souls were trapped by the Other Mother. In order to free herself and the children’s souls, Coraline challenged the Other Mother to a game….
This was definitely a scary story. To be living in a home that was a living nightmare would be many children’s fear. But to discover that there was a hidden door and pathway to another world, sounded like many children’s imagination acting up. Since her own parents were ignoring her, the need to find a world where she was wanted became her goal in her mind.
One could easily say that this whole story was all in her imagination. She might even be hiding from her sad reality in her mind…
Set in a future where cyborgs and robots were part of reality, Dr. Ido revived a damaged battle cyborg, whom he called, Alita. His dead daughter’s named was Alita. The brain wasn’t damaged, but only needed a new body. So he found her a unique cyborg body that was compatible to her brain.
When she woke up, she wanted to find out who she was as she had lost her memory. She became interested in the game, Motorball. This game was the source of gambling and entertainment for everyone. The owner of the game, Vector, actually paid people called Hunter-Warriors that hunted cyborgs for their body parts in exchange for wealth. He would use these parts to upgrade his Motorball team players to win.
One day, Alita ended up becoming enemies to one of toughest Hunter-Warriors, who was sent to destroy her. Despite winning the fight, her body was badly damaged. Dr. Ido was forced to install the deadly battle cyborg body that Alita found previously. He didn’t want to install it for her originally because he feared the killing power of the technology. However, he no longer had the choice….Remembering that there was someone out there trying to kill Alita, he made sure her suit was perfect for combat during her Motorball game. She needed to win this no matter what….
The blend of anime and real people was very convincing. I enjoyed the story of how Alita got stronger and became her true self. The combat scenes were exciting.
Definitely entertaining for fans of anime, robots and futuristic fantasy storylines.
Note: Christopher Waltz was often a villain in movies, like Inglorious Basterds, was Dr. Ido!
Lana Condor, from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, was Koyomi!
Dan was the stereotypical demanding office executive who got let go from his job and decided to escape into the countryside. He met up with his new neighbour, Alan for a cup of coffee at the Aquifer Cafe. The owner of the cafe, Deborah, told them a story about having an ancient well at the back of the cafe. That piqued the men’s interest. However, after observing the odd fake relics, the object that really interested them was a plaque with a bunch of letters and dots. It resembled some sort of code…. Deborah offered them a slice of free cake if they could decipher it.
Naturally, the pair succeeded in breaking the code and Dan, became furious that Deborah was lying to them about the false info regarding the well and how she found the plaque. He became extremely rude and got kicked out of the cafe. Dan continued to try to dig into why she was lying, by researching into her family. The pair continued to visit the different places in the town to find out more. Due to Dan’s extremely abrasive personality, the pair was not making a good impression on most of the people they encountered…. this made investigating a bit troublesome….
Why were Deborah’s family lying about how one of their ancestors died? What were they hiding?
I love historical mysteries, so this was quite interesting to me. I really hope that Dan’s rude behaviour can improve in the future novels. Digging into people’s business and being rude to the interviewees is never a good idea.
One main takeaway was the historical background info about the executions that happened during the Great War. Many deserters or soldiers that acting oddly due to combat fatigue and battle neurosis were executed. We now know this was related to PTSD. This was a shock to me….
After her parents died in the British-ruled India, orphaned Mary was sent to live with her uncle, Lord Craven in England. Her mother was one of his sisters. Entitled little Mary was not the sweet little girl that they had expected. Instead, she didn’t follow rules and refused to go to a boarding school. Mary only wanted to run free around the estate grounds.
Lord Craven, himself, kept away from Mary as much as possible until Mary discovers his supposedly crippled son, Colin. After his wife passed, he had convinced his son that he had to stay in bed permanently as he could die anytime of anything.
One day, Mary followed a friendly stray dog into a hidden hedge at the far end of the estate. It was here that she discovered a magical Secret Garden……
The transformation of all the main characters was very emotional. It was a good idea to also tell the past stories about the relationship of Mary and Colin’s mothers before they past away. It was able to tie them to their mothers’ memories of the garden.
My favourite part to was to watch the relationship between Lord Craven and Colin change for the better.
This lone kale plant in my garden survived through our cold and snowy winter. Originally, I had four seeds in the small patch of soil. The kale was for my bearded dragon. It was his daily vegetable to eat.
Honestly, I didn’t expect any of the plants to survive through the winter. So, I called this one a miracle.
As his mother was ill and his father was sent to India, poor little Digory was to stay with his aunt and Uncle Andrew. He became friends with a little girl in the neighborhood named Polly.
Uncle Andrew believed that he was a magician with magical powers. Believing that he discovered a magical world, he tricked Polly into touching a yellow magical ring and she disappeared! In order to save his friend, Uncle Andrew convinced Digory to touch the yellow ring. With two green rings that would bring people back, Digory was ready to save Polly.
When he arrived in the middle of the Woods, Digory and Polly discovered that the pools of water lead to different worlds. In one of the pools, they discovered a place named Charn. Out of curiosity, Digory took the hammer that was there and rang a nearby bell. This bell woke up the White Witch……
This book was the first novel in the series of the books about the world of Narnia, how it happened, Aslan’s appearance and the special Apple tree. Reading this book gave me more insight to how it all began….
Alina was an orphan who grew up to be a cartographer to help navigate through the dangerous Fold. This area was filled with monsters named Volcra who devoured foreign beings that enter their world. This Fold was formed many centuries ago by an evil being. The world was looking for a Grisha, (someone with special powers), who could summon light to destroy the Fold. The leader of the Grisha, the Darkling, was going to find this person and save everyone.
During one adventure into the Fold, Alina suddenly released the power of light when they were attacked. Therefore, the Darkling, took her in and became her guide. He would help train her to use her powers to destroy the Fold. The Fold was the ultimate enemy….not the selfish and snobby Royal Family?
I have to be honest. I watched the series recently and then, decided to read the book. Most of the major themes and scenes matched quite nicely. I really appreciated the imagery that I could conjure from the book.
Love and betrayal was really played up throughout the book. Loyalty to the right side could be in a grey area. Choices could be very confusing.
Carl was ready to retire from the unit after 26 years in the special unit 351. Just as he was planning his tropical destination, his boss handed him just one last assignment. His assignment was to take out Professor Quigley, who was the Head of the Department of Entomology at a local university. Most importantly, he was a consultant for the Department of Defense, researching how to weaponize dangerous insects. Intel was leaked about how he wanted sell his research to the highest bidder. So, he needed to be take care of… through a work-related accident with insects…..
In order to be successful, Carl contacted Salvatore or “Skinny” the bug specialist, who used his time in jail to achieve an education about entomology. He was pointed out to be the perfect candidate to help Carl to complete this mission. Interestingly enough, Skinny worked at an Entomology Research Centre.
First they had to decide which bugs to use for the mission. Then, they had to figure out how these bugs would be introduced “accidentally “……
As a fan of insects, I found the knowledge listed out by Skinner quite intriguing. The pace picked up and then, I had finished this short story! Now I am interested in the rest of the series.
My ambition was to learn as much knowledge as I can during my own downtime. I enjoyed watching education documentaries and listening to webinars about health. Therefore, sometimes complimentary training samples were sent out. It’s a nice gesture if these companies wanted us to spend an hour or so of our precious time to participate.
In the past, one of the complaints from the main office was the fact that they had to separate out these training samples to be transferred out. Therefore, I tried to have them shipped directly to where I was located at instead. Unfortunately, sometimes this was not available.
SO, I WAS ASKED TO NOT TO DO TOO MANY TRAININGS BECAUSE SOME OTHER PERSON IN THE COMPANY WAS DOING A LOT.
Wow… They had forgotten why staff training was important at any workplace. Adequate training was necessary for the benefit of the company. Those that train more usually were more successful at their work as they possessed the knowledge through training. Plus, all the information that I could retain would benefit everyone around me too!
Yes, these types of comments bothered me and should be ignored. My goal——do what I believe to be correct.
“I am going to use a cheese wire on you….” An electronic-like voice announced when Alice, a journalist, answered her phone. As a well-known journalist, receiving threatening calls or letters was quite common. But, ones that used a voice modulating device, was very creepy. That was the first Wednesday.
Who was the caller and stalker? Why was he doing this to Alice? Was it an ex from her past? She just couldn’t figure it out….Imagine walking into a coffee shop and the stalker had already ordered her regular order from her local spot for her.
From then on, every Wednesday, this stalker’s threats became more and more scary. From having liquids thrown on her face to expanding to threats to her family. Finally, her boyfriend, Tom, convinced her to hire Mathew, a private investigator to solve this case.
This story was written in three person’s point of view, Alice, Mathew and the mysterious Him. Everyone had their own past experiences. Some were more traumatic than others. Sometimes, things that one believed to be wonderful, could also be devastating to another.
The ending was a complete surprise with a few excellent twists!
Alina was an orphan, who grew up in an orphanage with her best friend, Mal. On the day that they were to be tested to see if they had special powers as Grishas, was worried that she was one. She used a self injury trick, so she was guaranteed to stay with Mal as a regular mortal.
As young adults, both served in an army to help find ways to conquer through the Fold. This dark and dangerous fold contained Volcra, the monstrous creatures. According to the legend, the Dark Heretic was an extremely powerful Grisha, who created the Fold when he became power hungry and wanted to destroy his enemies.
One day, when they were attacked by the Volcra as they were travelling through the Fold, a creature was attacking Mal and as another grabbed her, an enormous beam of light blasted around her body. This beam destroyed the creatures around their vessel! She was actually the legendary Sun Summoner! Alina could be their solution to destroying this monstrous Fold! However, now she became the target of many greedy souls…..
Apparently in this fantasy world, Su Han was the enemy territory and Alina was half-Su Han. As looking half-Su Han (I saw this as equivalent to half-Asian in real life), she lived with racism and prejudice her entire life. This constant bullying made to her stronger and more independent at a young age.
I haven’t read the trilogy that this series was adapted from yet. Therefore, I couldn’t comment if it followed the books faithfully. However, the theme of growing up as the despised and into the sought after Legend made it a feel-good series. There were some twists in the plot as characters begin to show their true colours.
The ending definitely hinted that a second season would be coming someday!
Marianne’s husband, Simon, was a charming and handsome surgeon, whom all the women drooled after. She lived in a beautiful townhome with her stepdaughter and twin boys. Simon believed that everyone had a price, so as long as he wanted it, he would pay for it. He believed that his family deserved the best. Simon was so perfect. Unfortunately, Marianne was never good enough as a wife or mother in his eyes. He demanded perfection in Marianne. She was nothing without him. It was her incompetence that made him look elsewhere. According Simon, Marianne didn’t need friends or hobbies that made her happy. The children and the beautiful home should be enough to make her happy. He made sure she was taking her medication to deal with her anxiety. Higher doses would placate her and stopped her jealousy from causing more problems. She was the crazy one that needed electro-shock therapy to fix her stupid mind. That was his idea. She was always imagining that he was cheating on her.
After years of therapy, Marianne thought that she was fixed. Receiving a bouquet of flowers weekly showed his loved for her. He wasn’t cheating…. it was all in her head. Until one day, he blurted out a name, Caroline……
From the start of the book, I had a feeling that Simon was not the perfect husband. I could tell in the conversations that he was a narcissistic jerk that even his daughter disliked his comments towards other mothers at the school. For those that have been in relationships where the other person constantly belittled, gaslighted and criticized their partner, the story had many trigger points.
Many times I got so angry at Simon. He was so hypocritical! Everyone had to respect his privacy, while he could just walk into Marianne’s craft room anytime. That’s because her craft was not important to him, even though it actually helped his wife to be less anxious. Her only job in life was to serve him and the children. How selfish!
Answer the seven questions that they asked on their blog post.
Make up seven new questions.
Nominate seven more people for The Dazzling Blogger Award, who you think exemplifies excellent blogging skills.
The 7 Questions
What is one life lesson that you learned during the Covid-19 pandemic? Being laid off was a blessing in disguise
What was the catalyst for you wanting to start blogging? My contract as a blogger for business ended
What are seven things that you hope to accomplish within the next five years? Grow my blog, IG, Twitter, TikTok platforms. Grow stronger and fitter by the day. Continue to work as a nutritional consultant.
What book or movie has been life changing for you? Are you there, it’s me Margaret?
What advice would you give to any new blogger? Stay connected
What are seven of your favorite things? Food, beauty, art, books, karaoke, dancing, travel
In seven words or less, tell me what your blog is about. My daily life
It was 1924, and Lily’s husband was murdered. Daniel was the sheriff and everyone suspected that the murderer was a rowdy miner who Daniel was transferring to the county jail. In place of her husband, Lily became Ohio’s first female sheriff.
Then, there was Marvena, a miner’s wife. Her husband had died in a mining accident when the cave collapsed. Her older daughter, Ula, had left home and Daniel had promised to look after Ula. She finally decided to find Daniel, not knowing that he was murdered.
When Lily and Marvena got together, they discovered that Daniel had many hidden secrets that connected the two families. Where did he get all that money?
This book was inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff. To read about how these two widows were so brave and courageous during the times when women didn’t have high regards from men. Both women had young children to take care of with the absence of their husbands. Marvena also was fighting for the rights of the miners by trying to start a worker’s union too! Amazing!
After doing a lot of good deeds, people could rise into the heavens and become one of the many gods or goddesses. Xie Lian was a crown prince who was loved by his kingdom. After doing a lot of good deeds, he died young and rose into the heavens. However, as he was inexperienced and rather unknown as a young god, he was sent back to Earth to solve problems like fighting demons and to build his own temple to gather believers.
Because of his inexperience, two of the toughest gods’ assistants followed along to make sure Cie Lian didn’t not cause any trouble for their senior gods. They also worry that the most evil of wraths and demons, Hua Cheng, would attack. This evil being was ruthless, and cruel while working alone. All the evil spirits were afraid of him…. Just seeing his red gown would cause them to flee! But, the Crown Prince liked to be alone as much as he could….
After travelling alone for awhile, Xie Lian discovered that a young man joined him on the back of the hayride…. He was wearing red….
This Chinese anime was beautifully drawn. The main theme was about love, hate and redemption. Love surpassed life, death and gender. There were still some unanswered questions at the end because season two was coming out in the near future.
In 1962, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga was an Italian bouncer who desperately needed a job when the club he was working at was under renovations. One day, he was told to go to a job interview to be a driver for Dr. Shirley. However, this was no ordinary doctor. Dr. Don Shirley was actually a black pianist. Tony did not think highly of “coloured folks” and he wasn’t interested in being a butler either. Despite a rough start at the interview, Dr. Shirley, still called Tony’s wife for her approval to have Tony drive him on his eight weeks tour to the Mid-West and Deep South in the States.
Before they left, Dr. Shirley’s team gave Tony the “Green Book” which was the “African-American travelers to find motels, restaurants, and filling stations that would serve them”. Racism and prejudice was openly accepted as “tradition” as most of the “coloured folks” worked on plantations and were extremely poor. In order to keep Dr. Shirley safe, Tony was recommended to Dr. Shirley’s record label as he worked very well as a bouncer. He solved problems for his clients and was able to talk his way out of situations.
Things got uglier and uglier as they drove south. Attacks, racist remarks and rejection was thrown at Dr. Shirley even at the events that he was invited to play at! How infuriating!
This movie was based on the interviews of Tony and Dr. Shirley, plus all the letters that Tony wrote to his wife. Naturally, they became life-long friends.
Dr. Don Shirley was classical trained pianist who studied in Soviet Union because he was so talented. But, because of his skin colour, Dr. Shirley was accepted in the classical music world. So, he went to study Psychology and got two doctorates. He was told by his record label that he had to play jazz and modern music to match his colour. He despised the idea as he wanted to play classical music.
I enjoyed this movie as watching Tony, played by Viggo Mortensen, change his behaviour and views towards Dr. Shirley gave me a wonderful feeling. To be reminded of how cruel the past was a tough reminder. In contrast, to see that people could change, gave us hope in humanity.
It had been over a year now since our first lock downs, no matter where we live on this planet. It seemed like we were going back to those wasteful times of single use everything. I, myself, had been feeling a certain level of guilt whenever I had to use a disposable mask. So, most of the time I used a reusable one and saved the single use for emergencies. To reduce plastic bags, we brought our own reusable grocery bags and product bags. That made a huge reduction in the plastic bag collection bin in the kitchen. We reused any single use plastic bags as trash bin liners.
On and off, we were not allowed to dine in at restaurants, so delivery and take out was the only ways to support our local restaurants. Once again, we couldn’t use our own take out containers. Therefore, we tried to reuse the take out containers as much as possible for meal prepping and food storage. Thankfully, styrofoam take out containers had been banned at certain cities already.
Once the weather got better, walking around the neighbourhood was a great way to save gas and get a workout. Fortunately, we had grocery stores, supermarkets, restaurants and parks that were within a walkable distance.
Instead of dryer sheets, I opted to use woollen dryer balls. For some people who were used to those fabric softener scents, adding your favourite essential oils into the woollen dryer balls would be an idea! Since my textile course in my university days, my professor had warned us against synthetic fabrics softeners as they only added a layer of fatty chemicals onto the fabric to make it seem softer. Hence, the substance would rub off onto our skin. It was better to physically soften the fabric like using dryer balls.
During Spring cleaning, it had been a bit of a struggle as many times some might find it easier to just throw everything away. I refused to do that, so I would go through the large bag of so-called garbage and sorted through it. After taking out the pieces of papers and plastics, I was able to reduce the size by 75%! People sometimes said it was faster and easier to just throw it all away. To me that was against my principles.
We might not be able to do everything 100% eco-friendly, but instead 100 of us did just even 1%! That would make so much difference!
Adera Angelucci, the author, recalled her turbulent past since childhood. From being diagnosed with A.D.D. to living a rebellious lifestyle in high school, she was only being herself. She was easily bored and only found joy when she was in the limelight and performing.
Adera was constantly looking for the true form of herself. Craving and obsessed with the notion of being in love, when she fell in “love”, it became an obsession. It was very draining to her emotional health. Then, she watched, the movie, P.S. I Love You and she decided to find her perfect guy in Ireland. She thought Gerard Butler was from Ireland. (He was actually from Scotland!) Again, she was disappointed. Time to look for her guy now!
This book read like a diary and with a time line that was familiar as she was Canadian. Hence, I recognized many of the places she mentioned in the book.
After every chapter, she would list a few questions for the reader to contemplate on after reading her problems and triumphs.
This was a lovely quick read to help inspire us to meditate more and get in touch with the true you!
This book was a collection of stories that combined horror and science fiction with humour. Imagine a vampire who binged on cheeseburger and fries, who became overweight and needed to work with a human trainer! How funny!
Majority of the stories brought a smile to my face. I enjoyed the imagination of the author. It’s a great way to start reading again for those who liked short stories.
Our family-owned business has been one of the world’s top candle makers for almost 50 years. From wick selection to the type of wax we use – we know what it takes to create a candle and ensure it’s a luxurious experience from the moment it’s first lit.
At KANDL, we see ourselves as educators and facilitators, with the ultimate goal of bringing people together through the emotional connection of scent and warmth. KANDL’s one-of-a-kind labs take participants through every aspect of candle creation, from wick and fragrance selection to wax education and vessel selection. Choose from over 100 combinations of fragrance notes to make your customized creation that can be taken home within 90 minutes or less. Our labs are fun, intimate and uniquely yours.
First, I received a parcel with the special oils of base, middle and top notes, along with charts. Then, on the time of the virtual lab, our instructor would teach us about the different oils, wax, and candle knowledge. I had a lot of fun smelling and picking out the different notes that could go into my personalized candle. After deciding on which three scents, Kandl Artistique would send me a form to choose the vessel and label design.
After about two weeks, my large personalized candle arrived at my doorstep!
This series comprised of three seasons. Each season explored the unknown or uncommon, but interesting secrets and stories of certain artifacts or works of art in the world’s most famous museums. However, all the museums that were interviewed were from Europe, Africa, Middle East and North America.
As a huge fan of history and art, I absolutely loved this series. I have actually visited some of these museums, so there was a connection. As there were many places that I haven’t had the chance to visit yet, I appreciated the details and the historical stories that accompanied the episodes. They even had different scenarios to try to find out the most possible ways different situations occurred.
Museums often contained so much artifacts and art that most of us could easily miss very interesting ones. Typically, museums usually only mentioned or recommended certain items that were the most famous. This series could be the key to discover some more gems of each museum.
After spending an exciting and nearly fatal year during her first year at the Academy, Coral was ready for second year to start! After a visit from Pania, the Jellyfish lady, who revealed that her father was still alive, she was ready to explore her newly found powers and to solve the mysteries that follow.
Things became complicated when an exchange student, Kelpie, suddenly became the centre of attention. All of the men in Coral’s life turned against her. Even Finn, the one who was supposed to be in love with her was following Kelpie around. What was going on?
After reading the previous books from this series, I knew that there was going to be a twist. I kept wondering who the ultimate antagonist was…. I had to keep reading till the end. There was definitely a surprise!
Have you been in a toxic relationship like a friendship, for example, where your friend is constantly putting you down whenever something good happens to you? Very often, that actually stems from the fact that that person wants to keep the attention to themselves. They do not want to share the stage and have a scarcity mentality.
A scarcity mentality, according to Steve Covey, the author of 7 Habits Of Successful People, is when a person only sees things in terms of winning or losing. There’s only so much attention out there, so if you have some,then there is less for them! Or if you are lucky this time, there is less luck for them out there! Very often, they don’t admit that they think this way, but their sarcasm and criticism gives them away. Putting you down is their way to lift themselves up again.
Jealousy and envy can also come into play. These emotions can blind even the friendliest characters. It is crucial that we continue to remind ourselves that lifting others up means lifting ourselves up too!
In 2014, Mrs. Susan Ford was enjoying a wonderfully luxurious life in a close knit town in New England. With her beautiful house and lovely dogs, she was living the ideal life with her stepson. Then, one day, a man from Iraq was picked up by the local FBI. He was looking for Mrs. Ford.
In the summer of 1979, Susan and Annie were fellow waitresses at Frankie’s disco. There, they met all sorts of interesting and powerful people. What happened during that year? Why was a man from the past looking for Mrs. Ford now?
One thought kept occurring in my mind as I read this book—-bad company could ruin your life or haunt you for the rest of your life. There were quite a few very surprising twists in the story with a even more surprising ending. For those who preferred books with a very clear differentiation between the right and wrong, this book would not fit that set-up as it blurred the lines. People that I believed should be punished, were set free…. to my dismay. Sadly, real life scenarios could be similar to this ending.
After his wife’s passing, Ed’s daughter decided that it was time for him to leave his home and move in with her. He was caught accidentally stealing with a store when he didn’t know how to use the self check-out…. oops! However, her house didn’t have an extra room, so she made her son, Peter, move to attic and to give his room to Ed. Peter was not pleased at all. Why couldn’t Grandpa go to the attic instead? Peter decided to declare war!
There were many laughs in this movie. The fact that Ed actually took Peter seriously by making him sign the Rules Of Engagement gave Peter the acknowledgment that lacking from the start. Peter was never close to Grandpa and he was forced out of his room without any family discussion. Even though it was his parent’s house, I believed that both the husband and the son would have appreciated a family discussion.
In the dystopian future, the human race was split up by jobs given to them by society once they were of age. No one had the choice to choose their careers. However, there was only one Giver assigned to one person at a time. The Giver was the only one who knew the truth behind the lies, dangers and inequalities. What was supposed to be an honour became, the main character, Jonas’ goal to leave this world…. But he mustn’t get caught…..
This movie was adapted from the book by Lois Lowry. Although this book was meant for teens, the ideas and concepts worked quite well in the movie. I actually was able to relate to the assignment of career scene with the traditional quizzes that I took as teen about my future career. However, most of the people I knew didn’t follow the path that those quizzes recommended to us. Our future was for us to discover and to change!