Athol Dickson's Lost Mission Book Review



In Lost Mission, prejudice is a pestilence that spans centuries. Fire is as cleansing as it is deadly. And Christian charity is all-too-often purely selfish.

The main characters of Lost Mission are each convinced that they are called by God. Each character is connected by circumstance and (perhaps?) by design. Rife with symbolism, it does not escape notice that the protagonists in the modern era are a close echo to those who lived in the 17oo's.

Modern Christianity seems a little less new-fangled when seen in the portrait painted Athol Dickson, and his mysterious, shiny-haired Indian. That old saw; "the road to hell is paved with good intentions," is as accurately described here as I have yet seen.

Because I want you to read this book, I won't give away too much, just that there is love and redemption, faith, forgiveness, evil, death, terror, grief, joy and hope. A gripping reminder of how far we have come, and how far we have not.

Athol Dickson is an incredible writer, and the stark comparison between an early Spanish mission and a modern mega-church is flawlessly done. In fact, Athol really shines when he lets his readers come to their own conclusions. The building of the story is so smartly done, so perfectly paced that when the author interjects to ask the reader to "consider" a plot point, it is disconcerting. I was considering! "Consider", Mr. Dickson, that a story is better read when it is not directed. It is my only real complaint.

I found Lost Mission to be engrossing and am pretty certain that you will, too. I especially enjoyed the glimpse into early missionary life among the Franciscan monks. You can find Lost Mission here: Amazon.com

Twitter Contest!
Enter to win signed copies of Athol’s award winning books:
Tweet four words that describe Athol Dickson’s #LostMission along with this link: http://tr.im/BPD1 -Or- Athol Dickson’s redemptive tale #LostMission is a MUST read! Gripping story about mistakes and miracles! http://tr.im/BPD1
(To be clear – to be entered into the contest your tweet must have these two elements; 1. Athol Dickson’s #LostMission 2. This link: http://tr.im/BPD1.)


To find out what others are thinking about Lost Mission by Athol Dickson, check out the rest of the blog-tour, here. Tell 'em O'Joy sent ya!

In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of Lost Mission by Athol Dickson to read by LitFuse Publicity in exchange for a fair and objective review. I did not take payment from the publisher or author of this book beyond a copy of the book in question. Disclosure Policy
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

November's Around Town: NYC


As promised, New York City's November highlights...

November 1
*NYC Marathon finish Central Park - 9:30am. There are bleachers for the last few hundred meters of the race; tickets for the bleachers are sold here: http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/flb.htm

*6th Avenue Autumn Fair - 10am-6pm. Plenty of great foods, commercial vendors plus entertainment and music celebrating the season. Takes place along Sixth Avenue between 34th and 42nd Streets. http://www.nycstreetfairs.com

November 7
*University Place Fall Fair - 10am-6pm. Over 250 trendy, international food, art, craft, antique and merchandise exhibitors will create a midway along University Place from Waverly to 14th Streets. http://www.nycstreetfairs.com

November 8
*Madison Avenue Holiday Expo - 10am-6pm. Over 500 authentic and/or original creators featuring arts, crafts, artisans, antiques, collectibles and fashion merchandise exhibitors will be on view to create a balloon arch covered pedestrian midway along Madison Avenue from 42nd to 57th Streets.http://www.nycstreetfairs.com

November 11
*Veteran's Day Festival - 10am-6pm. Plenty of foods, vendors and ceremonies honoring our Nation's veterans. Broadway from Battery Place to Fulton Street. http://www.nycstreetfairs.com

*Veteran's Day Parade & Block Party - 10am-6pm. Plenty of foods, commercial vendors and ceremonies honoring our Nation's veterans. Watch in awe and support as active officers, floats, marching bands, military vehicles and Veterans all push through the New York City streets in a symbol of true freedom. 56th Street at Madison Avenue. http://www.nycstreetfairs.com

November 12 - 15
Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival - $12 and up. 2pm. The longest-running, premiere showcase for international documentaries in the United States, encompassing a broad spectrum of work, from indigenous community media to experimental nonfiction. Entrance for screenings is on 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue at the American Museum of Natural History. http://www.amnh.org/programs/mead/2009/

November 14
*Times Square Holiday Fair - 10am-6pm. Features fun for the entire family including authentic ethnic foods, art, craft, antique, jewelry and merchandise just in time for holiday shopping. 45th Street from 5th - 7th Avenue. http://www.nycstreetfairs.com

*Peg-Leg Pete’s Scavenger Hunt - 2pm. Take a step back in time to the bouwerie, or farm, of Peter Stuyvesant, aka Peg-Leg Pete, while participating in a scavenger hunt inspired by the colonial history of Dutch Manhattan. Meet in front of the Stuyvesant vault in the East Yard of St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street. RSVP 212.228.2781, info@smhlf.org http://www.5dutchdaysnyc.org/home.html

November 15
Baby Loves Disco Pajama party - $18 per walker. 12-3pm. Celebrate BLD's 5th birthday in your jammies at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street. http://www.babylovesdisco.com/locations/manhattan/

I'll be posting Thanksgiving highlights soon!

*free or free with admission
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

November's Around Town: Staten Island



Looking for something to do in Staten Island next month?


November 1
*NYC Marathon kickoff - 8:25am. Runners assemble in their start villages in Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, on race morning. Breakfast Starting at 5:30 a.m. Entertainment Starting at 6:00 a.m. http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/index.htm

*Fall Foliage Hike - 1pm. A jaunt to Moses Mountain to experience the forest in its full fall glory and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view Ages 8+. Preregistration. Greenbelt Nature Center, 718-351-3450 http://www.sigreenbelt.org

Snug Harbor's Gala Tour of Italy - $100 donation for luxury raffle. 4pm. Enjoy the Flavors and Culture of Italy at the Richmond County Savings Foundation’s Tuscan Garden For information, call 718-425-3502. http://www.snug-harbor.org/


November 7
Greenbelt Nature Center 5th Anniversary: “Green Heritage, Sustainable Future” - 2pm. Join the Education Department as we sing Happy Birthday to the nature center, say hello to our resident reptiles, take part in hikes and earth-friendly games, and make a memorable Green Kids pledge. This program is geared towards families with children ages 5 and up. Conservancy members $8; non-members $10, includes special gift. Registration and pre-payment required. Call (718) 667-3450 http://www.sigreenbelt.org

*Family Literacy Day "Laugh Out Loud!" - 12-4pm. Laugh your socks off with Amelia Bedelia, Viola Swamp and other favorite stories and characters. Workshops, give-a-ways and refreshments. Presented by the Staten Island Reading Association at the Staten Island Children's Museum .http://statenislandkids.org

Staten Island Fall Doo Wop Spectacular - $25 and up. 8pm. At the St. George Theater.http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/events.htm


November 8
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle favorites - $20. 11:30- & 2pm. Snug Harbor's Mermaid Theatre draws upon the magic of black light to capture the charm of Eric Carle's stories. For tickets: Showtix4u.com, http://www.snug-harbor.org/childrens.html

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats - $10. 3-5:15pm. This multifaceted and multicultural production features dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, explosive kung fu, brilliant costumes, and hilarious Chinese comedy. Back by popular demand at the College of Staten Island. http://www.csitoday.net/event_calendar/?mode=EVENT_FULL&eventid=23107

*The Catcher In the Rye - 3pm. JD Salinger's classic coming-of-age story with SIOutLOUD. Location: Conference House Visitor Center 7455 Hylan Blvd.


November 9
*Northfield Bank Foundation Cool School Holiday: Veteran's Day - 10am-5pm Free admission to the Staten Island Children's Museum. http://statenislandkids.org

November 13
The Lovin' Spoonful - $35. 8-9:45pm. Celebrate Woodstock's 40th anniversary with the music of this iconic band. With 12 top-20 hits including "Do You Believe in Magic?" "Summer in the City," and "Daydream," it is not surprising that these guys made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Post-show meet and greet with the three original band members.http://www.csitoday.net/event_calendar/?mode=EVENT_FULL&eventid=23109

November 13 & 14
The Best of Broadway - 8pm. Enjoy highlights from Wicked, Sound of Music, HS Musical, JesusChrist Superstar and Hairspray from Staten Island's most talented artists! Performed by a full cast with live music, this electrifying show will be a showstopper for all ages; presented by the St. George Theater.http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/events.htm


November 14 &15
The American Girl Fashion Show at Snug Harbor Cultural Center - $35 for admission and box lunch. 11am-3pm. A fun-filled afternoon for girls and their families, friends, and favorite dolls! Celebrate the experience of being a girl, whether yesterday or today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Elegant refreshments, prizes and raffles. For more info call (718) 425-3556. http://www.snug-harbor.org/special.html

November 15
Kids Crafts at Alice Austen House - $5. 3:30-5:30pm. Kids of all ages are welcome! Have your face painted, your photo taken with a 1690 Dutch farmhouse door and decorate a frame for it with items Hudson traded such as beads, shells and furs. http://www.5dutchdaysnyc.org/home.html http://www.aliceausten.org/

*Enrichment Workshop Red Panda - 1:30-3:30pm. Enjoy the afternoon with the Staten Island Zoo and our furry friend the Red Panda. Watch him play with some special toys, while learning his true identity. Make a craft for yourself, too! http://www.statenislandzoo.org/

November 20
Imagination Movers in Concert - $12 and up. 2:30 & 6:30pm. Imagination Movers, is a daily, music-driven live-action Disney Channel series for preschoolers. In concert, the Movers teach high-energy dances, play games with the audience and make music on their one-of-a-kind trashcan drumset. Presented by the St. George Theater. http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/events.htm

November 21 & 22
Jukebox Heroes Live! - $50. 6pm. I Know Da Guy Entertainment presents Applause for A Cause: Autism Concert at Snug Harbor Music Hall. http://www.snug-harbor.org/concerts.html

November 27 - 29
Art & Craft Fair at Alice Austen House - 11-6pm. Avoid the crowds at the mall and do your holiday shopping in a picturesque Victorian Cottage. Local artisans and craftsman have holiday items for sale including delicious homemade chocolates and cookies, ornaments, jewelry and fine art! http://www.aliceausten.org/

I've got NYC goodies for ya, tomorrow!

*free or free with admission!
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Remember when I was making fun of the flu?

Here?

Bad idea. Bad, bad idea.

I have the flu, and a nasty lil' bugger it is, too. I have a rolling fever, in that sometimes I am sweaty and red, and sometimes I am pale and shivering. Everytime I cough, I try to hold my forehead on my face, because I'm afraid it will fall off!

It hurts. Actually it all hurts, my shoulders and knees and elbows and oh, lord don't get me started on the pain in my neck. (he, he...)

No worries, though. I still managed to get up early, brush hair, and help with homework; vacuum, and move furniture, wash dishes; make breakfast, pack lunch and cook dinner; change diapers; bathe, nap and ni-night my kidlings. In other words, do everything. And no one made me any tea, either.

I am Momma and the flu can't bring me down. So what if I'm walking around like an old lady? At least this old lady has clean floors!
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

O'Joy Recommends: Halloween

Yay! It's that time again! I loooooooooooooove Halloween. And I still dress up, even though DH apparently finds it utterly ridiculous. That's okay, friends. Halloween is an American tradition, and here are O'Joy's favorite ways to celebrate!




Dress:


















I love handmade costumes. I am not crafty. My kids will never look as amazing as this Lil' Pirate lass or this sweet (but kinda melancholy) Mermaid.

But don't let my own sad inabilities keep you from D.I.Y.ing your kiddos' Halloween. Check out Instructables.com, or even DIY Costumes Etsy shop featuring the cutest you-make-it lion, shark, puppy, etc. (Which you may want to hurry up and order!)



Still there's nothing so easy as running to the store (or online ordering, my personal fave!) I'm digging on the selection at Dizguise.com. Hmmm. I really kinda like Liberty...




Food & Drink:

For an early Halloween start, try these incredible Pumpkin Pancakes from The Mother Load.


I love this sweet Pumpkin Veggie tray from Taste of Home.


And the Halloween Alliance's Brain Dip recipe is to, ahem, die for...


These Mummy Dogs are a neat update on pigs in a blanket. Instead of mustard, try capers for the eyes for a more grown-up palate. ( I know, I know...)


For extra creepy cocktails like the Black Widow and the Spooky Screwdriver, you must pour the appropriately dark Blavod Vodka.


And wouldn't it be a blast to make these crashing witch cupcakes from the celebration shop?


Fun & Games:

A reliable source for not-too-scary party games for the younger crowd is PartyGameIdeas.com

And I can't think of anything more fun than a murder mystery game! (For the adults, that is.)


Decor:

Fright Catalog pretty much has it in the bag, but don't be afraid to make your own dank atmosphere!

How cute are these little spiders? For about $8, you and the kiddos can make an even dozen in no time.

The Yard Haunter is an awesome resource for creeping your property.

Let's not forget Pumpkin carving! The best way to highlight your orange jack can be found at Pumpkin Carving 101.

But what should you carve into your gourd? Check out ZombiePumpkins.com (Hey, zombies are in!) or go to extremepumpkins.com for 48 free patterns.









Mood:


I love, love this save-the-date from Living Locurto (I love everything from Living Locurto!)


For the kidlings, how sweet is this pirate invite by Oliebollen?



For scary (ish!) stories to tell your kidlings, check out this freebie from Chuck Larkin, Scary Stories about Haints, Ghosts and Things-That-Go-Bump-in-the-Night (Fun!)

How about some free music to set the right mood? Here's a link to 14 spooky screamers!

For something a bit less scary, you can order Thirteen for Halloween CD, a kid-friendly send-up.

"Welcome" said the Spider, M Ryan Taylor : Thirteen for Halloween from M Ryan Taylor on Vimeo.



For the Naysayers:

You may be wondering why, when I claim to be a food nazi with Livviebug & Lil Man, I allow them to haunt the streets in search of, ah, treats. (Sorry, it was irresistible!) When the fun is done (usually within two blocks) Livviebug is allowed to have one or two treats (though I'm sure it's actually closer to four or five!) and then she surrenders her hard-earned loot to us; her mean, candy-stealing parents. Which we sort into acceptable and unacceptable. (Pixie stix, bubble gum and jawbreakers are not acceptable.) The rest gets doled out one at a time, not every day, and eventually gets gobbled up by the grown-ups or tossed. (For example, we still have some lollipops left from Valentine's Day, folks...) This will be Lil Man's first trick or treat, and I think he's gonna love it!

If you are even more afraid of the evils of Now & Laters than I am, might I suggest Trick-or-Treating for Unicef? Those orange boxes have been around for as long as I can remember, and with good reason. Trick-or-Treating for Unicef has raised more than $148 million since it's beginning in 1950 to provide healthcare, nutrition and education to children in more than 150 countries. Amazing, huh?

If you plan on getting all weird about celebrating Halloween on me, please read this article by Richard Seltzer, first. TYVM! Then you can leave your scathing anti-fun commentary.

Last but not least... The US CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) wants you and your children to be safe during the Halloween festivities. Though there never were any poisoned Halloween candy, there are still some precautions we should be taking. Check them out, here.


Thanks for joining me for this All Hallow's Eve love fest! Have fun, and try not to eat too much, lol....
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Richard Dahlstrom's O2: Beathing new Life into Faith Book Review

In Pastor Richard Dahlstrom's new book, O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, the senior pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle , WA, exhorts his fellow Christians to inhale and exhale. (It's a metaphor, okay? Faith is like oxygen, and you have to breathe both in and out in order to live.) I'll let the good pastor explain it himself:

video


"You inhale life-giving strength from God through things like prayer, study, solitude, and silence. You exhale generosity, hospitality, and service to the poor."
Get it? Don't worry, you will.

Oddly enough, I kept finding myself wanting to highlight paragraphs in this little book and press them upon various relatives. (See? This is how you should approach faith! I'm not the only one that thinks you're annoying, all close-minded hypocritical and such.)

I also experienced several sqeamish-belly moments when I realized the hypocrite was me. (I really, really don't like it when I realize deep self-truths. It's a major bummer.)

I am an exhaler. (It sounds good, right?) I am a New Testament hippie-type "little c" christian (that's my description, not Pastor Richard Dahlstrom's btw). I "do" christian stuff. I'm not so much an "inhaler," and am a wee bit snobby to what I have a tendency to consider as those conservative types. It doesn't mean I have less faith, (or more, for that matter) just that I haven't necessarily tried to incorporate all of what makes a relationship with God so amazing. I'm actually missing out on some really good stuff.

Despite the unquiet belly, I totally recommend this book. I heartily recommend it to all of us Jesus-followers, both the big & little "c" kind. It's not criticism. O2 is instead a warm reminder of how the modern church can come together, and be in true union with Christ.

You can read the first chapter of O2: Breathing New Life Into Faith here, and buy the book here. There's even a free study guide, which you can access here and you can even win a signed copy of 02 for yourself!
There are two ways to enter the giveaway; either head over to Pastor Richard’s blog, Pastoral Musings from Rain City and leave a comment between October 5th and October 24th -OR- Tweet this: @raincitypastor Pub.Weekly voted Breathing New Life into Faith as top 10 book in 2008 check it out! http://tr.im/Au8q #O2.
The winners will be announced on October 26th.


Check out what other people think about O2, by following the blog tour. Be sure to tell them O'Joy of my life... sent you!

One last thing. If you consider yourself to be a "Capital C" Christian, then please read Pastor Richard's post from October 6th about being "Christianized". Incredible, sir.


In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of O2: Breathing New Life Into Faith by Richard Dahlstrohm to review by LitFuse Publicity in exchange for a fair and objective review. I did not take payment from the publisher or author of this book beyond a copy of the book in question.
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

The FTC says we should disclose

So here I am, disclosing:


This policy is valid from 08 October 2009


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact c.mwheeler@yahoo.com.


This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, I will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner (me) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner (me) of this blog receives compensation for my posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.


To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

I like to waste thirty minutes or more

on ridiculousness like this...


http://www.amalah.com/photos/when_you_marry/index.html


Amy - I wish I actually knew you when I lived in Baltimore. Thank you, thank you for the incredible laughter you gave me today!
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Creation Festival Freebie

Hey, I just found out about a neat freebie, and those of you with teenagers might be interested...

Creation Festival : The Tour is giving a way a ten song playlist in iTunes. You can check it out by clicking here.

What's Creation Festival? Check out this promo video:

video


Hey, I know it's geared to the younger generation, but hey, maybe you'll like it too, I won't judge, lol...
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Monday Menu, October 5 - 11


Here we go again!

Monday: Chicken Pot Pie, recipe to follow

Tuesday: Penne a la Vodka w/ side salad & Italian Bread

Wednesday: Left-overs for me & chicken nuggets with carrots for the kiddos!

Thursday: Beef & Bean Burritos, spanish rice

Friday: Baked Dijon Flounder, (recipe here) brown-sugar glazed carrots, rice pilaf

Saturday: Chorizo & Eggs

Sunday: Creamy Garlic Chicken, Sauteed Normandy Vegetables, Parsleyed Red Potatoes


Easy-Peasy Chicken Pot Pie

2 cups cooked, chopped chicken (leftovers are perfect for this)
1 1/2 cups steamed mixed veggies, diced or 1 can mixed vegetables, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
2 ready made pie crusts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Allow crusts to come to room temperature. (about 15 minutes) In a large bowl, mix the first five ingredients. Carefully unroll one crust and place in pie pan. Place mixture into pie crust and top with second. Crimp edges together. Make 2 or 3 slits in top crust and bake according to pie shell directions. (Approximately 30 minutes, and be sure to cover edges with foil for last ten minutes of baking to prevent over-browning.)
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Susan May Warren's The Great Christmas Bowl Book Review


Oh, ha, ha. Ha, ha, hee... giggle, giggle, snortle. (In case you can't tell, I'm rolling here.) Rule of thumb, if a book makes me snortle, it's a keeper.

Susan May Warren's holiday send-up, The Great Christmas Bowl; has ensured that I will never, ever, ever look at a trout (or team mascot for that matter) the same way again. Yes, I said trout. I believe that the trout is far and away a genius plot point and I will be a fan of Susan May Warren for the rest of my life, that's how funny it is. So there!

Oh, you want to know more? Sorry, I was so busy rolling (see above link for definition).

Marianne Wallace is a Type A mom, whose nest is nearly empty. When her last child at home (a high-school senior) suddenly becomes a football star right at the same time that she (through no fault of her own) becomes the Christmas Tea Chairperson at her church, and the long-time team mascot is no longer able to fulfill his duties, she (and her entire Minnesota town) are just going to have to change the way they think about Christmas.

There's a championship at stake, and oh, I don't want to give too much away, 'cause it's all so darn funny. You'll love it, I swear.

Before I leave you with this exhortion "BUY THE BOOK!", you should know that Ms. Warren is hosting a Great Christmas Bowl recipe exchange. Find the recipe & awesome Christmas story (yes, it must be awesome, or funny, or you know, something) contest here: http://thegreatchristmasbowl.blogspot.com/2009/07/recipe-exchange.html. She'll even turn all the recipes into a cookbook. Then, at the online Great Christmas Bowl party December 5th, at (not too-early for bloggers) 10:00 am she’ll make the entire cookbook available for download! (I'm down. Are you down?)

You can make up to 3 submissions & for each you will be entered in a drawing to receive one of SMW’s (that's what all the cool kids call her) collections (Noble Legacy, Team Hope, Heirs of Anton, Deep Haven Series, Josey series, or THE ADVANCED COPY of Sons of Thunder – a brand new epic World War 2 novel, due out in January 2010.)

Sweet. And clam chowder would be cheating, btw!

Also, I'm not the only one to love this here book. Check out the blog-tour for proof. Say hi from me!
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Carrie Host's Between Me and the River Book Review


I want to come right out and tell you the truth. Carrie Host made me cry. And laugh. And cry some more. In her book, Between Me and the River, Living Beyond Cancer, Carrie uses the analogy of a river to describe the sudden upheaval her diagnosis of Carcinoid Tumors causes in her very consciousness. It seems a fitting parallel. Getting swept away, frozen, drowning, surging above, tumbling down to the depths and over the falls, even gently floating along, only to have it all happen again.

Carrie writes movingly, fluidly, about what happens when cancer becomes the focus in her life. When she wrote about how she must tell her children, and her agony over finding the words, I wept silently along with her. No mother could bear such pain, I think. When she griped about taking a backseat as a parent, not even being able to dress her little boy, my throat tightened up. When she crossly told an echo-cardio tech to stop talking, I actually guffawed, remembering my own incredulity at the insensitivity of such folk.

Carrie Host delivers a poetic, heartrending tale of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survival. It is at turns melancholy, amusing and hopeful, and I firmly believe that if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with, is currently in treatment for, or even in remission of cancer, there is no better way to get inside that persons head than to journey with Carrie in Between Me and The River.

For a sneak-peek at Between Me and the River: Living Beyond Cancer, click here.

If you are moved by Carrie's story, please drop by CaringforCarcinoid.org to learn more about Carcinoid, donate, or just spread the word...

In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of Between Me and the River: Living Beyond Cancer by Carrie Host to review by OnlinePublicist in exchange for a fair and objective review. I
did not take payment from the publisher or author of this book beyond a copy of the book in question.


  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Halloween Happenings New York


As promised, Halloween fun in and around NYC


*Boo at the Bronx Zoo -- This annual Halloween celebration is held on weekends from October 10-November 1, 2009 and is geared toward children and families. Halloween activities include face painting, storytelling, pumpkin painting and more. Aside from hayrides ($3), the Boo Zoo Shuttle, food and drink, all activities are included with the cost of admission.

Halloween Celebration at American Museum of Natural History -- From 2 - 5 p.m. on October 31, 2009 join families for an evening of trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, costumed characters, and a special Halloween space show in the planetarium. Admission is $10.
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Halloween Happenings Staten Island


There are all kinds of cool things happening around Staten Island in celebration of Halloween, and here are some of my personal picks. Have fun!

Haunted Historical Tour -- At the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, every Friday in October, learn the history of the house and the role it has played in the history of Staten Island, and hear stories of several inhabitants who refuse to leave. Is the house haunted? After you review the evidence gathered by the Staten Island Paranormal Society, you be the judge. Tours will begin at 7 p.m. and are limited to 25 people per tour. Cost is $10, $5 for members. For reservations call 718-442-1608.

Pumpkin Carving -- Fri., Oct. 16th – 6:30 – 8pm Calling all artists…come and carve a spooky pumpkin to take home or donate back to the zoo for our fantastic Spooktacular event. Enjoy a pizza dinner and special spooky story time too. Children ages 5 and up – please no younger siblings. A paying adult must accompany a paying child. $15.00 non-members, $12.00 members. Pre-registration required before Wed, Oct. 14th Staten Island Zoo. Info:718-442-3101

*Halloween Harvest Fair -- Saturday, October 17. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference House, Conference House Park. Family event with hayrides, rides, kids’ activities. Halloween costume parades. Free. Visit www.conferencehouse.org for more information.

Scary Stories -- At Historic Richmond Town. True or almost true, stories based on the Staten Island Historical Society’s archival material. A self-guided tour leads you through some of our “hauntingly lonely” buildings where you’ll meet many interesting characters. 7:00pm. $10/Adults, $8/Children.

*Spooky Tales to Tingle Your Spine -- Wednesday, October 28 4:00pm, South Beach Library. Recommended for ages 4 & up.

Halloween Extravaganza -- at the St. George Theater on October 30 at 7:30pm, Spooktacular is an award winning Broadway style magic show with outrageous sets, special effects and illusions that played at Six Flags Great Adventure for seven years and at Kansas City’s World’s of Fun Amusement Park for the past fifteen years. Wacky Dracky has appeared around the world and on national television with Elvira- Mistress of the Dark, on the Ricki Lake show and with Gordon Elliot on the Fox Network. Recommended for ages 8 and up as some parts may scare young children Doors open to "Haunted Theatre" at 6:00pm. Tickets: $28, $20, $18, $10

*Not Too Scary Halloween Party! -- Saturday, October 31. Halloween activities for everyone. Costumes encouraged. sponsored by Health Plus Free Admission. Noon - 4pm at the Staten Island Children's Museum. Info: 718-273-2060

Spooktacular
-- Saturday, October 31, at the Staten Island Zoo. Join us for the spookiest and most celebrated Zoo event. There will be shows, crafts, activities, contests and plenty of Halloween fun for all! Saturday, October 24, 6:00 - 9:30pm. Sunday, October 25, 5:30 - 9:00pm. Ticket sales begin October 13, tickets limited. All ticket sales (Walk-ins and phone calls) are available from 11am – 2pm ONLY, 7 days a week. Tickets are sold from “Kid’s Korral” booth near Clove Road Entrance. Call ins with credit card, call: 718-815-0242. All Tickets must be picked up by 2:00pm on Thursday, October 22 Tkts: Non-Members $16, Members $13. Info:718-442-3101

Tomorrow, I'll post the New York Metro area Halloween events!
  • Digg
  • Del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS
Copyright 2009 O'Joy of my life...
Free WordPress Themes designed by EZwpthemes
Converted by Theme Craft
Powered by Blogger Templates