Sunday, April 29, 2018

Weekends At BelleVue

Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych E.R.Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych E.R. by Julie Holland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book but it was more like a collection of stories/incidences that Julie Holland went through or had to deal with. Her perspective as a Doctor on the admission end of a psychiatric facility was quite intriguing bc not only did they take mental health patients but they also took police captures/ people that were considered possibly a threat so that they could keep them in isolation in a ward or they could take them to holding at the police station. A very high stress job but she worked 2 1/2 to 3 days but sometimes went in to help during crisis times. The division of the floors was very interesting and also the 'tests' they used to judge how much of a risk patients were and whether they could out in the world with some guidance or be 5150'd (which is an involuntary confinement of the patient). There was medium medical jargon, which was ok but I would have liked to see more as I love reading medical stuff and learning new facts, situations, and trials/tribulations. Julie was a great help and mentor to those that were her following, which is really hard to find. She treated her interns like people and not slaves. Good book but not fantastic, there for 3 stars.... not enough for 3.5 or a 4.

Homer's Odyssey

Homer's OdysseyHomer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Note - This book is a re-read. Date Finished March 25, 2018

I have been reading a lot of books about people lately and I wanted something different. I wanted to break free of the dramatic saga known as life. So I chose this book. The picture on the front cover of the book looks like a cat with it's eyes closed, as you learn about Homer's story you find out that he is blind. Homer gives hope to everyone and proves that he is more then just a blind cat. He's the comic character of Daredevil in a pint size version with a furry coat. He's a Wonder Cat that has no boundaries. Most of all Homer is an inspiration to not only his owner(s) but to everyone that he meets, whether they are a cat lover or not. After a meet and greet with Homer people become cat lovers! When Cooper moves to New York City to get a job and take charge of her life she packs her 3 cats in carriers and takes them with her. Things are going great until........the horrible day of September 11 occurs. Cooper's patience and love for her feline friends is tested. She has to jump through many proverbial hoops to save her cats. In the end the cats are fine but they have been rattled by being separated from their owner for several days without any warning. (As a sidebar - it was refreshing to hear how the ASPCA was willing to help many pet owners be re-united with their pets after such a devastating occurrence. It truly shows that in desperate situations humanity will band together and help each other.)The book also tells the tale of Cooper falling in love and marrying her best friend. A dream that so many of us wish would come true. Overall the book was fantastic and really brought to light that even animals with disabilities can live a worthwhile and happy life. This book gets 5 stars for being a great story as well as a true tale of how sweet life can be. I found myself finishing the last few pages off with a smile and that alone was well worth it!

NOTE - Above Review has a date finished of December 26, 2012

Quiet Journey

Quiet Journey: Understanding The Rights Of Deaf ChildrenQuiet Journey: Understanding The Rights Of Deaf Children by Joanne S Cripps
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not sure if I have mentioned it here or not but I have taken up learning American Sign Language. I go every Sunday and meet with a study group and we are helping and learning from each other. As we were talking one day about Deaf culture, I was very saddened to hear how isolated a community they are. I thought it would be interesting to learn about Deaf Culture through a variety of resources. This was the first book that I read. It isn't quite textbook style but it is formatted like a textbook in that is has different chapters relating to different areas ie. School, family life, resources in the community etc. The main point that was scattered throughout the book was that Deaf people and their families,etc need to be aware of their rights as well as the importance of learning sign language. This book was written by a Canadian author from Ontario and at the time in early 2000, there were only 3 Deaf schools in Ontario. I found this appalling... I thought there has to be Deaf people everywhere, not just in the areas of these 3 schools. It turns out there are Deaf people everywhere but they tend to be together in communities and are very protective of said communities. Since sign language is really taught as another language option in school, and not all schools either, the amount of people that are hearing and can communicate fluently in sign is very limited. So while I am on my signing journey, I am going to immerse myself in Deaf culture. I want to read about families that are both Deaf and hearing. I want to read about the do's and don'ts when talking or being around Deaf people. I want to hear personal trials and tribulations and successes regarding sign language and Deaf culture. I want to learn so much about this language because I have wanted to do so for a very long time but was unable to teach myself for reasons you may understand. I watched the series Switched at Birth and there is TONS of signing in that show and it was a really great show. I also find sign language such a beautiful language. When you can watch people signing together and having a full out conversation it's such a beautiful thing and there's so much emotion AND sign language is very blunt and to the point. There's no skirting around things, people who sign just tell it like it is and I love that because that's how I live my life. While I am working on finishing the 52 book challenge from time to time you will see a book review about Deaf culture and it's really quite interesting... maybe it will spur your interest to take time to learn something new! Happy trails guys and a HUGE thank you to the people that come back every month and read my reviews on various items. Being accountable to you guys means a lot to me and definitely gives me a purpose.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Dear Readers/Followers,

I have some work to do this month. I am wanting to review NYFW (New York Fashion Week), LFW (London Fashion Week), and MFW (Milan Fashion Week).

I will be sure to break the posts up so that it is a post for each fashion week. I will be posting my reviews on the shows of interest and adding links for the ones that I think are fantastic.

Look forward to seeing it soon as it will not be posted in the end of March re-cap.

Please note, leave comments about anything you want on any of the previous or current posts. I'd love to hear what you guys have to say.



WonderstruckWonderstruck by Brian Selznick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have started learning American Sign Language and I want to learn more about Deaf culture and the Deaf community. I was looking for some resources that would give me information regarding the above stated topics. This book was in the list and it was at my library so I thought, 'what the hell, i'll give it a try.” This book is not information relating to Deaf culture or community. This is a fictional story with 2 main characters that are Deaf. There is a slight touch on the fact that Deaf people are shunned, they don't really fit in, people aren't willing to learn ASL to communicate with them in their language and often have to resort to communicating in writing. I was not a fan of the story itself, it didn't really interest me, (now that could be bc it was not what I thought it would be and also the story didn't grip my interest). Therefore I am going to be generous and give this story a 2 star rating. It could have been more if it was something I was reading in a different context. The book is majority illustrations but it is over 600 pages which fulfills my book over 600+ pages for the 52 book challenge.

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Dinotopia Lost

Dinotopia LostDinotopia Lost by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was great bc I am a huge fan of dinosaurs and the book Dinotopia by Jame Gurney. This book has the same characters as Dinotopia but there are also some new characters bc the book is not the same. It's more about how the dinosaurs interact with the humans and humans that have chosen to stay on Dinotopia have adapted to a different way of life that is particular to the dinosaurs. There are mentions of a lot of the places that are in Dinotopia but my favourite was at the Tree Tops. It was an elaborate decision and if there was a wrong move a person or dinosaur could fall to their death. While in Dinotopa it is Will and his father that are stranded by a terrible storm, this book has people coming from England and getting trapped in a storm which leads them to Dinotopia. I also really enjoyed the Dinosaurs communicating with each other and how it sounded as well as how Will had to figure out if he could compromise and speak some of the language. The book brings the principles of working together/teamwork/assisting each other with situations that arise on the spot and also how to make the best out of a bad situation. While I would not give this book a 5 star rating, I would give it a 3.5 but being generous I will give it a 4.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017


ItIt by Stephen King

I was super disappointed in this book. I am going to give it a ZERO bc it was just not good in my opinion. You get a small glimpse of Pennywise early on and then there is a lot of time where the people are just trying to get together. I wasn't able to get past 130 pages and that has taken me 5 weeks (a little more or less) to read. I feel I gave it a shot but that's not going to do it for me. I even reached out to a friend and said “Hey is this worth the read? Should I stick with it?” She said yes it was and that it was one of the best horror stories ever written. Clearly, not in my opinion. Sad really. If that is how Stephen King writes all his books Damn, that is really a shame.

Discontinued reading on Nov 9, 2017

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