Earlier this year I made a one-word resolution for 2016, that word was appreciate.
I have been trying to apply my resolution as best I can through thick and thin. Sometimes
I am successful and sometimes not so much. When the real life you lead gets in the way,
appreciating anything seems hard to do. But there always seems to be a story or event
that brings this word back to my reality, and I do appreciate every little thing I am fortunate enough to have or enjoy.
Just remember that no matter how you feel, there is always someone worse off than
you are. That is an old wive's saying, but oh so true. Once a few years ago after my
father had passed away, I was in the grocery store picking up a few things. I was
trying not to cry just picking out ice cream. An elderly gentleman stopped beside
me and asked if I liked one of the flavors in the case because his wife loved them.
His attitude was so positive and he was so manner was so happy that he rubbed off on me and instantly lifted my spirits. I left my Harris Teeter's feeling so much better and thankful that I had run into this fine man with his amazing view of life. I got to see his
whole family and he told me all their accomplishments and he was so proud of them that
I could see my own Dad when I graduated college. The first person in my family to do so.
He was that proud. I have not run into that wonderful man ever again so I am not sure if
he was an angel sent to lift me up and just a wonderful human being who enjoys every minute if his life. Whichever he was, he made me appreciate my life!
So appreciate everyday, tomorrow is not guaranteed. :)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Joe has a problem. He has a major assignment in his English class and he needs to find someone to write it about. He can't use his own parents, since his father is gone and his mom is not your best up-standing citizen. He lucks into finding an elderly man in a local nursing home that was released from prison to die in the facility. The man, Carl, was convicted of the gruesome murder of his teenage neighbor many years earlier and is now knocking on death's door.
Carl refuses to admit he killed his neighbor and as Joe digs deeper into the circumstances of the conviction, he is determined to get to the truth before Carl dies. At the same time, Joe's personal life is pulling him back home to take care of his autistic brother. His mom is once again leaving Jeremy for days and bringing home a man that hits Jeremy. Joe must rescue him at the same time that he and his neighbor, Lila, are tracking down the leads to the real murderer.
As Joe comes closer to the truth, his own life and that of someone he cares about is at stake. He must figure out the identity of the killer to save them both. This has a slow start but it sets you up for a fast ending. Do you think Joe can figure it all out in time?
Friday, April 8, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
I was lucky to receive an ARC of this book from the Penguin First To Read Program! I read it in two days only because my 101 degree fever kept getting in the way. This is a good one!
Maya has a problem, her husband has just been killed and the mystery of his death is leading to more unanswered questions. Maya is a former pilot in the army and suffers from PTSD over the tragic choices she made in battle.
She is trying to raise her 2- year-old daughter, Lily, and deal with the vicious murder of her own sister months earlier, when she is forced to witness the death of her husband, Joe, during an apparent robbery. Claire was murdered, while Maya was serving in Irag and now someone shoots Joe for no apparent reason.
Maya is overwhelmed with more questions than answers and then she finds out that the same gun killed both Claire and Joe, her husband. As she speeds along with two odd companions - the biggest whistle-blower on the Internet and her best friend Shane, helping her, she uncovers bigger and bigger pieces of the pie.The ultra-rich Burkett family likes to keep secrets, but Maya keeps digging. Put your seatbelt on for this one and enjoy the ride! Harlan Coben has another big hit on the way!