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The family is about to hit the road for the Glen. Givens for the past twenty-two hearts have been rain, poor cell phone reception, and bad TV. I’ve learned what to expect, and I pack accordingly. Into my weekend bag go–walking shoes, lingerie, swim suit, shorts, jeans, tops, sweat shirt, jacket, toiletries, meds, DVD player and DVD’s, assorted books, healthy snacks, and novelties. Like the scout motto, I am prepared to amuse myself, the grand kids, and everyone else should the campfire fail.
Now I know I am a compulsive reader and when sleep doesn’t come I turn the pages. Years ago my son-in-law swore that it woke him up. Accordingly I select Jim Mather’s light fiction read The Arrow Catcher (ISBN9781491011393) published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, a perfect historical epic read for men, women, and young adults.
1948. Young Jonathan Lusk’s life was perfect. Big Boston house. Swimming pool. Summers on the Cape. His father a Nobel Prize winning Harvard professor; his mother the beautiful only child of Boston socialites. When his parents get caught in the middle of the growing rift between Arab and Jewish faculty over the creation of the State of Israel, Jonathan’s life is turned upside down. He soon finds himself in Japan, living with his grandfather, the former American Ambassador and a judge on the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunals. American opulence and comfort is abruptly replaced by subtle Japanese elegance and traditional austerity. The boy is thrust into a life among strangers and forced to navigate his way through a new country, foreign customs, unfamiliar language, and ultimately political intrigue that will threaten his life. This suspenseful story, one of personal survival, is a testament to a young boy’s perseverance and to human courage and loyalty that are sometimes found in unexpected places.
I search for some children’s bedtime reading and grab two hardcover Yllela Fields books, Princess Cupcake Jones and The Missing Tutu (ISBN9780578113036) and Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go to School (ISBN9780578113043) published by Belle Publishing, Cleveland Ohio. I like their valuable lessons, rhyming cadence, colorful illustrations with hidden words within. They are perfect stories for young emerging readers. Join Princess Cupcake Jones in her adventures. Learn from her searching the palace and finding hidden treasures that when you put things away, what’s special to you won’t be missing again. Discover as she does that when facing stress not to let fear stop you from doing something new. Books are available at bookstores, libraries and online.
I toss into my bag one sturdy 12-hole plastic Marvel Wolverine Superhero Tenor Ocarina in C Major. I tried it myself but when I started to play, hubby suggested I order STL Ocarina’s free instructional booklet and fingering chart at http://www.stlocarina.com/booklets.html. OK, so I have no musical background but I made sure all my children do…. Ocarinas (AKA sweet potatoes) are pocket-sized, flute-like wind instruments similar to recorders. Their tone is enchanting, melodic, and ancient-sounding. Their musical possibilities are virtually limitless (with practice). If Wolverine doesn’t produce songs, it will still be good for laughs since the men in the family find themselves musical geniuses.
Top video pick is Next Goal Wins, a documentary about world cup dreams and the worst team in the world, the American Samoa soccer team. Their heart, guts, skills, and underdog antics coupled with the backstories of maverick coach Thomas Rongen and players Jaiyah Saeula and Nicky Salapu make a great story.
This film is not rated and contains some language
Total Runtime: 96 minutes S.R.P: $20.99
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
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Youtube Channel: http://bit.ly/NGWYouTube
I dare not forget whole grain, organic, gluten-free, non gmo, soy free vegan munchies. Mary’s Gone Crackers has some of the best. Her Everything Pretzels and Sea Salt Sticks & Twigs Pretzels really are flavorful without unhealthy ingredients. Also available are Curry and Chipolte Tomato varieties. I’ll be sharing these with my fellow passengers on the drive up so everyone even my Celiac grandson can enjoy. Naturally packed with omega-3s, fiber, and protein, at $4.99 SRP for a 7.5 ounce bag, Mary’s Gone Crackers products are available online as well as in many local retailers, health stores, and supermarkets.