A Fighting Chance was a story of struggle not unlike the struggles of many families of yesteryear and present day.
I needed to set my sights realisticA Fighting Chance was a story of struggle not unlike the struggles of many families of yesteryear and present day.
I needed to set my sights realistically. It was harder for a woman with a college education to find a husband. Find a husband was clearly the goal for any young girl and I was a pretty iffy candidate.
I admired Elizabeth Warren before I read A Fighting Chance. Now, after reading A Fighting Chance, I’m team Elizabeth Warren! Instead of giving up, she kicked stumbling blocks to the side and found a way to achieve her goals.
Elizabeth Warren’s ego didn’t get in the way of telling us how her parents thought like many parents never introducing us to life beyond our own backyards such as introducing us to the ballet, to the opera, to museums or to meet and spend time with people from other cultural backgrounds.
Elizabeth Warren made the same mistakes as far too many women do to have a man in her life and that is giving up the scholarship she’d worked so long and so hard to earn and dropping out of college; dropping out of prestigious George Washington University. She made the mistake that a large percentage of married women do, put husband and children before self.
When Elizabeth didn’t fulfill the role of wife as her husband, Jim, deemed it to be (barefoot and pregnant) they divorced. After all, what man can control his property err wife if she’s educated and self-sufficient? Divorce happens when we marry to satisfy tradition, religion and family. Elizabeth Warren woke-up and realized she must satisfy self if she was to be mentally healthy and happy—she returned to school on scholarships, loans and part-time jobs.
Elizabeth Warren asked a prominent professor how did he know that people in bankruptcy existed mostly at the economic margins and would always be there. He blew her off saying Because everyone knows that. I’ve had asshole professors like this one and learned when a professor had tenure, no matter how poorly they taught, they were always right. To this day I remain adamant to not give teachers tenure.
Consequently, Elizabeth Warren got an answer to the question the pompous professor didn’t have the ability or knowledge to answer: people went bankrupted due to job loss, medical bills, divorce or death of bread-earner. These same people often had no savings, no pension plan, bailed children out of financial situations they chose to put themselves in, credit card debt, mortgages, auto loans and no life insurance.
Elizabeth Warren voice out loud something I’ve always been vocal about, What the heck was Congress doing passing laws if they didn’t actually know what was going on?
A Fighting Chance was a superb read! We learned why banks thought it was their inherited right to screw people and how people who are not educated in the fine arts of finance get screwed by financial institutions.
Readers will come to the conclusion that we are voting the wrong people into office and that we should be voting people in office who have walked in our shoes and whose parents have walked in the shoes of our parents and not those who were born and fed with silver spoons and baby bottles bought from stores that many of us can’t afford to purchase items even when they are on sale.
A Fighting Chance should encourage readers to read and learn the U.S. Constitution to learn their rights and know how to cast their vote because there is nothing worse than voting a candidate into office who cannot honor the U.S. Constitution because they don’t know it. A Fighting Chance teaches us to vote for candidates whose goal is to represent all the people and not self.
A Fighting Chance can be read and understood by readers as young as middle school and should be required reading at all grade levels.
A Fighting Chance is a book that everyone should want to read because the information contained therein will help readers understand how she/he is being set-up to fail by politicians whose only concern is increasing the size of their financial portfolio.
My Daddy always said you only invite people you like to dine with to your kitchen table. Elizabeth Warren is always welcomed to dine at my kitchen table. ...more
Author Donna Williams had traced some of her symptoms to certain food allergies that caused her brain to react badly when its vitamin supply was insufAuthor Donna Williams had traced some of her symptoms to certain food allergies that caused her brain to react badly when its vitamin supply was insufficient.
Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. found that some children’s behavior improved greatly when common foods such as cow’s milk, wheat, eggs, etc., were removed from their diet. He also found that many autistic children and adults needed larger amounts of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium. Further that autism is obviously biochemical. I recommend reading Mother Warriors by Jenny McCarthy to learn what she did to reverse autism in her son.
Nobody Nowhere was the story of Donna Williams who survived autism in spite of growing up with an abusive mother. In order to survive, Donna had to runaway. In spite of the odds for failure in every aspect of her life, author Williams succeeded in surviving the streets, graduated college and went on to live independently. Author Williams’ takes readers into her world of autism where we learn what it looks like and where it appears not to be a whole lot different from the average individual.
I’d like to thank author Williams for letting us into her world and into her journey to survive and to come out on top despite the odds. For introducing us to Willie and Carol, her coping mechanisms that were not multiple personalities. How the education system fails not only people like author Williams but the so called normal student as well.
Author Williams believes if loving parents can try to stand objectively away from their own emotional needs and relate to such children always in terms of how those children perceive the world, then the children may find the trust and courage to reach out step-by-step at their own pace. …Gain the child’s trust and tell him or her that you accept who and where he or she is. Through trust he or she may develop interest in the world, and at first this exploration should be on the only terms he or she knows—his or his own….
What a powerful statement!
Author Williams did an exemplary job in taking us on a visual view of autism through words.
Nobody Nowhere is a book that should be read by everyone especial those in the medical profession and social workers who believe they know everything but, in fact, know very little.
Thank you author Donna Williams for an informative and educational read. ...more
Author Crews opened up and let it all hang out! He talked about his immaturity, naiveté, how his anger was self-sabotage, his love/hate relationship wAuthor Crews opened up and let it all hang out! He talked about his immaturity, naiveté, how his anger was self-sabotage, his love/hate relationship with God, his obsession with pornography, his awakening to racism and how he learned about it up close and personal, racial profiling, how being a people pleaser didn’t get him ahead, and insecurity. What kept me mesmerized was the honestly and openness. Author Crews told us how, as a child, religion and his parents constant fighting kept him in fear.
Author Crews youth was not unlike many growing up in a home with a religious fanatic mother and a dad who was a good provider but a drunk when he wasn’t working and how neither parent knew how to serve as role models. He spent his early years wanting to leave his parents home and live a better life, a life without fear and a life with possibilities. Most of all he wanted to learn how to be a man.
Manhood is a book for parents and for those wanting to be parents and boys and men who want to learn what it takes to be a man. Author Crews never gave up on his dreams and achieved success in spite of circumstances by staying on course, remaining optimistic and having a sense of self and perseverance.
Manhood demonstrates how parents, family and educators can steal your dreams if you let them and how they can screw you up with their absurd beliefs.
From the book
As men, we will study how to be the best architect, the best football player, the best actor. We’ll spend all the time we can find on our careers. But we need to be spending more time studying how to be a great husband, how to be a great father, how to be a great man.
…as men, we see our wives as sexual beings, and sometimes this mean we don’t see them as people or value them as real human beings, beyond the bedroom
If you’re looking for a great read then look no further than Manhood by Terry Crews. ...more
Before being diagnosed Mississippi native Robin Roberts had lived a successful life being co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, an anchor of ESPN,Before being diagnosed Mississippi native Robin Roberts had lived a successful life being co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, an anchor of ESPN, and former country music D.J. Author Roberts learned that her bone marrow wasn’t working (bone marrow makes blood cells that fight infection, makes red blood cells that carries oxygen and it makes platelets—little cells that help blood clot).
What I learned about Robin Roberts from reading Everybody’s Got Something was she’s a people pleaser, afraid of standing up to authority and she’ll go out of her way to save face.
To me, Everybody’s Got Something was a book that can only be appreciated fans and by the people who were mentioned in the book because it read more like a who’s who then author Robin’s autobiography or memoir or whatever it was and the constant references to God got old after a while. The book was boring because it was written as though Robin Roberts’s life was perfect! Ninety seven percent of the book appeared to be filler.
Everybody’s Got Something was an okay read but I don’t recommend postponing reading other books to read this one. ...more
A Gift of Hope is just one story out of Danielle Steel’s life. In A Gift of Hope, author Steel shares with us the ten years she spent helping the homeA Gift of Hope is just one story out of Danielle Steel’s life. In A Gift of Hope, author Steel shares with us the ten years she spent helping the homeless. I really appreciated how author Steel, in her kind and thoughtful way, introduced readers to the good, the bad, and the ugliness of homelessness. I had the opportunity to work with the homeless and was fortunate in having taken a workshop about understanding homelessness. The workshop enabled me to understand and relate to the ups and downs experiences that author Steel and her team encountere¬d.
A Gift of Hope is a book for every reader of every age. A Gift of Hope was a great read, a fast read and an educational read. In spite of Angela Dawe’s storytelling, I enjoyed the story immensely. ...more
The three boys—likely candidates for incarceration or early death. The five girls—likely candidates for unwed pregnancies and welfare. And with a sighThe three boys—likely candidates for incarceration or early death. The five girls—likely candidates for unwed pregnancies and welfare. And with a sigh, she closes the folder and puts it away. This is what the social worker, Miss Jenkins, wrote on the “Predictor” sheet.
What prompted me to buy the book were its title and its price, $1.00. Since I purchase many of my non-fiction books from thrift shops or second hand books stores, I don’t always read the dust jacket but, had I read the dust jacket of this book, I wouldn’t have purchased it. As a Freethinker I have no appreciation for the subject unless it’s for philosophical study. Those who aren’t Freethinkers will appreciate the subject matter. ...more
When I sit down to read I want to be educated, entertained, inspired, wowed or want to go in search of answers. I felt none of this with It Rains In FWhen I sit down to read I want to be educated, entertained, inspired, wowed or want to go in search of answers. I felt none of this with It Rains In February. Had I not been asked to review this book by the author, I would not have spent time reading all 232 pages.
It Rains In February is about a couple with mental health issues who spend years enabling one another. I felt truly sorry for the children who were trapped in the middle of the mental illnesses and hope they survived it.
What I didn’t like about the book was that I couldn’t relate to any of the characters nor did I like any of them. It Rains In February made me feel like I was watching one of those morning fight shows that I avoid at all costs. And the back and forth emails were annoying.
Not only did It Rains in February read like a cry for help, it read like the author was in denial. It also read like I’d been invited to a pity party.
I applaud the author for having the courage to publish. I sincerely hope the author is in therapy getting the help she needs to make a safe and secure environment for the children and to help her find her self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence.
There are plenty of great memoirs out there but It Rains in February certainly isn’t great nor is it a good memoir. ...more
Tracey Morgan’s I Am The New Black is one of the most honest and telling memoirs I’ve read this year!
Mr. Morgan takes us through a life of peril to aTracey Morgan’s I Am The New Black is one of the most honest and telling memoirs I’ve read this year!
Mr. Morgan takes us through a life of peril to a life of luxury never knowing how good his life had become until he lost his family to booze and partying. It took his hitting rock bottom to realize until he changed his former neighborhood mentality, mindset, to one of a successful businessman who made it out of the world of drugs, gangs, hopelessness, and people who blamed their defeatist attitudes on others as they limp through life, he’d never truly achieve success. He learned that money is not success but success is a mindset.
What I especially enjoyed about I Am The New Black is Mr. Morgan’s honesty. Not once did he blame anyone for his failures or the negative decisions he made. Something else that impressed me was Mr. Morgan’s confidence in thanking and promoting his friends and encouraging us to purchase their products.
Tracey Morgan’s I Am The New Black is a must read and not to learn about the bad boy but to see yourself and accept your faults then turn yourself around to become the best you can be.
My hat is off to you Mr. Morgan for your candid writing of a book that’ll serve as a guide to all of us for improving our lifestyles. ...more
Ishmael Beah’s talks about a sad, lonely, and depressing childhood. He was a young boy forced into an Army to fight a cause he wasn’t old enough to unIshmael Beah’s talks about a sad, lonely, and depressing childhood. He was a young boy forced into an Army to fight a cause he wasn’t old enough to understand. While many of the children he attended school with died, he survived and managed to escape to America. A Long Way Gone is not about hopelessness. The author attempts are not to make you feel sorry for him. A Long Way Gone is a story of healing, strength, and forgiveness....more