Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

Welcome to… Falltober!

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Hey guys and

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Let me try that again. A pleasant good night from this part of the world! I trust that your weekend has been immensely blessed.

I’ve been searching for challenges to do for this month and although I gathered a few (which are going to be near future challenges), I was not feeling any of them. I love Fall, but where I live, I don’t get to observe this metamorphizing season. It doesn’t mean that I can’t observe it here! 🙂

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With that said, for the rest of October, I’ll be posting pictures, maybe a recipe or two, a short story and other fun stuff all in tribute to Fall. So that’ll be my challenge this month. 🙂

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Entertainment

Social Media theme: the menu

There’s always a downside to every good thing.

I’ve been trying to come up with topics for Social Media themed week, but no matter how hard I try, I keep coming back to the negatives of social media. This generation is all electronic and cannot bear to live without their iPhones. We live in a time where we can’t eat, sleep, or think without our digital devices. 

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We depend on them like manna from heaven often neglecting our spiritual nourishment.

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So without further adieu, guys…

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Although I’ve labeled it Social Media themed week, it’s actually going to run for 2 weeks (or maybe 3) because I wouldn’t have the time to write all of the articles in one week. Also, I can’t decide which ones to write apart from a few. I came up with…

^ Tell a hater later

> Oversharing

^ Meeting potential killers online

> Are you addicted to Facebook?

^ The negative effects of social media

> YouTube drama

^ Conditioning

> In defense of your favorite celebrity

Disclaimer: I am not saying that you shouldn’t use social media because there are many good things that you can reap from it, but use it wisely and thoughtfully.

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365 Days of Writing

Daily Prompt: October 7th-8th

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October 7th: Exhale

Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.

I can’t remember the last time that everything seemed to be going wrong for me for as soon as I feel uneasy, I dial up my Father.

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October 8th: Bloggers, unplugged

Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

Whenever I feel uninspired, I step away from things for a little bit.

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Books & Reviews 📚

Book #64: Confessions: The Paris Mysteries

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The City of Lights sets the stage for romance, drama and intrigue in the latest Confessions novel from the world’s bestselling mystery writer!

After investigating multiple homicides and her family’s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her? James Patterson leads this brilliant teenage detective through Paris on a trail of lies years in the making, with shocking revelations around every corner.

Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 7, 2013)
Chapters: 69
Pages: 293
Series: Confessions (#3)

Tandy finally reunites with her so-call lost love James Rampling (I can’t get over how pompous the surname is!), but not everything is fine and dandy.  Tandy stupidly gave James her virginity without thinking. I mean, come on, she’s the protagonist and only 16! Sixteen! 

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When she wakes up the next morning, alone in the rundown Paris hotel and realizes that James left her, I shouted, ‘HOW DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE USED, YOU STUPID GIRL!’ Okay, I may not have shouted that, but I can’t get over how much I dislike Tandy, so yeah, she deserved it. Serves her right for behaving like an adult. 

Oh! Did I say they were reunited in Paris? *Hits head* So, the “lovers” reunited in the City of Lights. The Angels learned more about Gram Hilda (the grandma who left their father with only $100 to his name in her will because she despised Maud) and how she left them a house, which eventually burned down in the end.

I did not like the stereotype here:

“Tandy, you wouldn’t like it here. I’d even say you’d be miserable. You’d have to wear black all the time and diet constantly like all Parisian women do. And have you seen the young French men? Messy. Scruffy. And they smoke. All of them.”

Come on! Not EVERY Frenchman are messy, scruffy and smokes and not every Frenchwomen diet constantly. I dislike seeing stereotypes as these from American writers.

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Again, no hatred lost for Tandy and this book shouldn’t have been called The Paris Mysteries. The authors should have titled it Obsessing Over James. I can’t seem to invest my emotions in this terrible series. This book in the series was the worst yet because there was no mystery to solve! It was just Tandy bemoaning the fact that James left her and when she finally goes back to the States, she goes to see him only to find out that her best friend C.P. is actually in a relationship with him. 

The best part about working in a library is the fact that I get to read books in order to recommend them to students and staff members. I wouldn’t recommend this series at all, but I know everyone has different taste. Case in point: A staff member and student borrowed this series and upon returning, I asked them if they enjoyed it, and they said yes. Another student thought the series was too slow to follow and gave up on it. 

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Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

Devotion 💙, Song Sunday 🎶🎷

Song Sunday: Lord Transform Me

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Song Sunday feature. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Becoming more like Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is a slow process, but it doesn’t mean that we can stop trying. It is the result of surrendering ALL to God so we have to constantly strive to leave our old ways behind. We should ask Him to transform us every day to be more like our Savior. 

Oh Lord, transform me
Change my heart completely to
be more like you,
Oh Lord, renew me
Heal my mind and broken heart today.

I want to be and do what you commanded
And be filled with your Spirit every day,
I want to serve you
wherever you may lead me
I want to serve you ’till the very end.