Recommended Reading - Book Edition

Marriage Isn't for You: It's for the One You Love

28 February 2010

Music Review: Debbie West Coon

Beautiful music for a Quiet and Spiritual Day...

I was introduced to her music by another Blogger's site and wanted to share with you all the beauty of her voice and the Spirit in which she brings.

So far, one of her CD's is available on and the other on her website

Enjoy the videos. I can attest they are beautiful.

Debbie West Coon

23 February 2010

Review: Temple Grandin

Coming soon to Amazon! 
Temple Grandin (2010 HBO DVD)
Claire Danes , Julia Ormond 

"Temple Grandin earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois, went on to become a professor at Colorado State University, and wrote two books on autism, including the seminal THINKING IN PICTURES One of the most celebrated--and effective--animal advocates on the planet, Grandin revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform of the quality of life for the world's agricultural animals. Catherine Johnson , Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain and is the author of three previous books, including SHADOW SYNDROMES with John J. Ratey She lives with her husband and three sons in New York. Two of her sons have autism." Amazon

Recently, in the early morning hours as I flipped channels, I ran across  BookTV on C-SPAN2 and they were broadcasting an interview with Temple Grandin from November 1, 2009. I became very intrigued with what she had to say and amazed at her ability to convey her message seeing as she has autism.   

She is the author of more than eight books and a movie on HBO would tell her story from adolescence to adulthood. The movie is currently on HBO and will be able to purchase on  

With a passion that defies all the odds, Temple opens the doors that have been closed before her due to the fact that she is a woman and one who has a disability misunderstood in this era.
Through her persistence she gains the respect of cattle ranchers who finally listen to her strategy of how cows can be handled peacefully and without fear. Many today use her method of handling livestock and she known world over in her field.
A movie that will hold you in your seat and open your eyes to the world of the "cans" versus the "cannots" of those with disabilities.

14 February 2010

Movie Review: "August Rush"

August Rush Official Website 

"There’s music in the wind and sky. Can you hear it? And there’s hope. Can you feel it? The boy called August Rush can. The music mysteriously draws him, penniless and alone, to New York City in a quest to find – somehow, someway – the parents separated from him years earlier. And along the way he may also find the musical genius hidden within him. Experience the magic of this rhapsodic epic of the heart... "I believe in music the way some people believe in fairy tales," August says. Open your heart and listen. You’ll believe, too."

This 2007 movie is one of the most heartfelt movies I have seen in a long time. It will have you laughing, crying and literally rushing with August and his family to find one another and make the music score complete!

The awesome cast, which includes, Freddie Highmore as "August Rush", Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys MeyersTerrence Howard and Robin Williams will find you mesmerized at the excellent talents they exhibit to bring you right there, on the streets and concert halls of New York.

Recommended for all ages; Rated PG

 "The music is all around US, all you have to do is listen."

 August's Rhapsody                                                                                                          

10 February 2010

Movie Review: "Young@Heart"

 I was excited to see this movie come to our dollar theatre! I have been wanting to see it ever since I saw the trailer. It is such an inspiring film that illustrates what talents our senior citizens have, no matter their age or ability.

My sister and I had planned to go, but I drug my niece to the late show, knowing with her love for music, that she would enjoy it.

As we watched we became attached to these fantastic people who warmed our souls, had our feet a shaking, our eyes tearing and singing along to tunes, that for them, were foreign at one time.

Without giving the story away, I just want to say, rent it and take tissue...

Probably my most favorite song: Warning: Tissues needed

06 February 2010

Movie Review: Two Dumb Movies

Awhile back, I went and saw Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist  and then another night saw Disaster Movie, as the projector was broken in the one we planned to see.

I tell you... what a waste of time and money!!! Don't waste either renting to see either one. IMNSHO, they were awful; just plain awful!!

I went to Yahoo and rate them both "F"!! Serious!! Gag me!

03 February 2010

Movie Review: The Other Boleyn Girl

"Two sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, are driven by their ambitious Father and Uncle to advance the family's power and status by courting the affections of the King of England. Leaving behind the simplicity of country life, the girls are thrust into the dangerous and thrilling world of court life--and what began as a bid to help their family develops into a ruthless rivalry between Anne and Mary for the love of the King. Initially, Mary wins King Henry's favor and becomes his mistress, bearing him two illegitimate children. But Anne, clever, conniving and fearless, edges aside both her sister and Henry's wife, Queen Katherine of Aragon, in her relentless pursuit of the King. Despite Mary's genuine feelings for Henry, her sister Anne has her sights set on the ultimate prize; Anne will not stop until she is Queen of England. As the Boleyn girls battle for the love of a King--one driven by ambition, the other by true affection--England is torn apart." Yahoo Movies

When I decided to go and see this movie, I had not read the story and  had no clue really as to what I was going to see. I just thought it was a good chick flick that I might enjoy. I had no idea it was a true story of the lives of these people who made England what it is today. Made me come home and look up my genealogy and see if they are in my line!

All I can say is outstanding! Truly a wonderful job of acting, writing and direction. Definitely Oscar worthy and recommended to all - except children.

02 February 2010

Movie Review: Fireproof

Synopsis: "At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter's adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules. After seven years of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that Catherine wishes she had never married. Neither one understands the pressures the other faces--he as firefighter and she as the public relations director of a hospital. Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks. As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, CalebĂ‚¿s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment he calls '[The Love Dare.' Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb agrees, but more for his father's sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book's daily challenges are tied into his parents' newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened. While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, 'How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?' When his father explains that this is the love God shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And--with God's help--he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife. But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever--rescuing his wife's heart. Yahoo!movies
I went to see this movie when it first came out in September 2008. The theatre was packed and the movie was sold out. I am so glad I went early so I could sit in my favorite row.
It was inspiring, tear jerking and left one thinking and mulling over their own life and marriage or partnership. The firefighter's motto, "Never leave your partner behind", is the theme throughout the movie and comes to light through both saving lives and relationships.
Now available on DVD and Redbox Rentals, I totally recommend it and am so glad it was recommended to me by my daughter, who saw it with her
fiancé , who is now her husband. Take tissues...