Review: The Second Death

The Second Death by Peter Tremayne My rating: 4 of 5 stars Peter Tremayne must be using a formula to write Sister Fidelma stories: include one or more of the following elements: 1. New Faith (Christianity) versus Old Faith (pagan/ Druidism);2. Celtic Church versus Roman Church;3. Muman-Laighn-Osraige (who should Osraige pay tribute to);4. Tensions over […]

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Review: Grant Takes Command

Grant Takes Command by Bruce Catton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ulysses S. Grant is one of those exceptional individuals and rare generals in American history. He was incredibly humble compared to his colleagues like McClellan, Roscrans, Hooker, and Burnside. Even better, he was much more capable than all of them combined. Perhaps his […]

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Making Peace with Your Past

Earlier this year, I wrote a post called Painful Anniversaries where I related how several past events still cause trauma and flashbacks. They are a mild form of PTSD and until we give ourselves time to heal, we will just be stumbling from pain to pain. Recently, I watched an archived short interview with Major […]

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Cast No Shadow – Book Review

Cast No Shadow by James Swallow My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cast No Shadow is the continuation of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. It occurs seven years after the destruction of the Klingon moon Praxis which precipitated the events in the movie. I strongly suggest people to watch the movie first before reading […]

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Being Mentally Strong –

Recently, I finished Amy Morin’s book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Morin’s definition of “mentally strong” is NOT about your IQ or other intelligence factors. It is NOT about mental health versus mental illness. Rather it is about your resilience, attitudes, and healthy self-evaluation. In fact, there are now up to 8 types […]

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Susan’s Story

This post contains spoilers from the Chronicles of Narnia. Ever since I read C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, I have been fascinated by the different layers of storytelling. On one layer, it is a barely veiled retelling of the Book of Revelation from the Bible. Lewis loved allegories and The Last Battle does not disappoint. […]

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Task Force Desperate

Task Force Desperate by Peter Nealen My rating: 5 of 5 stars Action packed to the brim This book was written by a Marine Recon who has been there and back and back again. He knows the region and the peoples. I could smell the cordite and see the buildings and the dangers. Whether in […]

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Rethinking Christmas

This year has been a year of challenges for everyone. And with Christmas in just ten short days away, everyone is wondering how to celebrate Christmas with all the restrictions. No more large gatherings. No large church services. I am starting to hear more “NO” than yes. Hearing “NO” triggers something in the human brain […]

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