Meet Guest Author Andrea Torrey Balsara…

I am moved by the frank introspection of author Andrea Torrey Balsara who is clearly a survivor and so much more. Please, read on…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

I feel like an imposter. Even after 47 years, the feeling that I have a secret to hide has never left.

At 5 I was targeted by a man posing as a good church member in my grandparent’s church and was molested. As anyone who’s gone through this knows, it doesn’t matter how many years pass, the hurt and self-blame is imprinted on your soul. When that happened, part of the internal clock inside me stopped at 5. As I grew, I experienced trauma for different reasons, at different ages, my internal clock stopping each time. I went through all of the teen angst you could dream up, complete with stammer, a blush that a beet would envy, and breaking out in a full-body sweat if anyone looked at me. I found my “safe place” where I hid, out in the open, on the stage. I was certain I would…

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Hack Green Nuclear Bunker and a Radioactive Cat

If you haven’t experienced a real nuclear bunker, you can right now! Ian Hutson takes us on a fascinating tour… please read on!

The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company.

P1080579 Super-powerful radar thingies, to tell those in the bunker when the missiles will arrive that will stop the super-powerful radar thingies working.

200 yards from Hack Green locks moorings on the Shropshire Union canal, halfway twixt Nantwich and Audlem. Entry as of 2017 £9.25 per adult survivor. Tours available, otherwise just wander around at will. I took a really good gander and spent two hours there. Allow time to watch a 45 minute film “The War Game” in one of the two cinemas – it will chill you to the classic Pathé bone, and will leave you nervous for weeks afterwards.

P1080617 The early-warning system room. If you ask me, if you want to know when war is likely then just look for a politician’s mouth flapping. Any politician, any amount of flap. Power should never, never, never be afforded to those that seek it.

The structure is…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… March 26th

It’s Sublime Sunday! Did you know… there’s a rumour about Spring…

* 1885 – NW Rebellion begins as Gabriel Dumont ambushes Crozier’s NWMP force at Duck Lake. (Dumont served as Adjutant-General in charge of the Métis army of 300 men when Riel declared the Provisional Government of Saskatchewan at Batoche. Dumont was struck by a bullet that split his scalp but forced police to retreat to Prince Albert. The Battle of Duck Lake was an infantry skirmish 2.5 km outside Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, between North-West Mounted Police forces of the Government of Canada, and the Métis militia of Louis Riel’s newly established Provisional Government of Saskatchewan. The skirmish lasted approximately 30 minutes, after which Superintendent Leif Newry Fitzroy Crozier of the NWMP, his forces having endured fierce fire with twelve killed and eleven wounded, called for a general retreat. The battle is considered the initial engagement of the North-West Rebellion. Although Louis Riel proved to be victorious at Duck Lake, the general agreement among historians is that the battle was strategically a disappointment to his cause. The Metis resistance was organised to secure legal title to lands owned by the Metis before Saskatchewan was flooded with Canadian settlers.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… March 26th”

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Bette A. Stevens

Sally Cronin gives us an interview with author, Bette Stevens, that is not to be missed! Please read on!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Welcome to this week’s Book Reading at the Cafe and my guest is award winning children’s author Bette A Stevens. I am sure that after reading the interview with Bette you will have plenty of our own questions to ask and please put them in the comments section of the post.

Inspired by nature and human nature, Bette A. Stevens is an author, retired teacher, wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, reading, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered species

Bette Stevens’s children’s activity book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO!, was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012.


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10 Organizing Principles for the Organizationally Impaired

Organising issues? You too? Madelyn Griffith-Haynie gives us 10 principles we can apply to fit our own needs in this helpful post. Go ahead… read on… don’t be shy!

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

NOT Your Mama’s Organization

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
In support of the Challenges Inventory™ & ADD Coaching Series
my edited reposting of a five year old article

If at first you don’t succeed . . .

Found HEREFound HERE

I know.  I’m right there with you.  You’ve read all the books and made a good stab at following their advice, and you still live in what might affectionately be called a pig stye if only it were that neat.

Give it up!

Those books were NOT written for you and me.  They were written for fundamentally organized people with relatively reliable follow-through skills and abilities.

They simply needed a little how-to help and advice.

I don’t work their way.
Do YOU work their way?

How DO you work?

If you don’t get real about how you work, you will never be able to determine what YOU need…

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“Arrival” A Paranormal Thriller. An excerpt will be featured each week.

Suzanne Burke treats us to an excerpt from her paranormal thriller “Arrival” – still a work in progress. A great beginning! Please, treat yourself and read on!

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

Welcome to my new work in progress! “Arrival” A Paranormal Thriller.


I will be featuring an excerpt from “ARRIVAL” my latest work (In progress)  each week. I have listed this as a paranormal/thriller. I have yet to decide if I should add Dystopian to that genre list.

Your thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.

Here we go! (No synopsis)

CHAPTER 1 Excerpt 1.

“Arrival” by Suzanne Burke

The blood was pooling now. Rapidly drying in the oppressive heat of early morning.

It caked the whitewashed walls in grotesque patterns, like Picasso on a bender.

The team moved softy, with the silence of impending death, sending ‘activation’ messages to those of the ‘Breed’ that stood  watching the carnage without expression.

The other onlookers, the latest generation of ‘Nontells’ were deemed irrelevant. They would do as instructed; unaware of the invasive and hostile messages they lived their pathetic lives around.


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John’s Believe It Or Not… March 25th

It’s Superb Saturday! Did you know…

* 1958 – The Great Zura takes the CF-105 Avro Arrow for its first flight. (The Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow, often known simply as the Avro Arrow, was a delta-winged interceptor aircraft designed and built by Avro Canada. The Arrow is considered to have been an advanced technical and aerodynamic achievement for the Canadian aviation industry. The CF-105 (Mark 2) held the promise of near-Mach 2 speeds at altitudes of 50,000 feet (15,000 m) and was intended to serve as the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) primary interceptor in the 1960s and beyond. The Arrow was the culmination of a series of design studies begun in 1953 examining improved versions of the Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck. After considerable study, the RCAF selected a dramatically more powerful design, and serious development began in March 1955. The aircraft was intended to be built directly from the production line, skipping the traditional hand-built prototype phase. The first Arrow Mk. I, RL-201, was rolled out to the public on 4 October 1957, the same day as the launch of Sputnik I. The Diefenbaker government decided to scrap the project in 1958.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… March 25th”