Miss Muffin definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. So much so, in fact, that she has hinted that the drums are her next instrument of choice. I’m hoping that her guitar teacher can keep her entertained learning to play and write her own music at least until I graduated Tech.View full post
Life is complicated. There have been a lot of changes in my life the last few months. Some changes are really good, some changes are inconvenient, complicated and miserable, and some just require a little getting used to. School is in a holding pattern as I try to secure one semesters worth of aid or …View full post
The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim Rachel Stoltzfus never imagined she’d be the talk of her Old Order Mennonite community until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Unmarried and refusing to repent by naming the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by …View full post
Defending Jacob by William Landay Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in …View full post
Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy) by Mira Grant The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after …View full post
The end of a school semester is always a little crazy but this semester seemed even more so with a recorded presentation, a website, a paper, a board game, a full website proposal, a program, and a comprehensive programming final all coming due in a relatively short period of time. A professor from a previous semester described how she tried to spread the assignments out evenly over the semester as to not overload students and then she realized that every professor did this and students end up overwhelmed three or four times over. Is it any wonder I love my marketing professor who doesn’t believe in out of class assignments other than reading and who every semester decides to cancel the final exam and do an in class project instead. I did manage to read a little in April though…View full post
Lost power in half of the house a couple days ago. That included power to the refrigerator. I immediately put in a call to the property management firm, who, as usual, didn’t answer. They’re not very good at listening to messages or returning calls either. In fact, they still haven’t got back to me.View full post
This was a pretty mixed month for reading with a total of 6 books finished in the month of March. Of more specific challenges dystopia and where tied with 4 books fitting and I even knocked another category off the eclectic challenge. I’m on track to finish everything this year except the where challenge. Need to diversify the settings of my reading choices if I have any hope of finishing that one.View full post
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
When Diane and Trigvey move into the same building on the same day, more than their suitcases get tangled up.
All his life Trigvey never once doubted his calling to be a doctor, but an accident in the ER has him doubting himself. Diane’s willingness to listen helps him get his head on straight. If only he felt worthy of a woman like her.
Diane is the kind of woman who would love to be someone’s wife. Not a trophy wife, or simply married, but the kind of wife whose job is to stay home and take care of the family, even if the family is only a husband. She feeds Trigvey and consoles him, and doesn’t even know she has him wrapped around her finger. Jilted for a career-woman and raised by a bitter divorcée, Diane no longer believes in that dream. It’s up to Trigvey to convince her it could still be real, if she chooses him.
Life is complicated. There have been a lot of changes in my life the last few months. Some changes are really good, some changes are inconvenient, complicated and miserable, and some just require a little getting used to. School is in a holding pattern as I try to secure one semesters worth of aid or cash. Miss Muffin has started 7th grade, Grandma is doing well and the pets aren’t covered in fleas this summer. I’m even dating a really nice guy, I’d say more, but it’s complicated.
Rachel Stoltzfus never imagined she’d be the talk of her Old Order Mennonite community until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Unmarried and refusing to repent by naming the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most and eventually forced to leave – driven out by her twin sister’s husband, the bishop.
But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home.
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.
Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.
Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.
It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
How far would you go?