New Release: Expect the Unexpected by Ann-Marie Gilbert

AUTHOR SHARES HEARTFELT BIRTH TRAUMA JOURNEY AS POSTNATAL DEPRESSION TRIPLES IN COVID PANDEMIC

Two in every five mothers suffer with postnatal depression

Postnatal depression has almost tripled in the coronavirus pandemic, with two in every five new and expectant mothers reporting symptoms.

Author Ann-Marie Gilbert is all too familiar with these issues. Her new book, ‘Expect the Unexpected’, accounts the life-threatening, traumatic birth of her now-two-year-old daughter, and how she conquered struggles with postnatal depression, low self-esteem, and bonding with her newborn.

“Motherhood is a beautiful but challenging journey, and coronavirus has made it all the more difficult,” says Ann-Marie. “I want to help people open up, reconnect, and find inner strength by not only embracing the many joys, but also the hardships of learning to become a parent, at a time when they are perhaps missing the usual support networks.

“These are incredibly tough and potentially lonely times, and it’s okay to admit you’re struggling. I’ve been there. I’ve overcome the problems affecting so many mothers and fathers, and hope that by documenting and reflecting on my experiences, I can help others do the same.”

High anxiety symptoms in new and expectant mums have risen from 29 to 72 percent during the pandemic, while six in ten parents have had significant concerns about their mental health. However, less than one third felt confident they could find the support they needed.

Ann-Marie completed writing “Expect the Unexpected” in the first coronavirus lockdown, and describes the book as an “honest, heartfelt story about the impact of traumatic births on new parents”.

Gwyneth Eanor, Chair of the Birth Trauma Association highly recommends the book and describes it as “essential reading for any parent who has experienced a traumatic birth”

She says: “At its heart “Expect the Unexpected” is about a survivor, about going through the unexpected and coming out the other side, about hope, growth and re-finding happiness. “She expresses that the book “offers a refreshing reminder that not all journeys into parenthood are smooth sailing”

Gwyneth also expressed the value for healthcare professionals working with women in this space “Healthcare professionals who work with women who have been through a traumatic birth will gain so much from her experiences and insights.”

Due for release on 14th of March 2021, ‘Expect the Unexpected’ is available to order in hardback and paperback from £9.99 on Amazon. Get your copy here: http://amzn.to/38y2Ard.

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She says: “This book is my way of telling them: you are never alone, and that things can, and will, get better.”

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

Addicted Child: Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse by Richard Capriola

Publisher:  Book Baby (November 24, 2020)
Category: Self-help, Parenting, Adolescence, Substance Abuse, Drug Dependency Recovery, & Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-09832-728-1
Available in Print and ebook,  107 pages


The Addicted Child is a resource for parents. It addresses adolescent substance abuse. Readers learn the extent of adolescent substance abuse in America, how drugs impact the teen brain, warning signs every family should know about, assessments and tests important for a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, how eating disorders and self-injury can accompany substance abuse, how to recognize street drugs being used by teens, and resources to help identify treatment options.

Parents will learn from Richard Capriola, a mental health and addictions counselor, the importance of comprehensive assessments – and what to look for in a counselor to know you’re getting the right help.

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Guest Review by Sage

When you discover that your child is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, it can be difficult to decide what to do next. This book, ‘The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse’ by Richard Capriola, is an excellent resource for answers to that question. Capriola is a mental health and addictions counselor who has dealt with many cases of teenagers facing substance abuse in his professional line of work.

Although this is a guide to getting help, there are lost of chapters on the ins and outs of different drugs and substances that your child may be addicted to. Things like that many of us don’t consider that serious like marijuana use or vaping can have long-lasting negative affects on not only physical, but also mental health if started at a young age.

In the book, Capriola states that drugs like amphetamines, cocaine and morphine produce a surge of dopamine in the brain that delivers a pleasurable feeling. This overrides the prefrontal cortex, or the part of our brain that assesses risky or dangerous behavior. However, the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the age of 25, so drug use in children has a tendency to be even more dangerous than drug use for people of older ages.

The chapters of this book are filled with helpful graphs and checklists for things to assess whether or not your child is at risk for developing an addiction and, if they have already developed one, the best way to help them is to seek treatment.
This book is quick and an easy read for parents who may not have time to sit down and read a full textbook on the subject. All of the pertinent details are there and anything unneeded is left out. This is a great resource and concise. Five stars!

About the Author

Richard Capriola has been a mental health and addictions counselor for over two decades. He has been licensed in Illinois and Texas and has treated both adults and adolescents with substance abuse disorders.

Website: https://helptheaddictedchild.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richard.capriola
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapriolaRichard
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/richardcapriola
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instarick1949/

Praise for the Addicted Child

Literary Titan Book Award (Gold) 2020

In this pragmatic and accessible text Rick Capriola has distilled the wisdom he accrued from decades of experience on the frontlines of substance use treatment. He provides a valuable resource to all parents attempting to find their bearings in the often confusing and frightening world of intertwined adolescent psychological and substance use problems.”-Major R. Bradshaw, Ph.D  Department Of Psychiatry, Houston Methodist Hospital

“Rick has written an invaluable tool for parents. The Addicted Child helps parents understand how alcohol and drugs influence their child’s behavior, offers resources to help parents find effective treatment options, and explains which assessments are important for a diagnosis and the professionals that should be involved in making those assessments.”-Jamison Monroe, Founder and Chairman Of Newport Healthcare

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New Release

Similar to Jenny Worth’s “Call the Midwife”, this book reveals a different, still hidden medical field, the world of x-rays. This story follows a shy, sixteen year old girl, as she attempts to become a professional radiographer from 1962 into the 1990’s. All the incidents and cases are true, for they are Patricia Toulson’s real-life memories. She is thrust into the harsh disciplinary world of a general hospital, ruled by barbed tongues of nursing Sisters’ and ridiculed and harassed by experienced male staff. She experiences horror and tragedy, sadness and joy but also humour abounds in unexpected places. She encounters child abuse, infertility and teenage terminal illness, countered by the wonders of the healing body and the splendor and radiance of pregnancy.

About the Author:

Patricia Toulson born in London in 1946, moved to Essex aged sixteen to train as a diagnostic radiographer. She married in 1967 & had 2 sons.


Aged forty-four, she graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a BSc (Hons) Health Studies working with people with multi-disabilities then with the charity Home Start, supporting families with small children.


She wrote stories for her grandchildren publishing “Mr. Bear & His Friends” with Authorhouse, available with Amazon, publishing many poems with Random House. Her first adult novel is “Inside Out” revealing the harsh disciplinary world of Hospital life in the 1960’s. Patricia writes of her experiences training in an x-ray department with many memorable patient scenarios.


Patricia became deaf in her thirties & last year had wonderful surgery for a cochlear implant. She has become Patron for St. Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Sierra Leone, a charity educating 250 children aiming to make the school self-sufficient.

Reviews of the book:

Kev from Colchester

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight into life in an X-ray department in the 60s

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“A well written and interesting account of life within a London NHS xray department. Interestingly it shows how different it was then with the emphasis clearly on patient care, not on targets! Really enjoyed the mix of social as well as hospital life. Would recommend as a good read.”

 

Patricia Richards

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

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“This book could have been written for me and all my fellow student radiographers of the 1960s/70s”

 

Sandie McAleavy

5.0 out of 5 stars A charmingly written book which transports you back to the 60’s.

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“Pat’s carefully detailed experiences whilst working within the radiography are both amusing & poignant. An easy-to-read book which my 98 year old Mum is also enjoying!”

“Inside Out” by Patricia Toulson is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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New Releases

Pupy Love

South Yorkshire Author pens autobiography in lockdown in memory of his wife who died shortly after the birth of their son in 2018

“Pupy Love” – a heartfelt autobiography about love overcoming grief

About the Book:

Pupy Love tells us how author Ric Hart tragically lost the love of his life but found inner peace, taking major steps through his grief to find extraordinary strength, resilience and hope for his future with Hugo Jaden Hart, Ric and Jade’s only son.  

Ric Hart met Jade Hazelgrave on Valentine’s weekend in 2002 and they became childhood sweethearts.  They conquered many of life’s challenges that would defeat allbut the most resolute of couples, getting through sixth form, college, University and Jade leaving to go travelling. They still always found each other again and as time went on, they became truly close and connected. Their love they found aged 18 was to stay with them; it never grew old. 

They had so much to look forward to in life: their careers, home plans, marriage and the final piece of the jigsaw, starting the family they both dreamed of.  Their dreams were cut tragically short and Pupy Love tells us how Ric found a way through his grief to find a brighter future once again for himself and his beloved son Hugo.   

Ric shows us, through his precious memories of Jade, how love truly conquers all.

About the Author:

Ric Hart is father to Hugo Jaden Hart who lost his mummy shortly after birth in July 2018.  Ric lost his best friend, wife and soulmate. He is two and a half years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books and finding new hobbies and projects that he knows will make Jade so very proud and keep the fire inside him alight. 

For more on the life and love of Jade, see:  www.jadehartpupylove.co.uk  

Excerpt from the book:

“I remember sitting in my room in my apartment, and something came over me, all our special memories, our bond, our cuteness together as a couple and also one thing came to mind “Pupy Love”, which I guess was building up over the summer in my mind. It was as though I had turned my back on Jade, and it was like I had forgotten about us and all the reasons why we were always meant to be. She was my soulmate, and I had turned my back on the most important person to me, and it was like I had contact lenses in and couldn’t see properly. The following day, I went onto my brother’s computer and saw a picture of Jade, sat on a step, sucking her thumb, stroking her nose, and at that point, everything had come back with floods of feelings. I went into my bedroom and broke down for a while but realised I could do something about this or at least try. So at that moment, I said, “Right, bollox to this, I’m going to fight for the girl I want for the rest of my life.” So, I jumped in the shower and threw my jeans and jumper on and called for the earliest taxi to drive me to Jade’s parents in Wakefield, as at this point, my car was in the garage due to me smashing it up in the B&Q car park. The taxi man charged me £90. I said, “Deal just get me over to Wragby.”

“Pupy Love” by Ric Hart is available in hardback from Amazon at:

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Not For All the Tea in China

Entertaining autobiography of a well-seasoned traveler

About the Author:                      

Chris Burrows was born in 1947 to a mother from Barnsley and a father from Essex. He has three great loves in his eventful life: Barnsley FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and his wonderful wife. His wife is his rock; Yorkshire CCC is his summertime passion; the Super Reds break his heart year after year- but he wouldn’t swap them for any other team in the world. 

Excerpt from the book:

“The sales manager suddenly turned to me and said, “Don’t look out the door now, but all I can see is smoke.”  And I did look out of the door and there on the 19th floor of this very large hotel was smoke so thick you couldn’t see anything.  And we didn’t know where it had come from.  We had no idea.  Now the staff were I’m afraid typical of the Chinese.  They panicked immediately and just simply did what you shouldn’t do, because at the side of every lift it’ll tell you in a hotel ‘in case of fire do not use lift’.  The Chinese, on a rather lighter note, don’t put ‘if’ they put ‘when’.  In other words, they’re expecting a fire.  They always put ‘when there is a fire do not use the lift’.  The staff just shouted, “There’s a fire,” ran to the lift, got in the lift and went down and chanced their arm.  We were left. 

There were the four of us and I recall there were two other men there who turned out to be two Dutchmen who were on business.  And the six of us headed towards the fire exit at the far end of the corridor, which we could just about glimpse as the smoke was increasing.  It was a very funny smoke.  It smelled.  It was a very odd thing.  And we went on to the end where the fire door was and I was thinking… “Well, all fire doors should not be locked, but since we’re in China it’s a very fair bet that this fire door will be locked.”  And we got there and somebody pushed it and thank goodness it wasn’t locked, but it let us out onto the fire exit which was a series of staircases going all the way down to the ground; stone staircases with a green painted bannister to guide you.  And on each floor as you went down, in green, was the number of the floor.  Well, I, with my poor heart and what have you, was not too sure whether I could manage this. 

We thankfully were going down and not up and we began to go down and down and we put handkerchiefs over our mouths to keep out this awful smelling smoke.  And we went down and down and down and eventually we got down to – and I could see it – just – the number 8 and I felt that that was it for me.  I just felt that I couldn’t go any further.  And I remember saying to…  I don’t know where the Dutch people were, but they’d gone.  They’d disappeared.  Whether they’d gone quicker than us, I don’t know.  I presume they must have done.  And I just said to the two people who were with me, “You go on lads because I’m not going to get out of this.  I will not get out of this.”  And they were most encouraging and said, “Come on, come on, get up, get up, get up.  You must.  You must try.  Get up.” 

 

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Flower Song

A celebration in poetry and pictures of the beauty of flowers

About the Book:       

In times of frenetic demand for instant gratification, where habitual haste often blinkers us from the splendour of the world around us, the author conjures an unhurried perspective on the most beautiful of all nature’s gifts, the flower.

With images captured by his camera and captioned by his words, FLOWER SONG is the third book of poetry by the author. His other two books “REFLECTIONS: Mirror of my Mind” and “REFLECTIONS: Rhyme and Reason” are both available from Amazon.

Foreword from the Author:

There are literally thousands of flowers to choose from; why did I pick these few for the purpose of this book?  My reason for the selection is that perhaps we are generally familiar with these in average modest English gardens, woodlands and meadows.  I suppose an element of personal bias, unwittingly, might have crept in.  Numbers are also somewhat restrictive considering the size of the book.

This is the second edition of the book with many more new titles added and also few original ones revised.  All photographs are my own except “Buddleia and Butterfly” beautifully captured by my granddaughter, Jessica, at the age of twelve.

Excerpt from the book:

“Daisy

Weather’s warm and fair, sky’s clear,

Spring’s in the air and Daisies appear

In the fields and on the meadows

Under the sun and in the shadows

Countless blooms and many more

Pure white petals and a golden core;

Few imposters in painted petals, colourful,

Mingling, dancing together and playful.

As the morning sun begins to rise

Daisies, slowly, unfolding their eyes

Greeting walkers and joggers joyfully,

Then, pleading ‘please tread carefully’.

Unbending and enduring plucking pains

As children, unaware, making Daisy chains;

And when the sun sets under the sky west

At day’s end eyes closed for night’s rest.”

“Flower Song” by Omar H. Malik is available in hardback from the major book retailers including Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwells and Amazon at:

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Spotlight: Life, One Big Existential Crisis by Kerry Louise Stalker

This book explores the great ontological question, namely, what is the meaning of life?  We’re educated to believe the scientific impossibility that everything came from nothing, and our brains, the most complex structure in the universe, evolved from pond scum.  It’s credible to believe that incredibly sophisticated DNA codes randomly organised themselves?  Or maybe not.  Maybe life is far more complicated than we imagine.  Like, our physical world is couched in a far larger spiritual world.  Hence, modern physics is now confirming the wisdom of the cabala, ancient Jewish mysticism, that we live in a multidimensional universe.

We live in an age where we no longer trust ‘the news’, our governments, our education, and even our doctors?  We live in an age of conspiracy.  Like, 9/11 was an ‘inside job’, and the Iraq wars were sold to us on lies and a mountain of propaganda.  President Richard Nixon famously said, ‘The American people don’t believe anything until they see it on television’.  Like, the moon landings?  We believe men landed on the moon in 1969 in a tin can?  Really?  We’re also living in an age of despair.  It seems we’ve never been so miserable, lost and apathetic, as reflected by depressing mental health statistics.  Suicide rates are obscene. 

So, this book is a journey.  It takes us from questioning ‘what’s the point?’, (if there is no point), to a trip down the mesmerising rabbit hole and out the other side to a new ‘red-pilled’ lens.  The book is in two parts.  Thus, in Part One, we consider psychological, sociological, philosophical, and spiritual theories to account for our existence.  As it transpires, there’s ample evidence of ghosts, poltergeists, aliens/UFOs, and ‘shadow people’, who visit people at night and even molest them, to elucidate that we live in a supernatural world.  Part One sets the stage for Part Two. 

And then in Part Two, it gets infinitely more interesting, as we consider what’s really going on.  Like, the very real conspiracy that there is a dastardly cabal that dictates the direction of society via secret societies.  Secret societies evolved from mystery schools, which harboured the esoteric arts that enable access to the spirit world.  The end goal for these infernal fraternities is the infamous one world order, which the Bible has forewarned us about in the Book of Revelation.  And we’re on the brink of this ‘great plan’ being fulfilled.  It’s happening now!

I wrote this book to wake up the sleepers to the truth about our insane reality (which includes those who consider themselves ‘woke’).  So, I invite you to join me down the rabbit hole.  Why not.  It’s infinitely more interesting than the surface.  But at your peril, since depending on what you know, life may never be the same again.

“Life, One Big Existential Question” by Kerry Louise Stalker is available in paperback from the Book Depository at:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Life-One-Big-Existential-Crisis-Kerry-Louise-Stalker/9781839753626

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Book Review & Giveaway: It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak

Book Title:  It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12),  57 pages
Genre:  Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher:  EduMatch Publishing
Release date:   November 14, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.


Book Description:

It’s Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s Me is an amazing book that teaches children that we are all individuals and that it’s okay to be different. Whether it’s a medical condition such as ADHD or autism, having a different skin color, speaking a different language, or anything else that makes someone “different,” that’s okay. We’re all people with feelings, and we all want to be accepted and loved.

Each person in the book has two pages. The first page has a picture with their name and what makes them different. The second page has text about what makes them different and what they want:

I definitely recommend It’s Me. Accepting people for who they are with all of their differences is important and something that our culture is finally (slowly) recognizing. For those who, like me, think they’re alone in their uniqueness, this book is wonderful confirmation for them that they’re not alone!

About the Author

Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner

Book Title:  Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

In this bighearted book, the real story of a young boy with deafness in his ears is aided by his mother and teachers in navigating new school experiences. Mickey is just like everyone else, except he wears cochlear implants and has to do things just a little differently than most. This charming tale reminds us that we can all find happiness if we lean on and support each other.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Mickey on the Move is the story of a boy who is deaf but with cochlear implants, an amazing mom, good teachers, and a close friend, he has a happy life and goes to school and is involved in other activities just like any other kid.

This story is not only an inspiration, but children will enjoy it while learning about Mickey and that he is a kid just like them. The illustrations are colorful and will help keep the attention of younger children.

What a wonderful book to share with children! I definitely recommend Mickey on the Move.

About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Michelle Wagner was always a very positive and outgoing woman. Her energetic love for children and zest for life was admired by everyone who knew her. Michelle is a realtor whose career background involved restaurants and always helping other people. She has dedicated time and support to charities and events to help other children with hearing loss and assist families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special needs child in a typical environment.

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New Releases

A Touch of the African Sun

This saga is led by that complex character von Tabis, a psychopath, whose monumental ego, and fantasies of power and grandeur, were given fortuitous reign by his unexpected transfer to tranquil Tanganyika (Tanzania) just before World War II. His South African co-conspirators who fell under the spell of von Tabis, illustrate how his charismatic and compelling personality stimulated their latent dreams and ambitions. A colourful diversity of characters adds atmosphere and mystery that is unique to Africa. Despite a remarkable degree of success towards his madcap schemes, von Tabis, blinded by reality, stumbles inexorably towards his ultimate destiny.

Excerpt from the book:

“The gaunt, pasty sweating body lay quietly in the vast bed. Georgio was alarmed and took the weakening pulse. He realised that nothing short of a miracle could save Jeremy now. The sheets were sodden, but Jeremy’s lips were dry and cracked. Georgio tried lifting his head and helping him to some water, but his lips barely moved. Then suddenly he opened his eyes and gave Georgio a happy smile before again shutting them. He gave a heavy sigh and left this world to join his beloved Cynthia.

Karumba was stunned. He stood there silently, but huge tears coursed down his shiny black cheeks. Georgio lifted the sheet and pulled it over the dead man’s face.

“Where is Straker?” he demanded.

“I will fetch him, bwana,” said Karumba.

 He hurried from the room and across the yard to the manager’s house. He banged on the door, and Straker came bleary eyed to open it, his pyjamas hanging obscenely open in front as he fumbled with a threadbare dressing gown.

“What the bloody ‘ell are you doing waking me at this time of night, eh?”

“It’s Bwana Forbes,” said Karumba tearfully. “He is dead, bwana.”

“A Touch of the African Sun” by P. H. Newall is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Memoirs of a British Bobby

PC155, Les Morris looks back over his time in the police force and how much things have changed over the years, not just in the force itself but in the wider world beyond.

Technology, communication, new laws and legislation have changed policing, almost beyond recognition, and this unique insight reveals much about how the force used to run and the changes that made it into the organisation we recognise today.

These memoirs are based on the personal experiences of a young man making his way through the ranks and those characters and challenges he meets along the way.

The author hopes the book will give anyone interested in joining the police force a real insight into the recent history of this organisation.

Two excerpts from the book:

“One of the first jobs I was given was to investigate the theft of eggs from a broody grouse. I had more success with the next incident, when I was sent to investigate the theft of a bayonet that had been taken from a school house at Wootton. I questioned a few boys and noticed that one of them kept avoiding me and refused to look me in the eye. He was 14 years old and a foster child under the care of one of the teachers. I took him aside to question on his own and he then admitted that he had taken the bayonet. I asked him to accompany me in the car so that he could show me where he had hidden it. We retrieved the bayonet and, after telling him how foolish he had been, I drove him home to his foster parents.  I was convinced that this was his first theft and told his foster parents of my decision not to take things further, but that I would be making a note of the event.  I then returned the bayonet to its rightful owner.” (pgs. 58 – 59)

“A call came through from a police sergeant at Oxford city to assist in the arrest of a murder suspect and I drove straight to Green Road in Kidlington. When the interim detective sergeant from Witney and our detective inspector arrived, I was already at the house. The inspector ordered a search of the premises and instructed the interim detective sergeant to arrest the man and take him to Woodstock Police Station. The necessary paperwork and charge sheet could be completed, as the suspect had admitted the offence. On questioning, the man, who was in his 60s, told us that he lived with his mother, who was in her 90s. She had taken to using her walking stick to lash out at him whenever he got anywhere near her. Finally, he had lost his temper and decided that he could take no more, so killed her by smothering her with a pillow.” (pg. 71)

“Memoirs of a British Bobby:  PC155 – Les Morris” is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Book Review & Guest Post: Silence of Islands by W.M. Raebeck

Book Title:  Silence of Islands — Poems by W.M. Raebeck
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18 +),  170 pages
Genre:  Poetry
Publisher:  Hula Cat Press
Release date:   July 2020

Content Rating:  G. this book of poems is ‘grown-up’ but nothing violent, explicit, illegal, profane or hardcore.

Poetry for the summer day, poetry for the dark night. Poems that cut a walkable trail through the forest of life. Always with a nudge and a wink, “It’ll be okay.” This collection reflects a lifetime of nature, love, travel, death, joy, art, family, and the eternal questions. A potion of emotion to soothe and move you.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Silence of Islands is a book full of poetry that I enjoyed. The poems are all so different. They are about art, nature, travel, relationships, family, loss of loved ones, and more. You can feel her emotions throughout the years. These personal reflections of the author have the power to move the reader in one way or another.

Here’s a short, cute poem from May 22, 1989, when she was in Venice:

Trouble

Oooh we got trouble
size thirty Jeans
trouble at five foot eleven
trouble on that motorcycle
trouble in that kiss

Here comes trouble
with a capital T
Trouble
you’re trouble
total trouble

I love trouble

I think my favorite poem out of all of these is “Close Friends.” It’s a funny poem about friends and their interconnecting relationships.

I read Silence of Islands in one sitting, but I will keep it on hand to pick up occasionally to read a poem or two once in a while. I’m glad that the author decided to publish her poetry. It’s definitely worth a read.

Guest Post by W. M. Raebeck

“Always Wanted to do Yoga?”

      Way before my first yoga lesson in 1972, yoga always seemed ‘right’ to me. And after learning and practicing it a few decades, I wanted to go deeper. But the only avenue for more in-depth yoga—from asana variations, anatomy, and chakras to pranayama (breathing), meditation, gurus, Sanskrit, mudras (hand positions), and yogic philosophy and history—is teacher training. So, in 1997, I mustered the guts for that and never looked back.

      Later on, becoming a massage therapist, also, I always offered private yoga sessions on my business card. This led to discussions with people long interested but who’d never tried yoga. Hearing their complaints of stiffness, decreasing range of joint motion, or apprehensions about age, extra weight, and other limitations, I eventually came up with 4 key suggestions for how to start a yoga practice:

      1.  Start at the beginning.

      Bopping into a crowded 6 p.m. class at a trendy Main Street studio, you’re risking a) getting hurt, because the teacher doesn’t cater to beginners, b) being intimidated by buff 20-somethings in scant Lycra, and c) never going to another yoga class because “it’s just not for me” or “it was too hard” or “I got hurt.” Indeed, that class is NOT for you. You need either a true beginner class where you can learn the basics in a safe environment, and/or a warm, caring, old-school teacher who isn’t showing off his/her contours or sizing up potential soul-mates, but loves yoga, loves teaching it, and understands newbies. Not so complicated, but sometimes hard to find. This teacher will probably be female and over 45, but truly could be anybody.

      Seek out said instructor. Ask around for the right class. And check if a local college might offer a yoga course—schools are about education, and more likely to start from the beginning, plus might even have additional info about yoga as well as teaching the poses. If you’re over 50, a Senior Center can be a resource. I know…sounds frumpy, but they often offer ‘Senior Yoga,’ someplace you won’t get hurt, won’t get intimidated, and won’t be the only one in baggy pants. And whoever teaches Senior Yoga almost certainly teaches elsewhere, too, and will invite you to their ‘regular’ class nearby. Then you can be a normal yoga student who already knows the teacher.

      2.  Find a class near your home or workplace.

      Once you’ve broken the ice by attending a few classes—Senior Center, college, or wherever you find that safe, intro-type class—your next challenge is to continue going on a regular basis. Make that easy by finding a class nearby. If you have to drive 30 minutes to and fro, do you think you’ll always have time, always feel like it after a long day, and always be up for squeezing it in when there’s a dinner party that same night?

      3.  Start with once a week.

      Many think of ‘real’ yogis as boney, sarong-clad, deep-breathers in Himalayan caves. For weeks, without food, in full lotus. If this is your vision or your goal, you’re in the wrong hemisphere and the wrong century. Los Angeles, not India, is today’s world center for yoga. Think urban yogi, health food eater on a bike, yoga mat under arm. Forget the cave, denunciation, and turn-blue inhales. We’re not aiming for transcendence anymore (though it can be a pleasant side effect), just increased mobility, stress relief, and more peace. Practicing yoga isn’t extreme, it’s a cool 90 minutes you work into your week (once you find your sympatico teacher). The stakes aren’t that high, but the rewards can be.

      Commit to once a week. Buy the 10-class pass to save money, and Tuesday night becomes yoga night or Saturday morning is yoga morning. That’s how you develop a practice. You don’t move to Tibet or fast until your third eye is searing passers-by. A year or two from now, you may decide to go twice a week, but once a week is a legitimate, beneficial, affordable yoga practice.

      4.  You should love your yoga class.

      You should exit your class wearing a smile. Yoga is a great thing and doing it should make you feel good. If you feel grumpy, anxious, sad, hurt, or embarrassed during or after the class, find a better one. (There are a plenty of inadequate or ego-driven instructors to be avoided.) I’ve attended classes of over 100 different yoga teachers on my journey, most not wildly memorable, but some magnificent, and even magical. The best ones had plenty to offer.

      Take these tips and you’ll do FINE!

      Namaste.

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Book Review: Don’t Listen to Your Parents & 20 Other Thoughts by Andrew Krehbiel

Andrew Krehbiel was raised to live life with value and meaning. His parents taught him how to work hard, show respect and have fun. Growing up, he had it all. Except his own path to life. He had followed others for too long. He saw his college friends without jobs. He saw millionaires file for bankruptcy. He saw sex as the only measure of social success. He saw ‘smart’ people believe they were failures, people who weren’t good enough for the world around them. And he believed every one of them. Until now. Take a journey through Andrew Krehbiel’s mind as he speaks about religion, sex, violence, sports, freedom, and many other topics. In these essays, he explores how to put one’s own happiness first, how to stop being angry at everything, and how to look at the world through a lens of love and forgiveness. This book is his truth. 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Don’t Listen to Your Parents is a book full of the author’s thoughts. What’s nice about it is that he doesn’t try to sway your opinions, he just shares his. He says it best: “We all have to live our truth and try to make this world a better place. This book is my truth.”

Before the author’s thoughts, there is a letter to his parents. I understand what he is trying to say, basically thank you for raising me but I’m going to live my life like I want now. I thought it was pretty harsh the way it was presented, but I’m sure that’s partly because I’m a mother.

Most of the book is devoted to the author’s thoughts on various subjects such as freedom (are we really free? Is working all your life really freedom?) or religion (is there a God? Is there only one true religion?). Many of us have the same questions and we each have our own opinions. He doesn’t try to sway you to believe what he does but just shares his truth. I had to laugh at his thoughts on dating.

The one important thing that he says over and over is to find something that excites you. I’ve always felt that if you can find something that truly excites you, and you can turn that into your career, then you’ll be happy.

I don’t think this book is for everyone, but it may encourage teens and young adults to think for themselves which is always a good thing.

About the Author

Andrew Krehbiel graduated with a Mathematics degree from Wartburg College, where he played baseball for four years. He spends his time reaching out to his community through his faith and love of writing. Andrew lives in Denver, CO. He blogs at The Ovals of Life.

Website http://ovalsoflife.co
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