5 Videos To Watch This Week!

Yes y’all, it is that time of week again! Here are some video suggestions to watch this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Social Issues

 

In this video, author James Baldwin is debating with William F. Buckley Jr. about race issues in America in 1965. A wonderful speech, clearly from the heart in the face of much adversity.

History

 

We are in the grips of Covid-19 at the moment. This video speaks of numerous pandemics and viruses which have happened throughout history, some of which lasted/are lasting a very long time.

Music

 

I love this song and here we see Aretha Franklin blast it out at Rockaplast in 1968. A great performance and great to get a chance to see such a classic performance.

 

In this performance at Build Series, Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth performs a cover of The Eagles’ Desperado with pronoun changes that make the performance very beautiful. A great cover.

True Crime

 

 

In this episode Ryan and Shane take a look at the mysterious death of a woman who died on her honeymoon. Very interesting watch.

The Fire By James Patterson And Jill Dembowski Review!

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The Fire (2011) By James Patterson and Jill Dembowski is the third book in the Witch & Wizard series.

 

The book follows the story of sister Wisty, a witch, and brother Whit, a wizard. I haven’t read any other books in the series but from reading this book, I get the impression that the series can be read as standalones. Whit and Wisty are fighting the good fight against The One Who Is The One. The One Who Is The One has started ruling and has banned any form of free-thinking and creativity.ย ย 

It is a really good read. Whit and Wisty are very different characters but both lovely and strong in their own ways. And both are super determined. I like how grief and bullying were dealt with in the book as well as the battle for freedom. It is very interesting with fast, rapid chapters.

There was a mixed reaction to this book but I quite liked it. Some parts did get a slight bit repetitive and there was parts where it took a long time to get to main parts of book and it didn’t always seem necessary but all in all, I found it really good. There was just a few slight things like that which slowed down the pace of the novel a bit.

Great read.

 

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Busy Cook’s Book By Anne Ager Review!

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Busy Cook’s Book (1988) by Anne Ager is a very good book with many tasty recipes in it.

 

The premise of the book is pretty self-explanatory. It helps cooks who have busy lives to get together dishes that fit around their busy lifestyles. There is quite a lot of amazing dishes in the book especially the starters and the deserts. Some really good ideas and the food looks gorgeous in the photographs.

There is lots of helpful tips for preparing dishes in advance and making the most of your cooking time. My only flaw is some of the language is a bit a dated. The use of ‘she’ as the only pronoun for the cook was something that jumped out as flaw. But as far as the food is concerned: gorgeous.

 

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Poem: I Am …

I wrote this poem from the perspective of my character Shane from my series One Step Closer 4.

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I am black,

I am trans,

I am pan,

I am omni,

I am working-class,

I am a single father,

I like kinky sex

and I was sexually abused

and harrassed

and I am fighting but I am scared.

 

I live in the world,

I am intelligent

and I know how this will go down.

Gavin says do something

and loving to me as he is,

does he understand

how they will rip me to shreds,

how my son will be bullied,

how my career will fade,

he is coming from a good place,

I ain’t knocking him,

I love him too

but I know the world

and I know the shit they will bring to my doorstep.

 

I know what they will do to me,

take every part of me

and run with it,

I don’t know what to do

but I know what I want to,

I want to fight

but I can’t,

I can’t do this

and it makes me feel weak

but I am strong.

 

They tried to hurt me

and I want to punish them

because I want justice,

I want my son to know

that in the future

whoever they may be

that they don’t have to put up with this shit

but I haven’t the guts

but who has the guts in this time,

this place,

this situation,

do I have it?

No.

No one will believe me

and I am fucked

but can I brave it?

Why do I have to brave it?

 

I can’t do this,

I must remain silent

for my son and I

and hope that those in the future don’t feel they have to.

 

 

Short Story: Fourth of July

The following is a very short story surrounding the Fourth of July. Hope you all like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Irish woman Saoirse didn’t really understand the whole Fourth of July celebration. She was looking it up on internet land while her American girlfriend Amelia was down the shops. Soon Amelia arrived back. Saoirse quickly closed down the computer, not having time to clear her history. Suspicious about whether Saoirse was having an affair or watching porn, Amelia sweetly asked Saoirse to put away the Fourth of July snacks. Once Saoirse was dispatched to the kitchen, Amelia quickly opened the computer up like a computer hacker in a spy thriller movie. She smiled upon seeing the list:

Fourth of July history

What the hell is the fourth of July?

What do fireworks have to do with the 4th of july?

Romantic ways to propose marriage.

Food With Friends By Gary Rhodes Review!

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Food with Friends (2002) by Gary Rhodes is an excellent cook book.

 

The book has three chapters in it and a helpful index. Each chapter has sections of a starter, a main course and a desert which go together which makes things really easy. I love how this book has options for so many people. There is three course meals for vegetarians which is not something always included and there is gorgeous options such as the herb risotto. The deserts are also amazing especially the Turkish Delight ice-cream in my personal opinion because I love Turkish Delight and what could be better than Turkish Delight ice-cream?

I think the food in this book is sensational. Examples of great courses include Roast Pork with Cider Sauce and beef Carpaccio. I love so many of the sections like the Thanksgiving section, the vegetarian sections and Supper on a shoestring for example. This is a delightful book, clearly created by a master of the game. Gary Rhodes, R.I.P, excellent book and thank you for leaving it with us all.

 

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The Boscombe Valley Mystery By Arthur Conan Doyle Review!

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The Boscombe Valley Mystery (1891) by Arthur Conan Doyle is an enjoyable read.

The plot of this particular Sherlock outing is set in Herefordshire. A land owner Charles McCarthy has been killed and the prime suspect is his son James. Just prior to his murder, they had been fighting. But Holmes soon realises that all may not be what it seems.

There was a good plot to this mystery. The suspense is more in the why than the who. I also really liked James as a character and I think that helped the story because I genuinely cared what happened to him. I really enjoyed it. It worked for me. I found it a really good short story with no loopholes and I was engrossed throughout.

I also felt the scenes were painted very well. I could see the story before me as I was reading and that’s always a good sign. I didn’t want it to end so quickly which is a great sign.

A fantastic read.

 

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Defining LGBTQ+ By Sam Killermann Review!

 

Defining LGBTQ+ (2019) by Sam Killermann is a great book about LGBTQ+ terms.

 

This 39-page book is fantastic. It is filled with information and written in a very respectful way. It is easy to follow and has a helpful index. It is definitely a starting point for learning about all the wonderful terms in my amazing community. It gives a lot of information to get someone started on their alphabet soup learning and even if you know quite a bit about LGBTQ+ ways of identifying, you still may come across some new terms or terms you don’t know as much about and that gives you the basis to research more.

A must-read. Brilliant!

It is a book I’m glad is out there and thank you to the author for creating it. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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The Perfect Husband By Lisa Gardner Review!

The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie, #1) by Lisa Gardner

 

The Perfect Husband (1997) by Lisa Gardner is a thriller/romance.

 

The plot, which is the first in the author’s Quincy & Rainie series, follows the story of Tess and JT. Tess was married to an abusive husband Jim who is out to kill her and in order to protect her daughter, she has sought out JT to teach her self-defense. That is a good plot idea and I do love romance and mystery so the idea of those two things together should have been good but it didn’t quite work out that way.

I have heard that this author’s later works are much better but for this particular book it was a bit of a miss. There was parts I liked about it such as many important topics being discussed and the idea that JT didn’t simply have to forgive his father because he was his father. I thought the author wrote that debate with JT’s sister Marion and the background of both their stories incredibly well.

But look, there is a lot wrong with this book. Tess goes to JT for help and he hits her around and some of the early sexual encounters were quite dodgy on his part. I liked how Tess was a woman taking control of her destiny which could have been empowering only for the fact JT seemed controlling in his way when she was doing so. It was a pity because there was a lot of background and depth to JT and an opportunity to show the big hard man Marine in a different light to the stereotype but it was an opportunity missed.

It might be something others might like but it wasn’t for me unfortunately.

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The Five Orange Pips By Arthur Conan Doyle Review!

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The Five Orange Pips (1891) by Arthur Conan Doyle is a great short read.

 

In the book Holmes and Watson meet John Openshaw. Openshaw fears for his life. His uncle has received an envelope with the letters K.K.K written on it. Afterwards, his uncle dies and John’s father inherits his uncle’s property. But soon he also succumbs to his death. John is now the third recipient of an envelope like this.

This sets up a great plot. A classic plot of fighting for someone’s life while the clock is ticking. That always creates tension and drama. It is easier to solve certain parts of the mystery from a modern standpoint because instantly a modern reader will recognize the letters as those of that disgusting Ku Klux Klan whereas it wasn’t as recognizable back in the time this book was written.

There is a lot of background in the story which helps you get to know the characters better. I think the suspense was missing a bit though as it was easy enough to figure out the ending but not a bad read to have with a coffee and holds your interest.

 

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