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One Hundred and One Nights- Book Review

Author Benjamin Buchholz weaves a touching story, with twists and turns, in One Hundred And One Nights. You can feel the anguish coming through Abu Saheeh, the book’s main character.

His return to his homeland Iraq gives Abu cause to review his life past and future. Abu’s story tells heart-wrenching stories of the different people in his new place of residence in Iraq bordering on Kuwait.

Abu feels like a foreigner among his own people. It doesn’t help that he is new to the a city that is stuck in limbo.

With the Americans still using their roads to continue a war in the distance, yet so close. Abu’s days are disrupted unexpectedly by a young girl, whose penchant for all things American, borders on blasphemy in their Muslim world.

But as the story unfolds we wonder if people are right to be skeptical of Abu. Abu’s is a stranger with secrets and a mission. The question is whose side is he on?

Commemorate The Lives Of Those Lost In The Tragedy For All Nations


9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial (Photo credit: Wade Brooks)


It is  9/11 and my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families who have been left without the ones they cherishes the most. Regardless who caused the tragedy the outcome remains the same. The tragedy was not prejudice in who it took only that it did. Remember their lives and celebrate it.

Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
George Eliot



TODAY Moms – TIME’s breast-feeding toddler cover spurs shock, talk

WPA poster promoting breast feeding and proper...
WPA poster promoting breast feeding and proper child care, showing mother nursing baby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TODAY Moms – TIME’s breast-feeding toddler cover spurs shock, talk.

Time Magazine’s new cover is causing a stir among mothers everywhere although breastfeeding has been around forever. Noblewomen hired wet-nurses to breast feed their babies and many women in capable of breastfeeding have done the same long before the invention of the baby bottle. Why has breastfeeding become the “ugly” word in child care? What are you’re feelings on this subject? Do you agree with Dr. Bill Sears and his wife’s idea on attachment parenting, which they explain in their book, The Baby Book?  As a mother myself, I don’t feel a mother needs to breastfeed into the toddler years to form a strong bond. On the other hand, I did let my children sleep in my bed with me and did not even bother buying a crib. In fact, at 14 and 15 years of age my daughters still like to climb into bed with me and my husband on a Saturday morning.

I posted this article on my Facebook page and a friend of mine put down her own thoughts about the Time Magazine’s breastfeeding cover. Here is what she said.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the world average for breastfeeding is 4.2 years and they recommend that all children be breastfed for at least two years. Would it be better to give your 3-year-old a cheeseburger and milk shake? The act of breastfeeding can be seen as a type of meditation and relaxation. I wish we could be all more open about it! I support every mother that decides to nurse their children longer than average. Every mother knows what is best for their child. I nursed my 1st son for one year. And my 2nd son for 3 years. Nobody can tell you when it is best to stop. When my son got really sick when he was 2 1/2 years old, he had to be hospitalized. The only thing that stayed in his little body was breast milk. And his recovery was very good. It just proved to me again, that there is nothing better than nursing.” Y. Reyna

What are your thoughts about attachment parenting and Time Magazine’s cover? Start a discussion and leave your comments in the, “Speak out, let’s hear your voice” box.

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National Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Beauty is in the eye of the Disorder

Celebrity news, reality TV, and Toddler & Tiaras. Wait, did I just add toddler to this list? Yes, the need to be the fairest of them all begins with toddlers. There really is a reality show Toddlers and Tiaras, which shows pageant mom and dads dressing up their children and encouraging the tots to be the best of best. But this is not a post to attack the show; just the message it sends to young girls and the population in general. Everyday the media bombards the general public with images of celebrity photos which have been either airbrushed or photo shopped to perfection. These perfect images are then shown to impressionable teens and young adults, who wish to emulate the people they are seeing in the photos. Reality shows such as Jersey Shore, projecting image as it’s main focus adds to the burden of being beautiful in today’s world. Unfortunately, some young people and even older people may fall into the trap of trying to keep up with these unattainable images.

According to an article from the Academic Psychiatry Journal 2006 in a 1994 survey 40% of nine year olds have been on a diet. A diet at nine years old? To me that’s unbelievable and sad. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders states,”47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures, 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape, and eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.” This means that more than half of young teen girls are trying to emulate the images they see in the magazine and other media.

What prompted me to write this blog was an MSN Now: What’s Trending article titled, Pic of actress without make up reveals blemishes, real beauty. The article shows actress AnnaLynne McCord of the popular show “90210” with her makeup on and without makeup; blemishes and all. The difference is astounding and empowering. McCord states how she woke up one morning and was over Hollywood’s perfection requirement. I say, Bravo to AnnaLynne McCord for helping to turn the tide and working to empower men and women to love themselves as they are. Kudos should also be given to Vogue which announced it would not feature underaged girls or girls with eating disorders. The website in a post titled, The Louis Vuitton models pose without makeup.Still hot?, shows 40 images of Louis Vuitton models without makeup.

Checking out the pictures, the models look like any other young girl out on the street, except some of the model looked as if they tried getting their lips plumped up. I could only envision actress Lisa Rinna before her lip reduction surgery. Also, many of the models looked dis-proportioned with large heads and small thin bodies. I believe when actors, actress, models, and others in the entertainment business speak out against unnatural body images it means taking a step towards eliminating eating disorders. I too have fallen into the “fat trap”, and caused myself much suffering trying to keep up with images put out by the media by fad dieting and excessive exercise. Recently while driving to work a song came on the radio by a boy band called, One Direction. Ever heard of them? I love their song, What Makes You Beautiful. The lyrics are simply put:

If only you saw what I can see
You’ll understand why I want you so desperately
Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe
You don’t know
Oh oh
You don’t know you’re beautiful
Oh oh
That’s what makes you beautiful

So it seems that  wisdom can comes out of the mouth of babes. It is my deepest hope that AnnaLynne McCord’s efforts are not in vain. There are too many young lives that need to know the truth about body image, and that is no one is perfect, not even celebrities.

Kim Kardashian. Image from

Here more entertainers who have embraced the natural look during a photo shoot and websites about eating disorders.

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