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The Lives of Edie Pritchard

The Lives of Edie Pritchard by Larry Watson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Everyone in this book is an ordinary person, people you can recognize and relate to easily. The first part takes place in the world of the … Continue reading

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine My rating: 5 of 5 stars Psychological suspense plus fast-paced action make this a quick and compulsive read. Gina Royal thinks she has a happy marriage and a normal life until she comes home from … Continue reading

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One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow

One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker My rating: 5 of 5 stars Five stars – that means “it was amazing” on Goodreads. I have given out a lot of of 5 star reviews, so when … Continue reading

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August March

The Astonishing Life of August March by Aaron Jackson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A fun romp of a novel! I fell in love with the author’s voice before I finished the first marvelous tongue-in-cheek chapter. A starlet gives … Continue reading

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Caroline

This is my sister-in-law, Caroline Kelsey Paul. We were sixteen-year-old brides together, trying to grow up fast and learn how to be wives and mothers. We raised our children together through potty-training, trick-or-treat, and tempestuous teens. We became grandmothers together, … Continue reading

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C is for Children in mental institutions

In the 1950’s, Fulton State Hospital officials heard frequent requests from distraught parents and community agencies about children with severe behavior problems. There was no place for these children to go.  There had been children at the hospital before, but … Continue reading

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Five Lies (you probably believe) about your Brain

 You only use ten percent of your brain.FACT: The 10 percent myth is an old legend,  given new life by the plot of the 2011 movie Limitless, which pivoted around a wonder drug that endowed the protagonist with prodigious memory and … Continue reading

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A is for Psychiatric AIDE

In 1958, when this picture was taken, my mother, Myrtle Paul (left), and her friend, Ann Hall, were called Attendants.  They were two of the frontline caretakers of the mentally ill at Fulton State Hospital. My mother took months of … Continue reading

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The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis

The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a gobble-down book for me, read all in one session. It’s 2:30 am and I just finished it, never for a moment was I bored … Continue reading

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Sanity and Insanity

In April I like to join a challenge called the A – Z Blogging Challenge.  Every day during April, except Sundays, I’ll write a blog post. The challenge is to stick to a broad theme and follow the alphabet throughout … Continue reading

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