The Adventures Of Flash Jackson

My Review

“You must remember that every irrational fear has some basis in the unconscious.”

My review of the Adventures of Flash Jackson.Who is Flash Jackson? Flash is the alter ego of 16 year old Haley Bombauer, a tomboy in search of her authentic self. The self she learns was there all along. With Flash Jackson around she doesn’t have to face her fears or come to terms with her losses.

The Adventures of Flash Jackson is written from the perspective of a twenty something Haley. The nickname, Flash Jackson, stemmed from a game she played with her now deceased father in which they pretended to be stuntmen. Haley believed she was a “stuntman trapped in a female body”.

The Magic of Flash

William Kowalski has written Haley’s voice as educated, conversational, witty and without shame. I found myself reading her voice with a light southern twang even though the story takes place just outside the fictional town of Mannville, New York. Haley tells the reader that this is “a record of my seventeenth year,” and she warns “if you’re not interested in this sort of thing you better stop reading right now. I’m writing this for myself…” This kind of tongue in cheek candour is speckled throughout. The fact that her mouth sometimes moves faster than her thoughts is amusing despite the trouble she gets into or the hurt feelings she creates. She struggles to make the things and people around her bend to her will but once she becomes incapacitated she learns she really doesn’t have the control she thinks she does.

During one of Haley’s tomboy adventures she breaks her leg in three places causing her to be bed-ridden. Through her forced immobilization she begins to learn new things about the people in her life that ultimately leads to the realization of her own character and the development of the woman she is to become.

Haley is accompanied through her year of reminiscing by her slightly neurotic, lonely mother; her pot-growing, Mennonite grandmother; her schizophrenic friend Frank; her guidance counsellor, neighbour Ms. Powell and a host of wildlife, domesticated and otherwise.

I was skeptical from the beginning that Kowalski could pull off a feminine character (my bias) but quickly forgot about the writer’s gender as I became absorbed in Haley’s life and surroundings. Especially when she went off to live with her grandmother in the forest, secluded from people and without what we know as the bare necessities: electricity, running water, and indoor toilet.

While with her grandmother Haley learns many things about the natural arts and an appreciation for silence. When you’re quiet for long periods “it starts to seem normal, and you realize how much talking people do that isn’t really necessary-talking for talking’s sake, which never really hurt anybody but doesn’t do any body a bit of good either”.

In the beginning Haley tries to fight the laws of nature but succumbs due to wasted effort and little success. A good example would be bathing. She fought to keep some form of cleanliness but her daily toils prevented her so she gave in and developed an awareness of her new odor.

“Sometimes I wondered what the world would be like if no one took showers. We would know people by our noses first and by our intellect second.”

I enjoyed Haley’s insight into the simple things we take for granted, things we see everyday but don’t pay much mention to, like FOR SALE signs. “You never could tell what a FOR SALE sign really meant when you saw one. It might mean We Hate It Here and We’re Going Back to Where We Came From, or possibly There was a Terrible Divorce, or even as in this case, Everyone Here is Dead. It never just means For Sale.”

I do not have many complaints about this book save one. The grandmother’s dialogue is difficult and slowed down reading unnecessarily. “Den varom willst Du k no from ich?” I would have preferred a description of her dialect rather than trying to decipher her speech patterns.

Witchcraft has saturated the film and TV industry over the last few years. It seems to have become a fad in many instances and although it appears in this story it doesn’t overwhelm or take anything away from the characters. The magic in “Flash Jackson” is more than a belief system. It’s the everyday magic right in front of our eyes.

“There is such a thing as magic in the world, and if you don’t know that, it’s because you’ve decided not to know, not because you haven’t seen it. You have seen it-all of us have seen it. Maybe you just didn’t believe it because it scared you. Entirely possible. Nobody’s fault.”

The Adventures of Flash Jackson is a complete book but I want to know what adventures Haley Bombauer survived after her 17th year. I hope Kowalski will consider serializing Haley. I’m sure you will too.

This book review was first published at Linear Reflections in 2005.

The Nathaniel Hawthorne Audio Collection

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

My Review

“Solitude was his natural element,” says Paul Auster (author) in the one hour introduction Hawthorne at Home that gives tribute to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing life as well as a glimpse into his family and friendship with Herman Melville.

Portrait of Nathanial Hawthorne in my book review.The emphasis though is not on the writer of The Scarlet Letter or The House of the Seven Gables but on the more personal side witnessed within his journals.

This Hawthorne collection features journal writings titled Twenty Days with Julian and Little Bunny, by Papa and three short stories: Young Goodman Brown, The Minister’s Black Veil and Rappaccini”s Daughter.

Worthy of your Listening Time

Auster’s voice is relaxed, honest and comfortable to listen to as he continues with Twenty Days reading Hawthorne’s “account of a man taking care of his child by himself”. Hawthorne wrote about his interactions and observations of his five year old son Julian during a three week period in 1851 while his wife and daughter were away visiting. Auster says the notebook was for Hawthorne’s wife Sophia so she could read about what they did while she was away.

A portion of Twenty Days was first published in another volume of Hawthorne’s work but it never appeared in its entirety. According to Auster, Hawthorne has accomplished what every parent wishes, “to keep his child alive forever”.

Hawthorne’s reflections are almost reminiscent of Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom. They are light, loving and believable. In-depth descriptions of their activities, meetings, power struggles, walks and meals have a familiar quality to them.

Children in the mid 1800′s are quite similar with children of today. Julian, whom Papa affectionately refers to as Little man, is a bundle of energy until the full stop occurs. He is inquisitive with endless questions for his daddy. Within a few days we see Hawthorne already showing shortness of patience with Julian but is quickly renewed with a new day. Other notable similarities arise like when he and Julian were having a fine day with themselves and uninvited guests appeared. There was no food to provide and they hadn’t the time to tidy. Hawthorn termed the visitors, “invaders” and wished for his wife’s presence to do the entertaining. They were also not without their own routines. He was to bed by 9 and usually up by 6 and liked to look “over the paper before bed”. The similarities between then and now are amusing.

His journal is full of scenic descriptions, character studies and lessons to Julian. Bits of Hawthorne’s personality bleed into the diary. Like his penchant for paranoia shown by his need to deliver a letter to the post himself. He wrote a letter to Phoebe (nickname for his wife Sophia) and handed it over to a visitor who was also going to post. He later “regretted it” and promised to post another himself because there was no guarantee whether it would be posted. Hawthorne’s love of nature is also apparent in his recurring descriptions of their daily walks.

Following Hawthorne’s diary entries are three strange, dark stories narrated by James Naughton (actor). I was left wondering why they were compiled with the light cheery reflections of Hawthorne’s journal. The transition from one reader to another was also unnerving and awkward.

The first story, Young Goodman Brown begins with a young married man (Goodman Brown) saying goodbye to his new bride Faith despite her begging him not to go. At the beginning of his journey he meets up with a strange man and they walk along a wilderness path (something Nathanial did daily according to Twenty Days). The path seems to be a metaphor for evil. The old man talks about knowing Goodman’s father and grandfather and his relationship to the other villagers. There are a few play on words like his wife’s name is Faith and at one point he screams, “I have lost my Faith!” having obvious double meaning. If it’s yet not obvious to you what this story is about it is because it wasn’t clear to me either but I gather it has something to do with one man’s struggle with his conscious good and evil both real and imagined.

The second story, The Minister’s Black Veil is also full of metaphors. Again we see the involvement of the townspeople in this story that’s supposed to be “a parody”. One day Mr Hopper, a minister, walks about town with a black veil covering his eyes but his mouth and chin remain exposed. All want to know “the mystery concealed behind it”. The town folk are upset by this change in their friendly minister who even wears the veil during his service causing the folks to read more into his sermon than usual. A man they’ve known well has suddenly become a man they feel they don’t know at all. During the story he attends a funeral, church service and wedding. It’s an interesting moral tale.

The final story, Rappaccini’s Daughter is equally as dark. A bored young, Italian writer named Giovanni becomes distracted by a luscious garden and fountain outside the window of the room he rents and most importantly the daughter of the plants’ caretaker, Beatrice. This is a strange tale about a girl raised in seclusion by her scientist father among poisonous plants and who has become a poison herself. Slow to start but has a twisted unsuspecting outcome.

I thoroughly enjoyed Hawthorne’s Twenty Day’s Diary and was slow to warm up to the short stories mostly because I was expecting them to have the same flair as the journal. Both create different moods but are worthy of your listening time.

This review was originally published on Linear Reflections in 2005.

Under The Net — Book Review

Under the Net was Iris Murdoch’s first novel published in 1954 and is one of Time Magazine’s 100 best novels of all time. Much is made of Murdoch’s philosophy background and how she married it with her fiction writing. And while I do find this present it doesn’t make the story any more or less entertaining. The most common philosophical theme in this book is that of truth and lies in communication and how we are incapable of ever telling the complete truth.

James Donaghue (Jake) is a struggling British writer and book translator living in London with a girl named Magdalen (Madge), a typist and model. She kicks him out in an attempt to get him to commit. In the mean time she hooks up with a book maker, Samuel Starfield, who has his own agenda.

My review of Iris Murdoch's Under the Net.The main story follows Jake as he searches about town for an old acquaintance, Hugo Belfounder. According to Jake, Hugo “is the central theme of this book”. Jake first met Hugo years previously during a medical research project they both participated in (they were essentially guinea pigs). They shared a room, lively conversation and a mutual respect. Jake ended up writing a book (and publishing it) about Hugo’s ideas without telling him. He felt guilty about it and ditched his friend with no notice. Years later, Hugo suddenly returns to his thoughts and his social circle. All Jake wants to do is find Hugo and apologize for what he feels is a great grievance against him. Finding Hugo and a new place to live doesn’t come as easy as expected as Jake becomes easily distracted especially when he discovers an underlying story of deception; a planned double-cross involving his ex, her new beau and The Wooden Nightingale, the current manuscript Jake is translating.

Slow Momentum

Jake is an odd duck who’s always getting into these extraordinary situations (like stealing an acting dog, skinny dipping in the Thames or bringing down an entire movie set on a crowd of protesters) and managing to get out from under the net at the last moment. Jake is a bit paranoid (“I am sensitive to observation and often have this feeling not only in the presence of human beings but in that of small animals”). He’s afraid of planes, trains, crowds and losing his pants in public. One moment he’s living off the assets of other people and next he’s handing out his last bill to the bum on the corner who pan-handles. Perhaps it’s his weird behavior that makes him so likeable.

Throughout the escapades Jake has a few trusted allies who are loyal and interesting characters who could have carried their own novels. Specifically, Peter O’Finney (Finn) who spends a lot of time as Jake’s wing man. Jake describes Finn as a “humble and self-effacing person and so automatically takes second place” and a man who’s “more like his manager” than a friend. Jake has a dislike for many things, being alone is one of them and this is where Finn comes in handy. There’s also Mrs. Tinckham, the chain smoking bar owner whom he trusts to look after his things when he’s between places (which is often). She’s a cat lady and “has been very kind” to him and he never “forgets kindness”. He also regards her very highly because of her respect for others privacy. “I am devoted to Mrs. Tinckham,” he says which makes the reader want to trust her to.

Under the Net was Iris Murdoch’s first novel published in 1954 and is one of Time Magazine’s 100 best novels of all time. After numerous reviews and watching the movie Iris starring Kate Winslet I had great anticipation in reading it; half expecting shear writing brilliance.

I was really disappointed to find awkward passages of text like: “…that something had remained intact of that which there had formerly been between us; and it could not be but that the passage of time had somehow made this remnant more precious…” Strange similes like “the carpets were thick, and the work woodwork as clean as an apple.” Huh? I even found a blatant double cliché: “the ice was broken between us” and “it is possible to break the ice without burying the hatchet”.

Much is made of Murdoch’s philosophy background and how she married it and her fiction writing. And while I do find this present it doesn’t make the story any more or less entertaining. The most common philosophical theme in this book is that of truth and lies in communication and how we are incapable of ever telling the complete truth.

There is a lot of banter about what the title Under the Net refers to. Most think it has to do with Murdoch’s philosophy background specifically Austria philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Thinking in simpler terms I think it has more to do with Jake’s escapades and how he nearly gets caught but manages to slip out from “under the net” at the last moment.

The term “under the net” appears in an excerpt that Jake shares from his published book, The Silencer, in a conversation between Tamarus and Annandine on the theory of why we do what we do. “All theorizing is flight. We must be ruled by the situation itself and this is unutterably particular. Indeed it is something to which we can never get close enough, however hard we may try as it were to crawl under the net.”

The momentum doesn’t pick up until half way through the book. One of the best scenes, for me, was when Jake gets drunk and argues about political and social mores with a new friend, Lefty, who he met in a pub while out looking for Hugo. Then in chapter fourteen he leads a rescue for the Marvelous Mister Mars being held captive in the evil Samuel’s pad. This is actually when the book starts to get good. Jake falls in love with Mars the acting dog who becomes his one true companion when everyone else leaves him. I kept reading about how laugh-out-loud funny this book was but didn’t actually make a peep until Mars the acting dog was asked to feign death so Jake could skirt the police. In the end, Jake, who is taken care of by everyone else finally finds himself taking care of Mars.

Overall, the book was a big disappointment for me but I haven’t sworn off Murdoch yet. It is after all only her first book. There are twenty-five more to go. I’m hoping The Bell will be a better experience.

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* My Review of Iris

This review of Iris Murdoch’s book was first posted on 5/24/2008 at Literary Fiction, BellaOnline.

Green Works Perk

Green Works sent me a coupon for a full-size bottle of their bathroom cleaner via Klout Perks and I finally was able to pick up a bottle and use it this past week. Green Works Bathroom Cleaner

I have been looking for an alternative bathroom cleaner for some time so this Green Works perk came at the right time. We had two teenage boys visiting, making it a good time to test it. With five adult-size humans bathing every day soap scum was definitely visible.

The spray bottle has a good grip, does not stick up and provides good coverage without feeling like I am giving myself a shower. It did a wonderful job removing the soap scum build up without me pulling a muscle.

But the best part for me was I did not feel like I needed a lung transplant after cleaning the bathroom. Many of the bathroom cleaners we have used in the past take my breath away or the latest one, the fumes were so bad I had to wear a carbon filtered mask to actually be in the bathroom while I sprayed and scrubbed. Don’t get me wrong, Green Works still has a cleaning smell but I felt safer using it.

I found it in my local grocery store (Food Basics) and was surprised to see it was under five dollars.

Topic Links
* Learn more about Green Works from the official website

High Liner Fish Klout Perk

I used the coupon HighLiner sent me via a Klout Perk to purchase a box of Pan-Sear Selects Tilapia (lime chili). The box contains 4 lightly breaded whole fillets for about $11.99 (CAN). It is a bit more expensive than what I would buy for fillets even though it only works out to about $3 per fillet.

Pan-Sear Tilapia from Highliner.

While I was at the grocer I picked up a bottle of tartar sauce, just in case, but never used it. I have eaten HighLiner products in the past so I am not knew to this brand. Normally I cook HighLiner fish according to oven directions but when I checked the directions on this box I found info for pan cooking without oil and decided to give it a try.

It only took 8 minutes on each side and the fillets were perfect (images are taken on my iPod because it is more convenient in kitchen). Frozen fillets in pan with no oil:

Highliner Pan-Sear Tilapia frozen fillets in non-stick frying pan with no oil.

They did not fall apart while cooking, albeit perhaps a bit greasy. You can see the moisture beads in the pan.

One side of the Tilapia cooked.

The lime chilli is quite mild but flavorful. Jeff who is not a fish eater ate a half portion without complaint. The cats of course could not get enough.

Chili Lime Pan-Seer Tilapia with rice and squash.

I enjoyed this product and I will probably buy it again if it goes on sale. There were a number of other flavors in the Pan-Sear brand that I would like to try.

Influencer Disclosure: I was given a free product or sample because I am a Klout influencer. I am under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.

Amanda Hocking

She became an internet sensation among young adult book readers when she started publishing her vampire books online (LuLu/Amazon/Barns & Noble) and marketing them herself, many for only .99 cents. Within a year she had sold a million books before she was picked up by a traditional publisher. I learned about Amanda Hocking earlier this year when she appeared in a short spot on Anderson Cooper. I have to admit I was originally attracted to her because she was plus size and thought she would be interesting on my plus size related venues. author, Amanda Hocking

Within a week I was downloading her My Blood Approves series (four books) from Kobo and seriously delving into the world of e-book reading via Jeff’s Blackberry Playbook. I was addicted and reading every night in bed, sometimes for hours; something I have not done in a long time. At the time when I purchased the books they ranged in price from .99 cents to $2.99.

I really enjoyed the My Blood Approves series which is what I would call a quick enjoyable read. There were a few typos within the books but really not much more than some of the traditional publications I have read. The story follows a young girl who meets a young boy who also happens to be a vampire and follows their journey of love and discovery as she joins his family of vampires. There was the usual vampire lore that we are used too but also a few new points of interest. Every one seems to want to compare young adult vampire books to Twilight and while there may be vague similarities there is no real comparison. I was sorry it was over.

When I finished with the vampires I moved on to the zombies with her Hollowland series which disappointingly was only two books. This series also has a young girls as the heroine and in this case she really is because hidden within her blood is a resistance to the zombie virus. Even though I am a zombie movie addict, this was actually the first zombie book I have ever read and while there were some scary aspects to it I had no problem lying in bed in the dark and reading it. So if you have not ventured into zombie lit yet this would be a good start.

I have taken a break from Amanda Hocking’s books at this point, only because I have so many on my desk I need to read and I really hate to dwell on one author for too long. But I am looking forward to getting into her Trylle trilogy, a paranormal romance that has been republished by St Martin’s Griffin and I think will be made into a movie someday soon.

Check out Amanda Hocking’s books.

Big Bloomers Review

Actually, it is not bloomers but plus size tights. The Big Bloomers Company, which does offer bloomers, sent me a collection of hose/tights to review for the Large and Lovely site at BellaOnline. It is the perfect time of year for hose somewhere but it is still pretty warm here. This is another good UK resource for plus size women in the U. S. and Canada. Read the Big Bloomers tights review (which has been moved to my plus size shopping blog).

Extraordinary Rendition Book Review

This past month Blue Dot Literary sent the latest book by Paul Batista, a “premier criminal trial lawyer”, to review. Extraordinary Rendition is a legal thriller centred around the issues of Homeland Security. Paul Batista's latest novel, Extraordinary Rendition.

Bryon Johnson is a high-priced Manhattan lawyer who has been working in corporate law for thirty years and is a well-respected partner at SpencerBlake Law Firm. As a big-time corporate lawyer he has remained out of the television spotlight and therefore the public eye for all of his career; until now. One day he decides to take on a pro bono case for Ali Hussein (no one seems to know for sure if that is his real name), who was arrested nine years ago in Germany.

“He knows where the money is.”

Ali is an proficient accountant who lived and legally worked in New Jersey for a decade but was not a US citizen. The government believes he moved around millions of dollars for Al-Qaeda, was involved in arranging an attack on the USS Cole, as well as bombings at an African embassy. The government wants the important banking information stored in his head — he has never been formally indicted but he has been moved around, interrogated, tortured, and kept without due process because of something called the “anti-terrorism bill” which gives the powers-that-be the “option to decide when to indict and where to indict”. So basically all trial rights are out the door.

Bryon first meets his client in Miami for the first time. Bryon is the first lawyer, first person, outside of his captors who Ali has been allowed to talk to and he is only allowed ten minutes. His first task is getting Ali to trust him enough to want him as his lawyer obviously he does or else there would not be much of a story to continue with.

Bryon has been divorced for six year and has two sons. When it comes to socializing he participates in the firm’s basic requirements but is otherwise married to his work. Early on in the case he meets the beautiful Christina Rosario, an overly intelligent drop dead gorgeous summer intern who of course wants our dedicated lawyer. While he becomes a bit infatuated with her he maintains his sense of professionalism and does not pursue her until her internship is over and she has left the building so to speak. He then hires her on as his assistant and she immediately becomes a fixture/distraction/love in his life all too easily he realizes but he does not care.

There are many quotes from the Koran throughout the story as Ali gets Bryon to share passages with his “brother” and the Imam (lead worship at a mosque). But the focus definitely is not on the Koran as a religion but as a tool to communicate secret information which ultimately gets Bryon drawn further into the government’s investigations and deceptions. Now the government is ready to charge him with acts of terrorism (or worse) unless he helps them get vital information from his client. Bryon soon realizes he has entered into a situation that goes beyond any form of the law that he has experienced and will have to decide what side he is on if he wants to survive.

While the story between Bryon, Ali, and the legal system is interesting and entertaining, some of the plot twists, like the sexy assistant being a secret agent, were predictable way back in chapter four. There were numerous sexual interludes, if one could call them that, mostly just old men walking around nude and admiring how lucky they are to be with a gorgeous woman also walking around naked. Floating statements like, “He nailed her to her cross” after one of the sex scenes are distracting from the story and not as gripping as the main parts of the novel I wanted to read and ultimately annoying.

Batista is deft at crafting dialogue for unnerving interactions like interrogations as he is with amusing banter between two opposing lawyers and other members of court. The streets and buildings of New York are a welcome character weaved throughout the story. Overall it was an enjoyable fast paced novel that kept my attention.


Swag Bucks Review

Earlier last year I started seeing a lot of tweets on Twitter about making money on Swag Bucks. In a nutshell: people use the search box on their site or a special downloadable toolbar to search for topics like they normally would through any search engine (Google, Bing etc.) except while using Swag Bucks they earn points. Other ways to earn points included watching TV ads and videos, answering surveys, and playing games (there are other options too). These points can later be traded in for gifts or gift cards (GC). You need a lot of points to get anything substantial. For example:

  • One $5 Amazon gift card was 450 points
  • One $25 Amazon gift card was 3150 points

For kicks I signed up via a referral link from someone I follow on Twitter and kept a record of my point accumulation for a few months.

May 5 – 83 points
May 8 – 282 points
May 10 – 301 points
May 11 – 325 points
May 14 – 359 points
May 15 – 394 points
May 16 – 416 points
May 17 – 502 points

As I mentioned above a $5 Amazon gift card (GC) is 450 points and a $25 Amazon gift card is 3150 points. Doing some basic math I noticed that getting five $5 cards for 2250 points required 900 less points that going for the larger gift certificate amount. To get my money’s worth, so to speak, I decided on working toward the $5 GC increments.

Once you trade in your points it can take up to a week to receive a digital gift card in your Swag Bucks account. “Most gift cards from the Swag Store are e-gift cards. These prizes are delivered to the ‘My Gift Cards’ section of your account within 10-14 business days of prize verification.” Then they have to verified and added to your Amazon account. It is not a super hard process but time consuming.

After redeeming 450 points for my $5 GC I spent 46 of my remaining bucks on a few entries in the Swagstakes area for bigger Swag Bucks (250 and 1000) giveaways and an iPad (no luck there).

May 17 – 6 points
May 19 – 31 points
May 21 – 50 points
May 23 – 117 points
May 24 – 140 points

On May 26 I got an email telling me that my gift card “order has been delivered to your account”. They can be left in your Swag Bucks account or you can take the code and enter them into your Amazon account under “your account” and “your gift certificates”. It was super easy to do so I would recommend putting them into your Amazon account immediately (that is the paranoid part of me).

May 26 – 192 points
May 27 – 216 points
May 28 – 245 points
May 30 – 285 points
June 1 – 629 points (2 surveys, one 250 points)
June 3 – 686 points
June 4 – 701 points

In June I submitted for $5 in PayPal money and received and email stating it would be “7 to 21 business days for payment email to be received”. At this point I also discovered Swag Codes which were special codes hidden within the site’s blog posts and elsewhere and were good for another 10 to 100 points if submitted in the special “gimme” area before the deadline ended.

June 4 – 1 points
June 6 – 6 points
June 10 – $5 paid into Paypal account.
June 23 – used points for $5 Amazon GC

After a few months I think I gained a good feel for Swag Bucks. Yes, you can definitely earn money via their method but it does require conscious thought and effort to work within their guidelines (they have strict guidelines so the system is not abused by users). For the two month period I earned $20 in Amazon GC and $5 in Paypal money.

In my opinion, this is not a suitable source of income when you take into account the time involved to make up the points. If you are already online anyway you can make an extra $5 to $10 bucks a month using their search engine a few times a day, playing a few games a day, doing a few surveys (which take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to complete), and any of the other options from their dashboard. But honestly, you are not being paid for your time — that is if you value your time — which you should. Not to mention the aggravation of spending 15 minutes doing a survey then being told you do not qualified (happens often and no points attributed).

That being said, it was an interesting experience and if you blog I recommend trying it out and documenting your results. This, of course, is my referral link which offers me points if you use it. At the moment I am not using Swag Bucks as a search option or participating in any other of their offerings (I have other ‘extra’ toolbars taking up space at the moment). Depending on how many people use the referral link provided I will update this post with further information on results. If you use it stop back and let me know how you like/hate it.

Going Home Book Review

I’ve reviewed young adults books in the past and some of my own favorite childhood books but this is my first requested children’s book review.

Going Home is a simple creative non-fiction book about the migration of ten interesting and varied animals for children aged 4 to 8. You can read the full review at The Homeschool Club.