Archive for February 11th, 2018

“Dodger” by Terry Patchett

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Dodger

by Terry Patchett

Genre: Historical Fiction/YA/Humorous

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Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett’s Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy’s rise in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

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“A Part of Me & You” by Emma Heatherington

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A Part of Me & You

by Emma Heatherington

Genre: Literary Fiction/Coming of Age/Romance

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You always think you have more time…

Juliette always thought she’d have more time. But as her fortieth birthday approaches she is dealt the deadliest of blows – she has just weeks to live. As the terrible news sinks in, Juliette’s only concern is for her fifteen-year-old daughter, Rosie. Who will take care of her precious child? Who will love her daughter with the same fierce love? The answer lies in a secret Juliette hoped never to reveal…

Devastated at the loss of her own baby daughter, Shelley is barely managing to survive. Consumed by her grief, she has pushed everyone away – including the man who loves her the most. With her once happy marriage now in tatters, Shelley has nothing left to live for.

But as the lives of these two women collide, could Juliette’s secret be the key to solving Shelley’s heartache? And could Juliette’s death give Shelley one final chance to live again…

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Chronic Pain and Kratom

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From FibromyalgiaTreating.com:

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that their research has reaffirmed their suspicions that Kratomis similar to addictive, dangerous opioids. The drug, an herb from Southeast Asia that many fibromyalgia sufferers use for relief from their symptoms, is still legal in the U.S. (unless you live Alabama, Indiana, Arkansas, or Wisconsin). Still as many as 5 Million people in the U.S. use or have used kratom to get relief from pain, anxiety, opioid withdrawal, and fibromyalgia. The FDA has not announced whether it will place the drug on the Schedule 1 list of addictive drugs like cocaine and morphine (and for some reason, marijuana), but yesterday’s announcement is probably not good news for people who use the substance.

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There was a time when announcements from the FDA were reassuring, letting us know they were on the job regulating acceptable standards for our food supply and holding pharmaceutical manufacturers accountable for safe, sound drug research and creation.

But that time has long since passed.

Big Pharma is out of control marketing drugs to an uninformed public in an endless stream of daily commercials. The announcer tells us how we’ll feel better, look better, have better super sex, and play more golf, swim, jog, garden, and socialize with our friends on the patio.

Of course, as the commercial ends, the announcer’s speech takes on a rapid pace and he runs through the list of possible side effects, one of which for so many drugs, is death.

But, we ignore the last part and run to our doctors requesting the latest wonder drugs to ease our pain and cure our hearts, livers, eyesight, diabetes, psoriasis, acid reflux, and prop up our bladders.

And when people taking these drugs die… because remember, death is a side effect, Big Pharma and the FDA stand side-by-side  and proclaim it wasn’t the drug that killed. Never mind the tests results and autopsy findings. The facts have no place in this.

Last Tuesday’s announcement about kratomis is a joke… without a fact in sight.

The FDA’s research reaffirmed their suspicions? And based on suspicions the drug could get Schedule 1 listed? What type of science works on suspicions?

I know very little about kratomis and have only been following its articles for about a year. But, sounds like I know about as much as the FDA.

And it is in that mindset that I call bullshit!

I am one of no less than five million people who live with daily pain. And in the latest opioid addiction epidemic, there is no relief for people like me.

With announcements like the FDA’s latest, it doesn’t appear there will be relief any time soon.

The link below is to an article by Dr. C. Michael White, professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice for the University of Connecticut. Dr. White is not affiliated with any drug companies or research studies.

Dr. White’s article details the benefits and disadvantages of using kratomis. Guess what? The benefits are winning.

Wonder if the FDA knows this?

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The dangers and potential of ‘natural’ opioid kratom

Given the opioid addiction crisis, it would seem preposterous that an opioid is legal for use in the United States and can be purchased at tea stores, convenience stores, over the internet and, yes, even from vending machines.

However, kratom is not your average opioid. The Drug Enforcement Agency found this out when it tried to ban the herb in 2016.

Public outcry from users and 51 congressmen around the country from both political parties was loud. The DEA has since dropped its attempt to ban kratom, although its use is banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, Wisconsin and Louisiana.

More recently, on Nov. 14, 2017, the FDA issued a public warning about kratom, citing 36 deaths that the agency has attributed to kratom use.

Kratom lies at the intersection between natural product and drug of abuse, areas I have been been exploring as a clinical pharmacology researcher and a pharmacist for two decades. From ephedra for weight loss to MDMA (molly) for PTSD, experience has taught me that natural products are not always safe and that banned drugs may actually benefit some patients.

 

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“Her Last Lie” by Amanda Brittany

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Her Last Lie

by Amanda Brittany

Genre: Thriller & Suspense/Men’s Adventure/Noir

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She thought she was free of the past. She was wrong.

Six years ago Isla was the only victim to walk free from Carl Jeffery’s vicious murder spree. Now, Isla vows to live her life to the fullest and from the outside it appears perfect.

Determined to finish her book Isla plans her final trip to Sweden, but after returning from Canada and meeting a man she never thought she would, her life begins to derail.

Suddenly Isla is plagued by memories of the man who tried to murder her, and the threat that he could be back causes her to question everything, and everyone around her.

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“Dessa Rose: A Novel” by Sherley A. Williams

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Dessa Rose: A Novel

by Sherley A. Williams

Genre: Historical Fiction/African-American

Sherley A. Williams’ highly acclaimed historical novel details two women’s fierce strength of will and an unlikely bond despite racial barriers in the pre-civil war south

“Having this treasure of a book available again for new and more readers is not only necessary, it is imperative.”—Toni Morrison

In 1829, in Kentucky, a pregnant black woman helped lead an uprising of a group of slaves headed to the market for sale. She was sentenced to death, but her hanging was delayed until after the birth of her baby. In North Carolina in 1830, a white woman living on an isolated farm was reported to have given sanctuary to runaway slaves. In Dessa Rose, Sherley A. Williams asks the question: “What if these two women met?”

From there the story unfolds: two strong women, one black, one white, form a forbidden and ambivalent alliance; a bold scheme is hatched to win freedom; trust is slowly extended and cautiously accepted as the two women unite and discover greater strength together than alone. United by fate but divided by prejudice, these two women are locked in a thrilling battle for freedom, sisterhood, friendship, and love.

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Song Lyric Sunday | “When Love Calls” – Atlantic Starr

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “phone calls/calling”. 

Since my playlist is always close at hand this was another easy selection…Atlantic Starr’s 1981 hit, When Love Calls. It reached number five on the R & B charts and number eighty on Billboard’s dance charts.

Lead singer Sharon Bryant issues a cautionary warning–recognize love when it finds you and accept it… or you could miss out… period. When love calls, you’d better answer.

(Just a tad bit ticked I couldn’t find a decent video for such a great song.)

See the Song Lyric Sunday selection on FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

“When Love Calls”

By Atlantic Starr

Written by Wayne I. Lewis and David Lewis

 

Hey hoo yeah
Ooh, ooh, yeah, whoa, whoa, yeah, yeah
Yeah

Here I stand with open arms
I’m offerin’ my love to you
I wanna do for you
All the things that you want me to

There’s so much more
That I could do for you, yeah
But you just won’t let me give you my love, boy
What is wrong with you?

Don’t you know when love calls, yeah
You’d better answer
(You’d better answer)
‘Cause it might be a big mistake
If you decide to hesitate

Oh, when love calls, yeah
You’d better answer
(You’d better answer)
Don’t let it slip away too many times
‘Cause love may not ever come again

Oh, no
Oh, no

I know that your heart is into playin’ the field
And that blinds you
Baby, you can’t see
The forest for the trees, no no

The candle in my heart
Burns slowly every day
Don’t you mess around too long
And let it melt away

And I’m tellin’ you when love calls, yeah
You’d better answer
(You’d better answer)
Don’t let it slip away too many times
‘Cause love may not ever come again

True love is so hard to come by
It’s precious and it’s rare, yeah
But I’ve got a lot of it to give
Don’t miss out, don’t you dare

Just this time
Come on and see it through, oh
I’m willing and waiting
But it’s all up to you, oh

When love calls, yeah
You’d better answer
(You’d better answer)
Don’t let it slip away too many times
‘Cause love may not ever come again

You’d better listen, yeah
(You’d better listen when love calls, baby)
(You’d better listen when love calls your name)

I’m callin’ your name
(You’d better listen when love calls, baby)
(You’d better listen when love calls your name)

You’d better listen when love calls, baby
You’d better listen when love calls your name

 

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