Monday, February 10, 2020

Journal Prompt 10 Feb 2020~ Back to School

Today's Writing Prompt: Back to School

If you had the resources and extra time to go back to school, what would you like to study?

If I had the time and money to go back to school I would like to do my Masters Degree in Political Science. I loved going to university as a mature student and I would go back in a heart beat if someone were willing to pay my way . . .

Book Review: The Whistleblower

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What an amazing story!!!!! I read this book in two nights, staying up WAY past my bedtime to do so. This novel is written in a crisp, exciting style and I just couldn't put it down.


When Nebraska police officer and divorced mother of three Kathryn Bolkovac saw a recruiting announcement for private military contractor DynCorp International, she applied and was hired. Good money, world travel, and the chance to help rebuild a war-torn country sounded like the perfect job. Bolkovac was shipped out to Bosnia, where DynCorp had been contracted to support the UN peacekeeping mission. She was assigned as a human rights investigator, heading the gender affairs unit. The lack of proper training provided sounded the first alarm bell, but once she arrived in Sarajevo, she found out that things were a lot worse. At great risk to her personal safety, she began to unravel the ugly truth about officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution and their connections to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was demoted, felt threatened with bodily harm, was fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness—bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, finally exposing them for what they had done. This is her story and the story of the women she helped achieve justice for.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Movie Review: Driving Lessons (2006)

Hubby and I had a look through Maitlin's list of 151 movies and picked this little gem.  I definitely had never heard of it before.   Driving Lessons stars two faces familiar to Potter fans: Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, and the wonderful Julie Walters, who plays Ron’s mother in the Potter movies.  But that's not where I know Julie Walters from.  I kept staring at her and staring at her and finally realized she is Rosie from Mamma Mia.

We thoroughly enjoyed this movie.  It was funny and sad and dramatic and totally enjoyable. Watching Ron grow in maturity and strength was truly charming.  And Julie Walters as the mad as a hatter Dame Eve Walton is a riot to watch.  Her eccentric behaviour is totally engaging.  Eve takes a theatrical approach to almost everything in life, and introduces the sheltered teenager to a world in which his poetic nature can blossom. Despite their age difference, these two characters create a strong bond of friendship.

You really need to check out this movie.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020

Journal Prompt 7 Feb 2020 ~ Obstacles

Today's Writing Prompt: Obstacles

What's standing in your way right now?

Really the only thing that stands between me and what I want to accomplish is time. There are just not enough hours in the day. I could cut back on my expectations for myself but instead I just keep trying a little harder.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Journal Prompt 6 Feb 2020 ~ Family

Today's Writing Prompt: Family

Why are families important? What do families provide that makes them better than living on our own?

It seems to me that family grounds us, gives us a place where we can feel like we belong to something more than ourselves. I think that may be why family is so important.