December 2012

Breaking Family Patterns: How To Change Your Family Patterns
This is a thought provoking look at the dynamics in family relationships and the generational patterns that cause them., December 5, 2012
I write contemporary fiction about characters who are faced with difficult choices and I bought this book because I thought it might give me more insight into why people do the things they do. It was very revealing to me because I could look at different people (myself included) and see where some of the writers ideas applied. The more I pondered on it the more I came to realize that many of my pacifist, don’t argue back and for god’s sake don’t rock the boat and cause trouble tendencies could have come from the unwitting things that my parents said and did as they raised their family by the beliefs that were handed down by their parents; children should be seen and not heard, do as you are told and don’t question, spare the rod and spoil the child.

My parents were wonderful people who did the best they knew and I can’t say I had an unhappy childhood. However in recent years I began to wonder what I was like as a child, because I remember very little about my early years. I asked my 87 year old mother and she told me that I was rebellious and no one could tell me anything…and from their restrictive point of view I can believe I was! However, as I grew older I came to realize that I had spent years of my life swallowing my frustrations, resentments and anxieties rather than deal with confrontation on any level. (Coincidentally, after reading this book I understand that this was a pattern that I picked up from my mother.) Gradually I have learned that the world does not come to an end if I express my thoughts and feelings, and I have gotten much better at recognizing my own self-worth. This didn’t happen overnight or without a lot of fear and self doubt and I still have to work at it some times, but much less as the years go by.

This book has the potential to make the reader think about the patterns in their life and how they have affected them as an individual. It is a worthwhile read and if the reader begins to understand what has happened without focusing on blame or guilt, they can begin to change those patterns.

I recommend it to anyone who questions things that happen in their relationships or even someone like me, who is fascinated by human interactions and wants to learn more. You might discover more than you ever imagined!

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 Put away your credit cards! This is an instructional manual for a warm, heartfelt meaning full Christmas., December 5, 2012
Priceless Christmas: Create a Joyous Holiday for Next to Nothing (Priceless Holidays)

This little book delighted me! I love Christmas, but it has become so commercialized that the traditional meanings of faith and family, friends and community have become buried under the mountains of debt that are racked up each year to pay for the latest gadgets and trends. This book is a reminder that anyone can step back and create new traditions that embrace simple things that will become beloved memories many years after the newest ipad or the latest high Tec game has been thrown away.

I loved the idea of the paper chain calendar that starts at Thanksgiving and gives each member of the family a chance to pick a date to do something they really want to do. I could see a young family building a tradition of having a “media tent” in the living room and sharing it as they watch movies and holiday TV specials that each one has had a chance to pick.

Connie Neal has put this book together in such a wonderful way, filling it with ideas, lists of the necessary supplies and instructions needed to make them a reality, as well as heart warming stories that are examples of some of the ideas put into practice.

I like that she encourages everyone to include their community in some of their new traditions-not just friends, neighbors and families. Going to a senior’s home to bring happiness to the hearts of those who are alone or ill is something that we know is a heartfelt thing to do, but sometimes we need to be reminded to do it.

Everyone enjoys the pleasure of having enough money to make life enjoyable, but stress free inner contentment is priceless, and surely the greatest Christmas tradition that we can hand down to our families.

Good job Ms. Neal–thank you for reminding us of the simple pleasures of the season and including instructions for creating them.

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