Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle

Exposed Diary

Reading the book Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle is a little like reading someone’s diary. In the words of Authoress Lyle, “Exposed is a look into those areas that are usually off limits.”

Like two song birds warbling and answering, the poems of Authoress Terry E. Lyle (TL) and her co-author Editor Jim Swettenham (JLS) weave a melody, sometimes jarring, sometimes sweet, always exposed.

Authoress Terry E. Lyle invites you to “Take the journey with me as I keep it real and bring awareness to the ugly side of our emotions.”

All of these poems are full-length, some several enjoyable pages long. For this post, I am using excerpts.

The first song TL sings is called “CELEBRITY CRUSH,” but it speaks of the problem many women and young girls have: obsession with a man or relationship to the exclusion of all else. The poem is almost excruciating to read because it gives the feeling of watching helplessly while a friend goes to the nightmarish length some women will take to get the attention of a man who obviously is not interested.

“I HAVE A CELEBRITY CRUSH AND I’M REALLY OVER THE EDGE

I GOT STRANGELY CAUGHT UP BECAUSE I’VE LOST MY HEAD”

The poem goes on to tell of the ugly consequences of obsessing over someone. And makes the reader wish she could have reached out to stop the madness.

In “YOUR CRUSH” JLS sings back the reality in the aftermath of the woman’s poor choices:

“I HOPE THAT YOUR FANTASY FOR HIM IS

THROUGH

BECAUSE HON HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW YOU”

The poems “LATE AT NIGHT” and “TOSSING AND TURNING” show the difference between the way a man and a woman think.

The words of “LATE AT NIGHT” speak to an experience that most women have at one time or another.

“WHY CAN’T I SLEEP WHEN I LAY DOWN?

INSTEAD IN BED I TOSS AROUND

MY IMAGINATION TELLS ME SOMETHING’S WRONG

AND THE NIGHT SEEMS TO LINGER FAR TOO LONG

NO ONE AT THIS HOUR THAT I CAN CALL

SO FRIGHTENED THAT I CROUCH INTO A BALL”

The poem goes on to describe the nightmare of being alone and afraid.

 

In “TOSSING AND TURNING” JLS warbles back a typical male response:

“. . .YOU ARE RESTLESS, YOU TOSS AND TURN

COULD IT BE THAT IT IS OF ME THAT YOU YEARN”

That line made me smile. He seems to be saying, “You aren’t really scared; you just can’t sleep because you are thinking about me.”

The man in the poem does go on to offer comfort and advice to the frightened woman in a masculine, reassuring voice.

My favorite melodies (poems) are “IF I COULD MAKE A WISH” (TLS) AND “WISHING” (JLS)

TLS sings:

“IF I COULD MAKE A WISH AND KNOW IT WOULD COME TRUE

I WOULD WISH THAT WE’RE TOGETHER JUST ME AND YOU”

She goes on to describe what she wishes for her love and how joyful it would be for them to be together forever.

JLS responds

“IF WISHES WERE HORSES, BEGGARS

WOULD RIDE

AND I WOULD BE THE BEGGAR THERE AT YOUR SIDE”

I love that imagery and how he echoes the woman’s poem with wishes of his own.

This back and forth poetry continues for 49 honest poems that span the range of human experience from broken hearts and rape trauma to finding sweet forgiveness and refuge in Christ as Savior.

(Author’s note, this book has honest sexuality and an open approach to sensitive topics. I suggest adults read it before allowing their children to read it.)

Enjoy!

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Quotes taken from Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle. Pages vii, 5, 8, 79, 83, 105, 107. Used by permission.

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Days Remy Broulette

I decided to leave my manger up this year. The Joseph has been slowly turning on its own. In May, I noticed it was facing toward the camel. Now, in late August, it is turned fully backward. True Story. Seriously, Sam and Dean need to come investigate this one.

Speaking of Sam and Dean, they would have a Hay Day in the New Orleans of Hargrove Perth’s Dark Days: Remy Broulette. The mystery of this story and the way it unravels is worthy of several episodes of Supernatural.

Hargrove Perth's Dark Days Remy Broulette

Hargrove Perth’s Dark Days Remy Broulette

Remy Broulette is a Nzumbe. From my understanding, a nzumbe is a person whose soul has been claimed by another and who is under the control of that person, but the Nzumbe also has a free will and can choose to disobey his master or mistress–with dire consequences. The Nzumbe can create the zombies of Haitian lore: soulless humans who mindlessly obey their masters. The manner in which Remy creates this cadre of zombies is at once fascinating and disturbing.

Remy’s true friend is Revel DeMarquis. From the beginning of the story, the fact that staying with Remy will most likely bring about Revel’s ultimate downfall is apparent. When discussing the story with my daughter, I said, “I don’t understand why people stay with people bent on self-destruction.” My daughter said, “Maybe he’s (Revel) loyal.” The story says, “. . .neither of them could begin to fathom how they could explain their existence or how they could exist without one another.” *

The stories of Voudoun Queen Anne Marie Laveau and Voudoun Queen Antoinette Moran, the soulless beings they create, and their unbreakable connection to Remy and Revel add flavor and suspense. The fact that the Nzumbe and Zombies are not the only undead creatures roaming the streets of New Orleans adds the tension of whether or not Remy’s irresponsible behavior will be tolerated because it puts everyone at risk.

Speaking of tolerating supernatural behavior, I  am going to leave the statue alone. At the rate it is revolving, it will be facing forward again by Christmas. That being said, if you do happen to see Sam and Dean, send them my way. The moving statue is a little creepy.

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*Quote taken from: Dark Days: Remy Broulette, by Hargrove Perth. ©2014 Hargrove Perth. Ink Smith Publishing. Page 35.

Until Jerusalem A Pictorial Guide

An Action/Adventure Romance

An Action/Adventure Romance

1.  I originally was going to pay a Christian company to format and publish the book for me. They read it and sent back their required edits. They did not want any violence or kissing below the neck. I terminated my contract with them and went with self-publishing.

Flesh eating beetles play a role in Until Jerusalem.

Flesh eating beetles play a role in Until Jerusalem.

2.  Yep, there are flesh eating beetles. Thank you to Flesh and Bones Taxidermy (http://fleshandbonestaxidermy.com/Photo-Album.php?pageType=folder&currDir=./BEETLES) for the idea and the pic.

Sugar Skulls are in Until Jerusalem

Sugar Skulls are in Until Jerusalem

3. In Mexico, people celebrate Dia De Los Muertos . Part of this celebration involves painting sugar skulls. Until Jerusalem has my version of the sugar skull, as does Flesh and Bones Taxidermy. Thank you to Flesh and Bones Taxidermy for the picture. Also, thank you to my older daughter who is into the Spanish/Mexican culture and gave me this idea.

Danger: Zombie catherinehackman.com

Danger: Zombie
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4.  If I could have figured out how to get a zombie in the story, I would have.

The Mark of the Beast  Until Jerusalem catherinehackman.com

The Mark of the Beast Until Jerusalem
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5. The Book of Revelation says, “He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.” Revelation13:16-17. In Until Jerusalem, this is what I picture the mark looking like–a computer chip inserted just under the skin that can be scanned. Michael (woman main character) has a cherry blossom tattoo around hers.

The Silver Cylinder Interface Until Jerusalem

The Silver Cylinder Interface Until Jerusalem

6. Michael wears a silver cylinder interface on a bracelet. Pictured above is the bracelet she wore as a child.

Basketball Until Jerusalem

Basketball Until Jerusalem

7.  I love basketball. Basketball plays an important role in Until Jerusalem. Don’t tell my younger daughter I posted this pic. She will insist I take it off.

Until Jerusalem State Balls and Other Ceremonies

Until Jerusalem State Balls and Other Ceremonies

8.  Even though Michael is a cruel, heartless hit-man for her father, she has a girlie side which involves high fashion, elegant hair, and formal occasions. Don’t tell my older daughter I posted this pic here. She will insist. . .

The Number of the Beast Until Jerusalem

The Number of the Beast Until Jerusalem

9.  The bible says, “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.” Revelation 13: 18. The beast in Until Jerusalem is named Viviv Iscott. In the story, the world has six leaders ranging from 6-6-1 to 6-6-6. Guess which one Iscott is?

10.  The Bible says, “The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” The dragon is in Until Jerusalem, but you will have to read the book to find out who he is, and if you read the above passage carefully, you will figure something out that is going on in the story that other people will not know. I originally had a picture of my older daughter’s cat here. When she saw it, she insisted. . .

11. The False prophet is also in Until Jerusalem.  “Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” (Revelation 13: 11-14)  

Enjoy!

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

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Still Running by James Kerkula

I was in a store last week when the owner, a friend of mine, asked, “Are you still running?” I immediately thought of author and runner James Kerkula. His fascinating book about how he rose from poverty in Liberia, Africa, immigrated to the United States, started running marathons, and came to run an organization that promotes education for the orphans in Liberia has touched and inspired me, and it will you, too.

My interview with James follows.

When you read the book, you will understand why I am laughing while I ask the first question.

Me:  Are you still running?

James:   Yes, I’m still running!

Me:  What is the driving force behind Still Running?

 James:  The importance of understanding/cultivating personal positive-toughness (personal resilience) and relying on the grace of God (divine providence) is the heart or driving force behind the book.

(a)    Positive personal-toughness (personal resilience) begins with taking care of your personal health—body, mind, and spirit.

(b)   Divine providence begins with having a vision of God – i.e. knowing and acknowledging the role of God or infinite intelligence in human affairs

Me: Why is the education of our world so important to you?

James: I will start with this quote (by Horace Mann) on Page 11 of Still Running: Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the condition of men (women), the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

Formal education enhances personal resilience by enabling a person to better see and understand his or her world is connected to a larger national and global marketplace. Being able to navigate the larger marketplace is pivotal to overcoming personal challenges, including poverty. Knowledge is the engine that propels the world in the 21st Century; without it an individual, community, or country will be left behind. K- through-College education will help an individual find his or her own way, even in difficult times. Without it, personal resilience is near impossible. This is the thesis of Chapter Four of Still Running.

Me:  Please tell us about LEI.

James: The Liberian Education Initiative: African School of the Future (LEI) is a proposed K-12 education environment focused on college prep education, sustainable development, and servant-leadership for Liberia, a tiny West African nation founded in the 1800’s by free slaves from the United States. Liberia is emerging from a 14-year brutal civil war (1989-2003) that virtually destroyed the nation’s physical infrastructure and human capital, including its education system.

In addition to obtaining a strong preparation in literacy, mathematics, and science, students will acquire critical knowledge, skills, and attitudes derived from their direct participation in highly experiential alternative energy, science, and small-enterprise development projects.  Furthermore, social and business ethics, an important underlying foundation of nation building, will be integrated as an essential component of the academic curriculum. If successful, the school will eventually expand to a college-level institution—the University of Todee.

Me: How does running help you to achieve all that Christ has planned for you to do?

James: As articulated in Part III of Still Running, physical health is the cornerstone of all achievement, including one’s ability to serve Christ or lead a mission-driven life. Personally, running helped me to overcome a debilitating migraine. It helped me to turn a sick body into a picture of health. Like food for the body, running has become an indispensable ingredient component of my very existence that give me daily energy and fuels my drive to serve Christ and others.

Me:  Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

James: I run a technical assistance organization – www.communitycapitaladvisors.org – which provides technical assistance to grassroots organizations and small enterprises. We organize K-12 schools and community development financial institutions in distressed communities.

Me: Is there anything else you would like us to know about your book?

James: The title of the book, Still Running may imply a how-to material on running; but the take away of the book is the role of divine intervention and personal resilience in human affairs. It is written from a Christian vantage point.

You can purchase James’ book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paperback and Kindle.  To reach them, click on the tabs above or copy and paste the following links:

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And, in case you are wondering, my answer to my friend’s question mirrors James’ answer to me, “Yes, I am still running!”

Enjoy!

Swept To Sea by Heather Manning

When I was in high school, my favorite book was The  Sword and the Shadow by Sylvia Thorpe. In the story, swashbuckling pirate Captain Crispin Barbican swears an oath to protect Lady Francis from her evil cousin by taking her to the West Indies. Romance and adventure ensue. I think I checked that book out from the school library and read it at least a dozen times. A few years ago, I bought it from a used bookstore.  When my daughter read the back, she made fun of me for reading a book whose main character was named “Crispy Barbecue.”

I have found a new pirate book to love:  Swept to Sea. In this romantic adventure, Lady Eden Trenton stows away on a pirate ship to escape her abusive fiancé.  When pirate captain turned privateer Caspian Archer discovers her aboard his ship, he promises to take her to the Caribbean. He doesn’t plan on what a handful Lady Eden will prove to be. Of course, Lord Rutger, Eden’s fiancé commissions a fast ship to pursue his prize, and when Eden’s friends Ivy and Aimee decide to hire their own captain to join in the game, a high speed race to be the first to find Eden follows.

I laughed sometimes while reading this. My favorite line in the book was: “It was such a sad thing he would grow up to be what she despised most: a man.”

The author, Heather Manning, is really talented at bringing characters to life, giving each one his or her own talents, idiosyncrasies, and flaws. She also has a talent for weaving romance–which is what I love in any novel. I now have two pirate romances to love, and to read over and over again.

You can find Swept to Sea on Amazon in Kindle for $3.99 and in paperback for $11.69.

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Dark Days Remy Broulette by Hargrove Perth

Fluffy can't wait to see the cover of Dark Days Remy Broulette by Hargrove Perth

Fluffy can’t wait to see the cover of Dark Days Remy Broulette by Hargrove Perth

I have the privilege of doing a cover reveal and interview for Hargrove Perth (a.k.a. Candace L. Bowser) of her book Dark Days Remy Broulette released June 26, 2014.

Remy will have a promotion for the release on June 26th through Hargrove Perth’s publisher Ink Smith Publishing. Anyone who purchases the ebook and posts a review will be supplied the link to Rafflecopter where one lucky winner will get an autographed copy of the book, an original piece of signed art from her design company Dark Water Arts, and several other great prizes yet to be announced!

And, here it is:

Deception Murder Immortality It’s just another night in New Orleans….

 

Dark Days Remy Broulette

Dark Days Remy Broulette

Here is how our interview went with Hargrove Perth

Me:  What was the driving force behind your current novel?

Hargrove Perth: Dark Days Remy Broulette is centered around the Creole Voudoun Queens of early New Orleans at the time of the city’s founding. I have a fascination with the traditional style Creole/Haitian zombies who are born of magic and are not the flesh eating kind. New Orleans, at Remy’s hay day, was the perfect backdrop with the famous Madame Marie Laveau being one of the featured characters. She is the prime example of what a flamboyant, eccentric Voudoun Queen should be! All of my novels which feature immortals are unique in their creation. I wanted to create a new brand of immortal, one not seen in print prior to now, and thought that immortals created by Voudoun who existed on souls to survive would be a fantastic novel, and that is how it all began. Dark Days Remy Broulette will be taking the literary world by storm on June 26th 2014, through my new publisher Ink Smith Publishing!

Me: What personality traits do you most admire in other authors?

Hargrove Perth: Perseverance and having a thick skin are two traits I admire greatly. There can be so many nay-sayers out there – people who just have nothing good to say or take some type of perverse enjoyment out of taking someone’s dream and attempting to crush it. I call them trolls, personally, because they have nothing better to do than ‘troll’ the book world and find authors they can target. A lot of times I have seen it happen, and it has crushed the writer beyond belief – so having a thick skin and wanting to get on with writing despite being targeted is something to be admired.

Me: If you could offer a word of advice to an aspiring author who wants to venture down the road of self-publishing what would you tell them?

Hargrove Perth: Words of advice…well, don’t take criticism to heart, remember it is only an opinion, and every one has one. Don’t think you are going to become this over-night sensation because that just does not happen. You will work your tail off to be a success, and don’t expect success to come if you are not willing to put your blood, sweat, and tears into every book you write. How much you put into the publishing and promotion of a book is exactly what you will get out of it. Unless you can afford to pay some company to represent you, no one is going to do the promotion part for you. There are a lot of avenues out there you can utilize which are free – like Twitter and Facebook but remember to have a human side to it too! Don’t just post about books and what you are writing. Readers want to learn about you and who you are – that is just as important!

Me: Do you find inspiration in the works of other authors? If so, who and why…

Hargrove Perth: I do find inspiration in others, not only the classical writers of yesteryear but also in the modern self-published authors who have found their voice and are not afraid to use it.

Me: How would you describe the method behind your writing?

Honestly, my writing style is so chaotic it is difficult to describe. I have been known to write the end of a book before the middle is even touched. Sometimes I know the premise but don’t know where I want to take it and when that happens, I let the characters write the story. It usually works out the best that way.

Me: Are you an aficionado of any of the great classic authors? Which one do you feel has left their mark in the world of writing and changed the world the most?

Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde – they were huge visionaries for their time. Writing in the era in which their books were composed was a time, when even the slightest innuendo was considered scandalous would have been amazing. So when Bram and Wilde wrote Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray, they were quite scandalous with their sexual undertones in the world of horror. They really set the road on fire, so to speak, and look at what we have now…

Me: Is there any special preparations you take when you are about to sit down and write?

Hargrove Perth: I drink a lot of coffee…and tend to have a soundtrack to every book I write that sets the tone. I listened to a good deal of Mozart and Bach when writing Remy. It just seemed to fit him.

Me: Which book you have written is your favorite and why? Is there a single character that stands out from the others?

Hargrove Perth: It is so hard to pick just one that is your favorite when you have as many books in print as I do (both under Hargrove Perth and Candace L. Bowser), but if I had to chose, right now it would be Remy. He is the vision of perfection and is half Choctaw and half French, that sleek black hair with green eyes..(swoon), but he is complicated and willful, torn and distraught, vengeful and forgiving. He is my favorite of all the immortals I have put to pen thus far.

Me: Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Hargrove Perth: Being a writer is amazing, not only because you get to pursue your dream but also because you meet the most amazing readers and authors who become your fans, and without them writing is just writing! So if anyone wants to reach me, stop by my website and shoot me an email because I love interacting with my fans, answering questions, and doing impromptu give-aways!

Author Bio

Hargrove Perth writes dark romance, horror, and young adult horror. Her inspiration comes from the classic authors of the Victorian era who pushed the borders of writing through their semi-erotic dark novels. With a penchant for writing all things dark, her novels are an unusual blend of historical and fictional characters set in the past where her creations come to life in ways un-imaginable. A resident of the Mid-West, she refers to herself as a bit of a gypsy, never residing in one place too long to get bored. She currently has two books published with four more due to be released in 2014 and is an Amazon Top 100 Seller as well as an Award Winning Author.

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Half-Breed by Anna L. Walls

My pupper and I have a special bond. Wherever I am in the house, she is. When I go to bed, she lies down in the crate outside my bedroom door, even if the rest of the family is still awake. We even do sit-ups together. Her flat stomach can attest to the fact that when it comes to ab exercises, she doesn’t cheat.

Anna L. Walls’ novel, Half-Breed, also includes a special human-animal bond. Like a train moving slowly out of the station and picking up speed as it rumbles down the track, Half-Breed carries the reader to a place of rugged landscapes, slave traders, villains, and treachery pitted against benevolent goddesses, mutated humans, and immovable integrity.

Half-Breed begins in a post-industrialized United States ripped apart by a meteorite shower that has plunged society into a primitive existence. A genetically mutated breed of half-human, half-wolf and their Wulven counterparts also survived this natural disaster, along with Angela, the daughter of Brian–the man who cared for them and set them free when the meteorite shower began. Hundreds of years later, Canis, an eight year old who does not know he is a descendant of this wolf race, begins his journey to discovering the secret of his heritage.

When slave master Patro captures young Canis, he has no idea that he has added a deadly force of nature to his traveling caravan. Canis’ inexperience and vulnerable age prevent him from ripping through the group, destroying everyone in his path. Canis will grow, however. And with him will grow a power over life and death that none but he can contain or wield.

In this novel, I love how the half-breeds think like wolves would think. For example:

“Canis watched the tall man as he spoke. It was obvious to him
that Stanton didn’t like him very much. That information came
through in more ways than just what he said. His entire body
language spoke of detest, and his scent spoke of anger. Then again,
the likes and dislikes of other people was only information to be
aware of and filed away.” (Half-Breed, Page 72).

This different perspective adds a flavor to the story that is at once intriguing and delightful.

This story was a lot of fun to read. It is a “figure it out as you go along” story. This kind of story interests me because I like to guess what is really happening and predict what is going to happen. This story also has characters who attempt to hold to a line of absolute integrity and doing what is right, even if they fail, as all humans, and half-humans, do.

Half-Breed is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats. You can access it by clicking the blue title or copying and pasting this link: http://www.amazon.com/Half-Breed-Anna-L-Walls/dp/1494986833/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401716868&sr=8-1&keywords=half-breed+anna+l+walls

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Wow, Your Mom Really Is Crazy!

Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy!

Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy!

When my kids were little, I would sometimes feel beyond crabby. To keep from screaming at my kids when they were doing nothing wrong, I would say, “Mommy is feeling irritated right now. I need you to go into the other room until I calm down.” They would play in another room until I signaled the “all clear.”

One day, we were watching that evilist of all evil shows–gasp–Power Rangers. The dog-like alien commander–Anubis “Doggie” Cruger (Don’t even ask how I know that.), was just yelling at the Power Rangers, and they were getting in trouble for no reason. My youngest daughter said, “He needs to tell the Power Rangers to go in the other room so he can calm down.”

She totally understood what was going on. I was reminded of this story while watching a video interview of Carol Gray. The title of her book, “Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy!” came about when her son’s friend let slip that her son thought she was crazy.  She was, in fact, suffering from a thyroid condition that took eight years to diagnose.

She has graciously allowed me to copy and paste the following post from her Crazy Thyroid Lady  blog.

THYROID DISEASE DIAGNOSIS – MORE THAN 10 YEARS LATER

I must admit, I have come a long way from being clueless and confused to cognizant and competent, since my autoimmune-thyroid-disease diagnosis more than ten years ago. My approach to taking on this disease has evolved over the years.

Through my thyroid autoimmune disease struggle, here are four things I have learned:

  1. It is MY body and I have to live in it –Finally, I realized no more putting up with doctors who are excessively conventional and lackadaisical in their approach of helping me with my healthcare. I also came to the realization that I should not have to apologize to anyone for not feeling well enough to do the things I could do previously…I cannot help you move, probably won’t be able to babysit your three toddlers all day, Hubby and son, you have to fend for yourself for dinner, Umm…I’m gonna say “no” to the all night kegger.
  1. Living a healthier lifestyle– A mal-functioning, diseased body needs extra care.  This only makes sense, but I have to tell you, I went along with this truth kicking and screaming. Don’t get me wrong, I did not completely make poor health choices, before diagnosis. I exercised regularly, but I never paid attention to how much gut health plays a MASSIVE role in healing and regulating the body. Some of my favorite foods (yet not fit for human consumption) processed meats, Gummy bears, funnel cakes, most of the items at McDonalds…had to bid them a not so fond farewell. And now I feel great!…(OK, I still eat gummy bears from time to time)
  1. Kept educating myself– So little is known about autoimmune diseases, and so few seem to know about the thyroid as well. It dawned on me one day…Hey, I need to figure a lot of this out myself, by listening to my body, instead of putting all my stock into a medical professional who may not grasp the full understanding of autoimmune thyroid healing. I was asking them questions they couldn’t answer. It took me awhile to realize the “answers” I was getting were actually “non-answers” (I think they thought I wouldn’t notice).

And, finally, one thing that’s remained the same over the last ten years is my ability to Go Crazy!

Conserve

Restore

Adding

Zest

In

You

If you or someone you know has a thyroid problem, or you aren’t sure, check out Carol’s blog: http://crazythyroidlady.blogspot.com/ by copying and pasting the link or by clicking here–Crazy Thyroid Lady

Her book: Wow, Your Mom Really is Crazy   is available on Amazon  and Barnes and Noble  in e book and print formats.

I hope this helps you, or someone you know, cope with this baffling condition. Also, please note, it took 8 years for her to get a diagnosis. If you have something wrong with your body, and the doctors can’t figure out what it is, the article above is especially important.

 

Bible Funnies–or We are All in Junior High

No underwear are shown in this picture. catherinehackman.com

No underwear are shown in this picture.
catherinehackman.com

During my family’s devotions, we were reading 2 Samuel 14. If you recall, David’s son Absalom killed David’s son Amnon because Amnon raped Absalom’s full-sister (Amnon’s half-sister) Tamar. David first banished Absalom, then allowed him to come back to Israel as long as Absalom didn’t go to see David.

Absalom got tired of this situation after a while, so he summoned David’s right-hand-man Joab. Absalom wanted Joab to speak to David on his behalf. After sending people two times, Absalom got tired of Joab refusing to come, so he set Joab’s field on fire. (Very Mature Decision) Then, Joab was beating down Absalom’s door to see him.

I told my daughters, “The next time I tell you to do something, and you ignore me, I know what to do to get your attention.”

If you see the fire department at my house, you will know what happened.

Self-Portrait

I drew this picture of myself when I was in first grade.

I drew this picture of myself when I was in first grade. catherinehackman.com

I walk down the street.  Jesus offers to come with. I tell Him, “I’m fine.”

I fall in a hole. I try to get out. it is too deep, and the sides are too slick. I can’t get out. Jesus looks over the side; He offers to lift me out. I tell Him, “I can get out myself.” I cry in frustration; I scream in anger; I lie down in exhaustion.

Jesus looks over the side. He reaches down and pulls me out. I am glad He is here; I offer no resistance.

I walk down the same street. Jesus offers to come with. I tell Him, “I’m fine.”

I fall in the same hole. I know Jesus is up there, waiting for me to ask.

I say, “Jesus.” He reaches down and pulls me out.

I walk down the same street. Jesus offers to come with. I tell Him, “As long as you let me lead.”

I come to the same hole. I peer in. I start to fall.

Jesus pulls me back. We walk around the hole.

I start to walk down the same street. Jesus offers to come with.

I say, “Why don’t you lead?”

He leads me down a different street.