I’ve had three premonitions. They weren’t about my future at all. It’s going to sound weird but I knew that three people were going to die or had died already.
A few hours after the Daytona 500 in 2001, I was getting a soda from a vending machine. This vending machine had Dale Earnhardt’s picture on it. Well, I’m pretty sure it was him. I know next to nothing about racing. The picture of him probably had his name on it.
I knew that Dale Earnhardt had died. Like how you know something in your bones. It seems ridiculous and you don’t have proof but you know.
Several hours later, they announced it on the news.
Another time, I had a dream about a resident at a nursing home where I used to work. I had that feeling again. A few days later, her obituary was in the newspaper.
After I had a premonition about the third person, she was hospitalized. I was hoping that I was wrong. Luckily, she recovered and was released from the hospital. She’s still alive and kicking.
Premonitions aren’t always 100%. Maybe I’m not like that Angel of Death cat that lived in the nursing home after all.
Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates arrived in the mail unexpectedly a few months ago. Apparently, I signed up to receive a book to review. It slipped my mind. So it was still a surprise. When I saw the cover and title, I did not think that I would like it at all. My main concern was that it was going to be too graphic and gross.
Although there were a few details that were unpleasant, the book was not grisly. I cannot tell you how glad I was that it wasn’t like a horror movie. When I started reading it, I could not put it down. For me, the sign that I really like the book is that I’m extremely annoyed when I have to stop reading.
Grist Mill Road follows the story of Patch, Hannah and Matthew in two different timelines. One setting is in 1982, while the current time occurs in 2008. There’s an event that happens in 1982 that affects all three characters until the end of the book. The reader doesn’t know all of the details of the event until almost the last chapter.
One of the things that I like about the book was that Patch was a food blogger. He really loves blogging and doesn’t want to return to the workforce. I can relate to this on a personal level.
Since I’ve finished watching all nine seasons of Forensic Files, I need to be entertained. Grist Mill Road filled that emptiness that needs to be filled with mystery and secrets. Hannah is a crime reporter so she knows about so many mysteries. She also loved telling cheesy jokes. It’s too bad that she’s not a real person.
Anyway, this book was really good. It has a story that kept me captivated. The characters were interesting and full of secrets.
If I had to rate this book, I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I was given an ARC from Picador for reviewing purposes. All of the opinions are mine.
I used to be in love with Mary Jane. Then we broke up. I moved on, had kids and all of that. Several years later, I saw her at a party but we didn’t talk. It wasn’t the same between us. We were cordial and had some mutual friends but that was the extent of our relationship. I missed her but there wasn’t room for her in my life.
When we were together, she helped me with anxiety. I can’t prove it but I know she did. The other day, I was wondering if I should finally give her another chance. The pain in my body is worse than ever. Would she even help me?
Why is it so difficult for me to be with Mary Jane? Some people don’t have the same issue. They are unapologetic in their love for her. They fight for her to be legally the Queen of the world. People work tirelessly for Mary Jane to be accepted and not be criminalized.
Maybe the politicians fight against her so much because she’s a woman. She’s powerful and mysterious, which scares people who don’t know who she is. Do a little research and you will see that she’s not scary.
Why should she apologize for anything? She’s not a felon. The people that support her shouldn’t be jailed for knowing her because Federal laws aren’t in line with state laws. It’s confusing when it doesn’t need to be.
She will always be a friend to those who are sick and in pain. The bottom line is that she is a healer, not a drug dealer.
Fairy Bones will be releasing their third album, 0% Fun, on February 23.
What: It’s like punk-pop. It’s a little angry but with a hint of fun. Their music reminds me of that feeling of “Everything is awful but I can still poke fun at myself.” That’s what I think when I hear “No One Can Suffer Like I Can.” Some people are so dramatic that it’s funny.
“8 Ball” has a 60s surfer vibe, which I like. “I hate everything except surfing.” Maybe some of us can relate. Who can hate surfing?
“Killing Me” sounded a little bit like Sheer Mag. The song has that same fuzzy distorted sound.
I haven’t heard the whole album yet but I like what I’ve heard so far. So give this band your money. Also, go see them on tour. They haven’t set any dates as of today but there will be a tour. There’s always a tour.