Ronni Robinson’s memoir, Out of the Pantry, is set mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
On the outside Robinson’s home during childhood may have seemed normal; however, there was something missing that may have led to Robinson’s binge eating. Her parents provided the necessities – food, shelter, clothing. Apparently, they were not warm and cuddly. The parents did not dole out compliments or emotional support.
From the time that her mother hid cookies, Ronni became exceptionally adept at hiding her overeating. The binge eating behavior lasted for thirty years. She kept it a secret from everyone. Ronni lists many of the foods that she would eat and different ways that she hid the behavior.
At some point, she reads about overeating and realizes that her behavior is an eating disorder. Ronni researches eating disorders and takes steps to get well again. She reveals her most guarded secret to her husband, Efrem. She joins Overeaters Anonymous and also begins therapy.
Ronni begins the long journey to heal the part of her that wants to camp out at the dessert table. Some of us may have done our share of emotional eating when Little Debbie was our only friend. Her story is really remarkable.
If you suspect that you may be an overeater then you may find this book inspirational and quite helpful.
Those who are enabling you to continue to binge are do not have your best interests in mind. (Looking at you Little Debbie!) Some enablers may not enjoy this book. You should put yourself and your well-being first and read the book.
I received an ebook from the author in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.
On Jack Name’s latest album, Magic Touch, you will hear music that is very mellow and pared down to only what is necessary . . . no extras, nothing fancy but still beautiful.
The music is so quiet and relaxing. It’s good music for reflecting on all of your life choices and looking towards the future. In “Losing My Way,” Jack Name says, “If you still have intuition, hold onto it. Don’t throw it away.”
Jack Name’s music on this album sounds like David Gilmour without electric guitar or the rest of Pink Floyd. If you can imagine Jackson Browne with just an acoustic guitar and also singing so softly that it’s a whisper, then you wouldn’t be too far off from Jack Name’s sound.
My personal favorite songs on the album are “Karolina” and “Losing My Way.”
Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald is set in Seattle and London as well as in the past and present. One minute Eva Hansen is having dinner with her mother, Kat, and in the next scene she is waking up in the hospital. Eva soon finds out that her mother has been killed but she cannot remember that night since she was struck by lightning.
Eva doesn’t think that she killed her mother but then again she is not 100 percent sure either way. She travels to London against the advice of everyone – doctors, the police, lawyers, the boyfriend and her brother.
Her boyfriend, Liam, seems like he wants the best for Eva. Does he really though? In some ways, he is too overprotective and too controlling. Something about Liam was annoying me from the start.
While in London, she uncovers the biggest secret that her mother kept. Eva still cannot remember what happened until the very end. In a short amount of time, she discovers two of the biggest surprises of her life. Just one enormous surprise would devastate someone but two life-altering surprises seems excessive.
If you enjoy unraveling mysteries and secrets, then Behind Every Lie could be the book for you.
If you are an abuser or enjoy gaslighting your loved ones, then you might not totally enjoy this book. This book is too good for dillweeds who have to manipulate everyone to get their way.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.
Who: Madisyn Whajne of White River First Nation, Canada.
What: Whajne has released a single, “Sweet Talk,” from her debut LP, Save Our Hearts. Save Our Hearts will be available in December 2020.
Why: ’Sweet Talk’ was the first song I wrote for this record. It started as a sad love song, but after bringing it to the band it took on a new meaning. Not one where I sat with my sadness and longing, but instead where I took some power back; to remind myself that I can still stand tall in the face of adversity and loss. Whether we are left heart broken or not… all of our hearts keep beating,” says Madisyn Whajne.
It’s been a great time for rock music. Bands from all over the world have come out with stellar releases that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the genre. And one of the latest additions to the growing list of great rock releases is IDLES’ Ultra Mono.
The Bristol-based punk band IDLES had a pretty good year last year. Aside from going on a world tour that brought the band to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, the band also garnered critical acclaim in the UK. The success of their sophomore album Joy As an Act of Resistance got them nominated for the Mercury Prize, which is one of Britain’s most prestigious music awards.
IDLES isn’t the type of band to let this kind of momentum go to waste, so they went straight into the studio to work on new material for their next album. After almost a year of waiting, their hard work has resulted in what may just be one of the better music releases of 2020.
How you experience this album will depend on whether or not this is your first time listening to IDLES.
If you’re a long time fan of the band, then you’ll be glad to know that the rambunctious punk rock attitude is still going strong in this one. If anything, they’ve even doubled down on the political aspect from the last album. While the general sound of the album is what’s expected from the band, the roaring distortion pedal powered riffs are now accompanied with a narrative that’s more in-your-face.
A Lesson Before Dying. Would and should read again. Excellent book.
Lie Down with Lions. I love everything that I have read by Ken Follett. His books are intimidating because they are so long. Lie Down With Lions is about 330 + pages. However, Follett usually tells a great story so it’s worth the time.
Little Women. It’s a classic. Will always recommend. I took a quiz that said I was Jo March. Not inaccurate.
Lolita. Oh my goodness. Lolita is probably the most controversial book that I have ever read. I don’ think I kept it on my actual bookshelf. It’s well-written but it is about an older man who is in love with a young girl. So it’s about a pedophile. Awkward.
It feels like a revolution is coming out of my stereo. I want the album to play until the patriarchy crumbles into a pile of dust.
Loud Apartment of New York City is a funk band with influences from reggae, dubstep and soul music.
They remind me of jazz/funk bands that I used to hear while living in the big city. If I could go back in time, I would spend more time at the jazz halls. Those nights were the best of times. This album gives me hope that there will be good times again.
I want to listen to this album while doing something proactive. This music makes me want to get up and change – myself and the surroundings. The revolution has to start somewhere so why not with “System Breakdown?”
Hopefully, Loud Apartment will inspire many people to change everything in a positive way.
ALBUM CREDITS Nevaris: voice, electric piano, hammond organ, congas, percussion Bill Laswell: bass DJ Logic: turntables Peter Apfelbaum: tenor saxophone, flute Will Bernard: guitar Lockatron : drums All songs written by Nevaris and Bill Laswell except ‘No Justification’ by Nevaris, Bill Laswell and Peter Apfelbaum. Produced by Bill Laswell Created at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ Engineering: James Dellatacoma Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio, NYC Cover photo by Yoko Yamabe Cover design by Realize
It can be kind of a bummer when the person you like finds love elsewhere. We should remember that not every person is for us. I know, still disappointing.
Half Past Two has an enjoyable Dungeons & Dragons inspired video for “See You Again.” Gamers need love and friendship too. Don’t look past those who play Dungeons & Dragons, they are nothing if not dedicated and loyal.
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