"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." ~ Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Plaster and Poison (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #3)Plaster and Poison by Jennie Bentley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great light mystery. A former textile designer teams up with a handsome handyman. They stumble over murder and mystery and then help local police in a small town solve the crimes. Reminiscent of the television series "Murder, She Wrote."

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Selling The Wheel: Choosing The Best Way To Sell For You Your Company Your CustomersSelling The Wheel: Choosing The Best Way To Sell For You Your Company Your Customers by Jeff Cox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jeff Cox does a great job explaining the different types and personalities of salespersons and their affect on a business. Anyone in business should read this. Good for salespeople too but slanted more to benefit management/ownership in my opinion.

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Europe can no longer ignore crisis in Ukraine

Europe has, with the exception of only a slap on the wrists, essentially looked the other way as pro Russian rebels have plagued Ukraine. Those rebels have brought the conflict back to the forefront by presumably shooting down Malaysian Airlines Flight 71 Thursday.

Click HERE to read the full article as it appeared this morning on Examiner.com.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient LivingPrepper's Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living by Jim Cobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a must read for the established prepper as well as the beginner. Jim Cobb covers everything from water and food to medicine and hygiene to warmth and shelter. He also covers security, tools, and bartering. His practical advice is easy to read. The advice in the book will prepare you to survive not just an initial disaster or event but to survive long term.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta, #19)Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When I saw another Scarpetta novel, I was excited. Finally! Unfortunately Patricia Cornwell did her main character or the series no justice. By going back to her early novels style of using a first person tone, the book reads more like a monologue. It is dry and moves slow. I was tempted many times to just set the book down and walk away but then in chapter 25 the action finally picked up as Cornwell killed off one of her recurring characters. As always a twist at the end when the killer was revealed. However even that was a let down. Without giving anything away, it just seemed like Cornwell created a new character in those last two chapters solely to pin the murder on them. All in all, a disappointing read.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pets and Livestock Need Emergency Kits Too

Severe weather and hurricanes are common during these hot summer months. Various emergency management agencies always preach family emergency kits, but have you included your pets or livestock in your plans?

For house pets include:
  • Pet's medical records
  • Pet's vaccination records
  • Identification tag (or chip information)
  • Leash & collar
  • Water
  • Food
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • A carrier (for a cat or other small animal) or a crate (for a medium to large dog)

Micro chipping is one example of a permanent identification. Livestock are often tagged (think of the tag seen often on cows' ears) or branding (essentially a tattoo that is the owner's mark).

Do you have a plan specifically for your livestock if you have a farm? Include transportation and confinement areas in your plan.
 

Monday, July 7, 2014