Boston in May: Photos


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Image The Yawkey House where we stayed

pre-op pre-op

taking a walk taking a walk

exhausted from the walk exhausted from the walk

on our way to the "T" on our way to the “T”

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hanging out in a coffee shop hanging out in a coffee shop

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hospital time hospital time

checking out his hospital band checking out his hospital band

last bath last bath

showing his skills showing his skills

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waiting room waiting room

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scrubs scrubs

about to head in about to head in

our first look post surgery our first look post surgery

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not much to do but watch tv... not much to do but watch tv…

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A real sign in the bathroom... sorry yawkey - just telling the real story A real sign in the bathroom… sorry yawkey – just telling the real story

our night out thanks to Plum! Great pizza our night out thanks to Plum! Great pizza

9 months old! 9 months old!

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Since Surgery


don't doubt jack

We were ushered into conference room 2 to wait for the 2 doctors who performed Jack’s incredible surgery last friday. We quietly sipped our half off Starbucks drinks with anxious anticipation, looking back and forth like little kids waiting to see what dad brought from his business trip.

They came in and sighed with a smile. It was done! Dr Taghinia lit up a little when he reviewed what they accomplished. The first and third web spaces of each hand were released (thumbs and pinkies). They opened his hand so he now has a palm, and straightened the middle three fingers with pins to allow for good healthy skin growth and prep the fingers for future surgeries. I’m so excited to see his thumb most. I could sort of make out the other fingers… but there was no sign of a thumb!  The Drs said his thumbs are 2.5 centimeters…

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Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan – A Book Review


Where Courage CallsWhere Courage Calls – A When Call the Heart Novel
By Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
Bethany House Publishers
11400 Hampshire Avenue So.,
Bloomington, MN 55438
978-0764212314, $ 14.99, 2014, 332 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

Christian Historical Fiction at Its Best

Feeling a deep sense of social justice and a keen spiritual commitment to ministry, Beth Thatcher answers the call of her heart to take a teaching position in an out-of-the-way mining community in Western Canada.

The conditions she met when she arrived in the small coal mining community of Coal Valley were far worse then she could ever have expected. “Where Courage Calls” is her story of facing the challenge, persevering in the face of trial, and the choosing between the responses of her heart as she is being romanced by two young men who have contrasting backgrounds and offer a diverse promise of her future.

Jeanette Oke has established herself as the pioneer of Christian romance fiction and is still a pacesetter in the genre. She has not lost sight of her original vision to provide Biblical truth and principles through the medium of inspirational fiction.

Oke’s writing is compelling; she weaves action, drama, conflict and resolution throughout her plot and subplots. Just as her protagonists a sense of relief they find themselves facing a new crisis testing their endurance and strengthening their character. This is not the genre I usually read. I sometimes felt bogged down in detail and felt the protagonist was unrealistic in her expectations and idealistic expectations.

Janette Oke collaborates with Laurel Oke Logan in “Where Courage Call” a ‘When Calls the Heart” novel. Readers will welcome this series a companion to the Hallmark Channel’s TV series.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

Be the Vet – 7 Dog & Cat Stories – Test Your Veterinary Knowledge by Dr. Ed and Marcy Blesy


Be the VetBe the Vet – 7 Dog and Cat Stories – Test Your Veterinary Knowledge
By: Dr. Ed Blesy and Marcy Blesy
9780615930046, $ 7.99, 2013, 50 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

An Entertaining Teaching Tool for Pet Lovers

Seasoned veterinary Dr. Ed Blesy and his wife Marcy collaborate in “Be the Vet” a unique concept of heart- touching stories, creative diagnostic assignments for readers ages 9 – 13, with informative recommended treatment plans.

Each of the seven stories features an incident where a family pet has an unexpected medical emergency and the need for a veterinarian. Marcy is a gifted story teller. Her writing is sensitive and age appropriate, stimulating creative curiosity and empathic compassion from her readers.

I became very interested in Jingle the cat’s story. Although Jingle was eating the same amount of food she was losing weight. The family noted she was drinking a lot more water than usual. They made a call to the Vet. Lab tests revealed that Jingle had high levels of glucose and was diagnosed with Diabetes. Her treatment called for insulin shots similar to many people who have Diabetes. It is hard to think of a small kitten or other small animal being susceptible to things like Diabetes, kidney, or gland problems.

The “if you were a veterinarian” exercise provides an opportunity for the child to think through on the extent of the injury or sickness revealed in each scenario. Dr. Blesy carefully lays out the steps involved in determining the pets (patient’s) history, assessment procedure, and treatment plan.

This assessment plan is presented in a professional style (not dumbed down for kids) however, unfamiliar words are explained so that the process is understandable. Parents may need to assist younger readers in some instances. “Be the Vet” takes the mystery, fear, and panic out of calling for medical help for family pets when needed and introduces the veterinarian as a friend of the family.

“Be the Vet – 7 Dog and Cat Stories – Test Your Veterinary Knowledge” is an entertaining teaching tool for pet lovers. Highly recommended.

 

 

The A – Z of C. S. Lewis – An Encyclopedia of His Life, Thought and Writings – A Book Review


The A - Z of C. S. LewisThe A – Z of C. S. Lewis – An Encyclopedia of His Life, Thought and Writings
By Colin Duriez
Lion Books, Jordon Hill Rd, Oxford, England
978-0745955865, $ 24.95, 2013, 352 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake

A Remarkable Guidebook to the Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis

“The A – Z of C. S. Lewis” is already acclaimed as the definitive guide on C. S. Lewis and with extensive details and insights into his life, with a comprehensive, all inclusive look into  his writings. This is much more than a catalog listing of his books.

The book is designed to encourage readers to explore the scope of his writing and to provide interesting little known information and details from his life, his years at Oxford, his relationship with his peers, his friends, and his family.

“The A – Z of C. S. Lewis – An Encyclopedia of His Life, Thought and Writings” is an important addition to the library of every Lewis reader. Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.