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Review: “Ranger Martin and The Search for Paradise” by Jack Flacco

Ranger Martin and the Search for Paradise

Ranger Martin and the Search for Paradise

“Ranger Martin and The Search for Paradise”

This is the third installment of the Ranger Martin trilogy. All I can say is WOW! It picks up directly after book 2 and you are off and running! Strap on your knives, gun holster and nerves of steel. No spoilers here-> but be prepared for the tugging and pulling this story is going to take you on. So pull up a chair and prepare for the most fantastic journey your going to have this year. You’re not going to want to put this book down.

This book will have you cheering for Ranger, Jon, Matty and Randy. All the pickles they get themselves into to save their rag-tag family and those they save along the way. It will definitely have you biting your nails as  you are gripped in the middle of the melees that happen to them on their quest to ‘Paradise’. You want to be there to shout out “behind you!” You want to be there to shoot down some “chewers” to help them out.

Be prepared to have your nerves frayed and the story to keep you on the edge of your seat. Up, down and some very infrequent moments of the elusive peace settle like a cozy blanket only to have it ripped off before you know it.

Ranger and crew have some interesting twists in their journey. First to get home to the silo and then the journey to San Francisco. Trust is fleeting in this new world order, but it is a requirement to be part of Ranger’s group. (The story about trust with each character will have you thinking internally of yourself and putting yourself in their shoes. Enjoy those self-introspections between the shoot outs!) There are good guys and bad guys but the line between the two leaves you guessing at times.

So enjoy and take a fast, gut wrenching journey and cheer for your favorites!

 

—-Author’s Info: profileWebsite:  Jack Flacco

About the book:

There is no cure. The change is permanent. Whoever says they can fix this is wrong.

Months ago, billions of people died in the zombie apocalypse. The survivors either have become refugees looking for a way out or have turned against each other. No one will admit they killed their friend for a package of raisins. It happens though, and there isn’t anything anyone can do about it.

Undead slayer Ranger Martin makes the unforgiving Arizona desert his home. He has never had to defend it. He has never had to kill anyone for it. If anything, he has shelved his shotgun and has taken an early retirement package.

That is, until now.

When the military lays siege on his silo, Ranger and his crack team of professionals—a bunch of kids, really—have no other choice than to run. But after he discovers a map that may lead to a mythic city called Paradise, where neither army nor zombie can invade, Ranger mounts a cross-state journey to find the place of safety before the others find him and it’s too late.

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I received an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review. IMHO this is a great book and I’ve enjoyed all the ‘Ranger Martin’ books. –A.M. “Nims”

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A View Backwards

I was thinking the past few weeks and I realize that this year has been changing for me. Slowly but surely in the area of my health. Particularly my migraine management.

So I have suffered for long time with migraines and I’ve tried a lot of things to help alleviate the pain when it hits. It triggered my research into Reiki a form of energy work to facilitate healing. I had some people do healings targeting my head area and there was some relief but it is sometimes not affordable. So I looked into getting certified myself so that I could do sessions on myself.

I did experience relief and I continue with self applied Reiki sessions. My results were that the pain levels are less and the days the migraine lasts has shortened a bit. All bonuses that I hope to keep in my court.

During the summer I was at a Mystic Faire and one of the vendors had some lovely crystal and Tibetan bowls. But I was intrigued by some zinc and copper rods that he was demonstrating. When I was able to try these rods out I was able to find out a bit more their purpose. Called “The Rods of Isis” they are filled with healing intent, essential oils and crystals and a few other things. Meant to help balance and align the user.

I decided to see if I felt anything while holding them. I felt warmth in my hands and then some cold traveled around my hands and feet. Then some vibrations in the hands and noticed a little swaying around my head. A bit of an imbalance, so one of the things to keep balance was to switch the rods to other hands to bring things back into alignment. Which I did and things calmed down. I also noted how I felt clearer in the head.

So yes, I decided to invest in these rods and put them together with my Reiki healings to see if I could further shorten my migraines time frame hanging on. And see if they had an impact on the pain levels. While using Reiki I was only able to shorten my migraine by about a day and pain levels only went down a few notches.

When I added the rods to the regimen I was able to get my days shortened by one additional day and the pain levels have hit the half way mark! Which is awesome because dealing with pain is worse than how long it lasts.  This type of headache becomes manageable with the rods. As soon as I stopped using them as part of the healing sessions then the length and pain levels returned to the same intensity and length before adding in the rods. So, I added the rods again and experienced the same relief I mentioned before. This has become part of my routine now. There are times where the migraine kicks in and it is brutal and the rods and Reiki don’t seem to have any affect on it at all. I call it a day and just hope the next day is better.

So change has some and it is for the better health wise.  Happy for now and glad to have found a tool that helps improve my overall health. Cheers! To your health.

This picture got me thinking

This picture I took back in February this year, with it’s foggy look early in the morning hours, got me thinking. It was taken in the Florida Panhandle, a place called Carillon Beach, near Panama City. I was going through my pictures and trying to make some kind of order aside from the timeline that I took them in. (Well that is going to be a long project.)
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So the thinking part…well it was along the lines that when the season of Fall comes around it gets cooler, and fog sometimes is a part of it. Where I live now you don’t see the seasons change much and fog is almost unheard of. We long for cold snaps that the weatherman promises will pass through. Kind of like how a child longs for snow to fall so they don’t have to go to school for a day or two.

It brought to mind how I grew up as a kid in Virginia and how the days grew crisp. The leaves changed color and the skittering sound of wind blown leaves, already on the ground. Shorts and flip-flops were packed away and jeans and sweaters hold sway. And one of the fun times that I looked forward to was Halloween, with it’s spookiness, fog, frolic and fun.

Well, I leave you this picture that got through the cobwebs in my mind and got me thinking. Here’s to another change in the seasons, to the change it brings us all regardless of where we reside. Calling us back to remembered childhood fun.

Migraine my management

Migraines, they are a pain in the arse. They are, for most who suffer them, a great way to suddenly have war declared on bits and pieces of your neck and head. I included a picture of Tension and Migraine headache. I suffer the one on the right-side of the picture.

Tension vs Migraine

For me migraines are something to be cured as soon as possible. If they are caught in time they are ‘managed’ by homeopathic means. And I can function somewhat clumsily through a few days. When I don’t catch them in time, no amount of homeopathic methods will work, nor will my stronger over the counter choices of Advil, Aleve or Excedrin for migraines will kick the pain. Might as well be throwing M&M’s at me.

What kind of inkling do I get as a warning that a migraine is going to be hard on me? Sometimes I start to squint even when I wear my eyeglasses. Or I may smell things 10x’s stronger than they really are as the olfactory goes into overdrive. Hearing things gets harder as if you have ear muffs on, muffling sound. Nausea was great indicator but sometimes that can be false, because you could just be sick. Or I get nothing and BAM! game over before it’s begun.

Describing pain and symptoms is hard, and I’ll try that in another post. Although fellow blogger Emily gives a great rating system based on sound for her migraines. If interested, you can check her post out. Emily has migraines all the time. I only have my migraines last 3-5 days tops. I used to have them 2-3 times a month, now I have them once a month.

So my management used to be:

  • I tried upping the recommended dose of Advil, still the headache would blossom into fierce skull splitting migraines. (Headaches last a few hours, migraines last for days)
  • Aleve made its audience debut, tried it, great for body aches etc, but not migraines
  • Excedrin for Migraines, I popped them like candy and still they came, they conquered and I receded whimpering under covers.
  • I thought Guided Meditation would take them away. I used to go every week for a year. No, they still came pretty regularly. I eventually stopped going. Have not been to a meditation in year in a half. (Great for stress and anxiety relief which I did benefit from.)
  • Instead tried Yoga mantra chants. Thinking that this would be a lovely and stress management type of tool. Easy to learn and each class came with the chant on paper. No, they still came just as regularly.
  • Homeopathic migraine treatments. Most come in pill form that dissolve easily under the tongue. Wow, minor breakthrough! If caught early enough the pain was reduced. It didn’t go away entirely but it allowed me to function.
  • I still include cup of coffee for the caffeine, up the cups to 2 or 3 to do battle if necessary
  • Dark room if all else failed, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

My management now:

  • I still use homeopathic remedies. Works the best and I rotate through a couple of different brands so that my body will not get used to one.
  • Ice pack wrapped in cloth applied to back of neck to alleviate stabbing pain (20 Min. on/off)
  • I still use coffee for the caffeine, sometimes it’s just enough to keep things in check
  • Learned Reiki levels I and II. This is so that I can help facilitate healing, in the hopes that my migraine will not get the best of me.
    • Have I had a complete cure with Reiki at this time? No
    • Have I had some relief with Reiki? Yes, someone applied Reiki to my head and neck and some relief was felt. (That’s how I was exposed to Reiki and how I started my journey in learning Reiki for myself.)
  • Dark room if all else fails, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

Future management:

I’ll continue on with the existing treatments, they are working for the most part. Have I tried acupuncture? Not yet, although friends have given me pamphlets, names and recommendations about others who have felt relief and some who no longer suffer from them.

If I do go get acupuncture will update this blog and let you know the outcome. Until then, will work on explaining what my migraine symptoms are like. Maybe it’ll help others.

[Disclaimer:  No way is any of the above to be taken as ‘final proof’ in diagnosing migraines and treatment. Nor for remedies in getting relief. Seek professional opinions and go from there. I did and the above is what I do and is no way a prescribed way for others.]

Rant II

So a while ago I posted Rant, and it seemed that small things were getting my goat. I was completely unaware what was causing my griping. And today still have no idea as to what is giving me the short run on patience but I did get a little insight as to what may be making me feel different than before.

I was meditating, taking walks, scribbling/doodling and have tried my hand at some crocheting and still I lose my patience. Other days it felt like I was losing my “Joie de Vivre!”  I’ve been documenting the last few months and still had no clues as to what is happening to me. So I go talk to my doctor who says in a nutshell, that I’m getting older. Yeah, my birthday comes around every year. And that I’m most likely going into menopause. Since last time I visited I was apparently pre-menopausal. So the transition can cause quick temper changes and mood swings. Just to name a few.

Yikes! I’m like, “What the hell!” Does this mean that the ‘nice’ person I am is now going to get all temperamental and bitchy? I’ve literally been documenting my food, my weight, my migraines and the issue is – I’m going into menopause??

I personally like my previous good moods. The kind that I have as a ‘flighty Gemini’. Yes indeed, I’m a flighty, quick speaking, happy-go-lucky Gemini. But apparently the flip-side Twin, is unveiling her face for the time being.  Now the Doctor said that there are supplements that I can take, but she doesn’t get technical. And if my moods and such get really out control then I can revisit and talk about medications that can be tried.

Horoscope Gemini

Okay, now you know all those commercials for all the drugs that cure psoriasis, depression, bipolar etc., ‘in your face’ ad-nauseum.  Hard to avoid those pesky commercials. And all the lovely ‘disclosed’ side-effects that can happen to a person if taking them. Right? Well I’m like – NO, not for me. And I’m in my mind having a short mental conversation exploring the more gentle homeopathic methods and or other dietary changes that I can affect that will make my life, or at least my moods happier.

Well here’s to taking the road less traveled in this day and age. The non-prescription road to keeping me sane, happy or at least a happier human. I make no guarantees that I won’t continue to rant, but I do hope that I don’t turn people against me. I’m a social loving person and can you imagine an ostracized Butterfly? Me neither, I’d drive myself nuts.

Anyhow, that’s the current low down on the Rant previous and following up right now. For all you lovelies who read this buckle up. I hope the ride is at least gentle from here on out. But will someone keep a chocolate bar on hand?

You can ready my previous post here:  Rant

P.S. Keep the chocolate on the list and all is right with the world. (No, really keep it coming.)

Chocolate

Rant

My hands were gripping the steering wheel  but my thumb was hitting the wheel double time. The car in front of me was totally getting my goat. Rolled right up to the stop sign but didn’t even stop. Just rolled right through. Locally called a ‘rolling stop’.

“Idiot! Don’t you know that someone could have been walking or biking! No-oh! Just oblivious.” My turn at the stop sign and I stop and look both directions. Not just for cars but for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning right to go home.

And then my brain just went and asked myself, “Why are you so wound up about this driver?” And still in my mind responded, “Because you walk and ride a bike, so your extra aware of your environment.” So I realize that I have to let it go because I’m not going to win that fight. It’s just something to remember when I’m out and about. I huff out a great big sigh.

I signal and turn into my complex and pull in to my numbered parking slot. I lean back in my seat and just let out another sigh. Reach out and put the car in park and take the keys. It’s been a long day. Getting home made me realize that I was just stressed and just ranting at the offending car was my way to release some steam. Did I feel better? I didn’t feel like it but maybe getting out of the stupid high heels and changing into comfy clothes would change my point of view. Walking up split flight of stairs to the front door with key at the ready to unlock it, took a moment to take another full breathe before going inside. I noticed before going in, that there was no breeze and it was quite cloudy. So maybe it would rain later to get rid of the summer humidity that was making my work clothes stick uncomfortably to me.

Dumped my purse and keys on the entryway table to my left and kicked my heels off just underneath it.  A blissful sigh of relief escaped my lips as toes stretched and my arches relaxed out. I glared with a half grin at my discarded shoes. They were gorgeous but a killer on the feet for eight hours!

I kept thinking back on my frustration and wonder why I’m so upset of a person rolling through a stop sign. It’s not even that time of the month when my emotions get me all out of joint. And this has been happening a lot lately.

I put on the kettle for a soothing cup of tea. So while I waited for the water to heat, I went into my room to change into comfy clothes. I walked over to the side table and pulled my journal out.

I had written down the events that have been happening lately. Trying to find a pattern to this crazy ranting. But for the last two months it was the same thing. Triggers from being frustrated with not just the drivers but stupid riders and pedestrians that are just as oblivious about being careful when crossing busy intersections. But then there are the days where I’ve been shopping and while in line how the employees behind the counters are rude and mostly non-communicative while I pay up. Sometimes even being ignored while they have full blown conversations with other co-workers. It frustrates me to no end on how prevalent the lack of training and ignoring customer service.

Again flipping through my entries and still no theme other than outside triggers making me crazy. I can’t figure out what is going on. If this keeps up will have to check my calendar and go to a doctor to check me out. Find out if something is happening that I just don’t understand. The distant whine of the kettle is getting louder letting me know the water is ready. So I sigh and close the journal for now. Some Rooibos tea would smooth my day out.
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….continuing soon

Crows in urban setting

An observance…random it may be.

Saturday morning was beautiful and while walking the dogs noticed that there were 3 crows flying and walking about. Mostly being chased back and forth across the 2-way street by some scrub jays.

American Crow

American Crow

As my boyfriend and I got closer noticed that one of the crows had something white and round in its beak. I thought nut or something plastic, but as I got closer to it noticed it was not round, but more oval. And with the birds squawking a lot my next thought was bird egg.

My boyfriend explained that not only were crows smart figuring out tasks but were great at having other birds raise or sit on their eggs. I saw the crow in the next minute go and bury the little bird egg in the ground. Made me sad but it made a lot of sense with all the scrub jays calling about and flying abruptly about.

Lately the crows I’ve seen, look to be nesting in urban areas. In all the time that I’ve lived here in south Florida I only saw one or two at a time in any one place. But this year they really are making an impression. Kind of makes me uncomfortable, I give them a long side-long glance as I walk by.  Especially for anyone who’s seen Hitchcock’s The Birds or even all the crows in the series (slight grimace) Resident Evil -Extinction. Don’t mistake my grimace for dislike of the movies. I love both, they are horror after all and meant to ‘creep’ you out a bit.