Thursday, March 22, 2018

Maple Grove Seniors are Self-Publishing Stories, eBooks, and Paperbacks

Maple Grove Seniors are Self-Publishing Stories, eBooks, and Paperbacks

Did you notice Frantic Mommy's blog post about the senior writers and all their publications? They have been a very busy bunch of writers! 


Check out the article and learn more.
Thank you for reading! Carolyn

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Minnesota Historical Society is a Trip Down Memory Lane

Minnesota Historical Society is a Trip Down Memory Lane

The artifacts and period displays at the Minnesota Historical Society trigger many memories of past events for the reminiscing writers of Maple Grove.


Do you remember candy machines like this one? 
candy machine at Minnesota Historical Society display only does not work

Only 5 cents! Your choice, Necco wafers, Junior Mints or Milk Duds.
Necco wafers only five cents in the historical display
Display cases abound at the museum. This one is about birch bark as an art form. 
birch bark art display case in St. Paul at the History Center

Maps and other informational brochures help visitors locate displays inside the museum, as well as providing facts and tips. 

maps of the museum help visitors find displays

Visual projectors were available long ago. I do not remember this kind, but other similar machines. Clever!

visual projector of long ago

There were World War exhibits which were well presented and shared historical facts. 

sample of world war exhibit
Remember the "good old days" of flying when passengers were king? 

Remember the "good old days" of flying when passengers were king

In Minnesota, cabins are a "thing" and always have been. This display tripped memories of vacations from decades long ago. My parents would rent rooms after midnight to save money when we went on family vacations. I think low late night rates are a thing of the past, but it made me wonder why the display had dark lighting. 

tourist cabins from long ago

Good memories and a fun day! We also highly recommend the cafeteria at the museum as the food is very good. 

Thank you for reading, Carolyn


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls Book and Audible Review

Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls Book and Audible Review

Gary and Carolyn read and listened to this book, and here is what they think.

Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls by Theodore Jerome Cohen
Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls Book and Audible Review
Carolyn's Thoughts
I have listened to the Audible version and also read the book. Both experiences were quite different to me. The audible version was an intense experience as the oral reader had the perfect voice which matched the genre, mystery suspense thriller -- which kept me on the edge of my seat although I had read the book. It would be good to listen when you have some time or want to exercise as it is not relaxing to hear about the stock market and healthcare "cure" corruption. It is fiction based on real events and it seemed more like I was an insider to the plot when listening to the spoken word. I felt more "in" the story through the listening experience.

Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls (Martelli NYPD, #1)The book is good when you want to read quietly. I thought this book was going to be a story about financial information of stock market manipulations by big companies, but it also delved into the healthcare industry. If you have ever lost a loved one to cancer or knew someone who needed a promising drug, this is a must-read. Nonfiction events are woven into a narrative to enlighten the reader about how big pharmacy works while newer drugs with proven track records are defeated. Ill people need help and this book is discouraging about Wall Street, Washington DC, and big pharma. A sad story that teaches the information voters need to make informed decisions -- if only the "little people" had more power. The author worked to make this information entertaining and exciting while revealing disturbing information and truths.Great read! The author worked to make this information entertaining and exciting while revealing disturbing information and truths.

Gary's Thoughts, 5 Stars
"Important Information for Voters of Our Time"
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I just finished listening to this great Audible version of the book. Listening is a more engaging experience than simply reading quietly. The story information, while entertaining, is also based on nonfiction events surrounding especially the 2008 financial disaster and supposed cancer "cures" being widely promoted. The greedy truth behind this story is alarming. So much corruption went on and goes on.I hope this book helps others prevent or be taken advantage of by money schemes and schemers. Thanks for this truth!

Who was your favorite character and why?
Louis Martelli is a detective with a leg disability and yet is so clever and cunning as to be able to expose the criminals. He out-thinks everyone else and solves cases with finesse. Criminals walk right into the traps he sets.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The way the surveillance camera was placed was hysterical. The fact cancer drugs are more about greed than healing could make anyone cry.

Any additional comments?
A must read!

*Note: We are not affiliated and we do not earn money for our reviews. 

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