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Joel E. Jacobson

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On Sensationalism

I’ve had the privilege of working with junior and senior high kids at the annual Lighthouse Young Writers Summer Camp. The cool thing about teaching at summer camp is you get to teach, encourage kids with their writing, and never have to grade a thing. It’s really the way teaching should be. But I’ll save […]
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Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group/Bethany House, November 2013Genre: Christian fiction, environmental law, nuclear reactor, courtroom dramaFormat: PaperbackPages: 384Rating: 5 StarsSource: Free copy from Bethany House and an Open Book in exchange for a review.Previous book by Todd M. Johnson.The Deposit SlipCritical Reaction ebook is available @Amazon $1.99Barnes and Noble $1.99Summary:The Hanford Nuclear Facility is located in Washington State, on land that once belonged to the Yakama. They had hunted and fished in the area, it was their homeland. In the 1940s, the Hanford facility was built, and a dam was built in the 1950s, these encroached on their ability to fish and hunt. A way of life that had existed for generations ended.Kieran Mullaney, works in the Plutonium production lab at the nuclear facility. Poppy and Lewis are guards at the facility. On a cold night, an explosion rocks the facility, sending a green and orange cloud from the smokestack. Months later, Kieran contacts an old friend from college, Emily Hart. Emily and her father are attorneys. As the story progresses it becomes evident they are all at risk, because of what happened at the testing facility. My Thoughts:I read the entire 384 pages in one day. From the first page to the end I could not lay the book down.I don't think I've read a book about a nuclear disaster, and its after affects. Nor, have a I read a story with the theme of land previously home to Native Americans, and been snatched away for hazardous scientific work.Critical Reaction, might have gone the way of a lone political agenda. Instead, it lets the story tell itself and the reader can decide for them self.My favorite character is Poppy. He is a seasoned rugged man. His character traits are reminiscent of the "Greatest Generation". He's a man of wisdom, strong work ethic, family man, resilient, intuitive.Critical Reaction, has minimal court room drama. Most of the story is the disaster itself, the after affects on its people, and the research and investigation needed to try the case. Critical Reaction, is based in part in a real case handled by the author and trial lawyer, Todd M. Johnson.

Michele Howe

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The Anatomy of Listening Effectively

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:I admit it. I’ve always considered myself a good listener. I was wrong. Not until I read Stephen Covey’s book, The 8th Habit, did I…
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Chad Ethridge

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great city

Oh great city,Where streets connect at intersectionsand commerce happens at every cornerbusiness transactions with a handshakeand legal documentation to supportWhere structures are erected or torn downin the name of progresswhere campaigns bring loyalty to idealsand divide people over the issuesOh great city,Where sturdy buildings are reminiscentof bygone eras and the lifestyles that went with themshrines for the working class and monuments to the daily grindWhere moral codes are eroded by the hands of timelike a shirt in a dryer or under a hot ironthe heat is absorbed in the pavementand wears down all who walk upon itOh great city,That is still yet to comeWhose architect and builder is GodWho alone is immortal and lives in unapproachable lightWho prepares a place for all foreigners and aliens on earthwho live by faith in what was promised and not yet receivedThey shall posses gladness and joyin that great city where God is presentand Jesus is Lord of all!



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Poem: Beavertail

Beavertail Lighthouse, Jamestown, Rhode Island Beavertail sitsas the prow of the landbearing the...

Larry Hehn

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Posts with the Most – July 2014

If I had to choose a favorite time of month, this would definitely be it. I always look forward to the end of one month and the beginning of another, since that means it’s time for the Posts with the Most! Every month I boldly explore the interwebs, compiling my favorite top blog posts to share […]


Strange Things Parents Say

A couple of week’s ago my wife and I had the pleasure of attending a Tim Hawkins concert.  One of the highlights of the evening was a brief appearance by Bob Smiley.  So today I bring you another Bob Smiley video.  Watch as Bob takes a look at some of the strange things he has […]