HELENA SMRCEK

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The Fault in Our Stars This acclaimed favorite of the John Green young adult novels follows Hazel Grace and Augustus, two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group. This sweet and philosophical novel will definitely have you crying your eyes out—in between laughs. Green is known for writing both realistic and funny characters. Our heroine and hero are in love and they take an adventurous trip to Amsterdam to meet with their favorite author. You know they're both sick from the very beginning, and it's beautiful and heartbreaking to watch them fall in love in the midst of dire circumstances. The hit film version will also get you going, so have a tissue box handy. And if you're in the mood

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Well written, yet the plot was predictable...convenient resolution to the problems. The historical part of this romance seemed to be added on, characters recapped events, and were not really involved in the crisis of the era. Easy read, entertaining, conflict is there, mystery, good understanding of the setting and culture of the period, so if you like romance with some explicit sex scenes,and an occasional F-word doesn't jar you, you many enjoy this book.

Guest Post by Cec Murphey

What Do You Want to Write? (Part 1 of 5) As we move into writing seriously, we need to answer that question for ourselves. Some individuals know exactly what they want to see in print and don’t deviate or try anything new. But if you’re like I was when I started, I wanted to write on nine or ten different topics. If you’re not sure (or even if you are, consider a few suggestions). First, examine your own areas of interest. What do you enjoy reading? That can be a tricky question because some of us read widely. I read fiction and nonfiction. I’m immensely curious about many things—like many writers. That may not give you an answer, but it causes you to ponder. Second, look at your hea

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

This classic must have been written during the time when authors were paid by the word, and paper was cheap. The language is flowery and rich. This imagery vivid, characters a captivating and I truly enjoyed the British phrasing. But David Copperfield is a serious book, although it has uplifting moments. It brings the reader into the grim reality of 19th century England, which is a common theme of Dickens' fiction. Charles Dickens pays a especial attention to the lower classes and the treatment of children – almost unbelievable to modern day readers. Because of this fact, his work is that much more important, even though it is fiction, it is evidently grounded in the hard realities of Dicken

What Makes You Happy?

Our company last night was delightful. We have known this couple for over 20 years, and my husband and I had always considered them our unofficial mentors. Over coffee our friends told us they were considering a big move – to another country. Another continent. Nothing has been decided yet, just thinking…and praying. I asked why. They had no time for what made them happy. Working full-time, and running a business, left only a few precious hours for their passion – volunteering. We have known for several years about their work with the homeless, and seniors, but I have never considered how deep their passion ran. To move, so that they could simplify their lifestyle, restructure the finances,