The Rambles of a mad woman

I know it should be ramblings, but for the sake of space…

Check out these lovely ladies!

I have been lucky enough to chat with a few awesome authors lately. The following people rock & you should check out their work!!!

Elizabeth D. Gray
Forgive me for not providing a direct link, but you can find any author without a  direct link on Goodreads 🙂
Dorothy Gravelle You already know I’m going to say “Goodreads”

Angela Blount  http://www.angelanblount.com/

Angie West  http://awest2011.wix.com/angiewest

T.L. Clark
Forgive me, I can’t believe I don’t have a link, but you can find her on Amazon, Twitter, or Goodreads.

While you’re there, you might want to take a peek at these ladies & gent as well.

Yasmin Shiraz     http://www.yasminshiraz.net/

Tia Williams    http://www.shakeyourbeauty.com

David Workman    https://www.facebook.com/letterfromalabama

Have you read any titles from these authors? What did you think about it?

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing: Are you Addicted to Your Smart Phone? by James A. Roberts, PhD

“Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?” is an quick yet thought-provoking read discussing a thoroughly modern phenomenon. Research-backed information is presented in an interesting & easy-to-understand manner, and is well balanced with humor. I particularly appreciated the short quizzes & “Food for Thought” included throughout the book.
Dr. Roberts has inspired me to be MUCH more conscious of my phone usage. Everyone with a smartphone should read it!

Just a few pages into the book, I commented on Dr. Robert’s Goodreads profile (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1314891.James_A_Roberts).

From my smartphone. In bed.

By the way guys, the author is fabulous. He quickly responded to my comment & further engaged. I like ‘im.

But seriously, get this book! It is eye-opening, life-changing stuff- but easy to implement for us lazy folks And it costs less than $5.

http://www.amazon.com/TOO-MUCH-GOOD-THING-Smartphone-ebook/dp/B016KW8GSO/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446061480&sr=1-2&keywords=9780996300476

Tell me: Are you having an affair with your smartphone?
I received this book free of charge through a Goodreads Giveaway.

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Who Am I?

I should probably introduce myself, just in case anyone ever stumbles into my tiny corner of the web.

I am a mom, a wife, homemaker, & homeschooler. I selectively vaccinate, utilize both traditional & modern medicine, & believe that sunshine, fresh air, diet, exercise, faith, & FUN are the keys to good health. I am Christian, but our household is of mixed faiths. I love to garden & read. I’m into urban foraging, essential oils, conspiracies, & Skyrim. I cook from scratch, can, craft, & attempt to sew. I’m super frugal, have never been in debt, & am currently working with my husband to rebuild his credit. In the future I would like to do one of two things- homestead or travel extensively. And I am mad, but more on that later.

Why publish this stuff in public rather than keeping a personal journal? Well, sometimes I just NEED to release something out into the world. It does no good in my diary, where no one will ever see it.

I foresee future posts about our adventures in home-educating, parenting in general, cooking, home projects, product & book reviews- just stuffs about life.

I’d love to connect with a wide variety of people. I love people. Moms, fellow Christians, non-christians, bookworms, rock stars- everyone is welcome here, as long as you keep it respectful.

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In the Wake of Yet Another Tragedy

People of the internet,
You’ve seen the headlines- “3rd baby in 3 months dies after being tossed from NY window,” “Mother of four drowns child in tub.” You’ve read the news stories, but you’ve never read the REAL story. The story of postpartum psychosis.
How do these things happen? How could a mother ever harm their precious baby? Are these women soulless monsters? NO! Many of them suffer from postpartum psychosis, a disease that, tragically, many are still ignorant of.
Women do not have a child in the hopes of developing postpartum psychosis. It is not their fault. They choose this disease as much as one chooses to catch the flu or develop breast cancer. It occurs in 1 to 2 of ever 1000 deliveries. These women can be perfectly healthy, normal, caring individuals, although significant risk factors include a personal or family history of bipolar disorder or psychotic episodes. They love their children as much as you love yours, but then, through no fault of their own, they fall very ill.
That’s no excuse, at some point there is logical thinking, she should have given up her child & sought help, you say? Would you say that someone in a wheelchair should just stand up & walk? How can she do as you demand? She is NOT thinking logically. Symptoms of postpartum psychosis include: Delusions or strange beliefs, hallucinations,rapid mood swings, insomnia, paranoia, & unorganized thoughts/speech resulting in difficulty communicating at times.She is experiencing a break from reality. In her state psychotic state, these delusions & paranoid thoughts are terribly real & make complete sense to her. This is not a rational state of mind. It cannot make sense, but it CAN be understood.
Research suggests that there is approx a 5% suicide rate and a 4% infanticide rate associated with the illness. It is as much OUR fault- as her neighbors, friends, & family- as hers when these things happen, if not even more so. We are blind in our ignorance, we overlook the signs, deny her struggles. We do not reach out or offer our assistance. These tragedies are completely preventable. We ALLOW these terrible events to take place.These women are ILL, they might not even realize it, & they can hardly help themselves- it is up to US.
Know a mother of an infant? You don’t even need to know them personally. Even if she seems perfectly healthy- offer her assistance. Bring over a casserole, do a chore or two, or run an errand. Allow her to get some rest. Get to know her, check up on her, make sure she’s okay. A small sacrifice of your time can help to save a life. Isn’t that worth half an hour? A few dollars? Please, if you see that she is struggling- do something about it. It is very important that you reach out IMMEDIATELY and find the support and information you need. Call the hotline 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7. Call for yourself or someone you care about.
It is important to note that many survivors of postpartum psychosis never had delusions containing violent commands & do not harm themselves or others. Delusions take many forms, not all are destructive. However, there is always the very real risk of danger because psychosis includes delusional thinking & irrational judgment, and this is why women with this illness must be quickly assessed, treated, and carefully monitored by a trained mental health professional.
I was lucky to have free & easy access to all of those, but so many do not. It saved my life, my children’s lives. God only knows what I would have done. Drive of a bridge? Maybe. Accidentally have smothered or shaken my child? Probably. More likely than I ever want to admit. As much as it breaks my heart to think I ever entertained such ideas, that I could ever have harmed my children that I love more than life itself, as much as I don’t want your judgements (ps- a huge reason people do not ask for help) I have to speak out because just maybe I can bring a little enlightenment to the world.
Love each other, be a light in the world, leave someone a little better off than you found them.

Thank you for reading & feel free to share- Together we CAN stop these tragedies from ever happening.

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velkommen

Welcome to my site. I’m not  blogger, nor do I have anything in particular to talk about (hence the name), but now that you’re here you might as well pull up a chair!

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I found a dead girl’s diary on Inkitt

Yesterday I stumbled over an intriguing list on Goodreads which lead me to a short story on a site I was not familiar with.

I found a dead girl’s diary

By straydog1980

“Five went up, four came down.”

High school student Emma finds the diary of missing classmate, Malinda. The story that unfolds makes it a classic horror short. Simple yet enjoyable writing, but containing some grammatical/spelling errors (originate with the author, not the purposeful styling of Malinda). There’s some nice imagery going on within the story. I particularly liked that I didn’t see what was coming, though it had been set up in the story so it wasn’t out of left field. It needs a little polish, but I enjoyed reading it. Honestly, I’d love to see it turned into a novel. I recommend fans of horror shorts & r/NoSleep go check it out! Then explore the site, it’s full of awesomeness.

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