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The 'view from Stonewater

I'm leaving this blog up as a place to collect my views and re-views on the arts - along with containing a record of my visits to China ... but my more active efforts now are on my blog "Connecticut for Sarah Palin" (, which sup

Updated: 2016-09-08T00:35:28.955-04:00


The Middle's Heck of a Family - Today's News: Our Take |


No, this isn't really a review, but it's so rare that I like a modern TV show that actually lasts beyond one season, that I thought I'd feature this great interview and video from TV Guide on the cast of "The Middle":

The Middle's Heck of a Family - Today's News: Our Take |

It's on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. EST if you want to check it out.

And if you wanna' follow some of the cast on twitter:

Frankie Heck
Axl Heck
Sue Heck

"Bound by Guilt" by C.J. Darlington My Review for the blog tour


Hi all:I've finished reading Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington! And what a satisfying read it was ...Having read and reviewed Darlington's first novel Thicker than Blood, last year, I knew she could write an emotionally compelling story about sympathetic characters firmly located in specific natural environments. But it is amazing the improvement from Book 1 to Book 2 in terms of tighter editing, smoother plotting, and confident storytelling!From the very first line, "Don't you ever feel guilty?", Darlington develops the twin themes of guilt and forgiveness in the lives of her main characters. It is their respective guilt in their specific circumstances that, in fact, draws their disparate plot lines together in a deftly handled mixing of theme, plot, and character.The novel takes place in two main locales: the world of antiquarian booksellers and the American Southwest. Many characters from the first novel are back, including sisters Christy and May, married ranchers Jan and Keith, and siblings Hunter and Abby and their father. But the main focus this time around is on newcomer, Roxie Gold, a sixteen-year-old foster child, who is now on the road in an RV with her longlost mother's cousin, Irene, and Irene's teenage son, Diego.No worries for readers who are not familiar with Thicker than Blood, however, as all the characters receive adequate reintroductions in this new story, and their backstories are divulged only as needed to further the current conflict. Those familiar with the first story will welcome the further character development for Abby Dawson, who is left with her own guilt from the first novel.Roxie's guilt stems from her part in a crime committed early in the novel in which she is an unwitting accomplice to murder. If that sounds dramatic, consider that Roxie's young life has been quite Dickensian to that point, including a drugged-out mother, a major accident that left her scarred for life at age 8, multiple foster families, group homes, and more. Now that she's found a family of sorts with her mother's cousin and son, Roxie understandably hopes that happiness has found her at last.Sadly, continuing in Dickensian fashion, Irene is a thief, who enlists her son and foster daughter to assist her in stealing rare books from dealers across the Southwest and then reselling them online. So alas, the idyllic life on the road traveling with family in an RV is not to be for Roxie. It is when one of these robberies goes horribly wrong that the plot kicks into gear.Meanwhile Abby has problems of her own, including a two-week suspension from the police force after taking out her anger on not being able to visit her daughter (whose father has sole custody) in an arrest of the mayor's wife for drunk driving. Without giving away too much plot, Abby's story almost immediately gets entangled with Roxie's after the crime is committed. And Christy Williams, the main character in Thicker than Blood, is also intertwined in tragic fashion. And she continues to deal with some residual guilt from her former lifestyle - though her newfound faith helps her cope with a new tragedy.Speaking of Christy, however, I will make one criticism of the novel, which is that Christy's response to the murder is quite underdeveloped. I realize she is not the focus of this story but is rather, serving as a bulwark for Abby this time, as May was a bulwark for Christy in the first novel. But still, I would argue that the tragic murder affects Christy more than it does Abby, and yet we see very little of her grief process or her coping mechanism. We presume her newly strengthened faith is helping her deal more peacefully with her sorrow, but we don't see it much at all. Some of her interactions with Abby, laughing at jokes while unofficially investigating the crime, came off as jarring to me.Other than some misfires in dealing with Christy's character this time around, Darlington shows magnificent improvement over an impressive first novel. She again ramps up the story to a dramatic, tense, and pa[...]

"Bound by Guilt" by C.J. Darlington blog tour continues


Hi all:I'm still reading ...... but in the meantime check out what the other bloggers in the tour have to say about Bound by Guilt:1. My Friend Amy2. Books, Movies & Chinese Food3. Backseat Writer4. All Things Supernatural5. Andrea Schultz6. Finding Hope Through Fiction7. A Fair Substitute for Heaven8. Daysong Reflections9. Mocha With Linda10. All Are Welcome Here11. Window to My World12. Life in Review13. The Surrendered Scribe14. One Desert Rose15. Loving Heart Mommy16. Mom 2 Mom Connection17. The View From Stone Water18. A Peak At My Bookshelf19. Book Lover20. Thoughts of a Sojourner21. Never A Dull Moment22. The Character Therapist23. Healing Hearts Book Review Blog24. Reading to Know25. Word Up!26. Rocky Mountain Writer27. Books & Needlepoint28. Thrifty In Arkansas29. Reflections In Hindsight30. Connected2Christ31. Tea Time with Valerie32. Ramblin' Roads33. Craving the Supernatural34. Stamped with Grace35. Jane Austen, Chai Tea, and Me36. Creative Madness Mama37. Cornhusker Academy38. Reading Pal39. My Book Addiction and More40. Readin N Writin with Patricia41. Blogging by Liza42. The Musings of a Book Addict43. A Christian Writer's World44. Clicking Her Heels45. Caitlin Muir46. Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Pencildancer47. Read Write Revamp48. Terri's Writing Adventures49. Cindy's Book Reviews50. Character Counts51. Divine Detour52. Pink Sapphire53. Delores Liesner54. Dwellings55. Heidi Main, Writer56. BarbJan10Blogs57. Butterfly Journey58. Write About Now59. On A Western Trail60. Deborah M. Piccurelli61. The Mommy Rambles62. Christy's Book Blog63. Carpe Libris64. Writing Remnants65. WordVixen66. My Own Little Corner of the World67. Andrea's Take68. Misc Mayzee69. Book Reviews by Molly70. Carol's Blog71. Becca's World72. Relz Reviewz73. Quiverfull Family74. The Koala Bear Writer75. Wyn is Reading Books76. Illuminating Fiction77. Peeking Between the Pages78. My 5 Monkeys79. The Barn DoorThat should keep you busy until I finish reading and post my own thoughts!Check out what everyone else is saying on the Blog Tour.[...]

"Bound By Guilt" by C.J. Darlington

2011-03-25T12:02:03.402-04:00 Blog Tours Presents:Bound by Guiltby C.J. DarlingtonPublished by Tyndale HouseShuttled between foster homes, Roxi Gold will do anything to fit in. Soon she’s traveling the country stealing rare books from unsuspecting bookstores. Police officer Abby Dawson has seen the worst of society—and not just at work. One fateful night, both their lives are changed forever. One searches for justice, the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free?***I'll have more information throughout the week ...including my own review!***Great job! You kept me turning the pages.--Francine Rivers, Internationally best selling author C.J. is a wonderful, talented writer . . . extraordinary . . .--Bodie Thoene, best-selling author of the A.D. ChroniclesThis one engages your senses and reaches your heart.--Jerry B. Jenkins, NY Times best-selling author & owner of The Christian Writers GuildWatch the book trailer:About the Author:C. J. Darlington won the 2008 Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest with her first novel, Thicker Than Blood. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over twelve years, scouting for stores similar to the ones described in her novels before cofounding her own online bookstore. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web site with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website www.cjdarlington.comQUICK LINKS: The 1st chapter of Bound by GuiltBuy at Christianbook.comBuy at Amazon.comBuy at Barnes & NobleCheck out what everyone else is saying on the Blog Tour.[...]



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America Rising, Part 2


Hi all:

I have a new review at Title Trakk of Jo Kadlecek's nonfiction work Woman Overboard: How Passion Saved My Life:


Here's how my review begins:

As a big fan of author Jo Kadlecek’s Lightfoot trilogy about religion reporter Jonna Lightfoot Maclaughlin and who, in fact, gave a cover endorsement for the final book A Minute Before Friday, I was eager to read Kadlecek’s nonfiction musings in Woman Overboard: How Passion Saved My Life. Full disclosure leads me to confess that I am generally a bigger fan of fiction’s showing than nonfiction’s telling.

Furthermore, I have favorite nonfiction authors and favorite fiction authors but rarely does one cross successfully to the other as far as I’m concerned. For example, I enjoy Frederick Buechner’s and, to a lesser extent, Anne Lamott’s nonfiction books. But I just don’t get their fiction. Rare examples of writers whose fiction and nonfiction are equally enjoyable for me are Madeleine L’Engle and Randy Alcorn. To that list, I can add Jo Kadlecek. At least as far as Woman Overboard is concerned.

In this slim volume’s seven chapters plus prologue, epilogue, and an appended collection of “Life Preservers,” Kadlecek takes a definitive and anecdotal look at the well-lived life. Definitive in that she opens each chapter with etymologies of words, such as “adventure,” “vocation,” “suffer,” and of course, “passion,” with its close companion, “compassion.” Anecdotal in that she frames her musings with biographical anecdotes from her childhood up to the present day. In so doing, Kadlecek combines her gift for storytelling with clear-headed yet emotional brief essays on what gives life meaning, how do we find it, embrace it, and live it with passion when so much of our ordinary days seem bogged down and distracted.

I took about a week to read this less-than-200 page book, because though its chapters are brief, its revelations are not ...

You can read the rest here.



America Rising


Hi all:

I'm a bit late since this video has been making the rounds for a couple of weeks. But it's also keeps disappearing from web sites - mysteriously being pulled down by ... somebody.

Guess who after viewing.

But this one seems to be pretty stable.

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In Pictures: Meeting Sarah Palin in Rochester


Hi all:Enjoy some pix I drove 811 miles RT to get!First of all: No, I didn't camp out overnight.But here are the instructions for those who did:Question: What other politicians have people camping outovernight for their book signings?Sarah's there somewhere!Stars in her eyes.Signing.The man on the left is Jason Recher,who worked with her on the 2008 campaign.Looks like he still is.Chatting with supporters.Listening to suppporters.Supporters of all ages.Shaking hands.Leaning in.Here we are! Almost there. Just around the corner we'll get to meet Sarah!I'm in the middle.We had to put our cameras on a separate table because no personal pix were allowed of ourselves with Sarah. Shealah Craighead took pix, so I'll be checking there to see if there are any good ones of my meeting.Engage!hrh[...]

Factual Response to Democrat National Committee's Attack on Sarah Palin re: Health Care


Hi all:

Check out this quick video fact check of the Democrat National Committee's (DNC) attack ad trying to debunk Sarah Palin's claims about the horrible health care plans currently being forced upon us Americans:

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(BTW, I thought Palin was an irrelevant, light-weight quitter? Why is the official DNC attacking a private citizen? ...)


Join Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and actor Jon Voight and a few thousand or so (more if you can go) this Thursday (November 5) at high noon on the West Steps of the Capitol in DC to walk the halls and let our congressman and women - you know, those people we sent to DC to represent our policy preferences - that we do not want these health care plans foisted upon us.

Click here for all the details.



ATTENTION: Vital Health Care Alternatives from House Minority Leader John Boehner


Hi all:Please listen to tomorrow's weekly GOP address. Why? Well, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi just released another health care bill from the House. And guess what?Abortion coverage is back in.Coverage for illegal immigrants is back in.Mandatory end of life counseling alongside mandates for doctors to cut spending - which means they are incentivized to counsel seniors to not get the best care because it's too expensive - is back in.Penalties for not having health insurance are back in.The government "public" option is back in.Talk about a scary Halloween nightmare!!!So in tomorrow's weekly GOP address, House Minority Leader John Boehner will outline the right way to fix the parts of health care that are broken.Here are my comments on the subject:Because, really if you think of health care as a house, the house of U.S. health care is a mansion, the best in the world. 85% of American citizens are covered, and of those people, 75% or so are happy with their care. That's pretty darn good!So to cover the 15% or so who want to be covered, all we need to do is finish off the basement, renovate the attic, or put in a room over the garage. We do NOT need to come in with a wrecking ball and knock the whole house down!!! Which is exactly what the Dem plan does!Let's see:Finish off the basement with medical malpractice lawsuit reform.Renovate the attic by lifting the government restrictions on buying healthcare nationally across state lines. That's how we buy automobile, life, and home insurance. The Dems say the government option is necessary for choice and competition, but it will give us only one more choice. If they would lift the barrier to buy across state lines, that would give us around 1,500 choices, which is the number of health insurance companies in America!!Put in a room over the garage by incentivizing Health Savings Accounts with high deductible, low cost catastrophic health insurance policies! (That's what I have and more than 13 million others across American and it's great! It's my bank account that goes with me if I leave this job. Pretax deposits, interest bearing, used for healthcare expenses.)Here's what Sarah Palin just wrote in her Facebook note:TUNE IN TOMORROW TO HEAR A HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN THAT WILL PROVE TO BE THE GAME CHANGERToday at 6:28pm Mark my words - tomorrow is the game changer! Tune in to hear common sense solutions that bury the false accusations that conscientious members of Congress have no solutions to meet America's health care challenges. If you're like me, shaking your head wondering why all the miscommunication between Washington and the American people who have been saying, "Please hear what we're saying about our desire for health care reform," then tomorrow will be a refreshing time of clarity for all. All Americans, and especially colleagues of House Republican Leader John Boehner: please listen to tomorrow's weekly GOP national address. Rep. Boehner will highlight a common sense alternative to Speaker Pelosi's 1,990-page government takeover of health care. I urge you to watch for it. For a preview, go to: You'll hear solutions. You'll hear of real choices based on America's proven free-market principles. You'll know once and for all what the GOP and Independents have been saying all along about alternatives to another big government take over. After tomorrow, you'll know that accusations against the GOP and Independents for not providing solutions are false. Those claims are bogus. There are alternatives. Tune in to Rep. Boehner's address tomorrow to hear them. I look forward to the game changer! - Sarah PalinBTW, good news from at least one of Connecticut's senators: Joe Lieberman will vote with the GOP bills with public options! Thanks, Joe!Engage![...]