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BB&Y Book Review By Dixie

 

Mind Hunter

Mind Hunter
By John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
• Published in 1995
• 384 pages

This book was scary amazing! John Douglas was one of the pioneering Special Agents of the FBI that helped figure out how serial criminals think. He had a 25 year career with the FBI and nearly died from the stress of it.

You know sometimes you read a book and you come across a prolific statement or quote so you underline it, highlight it or as in my case I used a small sticky note; this book has many of these sticking out of it. The first of which is:

“So much of what a law enforcement officer does is difficult to share with anyone, even a spouse. When you spend your days looking at dead and mutilated bodies, particularly when they’re children it’s not the kind of thing you want to bring home with you.”

Mr. Douglas talks about when the FBI was approached about the filming of the movie “Silence of the Lambs” (pg 173) he brought the actor who played the FBI Agent Jack Crawford to his office. The actor Scott Glenn according to Douglas “was a pretty Liberal guy who had strong feeling on rehabilitation, redemption and the fundamental goodness of people.” Douglas showed him the “gruesome case file pictures of cases they dealt with on a daily basis. He even let him “listen to recordings made by killers while there were torturing their victims”, Mr. Glenn cried and said “I had no idea there were people out there who could do anything like this.” I had to ask myself, what did this do to him and his family because he was so driven to figure out these very scary people so they didn’t hurt anyone else?

“But I always tell my classes, if you want to understand Picasso, you have to study his art. If you want to understand the criminal personality, you have to study his crime.”

Most Law Enforcement officers have to learn how to deal with what they see on the job and they sometimes “come off as a cool, aloof son of a bitch” Douglas says. He goes on to say that he and his wife ended up with a different set of friends and he couldn’t talk with any of them about his job. He often became bored in her circle of friends because of the seriousness of what he dealt with any of their concerns where trivial.

This is real world stuff my friends…He says that the “only way crime is going to go down is if all of us simply stop accepting and tolerating it in our families, our friends and our associates. Crime is a moral problem. It can only be resolved on a moral level.”…and I think he hits the nail on the head.

Open your eyes my friends, this is not an exaggeration…

BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

BB&Y Book Review By Dixie

BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

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What does it mean to me?

Morning everyone! So i read a post that has been stuck in my brain for a few days.  It askes “what is your blog really about?” And “How much time did you spend on you About page?” (Here is the original post: https://wp.me/p5oeKw-4c )

So, i went back and read my “About” page. I think i did a pretty good job explaining why i started this blog and my interrests. But I’d like to add this visual, if you will.

Have you seen the “Titanic” movie? If so, you’ll know what i mean when i say, Rose and Jack inspired me. You see, in the movie Jack encourages Rose to “Do” all those things she is curious about. In the begining of the movie Rose is 100+ years old and the story is told by her. What i noticed was she DID all those things she and Jack talked about.

So back to this blog.  Of course i want this blog to be successful and if you read up on how to do that, most advice says to pick one subject. I tried that, but in short i just didnt like that.  I have many interrests, like Rose, and i want to talk about all of them. I did identify a particular interrest that not much is written about but that doesn’t get many readers. 

So what I’ve learned thus far is the common denominator in all my interrests is Me. My passion, experiences and thoughts. I love Books, riding my motorcycle, crocheting, our grandchildren, shopping and a host of other things.

I am totally open to suggestions and would love to hear your thoughts. 

Grandparents question

Morning all! So we have 2 grandbabies coming. One is due around Thanksgiving (EllieJo) and one is due in April. 

EllieJo may be coming a couple weeks early, which has thrown me into MEGA NESTING PHASE for some reason. No they dont live with us, but i have a serious urge to clean EVERYTHING ! Is this normal for a grandparent? I am telling you this is not normal for me lol. I love a clean house but this is off the chain. Please lend me your thoughts and experiences on this my friends.

Lets add alittle more anxiousness to the mix by talking about the one due in April. They live in Texas, we live in Florida and i want them to come home badly. Of course i miss them and i want them to follow their path, but now we’ll have a grandbaby, waaayyyy far away. Yes i know planes fly there and roads lead there but….any advice here? Besides get some Medication?! 😁😁😁

I have a great book review coming about an amazing lady who has ridden her own motorcycle over 60k miles all over North America and Europe, over a span of 75 years and shes 93 and still riding her own ; so stay tuned!

BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

The Shack

The Shack

By Wm. Paul Young

• Published in 2007

• 248 pages

 

 

Synopsis:
     Mack’s daughter Missy was kidnapped and killed; they never found her body. This story is told from Mack’s perspective and deals with “The great sadness” as he calls it. Almost 4 years goes by and he gets a strange note that draws him back to the place they think Missy was killed. The note was signed by “Papa” which is a nick name his wife uses for God. He makes the trip and in a weekend, he learns a lot about himself and God.

 “Mackenzie, it’s been a while. I’ve missed you. I’ll be at the shack next weekend if you want to get together. – Papa”

My thoughts:
     I read a review that totally blasted the author because they thought this book was to preachy. First, you need to know this is a work of fiction NOT non-fiction. I certainly don’t think it was preachy, however some of the conversations between Mack and God did go in circles and got a bit confusing. But I could follow the meaning and context of the conversation because I saw the movie before I read the book. Of course, the book gives you more details.

     Overall, I think this is a terrific book and I would recommend it.
At the back of the book you see information about “The Missy Project” which come to find out has nothing to do with the book. The author encourages readers to buy and share the book to help “The Missy Project”, going back to the review I read; this nugget totally incensed this reviewer which I really don’t understand. I hope you get a chance to read the story; I’d love to hear your thoughts.

BB&Y Audiobook Review: By Dixie

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Audiobook

Anyone else wish someone would have said “Dear Mrs. Bennet Do Shut Up!”

“Pride and Prejudice is a romance novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. Mr. Bennet of the Longbourn estate has five daughters, but his property is entailed, meaning that none of the girls can inherit it. His wife has no fortune, so it is imperative that at least one of the girls marry well in order to support the others on his death. The novel revolves around the necessity of marrying for love, not simply for monetary reasons, despite the social pressures to make a good match.”

     This audio book version was read for Librivox and narrated by Karen Savage in 2007. I highly recommend this version as Ms. Savage not only has a pleasant British accent but I adore her different voices for some of the characters. I listened to this book every chance I got, mostly at work, and it took me about a week.

     Although I have seen the movie prior to listening to this book, I thought the book and movie compared well. It also helped me visualize some of the characters. Its been a long time since I watched the movie but I have to give them credit for type casting very well.

I’ve been mulling over what to say about this and I have come to the conclusion that most of you reading this will have already read, watched or listened to this particular book. I’d only like to add my fondest sentiments for this book; am I starting to sound like a writer from this period? ha ha I mostly enjoyed the complex word sparing that takes place in this novel. It really added to the visual I was playing in my head. These are people that spent all of their time really thinking about what they hear and say. Imagine if some people really tried to do this today.

     So tell me what are you favorite parts of the book? Do you have a favorite character besides Mr. Darcy and Lizzy?

BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

Renting Lacy:

A Story of America’s Prostituted Children; A Call to Action

By Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma

  • Caution: Mature Content
  • Published in 2009 revised in 2011
  • 163 pages

Synopsis: The author Linda Smith was a U.S. Representative who after she left politics founded the organization “Shared Hope” to help women and children in crisis. This book not only tells the story of “Lacy” but of many others lives and how they got sucked into the “night” life. She explains how predators manipulate children (aka the product) “as young as 11” into prostitution and drugs.

  • “it’s cheaper and less risky getting a girl from a small town or a city in the U.S. than to import women and children from other countries.” (page 11)
  • “while any child is vulnerable to being targeted and recruited by a pimp, the reality is that pimps seek out youth who are experiencing strife in the family, such as verbal, physical, or sexual abuse.” (page 119)
  • “…100,000 children are the human products meeting the demand of the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. alone. Around the world, more than 1 million children are subjected to human trafficking for sex or porn. The industry is estimated to bring in $9.5 billion annually.” (page 95)

My thoughts:

Someone gave me this book, they said it was interesting and eye opening. This book is very small but has a Huge message. For me that message is “Pay Attention, someone’s life may depend on it!”. I was sick at how easy it is to lure a child into this life. Our children are being not only bullied but preyed upon. I urge you to read this book slowly and absorb the details of how it’s done. The information in this book has encouraged me to not only share it with you but to point out we all need to pay attention more; really pay attention!

There is a scenario of a pimp that goes to his nephews wrestling match and notices a couple girls sitting by themselves. He tells his nephew he’ll have a party (complete with alcohol and drugs) for the wrestling team if he invites those two particular girls. He gets them high then encourages the boys to have sex with the drugged girls. Then the next day tells the girls that no one will want them but that he would take care of them. This seriously shocked me to my soul because I can totally see this whole scenario play out in my head; who hasn’t noticed a couple kids that don’t fit into the popular crowd? Or who has a reputation for being different?

Its pointed out clearly to me, that no one starts out in life wanting to be hooked on drugs or to be a prostitute. What is it that we all want? To be loved, protected and to feel safe! Think about this the next time you see a homeless person or you are at a school function and see kids that don’t quite “fit in” with the rest. Don’t turn your nose up or make rude comments because that could be someone you know and after all they are someone else’s children. An old saying, I grew up hearing was “until you walk a mile in their shoes, you don’t pass judgement”.

BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

5 people

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

By Mitch Albom

  • Published in 2003
  • 196 pages

Synopsis:

Eddie has worked at an amusement park called “Ruby Pier” practically his whole adult life. His father worked there before him so he spent a lot of time there as a kid. Eddie is sad about all the things he didn’t get to do because he started working there to save his dads job and basically never left even after his father passed. Eddie thinks he’s had no purpose or was never able to fulfill his purpose. Through flash backs to some of his birthdays he learns about people that not only affected his life but how he affected theirs as well.

  • “No Story sits by itself. Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.”
  • “I should have worked somewhere else, he told her. I’m sorry I never got us out of there. My dad. My leg. I always felt like such a bum after the war.”
  • “Did I save her? Did I pull her out of the way?”

My thoughts:

I adore this book! It is a such a quick read but I suggest you take your time and absorb the lessons that Eddie learns about his life. I have read this book twice, so far and look forward to reading it again. We become so hyper-focused on the details of our lives that we miss the lesson. This book made me look at things differently.

When I first read it over 10 years ago, it made me realize “Things really do happen for a reason” and sometimes you are not meant to know exactly what that is until much later. It also made me look at people in my life differently; even the most difficult people I run across are meant to teach me something. I feel like if I keep running into that same person or situation repeatedly, I just haven’t absorbed the message.

This is one of those books that you just have to have a physical copy of to pick up and open to any page and remember you have a purpose.