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American Sniper took theaters by storm when it was released. Now, you can own the film on BluRay and DVD–and help out Wounded Warriors in the process.
From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production. “American Sniper” stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
A two-time Oscar® nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper stars alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
Oscar®-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
The film is produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
“American Sniper” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “American Sniper” via purchase from digital retailers.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through December 31, 2015, void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more about WWP’s life-saving programs and services, please visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs.
Thanks to our generous sponsor, one reader will win a copy of the American Sniper Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. Please leave a comment letting me know whether or not you’ve seen the film, or your thoughts on it. US only please. Giveaway ends May 31.
by Krys Fenner
Bella has lived a rather boring life, but that all quickly changes. A new position in school forces her to take charge. A new boyfriend (her first), Jeremiah, hands her a confidence she has never known before. A new role in her church’s Fall Production makes her a leader. But that all gets destroyed when an attack by her father’s enemy turns her into the center of attention. Bella believes things couldn’t get worse, but they do. Can she survive the road of destruction and emerge stronger? Or has all that she gained been destroyed forever?
Using Psychology in Writing
by Krys Fenner
There are two ways to use psychology in writing. One gets very technical, while the other is more descriptive and action-oriented. There are two questions I would ask. Whose perspective is the story being told? And who is your audience? Once those are answered, then you’ll know how much terminology should be included in the manuscript.
Theoretically a work of non-fiction directed at a psychology student, psychologists, psychiatrist, or any counselor will be filled with more terminology than say a work of fiction intended for a young adult (12-18), new adult (18-25), or adult (25+) audience. Pieces of fiction are more likely to be action-based than using terminology. However, this again depends on the point of view character and your audience.
If the novel is written from the perspective of a counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist then the use of technical terms is highly probable. But if the book is written from a character suffering a particular psychosis, the character isn’t going to think “I have an adjustment disorder with a depressed mood.” Instead, actions and words of that character will display the psychological issue. If I was an author writing this character, then I would take into consideration how to demonstrate their problem.
Let’s say Jane has just gotten divorced. To describe an adjustment disorder with depression, I would reference her problems sleeping or lack of appetite. I would write about Jane’s refusal to spend time with friends. Or how she misses time from work. I could show her crying a lot or getting frequent headaches. All of these things would be symptoms of the psychological issue without verbally giving it a name. So, what if the point of view were changed?
With all that is going on, Jane recognizes she has a problem and decides to go see a psychologist. The doctor Jane chooses consults with another psychologist in their practice. We’ll call Jane’s psychologist, Dr. Tracy. If I were writing the scene from Dr. Tracy’s point of view, then I am more likely going to use technical terms, especially if she is speaking to a colleague. However, as a writer I will take into consideration my audience. Who am I writing the story for? Do I expect people who read the novel to understand these terms? If not, I have two options: define the terms in the book or dumb the terminology down.
It isn’t hard to write a book using psychological issues without technological terms. You just have to know who your audience is and whose perspective the story should be told from. The difficulty is in making sure the actions and feelings the character displays are accurate and appropriate for the situation. If you can do that successfully, the terminology won’t matter; the story will.
About the Author
At the age of 16, Krys Fenner fell in love with Psychology and Creative Writing. At that time she wrote her first short story dealing with sexual abuse and forgiveness. Psychological issues in her family filled her with the desire to help others using her own experiences. So in 2004, she earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology. And while her sister is the one with dreams of becoming a Psychologist, Krys Fenner returned to Creative Writing. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts and plans to continue on to a Masters degree, where she can major in her first love (Creative Writing) and minor in her second (Psychology).
The Shell Seekers
by Rosamunde Pilcher
An instant bestseller when it was first published in 1987, The Shell Seekers is an enduring classic which has touched the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. A novel of connection, it is the story of one family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. It is filled with real people–mothers and daughters, husband and lovers–and inspired with real values. Now for the first time in trade paperback, this magical novel—the kind of reading experience that comes along only once in a long while—is the perfect summer read, whether you are returning to it again, or opening the cover for the first time.
At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling’s prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather’s work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer…and it lies in her heart.
About the Author
ROSAMUNDE PILCHER has had a long and distinguished career as a novelist and short-story writer, but it was her phenomenally successful novel The Shell Seekers that captured the hearts of all who read it and won her international recognition as one of the most-loved storytellers of our time. The Shell Seekers was followed by September and then by Coming Home and Winter Solstice, which also became worldwide bestsellers. She lives in Perthshire, Scotland.
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by Jennifer Latham
Expected Publication: May 19, 2015
Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic fifteen-year-old, ready to take on crime in her hometown. When Scarlett agrees to investigate a local boy’s suicide, she figures she’s in for an easy case and a quick buck. But it doesn’t take long for suicide to start looking a lot like murder.
As Scarlett finds herself deep in a world of cults, curses, and the seemingly supernatural, she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks…and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father’s murder.
Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.
About the Author
I write because it’s the only job I’ve been able to stick to for more than two years. Seriously.
I’ve lived lots of different places. Here’s the list: New York City; San Francisco; Augusta, GA; Buffalo, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Madrid; Providence, RI; and now…Tulsa, OK.
I’ve had some really weird and really normal jobs. The weirdest was helping out with autopsies. The one I’d go back to if I couldn’t write is being a school psychologist. The one I still do sometimes is teach yoga.
I live with my two daughters, two dogs, a cat, three turtles, three hermit crabs, a bunch of fish, and a husband (mine, of course).
I love watching people.
And I love writing about the people who live inside my head, even when they don’t play nice.
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by Bobbie Pyron
Nate Harlow has never had a lucky day in his life. He’s never won a prize, he’s never been picked first, he’s never even won a coin toss. His best friend, Genesis Beam (aka Gen), believes in science and logic, and she doesn’t think for one second that there’s such a thing as luck, good or bad. But only an extremely unlucky person could be struck by lightning on his birthday… and that person is Nate Harlow. By some miracle, though, Nate survives, and the strike seems to have changed his luck.
Suddenly, Nate’s grandpa is the busiest fisherman in their small, beachside town. And Nate finds himself the center of attention, the most popular kid at school, the one who hits a game-winning home run! This lucky streak can’t last forever, though, and as a hurricane draws close to the shores of Paradise Beach, Nate and Gen may need more than just good luck to save their friendship and their town: They need a miracle.
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Nate is so unlucky, that he gets hit by lightning on his 11th birthday! He does survive it though, and it seems that somehow, it has had an effect on him–everything he does now turns out right. It even appears he can affect the luck of others!
But Nate soon learns that just because a wish comes true, doesn’t mean it solves every problem in your life–in a lot of instances, it can create more.
Nate and his best friend Gen are kind of the outcast kids of their small town, but they have each other and their families, at least. When Nate gets struck by lightning, his luck changes, and he finds himself a very popular person all of a sudden. It doesn’t take him long to learn that popularity comes with a price, and his “blessing” of good luck is more like a curse, at least when it comes to the relationships he has with the people closest to him.
I think this is a pretty good middle grade offering that 5th-7th graders would like. Gen and Nate have a pretty good friendship, and I think a lot of kids would relate to the way they are outsiders.
Lucky Strike had plenty of humorous parts, which I think young readers will enjoy as well. There are also moments of sadness and suspense that will keep readers quite engaged.
I liked the writing, though everything seemed to move very fast, even for a 250-plus page book! As I said, this is more geared toward middle grade readers, and they will love learning Nate’s story.
About the Author
Bobbie Pyron was born in Hollywood, Florida and spent her growing up years up in the panhandle, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and dreaming of being a mermaid. She has degrees in Psychology and Anthropology, and a Masters degree in Library Science, and has worked as a librarian for over twenty-five years.
Her first book, a novel for teens titled The Ring (WestSide Books), was published in October of 2009. Her second book, A Dog’s Way Home (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books), was published to starred reviews in March of 2011. The Dog Writers Association of America recently awarded Bobbie the Maxwell Medal of Excellence and the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award. It was also named a Banks Street Best Books of the Year.
Bobbie Pyron’s book, The Dogs of Winter (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic), came out October of 2012. The Dogs of Winter is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Kirkus Best 100 Children’s Books of the Year. Bobbie lives in Park City, Utah with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.
Bobbie Pyron’s Website.
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About the Book
Title: Fish Also Go To Heaven | Author: Tammy Brown Elkeles | Illustrator: Raquel Afonso | Publication Date: October 28, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 42 | Recommended Ages: 4 to 8
Summary: Fish Also Go to Heaven – A unique optimistic view of a loss of a loved pet.
Ellie’s best friend is her little goldfish. Spending every moment she can with him and telling him all her secrets. And at school she talks about him all the time as well. But one morning little “Fishie” is not moving….
Like all children, Ellie loves her little pet, Fishie. Sometimes young children are confronted by the realities of life that no one lives forever, especially little fish. How will Ellie and her mother handle the situation when Fishie is not moving one morning?
After trying to spare Ellie the pain and replacing Fishie by a similar fish, after a while the new fish jumps out of his fish bowl. Mother must now teach Ellie about one of the most basic facts of life. What happens to fish when they die? Are they OK wherever they are? Will we ever see them again? How will Ellie handle the loss of her goldfish? How will mother help Ellie with her loss?
Fish Also Go To Heaven offers kids a lesson about the facts of life and death in a unique optimistic way that will make it easy for them to handle similar loss. The book will help parents of tender children discuss the subject of loss with their kids and ease the grieving process for those who are faced with such loss.
This children’s book is suitable for a read aloud bedtime story for preschoolers or as a self-read for older children.
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“My daughter loves this book, I read it to her over and over again. Warmly recommended.” ~ Daphna, Amazon
“This bittersweet story deals with the subject of loss and death in a creatively spiritual way that would appeal to small children as well as their parents, who may debate how to answer such questions as ‘What happened to my cherished goldfish?’ Highly recommended.” ~ Shiran B., Amazon
“This lovely bed time story gives an insight into how to help small children to deal with loss in a lovely manner. The illustrations are cute as in other books by the same author. I generally feel that Tammy’s stories, invite me into her life and experiences with her children.” ~ Odvir, Amazon
About the Author: Tammy Brown Elkeles
I started to write children’s stories soon after a gave birth to my first child. I believe that children are an endless source of inspiration and joy and they can teach us important lessons about life. I live in Tel Aviv with my husband Miki, a photographer and documentary director, and my two boys. Being a staunch optimist, I believe that we have the power to influence reality and shape our own lives, and that is the message I wish to convey through my writing. I graduated with a BA in chemistry and nutritional biochemistry and later studied advertising as well as interior design. It was only in my thirties that I got to realize my childhood dream, studying playwriting and screenwriting and making writing my main focus. Works Published I currently have seven children’s books available on Kindle, and there are more to come. My book The Birds’ Bakery will soon appear in print nationwide. I’m also working on a comic books series for teenagers, D.J. Dirty Brown, to be published on Kindle.
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My 6 year old loves to get in the kitchen and help mom, but sometimes the grown up stuff is too hard for him to handle. Kids this age are also eager to learn about what happens when you mix different things, which is what baking is all about, right?
I’m happy to introduce you to the world of EZ-PZ Mixes! EZ-PZ Baking Mixes are perfect for kids who love to get in the kitchen and create, but aren’t quite old enough to bake with the adult stuff yet. EZ-PZ mixes are formulated to be baked in a real oven, and all you have to do is add water!
We were able to try out the Little Bakers Club Box, which is a pretty cool way to get everything your little chef needs to get in the kitchen and make goodies!
You get the mixing bowls, pans, and utensils you need to make your mixes.
My boy wanted to make the One Fish Two Fish mini cupcakes! The box comes with baking cups, the cake and frosting mix, sea blue sprinkles, and little fish candies to decorate with.
Putting in the baking cups.
He added water and got to mixing.
The little cakes came out perfectly!
He also frosted and decorated all by himself.
N was so proud of his finished product! He doesn’t love a lot of frosting so he only put it on half. The blue raspberry flavor was unique and tasty.
EZ-PZ Mixes are a great way to give your kids a little more independence in the kitchen, and the opportunity to make something they will be very proud of!
There is a variety of mixes to shop for, so you’re sure to find something your child will love.
EZ-PZ Mixes has been kind enough to provide a giveaway for Sweet Southern Home readers! You can win a baking kit with the very same mix I made, One Fish Two Fish, and all the cookware and utensils you need as well.
Even though I’m knocking on thirty’s door, I still get occasional hormonal breakouts. It’s definitely a lot better now than it was as a teenager though! When I was that age where my acne was my worst, I wish I would have had a system like the one offered by Exposed Skincare.
The Exposed 60-Day Basic 5-Piece Kit is a complete acne fighting skin care system that uses a multi step process to help clear your skin over time. Its’ active ingredients are is salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which are proven acne fighting solutions. The products work in several ways, targeting visible acne, blackheads and whiteheads, and inflammation. Best of all, it leaves your face’s skin looking and feeling healthier than ever!
Upon unboxing the 5 piece kit, here is what you will find:
- a quick start guide
- a more detailed manual
- Facial Cleanser
- Clearing Tonic
- Acne Treatment Serum
- Clear Pore Serum
- Derm-X Cloth
All bottles are a nice size and should last months if used as instructed. I noted a slight herbal smell when I opened the facial cleanser bottle, so it’s good to note that the products are not overwhelmingly scented, which may scare some users off.
For the next two months, my younger brother Nick will be using the Exposed 60-Day Basic 5-Piece Kit and reporting back to me with results. He is 14 years old, nearly 15, and has moderate acne and oily skin. He has long hair and plays sports so his hair is always in his face–leading to a lot of breakouts and making the ones he has even worse!
Here are Nick’s before photos. I will be back with the results of his treatment after both one and two months!
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The lymphatic system is vital to maintaining the health of your body. As lymph fluids move through the body, they collect viruses, bacteria and other harmful waste products that are then filtered out and flushed from the body. However, if the lymph system cannot properly drain, swelling can occur. Here are some little-known but important facts about lymphedema.
Lymphedema is Very Common
Although it is not as publicized as the widely recognized diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, AIDS, Parkinson’s or Muscular Dystrophy, lymphedema and other diseases of the lymphatic system after more people than these well-known ailments combined.
But It’s Slow to be Diagnosed
It can take years for doctors to properly diagnose and treat lymphatic diseases because the spotlight is not on awareness as it is for other illnesses.
Programs Don’t Cover Treatment
Military Members Susceptible
Because lymphedema can be triggered by trauma, some of the most common sufferers are military men and women who have been injured in the field.
It Can Lead to Cellulitis
Patients with lymphedema usually see it manifested in swollen legs and arms, and a common result is a skin disease called cellulitis. Without treatment, this bacterial infection can quickly become life threatening.
Research is Valuable
What little research that has been done on lymphedema and other lymphatic diseases is helpful in investigating other ailments such as cancer, lupus, heart disease and diabetes. This is because the lymphatic system plays a role in the development of many diseases.
It’s Common in Certain Cancers
Breast cancer patients and survivors are likely to see swelling in their arms and legs. Any person who has had a type of cancer that involves removal of lymph nodes, particularly about the shoulders, is almost guaranteed to experience lymphedema.
Lymph System Transports Cancer
Part of the reason for researchers’ interest in the lymphatic system is because it is involved in the metastasis of cancer. The traveling lymph liquids are ideal transport of cancerous cells. Developing advance treatments for lymphatic diseases may prove instrumental in furthering treatments for cancer.
System Crucial in Fighting Infection
The importance of the healthy operation of the lymphatic system cannot be underestimated. Nearly everyone knows that swollen lymph nodes can be an indication of a pending infection.
Many Sufferers Worldwide
Millions of people worldwide suffer from a condition called elephantiasis, in which parts of the body swell to gigantic proportions as a result of a parasite that lives in the lymphatic system.
I have to wonder sometimes if little girls hate bathtime as much as boys…well, lately, my boy at least! At six years old, stopping playtime to get in the tub is just a bother to my son. But at least with Dial’s new line of children’s products, getting him clean is quicker and easier!
Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash comes in a deliciously fruity watermelon scent that kids (and adults) will love. The pump is easy for little hands to use. The soap is hypoallergenic, and contains no artificial dyes or parabens. It’s pH balanced and gentle on kids’ skin.
My little guy was able to easily get soap out and rinse it off as well. He kept sniffing his hands and telling me how yummy they smelled!
Dial Baby Body & Hair Wash makes giving your kid a quick bath a snap, because you only have to use one product! It lathers up so nicely but rinses well too. The formula is fragrance free for kids as young as newborn, but as they grow you can get Dial Kids Body & Hair Wash in yummy fruity scents like peach or berry.
I love that the bath products that are a favorite for mom and dad are now available to kids! I feel great knowing Dial Kids Products are developed with pediatric dermatologists to give kids and babies perfect skin.