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Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's A Rundown Life: House Island, Maine


Image of :: An old outhouse located on House Island, Maine
Date Taken :: July 18th 2011


This is apart of a series of photos I'll be posting (not during any time frame just when the mood strikes me) on my blog. I don't know why but some rundown places or things interest me ... so here is the first in this series! =0)

- Jess

Friday, February 26, 2010

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

"A Heart Divided" by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld -- Is the Confederate battle flag a racist symbol—or a proud reminder of Southern heritage?

When Kate’s liberal-minded family moves from the suburbs of New York City to a small town near Nashville, Kate is convinced her life is over. Redford lives up to Kate’s low expectations. The Confederate battle flag waves proudly in the sky, the local diner serves grits and sweet tea, and country music rules the airwaves. Then she meets Jackson Redford III, scion of the town and embodiment of everything Dixie. And dang if brilliant, gorgeous Jack doesn’t make Kate decide that maybe her new hometown isn’t so bad after all. But a petition to replace the school’s Confederate flag symbol is stirring up trouble. Kate dives right in, not afraid to attack what she sees as offensive. Getting involved means making enemies, though, and soon, Kate and Jack—and their families—find themselves pitted against each other in a bitter controversy: not just about the flag, but about what it means to be an American.
[Taken from their website since it explained it a lot better then I could.]


4 out of 5 stars! When I started this book, I will admit I had Kate's (the main character) original point-of-view, being that when I looked at anyone who would fly, have stickers and/or have paintings of the confederate flag ... I was amazed someone would still have them up since when I see it I immediately think of racism. You see I grew up in southern Maine and even though I might not have known much about history (since I was never was able to pay attention in history classes growing up), but I did know the basics ... the big things ... and I have plenty of different types of friends from either my high school, college years, or just as I got older that I feel I treat everyone the same as I would everyone else. Therefore, after I was married and moved to North Carolina it was something to get used to, to see all of the different people who have representations of the flag on so many things around them (an example would be the picture to the left of this paragraph - taken in Hertford, NC). However, I still didn't completely get it. Now, even though I still think the same way that I did before reading this book, yet I feel I now have a better understanding as to why someone might still love the confederate flag, even if I don't agree with them.

It's a compelling story about believing your values. The way you read it at first, I didn't like it until I understood that it was kind of written to have a bird's eye view of everything to make the ending that much better. And it is!! I cried, laughed, and learned more then I expected to out of this book. I highly recommend it ... especially to those northerners, like me, who still don't get it, or at least I didn't before I read this book.

For more information on this book or any of Cherie & Jeff's other books, then please check out their website.

** Title is a quote from the book A Heart Divided by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld **

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Happy Easter!!

I hope everyone will have a wonderful Easter holiday today! In addition, I also hope that those who decided to buy a pet for their children for Easter will plan on taking care of them properly and love them to pieces. The reason I say that is because my best friend works at the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, Maine so I see photos of all of the poor animals that get given up there, so I wish that if you loved them when you bought them you plan on loving them for a very long time afterward. =0)

Check out the recent Easter article about the bunnies at the ARL: hare care

Check out the recent Easter video from the ARL: Thinking Twice Before Buying 'Real' Easter...

Again ... Happy Easter Everyone! Enjoy the day with your family and friends!! Spring is in the air!

Loves, Jess

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Birthday to my Mom!!

Happy Birthday Mom!!

She has raised me to become the woman I am today. She is one of my best friends and I love her to pieces. I hope she'll have a wonderful day, during her vacation in Maine right now.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Help the Animal Rescue League

Help my best friend, Justine, with the Animal Rescue Site's Shelter Challange!!


Vote daily at The Animal Rescue Site for the Westbrook Animal Refuge League!!!!! -- one shelter/rescue organization will win $25,000! There are chances to win $1,000 prizes, too.

Click here to make your daily vote ... search for the shelter by it's name or location ... then when the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, ME is listed click the vote button beside it!!. You can vote once each day through December 14th.

For more information on the Animal Rescue League in Westbrook, Maine then please click here.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hope starts with you and me

This past week my Aunt Meg past away, she had been fighting breast cancer for 10 years and was one of the sweetest people I know. In honor of her, two of my cousins are walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event so please help them by donating!
Hildy's Page & Michele's Page

Thank you ahead of time.

Take care, Jess

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Venture into Africa...

A friend of my mom has her daughter over in Africa right now with the New Sudan Education Initiative. Her name is Annie and she is from Portland, Maine area like I am and I find her blog very interesting. In addition, I agree with my mother when she says, "Annie should write a book!"

So please check out her blog when you get the chance and Venture to Africa with Annie.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

I just wanted to wish all the Fathers a very Happy Father's Day today!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

And to my Dad ...


Take care, Jess


* Photography was taken by Joseph Hooper.

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