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Is College worth it?

Is College Worth It?  By William J. Bennett

Is COLLEGE worth it?

Is COLLEGE worth it?

I bought this book because I am in college at the age of 46!  Is it worth it?  Yes, absolutely!  I raised my daughter as a single mom before I went to college.

If you are worried about debts going into college this is a book to tell you the statistics and realities of going to college with the remaining “amount to pay when you are finished.”

If debt is your only reason for not going to college, I think you should get more than one opinion about your decision.  This book will discuss the realities of debts, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo learning are the likely outcomes.

I was impressed with the knowledge I gained but do not agree with the authors points on many things discussed.  I believe that tin the 21st century it is important to have a Bachelor’s degree for the best future employment successes.  If you have anything less than that, expectations will be less than desirable.   © 2013 Jackie Paulson



All I ever wanted was a life less ordinary by Victoria Bernadine

All I ever wanted was a life less ordinary by Victoria Bernadine

All I ever wanted was a life less ordinary by Victoria Bernadine

All I ever wanted was a life less ordinary by Victoria Bernadine













If you have read the Amazon book reviews you already know the story is about a woman who is in her “mid-life” crisis age.  She is in a “funk” and decided to sell everything and go on a six month road trip with a travel companion named Zeke Powell.  It’s a fast reading book which I enjoyed reading in two short days.  Maybe it’s because I can sympathize with the character as I am in the mid-life crisis myself but not going to extremes as (Rose “Manny” Mankowski).  If you want a story which brings exciting adventures, and learning how to rediscover yourself this book will appeal to you.  © 2013 Jackie Paulson


Falling off the Wind by Richard Meibers Book Review


Falling Off The Wind
Falling Off The Wind
by Richard Meibers
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.64
12 used & new from $9.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing at sea with my lover, December 12, 2012
This review is from: Falling Off The Wind (Paperback)

Falling off the Wind by Richard Meibers was given to me for a free review by The Cadence Group. This is the author’s fourth novel he has written. “Falling off the wind: a sailboat falls off the wind when it points its bow further from the eye of the wind. The opposite of heading up into the wind. “

I have to admit I am not much of a sailboat fan or wanting to read much, although this novel was very educating in the ways of sailing. There were many words I would look up as to understand what the writing meant. The book talks in “Spanish” at times so if you are not aware of how to speak the language it can set you off into a different direction.

The Schooner is a sailing boat with two or more masks and 50 year old Clement Scheutz and Samantha sail the named Panacea. It is a boat which they bought and wanted to rebuild because it is a 65 foot wooden-hulled boat built in the 1920′s that was used as a British racing boat. Not married but together is Samantha and Clement. Samantha is much younger and after seven years on the Schooner at sea they begin to have doubts of each other’s lives and the lives they chose together sailing. In order to continue to sail as they both love to do, they go to the coast of Puerto Rico and try to make money to keep sailing, eat, get supplies and continue their love of sailing.

The story takes through a love story and a horrible hurricane (Hugo) which hits Culebra bringing with it destruction no one could ever imagine.

I would recommend anyone that loves sailing, water, hurricanes, and romance lovers to pick up a copy today.
© 2012 Jackie Paulson


This Mobius Strip of Ifs by Mathias B Freese

Title : This Mobius Strip of Ifs

Author : Mathias B. Freese

Publisher : Wheatmark

ISBN : 978-1-60494-723-6

I received this book free for my honest review.  Mathias Freese is a psychotherapist and an English teacher and offers a great piece of writing which incites the readers to introspect and reflect on the events and the whole lives running past them. It encourages the readers to analyze the life truthfully and sincerely. It is a profound self help book.

What is ‘Mobius Strip’?  A Mobius Strip is actually a twisted ribbon or is described as a surface with only one side. It is the basis of some scientific models and is used as a metaphor by mathematicians and physicists. It illustrates how, for people like us, it is almost impossible to even imagine any other dimension outside the known four dimensions.

Freese has used the same fundamental approach in order to explain the possibilities which are beyond our comprehension and perception.

The book is primarily an array of essays which are written addressing a medley of aspects – author‘s reminiscences, his observations, his understanding, his evaluation and his learning from the whole process of living life for 67 years. These essays actually give the readers an unadulterated insight into a thinking person’s mind touching various topics ranging from his personal thoughts and relationships to very generic comments on his teaching profession and his struggle with the society.

He discusses about the bond between body and mind and how they both need to work in perfect tandem in order to accomplish the simple yet hard to achieve task of ‘living in the moment’. He highlights this point by saying – ‘Most of us are unprepared for living until the very hour we die. We give little organized thought – awareness, if you will – to our mortality. We are obsessed with peripherals – and false needs. ‘

Mathias’ lucid and brutally true comments on teaching are admirable and in order to strengthen my point, here is a quote from the book- ‘He teaches English in a suburban school. It is not unlike other high schools in that real learning is not carried out. The implicit assumption is that education need not have vision or be real. It is a holding action. For some it is too frightening or wasteful to really work with young people in the kind of intimate and caring way they crave. After all, the teaching profession does not attract the best because it does not encourage what is best in us.’

An introspective and thought provoking letter to a student deserves a very special mention too and I would not like to divulge the details of the same and spoil the interest of the readers.

The uniqueness of these essays is that all are disjoint articles which works at two levels – it keeps the anticipation alive as to what is going to come next and each of these can be read individually too.

The impressive part about these essays is that the author seamlessly moves through these numerous varied topics without running into the risk of losing the attention of the readers. Rather the readers would surely find many things to relate to during the whole narrative. I, for instance found a few passages perfectly cloaking my inner personal feelings. The feelings expressed straight from the heart are sure to stir many chords for various readers at varied levels.


Jackie Paulson © 2012