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5.0 out of 5 stars The Inside Out Umbrella, Aug. 19 2016
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This umbrella appears to live up to its billing. It opens and closes easily. The material appears to be durable. Its biggest advantage is that it allows you to fold it up while going through a door. However, I have not been able to use it yet as to its ability to shelter me from rain because of the very dry weather we have experienced. I will add to this review once I have been able to take it through some heavy rain.


On My Own
On My Own
by Diane Rehm
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.48
42 used & new from CDN$ 0.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections of a Loving Person, Aug. 17 2016
This review is from: On My Own (Hardcover)
I picked up this book to find out how a great radio journalist handles yet another challenge in her life, and I was not disappointed. As a woman who has struggled with serious health issues concerning her voice, Rehm now ventures into the world of spousal loss. In this painful process, her story involves a very reflective and loving look at a longstanding relationship with her late husband, John, who recently died from Parkinson's, and a very instructive discussion on the right to die, an option he took. In reading this memoir and tribute, I sensed that Rehm, a woman with strong Christian values, is learning to pick up her life again while still coping with grief. While John did so much to secure her life, she is now taking a different initiative, in his memory, to help others cope with the very private issue of the right to die. As a national celebrity, she and her associates are lobbying for legislation to allow people the right to die with dignity. Now in her eighties, with the knowledge that her radio days may be coming to an end, Rehm seems to have found new inspiration to keep going. This book is a testimony to the fact that she still has the wonderful ability to connect with people of all walks of life in ways that continue to show sensitivity, grace, and love. I recommend this short work to anyone who is looking for an all-important kickstart in their disconsolate lives. What Rehm has to say here is measured, caring, and practical because she truly loves life.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to make a big quality difference in your environment, Aug. 16 2016
Once again, I am committed to using diffusers to positively change the atmosphere of living space with the use of essential oils. This device works very well in providing a sweeter and more salubrious feeling. It pumps out a decent volume of mist up to six hours, accompanied by a cool color show. Instructions as to filling and clearing the pot are easy to follow.


Infrared Thermometer -50°C to 420°C, EC Technology Digital LCD Non-contact Instant Read Temperature Gun-Red
Infrared Thermometer -50°C to 420°C, EC Technology Digital LCD Non-contact Instant Read Temperature Gun-Red

4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Means for Gauging Surface Temperatures, Aug. 16 2016
Here are ten observations about this product garnered from personal use:
1. Easy to handle (point and shoot);
2. Did experience slight variation in adjoining surfaces which I now realize, with the help of another reviewer, that it has to do with difference in reflection;
3. The readout is well lit and and easy to read;
4. The thermometer comes with a warning about infrared light;
5. Comes with a good grip;
6. Very reliable with liquids;
7. Comes with guide for trainable distances;
8. A good device for determining the insularity of thermoses, the relative temperature of various parts of a room, effectiveness of refrigeration, and heat loss to the outside;
9. Comes with a convenient temperature conversion button;
10. A good price when compared with other similar models.


LILYSILK 100 Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair Charmeuse Hypoallergenic Standard/Queen 20x30 Inch White 1pc 19 Momme Gift Box
LILYSILK 100 Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase for Hair Charmeuse Hypoallergenic Standard/Queen 20x30 Inch White 1pc 19 Momme Gift Box
Offered by LILYSILK
Price: CDN$ 51.75

5.0 out of 5 stars A Product Worth a Try, Aug. 16 2016
This is my first introduction to the wonders of sleeping on silk. It is a remarkable experience to lay one's head on the softest of material in readiness for a good night's sleep. When I realize the extent of the bacterial activity found in cotton material, silk looks like a great alternative with better durability and comfort. The seller here makes sure that whoever buys this product is well aware of how to treat its material with the greatest of care. If this pillow case is a sign of things to come in our household, I will be looking at buying some sheets. There is one slight drawback with the fact that silk tends to wrinkle after a wash, requiring an ironing which isn't necessary for its cheaper cotton counterpart.


Shower Filter, Newcomdigi Shower Water Filter Shower Filter Chlorine Removing Shower Filter Cartridge High Output Filtration Cartridge System
Shower Filter, Newcomdigi Shower Water Filter Shower Filter Chlorine Removing Shower Filter Cartridge High Output Filtration Cartridge System

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Shower Filter, Aug. 11 2016
I found it was easy to install, made the water softer, and actually helped the showerhead run smoother.


Aromatherapy Diffuser Wood,I3C Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Air Humidifier Car Aroma Diffuser Cool Mist Ultrasonic Mini USB Plug Round Wood Silver
Aromatherapy Diffuser Wood,I3C Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Air Humidifier Car Aroma Diffuser Cool Mist Ultrasonic Mini USB Plug Round Wood Silver
Offered by NO1PARTS
Price: CDN$ 29.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Freshening up the Car, Aug. 11 2016
As someone who likes the aromatherapy concept, I have no problem recommending this diffuser made for a car interior. With a USB plug and a well with capacity for an hour, this device truly works wonders by removing stale air while leaving a pleasant feeling behind. Be sure in filing it not to overdo it. Instructions are well laid out and controls are easy to operate.


AGPtek® 8.5 inch Paperless LCD Writing Pad Tablet, Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet - Black
AGPtek® 8.5 inch Paperless LCD Writing Pad Tablet, Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet - Black
Offered by Brainydeal-CA
Price: CDN$ 43.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Idea with some limitations., Aug. 11 2016
I like the convenience that this note pad brings when it comes to leaving notes as reminders in accessible spots like the fridge door. However, I have a problem when it comes to sharpness of drawings and ability to erase portions at a time. I found it hard to read the print, and it was impossible to remove any of it without eliminating everything. Right now we are using this gadget as a simple tool for improving communications in our home. It is not hard to see that it has great potential for drawing up rough plans or formulating some big idea.


Christy Clark: Behind the Smile
Christy Clark: Behind the Smile
Price: CDN$ 14.74

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Need to Lead, Aug. 11 2016
Here are ten observations about this book that Clark-haters aren't prepared to make because they haven't likely read or studied its background:
1. Tyabji does a reasonable job in describing Clark as a person with a political passion for attempting ambitious things, i.e. LNG, the remaking of the BC Liberal Party, Site C, etc.
2. While she is not always immediately successful in her projects, at least they are works in progress that have the potential to create jobs;
3. She is definitely cast as a people person who has learned to absorb adversity and move to new heights of attainment;
4. Her resume, while not rich with formal credentials, abounds with personal experience and incredibly influential backing from both Conservatives and Liberals in the coalition;
5. She is a feisty campaigner because she knows how to zero in on the issues, namely, a strong economy. Everything else stems from that;
6. The author covers a period in BC history where Clark came out of virtual obscurity to make a name for herself when everyone else was fading or failing. Call it opportunism or what, it makes for a fascinating read, Napoleonic style;
7. Where Tyabji doesn't care to go are on the touchy subjects of BC Rail, Triple Delete, and the influence her husband and Mark Marisson had in the running of the BC Liberal Party. Mention of Gordon Wilson seems to disappear from the account after the first hundred pages. For clarification, check out the Georgia Straight coverage on the rest of the story;
8. While much of the content here is hardly new, Tyabji does make an effort to reveal the true Machiavellian side of politics, especially with the likes of Gordon Campbell, a politician portrayed as a friendless control freak when stacked up against a charming Clark;
9. I would have liked to see more of Tyabji in the fray instead of just being a detached observer. She has little to say about Campbell's takeover of the party other than it became just another stepping stone to Clark's future leadership quest. My question is: by leaving out this torturous period in her life, what is she choosing not to say in relation to this book that might speak to her compelling reason to write it?
10. I appreciate the quotations from David Brooks' "Road to Character". It is these homespun truths that help to frame Clark's improbable journey to the top that, in the end, make the narrative very important in what it says about public service.


The Chosen
The Chosen
by Chaim Potok
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.68
95 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars The Hope of the Next Generation, Aug. 8 2016
This review is from: The Chosen (Mass Market Paperback)
This novel touches a deep chord in my heart as it describes the coming of age of two Jewish teenagers growing up in Brooklyn during the 1930s and 40s. It has to be the passion that Potok brings to the telling of this very intricate and improbable tale that made it impossible to set down. I learned so much about how friendships form, break up, and then reform again as times change. The future security of such social relationships have as much to do with chance as they have to do with the relative strength of shared values, common interests , and personal ambitions as they come together and pull apart. As Danny Saunders, a young Hasid attending a Yeshiva, meets Reuven Malter, an Orthodox Jew from another school, the reader is quickly reminded how deep the cultural and religious gap can become within an ethnic community such as the Jews of the New World. These two youth will come together under the most peculiar of circumstances, will grow to develop a deep companionship, only to draw apart because adults can't see eye-to-eye. Through all this coming and going, Potok opens up for us two very fascinating pathways to life that may not follow the same direction or course. After all, Danny and his siblings come from an very conservative heritage where the Torah are held in high regard, while Reuven is the only son of a reform Jew given to reading the Talmud. In the course of their friendship, an interesting cross-over will occur, where the very religious teen will become secular in his pursuits while the other more liberal inclined one will seek to become a rabbi. As this drama unfolds, we get to see the same conflicts and juxtapositions play out on the international stage through the horrors and uncertainties of the Holocaust and nationhood.This novel serves to remind us that life is not a simple journey towards truth and victory. Reconciliation and understanding only come as people stop being rigid about their beliefs and learn to be more accepting of each other. We don't need to wait for the other side to agree with us before moving to bridge the differences that come between us. This novel shows how it might happen with the next generation.


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