Monday, July 16, 2018

Suffering from Burnout? By Shirley Raye Redmond

I have suffered burnout more times than I care to admit. It’s real and is serious and more common among women than you may think. Ignored, burnout can have significant consequences, including: excessive stress, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety and alcohol or substance abuse. These consequences will affect your personal relationships at home, at church and on the job. Answering yes to two or more of these maybe an indicator:

 (1) Drag yourself to work or church.
(2) Lack energy to be productive.
(3) Becoming more and more cynical and critical.
(4) Becoming more irritable and impatient.
(5) Lack satisfaction in your achievements.
(6) Using food, drugs or alcohol or sleep to feel better.
(7) Feel disillusioned about life, marriage, job, ministry etc.
(8) Unexplained headaches, backache, or other physical complaints.

The Mayo Clinic recommends the following ways to cope:

(1) Identify what’s fueling these feelings and make plans to address the issues.
(2) Evaluate the options—do you need a break? Do you need assistance? Do you need to shift priorities?
(3) Adjust your attitude to rediscover joy and purpose.
(4) Seek support and learn to delegate.

Christview Ministries recommends that you pour out your heart to God, expressing everything you truly think and feel and listening for God’s response. Make your relationship with God a priority and do the things that help you grow closer. Build spiritual growth and renewal time into your daily life. Learn to say, “no” or “I’ll pray about it.” I have found the following Bible verses a calming reminder of God’s power and love:

Psalm 46:10— “Be still and know that I am God.”

Matthew 11: 28-30— “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I
will give you rest.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Stormy Weather Premieres

On July 21, 1943, the film “Stormy Weather” premiered at two New York theatres to rave reviews. Starring Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, in his last role, and Lena Horne, the film is based on Robinson’s life, a WWI vet who returns home to pursue his dream of becoming a dancer. It was the first of two movies produced in 1943 featuring a predominantly African-American cast.

Groundbreaking because it starred African-Americans in lead roles and broke stereotypes of black characters (typically servants and comedic buffoons), the movie was selected in 2001 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. A who’s who in the entertainment field, Stormy Weather featured Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers, F.E. Miller, Ada Brown, and Katherine Dunham.

Even if you haven’t seen the film, you may have heard many of its twenty musical numbers such as “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “De Camptown Races,” “That Ain’t Right,” “Jumpin’ Jive,” and of course the title track, “Stormy Weather.” Famed dancer Fred Astaire commented that “the Jumpin’ Jive sequence was the greatest musical number he had ever seen.” High praise indeed.

The day after the premiere the New York Times wrote a glowing review stating that “Stormy Weather is a first-rate show, just the kind of spirited divertisement that will make you forget all about your own momentary weather troubles…Musically, it is a joy to the ear…to single out each entertainer and skit for even a sentence will run this report to considerable length. In short, “swell” is the adjective for all twelve of the principal turns.”

An interesting aside is the critic’s observation that “the sets are believable, gaudiness having been ruled out by the $5,000 war set-ceiling limitation under which Stormy Weather was made.” Something today’s movie makers don’t have to deal with.

Have you ever seen this classic Hollywood production?

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, journalist, blogger, and history geek. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a Trustee for her local public library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, and choir member. To find out more about Linda and her books visit Sign up for her newsletter to get links to free ebooks, book reviews, historical tidbits, and more.

Friday, July 6, 2018

The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

The House at Saltwater Point: Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? 
Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.
Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Heidi here. The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble had an interesting plot, it kept me up too late a couple of nights!

Colleen did a great job weaving in multiple plot lines, which made the read even more enjoyable. The book held a nice suspense, not too much, not too little. The plot held a home renovation, but those elements didn't detract from the plot, instead the reno helped things move along nicely.

Highly recommend. Grab your copy of The House at Saltwater Point today!