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1.)  It looks like Phil Jackson is going to back to the NBA in the front office of the New York Knicks. 
He was drafted by the Knicks in ’67 second round & played with New York to ’78.
 Mainly as a backup he ended his playing career with the New Jersey Nets in 1980. 

He then coached in the Continental Basketball Association until ’87 when he was hired as an associate coach by Doug Collins of the Bulls.
He became head coach in ’89 & around that time he met Tex Winter who came up with the Triangle offense.  He then improved on it.  Now we can see if he can change the Knicks to a contender in 3-4 years, I think it will take at least that long just to get out of all of the bad deals and lack of cap space from previous GM’s.  Can just wait & see.

2.)  In Pro football the day before yesterday started free agent signing day and there were many players switching teams.  Also, some big names that were cut like, Ware in Dallas.  But one trade that I noticed was Jr. Martin from the Dolphins to the 49ers.  Martin is the same one who accused some players from Miami of bullying. Now he goes to San Francisco and the head coach that he played for in college and hopefully he can move on and away from what happened this year.

3.)  Well, Denver is trying to up their defense.  They signed CB Aqib Talib & DeMarcus Ware, just in the first two days maybe there defense can make a change.

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SPIRALING                                                 RACHEL CROSS
Posted:  March 13, 2014

Spiraling  Blue-blooded Amelia “Amy” Astor was a champion, America's sweetheart, and on track to give the US Olympic medal glory before she gave it all up to join skating's equivalent of the circus. Now she's a professional princess, the lead in Enchanted Ice. But in an industry that values young, cheap, and healthy, her age, salary, and injuries are a liability. 

So when she's offered a job teaching Hollywood heartthrob Shane Marx to skate for a role in a hockey film, she leaps at the opportunity. Maybe with the right kind of exposure, she can survive one more season and put off decisions about her future a little longer. If she invites the wrong kind of exposure …well, there's that pesky morals clause waiting in the wings.

Shane Marx traded his boy band dance moves in TruAchord for acting lessons years ago. His blond, blue-eyed gorgeousness makes him the most sought after romantic comedy lead in the movie industry. But lately his clean-cut image has been tarnished by one sex scandal after another. 

When America's ice princess meets Hollywood's hottest leading man, what could go wrong? Inside that sequined costume is a woman of steely determination who has conquered many of her demons. And beneath his sinfully attractive exterior, Shane Marx is a man still battling his.

I did not know if I would like this story, but after a few chapters it kind of grew on me and actually got better as book went along. Both of the main characters come from broken backgrounds and in their own ways help each other to find themselves at the end. The story begins with Shane an actor who once was in a boy band and now cannot stay out of the tabloids and Amy, who everyone thought was going to win a gold medal at the Olympics only to quit right before. She is now skating for a show and has been the princess for years and wants one more year before her body breaks down from all of the injuries. She is afford a job to teach Shane to skate privately for a movie part that he is going for and to keep it secret. There is of course the usual drama and fighting between the two main characters but you get to find out the real problem of these two and that each one helps the other one. There is drama of a break up but she does make herself easy to find and everything is on her terms and though she loves him it takes him going to counseling and wanting to change before she agrees to let him back into her life. This is an outstanding book about all different kinds of relationships. A very good book. I got this book from net galley.


Posted:  March 13, 2014

The Shadow Protocol: A Novel  Move over Jason Bourne. Here from Andy McDermott, theNew York Times bestselling author who “raises the bar to please adventure junkies who prefer to mainline their action” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), is the high-octane start to a new series starring American agent Adam Gray. Filled with intrigue, adventure, and non-stop action, The Shadow Protocol is perfect for fans of Robert Ludlum and James Rollins.


Adam Gray is a cipher, a disciplined loner conditioned not to betray a single emotion. Part of an elite team spearheaded by a brilliant neuroscientist, Gray is a covert agent armed with PERSONA, a device that allows him to copy the brain patterns of the terrorists and operatives he meets in the field. For twenty-four hours he can recall their memories. He can know every detail of their plans. He can be America’s worst enemy—before he’s back to being Adam Gray again.

Now Gray and his team are racing to stop a plot to release a radioactive isotope that could kill millions. And in a nerve-racking clandestine meeting, Gray senses that his cover is cracked and that the mission—not to mention his life—may be in grave danger. But as they fight this violent conspiracy around the globe, another threat has emerged. This one has the perfect cover, the most unlikely double agent, and the most terrifying power of all. For a beautiful young scientist has discovered an unforeseen weakness in PERSONA: Adam Gray’s own past.


For me this was a difficult book to get into. The main character Adam Gray, takes a drug and then he is able to tell his team leader about the person they captured, a terrorist that is unconscious while the process is taken place. Meanwhile Gray can keep all of the people that has passed through his head separate and his own personality. Just a little too much for me. I did like the action part of the book and I thought the writing was good. I got this book from net galley.


LONG KNIVES                                            CHARLES ROSENBERG
Posted:  March 13, 2014

Jenna James’s life has been smooth sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled-up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her. Desperate for help, she calls on two old friends: Robert Tarza, her old law partner from Marbury Marfan, and Oscar Quesana, an odd-duck solo practitioner. The three race to save Jenna’s career—and perhaps her life—in this whip-smart thriller of treasure maps, murder, and law school politics.

For me this was a difficult book to get into. I have trouble with stories that have treasure maps of old pirate ships under the sea. Though I know a few have been found. This story starts with a student in college bringing a map to his professor who used to be a lawyer and specialized in maritime law. From the meeting to the end of the story she is now running trying not to be the next person to die from this map, while still wanting to make tenure. The story does have a lot of action and for the most part is fast paced. Just for me parts of it I could not see happening. A well written book, and you do get back ground information on the characters. I got this book from net galley.


Posted:  March 13, 2014

Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers  Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division has become one of the most famous small units in U.S. history, thanks to Stephen Ambrose s superb book Band of Brothers, followed by portrayals in film. However, to date little has been heard of Fox Company of that same regiment the men who fought alongside Easy Company through every step of the war in Europe, and who had their own stories to tell.Notably this book, over a decade in the making, came about for different reasons than the fame of the Band of Brothers. Bill Brown, a WWII vet himself, had decided to research the fate of a childhood friend who had served in Fox Company. Along the way he met Terry Poyser, who was on a similar mission to research the combat death of a Fox Company man from his hometown. Together, the two authors proceeded to locate and interview every surviving Fox Company vet they could find. The result was a wealth of fascinating firsthand accounts of WWII combat as well as new perspectives on Dick Winters and others of the Band, who had since become famous.Told primarily through the words of participants, Fighting Fox Company takes the reader through some of the most horrific close-in fighting of the war, beginning with the chaotic nocturnal paratrooper drop on D-Day. After fighting through Normandy the drop into Holland saw prolonged ferocious combat, and even more casualties; and then during the Battle of the Bulge, Fox Company took its place in line at Bastogne during one of the most heroic against-all-odds stands in U.S. history.As always in combat, each man s experience is different, and the nature of the German enemy is seen here in its equally various aspects. From ruthless SS fighters to meek Volkssturm to simply expert modern fighters, the Screaming Eagles encountered the full gamut of the Wehrmacht. The work is also accompanied by rare photos and useful appendices, including rosters and lists of casualties, to give the full look at Fox Company which has long been overdue.REVIEWS The authors have done meticulous research and have been fortunate to still be able to gain first hand accounts from those who were there and did that ! The detailed research and accessibility to the actual participants and circumstances of events covered, verify that what is documented is factual, and not embellished by what ifs !...For this reviewer the story of Fighting Fox is again a definitive reminder and proof that, for every infantry rifle company be it airborne, glider, or straight leg, each becomes a band of brothers during and forever following the first engagement with an equally determined and as well led and equipped enemy infantry unit. The uniforms and weaponry may differ the why we fight be diametrically opposed. But, the love of country will be equal, and, as well, the fear of death!The Airborne Quarterly Fighting Fox Company is a superb book and should be the new model for small unit histories. Terry Poyser and Bill Brown have done an outstanding job of research and have included an incredible amount of detail about the personnel, organization, and operations of the company, while integrating it into the narrative in a way that doesn't interfere, but enhances it. The quality of the photographs are first rate and compare with those of Mark Bando's fine works. Through the photographs you get to put faces with the names of the officers and men in the book. The maps are plentiful and well done. There is a fine balance of first person accounts woven into the narrative, which is particularly good considering that this was their first published work. I hope that historians and authors will use this book as a model and a template for similar books. The only negative thing I can find about this book is the tag line of the title, The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers. Fox Company nor this book should take a backseat to Easy Company and Band of Brothers. This book is a must read for readers of World War II and airborne history. I highly recommend it.Phil Nordyke, Author and Historian"

The fighting Fox Company is the company that fought with Easy Company of the 101st during WWII. Starts from their training leading up to their first jump D-Day. You then get the feel of all of the action that happens during the night and next days until they are relived and sent back to England for R&R. During this time they get replacements and you get the feel of difficult it is to step into a group of men who you have trained with and have fought with. It will take time for these knew men to fit in. The next jump Market Garden, was during the day they did not go into that much of this battle. Though I know what happened since my father was with the 82 airborne so I knew the story. The next battle is The Battle of the Bulge and their stand at Bastogne. Again this battle they went into more detail about and it was a different but not too much of a different story. Overall I liked the booked because it was a story by the men who fought through these battles and to me that is great. Besides there are not too many people who wanted to jump out of perfectly good planes and these young men did. I got this book from net galley.


Posted:  March 13, 2-14

The Crisis in the Vatican Empire: From the Death of John Paul II to the Resignation of Benedict XVI: Why the Church Has Become the New Global Culprit  Scandals, internal power struggles, whistleblowers, and the challenge of a quickly changing world. This book helps readers understand one of the most tormented periods of transition in the history of the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI’s epochal decision to resign as pope not only ended his pontificate, but has revealed a new identity crisis within the Catholic Church—the paragon of virtue—forcing it into the awkward position of having to explain and to confess its own “sins” and convince the public that it is reforming and will change its behavior. The church is perceived by adversaries as the “second Kremlin,” doomed to the same ruin that marked the fall of the Soviet empire. Massimo Franco analyzes the deep-seated causes and implications of the Catholic Church’s disintegration.

Crisis in the Vatican is the look into John Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI April 19 2005 to Feb 28 2013. Two of the Popes trusted inner circle his secretary and his personal butler had leaked documents to the press. This was called the Vati leaks and his butler Paolo Gabriele was tried but then was pardoned. This by the way was not a surprise by anyone in Rome. Still the most damaging documents were the ones stating that the Vatican Bank had been missed handle and that when he took over as Pope he aligned most of the money in the bank with a bank in Germany. Not that there was a problem with that at first but this all took place before the banking crisis. That crisis effected all of the major banks and some of the oldest banks in the world. Before anything could be done to correct the problem he was forced to fire the bank President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. In Italy and the European banking markets when this news came out it was not taken well. Mr. Tedeschi was a much respected man in the banking community and it was felt that with him in charge that he would be able to turn things around. Still there was the problem with the pedophile priest scandal that not only affected the U.S. but also many other countries as well. He was still feeling the pressure of keeping it secret by some in the Vatican. One little back story he was the Perfect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: 1981- 2005. This is really where he defended and reaffirmed Catholic doctrine that he felt had gotten to western. These also would be constantly spoken of during his time as Pope. His time as the Perfect he was also accused of covering up the molestations cases when they first started to appear. He is also the one who told Pops John Paul II what he thought he should do, not that the Pope had to follow his guidance. He did as Pope change the investigations of abuse is conducted using American and other ways, so when Ireland started having accusations investigations started immediately and Priests were moved away from all children until the end of investigation and if guilty turned over to the authorities, this is a huge change to bad it did not happen sooner. A few years later siting health reasons he was going to step down being the first Pope since Gregory XII in 1415 to retire. Still it left the church in a state of what to do for there were Cardinals that still needed to be replaced before the vote could happen. I found this to be more interesting of a book than I thought I thought it might have been. I got this book from net galley.

Curvy Women: How many of us do this?

Curvy Women
How many of us do this?
There is this book I was reading and it had a character that was a BBW and she was aware of the dichotomy of her life and the way she set herself up for failure.
Do you do this to yourself?
On one hand she accepted her size on the other hand, she sometimes felt lonely and wondered if her weight was holding her back.  Since she took the weekend shifts as well as the night shifts because it didn't interfere with her social life.
Now don’t be shocked but she would wake up with these amazing orgasms.
   Body confidence 
The thing was her thrilling dreams and the reality never put her in a position to make her dreams come true.  Now she was left with a horniness that she would never be able to satisfy. 
This is just one stand out example of some of the things we tell ourselves to put our lives on hold or not to have one at all. 
We are worth so much more, at any size.
She would rather have no man than be outed as a fat girl or a lonely girl in public.
  There is a man for all of us and believe me men are not the dogs or the saints or picky guys that they come across as in front of their friends half of the time. The ones that show off are the ones that you need to walk away from in the first place. 
The ones you want are the ones that want you, at no matter what size, shape, color, boobs, no boobs, ass or no ass.  Because you know what guys we girls are looking too and we know that it is not always the body we fall in love with. Yes, it is nice if it's there, we are not going to lie.  We want to give you a great body if we can but if we can’t you get what God has given us and we refuse to make excuses for our bodies any longer.
 Food is not our enemy stinking thinking is our enemy and all the haters that judge us if we don’t look like the super models that have been airbrushed beyond the models that have actually posed for the photo to begin with so be it.  So ladies embrace your curves and look at yourself in the mirror and remember there is only you looking back and the real you has to like you or no one else will, so embrace you the real you.  At whatever size you are today and let tomorrow come and start again being the best you can be.

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