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Book Review: Brides of Prairie Gold by Maggie Osborne

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Brides of Prairie Gold (Dangerous Men, #2)Brides of Prairie Gold by Maggie Osborne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maggie Osborne has done it again! This historical romance has twelve mail order brides from Chastity, Missouri, embark on a journey to find their husbands in Clampet Falls, Oregon. The wagon master, Cody Snow, is doing his best to keep them healthy and safe as they travel across the western expanse, however, the perils are many. Each of the women has their own unique qualities, but Snow is especially interested in Perrin Waverly. Perrin is in charge of the women and finds it difficult to earn their trust due to her past.

Unbeknownst to the brides, the wagon train is not only taking them to Oregon but also hauling whiskey and guns. This sets the wagon train up for ambush and death.
This book is exciting and easy to listen to on audio. There are themes of racism, social bias, forgiveness, and of course, finding true love. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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The Polka Dot Blouse

I wore the polka dot blouse, today. I was not going to wear it; after all, it does not cover my big arms. I know this because I wore it on vacation.  When I saw the pictures of my husband and me, I swore I would never wear it again. However, there is no air conditioning in my school except in my office and it does not work very well. So, I ironed it.

It feels comfortable to wear the polka dot shirt. It is cotton and has no sleeves. It reminds me of the pact I made with myself at the beginning of summer. The one where I promise myself that I will wear whatever I wanted to wear no matter how fat I think I look.

At work, it was so hot and humid I was grateful that I had made the decision to ignore my insecurities. Especially, when at a meeting with a coworker, that was clearly melting because she was wearing a tank top with a sweater over it.  Instinct told me that she too hated her arms and had not yet made a pact with herself to be free of that body shaming. During the meeting, she complimented my polka dot blouse.

“How strange,” I told her. “I wasn’t going to wear this blouse today because my arms are fat.”

Her cheeks reddened, “That is why I wore this sweater. I hate my arms.”

I told her about the pact I made this summer. She warmed to the idea, literally; it was hot in her office.  She removed her sweater to reveal the most adorable sleeveless blouse. I complimented her on her blouse, and I told her this:

“It is really sad that so many of us give up comfort and style just because we convince ourselves that our bodies are not worthy. Each of us is a picture of beauty and even if it is true that our bodies are fat, flabby, scarred, or whatever, we should not deny ourselves the right to wear something cool on a hot day.”

She agreed.

 

Take Care of How You Speak To Yourself

The Vicious Cycle of Eating Disorders and Body-Shaming, Part 1

Body-Shaming is NOT motivational

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“SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD”

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I am honored to accept this award. I would like to thank my blogging friend, Francine from http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/ for nominating my site for the “SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD”.  Please visit her blog for thought-provoking photos and read her insightful thoughts.   Francine always has a kind word and positive message.

Now, I must tell you seven things about myself that you do not know.  Ooh, this is the tough part.

  1.  I have recently acquired a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.   I could technically apply to schools to become a vice-principal or principal; however, I have decided to give writing a try to keep my teaching position.
  2. My son is getting married in October to a wonderful young woman. Wedding preparation is on my agenda until the big day. It is so exciting!
  3. I consider my daughter one of my closest confidants.
  4. Karaoke is my friend.  I love to sing, but only the lead.  I am terrible at harmonizing.
  5. I was born on Halloween, and I will NEVER stop Trick or Treating.
  6. I am easily bored, so I always have something to do to keep myself busy.
  7. I live in the same house I grew up in, and I love it.

As this is the “SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGER AWARD”, I would like to nominate the following sisters for the award. Thank you to all of the followers and friends who visit and comment on my Musings.  I greatly appreciate your generosity and love.   Please pick-up your award here and let me know when you receive it.  Oh, Happy Day!  Blessings to all.

1.  http://jennirific.com/

2. http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com/

3.  http://lesplaisirssimplesdelavie.wordpress.com/

4. http://diane-owens.com/

5. http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com/

6. http://www.romancingthebee.com/

7. http://hammerlikeagirl.wordpress.com/

Congratulations! 🙂

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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