Research Time!



These just arrived from Amazon this morning – very much looking forward to some research and planning for a spring trip with friends coming up.

I love the thought of biking somewhere different for a change, and am looking forward to some recharge time.

We will also be taking in a Jays/ Red Sox game – I’ve never been to Fenway Park, so that’s something else I’m excited about!

Now to just pray for great spring weather! Oh, and some potential playoff games for either the Raptors or Maple Leafs.

Book Review – Shift Work

shiftworkI’ve been reading up a storm so far this year…all sorts of books to keep things fresh. After a couple of great fantasy novels in a row, I wanted to change things up, so I grabbed Shift Work off of and lo and behold, only two days later, I’m done!

I’ll start off by saying I’ve always been a Leafs fan and Domi was always fun to watch, but it was an amazing read learning about how he grew up in a close-knit family and how he became the Toronto fan favourite he is today!

Tie does a great job at giving you some insight into his parents, who were Albanian immigrants, and how they worked hard to provide for their young family now in Canada. You get a look at how he grew up and interacted with everyone, and it progresses in to how he got into hockey.

The last third (roughly) of the book is about his life post-retirement from the NHL, and surprisingly I found this just as engaging as the stories about his time as a hockey enforcer. He ends with some glowing words about his three children and you really get the impression that all the old-school values he grew up with have definitely been instilled in all of them.

Even if you are not a hockey, or Leafs, fan I would encourage you to read this one…Tie really is a down-to-earth, regular guy who has worked hard for everything he achieved (and still is) and you will have a different view of what makes “Tie tick”!

(ReBlog) Six Things I Learned While Writing Surveillance by Reece Hirsch

I’m pleased to welcome Reece Hirsch to the site today. Hirsch’s latest thriller, Surveillance, third in the Chris Bruen series, drops today from Thomas & Mercer, and the plot couldn’t be more timely. Bruen, an attorney specializing in computer-crimes, and his partner, Zoey Doucet, a hackt

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Book Review – Surveillance

SurveillanceI’ll start off honestly (sorry Reece)…I don’t even remember how I stumbled across Reece Hirsch’s first book that introduced his character, Chris Bruen. I am very glad that I did, though! From the very beginning of this character’s introduction in The Adversary Hirsch has the reader fully engulfed in his world of cyber crimes and technology, and sets a fast pace that makes it very hard to put these books down.

It’s been just over a year since Intrusion (the second Bruen adventure) was released, and I have been (im)patiently waiting for this next story to drop, so when Mr. Hirsch offered me an advance copy of Surveillance, in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at that chance!

Once I got the copy loaded on to my Kindle, it only took me two evenings to read the book. Continue reading

Book Review – Dawn of Swords

On the ydawnofswordsoung world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities.
But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that
lies between the two kingdoms. Those of the Temple refuse to bend knee to either god, no matter the risk. Thus comes Karak’s ultimatum to the people of Haven: destroy the Temple, or he will destroy it himself. But his fellow brother god, Ashhur, will not sit idly by while thousands of innocents die. . . .

Can Jacob Eveningstar, the First Man to be given life and Ashhur’s most trusted servant, prevent the coming bloodshed which threatens the survival of the fledgling human race?

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Do You “e-Read”?


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I love to read. I prefer a book to a movie (most times). Call me old-fashioned if you like, but there’s just something about spending quiet time and letting your imagination flesh out the image of the author’s words. I understand if you’re a millennial reading this, you may think that I’m crazy (I know my kids do), but I think this stems from being encouraged to read as I was growing up. The fact that there weren’t as many distractions back then likely helped cultivate my love for reading as well.

What do I read? The answer to that is second, probably, only to “What kind of music do you like?”. My book choice depends on what I feel like diving into when I’m choosing my next book. I’ve always been a fan of fantasy novels, so if I had to pick a primary genre, that would be it! I also love a good suspense story, or a thriller or horror, and then at other times I prefer to read something non-fiction – a biography, self-help/ improvement, etc. This brings me to the reason for this post…it seems to be a bone of contention with avid readers:

Do you prefer eReaders or traditional books? I’d love to hear your side of the “argument” in the Comments section… Continue reading



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Why would one want to lead themselves?

That’s a great question that our church board and staff (a.k.a. our Leadership Team) are digging into over the next few months, as we meet together to look at how to become better leaders, but not really focused on our teams, as most leadership books tend to do.
This one starts out by taking a look at how personal leadership is a prerequisite to all other leadership:

To lead others well, you first need to lead yourself well.

                                                   Dr. Steve A. Brown

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