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Granny Reads: Review of "Bare-Faced Messiah" by Russell Miller

Bare-Faced Messiah: The classic exposé of the extraordinary true life of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology by Russell Miller My rating: 4 of 5 stars Bare-Faced Messiah by British journalist, Russell Miller, is, as the subtitle explains, "the classic expos é  of the extraordinary true life of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology." The last book I finished, "A Billion Years: My Escape from Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology" was a memoir by Mike Rinder, ex-Scientologist, who referred to the "Bare-Faced Messiah" as a shocking confirmation of the red flags and conscious recognition of the delusional and dangerous narcissist leadership of L. Ron Hubbard. Rinder's story involved a close look at his many-years involvement with Scientology, particularly the years that he spent from his teens and onwards in the exclusive "Sea Org" leadership group and other high ranking experiences in the cult. He makes quite a few references to L. Ron

Granny Reads: North of Normal, a Book Review

North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person My rating: 5 of 5 stars Inspite of this memoir being a salacious story of the author's growing up years in the counter-culture of the late 1960s-1990s, I caution anyone against judging the narrator and her writing gifts before reading at least a good portion of her book. I found it difficult to pick up sometimes, so triggering some of the stories of parental neglect were. But the fact is that the abuse and neglect that Cea experienced--often both personally and vicariously, through her parent-child role with young mother-- is balanced with unexpected courage and resourcefulness that makes for a great desire of the reader to see how things work out. So, stick with the book. Most of us chuckled our way through the comedy-series "Schitz Creek" with its fuzzy, uncertain parental-offspring roles. Some of the same narcissism shows up in "North of Normal.

Granny Reads: Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay by Stephanie Land, a Review

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land My rating: 4 of 5 stars Stefanie Land was a woman in her twenties, living in the Port Angeles region of Washington State (the Pacific Northwest) and dreaming of moving to Missoula, Montana to study writing at the University there. She met Jamie and they moved into his trailer. Within a short time, she found that she was pregnant. Jamie was adamant that she have an abortion. She decided to have the baby. He ultimately demanded that she leave and take the baby with her. Thanks to Land's willingness to work hard at a low-paying job as a maid, she and her little girl survived a cycle of ongoing sadness, fear, stress, illness, financial exploitation, betrayal, abuse, and other trials and horrific misfortunes. This book came to be through the author's desire to record her story of desperation and obstacles as a poor single mother in the representation of-- giving voice to-- thousands of others on the

Recipe for Oat-Aquafaba Waffles--Easy-Peasy Vegan

These oat-aquafaba waffles are a dream. Great as a part of breakfast or a savory meal. Aquafaba is becoming quite trendy with vegan bakers. It is, of course, just bean juice-- what is left over in the can when you take out the beans (usually chick peas or northern beans, although ALL beans make aquafaba when you cook them in water.) Aquafaba works very much like egg white in recipes, so it is a great egg replacer for vegan items such as meringues, macrons, marshmallows, and in angel food cake (I have yet to try that!) It does not smell or taste beanie in the baked item, but if you overdo it you may find that you suffer from some of the effects of over-eating beans, so take it easy.  Less is more.  Amazingly, a quarter cup of aquafaba, what you find in a 14 oz. can of beans, is enough to lighten and puff up 5-10 waffles in this recipe. Try it and see what you think! Aquafaba is best if it does not contain salt and other additives. Check the ingredients on the can when you buy it. You ca

Granny Reads: Review of Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich My rating: 4 of 5 stars As many of the previous reviewers have suggested, this book by Ehrenreich is a series of essays with a general theme related to taking a more realistic approach to life and death than our selfist, sentimental, superficial generations are generally willing to take (my impression of the author's impression of today's people). Every essay in the book had at least a kernel of information that was gold for me-- something I had never before thought about, and that seemingly explained some conundrum that had come up in my life or reading/thinking. While there were invaluable learnings for me in this book-- virtually the masterful distillation of wisdom from dozens of books and academic manuscripts-- there was also an almost verboten (or maybe, almost unfamiliar) negativity and cynicism that permeated the text. I live with a kind, joyful

Granny Reads: More Letters from the Country by Marsha Boulton, Book Review

More Letters from the Country by Marsha Boulton My rating: 5 of 5 stars "More Letters from the Country" by Marsha Boulton is a 1997 follow-up to her "Letters from the Country" that won the esteemed *Stephen Leacock Award for Humour*in 1996. Like the first book, it is a series of short humourous essays on the trials and sweet moments of raising domestic animals of all kinds-- including stories about ducks, chickens, geese, horses, a turkey, and primarily, sheep and lambs. A dog, a cat, and even deer also make their way into some of the stories. Boulton is delightfully witty and writes in a style that is both relatable to the contemporary Canadian (although Millennials might have to google some words from the 1990s when the book was published) and would have met the high standards of Stephen Leacock himself for satire and spot-on detailed descriptions of hilarious events in her life on the farm. I found this delightful book in a local Little Library. You can read it

Super-Easy Apple-Raisin Quick Bread

 I made this yummy apple-raisin quick bread this morning and unfortunately, my husband and I have practically eaten the whole thing before I thought of how useful it would be to get the recipe down here. I'm sorry. I know it would have been nice to have seen the whole loaf. Maybe the next time I make it (there will be a next time) I will remember to photograph the whole loaf. In the meantime, here is the recipe: INGREDIENTS : 3 cups of self-raising flour (see below) 2 cups (16 oz) apple sauce, sweetened l teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 1/2 to 1 cup Thompson's raisins (or other raisins) Canadians don't often use self-raising flour. It is so handy to have on hand for biscuits, and the like. Here is a recipe: For every one cup of flour (all-purpose), use 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 salt. I want to make 6 cups of self-raising flour so include: 6 cups of flour, 9 teaspoons of baking powder, and 3 teaspoons of salt. I whisked the above well and stored the additional qua