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Book Review ~ Skin Deep By Anne Hjelle May 10, 2013


Good Morning Everyone,

I want to tell you about a book I have just read.  It took me all of about a day to read it.  This is because I rarely put it down.  I want everyone to know also that I am not the best reviewer, but what I say is heartfelt and true.  I think I just get so excited when I read that I want all of you to experience that excitement as well.  Get lost in a whole different world whether it be fiction or non-fiction.  I just love books.  So, please bear with me.

Let me give a little background on how I came to find out about this book.  I was off work one day and decided to watch Ricki Lake Show.  Love her by the way.  The episode just so everyone know was “Surviving a Mountain Lion Attack”.

I Watched it without moving and it was amazing, because I got to meet this wonderful woman who was so inspiring to me.  Maybe it was the reason I took the day off of work.  Something higher must have said I needed it.  I do believe there is a reason for our every move.  Sorry, getting off the subject a little.

So, now there was this beautiful Blonde haired woman that was sitting on the couch next to Ricki Lake getting ready to tell her story.  When you first look at her I seen nothing out of place or physically wrong.  Then she started to tell a story of how she was attacked by a 130ish pound mountain lion.  All the while I am taken aback by how amazing she looks for someone who was mauled by a cat.  But as she continues her tell I get to see a woman that was strong, level headed and a survivor.  After her story she had mentioned that she had written a book.  So, me being a book reader had to go buy it right away.  The title of her book is Skin Deep and you can buy it on

Well, once Anne mentioned that she had this book on I took out my trusty little Kindle and purchased the eBook.   Anne along with Damien Lewis and Greg Hardesty put together a wonderful book.  I also got Anne’s permission to do this review before proceeding on with it.

Anne Hjelle tells a story of a rebellious teen girl and then a woman who was in the United States Marine Corps.  When she was in the Marines she was a hydraulics mechanic on CH-53 helicopters.  Wow, what a woman.  When I read her job in the Marines, I was immediately impressed and in awe of her.  She also loves to be outdoors on her mountain bike.  This is how she came to be on the trail when she was attacked by the mountain lion.  After her attack she has become an inspirational speaker.  I tell you if she comes to Portland I will definitely go see her.  She was not the only rider that was attacked on that trail that day.  It seems that another rider by the name of Mark J Reynolds was not as lucky as Anne.  He lost his life to this strong animal.  At the end of this review I will insert some links if you would like to donate to this foundation as well as some others.

Ok, got off my thought train a minute, but it was worth it by mentioning the other rider.

So, I want to go back to The Ricki Lake Show day.  Once the episode was over and I went and purchased to book from Anne, I felt like I should be doing something useful, helpful or just something to help someone.  I think that anyone who does read this will get something out of it.  It is emotionally charged and it made me want to meet this beautiful woman along with her friend, Debi.  Thank you Debi for not letting go.

I am just going to give you a little excerpt from her book and I would suggest you go to and purchase it yourself.

~As my wheels vibrate and chatter on the rough, rocky surface of the Cactus Hill Trail, I feel my heart leap with joy.  The sense of carefree freedom as we careen downhill is overwhelming.  It’s a rush; a celebration of the pure, simple joy of being alive.

~There’s a lone bike resting against a scrub oak at the trailside.  Funny, I think.  Probably just some guy going to the bathroom in the bushes.  Nest to it there’s a biker standing with his own bike.

~I round the bend and crest a small plateau.  In a flash of movement, I catch a blur of reddish-brown fur over my right shoulder.

Ok, that is all the excerpts I am going to input.  So, go buy the book.  It really will be worth it.  A very inspiration, easy reading and you just get lost in the tell.

So, I want to go back to The Ricki Lake Show day.  Once the episode was over and I went and purchased to book from Anne, I felt like I should be doing something useful, helpful or just something to help someone.  I am promoting this book to all the people I talk to, because I do believe the story is wonderful.

Thank you Anne for letting me do this review.  I really appreciate you.  You are such an inspiration to me and I am sure to many others.  Stay Gold and smile that beautiful smile.

Here are a few links to look at.  Thank you for reading my not so professional blog.  There will be more to come.


Boston Bombings April 16, 2013

What is wrong with people?  Why do they think it is OK to do these irreversible actions?  Their day will come when they will have to answer to the people of the USA, whether this be the action of Foreign or Domestic terrorism.  I will pray that you have the heart to feel bad and come forward.  You are a COWARD.


Rating Movies and Books March 23, 2011

Ok, so I am a huge movie fan and read a lot of books.  I love to go and see them or sit in the living room and watch any movie.  Now, whether it is good or not I still like to make sure if I start it, then I finish it.  When I am not working or watching something I am reading a book.  So, I thought since I am a fan that I would do my own ratings of them.  I always tend to go to the various search engines and see what they rate them at.  Some of the time I might agree with them and sometimes they are so completely wrong.  In my opinion.  But that is why I decided to do blogs on movies and books.  I am very open to anyone who has thoughts on what I blog about and am willing to have discussions about them also.  Please comment what you are feeling.  So, be ready for some great blogs coming your way.


Elizabeth Taylor Will be Missed

Oh, what a sad thing to wake up to.  I thought she was an outstanding actress and have seen almost all of her movies.  Such a tragedy but I am glad she is not suffering any longer.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all her friends and family.  God Bless then all.


Tsunami Hits Japan March 11, 2011

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OMG!!!  What is the world coming too?

A devastating Tsunami it Japan yesterday and now here in Oregon we are feeling the aftermath of it as well.  Not to the extent Japan is but it is pretty scary all the same.

I have been watching the news all morning an wow is all I have to say.  The video of the waves flowing over the land and destrying everything in its path is breathtaking and sad at the same time.  I am and will be praying for all who are in that area and for all the families who have lost members of their family.

The following link is from Good Day Oregon:

I will keep posting with new information.


American Idol 03/10/2011

Well, Ashton was let go this week and I believe that the right choice was made by the viewers.  She is a very good singer but this is the time in the competition that you really want to make sure that you shine and bring your all.

I was very happy to see Adam Lambert as a special guest.  He has been a very good performer and glad to see how well he is doing.

Well, more to come next week.


American Idol 03/09/11 March 9, 2011

Wow, what a night for the remaining 13 contestants on American Idol.  I feel that half of them were just ok and the other half had a very good night.  I want to share my opinion of how each of the singers did in my eyes.

1st~Lauren Alaina~She showed the same sassiness as always but it was not her best performance.  She was somewhat pitchy is spots but held out for a decent performance over all

2nd~Casey Abrams~Well, what is there to even say?  This guy is amazing by all rights.  He just seems to get better and better with each song he sings.  He has a long career ahead of him

3rd~Ashton Jones~Unfortunately, this performance did not do her justice.  I know the song but almost didn’t recognize it.  She is a great singer so I hope she steps it up

4th~Paul McDonald~I was not to hip on his song choice tonight.  He needs to stick with the Rod Stewart type music he sang the last week.  He also is going to go very far in this industry.

5th~Pia Toscano~OMG!  This girl is absolutely outstanding.  Each and every time she puts the microphone up to her mouth and I hear the melody that flows from her I get so choked up.

6th~James Durbin~I am so happy that this kid decided to try out because we are all in for a great big surprise at the final vote.  I believe he will be standing right there.  I for one will buy his CDs.

7th~Haley Reinhart~Her voice reminds me of a cross between Stevie Nicks and Bette Midler.  The way she sang tonight was refreshing and relaxing.  I don’t think it was boring or sleepy at all as Randy said.  Bad Dog.

8th~Jacob Lusk~He has a deep-set of lungs but I do believe they failed him tonight.  Normally, I would say yeah but it was a nay for song choice.  Sorry Jacob but I really thought he strayed to far from the original R Kelly version.

9th~Thia Megia~Young and sounds like she has been singing for 20 years.  She is someone who people are going to definitely remember in this season.  Even if she is voted off, I honestly think she should give it another shot and try out again.  I just think she needs a little time under her belt.

10th~Stefano Langone~I just really was not that impressed with his performance.  It was ok but nothing to hoot and holler about.

11th~Karen Rodriguez~I am a little disappointed at the way she performed her song choice.  She has an amazing sound quality and it sounded to me like she was just tired and wanted to be done.

12th~Scotty McCreery~This kid has so much heart and is so humble.  I just love the way he sings and how much of his soul he puts in to each and every song he takes on.  You can not ask for a nicer more considerate sounding guy.

13th~Naima Adedapo~Just ok.  She took  a risk but it did not pay off like I hoped it had.  Hopefully, she will get another chance to show what she can do.

I am not sure at the moment who is going to win yet because all 13 are so talented in their own way.  What I do hope is that all have an amazing career for a long time doing what it is they love and that is sing.