Mila Robinson

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You Can't Use My Name
You Can't Use My Name
Many wondered for decades if these recordings would ever have some legitimacy as the slimy owner of PPX tricked the younger naive Jimi into signing a 1-page contract without reading it carefully and it dogged him for years (even decades) later.

If you like 1960s R&B workouts like Ike & Tina, The Isleys, Chambers Brothers, etc., you will probably like this CD. If you are looking for some awesome sounding lead guitar with some real sonics, this is NOT for you. This is a mix of vocals & instrumentals but you only hear Jimi do a little background vocal here and there but not much. But garage band fans can find something to like here.

Jimi was only a sideman on these sessions, and the last song itself has an introduction where you can hear Jimi tell the record company owner not to use his name but the trap was already set.

Bonus is the booklet because it tells the entire story without making it over-long and interesting enough for most people. I gave it an extra star for the booklet. Something I found interesting was Curtis Knight was originally from Ft. Scott, KS. He and Jimi just happened to be staying at the same hotel in New York and hooked up when Jimi needed some work to pay rent not long after his stint with Little Richard.

If you are just getting to know Jimi's music, don't start here. But if you're a seasoned collector or into obscure mid-1960s R&B, this is a worthy purchase.

This sounds pretty good overall, as Eddie Kramer worked these tapes into sounding better than they've ever sounded before. They're on the low end of hi-fidelity.

Since there were around 40 known recordings of this band which came out for years on various compilations of dubious quality with overdubs, it can be presumed this is only the first volume of a series. These are the earlier recordings among them.
Glow from Within
Glow from Within
Wow!!! The information in this book is invaluable if you want radiant skin. Joanna Vargas just made chemistry class interesting. I now have a plan specifically for my skin that I am able to put into use immediately to get results. Joanna gives DIY at home treatments as well as a daily 5 step system to look like her celebrity clients. Plus useful tips on reducing cellulite, water retention, dull skin and more. I've already implemented some of her suggestions and have ordered necessary products my skin needs. Joanna gives inexpensive and high-end product reviews for everyone's Budget. Cat G. NJ
Rubie's Costume Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Child's Deluxe Thor Costume, Large
Rubie's Costume Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Child's Deluxe Thor Costume, Large
My 5 year old's dream was to be Thor this year for Halloween. After a lot of hunting this seemed like the best option for the money. The costume came quickly and is much better quality than we expected.

There was a minor problem with the costume, that was probably a manufacturer error, but I contacted the seller. They replied within hours, were very eager to make things right and immediately sent the missing piece all at their expense. My son couldn't be happier. It is a pleasure shopping from someone who still knows what customer service is and provides quality products on top of that!
American Metalcraft 4016 39.5" Aluminum Pizza Peel with 19" Wood Handle, 16" x 18" Extra Large Blade
American Metalcraft 4016 39.5" Aluminum Pizza Peel with 19" Wood Handle, 16" x 18" Extra Large Blade
This peel works very well, and was a fantastic price. I love mine and will be measuring my parents outdoor stone pizza oven to see if it will fit through the door of theirs so I can gift them one as well since they are constantly throwing pizza parties and even with their 3 current peels it seems that at times either the baker (my dad) is waiting for a raw pizza from the assembler (my stepmom) or the assembler is waiting for a peel. While their wood pizza peels are nice looking I hear too much cursing at certain points during the pizza retrieval process to let this continue. From what I've read around it seems that wood peels are best for getting pizzas into the oven since they have better release and steel peels are better for retrieving the pizzas as they are typically thinner, have a larger peel size, and have a longer handle.
I do have to mention that even though I pulled out a measuring tape to get an idea of the measurements before ordering this peel was larger than I was expecting. It was delivered to me when my opposite set of parents was visiting (mom and stepdad) and they were laughing at the size of the box and when I pulled out the peel they initially though it was a gigantic metal spatula. Even though the peel is very large it works for my relatively small apartment kitchen, I just need to keep the counters a bit clearer than normal. So far I have had no release problems with this peel and the long length has kept my knuckles scorch free. Also, small children (and pizza naive adults) will easily believe this is a gigantic spatula and you will get a lot of funny looks and giggles.
Rao's, Pasta Elbow Macaroni, 16 Ounce
Rao's, Pasta Elbow Macaroni, 16 Ounce
These little elbows have the genuine rough texture that pasta is supposed to have when made with the bronze-cut manufacturing process. It allows them to really hold the sauce and not be as slippery as most bulk manufactured dried pasta. This is as close as it gets to handmade in a mass market product. The hold up when cooked and taste yummy. They are a bargain.
Dwarves of Dragon Mountain
Dwarves of Dragon Mountain
Overall, the film tells a good story about about a group of people trapped in a mine after a collapse. It is a slow film based on drama so don't expect anyone fighting hordes of goblins or a dragon. It is an excellent venture in independent film. However, some problems are clearly visible in the film. Here are some examples of what I mean.

*** Minor Spoilers ***

1. The voice over introduction at the beginning of the film is completely superfluous. It does not really add anything to the story, and much of everything told to the audience is covered just fine through dialogue between characters in the film. Show, don't tell.

2. The "magic radio" scene gives a bit of the plot away and drains out much of the dramatic tension from the ending of the film. It would be better for the entire scene to be cut entirely. Furthermore, the "magic radio" also feels incredibly out of place as it seems much more advanced than all the other technology present.

3. The film does not really explain how the dwarves can survive in the cave yet the human needs to wear the breathing apparatus. Considering the first part of the film talks about the dwarves being slowly replaced as laborers due to technology and automation, it would have been better had the human in that suit been an example of that automated workforce trapped with them. It also helps gets rid of the "magic radio" scene and shows what the dwarves are losing their mining jobs to.

4. During the final act of the film, something really bad happened with the recording of audio when actors are speaking. There is a clear rumbling that can be hear cutting in and out as the actors speak. This also screws with their own delivery of lines as well. I think the sound in coming from a generator the film crew was using to light the set in the cave. Either the audio recording equipment was too close or the generator was excessively loud.

I do not remember this being a problem through the beginning and middle of the film. So I would be curious if there is a story behind this. Like, they were keeping the generator off during early filming but then someone injured themselves in the dark so they had to keep it on. Or the original generator broke down and all that was available was an incredibly noisy replacement.
Complete Hardcover 7 book set of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas Series (Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Hours,Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd and Saint Odd)
Complete Hardcover 7 book set of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas Series (Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Hours,Odd Apocalypse, Deeply Odd and Saint Odd)
I picked these up after watching the movie, I'd been pushed to read them by a friend but I'm not a huge Koontz fan. Seeing the film (Yelchin - Loved watching that kid- Terrible Tragedy) gave me the nudge.
The first three...yeah three, I loved, couldn't put them down. I loved Odd, his process and relationships. The books had great pace, by the fourth I found it hard to pick them up. Granted, the first three I read in like two days so maybe I was Odded out? The last book was hard to finish, once it was in my hands I enjoyed it but once it was down, I'd skirt walking by it as not to feel bad for not picking up.
I would recommend them, though maybe, take your time. I was glad to finish them, glad because it ended and I genuinely enjoyed Odd.
Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder / Dean Koontz's Servants of twilight
Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder / Dean Koontz's Servants of twilight
I enjoyed this despite myself. The film is overly long but I did stay the course. Mr Baldwin worked hard on the two parts, reasonably convincingly, though it nearly reached comic proportions in a couple of scenes when he was constantly switching between the good and bad guy to confuse the action and no doubt the audience too. In terms of a Dean Koontz book-to-film I felt it represented the writers intentions reasonably well. Worth a look, but don't expect it to be a concise adaption.
Impulse: A Novella
Impulse: A Novella
I wasn’t sure I had read this one before, and after reading it, I’m still not sure. It’s classic, formulaic Nora Roberts. It’s not new and interestingly the material is dated in a way that makes it seem older than 2005. It’s a quick, easy read. Nothing exciting. Slightly annoyed that I paid $5.99 for it. At less than 100 pages and a reprint, it’s a $2.99 value at best.
Perry Mason in the Case of- The Glamorous Ghost / Terrified Typist / Lucky Loser / Screaming Woman / Long-Legged Models / The Foot-Loose Doll / The Waylaid Wolf
Perry Mason in the Case of- The Glamorous Ghost / Terrified Typist / Lucky Loser / Screaming Woman / Long-Legged Models / The Foot-Loose Doll / The Waylaid Wolf
The stories are much better than the tv series was and it was pretty good. Gardner wrote dozens and I've read about a dozen so far, including the seven in this book. It's amazing how he was able to devise so many interesting plots. When reading, though, you should remember than the laws governing court cases are different now than when the stories were written and prosecutors can no longer surprise the defense with evidence they don't know about.
Going My Way?
Going My Way?
Great book. Janet Dailey is the best light romance author in my estimation.
Adolf, Vol. 2: An Exile In Japan
Adolf, Vol. 2: An Exile In Japan
I've got volumes two through five but I've been waiting on volume one for the past five years!!!! What the heck happened??? The entire print-run of volume one just sold out but nobody bothered buying up the rest of the series???? Do I have to resort to stealing my local public library's mangy dog-eared copy???? (I won't!) Does the publisher want this fine series to die out, selling out its remaining stock (consisting of only volumes two through five, evidently) and leaving the series in OOP status???? Hello, is this thing on????
Exquisite: The Diamond Trilogy, Book III (BookShots Flames (3))
Exquisite: The Diamond Trilogy, Book III (BookShots Flames (3))
What can I say, it was sizzling hot and emotional all the things that a great romance should be. They was a great variety of locations that were faithfully, dramatically rendered that touch of realism that enhanced the book(s) allure and skimmed the plot along effortlessly. They(It) were a blazing fast read (I think I finished all three of them in about four hours or so). Keep them coming! Thank You so much for giving us a glimpse of your incredible talents
Shadow Tyrants (The Oregon Files Book 13)
Shadow Tyrants (The Oregon Files Book 13)
I have loved all of Clive Cussler's books and always have pre-ordered them so that I can get them as soon as they are published. While I got this one early I didn't get it read as quickly as usual. Why you ask? Because frankly it was disappointing. It didn't seem to have the same Cussler pop that his novels have always had. Cabrillo's crew was again great, but the plot seemed to too slowly develop. The characters weren't as enticing as usual.

The main plot is that a group of "Nine" scholars have found a way to disrupt every computer in the world at one time. They would disable them so that they wouldn't never function again. The goal would be to "Thin the Herd" of humanity. They feel that 1/3rd of all people would die from starvation and lack of health care. But the rest would again learn how to deal with life in a more simple humn way.

It is a good plot. It could be so developed that it is awesome. But frankly I thought it fell flat.

I'll still by the next Clive Cussler book, but I will be a bit more reluctant to jump right on it. Thus it is a sad day for my love of Clive Cussler novels. As with many others I feel that Cussler had little to do with the writing of this novel and thus the reason for the flatness.
Denim and Diamonds: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
Denim and Diamonds: A Novel (Debbie Macomber Classics)
I never expect anything less than wonderful when it's a Debbie Macomber book. Letty has been gone for nine years. She returns with her five year old daughter and a heart problem. Chase, the man she left behind, is full of resentment. It's time to mend fences and repair bridges. Great characters. I loved it.

I'm thinking that the people who gave this book 1 star must be Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts, or some other genius writer. Maybe Leonardo DaVinci, or William Shakespeare.
Clifford Gets A Job (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Clifford the Big Red Dog (Pb))
Clifford Gets A Job (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Clifford the Big Red Dog (Pb))
I don't write reviews much, but this book bothers me. It's for kids right? So why would they want to read a story about a dog who needs to get a job otherwise "We will have to send Clifford away". Upsetting for kids to try and process the amount of dog food needed, the cost and, oh well, if we can't afford it we'll just get rid of it. And then he gets a job in the circus as a sideshow. Try explaining to a young child what a circus sideshow is... And finally, he chases robbers that are shooting bullets at police.

Seriously, this book should be withdrawn form the market. There are many other stories worth telling over this one.
For Special Services (James Bond 007)
For Special Services (James Bond 007)
"FOR SPECIAL SERVICES" by John Gardner

THE GOOD NEWS: Bond is back, better than ever!
THE BAD NEWS: SPECTRE is back too, and so is Blofeld. Not Ernst Stavro Blofeld, mind you, whom 007 most definitely killed back in "You Only Live Twice," but an relative/heir apparent of his. But who is it? Is it Markus Bismaquer, a caricature-ish combo of Boss Hog, Foghorn Leghorn, and J.R. Ewing (only this time an ice cream tycoon, not an oil man) rolled into one? Or is it Bismaquer's sidekick, the Skeletor-lookalike Walter Luxor? Or....?

MORE GOOD NEWS: Leiter is back too....this time as in Felix Leiter's lovely ans coquettish daughter Cedar, an up-and-coming CIA operative in her own right.

This was the first-ever John Gardner 007 novel I ever read, back in 1988 at the tender age of 12, and after all these years, even with the Cold War being long over and thus rendering the storyline dated, it is still rollicking entertainment, with the action, adventure, humour, and sexy women one has come to expect from a Bond story. Is it realistic? No, but then again, you don't read a 007 novel (or watch a 007 film) for realism, you read it precisely for the outlandish escapism!

RANDOM STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS (and noteworthy passages):

--p. 3: "A little earlier, James Bond had been reclining, apparently relaxed and at ease, in an aisle seat on the starboard side of the Executive Class area of Flight BA 12." Is Executive Club what BA used to call Business Class/Club World back then?

Did SAS actually perform Air Marshall equivalent duties at one time?

--p. 5: "A statuesque blonde stewardess." Ah yes, the pre-PC days (1982 in this case), when you could still get away with "stewardess" as opposed to the non-gender-specific "flight attendant."

--p. 6: "The stewardess, still clutching a Model II Ingram submachine gun, in the swirl of smoke, lay sprawled on her back," Doesn't the word "sprawl" specifically mean face-down as opposed to face-up?

--p. 7: "Bradbury Lines, 22 S.A.S. Regiment’s base near Hereford." Hmm, I've seen many references to Hereford, but not Bradbury Lines. (Perhaps better known as Stirling Lines? It's been since relocated to Credenhill.)

--p. 15: Was this python inspired at all by the one belonging to Hugo Drax in the "Moonraker" film?

--p. 19: HK VP-70! (Gardner forgot the "z" designation after the "0," though.)

--p. 22: "Bond thought of the other women who had played such a decisive role in his Service career: Vesper Lynd, who, in death, had seemed moulded like a stone effigy; Gala Brand, now Mrs Vivian, with three kids and a nice house in Richmond (they exchanged Christmas cards but he had never seen her again after the Drax business); Honey Rider; Tiffany Case; Domino Vitale; Solitaire; Pussy Galore; the exquisite Kissy Suzuki; his latest conquest, Lavender Peacock" Aahh, what a trip down Memory Lane, Bond Girl-style!

--p. 39: "Sharing a bottle of Dom Pérignon ’69." Cheers!

--p. 50: "the vast twin towers of the World Trade Center dwarfing everything else." Well, that passage right there certainly renders the novel dated!

--p. 52: "small, snub-nosed S & W ‘Highway Patrolman’ with the four-inch barrel and spare ammunition;" Um, a 4-inch barrel is considered standard length for a revolver, Mr. Gardner, not a snubnose!

--p. 75: "A compartment slid open to reveal the large Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum"....."One properly placed bullet from this magnificent, single-action revolver could wreck an engine." Even if it could, a single-action as opposed to a double-action revolver isn't a very technologically or tactically sound choice. Why not go with a Redhawk or an M29 instead?

--p. 80: "Bond asked for a very large vodka martini —shaken, not stirred —giving her the precise instructions." Aahh, just like ol' times, 007!

--p. 179: "But now Bond again made a silent vow: anyone remotely connected with the original Blofeld would also pay. The light of his own happiness had been extinguished without compassion. Why, then, should he show compassion now?"

--p. 209: "U.S. Air Force Base, Peterson Field, Colorado." The correct label would be Peterson AFB, Colorado.

--p. 230: "'‘Hate the muck, sir. I can’t even look at it.’" WTF? I could've sworn in earlier editions of the novel, the word used was "sh*t" instead of "muck."

CENTRAL CASTING: Roger Moore (RIP) as Bond, Wayne Newton as Mazzard, Joe Don Baker (or John Candy, RIP) as Bismaquer, Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor Palpatine actor) as Walter Luxor, Maria de Medeiros or Mirelle Mathieu (she'd have to grow her hair out, though) as Nina Bismaquer
Tales of the South Pacific
Tales of the South Pacific
I love the musicals and South Pacific by Rogers and Hammerstein was one of he first ones I ever saw. As a kid I had no idea that the musical was based on a book but, at the beginning of the latest touring production of South Pacific, which I saw back in January, there was a `title card' if you will which had on it the first paragraph of James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific - I was intrigued enough then to seek out the book and read it.

Tales of the South Pacific is a series of short stories set in the Pacific Theatre in World War 2. It shows the lives of the men, officers and nurses that served in this hot and mysterious region, covering battles and personal lives with equal attention. The stories are all of different lengths, some being wrapped up in a few pages, but others weaving their complicated tales over 20 or 30 pages. Regardless of subject matter, each story emphasises that the war in the South Pacific mainly involved waiting some small amount of action, then more waiting!

If you're at all familiar with the musical then you'll recognise some of the names in the short stories; Nellie Forbush, Emile de Becque, Joe Cable and others, but you don't have to have enjoyed the musical to enjoy the book. As well as being an interesting read, the book also touches on some fairly gritty subjects, including racism towards the native populations and nurses being attacked by enlisted men, and while that characters involved in these are not particularly pleasant, the majority of characters such as Luther Billis, are depicted merely as regular people trying to serve their country in difficult circumstances. The stories intertwine somewhat, with some characters not exactly appearing in other stories, but being mentioned on occasion.

As I said, I was prompted to read the book by a love of South Pacific the musical, but if you've any interest at all in the second world war, I'd definitely recommend this book.
LEGO 75956 Harry Potter Quidditch Match Building Set, Gryffindor Slytherin Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Towers, Harry Potter Toy Gifts
LEGO 75956 Harry Potter Quidditch Match Building Set, Gryffindor Slytherin Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Towers, Harry Potter Toy Gifts
I bought this when it was on offer at £25 and it felt like great value for money. Each of the towers had unique features to it, which kept the build interesting and adds playability for those that want to interact with the finished model.

I felt the quiditch hoops section took up more space than it really needed to, but appreciate it could be quite fun for those that play with the set. However the design was flexible enough that I could simply unclip the towers and arranged them how I wanted alongside the Great Hall.

At full price it may be a tad steep for what you get, but that's kinda what to expect when buying branded Lego items.
Gryffindor Crest Red and Gold 16 ounce Glossy Ceramic Mug and Coaster Set
Gryffindor Crest Red and Gold 16 ounce Glossy Ceramic Mug and Coaster Set
I have been searching for a Ravenclaw mug for a long time. I was very excited for this mug to arrive. The quality of the mug seems fine, however the coaster is very cheaply made and is clearly cardboard. The seller is falsely advertising that this mug is 16 oz. No where near! The mug says 12oz on the bottom, but holds around 10-11oz. I could have bought the exact same mug design, but a 20oz at HOT TOPIC for the same price that I paid of $15. Funny how the price dropped $1.50 the day it arrived at my home.
JOYIN Wooden Advent Calendar with 24 Drawers for Christmas 24 Days Countdown Advent Calendar Christmas Calendar Decoration
JOYIN Wooden Advent Calendar with 24 Drawers for Christmas 24 Days Countdown Advent Calendar Christmas Calendar Decoration
The advent is nice and the lettering/symbols are nice looking, however, it took a long time to try and pull the boxes out and the #10 box didn't want to come out of the cubby hole until I finally had to dump them all out and then shake the box multiple times until the #10 would finally dislodge.

The box sizes are fine.

My only concern is that after I fill them with toys or treats that it will be too difficult to pull the boxes day by day because again the only way I could remove the boxes was to dump the whole advent at once (except #10 wouldn't budge).
It's made in China.
It did arrive in the expected time.
It was nice boxed inside and outside with no damages.
Harry Potter Bertie Botts Every Flavour Jelly Beans 2 Boxes
Harry Potter Bertie Botts Every Flavour Jelly Beans 2 Boxes
My kids give these jellybeans five stars, but I would rate it a four. They did a great job in making the bad ones taste gross. It’s interesting how they come up with the flavors to the gross ones. For example, boogers taste like bell peppers. The only downside was that while there are a total of 20 different flavors listed on the back of each box, not all of them are found in the box. For example, there were no marshmallows and rotten egg in one of the boxes we received. In addition, there were multiples, like 4 earwax, in each box. You would think that since there are a total of only 20 flavors and there are more than 20 jellybeans in the box, they should have no problems ensuring that each box has at least one of each flavor listed. My kids had fun with these, especially because they love Harry Potter. They challenge each other with the gross flavors. These were nice and chewy. These would be great for a kids’ party, either as a “guess the flavor” game or a “gross dare challenge.” Very entertaining, just wish they had all the flavors in the box.
+36 colors/patterns
+36 colors/patterns
These shoes are the best. Great quality as always from Vans. The carrying/selling company was on point. They had these Vans at a great price and in the size i needed not to mention as well as the color i wanted as well. All i can say it that this transaction went just about as perfectly as you could ask for. The shoes looked great when they arrived and everything needed was in the box. Not much you know, just the shoes and laces lol.
I have been wearing Vans for about 20 years and i have never been disappointed. Now this is the first time i have ever ordered Vans online and that process was perfect. True fit to shoes size. But as you now with Vans you are pretty good as long as your with in 1/2 a size of your actual size.
You want to be stylisha and look good while your doing it? Well her you go, get this prime shoe right here that wont fail you ever.
12’’ Screen Magnifier for Smartphone – Mobile Phone 3D Magnifier Projector Screen for Movies, Videos, and Gaming – Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier – Compatible with All Smartphones
12’’ Screen Magnifier for Smartphone – Mobile Phone 3D Magnifier Projector Screen for Movies, Videos, and Gaming – Foldable Phone Stand with Screen Amplifier – Compatible with All Smartphones
I really don't understand the other reviews that gave this product 1-2 stars. Like, what? Where you expecting it to be monitor screen? Its a magnifier, not a second screen, so of course the image quality would be a bit scuffed.

Now, for an actual review. I got what I expected. The image quality was actually not that bad. The pictures may make it seem a bit blurry, but in irl its a lot more clear.

My only complaints would be the reflection on the peripherals of the magnifying screen, as well as the sticky pad for the stand. Though, the reflection isn't too bad (image quality actually improves in the dark) and I improved the stand by placing pads to keep it from moving (i can still close it too).

You do have to adjust it to get a perfect screen, but so far... I seem to be getting the perfect angle everytime so I have no qualms about that.

All in all, I got what I expected and was happy that I ignored the bad reviews on this product.
Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Cotton Long-sleeve Bodysuits
Hudson Baby Unisex Baby Cotton Long-sleeve Bodysuits
This is a beautiful set of four onesie bodysuits and is fantastic for the price!

I ordered the 6-12 and received two 6-9 (the Halloween and the Thanksgiving) and two 9-12 (Christmas and New Years). This is what makes them a "Grow with Me" set as it anticipates your baby getting a little bigger between holidays.

Hudson baby products are a little roomier in width than some of the other brands. For example, Carters runs a little narrow and long. Hudson will be similar to Carters in length, but wider in the body. I like this, because I don't like tight onesies. Because of this, I would tend to order a size up in Carters, but with Hudson I would say that the size chart is pretty accurate.

They run much larger than Gerber, because Gerber tends to run very small.

These are very soft and comfortable with a good medium weight for the fabric. There is a lot of stretch and give with it and it goes right back into shape.

The neck isn't too tight or too loose and also tends to retain it's shape.

One of the things that I love about these is that they are all embroidered designs, which gives them a high-end feel.

Hudson baby designs do shrink a little with their first wash. They may look a little big when you receive them, but keep the shrinkage factor in mind. When I got my first set I thought they looked huge but ended up being just right.
From Supervisor to Super Leader: How to Break Free from Stress and Build a Thriving Team That Gets Results
From Supervisor to Super Leader: How to Break Free from Stress and Build a Thriving Team That Gets Results
Full disclosure: I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review

I found this book chock full of good advice for how to improve as a leader. Each of the 9 practices discussed is relevant for those who manage or lead teams and is presented in a very accessible way with short, easy-to-read chapters broken out into nuggets that you can quickly read and digest even if you only have a little bit of time to dedicate to it at a time. "Key takeaways" at the end of each chapter remind you of the important elements covered in that chapter so that you can make sure you "got" the key information in that chapter before you move on to the next.

The author builds on the work of many of the popular management gurus who write about leadership, high-performing teams, productivity, coaching, etc. to come up with 9 practices that can help anyone connect with themselves, lead their teams and "manage up" to build and sustain positive relationships with THEIR leaders. Perhaps most importantly for today's stressed-out managers, the author's assures us that teams that follow these practices can be high-performing
and still achieve a nice work-life balance - something all leaders should probably aspire to for themselves and their team members.

Recommended!
Wireless Charger, 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Pad with Magnetic Charger for Apple Watch 5/4/3/2/1, Fast Charging Station Compatible with iPhone 11/XR/XS/X/8P/8/SE 2020, Samsung S20/Note 10/S9, AirPods
Wireless Charger, 3 in 1 Wireless Charging Pad with Magnetic Charger for Apple Watch 5/4/3/2/1, Fast Charging Station Compatible with iPhone 11/XR/XS/X/8P/8/SE 2020, Samsung S20/Note 10/S9, AirPods
This is a good product that works out of the box. It satisfies my charging needs as I often need to charge my Galaxy buds plus and Galaxy S20 at the same time. The package comes with a USB-C short cable but does not come with a USB-Type C charger. This was indicated in the product description and did not come as a surprise to me.

Pros.

a. Good value charger. It is fairly inexpensive but does not feel cheap. I am able to charge my Samsung Galaxy S20 at 10W. Of course it is slower than the wired Rapid charger that it comes with but once you get used to wireless charging it is hard to go back.

b. Quality - It is not as good as some of the other name brands but again it delivers from a price perspective.

c. Reliability - I was able to use a 18W wall charger to power this stand and I was simultaneously able to charge my buds and phone. It starts charging reliably every time you place your phone or the buds.

Cons

a. Length of the cable & charger - This stand does not come with a wall charger and hence it is probably cheaper than the rest. Also the length of the USB-C cable is small, if you are looking for 6 ft then you will need to get a separate cable for the stand.

b. Instruction manual - The instruction manual is very poorly written and could be improved. But given the product is fairly easy to use I did not bother reading through it in its entirety.

I have not had the need to contact support yet so cannot comment on the customer service. But I will update my review after a few months of use.
LEEVAN Plush Sheepskin Style Round Throw Rug Faux Fur Elegant Chic Style Cozy Shaggy Round Rug Floor Mat Area Rugs Home Decorator Super Soft Carpets Kids Play Rug, Coffee 4 ft Diameter
LEEVAN Plush Sheepskin Style Round Throw Rug Faux Fur Elegant Chic Style Cozy Shaggy Round Rug Floor Mat Area Rugs Home Decorator Super Soft Carpets Kids Play Rug, Coffee 4 ft Diameter
 I am obsessed with this rug 😍 I previously purchased a rug that was double the price (was a 5x7 - rectangular rug) and this rug that cost me $60 is the same, if not better quality!!

I purchased the 6ft round diameter - black & white rug. It completely changed the look of my living room! It is SO soft & the color is beautiful. It’s white with black tips. It has faux leather backing and I haven’t had any issues with it slipping.

One thing I don’t like is that it comes folded and vacuum sealed so there are creases in the rug. They still haven’t come out a week later & I take a hair dryer on high heat to it daily trying to smooth out the wrinkles.

When you open the package, lay the rug on a flat surface, take a blow dryer on high/high heat, and go in circular motions, while running your hands through it, also in circular motions. Do this all over the rug & it makes it SO fluffy and luscious.

The quality, and size of this rug is worth every bit of $60! It can’t be beat. I needed a round rug and this one is absolutely perfect.
FROM GLASS TO STONE: 10 Transformational Stories of Resilience
FROM GLASS TO STONE: 10 Transformational Stories of Resilience
The more I learned about the Lord, the more I wanted to pour into others.
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From Glass to Stone is a book of 10 stories about transformation by 10 different authors.
Each story tells the tale of an author's journey to self acceptance, forgiveness etc.
The symbolism of one's life to a diamond make so much sense now. No one is born perfectand everyone is rough around the edges as we grow and learn, but once we learn to accept and adapt, we can shine brighter than a diamond.
From Breakup to Breakthrough by Sadé Elam is definitely one of my favourites because it's similar to what many people do face and the it really hits you when you're down that whatever happens you need to move on.
Some chapters contain pointers like how to overcome a breakup or even a traumatic childhood which could prove helpful to those who need it.
This is another book were God's influence and Bible verses are prominent in helping the ones in need.
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Rated 9/10
Melina L.
Vivo X21 6GB / 128GB 6.28-inches Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Black)
Vivo X21 6GB / 128GB 6.28-inches Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Black)
It's a really nice phone at an excellent price, especially given its big screen and in-display fingerprint sensor. Lte was problematic for me on TMobile, but I knew before I bought it that would be the case after checking it's frequency bands online. It's pretty aggressive about app management for the benefit of long battery life. The screen is beautiful and offers a really nice immersive experience when watching movies or playing games. It's got 128gb, and this coupled with microsd slot for expansion is incredible. I loaded up movies, comics, games, and music, and it was all a blast. Really enjoyed my time with it. Being fairly new tech, the in-display fingerprint sensor misses occasionally in normal use, and misses often after washing your hands, having cold fingers, smudges on the screen, etc. If for some reason you ever have to look at a really bright, white screen, you'll see the fingerprint sensor. It shouldn't bother most people, but you may notice it occasionally if a movie you're watching shows a bright, white scene. A great thing about this phone, as well as some other Chinese brands, is the ability to natively bar apps from accessing WiFi and/or data. This prevents many apps from ever showing any ads, especially those intrusive ones.

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