Review: Von Hassell’s Patton

Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny. The Generals. Von Hassell, Agostino and Ed Breslin. Thomas Nelson, 2010.

Readability is a hallmark of the author’s style. The prose is clear, succinct, and interesting. As I read, I want to read more. Is that redundant? Then, it’s an attractive redundancy. I’ll stop in my tracks and trash any text, if the prose is wooden. But in Von Hassell’s book the prose is fluid.

Von Hassell’s bio is factual; it’s a plethora of facts and pictures. As a biography should be. And, of course, his factual representation of Patton paints a clear and dramatic picture. The reader becomes enamored with Patton because the pictures Von Hassell paints are appealing, plus, the provide comparison with other WWII personality that gives us points of references:

Patton favored riding boots, jodhpurs, and a shiny silver helmet;

Monty embraced a stylized beret set in a rakish angle, sweaters with

leather shoulders, and a swagger stick under his armpit. Bradley,  in

contrast, was a self-effacing journeyman who wore standard –issue

uniform and reveled in his democratic touch, earning the name “the

GI General (xi).

No hero was created in a vacuum. He is always a part of a bigger picture.

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Cristian Mihai

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

Most people spend their lives waiting for something to happen. When they’re happy, they’re waiting for something to ruin that happiness. They feel it, an energy of sorts, waiting around the corner to consume their smiles. When they’re sad, when they feel something is missing, they wait for something to make them smile again.

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Dear Morning People, I Disagree.

101 Books

You want to know when I get most of my work on the blog (and reading) done? Between 8-11 p.m. That’s night time, if you’re keeping score at home.

You see, there’s a myth out there—and it’s been floating around for centuries thanks, partially, to Ben Franklin—that in order to be successful in life, you have to be a morning person. Recently, people I respect, like Michael Hyatt, have written about it.

Other people, like Jon Acuff, have started what’s called “The 5 Club” built around people who get up at 5 a.m and do “awesome” things. This guy is just one of the many people who have written a book on the topic.

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Just a Little Rant

Live Dangerously

Hello Sweetie.

Live Dangerously

Me, a barely 13 year old girl, was just reading a little ‘mom’s blog’. Apparently this is the unfortunate place where Moms let out all of the fire exhaust from within the deep furnace that some Mothers conceal so easily. This snarky and sarcastic site enables Moms to express their true feelings–that is, across the entire internet world.

It just so happened that I came across the perfect article for me. It was entitled: “The Multiple Personalities Of a Tween Girl“.

It has only been but a couple months since I have entered the glorious gates of Teenager-dom, so the ‘tween’ age was not nearly forgotten. I find that post with a blatant disregard for sensitivity, and a ‘subtle’ taste of sarcastic humor.

:Begin Post:

*enter professional photograph of a teen/tween girl rolling eyes*

:Begin excessively long post regurgitating every maniacal thought that…

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10 Things to Do When an Abuser Ignores Your NO

Prayers and Promises

I have recently been reminded of the fear that returns when you are being stalked.  This is part of my story that I haven’t shared yet.  After separating from an Abuser it is the most dangerous time for a woman who has been in an abusive relationship.  And once we leave, the stalking begins.

What is stalking you ask?  

Being hunted down with the intent to harm or kill – just like an animal.  

That’s what it feels like.  Your phone starts ringing – 15 times in an hour, you get home from work and there are flowers on your front step with no note, you drive to the store and see his car in the rear view mirror, you wake up in the middle of the night to someone outside your patio door – that’s what it is like.

According to

Stalking is contact (usually…

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