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My Last Breath

My Last Breath

by PJ LaRue

My hope is that
You will

Live long enough to forgive me.
Although I’m not asking you to condone abuse, I’d love to
See you one last time. And, maybe you will begin
To understand that I could not

Be the father you deserved.
Real men don’t abuse, but some can’t stop themselves when
Evil demons live within their souls.
At least let me exhale My Last Breath knowing that I am forgiven.
To my eternal sleep I will go, realizing that I can never atone for
Hurting you.

Note to readers: One of my favorite Facebook pages is Help for Adult Children of Alcoholic’s. You may find it helpful, as well.

Forgiveness is Powerful

Forgiveness is Powerful

Yesterday and today have been surreal. My brother, who is very close to dad, was in such emotional pain about my dad’s poor health that I decided to return to my hometown. My father is very ill and in ICU. Before this, I hadn’t seen my dad for 10 or 15 years. But right now, I’m sitting in his hospital room watching him sleep.

I didn’t know what I would do when his time to pass drew near. But yesterday, I told dad that even though there were very bad times in my childhood, I also remember the good times. I told him I know that if he could have been a different person, that he would have. But between mental illness and alcoholism, he couldn’t control his anger and violence. I told my dad that my experiences as a child were going to help me be a better adoptive parent to my daughter, once I get her. I may be able to relate to some of her experiences, and that may help her talk to me and trust me sooner.

The ICU nurse told me that the oxygen mask itches so I lightly stroked dad’s face around the edge of the mask. He reciprocated by touching my face and hugging me. Three days ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I would ever allow that to happen.

Of course, there is no reason for me to feel threatened at this point. I forgave dad many years ago, but really didn’t want a relationship after cutting him out of my life when I was a teen. Back then, I was terrified of him and severing our relationship was pure self-preservation.

I will say that actually voicing forgiveness is powerful. I’m at peace. But I think I may have given my dad some peace, as well. I hope so. If he passes now, maybe the transitition will be a little easier for him. And I hope to grow from this experience, as well.


Child-Friendly Book Review Websites

Child-Friendly Book Review Websites


Child-Friendly Book Review WebsitesWhere can educators and parents find books that will engage a child’s imagination? From other children, of course.  This post is about three child-friendly book review websites. These are sites where children post book reviews and discuss books with other children. Allowing children to choose which book to read next by reading other children’s reviews may foster a desire to read.  Writing book reviews may lead to improved writing skills. And with these websites, this is accomplished in a safe virtual environment. These sites may also lead to a feeling of inclusion when connecting with other children on social media. I won’t guarantee that children will clamor for books, but anything that might encourage kids to read is worth checking.

There are child-friendly sites which allow only educators and parents to register.  COPPA requirements indicate parents must register children for websites if the children are under 13. Other child safety requirements for websites can be read here.

Following is a list of websites that are safe online environments for children to post book reviews.

The Spaghetti Book Club

spaghetti“The Spaghetti Book Club website is a place for kids who love to read and talk about books! It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids.”



children climbing booksBiblioNasium states that “Experts agree that community and consistency can be powerful in helping children become better, more passionate readers. Our mission is to instill good reading habits at a young age; to promote reading as a social activity, and to connect kids, parents and teachers to create a virtual ‘reading village.’ We invite you to explore the site. And hope you’ll join us in a great book.”



DOGObooks is where kids discover, review and rate books.  Our goal is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to share their reactions, thoughts and opinions about books.  All book selections and reviews are moderated prior to being published.”


What The Books You Read Say About You Guest Post

I’d like to welcome David Njoku from David kindly offered to write a guest post. This post is targeted toward authors and has some quite interesting statistics.

What The Books You Read Say About You

David Njoku

Everyone is different.

Well, no actually; we’re all pretty much the same.  And I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing; I think it’s fascinating.

I run a site named  We’re kinda like a dating service between authors and book lovers. Readers either visit our site or sign up with us, and whenever an author tells us about a new book, we let the readers that we think might like it know about it. It’s a simple idea, but it works very well, and I’m very proud of what we do.

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