Why Does This Character Torment Me So?

The significant other for the protagonist in my latest serial book would not tell me his last name until halfway through the book!

Ladies of Mystery

He refuses every name I give him. Argh!

Everyone else in my newest historical series is comfortable with their names. The nineteen-year-old heroine Cora Countryman’s name is a combination of names from my hometown in Illinois, the model for the booming prairie town in the books. But my hero . . . he refuses to cooperate! His name has changed so many times that my computer screen has erasure holes.

Kewanee, Illinois Historical Society

Names are everything, right? Normally, once the character sketch is complete, they pop into my head and stick. Finn Sturdevant, Grieg Washburn, Brendan Whitelaw, MacLaury and Byron Cooper. But this guy is a puzzlement. He was comfortable being Israel Francis (Rafe) Kaufman from Chicago in the first book, then when I started plotting the second book, wham, he announces he is from Tennessee and demands a new name.

Overlooking the obvious and assuming I have some…

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Review: The Divine Heart – Seven Ways To Live In God’s Love

The Divine Heart –

Seven Ways To Live In God’s Love

Author: Colette Lafia

Monkfish Book Publishing Company


ISBN #978-194862637-8

The Divine Heart, while it is a product of all times, certainly is a product of the difficult times that we are currently going through. Lafia speaks of God’s love and how we can accept it into our lives. This is a book of truth, as seen through the eye of personal example. Lafia talks about her own personal experiences, and how they brought her closer to accessing and accepting Divine love.

The reader is offered seven powerful ways to expand their awareness and open their hearts. They are:

  • Receptivity: Listening and Responding
  • Delight: Feeling Life’s Wonders, Savoring Each Moment
  • Expansiveness: Trusting Our Heart’s Capacity
  • Acceptance: Embracing Life and Who We Are
  • Vulnerability: Becoming Open Hearted
  • Mystery: Dwelling On The Mystery Of Love
  • Gratitude: Relaxing and Enjoying The Relationship

Each chapter includes an introduction to the topic, personal experiences, references to leaders in the field of spirituality and their thoughts, along with how to work with the information contained within each chapter, and prayers and practices.. It is also recommended that keeping a journal will help the reader deepen their intentions.

If we take one thing away from reading this book, it is that life is a relationship with God that flows – that God is part of us, and that we are part of God. This is a book of feminine wisdom. This is a book for all people and all times.

© May 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Review: This Is The Fire – What I Say to My Friends About Racism

This Is The Fire –

What I Say to My Friends About Racism

Author: Don Lemon

Little, Brown & Company


ISBN#  978-0316257572

This book is a call to action, as seen through the eyes of a black man. Anchor of “CNN Tonight With Don Lemon”, Lemon is articulate about presenting his views, and the historical reasons behind his views. Above all, one walks away from reading this book with a sense that decency and honesty should prevail, and that tough questions need to be asked in search of bottom-line answers.

We experience in this book not only Lemon’s feelings and viewpoints, but glimpses of his life, the people in his life, experiences from his life, and amazingly in-depth references to past and present racial injustices.   

The book begins with a letter to his nephew, ala James Baldwin in “The Fire Next Time”. In this letter, Lemon talks about family, what they have been through, and what his nephew should expect.

Lemon discusses his partner, Tim, the death of his sister, Leisa, and the home that his father (a lawyer) and his mother (his father’s secretary) created for he and his sisters. His speaks with eloquence, honesty, and humor.

Lemon gives the reader a very in-depth, honest look at racial issues going back to the founding of this country, and the issue of slavery. He makes a very real connection with the past, and with current actions (such as taking down Confederate statues). The historical references in this book are amazing – some I was not aware of, some are more of my generation, and I was aware of.

At the end of this book is an Appendix listing book reference, Podcasts, movies, and organizations.

This book is a treasure trove of information, written in a fluid, eloquent manner. It is one of those books that you read more than once. Both personal and global by nature, this book speaks its own truth.

© April 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” doesn’t work in divination


I used to be obsessed with Beckett, because I was obsessed with the void. Because Beckett was obsessed with the void, I was obsessed with Beckett. Obsession works with false correlatives. I was on to myself when I dedicated quite a chunk of pages to Samuel Beckett in my second doctorate dissertation 7 years ago.

The inspirational world is also obsessed with Beckett. Or, rather, with what the inspirational world decided Beckett’s words from his absurd Worstward Ho! are all about. Failure. As a human thing. Hallelujah. If only we can find someone who can validate failure for good. Beckett is so delicious.

You know the words, now a famous meme: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

I often come across Beckett’s lines in magical discourses on magical practice, from divination to cursing or burying your enemies: ‘Make mistakes, do it all wrong. It’s…

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What Do We Need To Know Post Inauguration?

“I believe in intuition and inspirations … I sometimes feel

that I am right. I do not know that I am.” Albert Einstein

I wanted to take a look at what we need to know post-inauguration. The deck that I am using is the Oracolarium Oracle, by Andrea Aste and Neil Kelso. It is a portal to expanding our perception of the world, and what makes it tick. It is based on images, which allows us to develop our own interpretations. I was going to do a random draw, as I usually do when working with any divination system. However, I saw the card above and knew that it held my answers, even before I saw the card title (intuition).

I was impressed that in this card we see a literal “handing over” – we are connecting with our intuition, and we are able to see things in a different manner. President Biden is a proven quantity, so we are not waking up wondering what fresh hell was created overnight. We have faith in him, and in his ability to walk a path/create a path that will unify this country. We may not see the manner in which things are going to play out, but we know the direction they will play out in. We need to go with our intuition and trust that where it is taking us is the right path.

This oracle is image intensive – how we interpret the images is the foundation to understanding the response to our question. In the center of the card, we see a book being handed perhaps from our unconscious/subconscious self to our conscious self. It represents studies and learning. We need to learn from the past (the last four years specifically).

The darkness in this card represents toxic influences, things that we need to be aware of. Toxic influences in the guise of mis-information were the very foundation of the past four years (IMHO).

I love the definition of time, as represented by the clock. Aste and Kelso remind us that time is fluid – past, present,and future are something that our intuition flows through effortlessly.

The symbol for the planet tells us where we are most at home, and where we belong. While this can be a physical place, it can also refer to beliefs and ideologies. In the aftermath of the inauguration, we are still adjusting to the good feelings, the warm feelings that this administration brings with it. We have already seen that this is a working administration. In a recent press conference (where everybody is now respecting everybody) Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that President Biden has no interest whatsoever in redoing the color scheme for Air Force One (the presidential plane), something that the previous administration wanted to address.

The Sun is a symbol of light – it shines its light into all spaces, so that nothing is hidden. Aste and Kelso note that this allows us to both confirm our beliefs, and question them.

The Cup, while beautiful, makes a very deep statement: that we need to maintain our physical and emotional well being to make best use of our intuition.

My thoughts post-inauguration is that a breath of fresh air has come through this country. We have a lot left to do, but we have a decent sense of trust in this administration to do the right thing. And I sincerely doubt that anyone will be fired over Twitter! In fact, after four years of skullduggery, I am now feeling comfortable enough to follow @POTUS on Twitter! And one of my favorite photos – the one of President Biden holding his grandson Beau Biden. And there are two First Dogs coming into the White House too! These are exciting times!

More on the Oracularium Oracle can be seen here: https://www.oracolarium.com/.

(c) January 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

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Review: Surfing The Quantum Field – A Human Perspective

Surfing The Quantum Field –

A Human Perspective

Author: Andrew Keith

Editor: C.J. Anaya

Kindle Books


ISBN #979-8576678396

The first thing that you want to remember when reading this book is that Andrew Keith is a psychic medium. Why is this important? Because this book is all about Keith’s personal perspective on the quantum field. Through his eyes we view the quantum field through varying lenses, such as energy healing, meditation, what he terms Divine flow, the concept of past lives, cell memory trauma, and healing on differing levels. The objective is to give the student a better understanding of how the physical and quantum worlds work together to form our human experience.

Throughout the book Keith shares personal anecdotes on how he navigates the quantum field as a psychic medium. Through his stories the quantum field is brought to life for the reader in order to help them to understand some of their own experiences.

What exactly is quantum physics? Keith explains it as a concept that physicists came up with in the 1940’s called a limitless world theory, meaning limitless dimensions, a limitless number of worlds, and a limitless number of universes that we do not (yet) know how to access.

In his introduction Keith talks about his personal belief that we are Spirit appearing in human form. He also holds the belief that our souls can be in multiple places at the same time. He equates the dream state as surfing the quantum field. How many of us feel “out of body” in dreamtime? I know that I do. How many of us have been jerked back into a waking state when we encountered something in dreamtime that we could not handle? I know that I have. Those of us that follow Eckhart Tolle know the emphasis he places on being “in the present”. Keith states that it is ultimately necessary to be “in the present” to be able to slip into the quantum field. One example given is imaginary playmates – beings that are strictly experienced in spiritual form.

An aspect of this book that I find interesting is that the book itself was not intended by the author. He was “encouraged” to share his wisdom over the past ten years by guidance from God and his Soul. They would not let up until he wrote the book. I for one am happy that they pushed!

In Part I – My Story, Keith talks about who he is, and what he does. His life reflects a mix of many diverse teachings from psychics, mediums, and masters, with more than a bit of humor thrown in. Literally, his words are “What you see is what you get.” As with all of us, he is a product of his heritage. Through story, Keith suggests that we are all healers, in our own way.

In Part II – How Spirit Speaks To Me, Keith addresses concepts such as connecting with our guides, working with the highest love, and trusting spirit. There are also some very wise words on managing energy, and the feeling of being an “outsider”. We also see up close and personal how spirit healed a very serious medical issues faced by Keith.

In Part III – Lessons Spirit Has Taught Me, Keith addresses concepts such as soul plans, and how we write (and are responsible for) our own soul plan. Through his own life experiences, we see how we as individuals can choose to have differing perspectives on issues that we face, and how those perspectives guide our path. Keith also suggests that we choose our own names before we come into this lifetime. I will have to look into that further, as I truly have never liked my first or middle name at all. For no special reason – I just have never liked them.


In Part IV – How To Manage Your Personal Energy, Keith starts out with the concept that everything is energy. It is up to us to manage our external energy (our auric field) and our internal energy. Keith’s advise is to listen to your gut (your intuition, your initial response) on whether something you are encountering is good or bad. If it feels good, it is good. If it feels bad, it is bad. Keith also recommends that we start out each day with a daily spiritual routine. I find this not only to be recommended, but to be necessary to start my day out on a good note. I also agree with his recommendation that some form of meditation be included in the daily spiritual routine. For those that wish to work with manifestation, Keith has some excellent suggestions on how to go about doing this.

From the book:

“One of the most important things I’ve learned is that to achieve spiritual growth, for healing work, and for living life is integrity. Integrity is the foundation of love, for ourselves and others. To be honest with ourselves first and others, as well. This helps us let go of control and live in more peace and harmony.”

In Part V – How To Manage Spirit Energy, Keith discuses ten specific ways to allow spirit to flow through you. A huge bonus, IMHO, is his discussion on clearing homes of spirit energy and closing spirit portals.

In Part VI – Spirit On Steroids And Sedona, Keith addresses a specific time that he spent in Sedona, and how things came together to make this happen. He also discusses the nature of Sedona, and the effect that it can have on people. This chapter is really all about turning things over to God – it is impressive!

In Part VII – Surf Into The Flow, Keith talks about the consciousness of the world shifting, and that we need to go with the flow. Old belief systems are being released, and we are becoming open to new ones coming in. When we are in the flow we are not alone, we are at one with all that is. We are in the flow when we can accept that we do not control the flow.

From the book:


I am very happy that Keith was encouraged by God and his Soul to write this book. Through sharing his own story, he can help others make sense of the metaphysical world, and their part in it. He references energy masters, therapists, and different healing and reading modalities throughout the book. It is as if you are sitting in your living room, your favorite beverage at your side, speaking with a good friend. Whether you are a healer or reader working with others, or you want to work on yourself, this is the book for you.

© December 2020 Bonnie Cehovet

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A very interesting aspect of the history of Tarot, in addition to the decks of cards, is a quantity of works of art that show scenes of various kinds related to the game, magic, religion and society in the broadest sense. I am speaking about paintings, engravings, sculptures and other artifacts.

In this article will be analyzed three engravings that Rinascimento Italian Style Art has recently reprinted to offer to Tarot lovers and card games passionate in general. These three reprints, also on sale on ETSY (complete with a technical data sheet), came from the pen of a great artist of the Baroque era, Giuseppe Maria Mitelli.

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Giuseppe Maria Mitelli
(Bologna 1634 – 1718)

Giuseppe Maria Mitelli was son of the famous painter Agostino Mitelli (Bologna 1609 – Madrid 1660). He too was an excellent painter, but above all he was one of the most prolific engravers of the seventeenth…

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Review: Behind The Fortune Teller’s Tent

Behind The Fortune Teller’s Tent –
A Complete Guide to Fortune Telling
At Parties And Events

Author: Jay DeForest
Foreword: Carrie Paris
Living Magick Publishing
ISBN #978-1-7336651-1-7

Behind The Fortune Teller's Tent

This is a book that has needed to be written for a long time now. It is one that I wish had been available when I first started as a professional reader. Fortune Telling (working with the Tarot, Runes, Palmistry, and other modalities) as defined in the author’s note is the reader’s ability to use their own tools, skills, and intuition to help their client examine their present circumstances, reflect on what got them there, and consider their options for moving forward. This is a profession, and takes professional skills and know how.

I was very pleased to see that one of the most creative lights in the world of cartomancy (fortune telling) wrote the foreword. Through a lovely personal story, she makes the point that we are all born to our calling. If we feel uncomfortable in whatever field we are working in, perhaps we need to look elsewhere for our true path. She makes a major point when she notes that a professional Fortune Teller must be able to balance magick with business.

Before I talk about the book, I want to talk for a moment about the author. I know Jay personally, and he and his wife Jadzia are stand up people. Together they have written many books and created a wide array of teaching material. They read locally (in the Portland, OR area) on all levels (privately for individuals and parties, at fairs, and at corporate events. Jay owns and operates a company (Portlandia Fortune Tellers) that employs a large team of readers that cover events throughout the year. He and Jadzia founded the yearly Northwest Tarot Symposium (NWTS), which is in its fifth year in 2019.

I love the tone of this book – it is that of personal story, of personal experience. And it works! I felt immediately at one with the material, and could not put the book down! Jay talks about skills, mindset, and ethics – and the willingness to put in the work. It is work in a business sense, and it is work in an ethical sense in that there is still stigma attached to doing readings of any kind, and anyone who wants to be a reader needs to know how to get past that. Jay also notes that before getting licensed as a Fortune Teller (using this explicit terminology), check out the laws in your area. It may well be that if you want to call yourself a Fortune Teller that you may face more legal restrictions than if you simply called yourself a reader.

The book starts at the beginning … literally! The reader is asked to look at whether this occupation is right for them. They need to understand that they will be working and that they have to respond to the questions that are being asked. And that they may be doing “cold readings”, where no questions are being asked.

I loved the story about the Portland Women’s Expo! Jay and Jadzia were booked the entire day, and came away with the wisdom that it is important for a reader to take care of themselves: to keep water and/or juice handy, as well as snacks, and to take frequent, quick breaks.

Jay also goes into the role of the reader at an event. He points out that the reader has been hired to cover a certain number of hours, and that they need to be there to do just that the entire time. It is also important to understand and follow the rules that the event organizer(s) have set down. I do not do events myself, but I have friends who do, and they emphasize asking questions up front, rather than assuming anything.

Jay spends an entire section of this book describing different kinds of events so that an individual that wants to read professionally can determine what their personal niche might be. This will save a lot of time and angst! Bottom line here – be open to business opportunities!

When I first started looking at reading professionally, I had no clue where to begin as far as setting up a business, local licensing, etc. Quite frankly, I was scared to death! Also (whispers) … the Internet was just getting started, and I did not have the resources that are available now. The chapter on setting up a business (including a business bank account) is a must read for anyone wanting to become a professional reader.  Included is information on setting up a professional website (you do not want to know what my first website looked like!). There is more – items like “booking agreements” (contracts), insurance, and what to charge.

Now that you are in business, how do you stay in business, as well as grow your business? Jay talks about having a vision for your business, being dedicated to succeeding, and being resilient. He addresses marketing and advertising (usually not easy modalities for any of us), how to attract clients, how to manage bookings (as in remembering to show up for them!), keeping your accounting straight (and getting paid), and finding fairs and festivals to read at.

There is an entire section devoted to you as a reader and your attitude about yourself. You need to be confident, dress the part (not necessarily in costume), knowing your place (you have been hired to do a job), understanding what different events want from you, and getting “in the zone” for doing readings. Important things that we may not think about are setting boundaries around our reading area when doing an event,  and how to deal with people like drunks, skeptics, deniers and more.

If you are someone who has not done fairs or events before, then the section on tools of your trade will be an important one for you. Here Jay discusses how to develop what he terms a “reader kit”, including such things as a tablecloth, a reading cloth, a set cushion, promotional materials, tissues, and pen and notebook.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is at the beginning of their journey as a professional reader, as well as to those already walking the path. There is something here for everyone!

© March 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review: Fresh Eyes Upon The World – Making Life A Spectacular Journey

Fresh Eyes Upon The World –
Making Life A Spectacular Journey

Author: Neal Grace
Grizzly Peak Press
ISBN #978-0-9988310-4-6

Fresh Eyes Upon The World

Neal Grace is a global traveler, a psychic healer, a leader of personal growth workshops, publisher of fourteen books, 2,500 poems, and two librettos. In “Fresh Eyes Upon The World” he is asking the reader to open their mind, to ask the questions that need asking, to look at their own personal assumptions, and to think outside of the box.

The book is broken down into five sections:

  • Section One: Self-empowerment & Relationships
  • Section Two: Hotly Debates Issues
  • Section Three: The World & Nature
  • Section Four: Spirituality & Philosophy
  • Section Five: Other Subjects

In each section, questions are asked, and Grace expounds for 2-4 pages on his thoughts, garnered from his life experiences. Nothing is gone into in depth – the aim of this book is to lead the reader to question themselves, to look at issues that are meaningful to them, and to come up with their own responses. The journey that this book represents is a conscious journey, one that leads to awakened thinking.

Each chapter is presented with a question, a quote, and 2-4 pages of Grace’s thoughts. The great thing here is that in reading Grace’s thoughts, the reader will start to formulate their own. His work kick starts the reader’s thinking process.

Questions in Section One include:

  • How can I be more receptive to new ideas?
  • What inspires creativity in people?
  • How can I be my authentic self?
  • How can I become a positive person?

Things that stood out for me here were opening your heart to other people, shifting ones understanding from an external to an internal one,  and that the path to freedom and authenticity is a conscious one.

Questions in Section Two include:

  • Why do people hold on to hurt and disappointment for so long?
  • What are your thoughts about gun control?
  • Why do people lie?
  • Why do so many people struggle with work?

Things that stood out for me here were why people hang on to misery, why we are so entrenched in fear of change, that it is a challenge to cope with negativity, that when we have a safe inner world, lying is contrary to our true self.

Questions in Section Three include:

  • How can we find peace with aging?
  • How do we heal our bodies?
  • Why is there so much violence in the world?
  • Is there anything that I can personally do to make the world a better place?

Things that stood out for me here were if we are to survive as a species, we need to be in harmony with the earth, how we treat our bodies is a reflection of how we respect ourselves, people who cheat and steal are self-serving, we need to live our lives in peace.

Questions in Section Four include:

  • What is the nature of traditional religions?
  • What are your thoughts about heaven and hell?
  • How does one become more spiritual and access the divine?
  • What is death?

Things that stood out for me here were that we are our own caretaker, that a great religion has no doctrines, that our mind wants to control us, and that when we choose to live in harmony, we are not easily thrown off course.

Questions in Section Five include:

  • What is art, and what is its function?
  • Why are some people mean to others?
  • Why is music so universally loved?
  • How do I become a better writer?

Things that stood out for me here include art being an attempt to explain the mystery of life, that art is a link to higher consciousness, that human nature gravitates towards that which is comfortable, that the food we eat shapes us physically, energetically, and spiritually, that music is the language of the spirit of life, and that the best thing for a writer to do is to write for themselves.

This is a wonderful book that acts as a starting point for readers to ask themselves questions and answer them. It is a great way to connect with self! Grace does not go into depth about anything, but he says enough to get the reader thinking. This is the kind of book that we can go back to time and time again, reading over specific questions, and starting our own journey of discovery for answers.

© February 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review: The Road To Power – Fast Food For the Soul

The Road To Power –
Fast Food For The Soul

Author: Barbara Berger
ISBN: 978-1-78535-814-2
Original Copyright 1995 & 1996 Barbara Weitzen Berger
BeamTeam Books

the road to power

We are what we think.
We become what we believe.
Our life is what we visualize.
Our life is what we say it is.

We can change our lives
by changing our thoughts.
From Book 1, Chapter 1

I have followed Barbara Berger’s work for many years now. I have even had the pleasure of doing an audio interview with her. I am impressed with her authenticity, and with the fact that as a counsellor she gifts her readers with tools that they can use to take action in their lives.

“The Road To Power – Fast Food For The Soul” is two books in one. The power that she is talking about is the power of the mind, the power to take back our lives, and to create the life that we really want. Bottom line – we can change our lives by changing our thinking. We have the ability to change any area of our life that we want to – we just need to take responsibility, and put the effort in.

I feel that Barbara’s books, and her work, can benefit all people, from all walks of life. Included amongst her writing are “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life”, “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”, and “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload”. Each book addresses something that we can do to live a better, more balanced life.

The focus in this book is on our mind, and how we create our lives through the power of thoughts and words. Negative thinking creates a negative life, positive thinking creates a positive life. (Apropos of nothing – 2019 is a number three year, which relates to creativity and personal power. What a great year to put the message this book carries to good use!)

Decide on the life you want, visualize it, affirm it, decree it, focus on it, believe it, have faith in it, and you will find yourself living this life much sooner and much faster than you ever dreamed possible.
From Book 1, Chapter 1

Barbara points out that we are victims of our own thinking, as if we are part of some cosmic joke. She make a very important point when she says that the outside world is simply a manifestation of what we choose to think about it. Power is an inside job! We need to do the work required on ourselves, the inner work. As our thoughts change, our outer world changes. Each chapter of this book presents specific techniques that the reader can use to control their life, and create the future that they want. Each chapter is a “stand alone”, so that the reader can go to whichever chapter they need most at any given time (for example – The Power of Focus, The Power of Money, The Power of Silence, The Power of Joy and Laughter, The Power of Vision).

The reader is presented with such concepts as a higher power, or force, and the need not to resist this force, releasing negativity on all levels, living in reality, the ability to make choices, and setting clear goals.

The reader is presented with tools such as affirmations, statements, the power of “no”, visualization, mental acceptance, entering the alpha state, guided meditation, the healing power of nature, the power of focus, working with lists, keeping things to yourself, the power of giving, the power of love, blessing people and situations, the power of silence, seeing auras, the gift of movement, living in reality, contemplation, connecting with our subconscious, and paying attention to thought patterns.

Each chapter is written in clear, straightforward language. Each tool is presented in a manner in which the reader will be able to implement it in their life. I loved the fact that Barbara mentions other well-known individuals in this book, and describes the work that they are doing. It is a “who’s who” of working on yourself! At the end of the book, there is a listing of these teachers, and their books.

This book is easy to read, and easy for the reader to implement in their life. I recommend it for all ages, and all backgrounds.

© January 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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