Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day


I wanted to share how absolutely awesome my mom is.. 

My mom is not a Christian which is heartbreaking for me but if a girl has to have a non Christian mother, she needs one like mine. While I do not agree with everything she taught me or with all of the ways the raised me, I do know she has always loved me and most of the time, encouraged me to be me. 

Today I had a conversation with a young woman who chose a different path and I was appalled. Not that she chose to walk a different faith, we all have to make our own choices. What appalled me was her total lack of information. Information that has been documented through out history. Information that even the church she has decided to join, has begun admitting to. 

Here I sat discussing some well known facts with her and she got that look we all get.. that "you have no clue what you are talking about and I am right look." I listened.. I mean I have been wrong that one other time. I listened and didn't argue, then when she left.. I did my homework and gathered my facts. Just in case we ever had the conversation again. But the sad fact is, this girl is being brainwashed and it breaks my heart. 

Now what does that  have to do with my mother? 

Well, when I accepted Jesus into my life and became a Christian my mother totally supported me. All she asked was that I know what I believed and why I believed it. So I wouldn't look like some brainwashed idiot spouting inaccurate platitudes. 

She also drove me every Sunday to and from church, approx 20 away and paid for all church choir tours and retreats AND she allowed me to go to private protestant High School (go Heralds). Paid the bill and never commented on the sacrifice the family was making so I could go. 

Awesome much? Because my mother allowed me to have a relationship with Jesus (I would have had it anyway but it would have been much harder) Because my mother supported my relationship with Jesus, I received an amazing foundation in my faith. And the wrath of all my Bible teachers because believe me, my favorite question was why? When told later that I was one of his most difficult students and asked why I had so many questions. I was able to tell him..

Because I asked why, I know what I believe and why I believe it. I don't sound like some brainwashed cultist spouting off ignorant non facts.. 

So thanks mom for your awesomeness

Shauni

Monday, April 6, 2015

Iris, A Review @KyleReardon

Tea and Book was first created so I could introduce you all to new writers. Over the three plus years it has been in existence, I have been thrilled to introduce you to some really excellent authors. Today, I am going to do it again. And this time, it's a brand new format for us! 

Author Kyle Reardon is bringing us the first part of his brand new comic book, Iris. 

Iris addresses some issues that we may soon have to deal with..

BLURB: IRIS BRECKENRIDGE, gold medal Winter Olympic athlete, has met an early and tragic end. A science and technology firm, BIOSTRONOMY, resurrects her by filling her body with nanobots - tiny microscopic robots repairing and replacing every broken and damaged cell in her body. These nanobots also have a knack for making her stronger than ever - more powerful every day. IRIS now faces an uncertain future.  Given a second chance at life she never thought she would need, IRIS faces a world convinced her body is a piece of technology BIOSTRONOMY believes they own,.  IRIS searches for meaning and uses for her growing physical strength, encountering difficult questions of faith along the way. She is a woman once dead but alive again, however unnaturally. What debt does she owe and to whom? And what of her soul?

Hmmm, some pretty heavy thoughts for comic book.. They sure have come a long way since we had that grocery bag full of Superman Comic books (and yes we gave them away).

I was uncertain just what I would think when I received this ARC.. but I truly liked the premise and the concept. So I thought what the heck, let's give this a try. What I discovered was a well thought out storyline about things that are not really Science Fiction. This certainly could be happening in the very near future Shoot Lyndsay Sands has an entire series based on nanos keeping her people in "peak physical form" but Kyle takes it one step further, his heroine was brought back from the dead. And now she has to face some ideals and concepts that no one has had to face before. 

I really appreciated how Kyle addressed both medical advancement and military greed. Trying to make the perfect soldier? And in just 28 pages he starts the fight for who Iris "belongs" to. Is she still a human or is she just a shell? 

28 pages? that's it? Because it has just begun and already he has me thinking.. Is Iris a "person" or is she a shell? I have my own opinions but can't wait to see how Kyle draws this out.. 

Never fear fans this was just book 1, there are more to go and hopefully, Mr. Reardon will allow us to review them.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
"Kyle Reardon grew up reading comics and watching cartoons, but as he grew into an adult he decided to study SERIOUS subjects like Creative Writing and Film Studies in college. As a grown-up Kyle decided that comics and cartoons were way more fun and devoted years of free time practicing his comic art. Iris is his first comic. Kyle lives and works as a graphic designer in Washington, DC."
Want to find out more about Kyle? You can find him on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KyleReardon.Iris
Twitter: @kylereardon   https://twitter.com/kylereardon His Website: http://www.kylereardonart.com/#illustration2

This young man has an exciting future ahead of him and I am so excited that I get  to be  part of it.

Shauni

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015