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You’re not too young to read them, you’re not too old…. 

Beware... you are about to enter the world of mystery, adventure and fantasy. You’ll find books for the young and books for the not-so-young; mostly books for the young at heart.

Keeping the Art of Storytelling Alive… 

Good Read suggestion #1 –

Finding Christmas – A Mouse in Search of Christmas

A glimpes inside....

© A glimpes inside … Casey, a brave and handsome country mouse embarks on a wild, winter adventure to find Christmas. You are bound to be captivated by this charming little warrior mouse and his best friend Bella. Available on Amazon – in Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2qZRTLh Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #2 –

Newfies to the Rescue

Newfies to the Rescue is filled with intriguing stories of the Newfoundland dog – both tales of yesteryear and tales of today. Did you know the course of world history may have been changed had it not been for the lifesaving instinct of the Newfie? You’ll find many extraordinary events recorded in history involving the Newfoundland dog in this little book. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/35F45Qu Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #3 –

The RYDER – A Fantasy adventure

for the young at heart

What does one teacher have to say about The RYDER? “My class read The RYDER and no one wanted the adventure to end. It’s a captivating novel with a fast-paced plot and dramatic action which teaches life-changing lessons that only he (The Ryder) can teach to the story’s three-dimensional characters.” April P. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2rCATuM Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #4 –

Treasure Trap – a sequel to The RYDER

What started out as a sunny afternoon horseback ride for Jessica and David turned into the search for a young boy they spot in the distance, beckoning them to follow him. As they attempt to keep up with him, they end up in an ice-cold, winter field thousands of miles and a hundred twenty years from Grandpa’s farm. This time-traveling adventure takes Jessica and David to the village of Skrytyy, where wicked, foreign-language speaking strangers have cast a spell over an entire valley; all for the love of a hidden and priceless treasure. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2OV4yHz Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #5 –

Roadblocks to Hell

Fiction based on a true story. How Walther Colt survives the cruel, callous and cold-blooded convicts of a Federal Pen, with the help of an unlikely ally. A must-read redemptive, true crime story. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/35XhIe7 Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #6 –

KickStart to a Healthier You

Kickstart to a Healthier You – Body, Soul, and Spirit Perhaps you’ve already been working at improving your health, or perhaps this is your first real introduction to a healthier way of life. Either way, this book will help you gain valuable knowledge and practical advice. Leading a healthy lifestyle is well worth the effort, so why not start today. Easy healthy recipes included. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/35H3EoG Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

Good Read Suggestion #7 –

Chuzzle’s Incredible Journey

Chuzzle, a young, adventurous porcupine, with many endearing qualities, embarks on a dangerous journey to find his dear friend Whuzzle. He must travel past the Little Stream, through the Deep Forest, beyond the Blue Pond, and up the giant Big Hill. He will encounter many kinds of dangers along the way. Chuzzle invites you to join him on his incredible journey as he bravely leaves the safety of his home and enters the mysterious unknown. Available on Amazon – Kindle or Paperback https://amzn.to/2OyYMMU Or contact the publisher – 1.866.533.4896 or purchase on Treasurebookstore.com

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . .

The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin

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Chickadees and snow – two of my favorite things – besides celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, Jesus.

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Source : mamietitine.centerblog.net sur centerblog.
Love this scene by Nancy Landry.

If you like to read stories that inspire and give hope, check out my author’s Storyteller site .

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Roadblocks to Hell KINDLE version is available for FREE November 25 – 29 th.

Wednesday to Sunday. 

The Kindle version is available from Amazon.com herehttp://amzn.to/21d4nat

Our Canadian family and friends can get it from Amazon.ca for free here from Wednesday ’til Sunday

If you don’t have a Kindle reader, you can still download an app from Amazon and read it on your smart phone or desktop computer.

Get your copy today –  download it and then – would you please write and post a Verified review? (at your convenience)

NOTE: For a verified review, one must turn pages –  Amazon keeps track of the pages you read to make sure reviews are based on reading the book.  That’s a good thing from my perspective. 🙂

Thank you and

Have a happy Thanksgiving Day – to all my US friends. 

2016 11 x 17 LION calendar and art cards available on my author’s Storyteller blog.  

1 Thumbnail Lion Calendar 2016

11″ x 17″ calendar above

Set of 3 art cards below


Rblocks card B

Rblocks card A

Rblocks card C 4

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Here’s a short teaser for 


my website: carriewachsmann.com/blog/about

Fiction tightly based on a true story. (Category – Fictional/biographical)

So… “What’s this book all about?” you ask.

Roadblocks thumbnail for bookmark

Convicted of trying to kill the police chief at age 15, Walter faces years in adult prison. His only friend, a young Mennonite girl from a strict religious background.

Yes, that would be me. We met when we were teens, and our friendship lasted his lifetime.

What are people saying about the book?

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 “I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. I read until I was finished. Carrie is such a good writer and this is a very interesting story.”  Bev S
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 “Love your book! Half way done! Very intriguing and very good.”  Alicia D 
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“I could hardly put it down. I talked to a few friends who are waiting to read it.” Sharon S 
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More REVIEWS on Amazon –  Available on Amazon  here

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Walt’s wife, Peggy and I reminiscing. Here’s what she has to say about it.

“Eeeek!! The book is here! It’s called Roadblocks to Hell and it’s a fictionalized story of my husband’s life. This is me with author and friend.
 This book is well written and very accurate. The fictionalization involves names, some dialogue and dramatization. The core facts of story are true. I highly recommend this book, it has brought back a lot of memories.”  

Patricia and Carrie 2015 oct.

Walt experienced life in a way few can imagine… and yet… as prison chaplain Madsel put it, “I am so proud of Walt… over the past 14 years I have worked with so many like him, and only 2% of the people with histories like Walt ever make it at the end. Most die violently or alone in prison in their lost state.”

Walt’s story is intriguing and compelling,  but most of all it is redemptive.

I am honored to be the one to tell his story, and I am honored to have had him as a friend for over 40 years.

I believe this book will give hope and encouragement to many.

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Below: one of the 60 plus images in the book – Walt and Cali climbing a Manitoba Maple tree.

Chapter 6 Tree climbing 2 300dpi

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Looking for a healthy lunch idea?

This is one of my favorites:

 Tuna, Corn & Sun-dried Tomato Recipe

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

Tastes as good as it looks. Carrie ©

 Mix the following: 

1/4 cup cooked non-GMO corn (cold)

1 can flaked tuna – drained

2 tbsp chopped red onion

1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes in oil

sea salt to taste

In a separate small bowel mix:

1 tbsp Hellman’s mayonnaise

2 tsp olive oil

juice of 1/4 lemon

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp garlic powder

pepper if desired

Mix the tuna blend and dressing blend together

Butter the 100% Rye Crisp –  if you like

Spread the tuna – corn mix on the Rye Crisp crackers (or crackers of your choice)

Top with a few sun-dried tomatoes

Serve with a few carrots sticks and cucumber slices

Makes a great lunch – Serves two

carriewachsmann.com/blog – StoryTeller

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I’m very pleased to post this article on how healthy meals can make a lasting difference for cancer patients,  by Jillian Mckee.

Jillian is a Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in the US. 

Thank you Jillian for your time and effort in spreading good news and sharing excellent suggestions on how to make healthy meals that can make a lasting difference when  going through the difficult battle of fighting cancer.

I hope you or someone you know, finds this information helpful and beneficial.  

Learning how to make healthy meals can make a huge difference in the life of someone with cancer. Many cancer patients make the mistake of not fixing healthy meals simply because cooking and preparing can take a lot of time and effort. It can be a major challenge for people who are ill from breast cancer or mesothelioma treatment side effects to find the energy to plan and cook healthy meals.

The disease and the treatments leave a wide range of damage on a person’s body. Many times, this damage drains and depletes energy and physical strength, making it difficult to get enough energy to cook healthy meals.

Friends and family members can be a major help by shopping for and cooking healthy meals in advance. Studies have proven that when one invests in eating diets that are high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and some dairy, the person will gain vitamins and antioxidants needed to produce energy and increase strength.

Many people who are going through cancer treatments such as chemo and radiation often experience months of fluctuating weight changes. A solid diet filled with wholesome foods loaded with all the right minerals and vitamins will help a person have better weight management.

A person who is losing far too much weight can benefit from a nutritious diet by ensuring he or she is getting all the needed vitamins, proteins, minerals, and antioxidants each day. Healthy diets help people with cancer to take more control over their lives and to have energy and physical strength to continue fighting the disease. Family members and friends may offer simple healthy meals that are fresh or can be frozen, which can be a major benefit when going through treatments.

Nutritious food will help to give a cancer patient much-needed energy that is vital to improving how well the person is able to handle treatments. Vegetable and cheese casseroles, fruit trays, sandwiches loaded with veggies and tasty dressings, and salads packed with delicious and healthy items are all dishes that can be delivered to a person who has cancer. These foods will be a great relief to someone who is too ill to prepare a healthy meal on their own.

The New York Presbyterian Hospital has a video about nutritious foods and how these foods can play a big role in improving the life of a cancer patient to help you get started.

For more excellent cancer fighting information visit  http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/.

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Does Valentine’s Day promote anti-aging?

Valentine card - Hart Wachsmann ©

Valentine’s Day is very popular.

Everyone wants to stay young.

Put the two together and make them work for you for the rest of the year.

If everyday we thought about love and how to express it, we’d all probably live to be a 120 years old. Maybe more.

Those good, loving, happy thoughts would keep the stresses of life where they belong – underfoot.

If you need a little encouragement in expressing your love and affection to your Valentine, you can find some great advice at examiner.com, “How to express your love on Valentine’s Day.”

Stay young, be happy and nurture your relationships.

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Some colors have the power to lift the spirit, combat cabin fever and chase away those winter blues.

Find out which ones

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 8 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 52 posts. There were 104 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 64mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 1st with 172 views. The most popular post that day was Outhouses I Have Known.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were alphainventions.com, search.aol.com, blogcatalog.com, twincities.com, and bigextracash.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sunflowers, alouette lake, life drawing, outhouse, and sunflowers pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Outhouses I Have Known March 2009


Colors Combat Cabin Fever March 2009
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Bee Propolis – A Natural Antibiotic That Combats Super Bugs? (MRSA) April 2009


Abbotsford Art January 2009


Life Drawing – Pencil Sketches of Woman in a Wedding Dress April 2009

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Is it just me or does Christmas seem to come around much quicker these years?

A couple of weeks ago, when the reality hit me that the Christmas season was fast approaching, I had a momentary feeling of wanting to just skip it ALL this year…that overwhelming feeling many of us are familiar with…I have so much to do in so little time, with so little money.

Then I did a little reminiscing and thankfully the Christmas spirit came upon me once again.

For those of you who need a little encouragement I invite you to come and reminisce with me.  I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

Scenes from Christmas past spending time with family….

Come inside where it's warm - Win ©

Building a Snow Church

Building chapels in the snow - Carrie ©

A morning of family cross country skiing - Carrie ©

Scenes along the way - Bench by a temporarily abandoned campfire - Carrie ©

10 acres of cross country trails to explore - Carrie ©

The sleigh ride - Driving Diamond and Silver - Carrie ©

6 month old St. Bernard - came along for the ride - Carrie ©

Diamond and Silver enjoying every bit of their workout - Carrie ©

Antiques hidden in the snow - Carrie ©

I think - a manure spreader from days of yore - Carrie ©

A classic I'm sure - Carrie ©

Where are those sugar cubes? Carrie ©

Pencil Crayon by Carrie © - Rescued Percherons

It may be cold outside, but the fire of friendship is warm and inviting - Carrie ©

Christmas is about relationships and building memories that will carry you through the tough times – sure to come to everyone at some time or another.

Our homemade nativity scene - Carrie ©

This nativity scene the kids and I made when they were little. They’re all grown up now, but we still haul these little characters made from spools and cloth out every Christmas.

Our tradition – on Christmas eve our family tells and acts out the Christmas story of Jesus birth. We each take a part and the characters to go with that part.

The parts about Mary soon to deliver her first child,  and Joseph having to travel by donkey to Bethlehem for taxation. Caesar had ordered it and they must go… we tell of how there was no room in any inn because of this, but then they find the stable where they will be warm and safe. That night Jesus was born.

Then comes the part about the shepherds watching their sheep by night, and then the angel of the Lord showing up – suddenly in a brilliant flash of light, and how he tells them not to be afraid but to go and see the baby that was born, the son of God come to bring peace to all men – to save them from themselves and their own destructions…and the angel is joined by a host of angels singing and praising God. All of heaven is in a state of rejoicing.

We move to the Wise men and tell how they followed the star which led them many many miles, all the way to the stable where Jesus was born. They brought him most precious valuable gifts of Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh…

We light the final candle in the advent wreath…

And then… we open the gifts…

Christmas is complete once again. I sit silently in my comfy chair, alone now among the lights and the glow of the flickering candles, and I am thankful. My heart is calm and full of gratitude…for my family, my friends, and most of all my God who did the unthinkable – sent his only son Jesus to earth so that I, you, everyone, could have a relationship with Him. Now that is what it’s all about. And that is why I celebrate Christmas.

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“Vespa Blogger Award Friendship”

I received this award from Khris Cantrell    http://cantrelltk.blogspot.com

Thank you Khris.  I enjoy your blogs and am pleased to be a blogger friend.

I in turn award the following people that have been friendly to me:

Hishaman  http://mylifethinking.com/life

Carrie A Groff  http://www.livingahealthybeachlife.blogspot.com

Adriana Keene http://financeglobe.blogsome.com

Mohamed Shaban http://www.think-logic-think-deep.blogspot.com

Jack W. http://web.me.com/wofat/WoFat_at_Home/WoFat_at_Home/WoFat_at_Home.html

Corinne Rodrigues http://www.everydaygyaan.com

Sajjad Ali http://www.movieslinks4you.blogspot.com

Ihwayuda http://medhela.blogspot.com/

Hamilton  http://www.hbhamiltonjm.com

If you would like to pass this award on to some of your blogger friends:

1. Put the logo on your blog

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you

3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs

4. Add links to those blogs on yours

5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blog

And have a great blogging day.

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