Posted by: Michelle Knoll | August 25, 2016

Jo Marie, Where Are You?

I just recently finished reading Debbie Macomber’s last book in the Rose Harbor series, and it was fabulous!

For those of you who don’t know the name Debbie Macomber, she is the author of Mrs. Miracle that became a movie, as well as the books that inspired the TV series Cedar Cove. She writes romance novels and contemporary women’s fiction.

A listing of the books included in Debbie Macomber’s Rose Harbor Series, with links to a brief synopsis of each one, can be found here.

The Rose Harbor series is fun, and heartwarming. Each time I finished one of the novels, I found it very hard to wait for the next book in the series to arrive on bookstore shelves. After reading each book, Jo Marie would fill my thoughts for days. What was going to happen in the next novel? Would I like the way the story line progressed, or not?

Thankfully, the ending of the series was better than I expected, and the twists and turns of the last book made waiting very worthwhile.

Recently, Debbie Macomber wrote a blog post about the real Cedar Cove. Of course, that’s not the real name of the port community. Its real name is Port Orchard, Washington. And within that small town is the real Rose Harbor Inn, which in real life is called the Cedar Cove Inn. Curious about how well that inn matched the inn Debbie Macomber wrote about in her novels, I went searching and discovered something unexpected: the real Cedar Cove Inn is for sale! (Read about that here.)

I am not a wealthy person, but after reading the story about Cedar Cove Inn and watching a video showcasing the place, I wish I was! It is gorgeous, inside and out. It has seven bedrooms, each individually decorated. It has three stories, just like the Rose Harbor Inn of the novels, a beautiful dining room and sitting room, and porches all around. It looks out over Port Orchard, and the landscaping is picture perfect.

You can take a look at the inn and its beautiful surroundings here.

Since the inn is for sale, the real “Jo Marie Rose,” whoever she may be, needs to be found! Oh, Jo Marie, where are you?  Your warmth and your heart and your spirit need to come and fill this place with love, like only you can! I know your real name isn’t Jo Marie, but please buy this place, and continue the heritage the current owners have built here.

Come on, Jo Marie, the Cedar Cove Inn is waiting for you!


Posted by: Michelle Knoll | August 10, 2016

No, Bernie, no. Just, No.

Okay, I have nothing against Bernie Sanders. Absolutely Nothing. But he said something recently that just has me bothered.  And I really can’t sit by and not speak up about this.

On July 4, 2016, at 6:32 PM, Bernie Sanders tweeted the following: “We have got to cut military spending around the globe and address the true causes of war: poverty, hatred, hopelessness and ignorance.”

Really, Bernie? Are you sure about that?

First of all, no one who is at poverty level starts a war.  A fight in a neighborhood, yes.  A possible battle in one city, okay, maybe. But a war? According to The Free Dictionary, war is defined as “A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.” So did Bernie mean some kind of war that doesn’t use heavy artillery?  I really don’t think so, since he prefaced his reasons for war by stating that we need to cut military spending on a global scale.

Poverty stricken areas can’t start wars.  They don’t have the means to do so.  More often than not, poverty stricken areas are the ones which are gobbled up in attacks by those who have financial means to buy heavy artillery, lots of machine guns, and such.

Does hatred start wars? Well, it could certainly fuel the passions that push people to war.  ISIS hates all those that don’t serve Allah with their same heart and passion, even going so far as to destroy mosques and kill Muslims that don’t agree with them.  Hitler hated the Jews. The assassination of Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist started World War I. I’m sure some hatred played a part in that.

But can we say that hatred alone starts wars? I’ll leave that one for you readers to think about and then give me your thoughts in the comments.

Hopelessness. Starting a war. Just let that one sink in for a bit. Hopelessness causing a war. Um, exactly how is that going to happen? Here, let me play out the scenario for you:

“It’s hopeless.  So hopeless.  I think I’ll go start a war over it.”
“You will? Wow! You don’t seem all that enthused over the situation.  Sure you want to start a war over it?”
“Yeah. A war. I mean, the whole thing is just so far gone.  But yeah, it’s time for war.”
“Uh, okay. So do you think you’ll win the war?”
“Probably not.”
“But wait! If you’re not going to win, what’s the point? You’ll probably get killed!”
“Yeah. I know. It’s hopeless.”

Guys, it’s like, like, EORE from Winnie the Pooh deciding he’s going to start a war with Rabbit.  Seriously?

No, Bernie.  Hopeless people don’t start wars.  Unless their hopelessness turns to hatred.  And in that case, please see the paragraph above about hatred.

Okay, Bernie’s last reason for war: Ignorance.  Well, maybe. But what does Bernie mean exactly by the word “ignorance”? Does he mean people ignorant of the world around them? Does he mean ignorance of how to handle ________ (pick a noun to fill in the blank here). Does he mean ignorance in how to react, interact, and/or treat people?

Look, readers, I don’t have anything against Bernie Sanders, as I said earlier.  And I don’t have any great leaning toward either of the candidates that are running for election. However, I do have a passion about people stating things that they’ve thought all the way through. In my opinion, Bernie needed to rethink that comment before he said it.

Of course, as always, if you disagree with me, you’re welcome to your opinion, and you can even share it here. If you do think he was correct in his “causes for war” then please share with all of us some factual links that show proof.


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