RECAP: The Walking Dead Episode 507 or as I like to call it “All Over the Place”

Welcome to another Walking Dead recap! As always, this post has spoilers from the episode, so if you haven’t seen it yet, feel free to read previous recaps first!

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I’m sad we only have one more episode until the mid season finale. How did it go by so fast?! Anyway, let’s dive in! We start off with folks taking apart the church, from the organ pipes to the pews to fortify the church. Carl wants to go to Atlanta, but stays back with Michonne, Judith and Father G.

Oh my goodness, little Judith is the cutest.

Father G is acting strange (as always) and tries to scratch off the dried blood from the Terminus massacre. That scene made me nervous, like he is going to lose it right at the time we need him the most and then one of my people will die. He better hope that doesn’t happen.

As they head into the Atlanta, Tyreese and Sasha attempt a heart to heart, but Sasha won’t have any of it. It’s too soon T. Too soon.

We catch a quick snippet of Beth checking in on Carol, who is still in a coma of sorts. YOU BETTER NOT DIE CAROL.

He's not messing around these days. Photo by Gene Page/AMC

He’s not messing around these days. Photo by Gene Page/AMC

Then we get back to the other group. Tara attempts to make a team name, Mullet man is still knocked out and Abraham is freaking me (and the world) out. He looked like he might beat any human that came close to him. Then Maggie made sure he didn’t. Don’t mess with her, she’ll put you down like a dog. Her words, not mine.

The scene of a game plan for the Beth/Carol rescue mission was in.ter.est.ing! Rick has a whole “go in silent and take out everyone” kind of plan. Tyreese thinks instead they should grab two cops and make a trade. Rick wants to keep his plan. Then who agrees with Tyreese?? Oh, just Daryl. Y’all, Rick’s face was along the lines of “Como bruh?!” I think that was the first time that’s ever happened, but I don’t think the “nice” plan will work in the end.

Back in the church you get one guess what Father G is doing. That’s right, scrubbing the floor. Carl tries to get him to pick a weapon to defend himself. He refuses at first, but then Carl tells him he can’t stay in one place and outside he’ll come across trouble he can’t avoid. After he chooses a machete, Carl begins to explain how to use it and Father G can’t handle it, so he says he’s going to go and lie down. Something fishy is obviously up.

We find Beth mopping and she overhears Dictator Dawn and another cop talking about Carol. The other cop says she is a waste of resources, so Beth tells him to keep her on longer and calls him out for charging his DVD player every night. Dawn tells him to shut it off and then…

WHA???? Dictator Dawn wants to help Carol????? She gives Beth a key to medicines that will keep Carol alive. After Beth asks why she’s helping, she responds she thought she was weak, but her outburst proved her wrong. She tells her to save Carol’s life. You know, can’t say I saw that one coming.

Back we go to the fire truck crew. Maggie stays back with Abe and passed out Mullet Man while the other three go look for water. I kept thinking about all the water Eugene wasted on those walkers. Bummer huh? Anyway, Maggie makes a little tent for Eugene so he doesn’t burn and Abraham is still staring off into who knows what.

Back in the hospital Beth goes in to talk to Doc about what medicine to use on Carol. He guesses that Dawn gave her the key, but warns her it wasn’t out of the kindness of her heart. He tells her the medicine she’ll need though and says good luck. I never know what to think with any one from Grady Memorial.

Next, we find Glenn, Rosita and Tara getting water (it’s nasty water, so Rosita creates a filter with her shirt). We get a little background of how Rosita ended up with Abraham. It was in Dallas and he said he could use her help, so she went. Glenn sees some ripples in the water, so he creates a plan to go fishing. Were their scenes kind of boring to y’all or was it just me? I’m trying to be unbiased.

Now back to the rescue mission…Noah creates a diversion and two cops in a car chase him down. Looks like they went with Tyreese’s plan. The cops think they got him cornered, but then our team comes out, but as they are taking them prisoner, another car comes zooming in and we have a bit of an O.K. Corral type battle.

The car speeds off only to be stopped by some burned up nasty McNasty walkers (they were folks who were part of the original napalm bombing). One of the cops starts fighting with Daryl and it’s all sorts of nasty when Daryl uses the head of a walker to knock the cop off him. I’ll leave it at that because it’s too gross to type out the description of what happened. Ew!

Rick looks ready to take the guy out with one bullet, but Daryl stops him saying three hostages are better than two. The supposed “good” cop says he only wants peaceful resolution and that the trade will only work, but only if they talk to Dawn. The others claim they want Dawn out, but the “good” cop says he’s known her for eight years. I trust thee not!

Glenn and Rosita manage to make a fish net with the mesh from suits of some walkers. I can’t help but see walker clothing as all contaminated. Yuck. Anyway, good thing Rosita knows how to clean a fish and Glenn tells her that they should stick together even though DC is out. She’s happy and agrees. My heart hurt a little – it’s like he forgot his previous (rather awesome) family. Rude. Anyway, Tara finds something awesome in the backpack, but we don’t find out until later…and… it’s a yo-yo. A little bit of a let down, not gonna lie. But hey, it’s a piece of happiness right?

Thanks for being there for your sister. Photo by Gene Page/AMC

Thanks for being there for your sister. Photo by Gene Page/AMC

Michonne has a chat with Father G. She says what they do, it’s worth it and that she just wants to help him. He thanks her and shuts the door and then we see him in some straight up MISCHIEF. He’s taking apart planks, like he’s going to escape underground. Coward.

Beth bribes one of the patients with strawberries and as he fakes an attack, Beth sneaks the medicine to help Carol. She gives it to her and holds Carol’s hand, letting her know she was there. Please remember what I said earlier Carol. It was along the lines of DO NOT DIE.

Tyreese finally got through to Sasha with the grieving, so that’s good. I thought at first she got scratched or something like that, but they needed that moment.

Father G manages to get out from the church, but stepped on a nail in the process. Only he would manage that. How long does he really think he’s going to last? And why the heck does he want to leave? He still can’t kill a walker. How is he seriously alive?? Why didn’t he stay? He could have at least taken his machete, but he goes out weaponless. Lame.

Maggie gets Abe to finally talk and Eugene wakes up (although he totally sounded like a walker!). The others walk up carrying some fish and water.

Then poor Sasha! I knew not to trust the “good” cop. He seemed too nice and too much of a back story about one of the burned up walkers. Sasha being nice, said she would help by shooting the walker in the head. As soon as he got behind her I knew something shady was going to happen. Have these folks not learned about turning their back on strangers?! When you do that, you get knocked out by your prisoner. Geez….

It looks like there’s plenty for the mid-season finale! What did y’all think of this episode and what’s to come?! Join in below or on Facebook!

Christmas is Coming! Here’s 5 Books to Give (and Change the World)

I’m so excited we’re entering the Christmas season! I’ve started my Christmas shopping and always try to give gifts I know the person will love and are meaningful. There’s already plenty of book related ideas around the internet and you can find plenty from my Fun Finds series, but today’s list is for the reader in your life and combines two things I’m passionate about, books and justice (you can read more on the Change the World!).

These are books I’ve read or have come highly recommended (thus waiting in my TBR pile) and I know will have a lasting impact on the reader.

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Since some of these are a bit more serious, just sandwich them between two fiction novels to balance it out :) I have plenty of ideas if you need and one can never have too many books!

Non-Fiction Reads

Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller

It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.

Timothy Keller is an incredible voice in Christianity and anything he writes leaves a lasting impression, so a book about justice will not only be encouraging, but inspiring as well.

Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana . . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . . and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster . . . a Texas ranch.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

What can I say? This book changed my life.

Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir by Rachel Lloyd

“Powerfully raw, deeply moving, and utterly authentic. Rachel Lloyd has turned a personal atrocity into triumph and is nothing less than a true hero. . . . Never again will you look at young girls on the street as one of ‘those’ women—you will only see little girls that are girls just like us.” —Demi Moore, actress and activist

With the power and verity of First They Killed My Father and A Long Way Gone, Rachel Lloyd’s riveting survivor story is the true tale of her hard-won escape from the commercial sex industry and her bold founding of GEMS, New York City’s Girls Education and Mentoring Service, to help countless other young girls escape “the life.” Lloyd’s unflinchingly honest memoir is a powerful and unforgettable story of inhuman abuse, enduring hope, and the promise of redemption.

I’ve had a couple of friends read this (and it is high on my list) and I’ve heard fabulous feedback. It’s not an easy read, but don’t let that deter you!

Where to buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Fiction

Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund

High-Stakes Drama Meets High-Tension Romance

In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.

Posing during the day as a photographer’s assistant, Lily can’t understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father’s lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he’s interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters.

Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that’s dominated Harrison for so long.

As readers of my blog know, Jody is one of my favorite authors. You can read the full review of this book here, but if you know historical fiction fans, this one is for them! Oh and part of the proceeds went to A21 (which fights against trafficking) – how awesome is that?!

Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD

Stocking Stuffers

Breaking Out of A Broken System by the Bolt Brothers (#1Book1Life)

Not only is this a fun (the design is awesome!) and extremely helpful book (check out my thoughts here and Chandler’s 4 Questions here), when you buy one it goes directly to the Palmetto Medical Initiative. You can tell people that for Christmas you helped them save a life. That’s a win!

Where to Buy: Amazon

How about you readers – what are some books you would add or ones that are on your Christmas list this year?

I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favorite Benedictions:

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Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary | Book Review

When I first went to review this gem of knowledge I was 180% overwhelmed. It’s massive internet. I mean, where’s a girl even to start right? I also had flashbacks to my theology classes in college and remembered I survived those (I promise I did love them, they just hurt my brain ;), so I could handle a dictionary. My nerd self has decided I love this resource!

Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Bible dictionary available. With a fresh new look and updated photographs, this new and enhanced edition is a wealth of basic study information with more than 7,000 entries plus more than 500 full-color photographs, maps, and pronunciation guides.

Features include:

  • Cross-references to major translations
  • More than 7,000 up-to-date entries
  • More than 500 full-color photographs and maps
  • Enlarged type size for easier reading
  • Visual Survey of the Bible from The Open Bible

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First, there’s pictures. I love pictures. There’s pictures of locations in modern day, pictures of what tasks looked like (i.e. brickmaking), of art and sculptures from that era (and even mummies) and of course plenty of maps. This dictionary also provides in-depth looks at the books of the Bible, including chronology and study and teaching outlines. It also provides pronunciation of what you are researching (which for me is about 98% of places and locations in the bible).

The section alone on Jesus is full of days worth of material, from his background, to his teachings, to his different names (Son of Man, Messiah, Son of God, God, the Lord). Whomever you are studying, each section also provides where you can find the facts in scripture. One example is with satan and why he was cast from heaven. It’s helpful because I know these stories, but may not know the exact reference. Trust me, I went on a Biblegateway.com researching spree :).

Even if you aren’t a Christian, but are researching biblical times or some of the beliefs of Christianity, this is an excellent place to start. Packed with plenty of information and research, the entries are concise and helpful.

After checking out this dictionary, I’ve come to realize (actually I should say: have been reminded ;)) how little of the history, culture and other pieces surrounding the Bible I don’t know or have forgotten (say the country Ellasar from the OT…can’t say I’ve done a study on that)! It does make me a bit excited to do a little studying though! Although, where was this guy when I was in college?

What’s one of your favorite things to study in or about the Bible?

(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christian Books

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis | Inklings Series Discussion

(The Inklings Series is a monthly series featuring the works of my two favorites, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, or books about them. But I don’t want it to be just me chatting about these books, so that’s where y’all come in! I’ll announce the book at least four weeks in advance of when the discussion post will go live, so you have plenty of time to get the book and read it. Then, the following month, I’ll post a discussion post and let the fun begin!!)

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I thought I knew what to expect from Mr. Lewis. Really, I did. I’ve read enough of his works to know he’s awesome. Then comes The Great Divorce. I mean really, Jack, how many masterpieces did you write?! I love his warning at the beginning:

“I beg readers to remember that this is a fantasy. It has of course – or I intended it to have – a moral. But the transmortal conditions are solely an imaginative supposal: they are not even a guess or speculation at what may actually await us.”

“The last thing I wish is to arouse factual curiosity about the details of the after-world.”

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I wasn’t sure what to think the first pages in. I wasn’t stressed that I wasn’t going to like it, but I was kind of afraid it was going to end up being meh. Then suddenly I found myself wanting to copy 97% of the book in my quote book. I love this book! It has become one of my favorites of Lewis.

The conversations our narrator had or overhead felt like conversations I’ve had in real life. Like the ghost who couldn’t see that he was missing the full truth? Instead the bits and pieces he did believe were weaved in other falsehoods of spirituality.

I love how much it gets you thinking from all the different responses to the narrator’s experiences. There was the cynic, where it was all propaganda and conspiracies and complaints, but the one who doesn’t actually want to change anything either. Plus the narrator’s change and development was done so well. I could understand why he questioned with the early ghost examples, especially after Debbie Downer Ghost (remember his commentary on rain?!)

“I have not fully made up my mind to go back to the bus, but wanted to avoid open places. If only I could find a trace of evidence that it was really possible for a Ghost to stay – that the choice was not only a cruel comedy – I would not go back.”

I was also genuinely sad for the lady who was too ashamed of her “nakedness” and didn’t trust that she would become solid again. How much she missed out on!

“What are we born for?”
“For infinite happiness,” said the Spirit. “You can step out into it at any moment.”

Meeting George MacDonald was one of my favorite parts of the book.

“Literary ghosts hang about public libraries to see if anyone’s still reading their books.” I caught the chuckles on that one.

Alright, I’m going to attempt to only include a “few” more quotes. I apologize in advance for the length, but I seriously can’t help myself. It’s like asking me to get rid of books. I just can’t.

“Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory…damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin.”

Internet. THIS:

“There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing of God Himself…as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist! There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ. Man! Ye see it in smaller matters. Did ye never know a lover of books that with all his first editions and signed copies had lost the power to read them? Or an organiser of charities that had lost all love for the poor? It is the subtlest of all snares.”

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”

“This curious wish to describe Hell turned out, however, to be only the mildest form of a desire very common among the Ghosts-the desire to extend Hell, to bring it bodily, if they could, into Heaven.”

How many people is this quote perfect for? “They terrify lest they should fear.” Tacitus

Then this was this: After discussing those ghosts so grotesque that they made the trip simply to spit in the face of Heaven: “Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already.”

Oh and then with the painter: “Light itself was your first love: you loved paint only as a means of telling about light.” On a total cheesy geek note, my heart did a happy dance when the artists mentioned were Claude and Cézanne. Lewis even had excellent taste in art. One more piece of evidence to prove Jack and I would have been friends.

“Do you mean there are no famous men?”
“They are all famous. They are all known, remembered, recognised by the only Mind that can give a perfect judgement.”

I thought the whole interaction of the Lady and dwarf was interesting as well and here’s some quotes I pulled from that section –
“Here is joy that cannot be shaken. Our light can swallow up your darkness: but your darkness cannot now. No, no, no. Come to us. We will not go to you. Can you really have thought that love and joy would always be at the mercy of frowns and sighs? Did you not know they were stronger than their opposites?”

“The demand of the loveless and the self-imprisoned that they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power; that He’ll should be able to veto Heaven.”

Alright, now that I’ve pretty much written out the book :), how about we discuss? Here’s a few questions, but as always, please share any other thoughts!

1. Which of the ghosts did you find the most interesting?
I’ll say the most annoying was the nagging wife. I kept calling her a wench. So edgy, I know. Man alive! Always the victim and I felt bad for her husband. Then she wanted him to come so she could have another “project.” Yet, she couldn’t forgive him either. For what? Who knows, but she was a mess.

The most interesting/sad for me was probably with the mother who lost her son. What did y’all think of Pam and Reginald’s conversation? I personally cannot imagine what losing a child would be like, but in her case, she lost both her children (and even husband) when she ignored her daughter and focused only on the past.

2. What was one of your favorite scenes?
I could simply say all of them, but I’ll go with the saucy lizard and the Ghost who didn’t want to quite let go of the sin. It was a perfect illustration of what it looks like to free yourself of the “lizard” in your life.

“Why, you’re hurting me now.”
“I never said it wouldn’t hurt you. I said it wouldn’t kill you.”

I thought he was going to keep the lizard, but am so glad he didn’t. I loved Lewis’ description of what happened after too.

3. Any favorite quotes to share?
Please see all of the above :)

4. How does this rank in the works of Lewis?
I have plenty more to read, but this is right up there with Narnia for me. Man, what a fascinating look at human nature.

5. Any final thoughts to share?
Lewis reminds me that while the face of culture changes drastically through each generation, people don’t. The same things that hold people back in the time Lewis wrote this are many of the same today. And once again I wish I could have had one conversation with Clive. Just one.

It’s a Holiday Drink List!

I hate eggnog. There. I said it.

I’m sorry if we just became un-friends because of that, but with the holidays upon us, I had to get that off my chest. While I may have to slap the eggnog out of your hand (just kidding, I wouldn’t do that), there are several other drinks I enjoy around the holidays. Since next week is Thanksgiving, what better time than to chat about some of my favorite holiday drinks and even a few new ones that anyone in the family can enjoy!

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Ho Ho Ho Punch

This made my first ever Beverage post, but it’s a winner, so I wanted to include it again. It’s so simple too. You just need ginger ale, champagne and frozen strawberries. Perfect for a brunch, party or just having a few friends over.

Sangria

Why Sangria? Well, I’m part Spanish, so I get to rep my roots with this one. Second, there’s so many ways to make and enjoy Sangria, it’s the perfect drink to make your own . Like this post here (it says for summer, but it works for winter too, like #2 and #3 :)

Caramel Apple Cider

I’m a fan of apple cider. It’s tasty hot or cold and I can only imagine the tastiness of adding a touch of caramel to it. I definitely plan on trying this fella out. You can find the very simple recipe here.

Cranberry Mimosas

Y’all. I love mimosas. I was thinking of ways to make them more Christmas-ish and I came across this recipe. Not only would it be just as tasty using cranberry juice instead of orange juice, but they have the rims covered in green sugar. Merry Christmas! You can find the simple recipe here.

Cranberry Lime Spritzer

Sticking with the cranberry theme one more time, this is a non-alcoholic option. I think cranberry and lime would make such a tasty combination. The picture is in the post looks sooo refreshing.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

I love hot chocolate and I like peppermint, so of course I should include a recipe featuring both. Bring on the whip cream.

Champagne

Well, because it’s champagne and the new year is coming. If you’re looking for one to try, have no fear, I did an entire investigation to find the best one.  Just think Europe.

The Grinch

I love the name to this cocktail and it involves Midori. Starts off sour, ends up sweet. You know, like the Grinch. :) Find the easy recipe here.

Alright, that’s what I got! Do y’all have a favorite and family holiday drink?