WOW REVIEWS 2022-2021

Each Month We Will Be Adding Reviews of Books & Other Forms of Media That Have Inspired Us & We Feel Would Appeal to Our Audience

Movie: Journey Back to Christmas

At Christmas time, we gravitate towards holiday movies, especially the ones with moving, inspirational stories to capture your heart and attention. This is a wonderful movie from Hallmark for the entire family. 

Journey Back to Christmas is about a World War II nurse who is transported to 2016 and meets a very special man who helps her discover some things about Christmas. 

WWII is finally over, but Hanna's husband, Chet, didn't return home. She puts on a brave smile during the day while nursing her hospital patients, but at night, she grieves the loss of her love. 

Then the Christmas Comet appears for the first time in over 70 years, and Hanna's caught in a snowstorm and knocked unconscious. 

WOW Pick for December 2022

She wakes up in modern times, and much to her confusion, her small town has changed.  A local cop takes pity on her and invites her to stay with his family over the holiday. 

As she searches for her place in this familiar yet different town, Hanna discovers that even small acts of kindness impact lives...and that the true meaning of Christmas is timeless. Now, she hopes to find her way back to her own time...and this year's comet may lead her to a Christmas miracle. 

WOW Pick  November 2022

A Far Wilder Magic By Allison Saft

When Margaret Welty spots the legendary hala, the last living mythical creature, she knows the Halfmoon Hunt will soon follow. Whoever is able to kill the hala will earn fame and riches, and unlock an ancient magical secret. If Margaret wins the hunt, it may finally bring her mother home. While Margaret is the best sharpshooter in town, only teams of two can register, and she needs an alchemist...

Where do I even begin this review? I literally, from the moment I started, fell in love. There are just some books, ya know, that feel right when you start them, like they were made for you at this exact moment in your life–this is one of them. And from that final page, all I’ve thought about-day and night-is getting to this review. So many thoughts. So many emotions. So much gratitude. I request arcs, sure, but when I sent out my request with this one, my heart went with it. 

It began with the cover-that beautiful, unique cover-I saw it and just had to know more. Upon further inspection, I just knew it was a book I was going to devour, to love, to cherish-it did not, at any juncture, disappoint. 

My heart leapt into my throat the minute I saw it in my inbox and I plotted for days to make time for it. I’m a simple girl-give me a steady, slow-build fantasy with a slow-burn romance…I’m sold. 

I don’t ask for much, so when a book delivers just that-my simple tastes-it better be well-written and deliver in spades.

Read the rest of this Review & More by Chelsea at

The 2022 Elvis Movie

My Mother is sure to be up in heaven singing and dancing while watching this new  Elvis Movie.  She had  a photo of Elvis on the wall  across from the bed  she shared with my father  and swooned over  it  much to  his protests.  Every chance  he got  he  would turn  the  portrait  over  and she would flip it right back.

While this movie  gives us even more insight into the early beginnings  of  Elvis’s  life  as  well   as  much  more  of  a glimpse into his time with  his wife,  Priscilla  and daughter Lisa Marie,  there is  a far  more  eye-opening  look  at the main man who was Elvis’s enabler.

The Coronel, played as the slimy, sinister character he was by  Tom  Hanks,  gives  me  the   Heebee-Jeebees.  It truly portrays him as the man he was... never  working  for Elvis only the money and fringe benefits that came with his job. 

WOW Pick for October 2022

Years ago one of my clients told me about a time when her and another female friend has been traveling and couldn’t believe their luck when they were parked beside a vehicle with the Coronel and Elvis in it. It was way before he had a tour bus or the full brunt of his fame. 

The Coronel invited the ladies to go for a coffee and it wasn’t long before the “Leach” was asking them for more. Elvis kept apologizing to them for his manager’s actions and they all parted ways. My client said that Elvis was  young and a perfect gentleman while the Coronel was loud and pushy, So I feel this portrayal of him is right on.

I love that Priscilla & Lisa Marie were advisors on this film and the actor playing Elvis, Austin Butler, makes you believe you are watching and singing along to the real man. See it! You won’t be disappointed.

WOW Pick for September 2022
New Rendition of Stronger

Oh my GOD!!! We loved this song from the minute Kelly Clarkson debuted it after winning the first American Idol show.

However NOW We LOVE IT even more after stumbling upon this AGT rendition with Kelly Clarkson, Amanda Hale and Kechi Okwuchi while working on the latter’s WOW feature page. 

Knowing that all 3 of these singers have had their share of struggles, especially Kechi, We were brought to tears while at the same time singing and dancing along with them. 

Such a powerful performance and a video many of you may want to watch over and over again. 

And remember, “What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger."  Hope you enjoy it as much as We Did!

JUST ASK! & JUST HELP! by Justice Sonia Sotomayor

While Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written many children's books we are exceptionally impressed with these two: 

JUST ASK! BE Different. BE Brave. BE YOU published in 2019 is a picture book about the power of honoring people's differences. Twelve diverse kids introduce themselves and the condition they live with (diabetes, autism, Down syndrome, etc.). Young readers will learn about the conditions and, hopefully, be able to see themselves or someone they know in the bright illustrations and upbeat text. 

WOW Pick for August 2022

The featured kids are all role models in their own way: They're self-aware, accept differences, and ask questions to better understand things. Each two-page spread has a question that will help readers relate to the experience of the kid in the spotlight. The book opens and closes with the main lesson clearly stated to reinforce young readers’ learning.

JUST HELP! HOW TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD published in 2022 is a meaningful story about making the world -- and your community -- a better place, one action at a time. The story features a young Sonia and her Latina mother, Mami, who every morning asks her, "How will you help today?" Since Sonia wants to help her community, just like her Mami does, she always makes sure she has a good answer to Mami's question. 

This relatable story takes young readers on a journey through Sonia's neighborhood where kids and adults, activists, community workers, friends and strangers, all come together to help one another build a better world and a better community for themselves.

Personally, as a child who was raised by a widowed mom with 3 children and often made to feel  as less than both economically and location (Literally living next to a dump) by friends, parents and teachers, I would have really benefited from her book, JUST ASK! Although at the time we only could afford milk and bread once a month so buying a book would have been out of the question at that time in my life. Without a library in the country, cable or internet even hearing about it wouldn't have been possible. It and JUST HELP! need to be part of every care package sent out to families in need in North America and beyond.

BETTER YET,  I hope to see both of these books as part of all elementary school's required reading and discussion so that all children have the opportunity to positive messages about the diversity of the characters make this a great pick for kids of all ages and an understanding that it's often the little things each of us do every day that can have the biggest impact and ultimately improve our communities.

WOW Pick for July 2022
This is Me x2

We just couldn't decide which of these 2 songs to feature as our WOW Review this month because we felt that while they present the theme of being accepted exactly as you are... they have some uniquely different lyrics to do it. Both are truly Great Songs!

In yesteryears many of us had to grow up fast and be responsible for making a living in the traditional sense, often having to follow what was considered the norm. Focusing on work and family many before the age of 20, few had time to even think about or find time to play with imaginations. So, us and many others we have talked with only began to rediscover who the authentic person under that mask of responsibility was. Some had become depressed or seduced by the escape of drugs and alcohol due to feeling they weren't living the life or using the God Given talents they had to do to follow their childhood dreams. If fortunate... they had time before the end of their lives to rediscover who they truly were at heart.

On the other hand... The young people of today are bombarded by a lot of things they are often too young to really understand and growing up too fast in a different way. They also  have the added worry when coming into their true selves with being video taped at every turn then having it posted for the world to see and shame or if really lucky praise them. With this ever present threat hanging over them at all times, those who recognize this fear often hide their uniqueness, become depressed, even contemplate suicide. They stop seeing the way to get through this and hide feeling they will never be "special" or fit in to what the "normal" is.

However, as with Yin Yang, they are also being given AMAZING opportunities via Youtube, Instagram and Tik Tok to show case any of their uniqueness, talents and authentic selves. Shows like all of the Global Got Talent ones are giving them the chance to find out what it feels to be in front of massive audiences. Yes even people in their nineties are getting to perform and show the world, "This is Me!"

"No one'll love you as you are...But I won't let them break me down to dust...I know that there's a place for us...For we are glorious. When the sharpest words wanna cut me down...I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown 'em out...I am brave, I am bruised...I am who I'm meant to be, this is me".   Look out 'cause here I come...And I'm marching on to the beat I drum.   I'm not scared to be seen...I make no apologies, this is me".

While it is always a good thing to practice the Golden Rule (treat others as you would like to be treated), we don't have to be clones, patsies or puppets. We were all born with an inner strength that grows with each obstacle we face. Once we truly recognize it... "Now I've found, who I am...There's no way to hold it in...No more hiding who I want to be...This is me".

A Woman Makes a Plan by Maye Musk

While I hadn’t previously heard of this author, I can assure you that the best day to start reading Maye Musk’s autobiography is today. A WOMAN MAKES A PLAN is a great title, based on the Boer proverb, "a farmer makes a plan." Maye tells us of her childhood with two adventurous Canadians who settled in South Africa and raised a resourceful family. Through many moves and career changes, degrees, and childrearing, she largely supported herself. 

The subtitle of this book, "Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success," further adds to the depth of the novel. Maye speaks in a calm voice as she tells of her early work as a model, her success and happiness, and the marriage she did not want to a husband who began physically abusing her at once. When she was allowed to divorce by a change in the law, he threatened her and their children appallingly. I can’t see why any man should feel so small that he has to stand on someone to feel taller.

WOW Pick for June 2022
This man was an absolute control freak who still tried to control their family after the divorce. Maye courageously ended up moving with her children, Elon, Kimbal, and Tosca, putting their safety first.

Every time Maye moved she had to start again, gaining new qualifications as a dietitian and new friends. From this example, her children were not afraid to move and preceded her to Canada. We now know her son Elon Musk through PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX. He started by winning money from a PC magazine for a game he’d written at thirteen and worked for Microsoft before designing a map system with his brother. Kimbal later diverged into whole food cooking and Tosca became an actress and filmmaker.   

The story is Maye’s, however. Her resilience and reinventing herself while continuing to model regardless of age. Read rest of review on Fresh Fiction by Clare O'Beara

WOW Pick for May 2022
3 Power to Princesses Books

Because marrying a man you only just met shouldn't be a thing here are three shimmery yet smart alternatives to the old fairy-tale tropes. 

In Princess Charming written by Ziggy Owens and illustrated by Holly Hatem, a girl who doesn't think she has any talent and just can’t find her “thing”. She’s tried everything from cooking to hip-hop, yet hasn’t been able to perfect any of it. Even her cartwheels are subpar. But when the castle hosts a superstar for a special event, Princess Charming finally finds her time to shine and ends up saving the day. It is about a brand-new princess character filled with fun, humor, and girl power. With a modern look and can-do attitude, this is the perfect gift for all young readers who never give up! Ages 3-6.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink written by Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi E. Y. Stemple, and illustrated by Ann-Sophie Lanquetin. Princesses come in all kinds. Some jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes—all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential. Celebrate girl power in this exuberant, mischievously illustrated picture book that shows little princesses that they can be whoever they want to be! Ages 4-6.

The nine beginning chapter books in the Princess in Black Series written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, features a girl with them Alter Ego. It is a is a rollicking story of an adventurous princess who wears a pink frilly dress at home in her castle, then sneaks out to rid the kingdom of troublesome monsters as the brave and daring hero. She changes from a fancy dress to a caped black costume to battle the evildoers in her kingdom. This is a humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.  Ages 5-8.

Having married a couple of “knights” before truly discovering myself… then... my “KING” (Or "QUEEN"), I think it is important that young girls learn to stand on their own, then when ready, together, with whomever they feel is right for them at that time. 

WOW Pick for April 2022
This song  represents a  growing  universal  tribute to Ukraine and it’s fight to preserve democracy for those who have chosen it.

Their newly earned “peace” of Heaven in 2016 has quickly turned to Hell on earth once again but this time they are not alone.

Many from all over the world are truly “Standing by Them” whether it be by travelling to Ukraine to assist in the fight, feeding those who are now without a home, and taking in those who have had to leave their beloved country OR sending artillery, funds, food, and life’s simplest of necessities to the growing number of those in need there.

Stand By You by Rachel Platten

Listen to this song and you can’t help but FEEL the strength of the Ukraine President and people and gain a sense of faith and certainty that with the many prayers and aid being sent their way, they WILL win in the end.

For me… ALL the complaints about wearing a mask to protect ourselves and others seem so TRIVIAL now compared to the reality of having to leave our homes with only what we can carry to escape bombs, conflict, tornados, earthquakes, fires and hurricanes really drives home how much worse it is for others and “there but for the Grace of God…Go I”.  And my heart goes out to those who lost a loved one at a time when being with them at the end wasn't even possible and definitely not their choice. 

Ukraine aside, this song also represents the many health care workers, food suppliers, truckers and more who even represented a piece of Heaven while we were in the depths of Hell with the pandemic. They STOOD By Us, risking their own lives and the lives of their families and all deserve awards of LOVE and RESPECT.

Let’s stop all this standing apart that has separated so many people and countries and STAND BY the Rights of ALL to be EQUAL, SAFE and WELL. It is SPRINGTime... the time of New Fresh Beginnings after all.

Remember, The Science of Memory & the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova 

Remember by Lisa Genova, is a non-fiction book that explores how we do, and don’t, remember. Genova is a neuroscientist who’s also the author of five fiction books. 

The book begins by describing how memories are formed, and the amazing process by which creating memories creates structural and connective changes in the brain. Genova points out that popular understanding of how memory works can miss the mark. 

The book explains different types of memory, and why you go into a room and forget what on earth you’re there for, and Genova reassures readers that using a to-do list isn’t somehow cheating. 

Genova also explains that, when faced with leading questions, people will fabricate memories, and eyewitness accounts are highly unreliable. That certainly doesn’t bode well for our legal system. Do you feel confident that certain memories are accurate? Turns out that confidence has no bearing on their level of accuracy. 

WOW Pick for March 2022

There’s a chapter devoted to tip of the tongue experiences. These occur when we know a word but can’t immediately bring it to mind until it jumps out at you two hours later while you happen to be sitting on the toilet. Doing this (and doing it quite regularly) is not, in fact, a sign that you’re losing your mind. In my case, sometimes I feel like my mind is permanently lost, but that’s a whole other issue. 

The book is full of surprising tidbits and explanations, like the Baker/baker paradox, whereby you’re more likely to remember someone is a baker than you are to remember their name is Baker. Putting people in boxes can be bad in terms of discrimination, but apparently, it helps us to remember. 

You’ll learn the difference between normal age-related memory changes and the changes caused by dementia. There are also tips to improve your memory (chronic stress bad, sleep very, very good). Finally, there’s an appendix that pulls it all together, including the specific things you can do to improve your memory. 

While the book is very informative, it’s presented in a conversational rather than academic tone. The examples used are realistic and help to make the concepts relatable. Genova seems very authentically present in the writing, and she isn’t afraid to make fun of herself, such as when she’s describing her fussy coffee order that the baristas at Starbucks manage to remember. 

This book made my inner geek very happy, but I think it will be much more widely appealing than simply my inner geek. Memory is obviously very important to all of us, and this is a great opportunity to learn more about it.

Reviewed & Contributed by Ashley L. Peterson of Mental Health @ Home 

WOW Pick for February 2022

WOW Book: There Still Was Love

We picked this book because we feel so many families today are struggling to meet in the middle on views, yet There IS Still Love. 

This is a beautiful and simple tale of love, family and hardship. Parrett has a skill for understated and elegant prose and storytelling. From Melbourne to Prague the reader has a window into a family split down the middle by war and circumstance.  This tale looks at the strength of women across decades and countries in different situations beyond their control and how it can differ and what that strength looks like.

I loved the vivid scenes and the evocative descriptions that places the reader right there in each time and space. The first person narration involves the reader further so you are well and truly wrapped up in story. I found There Was Still Love very easy to read but it took a little for the full picture to coalesce, which really is the beauty in this novel. A slow and meaningful ride so strap in and get comfortable. 

The ending leaves the reader with a feeling and beauty and warmth tinged with sadness. I found myself sitting and reflecting on this one for a while after finishing, always a sign of a strong read. There Was Still Love further cements Parrett as a favourite Australian writer for me and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of her novels. One to read if you have loved her previous work and one to read if you are a lover of bittersweet tales of love and family.  By CrazyBookLadyReviews

Put On Your Masks Song by Gloria Estefan

PUT ON YOUR MASKS is done to the beat of the Gloria's hit song Get On Your Feet.

Yes, this song was updated to this version almost a year ago… but we at WOW felt it was PERFECT for the beginning of this year with us once again being at the mercy of a virus that keeps mutating so fast even the vaccinated can’t outrun it as it becomes more contagious than ever. 

Thankfully, the vaccinations and masks are keeping infections less lethal but we have observed so many people all over the world forgetting how to use their masks properly we felt this humorous song might be helpful. 

WOW Pick for January 2022

KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF the OUSIDE of YOUR MASK unless you have a hand sanitizer to use each time you do. Time and again we see people holding the outside of their masks in their hands or pockets while talking then opening it up again to put it on without a hand sanitizer in sight. 

And with this new variant that is so super contagious… it’s time to wear your mask outside if you are playing tourist or at any group function where you can’t space out. 

We all know what works to protect ourselves, the ones we love and those who are essential to us all. Yes, we are ALL weary, yet we are resilient and with awareness of our surroundings, testing, prevention using the simple protocol we know works… THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

 Sorry to get serious…Now let's move and groove with Gloria...

Baby2Baby & Children's Book... A Bear To Share

BABY2BABY provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

Tiana loves her teddy bear, Bach. She doesn’t mind that he’s a little worn and somewhat torn. So when her mother suggests she make room for a new bear, Tiana can’t believe her ears!

Will Tiana have to lose the one bear she really loves? Or will she find room in her heart for two?

Find out in this endearing tale—brought to life by Alicia Más’s imaginative illustrations—about a young girl who learns the importance of letting go and giving back.

A girl with a big heart who loves her teddy bear, her family, and her best friend, Tiana will appeal to any child trying to understand what it means to give back to others.
WOW Pick for December 2021

If you are anything like us this is the best time of the year to open our hearts and give to those who aren't as blessed as we are at this time of year. Doing it by purchasing this book is a gift that keeps on giving.

Business leader, actor, and Baby2Baby ambassador Jessica Alba and Baby2Baby co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein deliver the important message of giving back from an early age through this tender and delightful story.

WOW Pick for November 2021

Book & Movie Passing by Nella Larsen & Rebecca Hall

Passing is a beautifully rendered story that may be first and foremost about racial identity, though it enfolds so many ancillary reflections within its petals—on the power of longing and jealousy, and on the truth that we all make choices that define us as individuals—that anyone can respond to it. 

It’s also a deeply thoughtful spin on what we commonly call the American Dream: the ability to make something of ourselves, or to remake ourselves as we wish. We see this freedom isn’t free at all—it comes, sometimes, at perilous cost.

The story is adapted from Nella Larsen’s compact but potent 1929 novel about two girlhood friends from 

Chicago who reconnect later in life: Irene has moved to New York and slipped with complete efficiency into the role of mother and doctor’s wife. Clare has also left home behind, but in a more painful and permanent way. Both women are Black, but Clare—who, it’s suggested, has survived an unstable and unhappy upbringing—has chosen to live as white, a gamble she’s pulled off with dazzling.

The story of Clare and Irene is pieced together as if it were shards of a dream, presented to us in black-and-white that’s often smudged around the edges, more glowing than polished. Read Rest of Review by Stephanie Zacharek

WOW Pick for October 2021

When I first heard this song was during a month that holds the anniversary of my brother’s unexpected passing and it hit me hard.  "Bring my flowers now while I’m livin’ I won’t need your love when I’m gone. Don’t spend time, tears or money on my old breathless body. If your heart is in them flowers… Bring them on"

I had been guided to call him and while my gut screamed at me to do so… he was in the middle of a big move to his dream location, so I kept telling myself… I will wait until that’s over. It was only approximately a month away. He would be so excited to tell me about his retirement home. Just 2 weeks later he was gone. 
 Bring My Flowers Now Sung by Tanya Tucker

My biggest regret is that I didn’t at least send him a heart emoji to let him know I was thinking of him. It was one of the easiest things I could have done at any moment.  But I didn't.

How many times have you almost sent someone you love a simple emoji, a card, a call and let something relatively unimportant distract you from following through? I am better now, however definitely not perfect. 

Please listen to this beautiful song then let at least one person you love know it now in whatever of the love languages they'd appreciate most. Or all your family and friends. Send or bring them “flowers” (LOVE) while they can appreciate them.  It may even heal a broken relationship where someone needs to take the first step forward.

WOW Pick for September 2021

How To Develop Your Sense of Self by Julie Nguyen

Many of us have struggled with finding Our Sense of Self and this article is excellent for both learning how if still struggling and signs that may show us how far we have already far...
1. You make decisions that are best for you independently.
2. You have high regard for yourself.
3. You are your own best advocate.
4. You feel good about your development as a person.
5. You are receptive to the ebbs and flows of life.
6. You are emotionally intelligent and know how to tune into what's happening internally.

"The world often tells us who we should be and what we should want. It can feel unmooring to receive so many conflicting messages from external forces, but when you know yourself deeply as an individual—or have a strong sense of self, as it's sometimes called—you're less likely to be swayed by outside opinions. 
Understanding who you are imbues you with a sturdiness that will intrinsically ground you back to yourself, clarifying what truly motivates you and what isn't meant for you."

First... it defines it, then gives the descriptions of achieving all 6 of the above, how to develop it and even goes into what underlining obstacles may be stopping it including beliefs, upbringing and so much more.

"Your strong sense of self will anchor you into who you are as a person, ensuring you live a life where you feel empowered to take advantage of the opportunities that will benefit you in the best way possible. "

We at WOW LOVE this article and wanted to share it for this month's WOW Review Read Full Article Here

Laundry Love Book

Kelly Ripa of Live with Kelly & Ryan often remarks that she can get any stain out of any clothing and that she owes this ability to this book, Laundry Love. 

Doing laundry is rarely anyone’s favorite task. But to Patric Richardson, laundry isn't just fun―it's a way of life. After years of running Laundry Camp at the Mall of America for thousands of eager learners, he's ready to share his tips, tricks, and hacks―bringing surprise and delight to this commonly dreaded chore. 

Sorting your laundry? It's not all about whites and darks. Pondering the wash cycles? Every load, even your delicates, should be washed using express or quick-wash on warm. Facing expensive dry cleaning bills? You'll learn how to wash everything―yes everything―at home. And those basically clean but smelly clothes? Richardson has a secret for freshening those too (hint: it involves vodka, not soap). 

Changing your relationship with laundry can also change your life. Richardson’s handy advice shows us how to save time and money (and the planet!) with our laundry―and he intersperses it all with a healthy dose of humor, real-life laundry stories, and lessons from his Appalachian upbringing and career in fashion. 

WOW Pick for August 2021

Laundry Love will make you wonder why you ever stressed about ironing, dry cleaning, or (god forbid) red wine spills on your new couch. No matter the issue, Richardson is here to help you make laundry miracles happen―wrinkles and stains be damned. 

Take it from an Amazon Fan… “This book is a total game changer! Truly a joy to read with amazing tips and anecdotes. I purchased all my start up supplies and will never use laundry pods, fabric softener or dryer sheets again. This book would make a fabulous bridal shower gift but everyone who does laundry should read this.“ 

Hate doing laundry? This book may help you find joy in it or at least an ‘Ah Ha!’ or smile to your face. Only on Kindle until March 2022 when paperback comes out.

WOW Pick for July 2021

My Future by Billie Eilish

My Future’, her first piece of new music since her Bond theme song ‘No Time To Die’, is the beautiful fruit of Eilish’s quarantine experience so far. According to the pop star herself, she’s been doing “a craaaazy amount of self-reflection and self-growth” and this song is a delicate celebration of that journey of self-discovery.

Some corners of (outdated) pop culture would have you believe that being single and alone, especially as a woman, is a fate worse than death. Taking the time to find out who you are when you’re not with someone else, though, is just as important as finding someone to share your life with. That’s the crux of Eilish’s lyrics here – she’s “changed her plans” and going solo, and reveling in her own company.

Her email missive described her as being “hopeful” and “excited” while writing this song and that shows. “I’m in love with my future,” she sings contentedly on the chorus. “Can’t wait to meet her.” Gentle piano notes tinkle under her soft, crooned delivery, casting a jazzy spell over everything and leaving the pop star sounding like she’s serenading herself with the most gorgeous love song of the year. The quiet exhilaration in it is infectious.

As with most songs that have been released since coronavirus tipped the world upside down, our current period of isolation adds an extra layer of meaning to ‘My Future’. If the past few months have been a struggle, though, this track gives being all on your lonesome a much more positive spin. In Eilish’s world, this is time to dedicate to yourself, to realize that you’re somebody, even when it’s just you, sat in your flat, trying (and failing) to nail the art of semi-decent bread-making.

 With an artist as unpredictable and inventive as Eilish, though, it seems like a fool’s errand to try and forecast what she’ll do next – who had money on jazzy ballad dedicated to herself? Regardless of what the future holds, this is a perfect piece of much-needed positive pop to put at the centre of your self-care routine ASAP.     Review by Rhian Daly 

 Hidden Figures Book & Movie 

The Hidden Figures Book written by Margot Lee Shetterly was a  hidden gem we totally missed  until we were doing  our WOW Gal Angel Tribute to one of the women mathematicians it  was written about, Katharine Johnson.

It later became a highly acclaimed film we missed as well when it debuted,  even with  all of the well-known  stars in it  who  must have promoted it. Bing avid Talk Show followers we  can't believe we missed all the talk show promos we normally see about a new film in 2016-17.  In fact,  we feel as if we j ust woke up  about this IMPORTANT and  AMAZING history of  2 huge accomplishments for  both women  and women of race.  NASA couldn't have made the strides they did without them. 

WOW Pick for June 2021

Better late than never...we encourage young and not so young to either read the book or view the movie now. To encourage you to do the same here is an excerpt from the back cover: Before John Glenn orbited Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, 

and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and entering the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Such an inspiration to budding young female mathematicians of any race and to all who believe that anything is possible.
Other Book Versions Available: New Paperback VersionIllustrated Version and Young Adult Illustrated Version. Enjoy!

WOW Pick for May 2021

Song Beautiful Scars Lyrics by Diane Warre Sung by Merry Crayton

Anyone who has been through anything in their life can truly see and feel the reflection this song has one their hearts. Diane Warren’s lyrics will resonate with all people when they can look back at many of the losses, injuries, perceived catastrophes and catalysts for that in hindsight, turned out to be leading to positive change in their lives. None of the above were FUN experiences at the time… Yet, upon reflection with fresh eyes, we realize… we grew, we improved, we became stronger and wiser from the experience. WE SURVIVED! 

Merry Crayton sings it from her heart knowing first-hand that “what can’t be cured must be endured” in a way that allows you to move forward with flexibility and gratitude for what you still have… and in this case… while she lost her legs in a car accident… she didn’t lose her voice. 

“Hallelujah!” to that. She focused on what she still had rather than on what she had lost with a heart full of gratitude and acceptance. “I ain't gonna hide these beautiful scars .” 

And we are so happy to see her soar with her new album, “Beautiful Scars”.   Definitely a faith-based compilation of songs that will resonate with so many. Give hope to us all. Start looking in the rear-view mirror at what we have endured that has made us who we are today. Hats off to the past! Sleeves up for the future! 

We only have to look at the news today to see we are faced with many catalysts for change for the years to come. Sleeves Up Everyone! We need to work together for the good of ALL.

Saved by Nutrition Compiled & Authored by Michelle Post

If you believe that knowledge is power and there is something to be learned from the experiences of others this is a book that does just that.

Twenty-three Leading Holistic Nutritionists and Nutritional Consultants share their personal stories about the health issues that led to their opening to the preventative way of looking at their health. 

We have recently featured 3 of their stories through out WOW Gals Michelle PostLouise Breton and Stacey Brisson. While these women wrote on the topics of Crohn’s DiseaseDysmenorrhea (Painful periods) and Peanut Allergies, there are 20 more in this book that we feel need to be shared now rather than later.

Inside there are chapters on ADHA, Adrenal Fatigue, Weight Gain, Aging, Allergies & Digestive Disorders, Breast Cancer and Depression, Candidiasis, Foggy Brain, Childhood Depression & Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Eating Disorders, Endometriosis, Food Sensitivities, Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer, Hypothyroid & Chronic Fatigue, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Lymphoma Cancer, Sickle Cell Anemia, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Ulcerative Colitis, Ulcer & Constant Stomach Pains and finally Wheat Allergy & Adult Asthma. If any of these resonate with you or a family member this is definitely worth a read. You can get your copy by visiting any of the 3 WOW Gal Pages above.  

WOW Pick for April 2021

WOW Pick for March 2021

Superheroes Are Everywhere by Vice President Kamala Harris

Such a timely book right now when so many Superheroes are are emerging every minute of everyday. They are all ages, all races, ALL AMAZING and deserving of the name as they just seem to be doing what they do because of who they are.

From Vice President Kamala Harris comes a picture book with an empowering message: Superheroes are all around us--and if we try, we can all be heroes too. Now a #1 New York Times bestseller!

Before Kamala Harris was elected to the vice presidency, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, among her friends, even down the street--there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you need to do to be a superhero is to be the best that you can be.

 In this empowering and joyful picture book that speaks directly to kids, Kamala
Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us. And with fun and engaging art by Mechal Renee Roe, as well as a guide to being a superhero at the end, this book is sure to have kids taking up the superhero mantle (cape and mask optional). Cool Mom Picks Review

My JustnCase Kit by Margaret High

Are you prepared for the unexpected?

The main purpose of a Power of Attorney for Personal Care is to give you control and peace of mind. It lets you appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf, and it ensures that your health will be in the hands of someone you have personally chosen, as opposed to someone appointed by the court.

Unless your Power of Attorney says otherwise: An Attorney for Personal Care is only allowed to make medical or long-term care decisions if a medical professional or evaluator finds you mentally incapable of making a specific decision.

For all other kinds of personal care decisions, the attorney can step in if they believe you are incapable — no assessment is required.@myjustncase 

WOW Pick for February 2021

Included in My justncase Kit is a book filled with priceless information, as well as personal stories, and a list of documents you should keep on hand Power of Attorney for Property & Personal Care Booklet of forms to be filled in and a FREE copy of The Canadian Will Kit. A Medical Emergency Card A File Folder to keep everything in one place.

Save your money by doing it yourself. My justncase Kit has everything you need is here is no sale pitch, you get the whole kit for $45.CAD. And once completed you have it in all in a folder you can let your family know about and where it can be easily found.

FYI: Important: if you have someone in long term care you should read this: they are giving families 3 hours from the time someone passes away to decide which funeral home you want them to be sent to if you can't decide one will be chosen for you. 

WOW Pick for January 2021

This Town by  X:THC

Lest we forget… how much the last year became the Year of 2020 Vision on all the sacrifices, injustices, and deaths so we could open our eyes fully to the resilience of the human spirit.

While this video reflects so many of the things we have and continue to suffer through for perhaps years to come it also leaves us with HOPE:

For the End of this pandemic and wisdom to prepare or avoid the next one.
For the End of devastating fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, 
For the End of abuse and disrespect for anyone who is different in some way than we are.
For the End of inequality in education, in respect of others and in life

This video and song carries you along and leaves you smiling at the end as you begin to trust once again that this is a time we need to remember for as long as it takes that THIS TOO SHALL PASS and we will ALL be better for the experience .

THIS is an inspirational song that explores overcoming adversity & the human condition through music, film & the Rise Up Eight. It is a message of hope from the people of the world to the people of the world. THIS TOWN is not a town, city, or country. THIS TOWN is all of us, all one species, uniting for environmentalism, social change & overcoming obstacles vs. climate change, racism, economic inequality & the coronavirus pandemic.

The year 2020 may be over…It was indeed a catalyst for change. It’s up to us as a whole to decide what and how that happens moving forward. The answer is UNITY. We gathered people globally for this inspirational song. If we could do it, why can't we all? We can LISTEN to each other, RESPECT each other's beliefs & work TOGETHER. 

A portion of the album sales proceeds will be donated to the United Way’s COVID-19 Worldwide Community Response and Relief Fund. The balance of proceeds will be used to continue's mission of inspiring people to overcome challenges in life.

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