Book Review: Beyond Embarrassment

I was asked to review this book by JoAnne Lake, published in 2106, and was happy to do so as it addresses a little known and serious health problem. The book is no doubt one of the best resources available to anyone struggling with the condition of Neurogenic Bladder (NB). It’s an interesting and very informative read, covering the causes of NB and the author’s own medical history and struggles. A large portion of the 247 pages of text is devoted to coping strategies – physical, emotional and spiritual.

I believe anyone who needs information on this difficult medical condition and/or encouragement in dealing with neurogenic bladder will find a wealth of both within the pages of Beyond Embarrassment. I highly recommend it for health professionals as well as those whose lives are challenged with this nerve/bladder dysfunction.

I learned a great deal from reading the book and gained understanding of the struggles that persons who suffer with this condition endure as well as the hazards of certain procedures. The vaginal hysterectomy in particular appears to be one of the leading causal factors.

The question and answer sections which are primarily composed of letters JoAnne received from readers of her blog detailing their personal stories are enlightening. Additionally, the detailed appendices are valuable additions to JoAnne’s very human and engaging book.


Happy Father’s Day!


This photo represents the practical portion my final exam in a two-part course in Adobe Photoshop Elements (PE). It was taught by two quilters, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki through their interactive online courses. You can read about all they offer at Pixeladies.

I found the courses very interesting and fun, although challenging in that PE is so incredibly complex. It takes a tremendous amount of practice to become proficient at something that has such vast capabilities.

I did gain a good foundation in the most important and useful things for photo editing and I may take other Photoshop courses later on. One great thing about Pixeladies courses is the homework requirements and the fact that Deb and Kris check the student’s work, answer questions and make a lot of helpful suggestions.

Each week we were provided chapter pages of instruction to print out, a very interesting and informative video with Deb teaching that week’s topic and a homework assignment to put the instruction into practice. We were able to interact with all the other students and view their work as well.

Most of the other students were quilters around my age, many having similar interests so it was a group I felt very comfortable in and was inspired by much of their work. I recommend their courses, especially for quilters, as a significant part of some lessons’ content is quilt photo editing related.

You get the best price on PE if you sign up for I and II at the same time. Doing only the first course wouldn’t gain you many skills or tools. If you want to learn photo editing with PE, you really need both courses.