Monday, April 22, 2019

Notre Dame

Monday, April 8, 2019

How to Recycle like Norway

I'm currently doing a Unit of Inquiry with my class on Reduce, reuse, Recycle.  I took my class to a large supermarket near the school to find out how 'green' they were.  What I saw blew my mind.  I think that many countries can learn from Norway.
Here's the Youtube video I made about it.  Please like and subscribe.
Cindy Vine is an author and teacher currently living and working in Norway.  You can follow her travel blog on cindyvinetravels.com.  She is the author of Not Telling, Defective, Hush Baby and The Freedom Club.  All her books are available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback formats.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Visit to Chernobyl


A few years ago I visited Chernobyl in Ukraine. It was an extremely sobering experience. The deserted buildings were downright creepy. It was a reminder that this is what we'll leave behind should the human race become extinct.
Cindy Vine is an author and teacher who is addicted to travel.  Follow her travel blog on cindyvinetravels.com. You can also subscribe to her Youtube Channel.  All Cindy's books are available on Amazon.com in both ebook and paperback formats.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Planning the summer holiday


As winter breathes its last gasps and the snow starts to melt it's time to start planning the summer holiday.  What are you planning for your summer holiday?

Cindy Vine is an author, teacher, traveler who writes novels and keeps a travel blog on cindyvinetravels.com.  Cindy has a Youtube channel.  Please click on the video above and SUBSCRIBE and click like.  It would be greatly appreciated.  You can find Cindy's books on Amazon.com in ebook and paperback format.

Blue Yeti Review


When I had to put on my big girl panties and figure out some tech stuff by myself, without getting my children to do it for me, I decided to record this journey on video which I uploaded to Youtube as a product review.

Cindy Vine is an author, teacher, traveler who writes novels and keeps a travel blog on cindyvinetravels.com.  Cindy has a Youtube channel.  Please click on the video above and SUBSCRIBE and click like.  It would be greatly appreciated.  You can find Cindy's books on Amazon.com in ebook and paperback format.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Jewish Tour of Lviv




The Jewish Tour of Lviv wasn't just interesting, it was also a reminder of the cruelty of humans to each other.  Personally, I think that you can't just go to Lviv and enjoy the wonderful food and ambience of the many themed cafes and restaurants.  You need to balance it with this trip down memory lane and remember all those who were murdered because they were Jewish.

Cindy Vine is an author, teacher, traveler who writes novels and keeps a travel blog on cindyvinetravels.com.  Cindy has a Youtube channel.  Please click on the video above and SUBSCRIBE and click like.  It would be greatly appreciated.  You can find Cindy's books on Amazon.com in ebook and paperback format.

Visit to Lviv


Lviv is an amazing city in Western Ukraine with heaps of history and amazing cafes and restaurants making it a foode heaven.

Cindy Vine is an author, teacher, traveler who writes novels and keeps a travel blog on cindyvinetravels.com.  Cindy has a Youtube channel.  Please click on the video above and SUBSCRIBE and click like.  It would be greatly appreciated.  You can find Cindy's books on Amazon.com in ebook and paperback format.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Letters to Mother Earth

I got my Grade 4 Class to write letters to Mother Earth.
Here are some of the things they wrote.

Dear Mother Earth
I am so sorry about all the pollution we humans are making.  I will try to stop people polluting but it won't be easy.  And I'm sorry that people are cutting down your trees.  I will try to recycle when I can.  I will tell my whole family about it.  I hope that you will get better, Mother Earth.  I love you because you gave me lfe.

Dear Mother Earth
In 2018 it was cold but now it is hot and there is so much ice. Can you stop it?

Dear Mother Earth
Sorry for the climate and the terrible things some people do like throwing plastic.  I hope you'll be okay.  You're the kindest person I've seen and I want to help you to continue to give us life.  You're the most caring person.  I hope people will stop!  I don't know why people do this to you?  I feel bad for you.  I hope you stay strong as I believe in you.  It's okay to feel pain.  Just breathe in and breathe out.  You are strong.  You are kind.  You can make it through.  Is the earth okay?  My wish for you is that the water stays fresh, te flowers are blooming and the sun keeps shining.

Dear Mother Earth
We are so sorry for our bad behaviour and all we humans have done.  How could we ever thank you for all the water and food you have given us over the years?  We all love you, but some weird people don't deserve you.  I am so angry at bad humans.  Every time I see rubbish, I pick it up and put it in the trash.

Dear Mother Earth
I am sorry people are bad to you but I wonder what you plan to do about it and if the world will go down and if it happened what will happen to us.  Why must good people suffer for the things bad people do?

Dear Mother Earth
Four years ago, I helped Mother Earth by planting lots of little trees at my house.  The trees give us air.

Dear Mother Earth
I am worried about three things.
Plastic in the ocean.
Cutting down too many trees.
Bad air.

Dear Mother Earth
I'm so sorry for what we have done to the earth.  The earth is getting worse and worse and many people try and stop this but it's not enough.  The poles are melting and pollution is happening.  The earth is getting warmer and warmer.  Before everyone thought we could do what we want and it would be okay but it has all gone so bad too fast.

Dear Mother Earth
I wanted to ask you if the world will go down like a ship?  It sounds very dark.  How will it go down?  Climate change?  Will you ever be able to forgive humans for what we have done to you?  We can still change and right now there are children all over the world sriking just because they are angry at what their parents did to cause climate change.  Do adults even care?  Many people say that they are doing good things for the environment but they are lying.  It's all about the money.  They don't care if they hurt or damage you as long as they make money.

Cindy Vine is a teacher and author currently living and working in Norway.  She is the author of Not Telling, Defective, Hush baby and The Freedom Club.  You can buy her books on Amazon.com.https://www.amazon.com/Ms-Cindy-Vine/e/B002C1D9G2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0



Monday, March 18, 2019

Ngorongoro Crater Safari





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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dog Sledding in Norway

Dog sledding was on my bucket list.  After doing some research, I found a dog sledding tour place near me the town I live in. 
You can find out more about dog sledding on my travel blog  https://cindyvinetravels.com 
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You can find out more information about my books on my website www.cindyvine.com
 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Anybody can make Travel Videos





You can also follow my travel blog on cindyvinetravels.com, to find out about some of the destinations I've travelled to and also get some travel tips.
You don't have to be young and beautiful to be a traveler or youtuber.  Even old fat women can travel and make travel videos!
You can find out more about my books on cindyvine.com

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Iceland Getaway

I was lucky enough to spend 4 days in Iceland.  The weather was terrible, but I still managed to achieve 3 items on my bucket list.  The Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon and to ride a snowmobile on a glacier.
You can find out more about Iceland on my travel blog  https://cindyvinetravels.com 
You can subscribe to my Youtube channel to see more of my travel videos and book trailers, as well as occasional random stuff.  http://www.youtube.com/c/CindyVine
You can find out more information about my books on my website www.cindyvine.com

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Reaction from a Freedom Club reader

This is a letter I received from Jon Howard whom I do not know and have never met before.

Hi Cindy,
I’ve just finished reading the freedom club (it’s 3:18am and I’m not normally a night person) and I just had write back and say...
Wow
Thank you
That was amazing
Awesome
Scary
Intense
And so much more.

As a victim of bullying back in the 80’s when I was at school I thought long and hard about your story and what it meant to me. It dragged back feelings of sickness and revulsion at the bullies in your story, you did an amazing job on the characters adding a degree of depth and realism that only the bullied can ever really appreciate.

I’m just so grateful that access to social media wasn’t a thing back then as I know I would have been even more of a victim and god alone only knows if I’d ever have been able to recover from some of the crap that the bullied of today have to deal with.

As a victim of being bullied I can appreciate the utter destruction that it does to ones feelings of self worth and confidence and as a parent it was my greatest fear that my kids would be bullied and so I always tried to to what ever I could to quash any signs of bullying and give my kids the level of self confidence that would allow them to develop their own armour. I’ve often told them that if they can’t look in the mirror and learn to love the person looking back then they’ll never develop the sense of self worth that is required to believe that they are worth fighting for, and to stand up to the bullies.

I’ve never understood the compulsion that drives bullies to do the things they do, I think maybe that is lacking a little in your story, but to do that might almost humanise the antagonists to the point where we’re not genuinely happy to see the bullies get their just desserts (so to speak)

Regardless I was drawn into the story and once started I had to finish, I had to see where it would end - I don’t know if it was intended but I felt a strong vibe of the second season of The Netflix show American Vandal and if you haven’t guessed it already i really enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to read it. I think enjoyed might be the wrong word as I felt this was at times hard to read yet compelling all the same. Again if I had to draw a comparison I’d link it to the experience of watching American History X

Anyway, it’s late (or early) and I’m rambling a bit so I just wanted to thank you again and can’t wait to read some more of your work.

Kindest Regards 
Jon...

You can purchase The Freedom Club on Amazon in both ebook and paperback format.  Here is the link for the ebook.

Cindy Vine is a South African currently living in Norway.  She classes her books as 'reality'  fiction as they cover everyday social issues many people face.  The Freedom Club has been translated into both Spanish and Portuguese.
Some of her other novels are The Case of Billy B, Not Telling, Defective and Hush Baby.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Why you need a Bucket List

Not everybody has a life that is perfect all the time.  Most people have a life full of ups and downs - a bit like a roller-coaster.  When you are on the down part it is easy to get depressed and fall into a funk.  A bucket list can move you out of that dark place.
A bucket list is a list of things you'd like to do before you die, or kick the bucket.
We all have dreams and goals.  We just don't write them down.  Sometimes we store them in some obscure part of our brain.  Most of the time, those dreams and goals gather cobwebs as we push them further and further away.  If we are not careful they will become out of sight, out of mind.  Writing them down brings them to the fore.
Granted, not all dreams are achievable, but many are doable.  The doable ones, write down on your bucket list and then make a plan to start ticking them off your list.  Planning to achieve and complete items on your bucket list is certain to get you out of the funk as it gives you a purpose.  Something to work towards.  A reward to celebrate the journey.
For me a bucket list is all about keeping my spirit of adventure alive.  I want my gravestone to read "She lived her life to the fullest."  I want to experience as much as possible and make as many memories as I can to savor and ruminate over when I am too old and frail to do anything.  And then of course, I might go before I get old and frail.  You just never know.  So, I have to try and do as much as possible before my time is up.
My bucket list gives me hope as well as happiness.  If I find myself feeling down, I will focus on my bucket list and start to get excited.  What should I do next?
For every item I tick off, I think of a new one to replace it with.  So my bucket list is continually evolving.
I have a few bucket list items coming up soon that I will be able to tick off my list.  What can I replace them with?  I feel happy just imagining what I can do next.
Cindy Vine is a South African currently living in Norway.  Besides ticking items off her bucket list, she is the author of The Freedom Club, Defective, Hush Baby, CU@8 and others.  Her books are all available on Amazon.com in both ebook and paperback formats.  www.cindyvine.com

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather   Morris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved, loved, loved this book! Set in the horrors of the holocaust, it is a story of hope, never giving up, human ingenuity and enduring unbelievable love. It is truly a love that conquers all. The author has managed to capture it all and write it so that you feel as if you are watching a movie in your head. Definitely my best read of 2018 and highly recommended.


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Cindy Vine is a South African living in Norway.  She is the author of The Case of Billy B, Not Telling, Defective, CU@8, Hush Baby and The Freedom Club.  All her books are available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback formats.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Review of The Reckoning by John Grisham

The ReckoningThe Reckoning by John Grisham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


If you like a book with a happy ending, then this is definitely not the book for you. This book is full of tragedies that will leave you reeling. It combines legal drama with historical fiction. As someone who likes historical facts, the war section was quite gripping. But in saying that, a lot of it wasn't really necessary for the story and might put off a lot of readers. The twist in the wtist was a bit of a surprise, and I think Grisham wrapped up the story too quickly. I wanted it to end with at least one good happy event and a come-uppance to the baddies!



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Cindy Vine is the author of The Case of Billy B, CU@8, Defective, Hush Baby and The Freedom Club.  All her books are available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback format.

Review of A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of LightA Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I love Jodi Picult and always eagerly await her latest book. Unfortunately, A Spark of Light left me feeling a little bleh. It was well-researched as always. Maybe a little too much like a lecture at times. But, and I hate to say this, but it felt like she had printed off her manuscript, accidentally dropped it on the floor, and some of the page order got muddled up. It took a little while for me to realise that she was writing in reverse time order, but with the many characters, all their perspectives and different times in their lives within a chapter - it became a little confusing. It then became a book I had to read because I'd paid good money for it and because it was a Jodi Picoult, not a book I read because it was entertaining and I was gripped. But that's just my perspective. Also, the way it was written, the attempt at a twist fell flat because it was totally predictable. I wish I could be more positive, as I am a die-hard Picoult fan.



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Cindy Vine is the author of Not Tellng, Defective, Hush Baby and The Freedom Club.  All her books are available on Amazon in both ebook and paperback format.