Book Review: Why Diets Don’t Work: Food Is Not the Problem

By Joyce Tilney


The forward and endorsements in the front of this book were already a huge set up for me to expect a lot from the text. Alta Hatcher, from my hometown crowd in Dallas, Texas, Christ for the Nation’s Director of Healing Ministries was one of the endorsers. The second was from London, England, Seed Time and Harvest’s Linda Patton. They both gave a real matter of fact spiritual endorsements that reveals tidbits of information you will find throughout the writing. Tilney also comes recommended by men of God:  Dick Mills, Edwin Louis Cole (one of my favorites), Billy Joe Daughtery, and Robert Garrett Jr.

Reading the book is just as the introduction stated, “This is not another diet plan, it’s a battle plan!” If you have ever had to deal with eating disorders or bad eating habits, as I have, reading this book is a battle in itself because you have to deal with yourself in a very real way. As you read, you cannot ignore the valuable confrontation with the reality of your physical and spiritual situation. Reading through it Joyce put into words what I’ve always felt in my spirit about eating. She illuminates thoughts with plenty of scripture that show God’s heart about why? of our circumstance. She includes many encouraging notes and personal stories that lighten the load off your mind and spirit. She concludes the book with a battle plan that guides you through getting your physical and spiritual body in order. Not only that, but she includes a chapter summary at the end that includes the scriptures and thought process of each chapter. She ends the book with spiritual food for the walk, spirit man, soul and body. Another nugget is her recommended reading list. I will definitely be looking into those. You won’t mind turning this book into a crash course to improve yourself.

Thank you to Book Crash for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Curriculum Review: The Hands-On Equations Program

By Dr. Henry Borenson Ed.D

Can you solve: 4x-2x+3=2x+2x-x? Your child will with a smile on their face! I recently received The Hands-On Equations Program by Dr. Henry Borenson . for review which truly is a break through in the process of learning algebra. The DVD has a copyright date from 2005 so I guess I am a bit behind the times! Funny enough, I began researching algebra when I was preparing to tutor.  I found “Hands-On” to be very interesting.  I know algebra, but have never seen it explained like this before. It definitely wasn’t taught like this while I was learning algebra, not even close. Before receiving the program, I began working through some equations in a tutoring session I was leading and one of my students started drawing several triangles and squares on a line. I had no idea what he was doing, we did talk about it, but when I went through these Hands-On Equation lessons I was amazed, my student had been solving problems the Borenson way! Needless to say they really did not need help with the topic of algebraic equations!

This program came to me in a kit that included an instructional DVD and manual, a laminated scale template, a baggie full of pawns and number cubes, a catalog, an introductory workbook full of consumable lessons, an objective list, another list of verbal problems, several offers with information on expanding the program through whiteboard, black line masters and webinars, a newsletter, an introduction + 3 levels of teacher edition booklets with teaching instructions and a big WOW! QR codes printed into the work and linked to videos and online resources. I love that!

The 120 minute DVD, broken into lessons, starts with Borenson as the teacher but continues with first a boy, Eric Borentstein, and then a girl, Molly Richman, using the scale to solve the equations. They did a wonderful job explaining and proved that children can do algebra at any age! I know that my quest started when my math-a-phobic children who are creatively gifted needed help. Molly and Eric use the hands on scale to solve their equations but Molly goes on to show how to do it on paper or in her case the dry erase board. The lessons obviously get progressively harder or more complicated but I was not having a hard time following and I foresee students understanding with the same ease as they continue to practice. Borenson already achieved these awards: PracticalHomeschooling%20Award%202012%20at%2072%20DPITCL%20Award

Who would have thought that you could “play” algebraic equations??? This program is impressive and fits the needs of all types of learners: auditory, kinesthetic and visual! It is also fit for any age because it only assumes that the student knows simple addition and subtraction.  It is simple in its explanations on how to solve algebraic equations and expressions. Every school, tutor, and educator should use these methods to take the shock out of getting to algebra class in high school! But more particularly, parents who home school, like me, should not hesitate to use this with their children throughout their education, particularly 3rd grade and up. I know I plan on using it in my education center and in my personal use while homeschooling my own while sharing it with every parent as a must have math resource to purchase! Thanks Dr. Borenson, you just made our lives as parents,  teachers, and students a little easier!

“I received this program from the publisher in consideration of my
doing and publishing an honest review, which I have done above.”

Vision Boards

This week we worked on setting long and short-term goals and dreams so we created our own style vision boards!

Vision board on a poster to hang in your room.

Vision board on a sheet of photo paper to create a sturdy copy for a notebook.

Vision board in a file folder to make it more private to carry around and pull out for review whenever possible.

Crayon Art On Canvas!

Students Creating Our First Art Project!

See instructions below!



a canvas (we started with 8×10)

hot glue gun

glue stick

hair dryer

crayons (broken or whole)

surface protection like newspaper or plastic (shower curtains are great for covering surfaces then washing off and reusing later)

Step 1: Pick out the colors you want to use and line them up or put them in a creative design.

Step 2: Use the glue gun to glue the design down. I suggest setting it up on the canvas and then removing a few pieces at a time and gluing down back down as you go. If you’re making a straight line glue first and last piece first so crayons won’t roll.

Step 3: Protect your surface with covering, hold the canvas at the angle you want the crayon to drip. If you are doing a special design it is better to melt it in the direction you want it to drip then let it dry before turning it because as you turn the canvas the crayons run in the direction you turn when they are still hot. Play around with settings on the hairdryer so you can control the splatter and the drip/running of the crayons.

TIP: think the colors through, use several of the same color if you want to get a good solid streak going down, using certain colors together make a muddy brown mix.

Step 4: Let dry and hang!