Book Review: “The One We Forgot to Love” by Sandy Totten

The One We Forgot to Love by Sandy Totten was written from the perspective of a mother who watched one of her children suffer with a silent enemy. While this is a fictional story, like all writers, Totten injects real-life experiences into it.

The members of the family – Addie, Dexter, Seri and Ivy – tell their version of events, and all four perspectives intertwine to give readers an excellent view of the big picture. Readers are left knowing more than the characters of how relationships can suffer when communication breaks down.

After a few chapters, you might think you know the full scope of the problem, but Totten weaves in hints throughout to provide a different view of family members that will change your mind. The ending was a twist I hadn’t expected.

What else does it contain? Hockey. The family is a hockey family, and Dexter coaches his two daughters in the game of their life.

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Free the Children from Tyranny

There are many images circulating across the Internet of children holding hands at the Windsor, Ontario, Truckers for Freedom Convoy protest. It has sparked outrage in a small fringe minority of the population. Parents at these protests have been called names and labelled as crazy, cowards and child-abusers for using these children as a so-called Human Shield.

My questions are:

From who and what should these children fear? The Canadian government? The Canadian armed forces? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police? A lunatic like the one who ploughed down peaceful protesters in Winnipeg on February 4th?

Would the people in the government, military and police actually kill or harm these children to remove protesters?

That speaks more about the lack of integrity of those forces than that of the parents of the children.

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