Meet Ryan Hickman: The Eleven Year Old Who Shows Us What One Person Can Do To Help Save The #Environment #WATWB

Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in  2017, this month marks our forty-eigth opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen.

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it. ~ Vincent Lombardi

This month I came across a story that seems so relevant especially now. Meet Ryan Hickman of Orange County, CA who at the tender age of seven started his own recycling company Ryan’s Recycling.

It became Ryan’s mission at a young age to help save the environment by collecting items that could easily be recycled. At eleven years old, Ryan is still going strong. His company and sponsors are working together to help make a difference and help people realize the importance of recycling. According to the rolling tally on his website, Ryan means business, to date he has accomplished the following: Recycled 1,369,595 Cans & Bottles , Recycled 149,977 Pounds, and raised $13365
for Pacific Marine Mammal Center and there is no sign of him slowing down. Goes to show that everyone has the ability to make a difference. Check out a CNN report on Ryan below.

If you wish to join us this month share the link to your #WATWB on Facebook here or on Twitter at @WATWB so we can visit.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” ~ Jane Goodall


#NetGalley #BookReview Silence in the Library (Lily Adler Mystery #2) by Katharine Schellman #Historical #Mystery


Silence in the Library 

(Lily Adler Mystery #2) 


Katharine Schellman  

Release date: July 13th, 2021 


I received a complimentary ARC copy of Silence in the Library (Lily Adler Mystery #2) by Katharine Schellman from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in order to read and give an honest review. 

… A true whodunit with multiple suspects, clever red herrings and unexpected twists and turns … 

In Silence in the Library, we meet up again in Regency London after widow Lily Adler had proven herself as a brilliant sleuth in the first book in the series The Body in the Garden which I was fortunate enough to review here.

Silence in the Library begins with the unexpected arrival of Lily’s somewhat estranged and extremely critical father. Her father a society climbing solicitor is concerned more about social mores than his daughter’s happiness. Despite being widowed two years prior young Lily has carved out a wonderful life for herself with close male friends and a consulting position with the local police much to her father’s chagrin. Her father insists she visit an old society friend Sir Charles Wyatt and his new wife. After an uncomfortable visit Lily returns home, the next day she receives word that Sir Charles has been murdered and Lily feels compelled to follow the trail with her friends who make a re-appearance, namely Captain Hartley and officer Simon Page, a member of the Bow Street Runners. I was disappointed at first but pleasantly surprised with the appearance of Ofelia later in the book.  

A true whodunit with multiple suspects, clever red herrings and unexpected twists and turns Silence in the Library keeps you guessing until the end. Although I preferred the first book in the series Silence in the Library was a great read, and I am looking forward to reading future books in this series!