The Reading Glass Magazine - Third Issue

Our maiden issue underscored one discipline challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic, literacy, and confronted the threat posed to our thirst for knowledge. On our second issue, as we progressed to regain normalcy, we all started anew-breaking free from the fetters of the pandemic. Now, as we continue to step outside, what better way to release our third edition than bask in the sun’s warmth? THE READING GLASS MAGAZINE, a community that sparks conversations, in our summer issue, gives A TOAST TO TIMELESS SUMMER STORIES.

Our maiden issue underscored one discipline challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic, literacy, and confronted the threat posed to our thirst for knowledge. On our second issue, as we progressed to regain normalcy, we all started anew-breaking free from the fetters of the pandemic. Now, as we continue to step outside, what better way to release our third edition than bask in the sun’s warmth? THE READING GLASS MAGAZINE, a community that sparks conversations, in our summer issue, gives A TOAST TO TIMELESS SUMMER STORIES.


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MUNDEN<br />

Author of Come Fill Up My Cup<br />

and I'll Remember April<br />

MANILA<br />




@thereadingglassbooks<br />


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Our maiden issue underscored one discipline challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic, literacy, and<br />

confronted the threat posed to our thirst for knowledge. On our second issue, as we progressed to regain<br />

normalcy, we all started anew—breaking free from the fetters of the pandemic. Now, as we continue to<br />

step outside, what better way to release our third edition than bask in the sun’s warmth? <strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong><br />

<strong>Glass</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, a community that sparks conversations, in our summer issue, gives A Toast to Timeless<br />

Summer Stories.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is something about summer. <strong>The</strong> vibrancy by the warmth of the sun seeping through the skin. <strong>The</strong><br />

delight in the longer daylight. <strong>The</strong> pleasant hue painted in the sky. <strong>The</strong> perfect time to go outdoors—to<br />

spend time with nature, to take on an adventure, and even travel. Summer is definitely a season to look<br />

forward to. And though fleeting, its stories remain etched on our minds. So in this issue, we feature summer<br />

stories that linger—stand the test of time, even.<br />

But not only do we tell timeless summer stories, we also make new ones. As promised in our latest feat,<br />

which is the Tucson Festival of Books, we’re bringing <strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> to the world. <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> Books, together with Writers’ Branding, , already participated in the recently concluded<br />

Bologna Children’s Book Fair and London Book Fair, respectively. Now, as we caress the wind in celebrating<br />

the sun hanging in the sky, we’re bringing summer to the breeze of the South East. Let’s wrap up summer<br />

with a memento from no other than Manila—traveling to and participating in, yet again, another international<br />

book fair. Of course, we would not want to pass up the opportunity to grace the return in the flesh of the<br />

Manila International Book Fair after two long virtual years.<br />

Alongside us in the largest and longest-running book fair in the Philippines are the stories of Jean Murray<br />

Munden with Come Fill Up My Cup, Barbara Williamson with <strong>The</strong> Journey of the Most Liberated Woman<br />

in America, Marilyn Sandberg Grenat with Inspirations from the Heart, , and Janine Hall with It’s My Turn:<br />

Finding Identity and Purpose After the Empty Nest. . And as we dive deep into the Pearl of the Orient Seas,<br />

we feature the best of Manila.<br />

Travel. Go on an adventure. Spend time with nature. Caress the wind. Take pleasure in the hue painted in<br />

the sky. Delight in the longer delight. Savor summer’s sensation. And continue to spark conversations—<br />

under the sun! What’s your summer story?<br />

Publisher<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> Books<br />

Project Manager<br />

Kate Miller<br />

Art and Content Editor<br />

Ara Adams<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

Sam Carter<br />

Copyeditor<br />

Anne Wilson<br />

Layout Artist<br />

Alex Bleed

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4 Cover Story: On Serendipity and Suspense: A<br />

Conversation with a Storyteller<br />

10 Barbara Williamson on <strong>The</strong> Journey of the Most<br />

Liberated Woman in America<br />

28 Diane Davies on Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has<br />

Breast Cancer, Life in the Neck: New Friends,<br />

Life in the Neck: Advent of Christmas, and Life in<br />

the Neck: Squirrel Trouble<br />

33 Sunshine Ghost By Reyna A.<br />

40 Robert Kruse on Tontine, No Blood Left, and No<br />

Way to Win<br />

46 Ellen Beth Berman on <strong>The</strong> Voice of the Rooster<br />

and the Lessons It Teaches<br />

50 Lifestyle | Manila Feature<br />

Philippine’s Picturesque Capital: <strong>The</strong> Manila<br />

Bucket List By Tamara S.<br />

54 Marilyn Sandberg Grenat on Inspirations<br />

from the Heart<br />

62 When Summer Falls By Lancelot Whitehood<br />

64 <strong>The</strong> Final Summer By Reyna A.<br />

68 A Little Bit of Sun and a Whole Lot of Freedom<br />

By Tamara Kaye<br />

76 Janine Hall on It’s My Turn: Finding Identity and<br />

Purpose After the Empty Nest

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On Serendipity<br />

and Suspense:<br />

A Conversation with a Storyteller<br />

Sam Carter<br />

<strong>The</strong> sensation that summer brings is something so<br />

simple yet special—waking up to the richness of the<br />

glistening rays of the sun, savoring the breeze of the<br />

longer daylight, and watching the splendor of the starry<br />

summer night sky. In a season so spirited, it’s best to<br />

bask in some good stories—including tales of romance.<br />

Come Fill Up My Cup, for one, is a tale of romance that<br />

will take you on the edge of your seat this summer.<br />

It follows the love story of Robin and James, set in<br />

picturesque Scotland. A budding romance that takes a<br />

detour to unexpected twists and turns, will the love and<br />

affection in Come Fill Up My Cup seep through your<br />

skin as warm as the weather, or will its complexities be<br />

vexing like the scorching sun?<br />

As we give a toast to timeless stories this summer<br />

for our third issue, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> takes<br />

delight in a short yet insightful conversation with no<br />

other than the brilliance behind the beautiful Come Fill<br />

Up My Cup, author Jean Murray Munden herself.<br />

Jean Murray Munden is a widow who has always been<br />

fond of storytelling in one form or another since she<br />

was a child. She grew up in a small town, moved to<br />

the big city at 16, and trained as a nurse in a large city<br />

hospital after finishing high school. Munden practiced<br />

her nursing profession for a short while before<br />

marrying a widower with three lovely children. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

had a son of their own and have traveled extensively<br />

within their happy marriage of nearly 49 years. She<br />

now lives in solitary but still keeps close ties with her<br />

family. Writing at her leisure, Munden has brought to<br />

life Robin Lindsay and James Maclachlan in Come Fill<br />

Up My Cup. And on top of that is another love story<br />

equally engaging that is Munden’s I’ll Remember April.<br />

Take a glimpse of Jean Murray Munden’s life and<br />

find out how her must-read tales of romance came<br />

to fruition.<br />

Editor: What does a day in the life of a Jean Murray<br />

Munden look like?<br />

Jean: A day in my life these days is rather mundane:<br />

light necessary housekeeping, meal preparation, routine<br />

errands such as shopping for myself or a friend; reading,<br />

writing, computer, telephone calls to my friends and<br />

family; walking, cardiac exercises; depending on the<br />

week or day, a meal out with friends. Sounds pretty<br />

normal, isn’t it?<br />

How was life back in the day? What were you like<br />

growing up? Are there any instances in your life now<br />

that ring a bell in your childhood?<br />

I grew up in the fifties in a small town in the southern<br />

interior of British Columbia. As children, we were<br />

allowed a lot of freedom on our own or with friends.<br />

<strong>The</strong> school bus picked us up at a designated spot, a few<br />

minutes’ walk away. I took piano lessons until I was<br />

thirteen or fourteen; then there was a band program<br />

in high school—I played the trombone for about

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three years. I also joined the school choir, both in my<br />

hometown school as well as when we moved to the city<br />

where I completed high school. I also had summer jobs<br />

as a teenager: babysitting, working in the fruit packing<br />

house and cannery, and an abortive attempt at working<br />

behind the counter in a café. (What stayed with me<br />

after that job was respect for waiters and waitresses.)<br />

We lived on a large lake where we swam in the summer<br />

and skated in the winter. Summer camp was a highlight<br />

of the season for me.<br />

What are you most passionate about? Who/what<br />

influenced you the most?<br />

I am passionate about family and friends. I grew up in<br />

a large extended family. I loved my grandparents, aunts,<br />

uncles, and cousins dearly. Some of my best friends<br />

today are also my sister and my cousins. My happiest<br />

memories of childhood are meals and picnics with<br />

family members and hiking and birdwatching with my<br />

favorite aunt and uncle and their family. My mother,<br />

who was a nurse, and her brother, my oldest uncle, a<br />

doctor, both influenced my choice of nursing as a career.<br />

At this point in your life, what do you look forward to?<br />

At this point in my life, I look forward to a healthy<br />

old age. I am at this time still recovering from open<br />

heart surgery.<br />

How did you become a writer? Has this always been<br />

the dream?<br />

I have always been a storyteller and story maker. I<br />

used to entertain my sister by making “plays” with<br />

her dolls. By the way, she is also a author of children’s<br />

books, writing under the name of Rie Charles. I had an<br />

alter-ego I called Jane, who had the most interesting<br />

adventure in my head. I wrote some of them down.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se first stories were rather bad. My favorite subject<br />

was English literature and language. <strong>The</strong>y don’t teach<br />

grammar anymore, and it is obvious when you listen<br />

to people talk. I was also very much influenced by my<br />

father, who was quite the grammarian (and wasn’t afraid<br />

to correct our speech), and my high school English and<br />

music teacher, who hated slang and jargon. I still hear<br />

their voices in my head.<br />

Come Fill Up My Cup is initially an uncomplicated and<br />

effortless tale of romance that eventually takes a detour<br />

to unexpected twists and turns. How did you come up<br />

with a book so beautifully written? What inspired you<br />

to bring to life the story of Robin and James?<br />

I don’t know where the story in “Come Fill Up My<br />

Cup” came from. Sometimes, I see in my mind opening<br />

scenes to a story, and I go from there. I attended an<br />

Author’s Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2010 or<br />

11, and one of the perks was having an editor read and<br />

comment on a portion of an unpublished manuscript,<br />

which we would submit beforehand. I sent the back<br />

story portion, which the editor liked a lot. He was very<br />

complimentary and commented on my skills writing<br />

dialogue. I have taken two trips to Scotland, a place I<br />

love. (I have a lot of Scot DNA in me, and I think that<br />

Scotland is my spiritual home. I never felt so at home<br />

anywhere else as in that portion of the UK.)<br />

My earlier book, “I’ll Remember April,” is a book of<br />

pure fiction. <strong>The</strong> characters actually came to me and I<br />

told their story.<br />

<strong>The</strong> title of your book itself is interesting enough to<br />

catch one’s attention. Can you share a snippet of the<br />

story behind it?

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“Come Fill Up My Cup” is part of the first line of the<br />

refrain to an old Scottish song, “Bonnie Dundee,” sung<br />

to the tune Air at a Distance. <strong>The</strong> refrain is as follows:<br />

“Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can; come saddle<br />

my horses and call out my men; Unhook the west port<br />

and let us gae free; For it’s up with the bonnets of<br />

Bonnie Dundee.”<br />

“I’ll Remember April” is also a song title. Many<br />

important events happen in that month; Louise’s<br />

birthday and the battle of Vimy Ridge are two examples.<br />

I wrote in a sort of memoir style, but the events (except<br />

for historical ones) are out of my imagination.<br />

This world is a picturesque one. What made you choose<br />

the beauty of Scotland to set Come Fill Up My Cup with?<br />

As previously stated, I have made two trips to Scotland,<br />

and I have read many books set there. One of my<br />

readers, who is from Scotland, says my descriptions are<br />

good, that she really felt she was back there.<br />

Crafting a story so heartfelt is no easy feat. How long<br />

did it take for you to bring the book into being? What<br />

were the challenges, if there were any, that you have<br />

encountered along your writing?<br />

That is a difficult question to answer. I have been<br />

working on these books for a long time. I rewrote the<br />

first chapter to “Come Fill Up My Cup,” and I had<br />

the “I’ll Remember April” line edited after the first<br />

printing. I don’t keep a journal, so I am quite hazy about<br />

times and dates. You see, I write for pleasure, and when<br />

a story comes to me, I go for it. I am presently working<br />

on a sequel to “Come Fill Up my Cup”—it’s longer and<br />

has more layers than the first. A lot of the work I do<br />

in my head, visualizing scenes, and experimenting with<br />

conversation, making sure it is true to the character.<br />

<strong>The</strong> US Review of Book writes, “[T]he author has<br />

created in this book a profound drama that will hook<br />

the attention of its readers early and keep them on their<br />

toes all the way to the end.” As the author yourself, what<br />

do you want the readers to experience during and after<br />

reading your book?<br />

When I read a book that captivates me, where I have<br />

gotten to know and love (or hate) the characters, and I<br />

don’t want the story to end, that to me is the greatest<br />

feeling. To enjoy the story, and to be sorry to say goodbye<br />

to these people, to wonder what happens to them<br />

afterwards. That’s what I want my readers to feel.<br />

Jean Murray<br />


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Come Fill Up My Cup is the serendipitous meeting of Robin Lindsay and<br />

James Maclachlan. Both are widows, and their lives are the proof—scars—of<br />

their loss. But when Robin and James were brought together by a rainstorm,<br />

they have also found their relief in each other from their own hurricanes.<br />

This chance meeting between two broken hearts, two lost souls, two people<br />

betrayed by the love they thought would last forever, is a beguiling story of<br />

romance and love. However, when things start to look good, events from<br />

the past and a violent murder in the present will again stir turmoil in their<br />

lives. Will Robin and James pull through? Or will this be another love lost<br />

for the both?<br />



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<strong>The</strong> book is about the story of Lulu Ferris, a woman who sets out to go<br />

to her grandmother Louise to talk about her love life. She is in a bit of a<br />

pinch because she is already engaged to be married, but found herself in<br />

love with a man who is older than her. Louise, in a bid to give the best<br />

advice a loving grandmother could, draws on her own past and a similar<br />

situation she has been through—that of experiencing two loves—as well<br />

as her relationships with her sisters, to give the best answer.

Creating consciousness.<br />

Thriving thinking. Invigorating<br />

imagination.<br />

Children’s books encompass various genres—from<br />

literature classics and easy-to-read stories to picture<br />

and activity books. In any form it may be, the content<br />

tailored for children will always be a joy to experience.<br />

And as much as it entertains, children’s books are jammed<br />

with learning.<br />

Educational books for children, especially for early<br />

learning and development, are massively available in<br />

the market. Familiar ones are the ABCs and 123s, the<br />

coloring and picture books, and those that furnish fun<br />

facts. Advanced ones teach manners, tackle a subject<br />

matter, and instill skills. Anyhow, educational books all<br />

boil down to affording an avenue for learning. But in the<br />

saturated market, even more so with a challenging target<br />

audience that requires so much to pique their interest,<br />

how would you creatively craft an outstanding material?<br />

I<br />

Can<br />

Read<br />

by Symone Smith<br />

I Can Read, for one, is a clever book brimming with<br />

brilliance. This children’s educational book wraps up<br />

literacy and amusement in one. A 32-page flip, I Can Read<br />

is a spread of rapid-fire questions, with a spacious section<br />

for answering, and an identification exercise of wildlife<br />

in adorable images using the twenty-six letters of the<br />

alphabet. So, what makes I Can Read exceptionally good?<br />

“I noticed the author made a mistake!” Symone Smith<br />

authors I Can Read. Intentionally incorporating<br />

grammatical errors to cultivate reading comprehension,<br />

Smith puts a spin on the traditional children’s book—<br />

allowing children to identify poor sentence and grammar<br />

structure, giving them the power to exercise their voice<br />

by pointing out the author’s deliberate mistake. “Being<br />

able to identify mistakes is important and great. Children<br />

are sometimes told not to correct things or adults. My<br />

book gives them that opportunity to use their voice and<br />

practice, for practicing makes perfect,” Smith says.<br />

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I Can Read gives children a different look at<br />

learning and wildlife. Available on Amazon and<br />

other major online bookstore resellers, I Can Read<br />

is a book children should have a copy of.

y Karen Emmons Moore<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Zookeeper walks children and their families through a trip to the zoo. <strong>The</strong> reader’s guide on this journey is Abby,<br />

a toddler. Interspersed among illustrations of zoo animals are pictures of Abby, who provides adorable commentary<br />

about the animal exhibits and animal facts.<br />

Abby’s curiosity is infectious. She makes the reader wonder what animal they will encounter next and what unusual<br />

fact they will learn. Along with Abby, we learn that no two zebras have the same pattern of stripes and that gorillas<br />

all have unique faces, just like humans do.<br />

<strong>The</strong> reader will feel like an expert on zoo animals when they reach the end of the book! <strong>The</strong> last page features a frame<br />

for a family picture, captioned “Hi! My name is _____ and I am <strong>The</strong> Zookeeper.” Children can place a picture of<br />

themselves here—perhaps a picture of them reading with a beloved family member—to show how much they have<br />

learned on this zoo visit with Abby.

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<strong>The</strong> Journey of the<br />

Most Liberated Woman<br />

in America<br />

Barbara Williamson<br />

“We were ‘spiritual<br />

beings simply having a<br />

human experience on<br />

planet earth.’”<br />

It has been a controversial fight for a sensually liberating<br />

life, but it is all worth it. Humanity has indeed come a<br />

long way. Now more than ever, to be openly sensual is a<br />

taboo no more—all thanks to the bold few who incessantly<br />

fought for and paved the way for sensual liberation.<br />

Barbara Williamson, for one, burst the bubble of<br />

conservatism back in the late 60s. Together with her<br />

husband, John, they founded the highly successful and<br />

controversial Sandstone Retreat, a bizarre sanctuary yet<br />

an inclusive community where an unapologetic sensual<br />

self was fostered and, even more so, celebrated. And until<br />

this day, the ripple effect of the revolution Sandstone<br />

Retreat has pioneered is still evident.<br />

Empowering. Defying norms. Boldly breaking barriers.<br />

Pioneering the sexual revolution. A woman ahead of<br />

her time. Branded as “<strong>The</strong> Most Liberated Woman in<br />

America.” <strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> has had the privilege<br />

to have Barbara Williamson, the Most Liberated Woman<br />

in America herself and the Godmother of Polyamory, in<br />

a short yet insightful conversation. Get to know more<br />

about the woman that she is in her meaningful memoir,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Journey of the Most Liberated Woman in America, a<br />

tell-all of the liberated life back in the day.<br />

Editor: You are the renowned “Most Liberated Woman<br />

in America” and is considered the “Godmother” of<br />

Polyamory. How does it feel to be celebrated as such?<br />

Barbara: I am deeply pleased that my pioneering spirit<br />

and experiences have inspired so many lives.<br />

Building the beautiful environment known as the<br />

Legendary Sandstone Retreat was critical. Private and<br />

secluded setting away from the chaos and negative<br />

energies widespread in the outer world. Completion of<br />

our new look of a million-dollar estate was something<br />

to celebrate. Our newly remodeled estate had a spiritual<br />

feel and looked calming to our souls.<br />

Soon became evident to everyone living in our community<br />

that we were “spiritual beings simply having a human<br />

experience on planet earth.”<br />

Our doors opened to club members willing to walk this<br />

spiritual path with me. I extended an invitation to them;<br />

to join us on a sexual voyage of everything sensual, sexual,<br />

fun, and pleasurable. <strong>The</strong> spiritual pathway was a journey<br />

into expanded consciousness, with new freedoms and<br />

experiences that would last their entire life. That is my<br />

reward to celebrate!

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Surprise to myself is that it inspired other brave souls to<br />

step out and find others to enhance their own relationships!<br />

Important to keep life interesting.<br />

Despite having a stable career in insurance sales,<br />

you have chosen to leave it all behind and chase a<br />

completely different life. Looking back, would you<br />

do anything differently?<br />

Barbara never had any reason to look back. <strong>The</strong> spiritual<br />

path was so rich with good feelings in daily life. I enjoy<br />

the personal change that happens on a daily basis.<br />

Personal growth and transformation made me into a<br />

better human being.<br />

You have lived an entirely empowering life—defying<br />

norms and breaking barriers. If there’s something<br />

you would want to tell the younger Barbara, what<br />

would it be?<br />

Study the word of God. God and the Universe represent<br />

love! Self-love equips me with a strong foundation to be<br />

loving to others. When I love myself, it automatically<br />

radiates out into the world.<br />

people would not be permitted to destroy<br />

what we were building together. We built<br />

an unbreakable bond of trust.<br />

With a continuous focus to work out feelings of jealousy<br />

and possessiveness as they arose. Necessary to create a<br />

love relationship. <strong>The</strong> multiple relations that both of us<br />

indulged in enhanced our own relationship. Bringing<br />

newfound freedom into our lives.<br />

We endured much pushback from the outside world. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

hauled us into court, hoping to put us out of business.<br />

Our attorney won the case for us. We had won the “first<br />

amendment right” to assemble three or more people, with<br />

no familial relationships, to be nude together. <strong>The</strong> board<br />

of supervisors was unable to broach the subject of sex.<br />

For them, it was a taboo subject.<br />

Sexual freedom is our birthright and must be claimed<br />

to be whole individuals. We were not greatly affected by<br />

the judgment of others.<br />

Sandstone Retreat is highly successful and<br />

controversial. It was impactful that it still remains<br />

an unforgettable experience until this day. As its<br />

co-founder, how do you perceive Sandstone Retreat<br />

in hindsight?<br />

Sandstone was the first organization in 1968 that<br />

offered supportive tools for much-needed change and<br />

personal growth.<br />

Yes, I believe we need more Sandstone’s that offer positive<br />

sexual experiences that lead to widespread acceptance of<br />

the sexual self.<br />

You and your loving husband, John, were one<br />

successful marriage. How were you able to trust<br />

each other’s liberation to meet your basic needs?<br />

How was it to be a nonconforming couple in the<br />

conservative times you were in?<br />

From the beginning of our relationship,<br />

John and I made a strong commitment<br />

to our primary relationship—that other<br />

Readers may learn more about the book<br />

and its author by visiting her website.<br />





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This story takes us to a strange old world, full of ancient old landscapes,<br />

and ancient old ways of life. But that world of two thousand years ago, that<br />

now seems so old, was completely new to Jemmy. Especially if we consider<br />

that Jemmy is a small mouse, an eight-day-old boy, a toddler that begins<br />

to discover, to explore, to try, and to chew that whole world as brand new.<br />



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Bow Wow lives with a nice little family, in a nice home, in a nice neighborhood,<br />

in a nice little town. As he watches the family go through the daily morning<br />

routine of getting ready to leave for work and school, he knows he will be<br />

left at home to entertain himself. It seems “unfair” to him that the family<br />

gets to come and go while he is left behind. Every day, he hears the words,<br />

“Bye, bye, Bow Wow,” as they go out together.<br />

Bye, Bye, Bow Wow was a Christmas gift for Kathy’s five granddaughters<br />

and one grandson, for which she wanted to create a lasting memory and<br />

a legacy.





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This book is described as a precious teacher’s aid to help prevent bullying and<br />

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on pro-love, but also contains important facts about bullying, as well as various<br />

intervention strategies and more than 40 different activities for the classroom<br />

to help strengthen student relationships. All of these aims to empower students<br />

to respond positively to the different forms of bullying.<br />


Winner Education Category<br />




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Mercury Man Publishing serves as Master Raju’s online portal where his<br />

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Mr. Raju Ramanathan (or as most name Master Raju) is the scientist of both the inner and<br />

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A Manual for Teachers in Promoting Global Educational Harmony, is the<br />

winner in the 2022 Pacific Book Awards for Education.




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Captain Ed (Edwin D. Armbruster) lived a fascinating life as he flew<br />

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days of Canal Zone life and navigating more troubled times as the drug<br />

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Explore reality and those that are within the realm of possibility in Akutra-<br />

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Spidersilk challenges you to unravel the complexities between the thin line<br />

of reality and dream. Will you be able to figure out what is on the other<br />

side of the connection?





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In our everyday lives, we must start our day blessed with the presence of the<br />

Almighty. In every rising and setting of the sun, the rainy and sunny days,<br />

the rapid and slow moments, to start the day with the Lord is what makes<br />

the difference. Every Day with Jesus Devotional: God Loves and Cares for<br />

You is a daily read in meditation and prayer—a great company during your<br />

breakfast and coffee. Shirley Howard reminds us that as we physically take<br />

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mind with the guidance of the Holy One resets your worries and burdens<br />

of the day. May this journal help you get through difficult times and grow<br />

your relationship with the Lord Almighty. One page at a time.<br />




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Princess Diana is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most notable and impressive<br />

personalities. She was and is continuously looked upon by a multitude<br />

of women; her charm has caught the eyes, not just of England but of all<br />

over the world—including that of author Mariagorretti Okoro. In her<br />

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high royalties that never failed to let anyone feel small. And as much as<br />

her life has given light, her passing was as heavy a burden to some. She was<br />

such an inspiration, and in the eyes of the simple woman Mariagorretti,<br />

Princess Diana’s influence is undeniable.




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Clinical Psychologist Dr. M. Teri Daunter writes her mind-opening book,<br />

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inner life and a revolutionary personal development guide to self-realization.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a perspective beyond the psycho-spiritually crippled world we live<br />

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It was never in author Joe Gilliland’s plan to become an English college teacher,<br />

but that’s what happened and he has never looked back. In A Teacher’s Tale,<br />

he explains how by neither planning for nor seeking a life of learning and<br />

teaching, lacking a syllabus or lesson plan, he discovered that a life in academe<br />

lay in his path—a path he has followed for more than fifty years. Beginning<br />

in 1932 with Gilliland’s first experiences in schooling, this memoir presents<br />

a collection of stories about his experiences as a teacher and a college student.<br />

A Teacher’s Tale shares Gilliland’s love of the university and how it compelled<br />

him to seek a life devoted to teaching, primarily in the community college<br />

arena. With this, he brings together a philosophy of higher education based<br />

on the importance of arts and humanities in today’s high-tech world.




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Someday… You’ll Know! is a memoir that showcases the author’s recollection<br />

of many details of his life – from his quest to know more about his father<br />

and how families can build connections to bring healing to each other’s lives.<br />



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A Child’s Guide to Wisdom was designed to serve as a guide for parents in<br />

the transferal of wisdom to their children. <strong>The</strong> book offers a collection of<br />

fifty principles in the form of easy-to-remember, common-sense-based<br />

definitions, intended to build character in your child by instilling in him<br />

or her important qualities that will result in a life of wisdom and success.



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Post Hole Digger is dedicated to all the children that became INSTANT<br />

ADULTS, forgoing childhood, as they were called upon to shoulder family<br />

responsibilities, far buoyed their age. It is the result of strong parenting,<br />

whose insight of an unknown future! Parent’s guidance, children achieving<br />

made possible a seamless, transparent transition.<br />

I was working with dad at age 12, when he had his first heart attack. I<br />

became an INSTANT ADULT in the 9th grade, age 15, alone with dad.<br />

Dad died in my arms, as I was trying to get a nitroglycerin tablet under<br />

his tongue. I took his job as janitor of the Macedonia, Iowa, Consolidated<br />

School. Supporting my mother, big sister and little sister.<br />

$10 SAVE ME<br />


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This book should give everyone the opportunity to put some savings in<br />

place, whether utilizing the $10-per-day plan or an amount that will be<br />

comforting in the pocket. If the savings plan formula is used with any<br />

amount, then at the end, some accumulation of funds will be available.

M*A*S*H VIETNAM:<br />



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M*A*S*H Vietnam shows how one young nurse survived the day-to-day<br />

drama in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Vietnam. Dealt in a<br />

frank, no-holds-barred tone, the book uncovers the operations of a MASH<br />

unit in a combat zone and the bleak hardships of war. This story is not so<br />

much about the war but about a regular nurse who followed her passion, her<br />

desire to do good, into the middle of a war zone, and her mixed emotions<br />

going home to a country torn by an unpopular war, uncertain how she will<br />

be treated and even uncertain how she will relate to family and friends.<br />




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<strong>The</strong> book contains Christian poems, prayers, and inspirations written in a<br />

forty-year span of daily journaling experience, now in print to inspire and<br />

uplift body, mind, and spirit in simple, easy-to-read poems that woo and<br />

inspire one to a holy desire to have a closer and more intimate walk with<br />

the Lord Jesus Christ as one journey through life.






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Axel Tressler is a biology teacher in a California college except when the U.S.<br />

Agency calls on him as <strong>The</strong> Follower to solve a major problem. Axel Tressler is<br />

born with special energy levels that he can activate and with his experimental<br />

body covered with invisible indestructible material he is a major force for the<br />

Agency to resolve issues they are unable to resolve. In this issue, <strong>The</strong> Follower<br />

is sent to Pakistan to determine how drugs are produced and delivered to the<br />

U.S. and how to resolve this issue. Later, Axel is sent to Mexico to determine<br />

how the U.S. Envoys are killed and to resolve this issue. It’s action all the way<br />

with <strong>The</strong> Follower on these assignments.<br />




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Who is a sinner? Who is a saint? Which one are you? You will find answers<br />

to these questions.<br />

Throughout the book, scripture passages for further study and references<br />

are provided with most of the poems, furthering personal questions and<br />

reflections on one’s faith; they allow one to mature oneself in the faith realm<br />

and to share it with others.





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I am a personal assistant bot, born and raised in an apricot orchard farm. I was created to function by myself, adapt<br />

to variations in the environment, be task-oriented, and have the ability to try different methods to accomplish tasks.<br />

After I received a clean bill of health from the doctor’s office and an operation to update and make me better, I<br />

became a new me and headed to Plumville High School. I wanted to be an engineer.<br />

When I arrived at school the first day, the students were teasing me because I was different. I was being bullied. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

even kept shoving me as I entered the hallway. I came from a very good background and I have the right to learn<br />

in a safe environment without fear. Bullies are persistent. <strong>The</strong>y will search for their target and attack those weak<br />

victims. <strong>The</strong>y take advantage of a particular student or students. Even the students who are smart may be treated<br />

differently or not. I dealt with many challenges. If you show some respect, you may get treated with respect. Good<br />

health is essential for learning. With my strong background and work ethics, I persevered and graduated at the top<br />

of my class. <strong>The</strong>n, I went on to PU (Plumville University) and studied electronics engineering.<br />

When young children are involved in current, real-world situations, it enables them to interact and create a better<br />

future. Let all of us stand up to bullying if you see someone being bullied. It is not okay to just watch it happen.<br />

You can notify the teacher, counselor, or the principal. You have the right to make a difference and feel proud of it<br />

that you made the right decision.



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Pergola, in the Italian language, means a trellis used to grow flowers or vines.<br />

Upon this idea, Karen Lee Oliver writes a collection of poems that seem to<br />

follow a winding path in nature as well as life.<br />

Written between 1986 and 2000, Pergola was created from images Oliver had<br />

while living in New York City as well as where she lives now, in rural New<br />

York State. In Pergola, Oliver combined city and country in what she thinks<br />

is an interesting selection of poems.<br />



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This book was written during a period of grief and illness Karen Lee Oliver<br />

suffered after the death of her mother on January 11, 2018. Oliver wanted<br />

Thoughts to be a dedication as well as a memorial to her mother who had been<br />

her life-long friend and mentor. Thoughts explores the devastating realities<br />

of grief we will all experience at some time in our lives but many of us will<br />

never fully realize as having any impact. Through poetic forms, these images of<br />

love and death and grief are expressed to the reader with the hopes of gently<br />

relieving him or her of the terrible burden that oftentimes results from such<br />

harsh feelings. Oliver hopes, as the author, to be successful to this purpose<br />

and that you will enjoy reading the poems just for what they are, real poetry.



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Tales From the Mirwood was written as a sequel to Pergola, Karen Lee Oliver’s<br />

first collection of poems. Tales From the Mirwood follows story-like fantasies that<br />

develop out of nature, history, art, fiction, religion, and everyday life. Although, in<br />

Tales From the Mirwood, these dream-like images are never clearly defined, they<br />

are presented to the reader to envision as he or she chooses.<br />



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Are you interested in Flights From Fairyland? This is a collection of fairy-tale<br />

stories of love, life, and death compiled in a short book of poetry. Some of the<br />

poems are in French to add a new dimension to the complete work and a touch<br />

of artistry to its poetic sense. Flights From Fairyland was written to entertain<br />

readers of all ages and backgrounds. It is a strong work for the imagination, and<br />

it is full of imagery and thoughts that everyone can relate to.<br />




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In Tranquility, Solitude, and Other Poems, Karen Lee Oliver explores many dimensions<br />

of tranquility, offering an engaging collection of lyric and narrative poems that<br />

embrace a reflective exploration of the human condition. Major themes include<br />

solitude, dreams, memories and mortality. <strong>The</strong>se images effectively create a family<br />

of symbols for the ungraspable aspects of life in passing.<br />

This is an energetic book with crisp lines and a coherent lexicon of images. Readers<br />

seeking contemplation of both tranquility and the darker, more moody, aspects<br />

of solitude will find rewards here.




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This book is totally about being obedient to the will and purpose of God<br />

and His Kingdom. We are mandated by God to live a Holy life dedicated<br />

to Him and Him alone. Here is where the tire meets the road in the lives<br />

of believers. How bad do you want to please God? How bad do you want<br />

your life to change? In this book, you will find a life-changing example of<br />

giving up your will for the will and purpose of our Heavenly Father’s sake.<br />

May God bless you as you dive into these pages and allow the Holy Spirit<br />

to take control of your life forever and ever.<br />



Paperback | $9.99<br />

This book explains 20 factors to build Trust. <strong>The</strong>se factors apply personally<br />

and to a company. Apply this model for developing institutional leadership,<br />

and has very good results in quality, efficiency, of the organization, and<br />

human satisfaction and motivation.<br />

Our philosophy is to create good results in terms of benefits to the customers<br />

and to create great satisfaction in people that work as human resources.<br />

Happiness is creating benefits for others with reliability.





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Some people work hard for their money but cannot keep it long enough to<br />

make their dreams come true.<br />

In All About the Benjamins: Changing the Way You Think About Money, you will<br />

learn how to effectively use your money to move from a place of never having<br />

enough to a place of having more than enough, or at the very least, make it<br />

to the next level of financial sufficiency.<br />

You will learn to make money and how to make money work for you. You will<br />

learn what has not been taught in school for years but has been used for<br />

centuries by the financially independent. You will find out how to overcome<br />

the many obstacles that may arise when you even think about fulfilling a<br />

dream. Change your mind, change your life, and change your community.<br />

This book is “ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS.”<br />




Buying property? Building a home? Read this first!<br />

This engaging and practical guide will teach you How to Design Your Dream<br />

Home (In 25 Years or Less)! Learn how to save time and money, avoid common<br />

mistakes, choose the best location, plan your space and layout efficiently,<br />

design custom storage and organization, and so much more! Reduce regrets<br />

at projects’ end and make it easier on you, your builder/contractor, and your<br />

architect (if you use one).



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Claudette Inglis writes Heartfelt Expressions to encourage you, and that the<br />

words speak to your heart and mind. As you read and reflect on the dimension,<br />

you become connected with your inner self. God, our Father, who is always with<br />

us, guiding us through our challenging situations, knowing that we are never<br />

alone in our life journey.<br />



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When privileged siblings, Jessica and Jason Lord, are disinherited from<br />

their billionaire father’s will, in a split-second decision, they commit murder<br />

to keep a stepchild from becoming heir. Fortunately for the Lords, their<br />

murderous scheme remains a family secret until attorney Marie Perry is<br />

hired by the wife of the slain attorney.<br />






Hardcover | $ 28.95 Paperback | $ 18.95 Kindle | $ 9.99<br />

Easterner Johnathan Traver joined the Union Army to die a glorious, crimson<br />

death. He feels a valiant death will liberate him from his abusive boyhood. Yet in<br />

April of 1862, right after the victory in the battle of Shiloh, he is still alive while<br />

thousands of others had perished. Sergeant Traver faces a challenge; he firmly<br />

believes they’re fighting a modern war that calls for modern tactics. Traver’s new<br />

training techniques could change the course of the Civil War, and he teaches<br />

them to his squad, company, and regiment. But the army regards his efforts as<br />

seditious and views Traver as a traitor. On a personal level, Traver’s authority<br />

could be threatened when he falls in love with eighteen-year-old Esher Coley,<br />

a new recruit from the West. As they become warrior companions, their focus<br />

shifts. A profound Civil War love story that overcomes ingrained pain and heals<br />

old wounds, Sweetgrass: Book I communicates a triumph of the spirit.<br />



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Mikey Down on the Farm tells the story of a young boy who grew up<br />

neglected by his parents. His life was mostly uneventful, and the events he<br />

found himself in were not given much attention. <strong>The</strong> book dwells heavily<br />

on the responsibility of men to be good fathers and husbands. It stresses<br />

the need for a moral compass that decides how sons would be taught the<br />

difference between good and bad. <strong>The</strong> author also gives much importance<br />

to how love needs to be firm and just and that goodness must come from<br />

an understanding of God’s word.<br />

Other books of Michael Helfrich

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Jeannie Ann is a typical six-year-old. When she learns her grandma has breast<br />

cancer, it brings up the fears, questions, emotions, and misunderstandings<br />

that come with facing a medical challenge. With her loving family by her<br />

side, Jeannie Ann learns about what cancer can bring: tumors, mastectomies,<br />

chemotherapy, pain, and loss, but also hope. Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has<br />

Breast Cancer is a story written with honesty, love, and understanding for<br />

children of all ages.<br />

Diane Davies<br />

I’m a retired first-grade teacher, breast cancer survivor, patient advocate, award-winning author, and member of<br />

SCBWI. My husband and I live in the neck (a long narrow strip of land along a river) along the St. Croix River in<br />

Minnesota with our grandchildren living next door with their parents. My entertaining stories with their loveable<br />

characters include life lessons on problem-solving, friendship, cooperation, and love. My published books include<br />

Life in the Neck New Friends, Beaver’s Pond Press, 2018, Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer, Beaver’s Pond<br />

Press, 2019, Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble, Beaver’s Pond Press, January 2020, Life in the Neck Advent of Christmas,<br />

DianeDavies.com, 2021. <strong>The</strong> first three books have won Mom’s Choice Awards at the gold level.<br />

Life in the Neck New Friends is the 2019 winner of the Eric Hoffer Book Award in the<br />

Children’s Category. Book of Excellence Awards was awarded to Jeannie Ann’s<br />

Grandma Has Breast Cancer and Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble.



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Welcome to life in the Neck, a beautiful place where animals form unbreakable<br />

connections. In this book, Delaney, Rocket, and Cardinal Red meet and<br />

learn about friendship, cooperation, and the busy world around them. But<br />

when danger comes to the Neck, will their bond be strong enough to beat it?<br />




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Learn the meaning of advent in a simple gentle way on the porch of Fort Eli<br />

in the Neck among the forest animals. Two children celebrate the coming<br />

of Christmas with an advent wreath, lanterns for candles, Bible verses,<br />

and a manager explaining the significance of each as they move forward<br />

bringing His light into the world.<br />




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Welcome to a new adventure in the Neck, a beautiful place where animals<br />

and humans live together in harmony--most of the time. In this book,<br />

a young boy named Eli builds a log fort with his dad, but it’s not long<br />

before mischievous squirrels Chatter, Whistle, and Squeak move in and<br />

take over. As the nuts, acorns, and pinecones pile up inside, Eli realizes<br />

he’s going to have to get creative to get them out. Will his plan work, or<br />

will the squirrels win?

FRANKY:<br />



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Join Franky, a cranky little crab, as he wanders down the beach hoping to<br />

find a new friend.<br />

Will he find his perfect match, or will Franky live the rest of his life as a<br />

cranky little crab?<br />



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Starfish Sky is an emotionally driven true story of overcoming traumatic brain<br />

injury, starting when Timothy first wakes from a bicycle accident-induced<br />

coma. Walk with him hand in hand along his journey. <strong>The</strong> difference in this<br />

book really starts as he finds new legs, cycling and discovering the world,<br />

and learning ways to improve the function of his brain. While searching<br />

to reawaken his emotions, Timothy identifies three newly recognized ways<br />

to improve brain function from the cellular level while discovering <strong>The</strong> Art<br />

of Being Human.



BY J.M. JOSEPH<br />

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This book shares the deep and dark struggles that a war-torn veteran<br />

went through. Little did he know that his childhood friend, who was also<br />

struggling, but on the spiritual plane, was also in search of their higher<br />

power. How will both be able to help each other while dealing with death?<br />




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Author Gino Luti writes in the true spirit of a vagabond. An adventurer<br />

himself, he explored the bigger world after dropping out of high school.<br />

Set on the streets of the 1970s, follow Luti’s Five Dollars and a Pocket Full<br />

of Wishes. A coming of age tale about a teenage journey into the world and<br />

all he encounters. From pure excitement to desperately lonely to unexpected<br />

kindness to running for his life. A day by day minute by minute journal of<br />

a wanna-be vagabond.<br />

Get to know more about Gino Luti and Five Dollars and a Pocket Full of<br />

Wishes on his site, www.ginoluti.com.

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Promised Before the World Began<br />

by Larry A. Heidelberg<br />

God’s Promise in the<br />

Daunting Apocalypse<br />

Larry A. Heidelberg’s steadfast probe of the<br />

ambiguous Book of Revelation<br />

Catastrophic events have worsened through the years,<br />

claiming many lives, wreaking havoc here on earth. This<br />

leads one to wonder how the world will eventually end.<br />

Many people reflect on doomsday on the apocalyptic<br />

prophecy in the last book of the Bible. <strong>The</strong> Book of<br />

Revelation foretells occurrences through profound<br />

messages and detailed images that immensely spark<br />

curiosity. Along with interest kindled by the scriptures<br />

comes confusion and differing interpretations.<br />

Larry A. Heidelberg is among the many people enthralled<br />

by the vivid but equally ambiguous verses of the Book<br />

of Revelation, and so he authored Revelation-Questions<br />

Answered: Promised before the world began. This profound<br />

book is the fruition of Heidelberg’s years of finding answers<br />

to his questions with the prophesied end of the world.<br />

Revelation-Questions Answered: Promised before the world<br />

began accounts the events and sequences covered in the<br />

Book of Revelation to which Heidelberg deciphers.<br />

Through his thorough study of the Word of God, the author<br />

was able to find the answers to his questions and determine<br />

the blessing that the Book of Revelation promises.<br />

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Heidelberg dedicated years to studying the Book of<br />

Revelation since his education at Baptist Bible College.<br />

His firm belief empowers him to translate his ample<br />

comprehension of the scripture’s context into writing and<br />

graciously guide other people who are also confused and<br />

scared. <strong>The</strong> author highlights that the Book of Revelation<br />

is an assurance that God is in control of everything and<br />

that He wants our adoration instead of confusion.<br />

Revelation-Questions Answered: Promised before the world<br />

began is a meaningful book that guides readers to the<br />

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Sunshine Ghost<br />

By Reyna A.<br />

I had my early morning run yesterday. After that refreshing<br />

run, I went to the supermarket to buy some groceries, and<br />

went to my favorite café to get my coffee, black and no<br />

sugar, just how I like it. First sip, and it brought so much<br />

nostalgia. <strong>The</strong> calmness of the empty road and the rays<br />

of the rising sun remind me of the days that we used to<br />

do these things together. Morning runs on Saturdays,<br />

and despite my busy schedule, we still tried to squeeze<br />

those early walks on weekdays to get my coffee before<br />

you sent me to work. Oh God! I miss those days. I miss<br />

you. But all I have now is the ghost of those memories I<br />

had with you from that summer of four years ago.<br />

I’ve been thinking about this lately, but every time I open<br />

our chat box, I always chicken out and I didn’t really<br />

know how to start this. Should I say “hi”? Or should I<br />

ask, “How are you?” Or should I ask what had happened<br />

to us? But it seems so wrong, there was never an “us” to<br />

begin with. It was just me who thought that something<br />

was going on, and held on to the idea that maybe someday,<br />

somehow, we could happen. I really don’t know how to<br />

start a conversation with you, because you seem so out<br />

of my reach now. You suddenly went cold, gone without<br />

any word, came back as a completely different person,<br />

and eventually became a stranger to me. It’s funny how<br />

I used to tell you everything about my day, even if it was<br />

just for a short period of time, from the reason why I<br />

woke up early to the reason why I had to stay up late.<br />

We met unexpectedly. It was a beautiful summer. I can<br />

still remember your shy laughter under the rising sun, yet<br />

you were so much brighter in my eyes. Do you remember<br />

that night in June? We sat under the moon with coffee<br />

in our hands and fear in our eyes, and wondered what<br />

could go wrong. It was good while it lasted. It was<br />

beautiful. I am grateful for those times and memories I<br />

had shared with you. I was happy. I hope you were too.<br />

We had our little infinity. It wasn’t meant to last, but it<br />

was enough for me.<br />

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No, we don’t need closure. What’s there to close, anyway?<br />

I am writing this not for you, but for myself. I just want<br />

to let go of whatever this is that I am feeling so I can<br />

finally start living without the hope of still having you<br />

as someone I can run to every time I have so much to<br />

talk about. I knew I was healing when I stopped seeking<br />

for the closure that I think I deserved, but I have hopes.<br />

I hope that one day when we cross paths again, we can<br />

smile at each other and then there, I know I have healed.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re goes our closure. <strong>The</strong>re goes the period to our<br />

unfinished sentence. <strong>The</strong>re goes the farewell to our story.<br />

I felt so stupid. I felt stupid for writing this. I felt stupid<br />

for holding on to the memories I had with you. I blamed<br />

myself for thinking that there was something to hold on<br />

to. For so long, I invalidated my feelings and thoughts, I<br />

made excuses for you and for every wrong that happened<br />

along the way. I blamed myself for my own pains. It was<br />

never your fault, and I thought it was mine. But no, it<br />

was no one’s fault. <strong>The</strong> circumstances aren’t just in our<br />

favor, and that love that I thought we had was just not<br />

meant for us. But I had no regrets, I did not regret the<br />

day that I finally admitted to myself that I had fallen in<br />

love. I have no idea how falling in love feels like, but if<br />

it wasn’t love, I don’t know what else it was. You were<br />

“it” for me, and I don’t regret a single thing.<br />

Today, I cried. Unlike the other days, I know the reasons<br />

why I cried today. I cried for so many reasons, and one<br />

of which is the fact that our story had ended. Finally.<br />

Without the farewell, but I can finally say that it ended.<br />

This is me letting go of our “what-could-have-beens.”<br />

This is me finally letting go, not of you, but the memories<br />

I had with you. <strong>The</strong>y were beautiful memories. Please<br />

reach your dreams, I am very happy to see you conquering<br />

everything that you told me you are afraid of. If one<br />

day, you find yourself seeking validation, know that I<br />

am always proud of you. I had so much faith in you, I<br />

always knew you are meant for great things. I would<br />

love you until then.



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What the Wind Blew In is filled with illustrations and poetry from the<br />

brilliant mind of the author herself, presented through rhyme so children<br />

and adults can enjoy the stories told through the verses. Each story teaches<br />

a valuable lesson on the importance of kindness in our lives, accompanied<br />

by colorful illustrations depicting the events in the story with magic and<br />

wonder for all ages.<br />



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Marilyn Wassmann is a poet from a family that has produced a poet or an<br />

artist once in a while throughout its long history in America. <strong>The</strong>ir work<br />

is collected in Wassmann’s book, Pen Scratching Poets: A Collection of One<br />

Family’s Creative Pursuits.<br />

This book, initially published in 2016, is a showcase of poetry from the<br />

Benjamin side of the family (Wassmann’s maiden name is Benjamin).<br />

Readers will be treated to many of Wassmann’s own works and illustrations<br />

throughout the years.<br />



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A pregnant cat who suddenly goes into labor finds herself in the unlikeliest<br />

of places to give birth: in an opossum’s hole. With the mother cat having<br />

nowhere else to go and thinking that his ways won’t be affected by her<br />

presence, the opossum lets her and her kittens stay in his hole. Thus begins<br />

the heartwarming tale of the friendship between the cat family and the<br />

opossum as told in Marilyn Wassmann’s new release, <strong>The</strong> Opossum and the Cats.




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<strong>The</strong> book is about polar bears which are endangered species. Climate change<br />

in the Arctic sea is damaging the environment in which polar bears live.<br />

<strong>The</strong> polar bears’ habitat is slowly warming up and they have less ice on<br />

which to sit and hunt.<br />

<strong>The</strong> polar bears have to travel a long distance to find frozen ice for resting.<br />

All these changes are making life for polar bears difficult.<br />




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After being a Sunday school teacher for many years, author Gilbert Rudy<br />

Castillo accumulated lots of materials about the Bible which he had kept<br />

for his own reference. But Castillo always had the desire to share his studies<br />

and make them available to others. Finding the Way to Life’s Purpose is<br />

Castillo’s fruition of the many hours he has spent studying the Bible. He<br />

offers the many things he has learned from the Scriptures for readers to<br />

take advantage of and not let go to waste. Castillo hopes the readers will<br />

allow themselves to not only learn but also put into practice the teachings<br />

of the Bible as one finds the way to the purpose of this thing called life.




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John Calvin’s famous book, “<strong>The</strong> Institutes of the Christian Religion”<br />

would have better been titled, “<strong>The</strong> Destruction of the Christian Faith.”<br />

Everything in Calvin’s theology degrades the supreme sacrifice of Jesus<br />

Christ on the cross; and cheats countless Christians out of the blessings<br />

Christ purchased for the human race through His sacrifice on the cross.<br />

John Calvin essentially rewrote the entire Bible to make it fit his theology.<br />

Nothing about his theology is biblical. Calvinism is a disgrace to the<br />

Christian faith!<br />



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<strong>The</strong> purpose of this book is to help you reflect on your life, and to ask<br />

yourself “How did I do?” What experiences have you had? Can you relate<br />

to some passages in this book, if so, how did you cope? Hopefully, you will<br />

find encouragement in situations and become aware of the temptations<br />

surrounding you daily. Also, to reveal that others are having the same, or<br />

near experiences, and to realize that you are not alone in your struggles<br />

for salvation.

Under<br />

His Wings<br />

by Rosemary Fisher<br />

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A riveting story of new love, betrayal and faith<br />

Life always has two sides, the good and the bad. Paired with happiness is the inevitable sorrow. Throughout our<br />

community, indeed our world, we find shared experiences. <strong>The</strong>se ups and downs of life are common to us all. <strong>The</strong><br />

locations may vary, the details differ, but the joys and distresses are universal. On the easy days, do we acknowledge our<br />

blessings? In times of trouble, where do we run? Under His Wings will guide readers into a deeper relationship with<br />

God, who is with us all during both the good times and the trying times, when the path seems clear or grows hazy.<br />

Rosemary Fisher is a new author whose breakthrough novel Under His Wings is remarkably well written, filled with<br />

emotion and spiritual themes presented in a natural, not preachy manner. <strong>The</strong> concept for the Christian romance<br />

came to Rosemary in the middle of the night and she feels that the story is providence from above, and therefore<br />

should be written down. Begun as a creative outlet during the COVID-19 quarantine, Rosemary had no intention<br />

of seeking publication. Friends who read her manuscript, however, encouraged her to take it further, and now the<br />

touching story of the Smith family is shared in the open. Under His Wings is an engrossing story that keeps the<br />

pages turning until its satisfying conclusion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Smiths were just like any other family – celebrating all the good things in life, weeping for the bad, sharing all<br />

the pleasure and struggles in between. However, they have had more than their fair share of setbacks, from shattered<br />

dreams and illness to even death. Despite it all, the family remained steadfast in the Lord, leaning on Scripture<br />

and prayer to provide comfort and direction. Author Rosemary Fisher hopes that the story of the Smith family,<br />

capped with the Scriptures and songs within her novel, will bring peace and comfort to readers in times of trials and<br />

tribulations. Find the warmth and protection of the Creator as you live through the pages of Under His Wings. Grab<br />

a copy on Amazon, Book Depository, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, eBay, and other bookstores nationwide.



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Halfway across the world from each other, Jed and John endure very different<br />

challenges. But when John encounters a disaster that ruins his crops and Jed<br />

discovers the Underground Railroad, fate eventually leads both men and their<br />

families to journey to a small community in southern Ontario, where common<br />

threads tie them together as they become owners of one of the largest potato<br />

farms in Canada. In this historical tale, the years pass and the families grow<br />

to include multi-racial twins, as events eventually lead a new generation to<br />

Mississippi, where everyone must face the sorrows of prejudice.<br />



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Common Threads II, the second book in a three-book series, follows the lives of<br />

Joe and Liz who naively try to establish roots in a place where their interracial<br />

marriage is taboo. This novel narrates the couples’ trials and tribulations and their<br />

experiences with racial cruelty and death.<br />



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Concluding <strong>The</strong> Common Threads Trilogy, Common Threads III brings you to<br />

1970 and follows the Allen family’s saga as the boys mature and deal with sibling<br />

rivalry, homosexuality, and racism in Mississippi during this turbulent decade.<br />

<strong>The</strong> success of the family potato farm and golf course in Chatham, Ontario grew<br />

from strong family values and the Common Threads of a simple Scottish Tartan<br />

and an African Kente robe.



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<strong>The</strong>se intriguing tales by Maya Mitra Das take us on wildly imaginative<br />

journeys to exotic and sometimes alien landscapes -- introducing us to<br />

infinitely curious moments in time, space and memory.<br />

Maya’s poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies. This is<br />

her first collection of short fiction.<br />



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With sound knowledge of forensic science and a deep concern with the alarming<br />

number of rape cases, author Jack Lorenz writes the crime novel Nottingham<br />

Harbor as a reflection of our mischievous reality. Rape being a heinous crime,<br />

unsolved cases are inevitable; perpetrators have mastered their cruelty by leaving<br />

little to no trace of their wickedness from one area to another—making it hard<br />

for cops to bring them behind bars. Aside from the mystery and thrill that the<br />

book dispenses, Lorenz is also on a mission to educate the readers, the victims,<br />

and the authorities by introducing techniques to catch dangerous criminals<br />

through DNA and logic. Set in Northern New England, Nottingham Harbor<br />

follows the mathematician and sergeant duo Mattie Greene and Bill Simpson<br />

in their investigation between the cases and the identification of the rapists.

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TONTINE:<br />




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This novel puts a fresh spin on the classic tontine story, with a hero<br />

thrown into a murder case that needs cracking.<br />

Peter Xavier’s estranged father telephones after fifteen years of silence<br />

and ask for help. <strong>The</strong> son agrees to meet with him, but he arrives at the<br />

worst moment. <strong>The</strong> last subscribers of a Tontine formed sixty years ago<br />

are being picked off one by one. His father is one of them. Peter tries<br />

to protect him, but can he? <strong>The</strong> investigating detective suspects Peter,<br />

but he is looking in the wrong place. Left no choice, he must find the<br />

murderer himself. <strong>The</strong>n his troubles begin.<br />

While hunting for the killer, he learns a devastating secret about the<br />

Tontine and the man in charge of the money at the Funhouse Bank.<br />

Peter then finds himself the target of an assassin, and he runs until he<br />

is rescued by the woman from Frenchies’ Escorts. He realizes that if<br />

he doesn’t make exactly the right moves, the conspiracy he’s stumbled<br />

into will kill him.<br />


Robert H. Kruse lives and writes in paradise—Oro Valley,<br />

Arizona—with his lovely wife, her roses, and fussy orchids.<br />

His interest in writing sprang from telling extemporaneous<br />

stories to his children and grandchildren. With hope and<br />

confidence in 2016, he published the first novel, followed<br />

by the second, third, and fourth Tontine in 2021.

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Liz Hermann watched her own murder, and fled. She is trying to<br />

adjust to her new home, but heaven is not what she expected. Earth<br />

draws her back when she is needed in surprising circumstances. Family<br />

and friends try to find the reason for her being slain, often blaming<br />

themselves by saying, “If only I had . . .”<br />

<strong>The</strong> killer is trying to cover his tracks, a detective is looking for him,<br />

and her mother is trying to cope. Out of this senseless tragedy, No<br />

Blood Left succeeds in telling a story with suspense, hope, and humor.<br />

No Blood Left is a gripping read, buy it today!<br />



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A child has an unusual talent and everyone wants in on the action.<br />

It has been five years since portrait painter Mac McDonnell left the<br />

cutthroat world of high tech and big money along with the darker side<br />

of cheating investors and stealing patents, not to mention government<br />

agencies who want a monopoly on new innovations. All of which lead<br />

to illegal activities like kidnapping in the name of ‘national security.’<br />

All Mac wanted was to get back to his studio and paint the portrait<br />

etched in his mind. Friends called on him to help them stand against<br />

slander from a city television station. All he did was intervene and<br />

save a child from unwarranted exposure in the national media. Simple<br />

enough, but soon he discovered that he did far more than intervene in<br />

a publicity stunt. He had placed himself dead square in the middle of<br />

a conspiracy by secret Pentagon operatives. Within hours, he found<br />

himself under attack. And he had to run. He promised to keep a child<br />

safe, but can he do it? And where would it end?


THAT<br />

HE<br />

Will<br />

Experiencing God’s Transforming Power<br />

By Janine Hall<br />

Letting Go and Letting God:<br />

A Story about His Transforming Spirit<br />

Surrendering not to problems but to the Lord<br />

<strong>The</strong> world manifests itself in mysterious yet surprising<br />

ways. While our life experiences turn out to be tough at<br />

most times, it is also our strength and courage to move past<br />

our personal challenges that will encourage us to soldier<br />

on. But what if we can’t find in ourselves the strength to<br />

confront the problems we are facing? <strong>The</strong> book, Knowing<br />

That He Will: Experiencing God’s Transforming Power, is<br />

all about one person’s experience about surrender—but<br />

not to their problems. It is about how the author, Janine<br />

Hall, found that the best way to overcome the obstacles<br />

along our way is to realize that we are not alone in our<br />

fights. Our will and power does not only come from<br />

ourselves, but also from our meaningful encounter with<br />

the Lord who works His way through us.<br />

Janine Hall wrote the book coming out of her personal<br />

experience having intermittent depression. While many<br />

of us may have gone through the same situation, Hall<br />

takes us to her spiritual journey toward surrendering her<br />

problems to the Lord and how it helped her find the<br />

courage to move forward.<br />

Hall graduated with an MA in special education and took<br />

special units in guidance and counseling. Through the<br />

book, Hall also shares her insights about other social issues<br />

we are facing today—identity theft, capital punishment,<br />

and mental health, among others. And in many of the<br />

situations she chose to tackle throughout every chapter<br />

of the book, Hall emphasizes God’s relevance and how<br />

he works behind the scenes.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> book is as natural as it is comforting. While Hall<br />

was not explicit as to her source of depression, she went<br />

on to talk about her personal and social concerns in a<br />

way that never forgets to relish the presence of the Lord<br />

in everything.



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In the deep corners of our unconscious minds flows a river of metaphors<br />

encapsulating all insights into our life’s meaning that we will all ever need. Thanks<br />

to the collection stored in Ilana Haley’s memory envelope, this book comes to<br />

life—all pages full of energy, every flip impactful. Each character is so familiar<br />

and exists in each of us, one way or another. It distinctly feels like overhearing<br />

some very personal conversation; it is at once thought-provoking and almost<br />

too personal. Almost, but quite, we do not turn away, do we? We actually get<br />

more comfortable and settle in for the whole conversation. And we do because<br />

there is something in the personal elements of this overheard life that we feel<br />

has some undefined but nonetheless important meaning for our own life.<br />





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Want to know how to search for your perfect fragrance? <strong>The</strong> answer is linked<br />

to genetic markers that have already mapped your biological beingness. Scent-<br />

Sational Searches shares Deb’s ‘passion for perfume.’ It explains her Fragranista<br />

theory that there are basically four blood and personality types that parallel<br />

fragrance families. Once you learn how you fit into the Fragrance Wheel, your<br />

search becomes easy. No more costly mistakes and a lifetime of fun exploring<br />

the fragrance world!




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Call it fate or destiny or maybe it’s both. No Ordinary Love is a sweet<br />

story about two ordinary people from opposite sides of the world who are<br />

brought together quite serendipitously. Each receives unusual messages in<br />

their dreams that, unbeknownst to either of them, contribute to making<br />

decisions that will change their lives forever. A story whose time has come.<br />

It speaks about lost love, growing older, loss through death, and fear of the<br />

unknown, while finding love again under the least likely of circumstances.<br />

It is a pure and simple love story with an unusual and interesting twist that<br />

will lift your spirits and open your hearts to all of the possibilities that love<br />

can bring to your lives.<br />



AND SELF<br />


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Discover the everyday guidance that’s been missing in your life. In this book<br />

of practical poetry about Life, Love and Self, awaken to the truth that is<br />

your greatest potential. Adil Panton has been giving life-changing advice<br />

to his clients for over 30 years. Now, for the first time, his wisdom has been<br />

placed into this book of poetry for all to grow, evolve, and get answers to the<br />

most common struggles we face. <strong>The</strong>se poems are based on common-sense<br />

advice for challenging times. Adil Panton’s Claim Your Happiness: Practical<br />

Poetry for Life, Love and Self will help you navigate life during periods of<br />

adversity. Calm fears, create your desired reality, and grow into the person<br />

you were destined to be. <strong>The</strong>se words of wisdom will resonate within and<br />

speak directly to your heart. Empower yourself, become the master of your<br />

own life, bring forth spiritual awareness, and breakthrough obstacles with<br />

Adil’s poetry.






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Children have always loved reading. This book is a fun-filled book that<br />

engages you and your child in reading and the knowledge of animals, their<br />

families, and where they are from.<br />

Your child will love this book for a very long time.<br />


EVER!<br />


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<strong>The</strong> First Birthday Party Ever! has<br />

been awarded at the Hollywood<br />

Book Festival and has received an<br />

honorable mention in the children’s<br />

book category at the New York Book<br />

Festival, San Francisco Book Festival,<br />

and Paris Book Festival.<br />

<strong>The</strong> First Birthday Party Ever! takes place in the enchanted land of Chuckle<br />

Giggle Nu and is a wonderful story about some wacky dinosaurs that<br />

planned the very first birthday party ever for a little Pterodactyl named<br />

Archie. <strong>The</strong>y call themselves the Party Pals, while the adversaries known<br />

as the Party Poopers, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and an Albertosaurus, plan to<br />

disrupt the party and take the cake all for themselves. <strong>The</strong> attempt fails,<br />

and the Party Pals invite all of the dinosaurs in the land and successfully<br />

throw the very First Birthday Party Ever!<br />

This book is a direct STEM innovation foundational tool for children and<br />

communities worldwide. Please download our free Party Pals Play App<br />

on Apple or Google Play Stores and hover your phone or iPad steady over<br />

the open book and fill the screen with the two collective pages 3&4 for<br />

about 5-8 seconds and our characters will come to life in an augmented<br />

3D format! Enjoy!

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<strong>The</strong> Voice<br />

of the Rooster:<br />

And the Lessons It Teaches<br />

By Ellen Beth Berman<br />

An ordinary phone call.<br />

No pretense, tape recording, repetitive triteness.<br />

Grabbing coffee, we took the plunge… into the coal<br />

mine, greeting the sooty depths of earth with minds ready<br />

to chisel. We ground through layers of linguistics and<br />

history that revealed an indomitable Eastern European<br />

spirit and heritage that came to American shores. Light<br />

arose within the darkness of hardship and a strange love<br />

of etymology emerged as the story unfolded.<br />

Words. Poetry. Beauty. Connection.<br />

Sifting, we discovered relational veins that gave life<br />

to Ellen’s poetic images and words: a Granddad and<br />

Grandmom whose immigration adventure included much<br />

sacrifice, ingenuity, simplicity, and raw beauty. A mother<br />

whose love for words, poetry, and her daughter—mingled<br />

freely. Faithfulness, Hard work. <strong>The</strong>se components of<br />

character shone in the midst of struggle. While raising<br />

a large family in a new world, learning a new language,<br />

developing cross cultural relationships—something special<br />

happened. A colorful kaleidoscope appeared as colliding<br />

images of life mirrored the beauty and brokenness of<br />

our humanity.<br />

Yet, the Rooster’s loud and piercing voice proclaimed a<br />

consonance, the agreeable synthesizing of those jagged<br />

shards and stories. Relatable resonance. Stories that<br />

come into each of our lives through our common cares<br />

and interactions. Pieced together like Proverbs of old—<br />

each moment, person, or situation enlivens and instructs.<br />

Timeless truths. <strong>The</strong> Rooster alludes to the fact that<br />

beauty, goodness, and truth—even while waiting in the<br />

darkness for the sun to rise, permeate life. Walking our<br />

path, we begin to discover “that which unites us as human<br />

beings…the root of our creativity…our personal mission<br />

on earth”…and what enables us to engage fully with life<br />

and those divine appointments that arise. While shadows<br />

play across our path, the Light guides.<br />

Readying to resurface, Ellen and I finished inspecting our<br />

living dichotomy: can we organically live in tune with

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mind, body, and spirit; or must we strive for success and<br />

perfection—a mindset akin to ancient Greece or perhaps<br />

modern day America? What can a simple rooster teach us?<br />

Finally, we came to the greatest discovery while chiseling<br />

in the mine of life. A rarity of great value. <strong>The</strong> diamond<br />

of relationship. Family, friends, human connections—all<br />

are divinely orchestrated and lend light. Awaken our<br />

souls. Provide wisdom. Life connecting with life allows<br />

each angle of the diamond to glimmer with color and<br />

perspective. Bond with both Creator and creation opens<br />

a world full of joy and suffering, heartache and hope as<br />

the gamut of emotion is experienced. Ellen’s writing<br />

explores the mosaic in our midst—the tears and trifles,<br />

the cacophony that eventually stills, allowing us to hear<br />

our humanity. <strong>The</strong> beauty in the everyday. To see the<br />

truth that we are all part of a much larger picture—one<br />

where meaning, blessing, and wonder reside within the<br />

mundane and minutia. Moments make up our lives and<br />

people reflect relational diamonds. May we radiate light<br />

and love and enjoy life’s journey!





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This is a love story. An unconventional one, to be sure, but a love story<br />

nonetheless. It’s about the author, Sara Taft, who had to face death in order<br />

to discover the deep, authentic ground of life - her life, as no one else could<br />

live it, and in doing so found her indigenous spiritual roots by returning to<br />

a Christianity she never really knew. Like all love stories, this one features<br />

a beloved, though this beloved is not a living, breathing person. Rather, she<br />

is Mary Magdalene, the companion and disciple of Jesus, a woman reviled<br />

and revered through history.<br />




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“Taft’s book enchants and inspires despite the grave nature of her physical<br />

illness and surgery. Symbolic dreams and miraculous occurrences—like<br />

finding two halves of a geode in locations many miles apart—pointed to<br />

her rebirth as an artist of remarkable sensitivity. After a failed attempt at an<br />

academically based career, her spiritual guides helped her to understand that<br />

she was not destined to conform rigidly to externally imposed limitations<br />

but to pursue inner freedom and help others do likewise. Magdalene—the<br />

reformed sinner who stayed with Jesus until the last and was the first disciple<br />

to evangelize his resurrection—is Taft’s model and the subject of many<br />

of her richly moving paintings placed throughout the book. <strong>The</strong>se vivid<br />

expressions portray their own story of the author’s unique quest, which has<br />

centered on ‘the flow between the light and the dark.’ Taft’s reminiscences<br />

offer encouragement, not only for those with physical challenges but also for<br />

women seeking new, intuitive, creative ways to express their feminine nature.”<br />

– Barbara Bamberger Scott, US Review of Books




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Susan Deller grew up in South East Queensland, Australia, and became<br />

interested in writing at school but never thought of taking it any further.<br />

In 1988, she became an on-call printers’ table hand—so Susan made books<br />

instead of writing them! In 1992, Susan was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia,<br />

a condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and<br />

often emotional and mental distress. It was in writing that she found her<br />

comfort, calming her nerves and easing her symptoms. It was one of her<br />

bed-days in 2009 when she wrote her first short story, using the song titles<br />

as the core of the story. People were so drawn to her technique that they<br />

requested their own stories together with their favorite artists. Eventually,<br />

in 2013, her partner, Dean Carr, convinced her to compile all the stories<br />

she made in their own poster-like design into a book. With that, Odes to<br />

Music: A Collection of Short Stories was put to life. Considering its ingenuity<br />

and uniqueness in presenting a story, it’s only a matter of time before she<br />

creates her next Ode.<br />




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In the success of Susan Deller’s Ode to Music: A Collection of Short Stories,<br />

the door of possibilities opened wider. It started when her brother-in-law<br />

requested a story using the movie title of the James Bond Series. This<br />

beginning caused a ripple effect to more requests for other actors, actresses,<br />

and films to work on, not limited to the artists of their generation but also<br />

to the excellent and notable people who worked in the background to<br />

ensure that a movie is developed and released. Still accompanied with the<br />

striking posters, Susan took hold of the technique that she had mastered.<br />

Ode to Movies: A Collection of Short Stories is a manifestation of the quick<br />

wit, general knowledge and artistry of Susan Deller, from a child who was<br />

deprived of proper training in writing to an impressive literary artist. Susan<br />

is still accepting story requests on her website, odesbysusan.com. Who<br />

knows, your story could be part of her next Ode.

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Lifestyle | Manila Feature<br />

Philippine’s<br />

Picturesque Capital:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Manila Bucket List<br />

BY TAMARA S.<br />

As we celebrate the sun hanging in the sky and bask in its warmth for the summer<br />

issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, we’re diving down to the Pearl of the Orient<br />

Seas—and deep we go! Who wouldn’t want to miss the largest and longest-running<br />

book fair in the Philippines, right? So, as we grace the Manila International Book<br />

Fair, let us all the more experience the best of Manila!<br />

Manila: Philippine’s Picturesque Metropolitan<br />

Whenever people talk about the Philippines, the thought of Manila is inescapable.<br />

Both go hand in hand. Almost synonymous. For a metro so rich in culture and<br />

history, commercial districts, conventions, and center of industrial developments, it’s<br />

no longer surprising. It lives up to its title as the Pearl of the Orient Seas. However,<br />

away from its alluring titles and praises, Manila is a humble city initially derived<br />

from two Tagalog (the basis of the standardized national language of the Philippines,<br />

Filipino) words, may and nilad. May refer to the phrase ‘there is’ and nilad, a shrub that<br />

grows abundantly along the coasts of Pasig River and Manila Bay. Maynilad was once<br />

a Muslim settlement and was one of the centers of pre-colonial market trade with<br />

Chinese and other Southeast Asian countries. Started by the conquest of the Spaniards,<br />

Catholicism arose and Manila became the capital of the new colony—churches,<br />

convents and schools. After 333 years of Spanish rule, the Philippines, especially<br />

Manila, was also home to the Americans and Japanese. A clash and combination of<br />

culture, beliefs, and traditions. <strong>The</strong> main contributor to how diversity arose in Manila.<br />

<strong>The</strong> reason for the vibrant, rich, and picturesque lifestyle in the Metropolitan.<br />

In opposition to what the majority actually thinks, Metro Manila is a cluster of cities<br />

and municipalities. And the City of Manila (Lungsod ng Maynila) is just a portion of<br />

the capital region. Manila became the bigger umbrella in 1975, encompassing 4 cities<br />

and 13 municipalities. Through its vastness and integration of nearby cities, Metro<br />

Manila became the heart and soul of the Philippine economy.

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When in Manila<br />

A short guide on the must-experience in the Metro<br />

Move and groove with<br />

traditional vehicles<br />

What best way to explore Manila than to ride the good<br />

old jeepneys? Bound to Manila and nearby cities, not only<br />

does it bring you to places, its intricate design, painting,<br />

and lettering are pleasing to the eyes. A masterpiece of<br />

local artisans. With number codes segregated to their<br />

specific routes. Kalesa is also a perfect choice for short<br />

trips and sightseeing around the streets of Manila.<br />

Colorful stores in the market street<br />

Never-ending Fun<br />

Aside from the local barrio fiestas, a lot of bigger festivals<br />

and events happen in Manila. From international book<br />

fairs, major university fairs, bamboo festivals, heritage<br />

festivals, and even food festivals. International singers<br />

and performers even include Manila on their world tours.<br />

Mall of Asia Arena, one of the biggest malls in Asia, is<br />

home to concerts both local and international. And the<br />

Manila International Book Fair will be held in no less<br />

than the SMX Convention Center Manila!<br />

Kutsero fixing the straps of his Kalesa<br />

Affordable Market Hauls<br />

One thing you must never miss in Manila, or traveling<br />

in general, is shopping. And Manila has a long list of<br />

places for you, especially if you are on a budget. Quiapo,<br />

Baclaran, and Divisoria are the go-to markets for cheap<br />

but quality finds. Tourists and locals alike flock to the<br />

market for items they need (or not!). You can definitely<br />

find anything here. Also, a pro tip to get the best price,<br />

a little bit of haggling works.<br />

Dancing contingent for Aliwan Festival in Manila

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Impressive Architecture<br />

With the colonization of the Americans, Spaniards,<br />

Japanese, and even Chinese and Malay influences, the<br />

Architecture of Manila is wide-ranged. It is manifested<br />

in government buildings, cathedrals, old schools, and<br />

even in commercial, public, and private buildings. If you<br />

want to stroll down memory lane, Intramuros, the walled<br />

city, is a great start.<br />

Lechon being sliced at a party<br />

Locals and their smiles<br />

Last 2021, the Philippines was ranked 3rd as the happiest<br />

country in the world. Lost your way? A smiling local will<br />

surely be happy to help you. Oftentimes, even people<br />

who don’t know each other exchange greetings when<br />

they meet eye to eye in the streets. It has always been<br />

inherent in every Pinoy to be very hospitable to their<br />

neighbors and guests. Next time you meet one, don’t be<br />

afraid to smile at them. Without question, they will offer<br />

the same smile back.<br />

Entrance of Fort Santiago in Intramuros Manila<br />

A haven for foodies<br />

Traveling in Manila is undoubtedly fun. However, if<br />

the scorching heat of the sun gets in your way, relax in<br />

the middle of exploring and indulge in a hearty meal.<br />

Energize with famous Manila street food and dishes.<br />

Quench your thirst with some buko juice and halo-halo.<br />

Try out some kwek-kwek, tempura, and the exotic balut<br />

for an out-of-the-ordinary experience. Never miss out<br />

on some adobo, lumpia, and lechon during parties. Really,<br />

the options are endless. Make yourself full and ready for<br />

your next stop.<br />

Street kids smiling for the camera<br />

Manila is a must. Mabuhay, Manila!

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Marilyn Sandberg Grenat<br />

To grieve is no easy feat—it feels like we carry the weight<br />

of the world on our shoulders. More often than not,<br />

when we are in deep sorrow, we try to bury our emotions<br />

and leave them unattended in the pitch-black corner of<br />

our minds. But to not heal is far more agonizing than<br />

to actually face our grief head-on. To be hurt is not our<br />

choice, yes, but to heal is on our end. Heal, even little by<br />

little. Heal in small yet mindful steps. Heal… because<br />

you deserve to break away from the fetters of pain.<br />

An initial brave and bold move in the journey of healing<br />

is to identify grief itself and acknowledge its ugly and<br />

harsh reality. And as we move forward, we come to<br />

know ourselves deeper and the coping mechanism/s<br />

that would work best for us. One way to help manage<br />

our emotions is to have an outlet—an avenue for us to<br />

release all the pain.<br />

On losses and struggles, Marilyn Sandberg Grenat finds<br />

a silver lining. A doting wife, mother, grandmother, and<br />

great-grandmother, Marilyn was not spared of heartbreaks.<br />

But she still managed to cope through the grace of God<br />

and the outlets she had discovered.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> takes delight in a hopeful<br />

conversation with Marilyn Sandberg Grenat as she sheds<br />

light on the joys and love in the midst of grief—a light so<br />

bright highlighted in Inspirations from the Heart, Marilyn’s<br />

collection of inspiring poetic reflections.<br />

Editor: Inspirations from the Heart is a very personal<br />

book, with your lovely photos included. What was<br />

your green light to let readers take a glimpse of your<br />

gracefully lived life?

Marilyn: Everyone eventually can experience grief in<br />

some form or another, and I felt it was important to<br />

share with others that there can be both joy and sorrow<br />

in going through those emotions. <strong>The</strong> best way I found<br />

solace was to journal those feelings. By writing down<br />

something you feel, which you may or may not be able<br />

to express verbally, allows you to start to heal quicker.<br />

As I’ve said many times, there is no specific time frame<br />

it takes to do that as everyone is different. Don’t let<br />

anyone rush you or tell you exactly what you should do<br />

to heal or get through the grief you are going through,<br />

but you should decide for yourself the path and method<br />

you should take. Some suggestions can be helpful but<br />

decide for yourself what is good for you. I felt a starting<br />

point was to address how I felt and why, and my poems<br />

became the outcome of my feelings. You might like to just<br />

write a story form almost like a diary to express yourself.<br />

You have penned an admirable collection of poems,<br />

and it’s no easy feat. Did you, through the course of<br />

your writing, experience difficult moments expressing<br />

your feelings?<br />

Absolutely. As I put down my feelings, I cried, I laughed,<br />

I reminisced joyfully remembering the good moments<br />

in the situation. It was very healing for me as I was able<br />

to identify what I was going through.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were Bible verses quoted in your heartwarming<br />

book. Have you always held your faith high?<br />

My faith has always been important to me and has<br />

sustained me throughout my whole life. I always had<br />

great prayer pals that sustained me as well and I would<br />

have had a much harder time without them. I always<br />

try to live by this one Bible verse that gives me hope<br />

and sustenance. It’s Philippians 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be<br />

anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer<br />

and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests<br />

to God.” As Philippians 4:11-13 tells us, we are to be<br />

grateful for every situation given to us because trials can<br />

educate and teach us valuable lessons to learn.<br />

You left a few blank pages at the back of your book<br />

so readers can journal. How helpful is journaling to<br />

you as you highly encourage your readers to do so?<br />

Journaling helps you identify to yourself and others<br />

how and why you feel the way you do. When you see<br />

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your feelings on paper, it not only allows you to get your<br />

feelings out but helps you see how to maybe go about<br />

rectifying them and nurturing them. It feels good and<br />

right to express yourself and also lets off some steam,<br />

especially if you’re angry.<br />

In your book, readers get to ponder on your reflections.<br />

What is your message to those who are yet to get<br />

out of the dark tunnel you once went through?<br />

Allow yourself enough time to get to the point where<br />

you can accept what has happened without letting it<br />

put you in deep despair. You may always feel sad, but<br />

learning to cope is important to healing. Sometimes it’s<br />

beneficial to focus on trying to do something nice for<br />

someone else who needs it—it helps take our minds off<br />

of ourselves and our problems. That’s why starting my<br />

own business of caregiving for others has been one of<br />

the most fruitful jobs I’ve ever had. I fill my hours with<br />

helping others, and that brings us both joy. Trusting in<br />

our Heavenly Father to take our burden and sustain us<br />

is crucial. He cares about us wholeheartedly.<br />


Marilyn Sandberg Grenat finds solace in expressing<br />

her feelings in the form of poetry. In her first collection<br />

of poems and other writings, Grenat leads others on a<br />

poignant journey through her heart as she experienced<br />

losses, struggles, joys, and love.<br />

Grenat begins by sharing a poem penned forty-eight<br />

years ago about her mother and continues through her<br />

Swedish family tree as she reflects on her relationships<br />

and gratitude for being born into a Christian family<br />

who taught her important values and gave her all the<br />

love she ever wanted. As Grenat moves through her<br />

life, she shares essays and poems about meeting her<br />

husband and falling in love, the grief that surrounded<br />

losing him to Alzheimer’s along with also losing her<br />

son to cancer a few months later, the joys of loving<br />

her children and grandchildren, and miscellaneous<br />

thoughts that focus on the importance of faith, family,<br />

and unconditionally caring for others who need us.<br />

Inspirations from the Heart shares one woman’s<br />

poetic reflections that will inspire others to embrace<br />

their uniqueness, as well as the joys and hope that<br />

come with every new day.

I’M KATIE’S MOM:<br />




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A truly valuable book that provides advice and encouragement to anyone—<br />

family, professional or friend—who assists the disabled while offering help<br />

toward becoming a knowledgeable and balanced individual.<br />





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“Mary, the Seventh Girl is a celebration of a sacred connection between<br />

a devout woman and a Higher Power. <strong>The</strong> author has experience events<br />

throughout her life that can only be described as miraculous, beginning in her<br />

childhood and continuing to the present day. <strong>The</strong> book describes the power<br />

of God activated through faith and prayer. This has impacted both her own<br />

life and the lives of her family and friends. Her dreams and visions reveal<br />

things that are meant specifically for her.” —E. Shaw, Amazon Customer



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You’ve walked the aisle; prayed the prayer. Now what? Is that all there is to salvation?<br />

No! In this fresh look at true Christianity, you will discover, “It’s more than a prayer<br />

in your head; it’s a birth in your heart.”<br />



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Don’t Let the Rocks Cry Out offers readers from every denomination a deeper look at<br />

the many wonderful avenues of praise and worship talked about in the Bible.<br />



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Have you ever felt there is something wrong in your life, but aren’t sure what? <strong>The</strong><br />

problem may be poison. In this books, Pastor Don R. Vining shines the light of truth<br />

on the poisons that sneak in our lives—often without awareness.<br />



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Have you thought much about all that Christ suffered on your behalf? Most of us<br />

avoid dwelling on the reality of Christ’s suffering until the Easter season rolls around.<br />

Even then, we tend to skim over the facts of Calvary and move right into His glorious<br />

resurrection. Easter is Christ’s absolute triumph over death, but His suffering also<br />

has much to teach us. It provides the doorway to a deeper level and power in our<br />

spiritual journey.

GOD, THE<br />



<strong>The</strong> Way to Heaven<br />

by Norman B. Talsoe<br />

Paperback | $24.99<br />

Kindle | $6.99<br />

How to be Heaven-ready?<br />

Norman B. Talsoe’s redemption guide for the<br />

Messiah’s return<br />

<strong>The</strong> second coming of Christ has long been prophesied.<br />

His return brings forth the inevitable judgment of the<br />

Divine—to reward the believers and punish the sinners.<br />

But when will angels blow the horn? While no one<br />

knows when He will return, the end times are nigh unto<br />

man. This is evident in the visions vested upon a chosen<br />

few—one of whom is Norman B. Talsoe.<br />

Norman B. Talsoe is blessed with two visions from<br />

above, bestowed two years apart. Visions so vivid, he<br />

was prompted to author God, <strong>The</strong> Here, and the Hereafter:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Way to Heaven to signal Christ’s second coming and<br />

evangelize mankind.<br />

In God, <strong>The</strong> Here, and the Hereafter: <strong>The</strong> Way to Heaven,<br />

Talsoe walks readers through Daniel’s Seven-Year timeline<br />

to bring to light and expound on the rapture-tribulation<br />

timeline for its complete understanding and correct<br />

interpretation. This eye-opening, edifying book thus<br />

hopes to teach readers the know-how and musts to be<br />

Heaven-ready.<br />

It was an 11-year stretch for Talsoe to read and interpret<br />

the Scripture. But even at the old age of ninety-one, the<br />

author fruitfully finished God, <strong>The</strong> Here, and the Hereafter:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Way to Heaven through the grace of God and the<br />

multiple miracles marveled upon him.<br />

Remain steadfast. Ready for redemption. God, <strong>The</strong> Here,<br />

and the Hereafter: <strong>The</strong> Way to Heaven, Norman B. Talsoe’s<br />

benevolence for mankind for when angels blow the horn.



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Author and educator Ryke Leigh Douglas brings an entertaining and<br />

informative story about the majestic elephant in <strong>The</strong> Tale of Tumeleng.Th e<br />

story starts with Jabari, a male elephant, who takes the lead in defending the<br />

herd from hyenas. When Tumeleng, Jabari’s daughter, is born, she aims to<br />

keep up with the herd as they move to a new waterhole. As Tumeleng grows<br />

and learns how to survive in a world filled with danger and environmental<br />

challenges, the reader discovers these majestic sociable animals are not just<br />

the biggest animals in the world.<br />

Those interested to get a copy of the excellent picture book can purchase<br />

it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Depository.<br />

I AM MUSIC<br />




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It is only natural for people to look up to personalities that embody their<br />

ideals and the qualities that impress them. With full admiration and<br />

appreciation, Pamela Wilkinson writes I Am Music as a dedication to her<br />

favorite Kazakh singer-songwriter, Dimash Kudaibergen. A showcase of<br />

her 2-year journey with whom she believes to be the greatest singer the<br />

earth has to offer. <strong>The</strong> author refers to I Am Music as a Fanbook, a beautiful<br />

way to express her adoration for a celebrity that brought her happiness and<br />

positivity. Using her rediscovered talent, Wilkinson introduces the brilliance<br />

of Dimash in words and poetry, sharing the same sentiments with her fellow<br />

Dears—their fanbase name. Indeed, anyone unfamiliar with Dimash will<br />

find lots to know about him in this book and will pique their interest to<br />

look up and watch some of his amazing performance videos.



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Anna Forthright, an intelligent, attractive woman works in a Government<br />

“think tank,” which is beset with difficult problems that evade its collective<br />

methodologies and intelligence. Anna discovers an author whose ideas are so<br />

“wing-nutty,” that he might be just the antidote to rejuvenate her faltering faculty.<br />

She brings Adam Mann from the Midwest to Washington to spend a week<br />

and “share his special insights” including: a thrash-free marriage-bed, vegetarian<br />

chicken soup, “killing” terrorism, fornicating angels, free international travel,<br />

and much more. Viable, provocative solutions aren’t easy and can be trickier<br />

than a balloon and cactus bouquet.<br />



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This is about the difference between an acquaintance and a friend. <strong>The</strong> book is<br />

based on Biblical principles and examples are shown relative to the Bible verses.<br />

It shows who is a right friend and a wrong friend. <strong>The</strong> right friend uplifts you<br />

but the wrong friend can get you into a bad situation that will affect you for<br />

your lifetime. As a person who believes in God and who studies the Bible, there<br />

are guidelines for living a happy and peaceful life where you can go in the right<br />

direction and avoid pitfalls.




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This little book is a fable but without the almost expected or required moral to<br />

the story. If it has a moral, I haven’t discovered it. Maybe you will. It is fictitious,<br />

but fables are definitely known to have some truths, and fables usually have an<br />

animal or inanimate object that, by some supernatural event, becomes human<br />

or at least personified. This one does.<br />




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In this highly intelligible age of technology and bewildering medical advances,<br />

researchers are amassing large amounts of quantitative information regarding<br />

the causes and symptoms of the varied styles of brain injuries that cause trouble<br />

for so many. This book is an ethnographically valid expo through which I hope<br />

others can better understand the internal thought processes of those having<br />

experienced severe, closed-head injuries. By sharing countless candid examples<br />

from my ethnography of fifteen years of coping with closed-head injury, I<br />

wish to provide hopefulness in survivors and their families. <strong>The</strong> message of<br />

Craniama is not only about the sorrowful inquiry but one of celebration! After<br />

all, objective awareness can be realized only through the natural integrity of<br />

survival. Recovery won’t be easy, but don’t be afraid to reawaken when you can!<br />

I’m confident the medical community will help you during this time, but I’d like<br />

to provide a roadmap to those who wish to know more at this very moment.

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By Lancelot Whitewood<br />

Every day, we always try to imagine a world where<br />

everything goes our way. We have our futures planned<br />

out even to the smallest of details. But just like any other<br />

day, we are wrong. Life’s not like that, it gives you hope<br />

and inspiration, and when everything seems to be going<br />

well, out of nowhere, you get smacked in the back. And<br />

that happened to me one summer when I met a woman<br />

whom I thought I’d spend the rest of my life with.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first time I saw her, I didn’t even have the slightest<br />

idea that somehow, she’ll affect my life for months, even<br />

years, later. She was nothing out of the ordinary, that’s<br />

what I thought. Over time, my thoughts became fonder<br />

as I learnt more about her, and they became as vivid as<br />

clear water when I first held her hand that summer.<br />

It was customary for college classmates to get along<br />

since we’re going to be together for quite a long time.<br />

And so, naturally, as a form of socialization, we went<br />

on trips together with our peers. Our trip took us to a<br />

small hidden falls. <strong>The</strong> feeling was surreal to see a new<br />

environment. And there I was, watching her as she<br />

climbed the slippery rocks to get to a hidden cave at the<br />

heart of the falls. “What a brave woman,” I thought. And<br />

for a moment, she looked even more beautiful than the<br />

falls itself. I climbed those same rocks as well, and that’s<br />

when I slipped. Thankfully, I didn’t fall on the water, but<br />

I fell for her. As I was standing next to her, holding her<br />

hands so that we won’t fall, my affection came pouring<br />

out just like the waterfalls. From that moment on, I<br />

thought to myself that she must be the one destined for<br />

me by the heavens.<br />

At first, it was going well. I woke up excited to start a<br />

new day, and it seemed everything I do or whatever I<br />

encounter has happiness engraved on it. “Nothing could<br />

go wrong,” I thought. As we became closer, she became<br />

much more radiant than the sun. And finally, as I could<br />

not keep it in me for much longer, I mustered up the<br />

courage to let her know how I really feel. It was also<br />

summer when I wrote her a poem of my confession. I<br />

compared her to the sun shining its light on a lowly tree.<br />

But the timing could not have been any worse. <strong>The</strong> sun<br />

that I longed and adored for was beaming its light to a<br />

tree who’s not me. My leaves became yellow, and one by<br />

one, it fell to the ground; it was full of life back then, but<br />

now it’s like a dried-up stick standing in the air. What<br />

summer has kindled, it quenched, that’s what I thought.<br />

But when I look back at it now, nothing in this world<br />

is truly ever extinguished. Deep inside of us, there lurk<br />

remnants of our pasts. It stayed, not because we held on<br />

to it, nor is it a sign of not moving on; rather it remained,<br />

for it made us who we are today. I’ve been asked by my<br />

friend once about what it meant to truly love someone.<br />

I replied that love is about making those we love happy<br />

even if we aren’t the ones who are by their side. Love has<br />

been and will always be about sacrifice—we can never<br />

really say we love someone if we can’t do it.<br />

It all started one radiant summer. She was the sun and<br />

I was the tree longing for its light. <strong>The</strong>re I thought<br />

everything could go the way I please, but that’s not how<br />

life works. In the end, the sun kept beaming its light,<br />

and the tree that withered away and fell to the ground<br />

became a flower that blooms in the moonlight. It turns<br />

out I wasn’t meant for the sun after all.

GOTTA TEXT!:<br />




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People of faith are very much a part of the masses of people engaging in social<br />

media today as a way of life. Culturally ingrained as a method of quick and<br />

succinct communication is the advent of text messaging, seemingly replacing<br />

routine telephone communication for many. Yet the greatest message was<br />

sent thousands of years ago to humankind and remains accessible to everyone<br />

who desires to read it. It is God’s text message written in the scriptures for<br />

daily use. Gotta Text! is a thirty-one-day devotional that members of the<br />

body of Christ can use to encourage one another. It becomes a vehicle to<br />

connect people to the Gospel message through everyday encounters. This<br />

book is an interactive devotional in which the reader has an opportunity<br />

to “text” a friend or group of friends with a selected verse of a scriptureinspired<br />

message that compliments the devotional of the day.<br />





This book was written with achievable challenging purposes in mind. We<br />

all are designed to develop and evolve in characteristics for Living. Sparks<br />

of flames for change must be incited to cultivate Life’s necessary levels<br />

of growth, maturity, peaks and plateaus. What this book can furnish will<br />

last a lifetime. Understanding how to become who you were intended and<br />

purposed to be is rewarding. To free yourself and recover from entangled<br />

webs is priceless.<br />

Bee S.w.e.e.t. Sixteen is not only for young ladies to supposedly reach levels<br />

and heights of maturity. This book is for everyone. Male and Female. Young<br />

and older to reach levels and heights of maturity because maturity is not<br />

an age. Maturity is a conscious law or standard chosen for living.

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<strong>The</strong> Final<br />

Summer<br />

By Reyna A.<br />

It is summer once again! Our friends told me that you<br />

are back home, and that you had finally reached your<br />

dreams with great honor and prestige. <strong>The</strong> very reason<br />

why you left four years ago. <strong>The</strong>y didn’t have to tell me<br />

that though, because on the day of your graduation, I<br />

looked up at the sky and I was celebrating as if I was with<br />

you. We were under the same sky after all. I clapped in<br />

silence with tears in my eyes remembering how beautiful<br />

it was to look at you dream of the success you have right<br />

now. I am so happy for you.<br />

I have always been excited about summer, not until you<br />

happened. <strong>The</strong> first summer without you, I spent it missing<br />

you. <strong>The</strong> second summer, I spent it figuring out why you’re<br />

suddenly gone. <strong>The</strong> third summer, I spent it building a<br />

wall to protect my heart from complete destruction. And<br />

this summer, it finally rained! You came back as if four<br />

years didn’t pass, and you disturbed the peace I tried so<br />

hard to rebuild when you suddenly left and ignored me.<br />

You made it look like I am some sort of a fall back that<br />

is willing to take you every time things will not work out<br />

for you. Yes, I used to be your safety space, but I can’t be<br />

your safety net to the extent of disregarding my worth.<br />

I can’t be your sometimes. I deserve permanence and<br />

clarity. You once told me that my kindness scares you,<br />

and that you want to hide me from the world who takes<br />

advantage of kind people. Guess what? You became the<br />

very monster that you tried to protect me from.<br />

Honestly, I really thought I was done with this chapter.<br />

I used to have a lot of questions, and I made answers<br />

for those questions. I made my own closure because you<br />

can’t. I don’t know what’s wrong with us, but we really<br />

can’t address the elephant in the room. You are good<br />

with diverging the conversation, while I am too scared<br />

to ask. I thought all my questions were answered, and I<br />

thought I already made peace with the idea that some<br />

of my questions are better left unasked. But little did I<br />

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I knew for a fact that the truth will always hurt. I just didn’t<br />

expect it to be this painful. I don’t know which killed me:<br />

you, leaving without any word, or you, indirectly telling<br />

me that I am not the answer to your prayers. Nonetheless,<br />

it hurts either way. When I asked if you are happy with<br />

her and if your heart is at peace, I died a little when I saw<br />

the confusion in your eyes, torn between trying to protect<br />

me from the pain or telling me the truth that she makes<br />

you happy more than I do. But do not worry about me.<br />

I’m maybe hurting right now, but this pain will not kill<br />

me. I’ve been slowly dying since that first summer, at least<br />

now that we have settled everything between us, I can<br />

finally give my heart a rest. I can finally indulge to the<br />

pain without any reservation, without the hope of you<br />

coming back. I find comfort in knowing that the cloudy<br />

days are over, and that after this rain, the sun will rise on<br />

a clear day free from the weight of unclear skies. But one<br />

thing is for sure, summer will never be the same again.<br />

I’ll always be haunted by the ghost of our yesterdays.<br />

know that I just hid the thought of you at the back of<br />

my head and saved some space in my heart just in case<br />

you decide to come back. And you did, you came back.<br />

Yet, it ruined me this time. I always wanted to know the<br />

reason why you suddenly left. I prepared myself for this.<br />

It is just so painful to know that all those things that I<br />

held on to for so long were just products of my illusion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> moment you pursued someone else while you were<br />

away, the idea of our what-could-have-beens ended.<br />

Stop telling me that you thought of me before you did<br />

all those things, and you just wanted to protect me from<br />

the pain. It just made me feel worse. We were just two<br />

fools trying so hard to keep the promise we made in that<br />

summer four years ago. After all these years, the love and<br />

care you thought you have for me were all guilt. You are<br />

just guilty, and that guilt of yours keeps on pulling you<br />

back to me. Let go now! I am fine. Let that guilt go and<br />

set me free from the pain of your ambiguity. I can’t be a<br />

salve for your guilt forever.<br />

Forgive me if you feel like I am mad at you. Disappointed<br />

perhaps, but not mad. You are not in charge of my<br />

emotions. In fact, you have nothing to do with this. I am<br />

the one responsible for my own emotions and choices. I<br />

chose to feel this way, so I should deal with it. I am sorry<br />

if ever I have made you feel like you are responsible for<br />

the way I feel. Just be happy. I like seeing that smile in<br />

your face even if I am longer part of the reasons behind<br />

it. You are a good man. Thank you for being you, and for<br />

allowing me to know you. You asked if we could remain<br />

friends, and the answer is no. We may not be complete<br />

strangers, but there’s just too much history for us to still<br />

be friends. Perchance, someday I get to see you, and right<br />

then and there, I know I have healed. For the meantime,<br />

allow me to bleed.<br />

I hope one day, when we get to cross paths again, we<br />

can still smile with each other like old friends without<br />

any baggage between us. You are really a good man, but<br />

not the right man for me. It might take me a while to<br />

unlearn your name. But I hope and pray that you’ll get<br />

everything that you deserve. Please live a good life, because<br />

I will continue to live mine without any traces of you in<br />

it. From this day onwards, I refuse to be a slave of our<br />

what ifs and could have beens. Just be safe for always,<br />

and do not allow the world to take away your smiles.




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“Wonderful novel that provides interesting insight into life on a farm during<br />

the Great Depression. Those who lived during the Great Depression will be<br />

blessed by this book’s ability to instill hope in the reader. Also, those who<br />

did not, such as myself, will be intrigued with a look into what life must<br />

have been like during this difficult time of our nation’s history.” — Caleb,<br />

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Her family died for a secret. She met a fairy as she ran from the assassin.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y came closer together as they fought for their lives. It ended with a<br />

bang... but her story started with a fairytale. Mystery, magic and loss lie<br />

within the darkness of night. Until Dawn...<br />

Search for the Truth. “My name is Jayde Henryk, and this is how I survived.”<br />

First in the Until Dawn series.



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Many have speculated about the usefulness of dreams and visions, but<br />

ultimately they have been controlled by the divine nature that was implanted<br />

within by the Creator, Yahweh, or God as most people know Him--Yahushua,<br />

Yeshusa Ha Machiah or Jesus is a divine presence, that authorized the<br />

Holy Spirit to teach us the Creator’s way from the beginning of time and<br />

know Him, who is the Great I Am and how we can live with Him. This<br />

book was recorded and written as the co-author experienced the dreams<br />

and visions first hand, with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit, our Great<br />

I Am had everything to do with this inspired information. He gave me the<br />

desire to find His ultimate teaching, giving me the capacity to listen to His<br />

Holy Spirit; obedient for the precious nuggets of His wisdom. I place this<br />

blessing to the reader: May God in His mercy bless and keep you, May He<br />

make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, may He, Yahweh,<br />

lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.<br />



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Rhymes from the Heart is an intriguing collection of poetry that touches<br />

the very soul. Poems are meant to help the reader find peace in their words<br />

and joy and hope to those searching for it.

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A Little Bit of Sun and<br />

a Whole Lot of Freedom<br />

Tamara Kaye<br />

<strong>The</strong> last days of June mark the start of the summer season.<br />

<strong>The</strong> time when the heat of the sun is at its peak. Perfect<br />

for beach trips, hikes, and other outdoor activities. It is<br />

when people go out on the streets to enjoy the warmth<br />

and gentle touch of the sun. Though sometimes, the<br />

trickling sweat can be a little annoying. But that is only<br />

a little something we pay for a whole season of tan and<br />

sunshine. If you want to escape the heat, catching up on<br />

the books you impulsively bought is also a good idea.<br />

A few crossing out on your watchlist can be possible as<br />

well. What else happens during summer? Ah! <strong>The</strong> camps,<br />

the festivals, and maybe, meeting your summer love! All<br />

those new experiences for kids and teenagers alike. Cool<br />

summer stories they get to brag to their friends when<br />

the leaves start to turn red.<br />

One highlight of summer is the 4th of July. <strong>The</strong><br />

commemoration of the passage of the Declaration of<br />

Independence. A day of celebration and nationhood.<br />

But why am I talking about this? How is the nation’s<br />

independence so relevant to my cool summer story?<br />

Coincidentally, it is quite symbolic—if you may. <strong>The</strong> thing<br />

is, the 4th of July also became my Independence day.<br />

On the morning of July 4, I organized and sorted out my<br />

stuff. From things to bring and things to leave. Things I<br />

want to bring with me but I must not. Things that I must<br />

bring but I cannot. Things. Things. Things after things.<br />

Which ones should I—?<br />

After rigorous deliberation and tons of indecisiveness,<br />

the three mega box storages are now full of carefully<br />

curated sets of clothes. While pairs I no longer use sit<br />

warm and cozy in the old cabinet, with the sign of age<br />

and the smell of old memories—intently kept, to be<br />

embraced by the dust in a matter of weeks. Good riddance,<br />

I believe. Next, I gently placed my laptop, a notebook, a<br />

book, my wallet, tech wirings, and my essential kit inside<br />

my brown leather backpack. It will be my company and<br />

comfort for the next couple of days. To offer myself a<br />

little fun when things don’t feel like how I imagined<br />

them to be. It’s funny how I sound like I am bound to<br />

travel. Off to an exciting journey. However, the difference<br />

is that I might no longer come back. <strong>The</strong>re isn’t even a<br />

place to come back to.<br />

Once packed and locked, I hailed a cab and went to the<br />

place where I can finally call my home. A humble room<br />

painted in white, with a tiled floor and small balcony.<br />

Two windows on both sides of the wall are covered in<br />

blue curtains, a table, and two monobloc chairs. Two<br />

wall-bound cabinets and two beds already stripped of<br />

their sheets—one of each for a roommate who’s about to<br />

join me in late August. <strong>The</strong>re was no air conditioner or<br />

fan. It was humid. But not suffocating. <strong>The</strong> scorching sun<br />

was one thing. But independence meant I had to carry the<br />

boxes to the room myself. It meant bruises and scratches<br />

on my arms. It meant enduring and bearing things alone.<br />

But it also meant achieving things on my own. I sat on<br />

the bed and exhaled. It was months’ worth of savings all<br />

spent for my peace of mind.

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I unpacked my clothes one by one. Accordingly, it is<br />

segregated between casual and home clothes. Gently<br />

stacked in the cabinet—ready to be used for the following<br />

days. <strong>The</strong> subtle rattle of the boxes when I picked some<br />

items filled the room. Sometimes, the meowing of the cats<br />

in the neighborhood swept by. <strong>The</strong>re were also muffled<br />

voices of people conversing about their certain relatives.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sound of a door closing and footsteps from the other<br />

rooms were heard once in a while. It was silent. I liked it.<br />

I closed my cabinet. And with that, my one-day holiday was<br />

over. No trips. No hangouts. No party. But undoubtedly,<br />

also a day well spent celebrating freedom.<br />

“Are you new here?” the lady at the laundry shop asked. <strong>The</strong><br />

next couple of days were full of me adjusting. Familiarizing<br />

where stores were; which ones were cheaper; which one<br />

sells the better tasting food; where does each road lead to<br />

and a few questioning eyes from people whom I passed<br />

by. Even casually listening to the laundry woman rant<br />

about how money should no longer be crumpled or else<br />

you’ll get sued. Crazy right?<br />

Crazy. <strong>The</strong> idea of living by yourself made me high. It<br />

feels exhilarating when you feel the shackles are now off<br />

you. I can buy what and where I want. I can eat what I<br />

want. I can get home whenever I want. I wanted a tattoo,<br />

I got one. I can. I can. No one can stop me at this point<br />

but myself. But I can’t. I was elevated and stuck in the<br />

clouds. But like drugs which curb and die down after<br />

a while, my excitement faded away. I was stretched and<br />

spent. Reality knocked on my door and told me times<br />

up. I was trapped in a routine. Sleep, wake up, eat and<br />

work. Not knowing where you can be brought by your<br />

decisions was dreadful.<br />

Little by little, it was starting to get more humid. It was<br />

hard to breathe. <strong>The</strong> warmth was burning. <strong>The</strong> white room<br />

was blinding. <strong>The</strong> clothes were cluttered all around. <strong>The</strong><br />

laptop was no longer touched. No page was flipped. It<br />

was not fun. <strong>The</strong> noise was no longer silent. <strong>The</strong>y were<br />

torture. Peace went a little too much. Summer went a<br />

little too much.<br />

I missed summer when I didn’t have to work. <strong>The</strong> summers<br />

when all I think about is going out somewhere. Summers<br />

that I can wake up whenever I want. Summers when<br />

the food is already served. I miss summer breaks. <strong>The</strong><br />

beach. <strong>The</strong> camps. <strong>The</strong> streets. <strong>The</strong> summer when I didn’t<br />

have to pay rent. No bills. No problem. I miss flipping<br />

pages of my books. I miss crossing out my watchlist. I<br />

miss not having strange looks from people. I miss not<br />

wondering if I’ll be able to survive the next day. I miss<br />

summers without responsibilities. I miss summers when<br />

I was not solitary. Summers when I didn’t have to carry<br />

things alone.<br />

So much for my independence day. I forgot freedom must<br />

be paid for. That we lose as much as we gain. And that<br />

freedom is still actually driven with restraint. I still have<br />

a lot to learn and this white little room is teaching me.<br />

After days of spiraling and staring blankly at the ceiling,<br />

I stood up, picked up the clothes, and folded them like<br />

they used to. Back in the cabinet where they’re safely<br />

kept. I tied the blue curtains into a ribbon, allowing a<br />

few streaks of sunlight into the room. I basked myself in<br />

the warmth and felt a whole lot of new freedom. I heard<br />

the meows once again. <strong>The</strong> muffled voices of people now<br />

mentioned their relative is pregnant. Footsteps and doors<br />

closing are back in their usual rhythm. It was silent once<br />

again. I love it.<br />

Summer still has a long way to go. So, I bought a fan.<br />

Just in case it becomes a little too humid all over again.<br />

This is my first summer alone. Summer of growth and<br />

independence. A summer that will be missed. I wonder<br />

where I will be next season. Perhaps, you can still find<br />

me listening to the laundry woman’s bluster.



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<strong>The</strong> purpose of this book is to make the point that we should allow ourselves<br />

to dream about a perfect world and then go ahead and set our sails in that<br />

direction. It may take time, but what life-labored mission is any more<br />

worth the while?<br />






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Privatization of Facility Management in Public Hospitals covers the author’s<br />

insights and knowledge of support services and facility management. He<br />

shares how these concepts can be applied to hospitals and other healthcare<br />

facilities. <strong>The</strong> topics cover many functions and administrative needs behind<br />

facilities management in a hospital setting. <strong>The</strong>se concepts come from the<br />

author’s studies, insights, and experience working in hospitals in Malaysia,<br />

a developing country. However, the principles discussed within can be<br />

applied to even developed countries. <strong>The</strong> book also covers a quick history of<br />

privatization and concession development and its rationale and objectives.<br />

Hong Poh Fan aims to share these insights and principles with medical<br />

professionals and engineers interested in providing technical assistance to<br />






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This book shows you the progress of mathematics and its uses over time.<br />

Readers will clearly see how business, engineering, economics, physics, and<br />

other fields contributed to the development of mathematics and, conversely,<br />

how these areas have evolved because of this.<br />




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How to Live With a Virgo: A Survival Guide is a humorous look at life with<br />

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is a member of your family or just an acquaintance.<br />

This book is a quick read and visual representation of the odd and eccentric<br />

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others. With this book, perhaps an understanding of Virgos will emerge<br />

that was designed for all of us to enjoy and benefit from. Okay, sure, there<br />

is the dark side...







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A Parent’s Guide to Hiring an Educational Consultant is a book for parents<br />

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interest addressing children, adolescents, and young adults. <strong>The</strong>se include<br />

what parents need to know to locate an EC, their professional associations,<br />

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guide contains 248 pages of valuable information for parents and families.



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As a little girl, Mary Beth Striker always had dreamed of becoming a great<br />

and prestigious lawyer. She went to college and graduated at the top of her<br />

class with honors. She went on to pass the bar on her first try. She thought<br />

that she would become the most successful lawyer in town. But someone<br />

stood in her way. Stan Howler was a dark, handsome, and mysterious man<br />

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knew that he had to have her. But could Mary Beth resist Stan’s advances<br />

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<strong>The</strong> book Militant Christian Parenting is based on building faith in God and<br />

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Henri<br />

Seventeen sht sties<br />

by Douglas Bosack<br />

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Offbeat, distinctive, often surprising, Henri: Seventeen Short Stories will keep you glued to the page and then begging<br />

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Laugh, cry, cringe, or moan, you can’t help but react to Henri: Seventeen Short Stories. <strong>The</strong>y take twists, turns, and<br />

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Dr. Douglas Bosack, a cardiologist from Ohio, began writing in 1996. At that<br />

time, he was busy with practice, leaving little room for his new venture as an<br />

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needed to hone his writing skills and expand his creativity. Douglas Bosack<br />

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This novel LT. Williams on the Color Front harkens back to the racism<br />

and racial segregation in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s in Germany<br />

when the Army began racial desegregation efforts. Often, such efforts<br />

prompted White-against-Black face-offs or virtual white “Color Fronts”<br />

of resistance against desegregation. This novel is the tense, action-filled<br />

story of Negro Lieutenant Neal Williams’ coming of age as he struggles<br />

against the efforts of prejudiced white officers who scheme to prevent him<br />

from succeeding as a newly assigned platoon leader in what has been an<br />

all-white infantry regiment.<br />

About the Author<br />

Christopher C. Bell Jr. is a retired Army major who served as a lieutenant<br />

in Germany during the 1950s. More information about Chris may be found<br />

at his website at www.drccbellbooks.com.<br />

ISBN: 978-1643141350<br />

GEE<br />


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A young boy, looking for something to eat; lacking that, something to<br />

sell for food. In the process, he helps foil a crime; gets himself embroiled<br />

in numerous adventures; loses a Father, Sister, and Mother to cannibals<br />

(but not all at once), and, before the book ends, manages to kill those who<br />

killed his family; while creating a varied family of his own. <strong>The</strong> story ends<br />

by explaining the beginning.

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It’s My Turn<br />

Finding Identity and<br />

Purpose after <strong>The</strong><br />

Empty Nest<br />


A multitude of unsettling emotions accompanies<br />

the inevitable empty nest stage for parents—from<br />

grief to even a sense of purposelessness. <strong>The</strong><br />

void that comes with having grown-up<br />

children living a life of their own poses the<br />

question, “Now what?” Active parenting<br />

is essentially over, so there would be no<br />

one to take care of, no meal to prepare for,<br />

and no conversation to initiate at the end<br />

of the day. And along with children leaving<br />

home is the fact that it’s also the retirement<br />

age where there would no longer be busy days<br />

at work. Finally—painfully, even—chances are<br />

a loss of a spouse through death or divorce. <strong>The</strong><br />

empty nest stage is definitely a lot to take in.<br />

Janine Hall, for one, has found herself in an empty nest<br />

but took the vacancy as an opportunity to reclaim herself.<br />

<strong>The</strong> empty nest stage afforded her to spend her time and<br />

talents on the seemingly impossible things when her hands<br />

were tied with the responsibilities of motherhood. Janine<br />

discovered her creative self and used it as an outlet. And<br />

most significantly, she was able to reassess the spiritual<br />

aspect of her life and enjoyed a closer walk with God.

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Janine’s journey proves that the empty nest stage can be an<br />

amazing avenue to find one’s identity and purpose—and so,<br />

she writes It’s My Turn: Finding Identity and Purpose After<br />

the Empty Nest. <strong>The</strong> spiritual enrichment Janine gained,<br />

her personal experiences, and her conversations with<br />

peers, supplemented with research, realized a collection<br />

of reflective essays with hopes of helping others who are<br />

navigating the empty nest stage.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Reading</strong> <strong>Glass</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> delights with the opportunity<br />

to have conversed with Janine Hall to take a deeper dive<br />

into her admirable welcome read for empty nesters. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

is much more life has to offer—it’s the empty nester’s<br />

turn to find oneself.<br />

Editor: <strong>The</strong> empty-nest syndrome is inevitably experienced<br />

by parents but is rarely discussed. What inspired you to<br />

write about it?<br />

Janine: I was experiencing an “empty nest” myself and<br />

was looking for a new direction and purpose. Many of<br />

my cousins in the same situation were looking for their<br />

purpose in life.<br />

I found my identity by knowing who I was in Christ. Our<br />

purpose is to love God and let Him love others through<br />

us to the best of [our] ability and only with His help.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ability to write creatively was God’s gift to me when<br />

He came into my life. God has a good plan for every<br />

person’s life if you are open to his leadership. That still<br />

doesn’t mean life will be easy for you, but at least you’ll<br />

have a friend that will be closer than a brother. Cast your<br />

care on God and let God work in your life.<br />

Your beautiful book is a collection of faith-based essays.<br />

What made you decide to incorporate a Stress Vulnerability<br />

Questionnaire?<br />

Losing a mate, launching our children, divorce, dealing<br />

with political differences, or the effects of a worldwide<br />

epidemic can all considerably test our ability to successfully<br />

deal with stress. <strong>The</strong> test can indicate areas where greater<br />

compliance could be of benefit to the individual. Each entry<br />

in the test describes a behavior that could be adjusted to<br />

improve one’s overall quality of life. Reduction of stress<br />

enhances our mental, physical and spiritual health and<br />

contributes to longevity.<br />

Your Christian faith and further research, down to your<br />

experiences, realized this book. How was it recollecting<br />

your personal empty nest stage and writing something<br />

so intimate into a thoughtful book?<br />

In spite of the relative social isolation caused by technology<br />

and our busy schedules and then far more pronounced<br />

by the pandemic, I think most people’s lives are similar.<br />

Joyce Meyer shares her faith and the personal details of<br />

her life to map out her spiritual journey and she tells<br />

it like it is. Her television program Enjoying Everyday<br />

Life gives the listener self-help from the Bible. Because<br />

I have benefited from her books and compact discs as<br />

a supplement to my personal Bible study, I came to the<br />

conclusion that personal sharing increases the chances<br />

that the Holy Spirit could use my experiences to attract<br />

others to Himself.<br />

You have highlighted the importance of creativity. In a<br />

nutshell, how can you encourage someone in the empty<br />

nest stage to tap into his/her own creative side?<br />

God gave everyone some talents, but we often don’t try<br />

many things to find out what they are. Look for something<br />

you enjoy--sewing, baking, growing and arranging flowers,<br />

woodworking, painting, writing, decorating, or gardening.<br />

Groups that discuss books, especially Christian ones,<br />

challenge our spirits to grow and mature. God is the most<br />

creative entity that exists. Try to recognize the people<br />

He puts in your path to help you and the events that<br />

He uses to change your life. He is the potter and we are<br />

the clay. Creativity is a divine spark. Let it ignite in you.<br />

It’s My Turn: Finding My Identity and Purpose After the<br />

Empty Nest is a reflective read nearing seventy essays. In<br />

what part of the book do you resonate with the most?<br />

Widowhood was the most significant adjustment of my<br />

life, beginning the third trimester of my adulthood. My<br />

Dad died four months later and I felt like I was starting<br />

over. About a year or so of grieving, the Holy Spirit both<br />

comforted me and invited me to resume life. Maturing<br />

past that point was the advent of becoming my own<br />

person and developing my identity spiritually and socially.<br />

I’ve discovered who I am in Christ. Now I am happily<br />

remarried and we are enjoying our family and friends.


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