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January 05, 2018 10:29 AM PST

Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain's Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception, and Self-Deception by Brian Boxer Wachler MD (Author), Montel Williams (Foreword)

The Secret Behind Our Perceptions Finally Revealed!

Why do we gravitate to products endorsed by celebrities? Why does time seem to go by faster as we get older? Why are some athletes perpetual winners and others losers? Exploring the brain’s ability to interpret and make sense of the world, Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler describes how your perception can be reality or fantasy and how to separate the two, which is the basis of improving your Perceptual Intelligence (PI). With concrete examples and case studies, Dr. Brian (as he’s known to his patients) explains why our senses do not always match reality and how we can influence the world around us through perceptions, inward and outward. By fine-tuning your PI, you can better understand what’s really going on and make more insightful decisions in your life.

An expert on human perception, Brian Boxer Wachler, MD, has pioneered treatments in vision correction and Keratoconus, has published eighty-four medical articles, and has delivered 276 scientific presentations. He is the first choice of many doctors for their own eye treatment. He is the medical director of the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hills and a staff physician at Los Angeles’s famed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
www.PerceptualIntelligence.com
www.BoxerWachler.com
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January 05, 2018 10:25 AM PST

Lady One Horn’s Champion from Pat Rogers


Tris Carter Horne had dreamed of a beautiful girl with hair like flame and eyes of emerald green all his life. When he had grown, the dreams became nightmares so horrifying that he was afraid to sleep. Then the dreams became real, and he found himself battling a creature so savage it was beyond belief. Suddenly, he found himself falling down a brilliant corridor and heard the creature scream in pain. Then there was nothing but darkness

Pat Rogers is a seventy-six-year-old woman who is just now finally getting the gumption to venture into publication. She has written stories, poetry, and songs (not music, because she doesn’t know beans about writing the music, even though she knows what the songs sound like in her head) for years now. Her stack of notebooks could keep her busy for a long time.

She has been handicapped since she was five, but she’s never let that get her down. When the local kids played baseball, she used her crutch as a bat.

She graduated from college and she worked almost eighteen years as one of the first two handicapped people in the nation to work as an officer in a county jail. She’s lived an interesting and busy life. She’s a needle crafter, makes jewelry, crochets, tats, embroiders, and loves learning to do new things. She has three things on her bucket list: to ride in a hot-air balloon, to swim with dolphins, and to see the Earth from outer space (that one she probably won’t make).
www.FantasticBooksByPat.com

January 05, 2018 10:19 AM PST

THE LOST SON: A Rock 'n' Roll Road to Redemption (and True American Parable)
by Peter McNeela M.D., M.P.H.

ONE YEAR AFTER LEAVING MEDICAL RESIDENCY, desperately in need of some meaning and a reason to continue, a young doctor embarks on a solitary cross-country trip. Over the course of three wondrous weeks, he treks across America from the Deep South to the splendor of the Grand Canyon, from the temptations of Las Vegas to the pristine wilderness of Utah. Gradually, he makes peace with a broken past and learns to live anew.

The Lost Son, based on the ragged travel diary dutifully kept during this remarkable journey of self-discovery, chronicles his transformation from perennial honors student to miserable physician, from repentant sinner to hopeful seeker, and ultimately to a confident writer who finds his voice in the Great American West and returns home with a newfound purpose.

Dr. Peter McNeela earned a biology degree from Canisius College and a medical degree and Master's in Public Health from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught at Trocaire College and completed an internship at the Erie County Health Department's Bureau of Disease Control.

Peter focuses on youth advocacy, seeking to educate teens and young adults about health, wellness, and the consequences of personal decisions.

He lives in Buffalo, New York and is an avid sports fan and lover of classic rock and blues music.
www.PeterMcNeela.com

December 27, 2017 11:10 AM PST

Better Business Speech: Techniques and Shortcuts for Public Speaking at Work by Paul Geiger

In a business world where we are told that time is money, the real currency is communicating clearly at a poised and measured pace. Better Business Speech: Techniques, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Public Speaking at Work by Paul Geiger focuses on the challenges of being a strong communicator in a range of business settings. It begins with the basic premise that all speaking for business is public speaking. Therefore, these are the communication scenarios where any lack of confidence in speech ability will be magnified. The obstacles that stand in the way of successful meetings, presentations, networking events, job interviews, and sales calls are all clearly described.

Seasoned speech coach Paul Geiger offers tricks, techniques, and shortcuts that all seem shockingly simple; but it is the retraining of the mind and body that is the hard part. He details practical daily exercises that lead to better speech habits and addresses the causes of ineffective speech pattern in both personal and business settings. The physical and mental aspects of speech are explored in the context of forming a strong speech technique foundation that never loses sight of the importance of always sounding authentic.

By offering action steps and helpful online tutorials, Geiger provides readers with the tools necessary to make lasting changes that will enhance speaking skills in all facets of business life.

Paul Geiger is currently a Senior Associate Instructor at New York Speech Coaching in New York City. He specializes in effective business communications. Paul uses his training, his experience and, more importantly, his intuition to figure out the key action steps that work for each individual client. He has spent most of his life developing consistent approaches that work for so many difficult business communications scenarios. Paul has enjoyed a parallel career as a voice artist and as a performer. His radio and television voiceover clients include: Mazda, Capital One and America On Line. Paul’s live and on camera performances have promoted such companies as: Platinum Technologies, Coldwell Banker and Bacardi International. Paul is a regular contributor to the website: Vocal Articles. Better Business Speech is his first book.
www.PaulGeiger.com

December 22, 2017 08:11 AM PST

Thomas Miller Unarians United

Thomas Miller has been a student of Unarius since he was 14 years old. At that time meeting Ernest L. Norman the founder and teacher of Unarius. Tom has given many lectures on the Unarius principles over his 56 years of study. A frequent media guest. He has been featured in a documentary film. He also has written several books about Unarius principles including a book of verse, "The Epic", and a series of lectures which was published in the book "The Keys to the Universe".

Tom maintains a website www.UnariansUnited.com that features Dr Norman's teaching as well as student testimonials and discussion. With a degree in science and accounting Tom is the owner of a Tax Accounting firm in Portland, Oregon.
www.UnariansUnited.com

December 22, 2017 08:05 AM PST

A Year in the Life of Dr. Fox by Frederick L. Malphurs

During the years of Mexican President Calderone, drug cartels fought pitched battles against other cartels, the police, the army, and the good citizens of Mexico. Kidnappings, murder, threats, and intimidation by drug cartels impinged on every facet of Mexican life. This story of the de la Vega family in Culiacan, the state capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, tells of their struggles with the death of their beloved sister and the courageous brothers who become a force exacting revenge on the Pacific cartel. The family ancestors moved away from Southern California during the 1840's as the influx of white settlers changed the culture and created certain discriminations against Mexican-Americans. The family legend is the de la Vegas sold out and relocated to Culiacan, Mexico where they quickly established prominence socially and financially. In Culiacan, the whispers are frequently heard of their great wealth and of being descendents of the great Zorro. Eduardo de la Vega, known for his dedication to his community and his patients as a noted benefactor and surgeon, and Teodoro de la Vega, a Jesuit priest, beloved by all who know him, vow to protect their city from the cartel. The de la Vegas act with extraordinary stealth, boldly striking at the cartel. Eduardo de la Vega leads a secret life of retribution abetted by his adopted brother, the business wizard, 'Flaco' Salas. This is a tale of adventure, action love, honor, and strength of family despite constant danger and threat.

Frederick L. Malphurs spent thirty-seven years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs and is the former CEO of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health Care System. During his career, he received numerous leadership awards and was a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He transferred thirteen times and performed three long-term details. During two tours in VA's Central Office in Washington, DC, he was the Veteran Health Care Administration's Chief Budget Officer and Deputy in Operations. His wife, Robin, is a nurse executive. Fred always dreamed of having the time to write and he retired, he began writing. He has published My Life in the VA: Lessons in Leadership and the novels: Meanie Mouse versus the Orlando Operators: The Adventure Begins, Mexia: A Novel: The Memoirs of J.C. Mulkey, and Spies and Lies: The Paradox. He has also published a play, the Patio Club.
www.FredMalphurs.com

December 22, 2017 08:01 AM PST

The Wrong Side of the Badge by Marshall Ginevan

1980’s – The Texas war on drugs.

Drug dealers have taken control local Texas governments and are sending innocent police officers to prison.
Eddie Donevan, former Air Force Fighter pilot and veteran of the drug wars in Southeast Asia, is trying to save his career in law enforcement.
A tight-knit group of federal agents is formed to take down the corrupt local officials in Texas while battling cross-border raids by a former DEA agent. The lines are blurred as investigations attempt to determine which lawmen are on

The Wrong Side of the Badge

Marshall Ginevan He is a pilot who has served in the military, worked in law enforcement, and is retired from airport management.
Other books by Marshall Givevan
A Fate Worse than Death
The Wrong Side of Honor, The Wrong Side of Justice and the Wrong Side of Loyalty
www.BookVenture.com/bookstore

December 20, 2017 12:06 PM PST

Moral Fiber: Awakening Corporate Consciousness by Shawn Vij

“It’s not personal. It's just business.”

A mantra that rattles every corporate hallway. So loud, at times, we forget who we are and what we have become.

Corporate profitability, growth and career development without strong values give way to destructive behaviors and damaging work environments.

In today’s corporate world, success is often equated with sacrificing our values and well-being for capital gain such as wealth, power and possessions. But these sacrifices are a lie.
Shawn Vij, a successful business leader and consultant for major Fortune 100 companies, became inspired to write this book after a “universal crossing” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In Moral Fiber, Vij shares his “awakening” through hard-won insights on ethical business practices and how they can be leveraged for personal and professional growth. Filled with tips, tales, and tools to identify and eliminate toxic behaviors and motivators, as well as priceless lessons from top industry leaders and powerful research from academics, Moral Fiber is the ultimate guidebook on how to create a thriving business and career while staying true to who you are and what you believe.

Taking an innovative and secular approach to business ethics, Moral Fiber threads a strand of corporate consciousness that roars among the millennial workforce: Capitalism with Compassion.

Shawn Vij is an accomplished business leader who has over 25 years of Industry and Consulting experience. He has worked in various leadership positions for Ford Motor Company, Ernst & Young, VISA, Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, and Intel Corporation. He holds an MBA from Purdue University, an MS in Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Shawn was raised in the Midwest and now resides in the Pacific Northwest.
www.moralfiber.world/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/corevalues.mp3

December 19, 2017 11:44 AM PST

Good People, Bad Managers: How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions by Samuel A. Culbert

There's far more bad management behavior taking place today than the well-intentioned doling it out realize... and even more than those on the receiving end are aware of! There's little mystery about what good management entails; the biggest mystery is why people are calling this bad behavior "good enough." Today's managers work in a success and self-preservation mindset, which doesn't always translate to a productive and mission-oriented environment. Too many erroneous assumptions are involved when following the mainstream tenets of work culture, which sap morale, well-being, and performance at both the individual and organizational levels.

In Good People, Bad Managers: How Work Culture Corrupts Good Intentions, author Samuel A. Culbert makes readers aware of what bad habits are routinely followed by well-intended managers. Managers need to understand the causes for their constant distraction, become more aware of the negatives they inadvertently inflict, and the hollowness of the rationales they use to justify what they do. Company leaders, CEOs, and top tier managers need to become more aware of the ever-present concerns of their own workforce, implementing the management mentality they want in their company and then teaching their managerial employees how to absorb it.

Culbert offers practical advice for effecting this necessary cultural change in the workplace. Peppered with illuminating and helpful case studies throughout, this is the perfect guide for showing managers exactly how to conduct themselves more intelligently, and, as opportunities arise, in a manner that contributes to the common good.

Samuel A. Culbert is an award-winning author, researcher, and professor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. His laboratory is the world of work where he puts conventional managerial assumptions under a microscope to uncover and replace dysfunctional practices. Widely recognized as a candid speaking expert and theoretician, he is the author of Get Rid of the Performance Review and Beyond Bullsh*t. SmartMoney Magazine included Beyond Bullsh*t on its 2008 list of ten top reads. Dr. Culbert is the winner of a McKinsey Award for an article published in the Harvard Business Review, is a frequent contributor to management journals, and has authored numerous chapters in leading management books. His other authored and co-authored books include The Organization Trap, The Invisible War: The Pursuit of Self-Interests at Work, Radical Management, Mind-Set Management, and Don't Kill the Bosses!.

www.GoodPeopleBadManagers.com

December 14, 2017 11:32 AM PST

Foods & Lifestyle Practices to Help Fight Pain
with Susan Smith Jones, PhD

If you are copying with chronic or frequent pain – from arthritis to still back or shoulders, or painful hands or feet — it’s worth making sure you’re eating pain-busting foods to supplement your other therapies and to incorporate some other lifestyle practices.


Our guest today, holistic health expert Susan Smith Jones, PhD, is back with us again for her best tips on how to not only mollify pain anywhere in the body, but also boost your energy, vitality and commitment to creating a healthy, happy and balanced life.

www.SusanSmithJones.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/ssj46.mp3

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