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November 19, 2018 09:18 AM PST

Celebrate Eight Recipients of the Military’s Highest Award
for Valor in Netflix’s Original Docuseries…

Medal of Honor

Bestowed upon fewer than 3,600 Americans since
President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law in 1861,
Ric Catches up with Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor recipient .

With archival footage and commentary from historians and military leaders, the series highlights the lives and experiences of these courageous men who went above and beyond the call of duty. Their battlegrounds were Italy, Germany, and France during World War II; along the 38th parallel in the Korean War; in Laos during the deadliest year of the Vietnam War; and in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. Family members and brothers-in-arms also recall the extraordinary odds faced by the servicemen, and through intense recreations, viewers get inside their minds to uncover how they handled what many have described as “the worst day of their lives.” The diverse group of featured recipients — including three living veterans — came from a Massachusetts farm, a New Mexico immigrant community, small towns and big cities all across the nation.

The post-9/11 era brought a dangerous new intensity to military engagements. Clint Romesha enlisted in the Army in 1999 and trained to be an armor crewman, and had seen combat in Iraq, but nothing was like his deployment to Combat Outpost Keating, located at the bottom of three steep mountains in Afghanistan. On the morning of Oct. 3, 2009, Staff Sergeant Romesha, 28, and approximately 50 soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division awoke to an explosive and aggressive Taliban attack. It soon became clear that they were outnumbered. As direct fire came from all sides, Romesha got word that Taliban forces had actually broken the perimeter of the camp, what’s known as “Enemy in the wire.” The odds were now against them surviving at all; the Taliban had more manpower and greater firepower. Romesha made the crucial decision to try to take back the front entrance to the outpost, to stop further Taliban forces from entering. As air support arrived from Jalalabad, 400 Taliban were defeated — but in the small arms assault that morning, eight Americans had lost their lives.

After his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Romesha — raised in a small California town, from a family with a deep military legacy — went back home to his wife and three children, but he hadn’t forgotten the men who didn’t return. It’s in the memory of the eight lives lost at “COP Keating” that Romesha and his fellow soldiers from the unit reunite at an annual golf tournament to raise money in the name of one of their fallen comrades. Romesha told the story of all the men of his unit in his book Red Platoon — and, as he says in Medal of Honor, “Now, we all know of their sacrifice.”
For more info, visit:
https://www.netflix.com/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/medalofhonor.mp3

November 16, 2018 08:55 AM PST

LEGACY: EPISODE SERIES BY Robert Maxxim Episode 41

30 years in the making, five episodes, million year-old romance, past lives, space battles, intrigue, Lemuria, Atlantis, inter-dimensional scientific and spiritual principles, today's false religious beliefs and other secrets exposed in detail. This series is a must-read by every truth seeker.​

Legacy is a futuristic novel based on the author's visions and previous sojourns in this and other worlds. One man's incredible journey through lifetimes as far as a million years, his blunders and triumphs, worlds and places where these journeys took place

Legacy highlights advanced scientific and spiritual concepts written in lyrical, romantic prose. Most of all, Legacy is a powerful love story deeply rooted in this man's unquenchable, desperate search through the vastness of space and time for his one; his soul mate.

Read and experience incomparable truth. Learn how beings live on other worlds, and what they believe in. Most of all ... see the evidence.

About the Author
Born in 1957, the author experienced several sleep-time visits to other worlds as a child, and witnessed countless alien craft. These visions continue to date, in both wake and sleep states. He studied concert piano starting at age three, but changed his calling to science following his visionary experiences. This book is the culmination of these experiences, shared with the world for the first time.

The author spent 40 years studying science, religion, and the Science of Life presented by Dr. Ernest L. Norman, validating his visions starting on July 13, 1973. Author proceeded to confirm his sightings and experiences with other established sources such as George Adamski, and personally met Brothers from other worlds that helped instruct him over the years. This book series is the result of such visionary and confirmation efforts, written in novel form.
www.rgaetan.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/legacy41.mp3

November 16, 2018 08:50 AM PST

Cost Of Truth by Julie K. Parrott
Donna had all she wanted. She was a much loved daughter, sister, friend and devout catholic who chose to serve as a nun. Three years in the convent led Donna to a career in nursing. . A marriage and five children followed; a perfect family life for thirteen years. But, it ended with the truth she was gay. In Donna’s words, “I could have continued to live a comfortable life and never faced the truth. But the truth mattered to me. I could not remain silent. I had to deal with what it meant; pain and heartbreak.” Today Donna proudly welcomes her sexuality, has found a friend in the man she married and peace with her faith. With a loving partner and her children by her side she celebrates life and is optimistically positive as she takes on another challenge; a battle with metastatic bone cancer.

Julie K Parrott In 1988 Julie was recognized in the Women’s Register for her contribution to the Northern Territory community and in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. As a mother to three daughters, Julie spent most of her adult life in the Northern Territory of Australia, playing and coaching tennis and taking an active role in the delivery of public policy. In 2011, Julie, along with her partner, and beloved pets moved to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Quickly changing her written style from formal government speak to creative, she now spends her time penning anecdotes, travelling and sharing her life with her partner, daughters, six grandchildren and good friends.

Julie remains committed to helping people put into words the stories they have to tell, believing it is the honest battlers from the suburbs who have some of the most sensitive, interesting and fascinating tales to share. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Julie moved to the Northern Territory in 1970. As a mother to three daughters, she spent most of her adult life in Darwin, playing and coaching tennis and taking an active role in the delivery of public policy. In 1988, Julie was recognized in the Women’s Register for her contribution to sport in the Northern Territory community and in 2000 she was awarded the Australian Sports Medal.

In 2004 Julie was admitted as an Associate Fellow to the Australian Institute of Management; in 2006 awarded the Administrator’s Sporting Role Model Medal; and in 2011 the Chief Minister’s Medal for her service to the public sector. In mid-2011, Julie, along with her partner, and beloved pets moved to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Changing her written style from formal government speak to creative, she now spends her time penning anecdotes, travelling and sharing her life with her partner, daughters, six grandchildren and good friends.

Whilst Julie often pens rhymes or musings she also remains committed to helping people put into words the stories they have to tell, believing it is the honest battlers from the suburbs who have some of the most sensitive, interesting and fascinating tales to share.
www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/jparrott2.mp3
www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore
www.juliekparrott.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/jparrott2.mp3

November 16, 2018 07:54 AM PST

The Magic of Holiday Gift Giving is All In One Place!

Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson
Has the Most Special Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List.
Plus, Dayna Shares Her Tips with Ric for a
Fun and Easy Shopping Experience.

Unique and unexpected gifts are what make Etsy the go-to site for your holiday shopping needs. It’s the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. It’s home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures. You’ll find something for him, her, kids, pets and a large selection of personalized items all in one place – www.etsy.com

Dayna Isom Johnson is a trend expert with over a decade of experience unearthing the latest and greatest styles. She also serves as Etsy trend expert on NBC's new series Making It, hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Dayna is in constant pursuit of new and unique finds and is passionate about helping shoppers find special pieces that showcase their personal style. In Dayna’s current role at Etsy, she lends her expertise to media across a multitude of industries – from home decor and weddings, to fashion and accessories. She makes frequent appearances on national television and satellite radio shows, and is regularly quoted as a trend resource in lifestyle and news publications.
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/dijholiday.mp3

November 15, 2018 11:14 AM PST

FABLED TRUTHS: SELF PORTRAITS AND POETIC ESSAYS
by Lurlynn Franklin

"With themes wrapped around tabooed comedy routines, Fabled Truths, Volume One is the first of three collections containing easy, but uncomfortable, self-portraits and poetic essays addressing social situations through parodies of American iconography, uncompromised profiling and mindless stereotyping. The book presents skewed modern snapshots of what a long history of bias has left on the shared consciousness of Americans, guiding the viewers outside and deeper inside the skins of what their own surface assessments of cultures, social practices and gender identities might be, with a challenge to cross that battle-lines between the fables and the truths of those assessments.

Fabled Truths is not just about race and sex, the poor or the rich. It is about differences, minute and profound, the fragile separations between individuals, and how those thin lines deem every human being subject to becoming somebody’s punch-line, somebody’s joke, the center of a one-liner.

Crossing paths in content, these 16 self-portraits and 20 poetic essays do not entirely define each other, very much like “those people” who live in the other part of town. Those “others” who we have to drive past to get to our part of town. Those “others” who, based on “a casual two second encounter. . . leads to our complete/one minute summation/of the “others” entire existence. . .”

About the Author
Lurlynn Franklin is a painter and a creative writer. She teaches Elementary Art with the Achievement School District in Memphis where she lives with her daughter Kaylie Peace. Fabled Truths is her third book.
www.LurlynnFranklin.com
www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/fabledtruths.mp3

November 15, 2018 11:10 AM PST

POEMS SHORT STORIES AND THINGS REMEMBERED by Gloria G. Blakeney

This book is a collection of poems short stories and things remembered from the author's years of growing up. The poems were started when, while watching tv, I started writing down stuff about angels. The next thing I knew I had three poems written about angels. Things just kept going from there. The book of Ruth has always been a favorite of mine. Before I got through writing the story about Ruth, I felt led to write the story on Ester. A dear friend who is a retired school teacher, read these poems and stories and encouraged me to continue and put all my writings into a book. Many of the stories are from family experiences, so, one could say they really are true stories. I hope something in this book will touch and change someones life.

Gloria G. Blakeney was born in Ben Hill County, Georgia. She grew up on a farm in her early years and then the family moved into town just before her 14th birthday. She grew up loving animals especially the small ones. She met and married Ron Blakeney while he was serving in the U.S. Navy, so they moved to many places over the years. She has three sons, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Over the years she has read stories and even made up a few. Friends encouraged her to write more stories, poems and tales and put them in a book. Many of these were and still are being read to her grandchildren. They love it when grandma reads to them especially about cats, dogs and rabbits. She hopes that you will enjoy this collection as much as she and her family do.
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/gblakeney.mp3

November 15, 2018 11:06 AM PST

PERSPECTIVES: A BOOK OF POETRY UN LIBRO DE POESIA by Glade A. Myler

This book is a new experience in poetry with Spanish and English poems of varying themes and sizes, but with many sonnets. The sonnet form has not been used much is recent years but has again surfaced as a succinct way to express oneself poetically. Although these sonnets are not exactly like the ones of old of Elizabethan and Italian forms, they are an experiment in fourteen-line verse for our day.

Glade A. Myler was born in Utah in 1947 and served a mission at a church in California, working with the Hispanic population. It was there that Myler learned Spanish. He graduated from Utah State University in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and minors in English. German and music. He obtained a Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University in 1981 and worked as an attorney for more than 30 years in various government agencies. He currently is semi-retired. Myler speaks four languages and began writing poetry in college. He is involved in music and plays the organ at his local church, where he also directs the choir.
www.GladeMyler.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/gmyler.mp3

November 15, 2018 11:03 AM PST

Just A Dream by Vernal Wright (The Wizard)

Just A Dream is like a dangled bone to a hungry dog that is dripping froth from its mouth like snowflakes. I know not whether a bite is possible, but I do know that yesterday has gone, today is here, and tomorrow is on the verge. I hope, I hope.

About the Author
Vernal Wright lives and works in Hammersmith, London, where his job as an assistant librarian enables him to indulge his passion for words. When he’s not issuing books and other materials, he writes about nature’s gifts (i.e., stones, trees, weeds, rivers, insects, and other creatures). Inspiring the author’s own poetry, the words of an unknown poet came to light for Vernal Wright at a photography studio located in Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica. He was there for a passport photoshoot, with plans to go somewhere—but where, he doesn’t know.

The author express his thanks to Dawn Scott Marsden and Courttia Newland, his proofreaders. These two wonderfully talented people— in addition to those at Real Jamaica Radio (RJR), a local London community radio station, and its listeners—have exercised unique skills and forbearance during some of the author’s difficult times. If dreams were his, and if day and night counted as one, then the author would give them all just to have more fans like these.
www.BookVenture.com/Bookstore
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/justadream.mp3

November 15, 2018 10:59 AM PST

The Transition, Initiated by Copernicus and Galileo, from Religion to Science: The Beckoning Bridge Many Find Difficult or Impossible to Cross by Lawrence Wood

Have you ever wondered: "Why two diametrically opposite explanations of ourselves -- Religion and Science -- coexist?" As this book explains, the reason is, one explanation began before the other. The first explanation's development began thousands of years ago when our gradually evolving brains and minds awoke to an unknown, possibly threatening environment. Unfortunately, attempts to explain this strange environment were frustrated by illusions such as the apparent motion of the sun, moon and stars around the earth, which clouded our limited observational capability, such as our inability detect constant motion, thwarting the developing human mind's ability to correctly explain observations. These limitations ultimately led to a totally incorrect explanation: we reside in a very small, young, unchanging universe revolving about us, created by a supernatural being - God -- a belief system termed Religion.

About 500 years ago, the formulation of the second explanation was initiated when astute investigators such as Copernicus and Galileo, using improved new observation instruments such as the telescope and microscope, began to realize the existing illusion based religious explanations could not possibly be correct. Author Lawrence Wood introduces the brilliant investigators who resolved the illusions by developing radically new explanations of the illusions, an explanation system termed Science, many still cannot accept - hence, the coexistence of religion and science.

If you are one of those, trying to bridge the gulf between your religious beliefs which have become increasingly difficult to accept and the strange new world of science, this book will help you immeasurably!
www.amazon.com
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/lwood.mp3

November 15, 2018 10:09 AM PST

What Better Way to See the Country in Full Bloom
This Spring Than With a Family RV Trip?
It’s Not Too Early to Start Planning.

Ric Catches Up with Outdoor Travel Expert
Misty Wells.

She’ll Share Her Tips Buying the Best RV for Your Needs and
Tell You About Some of the Best Places to Camp in
Your Area or Beyond.
Misty loves the outdoors. She raised her two children as a single mom and living the outdoor life helps her keep a strong bond and healthy connection with her children. Misty and her children do it all. From fishing to paddle boarding to kayaking, this family knows all the great travel and camping sites. For anyone who wants to experience the outdoors but is not sure how, Misty is ready to help.

Tips for Your Spring RV Adventure:

- Decide what type of RV works best for your trip.

- Rent an RV first and see how it feels.

- Stay in a local campground and talk to your neighbors about their RVs – campgrounds are super friendly places.

- Stay close – with more than 18,000 campgrounds in the U.S. that are at vineyards, beaches, mountains, family-friendly, rustic or lux, there’s something for everyone.

- Try a weekend away and see why RVing is so much fun.

- Where will you store it – at a campground, in your garage, RV storage unit?

- Visit GoRVing.com to find an RV show near you. See the hundreds of options for every price range and type of travel, all under one roof.
For more information, visit: https://gorving.com/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/rvmisty.mp3

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