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February 18, 2019 08:32 AM PST

Il Divo – the Pop Opera Sensation
Formed by Simon Cowell – Comes to a City Near You

Ric Speaks with David Miller About the Group’s
North American Tour and Their Latest Album, Timeless

Fifteen years after reality TV judge and mega-producer Simon Cowell united Urs Buhler (Switzerland), Sébastien Izambard (France), Carlos Marin (Germany) and David Miller (USA) to form Il Divo, the four-piece multi-national vocal group became one of the millennium’s greatest musical phenomena. With more than 30 million albums sold and 160 certified gold and platinum hits in 35 different countries, the quartet pioneered the genre of operatic pop -- or “popera” -- in classical crossover music. In 2006, the Guinness World Records listed them as the most commercially successful classical crossover group in international music history.

The group’s latest album Timeless (their eighth release to reach #1 on the Billboard Classical chart) features a mix of favorite pop and traditional standards in four languages performed with a full orchestra. Now, Il Divo’s six-continent Timeless tour continues throughout the spring. Fans can expect astonishing performances from the Timeless album as well as hits from the group’s vast catalog of songs, paired with their breathtaking production.

Tenor David Miller discusses the Timeless album and let fans know what to expect from the elaborate production as well as what’s next for Il Divo.
For more information about the Timeless North American Tour and the new
Timeless CD, visit: https://ildivo.com/

February 14, 2019 10:18 AM PST


Legacy, a novel 30 years in the making, is a futuristic story of mankind’s previous sojourns through this and countless worlds as experienced by the author. It describes one man’s incredible journey through several lifetimes as far back as a million years, his blunders and triumphs, and the many worlds and places where these took place. The novel highlights advanced scientific and spiritual concepts, written in lyrical romantic prose. But most of all, it is a powerful love story deeply rooted in his unquenchable desperate search through the vastness of space and time for his one; his soul mate.

Far back in time, the story’s main character was a spiritual initiate who was misled by a wayward master and followed a path of aggression. In doing so, he lost his one and from that point forward led countless lives serving his wayward master’s evil space alliance, known at the time as the Unholy Six. He became a cosmic military oppressor determined to conquer and terrorize the galaxy. But eventually, he is reborn on Dallian, a planet in Sagittarius home of the resistance against the Alliance. Here, he meets his one and helps Dallians achieve victory over the evil space power, thus undoing what he at one time helped create.

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.

February 14, 2019 10:13 AM PST

SAM AND SALLY FIND JOY by Angela D. Hammonds

Twins Sam and Sally are sad, but not for long. Join Sam and Sally as they find out from their grandmother, G-Ma, how to find true joy in the midst of difficult times.

Angela Dawn Segui was born February 11, 1968 in Kansas City, Kansas. Angela’s grandmother loved to tell her Bible stories when Angela spent the night with her. It was from these stories that Angela grew a love for both the Bible and children stories. Angela’s family moved to Bolivar, Missouri when she was in the fourth grade. It was there that Angela developed a passion for drumming, from which she derived her logo. It was also in Bolivar where Angela eventually met her husband, Jon Hammonds. She and Jon have been married 31 years and they’ve been blessed with 9 children and 4 grandchildren so far.

Angela started writing books for their children when she and her husband just had two children, and she never stopped writing. Angela’s children’s books feature twins Sam and Sally, who are always encouraged by their grandmother, G-Ma, to take their problems to God. It is Angela’s desire that as readers watch Sam and Sally grow in their faith and dependency on Jesus, they’ll also be encouraged to grow closer to Him. Angela is so grateful that God has opened the doors for her to begin getting her books published! She is excited and honored to introduce the world to Sam and Sally.

February 14, 2019 08:32 AM PST


Sylvia Stern spends time with clouds by talking to them, riding one of them and tasting the sky. She laughs with the rain and dances with the stars. She spies on autumn fairies painting the trees and travels with the leaves as they fall. She imagines our world in different colors and gets cozy with insects. She even imagines pulling a tooth from a crocodile and living through it. These are only some of the events and some are illustrated in full color. She had fun writing these poems and hopes that you enjoy reading them.

Sylvia Stern is a retired school teacher living in New London, Wisconsin. She loved producing puppet shows with her second graders with the themes of science, seasons, social studies and holidays. Poetry was often taught with a color or science theme and put into a book. She still likes working with paper and writing poetry.

February 14, 2019 08:27 AM PST


Advancing in Enlightenment: The Crash Course contains forty-four years of metaphysical study of the most profound channeled teachings from five of Americas teachers with the highest integrity. With seven simple chapters, this book combines the wisdom of the ages to master the physical reality that surrounds you to personally improve your life. Spiritual knowledge allows one to manifest the life of ones dreams in balance with inner peace while projecting that peaceful state out to the rest of world.

Gail Marie Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 16, 1955. She lived in Northlake from age 8 until her first marriage at age 18. She began her spiritual journey in 1970 at the age of 14 when her oldest sister Madeline gave her a copy of the book by Jane Roberts, titled "The Seth Material", A Seth Book."

She continued her study of channeled messages from many sources over four decades until finally collecting them all in her book "Advancing in Enlightenment: The Crash Course". She then went on to receive both the basic and advanced certifications in The Universal Law of Attraction from the Global Sciences Foundation.

February 14, 2019 08:24 AM PST


The Holy Trinity-three in one, combines all previous versions of this book into one, including volumes 1, 2 and 3 of The Enigma of the Holy Trinity.

In this methodically written work, the students of the Word are carefully and systematically guided step-by-step through the Bible.

It clearly shows from the youngest to the most mature Christians how to identify the manifold and acts of the Holy Trinity throughout the scriptures.

Tommy C. Seay Sr., is a graduate of the 2007 Class of World Harvest Bible College (ESP), under the leadership of its Founder and Dean, Elder Rod Parsley, Senior Pastor of World Harvest Church in Columbus, Ohio. Seay is the Founder and Pastor of Unveiling Ministries and Senior Teacher for "The Word Without Religion" (an advanced biblical studies workshop) in Buffalo, New York.

He is the author of "A Purposeful Life in Dual Dimensions: Unveiling the Mystery of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ". In his book, Seay solves the three days and three nights mysterious timeline from the Lord's death to His resurrection.

An ordained pastor, evangelist and teacher, Seay assisted numerous pastors in establishing their churches-including formulating and orchestrating the curriculum for their New Member Classes. As an informative teacher and inspiring preacher, his heart's desire is that all humanity would come to know The Truth,the Lord, Jesus Christ.

February 14, 2019 08:19 AM PST

Modern Errors About The New Testament by William van Leeuwen
This book was written over a period of some 18 years to combat numerous modern misconceptions about the New Testament, its history, its authors both as given by early Christians and pagans, the reasons it was considered inspired, and the meaning from the actual wording of the New Testament.

Modern scholars are so wrong in their assessments of the New Testament with their seemingly “logical proofs” but upon deeper examination those proofs are seen as false assumptions without any real proof and contradicted by the New Testament itself and its early history from the beginnings of Christianity.

About the Author
I was born in 1942 in Amstelveen, Noord Holland, the Netherlands, and emigrated from there to Canada as a very young teenage member of a family of eight kids. I saw no need to be set back one grade as standard for all immigrants and sought a means to avoid that penalty without out-and-out lying to the authorities.

Since we were in one of the last single classrooms, taught by one teacher for all eight grades, there was no official checking of age or class reports and the like, etc. No one could read the latter since they were written in Dutch. So instead I was demoted from grade seven to the higher grade eight and a few weeks later promoted to grade nine, because I had been in high school (called low high school in Holland) and thus assumed to have been in grade nine before this demotion.

So, I gained two years over any “regular” immigrant. Over the years, I completed my education with basically ten years of university studies of both undergraduate and graduate courses with an undergraduate degree in rational philosophy and several advanced degrees.

February 14, 2019 08:13 AM PST


Algebra for the Urban Student offers an algebra textbook for the typical math student. In many cases, such textbooks are written for people who love mathematics and understand the jargon. Teacher Canaa Lee has incorporated her personal experiences as a high school mathematics teacher into a textbook that is specially geared toward students needs. Most students dislike mathematics because the subject has always been difficult for them to master. With this in mind, Algebra for the Urban Student builds on methods Lee has used successfully in her classroom to motivate her students to a better more practical understanding of math.

I have been a teacher since I was 12 years old. I started playing the piano at the age of 6. My skills, advanced rather quickly so my parents allowed me to give piano lessons to earn some money in addition to the allowance I was receiving. As a junior in high school, I was a first grade tutor in reading and mathematics.

In college, I tutored students in math, biology, English and study skills. I have been a high school teacher for ten years now. I have taught middle school, high school, college and on the university level. While completing my undergraduate work at Arkansas State University, I had a job as a Student Support Services tutor.

My first teaching job was in Fort Worth, Texas, at South Hills High School. I went to back to school for a master’s degree to be to teach in college. I completed my graduate work at the University of Central Arkansas in August 2005. Now that I had my masters degree I could teach in a college. In 2006, I took a position as an instructional specialist at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth, TX. In 2008, I took a position as a lead content teacher at Leonard Middle School in Fort Worth, TX.

I taught at Little Rock Central High School from 2003 to 2006. In the summer of 2008, I moved to Garland to teach at Garland High School. I have been blessed with the opportunity to be Program Administrator for Project Educating and Diversifying to Grow Exponentially (EDGE). Helping students become more competent and confident in mathematics has been a passion of mine for several years now.

In 2010, I orchestrated the establishment of Project E.D.G.E. (Educating and Diversifying to Grow Exponentially). In order to provide the African American students with the best possible learning experience, I partnered with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Garland Branch partnered with Garland Independent School District (GISD), the City of Garland, Lakeview Centennial and South Garland High School to launch this program: The purpose of this program is to address the needs of African American students, to help them succeed academically and to provide African American students with an opportunity for a promising, prosperous future quality of life in venues other than sports and entertainment.

My goal is to improve students’ experience and even enjoyment of high school level mathematics courses. I also recognize that a child's education and performance in school is a responsibility shared by the school, family and the community at-large. Through this partnership, the school district endeavors to meet the diverse cultural needs of parents and children. As a result of my hard work of education, I was unanimously selected as the 2011 Educator of the Year by the Garland NAACP. I founded the EDUKATE Academy on December 19, 2011.

In January 2012, I became an associate Time to Teach Trainer/Presenter. In my classroom management conference presentations, I demonstrate how to utilize common sense, research based classroom management tips and techniques that can be implemented into their classroom tomorrow with positive and observable results. Teachers learn how to diffuse discipline problems before they become an instructional disruption in your classroom. They discover how a simple teaching technique can “refocus” the energies of a troubled student, integrating them back into the classroom so instruction can continue.

In May 2012, I published my first book, “Algebra for the Urban Student.” First math book that infuses reading, mathematics and technology all in one; a first algebra book that is reader friendly because it is written in language anyone can understand.
I have worked diligently in her efforts to impact the world of education; my work has been attracting well-deserved attention. Lee has been selected as the 2012-2013 National Association of Professional Women Woman of the Year.

In 2013, I surrendered my life to Christ. As a result, I resigned from teaching and moved back home to my hometown of Brinkley, AR. I took a completely different path from that point forward.

In August 2014, I self published my second book, “Algebra Easy a Pi.” It contains more than 600 pages of activities that were custom-written and tailored to the needs of students. Each activity is all-inclusive, with a tour guide that tells a story, explains vocabulary and concepts, asks questions to help you make sense of it, and also multiple choice questions to help with test preparation.

In October 2015, The Lord put it on my heart to dig into my past and to share my failures, heartache, mistakes, feelings, and experiences that helped shape the person I was BEFORE Christ and what led to my supernatural encounter with Jesus that transformed my mind and my heart into the godly woman I am today. Confessions of It is a heartfelt collection of poetry and letters that expresses the brokenness of my sinful heart to the renewed heart and mind through the “amazing grace” of Jesus Christ.

In January 2017, my brother and I, the Sensational Siblings, became hosts of our new internet radio show, Bread of Life. It is “real talk, about real life with a Biblical perspective.” I am the final stages of professional counseling degree at Liberty University. I plan to graduate December 2019.

February 14, 2019 08:09 AM PST


The author was inspired and influenced by women she had been in contact with, not necessarily meeting them in person but generally via the internet. If they were on dating websites they generally used pseudonyms in order not to be recognized by anyone who may know them. It intrigued the author as to why they felt or needed to be on those websites in the first place. He wondered about their motives, did loneliness instigate their actions, did they do it just for fun or were they actually looking for another partner or even a discreet lover.

About the Author

Tim Cross was born on the 18th of March 1953 at his parents' home in the village of Spratton near Northampton. His father was a leather tanner and his mother was the daughter of a brewer. He went to the local village school before he was sent to a boarding school called Beachborough in the village of Westbury near Brackley. From this school, he was sent to Oundle, he went on an around the world trip with a friend, before spending a year at The Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester.

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February 07, 2019 11:44 AM PST

Iterate: Run a Fast, Flexible, Focused Management Team by Ed Muzio
Amazon Best Seller in Teams
Amazon Best Seller in Management

Iterative Management Is Nimble Management

This book is a guide to the iterative organization, the only kind of organization that can learn and adapt fast enough to keep up in today's world. For anyone running a team of managers, or advising someone who does, it describes the fundamental behaviors that create iteration, explains how to implement them, and includes videos and online assessment to get the process started. Iterate defines what management really is and helps readers create a fast, flexible, focused management team that does it well.

Ed Muzio, award-winning author, CEO, and ''one of the planet's clearest thinkers on management practice,'' provides a research-based blueprint for a management team that will take the next best step for the organization in any situation. This book enables senior leadership, front line and middle management, and human resource executives to equip their teams with both knowledge and practical skills so that they not only understand their own purpose but also perform that purpose well amidst ever-changing conditions. Iterate will help readers create measurable business results on any management team, of any size, in any industry where complex work and frequent change are the norm.

About the Author
Ed Muzio's mantra is ''Higher Output, Lower Stress, Sustainable Growth.'' He is CEO of Group Harmonics and author of Make Work Great (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and Four Secrets to Liking Your Work (FT Press, 2008). Both books won Awards of Excellence from the International Society for Performance Improvement. He is a leader in the application of analytical models to group and organizational effectiveness and output, including whole-group intervention, simulation, facilitation, and instructional design.

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