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October 15, 2020 01:25 PM PDT

Diamonds in the Water: You Shall Remain Standing by Daniel McCrimons, MD

Looking back at the life of Dr. Windsor Langford Waterbury III, the reader will be directed to Dr. Waterbury's unexpected revelation of a secret about his highly respected grandfather, which precipitates a review of the earlier part of his own life. Although socially privileged with an illuminating career in medicine unfolding, Dr. Waterbury faced sorrowful hurdles with a shattering, deliberate manipulation to sever ties with his beloved fiancée.

He now must make an important career decision; but at this time, he is still haunted by his emotional and psychological setback. Then he experiences yet another challenge: a prolonged life-threatening disease that takes him on an unexpected path filled with great moments of joy and several lingering hardships. Can Dr. Waterbury fall back on the teachings and wisdom from his predecessors to deal with this strife? Will he remain standing, and will he resolve to cope amid these entangled circumstances?

Diamonds in the Water - Book II is a testimony we can use to examine and appreciate the vital principles and tools that can be utilized by those of us who want to move beyond the apparent dilemmas we are given. It is also for those of us who want to remember the values we have nurtured during the abysmal and wearisome times, which could serve us well throughout our lives. There are choices that need to be considered constantly, but a time-tested wise choice will forever be a guiding star in the darkest, most ominous sky.

Meanwhile, hold on as Dr. Waterbury takes you on his unforgettable journey during the maturing years of his life.

Daniel McCrimons, M.D., a Harvard College and Columbia University trained physician, is a practicing pediatrician who has had a dedicated interest in blending his 38 years of clinical experience and discussions on family values to integrate science, history, philosophy, and spirituality and create a life story worthy of investigation, assessment, and an analysis of plan for self-improvement.

October 15, 2020 01:21 PM PDT


The intention of this short biography is to provide an insight about a period in my life when I started to walk the path of transexuality with no prior knowledge and experience in a society that is filled with taboos, intolerance, and discrimination.

The discovery of my true self brought joy and idealistic expectations about the future of finally being me.

When the path filled up with disappointments, hurts, and mockery, inner pain set in with a vengeance. To quiet the feelings, the emotions, I walked into the abyss of drugs, indiscriminate sex, and self-destruction.

Carmen Porfido is the sponsor for Terrie Adams who started writing at the very young age in the schools journals. Terrie studied BMCC completing her 2 years associate degree and also 2 courses on journalism at Hunter College.

October 15, 2020 01:17 PM PDT


The intent of this book is to spread the joy of the Lord to those who know Him—those who join in fellowship with others so that we can rejoice in peace, grace, rest, love, and knowledge of what God has done for us. We look forward to Heaven and seeing our loved ones again. We remember this world is not our home; we are just passing through. We join in fellowship with others to share the love of God with those in need and seeking the lost.

About the author
I was born & raised in St. Louis. I married the love of her life, Fred, in 1959. I have 4 kids, 10 grandkids & 7 great grandkids, whom I love very much. I like to do crocheting, needlework & quilting in my spare time. I study God’s Word daily.

DRAWING CLOSER TO GOD by Patricia A. David

The intent of this book is to spread the joy of the Lord to those who know Him – those who join in fellowship with others so that we can rejoice in peace, grace, rest, love and knowledge of what God has done for us. We look forward to Heaven and seeing our loved ones again. We join in fellowship with others to share the love of God with those in need and seeking the lost.

For years I have been rhyming words. My mother encouraged me in my early teens to write poetry. Through the years, I have written and lost many poems. Days were busy with a growing household; my husband, myself, three sons and one daughter. Over the years, the Lord has blessed us with ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren I shared some of my poems with my friends Walter and Charlene Hoard.

We decided that he would make tracts out of them by adding Scriptures that fit the poems. I asked God to use me, at the age of seventy-two, to touch the lives of others with comfort and fill them with the great love that God has given me. God wakes me up early in the morning, from midnight to until 5 am, to write for Him. I know it’s from Him because I am blessed when I read it. My desire is to serve God however He allows me.

GOD TO GOD by Patricia A. David

These poems are to show the relationship of God the Father to God the Son, and the relationship of God the Son to God the Father. These poems can show you your need for a relationship with God. The Author encourages you the reader to receive fellowship with God and other believers. John 3:18 He that believeth is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

HEAR THE KNOCK by Patricia A. David

We hear the doorbell ring, we go to answer it. We hear a knock and we go to see who it is.
But have you ever felt a longing in your heart to know just where you will spend eternity?
God has the answer to your quest. Read Rev. 3 : 20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hear MY voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
God wants us all to come and dine with Him in Glory.
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and come into your life and make you complete.
Looking forward to meeting you in Glory.
Scripture is from the old King James Bible

October 15, 2020 01:13 PM PDT

RAINBOW FARM by Robert R. Williams

Rainbow Farm is an account of the state of US political affairs since the election of Donald Trump as the Forty-Fifth President. It uses the same principle as George Orwell did in Animal Farm where certain notorious personalities come to life as animals on the farm. It exposes the hypocrisy of both US political parties, Donkeys and Elephants, in their dealings with each other as well as their hypocritical views of other farms. When it comes to US foreign policy, it exposes how US criticisms of other farms’ actions are really actions that are the same as its own. It shows how we all are similar in nature and one and the same with just different means trying to achieve the same ends. You will immediately recognize certain personalities like the flamboyant Pete, sexy Rex, Shrill, and Cam, but other personalities portrayals are more cryptic, requiring analysis to determine who that character may be.

The story begins with the arrival of Pete to the farm up to the point of the election and the aftermath of what is undoubtedly the greatest political upset in modern history. Not all is serious, and not all is politics. Join the animals on the farm in their favorite pastime as they observe the annual bull-riding competition on Justice; watch Regan in her inferno as she slowly gets grilled by Sly, and have a front row to the Hen’s March, the Coup, and Inquisition.

Enjoy the in-depth conversation between Rex and Pete, and finally contemplate the final interview of the Wise Old Owl on numerous topics which are afflicting today’s society. There is something for everyone in Rainbow Farm. Hopefully, the result of reading it will be an honest self-critique of ourselves and America and more acceptance of all things different.

Robert Williams is a retired Army officer who lives in Northern Virginia. Enlisting in the US Army in 1982 into the Infantry his first assignment was Fort Lewis, Washington. The high point of this first tour was climbing Mount Rainer and many weekends spent in Pioneer Square Tavern in Seattle. His thirty-two year Army career was one of two halves the first being assignments with the Infantry and the latter eighteen years as a Russia Foreign Area officer with multiple assignments in Eastern Europe and missions in Russia proper.

Born in 1960 in Memphis, Tennessee he lived there a very short time before moving to West Memphis, Arkansas. Growing up as the son of a school teacher he was encouraged from an early age to read and to this day remains an avid reader. His summers were spent in Tyronza , Arkansas where he along with his siblings and cousins worked for their maternal grandfather chopping cotton and soy beans. Cotton in the south was a year round affair beginning with planting in the spring, chopping in the summer and packing down the trailers in the fall when it was harvested. During spare time he read the Hardy Boys and classics from Mark Twain to include Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

After graduating from high school Bob moved to Salinas, California before moving to southern California where he lived in Ventura. When living in Salinas he became enamored with the famous local author John Steinbeck reading several of his classics. His favorites were The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. After a few years living in California he moved back to Arkansas and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Army.

While in College in 1987 at the University of Memphis and enrolled in a Medical Anthropology course the seed for writing was planted. A course requirement he penned received high praise and encouragement from his instructor Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman . Ms. Finerman encouraged Bob to make an attempt at getting the paper published as an article in Memphis Magazine. He never made the attempt but the praise and encouragement from such an esteemed professor who he greatly admired stuck with him for years to come.

Years later when in a Master’s Program for Russian and Eastern European Studies he would be required to write a thesis on the Russia and Chechnya conflict 94/96. He also dove head on into more reading in the required Russian literature his favorite being Fyodor Dosvetsky’s Crime and Punishment. But it was a British author, George Orwell and his allegorical novella Animal Farm that was his favorite. This story would resurface seventeen years later and while on vacation with his family in South Carolina the seed planted in Memphis in 1987 twenty plus years earlier would germinate and he would pen Rainbow Farm.

October 15, 2020 01:09 PM PDT

THE SPY IN ME by J. S. Delaney

Cale McAlister was a scientist that worked on contract for the the United States Military, but he went to far this time. he created the DNA research and the patch for correction and he did everything right with one exception, he made Daniel. Cale created a son that was designed with superior kinetic skills and much more. He also found he was a terrible parent that would never be able to fill the holes in his education like a true family could. Even worse, his bitch ex-wife now was trying to kill him and steal him for research to the highest bidder. He needed help and he needed it now.

Daniel is a man, a sin, and a promise, but most of all he might be our savior as he tries to save other children being created for spare parts and research. He is Angelina's lover husband and Bear McAlisters son. He has the advantage of love, backing and he plans to enjoy and use them all to his fullest advantage.

Jennifer S Delaney is a mother, a wife, Author and Artist. She writes about everything, paints faces to houses and is a true lover of life. "The human experience is an amazing responsibility, a joy and a sorrow. How we use it is determined on how we see its value."

In 2000 I had cancer and continued to move forward in raising my kids and my grandchildren. As radiation poisoning makes this more difficult am often quoting to myself the words I heard as a child. "When God closes a door he opens a window you will only find it if you stop whining and see the gift I see!" So as I try to share my talent with the world I find myself drawn to what I have to help the net generation find the same. Medicine seems to have take technology to the finite question of how do we keep HEALTH AND HUMAN RESPECT AS OUR GOAL FOR ALL.

October 15, 2020 09:29 AM PDT

BASK IN BLOOD by Ashley Potter

An orphan unwanted by her father, left by her mother, and was an only child. Bravery and strength is all she knows. She strips herself from emotion, time and time again, so nobody can hurt her. But the angels know that she is only dooming her destiny into place. A war is raging, invisible to the citizens of Acym. They cannot see the war—that will be up for Zenaida to decide. She alone will choose whether humanity deserves to live or perish beneath her hidden fire. But the veil is lifting, and time is running out. Her powers are growing stronger. She must choose which side of herself to be.

I am Ashley Potter. I am very proud of Zenaida. Zenaida is someone I created out of the desire to be strong in the midst of a dark past. The desire to be strong enough to confront the shadows of the past and emerge victorious while keeping the bonds that mean the most. The internal challenges Zenaida faces makes her stronger as she takes a step into the murky waters of her brutal past and not drown inside.

October 14, 2020 01:50 PM PDT


In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in hopes of Racial unity. Now, nearly forty-five years later, Albert R. Reddick presents his dream come true – his model for overcoming racism. In this book, he merged his writings from his two books “Becoming One” and “The I and I Model for Overcoming Racism”. Diversity has Reached the shores, institutions, and communities of America. In order to maintain unity, America must end racism. You can read about Dr. Reddick's findings and analysis in Overcoming racism, which is the fruit of his years of research, studies and personal experiences while fighting against unlawful discrimination.

Albert R. Reddick was inspired to write Becoming ONe Vol II “”The Diversity Salad Bowl Open MInd”” by observing the interaction, excitement, challenges and behavior of the children in Becoming One Enrichment Diversity Center After School Program and substitute teaching in the Chatham County School, Juris Doctorate Degree from North Carolina Central University, School of Law and a Doctoral Degree from Eastern University. He was a Special Student at Duke University Divinity School in 1977, where he received a certificate in the Master of Divinity Program. Currently, President/CEO of Becoming One ENrichment Diversity Center, Inc. (thedialogue.tv) and Substitute Teacher, Chatham County Public Schools. He resides in Chatham County, N.C. with his supportive wife Sandra.

October 08, 2020 01:39 PM PDT

EAU DE LEON by Jerry Methner

Initially, I wanted to encourage friends or even strangers to create life conditions of health and satisfying experiences. Since then, I've decided that it's not my direct responsibility. Instead, be kind and encouraging. It's not for me to tell another how to do this unless specifically asked for my advice.

I want to share some of my personal histories. In doing so, I hope you'll better understand where I'm coming from; I am doing this through publishing Eau de Leone.

I was born in a small rented house in Beaverton, Michigan on September 5, 1939. At age 4 my family moved to a small farm just outside of town. The farm was owned by my grandfather, Frank Methner. That's where my middle name came from, Jerry Frank Methner. My grandparents had lived on the family farm for many years. Eventually Grandpa Frank had a serious stroke and could neither talk plainly nor walk more than one unsteady shuffle at a time

October 08, 2020 01:36 PM PDT

TIMECRAFT by Kelly Ford

The crack in the proverbial egg is about to bust open. One of the worlds most primordial enigmas is soon to be revealed. It is an object of timeless proportions.

This mysterious adventure begins in the life of a young boy who discovers the location of a treasure worth more by far than any pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As he grows
up he wonders if its not just the mad ramblings of his grandfathers legacy.
He deciphers the code and finds a sentient device that can show him all facets
of any moment in time. Not a time machine but something far more profound, he
views prehistory before Eden up to now and beyond as well as his eventful last

The secrets it exposes and the event horizons it displays go beyond the
distant reaches of space and time as we find the essence of truth imbedded in a
fictional account. Its amazing revelations and significant implications can
help mankind forge ahead into the unsettled future.

We uncover among other things who the ETs really are, their leader and followers, as well as their purpose here on earth. Many other historical facts are not as they appear to be
and we find blatant unexpected flaws in our most advanced sciences and
theology. As he matures and handles this awesome responsibility, it transports us on an epoch journey we will never forget.

The setting of the book takes place in a quaint little town in Texas between Brownwood and Cisco. It traverses back and forth from there to Dallas with pivotal moments in Seoul, Korea.

The main characters name is cloaked to protect his true identity.

Kelly Ford was born in 1946 in Dallas, Texas. An unidentified find at his grandmother's house as a youth shaped his future interests and drives. He served in the U.S. Military from 1966-1970 and graduated with a B.S. from SWTSU, now TSU, in 1988. Writing is his passion. He continually researches and finds just the right topics and contents. His first book was "Ancient Signs of Deception" in 1988.

October 08, 2020 01:32 PM PDT


This is a searching perceptive examination of the fifty years of Dr. Mitchell's service as preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church ministry and a scholar in the church and university, how she was led into this dual profession, how she survived in it as a Black woman, how social movements and changes in the society impacted her life and ambitions, and most of all how God was always working in her life over more than eight decades, guiding, directing, sustaining her and enabling her to achieve His purposes for her life, thereby getting the glory out of her life for the good of her family, others, friends, and the church and society.

She accepted her role as a divine instrument, and only God could have enabled her to adjust and readjust to the rapid changes taking place from one decade to another in the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, the Women's Rights Movement, the Black Womanist Movement.

Mozella Mitchell is a professor emeritus of the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; and pastor and founder of Love of Christ A.M.E. Zion Tabernacle, Inc., Brandon, Florida. She earned her A.B. degree in English from LeMoyne College, Memphis, Tennessee in 1959; her M.A. degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1963; her M.A. degree in Religious Studies in 1973 from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, NY; her Ph.D. degree from Emory University in Literature and Theology in 1980. She has published five books in her long career as college and university professor, scholar, and minister, having spent 33 years as Professor of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida.

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