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August 02, 2018 08:31 AM PDT


Agatha Moi is a long-thought, very full bramble of ruminations of a life through which struggle enabled the sacrament of a kind of purification – a cleanliness of negativism, fear, and doubt, the redressing of fear, and the pathos of understanding the loss of, most, beauty – into an acceptance of an argument aspiring which became, finally, truly, unnecessary.

“Wearing” can prove difficult, as the verse narrative demonstrates, but using its reality of studied perception with the “forward appendage of thought – hope” – a cathartic quest has offered a medium, a fashion after the grail: one of truths, beauty and acceptance without regret.

If wisdom be found through example, perhaps we may look into ourselves to accept and trust, if with questions, the spirit waiting there to be unveiled, to not be in reactive discovery, challenged, or filled of questions yet thought found unworthy. Growth can occur within the rooms of doubt, as with examination, casting off, reaffirming, or finding new alternatives, but we must be wise in the thoughtful simplicity of a behavior truly no more than rearranging – replacing an acceptable portion of truth in the portion left empty – that we not be found, “left waiting,” without our “stars” to dress our “person.”

Elizabeth Clayton began teaching at the age of twenty at the University of Southern Mississippi. Presently retired, she is spending her days reviewing and preparing her works for publication. Clayton has published eighteen works (primarily poetry) since the release of her autobiography in 2007, which chronicles her struggles with Bipolar Disorder. In November, 2012, she was inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame, Sigma Kappa Delta, and nominated for the Eric Hoffer award by her publisher in early spring, 2013. She is also featured in the summer, 2013 quarter of Forward Magazine, and her work, Scarlet Flow, was shown in the World Book fair, in London, England in early 2013, receiving the Golden Seal of Excellence Award in 2014, following.

Additionally, on January 5, and February 9, 2014, she was featured in the New York Times “New Voices, New Perspectives” segment; her most recent work, Quiet Sheba, a trilogy, begun in 2015 was completed (two final volumes) in February 2016. For this work, she received the Golden Seal of Excellence Award from her publisher. More recently, her latest work, We Lesser Gods, was published in late summer, 2016, its addendum receiving the Golden Seal of Excellence Award in summer, 2017.

July 26, 2018 11:00 AM PDT

Introducing Middle School: Transition Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs by Virginia Stevens, M. Ed.

Friendly to use and highly informative, Introducing Middle School: A Transition Guide for Parents of Children with Special Needs, is a definitive guide for parents with special needs students, to aid in the transition from elementary to middle school life. With great tips on fitting in socially and gaining better organizational skills to adjust to a demanding new workload, parents and kids alike will be comforted by the accessible text and positive tone if this extraordinary guide.

About the author

Virginia B. Stevens, M.Ed., works with autistic children in the middle school setting in Loudoun County Public Schools in Leesburg, Virginia. Mrs. Stevens has a master's degree in special education (K-12) from West Virginia University. She has taught children in West Virginia and Virginia with special needs in the fields of specific learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and autism for nearly twenty-five years. Her current special interest is in the field of autism spectrum disorders. The author recently completed an autism certificate from George Mason University. She is also an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children. This is her first book. www.BookWhirl.com http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/middleschool.mp3

July 26, 2018 10:56 AM PDT

Natural Astaxanthin The Supplement You Can Feel by Bob Capelli
Bob Capelli’s third book on Astaxanthin is by far his best. Well over 300 pages long, this book is the definitive guide on Astaxanthin for use as a health supplement by humans as well as animals. This book is a great tool for scientists and people working in the supplement industry, while written in an easy-to-read format to be enjoyed by anyone. It provides valuable information for any consumer seeking to live a long and healthy life. Features include:

• Excerpts from many renowned doctors, researchers and opinion leaders describing Astaxanthin in their own words including Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mike Adams “The Health Ranger,” Dr. William Sears, Suzy Cohen “America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist” and more.
• Extensive review of “The Healthy Ten” – the ten clinically-validated health benefits of Natural Astaxanthin.
• What makes Natural Astaxanthin “The Supplement You Can Feel” – how 80% of consumers can feel it working in their bodies.
• Emerging research on Astaxanthin for five new health benefits.
• Why nutrition experts are beginning to call Natural Astaxanthin “The Ultimate Anti-Aging Nutrient” and “The Athlete’s Secret Weapon.”
• Dosage, bioavailability, safety and other vital information.
• Differences between:
• Natural Astaxanthin and other supplements.
• Different sources of Astaxanthin.
• Production methods for Natural Astaxanthin from algae.
• Different Astaxanthin consumer products.
• Complete list of 330 references included.

While Capelli’s first two books contained testimonials from consumers, perhaps the most interesting new feature of this book is a long chapter relating what renowned doctors and opinion leaders as well as university researchers and PhDs say about Astaxanthin.

Bob Capelli has been involved in natural healing and herbology for thirty years. After graduating from Rutgers University, Bob spent four years traveling and working in developing countries in Asia and South America, where he learned about and developed a deep respect for the medicinal power of plants. Upon returning to the United States, Bob began working in the natural supplement industry where he has remained for the last twenty-seven years.

Bob is the lead author of five books (including a book on Astaxanthin called “Natural Astaxanthin: The Supplement You Can Feel”) as well as dozens of articles for trade and consumer publications and scientific papers for peer-reviewed technical journals. Bob has been involved with Astaxanthin professionally for sixteen years, focusing on educating consumers and the supplement industry on its health benefits including over 200 TV and radio programs in several different countries. Bob considers himself a living testimonial on the effectiveness of Astaxanthin; since starting to supplement with Astaxanthin his joint problems and muscle soreness have gone away and he has not gotten a cold or flu in over 17 years!

July 26, 2018 10:52 AM PDT

The Diner by the Lake by Danial Suits

The Diner by The Lake is a story of an ambitious, young woman who goes out to follow her dreams of opening a diner. Against the thoughts of "friends," she and her best friend, Danica, find a building perfect for a diner in Erie, Pennsylvania. Along the way, Lindsey catches the attention of California real estate mogul, Jake Dawson, but tries her best to keep her romance from deterring her from succeeding.

About the Author

Danial Suits was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1980. He was raised in Indianapolis, In. Some might consider him to be an army brat since his dad was military. Danial enjoyed writing since he was a kid. He has been studying entertainment since he was a kid as well. In 2007, he moved from Indianapolis, In to Little Rock, Ar to finish college at University of Phoenix where he received a BA. The past several years, he posted a number of romance poems on his Facebook page. He started writing novels just recently starting with "The Life a Book" (a children's book), "The Assignment" (a mystery/suspense novel), and his newest release "The Diner by The Lake" (a romance novel). He currently resides in Conway, Ar with family where he continues to follow his passion for writing and entertaining the minds of readers with "A Simple Touch" (a romance novel) upon its release. In 2017, he exhibited as a new author at the Book Expo of America in New York where "The Assignment" sold out. In November 2017, he exbiited at McCallen, TX book festival where "The Assignment" continued to be a hot seller.

July 26, 2018 10:39 AM PDT

Vicky Oliver is a leading career development expert and the multi-best-selling author of five books, including Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots(Sourcebooks, 2008), 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions (Skyhorse 2010), and 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions(Sourcebooks 2005), named in the top 10 list of "Best Books for HR Interview Prep." She is a sought-after speaker and seminar presenter and a popular media source, having made over 700 appearances in broadcast, print and online outlets. For more information, visit vickyoliver.com.

July 26, 2018 08:22 AM PDT

What happens when you're single at 35?

Ric Catches Up with Carly Craig, the Star of
YouTube Premium's Latest Original Scripted Series
About Dating and Relationships in the Digital Age,

Sideswiped is based on a true story by Carly Craig. A lifetime of saying no has left Olivia (Craig) single and miserable on her 35th birthday. In Sideswiped, this workaholic verging on a breakdown vows to plunge into the hellish world of Tinder by dating all 252 of her matches. She is spurred on by her sister Jayne (Chelsea Frei), a young married woman experiencing a seven-year itch. The sisters are joined by their recently widowed mother, Mary (Rosanna Arquette), who now also is a part of the online dating scene. This eight-episode series is a multi-generational comedy about relationships - both romantic and familial.

Carly Craig is the creator and writer of Sideswiped. She is best known for her roles in the films Role Models, Hall Pass and The Three Stooges. Her television credits include, ABC’s American Housewife and HBO's Hello Ladies.
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July 20, 2018 07:23 AM PDT

Get a Preview of All the Latest
Pop Culture News from COMIC-CON

SYFY WIRE’s Adam Swiderski and Jackie Jennings Join Ric as your On-Site Correspondents, Previewing the
Hottest Movie & TV News Live from the Mecca of Pop Culture,

Comic-Con first began in March 1970 when a group of science fiction, movie and comic book aficionados launched a one-day convention in San Diego, attracting about 100 attendees. This year, more than 130,000 fans around the globe will converge upon the San Diego Conference Center for Comic-Con International, aka “the Super Bowl for nerds!”

Adam Swiderski (SYFY WIRE Editor-in-Chief) and Jackie Jennings (SYFY WIRE video host and improv comedian) are on-site correspondents for THIS WEEK IN AMERICA delivering the inside scoop on all the excitement from Comic-Con including news on the latest Hollywood blockbusters and must-see TV shows.

SYFY WIRE (the online news resource from TV’s SYFY channel) will be the ultimate destination for all the latest news from Comic-Con. From dragons to Doctors (Who or Strange) and from heroes to Hogwarts, Adam and Jackie will keep fans up to date via Syfywire.com, the SYFY WIRE mobile app, social media (@SyfyWire) and of course, on TV on the SYFY channel.
For all the Latest Comic-Con News and Updates, visit

July 19, 2018 12:14 PM PDT

KITCHEN GARDENING: Rejuvenate with Sprouts
The ABCs of Sprouts & Growing Them in Your Kitchen

No one would expect that UFOs and one-night stands would come up in a discussion about growing your own organic food right in your kitchen for pennies. But then again with Dr. Susan Smith Jones as our guest, you need to expect the unexpected as well as the delightful, the informative and the intelligent advice that she routinely dispenses about living a healthy life. Known in America as The Sprout Lady, Dr. Susan has been a guest on more than 2,500 radio and TV talk shows worldwide — enthusiastically teaching others how to create vibrant health. Susan reminds everyone “… health comes from the farm, not the pharmacy.”
Today, Susan will talk to us about the health benefits of sprouts; why they promote weight loss and help reverse aging; how to grow them easily in your kitchen for pennies, the importance of eating more nutrient-rich, colorful plant-based foods, and so much more

July 19, 2018 05:43 AM PDT

Dialogue With The Self by Wahab Owolawi, Phd

“Dialogue with the self-unlocking the door to your true self ” explores the world of duality that exist in all humans-the world of incomplete (physical) and that of complete or panoramic (soul) consciousness. _ e narrative in the book depicts a journey into a hypothetical city called ‘Niyod’ to interact with people whose world isn’t significantly different from ours yet whose views and perception of life is slightly at variance with ours. The traveler (Operosus) garnered profound wisdom and knowledge which he has graciously shared in this book.

Dr. Wahab Owolawi is an audiologist and a university professor. He has a penchant for extensive reading on subjects related to his specialty. In addition, he’s an avid reader of other scientific, philosophic, and self-development related books. He’s a budding, yet highly promising writer of self-development books.
One of the books co-authored is ‘Affirmations for successful living.’ Dr. Owolawi, sees the world from the prism of soul-consciousness where all are one irrespective of our physical differences and he believes the elusive peace and love are attainable on earth should we all decide to embark on a journey within.

July 19, 2018 05:39 AM PDT

Great Objectives by Robert D. Finch
Robert Bob Finch was educated at Imperial College, University of London, where he studied Physics and obtained his Ph.D. in 1963. While at college, he helped found a Humanist club called the Huxley Society, named after Thomas Henry Huxley who was a Professor at Imperial College. Bob and his wife have two children, Matthew and Christine.

Upon completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Physics Department of UCLA, Bob joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston in 1965, where he has been a Professor in Mechanical Engineering since 1972. He received the Biennial Award of the Acoustical Society of America in 1972 for research on liquid helium, and was also made a Fellow of that Society in the same year. He served as Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Houston from 1976 to 1979.

He also served as Assistant Executive Director of the Governor's Energy Advisory Council, State of Texas, during the "energy crisis" of the early 1970's. He has some 40 technical publications in Acoustics. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and was recipient of the Biennial Award of that Society in 1972. He retired from the University in 1998 and is now a Professor Emeritus. He is the author of the textbook "Introduction to Acoustics" published in 2005. He was President of the Humanists of Houston from 1992 to 1997, and has published some 20 papers on Humanism. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Chapter Assembly of the American Humanist Association in 1999, and to the AHA Board in 2002. He is also on the Board of the Imperial College Foundation. He has also been President of the University of Houston Retirees Association.

In his book Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill refers to the great objects of human life. We may assume that what Mill calls an object is the same as an objective in modern parlance. The examples of great objectives that Mill cites include power, fame, and money. One wonders how seriously Mill was actually endorsing such aims to be the overarching objectives of living or whether he was simply expressing his finding that many people actually do take such aims as these for life. The contention is that Mill was indeed recognizing that people do choose such goals in life. After all, happiness has been recognized as an objective of life at least since the time of Aristotle, and virtue has a similarly ancient pedigree.

It is quite common for ordinary people to adopt such mottos as "Healthy, wealthy, and wise" as aims for life. But we know that having more than one such value can lead to conflicts. This had been a concern to Sidgwick as well as other nineteenth-century moralists. A resolution to the problem was found by the time of the twentieth century, when it was realized that we should not try to achieve definite objectives, but instead look to some other procedure, such as a variety of evolution, to shape our objectives. In that case, we make plans and evaluate them, as we proceed. We should use our values, as Dewey recommended, for guideposts. The book discusses the methods of arriving at such plans and weighs some of the ethical and moral problems an individual or a society might face at the present time.

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