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Sunday, March 19, 2017

FORTUNATE



Facebook, Social, Social Network, Social Media
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This was written for Poetry Pantry #345

Right now I'm fortunate
for a family of friends
I socialize with on the net
daily almost with no end

They be dropping in to say hi
with stickers, positive lines
Joking with each other 
day and night
Then say goodbye until next time

Right now I'm fortunate
to stay connected
with peeps in Australia, New Zealand
who I've never met

Right now I'm fortunate
to have peeps to talk with 
 a new normal, this way to chat
without it I'd be lonely, a hermit

And I'm thankful
though it's not November yet
I'm grateful for my Facebook family
I've been fortunate

And I'm thankful
so much it's magical 
that it's so accessible
How fortunate.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Book Review #17: BLACKBERRY TAILS: GRAM'S JOURNEY by C.W. SHUMATE


TITLE: BLACKBERRY TAILS: GRAM'S JOURNEY
Author: C.W. SHUMATE
Illustrator: L. CLARK UHL
Publisher: KENTUCKY ENTERPRISES
Year of Publication: 2016
Genre: CHLDREN'S LITERATURE
Available at AMAZON

A Little Adventure for the Kids

Oh my!  This hardcover book for young kids is everything to me!  Not only does it have beautiful, clean, colorful illustrations, it is quit an adventure!  It is the story of a puppy named Gram who is cute, adorable, and lovable.  I think it’s a great story to teach youngsters (Pre-K-to-Kindergarteners-to-1st graders) the positives of empathy, compassion, and friendships.  Written by Kentuckian author C.W. Shumate and illustrated by L.Clark Uhl, I guarantee that your kid(s) and/or student(s) will beg you to read this tale to them over and over and over again.  I’m going to send my copy now that I’m done reading it to my little nephew and niece for their Easter Sunday celebrations!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Book Review #16: BLUEPRINT TO WEALTH: FINANCIAL FREEDOM IN 15 MINUTES A WEEK by GARY STONE


TITLE: BLUEPRINT TO WEALTH: FINANCIAL FREEDOM IN 15 MINUTES A WEEK 
Author: GARY STONE
Publisher: SHARE WEALTH PUBLISHING
Publication Date: 19 SEPTEMBER 2016
Genres: SELF-HELP/ MONEY/ SUCCESS
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

For Those Who Want to Retire Satisfied and Secured

            Are you looking to retire comfortable and wealthy?  Are you clueless about what to do to save up on money in the long run?  And most importantly, are you interested in investing for your retirement at all?  Well, look no further than this book from Stock Market coach, researcher, and investor Gary Stone who has filled this baby up with all of his knowledge and experience on such matters from over the years.  He writes in an easy-to-understand style that every question and/or concern you have ever had about mutual funds, 401(k), Individual Investors and Professional Investors, and the like will simply be answered.  His simple purpose for this book is to “empower and skill everyday people (like you and me) to achieve a better life and retirement nest egg through simple stock market investing.”  I tell you that by the end of this book, you will have learned some strategies and methods on investing for retirement and should then be on your way to financial freedom.

            What I liked about this book was that Stone was very knowledgeable and thorough with his explanations.  He surely knows what he is talking about and is very simplistic and generous with what he’s learned.  I had looked at this book the first time it was singled out for me to read/review and thought to myself, “oh no, what if this book is filled with technical words that only those in the finance department knows?”  I was so fearful and reluctant that it took me two days to muster up the courage to read it through and thankfully I did.  Stone has a pseudo-friend who acts as his student in this book named Iain which makes his instructions and answers fun along the way.  There are also graphs and illustrations to help convey his research to us the readers and I greatly advise you if you want to really delve into these then you should get the paperback/hardback versions of this book as the ones in the eBook are too small for you to study.

            All in all, you will get your money’s worth when you order this book.  The price is fair because take it from me, this is a book that holds all the how-to’s of retiring rich and happy.  You need to grow your nest egg, worry less, and rest easy when you come to master the methods and ideas that this treasure teaches.  You will be so satisfied that you will not regret this purchase.  To put your doubts to rest, Gary Stone has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science so the man is a genius.  Finally, this book has appendices for everyday investors who wish to be more active and for Australian Readers.  It also contains a Bibliography for those who want to read more on investing for retirement and all that glitters and glows.  Order your copy now in either paperback, hardcover, or eBook format and you sleep well for the rest of your days!   

Sunday, March 5, 2017

EARLY 2017 HIGH

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This poem was written just now to describe my current state after completing my studies at Southern New Hampshire University online.  It was also written for Poets United's Poetry Pantry #342.  Thank you God for giving me mental energy and strength and endurance to complete that effort.  Here's to 2017 and the blessings as well as the tears that await me.  Please leave a positive (or negative) comment below after you're done reading this effort wishing me good luck, critiquing my work, and/or just to say hello.  Peace and goodwill.


My sorrow's passed for now it's the past
To the future I venture
My life's alive I thought you'd never ask
Gone are the wrongs and errors

It's here I stand in the light
I'm here to love and not to fight
Sincere I'm looking for some nice
Cheers to us and cheers to the night

And I live
Live for love
And I give
Give to God
And I breathe
Inside, outside
And I seek
A life of highs

I'm not suffering from studying
Those nights were nights ago
I'm writing, writing, writing
Poetry from my soul

My darkness is at rest
At home I begin my path
My hopefulness makes me feel pleasant
At home I am so confident

And I live
Live for love
And I give
Give to God
And I breathe
Inside, outside
And I seek
to do what's right

My sorrow's passed for now it's the past



Book Review #15: DARK MONEY by DAVID MEDANSKY


TITLE: DARK MONEY
Author: DAVID MEDANSKY
Publisher: HYBRID GLOBAL PUBLISHING
Publication Date: 7 FEBRUARY 2017
Genre: MYSTERY
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

Money Makes the World Go Round and Dark…

            Welcome to Las Vegas in the 1970’s, where gambling was operated by dangerous means and issues like marrying for wealth and looking for lucrative jobs after college graduation is nothing new!  Our leading man here is the shrewd Edwin Goldberg.  During the first chapters of the novel, he is presented as a recent college graduate with an MBA looking for an opportunity that will get him in the door to success.  However, he has a gold-digger of a girlfriend named Valerie who wants nothing but the good luxurious life any ambitious girl out of college would dream of.  Much to Edwin’s chagrin, his job search efforts become aimless and this causes Valerie to pick up her stuff and leave.  Edwin is heartbroken and becomes determined to make Valerie regret her decision someday vowing to work extra hard in landing a job to build himself up from a nobody to a somebody.  Luckily, he had a clipping of a job ad that caught his eye earlier that guaranteed a huge salary!  He contacted the person behind it, interviewed at that person’s office location, and was hired a few days later.  But he quickly discovers that this new job of his is linked to the Mob and from then on watches his actions making sure he does not get killed by them or jailed by the Police.

`           This novel opened with its author David Medansky’s words:

“You cannot worry about the past, what has been, you can only focus on the future, what will be.  If you dwell on what has been, you will miss what can be.  Sometimes good is found in the darkness of a soul.”

            I could interpret that last part as “good things occur when you are at the lowest point of your life.”  It could also mean “you can find goodness in a person who you’d never think would have it.”  I think this novel teaches us readers a valuable lesson that you must not dwell on what happened to you in the past but in order to lead a fruitful and successful life, you have to focus on what is ahead.  I could definitely relate to it because the more I plan ahead the more I find myself out of trouble, you know?  And that is why I greatly suggest this novel to you all!  You have to look under its contents to really learn the lessons about life there.  Edwin Goldberg was a “nobody” but he was always ambitious and looking towards the future that it made him live frugally and simplistically yet saving money in the long run.  The title of the novel is exactly what the money is in this tale of ambition, greed, and murder.  If you are looking for something that reminds you of the culture of gambling back in the 60’s and 70’s, then get this thriller immediately.  If you want a book that will capture your attention for a long period of time, this one’s waiting for you.  If you want a gift for that fresh out of college friend, son, or daughter of yours for their birthday, yes, this one’s screaming “order me now” at you!  I truly, greatly, enthusiastically advise you to go ahead and spend your money on this baby because you will thank me later for it!    

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Review #14: SWAP: THE BEST WAY TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE by DAVID FERRERS


TITLE: SWAP: THE BEST WAY TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
Author: DAVID FERRERS
Publisher: COACH PUBLISHING
Publication Date: 27 JANUARY 2017
Genres: SELF-HELP/ MOTIVATIONAL/ SUCCESS
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

How to “SWAP” to Realize Your Dreams and Many More!

            Author David Ferrers has been a full time, professional Achievement Coach for 25+ years believing that “each individual is important, that he/she can do better and that he or she has his or her own special, equipped tendencies for advancing.”  In this book, he introduces his methods to us through easy-to-read instructions and tips.  He gives us his SWAP Process where you are to replace negative thoughts with positive ones which then will enable you to achieve your dreams without fail.  He also tells us to first examine our dreams and see if they will benefit not only us but others.  He gives us terms such as “Big Ideas”; “Action Lines”; and “Messenger” for us to easily follow along with what he’s saying. I will not tell you what these are because I do not want to ruin the surprises and the treasures this book has waiting for you!  Remember, if you are the person with big dreams and hopes, I advise you to order this ebook now to assist you in making them happen.  Ferrers warns how some people just sit and daydream all day instead of standing up and doing something to make their dreams become realities!

            When I was first tasked with reading and reviewing this book, I was so reluctant due to the possibility that this is just another quick-scheme for the author to make bucks of his own and that he is probably a nobody without experience in what he’s talking about.  But boy was I wrong!  Not only is Ferrers an expert in coaching people, he’s also been doing this for many successful, renowned “multi-national corporations like Dell, Xerox, Prudential, and Yves St. Laurent” to name a few!  How great is that?!  I was absolutely so impressed that I told myself to reread this book and put his ideas and strategies to use in order to fulfill my own dreams!

            Come on, take my word and order this self-help book now.  When I, myself followed his SWAP Process to see if I could eliminate some grueling, self-hating thoughts I’ve been harboring recently, I was amazed to find out that it actually worked!  He has another method he called, the “Anchor” where you do something small (like touching your right earlobe) and you mentally associate it with positive thoughts so that whenever you’re feeling low and dreary and about to give up, you just do that and it will automatically energize you to get right back on track on working to make your dreams come true.  I assure you, you will get more than what you will be paying for this gem!  Promise!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Review #13: BOUND BY FATE (A NOVEL OF THE STRONG) by AMY KNICKERBOCKER


TITLE: BOUND BY FATE (A NOVEL OF THE STRONG)
Author: AMY KNICKERBOCKER
Publisher: DARK HOLLOWS PRESS
Publication Date: 17 NOVEMBER 2016
Genres: PARANORMAL ROMANCE/ FANTASY
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

An Erotic and Eventful Fantasy for Your Valentine’s Day

            Are you looking for a steamy read for these few days leading up to Valentine’s Day?  Or perhaps are you hungry for a book that fuses adult situations with fantasy and adventure?  Well, let me introduce you to newcomer author Amy Knickerbocker’s Bound by Fate which is a book from her forthcoming The Strong series.  In this sexy, lustful tale of witches, vampires, and supernatural beings called daemons, a future king (daemon) by the name of Toran is depressed by an ancient prophecy that prevents him from fulfilling his desires for a pure-blooded faine (a type of vampire) called Liv that he captures from our world’s Las Vegas.  Toran is supposed to marry his own kind, a female daemon, and only needs the faine for her special mothering skills to raise their sons when they are born.  He has a cousin by the name of Merus (another daemon) who is loyal and protective of him who has his own sights set on Liv’s best friend Mandy (a witch).  Toran and Merus are natives of Venn Dom, a realm exclusively for their kind (known as Vimora daemons) that is “parallel to our world’s Scottish Highlands.”  There are other characters and subplots in this book but the aforementioned are the mains. 

            I guess this book has something for everyone if male readers can stomach the hot, hot, hot love scenes…lol.  There is soft violence that ensues between Toran, Merus, and their fellow male characters.  Personally, I find the story is pretty much for the romance crowd, especially erotic/paranormal bookworms out there as there is no filter to the descriptions and the language used throughout.  In all honesty, this book is definitely “Unrated” and if you read it with Hershey’s kisses and wine over Enya’s music streamed on Spotify or Pandora, the experience will be a dreamy and romantic one at best.  This is why I suggest you read it alternately with your man, or woman, on Valentine’s Day night with the both of you as scantily dressed as possible making room for some passion later on…lol.

            So what are you waiting for?  Do you want to find out what will happen to Toran, will he bed the faine and dispose of his betrothed?  Will the faine stop the wedding and put up a catfight with Toran’s fiancée?  Will the witch and Merus eventually come together by the end?  Oh and will the prophecy be realized or ignored?   I guess you will have to buy the book to spice up your February 14 because Knickerbocker is one talented writer in her genre!