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Healthy foods and exercise didn’t make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the emotional issues underneath the weight

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Now
That’s Just Stupid: Weight, What?
By
Debra Taylor
Genre:
Self-Help
 
The
F-Word: A three letter word that carries the greatest impact to the
deepest void inside the soul…Fat there I said it.Just the word
alone makes every hurt, pain, failure or haunting memory rise to the
surface and food is the only thing that will quiet the storm.You
don’t have a problem with food! You have problems, issues,
behaviors and you go to food. There is a big difference!WEIGHT, What?
is the third release in the Now That’s Just Stupid, Inc. book
series. It’s a journey through real weight loss using regular,
every day foods only this time you will solve the issues and keep the
food. No one should tell you what to eat, what not to eat or how much
to eat. YOU know how to do that! What you don’t know is how to
solve the reasons why you overeat. Healthy foods and exercise didn’t
make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the
emotional issues underneath the weight. This book will show you how
to use your food to guide you toward your C.O.R.E. issues and take
the steps to solve them.
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Author,
Debra Taylor has battled obesity since childhood topping out at
almost 400 pounds before learning to manage her adiction to food. She
now holds a Masters of Science with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral
Analysis and a Ph.D. In Psychology, with an emphasis in addiction.
Her specialty is working with clients who struggle with behavioral or
emotional eating before, during and after their weight loss. She has
traveled nationally and internationally as a motivational speaker and
was Director over several hospital surgical and non-surgical weight
loss programs. While working with tousands of obese individuals she
designed the meaning behind food groups that explain and solve
emotional eating while teaching people to lose weight eating
regular every day foods.
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The Holistic Gut Prescription is the most thorough guide to intestinal wellness

Monday, November 5th, 2018
The Holistic Gut Prescription is designed to be a simple guide to healing the gut, based on the following premise: if people give the body what it needs to heal itself and remove the obstacles to its cure, then within reason, healing will follow. 
 
Nature Cure is not easy to employ, but it is usually easy to understand. There are only so many building blocks, and there are only so many possible obstacles to cure. The physician’s job is not to “make someone well,” but rather to facilitate the process of healing. 
 
In this guide, Dr. Lauren helps readers recognize which obstacles to a healthy gut they face, how to remove them, and how to supply the specific building blocks they lack so that they can create their own personal path to optimal digestive wellness.
 
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“The Holistic Gut Prescription is the most thorough guide to intestinal wellness I’ve seen to date. Readers can learn detailed programs to reverse leaky gut, chronic infections, candida and chronic inflammation. The book also gives deep perspective on how multifaceted the connections between gut health, lifestyle, and mindset are. Highly recommended.” —Alan Christianson, NMD, New York Times bestselling author of The Adrenal Reset Diet

 

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Dr. Lauren Deville is board-certified to practice medicine in the State of Arizona. She received her NMD from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, and she holds a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing. 
 
She also loves yoga, piano, and good audiobooks. She writes fiction under a pen name in her spare time.

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Author Interview

  1. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal work/writing environment?Writing in an upstairs room overlooking a private beach with the windows open.

 

  1. Where do you actually work/write?On my couch or on my porch. 🙂

 

  1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less.I’m a naturopathic doctor who loves Jesus and is passionate about finding the root cause of illness, and helping others feel healthy enough to live the life they want to live.

 

  1. What inspired your book?I didn’t see any other books on the market like it, at least not that specifically addressed the gut.

 

  1. How do you spend your free time?I love spending time with friends and family, working out (yoga and running), watching movies (my husband and I have an occasionally contentious movie blog: (estsidehecklers.wordpress.com), reading fiction or nonfiction, studying the Bible, having coffee or a glass of wine after a long day… and I don’t get to do this nearly as often as I’d like, but I love to travel! We go on 1-3 big trips per year, which is pretty awesome.
  1. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?Start a business (my medical practice)! Was never on my list of goals.

 

  1. What is your favorite part of writing?I love the editing process… once the words are already on the page, I can massage them into something I’m proud of.

 

  1. 8. Do you have any advice for other writers?Writing is a discipline, like anything else. You might also think of it as a marathon, rather than a quick sprint… so you have to pace yourself. Create a routine–whatever works for you–and stick to it.

 

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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Is it possible to survive the loss of a child?

Sunday, August 13th, 2017
After the Flowers Die: A Handbook of Heartache, Hope and Healing After Losing a child by Author Melanie Delorme
“Is it possible to survive the loss of a child?

 

Even though you might be feeling that the answer to this question is no, never, absolutely not; be assured that not only is it possible for you to survive, but you are also strong enough to thrive after this devastating tragedy.
The loss of a child creates a gaping hole in a parent’s heart that seems unbearable and the only people who truly understand your pain are other bereaved parents. Melanie is one of those parents and, in After the Flowers Die, she offers encouragement, hope and honest suggestions for how you can once again experience joy. 
This book is written in an easy to read A to Z format and covers topics that many parents may experience, such as anger, bitterness, birthdays, Christmas, hope, signs, and more. If you have lost a child and are feeling hurt and lost, this book is a great starting point for you to acknowledge your loss, celebrate your child’s life and find hope.
Are you ready to begin your journey towards healing?”

 

 

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Melanie Delorme was a content English teacher, wife, mother, sister and
friend when without warning she gained the title of bereaved parent when her
eight-year-old son Garrett was accidentally killed in a hunting accident. Her
road to healing brought her to write her first book. Melanie is involved with
her local chapter of Compassionate Friends and is passionate about offering
hope to other bereaved parents. She is currently living on a ranch in Southern
Saskatchewan with her husband, Gerry, and their two children. 




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Excerpt

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ACCEPTANCE

I know what you might be thinking. What?! Accept this?! How dare you even suggest that Ijust accept the death of my child! Before you get angry, hear me out.

I know this is not how life is supposed to work—children should never die before their parents. My grandmother is 95 years old, and she and I had this conversation when Garrett died at age 8 and again when her son, my uncle, died at 58.

When grief experts discuss the stages of grief, acceptance often comes last. I’d like to propose that it should be first, middle, and last. The acceptance of your child’s death allows you to move through the other stages. It allows you to take ownership of your feelings and move towards healing.

It seems fitting that acceptance begins this alphabetized glossary, for without acceptance there can be no healing, no remembering, and no moving forward.

Acceptance does not mean you are over it, nor does it mean that you know how you will live with it, and it certainly does not mean that you will forget your child.

Acceptance means that, as heartbreaking as it is, you know that you cannot bring your child back. However, you will continue to search for ways to keep your child alive through positive actions and celebrations.

Acceptance is the conscious choice of realizing that your relationship with your child has not ended; it has merely changed. It has changed from physically spending time together to mentally, emotionally, and spiritually spending the rest of your life on earth together.

You will likely accept your child’s death with your head far sooner than you accept it with your heart, and that’s okay. I know my head accepted Garrett’s death a long time ago, but a few months back while setting the table for supper, I absentmindedly took five plates out of the cupboard. My heart needed a gentle reminder of our loss because it obviously wasn’t so sure about this acceptance thing.

Your heart may need some gentle reminders too. Be kind and patient with yourself as you search for this place of acceptance.

ADDICTIONS

No one sets a goal to become an addict. So often, addictions begin innocently but then slowly turn into habits that become uncontrollable.

I am not a medical professional, so perhaps I am not qualified to speak about addiction, though I am still going to offer my opinion. It has been my experience that many

addicts are trying to escape undesirable feelings. These feelings may be stress, anger, grief, or loneliness. It appears that it is not necessarily the substance or the behavior that is addictive, but more the ability to escape.

The idea that something could take away your unwanted emotions—albeit temporarily—is very tempting. Certain addictions allow us to detach from our emotions and feel carefree—briefly. Unfortunately, when the effects of the addiction wear off, our emotional pain returns, often worse than it was before.

Be mindful of your alcohol consumption, legal or illegal drug use, eating, exercising, gambling, and internet usage. If any of your behaviors start to make you feel out of control, you may want to consider seeking professional help.

ANGER

Perhaps you think that anger should be higher on the list than acceptance. Perhaps you have seen the supposed stages of grief somewhere, and you already know that anger is one of them. Possibly that is the stage you are in at this minute.

I remember seeing other parents ignore their children because they were on their phones, and I was so angry that I wanted to scream at them, How dare you not appreciate the life ofyour child. But then I remembered that I had not been a perfect parent either.

There were other times that I wanted to scream at my friends, Hello?! Have youforgotten me? How dare you get back to your normal life like nothing has changedfor you? But the reality was, nothing did change for many of them. It didn’t mean that they weren’t still thinking about me, and it didn’t mean that they would not offer support if I asked.

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Anger is such a dangerous emotion to embrace, and even though it does not rear its head without cause, too often we forget that we have the power to control it. Every time I wanted to scream at someone, it was warranted—in my mind. However, what would it have gained me? Would it have made me feel better? Maybe for a minute. But unless it brought my son back, it would not have made me truly happy, and to be the source of another person’s hurt was not going to make me feel better.

I know a mother whose child was Idned by a reckless driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. This mother spent three years living in a state of rage. She attended every court hearing the driver faced, insisting that he be jailed for life. She wrote letters to her government officials demanding that he never receive bail, and she spoke of nothing else. The courts deemed this particular accident to be just that—an accident, and the man spent no time in jail. We can all understand her outrage, but having that man spend the rest of his life in jail was not going to take away her agony; it was not going to bring her daughter back. Furthermore, that man was also going to spend the rest of his life hurting and coping with his guilt.

Anger becomes dangerous when we choose to take this emotion with us on our daily journey. The bottom line is this: the more time you spend angry, the less time you will spend grieving and the further away it will take you from your memories and the further away you will be from acceptance.

So why isn’t anger higher on the list than acceptance? Well obviously, because my book would no longer be alphabetical. But seriously, accept that you may be angry. Allow yourself to be angry—temporarily. It will be the acceptance of your anger that will allow you to deal with it in a healthy or even practical manner. Consider taking some action to alleviate your anger. Throw something. Punch something. Scream in your car. Cry in your bedroom. Perhaps one of these will make you feel better, or perhaps you need a bigger outlet for your anger.

Have you ever heard of Candy Lightner? She was so outraged when her daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver in 1980 that she organized Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). I It doesn’t get much more practical than that! I’m not saying you need to become the founder of a new organization, but perhaps you can join an existing one or simply share your anger with others who have had similar experiences.

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I know it is difficult to hear and even more difficult to accomplish, but for your own wellbeing, you need to let go of anger as quickly as you can.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

—Buddha2

 

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The Woman Behind the Smile, Triumph Over the Ultimate Online Dating Betrayal

Saturday, December 10th, 2016
 


How I Lost a Million Dollars on a Dating Service could be the title of this book but The Woman Behind the Smile is so much more than a “Catfish” story – a term used to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. Many people are looking to online dating as a way to get back into real life after the death of a spouse, divorce or a failed relationship. We paint ourselves as the “perfect partner” with a profile that reflects our life’s story, or does it? In The Woman Behind the Smile, Debby shows how during much of her life she hid behind the mask of being the perfect wife, mother, Air Force Officer, banker, legal assistant and friend – until life was completely changed by “The Call.” The subsequent rebuilding of her life would include a journey only seen on Lifetime Movie Channel! Like Debby, we all have some hidden stories and like her, it’s now time for us to STAND UP in our power.

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Debby Montgomery Johnson is a woman on a mission. In her book, “The Woman Behind the Smile” she shares her personal experience with a love that turned into betrayal and financial disaster and she removes the mask of shame and shows others how to do the same. Many of us have something, something we’re hiding, something we’re ashamed of, something that through no fault of our own or through our own making, something that we keep hidden and that,  in turn, keeps us hidden, from each other and the world.
From Vermont and a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Debby is the President of Benfotiamine.Net, Inc, a vitamin supplement company that provides an alternative for the pain of neuropathy, a nerve disorder.  (Benfotiamine.Net).  Benfotiamine makes an extraordinary difference especially for diabetics and their families.
Her background is diverse, from working as a paralegal and bank branch manager to being a U.S. Air Force officer, serving as an Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency and in Wiesbaden, Germany.   Debby is just like you. A woman on a mission to live an authentic, joyful life as the Woman WITH the Smile rather than behind it.
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Top Ten List

  1. Walks (hand in hand) with my hubby
  2. Surrounding myself with my kids and playing with my 3 grandchildren
  3. Sitting around with my parents and brothers (and their families) and just talking!
  4. Swimming with the dolphins out in the bay in Hawaii (just did that!)
  5. Having a quiet evening at home with my hubby
  6. Speaking to a group of women about subjects I’m passionate about!
  7. Doing a random act of kindness
  8. Baking chocolate chip cookies (with butterscotch chips and Health Bar crunch chips)
  9. Organizing my house (de-cluttering!)
  10. Reading – scriptures, spy books, women’s stories
 
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How to care for a loved one at home…

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The Family Caregiver’s Guide

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Caring for a loved one at home. What’s really involved? And what does it mean for your family and future? Tens of millions of Americans have had these questions and more as they prepare for this unsettling yet necessary task. The Family Caregiver’s Guide fills in the gaps, connecting the dots between research and real life.

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Drawing on the author’s extensive caregiving experience, this book provides strategies to care for your loved one, inside and out, as well as for yourself—including how to use your natural skills in your new role, and which skills you may need to add. You’ll discover how to set up your home for caregiving, including a safety checklist, equipment suggestions, and words you should know. And for those days that are more than a handful, you’ll find positive affirmations, a section on facing and Smart Steps at the end of each chapter, in case you need guidance in a hurry. Caregiving has both rewards and challenges. But through it all, you’ll discover what’s most important—that caregiving is love in action.

 

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Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 37 years and is the author of 35 books, including eight grief resources. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and Minnesota Coalition for Grief Education and Support. Hodgson writes for The Caregiver Space Website, Open to Hope Foundation website, and The Grief Toolbox website. She has appeared on more than 185 talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, Hodgson has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences. Please visit www.harriethodgson.com for more information about this busy author, grandmother, and caregiver.

 

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My Pineapples Went to Houston- Heartbreak, Humor and Hope

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

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The Book Synopsis:
“Heartbreak, Humor and, ultimately, Hope

That’s the message that comes through loud and clear in My Pineapples Went to Houston, Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss. The “shock and awfulness” began in 2002 when her father died, her mother teetered on the brink of a coma and her husband of 22 years secretly lost all their money and ran off with a stripper. And it was all downhill from there!

Then one day in the midst of all the chaos—somewhere between loud cursing and crying—she recalled an amusing anecdote she’d heard about pineapples that spoke to her circumstances in such an unexpectedly humorous way that she couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “That moment of laughter was a small epiphany for me. I realized that I had allowed my sense of humor, which had always mitigated the bad breaks in my life and enhanced the good ones, to fall victim to the machete my ex-husband had taken to my life. I determined right then and there that I could no longer permit that. I instinctively knew that humor was the most potent, and just about the only, protection I had at my disposal to survive the crises unfolding around me, and I vowed to keep it alive.”

Told with honesty and insight—and, of course, humor—My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers and offers hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own “plans gone outrageously awry.”

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The author:

Lee Gaitan is a wife, mother, teacher, author and speaker, but above all she is passionately committed to overcoming life’s obstacles, surviving sometimes by the skin of her teeth, but always with humor and optimism. She shares her experience with anyone who will listen with the intent to encourage others to use humor to their benefit.

In the past twelve years Lee has had to deal with more than a healthy helping of “are you kidding me?” moments. In 2002, she hit rock bottom. It was so bad shelovingly refers to it as a year of “shock and awfulness.” That year her father died,her mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and her husband of 22 years lost every penny of their money BEFORE running off to Arizona with his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper.
That was just the beginning. She spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career.

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Me—Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Jorge—Andy Garcia

Dick—Vince Vaughn

 

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Winning or Losing By Author Robert D. Lamoreaux

Monday, July 11th, 2016

 

 

Robert Lamoreaux JD is a successful attorney who has specialized in estate and financial planning throughout his career. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University and University of Utah College of law as well as certificates from many other institutes of higher education around the country. He has lectured extensively from coast to coast and has traveled the world managing assets, which have been gifted, to an international charitable organization. Robert has given legal counsel to numerous corporations, colleges and universities, prominent individuals and the IRS. He has vast knowledge, which has come from planning numerous estates of all types and sizes. Robert currently has a successful private practice and continues to be in demand for his work on estate law and financial planning.

 

 
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This is not a “”get rich quick”” book. This book is for readers who are concerned bout their financial state. Robert Lamoreaux JD uses his extensive knowledge and experience to create a straight-forward, easy-to-read, behind-the-scenes look at the factors influencing all aspects of personal finances and future retirement.

 

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Loving the book Important Announcement

Saturday, June 25th, 2016
We are sad to inform you that Jess is no longer with our team. Her husband recently graduated from the Police Academy and we are so happy for them. They have now moved and she is spending time focusing on her 3 kiddos, husband, and her new MaryKay business. We’re very excited to see her thrive.
However, we are excited to announce that we have a new team member! Welcome to Corinne Prost – our new Freelance writer. Her responsibilities will include writing fabulous articles about writing, reading, reviewing, and blogging. She’ll be putting together some great tips for all book lovers, and helping up as we build our blogger/review team.
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Introducing our new team member
Corinne is a BA at Hillsdale College, and her declared major is American Studies with a projected minor in Journalism. Although these choices sound informed and thoughtful on Corinne’s part, what really happened is that a really cool, successful senior did the same major and minor and went on to do really cool, successful things. So even though Corinne doesn’t know what she will do with these life choices, she does know one thing: her dream is to become as great as the classical authors.
While growing up, Corinne battled a severe condition that afflicted her for many years: she could not see because her eyes were glued permanently to books. This caused her to be the girl at recess who hid in the shade to read from her pile of library books, and her occasional companion was the library lady. One day, Corinne finally found she could look up, and after the initial shock she realized that her college applications would need to say more than “loves to read”. Her solution: to become involved in as many things as possible.
As a result, Corinne came to the realization that she also enjoys creative writing, drawing or painting, traveling, playing tennis, and spending inappropriate amounts of time thinking about the money it would take to adopt all the unclaimed dogs at the animal shelter. In the near future, she hopes to spend less time thinking about those dogs and more time writing.
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Interview (Part 2)
6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
Let’s talk about a dinner I had with my professor, Dr. Hart. The first week of finals, my friend’s boyfriend had stopped me after an exam and asked me if I’d like to come along to an auction dinner he’d won. In addition to my friend and her boyfriend, another fraternity brother would be coming along for a homecooked meal at our professor’s house. I accepted, all grins despite nearly two hours of exam-induced cold sweats. I would be able to have a regular conversation with the professor that gave students a hell worth enduring. Without fail, his lectures were peppered with student answers and explanations to the readings, most of which we never fully understand–and it showed. By mid-semester, those of us who hadn’t had the pleasure of being in his class knew the routine. Dr. Hart would pose the tail end of an insanely convoluted statement as a question, usually one bridging political philosophy with history. The two students in charge of discussing for the day would stare past him at the whiteboard or pretend to flip through their book, waiting until the other would answer. Dr. Hart never broke these silences. Eventually, one blurted out half of a sentence, paused. Every student trained their eyes on Dr. Hart from behind the podium. His face would twist and coil in shows of discontent, confusion, or thought. He would stare up at his victim from a tilted head, one fingerless glove on the reader, the other adjusting his glasses. Once his mouth opened, all other students would put down their pencils. If the student was lucky, he would get a simple, “No, that’s wrong” or “Yes, but there’s more”. Most of the time, Dr. Hart would dismantle an answer–while the valiant but clueless student squirmed and chewed at his mouth–before he redirected the question. As a victim of several of these encounters, this invite should have induced anxiety rather than excitement. And yet, there was something about Dr. Hart in his complex and paradox personality that made his presence slightly more intriguing than anything else. Each class, without fail, he dressed the part of a senile retiree who appeared to believe he was both a competitive biker (hence the fingerless gloves) and a gentlemen in the roaring 20s. His appearance played as a heavy distraction from his manner, but his ability to command a room incited respect and awe. What was the explanation for the large discrepancy between the outer shell of this man and his inner wealth of knowledge?
I must tell you, it is the disturbing result of a man who has amassed great knowledge on top of his lack of empathy and caring. His wife, the woman who set the table, took our coats, and waited on us while dinner finished cooking, was the first and ongoing victim of the evening. While she shared the story of how she met her husband, Dr. Hart chewed on in grimaced silence. His ashen face with eyes peeking over lowered glasses was no different than the look he gave to students as they spoke. And just as in class, he interrupted her to trump or correct her details about just how long they spent at a place or why they met. “It felt like we were there forever!” She would gleam in a false-show of a tough time passed in her youth, cut short by his “We only spent two weeks there, at most.” Each time, she would smile wider with his answers. When she had finished, Dr. Hart gave a smile. It didn’t quite reach all of his eyes, only the corners, and he showed no teeth. “The only reason we started dating is because your friend turned me down,” he began. All four of us emitted short, abrupt laughs, and I snuck a look to my friend seated next to me. I didn’t want to appear rude and turn my head, so I only glanced for a second. Her eyes had widened, too. Dr. Hart went on to explain that while his wife’s old college friend was much more attractive, she didn’t reciprocate his advances. So, he settled for talking to his wife. He did not end the story with a sweeter tone. Just as with his students, he left his response cutting and incomplete.
He offered us wine. All four of us shifted uncomfortably, not sure if accepting the gesture would be appropriate since we were underaged. “Do your parents normally let you have a glass with dinner?” He posed a question, and when none of us spoke he made several comments about how we shouldn’t be so modest, us being college students. Three of us obliged, but my friend insisted that she was driving and shouldn’t anyways. “Oh, so good.” He purred, almost sarcastically. Everything he said, no matter what it was, had some trace of sarcasm to it. He even asked what the dinner was for, anyways, and my friend’s boyfriend reminded him it was a part of the auction. Dr. Hart gave no other response than a shrug; he would sip his wine when he didn’t want to continue the subject.
When my friend notified Dr. Hart that her and her boyfriend were dating because of his class, he didn’t bother looking up at her from cutting his steak until she finished. All he said was, “Are you boyfriend and girlfriend too?” He chuckled to himself, brandishing his steak knife at the fraternity brother and I. The brother beat me to a response:  “Actually, no we’re just friends,” and I gave a nervous, close-lipped smile. My friend folded her hands in her lap and tore at the edges of her napkin. On the car ride over, she’d told me how her boyfriend had talked with Dr. Hart about her before they’d even had a conversation. It seemed as if he didn’t remember.
The wine loosened the boys up a bit, and they engaged in politics with Dr. Hart. Most of the conversation went along like this: the professor posed a statement and questions, and the boys would answer and debate. Half an hour after that, both dessert and the topics were finished up. Before the silence passed too long, Dr. Hart’s wife wrapped the dinner up with a pleasant remark on how nice it was to have us over. We shuffled out, half turned to the couple and to the door. With our coats in hand, we gave quick waves at the two and thanked them until we stepped outside. When we reached the car across the street I turned to look at them one last time, but the door was already closed.
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Mom, how do I do Faith???

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Today we have first time author Bronwen Oehlschlager and her artist Tari Huffaker for a visit.
Bronwen, where were you born?
I was born in Washington State, but I grew up (for the most part) in various areas of Idaho. The last place we lived before I moved out to go to school was Harpster, Idaho. A tiny little blip of a town that you’d miss if you blinked.
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I know what you mean… What is the hardest part about being an author?
This is my first book. 🙂 I think the hardest part so far has been getting over my fears and breaking out of my safety zone. This little work is very special to me and I want to share it with the whole world… and I want to keep it secret in case someone doesn’t like (me) my point of view and inspiration. But hard things are good for us! So I’m overcoming those fears.
Good for you. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Well, faith has been something that has fascinated me since I was about 17. I made a study of it because I had a feeling that I was doing it wrong. I needed to know the nitty gritty. I needed to get it right. I was teaching it to my children when my 5 year old (now 7) asked me this all important question: “Mom, how do you DO faith?” That did it for me. I had to put something together to help her. The honor and glory truly go to the Lord for how it came together.
What is the name of your  children book?
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“Mom, How Do I DO Faith?”
What genre is it?
It falls under the genre: Faith
Tell us more about it
My book is a coloring book illustrated by Tari Huffaker (my talented mother).
My dream is to have my book come in to a great many Latter Day Saint homes who have children of any age. I want to help little ones get their heads around the faith process, and how to live in a high-vibrating-harmony with Father in Heaven’s laws – a harmony that will allow them to do miracles with their faith, and “expand with love”, as President Monson would say. The scriptures can be hard for a little one to search. With “Mom, How Do I DO Faith?” I hope that they will have a leg up on scripture study and understanding.
It can be purchased on Amazon. It is not in a digital format since it is a coloring book. http://www.amazon.com/Mom-How-Do-Faith-Home-School/dp/1519402740/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453484538&sr=1-4&keywords=mom%2C+how+do+I+do+faith

About the Author

Bronwen Oehlschlager is an all American, homeschooling mom who feels passionately about teaching the ins and outs of faith to her own children. She loves reading, writing, teaching, and experiencing daily miracles both small and great! Bronwen has an amazingly wonderful husband who helps her with her work, and four brilliantly believing children. They live together in their “heavenly” mountain nook in “Happy Valley” Utah.
About the Artist, Tari Huffaker 

Tari, what inspired you to do the illustrations in this children book?

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Bronwen asked me to do the drawings.  She said that she wanted very simple “stick figures” and that this was to be a coloring book.  I don’t mind confessing that I was terrified by this request.  I am a potter not an illustrator…that is really my mother’s forte.  I pondered and pondered how to do stick figures for a coloring book…after all, true stick figures are just, well, boring!  I really prayed about this assignment and the drawings in the book are what evolved.

How long did it take you to do the illustrations?

It took months for me to complete the book…mostly because I was afraid to disappoint Bronwen. Secondly because if I couldn’t draw at just the right time of day my hand would shake too badly for me to make a decent Mom, or sister, etc.

Where were you born?

I am what is known as an Air Force BRAT.  Yes, that brat is in capital letters that are about 6 feet tall.  I was actually born at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington.  But Dad was transferred when I was almost 2.  So, I can say, like that country song, “I’ve been ev’rywhere, man. I’ve been ev’rywhere.”

LOL… When did you start to draw?

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​About 34 years ago I took a 6 week art class with my mom at Merced Community College.  The class was called “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain”… I did okay and then never really drew a thing again.  Now I get credit for something the Lord really did…I have my name on the book my daughter had published​…but it should really be the Lord’s name.

The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

What makes you passionate about writing?

My passion for writing derives from life experiences and the events that have stuck in my mind.

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Do you have a writing routine?

No, not at this time, but would like to say evenings and early mornings are good when there is not a lot of noise and I have time to think.

What is the title of your book?

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The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear

What genre does your book fall under?

Children’s Picture Book

So you are an artist too. Are you taking new clients?

I am always up for more work and a challenge.

Can we buy your drawings one by one or do we have to buy a set?

You can buy them anyway you would like.

How do you charge for drawings, by inch, square feet or what?

I would probably charge by the page. I am pretty quick at the sketches; the computer part of coloring them in may take some time. I would say anywhere from $40 to $95 per page. A lot would depend on what the author is looking for in their books.

Where can we find more about your work? 

I have my own sign shop. You can go to my website at http://www.ronissigns.com or go to my Facebook page Roni Kennedy and look and review some of my work. There are not many sketches but I have an accredited art degree from The Antonelli School of Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated in 1975 and The Good Lord has told us to develop our talents so I have! Thank You!

You are welcome. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Don’t Be A Bully

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

It is published through Idea Creations Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took two days to write and two weeks to illustrate.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would probably compare the story to LDS church manuals that they teach in Primary, only mine giving the information about bullying in a story way; don’t be mean and hurtful to others. Be a Christian and be kind.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

First my mother and second my enemies and those that have either bullied me in some way or have been rude and disrespectful.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The colorful illustrations are eye catching and portray the events very well.

Where can we find your book?

Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/Boy-That-Grew-Teeth-His/dp/0996665730/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452703788&sr=8-1&keywords=the+boy+that+grew+teeth+in+his+ear, soon to be on Barnes & Noble and more.

Climb your own personal mount Everest, it will change your world.

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Today we have Jeff Griffin, Author & Speaker visiting our blog.

Jeff, how long have you been writing? This is my first book!  I started it in 2004 and published it this summer

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Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.  I was born in cache valley Utah in God’s country!  I currently live in West Jordan Utah

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?   (more…)

A Conversations with Mother Goddess?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

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Natalie Kawai is a Spiritual Teacher and Guide. Born on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, she now lives in Hawaii. Clairaudient from birth, she has always been haunted by the mysteries of life, why we are here, and our role in the universe. Moved by her intense desire always to go deeper in understanding the whys of the whys, she found the voice of the Great Mother of Creation twelve years ago. Since then, she has studied relentlessly with the Supreme Being in a constant and intense dialogue. This practice led her to understand why a gulf still exists between our divinity and our humanity. Under the Great Mother of Creations’ guidance, she founded LST™—Light Speed Transmutation— a radical system to restore our lost consciousness and drive out the last part of our ego.

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Genre – Self Help

Back cover blurb:

Buried in our soul forever, there is a piece of us that has not as yet been activated. That piece is (more…)

The Paleo Cardiologist is not a Band-Aid fix of the conventional medicine

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Dr. Jack Wolfson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was the
first osteopathic physician at the Cleveland Clinic. The family moved to
Chicago where Dr. Wolfson was raised and did all of his training. He
received his B.S. in Biology from The University of Illinois with dreams
of following in his father’s footsteps. He then enrolled at Midwestern
University for his medical school training. He did a subsequent
three-year residency in Internal Medicine and three year fellowship in
Cardiology. In his final year, Dr. Wolfson was appointed Chief Fellow.
After
finishing his training, Dr. Wolfson moved to Arizona in 2002. He joined
a large cardiology group and was elected as a senior partner in 2006.
After years of angiograms, pacemakers, and other procedures, Dr. Wolfson
met the woman who opened his eyes to the wellness paradigm. Dr. Jack
and Dr. Heather now practice as The Drs. Wolfson.In 2012, Dr.
Wolfson opened his own private practice with the idea of providing
patients in-depth information about their health and the risks and
benefits of all treatments. The focus is to use nutrition,
evidence-based supplements, chemical avoidance, exercise, and relaxation
to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Patients seek his
consultation from all over the world.The Drs. Wolfson have two
beautiful boys and live in Arizona. They have a rescue lab-mix named
Sal. They love to hike and bike as a family. They are active soccer
parents. The family eats organic food, grass-fed meats, and wild
seafood. Both boys were born at home and breastfed for over three years.
The Drs. Wolfson practice attachment parenting and co-sleep with their
boys.

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Can Moms live guilt free?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Amy, what is your typical day like?

Mine is not the day of a full-time author, but rather of a full-time mom (of a small army).  My day begins with some qi gong and stretching, followed by meditation, then pondering my day over a mug of hot lemon water.  Depending on how much sleep I got the night before, I might eat and get ready for my day next, but with a new baby – school time can often find me still in my pjs.  I am currently homeschooling five of my children, with one preschooler, one infant and two graduated and on their own.  Regardless of the subject, we do a lot of reading – together or alone.  I answer questions, discuss assignments, put out fires, and keep everyone off the fridge.

School time is over by 1 pm where we all grab a quick bite, then I (more…)

Can every day Women Inspire Women?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Leslee, how long have you been writing?

I wrote and produced school productions in grade school and was always taking some kind of writing courses. I worked in the movie industry and then started my own production company. I wrote, produced and directed shorts and docs.

I decided that I was going to start writing non-fiction kindle books and my 1st book that I published this month became a #1 best seller.

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I am a native Calgarian.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

You can do a lot of research for non-fiction and see what people are buying. Of course Romance always sells. I do my research and hope for the best.

This book was written because I had a business “Women Inspiring Women” and I wanted to (more…)

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Lisa, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where I still reside

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What makes you passionate about writing?

It’s best how I can communicate. I can say things better with words than I can verbally

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

12 years because I never thought that I was good enough.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Friends because I would have NEVER thought of it on my own

What is the title of your book?

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

 

Could you give us a back cover blurb?

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13) Lisa Sparrow has never felt loved or wanted. Born into a family that she never quite fit into, her childhood was spent alternating between the foster care system and various mental health institutions. How could the very people charged to protect her make her feel so worthless? How do you put the pieces of a shattered heart back together again; is it even possible? From the agony of multiple miscarriages to the pain of never feeling love from anyone, Lisa Y. Sparrow reveals the most intimate of details of her life in the hopes that someone is freed from their own prison of mental illness.

What genre does your book fall under?

Mental health

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

That mental illness is truly an illness and not a death sentence and to find a good support network

What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?

That this is a very open and candid book about the life of a mentally ill woman

Where can we find your book?

http://www.amazon.com/His-Eye-Sparrow-Lisa-Y/dp/0988625938/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427931785&sr=1-4&keywords=his+eye+is+on+the+sparrow

How I healed bipolar disorder without drugs?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

BOOK SYNOPSIS

MISSION IMPROBABLE: How I Healed Bipolar Disorder without Drugs

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Deborah Fryer, a native of Yorkshire, England, struggled with bipolar disorder for 49 years, and could never figure out what was wrong with her.

Abused severely as a child by her mentally ill mother, Deborah was depressed and lonely in her big family. She suffered paralyzing (more…)

What does THE CHICKEN CATCHERS and WRITING FOR REAL-WORLD REASON have in common?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
 the author…Mary-Ann Duke 🙂

Where are you from, Mary-Ann?

I am a native Floridian. I currently live in Sarasota, FL

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I  like Florida. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

If I could time travel, I’d go to Jerusalem in Jesus’ time to meet him.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?

If I could have dinner with any of my characters, it’d be Victoria Scarlett Jones and Jimbo Bean. I’d serve chicken and dumplings.

If you could travel anywhere on earth or off, where would you go?

I’d visit the Great Wall of China. (I’ve already visited the pyramids of Egypt.)

Describe your dream writing spot.

My dream writing spot would be high up (more…)

Christy Monson’s Family Talk, blog tour is up and running

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Christy, tell us where you were born and where do you live now?

I was born in Medford, Oregon, but I now live in Ogden, Utah.

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Hi neighbor! What makes you passionate about writing?

I love writing. It’s my way to relax, escape from the stresses of daily life, and put the things I’m passionate about down on paper.

Amen to that… How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I finished the first draft of the manuscript in about 8 months.

Good job. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
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