Introducing Rizalina Ramos-Talag, author of Following No. 45

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Rizalina Ramos Talag hails from Del Monte, Bukidnon (in Mindanao, Philippines). Lynn completed her office administration training at Gregg Business College, was enrolled in the school for Liberal Arts at the University of the East, and received her Accounting and Finance degree from the Far Eastern University. She attended accounting classes at the Golden Gate University in California and various short courses at Foothill College. She co-authored a book of poems, Embers, published in 1966, and was a part of an editorial panel in a national magazine, contributing short stories, commentaries, and poems. Lynn came to the U.S. with her family in 1972. She has three grandchildren and is also the author of Every Child Is A Poet, a collection of poems written as a grandparent.

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Today’s political scene dictates that we pay close attention to the goings-on around the seat of government, where we find that no two minds can agree on anything. The huge political divide in the United States is glaring, and the media account for most of this divide. Sometimes we don’t know which version of the news, or lack of coverage thereof, we can count on as accurate. We have to follow the source. President Trump has succeeded in bringing unity and strength to our nation, and he is looked up to as the anointed one-yet he was set up to play the villain from the day he was chosen by the people. With the cast of characters surrounding the “search for an impeachable crime” insisting the accomplished task was done by the book and finding nothing in Mr. Mueller’s lengthy quest to connect anyone to a crime, we, the people, need to move on and allow the new sheriff to do his job!

Introducing Patricia Endress, author of China Notes of the Venerable Foreign Expert

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Patricia Endress holds bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University, has taken graduate school sociology courses at the New School for Social Research and attended history courses at Western Connecticut State University. She has taught at three universities and three community colleges.

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My Chinese students knew I was a grandmother but not like any grandmother they knew. “Many old people stay at home after retired,” one student wrote. “But Professor Pat, who may be my granny according to her age in Our China, came to China alone. It is very marvelous” The students decided I had a young heart in an old body. I found I had become a model for old age.

Introducing Denise Peek, author of Leadership: What?! Growing as a Leader From the Inside Out

“My Author Representative has been very helpful and positive about my publishing experience, and her involvement made it seamless! I really appreciate her!”

Denise Peek has worked with all level of individuals to assess their current leadership level, explore the development that is possible and create a plan to execute that metamorphosis. She coaches others with care to set, adjust and achieve their goals in leadership and in life. In this book, she becomes your personal leadership coach, guiding you toward your better, more powerful self. Denise has worked with clients across the globe to develop their skills and achieve their personal and professional goals.

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Coach Yourself to Become the Leader Inside You. Learn more about the leader that already lives inside you! This insightful book will guide you through the skills and nuances of real leadership, as you explore those elements already within yourself. You will obtain strategies to develop and hone the skills and characteristics you possess and fine-tune them as you continue to grow and develop as a leader. As you read along, you become your own best coach: asking the right questions, targeting the right skills and polishing your best self as a leader. Each short chapter includes a few thought-provoking questions at its close to help you internalize and remember what you have learned and how you want to use that knowledge. This book enables you to “do and become” with its ideas, scenarios and questions. As a true leader, you are in control to use this guidebook and tailor it to your current and future leadership needs. Take the time to embark on your personal leadership journey and see where it leads. You might be surprised!

The Fruit of Silence: The Jesus Prayer as a Foundation to the Art of Spiritual Life

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Edward Kleinguetl was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and also served the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic). Over the years, Deacon Ed has been extensively involved in parish missions and retreats for varying age groups, both in the United States and China. He has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including works on the Jesus Prayer and theosis. In connection with his interests on these topics, he has been on pilgrimage to Egypt to St. Antony’s monastery (twice) and the monasteries of the Wadi al Natron, and to Mt. Athos in Greece. Deacon Ed holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 3, 2007 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In secular life, Ed is a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, working in Financial Advisory Services, specializing in merger integration and divestitures.

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The Antidote for a Hostile Environment. The cooling of faith is a reality. It appears that we as a country have become so progressive that we no longer need God. Christians are feeling increasingly like outsiders. How do we remain grounded in Gospel values? Christ himself described the two ways and that few will find the narrow gate (see Matt. 7:14). There is no middle way or compromise with the spirit of the age. Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin Mei spent 30 years in solitary confinement for refusing to compromise with the prevailing culture. His advice in the face of inhospitality was this: “Practice prayer, which is the most subversive of liberties; it can never be taken from you, and is a source of power and strength. Train yourself in prayer. Begin now, so that you are a fit, skilled practitioner when the need arises.” As a Church, it is time to return to basics, The Art of Spiritual Life, an essential component of which is prayer. The Jesus Prayer is a proven technique for turning hearts to God. It is the oldest form of contemplative prayer originating in the Early Church. We encourage our fellow pilgrims to a renewal in the spiritual life, practicing prayer to keep our feet steady on the narrow road. “Prayer and silence will save the world.” – Robert Cardinal Sarah

Introducing Deacon Michael Wesley, author of The L.I.G.H.T. Seminar: Living in the Gifts of the Holy Trinity – Revised

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Deacon Michael Wesley was born in Los Angeles, California, but has lived most of his life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. In 2003 he was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and in 2009 he received a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. Norbert’s College. Deacon Mike and his wife, Kathy, continue to minister together in the Charismatic Renewal and the Catholic Church.

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A Guide for Catholics and others wanting to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. By Deacon Michael R. Wesley, M.A., M.T.S. The word “L.I.G.H.T.” is an acronym for Living in the Gifts of the Holy Trinity. The purpose of the seminar is to acquaint Catholics and others with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I say “others” because the seminar might also be of interest to non-Catholics. I mention “Catholics” specifically because there are many Catholics today who are set on fire with their experience of God’s presence and His love. Through movements such as the ACTS retreat, Cursillo, RCIA, and youth retreats, as well as just through their Catholic faith, they are experiencing the fire of the Holy Spirit in their lives. And what this fire of the Holy Spirit has created is a thirst to share their faith with others. This is all very good because it is through witnessing the power of the Holy Spirit that the secular world will be drawn to God. One thing I see lacking, though, is an emphasis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Most Catholics who have received the sacrament of confirmation know they have received gifts of the Holy Spirit. But what is missing is an understanding of what many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are, and how they can be used in everyday life.

Introducing Laura Simmons, author of Karma: The Resolution

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Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys adult coloring books, writing, jigsaw puzzles, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.

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From the author of Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance comes the next thrilling adventure into alternate dimensions… “From the first time I saw you back in the 14th century to the day I was imprisoned in the dark realm, you have lived in my dreams and my heart,” David said to Maddie. He knows that she is the reincarnation of his beloved Cara. Can he convince her that they shared a past life? Will she still want him once she learns the truth? And what about the evil immortal who wants her dead? “If I can pull a cat from a dream, I can rescue Mori from where she’s being held prisoner,” thought Noah Colton. Each night Mori comes to him on the astral plane, begging for him to save her and vanishing before he can follow. Terrified that she will soon be killed, he travels to another dimension to rescue her and bring her to his home. But what will happen when her captors track her down? Two, out-of-this-world romantic fantasy stories unfold as David and Noah battle dark forces to save the women they love. Find out what happens when the unexpected intervenes and changes everything in these interconnected stories.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Rescued By a Boy: Salvado Por Un Chico

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Carol Creager is an experienced wildlife photographer, author, and Spanish teacher, who travels extensively in Costa Rica.

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Mischief, McGuffy and Nolan visit the Talamanca Nature Reserve. We are so thankful to the good friends we made while we were exploring the extensive gardens of Talamanca Nature Reserve. Young Jérico heroically climbed the tree where we were stranded and brought each of us safely down, where Abuela (Grandma) comforted us until we were over our fear of falling. Nolan was so happy because she and Noé liked him so much. Muchas gracias a los buenos amigos del Hotel Talamanca. Jérico subió el árbol donde estábamos y nos llevó al suelo, donde Abuela nos consoló y nos abrazó. Nolan estaba tan alegre porque ella y Noé lo querían tanto. Mischief, McGuffey, and Nolan

Introducing Frank Plasil, author of Kaleidoscope Facets: A Memoir on Darkness and Light

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Dr. Frank Plasil was born in Prague, German-occupied Czechoslovakia, in 1939. After WWII, he escaped with his family from Communist rule and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He received a B.Sc. from the University of London and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2002 he retired as “Corporate Fellow,” the highest rung on the non-management research ladder, from the Physics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Travel is Dr. Plasil’s passion and he has done so extensively.

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Dr. Plasil’s memoir spans a century. It begins with his escape from Czechoslovakia and continues to the present, transporting readers to Europe, points in the U.S., the world of science, and the privacy of his personal life. He presents his story chronologically through a series of stirring vignettes, writing in an authentic and passionate voice that does not hold back. Through the course of the story, he weaves together multiple themes in unexpected ways: family, identity, migration, assimilation, love, pain and loss, scientific endeavor, independence, and redemption. His personal story not only invites adult and young adult readers into his life; it will also stimulate their reflection on how to live. We made our way to the American zone having used forged passports. Frank Plasil was inspired to write his personal story well before his teen years. The inspiration came to him as a child when the following event took place: “I was almost nine years old … The car was speeding through the deserted streets of Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia … Soon we were in the countryside. With the moon behind them, the tall poplars which lined the road at closely-spaced, soldier-like intervals cast long shadows across our path … We arrived in Bratislava … we stopped at the bank of a broad river, the Danube … We descended to the water’s edge. Clouds covered the moon, and a light drizzle began to fall … Soon a small inflatable rubber boat arrived …. Father and I were asked to sit on the floor of the boat. I could feel the water sloshing under the single rubber sheet on which we sat. We set out into the darkness …” Thus, Frank’s illustrious scientific career and life full of twists and turns as well as emotional highs and lows was launched. These formed the kaleidoscope facets of his life, as told in this memoir.

Introducing R. N. Echols, author of Flight to Destiny: A Conner Pennington Novel

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As a combat Marine officer, R.N. Echols often investigated violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he served 23 years in the Missouri Department of Public Safety, retiring as a deputy director. He holds degrees in Art, Psychology, Criminal Justice Administration, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. Following his state career, Echols became a private investigator, specializing in cold cases. His first Conner Pennington novel, Colt Ace, has won wide acclaim among readers of mystery novels. His second cold case novel, Motor Dynasty, has met with equal enthusiasm. Echols lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his partner and fellow investigator, Ann.

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When Conner Pennington—a private investigator specializing in cold cases—gets a desperate call from his favorite cousin, he learns that her husband, Michael MacKenzie, a former Navy SEAL, hasn’t been heard from since he left for a business trip two weeks earlier. Given her husband’s history, Patty does not want to involve the police. And she knows Conner is her best hope to find him alive. During the 1980s, MacKenzie and Colonel Oliver North, USMC, ran successful operations in Nicaragua in an effort to discredit the Russian Spetsnaz operatives, but now the Russians have returned to Nicaragua, with the full intent of carrying out spy operations against the United States. Large sums of cash, jewels, gems, and gold bars were used by the US and Russia to influence the Nicaraguan regime in the eighties, and over four million dollars in assets were stolen from the Russians. Those riches were never found after North and MacKenzie left Nicaragua, and the tantalizing treasure awaits recovery. Now, Conner must assemble his own team and head to Nicaragua in hopes of skirting the Russians and bringing MacKenzie home—alive.

Introducing Eric S. Robbins, author of Please Pay Attention

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My goal is to inspire young children while teaching the importance of paying attention at all times.

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Please Pay Attention At All Times! Do you pay attention to your surroundings? If not, it is very important that you do so. Billy, Jimmy and Malcolm didn’t pay attention nor listened to instructions very well. They should be aware of the recycle truck and all of the dangers of their surroundings. Their lack of attention taught them the importance of paying attention to their surroundings at all times. Would a lack of attention cause them a ride to the recycling bin?