Archive for March, 2015

Growing Up Near The County Jail Makes For Some Unusual Friends In Your Inner Circle

Paige Morrison
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Growing Up Near The County Jail Makes For Some Unusual Friends In Your Inner Circle

Floral Park, NY – Reminiscing about the “good ‘ol days” can drum up some interesting memories of days gone by, a simpler time when the biggest concern children had was how many minutes they could play outside until Mom and Dad noticed the streetlights were on.  After all, that was the universal signal that it was time to hightail it into the house.  Author Robert McNally’s hilarious recollection of his childhood memories, in The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey trilogy is reminiscent of Huck Finn.  Similar to Huck Finn, McNally takes his readers along to experience extraordinary events, which ultimately form lasting bonds and memories.  

The trilogy includes two volumes to-date:  I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1), Sister Superior’s Thumb, the Pope’s Ring and the End of Childhood (vol. 2), and the final book in the trilogy is currently being penned.

I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (vol. 1) highlights McNally’s childhood during WWII and the Great Depression when he grew up near a crematory and a jail. This wide-eyed, young boy’s inner circle included members of his family, inmates of the county jail, and his best friend Rosemary. In his surroundings were gypsies, beggars and hobos.  In grade school, he frequently hopped rides on freight cars to explore lands unknown to him and to search for Nazi spies. He discovered a dead infant in the rubble of a fire he set twelve hours earlier.

The second volume of the trilogy, Sister Superior’s Thumb, the Pope’s Ring and the End of Childhood, continues on with McNally’s adventures as he enters adolescence.  One day he picked himself up and walked out of school and did not return. Three months later he was registered in a different one. He found himself in trouble with the police, and convinced a couple of runaways to return home, and saved one runaway from being murdered by his runaway friend. He also reveled in his 15 minutes of fame when he captured the first black widow spider in the northeastern US.    

“Times were much simpler then and the things we conjured up to entertain ourselves still make me smile,” says McNally. “My hope is that readers find themselves laughing out loud and recall their own childhood shenanigans.”

About the Author
Robert McNally writes about his life’s adventures growing up in Ridgewood and Middle Village, NY, at the coaxing of friends and family.  Insurance auditor, turned writer, McNally now resides in New York with his wife and has been happily married for more than 50 years.    

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/RidgewoodBoy/

Available on Amazon.com at http://ow.ly/IV3nx and http://ow.ly/IV3gF.   

I Had Jelly on My Nose and A Hole in My Breeches (Vol. 1 – The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey Trilogy)
By Robert McNally
ISBN-10:  1475102410

Sister Superior’s Thumb, the Pope’s Ring and the End of Childhood: (Vol. 2 – The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey Trilogy)
By Robert McNally
ISBN-10:  1490344489

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When Life Gets Overwhelming, Sacred Space Heals The Heart

Joanna Morgan
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When Life Gets Overwhelming, Sacred Space Heals The Heart

Georgetown, TX – Modern lives are filled with gadgets, apps and advice to help us save money, save time, save room. But what will save us all? John D. Duncan has the answer in his newest book, Sacred Space: The Art of Sacred Silence, Sacred Speech, and The Sacred Ear in the Echo of the Still Small Voice of God (Austin Brothers Publishing).

Sacred Space is for those who feel bottle-necked, overloaded, trapped…in other words, all of us. In the foreword, pastor and author Taylor Field says “…in its own quiet way, this is a dangerous book. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!” This gentle reminder is only partly in jest.

“We need to slow down and make room for sacred space to renew our vision for life and our enthusiasm for living for Christ,” Duncan says. “An injured soul can only find renewal when time given to the sacred opens minds and hearts to the joy of Christ. Be still, and know that He is God.”

If your soul has been damaged by an overpacked schedule and too many things that pushed aside time for the sacred, and an over-hyped consumer church that marginalized the sacred (Christ, the cross and the resurrection) you will find help on these pages.

John Duncan is a pastor, preacher, writer and an adjunct professor at Baylor University. He preaches God’s Word, emphasizing the biblical text and providing keen insight into living out one’s faith in the 21st century. After 20 years as senior pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, TX, he served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church Georgetown from 2007-2013. He now serves as interim pastor at First Baptist Church San Marcos.

Dr. Duncan earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the United Kingdom Open University in Cambridge, England. His previous degrees include a D. Min. and an M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Howard Payne University.

For more information, visit: www.johndduncan.com.

Sacred Space: The Art of Sacred Silence, Sacred Speech, and The Sacred Ear in the Echo of the Still Small Voice of God
Austin Brothers Publishing
Available at the publisher’s website http://www.austinbrotherspublishing.com/~shop/christian-living/sacred-space/265608/?catId=15654
or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
ISBN 9780990347743
$14.95

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Would You Climb Mount Everest To Help Prevent Human Trafficking? Newbie Mountain Climber, Sara Safari, Risks it!

Joanne Morgan
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The Woodlands, TX 77393
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Would You Climb Mount Everest To Help Prevent Human Trafficking?  Newbie Mountain Climber, Sara Safari, Risks it!

Irvine, CA – Sara Safari is a young woman who is inspired by the plight of lower caste girls in Nepal and has decided to go beyond her limit and plans to climb the world’s highest mountain to raise funds and awareness.

Safari moved to the United States with her family when she was 20 years old and continued studying electrical engineering at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude in 2009. While teaching at California State University Fullerton, she met Dr. Jeffrey Kottler, founder of the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation.

He started the organization in 2001 to identify, mentor, support, and educate primarily lower caste girls in Nepal. Many of these girls would otherwise have been forced into early marriage or sex slavery. They provide scholarships for 290 girls, 30 of whom are now attending college and university, the first girls in their villages to ever do so. Many are pursuing careers in medicine, engineering, business and education. ENG is a 100% volunteer organization and has no paid staff.

One of Sara’s passions is mountain climbing, which began as a new hobby with no prior experience and eventually became more serious as she trained to climb different mountains all over the world. As Sara learned about ENG and its activities, she began to realize how the Nepali girls’ circumstances inspired her, and she decided to combine her passion with a great cause.

Eventually, her motivation led to a decision to climb the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest (29,000 ft.), to raise money and awareness regarding human trafficking. She has been training every day for the last two years and in April of 2015, she is going to Nepal to tackle Mt. Everest. Every step she takes will raise funds for Empower Nepali Girls. Currently Safari is a professor of Electrical Engineering at California State University in Fullerton and Southern California Institute of Technology.

Please meet Sara at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_9cyPCB97LUKinSh2Fgpsg/feed

For more information, visit:
www.facebook.com/climbingeverest2015
www.empowernepaligirls.org

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If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? Lessons For Living Right

Joanna Morgan
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If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? Lessons For Living Right

New York, NY – Teaching kids to accept others is a lesson no one can afford to ignore. If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? (DoctorZed Publishing) by Peter Sacco offers a light touch on a serious topic.

Tragedies resulting from bullying seem to be multiplying, and intolerance of cultural and religious differences is all too common. Author, professor and therapist Peter Sacco asks teachers, parents and counselors, how will this negative phenomenon ever change?

Simple: Through kids!

In If I Was A Bird, Billy is taken on a journey, encountering many different birds, their habits, their lifestyles, and their own unique quirks. Eventually Billy himself is transformed into a canary and learns the skill of empathy. This experience helps Billy choose wise and sincere friends, while at the same time learning tolerance for those who are not like he is. In the end, Billy learns who you “flock” with says much about you.

Kids ages six to twelve are encouraged to think about and discuss building self-esteem, self-confidence, and develop strategies for saying “no” to bullying. If I Was A Bird will be printed in five different languages to benefit children’s programs at the Center For Abuse Awareness, an organization highlighting the true cost of neglect and abuse, and supporting abuse-related organizations in the U.S. and Canada, including children’s services, victims services, shelters and other agencies that deal with children, women and men whose lives have been affected by abuse.

Peter is the author of many popular international books and more than 700 magazine articles. He has received the Award of Excellence in Teaching and lectures at universities in both the U.S. and Canada. He currently hosts a weekly radio show, “Matters of the Mind” which features celebrities with whom he discusses mental health, relationship and addiction issues. He is also an award-winning executive producer and host of documentaries on relationships, psychological issues and children’s issues. To learn more about Peter or his work, please visit: http://www.petersacco.com.

www.bullyingisforthebirds.com

If I Was A Bird…What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With?
DoctorZed Publishing
Available February 15 at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online
ISBN #978-0-9942084-8-4
Price $2.99

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Mother-Daughter Duo Deliver Inspiration in Very Different, Yet Amazing Ways

Paige Morrison
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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Mother-Daughter Duo Deliver Inspiration in Very Different, Yet Amazing Ways

The Woodlands, TX – Mother-daughter team Rebecca Webb Wilson and Rebecca Wilson Macsovits, both book authors, tap into their creative sides to deliver inspiration to young and mature alike in their books, Well Seasoned: Savoring Life’s Lessons and Guion the Lion: A Colorful World.

Well Seasoned: Savoring Life’s Lessons (Inspire on Purpose) by Rebecca Webb Wilson, chronicles the seasons of life, illuminated by her unconventional and uplifting philosophy, in a collage of breathtaking photographs and inspirational essays. By pairing carefully crafted words with more than one hundred vibrant, full-color images, Wilson savors the clarity that time and experience make possible for all who journey.
Sprinkled with thoughtful quotations and fragments of poetry, her unique book shares her abundant gratitude for the sudden surprises and unexpected joys revealed in nature’s seasons, and her own passing seasons – offering renewed hope to anyone hesitant about the aging process.

Bright colors, engaging characters and an inspirational theme combine for an instant classic in Guion the Lion: A Colorful World (Inspire On Purpose), by Rebecca Wilson Macsovits. Guion (rhymes with “lion”) is a rainbow-colored lion who stands out in a world of black and white. He wants to find a way to bring back the color, but how? While on his quest, Guion encounters a variety of animals, each struggling with a unique problem. Always kind and friendly, he does his best to help. To his delight, Guion eventually discovers that every time he helps someone, a little much-needed color comes back into the world.

“Teaching our kids acceptance and diversity is key to steering them towards a rich, fulfilling life,” says Rebecca Wilson Macsovits. “I’m so excited that Guion the Lion can be used as a platform to teach this message”

Rebecca Webb Wilson has always felt a passion to see the world and experience all that it offers. Naturally she became a Pan Am stewardess to feed her curiosity. Rebecca has worn many hats, as a realtor, an assistant United States Attorney, and as founder of Bridge Builders, a youth leadership program that has had over 25,000 participants. Her long-time interest in wildlife found a focus when she became involved with the Memphis Zoological Society to totally remodel the zoo. Now, an avid traveler and accomplished nature photographer, Wilson has travelled to some of the world’s most exotic locations and a total of 71 countries. She has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro, the Swiss Alps part of the Haute Route, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and The Milford Track in New Zealand. Her book pays tribute to her deep sense of adventure and desire to capture the moment for all time. For readers, it offers a temporary respite from everyday life – to be immersed in beauty and tranquility and to reflect on their own tender memories. Rebecca says it so well: Rethink. Remember. Renew.

Rebecca Wilson Macsovits approaches life, much like her mother, with a sense of adventure and continually seeks out new people, information, and challenges to keep her invigorated. Although the majority of her career has been spent in marketing, her true creative spirit launched after the birth of her first child and continues to be cultivated by all three of her children. Rebecca’s oldest son, Guion, who has Down syndrome, brings a tremendous amount of joy to his family, and Rebecca regularly observes his siblings depending on him for help. She doesn’t want others to discount his abilities just because he’s different. Rebecca hopes her first book, Guion the Lion, will encourage young people to give and receive help from others who don’t look exactly like them – this is what makes our big world such a welcoming and colorful place.

For more, please visit the following websites: www.hawkeyenature.com and www.Guionthelion.com.

Well Seasoned: Savoring Life’s Lessons
By Rebecca Webb Wilson
Publisher: Inspire on Purpose
ISBN: 978-0-9898008-6-0

Guion the Lion: A Colorful World
By Rebecca Wilson Macsovits
Publisher: Inspire On Purpose
ISBN: 978-1-941782-02-6

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