Author Contributions At Magic City July to December 2014
Last year (Nov '13 to June '14) we received 124 contributions from book authors. Since July of this year we have received another 58. By July 1st this year we had featured over 400 new book releases and since that date we have added another 300 more thanks to additional books baskets like the Christian Book Basket and the Children's Book Basket. I have been very honored to have been involved with the publicists and authors involved and I hope that our readership has enjoyed the bonus reading, and I hope that this work will continue after I cease to be the Editor on December 31st.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:20:40 AM
'bad for ears' : the role of poetry by RG Gregory
A poem may be sparked by a moment's event, but the spark comes because there is something deeper that needs illuminating, something within the reality of the moment that puts pressure on the popular paradigm of cause and effect and suddenly glimpses a more paradoxical sense of occasion yearning to break into being. In "bad for ears" there is great celebration within the room; outside though, a bleaker vision is straining to have its say. Poetry feeds upon this voice within the voice, this other spiritual viewpoint (for pleasure or pain) that changes the whole experience of the language being exploited.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:17:02 AM
A Year of Feasting
My husband struggled with controlling his anger. One Sunday morning, while at church, God started dealing with him as well. He became so troubled, that he left to go back home. He started crying out to God. He couldn't cope any longer. He ask God to take this feeling away. As he was praying, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a "black thing" leave his body and vanish away.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:15:30 AM
Two New "Unbroken Soldiers" Videos Pay Honor to Disabled Veterans
Through the network's continued partnership with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), INSP has produced two new short films in its critically-acclaimed and award-winning MOMENTS series. The documentaries, "Unbroken Soldiers: Jason Courneen," and "Unbroken Soldiers: Bobby Barrera," pay tribute to wounded veterans and their families, and will premiere on both INSP and Moments.org on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:12:32 AM
Thanksgiving Gluten Free and Lactose Tolerant!
So now that I am "gluten free and "lactose free," I had to figure out a way to still cook delicious biscuits, pies and stuffings so I can eat everything I want without denying myself the best meal of the year - - Thanksgiving. It has taken me a while to figure it all out.... but I did it. We know, the trouble with gluten free baked goods is that they're not very good. I love my old fashioned Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing, but that is all over for me. How to reproduce it with gluten free ingredients?
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:10:35 AM
The Shamrak Report Taking Back Our Inheritance
Thousands of Jewish Israelis were expelled from their homes during the 2005 Disengagement - but soon, some of them may have a chance to return. MKs Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) and Orit Struk (Jewish Home) have drafted a bill to restore Homesh and Sa-Nur to its former Jewish residents, Walla! News reports on Wednesday night, as well as to "eliminate the rights" of those who have invaded the communities since then. The foundation of the bill is based on the fact that both Homesh and Sa-Nur are in the area of Judea-Samaria under full control of the State of Israel.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:07:26 AM
Darlene Briggs 2014 Woman of the Year
Margaret Podlich, president of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation's largest boat owners' association with more than 500,000 members, was named the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. Podlich was honored Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Awards Breakfast at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:05:12 AM
Congress Urged To Protect Programs That Help the Poor and Vulnerable
WASHINGTON--The U.S. bishops stand ready to work with Congress "to protect poor and vulnerable people, promote human life and dignity, and advance the common good," said the bishops who chair two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a November 17 letter to Congress. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, urged Congressional leaders to draw a "circle of protection" around programs serving the poor and vulnerable as they weigh spending and tax legislation.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:02:43 AM
Imperatif Francais, what a croc as a name for a Franco-Amerindian organization
When it comes to common sense, one finds that the Franco-Amerindians in their mad rush to avoid bringing up their Native American roots choose what they think will distance themselves from their half-brothers the Native Americans and put them closer to their French half-brothers. But, that doesn't happen as people see through their devious plan, and their Native American background rears itself and exposes their true hybrid stock
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:00:09 AM
Today in History
November 20 - Today in History
Today is November 20. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 20, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
So, You Want To Be An Author
Being an author and knowing how to write a compelling story does not necessarily go hand-in-hand. I believe writers are artists, and artists tend to draw from the emotional side of themselves and life in general. The first thing I do is write a complete storyline of the plot; all the characters that will be included in the story, the conflict, or conflicts, that will drive the story, and how different aspects of the story will hold together. The storyline lays out the entire foundation of the story from start to finish.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:33:46 AM
How My Mother and Bob Hope Taught Me the True Meaning of Christmas
I also thought how someone as famous as Bob Hope -- who was such an American icon -- had traveled so far to give a show to me and my shipmates. How he and so many had given up their families at Christmas to come such a long way to reach out to men like me. Just to let us know that we weren't alone. Christmas, for my mother -- and now for me -- would always be in the warmth of family, in the hearts of loved ones and of those who one care's about. It would always be in the drawing together against the world's cold to share the warmth that only we can give to each other, and, together, to dare hope for a time when the world won't be quite so mean, quite so lonely, or quite so cold.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:33:28 AM
The movie Alien, as does the best science fiction, retells certain familiar stories from the Bible. Non- believers reject the truth of the Bible, but they are moved when they see that same truth portrayed in cinematic form. The battle in the heavens shown in Alien is a retelling of the enmity between woman and the Devil as set forth in the Book of Genesis:
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:30:31 AM
Excerpt from Isabella Clarence's book: "Different?...You Have Always Been Different"
About six months earlier when Isabella had just turned two, she shouted at her because the little one was being stubborn. She said to me 'I really shouted and I realised straight away that I had reacted too harshly, after all she was still just a baby.' Anyone who has children will understand that little ones can be very trying, we have all heard of 'the terrible two's.' Diane told me that she was having a particular bad day herself that day, she was tired and yes she knew she shouldn't have shouted at the little one, but she had. Isabella had started to stammer very soon after. That was six months ago and it was getting worse, not better.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:27:02 AM
Kebek shuts down English only Websites U.S. Stores Blocked
Kebek is violation of the spirit and intent of the NAFTA agreement. Latest Sites shut down are William-Sonoma, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, a San Francisco based Company on October 22, 2014. Apparently they have been warned that it is illegal to operate in Kebek in any other language but Joual (French patois), as they could fined heavily for violating Kebek's language laws.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:25:24 AM
CAIR: An Officially Designated Terrorist Organization
Over the weekend a blockbuster development hit the news wires: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a wealthy OPEC nation in the Persian Gulf, released a list of 86 organizations that it has designated as terrorist organizations. Number 59 on the list was none other than the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's most active Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:23:08 AM
Giving to Evangelical Churches and Ministries Outpaces Giving to Secular Charities
WINCHESTER, Va. -- ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) today announced in its 5th Annual State of Giving Report that annual cash charitable giving to ECFA-accredited organizations increased 6.9 percent between 2012 and 2013. It reflects total cash donations of $11.6 billion in 2013, an increase from the previous year's $10.9 billion.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:20:45 AM
Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia
WASHINGTON--The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a"joyful moment," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:17:37 AM
Today in History
November 19 - Today in History
Today is November 19. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 18 - Today in History
Today is November 18. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 17 - Today in History
Today is November 17. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
The Air Force Reserves
On the way home, one of the doors in our aircraft wouldn't stay shut while we were high above somewhere, so we tied it closed with some clothesline. And one of our engines began to lose oil, so our pilot was on the radio trying to find out where the nearest C119 gas station was located. Of course, the radio wasn't functioning correctly, which made the entire trip home kind of scary.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:20:00 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Book Review: "Casting Lots" by William D. McEachern
Set in journal format, and punctuated with various quotes from the classic writers such as Ovid and Cicero, the reader is immediately immersed in a world that is framed by mass crucifixions, tyrannical Roman rule, bustling marketplaces filled with every human trait imaginable and the development of a friendship of two men that represent two forms of slavery, one of legal agreement and the other an enslavement of the heart. At the behest of his slave master, Lucinius sets out to meet Cornelius, who possesses a multitude of stories particularly centered upon his encounters with Jesus, the Christ.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:17:27 AM
The Smoke-screen of Words
If we can remove the smoke screen of fine words that are blinding us from the actions of those who are in power and those who want to be in power, we may well get the government we want and deserve instead of a 'Tower of Babel' where no-one really knows what the other person actually means. The gift of the speech writer can help them speak for an hour and commit to nothing, but sound as if they are committing to everything.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
Islamic terrorists are no "lone wolves"
The suspension of foreign aid to -- and all communications with -- Mahmoud Abbas, a hate educator, would express the realization that hate education is the antithesis of core US values; that hate educators should not benefit from the largesse of the US taxpayer; and that hate educators on the one hand, and compliance with agreements and peaceful coexistence on the other hand, constitutes a scandalous oxymoron.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:12:40 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Myths, Fables and History
We have two book reviews but no author articles in this week's book basket. We still have however, the publicity material for 15 book releases which are: "The Ten Commandments of Management: Biblically Inspired Methods to Success" by K. Palmer Hartl; "Radical Recovery: Twelve Recovery Myths" By Jack Kelly; "Round by Round" By Florine Dotson Evans; "Different?...You Have Always Been Different" by Isabella Clarence; "Rebecca's Soliloquy" By Roberta Nee Adams; "The Unity in the Universe" By Vassil Manev; "Joyful Memories: A Life's Journey Through the Eyes of Alisia Beltran Proctor" by Alisia Proctor; "If He Had Not Come" By David Nicholson; "Forsaken Harvest: Haciendas and Agrarian Reform in Jalisco, Mexico: 1915-1940" By Luis G. Cueva; "Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul" by Terry M. Barnett-Martin; "Illegit" by George Demoulas; "Seven Beyond" by Stella Atrium; "Prometheus Rebound" by R.L. Akers; "The Accidental Banker" by Dan Stringer and "Beyond: Charles Manson" by Bluewater Productions
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:10:20 AM
Hostile lawyers try to upend 297-year-old tradition
"It takes a particularly Scroogelike view of the law to think that millions of dollars meant to help the sick and the poor ought to line the pockets of class action lawyers instead," said Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Federal pension law is meant to protect the weak, not enrich the strong."
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:07:26 AM
Navy Photo Archives Storage Improvement Phase Completed
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) recently completed the second phase of renovations to its extensive photo archives NHHC Officials announced Nov. 13. This part of the renovation included extensive storage improvement and shelving replacement for the archives' special and donated collections, and is part of a multi-phased effort to re-house the NHHC Photo Archives' entire collection. The first phase, completed late in 2013, included similar improvements to the archives section containing the Naval Subject Collection.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:05:27 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "A Woman's Eye" introduced and edited by Sara Paretsky
This book contained a few I found somewhat gripping in the sense that I wanted to see what happened at the end of the tale. Sara Paretsky is not my favorite writer. In this 1991 publication by Delacorte Press, New York were a handful by writers I've followed for years, such as Sue Grafton. Her story was good, as are all her stories, most of which I've read by her being novels...whodunnits.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:03:36 AM
Today in History
November 16 - Today in History
Today is November 16. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
International Relations Expert to Speak at Thomas College Nov 17th
Thomas College Academic Dean James D. Libby announced that international relations and ethics expert Yvonne R. Davis, President and CEO of Davis World Training, will be a guest speaker at Thomas College at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, November 17 in a Principles of International Business course. Davis is a former appointee of both the Bush and Obama Administrations, and her client list ranges from Exxon-Mobile to the National Football League. Davis will be available for media interviews following her speech.
Nov 15, 2014 - 3:27:32 PM
Court Rejects Atheist Attack
"When a group of atheists tries to cajole the IRS into raising taxes on churches, it's bound to raise some eyebrows. The court was right to send them packing."
Nov 15, 2014 - 3:23:02 PM
Ralph C. Keef Selected As 2014 Recipient of Lee Wulff Conservation Award
St. Andrews, NB - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is pleased to announce that Ralph C. Keef of Hermon, Maine has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Lee Wulff Atlantic Salmon Conservation Award. Christopher H. Buckley Jr., Chairman of ASF's U.S Board of Directors made the announcement today at an ASF board meeting in New York City.
Nov 15, 2014 - 3:20:30 PM
New book to reveal what New Yorkers think about God
New, York, NY -- A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for God in New York, a new book by New Yorker and technology entrepreneur Rikki Tahta, is now live at http://kck.st/1DDJZAO. Tahta travelled across the five boroughs and asked 200 New Yorkers of different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds what they really think and feel about God. Do they or do they not believe in a higher power? If so, how do they feel the presence of a higher power in their everyday lives? In a city where everybody has an opinion on everything, his findings are fascinating.
Nov 15, 2014 - 3:25:22 AM
Today in History
November 15 - Today in History
Today is November 15. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 15, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Is the U.S. Being Colonized By Red China?
Cliven Bundy stood his ground against an army of government agents from the Bureau of Land Management. There is much more to the story. It seems a certain U.S. Senator has been involved with EB-5 real estate deals for some time. And that issue has close ties to the Bundy situation. Who represents ENN in its negotiations? Rory Reid, Harry's son. This little band has already run 52 other ranchers in the area. Bundy is the last one left. American communities are so hungry for money that they will ignore almost anything. Red flags should go up when locals are told they can't live in China City. Why? Is this simply about an investment opportunity, or is China City, and other Chinese investments, actually to be Chinese colonies?
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:25:21 PM
From Gaza to Catalonia: Europe's insufferable hypocrisy
Nonetheless, this doesn't appear to bother Europe one whit, as it completely ignores the Catalan case for statehood while championing that of the Palestinians. Adding to the irony is that the Spanish parliament in Madrid - the same one that will not countenance freedom for Catalonia - is set to vote on recognizing "Palestine" as an independent country. This only goes to prove that when it comes to Israel, Spain's policy amounts to "do as we say, not as we do."
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:23:29 PM
The Shamrak Report : Anti-Israel Rhetoric
The sheikh added: "The Palestinians are the killers of children, the elderly and women. They attack the Jews and then they use those (children, the elderly and women) as human shields and hide behind them, without mercy for their children as if they weren't their own children, in order to tell the public opinion that the Jews intended to kill them. This is exactly what I saw with my own two eyes in the 70's, when they attacked the Jordanian army, which sheltered and protected them. Instead of thanking it (the Jordanian army), they brought their children forward to (face) the Jordanian army, in order to make the world believe that the army kills their children. This is their habit and custom, their viciousness, their having hearts of stones towards their children, and their lying to public opinion, in order to get its support"...
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:12:39 PM
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults now available online
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis has released an online version of the "United States Catholic Catechism for Adults" (USCCA). The free, online resource is available in English and Spanish.
Nov 14, 2014 - 7:10:05 PM
Today in History
November 14 - Today in History
Today is November 14. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 14, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 13 - Today in History
Today is November 13. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 13, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Mother Daughter Duo No. 1 for "Divinicus Nex Chronicles"
The Los Angeles based Mother/Daughter Author dynamic duo never anticipated writing novels together. Based on the success of their first two novels, the duo has a methodology that by all accounts is firing on all pistons. The Divinicus Nex Chronicles centers around 17-year-old Aurora Lahey who has what is arguably the crappiest superpower on the planet. Tracking demons. Demons At Deadnight, Book 1 of the "Divinicus Nex Chronicles" blasted onto Amazon and created an enormous buzz in Teen Paranormal Fiction, launching the book into the #1 Bestseller on the site in the genre. With the advent of Book #2 in the series, Drop Dead Demons is set to surpass the success of the first book
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:15:50 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (16)
"A Year of Feasting" By Sonya A. Mozingo; "If Only I Knew: Walking Toward Christian Maturity" by Peter Clay; "Reliant" by Kellyann Bowman; "He IS Real" By Janis Bolton Drinnon; "Tough Conversations with the Heart of Jesus" By Richard Tiller; "Jewels Found Along the Path of Life" By Michael Francis England; "Journey to My Soul: Following Divine Navigation" by Terri Lynn; "Where Moses Stood" by Robert Feather; "Extravagant Love" By Heather Smith and "Wisdom and Treasures of the Holy Spirit" by Eleanor Prins
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:12:13 AM
Bates College Service of Lessons and Carols Dec 7
LEWISTON, Maine -- In an annual tradition at Bates College, a Service of Lessons and Carols for the Advent season of the Christian faith will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel, 275 College St. Sponsored by Bates' Multifaith Chaplaincy, the service is open to the community. For more information, please call 207-786-8272.
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:10:13 AM
Reaching out to Latino communities
"The New Evangelization calls us to open up an inviting space where God's grace can take hold and bear fruit, to welcome the Spirit in ways that support conversion, touch the heart, and inspire," said Archbishop Lucas. He added that Catholic schools operate as communities rather than bureaucracies and that the results are higher levels of student engagement and achievement. He noted that 99 percent of students who attend Catholic high school graduate, that 87 percent of Catholic high school graduates go on to attend a four-year college and that, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Latino and African American students attending a Catholic school are more likely to graduate from high school and college.
Nov 12, 2014 - 7:07:12 AM
Today in History
November 12 - Today in History
Today is November 12. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 12, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 11 - Today in History
Today is November 11. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 11, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 10 - Today in History
Today is November 10. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 10, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
Belfast has other advantages besides providing hide-out spots from insurance salesmen. It is not far from Bangor -- which may be an advantage -- or Camden if you like summer crowds or even Augusta if you like to watch politicians at nonwork. It is not near crowded-in-summer Acadia National Park, which is either an advantage or disadvantage depending on your view of Acadia. And it is not that far from Moody Mountain Road in Lincolnville, where there is a 12-foot-tall sign post bearing the names of a dozen places, some of which are even real towns.
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:53:31 AM
The Facts Behind Obamacare's Numbers
Why would so many people be losing employer-based coverage? Because of the negative incentives built into Obamacare. It's cheaper for many employers (who might otherwise face steep rises in coverage costs or fines from Washington) to stop offering coverage altogether and let their employees fall into government-run programs.
Nov 9, 2014 - 3:50:20 AM