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Harry Gilleland--Poet

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Today's post is one full of information! Harry Gilleland is the author of Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man. (love that title!)



Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man is the third published collection of poetry written by poet Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. This new collection of 81 storoems and poems will engage its readers by making them think about life and leaving them pondering their emotions and beliefs. It will also bring smiles and maybe a tear or two. Contained within this collection are forty-seven rhyming poems and "storoems", a format coined by Gilleland. A storoem is a hybrid between a story and a poem, i.e. a story told with poetic techniques. The collection also contains twenty-eight free-verse poems, four acrostic poems, and two limericks. These writings are poetry for the thinking person, be he/she someone who is a poetry lover or someone who normally does not read poetry. This poetry is easily readable and accessible to all -- poetry for the poet and the common man alike. A wide variety of subjects are addressed, including everyday life events, observations of nature, tales of fantasy, expressions of love, and much more. This wonderful collection will surprise and delight all readers.


Here is a sample from the book:

My Yesterdays

My yesterdays
stretch out behind me
in a winding path that
disappears over the horizon
beyond my memory.

Some yesterdays were
red-letter days of triumph
and personal joy, days of
some momentous occasion
in my life. Others were black
days of pain and suffering.
Most were merely plain,
unremarkable days
of no particular note.
All have melded together
forming the memories
marking the passage
of my existence on Earth.

I treasure all my yesterdays
since each day was a brick
that contributed to building
the mosaic of my life.
My yesterdays carried me
up the long hill to today,
where I stand looking wistfully
back at them, my yesterdays…
knowing now my yesterdays
outnumber my tomorrows.

I’ve learned I should endeavor
to make each today become
a shining, glorious yesterday,
for my yesterdays arehow my life was spent

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Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. is a 64-year-old southerner. Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, he earned a B.S. (1966) and a M.S. (1968) in Microbiology from the University of Georgia in Athens. Following three years of service in the U.S. Army as a captain, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, he returned to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology from UGA in 1973. He then headed north to complete a two-year fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. In July of 1975 he joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. After twenty-nine years of teaching microbiology to medical and graduate students and performing vaccine research, Harry retired in July of 2004. Today Harry lives in Shreveport with his wonderful wife Linda. Harry enjoys being able to engage in his passion for writing full-time.

Harry has previously published three books of his personal poetry: Poetry For The Common Man: Storoems and Poems (2003, ISBN 1411600649), Gilleland Poetry: Storoems and Poems (2005, ISBN 1411629272), and Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man (2008, ISBN 978-1-4357-1242-3). In addition, Harry has published two books of prose, a tale of fantasy entitled Bob the Dragon Slayer (2005, ISBN 1411633156) and a contemporary romance story entitled White Lightning Road (2006, ISBN 978-1-4116-8693-9).

Harry Gilleland’s poetry recently won two cash awards in the 2008 Tom Howard Poetry Contest associated with Winning Writers.com. Harry’s rhyming storoem The Old Salty Poems won 2nd Place with a $1,000 prize, while his free-verse poem The Assembled Waiters earned $200 for a High Distinction award. Harry was the only poet to win two cash awards in the contest.

Harry Gilleland’s poetry has been included in four multi-author print anthologies of poems and short stories, in several poetry e-zines, and on numerous Internet poetry forums, in addition to his own three published collections. His storoems (story-poems) and poems are readily accessible to all readers, including those who do not regularly read poetry. Harry views the world with a poet’s eye.

To see Harry's books:

http://www.lulu.com/harry

To see Harry's book covers and samples of his poetry:

http://www.gillelands.com/poetry/

I would like to share with you two answers Harry gave when he was interviewed by : Norm Goldman, Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com http://tinyurl.com/chtbgc

Norm: How would you define a good poem?

Harry:

A good poem is one that connects with its readers. Regardless of the form – rhyming or free verse, short or long, etc.—any poem that touches the mind and emotions of the readers so that they take away something from the poem is a good poem. A good poem will linger in the readers' minds and makes them consider their own feelings and beliefs anew.

Norm: What is your philosophy of life?

Harry:
Wow! My philosophy of life? I guess I'd have to say to try to be the best person that you can be. Try to live so that your parents, your spouse, your children are proud of the person you are. Put family first; they will be there for you at all the critical points of your life and will be truer to you than any friends you have. Then, try to see the big picture in life and don't let the small, everyday stuff stress you out. Save the stress for the real problems that will arise in your life, not the waiting in line at the grocery store, sitting in traffic, etc. Meet your obligations well, but try to have fun while doing so. Live so that at the end of your life you will be proud of all that you did. Fill your heart with love, kindness, compassion, and tolerance and the world will seem a better place to live






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Talking With L. Diane Wolfe

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I would like to thank L. Diane Wolfe for stopping by and visiting with us these past few days. Please enjoy the following interview-and leave a comment or two :-)

L. Diane Wolfe the person:

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?


Spunky, determined, optimistic!

2. How do you think others would describe you?

Energetic, focused, stubborn, naïve

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

I’m passionate about my husband, my church family, photography, and roller coasters! (No thrill quite like riding a really big roller coaster…)

4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

Rocko & Spunky! A few years ago, these little black kitties adopted us. We’d just lost Calvin & Hobbes, so they filled a void. They are energetic, crazy, and just about the weirdest cats I have ever owned! One of these days, I’ll come home and find them on the ceiling fan…

5. What is your most precious memory?

I have two special memories. My father died when I was eleven, but I still clearly recall spending time with him in his workshop, polishing his rock collection while he exercised his carpentry skills. My other special moment occurred during a trip to Scotland – my husband stood on the banks of Loch Ness and it was so magical!

6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

My most embarrassing moment is actually someone else’s! I remember dumping an entire large soda down the front of me while at a restaurant. My friend’s uncle just stared in disbelief while my friend hid under the table! (I, of course, laughed myself silly!)

7. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Probably what I was doing before I got into writing and speaking – photography! I owned a mobile studio and did portraits, weddings, stock photos, magazine shots – you name it! I still love photography and do it for recreation now.

8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

She was a devoted wife who loved people and animals. Diane was very involved with her Christian family, facilitating the Singles group at her church. An accomplished photographer, her images appeared in many publications and captured unique moments in time. A professional speaker and author, Diane’s goal was to inspire others to overcome their challenges and pursue their dreams. She possessed a zest for life and measured success by how many lives she touched.
(*She did not, however, enjoy writing her own obituary!)


L. Diane Wolfe the writer:

9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a “real” writer?


The completion of my first book gave me that feeling, but I more clearly recall the moment when I believed I could be a real writer. My English teacher in 9th grade pulled me aside after reading some of my work and encouraged me to pursue a career. That truly sparked the belief I’d be a writer one day!

10. What is going on with your writing these days?

Putting the finishing edits on the remaining books in The Circle of Friends series.

11. What are your future goals for your writing?

I want to do more non-fiction! “Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK!” really ignited a burn to do more inspirational works.

12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

In one word – chaos!! I am currently knee-deep in promotions, plus at the height of my speaking season, so my days are fairly chaotic. I do maintain a structured to-do list, though. Fortunately, I have never scheduled time for my writing – I continue to write a little here and a little there throughout the day…

13. Why do you write?

I write to inspire others to pursue their dreams…

14. What writer most inspires you? Why?

Definitely my mentor & friend, p.m. terrell. Trish is the most genuine & positive person! She inspires me to be a better person as an author.

15. How do you define your writing?

Accessible, uplifting, and positive!

16. In one sentence—what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

That after all this time, they continue to re-read and draw encouragement from my books.

L. Diane Wolfe the details:

17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?


www.thecircleoffriends.net www.spunkonastick.net www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com

18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?

My fans can always email me at wolferock@earthlink.net or friend me at any of my social sites – FaceBook, DeviantArt, MySpace – look for Spunk On A Stick!

19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

The Circle of Friends, Book I…Lori - $20.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 368 pages, Fiction/YA, ISBN 978-0-9816210-0-5 / 0-9816210-0-7

Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting – $13.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 176 pages, Non-fiction/Self-help
ISBN 978-0-9816210-2-9 / 0-9816210-2-3


20. For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

Expect encouragement! Expect inspiration! Expect to walk away from either my fiction or non-fiction with a positive self-image and ready to pursue your dreams!

In conclusion:

21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers—what would you like them to know about you and your writing?


Through my writing and speaking, I aim to encourage and uplift. Too often, we hear only negative – we can’t succeed, we can’t escape our past, we can’t better our lives. I believe everyone is capable of living a full and rewarding life! The most precious thing in this world is people, and our level of success is determined by how many of those people we touch in a positive manner. If I help just one person rise above a poor self-image and accomplish their goals in life, then that will be a great achievement indeed!
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L. Diane Wolfe-Circle of Friends and Article

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Today I want o introduce you to a five book series written by L. Diane Wolfe, The Circle of Friends. These books are:



"Meant to inspire as well as entertain, The Circle of Friends is described as “encouragement personified." Based in the South, they are aimed at young adults/adults and focus on friendship, overcoming obstacles, & pursuing dreams. The stories intertwine as the characters learn that with belief and encouragement, they can achieve anything. Fans will come away from these books believing they can overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals!"



Book 1--Lori




Driven by Olympic dreams…

To the outside world, Lori Anders has it all. The only child of affluent parents, she is a gifted swimmer with Olympic dreams. Armed with a winning attitude and genuine spirit, Lori appears destined for success.

Yet despite her certainty in the pool, something inhibits Lori from achieving her full potential. Her focus on
swimming has left little time for relationships. Lacking in confidence, Lori’s light has few opportunities to shine.

When an altercation with the school bullies brings her to the attention of the star quarterback, Lori finds herself in a unique position. Jason’s affections renew her hope and force the shy swimmer out of her comfort zone. But, will it be enough to achieve her lifelong dream.






Book II - Sarah



No awards for second best…

A student at Georgia Tech, Sarah Martin is bold, intelligent, and appears destined for a career in biochemistry. But her poor self-image has been masked by behavior unbecoming to a young lady brought up in an affluent Southern family. Estranged from her father, envious of her best friend’s perfect life, Sarah feels inadequate and unable to measure up to expectations.

When a friendship suddenly turns romantic, Sarah questions herself even more. A future NFL receiver, Matt’s joyful spirit and social status appear beyond her reach. Yet beneath his eager smile and playboy antics lies a young man hiding in shadows and desperate to trust again.


Faced with challenges, they must help each other come to terms with past disappointments before insecurities and doubt threaten to sabotage their future.







Book III -- James



Haunted by a troubled past…

The future appears bright for James Sheppard. Emerging from a troubled childhood, he is blessed with talent and a good work ethic. Excelling in his classes and at the campus newspaper, James’s goal of editor appears within his grasp.

However, years of abuse and loneliness have dampened his spirit. By the time Maria enters his world, James is nearing the breaking point. Her innocent love slowly fills the void in his life, boosting his confidence and giving him hope.


When a crisis abruptly forces him into adulthood, James is saddled with more responsibility than expected. Struggling to cope with the situation, the past returns to haunt him. Will James find peace before the mistakes of his father destroy him completely?





Book IV - Mike




A prisoner of guilt for so long…

Mike Taylor is the epitome of stability. His family is proud of his academic and athletic achievements at Georgia Tech, and despite the temptations of college life, he has maintained his moral standards.

Yet beneath the peaceful surface, Mike is consumed with guilt, fearing condemnation and rejection. A former girlfriend’s abortion and the intense love he feels for his roommate’s wife constantly remind Mike of his failures. Unable to forget and full of shame, he refuses to forgive himself.


When Danielle enters his life, he realizes he can no longer hide the past. Will she be able to reach him or is Mike past the point of redemption?





Book V --Heather



A new beginning waits at Clemson for Heather Jennings. Honored with the position of assistant, she will finally realize her dream of coaching basketball. Heather is ready to focus on her duties, using sheer force if necessary, and prove her independence.

Unfortunately, her triumph feels subdued as Heather’s father and greatest advocate lies dying of cancer. Battling her grief, she must also deal with a sister who appears incapable of responsibility or achievement. And once basketball season begins, a talented but cocky player who resembles her in every manner challenges all that remains of Heather’s patience.


During her quest for a new car, she encounters a man capable of handling her bold and feisty attitude. Straightforward and smug, he entices her to date him, and despite his gruff nature, shows compassion toward her situation. However, the last thing Heather needs is a serious relationship with a man equally fixated on work and opposed to marriage…



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Wow--don't these sound excellent??



As you recall from yesterday (You did read yesterday's post, didn't you?) Ms. Wolfe has a new book out titled Overcoming Obstacles With Spunk. I would like to share with you an article written by Ms. Wolfe by the same title. Enjoy!



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Do you feel as if your youthful dreams have become mature regrets? Have you hit so many roadblocks you feel drained and devoid of hope? The road to success can be rediscovered if you learn to overcome your obstacles with spunk!

The first thing we need to do is clarify one truth about obstacles – they are what you see when your eyes come off your goals. For some, multiple roadblocks may have caused your goals to become faded memories. However, these obstacles can be overcome and your spunk restored by putting into action five key components.

Humans can control only one thing – their attitude! Life’s many challenges are not the real problem; it is your attitude towards the problem that may need adjustment. Your reaction will be directed by your attitude, whether it is positive or negative. If obstacles are to be overcome, a positive mental attitude must be developed. Visions of defeat will fade with a ‘can-do’ outlook on life. Regardless of the problem, positive can be found in every situation you face. Master a positive attitude and the battle is half won!

The greatest skill we develop is the ability to get along with other people. Using people to get ahead and treating them poorly will not further your cause. You must learn to genuinely care about your fellow man and raise him up rather than tear him down. Every human craves approval, to be noticed and valued, and a simple compliment can vastly improve one’s day. You do not want to be the one that causes joy by your departure rather than your arrival! Bringing out the best in others will produce the best in you as well. Let some of that positive attitude spill over onto other people!

Your belief system could be in need of a complete overhaul, too. We believe what we are programmed to believe, and it’s not always positive. Negative comments from friends and family, repeated setbacks and past failures may have reduced your self-esteem. These need to be wiped from your memory and replaced with positive expectations! No one can make you feel inferior without your permission. Stop picturing defeat and go forward as if you have already succeeded. Expect the best. Your confidence will grow every time you step out of your comfort zone, further boosting your self-image. Reprogramming your beliefs will take time, but doing so will change your outlook on life for the better.

Armed with a positive attitude, people skills and optimism, you are ready to break through the final wall – fear. This invisible force has crippled entire nations, but it does not have to stop you. Every human carries fears of failing, usually stemming from past experiences. The only way to conquer fear is to take action. It will not vanish on its own and pushing through your fears is ultimately less frightening than living with them. Every person experiences fear when trying something new. Recognize this fear and then press forward anyway! Eventually you will look back and realize you are no longer afraid.

The final secret to overcoming your obstacles lies in the ability to set goals. Most people possess wishes and dreams, but never get around to setting concrete goals. They confuse the decision-making process with the how-to process and spend all of their energies formulating the perfect plan of attack. Set your goals first and your brain will figure out the how. Be realistic in your expectations, but force yourself to stretch as well. Create stepping-stones of success by setting short and long-range goals. If you miss a deadline, simply adjust and try again. The only failure lies in giving up, so refuse to quit!

Apply these five keys to your life and be prepared for some tremendous results! Continue building on your successes and feeding your passion. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire – let yourself burn! With optimism and a little spunk, your obstacles will soon be but distant memories.

- Author & professional speaker, L. Diane Wolfe
www.spunkonastick.net www.thecircleoffriends.net



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Please return tomorrow when I will be sharing with you an interview I did with L. Diane Wolfe



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Spunk on a Stick--Meet L. Diane Wolfe

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I'd like to introduce you to l. Diane Wolfe, author and speaker.



L. Diane Wolfe, Professional Speaker & Author

Known as “Spunk On A Stick”, L. Diane Wolfe conducts seminars on promoting, leadership and goal setting. Ten years associating with a motivation training system and her experience as a foster parent gave her the in-depth knowledge of relationships, personality traits and success principals. The author offers her seminars through community colleges, organizations and clubs. Wolfe travels the East Coast extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements. She averages over one hundred appearances each year, maintains a dozen websites & blogs, manages an online writer’s group, and contribute articles for several other sites. She also does characterization sessions for schools and speaks to writer’s groups.

Wolfe’s upcoming title, “Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting”, is an inspirational self-help book. The author has tied all of her goal-setting and leadership seminar’s information together into one complete, enthusiastic package! Seven other authors also contributed to this title, which features the five keys to success and summary points for each chapter.

The author’s other work is a young adult series entitled The Circle of Friends. It follows a group of sports-minded couples through relationships, college and into their early careers. Meant to inspire as well as entertain, these books have been described as “encouragement personified”. This series feature morally grounded, positive stories that appeal to both teens and concerned parents. The stories intertwine as the characters learn that with belief and encouragement, they can achieve anything. Many of today’s young adult novels are salacious & controversial and glorify frequent sexual activity, negative attitudes, and deviant behavior. Wolfe’s series focuses on wholesome and uplifting stories that are suitable for adults and teens alike.

She began writing as a teenager and was inspired to return by the adage that everyone needs “something to hope for and someone to love”. The author loves people, and her optimism is fueled by her spunky, sanguine personality. Wolfe does not believe in the word impossible and is willing to do whatever it takes to spread the message of hope found within her series. A Christian and a vegetarian, Wolfe enjoys sports and has a passion for roller coasters. Growing up in Salem, Oregon, the author now resides North Carolina with her husband and two cats. She is self-employed and a professional photographer.

“With a positive attitude, any goal can be achieved!”




Break through your barriers with SPUNK!

Are you ready to break through the barriers obstructing your goals and move into a position of leadership? Then do so with SPUNK! Learn the steps required to overcome obstacles and become an effective and dynamic leader. The five Keys guide you through:

v Developing a positive attitude
v Learning people skills
v Raising self-esteem
v Overcoming fears
v Setting goals

Joined by authors David Ambrose, p.m. terrell, Darlene Wofford, Jocelyn Andersen, Bob Johnson, C. Denise Sutton, and Bill Wilson, Wolfe’s “Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting” will energize your passion for life!


$13.95 USA, Trade paperback,
176 pages, Non-fiction/Self-help
ISBN 978-0-9816210-2-9
/0-9816210-2-3
Order through Ingram’s Books in
Print Database, Quality Books,
or directly from the publisher:
Dancing Lemur Press LLC

Take a look at the Table of Contents!

Introduction
1 – Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Goals
Key 1 – Develop a Positive Attitude
2 – Determine the Real Problem
3 – Aspects and Developing a PMA
4 – Proactive Not Reactive
5 – Associations
6 – Integrity and Honesty
7 – Team membership and the Proper Work Ethic
8 – Problems and a PMA
Key 2 – People Skills
9 – Understanding Basic Truths
10 – Understanding Shyness and Making Contact
11 – Listening
12 – Making Good Impressions
13 – Communication and Accessibility
14 – Maintaining Friendships
15 – Generous With Praise
16 – Motivating Others
17 – Refuse to Fight With a Fighter
Key 3 – Raising Self-Esteem
18 – Self-Image Facts and Importance
19 – Stop the Downward Spiral
20 – Take Mental Charge
21 – Discipline a Success Image
22 – Real Criticism is an Art
23 – Moving Past Barriers
Key 4 – Overcoming Fears
24 – The Truth About Fear
25 – Facets of Fear
26 – Breaking the Fear Barrier
27 – Take Action to Cure Fear
28 – Organization and Confidence
29 – Never Take Criticism Personally
30 – Invite Ideas to Keep Moving
Key 5 – Setting Goals
31 – Living With a Purpose
32 – Starting on the Path
33 – Develop Vision With Passion

34 – Take Charge, Take Action


If you visit here:

http://www.spunkonastick.net/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/9780981621029

you will find a link to download the Intro and first chapter!


Come back tomorrow when we will take a look at Ms. Wolfe's young adult series and trad an article by her. On Friday, I will be sharing a conversation I had with L. Diane Wolfe.


























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More From Darryl Hagar

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Today I want to share with you a video with Darryl Hagar on one of his lectures. Darryl Hagar will return to visit us on April 3 and I will be posting a review of The Man Overboard on April 4, so please come back and leave Darryl a message.

Now for the video:






If you would like to follow Darryl as he continues his tour, please visit the following:

March 16 - Alcoholic Outsider Artist http://alcoholicoutsiderartist.blogspot.com/ - Guest Post

March 18 -- Recovering Me Discovering Joy http://recoveringme.com/in/category/blog/ – Guest Post

April 16 – Recovery Now http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dawicker104 Talking about steps 2 and 3 of the Twelve StepsApril 21 – Promo 101 - Create and Promote Call in number: www.blogtalkradio.com/nikkileigh4:00 pm EST) Call in number (347) 215-8201April 22 -- Heal Yourself Talk Radio http://www.healyourselftalk.com Call in Number: 347-205-9641 – Show airs 1:00-1:30 EST

May 2 -- The Adirondack Book House http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TheAdirondackBookhouse 6:30 pm EST. Call in 1-646-716-8094.


Each time a blog visitor comments on any or all of The Man Overboard blog tour stops, they will be entered in two random drawings. The first is a weekly drawing. Weekly winners have the chance to win one of Darryl Hagar graphic novels http://www.themanoverboard.com/programs. Commenters who participate on the tour also will be placed in a random drawing to win a copy of Darryl Hagar's
http://www.themanoverboard.com/book.html

One copy will be given away midway through the eight-week tour and the second at the conclusion.

You can preorder now at http://www.themanoverboard.com/book.html

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When Adventure Turns Into Addiction

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We have all heard the expression "adventure on the high seas". It bings to mind sailers, endles ocean waves, exotic ports with white sands and endless sun. For some, that may be true, but all to often, that adventure turns sour. This is just the case with Darryl Hagar, author of the newly release The Man Overboard: “How a Merchant Marine Officer Survived the Raging Storm of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction”






A graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, class of ‘85, Hagar went to sea as an Able Body Seaman with Military Sealift Command where his role focused on ship maintenance, maintaining mooring lines as the ship’s cargo was loaded and unloaded, and steering the ship in and out of port. After a year-long stint with Crest Oil Tankers, in 1987 he moved on to Maritime Overseas Corporation and gained the designation Third Mate where he was responsible for standing the bridge watch, supervising the able body seaman, ensuring shipboard safety practices were adhered to and was in charge of running the ship’s pumps and valves during the loading and unloading process. Promoted to Second Mate in 1990 Hagar attained his professional goal of becoming the ship’s navigator. The navigator’s primary role is laying out the voyage, maintaining charts, radar and other electronics and includes the responsibility of ship’s radio operator. Moving on to Alaska Tanker Company in 1999, Hagar earned Chief Mate status. He retired from the industry in 2005.

Now Hagar calls the Port of Portland, Maine his home where he lives with his 9 year old son, Darryl II. Since completing his memoir he is preparing for a nationwide book tour beginning in March. He still spends significant time visiting jails, colleges and high schools talking about drug and alcohol dependency and helping people spot trouble signs of addiction – all the while carrying forward the message that no matter how far you’ve sunk, there is hope for recovery.




The Man Overboard is Darryl's story--a vivid account of one man’s tumultuous 25 year round-the-world odyssey, shrouded in the haze of drugs and a sea of alcohol, and punctuated by indulgence, abuse, fear, illicit sex, violence, and frequent jail time, is painstakingly and painfully documented in this 500 page memoir.





Drawn in by the compelling tales and sometimes exotic settings, readers will be shocked at this glimpse into the little-exposed epidemic of addiction at sea, and will come away amazed there aren’t more shipping disasters like the Exxon Valdez. But it’s the drama when Hagar returns home and his struggle through recovery that makes the book real and relatable. A broken relationship, nearly losing custody of his son, and alienation from his family and friends are just some of the costs Hagar pays and portrays faithfully in his 500 page memoir The Man Overboard.






The Man Overboard; Darryl Hagar; Trade Paperback; 590 pages; 6” x 9”; Publication Date: March 24th 2009






For more information on Darryl and his book, please visit:












and please come back tomorrow when I will share a video of a speech by Darryl Hagar.






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Women's Millionaire Club by Maureen G Mulvaney

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I introduced everyone to Maureen Mulvaney this past weekend-and would like to share more from and about this incredible woman and what she is doing. Let's start with a look at a few of the women featured in Women's Millionaire Club:

Donna Johnson –Phoenix, AZDonna Johnson is a multi-millionaire girl next door. She was raised in a blue-collar family in Wisconsin. Donna’s father left when she was 13 years old, and her mother was unable to care for the family. With four brothers, Donna was forced to grow up quickly and started searching for ways to help feed the family. Today, she lives a Dream Lifestyle and creates Dream Opportunities for others to share in her success.

Marilyn & Sarah Stewart –Alberta, CanadaMarilyn and Sarah Stewart are a mother-daughter team from Alberta, Canada. Marilyn is the mother of three beautiful daughters, including Sarah. At nine weeks of age, Sarah developed health problems, which precipitated Marilyn’s search for holistic solutions. She discovered fantastic health products through network marketing companies and started using them in her 30’s. As a consumer, she never thought that her company would launch her into millionaire status. Together they provide healthy solutions and business opportunities to others seeking time and financial freedom.

Susan Walsh- Columbia, SCAs the owner of a hair salon for over 27 years, Susan Walsh has always been an entrepreneur. For the past two decades, Susan has been a force to reckon with in the network marketing industry.She and Gary, her husband of 38 years, have lived a dream life with their children andgrandchildren. Although her story is a happy one, Susan had to overcome many challenges to be the successful businesswoman she is today. Success isn’t convenient yet Susan become a Millionaire with hard work and persistence! People flock to Susan to join her organization and learn what she shares so readily.

Author Contact Information for Interviews: Maureen G. Mulvaney, MGM - 480-759-6251-mgm@mgmsuperstar.com

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Below are but a few of the testimonials for Maureen:


YOUTube Testimonial for MGM by Patricia Fripp

Patricia Fripp is a Past President of the National Speaker’s Association and Expert in the field of Success Presentations. Ms. Fripp has been studying successful presenters for the past 30 years. She gives Maureen G. Mulvaney, MGM, an unabashed recommendation!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE6-qQZ1HEs&feature=channel_page


Testimonial for MGM by Rita Davenport:

"Og Mandino, Zig Ziglar, Mark Victor Hansen, Danielle Kennedy, Patricia Fripp, Mary Lou Henner...have all graced the Arbonne Stage. Clearly one name that stands out among the list of who's who of International speakers is Maureen G. Mulvaney, MGM! MGM has been one of Arbonne's highest rated speakers ever!If you want your evaluations to read "Smash Hit", "Bring her Back", "Changed my Life", "I can use the information in my business", then hire MGM. I highly recommend MGM as the #1 speaker to motivate and move your people to the next level."

Rita Davenport ~President Arbonne InternationalTestimonial for MGM by Ed Gray


"MGM made our theme, Creating Our Future~Together, Come Alive. It was truly exceptional the way MGM wove the specific challenges of our organization into her presentations. MGM made a lasting impact on our associates." Ed Gray, Jr.~Area VP, AT&T

Testimonial for MGM by Rex Etheredge


"I think the most meaningful part of MGM's presentation was her ability to tailor the presentation to our organization's needs. It was fascinating how she brought in examples of situations we are dealing with and used them to get her points across." Rex Etheredge~CEO Memorial Hospital Jacksonville


Testimonial for MGM by Nancy Carlisle

"In a competitive marketplace, MGM's wonderful 'attitude technologies' provided us with new skills, showed us ways to succeed, and taught us how to laugh! MGM left behind a strong legacy while positioning our bank as an institution that really cares about its staff and community." Nancy Carlisle~Corporate Director, Rhinebeck Saving Bank

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If that isn't enough to get you excited, here is a video for you to watch:




and you can go here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1BHDyibvrk

and here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE6-qQZ1HEs&feature=channel_page

to view two more videos!!

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Finally, I'd like to share with you a brief piece Maureen wrote on being a natural networker:

How to Become a Natural Networker?

By Maureen G. Mulvaney, MGM

Most children are natural net workers. The minute we were mobile, we began making friends - on the playground, at the dentist’s office and in school. To reclaim your ability to network naturally, all you have to do is reclaim your childlike curiosity. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

1. Shift Your Perceptions of Networking. As children we heard “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” As adults, we are asked to attend networking events and accost strangers with our Business Cards. This isn’t natural. Our parents and teachers who didn’t want us talking to strangers encouraged us to make friends. Shift your artificial perception of networking to doing what you’ve been doing since childhood: meeting and making new friends.You must also shift your perception of where to meet your new friends. As kids, we networked anywhere there was another kid. Natural networking takes place everywhere there are people. Look at all the places you go during the day: dropping off kids at school, the grocery store, the airport, and the bank. View these places with a new set of eyes and make them your portable networking office. Make your office hours any time there is anopportunity to make a new friend.

2. Talk to Your ‘New Friend’ The easiest way to talk to a new friend is to ask questions and be genuinely interested. Children can’t help themselves from asking questions. As adults we must unleash our childlike curiosity. Psychology 101 teaches, “The one asking the question is in control.”'Take control of your destiny by asking questions. A simple, magic question that can start ameaningful conversation is, “You must love what you do, right?” To a new mother, you might say, “Oh, what an adorable baby, don’t you just love being a mom?” To a dentist, you might say: “Oh, you’re a dentist, you must love your work, right?” Ask the magic question in a caring manner and you’re new friend will respond openly and honestly. You will discover her needs or dissatisfactions. Either way, you have entry into a thoughtful conversation.

3. Make the Exchange. Once you have made a ‘new friend’, you’ll want to keep in touch. As kids, we just said, “Wanna come over to my house to play?” Friends naturally say, “Let’s Keep in Touch.” Askfor their contact information or business card. Simply say, “I’d like to keep in touch, got a card?”

Always carry business cards, and when you hear, “I don’t have a card,” say, “No problems, here’s one.” Because we’ve all been trained to make friends, most people will hand you their contact information without hesitation.

Natural networking is meeting and making new friends wherever you go, curiously asking questions and making sure you keep in touch. It’s exactly what you’ve done your whole life. Go out and make a new friend, today?

Maureen G.Mulvaney, better known as MGM, is the author of The Women’s MillionaireClub-the Traits and Patterns of Success of Women Millionaires of Network Marketing.

As an international professional speaker, MGM teaches small businesses How To Attract Paying Clients, Who Become Lunatic Fans, That Refer Others.To Contact MGM:Visit: www.mgmsuperstar.com

Email: mgm@mgmsuperstar.com

17 March 09-The Women’s Millionaire Club Book Launch Register at: www.WomenJoinTheClub.com

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The Women's Millionaire Club, by Maureen G Mulvaney, is being offered beginning on March 17th, 2009 at 12:01 am. We invite you to go to this page - http://mgmsuperstar.com/wjtc/exclusive.html - to access the order page and then go back to this page to access the bonus page. On the Exclusive Private Invite page, enter your order confirmation code. That will allow you to gain entry to the FREE Pot o' Gold Bonus Items.
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Maureen G Mulvaney --An Extraordinary Woman

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I am so excited today~ I have the chance to introduce you to a wonderful woman is an inspiration to man women. She has written this book:



Do you have what it takes to JOIN THE CLUB?

Why do some Women make ‘Big Bucks’ in their Home Based Business and Others Don’t?

Is it Luck, Karma, or did they know something we don’t know?

MGM opens the Gift ofPossibilities in this scrumptious book, The Women’s Millionaire Club.MGM shares the succulent Secret SUCCESS Recipes of Twenty-One Women Millionaires. Each Top Performing Home-Based Business Woman Millionaire stirred the right ingredients to mix up a batch of Million Dollar Success. You, too, can create that same luscious MillionDollar Success! For the first time ever, MGM surveyed, assessed and interviewed Millionaire Women,from various home-based businesses, until she discovered the right combination of lip-smacking ingredients that created Million Dollar Success.

Using their easy to follow Success Recipes anyone can create delectable possibilities to Make More Money and yummy opportunities to Make a Difference using the principles of ‘Friendship Marketing’!

The Women’s Millionaire Club is based on statistically validated information yet reads like advice from a friend showing women entrepreneurs how to take advantage of their feminine strengths to build and grow a prosperous and successful home-based business. MGM opens the Gift of Possibilities so the Impossible Becomes Possible. How ‘Ordinary’ women with NO Prior Experience in owning a Home-Based Business did the ‘ExtraOrdinary’-- MADE MILLIONS while MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Success Ingredients ALL the Women Millionaires had that You Must Have to Succeed in a Home-Based Business. How YOU Can Create the SAME Success whether you are a veteran, ‘newbie’ or‘wanna be’ Home-Based Business Entrepreneur using their amazingly simpleSuccess Recipes to Make Money while Making a DifferenceWomen entrepreneurs are the fastest growing segment of the economy, starting businesses at twice the rate of men.

MGM, Maureen G. Mulvaney, is the industryleader in teaching entrepreneurial women the Learned Success Traits to Succeed.When she couldn’t find a book that provided validated data about the traits,ingredients and recipes to succeed in a home-based business, MGM wroteThe Women’s Millionaire Club!Join the Club…

www.TheWomensMillionaireClub.comBusiness/Entrepreneurship

So..who is Maureen and why should you listen to her?

Maureen G. Mulvaney lives up to her initials M.G.M….A Big Production.-

Author of The Women's Millionaire Club-

Founder of The Women's Millionaire Club Community and Website-

MGM is the industry Leader on the Learned Success Traits of Successful Entrepreneurial Women.

Years ago, MGM arrived in Phoenix, AZ… Flat Broke, Jobless and Licking the wounds from a divorce. If she can Make It…So Can YOU. Let her show you 'HOW'.

Author of The Women's Millionaire Club MGM set out to answer the simple question: Why do some women make a fortune and others don't? She assessed, surveyed and interviewed 21 'Ordinary' Women who started their home based businesses with NO Prior Experience yet they each did the 'ExtraOrdinary'-- MADE MILLIONS while MAKING A DIFFERENCE. MGM wanted to give YOU the ingredients and recipes to learn 'How To' Do the SAME whether you are a veteran, 'newbie' or 'wanna be' Home Based Business Entrepreneur.

Discovered the Closely Guarded SECRET RECIPES of Millionaire Women for Building and Owning a Million Dollar Home Based Business.

Entrepreneurial Success Coach MGM teaches small business entrepreneurs 'How To Attract Paying Clients, Who Become Lunatic Fans, That Refer Others.'

MGM has over 25 years as an entrepreneur and small business owner. She teaches, consults, coaches and speaks to Women Entrepreneurs about the country.

Call 480-759-6251 to enroll in MGM's next Intense Weekend.Professional SpeakerMGM is:

* An internationally known speaker

* Who has graced the stages from Finland to Malaysia & every corner of the USA

* Has spoken with everyone from Norman Vincent Peale to Ann Jillian

* Is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

* (Less than 10% of the 5000 plus members of National Speakers Association have ever been able to attain this Earned CSP designation because one must have both longevity in the speaking industry plus outstanding skills.... MGM has both!)

* Her Clients include Amway to Arbonne, AT&T to MCI, Hospitals, Schools, Banks, USArmy and hundreds more.Our Mission for The Women's Millionaire Club is …To help Home Based Business Women become Millionaires by creating an Abundance Conscious Community to Support Each Other through Education, Empowerment and Caring Energy! To Book MGM Call 480-759-6251 or email: mgm@mgmsuperstar.com


This coming Tuesday, I will be sharing testimonials with you, as well as a couple brief profiles of women featured in this book. I'll also have some video links and an article from Maureen for you. Please come back and check it out!

The Women's Millionaire Club, by Maureen G Mulvaney, is being offered beginning on March 17th, 2009 at 12:01 am. We invite you to go to this page - http://mgmsuperstar.com/wjtc/exclusive.html - to access the order page and then go back to this page to access the bonus page. On the Exclusive Private Invite page, enter your order confirmation code. That will allow you to gain entry to the FREE Pot o' Gold Bonus Items

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Still Not Convinced?

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Okay, the synopsis and excerpt still have you wondering about this book?? Today I'm going to point you toward some interviews with David and a review or two. After reading, please click on this link:

http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/order.html

and get your very own copy!


Now, let's take a look at David Snowdon. There are interviews here:

http://yewalus.blogspot.com/2009/01/interview-with-david-snowdon-mind-of.html

and here:

http://susanwingate.blogspot.com/2009_01_01_archive.html

and here:

http://marjo-mumswritings.blogspot.com/www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com

and there are reviews here:

http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2009/01/mind-of-genius.html

and here:

http://misterreereeder.blogspot.com/2009/01/virtual-book-tour-mind-of-genius.html

Finally, if you go here:

http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/12/mind-of-genuis-by-david-snowdon.html

you will be able to find more interviews, some of David Snowdon's writing and more!! Have fun exploring--and have even more fun reading the book that you purchase here:


http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/order.html









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Before the Scalpel by Panchali Dhar, MD -- A Review

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ISBN 978-0-9816453-0-8

To purchase your copy, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/Before-Scalpel-Everyone-Should-Anesthesia/dp/0981645305



When a person is told they ned to have surgery, or their child neds surgery, often the stress involved is so intense that thinking about anesthesia is likely to be the last thing on your mind. If it does enter your mind, it may seem scary or confusing-or both. In Before the Scalpel Dr. Dhar covers the entire process so completely, there is no need for confusion.

Starting with the anesthesiologist. Dr. Dhar explains what a patient needs to question about credentials. She goes on to explain the various options available and even takes the time to explain what equipment a patient will encounter and what each is for. Next the procedure is explained. Dr. Dhar then goes on to explain special concerns that need to be addresed by those who are overweight or children. She covers dental work and plastic surgery. Dr. Dhar even covers the recovery period and what you will experience. She has truly thought of everything possible.

I found it particularly helpful that, at the end of each chapter, there is a section provided, along with space to make notes, that covers the necessary information a patient should obtain in advance. These sections make it so much easier for patients to cover everything. I was particularly amazed at the differences in children that need to be taken into account when they undergo surgery. She lists things I would never have thought about--but things that could make a big difference!

This book is a must-read for anyone who has surgery in their future. Written in layman's terms, Dr. Dhar takes the mystery-and therefore the fear, out of anesthesia. The glossary covers every possible term you may hear and there is an extensive section of references for further reading if you wish. I would recommend this book without hesitation. I believe it should be available in every hospital to help prepare patients for surgery.

This book was not only an informative read, it was also engaging. Dr. Dhar has taken a subject that could easily have been dry and boring and used an entertaining voice, numerous drawings and photographs and elements of reader interaction to produce a book that makes learning easy and interesting.




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A Little More on David Snowdon and The Mind of a Genius

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A short time ago author David Snowdon stopped by to visit us. I thought today would be a good day to take another quick look at The Mind of a Genius, Snowdon's second novel. Please enjoy the excerpt!



The Mind of a Genius by David Snowdon.
Category: Crime & Mystery Paperback: 288 pages Language: English ISBN: 0955265010


"The black Mercedes taxi pulled up outside the main entrance of the Clinton Hotel, and Laura Prince paid the driver leaving a generous tip, and slid out of the car, as the hotel doorman opened the door of the car for her. She flashed him a smile and walked into the lobby. The time was now 21.02 and a few people were checking in at the reception desk. As she walked into the lobby, she realized that she didn’t feel like going straight to bed or sitting around in their room, watching the TV alone. Although she was feeling tipsy, she felt like having another drink in the hotel bar. She struggled with the thought for a moment, knowing that it wasn’t respectable for a woman to drink alone in a bar. A guy could get away with it, but it wasn’t right for a woman.

Unaccompanied woman normally gave people the wrong impression and were frowned on. But as she walked through the lobby, the alcohol in her system got the better of her, and she decided to have a drink in the bar. She walked into the hotel bar, which was nearly empty and headed for the bar. The barman, a dark, Italian-looking guy who was standing behind the bar talking to his friend who was sitting at the bar, came towards her with a smile. "Hello madam. What can I get for you?""

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Please visit David's site at:
http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/index.html
for more information on David Snowdon and his writing.

You can find purchasing information here:

http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/order.html



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Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber-A Review

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Yesterday, I told you about Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber. The synopsis only touches the bare surface of this book. Ms. Schieber has written a novel that represents every female that has ever lived. She opens a woman's soul and presents it to her readers on a golden cloth woven with words as smooth as the finest satin.





As I followed Jane and Gwen throughout this book, I laughed and cried with them, often simultaneously. Every woman will find themself in at least one of these two--for Phyllis Schieber has stripped away the false labels of her characters and infused them with the very spirit that makes a woman-mother, wife, friend, daughter, all the "roles" are there, but what follows you long after you turn the last page is the feeling that at last the term "woman" has been defined accurately-strong yet vulnerable, sassy yet demure, confident yet full of doubt. It is all here and writen so the interweaving of traits create the piece of art that IS female.





For every woman who has ever loved and lost, for every mother, daughter, sister and friend-this is a must-read work. For every man who has ever loved a woman, had a mother or raised a daughter, you will find an understanding and appreciation of them beyond what you ever imagined.





While my Rainbow Scale of Excellence is limited to a perfect rainbow of seven colors, I found myself for the first time wanting to rate a book higher. Willing Spirits can easily be a double rainbow and I would like to take a minute to thank Phyllis for this wonderful contribution to the literary world.





That said, I would like to present Willing Spirits with the very first Rainbow Award for Writing Excellence:



For full details about Phyllis Schieber’s virtual tour, visit her tour home page -

http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2009/01/willing-spirits-by-phyllis-schieber.html


Order Your Copy here – Penguin Publishers : http://us.penguingroup.com/Amazon http://tinyurl.com/cjkdk8

You can visit Phyllis Schieber at www.phyllisschieber.blogspot.com










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Phyllis Scheiber Stops By For a Visit

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Today I'd like to tell you a litle about a wonderful author, Phyllis Scheiber, and her book Willing Spirits. Phyllis is also offering those who comment a chance to win a copy of this book. Please see the end of the post for details-and do stop back tomorrow when I will be posting a review of Willing Spirits.

Phyllis Tells Us About Herself:



The first great irony of my life was that I was born in a Catholic hospital. My parents, survivors of the Holocaust, had settled in the South Bronx among other new immigrants. My mother was apparently so nervous she barely slept the entire time she was in the hospital, fearing her fair-skinned, blue-eyed newborn would be switched with another baby. When my paternal grandfather, an observant Jew, came to see his newest granddaughter in the hospital, he was so uncertain of how to behave around the kindly nuns that he tipped his yarmulke to them each time one passed. It was in this haze of paranoia and neuroses, as well as black humor, that the makings of a writer were initiated.

In the mid-fifties, my family moved to Washington Heights, an enclave for German Jews, known as “Frankfurt-on-the-Hudson.” The area offered scenic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades, as well as access to Fort Tryon Park and the mysteries of the Cloisters. I graduated from George Washington High School. Among its famous graduates was Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State (my grandmother played cards with his mother at the YMWHA on Nagle Avenue).

I graduated from high school at sixteen, went on to Bronx Community College, transferred to and graduated from Herbert H. Lehman College with a B.A. in English and a New York State license to teach English. I earned my M.A. in Literature from New York University and later my M.S. as a developmental specialist from Yeshiva University. I have worked as a high school English teacher, a special education teacher, and as a learning disabilties specialist in several college programs.

Reading was the first line of defense against anything I did not want to do. “I’m reading,” was an excuse my parents never challenged. Education was paramount in our home. There were weekly trips to the library, and the greatly anticipated Friday afternoon story hour. Everything about words seemed interesting and important.. I could make sense of the world if I put it on paper. I could even make the world better; people could become smarter and more attractive, and I could make people laugh and cry at will. Writng was powerful. I thought in stories, answered questions in my head and added, “she said” at the end of a sentence. I still do.


My first novel, Strictly Personal, for young adults, was published by Fawcett-Juniper. Willing Spirits was published by William Morrow. My most recent novel, The Sinner’s Guide to Confession, was released by Berkley Putnam on July 1, 2008. In March 2008, Berkley Putnam will issue the first paperback publication of Willing Spirits. I live in Westchester County, New York where I work privately with students, teaching writing. I am currently working on a new novel.





About Willing Spirits:





Phyllis Schieber’s graceful debut novel is the story of two friends leading lives most women will find familiar. As Jane Hoffman and Gwen Baker attempt to understand their roles as daughters, wives, mothers and lovers, they depend on their friendship to cushion their disenchantment and to celebrate their triumphs.

Jane Hoffman, a schoolteacher in her forties, is forced to confront her reasons for remaining in an unhappy marriage when she finds her husband, Arnold, has been unfaithful. His indiscretion hurls Jane into a new life that is alternately terrifying and gratifying. Her love for her daughter Caroline is also tested when an unforeseen event forces Jane to prove that a mother’s love has no boundaries. As Jane negotiates her own murky logic for making the choices she has, she comes to see herself as far more able than she had ever thought.

Gwen Baker, also a teacher and in her forties, survives a rigid Southern upbringing only to marry an egotistical and cruel professor who later abandons her, leaving her to raise their sons, Matt and Ethan, alone. And while she occasionally takes a lover, nothing really satisfies her. It is Jane who ultimately coaxes Gwen out of her isolation. Together they discover that the conflicting and binding roles women assume be endured without other women. Even after Gwen meets Daniel, a colleague’s husband, and finds love, it is Jane who offers the spiritual solace that only another woman can.

Willing Spirits is no ordinary love story. It is a sensual and understanding story about the struggle to heal from failed maternal relationships, the passionate love women feel for their children, the lure of sexual desire and attachment to men who consistently disappoint, and the bond women share that makes it all tolerable. Suffused with humor and tenderness, Willing Spirits is a celebration of love in all its guises—between man and woman, between parent and child, and above all, between women.

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For full details about Phyllis Schieber’s virtual tour, visit her tour home page - http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2009/01/willing-spirits-by-phyllis-schieber.html


Order Your Copy here –
Penguin Publishers : http://us.penguingroup.com/Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/cjkdk8


You can visit Phyllis Schieber at http://www.phyllisschieber.blogspot.com/


Win A Free Book from Phyllis Schieber – Free books will be awarded during the tour.Each comment on any of the blogs in the tour will offer a chance to win a free copy of Willing Spirits or Sinner’s Guide to Confession


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Dr. Dhar Speaks About

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I spoke to you earlier this week about Dr. Dhar and her book, Before the Scalpel. Today, I'd like to share with you a video from Dr. Dhar.



After watching this one, please visit and view the other videos--you will be surprised. Finally, to get your copy of Before the Scalpel, please visit, http://www.amazon.com/Before-Scalpel-Everyone-Should-Anesthesia/dp/0981645305
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George Singleton--Writing Humor With Depth

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I have always admired those authors who can effortlesly make others laugh--to do so while also imparting truths and great wisdom is a rare accomplishment. Today's featured author, George Singleton is one of the best when it comes to putting these two concepts together! I have had the pleasure of reading his newest book, Pep Talks, Warnings & Screeds: Indispensable Wisdom and Cautionary Advice for Writers, ( http://www.amazon.com/Pep-Talks-Warnings-Screeds-Indispensable/dp/1582975655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236172006&sr=1-1 ) and will be posting my review tomorrow. For now, let's meet George Singleton.


I'd like to start this post with a quote from George, to get you in the mood for his take on writing--seeing that his latest book is for writers :-) Here is George Singleton's take on the difference betwen a short story and novel:


"The difference between reading a novel and reading a short story is like drinking cough syrup instead of drinking bourbon to get drunk. One can get drunk on cough syrup, but it sure takes a long time. As for writing both genres, writing a novel is a walk across a bridge, while a short story is a walk across a tightrope. For a writer, too—in terms of craft—the short story offers more problems in that a mistake ends up glaring quicker and brighter than in a novel. So it’s a test of one’s self, really. I doubt that it’s possible to write a perfect novel, but there’s always the hope of writing the perfect short story."


To read a couple of George Singleton's short stories, visit:




and




About the Author

George Singleton has published short stories in a variety of magazines and journals including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Playboy, Zoetrope, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, North American Review, Fiction International, Epoch, Esquire.com, New England Review, Carolina Quarterly, Greensboro Review, Arkansas Review, American Literary Review, and so on.


His stories have been anthologized in eight issues of New Stories from the South, and also in 20 Over 40, Surreal South, Writers Harvest 2, They Write Among Us, and Behind the Short Story. His non-fiction has appeared in Bark and Oxford American, and has been anthologized in Best Food Writing 2005, Dog is My Co-Pilot, and Howl. He has published four collections of stories: These People Are Us, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars, Drowning in Gruel; and two novels: Novel and Work Shirts for Madmen.



George was born in Anaheim, California and lived there until he was seven. He grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina. He graduated from Furman University in 1980 with a degree in philosophy, and from UNC-Greensboro with an MFA in creative writing. Singleton has taught English and fiction writing at Francis Marion College, the Fine Arts Center of Greenville County, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He has been a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina and UNC-Wilmington, and has given readings and taught classes at a number of universities and secondary schools.His papers are reposited at the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.He lives in Pickens County, South Carolina, with the clay artist Glenda Guion and their eleven dogs and one cat.



Book Synopsis:

Toddlers - and drunks - bang around hitting walls, tables, chairs, the floor, and other people, trying to find their legs. Writing fiction is a similar process. Sometimes it might take a while before the story gets some balance and moves forward. Sometimes the story takes off as if motor-driven, then crashes into something not foreseen or expected. Learning to be a writer is all about finding your legs, and doing your best to convince onlookers that you know what you’re doing and where you’re going.


In Pep Talks, Warnings & Screeds, acclaimed Southern story writer and novelist George Singleton serves up everything you ever need to know to become a real writer (meaning one who actually writes), in bite-sized aphorisms. It’s Nietzsche’s Beyond Good & Evil meets Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. It’s cough syrup that tastes like chocolate cake. In other words, don’t expect to get better unless you get a good dose of it, maybe two.Accompanied by more than fifty original full-color illustrations by novelist Daniel Wallace, these laugh-out-loud funny, candid, and surprisingly useful lessons will help you find your own writerly balance so you can continue to move forward.



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Panchali Dhar, MD and Before the Scalpel

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Each and every one of us is apt to need some type of surgery in our lifetime. While surgeries are performed daily, there are some things we all should know and take into consideration before we put our trust in a doctor-things that could make a world of difference to you as a patient. These things are addressed by Dr. Panchali Dhar in Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know about Anesthesia.

Author Panchali Dhar, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Anesthesiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology. She has demystified the process and terms associated with anesthesia and arranged the information in an easy to understand topic-by-topic sourcebook. Dr. Dhar takes you into the complicated, fascinating, cutting-edge world of anesthesia

In Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know about Anesthesia, Dr. Dhar walks readers through the various steps that ensure a safe and pain-free experience during medical procedures that may require or benefit from anesthesia.

Before the Scalpel is formatted and illustrated for quick and easy reference in an interactive manner. This is a take-along-book to the doctor’s office, with outlines and room to make notations. Each chapter is a mini crash course for any person who is concerned about the anesthesia aspect of surgery.


In Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know about Anesthesia, Dr. Dhar explores such real-life topics as:

**Pain-relief options during Labor and Delivery

**Facts to know before deciding on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

**Why children are not just “small adults” when it comes to anesthesia

**How obesity adds risk to surgery and anesthesia

**The common fear of awareness during anesthesia


I will be sharing some videos by Dr. Dhar and next week will be sharing a review of her book. Please come back and check it out!

To buy your copy - http://www.amazon.com/Before-Scalpel-Everyone-Should-Anesthesia/dp/0981645305

Later this week (Thursday to be exact) !

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