Brain Lock: The Escape of the Ishyka
By Elizabeth Stephens
Nine-year-old Layla is caught in the middle. With her parents in turmoil and at the brink of divorce, Layla‘s only wish is to keep her parents together. A stargazer at heart, Layla is sending her wish to the nearest falling star, but the star she wishes upon is no ordinary star. Layla discovers a tiny alien spacecraft with four little aliens which stand only 10 inches high. Their mission is to hunt down and capture a dead creature known as the Ishyka, a creature which not only has the ability to consume electricity, but also has just escaped from a secure penal colony deep in space. The only way to stop the Ishyka from destroying planets is by using a mental brain lock to render it asleep. Layla hides her newfound alien friends from everyone, only interesting her best friend Carmen to help them on their quest to save planet earth from being consumed by the Ishyka. A pinky promise seals the pact as Layla tries to avoid making their little secret into a big ordeal.
Deep Roots: A Book Of Historical And Inspiring Creeds, Oaths, Mottos, Rules, Pledges, And Wise Advise By Which To Live
By Allan G. Hedberg, Ph,d
Every book has its beginning point. A book may start with a challenging idea presented to the author. It may start with a story that provokes the author to reflect on a personal experience or historical event in his own life. A book may start with a challenge. However, a book usually starts with an opportunity to address a particular issue and enlighten the readership on a philosophical, sociological, theological, or psychological issue of contemporary importance.
All books I have written have been prompted by a theme or an informational message for the reader to personally advance in the context of their community, family, and business world in which they live out their values, passions, goals, and purpose.
Accordingly, this book, Deep Roots, was prompted when I came across the personal creed of John D. Rockefeller. I encourage you to access it, read it, study it, and consider the creed of Mr. Rockefeller as having value for you today.
Upon reading the creed of Mr. Rockefeller, I commenced searching the historical documents for the creeds of other great men and women throughout history, and especially those that we identify as models of leadership, social change, spiritual enrichment, and educational advancement. It was not long after reading the creed of Mr. Rockefeller that I thought of Jonathan Edwards and so many others, such as Robert E Lee, Mother Teresa, Anne Frank, John F. Kennedy, various presidents, and so many others
It is from this process of “search and seizure” that this book came about with its internal and consistent message of “deep roots.” I challenge you to turn to Chapter 7 and read the creed of John D. Rockefeller and then read throughout the entire book the creeds, and advice given by men and women you know and admire, as well as from those that you may never heard of before but who stand by ready to be your mentor, teacher, advisor, and your leader.
As you read, enjoy. As you read, learn. As you read, learn lessons of faith, leadership, kindness, friendship, and other messages so important in living a life that is effective and influential. May you live better and wiser in your world today and in the social sphere in which you personally travel and have influence.
Enjoy! Keep the faith!
Bundles of Binding Time II: Times Words in Uncertain Times
by, Linda Ferrari
Sophomore year in high school. Teacher asks a question. No one answers. Teacher goes to the board and writes, “Those also serve who only stand and wait.”
That one act by that one teacher left an indelible mark on me. At the time, I remember thinking, “She has patience,” and while that was true, as I now reflect on that incident, I realize how much impact those words, and that gesture, actually had on me. Later, as a high school teacher myself, I, too, often wrote inspirational quotes on the board for my students.
In preparing this book, I researched to make sure I had the correct wording for each entry and cited the original author whenever possible. I never had researched the quote that influenced me so; in fact, I had never even written it down. I found out that “They also serve who only stand and wait” was written by John Donne, and, while the line does imply the necessity of patience, more correctly, the poet is reflecting that his blindness has made him realize that he still had a place in God’s world despite his disability.
Also in my recent research, I found that “binding time” is actually a misnomer; the correct wording is actually “time-binding,” which is ‘the characteristically human activity of transmitting experience from one generation to another’.
While still in high school, I got a blank book and started keeping expressions, quotes, sayings, and poems that appealed to me. Today, as I read over my book (now 3/4ths full) and all the scraps of paper lying in a box that may or may not ever make it into the book, I find that the quotes I chose that made it into my book are a reflection of the various stages of my life--young adulthood, marriage, children, career. I have tried to put into this work the quotes which I feel are most powerful and universal. The entries reflect on seven aspects of life: Finding Meaning or Purpose, Attitude, Change, Happiness, Success, Relationships, Time.
As I write this, I feel that the world is undergoing a profound transformation which has made people stop and re-evaluate so many aspects of their lives. I realize that the entries I have chosen, even though many are from divergent cultures and ages, are a reflection of me and the experiences I choose to remember. I hope that you find pleasure and comfort in at least one or two of the entries, and that you start your own blank book, or find your own box to keep your own collection of quotes, poems, sayings, adages that impact you.
I would love to hear from you. Please write to me in care of my publisher Serendipitymediagroup@gmail.com and share with me your favorite examples of “bundles of binding time.”
Erin's Adventures in Dreamsville
By, Michelle Tighe
Little did Erin O'Malley know that she was about to experience the most life altering year of her existence. The sudden passing of her Aunt Ireland would bring bittersweet emotions along with newfound friends. Their special tea parties and blissful Sundays spent baking would always remain treasured memories in Erin's heart. However, this was not the only treasure which Erin bared, for Erin's aunt left a part of her legacy underneath a blue blanket in the closet. Curiosity of the unknown only heightened the excitement of what Erin was about to reveal about her aunt as well as herself. Either way, nothing or no one could have prepared her for what came next, like her aunt's secret life and Erin’s purpose in it all.
The Unofficial Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cookbook
Unique themed cookbook category
By, Gina Meyers
The aroma of pot roast is wafting in the air. The fear of the “Cheese Touch” is looming in the minds of the children who attend Westmore Middle School. Welcome to The Unofficial & Unauthorized Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cookbook. Inspired by the antics of one diary writer and middle schooler, by the name of Greg Hefley, let The Unofficial & Unauthorized Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cookbook, take you on a cooking adventure. Enjoy Drooling Pot Roast With Vegetables, Rowley’s Cheese Touch Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Sweetie Pie Chocolate Torte and dozens of delicious healthy and mouth watering meals. <br>Besides wonderful recipes, there also is a fun trivia section.
A Bird and Its Albatross: A Tale of Renewal
By, Liz Longo
A time ago in wondrous Australia, there lived a very beautiful yet melancholy bird. He lived in a dense old tree beside a river. All day, the Cockatiel sat as still as steel. But in the evening, he would leap along from branch to branch trying to settle in for the night. His thoughts were as deep as the night sky...
A time ago, in wondrous Austrailia, there lived a very beautiful yet melancholy bird.
He lived in a dense old tree beside a river. All day, the Cockatiel sat as still as steel. But in the evening, he would leap along from branch to branch trying to settle in for the night.
So sad, my soul. This raw heart it flows on like an endless river polluted with pain.
And yet... there was hope, hope for that little melancholy bird.
Living Room Legends: Chats With TV's Famous Faces
Nostalgia, Popular Culture
By, Eddie Lucas
Millions of baby boomers the world over grew up with the same electronic babysitter—the living room television. Stop any number of people on the street and ask them to do one of the following: recite the preamble to the Constitution, or sing the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies. If history is any indication, the Hillbillies will emerge the conquering champions. Television was a special part of our childhood. It whisked us into worlds beyond our own. We were introduced to a flying nun, hillbillies who swam in a “cee-ment” pond, and a household of lovable green monsters who thought themselves the typical American family. We fell in love with these endearing characters and welcomed them into our living rooms with open arms, and to this day, their funny and familiar faces retain a special place in our memories and our hearts. As a classic television fan and historian, I wanted to delve deeper to find out more about these special friends, and go beyond what had previously been written in articles and books to find the answers to questions that casual, as well as die-hard fans have always wanted to ask. I wished to capture their first-hand accounts and preserve for posterity the historical significance of their time on some of the most beloved shows in television history. Through this book, I hope that TV fans of all ages will share in my enthusiasm at attempting to capture these golden moments, and savor the rich oral history of these small screen classics conveyed by those who were there--and that their memories and anecdotes will continue to enlighten, entertain, and endure for generations to come.