Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interview with Juan Carlos Marcos, author of Warriors at the Helm

Warriors at the Helm Title: Warriors at the Helm
Author: Juan Carlos Marcos
Publisher: Elie Press
Pages: 174
Genre: Business
Format: Hardcopy/Ebook

 In Warriors At The Helm: A Leader’s Guide To Success in Business, Juan Carlos Marcos shares his almost four decades of experience regarding people dynamics in the corporate World. Whether you’re just getting started in business, or you are a thirty-year warrior, nothing is as valuable to your growth, and in preparing you for success, as learning through trial and error. However, modern-day corporate America can be very unforgiving or impatient through your learning process. This book represents the next best thing to being there, which is learning from others’ experience. Juan provides the reader with a practical tool that offers valuable insights into the distinctive and real differences between effective leaders (those that people eagerly follow) and those who lack the self-awareness to understand that they may be barriers to progress versus a catalyst. To further add texture to his insights, Juan elicits and shares thoughts from veteran executives who share personal experiences and perspectives derived from years of trench warfare. In Warriors At The Helm you will learn about the traits that make Leaders and Individual Contributors successful in business and how to manage the Dumb Asses and Egomaniacs (AKA Barbarians) that roam the corporate landscape. The book will provide you with the awareness and knowledge of the life “on the inside” that will help you emulate and demonstrate the behaviors that will keep your career on a positive and productive track.

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Could you please tell us a little about your book? “Warriors at the Helm” is about the good, bad and ugly of people in corporations. Specifically it:
  • Defines the traits and behaviors that make individuals and leaders successful (The Warriors)
  • Defines the traits and behaviors that make Dumb Asses and Egomaniacs (The Barbarians) so challenging to their colleagues
  • Provides career guidance for people interested in successfully navigating through complex organizations infested with Barbarians
  • Provides straightforward recommendations about how to seek mentors and have productive relationships with them
  • Provides recommendations about two dynamics of corporations (Communications or “Corporate Speak” and the potential “People” related perils of companies that grow too fast) that can be very challenging
  • Concludes with lessons I (Author: Juan Carlos Marcos) learned during almost four decades in business, about the things that work or don’t work for individuals in corporations
The book is complimented by stories and perspectives from 19 executives about their experiences in the trenches of Corporate America. Among these executives are Mike Andres, recently named President of McDonald’s USA, Brian Unger, Former Chief Operating Officer of Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. and Dave Daniels, Principal, Double D Consulting and Former VP of Operations for Sport Clips Inc.

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

Over my 37 years in Corporate America, mostly in Human Resources, I personally experienced a significant number of painful experiences and also observed the painful experiences of hundreds of other colleagues. I was also very fortunate to, witness first hand, the traits that successful people demonstrate every day in the work place. Over the years I literally had thousands of discussions with colleagues and mentors about the lazy, duplicitous, mal-content, blame-oriented people that exist in most complex organizations. Often, these discussions would end with a suggestion that I should write a book about these “People” dynamics. Accordingly, when I retired I decide to write “Warriors at the Helm.”

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?

The inspiration was to, in some way, help individual contributors and leaders to be better at how they conduct themselves in the work place. Specifically, I wanted to provide my insight and those of other colleagues as a way to help others to stay on the Warrior path. I was also inspired by trying to help others manage the challenging relationships with the Barbarians.

Who is your biggest supporter?

Without a doubt my wife of 37 years, Randi is my biggest supporter. Not only was she very supportive in my writing and getting the book published, but more important, she was supportive of me every single day of my 37 years in the corporate world. I have also been fortunate throughout my career to work with many Warriors who made my journey through Corporate America tolerable and successful.

What is the most important thing in your life right now?

My family is the most important thing in my life, especially my 6 month old granddaughter. Most people work very hard throughout their careers with little to show for it and many, wind up with broken families. I have been fortunate to reap the benefits of working that allowed me to retire at age 59 and blessed with a supportive family. It is also a lot of fun to get to be silly and have fun with a beautiful 6 month old.

Do you have any advice for writers or readers?

 “Warriors at the Helm” being my first book, I would call it my perspective rather than advice. First, to the writers, is to have thick skin. After being edited by family, colleagues and then professional editors and proof readers it can be easy to get discouraged. Second, don’t compromise what you believe is important to include in your book. You can’t be all things to all people. Listen to and evaluate the perspectives of people you respect, but be true to yourself. You are the author. The buck stops with you for better or worse. To the readers, I encourage you to be reflective as you read the book and open minded about the traits of both the Warriors and the Barbarians. As important is to be brutally honest with yourself about what path you are on. Is it the Warrior or the Barbarian path? If it is the latter, what do you need to find your way to the Warrior’s path?

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?

 First, I wanted the content to be real and if at times that meant raw, so be it. There are too many business books or self-help books that are plain boring. Second, I thought it was important to include stories and perspectives from proven and successful leaders about their experiences. Some of these are also raw and to the point. In short, they are real. Finally, I tried to reinforce some points throughout the book and make them come to life by using well known historical events.

 Juan Carlos Marcos was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1962. He spent almost four decades in leadership roles in human resources in the corporate world, including experience in multiple industries. Among the companies he worked at included Saint Mary's Hospital Medical Center, in Madison Wisconsin, Graber Industries Inc., Boston Market and McDonald's Corporation. Now retired and working as a consultant, he took the time to fulfill his dream of writing his first book. Juan holds a bachelor's degree in business from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin. Juan lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife Randi.

My Book Discovered...by My Students by Randy Coates, author of More Precious Than Rubies


Title: More Precious Than Rubies
Author: Randy Coates
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 174
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
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 Paul Brager is twelve when his father tells the story of Iduna and her apples. Mr. Brager always tells stories before bed to entertain Paul’s little brother, Adrian—a ritual that has become even more important since their mother died. Iduna was a goddess who grew apples that made the gods younger and stronger, but one day she disappeared, along with her apples. Paul doesn’t think much of the myth; he has other things on his mind. Paul and his best friend, Chad Tremblay, are excited to start the school year as seventh graders at Dorian Heights Public School. Even when they hear about the new principal, Mr. Theisen, they aren’t worried about ending up in his office. When Paul finally meets the principal, however, he finds him to be strange, mysterious, and extremely fond of apples. That’s when things start going wrong. Theisen develops an uncomfortable interest in Paul, claiming he once knew Paul’s father. It becomes apparent to Paul and Chad that Theisen is after something, maybe some kind of treasure—and it involves the Brager family. Paul believes his family must be protected and that Theisen must be stopped. Still, he can’t get the story of Iduna’s apples out of his head; there seems to be an odd connection to the tale his father told. He and Chad want to know the answers, but learning them may put their lives in danger.

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My Book Discovered...by my Students

Almost a year has passed since I self-published my children's fantasy novel.

When I finally had the hard copy in my hands,Idecided to give it to immediate members of my family and told them not to tell anyone else about it.

My intention was to establish myself with social media first: set up a website, for example. I wanted to see the true power of social media; to see if others I knew would recognize my book without being told by my family.

One advantage I have is being a teacher in a middle school where students are using social media not only at school but also inside and outside of their homes. I figured that one day, one student would stumble upon my creation. And students do not shut up about these things, as if they have just unveiled a crude secret about their teacher and want to be the first to clue in their friends.

So, with much interest, did I discover how my grade 8 students learned.

This past week, one of my more difficult students passed me in the hall and spluttered, "Hey Mr. Coates, I saw you on Google Images."

This, in itself, is not surprising. This boy does not care about me. Obviously, he wanted to "dig up some dirt" on someone. My name was probably one of the many he looked up and he happened to find the picture that is on the book's back cover.

"Yes," I grinned, "but do you know why it's there?"
This was probably the cleverest thing I could have said: I wanted to create some mystery, some suspense.

He, or perhaps others, pursued their investigation. Maybe because they were curious to see what crime I had committed, or what had made me famous. Perhaps they were wondering if I had been on Dancing  With the Stars.

It does not matter. The fact is their hard work led to their finding that I had written a children'sbook.

One student said, "You actually wrote a book?" in that dumbfounded way that students often sound when they don't believe their teachers have lives outside of school.

Uh, the power of the Internet.

Randy Coates graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor of arts degree and went on to acquire his teacher’s certificate at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently an elementary teacher in the Toronto District Board of Education.

Some Things Asteroidal by Tony Taylor, author of The Darkest Side of Saturn


Title: The Darkest Side of Saturn
Author: Tony Taylor
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 492
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Ebook
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 It’s 1997 at a mountaintop observatory in Southern California where spacecraft navigator Harris Mitchel and astronomer Diana Muse-Jones discover a dangerous asteroid which may hit the earth within two decades. As the asteroid tumbles through space towards an uncertain impact, Harris and Diana fight bitterly over how to announce their discovery. When Harris goes public to a skeptical world—at the cost of his and Diana’s careers—he sends their already turbulent relationship into a blaze of conflicting passions. As his notoriety builds, a fanatical preacher and his unhinged followers stalk him while an obnoxious radio personality provides disruptive help. Harris becomes an unwilling Pied Piper for his own overzealous followers hungry for belief and eager for guidance into an uncertain and tumultuous future. In this science fiction drama the characters battle each other in contests of Damn your world view! against a background of hard science, religion, romance, metaphysical speculation, and the forces of nature versus human passions and dreams. Meanwhile an asteroid hurtles through the solar system and global salvation or disaster hangs in the balance. “A courageous and visionary work … an instant classic.” —BlueInk Reviews

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About Some Things Asteroidal

The Darkest Side of Saturn is, among other things, an asteroid story—an astronomer and an engineer co-discover a two mile wide asteroid that might or might not hit the Earth in 16 years. Their conundrum (besides the potentially illicit affair between them that the asteroid exacerbates)  is how to announce it without making jackasses of themselves.

Since the story is about a fictional dangerous asteroid, and since we know that real asteroids present the Earth with problems now and then, I’ll say a little about them here. If you want to either put your mind at ease or scare the b’Jesus out of yourself—depending on how paranoid you are—read on.

Do we need to worry about an asteroid collision?
In a word—NO.  It’s not something you need to lose sleep over. If you allow a few more words, it’s a very low probability but very high consequence event. It’s like that old fighter pilot’s saying about flying: “99% boredom, 1% stark terror,” except for large asteroids it’s more like 99.999... (and a lot more digits) boredom, and a teeny tiny little bit of really stark terror.

If a two mile wide asteroid like the one in the book hit, the explosion would be like detonating the whole world’s nuclear arsenal, except nearly a hundred times larger. It would likely induce “asteroid winter”, causing crop failures and 100 times more deaths than from the direct blast alone. Hundreds of millions—maybe even billions of people—including you and everyone you know—could die of starvation and wars because of the collapse of civilization.

So, it’s not likely to happen, particularly in the short term, but over the long term the odds go up. If we wait long enough, we will be hit, the question is whether it’s in tens of years, or thousands, or millions, or longer. For the big ones, it’s millions, like the six mile wide asteroid that killed the dinosaurs. But then, that was 65 million years ago. Are we overdue? To paraphrase Ray Bradbury, “Does something wicked this way come?”

Regardless, if we find one with our name on it in the short term, small or large, we better do something about it. That brings up the next question:

If an asteroid impact is predicted, what could we do and how much time would we need?
We’d need lots of lead time. It takes a few years to build and launch a spacecraft and a few more years to get there and do something. For some asteroids, like Bennu (500m wide), we already know the risk more than 150 years out. It’s about a 1:1000 probability of impact in the last part of the 22nd century. We won’t have to worry about it, but the children of our great-great-great grandchildren might.

Others might pop up with less warning. If it were a really big one, say over a kilometer diameter, we’d probably need at least 15–20 years to do something about it—even earlier would be better. We’d want to deflect it. We’d want to send a spacecraft out, or maybe even a fleet of spacecraft to nudge it a little bit. Not much, just a few millimeters per second. That’s enough, over a decade or more, to cause it to miss.

One way to nudge it is the old tried and true method of the movies— nuke it! But nuke it very carefully! Some asteroids turn out to be rubble piles of rocks barely held together by weak gravity. If you’re not careful, you could turn what would have been a rifle shot into a shotgun blast and be worse off than before. Nuke it, but a little distance away so that it vaporizes some of the surface rather than blasting it apart, and the reaction drives it in the opposite direction.

If it’s smaller, say around 100 meters wide like the Tunguska asteroid of 1908 that leveled most of a thousand square miles of Siberian forest, we might do with a little less warning time to mount a mission with nuclear devices, or we could do other things if we had more time, like hit it with a massive spacecraft going as fast as we could make it go. That would be like the Deep Impact spacecraft that we deliberately drove into Comet Tempel 1 in 2005. You might need to hit it with more than one to get it moving enough.

If it were still smaller—like the 20 meter asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia last year (generating an explosion 25 times the Hiroshima atomic bomb)—and we had plenty of time, there are other methods like zapping it with lasers from a fleet of spacecraft to vaporize surface material and depend on the reaction to nudge it. Or we could even hover a spacecraft nearby and use the mutual gravitational attraction to pull it, like a gravity tractor but a very weak one.

If you want more information about asteroids, I suggest Googling names like “Asteroid impact” or “Asteroid deflection,” or going to Wikipedia for the same topics. There’s also the NASA Near Earth Object Program web site at neo.jpl.nasa.gov that has great detail on potentially hazardous asteroids, but maybe too technical for some.

One last thought:

Why should I read The Darkest Side of Saturn: Odyssey of a Reluctant Prophet of Doom?
Why wouldn’t you if you want to know the fate of the universe, the meaning of life, and the answers to other religious, philosophical, and metaphysical questions, all of them asked and answered in an alternate universe? That’s not even to mention the illicit romance between Harris and Diana, the co-discoverers of asteroid Babylym, and the ballet thrown in for added entertainment. You know, all those things like asteroids, religion, sex, metaphysics and dancing that just naturally go together.


Tony Taylor spent a long career navigating NASA spacecraft—including Voyager, Cassini, Mars Polar Lander, Galileo, and MESSENGER—to every planet in the solar system. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned an MS in physics from the University of Arizona. Tony and his wife, Jan, live in Sedona, Arizona.
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview with Ed Grizzle, author of It's Your Decision


Title: It's Your Decision
Author: Ed Grizzle
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 128
Genre: Family Relationships/Parenting
Format: Ebook
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 Children are gifts from God, but parenting those children can often be a difficult task. In It’s Your Decision, author Ed Grizzle shows how parenting can be successful when it’s carried out according to God’s plan. Using his life’s experiences as a guide, Grizzle explores the importance of making the right decisions in life—from choosing the right lifestyle and the right mate and to raising children according to what God has planned for you.

It’s Your Decision discusses
 • planning for children;
 • knowing what children need;
 • being aware of the important years in a child’s life;
 • understanding that children will test parents;
 • valuing the role of grandparents;
 • dealing with abused children;
 • communicating openly and honestly;
 • clarifying family roles.

 Grizzle presents a guide to strengthening lives and making your family life more enjoyable. He shows how this is possible when you accept Jesus Christ into your life; he will show you the way in the difficult times.

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How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

My upbringing was the main reason for the book.  It gave me the opportunity to share how Jesus Christ can make a persons life more worth living if they follow him.

When and why did you begin writing?

I believed that my wife Mary encouraged me to write the book.  I started it four weeks prior to her passing.

What do you consider the hardest thing about writing?

Since this was my first book, I can’t really answer this question.  I felt that there was nothing hard about writing it.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

I don’t consider it a career but instead a nice thing to keep me going since I am retired.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t know other than it is they way I write and I have nothing to compare it to.

Ed Grizzle started a ministry called It’s Your Decision that helps addicts, prostitutes, and others who face difficult circumstances. He and his late wife, Mary, raised two children. Grizzle currently lives in Illinois

Friday, October 17, 2014

How Editing My Novel Drove Me Bats by Demetria Foster Gray, author of Sifting Through Mud

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Front Cover Only - SiftingThroughMud resized smallTitle: Sifting Through Mud
Author: Demetria Foster Gray
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 276
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 The death of Nyla's husband comes as a shock to everyone except Nyla. What’s shocking to Nyla is her inability to grieve his death like a typical loving wife should grieve. But Nyla isn't a typical loving wife. She's a woman in desperate need to breathe. The oxygen in her life has long gone, and the astonishing thing she feels from her husband's death is relief, not grief. Even more astonishing is the rare and unexpected friendship which develops between Nyla and her dead husband's mistress. However, Nyla isn’t aware her new best friend is a former mistress. And as their friendship deepens into an unshakable bond, Nyla is forced to face secrets her husband took with him to his grave. This means she has to sift through mud to unravel the truth. A truth that’s better off dead. Yet through it all, the one thing which makes Nyla violently breathless, is the exact same thing that causes her to finally breathe.  

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How Editing My Novel Drove Me Bats
By Demetria Foster Gray 

As a writer, I know editing comes with the territory. There’s no way around it. A novel must go through several stages of editing before even considering unleashing it unto the public. Of course, I knew this while writing my debut novel Sifting Through Mud, but I never expected the editing process to have such a strong hold on me to render me senseless. Let me explain.
Over the past twenty years, I’ve spent my career as a marketing and technical writer. In this role, the variety of business and technical documents I’d created usually required only one or two rounds of editing. With this mentality ingrained in me, I was confident the editing phase for my novel wouldn’t be a drawn out, gut-wrenching process. I was wrong. Editing a novel is totally different from technical and business documents. Editing a novel really….truly….sucks. 
Once the fun part of writing the novel is over and the first draft completed, in walks the second, third, and fourth draft, and if not careful the fifth, sixth and seventh. Why all the rounds? That’s the same question I asked, in which I could only answer with a description of what I call the “Oh My God” stages of editing. 
Stage #1
Oh my god, I just finished writing an entire book, but now it needs editing. This means I have to read through it again, but my brain needs at least a week off to refresh. Except one week turns into a few weeks as procrastination slithers in.
Stage #2
Oh my god, it’s the second draft and I can’t believe all the boring scenes, weird dialogue, and disconnected subplots. A serious overhaul needs to be had. Rewrite. Delete. Rewrite. Delete.
Stage #3
Oh my god, I can’t believe all the constructive criticism my small (but fiercely deadly) critique group gave me. They found errors in the storyline (and everywhere else) I didn’t see. You mean I have to read through this story again—for the third time?
Stage #4
Oh my god, if I have to read this story for a fourth time, I’m going to take a sharp pencil and poke my eyes out. Draft four is now in the hands of my editor, and she’s perusing it with a fine tooth comb. Checking it for content, structure, factual inconsistencies, and then an overall line editing. Ughh!
Stage #5
Oh my god, look at all these editor edits. When is it going to end? 
Stage #6
THANK GOD it’s over! I’m ready for publication. Hooray! But wait...there’s still the matter of reading (again) and approving the final galley proof. Arghh!!! (And even then errors can slip into the published version.) 
No one ever said editing a novel was easy, and no one ever said while doing so you’d want to slit your wrists. At least no one ever told me. However, holding the final published book in your hands for the first time makes the labor of love well worth it.


Head-Shot_sidebar2Demetria Foster Gray is a novelist, freelance writer, and communications consultant. She earned a degree in Marketing Communications and spent the bulk of her career writing for the corporate world. Creating fictional characters and building stories has always been her first love. A native of the Chicago, IL area, Demetria now lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Sifting Through Mud is her debut novel.

Visit Demetria at www.demetriafostergray.com

Her latest book is the contemporary women's fiction novel, Sifting Through Mud.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

About Today by David Hwa, author of Finding Daddy Warbucks

Finding Daddy WarbucksTitle: Finding Daddy Warbucks
Author: David Hwa
Publisher: Wellworth, LLC
Pages: 180
Genre: Christian Fiction
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We never know how God may lead us. The twists and turns of life often leave us confused and deflated. For 10-year-old Haley, the unexpected loss of her father was such a twist. When all is lost, a little light in the darkness can make all the difference. The world is a big place for a little girl. For that matter, it's a pretty big place for anyone who has lost their way. Hayley finds her solution in a modern day prince, but she can't pull off this miracle by herself. Nick, an attorney struggling to save his job, wouldn't seem to be much help to a little girl trying to create a miracle. But life has a way of bringing us the people we need most, at just the right time. Still, there is so much that could go wrong, especially when her headstrong mother doesn't fall for the prince. But there's something Hayley doesn't see coming, something she can't see. Something she doesn't want to see, something that hides in the dark where she can't go, something unspeakable. Follow Haley's journey into the light and see how redemption is there for anyone, even the condemned. And see how love can find you-even through the darkness.

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I’ve started reading Rob Lowe’s first autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. In the first chapter he talks about a time when he was unhappy with his personal life and frustrated with his career. If a young Rob Lowe can feel that way about his life and career then what about the rest of us?

Rob’s experience is a lesson for all of us, because if you can have those feelings of unhappiness and doubt after having been a successful movie star and with his good looks, then you know that having all of those things does not lead to peace and happiness.

I think this is something we all know deep down inside, but are loath to admit. We would much rather have the movie career and good looks and then decide for ourselves—okay am I happier now? Unfortunately, for most of us, we aren’t going to get that chance. We’re going to have to take our lives just as they are, sans movies and good looks, and get along as best we can.

What I draw from Rob Lowe is that these fears and doubts happen to all of us. No one is immune. I got laid off from my law firm back in 2009. I sold my house in DC and moved to Colorado without a clue as to what I was going to do for a career. As I now begin my writing career I face a blank canvas.

In truth, every day is a blank canvas. We just live under the illusion that our future is set, but we have no guarantees of anything. This unknown, this doubt that each of us faces in life, is a universal teacher. It is harsh and unrelenting. None of us will be able to hide our eyes from the truth forever. Eventually, our illusion of control will be stripped away, and we will be forced to face the truth.

There is a method to this madness. There is a lesson to be learned. There are two ways we can enjoy peace in this life, faith or the lilies of the field. Faith is simple to understand, but hard to do, and that is to simply have faith that God will always deliver you. The lilies of the field is similar but with a slight twist and that makes all the difference.

The lesson of the lilies of the field can be found in the Gospels.

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
. . .
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:28-29; 34.

Almost every Christian knows this lesson but nearly everyone ignores it, considering it too difficult to even attempt, or believing that God would only provide for those with enough faith to walk on water. But the secret lies in the final verse, “do not worry about tomorrow”.

Most of us, like Rob Lowe, don’t like where we’re at and think that happiness and fulfillment exist somewhere in the future, but not now. We believe this even though we know that we are not guaranteed tomorrow. The only reality is what we have right now, but we persist in looking to the future for our happiness.

We only exist right now and the only time we can be happy is right now. Nothing else exists.

This is the key. Ask yourself: Is it possible for you to be happy right now?

The answer is yes.

As for your worries about tomorrow, ask yourself: Are you okay right now?

The answer here is also yes. Because if something is going wrong with you right now you’re dealing with it, not worrying about it. That’s a big difference.

Let me give you an example. Several years ago while playing racquetball one night with a buddy of mine, I dislocated my left knee and right elbow. They had to call an ambulance to come and cart me off to the emergency room where the doctors “popped” me back together again.

Now, during the time I was laying on the racquetball court, writhing in pain, waiting for the ambulance, I was faced with a decision. I knew that in the emergency room the doctors would have to “pop” me back together and that would be excruciating. Now, I was already in pain, but the question was whether or not I wanted to worry about the pain yet to come. I could sense the fear that came with that worry. It was as if I could see it, sitting on the racquetball court staring at me. I could also see how I would be turned into a babbling idiot, if I let that fear in.

I decided to hold the fear off at arms-length. I would deal with what was already on my plate, and not worry about the future, but deal with it as it came. So yes, I was in pain, but I wasn’t afraid and that made a big difference.

This is the secret to the lilies of the field, deal only with what is on your plate, and don’t worry about all the things that may be coming down the pipe.

So today, I do not know what my future holds, and like Rob Lowe in the first chapter of his book, I have no idea where my career is headed, but unlike Rob, I do my best to not worry about it. I know I am fine today, and I’ll take tomorrow on, when it gets here.


And if that doesn’t work I suggest having a pumpkin latte.


David Hwa David Hwa makes his literary debut with Finding Daddy Warbucks (2014) a tale of a little girl's journey through loss, love and redemption. David grew up in Kansas. He graduated with a music degree from the University of Colorado and went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Denver University, a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced securities law for many years in Los Angeles, California with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. He later moved to Washington, DC where continued his securities practice with the Commission and later in private practice with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP. Following the financial crisis of 2008, David moved back to Colorado and opened his own securities law practice. David is single and lives in Aurora, Colorado with his two leopard geckos Gordon and Carlos. He spends his days writing, skiing, and occasionally dispensing legal advice, sometimes while on the ski slopes. For More Information

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Wings That SpreadTitle: Wings That Spread
Author: Ramesh Sangle
Publisher: PartridgeIndia
Pages: 202
Genre: Family/Relationship
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 This is the story of two loving souls, Jessica, a Spanish village girl and Aniket, son of the Indian Ambassador to Spain, who first meet at a school competition. As they grow older, they fell in love with each other. But, circumstances forced them to move on with their separate lives and Aniket moves back to India. Tragedy strikes their lives individually and they both loose their loved ones. Can Jessica and Aniket ever be together? Can they be united despite the differences in culture, religion and nationality? Is the whole world just one big happy family?

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