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''The only ones who are going to end the corruption, despair, apathy, isolation, and violence in our world today are you and me.''

Wake up and pay attention, America! is the message of Mary Ficalora's Choosing Honor, a unique blend of common sense and spirituality delivered by a child of the 1960s and 70s who embraced the status quo before she learned to reject it.

Ficalora, an international corporate brat who was reared Roman Catholic, weaves the Ten Absolutes of Kabbalah with messages from rock'n'rollers, humanists, statesmen, and economists to create an eclectic tapestry of what's wrong and right with America. What's wrong is that we have lost our honor, defined as ''standing for the good of all in the face of forces we cannot control.'' What's right is the ability of her citizens to stand up and question authority. Ficalora, a mother and Emmy-nominated media professional, cautions that governmental control of the economy, media manipulation of our desires, and the climate of fear created by the so-called War on Terror is creating a nation that weakens the family, places profit above people, stifles innovation, and assumes that ''might makes right.'' She builds a case that the ''internalized oppression of We the People'' blocks us from fully realizing our authority over government and runs counter to the principles of our founding fathers. 

Choosing Honor focuses a fascinating ten-point spiritual lens on corruption--''a departure from what is pure and correct''--in the United States today and shouts: Pay attention! Get involved and take back our country and our honor. Readers may not always agree with Ficalora's application of Kabbalah's Ten Absolutes as a panacea for society's ills, but her message to strive for a higher consciousness and unconditional love, wonderfully underscored by classic rock'n'roll lyrics, rings true globally. --Priscilla Estes, The US Review of Books

About the Author

Mary T. Ficalora is a coordinator and online producer of continuing education courses for practicing psychologists. Ficalora started her career in film and television production. This experience includes receiving a Seattle Emmy nomination for producing and directing a show called KXLY Video Rock Off and a Producing Fellow certificate from the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Production. Ficalora currently lives with her family in Agoura Hills, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Avail Press; First Edition edition (July 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979935903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979935909
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,712,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The seeds of Mary T. Ficalora's new book, Choosing Honor: An American Woman's Search for God, Family, and Country in an Age of Corruption, were planted with numerous childhood dinner-table discussions on hotly debated social and political topics. She notes: "We were a devout Roman Catholic family and there was much to be concerned about and invariably our family ended discussions on the note that we trusted our Constitution and the honor of our government authorities."

But, that faith has been broken, from Nixon's Watergate to Bush's Iraq, leaving Mary to feel her faith in government and honesty in any level of our society is shattered. This is why she is actively speaking out, making a call to action, and promoting a revelation of things to pay attention to and value.

Mary, 48, spent her childhood of the late 60's and early 70's in South America and Italy. The San Jose native describes herself as a "hippie-minded, ex-party girl who is now a soccer mom." For the last decade she's been producing and coordinating continuing education courses for psychologists (Professional Psych Seminars), as well as substitute teaching in Los Angeles.

The teacher, event coordinator, and television producer is also an active mom, volunteer, Cub Scout leader, and pre-school administrator, but her biggest challenge has come as an author.

She received a Seattle Emmy nomination in 1986 for producing and directing "The KXLY Video Rock-Off." She began her career in film and television production. Mary received a producing fellow certificate from the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Production. Mary worked for several years at KAET-TV in Phoenix, Arizona and KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington. She also was the assistant to the producer and post-production coordinator for a Disney program in the late 80's, Backstage at the Zoo.

Her education includes attending school in Milan, Italy, Montevides, Uruguay, London, and Stamford, Connecticut. She attended Marymount College and Gonzaga University and graduated from Arizona State.

Mary resides with her mate and three children in Agoura Hills, California. For more information, please consult www.availpress.com.

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To live with honor and to resist corruption is something most find harder to do day by day. "Choosing Honor: An American Woman's Search for God, Family, and Country in an Age of Corruption" is author Mary Ficalora's own personal quest to resist the temptations of the modern world. Stating that most people, while not being perfectly good, are not necessarily corrupted by the world, "Choosing Honor" proffers an optimistic view that the world is still moral. A healthy dose of philosophy from a Christian perspective is mixed in, making for a fine treatise on clarity, right makes might, war, politics, and many other topics. Highly recommended for community library social issues collections.
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