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10 Bits of Wisdom From The Shoe Shine Guy: A Transformed Life
10 Bits of Wisdom From The Shoe Shine Guy: A Transformed Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars Become a shoeshine guy with John Early, November 24, 2015
John Early moved to Houston, Texas, in 1980 at the age of 21. He worked in sales for a manufacturer's rep firm selling oil equipment. His sales territory was most of south Texas, driving 4000-5000 miles per month. John had the opportunity to call on customers that were located in remote areas of south Texas as well as the corporate offices of some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world located in Houston, Texas. In 1986, he moved back to Michigan and went to work as a mortgage consultant for a small mortgage company, Tranex Financial, and worked there for 13 years. Starting out as a mortgage consultant, he moved into training then became an officer of the company and eventually bought the firm. In 1998, he merged Tranex into the Hantz Financial Group. What this brief bio doesn’t reveal is the subject matter of this book – a transformed life of a man who seemed to have everything life could offer – and the changes that transformation created.

This is a self-help, inspirational book that comes at a time when most of us need some positive reinforcement. His 10 Bits of Wisdom ate Knowing your Purpose, Character, Attitude, Goals, Teamwork and Trust, Respect, Courage, Regrets, Reconciliation, and Grace. Read the book and grow spiritually. It is a fine time to set aside the busy-ness of living and cogitate with John Early. Grady Harp, November 15

Jimmy Hoffa Called My Mom A Bitch: Profiles in Stupidity
Jimmy Hoffa Called My Mom A Bitch: Profiles in Stupidity
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'The Yin and Yang of a totally screwed-up country’, November 24, 2015
Jason Vines is one funny and talented man, if a bit caustic and forward in his view of other people’s foibles. He earned his talent as a stand up comedian, moved into the media as a writer for the Detroit Free Press, and has served as the top communications professional for Nissan, Ford, and Chrysler producing record breaking launches of some of those motor companies more innovative products while at the same time reporting on some of the major disasters of automotive crises. He has degrees in Economics, Communications/Theater and Labor and Industrial relations. From his vantage he uses this book to take potshots at some luminaries and the result is a naughty and hilarious spoof of the stupidity that surrounds us (just listen to the current political debates for the next Presidency campaign!).

This collection of short, terse ‘columns’ runs the gamut from Stupid Perverts, to Stupid Criminals, Stupid People, Stupid White House, Stupid Democrats, Stupid Republicans, Stupid Policies, Stupid Washington, Stupid Dictators, Stupid Media, Stupid Occupiers, Stupid Atheists, Stupid Christians, Stupid Sports Figures, and Stupid Predictions. No one and no thing escapes his hilarious take and evaluation. By the end of the book be prepared to have a bell ache from laughing. Get a grip and have a chuckle. Grady Harp, November 15

The New Lease
The New Lease
by John Stryder
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars “good news is great, but it’s short-lived. Bad news, on the other hand...”, November 24, 2015
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How refreshing to discover an author who not only writes brilliantly with a polished style that makes us disbelieve that this is only his third publication, but who also is gently slightly timid in tooting his own horn. His few messages from his biographical data inform us that the handsome young John Stryder worked as a travel writer, a copywriter and an editor, is an Italian living in India and writing in English, ‘and I have a PhD in a useless subject.’ Little of that prepares us for the masterfully constructed conspiracy thriller he has penned as his debut novel.

Not only is this story scintillating, but it is also so facile in expression and in the use of the English language that we feel we are opening the pages of a seasoned master writer. From the brief opening John sets not only an illustrative mood but offers it in a captivating manner: ’ A sniper, or an explosive. Nothing else could work. She knew that no one would be able to approach him in person with the intention of harming him— he would sense the danger immediately. A savvy assassin would opt for an attack from distance: a sharpshooter, or a bomb planted in a place where he was expected to linger. A flash of red alerted her to the woman’s arrival. Through the arched opening of the alley, she caught a glimpse of her graceful figure, clad in a bright, flowing red kurta, walking briskly in the street below. A teal-colored scarf was fluttering about her neck, like the tail of a dull comet.‘

But a note about the plot: ‘A stranger appeared, years ago, and rescued you from the darkness. Or did he? Since that day you can't recognize yourself, you're haunted by an imaginary stalker, and you hear someone whisper in your head. That’s how Fae Cunningham, a reticent young woman with a history of mental illness, describes her predicament. But an unusual assignment from her professor of journalism gives her the chance to confront the past and seek out her shady benefactor. She travels all the way to the Middle East to find him, only to discover that his web of control stretches far and wide, and that he's bent on altering much more than just her thoughts.’

John weaves his themes an variations with beautifully realized characters who work their way into our psyche, making us one of them – as threatening and fearful and full of suspense as the cast. THAT is fine storytelling, and place that in the context of erudite English prose and we have discovered an important new literary figure. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 15

Private Tennis Lessons- Perfecting My Stroke: A Gay Romance ((Gay romance, lgbt, sport, new adult & college, dating, short story, military, bad boy, trainer) ... bad boy, trainer, holiday, new age)
Private Tennis Lessons- Perfecting My Stroke: A Gay Romance ((Gay romance, lgbt, sport, new adult & college, dating, short story, military, bad boy, trainer) ... bad boy, trainer, holiday, new age)
by R.P. James
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘I know it's naïve to expect that honeymoon phase of a marriage to span on into infinity’, November 24, 2015
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R. P. James, a master of steamy erotica from about every angle of view – paranormal, alien, lesbian, alpha male, B&D, gay, group orgies, shapeshifters etc etc – takes a different turn with this new story – he allows the sports scene to be a background. Opening with a self-evaluation of an unhappily married man tired of his flatline marriage and off to enter a new world that he hopes will spice his life again. While the wife is away he goes off to try novel things – like learning how to play tennis.

Or as RP summarizes it, ‘this is about the hottest set of tennis I've ever played... Honestly, I'm feeling just a little bit washed up, over the hill. I mean, I'm only in my mid-thirties, and there's no real reason that I should think this about myself. My life, to all appearances, is in a good place, and I'm a reasonably successful man. But, I guess one of the major things making me feel like this is the fact that my wife and I have been growing apart, and I'm having trouble relating to her the way I used to. I decided one weekend while she's out with her girlfriends on a trip to Las Vegas to start taking tennis lessons, hoping that it might reinvigorate me to some extent, and bring back some of the joy to my life that I've missed. My instructor, however, is an almost perversely handsome young man, and as hard as I try to behave myself, things between the two of us go a hell of a lot farther than just the tennis lessons.'

R.P. certainly knows his way around encounters in the physical sense – this ability to keep ideas fresh and credible is one of his hallmarks. But in this story PRIVATE TENNIS LESSONS he manages to describe a first-time experience as well as any writer has ever produced – and then it goes on from there the way many men fantasize.

Instead of growing tired, R.P. James just gets better with every new story. Hopefully a full-fledged novel will happen soon – all of his many fans are waiting…..Grady Harp, November 15

The Busy Executive Diet: How to Achieve Your Ideal Weight, Sharpen Your Brain and Balance Your Mind.
The Busy Executive Diet: How to Achieve Your Ideal Weight, Sharpen Your Brain and Balance Your Mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.’ – Bethenny Frankel, November 23, 2015
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The very beautiful Gabriella Kindert earned her MBA and MA and became a successful executive in the financial services industry. Her career has entailed extensive international travel and the ability to work well with people from a wide spectrum of cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds in order to create sustainable plans for the success of a variety of companies. She has also been founding partner of several successful companies. She also founded the nonprofit organization One Life which promotes the use of nutrition for an all-around healthier life, demonstrating how to regain control of their eating and exercise habits.

This book answers so many questions we all have about the general state of health today. Why does the majority of the populace appear either obese or approaching obesity. We see it everywhere – even some of the big name entertainment idols ‘carry a lot of weight.’ As Gabriella so succinctly puts it, ‘How is it possible our society getting fatter and fatter, yet we spend so much money and effort on staying slim?” We spend
large sums of money on low-fat products, diet meals, and all kinds of supplements, yet people are getting progressively fatter, and the number of people with diabetes and other weight-related diseases is virtually exploding.’

In one of the intelligent, common sense based, realistic and transformative books on the subject of health eating Gabriella writes about the impact that stress from your executive lifestyle has on your weight and metabolism. seven key rules for sustained weight control designed for those with a busy agenda, anyone can benefit from these rules, regardless of age, gender, or body type, how to control your food cravings and bad eating habits in stressful situations, how to adjust your approach to nutrition, even with your challenging lifestyle, why counting calories and following restrictive diets will not give you sustained results, how to use food to improve your physical appearance, efficiency of your brain, and balance your psyche, how to use the power of your own metabolism and lose weight with a limited, but very focused, exercise regime, tricks you can use to control your metabolism and increase your energy, and more and more – for less and less!

Solid information form a woman who has been there/done that and knows the ropes better than most nutritionists. This is an excellent book, well written, well illustrated and designed – one that deserves a place on every bookshelf (once read!). Grady Harp, November 15

Blue Muse: Live
Blue Muse: Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘a culmination of the life experiences of each of its members’, November 23, 2015
This review is from: Blue Muse: Live (MP3 Music)
Blue Muse, an enigma, is true to their name. They specialize in playing jazz in church, weaving spiritual improvisations through the waves of liturgy and biblical readings to any denomination. Formed in 2013, the members of Blue Muse are as eclectic as their music: a former computer consultant recruiting her professor, fellow Jacksonville University students and adjuncts as well as a baker’s apprentice. It is this sense of mystery and thoughtful collaboration that attributes to the diversified sound their fans love. Sarah Lee recognized each member’s passion for jazz as she worked with each musician while attending Jacksonville University on her own quest to follow her life’s passion, music.

The ensemble is Sarah Lee - alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, Jonah Pierre, piano, Jarrett Carter, guitar, Evan Peterson, drums, Tony Steve, vibraphone, Ernie Ealum, Upright and electric bass, and Cody Wheaton.

The tracks are as follows:
Bless You (for C.W.)
They Say
Infant Dance
Blessed Assurance

Small group, big heart, terrific sounds! They make you open your heart and sing1 Grady Harp, November 15

sad boy / detective
sad boy / detective
by Sam Sax
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘thirteen years of waiting for a door that never swings open.’, November 22, 2015
This review is from: sad boy / detective (Paperback)
Poet Sam Sax is one of the most sensitively creative masters of the poetic medium writing today. He is a 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellow and Poetry Fellow at The Michener Center for Writers, where he serves as the Editor-in- chief of Bat City Review. He's a two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion & author of the chapbooks A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters, SAD BOY / DETECTIVE, All The Rage, and is co- editor of the anthology The Dead Animal Handbook. His poems are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Magazine, Pleiades, TriQuarterly + other journals. But impressive as these newly won credentials are they do not begin to open the window wide enough to view his talent. In a word, he is extraordinary.

SAD BOY /DETECTIVE tackles the coming of age syndrome that all youngsters enter, though in the case of Sad Boy the genre is further complicated by the fact that the narrator is gay. Sam uses these sonnet form poems to share the conundrums of facing a life askew form ‘normal’ and in doing so does so much for the same sex discussion that is so au courant that surely will be up for awards on multiple levels – poetry, social studies, gender studies etc.

The only way to share the power behind these poems is to quote one:

the boy detective gets scared straight

men in their night blue button-up uniforms
take the children through the theater of incarceration
the locked-in leather backseat of the squad car,
what steel feels like against the wrist. at the station
the children leave their fingerprints and take ink
into general population. the bars aren’t the kind
you’ll find on television, here everything is glass.
men in tan jumpsuits are brought in to scare
the children into children, they yell from their deepest
register, tell what kinds of breakage happen in the skin
and the brain. the boy imagines spending his life
this way. to have a man stand above him,
tell him what he is, to be taken up in arms,
how nice that would be, to be given a uniform.

Sam Sax is an artist and poet about whom we will be hearing much. He is one of the most uniquely gifted young poets to come along in a while. Read this book! Grady Harp, November 15

Revolutionary Eyesight Breakthrough: How To See Clearly At Any Age
Revolutionary Eyesight Breakthrough: How To See Clearly At Any Age
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5.0 out of 5 stars The SeeCell Eye Program, November 22, 2015
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Educated in the UK and Australia Michael Coleman holds a degree in mathematics and post-graduate qualifications in education and science, a diploma in health education, certificates in health and fitness, brain training and Reiki. He is also a certified nutritional consultant, maintains a brain health blog and publishes work on men’s health. He is passionate about the power of the body to restore and maintain itself and believes that our major responsibility is to take steps to provide the body and mind with the appropriate conditions to foster rejuvenation and then allow it to do what it’s so brilliantly designed to do – keep us in optimum physical, mental and sexual health for life.

In a time when Stem Cell Therapy is rapidly approaching becoming available in the USA – the use of totipotential cells to place in the body where function is altered or threatened, restoring normal tissues/health – the timing of Michael’s book could not be more topical. His SeeCell Eye Program is respected and is particularly embraced by those who decry pharmacological control of their health. As he states in his introduction, ‘Regain control of your vision and give your eyes have every chance to see clearly - whatever your age.’ And he follows this with some facts – ‘You already know how to see clearly for life because each of your cells has a complete copy of your DNA - the blueprint for you. You created yourself from a single cell to be a living, thinking being and, as part of that exquisite process, developed your vision system. You look with your eyes and see with special parts of your brain. In other words, you have a vision system.The clarity of your vision will be reduced if some of the cells in your eyes and/ or in key vision areas of your brain are unhealthy. No matter how many eye exercises you do, they cannot be fully effective working with eyes and brain parts that contain unhealthy cells. The SeeCell program restores optimum vision by building cell health in your eyes and key brain areas and providing a supporting routine of eye muscle/ brain exercises that are welcomed by your eyes and brain.

He further explains that the primary components of the SeeCell Program are genetic coding, activators (electric charge, oxygen, nutrients, sleep, movement, touching) and Stress. From this outline Michael carefully explains all aspects of the SeeCell Program in one of the more important books on visual health available. Not only does it teach us a lot about our eyes, but it also puts us on alert to improve our vision with his well-considered program. Some of the sections such as the use of sexual energy beg a bit of indulgence, but the overall program is sound. Highly Recommended for all readers. Grady Harp, November 15

The Gift (DVD)
The Gift (DVD)
DVD ~ Jason Bateman
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5.0 out of 5 stars ‘See, you're done with the past, but the past is not done with you.’, November 22, 2015
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Australian Joel Edgerton is an exceptionally talented man – he is highly regarded as an actor, a writer, and director – and he brings all three of those talents to the screen in this psychological thriller THE GIFT. The dialogue is exceptionally fine, the pacing is excellent and the manner in which the story unfolds holds many surprises as well as a number of fine lessons in interpersonal responses.

Simon (Jason Bateman – so fine to see him step away from the line of brainless comedies in which he was type cast!), and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?

This is a smart, sophisticated film, beautifully photographed by Eduard Grau and with a musical score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans that maintains the suspense. The cast – the three leads as well as the supporting roles - is outstanding. This is a movie that is far better than the usual thriller. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, November 15

Trappist Abbey Traditional Fruit Cake 1 Lb (2 Pack)
Trappist Abbey Traditional Fruit Cake 1 Lb (2 Pack)
Offered by Kennedy Holdings, Inc
Price: $42.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Holiday Traditions!, November 22, 2015
The Brethren of Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Oregon not only make a very fine fruitcake, they are wise enough to package it in small 1 pound boxes, knowing that a little fruitcake on Christmas goes a long way. This version of their fruitcakes is called ‘dark and rich’ and it avoids the usual fillers of green colored citron and heavy maraschino cherries, substituting instead fresh nuts, dried fruits and a terrific dark batter and then after baking, soak the fruitcakes in brandy and allow them to age three months. It is a long process and for those who have made fruitcakes in the past (in the older days when true homemade fruitcakes were a popular item as Christmas gifts for friends and family) the time, ingredients and energy and patience is greatly appreciated.

One of the best fruitcakes on the market – just go easy on the portions: each 1 pound cake is supposed to feed four….! Grady Harp, November 15

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