In my continued effort to speak not only for small businesses but minority and women https://thejegroupzone.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/back-to-basics-for-business-growth/, I am standing in the forefront to help out voices to be heard. We must speak loudly and strategically above the white noise from writing to our elected officials to voting in those that have our best interests at heart. “In order to succeed, we must continue the journey as small business owners with the support from Congress, government and elected officials.”
What are your thoughts about #45, women and their reproductive rights?
Am I the only one whose child gets embarrassed when I say or do certain things? How did your children feel about what you said or did as they were growing up? Funny, how our children only see us as parents but refuse to acknowledge us as human beings as well. Put your seat belt on and get ready for a barrel of laughs, and belly aches as you read Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. If my daughter knew that there was an audience for my type of sayings despite how off the cuff it may have seemed to her, she would have been able to beat Halpern to the punch by creating her own book.
Halpern’s dad is the typical dad of his time where he holds no punches on what he believes or has to say about life, relationships and the issues that Halpern faced on a daily basis from his childhood to life as an adult. Halpern’s dad choice of profanity helps to bring the points home. Let me give you a little taste of the delectable delicacies that you will find in this book (without the expletive words):
Listen, I don’t give a f*** if you forget my birthday. I don’t need people reminding me I’m closer to death. But your mom, she still enjoys counting them down, so cancel your f**** plans and drive down here for her birthday day….
Pick your furniture like you pick a wife, it should make you feel comfortable and look nice, but not so nice that if someone walks past it they want to steal it.
While I am not a fan of profanity, I too lived in this world of this unique language. And to read a book that embraces this form of speaking allows me to relive my childhood because I too, had a father who spoke with such eloquence which I adopted as well for a season as a parent. Regardless, you will continue to laugh while enjoying this compact and easy to read book. If you grew up with parents of this era or was this type of parent yourself, you are in for a treat. Enjoy!
What does community mean to you? A community is a group of individuals that possess common interests, goals, and results. The essence of the community can be displayed in several ways from your church, and sorority or fraternity to support groups. In The Art of Community by Charles H Vogl you will learn about the various aspects of how the ultimate goal of what a community is. Community entails a sense of belonging. Vogl offers Seven Principles for Belonging from The Boundary, Initiation, Rituals, Temple, Stories, and Symbols to The Inner Rings. Community affects everything and everyone around us; it is who we are and in whom we become. Vogl has been able to build on his quest for building communities by incorporating everything that he has learned from being a volunteer in the Peace Corps to being the Broken English Productions, Founding Producer.
It is always a great idea to be conscious of the types of communities that we engage with because it significantly influences our outcomes in life in both negative and positive ways. The principles that Vogl displays in the book provide you with a more well-rounded insight of what to look for in a community and to see how you can influence change by the community that you become a part of. It has been communities that have been the voice of the Black Civil Rights Movement; National Farm Workers Association led by Caesar Chavez, Christian church movements, and social groups amongst others. So instead of just becoming a part of a community just to belong, begin to thoroughly view what that community stands for and in how it is focusing on making a difference in the world.
When God talks to you what does He say? How does He speak to you? Do you and God have a unique way of communicating? New York Times Best-Selling Author, Good Morning America Former Television Executive, and father of several ABC television children programs like Schoolhouse Rock, will bless you with his book When God Winks At You. This small power-packed book is full of stories from people all over the world describing the aspects of how God winked at them and blessed their lives. To get a glimpse of what a good book contains begin with the Table of Contents. In this book, everything from Chapter One to Chapter Nine is written with the reader in mind. Stories about people like Billy Graham, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and everyday people like you and I will come to life in this book.
This book is a must-have, especially as we live in this fallen world. To make it through our everyday lives there must be Godwinks that God has strategically placed in answer to our prayers. By reading this book it will give you an insight into how God is still answering prayers, we just have to look for them. Our answers may not show up as we wish them to be, but it shows up as God has planned them to be. Our steps are ordered, as we walk in His will. His will shows up in our lives in ways that we would have never imagined. If you love this book and want to continue on with the Godwink Family join Squire and others throughout the world on Facebook where you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated with stories, scriptures and so much more. In God, there are no mistakes, but we see them as mistakes with our human eyes while God sees them as blessings with spiritual eyes. Enjoy!
Gone by James Patterson is a story of intrigue, suspense, and downright action. James Patterson does a great job of not only telling this story but what added the spice to Gone is that I listened to it on audiobook. On the audiobook, the special effects that were added created a great marriage between the story and the storyteller.
Mob Boss Perrine has gone on a killing spree. No one is safe, from law enforcement and entertainers to other mobsters. During one of his assassinations, he had 23 people killed including Mobster LaCotta’s son and his bodyguard.
What is the motivation behind these killings? Perrine has a desire to take back Arizona and give it back to its rightful owners, the Mexicans. With his ruthless assassin, Veda, by his side, nothing will stop him.
Veda is so faithful to Perrine that she will risk her own life to carry out any assassination that he directs without any questions asked. Detective Michael Bennett and his family had to go into witness protection because of Perrine’s interaction with Bennett years ago. Now Perrine is on a vendetta against Detective Bennett and anyone associated with him including his children.
Detective Bennett is asked to come out of witness protection to help stop Perrine once again. Will Bennett take the challenge? If so, is he putting his family at risk once again? If not, will Perrine continue to kill but this time include Detective Bennett’s family and children? This book will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Books can be so entertaining that it can take you to another world. Lately, I have been enjoying the world of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. Because of time constraints, I have been unable to read a book physically, so I had to resort to listening to audiobooks.
In my quest to dabble in the audiobook world and to seek out some great choices I decided on a few that you too may enjoy. Let’s explore two of them. One of them you will find is over seven years old while the other one is relatively new, but they are so entertaining that you would not want to stop reading or listening to them.
I will provide you with an overview to not spoil the plot of the story. First, is The Associate by John Grisham (2009), a story of suspense and intrigue about Kyle McAvoy, a young attorney. In Kyle’s world, he goes through the experiences of living the life and wonders of becoming an attorney but what he sees behind the scenes puzzles him.
What he realizes is that his hourly salary, the tireless charades of clients’ paperwork and watching his co-workers spend more than they make just to look the part is all created to become a part of the illusion in the life of an attorney. He is living the dream. He realized that he had made it, but all that glitters is not gold.
His life changes when one day his past catches up with him. He is being asked to expose the secrets behind the firm that he’s working with? Will Kyle risk what he has worked so hard for or will he play along as if nothing has happened?
Next, Dangerous Games by Daniel Steele (2017), a story of high-risks, and mystery of working behind the scenes in the media industry. With TV correspondent, Alix Phillips, and Ex-Navy SEAL turned cameraman, Ben Chapman, working together, no story is safe. Alix has a passion for turn over every stone with Ben close behind.
As they travel abroad to cover stories that are dangerous either from riots or gunshots they always come back with excellent results. Alix wanted to find out more about Tony Clark, Vice-President of the United States. As she begins to turn over several stones, she discovers that Vice-President Clark wears different faces.
On the outside Vice-President Clark seemed to be confident and appears to be a man in charge yet in his private life, Clark is a man of corruption, deception, and cunny. No one knew, not even the President of the United States, that Vice-President Clark would do whatever it takes to become the next President. As Alix began to research the various aspects of the story concerning Vice-President Clark, she begins to uncover something so sinister that her life and those around her are at risk. Will this make Alix cease continuing the story or will she do what she does best tell the truth and to give the story the exposure that it needs?