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Nicole Murray is a creative writer by passion, training, and profession. She is a Columbia College graduate with a degree in Fiction Writing and Marketing. Nicole’s dual Gemini personality helps her pursue creative writing as a personal profession.Nicole explores the creative landscape of the mind to craft fiction out of real emotion. She currently writes short stories, novels, poems, and screen plays. Autumn’s Child is her first novel.
About The Book
"I am hurting. Fractured in places stitches can't heal." Autumn’s Child tells the desperate story of Layla, as a young and naive twelve year-old girl. Over ten critical years, her life quickly changes like the colors of the trees in autumn. The accidental death of her parents forces her to abandon her religious, middle-class lifestyle. She moves to the inner city of Chicago with her grandmother and aunt, her only living relatives. Layla tries to approach her new life with optimism, but the perfections of her past life haunt her tormented journey. After coming to grips with the reality over the years that her only aunt despises her, Layla soon discovers that she may secretly hold the keys to helping her aunt’s diminishing health in her hands. Layla’s faith and sanity are continuously tested as she matures throughout each season of her life. She stumbles through her newfound reality while learning how to play the distinct set of cards she’s been dealt. Layla’s neighbor and best friend, Shay, helps guide her from adolescence into adulthood. Autumn’s Child chronicles a life on the opposite side of the coin; where friendships grow out of tragedy, and the pressure of a marginalized life weighs heavily on pure souls. Layla must make many compromising decisions, all while perpetually asking the reader, What would you do?
It seems like no sooner than one election season ends another begins. The yard signs from the 2014 mid terms are still in the ground, tattered and worn from exposure to the elements, and yet the focus on 2016 is heating up.
Will Hillary run? Has she already been running? Will Liz Warren Run? Will she put the Obama on Hillary? If neither Hillary nor Liz run then are there any democrats who will?
And what of the GOP? The Tea Party seems to have accepted their near perfect losing streak in the midterm primaries, so is there a Republican that can pull it all together?
It appears that the Democrats are just as fractured ather their 2014 debacle as they claimed the GOP was .... so who will run? Who can run? And what factor, if any, will Obama play in in influencing his successor?
This may turn out to be the longest presidential campaign on record and WE the people will be caught smack dab in the middle.
Splash dives into 2016 and takes YOUR phone calls tonight on Jump Right In!
There are moments in our life's journey where we do not meet the standard of behavior we have envisioned for ourselves. We say things we do not mean. We do things we regret. We leave in the wake of our past hurt, disappointment, pain, and fractured lives. Jesus said that in this life you will have tribulation. The greater question becomes what do I do now. How do I move forward? How do I get unstuck? How do I deal with the pain? Many of us just don't know how to get back up again. Today's message is all about how to get up again.
Join Truth of the Light Ministries for "I've Fallen And I Can't Get Up"
Joining us this Sunday will be authors Sylvia Shults & John Kachuba !!
Sylvia Shults has been a paranormal investigator for several years. She began her career as a ghost hunter as a result of doing the research for her nonfiction book Ghosts of the Illinois River (Quixote Press, 2010). A few years ago, Shults was inspired to write a collection of people’s supernatural experiences at the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This project quickly swelled into Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital. The book incorporates the history of the asylum as well as the many ghost stories that have arisen out of the asylum’s abandonment. In an effort to separate fact from fiction, Shults thoroughly explores the true history of the hospital. The book, and Shults’ research, was featured on an episode of Ghost Hunters (“Prescription for Fear”, which aired January 30, 2013).
John Kachuba is the award-winning author of twelve books and numerous articles, short stories and poems. One book in particular is " Ghost Hunting Illinois " which contains numerous haunting tales about Central Illinois and even a couple about Peoria. John frequently speaks on paranormal and metaphysical topics and is a regular speaker at conferences, universities and libraries and on podcasts, radio and TV. He has been a repeat guest on radio’s “Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory” and appeared in the Sundance Channel’s TV production, “Love/Lust – The Paranormal.”
At 9:30pm it's " The Marty Monologues: Kinda Like The Vagina Monologues But With A Real Dick. " featuring Marty Wombacher of MeanWhileBackInPeoria.com. Each week Marty joins us and lays upon us the linguistic stylings and knowledge that can only come from years of great experience !!
We loved talking with her the firt time so we just had to have her back again! So this is your chance to ask Sylvia any questions you might have about her book,' Fractured Spirits' or about the Peoria State Hospital. You can learn more about Sylvia by visiting her website at http://www.sylviashults.com You can also buy her book by visiting http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Spirits-Hauntings-Peoria-Hospital/dp/0984893113/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415333734&sr=8-1&keywords=fractured+spirits Don't forget if you have any questions call the show by dialing 1-347-826-7900!! Or ask your questions on our website http://www.brianandsherrishow.info
We will be bringing you a pregame show from the Time Out Sports Bar @timeoutbarlv with Sport Analyst Lou Diamond. After the game music will be provided by "Fractured Vision"!
PeaceTones is a nonprofit initiative that works with musicians living in communities fractured by social conflict and economic inequality, empowering voices that aren't traditionally heard through education on legal rights, marketing and technology. They give musicians with positive social messages the tools to protect their music and earn an income from it, fostering community development based on arts that is powerful, inspiring and valuable.
Molly Dow is a Program Manager with the Internet Bar Organization and serves as the Program Director for the PeaceTones Initiative. She rose through the ranks with PeaceTones joining as an intern in college years ago. Working on her inaugural PeaceTones project, Molly traveled to Kenya in March 2014 to help run Songs For Justice, our recent musician empowerment and education project in Nairobi. Molly earned her BA in International Relations and Music from Tufts University and she has over five years of diverse experience with several different nonprofits, working for a number of causes involving social justice for youth, adult education, immigrants’ and musicians rights, and civic participation.
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Authors of Hope I Don't Die Before I Get Old
Tracey and Mary Bowman were inspired to write their book,
while caring for their aging parents through chronic illness, fractured hips, surgery and death. As each other’s support network, they shared secrets and discoveries, tips and advice--amassing a wealth of wisdom on the topic.
Mary Boone Wellington, artist, inventor and businesswoman lives in The Great North Woods of NH. Discovering a world of frustration as she began to help her mother through her passage to old age, Mary Boone notes “The most surprising thing to me was how ineffective I was at making a real difference in my mother’s life. I had felt certain this “caregiving stint” was going to be a pleasant interlude of quality time spent with my beloved mom. Instead, it turned out to be incredibly stressful for us all.”
Tracey Bowman’s first exposure to caretaking was as an aide in a nursing home when she was 17. She later became a midwife completing her nursing degree at Rhode
Island College and her Master’s of Nurse-Midwifery at the Univ of Penn. She has spent 30 years taking care of mothers and babies. Currently she is a clinical teacher in the Nurse-Midwifery program at Yale Univ and maintains a private practice in southern New Hampshire. She says, “Even with all my knowledge as a nurse, I found
myself feeling overwhelmed and confused at times while helping my mother and father.
She is the author of several books, including a nonfiction book called Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital.
When the Peoria State Hospital was open, it was a cutting-edge institution, a model for mental health care. It was also the premiere nurses' college of its day. After the state of Illinois closed the hospital in 1973, the abandoned asylum became the focus of vandals and the source of a rich variety of ghost stories.
The Peoria State Hospital is worthy of attention for several reasons. Dr. George A. Zeller, the first superintendent of the hospital, revolutionized the field of mental health care. He took the bars off of the windows of the asylum, and outlawed the use of restraints like shackles and straightjackets. He insisted on many of his staff being women; he felt that a woman's soft touch would be more beneficial to those suffering from mental illness. His reforms made the Peoria State Hospital into the number-one facility of its day.
After its closing, the hospital became the site of many, many ghost stories. It's commonly considered by paranormal experts to be one of the most haunted places in the United States. The asylum was the focus of a Ghost Hunters episode for the SyFy Channel, in a show titled "Prescription for Fear". (She was asked to be a part of this episode. So yeah, that was her on TV.)
There have been two books written about the history of the Peoria State Hospital, and it gets mention in plenty of true ghost story books. Her own book, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital combines these two aspects of the asylum, the historical and the paranormal.
So join us for a spooky show with Syliva!
in Self Help
In her heart wrenching recounting of the day that forever changed her life, Arielle Gooden shares with us her story of strength, love and determination. No one can recall it better than her, Arielle writes...
On October 4, 2012, I was hit by a train. I don’t remember that day at all, but according to the police officer who spoke with my Mom, I was drug 129 feet (by the train), then my vehicle went airborne for 10 feet - began spewing gas, caught on fire, and dropped in a pool of gas. I was STILL IN MY VEHICLE! I was cut out of my RAV4 by the jaws of life and airlifted to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where I had brain surgery (I had a deep head laceration and my brain was bleeding and wouldn’t stop). My spine was cracked, liver lacerated, tail bone and clavicle broken, and my pelvis was fractured...
This is her story.
Rita Stewart, also known by her spiritual name, Mu Shemsu-t, is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities. She has provided workshops, seminars and retreats in the Chicago area for over the past 20 years assisting people in the areas of project completion, new business development, life planning, family goal setting, wealth consciousness, and living life fully.
She currently lives in Chicago where she host workshops and events at the Mekhasken House. Workshops in 2007 included, “Living The Secret”, “Zen for the Sistah’s Soul”, “Creating Your Circle of Wealth” and “Patiently Waiting for Nothing”.
Mu Shemsu-t’s youth was spent in the streets of the inner-city due to her mother being mentally ill and she had no idea of who her father was. At a young age she began studying how the brain works as a means to find answers that would heal her mother. Mu Shemsu-t was introduced to metaphysics at the age of 17 when she fractured her leg and thought she would never walk again. From that point forward her desire to learn and apply the teachings that transforms life became her passion.
It is no surprise that Mu Shemsu-t has a natural affinity for high risk children that live in under-resourced communities.
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