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  • 00:30

    #139 "Newtown's Trees" Author Frank Miller

    in Education

    Newtown's Trees is an allegory about the 2012 tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, using the town's beloved trees cut down by the protagonist as the central theme.  It is a book that can be appreciated on several levels; by adults who know the horrific details of the events that took place on a cold December morning, as well as by children who read the book or have it read to them as a sad story with an uplifting ending that outlines the strength of the human spirit.


    The tale has an even wider application to other news stories that portray bad things happening to good people. Newtown's Trees is a book that warms the heart and leaves the reader feeling that despite these often senseless tragedies, there's a lot of good in this world.


    Frank L. Miller is a writer and trained school psychologist. He earned an educational specialist degree in school psychology, and practiced for thirty-eight years before retiring in 2012. Frank adopted his son and daughter after marrying their mother, an elementary guidance counselor, and then adopted his daughter’s first-born child when she was unable to raise the child. The author lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with his wife of thirty-one years and the granddaughter they have thoroughly enjoyed raising who is now fourteen. Newtown’s Trees is Frank’s second publication, having written a book chronicling the battle he fought with his school district over his eldest daughter’s drug abuse and expulsion from school.


     


    We will also feature the 2015 National Distinguished Principal for Texas, Diane Gough of Hewitt Elementary School in Hewitt, Texas. We will hear about her great Watch D.O.G.S. program.

  • 00:47

    Gerald Anderson Is Standing Firm

    in Writing

    Tonight Author Susanna K. Green of Sweet Nectar Publishing interviews Gerald C. Anderson, Sr.


    Raine Davis is abused and battered by her husband. The music industry's newest star is loved by millions and adores the limelight. However, in the darkness she’s suffering. She turns on her family and finds herself betrayed by her friends. How will she escape? Who are the men hiding in shadows, running the world?


    Gerald C. Anderson Sr.’s Standing Firm: One Family’s Fight Against Domestic Violence depicts the life of a young starlet with a thirst for fame. Turning her back on a loving family who live to the good word of the Lord, Raine joins forces with a shady man who delivers the fame he promises, but subjects her to harrowing abuse in the process. Gerald’s narrative is a microcosm of the abuse that plights the lives of millions of American women; a fictional tale with a very real wakeup call for reality.


    While domestic violence is hidden behind the doors of homes on almost every American street, each case is chillingly unique and often a product of the most bizarre circumstances. For the protagonist in Gerald’s searing new novel, her life of hurt and pain should have been a life under the spotlight.


    All is exposed in Standing Firm: One Family’s Fight Against Domestic Violence. Reading Raine’s story of abuse can be difficult and painful at times, but it tells a vital story.


    Visit Gerald: www.GeraldcAndersonSr.com/  Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/DmRJnAjP1qI

  • 00:51

    Author talk, giveaways w/Aline Ohanesian, Patricia Park & Kirstin Valdez Quade

    in Books

    You have until Friday, May 8, to enter to win the books featured on this episode of the Literary New England Radio Show, where we feature:



    Aline Ohanesian on Orhan's Inheritance, a novel that shifts between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and 1990s Los Angeles. It tells the story a young Turkish man who leaves his family's small village, to travel to the US, to discover why his recently deceased grandfather bequeathed the family home to a woman his family has never heard of--a woman who lives in a facility for elderly Aremians. It's a novel that brings a neglected time in Turkish history to life, spanning decades, honoring the resilience of the human spirit and illustrating the depth of love.
    Patricia Park on Re: Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, set in Manhattan and Seoul. Its protagonist, Jane, is a an orphan trying to escape from Flushing, NY, where she works in her strict uncle’s grocery store before becoming the au pair, beginning an affair with the father of the children she cares for and then fleeing to Seoul. There, she reconnects with family and works to accept who she really is.
    Kirstin Valdez Quade on her short story collection Night at the Fiestas. Set in northern New Mexico, the 10 stories plunge into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else plumb into its depths: A deadbeat father of a pregnant teen who tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus; a young man who discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house; a lonely retiree who becomes obsessed with her housekeeper; and others.


    Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton. Visit the Literary New England blog for added book giveaways, author talk, articles and more!

  • 00:41

    Queer Talk: Taking a look at Gold Star (short film) by director Karla Legaspy

    in LGBT

    This film addresses the need to bring awareness of LGBTQ children and youth within Latino American communities. It deals with homophobia from a yet unavailable perspective in our communities: that of a young, Latina girl. Films addressing homophobia often center teenagers or adults as protagonist, but the experiences of LGBTQ children remain invisible. The film provides young girls with artistic options in which to see themselves reflected. By focusing the film on precocious and precious children, we hope it provides a space for us as Latino Americans to teach tolerance and acceptance of LGBTQ children and adults. Ultimately, it is a story of dreams, hopes and friendship.


    This film deals with themes of identity, coming out, anti-bullying, activism and friendship. What makes this film very special is that all of the characters are Chicana females.  "I am committed to casting all Xicana actors and having as many women in leadership and creative roles behind the scenes." - Karla Legaspy


    hatchfund.org/project/gold_star_short_film


    Guest | Karla Legaspy


    Host | Xavier Mejia


     


    Gold Star (short film) on Facebook:


    https://www.facebook.com/pages/GOLD-STAR-The-Short-Film/1409237732701349?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

  • 01:02

    The Whispering Swarm, by Michael Moorcock

    in Radio

    On April 16th, 2015 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will review the new semi-biographical novel by fantasy grandmaster Michael Moorcock "The Whispering Swarm." This remarkable book should be of special interest to magicians and Hermetic students. Moorcock is the modern heir to the mantles of J.R.R. Tolkien, and Robert E.Howard. His fiction is deeply magical and steeped in Hermetic lore. The Whispering Swarm is somewhat experimental. His protagonist is himself and he tells his life story up to his passage from adolesence into adulthood through the entrance into a secret enclave in the multiverse, inhabited by historical and fictional characters he has read about. Raised in London during and after WWll, he discovers an ancient hidden medieval village called the Alsacia, or The Sanctuary, inhabited by magical monks in an old Abbey, a tavern full of swashbuckling cavaliers, including the Musketeers from Dumas and a glamorous Hughwaywoman called Molly Midnight. He also lives in the real world, having a wife and children and a job as an editor, but is driven to escape into The Sanctuary by the tumult of Whispering voices in his head (the Swarm). Most importantly it explores Moorcock's two warring personalities in emotional spiritual and political conflict. He is a romantic at heart and an agnostic socialist in intellect -- so he fights to save King Charles from Cromwell's Ax because his cavalier heroes need his abilities to walk between the worlds. One wonders all through the book, just how much of the fantasy is real, or a metaphor for reality. So, if you want to visit an adult's Land of Oz then follow us through the London fog to the hidden gates of the Sanctuary and we'll find the Swan with Two Necks tavern for a shant of ale and an hour of High Magical Adventure.
     

  • 00:32

    Elizabeth S. Sullivan Is Purified

    in Books

    Purified, a new novel by Elizabeth S. Sullivan, features a complex but brilliant female protagonist traversing a dark world to find the missing daughter of a ruthless power player. This suspenseful novel evokes the atmosphere of SEVEN and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.


    Purified is a thrilling story that explores many dark subjects, including what it does to those who have to live in the world of killers in order to stop them. 


    When a mutilated body of an African American girl is found in a park sandbox, the media shows no interest. Instead, their attention is riveted on the disappearance of Olivia Safra, a college student and only child of the powerful and dangerous Richard Safra. Suspended ADA, Beck Oldman, demoted to a rookie PI is assigned her first cases to find a missing teenager and Olivia Safra. 

    Leads connect the murders to the Safra case. The investigation into her client's private life reveals a dark side in the relationship between a father and daughter and exacts his wrath against Beck. More girls are found murdered, putting Beck in a race to stop a serial killer and stop her own client from destroying her 


    Elizabeth S. Sullivan has been a semifinalist 3 times in the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting competition and has won several other competitions. The playwright of 5 screenplays, Elizabeth  is managed by Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films.


    Visit Elizabeth at: http://venturegalleries.com/blog/a-woman-who-invades-crime-fiction-unafraid/

  • 01:00

    power of perception with writer Tannis Laidlaw

    in Spirituality

    Bio for Tannis Laidlaw


    Tannis was born in Canada then emigrated to New Zealand to do various degrees in Psychology/Psychiatry. She started writing early (a soppy poem published in her High School Yearbook) but quickly turned to academic writing. Some sixty publications on, she began the fun of writing fiction.


     


    In the meantime, she worked as an OT, a psychologist or a researcher in large mental hospitals or universities, in community psychiatry, in forensic psychology, and in private practice.


     


    Somehow she accumulated eight novels on her hard drive before she thought some might be publishable. Recently her agent has found her a publisher, and she now has a contract to write two murder mysteries. She published PUMPKIN EATER with a small NZ publisher, then self-published BYE BABY BUNTING and recently HALF TRUTHS AND WHOLE LIES.


     


    PUMPKIN EATER is the story of the aftermath of a woman who snapped, a woman who was both physically and emotionally abused in the past, who broke away from her awful husband by throwing him down the stairs leaving him in a pool of blood, then escaping. Great fun to write!


     


    BYE BABY BUNTING centres around a young university student who becomes an ‘unwed mother’, is pressured to give up her baby for adoption, then steals her back again. Like PUMPKIN EATER, this is a psychological thriller.


     


    HALF TRUTHS AND WHOLE LIES takes place in an English medical school where our protagonist has been head-hunted to lead a research team. She encounters a bully for a boss, a woman who will stop at nothing to gain the prestige she wants. Workplace bullies have long fascinated Tannis…


     


     She also wrote and published CUT THE CARBS, CUT THE GUT, a review, put into layman’s language, of the science behind a largely unacknowledged diet for health and weight loss.


     

  • 03:04

    “That's life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you.”

    in Politics

    Mar27, 2015  @  3-6 pm


    www.michaellawsonlastword.com


    www.blogtalkradio.com/the-last-word-with-michael-lawson


    "The Last Word" with Michael Lawson


    646-716-5242


    “Yes. Fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all.”                Al Roberts {protagonist from the film “Detour”}


     


    Today’s Guest:


    Thomas Fortenberry, TLW Senior Producer


    Bernard Roe, VP Charlotte Meck. Chapter-NCBLC;TLW Associate Producer


    Dr. Grace Liem-Galloway, Former Chair NC Carbarrus County Democratic Party


     


     


     

  • 02:59

    From African Indigenous Civilized Religion To Romans Mob Christianity

    in Music

    The evil colonial anti-African behavior of the Romans, displaced the natural life that is intrinsic in intelligent humans because of Goddesses and the Gods who made Primitive Workers. After their migration from Africa, they invented strange, errant  religion called Christianity,  which has no authentic premise on earth, it's null and void. People must realize that the bible existence stands only on a fictional ground, and they have designed it with a God. One who is perfect, omniscient creator of the skies and masses, with his son Jesus Christ who is without descendant of a mother. Realization is needed to see the difference between African parochial human life, with proven existence for an estimated 200,000 years, and the unusal dichotomy which contrasted an eloborate biblical fiction of the protagonist God, Satan and Jesus Christ--Popes and priests.

  • 01:01

    Enchanted Silence; How to Trust Yourself after a Painful Experience

    in Spirituality

    Enchanted Silence; How to Trust Yourself after a Painful Experience with Priyanka Yadvendu


    Priyanka Yadvendu makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys running, volunteering, and drinking chocolate martinis. For the first time at 24, she picked up her pen (well, actually laptop!) and began writing her debut novel Enchanted Silence. In the years that have since passed, her life has gone through several changes, but the breaking point came when dealing with the aftermath of her father’s stroke.


    It finally dawned on her:


    She wanted to laugh with the people she loved, not discuss agendas and errands. She wanted to tell her father she loved him, not be angry at him. She wanted to seize moments that made her feel alive, not feel overwhelmed with hectic schedules. She wanted to move forward in her career and relationships with flow and beauty, not cling tightly onto them. And, most of all, she wanted to feel deeply fulfilled, not chase happiness and say: “I’ll be happy when…”


    Until she finally realized her outer world is a reflection of her inner state. Just like the protagonist Shivani Rai in Enchanted Silence, she then learned to let go of perfection and instead be kind and gentle to herself and the people she loved.  


    For more information visit: http://www.priyankayadvendu.com/

  • 01:24

    To Kill A Mockingbird Weekly Book Discussion

    in Books

    The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of reap and racial inequality.  The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as amoral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers.  One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "In the twentieth century, To Kill A Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of recial heroism" (Wikipedia.org)


    Here is a trailer from the movie To Kill A Mockingbird Trailer


    Trivia about To Kill A Mockingbird


    Join us as we read through the book and discuss the chapters before Harper Lee releases her follow up to this iconic story during the turbulent times of racial inequalities post Southern Reformation in America.  You may have read the book many years ago, but I urge you to join us as we walk through the book together, 3 chapters a week.  The last week we'll have about 4 chapters to read, but we can do it!  Your voice is imporant so make sure to read the first 3 chapters and join us on March 10th and call in with your favorite passages of the week or your opinions. See you then and remember "it's a sin to kill a mockinbird," the one thing that doesn't show in the movie, but remains always in our minds!