In 2020, just as the country went into lock down, Jim (a stray cat) showed up at our house in rural North Carolina demanding attention and food. He got both and we got a whole lot more. But just as we were adjusting to life with a new cat, tragedy struck. His time on this planet was fleeting, but his impact has left an indelible mark on so many lives. Nick and I felt compelled to give JJ, a kitten who looked just like Jim, the life we couldn’t give Jim. What started out as the desire to save one kitten tuned quickly into something we could not have been prepared for.
Because of Jim a story of 17 rescues at the height of COVID, chronicles the efforts of one couple to honor one special cat by rescuing, fostering, and acting as an adoption agency for his offspring and the other cats who made up the small colony he came from. It is a true story of trial and error, tragedy and joy, and the unreported effects of the COVID pandemic on our companion animals. Readers will experience the anguish, frustration, exhilaration, and joy that I did as they journey with me into the lives of the cats and people whose lives have been forever changed because of Jim. This book highlights the bonds that people can form with even the unlikeliest four-legged friends when patience, consistency, and caring are at work. In her memoir, How to Be a Good Creature, author Sy Montgomery wrote "Knowing someone who belongs to another species can enlarge your soul in surprising ways." She was so right!
A quiet little Pennsylvania town had a serial killer. It all began with his father’s sordid affair. A forbidden love had appeared in his son’s life. She was a woman his son wanted but could not ever have for his own. Ashamed and shocked by past family secrets, the son would go mad. He would formulate a plan to make her suffer and pay for what she did to his family. He began a killing spree that would frustrate investigators. One by one she would suffer the loss of her closest friends. The victims were innocent. Caught in the act he would learn the awful truth. The woman he stalked and wanted to kill was not the woman he had once pursued. In the end it had all been a mistake. Or was it? Had he been fooled, by his own madness?
In 1961 life extending from the parish church and school into the surrounding neighborhood was peaceful and prosperous. The new start of another decade looked promising. People talked and accepted the illusion of Camelot. The young President and his family epitomized the American dream. But it was not to be. In, the first year, the clergy at Saint Maria Goretti would find the start of this new decade filled with trouble and heartache. For the practicing Catholics of Saint Maria Goretti, the new decade begins with murder, rape, suspicion, and prejudice. The discovery of a secret sect amongst the ministry had to remain hidden and its members protected. One member breaks the rules and endangers the existence of the faction. The Police investigating these crimes would see firsthand the power and influence of the Vatican in Rome. The interest of the church is to be protected no matter the cost.
Roy’s life was not going well. He was clever, very clever, but his boss didn’t like him and finding other jobs in the computer industry at the ripe old age of forty-five could be difficult. He had bought a house with his girlfriend, but she was leaving him because he was “too nice”. He would have the debts of the house plus old debts that he was still repaying. Then there was Rosemary, but she seemed preoccupied with her stalker who had threatened Roy, grabbing by the throat on one occasion. Would he end up like his friend Keith who drove to the top of a car park and jumped off? However, Roy had done something remarkable: he had saved the life of a man at one of his favorite hiking spots. He didn’t know what this would mean at the time. Then he realized there were other options for the stalker and his boss. What would he do? Would he feel guilt or was guilt just an illusion?
As Valaric emerged from his slumber on a sun-kissed shore, confusion gripped his senses. His mind was a jumble of fragmented memories, leaving him with no understanding of his current location or how he had come to be there. Unbeknownst to him, this disorienting awakening heralded the commencement of an extraordinary odyssey, one that would forever alter not only his own destiny but also the lives of the people dwelling in the enigmatic land he had unknowingly discovered.
Thalondor, a kingdom veiled in a shroud of secrecy, held the power to unravel a millennium-old secret that had shaped the lives of its inhabitants. Little did Valaric realize that he stood at the threshold of a revelation that would forever transform their destinies. Nestled within the heart of Thalondor, an ancient enchantment, like the grains of sand slipping through an hourglass, approached its culmination. For a thousand years, this sacred barrier had held the forces of darkness at bay, guarding the realm against their insidious grip. Yet now, as the enchanted sands dwindled, the looming threat of evil's resurgence cast an ominous shadow over Thalondor's future.
Military scientist Rydel Scott has discovered time travel...he also believes he has been chosen to go back in time on a rogue mission to save Jesus.
Military scientist Rydel Scott is proud of the hi-tech gear he invents for battlefield heroes. When a secret mission involving one of his inventions goes horribly wrong, Rydel obsessively tries to learn what caused the system failure and accidentally reveals the ability to time travel. Overworked and massively sleep-deprived, he believes he has received a message from God—save God’s son. And the man of science embarks on a world-changing quest to rescue Jesus.
As he covers his tracks to journey back undetected, he neglects to factor in the consequences of a devastating butterfly effect. And he’s terrified to discover The Unit, a highly-trained team of elite soldiers, is hunting him down to stop him from making choices that could upend all of human history.
Will they find Rydel before he alters the past? And, if they find him, will some in The Unit be persuaded to join Rydel on his mission to save Christ?
In the depths of our being resides a flickering flame that yearns to illuminate our lives with its gentle glow. It is the flame of happiness, a beacon of light that can transform our existence and awaken us to the true essence of our being.
"The Art of Waking Up to Happiness" invites you to embark on a profound journey that transcends the boundaries of time and space, reaching deep into the core of your being. This book is not a mere collection of words on pages; it is a heartfelt invitation to explore the boundless potential within you.
Within these pages, you will encounter a mosaic of philosophical thoughts, psychological insights, emotional revelations, and practical strategies—carefully woven together to guide you on a transformative path. As you immerse yourself in this exploration, you will discover that happiness is not a distant destination but a state of being that can be awakened and nurtured within the fabric of your everyday life.
"The Art of Waking Up to Happiness" is an invitation to let go of the illusions that bind you, to release the burdens of the past, and to embrace the present moment with open arms. It delves into the depths of our human experience, exploring the intricate tapestry of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. It offers insights to guide you towards a more joyful and fulfilling existence.
As you embark on this journey, remember that change does not happen overnight. It requires patience, perseverance, and a willingness to confront the shadows that lie within. The road may be winding, and you may stumble upon obstacles and challenges at times but know that within you resides a wellspring of resilience and strength.
Through each passing day, you will uncover daily snippets of wisdom, guiding you towards a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you. This is an opportunity to cultivate a new way of being that embraces the beauty of life, finds meaning in the smallest moments, and radiates the vibrant hues of happiness.
Embrace this journey with an open heart and an open mind. Allow the words to resonate within you, gently nudging you towards a more expansive and authentic existence. The time has come to awaken to the art of waking up to happiness—to embark on a transformational voyage towards a life filled with joy, purpose, and a persistent connection to your inner light.
Are you ready? Let us begin.
"Reflection: A Storm Is Brewing" takes readers on an exhilarating journey into the realms of religion and history. This captivating book delves into the world of autocracy and its relentless pursuit of a new world order, where cunning strawmen manipulate the delicate balance of politics and religion.
Within these pages lies a spellbinding exploration of the Lawless One and their underlings who hold key positions within Satan's domain on earth. Their dark influence stretches far and wide, as they operate under the guise of the Program. But a mysterious Club, driven by a sinister purpose, seeks to reshape the world through a powerful charismatic disciple and a new form of patriotism.
As the Club's plans unfold, a global pandemic descends upon the world, strategically timed amidst a major trade war. The Chinese Communist Party, the Kremlin, and the Republican Party find themselves intertwined in a dangerous dance, almost executing a perfect coup d'état against global democracy. Yet, their ambitions do not stop there, as China and Russia harbor grand schemes through the New Silk Road development project.
"Reflection: A Storm Is Brewing" is an enthralling blend of religion, history, and politics, intertwining the forces of darkness and the struggle for power. Dive into this gripping narrative that offers thought-provoking insights into the machinations that shape our world, leaving readers questioning the hidden forces at play. Brace yourself for an electrifying adventure that will open your eyes to the intricate web spun by those seeking to wield control over nations and souls alike.
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What if you could travel back into the past to meet the man of your dreams at a time when it would be possible for him to fall in love with you?
Susan does just that when she meets two ladies from Haiti while on a cruise with her childhood friend, Lynn. Mika, the elderly of the two ladies, claims she can see into Susan’s soul and that if she sends her back in time to meet James, the man who Susan has dreamed of for fifty years, Susan will learn something important about him and about herself.
Susan travels back to the year 1962 in her 17-year-old body, where she meets James, age 20, a member of a band that will one day become the most famous band of all time. Susan is stunned and delighted when James is instantly drawn to her, inviting her out for tea and offering to walk her back to her hotel after the band quits playing for the night.
But much to her dismay, Susan’s 17-year-old hormones begin to play havoc with her 62-year-old brain, tempting her towards a relationship with James that she’s not really certain she wants.
Will James end up being the paragon Susan’s always thought him to be? Or, will she learn that sometimes when a dream comes true, that it’s not quite what you expected?
Great leadership always matters. Yet, there is a noticeable mismatch between what employees want and what leaders deliver. It’s what drives the current state of the workforce. Best-selling author Kevin Wayne Johnson addresses a myriad of challenges and solutions for aspiring and current leaders to narrow this gap. The result is that leaders will know better, do better, and ultimately, lead better. They are servant leaders.
Leadership is a spiritual gift from God (Romans 12:6-8). His Word reminds us that “Every good and perfect gift is from above… (James 1:17). “ Unfortunately, it’s a gift that, from time to time, is misused and abused by some in positions of power and authority. When this happens, leaders at all levels, across multiple venues, cause those who they are entrusted to lead to walk away. People don’t leave organizations. They leave because of poor leadership (people).
Imagine if you will, your relationship is on the rocks, your debts are mounting, you are as fed up as you can possibly be when two massive events occur on the same day: Your partner discovers he has picked the 6 winning numbers in the lottery ... and ... within minutes, walking the dog, he is killed outright when a Toyota Yaris falls from a car transporter.
So ... honestly now. Yes it is terrible, and you would be distraught ... but would you not also wonder what he had done with the lottery ticket? Would that ticket truly never cross your mind?
This is a humourous examination of a real dilemma.
In the enchanting world of "A Tale of Rohan and Maya," love knows no bounds. Journey with Rohan and Maya as their extraordinary love story unfolds, transcending time and challenges. Set against the backdrop of romance and suspense, this captivating novel delves into the complexities of relationships, the sacrifices made for true love, and the power of destiny.
Will Rohan and Maya's love withstand the tests that fate throws their way?
Will love triumph?
Can their love endure the test of time, or will fate conspire to keep them apart?This emotionally charged and suspenseful tale keeps you turning the pages until the end. Dive into this captivating blend of romance and mystery, and discover the profound depths of love in "A Tale of Rohan and Maya."