Press Release: Could It Be That Dinosaurs Didn’t All Die—But Just Moved To A New Home?

Could It Be That Dinosaurs Didn’t All Die—But Just Moved To A New Home?

Atlanta, GA, November 29, 2018— What if science got it wrong and instead of dying in a mass extinction, dinosaurs actually took off in a veritable Noah’s Ark when the going got tough— and relocated? Author and board-certified doctor Glenn Parris, in his new book Dragon’s Heir: The Archeologist’s Tale, blends ancient culture with modern-day issues in an imaginative tale that has appeal to readers of all ages.

With engaging characters, an original premise and compelling themes of multiculturalism and politics, Dragon’s Heir features a cast of advanced, non-mammalian people known as the Efilu, who once lived on Earth during the age of the dinosaurs. Faced with a worldwide catastrophe of their own doing, the Efilu gathered together the populations of every intelligent species on the planet and evacuated, leaving behind a small contingent of a single species—known as The Keepers and their leader, Dragon—to restore their dying world.

Some 65 million years later, an expedition of Efilu returns in search of a cure to a plague threatening their vast civilization. Instead of the barren world they expected, they find a fertile world overrun by mammals, and Dragon’s coven of Keepers is nowhere to be found.

A board-certified rheumatologist, author Glenn Parris has practiced medicine in the Northeast Atlanta suburbs for more than 25 years. He’s been writing for nearly that long. Originally from New York City, Parris migrated south to escape the cold and snow and fell in love with Southern charm and Carla, his wife of 27 years. He now writes cross-genre books in medical mystery, science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction. The Renaissance of Aspirin, a Jack Wheaton medical mystery, was his debut novel. Also look for Unbitten: A Vampire Dream for Halloween!

To hear an excerpt from the book, please visit https://novelwritingfestival.com/2018/08/07/dragons-heir-novel-excerpt-vit-nas-escape-by-glenn-parris/.

Dragon’s Heir: The Archaeologist’s Tale
XLibris
Released: October 2018
ISBN-9781984541512

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Guest Post: 3 Tips For Finding Your Career Passion And Running With It

3 Tips For Finding Your Career Passion And Running With It

Abby Sutton didn’t know it yet, but her career plans were fated to veer off in a new direction the moment she signed up for a college class in Russian fairy tales.

“It was a random thing,” says Sutton, who is now an account strategist for Google.

She was a pre-med major at the University of Pittsburgh, but the fairy tales course sounded interesting enough to round out her class schedule as an elective. One day in the class fairy tales took a backseat as someone made a presentation about College Works Painting (www.collegeworks.com), an internship program that provides practical business experience for college students.

Sutton was intrigued.

“I realized this could help make my medical school application different from everyone else’s,” she says. “I would have a better chance of getting into med school.”

She signed on and soon the undergraduate student was learning to run her own business, and managing a crew painting houses in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. She learned to sell her services to homeowners, plan a budget, estimate expenses, and hire and manage employees. It was such a life-changing experience that Sutton switched her major to business administration, happily giving up her plans to become a doctor.

“What we try to do is give students a truly entrepreneurial experience,” says Matt Stewart, co-CEO of College Works Painting. “For employers, the most impressive recent college graduates are those who are both ambitious and have a proven track record through hands-on leadership experiences.”

Based on her College Works Painting experience, Sutton offers a few career tips for college students and for young adults just getting started in the workforce:

  • Be open to alternatives. College students often are just 18 years old when they choose a major and begin mapping out their careers.  But those decisions are based on limited life experiences, so students should never close the door to other possibilities, Sutton says.
  • Make the most of every minute. Time management is critical for any job and something many college students and young professionals struggle with. Sutton says she learned to make good use of what others might consider downtime. She even scheduled business phone calls during her 10-minute class changes at college. “You learn not to waste any seconds in a day,” Sutton says.
  • Don’t underestimate yourself. Sutton was 20 when College Works handed her the responsibility of being a district manager overseeing other interns, which meant she would mentor people her own age – or in some cases several years older. That was daunting – but not for long. “I was more worried going into it, but I came to realize their age didn’t matter,” she says. “A lot of times they had more respect for me because of it. I would be talking to a 26-year-old guy who would be blown away that this was a 20-year-old girl doing this. They wanted to figure out what they could be doing differently so they could be in that spot.”

Sutton’s medical school plans and those Russian fairy tales are just memories now, but the College Works Painting experience still influences her every day.

“It was the best decision I’ve made and it changed the course of my life,” Sutton says. “I realized how much I loved sales and business. If I hadn’t done that I would be miserable reading science books right now.”

About College Works Painting

College Works Painting (www.collegeworks.com), founded in 1993, provides real-world business experience for thousands of college students each year. The award-winning internship program also offers high-quality house-painting services for homeowners. The company operates in more than 35 states, hires more than 2,000 students each year, and paints more than 10,000 homes annually.

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Book Review: Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett

Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett

Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by Shannon Combs-Bennett is a quick little book, loaded with helpful information for someone looking to get started on their family history adventure.

How to name your files consistently and organize your records; how to tame the paper monster; citing your sources; what to pack in your genealogy road trip kit, and the importance of answering for our children the questions that we can no longer ask of our forefathers…all this and more are found in this book.

For a beginner, it is a good starting point. For the experienced genealogist, it is a good reminder of what we should be doing along the way to make things easier for future family researchers, and for ourselves as we get older.

It took me a bit longer than 30 minutes to read, but I tend to slow down and take my time with anything genealogy-related. Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is worth the time spent to read it.

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Book Review: Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco by Daniel J. Flynn

Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco by Daniel J. Flynn

If someone accuses you of “Drinking the Kool-Aid”, the intention is to be saying that you are following along with an ideology blindly or that you are mindlessly buying into a what someone else wants you to believe.

When you read Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco by Daniel J. Flynn, you will understand why this is incorrect.

Drinking the Kool-Aid is meant to refer to the mass suicide of over 900 people in Guyana, South America, back in November 1978.  But, no one at Jonestown drank any Kool-Aid.

That is just a very small part of the distorted information that we got from the news following this event.  The news media at that time wanted us to believe that no one saw this coming. If you believe that, you Drank the Kool-Aid.

Enquiring minds wanted to know back then.  In fact, The National Enquirer was one of the few media sources that got things right.

We are doomed to repeat this event because those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.  Most of us don’t know the true history of the mass suicide. Most of us don’t know that our government had every reason to know what was going on.

Cult City is chock full of information about a series of events and a web of things that combined to make such a thing possible.  You will find how history was revised and we have all been forced to drink the Kool-Aid by the media and others.

This book is very eye-opening.  It does have multiple uses of The Lord’s Name in vain.  Readers are carpet bombed with the F-Bomb and we are exposed to the intimate private lives of Jim Jones and many B-rate politicians and celebrities. We disclose this because our readership is mostly Christian and they want to know this.

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Press Release: The Ultimate Manual: Decide Now To Live With Intention

The Ultimate Manual: Decide Now To Live With Intention

Elkhart, IN, November 26, 2018 ― One of the biggest regrets people have in life is that they didn’t do what they wanted to do and instead did what everyone else told them to do. But it’s possible to break the cycle by simply deciding now to live a life of intention.

Craig C. Sroda, founder and former CEO of Pinnacle of Indiana, provides actionable, step-by-step instructions for living a more purpose-driven life in The Ultimate Manual — a personal life coach in a book.

With 232 pages of clear, customizable exercises, The Ultimate Manual guides readers on a journey of discovery that will provide insight into the following areas:

  •    Strengths
  •    Emotional Intelligence
  •    Love Languages
  •    Turning Points
  •    Life Wheel Evaluation
  •    Time Usage
  •    Core Values
  •    Legacy Thinking, and more

Additionally, Sroda teaches readers how to take everything they’ve uncovered and synthesize it into a unique, one-page life plan — a dashboard of sorts to keep front and center that will help readers stay on track and accomplish their goals.

Anyone of virtually any age who is seeking purpose and looking for affirmation for their life direction will find valuable information between the covers of The Ultimate Manual that will help them live their lives on purpose — with purpose — and minimize regrets.

Author Craig Sroda’s mission is to guide people toward ways that work for them to live their lives intentionally. His goal is to influence 100,000 people to create a life plan by 2022. With the ripple effect, those 100,000 people will influence one million through their five domains of life: personal, family, vocation, community and faith.

Sroda co-founded and served as CEO of Pinnacle of Indiana — one of Indiana’s largest Microsoft partners — for 18 years. His passion is helping individuals operate in their “sweet spot”— a place where their passion and strengths intersect so they can maximize their potential. Sroda’s previous books include You in the Sweet Spot and Intentional Living and Leadership. After completing his first life plan and exposing priorities of his faith, his wife, three daughters and wanting to help others live on purpose, he sold his company. He is committed to helping others recognize their natural strengths and know their “why.”

For more information and support, please visit www.craigsroda.com.

The Ultimate Manual

Release date: November 7, 2018

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Book Review: Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?  Do you believe there is something special about a black cat?  If your answer to either of those questions is yes, you must read Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper.

It isn’t a long read.  In fact, it is only 47 small, heart-tugging pages long.  The story is absolutely great and seems to be very heartfelt.

I, David, was never much of a cat person, as anyone who has read my blog knows.  However, I know how one little frail kitty, who had to be bottle fed when we rescued him, a little black and white kitty put the “come hither” on me and changed my heart forever.

Homer, an old, blind, black cat will get into your heart, rip it out, and put it in a headlock while you feel so warm inside and, at the same time, want to bawl your eyes out.

If you are looking for a little touch of Christmas cheer in a short book that will melt your heart, Homer and the Holiday Miracle is the book for you.

Gwen Cooper donates 10% of her royalties on all book sales to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.

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Book Review: The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard

For some time now, The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar by Zig Ziglar and Dwight “Ike” Reighard has been a part of our lives here at McClendon Villa.  We would love to tell you that we read it every day, but that would not be the case; we do slip up from time to time.

We love the way this devotion has a different devotion for every day of the year, except February 29.  On leap day, we just have to read the devotion for a different day twice that year. That also makes it a good day to catch up on any that got missed due to life’s challenges.

We believe this devotion written, in part, by the inspirational Zig Ziglar, makes a great source for daily devotions to be read together by the whole family, including pets.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:15 KJV

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Mark 16:15 NIV

These devotions, like most others, are short and to the point.  This makes it good for reading to the family since those young ones with short attention spans aren’t apt to lose focus during the reading.

We have been big fans of the late Zig Ziglar for many years and are glad that he put his time, along with that of Dwight “Ike” Reighard, into creating this book for us.

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar would make a lovely gift for anyone, especially in the imitation leather binding.

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Book Review: Bigger Than Business: Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose by Jeff Holler

Bigger Than Business: Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose by Jeff Holler

I, David, love to read case stories of businesses.  I especially love to read the stories of failing businesses that were able to pull off a “Hail Mary” and turn around to greatness.

Both Suzanne and I love to read inspirational stories about Christians beating all the odds and growing in their faith.

Bigger Than Business Real-World Stories of Business Owners Living Their Purpose by Jeff Holler has all those elements and more.

Nowhere in the Bible will you find that God instructs anyone to go into debt for any reason. Just try to find that in the Bible.

In several stories in Bigger than Business you find where not having debt meant that the business was able to take advantage of opportunities because the economic climate favored those with cash.  Several of these stories told of companies working to pay off their debt.

Most of these stories told of how they gave their tithe and then gave above and beyond that as the business grew. 10% of EBITDA* is given to the church, not other charities. The tithe goes to the storehouse.

These stories are wonderful and inspiring.  The stories are well-written and give a good bit of detail on the business before it got into trouble or before it even got started.

Many of these stories tell of a leap of faith, or in some cases, constant leaps of faith.  Some of these stories show that when you are faced with the impossible in your business or other parts of your life, you have to Let go and Let God.

Bigger than Business will make a wonderful gift for any Christian, whether they are in business or not.  It would also make a great gift to someone who isn’t a Christian who needs a little help in coming to Christ.

If your business needs a faith lift, this book is for you.

*Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization

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Friendly Fill-Ins

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New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. Black Friday ______________________________.
  2. A pet peeve of mine at this time of year is ___________________________.
  3. ‘Tis the season for _______________________.
  4. I never jumped on the ___________ bandwagon.

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Here are my responses:

Black Friday is a madness that I would rather avoid and fully plan to avoid!

A pet peeve of mine this time of year is greed and all the “gimmees”. This world has lost track of the reason for the season in all the rush to get more stuff.

‘Tis the season for remembering the Gift that Heavenly Father gave us when He sent His Son into this sin-filled world to offer us eternal life, paying for it with His own life.

I never jumped on the “latest fashion craze” bandwagon. I wear what I want to wear, what feels most comfortable to me. I don’t care whether it is in style or not. If I like it, I wear it. If I don’t, I don’t.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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