Title: Sidewalk Sale Across America
Author: Peg Nichols
Publisher: Peg Nichols
Publication Date: 2 April 2021
Print Length: 146 pages
Genre: #Fiction #Motivation #Business
When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic, countries all over the globe went into lockdown. If a business was not deemed essential its doors closed-restaurants, hair salons, clothing boutiques, yarn shops, etc.
The normal we knew was no longer part of our lives. We were all in the same pandemic boat, but our experiences were different. Families and friends could no longer gather or visit loved ones in nursing facilities.
While waiting for some company to develop a vaccine against this deadly virus, people switched to remote work and students went to on-line learning. Some people wore masks and tried to keep a six foot distance from another person and some were pandemic deniers saying it was all a hoax.
Author Peg Nichols wrote about all of this in her book Sidewalk Sales Across America.
Title: Why Cats are Assholes
Author: Liz Miele
Illustrator: Chelsea Trousdale
Publication Date: 30 March 2021
Genre: #Humor #AnimalHumor #Cat #Dog #CultureHumor #NonFiction #Comedy
The Ancient Egyptians saw their usefulness and didn’t just like them and make an Instagram account for them or develop a sock line with their face on it. They worshipped them. They made temples in their honor. It was a crime to kill them. I feel like we’ve lost touch with this. Did you know Australia is trying to exterminate all stray cats? Supposedly it is because they are hurting the wild bird population. How is this not a recipe for trouble when they wipe out cats and start to realize all the unseen good they do? Like how we hate bees but the earth would crumble if they went extinct (more on this later). Moral of the story: cats are important, and their viral videos are what hold the Internet together!...
Title: Unearthing the TRUE Cross: What if the Cross of Christ is buried at Mt. of Olives?
Author: Tom Mach
Publisher: Hill Song Press
Publication Date: 19 August 2023
Print Length: 269 pages
Genre: #BiblicalFiction #Fiction #ChristianMystery #ChristianSuspense #Mystery #Suspense
While landscaping on the Mount of Olives, Dante Leon encounters a Bedouin man who insists that he discovered, while exploring a Qumran cave, a map showing where Jesus was really crucified. To prove him wrong, he digs in that spot and finds five pieces of petrified wood as well as a scroll written by Joseph of Arimathea. A deaf and mute lost orphan girl encounters Dante, who cures her with prayer and one of the artifacts. A blind boy is similarly cured. Dante and his family run tests on these artifacts and conclude they have found the True Cross. Terrorists are out to kill Dante's daughter as well as the pope who is about to announce to the world that these wooden pieces, when put together, form the crossbeam of Christ.
According to Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, the 8 Principles to Become a Better Leader are:
This is a leadership seminar in the form of a book. Every leader, including you if you are self-employed, should read this book and practice these principles.
Robert Iger inherited the Walt Disney stories: Davy Crocket, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty and so many more. He stressed innovate or die. Iger never looked back, only forward. Using the eight principles, he developed three goals for the company: build a good quality brand, embrace technology, and go internationally.
Every writer should strive for the same three goals (of course you can have others, but hey, these have worked for Disney). Your work and your reputation become your brand. Technology is always changing with new software to use in creating your work and new platforms on which to promote it. If an author can go internationally, he/she will probably become a best-selling author. What more can an individual strive for?
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Title: The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Author: Kai Bird
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Print Length: 448 pages
There were threats coming from the Middle East, especially on November 4, 1979, when a group of Iranian students stormed the U. S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American hostages. The rescue attempt on April 24, 1980, known as Operation Eagle Claw, failed, resulting in the accidental deaths of eight American servicemen and one Iranian civilian, as well as the destruction of two helicopters. The hostages were held captive for 444 days. They were released on January 20, 1981, minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President of the United States. This was only one incident that took place during “Peacetime” or during the “Cold War.”
Robert Ames was a CIA Operative who died in the bombing of the American Embassy in Beirut on April 18, 1983. He was one of 63 people killed that day of which 17 were Americans.
What does Bird’s title, The Good Spy mean? Ames worked hard and he was a devoted family man. He appeared to be a kind and decent man who had a thirst for Middle East knowledge: he learned Arabic and learned about the history and culture of each area he was stationed at. He made friends, not just contacts. Ames was somewhat of a rogue who operated independently and didn’t always see eye to eye with his fellow operatives. Yet, he was “good” at his job.
The Good Spy is best read in small chunks so that the reader can get to know Ames and all the many players, movers and shakers of the Middle East. Bird does an excellent job with an overview history of the Middle East and the role that Ames played in that history.
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