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  • From the Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist by Chester L. Richards: a life of learning

    In his memoir From the Potato to Star Trek and Beyond, Chester L. Richards tells varied and inspiring episodes of his life. One of the most important topics he deals with is learning, throughout the book. With in turn fondness or reflection, he shares some of his educational experiences and the mentors who had profound effects on his life. Formal education Richards spent the first years of his formal education in Catholic schools. He describes the priests who served as teachers as “shrewd and devious” (p. 176), except one, who turned out to be “truly honest, open and forthright.” (p. 178) For the author’s young self, it was a positive…

  • Leadership with the Spirit of Resilience and Compassion Amidst Adversity, Leading the Lost Boys

    What does it take to become a leader? Is it measured through power? Through the number of achievements? Perhaps, the number of followers? Even though the concept of leadership comes in many ways and styles, its core value still lies in its objective of uniting everyone to reach a specific goal. In his latest memoir, Paulino Mamiir Chol shares his remarkable transformation from being a kidnapping survivor to leading thousands of boys known now as the Lost Boys of South Sudan.  About ‘Leading the Lost Boys’ Leading the Lost Boys is the latest memoir by author Paulino Mamiir Chol, released last June 22, 2021. It is an untold story of the…

  • Will Activision Blizzard’s Guitar Hero Make a Comeback With Microsoft?

    Are you ready to rock? Guitar Hero, the Activision Blizzard game that transformed players into rock ’and’ roll legends, first burst onto the video game scene in 2005. Unfortunately, it fell out of rhythm with gaming trends, and a new version hasn’t been released since 2015.  But shortly after Microsoft announced its plans to acquire the video game conglomeration for $68.7 billion, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer made comments that have wannabe guitar gods dusting off their instrument-shaped controllers and getting ready to riff. “I was looking at the [intellectual property] list; I mean, let’s go! King’s Quest and Guitar Hero,” he told The Washington Post.  “We are hoping that…

  • What’s on the Other Side of the Double Blind?

    We are inundated with breaking news about the double-blind clinical trials and vaccine tests against the coronavirus today. So much has been said about the research, litigation, and regulation of such vaccines. But it all started with human testing to identify and evaluate DNA samples. We’ve come so far with scientific advancements, especially with natural and human genetics. From searching for our ancestry to finding cell mutation in the case of genetic diseases, DNA tests help us find answers to those questions. But here’s a twist, DNA testing has its pros and cons. You might want to think twice about sharing your DNA warns Sara Winokur, a Ph.D. molecular geneticist,…

  • Authors Write About Their Personal Experiences

    The personal experiences of authors influence their writing. Aspects like gender, socioeconomic conditions, and race will affect their perspectives and this will be reflected in the book.  Sometimes though, authors go much further. Occasionally, they write themselves into the story as a character, possibly even as the main one! Or they’ll base a scenario in the book on real life experience.  This is a popular literary technique because it makes the book more realistic. The author has been an eyewitness to the emotions, reactions and the outcome.   Based on Real Events As an illustration of this technique, in Brandyn Cross’s The Dark Secrets, the story of the main character (a 12 year-old…

  • We Have Unlimited Potential to Succeed

    We Have Unlimited Potential to Succeed on Our Journey

    I was doing some thinking earlier today after watching a story on the news about how a woman went from being on welfare to building a million-dollar business. It was remarkable. She was from a small rural town and created a service for the local community that solved a major problem. While many people might complain about the cards they are dealt or make excuses, this woman decided to do something to better herself, and her family. This made me sit back and realize that we truly do have unlimited potential. Every single one of us. Whatever it is that will make you happy or whatever it is that you…