• 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…

  • Is Working from Home BETTER Than Working In An Office?

    Whether it’s an at home business, freelancing or working for an employer, remote work has long been established, but when Covid-19 hit in 2020, fear, confusion, even panic arose and many of us were left without jobs. Though we’ve established a baseline for the disease and protocols have been put in place, we’re still swimming in flux. Whether helping our children through online learning or having our own work meetings on Zoom, the truth is that things may never go back to how they used to be so where does that leave us?  Working From Home As A Way To Thrive During And After The Pandemic The global pandemic has…

  • Can Love And Corruption Coexist?

    Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner, the Latest Novel by Award-Winning Author Gerald Everett Jones, Gives You the Right Answer Kenya is one of the places that ignite our imagination just by hearing its name. We picture gorgeous sunsets and wide savannahs, where wild and majestic creatures roam freely. However, there is much more to this rich and multi-faceted country with so much growth potential. While locals see it as a land of corruption, for expats it can be the ideal setting for finally finding purpose and love. Gerald Everett Jones’ Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner is a must-read for each and every one of us day-dreaming about Africa. Set for release on June…

  • Retirement Mirage Focuses On Financial Aspects Relevant Today

    We are a generation living on the edge, and Retirement Mirage captures that in its reasoning. One thing that resonated throughout the book was the 4th chapter, Financial Breathing Room. It encompassed feelings that have been experienced by me many times. We must earn a living, we can allow ourselves to do the things we want to enjoy, but our downfall is when we plan very little for the future. In the uncertainty of times many people are living differently than they know they should live. Less people are planning ahead. Many like to live in the moment, but Nancy Hite begs the questions, how much emphasis should we be…

  • Looking to Spruce Up Your Home? Check Out ‘The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing’ by Bert Sarkkinen

    Since the pandemic started, everyone has been stuck at home for the most part. Spending this much time in one place has given people time to think about how they could improve home base with timber framing. If you’re looking to revamp your home, it’s time to check out the second edition of “The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing” by Bert Sarkkinen, founder of Arrow Timber. The new edition comes out on January 19, 2021 in paperback and as an ebook. It’s also go an accompanying workbook called “The Timber Framing Planning Guide” to help you through the process. It’s a new year, and it’s time for a home upgrade.…

  • The Crankatsuris Method, a New Approach To Dealing With Crankiness Effectively

    Have you been kvetching about your tsuris until even your bubbe doesn’t want to hear bupkis from you? Well, fear not. Steven Joseph thinks you’re a true mensch for having the chutzpah to let your crankatsuris out. If none of that makes sense, then you’re doubly in luck. Joseph is not only your guide to effectively dealing with crankiness, but he’s also your colorful instructor into his hilarious and offbeat take on what it means to be Jewish. Therapists often recommend letting our inner anger out to express our feelings and reduce stress. Steven Joseph is a true connoisseur of crankiness in all its myriad flavors. In fact, he’s built…

  • 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…

  • The U.S. Must Realize the Full Potential of Africa’s Vast Petroleum Resources

    The Visionary African Leader Nj Ayuk Has the Right Roadmap for Attracting U.S. Investment to Africa Known as the cradle of humanity, Africa has the potential to play a significant role again in the future of humanity by fueling a more sustainable economic growth at a global level. Leading African energy attorney, NJ Ayuk, knows Africa is not entirely ready to go it alone. The knowledge and technical prowess of American multinational energy companies can be the much-needed spark that will kindle the process.  Before anything else, Africans need to have better control of their resource wealth—specifically the riches that lie in the continent’s largely unexploited oil and gas basins.…