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Book Feature: Poor No More An American Dream by Steven Bentley, MD

 

 

Title: Poor No More
Author: Steven Bentley, MD
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Ebook
Now retired, author Dr. Steven Bentley was a successful emergency physician. But his path in life wasn’t always an easy one. In Poor No More-An American Dream, he shares his story of how he survived a rare birth defect, abject poverty, an alcoholic mother, a KKK father, an abusive children’s home, and a cruel step-mother.
This memoir tells how Bentley emerged from a difficult childhood and adolescence to practice ER medicine during a time of enormous change in the field and how he developed a lifelong love affair with his chosen profession. He discusses how he found it gratifying to apply his medical knowledge and to impact someone’s life for the better. He relays a host of stories from both his personal and professional life, detailing the trials and tribulations and the challenges and rewards.
Poor No More-An American Dream describes Bentley’s journey to escape his roots and become a successful doctor in America. It tells about one man who lived in and through some interesting times.

 

Steven Bentley, MD, is a retired emergency physician who is married and lives in the North Carolina mountains. Bentley has two living sisters-one in Florida, the other is an ER nurse in Charleston, South Carolina. He travels extensively with his wife and enjoys beekeeping, gardening, flowers, and everything about the natural world. This is his second book.

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Book Feature: Pauli The Musical Pumpkin by Pamela O. Guidry

 

 

Inside the Book:

Title: Pauli the Musical Pumpkin
Author: Pamela O. Guidry
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Ebook

This is an inspiring story of a family whose characters depend on each other’s unique personality traits to see them through life’s little journeys. With Luis, the strength and leadership is dominant, and Erin’s motherly love is profound. The two boys are very different both in looks and in spirit. Dominic is adventuresome, and the outdoors is his passion, whereas Donovan’s love for beauty and music is his motivation. Pauli, different from any of his family, is talented and musical and brings forth a feeling of magic when he plays his beautiful music. In the end, the family is reunited and reassured. Each of us is special in our own way. As long as we have each other, anything is possible.

Meet the Author:

Pamela O. Guidry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1960. My parents were the most loving and wonderful parents. I grew up in a family of six children. With three sisters and two brothers, an adventure was always just around the corner. Because family is the most fundamental purpose in life, the experiences we have shared have shaped my life. At an early age, I developed a passion for music, as well as a love for art and creativity. As an adult, I further pursued the imagination and use of colors and textures in my work as a decorator. And now, my passion is to travel the world so that I may experience the beauty of nature and the people I meet along the way.

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Interview with Dr. Patrick Mbaya, author of My Brain is Out of Control

 

 

 

 

Although Dr. Patrick Mbaya’s illness caused a lot distress and nearly took his life, the emotional symptoms of the depression he developed helped him understand and empathize with patients and how they feel when they become ill. In My Brain is Out of Control, Mbaya, fifty-five and at the peak of his career, shares a personal story of how he suffered from a brain infection in 2010 that caused loss of speech, right-sided weakness, and subsequent depression. He tells how he also dealt with the antibiotics complications of low white cell count and hepatitis. He narrates his experiences as a patient, the neurological and psychiatric complications he encountered, how he coped, and his journey to recovery. Presenting a personal perspective of Mbaya’s illness from the other side of the bed, My Brain is Out of Control, offers profound insight into battling a serious illness.

INTERVIEW

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Answer – 1 What I went through was very difficult for me, and for my family, and although I was writing down what I was going through during my illness, it took me four years before I was comfortable enough to share my story by writing the book.

Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?

Answer – 2 Yes, I have.

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS GETTING WORSE!

My mood swings got worse. I was feeling very low, particularly in the morning to early afternoon. I was very emotional, and I found myself crying without a moment’s notice.  My confidence was very low and I was feeling very negative, and even though I was confident I did not have HIV, I was convinced (especially in the mornings) that the test they did will be positive and I was a disgrace to my family. All my symptoms were worse in the morning.

I remember the first morning I was crying, and a very nice female staff nurse came to console me. She said,” don’t cry, your wife will be back from New York”. Clearly, she thought I was crying because I was missing my wife who was still in New York at the time, but was obviously unaware that I couldn’t control my emotions. My daughter had rung my wife and told her it wasn’t Bell’s Palsy, but something more serious, so she was desperately trying to get back home. She wanted to speak to me on the phone, but I couldn’t, as my speech by now had deteriorated so much. Ironically, in the first week of my illness, she suggested that I should have a CT brain scan but I said “don’t be neurotic dear! ”

What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?

Answer – 3 To be aware that serious illnesses like neurological, and psychiatric like depression can affect anyone including doctors like myself, who treat these illnesses.

Who or what is the inspiration for the book?

Answer – 4 To share my personal story. What I went through was very difficult for me, and for my family, and although I was writing down what I was going through during my illness, it took me four years before I was comfortable enough to share my story by writing the book.

I also felt it is important for doctors to see things from the patient’s perspective, and also to give hope to people with depression or brain disorders, and their families.

Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?

Answer – 5 Dr Stephen Stahl is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego, he is my mentor. He has written a lot of books on chemical changes in the emotional (limbic) brain and how medication like antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic, etc work (psychopharmacology). Despite this been a very complex subject, his books are easy to understand, and have helped psychiatrists throughout the world.

He lectures on these subjects. He is enthusiastic, his lectures are informative, and even entertaining, making this difficult subject easy to understand.

He kindly gave his permission, for me to use some of the diagrams from one of his books, in “My Brain is Out of Control.”

I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?

Answer – 6. Yes it is true, as you can see how good writers engage their readers.

Yes, Dr Stephen Stahl (answer 5 above).

Dr. Patrick Mbaya is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He is a consultant psychiatrist and honorary clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has a special interest in mood and addiction disorders.

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Guest Post from Raymond Floodgate, author of Life 2 the Full

 

 

 

 

 

Life 2 the Full is a self-help book that shows the reader how to improve health and well-being by preventing Illness from happening in the first place. This book will guide you through the elements needed to help you live your life to the full. Life 2 the Full covers such subjects as health and well-being, food, exercise for the body, and exercise for the mind. Stress is also covered in this book, including ways to eliminate it. Other topics include breathing, relaxation, meditation, money, and abundance. The goal is to help the reader achieve a life that is lived to the full. If you are struggling with your life through constant recurring illness, stress, food-related problems, or lack of purpose, Life 2 the Full will teach you how to change the life you are living now into a life that you never thought possible. The book is written in plain English, is easy to understand, and will give you an insight into how easy it is to change your life should you want to.

Guest Post
There is no mystery about living life to the full. Once you know about
it, it is obvious. It has always been there but you just probably didn’t think
to look. It is not something that is taught in schools, even our teachers have
not been taught it.  It is not a part of
the curriculum at any level of education, so why should you know about it?  Our society has totally overlooked this way
of living and opted for the “get more money and grab everything you can” type
of existence. However, when you live life
to the full
, your life becomes rich and abundant in every way and this can
be obtained with little effort on your part.

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Every society today, associates wealth as money and
possessions, which is a very narrow view of what wealth truly is.  Money and possessions are absolutely a part
of wealth but only a small part.
Raymond Floodgate is a certified Reiki master and teacher, a qualified practitioner of energy healing, and an energy healing teacher. He was a practitioner and instructor of Shotokan karate for twelve years but now focuses on preventing illness. To this end, he has studied Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation.

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Book Feature: Great Objectives by Robert Finch

 

 

 

 

In his book Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill refers to the great objects of human life. We may assume that that what Mill calls an object is the same as an objective in modern parlance. The examples of great objectives that Mill cites include power, fame, and money. One wonders how seriously Mill was actually endorsing such aims to be the overarching objectives of living or whether he was simply expressing his finding that many people actually do take such aims as these for life. The contention is that Mill was indeed recognizing that people do choose such goals in life. After all, happiness has been recognized as an objective of life at least since the time of Aristotle, and virtue has a similarly ancient pedigree. It is quite common for ordinary people to adopt such mottos as “Healthy, wealthy, and wise” as aims for life. But we know that having more than one such value can lead to conflicts. This had been a concern to Sidgwick as well as other nineteenth-century moralists. A resolution to the problem was found by the time of the twentieth century, when it was realized that we should not try to achieve definite objectives, but instead look to some other procedure, such as a variety of evolution, to shape our objectives. In that case, we make plans and evaluate them, as we proceed. We should use our values, as Dewey recommended, for guideposts. The book discusses the methods of arriving at such plans and weighs some of the ethical and moral problems an individual or a society might face at the present time.
Robert Finch is the author of five collections of essays and co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing. He broadcasts a weekly commentary on NPR and serves on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He lives in Wellfleet, MA.

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Book Feature: The Trials of Allura by Dina El Shammaa

 

 

 

 

Allura’s life is a testament to the strength and resilience of educated Middle-Eastern women in the modern age, who are railing against a life that makes little sense, with all its twists and turns. A tower of courage and energy, her enthusiasm to challenge life’s obstacles and temptations reflects some of the mind-blowing hardships various women face. Bound by passion, linked by need, Allura offers readers a better understanding of life in a cross-cultural environment, where women are wrongly perceived by the outside world as spoilt, reclusive, and vulnerable. Social constraints, family upheavals, and unexpected tragedies force Allura to stand on her two feet at a young age and make life-changing decisions, which is when her whole world begins to unravel. Join Allura on her extraordinary journey of highs and lows, humorous encounters, and fateful experiences, which transform her from a shy and sheltered teenager to a courageous, resolute, fiery, and tempestuous woman.
An author inspired by innocence, simplicity and beauty, Dina El Shammaa’s extensive writing background helps her uncover unexpected daily occurrences that affect the lives of millions of women in the region and beyond.

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Book Feature: Enter Venus by Sondra Luger

 

 

 

 

 

In ENTER VENUS the Goddess of Love comes to earth to save a marriage that’s falling apart. In the course of her magical ministrations, the art masterpieces at the magnificent Frick mansion spring to life and into action and a torrential downpour sweeps characters from a New York City street to Venice, Italy.

Sondra Luger taught English in a New York City high school. Her first romantic novel, RICH, NEVER MARRIED, RICH was inspired by Jane Austen’s PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and her second, BACK FROM BORA BORA, was inspired by the business world of the young and the resilience and energy of the so-called aged. Her mysteries, DROP ME OFF IN HARLEM and MURDER ON BROADWAY, both of which feature the same female fashion model detective, are a tribute to the Roaring Twenties and to the author’s mother, who was a high fashion model. Sondra comes from an arts-oriented family with musical talent, and she has recorded a music CD with her sister, singer and songwriter Carolyn Luger. The songs were written by music icons of the twentieth century. The album is TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE.

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Book Blast: The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy by Burt Hall

 

 

For over thirty years, World War II veteran and author Burt Hall assessed accountability in government and national security. Now, this seasoned, professional analyst delivers a tough account of what went wrong in our politics and system of government over the past two decades and what we can do about it.
The right wing (not to be confused with Conservatism) has hijacked the Republican Party and wrecked havoc on our nation. It exploited basic flaws in our system to gain power and a series of major setbacks and a weakened democracy have followed.
The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy lays out clearly what the basic flaws in our system are and how they can be fixed. The danger is that an ongoing shift of political power to the very wealthy and suppression of voting rights is silencing the voice of the average citizen.
If elected officials do not fix the basic flaws, the American people have alternatives in our democracy and must take matters into their own hands.
After early careers in the aircraft electronics field and as a CPA, Burt Hall joined the USGovernment Accountability Office (GAO), where he served as group director analyst on national security and other matters. For more than thirty years, he reported to Congress and testified before its committees on behalf of the GAO. Mr. Hall graduated from the Harvard Advanced Management Program and was loaned twice for two years, once to a bipartisan congressional commission and later to the Reagan White House.With Ed Asner, who also contributed to The Right-Wing Threat to Democracy, Hall coauthored Misuse of Power. He coauthored the bestselling book, How the Experts Win at Bridge, with his wife, Lynn.

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Book Blast: Say What Loneliness? by Chaunda Gaines

 

 

Loneliness is a universal thing that affects us all. It can happen when we least expect or when we isolate ourselves from others. Having experienced loneliness, author Chaunda Gaines reveals her thoughts and suggestions that can help you with the release of her new book Say What Loneliness? This book is an inspirational guide written to help you find out where loneliness fits into your life. It can inspire you to determine if you can make your life better than what it is or even find new directions whenever you feel lost, lonely and clueless. If you know someone feeling really lonely, buy this book for them. Start making a difference with this engaging book today!
Chaunda grew up in Third Ward, Texas. She’s half Hispanic. She graduated from Marion High School in Houston, Texas. She has worked in the insurance industry for twenty-three years. She always had a dream of becoming a writer from the very age of sixteen. She grew up finding about life the hard way. She had nobody to tell her about life problems you experience, the outcome of decisions and choices you make that can scar you for life. This is what aspired her to write to help others. She writes using discernment guided by divine inspiration. When she is writing she can zone herself in that element thinking how you as an individual can be thinking inside your mind. She has gone through many hardships, heartaches, failed relationships, failed marriages and many storms in her life. Her writings are real, simple and plain. Her book is about how loneliness can effect the behavior pattern of an individual life. The outcome of loneliness creeping inside your soul could result in erratic behavior. Which could have you making bad decisions or choices in your life which can end up hurting you. There are twenty topics in this book short and precise which deals with real life issues in our everyday life. In each topic, there is an solution to how you can make your life better than it is to continue moving forward in your life and not going backwards when loneliness is present. She hopes you enjoy reading “Say What? Loneliness.

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Book Blast: Iniquities of Gulch Fork by Bob Smith and Sara Rhodes

 

 

 

 

 

In the worn and tired town of Gulch Fork, Arkansas, certified nursing assistant Samantha Caminos heads to her patient Rob Dean’s home and wonders how she can find common ground with the aloof, disabled Vietnam veteran who suffers from not only PTSD but also severe neuropathy caused by Agent Orange. As Samantha approaches the house, she has no idea that very soon their lives will take a new turn. Gulch Fork, a town once filled with Ozark tranquility, takes on an aura of evil when bizarre events begin to affect Rob and two other war-scarred veterans, Peter Ness and Ron Woods-Samantha’s father. But when Samantha learns that two elderly couples without living relatives in the area have fallen prey to fraud and embezzlement by a man who claims to be a pastor, she sets out on a quest to piece together a complex mystery fueled by those hell-bent on taking advantage of citizens too fragile to defend themselves. In this compelling novel based on true events, three veterans seeking peace and serenity from PTSD fall victim to injustice, prompting a young health care worker to investigate the evil that has infiltrated their once peaceful Arkansas town.

Bob Smith is a naval officer who had Agent Orange spilled on him in Vietnam and suffers from severe PTSD in addition to disabling neuropathy. After living in Spain, he returned to America and settled in the Ozarks, where he is happily pursuing his dream of writing. Sara Rhodes is a wife, mother, and certified nursing assistant who originally lived in Alaska before moving to the Ozarks with her family. Bob is her former patient whose teachings about PTSD helped her recognize her own father’s battle with it. Both Bob and Sara find animals to be a great source of comfort.

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