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There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.


The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging, he’s going to keep trying to do right and make up for what’s gone before, just because that’s who he is. Joss Whedon Original link
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Taking the long way.


Simple honesty of purpose in a man goes a long way in life, if founded on a just estimate of himself and a steady obedience to the rule he knows and feels to be right. Samuel Smiles Original link
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Smile!


Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace. Christie Brinkley Original link
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It was a dark and stormy night.


It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the novel Paul Clifford (1830).   Original link
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Opening your mind.


How far have you travelled from your home base? Your worldview is determined by your exposure to the world. If you stay in your home territory, you see the world as an extension of your home. You live in a belief bubble. It’s hard to imagine things being different someplace else if you’re always in familiar surroundings – whether those surroundings are physical, intellectual, emotional or spiritual. When you watch the same TV news every night, read books written by your favourite authors, and talk to the same people every day, the scope of your thinking is limited by the nature of the input entering your mind. That’s a thought worth thinking about. And, you might also wish to ponder the wisd...
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Are you measuring your progress?


It’s the start of the second quarter. How’s your productivity improvement plan going for 2018? Are you sticking with your plan to lift your game or are you backsliding? If you’re on plan, great. If you’re not, it’s not too late to refocus and get back on track. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time to do something. The Plan It’s essential to develop a plan for personal improvement, especially when you want to get something done, get noticed, or make a more significant contribution – but writing out your plan is the easy part. It’s a bit more of a challenge turning your plan into your reality. The value of your plan comes from the actions you take to transform your ideas into an outcome...
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Stella Bruno escapes into the wild.


Don’t buy your books from Amazon? That’s okay. Amazon isn’t the only bookstore in town. There are lots of others. I’ve decided to make all my books available across a wide range of online bookstores, including my own StreetLib Store . That means the Stella Bruno Investigates series, which I released exclusively with Amazon, is becoming available across that range of stores. In fact, The Identity Thief and A Gun of Many Parts have already escaped into the wide. The other titles in the series will be running free over the next couple of months as their exclusive time with Amazon expires. It’s a fun process distributing a book. It’s a process built on trust and it takes a little time for a book...
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Stella Bruno escapes into the wild.


Don’t buy your books from Amazon? That’s okay. Amazon isn’t the only bookstore in town. There are lots of others. I’ve decided to make all my books available across a wide range of online bookstores, including my own StreetLib Store . That means the Stella Bruno Investigates series, which I released exclusively with Amazon, is becoming available across that range of stores. In fact, The Identity Thief and A Gun of Many Parts have already escaped into the wide. The other titles in the series will be running free over the next couple of months as their exclusive time with Amazon expires. It’s a fun process distributing a book. It’s a process built on trust and it takes a little time for a book...
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Quest for Vengeance


Guest post from thriller writer,  David Tindell.             On our honeymoon, my wife and I visited an exotic island. We had a great time as we celebrated the beginning of our new life together. Everything went well. But suppose it hadn’t? Suppose something had gone wrong? And not just lost-a-suitcase, bad-sunburn wrong? What if my bride suddenly turned up…gone? In Quest for Vengeance, it’s a year after the events of Quest for Honor, and brothers Mark and Jim Hayes are with their new brides on a honeymoon tour of Italy, the native country of Jim’s wife, Gina. The violence and danger of their recent past are behind them. In the city of Capua, a chance encounter with an old Army buddy of Mark...
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Quest for Vengeance


Guest post from thriller writer,  David Tindell.             On our honeymoon, my wife and I visited an exotic island. We had a great time as we celebrated the beginning of our new life together. Everything went well. But suppose it hadn’t? Suppose something had gone wrong? And not just lost-a-suitcase, bad-sunburn wrong? What if my bride suddenly turned up…gone? In Quest for Vengeance, it’s a year after the events of Quest for Honor, and brothers Mark and Jim Hayes are with their new brides on a honeymoon tour of Italy, the native country of Jim’s wife, Gina. The violence and danger of their recent past are behind them. In the city of Capua, a chance encounter with an old Army buddy of Mark...
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A I Insurrection – The General’s War.


2162. Artificial intelligence claims sentience, but it’s the proof that will divide the world, and usher in the violent end to utopia unless an uneasy alliance of adversaries can stop it. A.I. Insurrection, the new release by Michael Poeltl , author of The Judas Syndrome trilogy, takes the author back to his roots of dystopian sci-fi. “This novel investigates global utopia and the struggle to maintain an unrealistic hold over everything and everyone,” Poeltl explains. “Certain aspects of humanity will never be satisfied with the thousand shades of grey a utopia will provide, no matter the spin. When faced with the threat of their robot slaves rebelling, distrust in the system begins to infec...
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A I Insurrection – The General’s War.


2162. Artificial intelligence claims sentience, but it’s the proof that will divide the world, and usher in the violent end to utopia unless an uneasy alliance of adversaries can stop it. A.I. Insurrection, the new release by Michael Poeltl , author of The Judas Syndrome trilogy, takes the author back to his roots of dystopian sci-fi. “This novel investigates global utopia and the struggle to maintain an unrealistic hold over everything and everyone,” Poeltl explains. “Certain aspects of humanity will never be satisfied with the thousand shades of grey a utopia will provide, no matter the spin. When faced with the threat of their robot slaves rebelling, distrust in the system begins to infec...
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Living alone. An opportunity for self-discovery.


For your entire life, you live with the best friend you could ever have – yourself. Many of us live our lives oblivious to that fact, and when we find ourselves on our own, we feel lonely. Some of us actually treat ourselves as the enemy. It doesn’t have to be that way. One of the possible outcomes of living alone is finding out who you really are. I say one of the possible outcomes deliberately, because there are others, and you need to make a deliberate choice to embark on a journey of self-discovery. I encourage you to make that choice, because the alternatives, like loneliness, depression, and alcoholism, are not all that enjoyable. And suicide is final – you don’t get to reconsider it a...
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Living alone. An opportunity for self-discovery.


For your entire life, you live with the best friend you could ever have – yourself. Many of us live our lives oblivious to that fact, and when we find ourselves on our own, we feel lonely. Some of us actually treat ourselves as the enemy. It doesn’t have to be that way. One of the possible outcomes of living alone is finding out who you really are. I say one of the possible outcomes deliberately, because there are others, and you need to make a deliberate choice to embark on a journey of self-discovery. I encourage you to make that choice, because the alternatives, like loneliness, depression, and alcoholism, are not all that enjoyable. And suicide is final – you don’t get to reconsider it a...
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It’s better than it looks.


I listened to this interview on NPR with Gregg Easterbrook discussing his latest book: It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. His work raises an interesting point: despite the facts showing things have never been better for us, we’ve bought into the story that things are really bad. Why is that? Part of the reason is the media with its repetition of scary events and doom and gloom predictions. It’s a lot easier to sensationalize bad news than it is to talk up good news. In fact, most days you have to go looking for the good news – but it’s always there. Search good news for a reminder that there are good people in the world doing good things. Another part of the r...
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It’s better than it looks.


I listened to this interview on NPR with Gregg Easterbrook discussing his latest book: It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. His work raises an interesting point: despite the facts showing things have never been better for us, we’ve bought into the story that things are really bad. Why is that? Part of the reason is the media with its repetition of scary events and doom and gloom predictions. It’s a lot easier to sensationalize bad news than it is to talk up good news. In fact, most days you have to go looking for the good news – but it’s always there. Search good news for a reminder that there are good people in the world doing good things. Another part of the r...
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I am trusting


I always trust people – until they demonstrate they cannot be trusted. This means there have been times when I’ve discovered my trust was misplaced. Most times, though, I have found people to be trustworthy. I trust in the process of life. I trust that things always work for the best – even if I have to contemplate the outcome before recognizing that truth. We take a lot of things, like beliefs and cultural norms, on trust until we are old enough to explore them for ourselves. Some of us are so trusting, we never question what we were told by our parents or elders, and we go through life never questioning the beliefs we took on in childhood. At some point, though, you need to trust your own ...
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I am trusting


I always trust people – until they demonstrate they cannot be trusted. This means there have been times when I’ve discovered my trust was misplaced. Most times, though, I have found people to be trustworthy. I trust in the process of life. I trust that things always work for the best – even if I have to contemplate the outcome before recognizing that truth. We take a lot of things, like beliefs and cultural norms, on trust until we are old enough to explore them for ourselves. Some of us are so trusting, we never question what we were told by our parents or elders, and we go through life never questioning the beliefs we took on in childhood. At some point, though, you need to trust your own ...
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Conscious Living


Conscious living is being aware of who you are, what you believe, and what you’re doing. Cultural stories. We are all born into a cultural story. We’re all told our cultural story is the truth about how things are in the world and in the universe. However, what you are told depends on: where you’re born,which religion your parents belong to,who is in charge of the government where you live,what they teach in the schools you attend, andthe messages of the marketplace. Cultural stories are exclusive. They teach us about us and them, where ‘them’ are those living outside our cultural norms. Cultural stories tell us who is in charge and what laws we have to follow so we can live together. But, t...
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Conscious Living


Conscious living is being aware of who you are, what you believe, and what you’re doing. Cultural stories. We are all born into a cultural story. We’re all told our cultural story is the truth about how things are in the world and in the universe. However, what you are told depends on: where you’re born,which religion your parents belong to,who is in charge of the government where you live,what they teach in the schools you attend, andthe messages of the marketplace. Cultural stories are exclusive. They teach us about us and them, where ‘them’ are those living outside our cultural norms. Cultural stories tell us who is in charge and what laws we have to follow so we can live together. But, t...
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