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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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Scared to Death


Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett  A serial killer murdering for kicks.  A detective seeking revenge. When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised. With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life. For the killer, the game has only just begun… I enjoyed reading this one, which I picked up from Kobo when...
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Scared to Death


Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett  A serial killer murdering for kicks.  A detective seeking revenge. When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession. When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised. With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life. For the killer, the game has only just begun… I enjoyed reading this one, which I picked up from Kobo when...
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Beyond the Words


While the crime writer was busy creating the Stella Bruno Investigates series, the mystic was quietly reflecting on the affirmations he’d shared in I Am Affirmations: The Power of Words. Now he’s gathered those reflections into Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations and made them available for you to ponder. You use affirmations every day – whether you’re aware of doing it or not. Every time you use I am statements you make an affirmation reinforcing what you believe about yourself. The meaning of the words you use in your affirmations is determined by the context of your life.   In Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations, modern-day mystic Peter Mulraney explores what...
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Beyond the Words


While the crime writer was busy creating the Stella Bruno Investigates series, the mystic was quietly reflecting on the affirmations he’d shared in I Am Affirmations: The Power of Words. Now he’s gathered those reflections into Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations and made them available for you to ponder. You use affirmations every day – whether you’re aware of doing it or not. Every time you use I am statements you make an affirmation reinforcing what you believe about yourself. The meaning of the words you use in your affirmations is determined by the context of your life.   In Beyond the Words: Reflections on I Am Affirmations, modern-day mystic Peter Mulraney explores what...
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Keith Dixon writes Paul Storey Crime Thrillers


Keith Dixon, author of the Sam Dyke Investigations series, also writes the Paul Storey Crime Thrillers. Paul Storey is an ex-cop that gets mixed up in adventures that cross the line between the legal and illegal.   Storey, the first book in the series, introduces us to Storey and his involvement in a scam to sell smuggled antiquities from Syria. It all gets complicated when a Syrian who wants the return of one of the stolen antiquities shows up … and he’s not inclined to take prisoners …     In One Punch, the second book in the series, Storey is offered a job by Bran Doyle, a retired boxer with a colourful background. Storey takes the job but soon finds himself involved in more than driving....
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Stella Bruno Investigates – season one


Stella Bruno Investigates is a series of quick reads – books designed to be read in one sitting. They’re stories designed to be consumed in one irresistible gulp. The kind you can read on the way to work or before you go to sleep. Something addictive to distract you while you wait in line. Intriguing mysteries to enjoy on the train, in the car, or on a flight for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee, with ten times the kick. Set in and around Adelaide, South Australia, the stories focus on the criminal investigations led by Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno. Stella is assisted by Detective Constable Brian Rhodes, who’s approaching retirement, harassed by Detective Inspector Frank Williams...
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Inspector West gets a makeover.


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Refreshing plans for 2018


If you’re anything like me, you’re probably reassessing what’s going on in your life right now and making plans for a better year in 2018. Funny how starting a new year gets you thinking about setting goals or making plans to improve your life in some way. If you’re planning some new projects for 2018, check out Everyday Project Management for an easy-to-understand introduction to project management.   If you’re thinking about lifting your game at work to a new level of performance, you’ll find the workshop-in-a-book inside Everyday Productivity full ideas to help you make that a reality.   If this is the year you’ve decided to get control of your finances, Everyday Money Mangement is the mo...
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Annual Review – 2017


It’s that time of the year again. Time for a look back over the last twelve months and for a gaze into the crystal ball for 2018. 2017 has been a big year: 15 new titles across my range of writing interests. The self-help guy: Everyday ProductivityEveryday Money ManagementField Notes for WritersThe Living Alone Journal The mystic: Sharing the Journey Coloring JournalMy Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious LivingMy Life is My Responsibility WorkbookI Am Affirmations: The Power of Words The crime writer: WhistleblowerThe Identity ThiefA Gun of Many PartsBones in the ForestA Deadly Game of HangmanTakenThe Identity Thief Collection Early in 2017, I became part of the Books Go Social...
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The Government Rain Mysteries series


A guest post by LA Frederick, author of the sci-fi urban The Government Rain Mysteries series. I’m delighted to announce my latest two sci-fi novellas, The Forgetful Man and Second-In-Command. The stories are dark, with gruesome happenings throughout. They are from the sci-fi genre and are written in an urban setting, based in modern times in the fictional city of New Hampton. To give you an idea of the type of city you’re dealing with, reviewers have referred to the city as reminding them of Gotham City or Sin City. The mystery theme plays a big part in both novellas and in my overall series. These novellas delve into the background of a few characters and add a little more information to t...
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The Lost Macaw


A guest post by B. L. Blair, author of the Lost and Found Pet series.   The Lost Macaw is the fourth novella in the series. Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job. A former client hires Alex to find her lost parrot. The bright colored bird has flown away before, but this time there is evidence that Molly was kidnapped. The demand is simple—the bird for the pictures. When her client suffers a stroke, Alex is left with a ransom note, a missing bird, and some very incriminating photos. She is in a race against time to solve the mystery of the lost Macaw. Excerpt: “Your little old lady is quit...
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Teachings of Christ Mind


Something for those interested in the thoughts of modern-day mystics: a library of resources on the Teachings of Christ Mind. From the introduction on the welcome page of the library. Christ Mind flows from a way of being that is Christ. It is a way of living that was demonstrated by Jesus and others and expressed fully by the quote: Not my will but thine be done. There is a depth to these words that is revealed through deep self-honesty and an acknowledgement of the wisdom found at the center of an open heart and recognized by a mind at peace. The Way of Christ is not a belief but a way of life that allows and forgives and cultivates the recognition of innocence and safety in each moment. C...
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Silent Song coming to life by Jaci Wheeler


A guest post by Jaci Wheeler, author of Silent Song, giving us an insight into deafness. Well worth the read even if you’re not into YA books. Many authors I know pull from events or people from their own lives for inspiration or storyline. I’ve never been that way personally. I’m an extremely private person by nature, so it’s very unusual for me to use any of myself in my books. That is actually my favorite thing about writing, I’m able to fully create worlds and people out of thin air. It allows you to become whoever you want for the moment. I usually create a main character who is nothing like me because it allows me to be and do all the things I’ve always wanted to. I’ve had a very event...
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Stella Bruno Investigates – Book 5


Abduction, Suspense, and a Strange Demand. Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the abduction of eight-year-old Julia Ryan, taken from her nanny at gunpoint. When the kidnapper demands something outside the control of Julia’s family as ransom for her release, Stella is determined to find him before it’s too late. Detective Constable Brian Rhodes is confident the kidnapper will make a mistake. If you enjoy mystery and intrigue, you’ll love Taken, book five in Peter Mulraney’s Stella Bruno Investigates series of quick reads. BUY from AMAZON Original link
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