Channel 2 — April 22, 2021
Today’s featured interview:
speaking about “The Steep Side of the Marble”
Families are a cumulative thing. The structure is the same for all. Like a marble. Round, slick, fragile, and a long way to fall wherever one stands. Beneath the curve of glass is a force that keeps one bound to the surface. From birth, the swirling colors hold our gaze, own all the peculiarities of our love and commitment and the sands of angst and happiness with all other members. Some families are complex, their swirls built mightily against their history.
speaking about “Everything We Had: a Novel of the Pacific Air War November-December 1941”
November 1941: War is coming to the Pacific.
In Europe, the Nazis are triumphant. England is under siege by air and sea. France has fallen to the Nazi Wehrmacht, which in turn fell on Soviet Russia. The Red Army is reeling in full retreat, with the Nazis at the gates of Moscow itself.
In the Pacific, Japan has been at war with China since 1937. Her war industries depend upon imports of scrap metal and oil from what are now the Allied nations. When an embargo is placed on imports to Japan, they are left with a year's supply of oil to supply their armed forces.
Japan surrounds American possessions in the Philippines on three sides. The US Army is making a desperate, last-minute attempt to reinforce the Philippines garrison, but the clock is ticking for the Japanese, with their oil running out. The armed forces of Imperial Japan may attack the Philippines at any moment.
Two brothers, Jack and Charlie Davis, are pilots in the US Army Air Forces. They are part of the reinforcements sent to the Far Eastern Air Force, charged with air defense of the Philippines.
For Jack and Charlie, in a time when the US is on the brink of world war, a simple question must soon be answered: what will I do when the Japanese come?
speaking about “Sudden Widow, A True Story of Love, Grief, Recovery, and How Badly It Can Suck! ”
Sudden Widow is a book for widows/widowers and everyone in their lives, to help readers make sense of an unbearable loss. Refreshing, authentic, heartbreaking, and funny, it is essentially a love story--validation for widows in a world where many don't recognize the colossal grief and adjustment after suddenly losing a spouse. Reading this intelligent, eye opening memoir, you will laugh, cry, and learn. Perhaps most importantly, readers will feel understood and less alone. This book is a moving, inspiring example of 'powering through'. For more information, go to suddenwidow.com.
speaking about “Town of Angels”
Angel vs. Bully in the town of Mystic Bay, California, where a well-kept secret lies. Angels live as humans there. After angels appeared to three children, all was blissful in the town full of psychics, and ordinary folk. But as brute, Klaus Waxman, comes to town, angel Ken Leighton, a storeowner, must carefully guide his flock of humans not to give in to the bully's efforts. As Klaus opens a store mocking the resident angel sightings, angel Ken guides psychic Justine Greer, and her family to thwart his efforts. And with the help of the indomitable oldest psychic in town, Madam Norma, the bully meets his match through the soft voices and intuitive minds of his neighbors.
speaking about “The Angel's Daughter”
A secret lies in Mystic Bay California and only two people know it. First there's Hannah O'Ryan, a tender, curly-headed half-angel. Then there's her father, Gabe an effervescent, teddy bear of a full-blooded angel. And it's up to Hannah to keep the secret safe. But she's made a colossal mistake telling her ex-boyfriend and writing Professor, Sam Blakley. Now he's written a book exposing the secret to the world.
What will happen to her angel father? What can Hannah really do to stop this? With her special tears, animal ESP and a surprising gift she doesn't know she has, will Hannah be able to thwart Sam's efforts? With her new love Josh and her beloved Mystic Bay behind her, Hannah finds her very angelness can make all the difference. Maybe she'll get to fly again like she does in all her dreams.
speaking about “The Believer’s Conditional Security”
This fully-documented, 801-page volume will take the reader from the origin of eternal security or once saved, always saved (OSAS) to the present time, as the contemporary OSAS teachers of our day are quoted hundreds of times and their teachings are examined under the light of God’s truth. If you are like many, among other things, you will be shocked to learn that the teaching of OSAS is sometimes equated to grace and the gospel! Furthermore, the chapters exposing Calvin’s dark side and unmasking the Synod of Dort (1618-1619), will give a factual, historical account that seems to be little known in our day. But most importantly, hundreds of Scriptures are cited in both offensive and defensive ways that will substantiate The Believer’s Conditional Security.
speaking about “Girl with Pencil, Drawing”
Another book in the Annie Tillery mystery series by Linda Maria Frank. Girl detective, Annie Tillery, wins art lessons at a glamorous N.Y. gallery. When the director of the gallery is found murdered, the prime suspect is Annie’s instructor, Francesca Gabrielli. While tracking the murderer, all the clues lead to a mysterious brownstone in Brooklyn, where they uncover a ring of art forgers and thieves, who will stop at nothing to protect their fabulous enterprise. Annie and Francesca face death by fire and water in the thrilling conclusion. It’s a case of Nancy Drew meets CSI.
speaking about “Political Malpractice in America: Republic at Risk”
America is more divided now than at any time since the Civil War; survival of the republic is at real risk. Americans are losing confidence in the future and have almost no trust in our federal government. Our federal government has failed to respond effectively to the Covid-19 pandemic to arrest transmission and restart the economy. At the same time, we are seeing historic, widespread protests against systemic racism in America, which in itself is a manifestation of increasing inequality, as well as deep cultural bias. Our political leaders have failed us for the last forty years.
Randall L. Hull proposes that startling thesis in this economic and political commentary that examines how we've arrived at this crisis and what we can do to reverse the political and cultural warfare that pervades our republic. He answers questions such as:
- What steps can we take to reduce divisiveness in America?
- How can we restore shared prosperity to the majority of Americans and rebuild our middle class?
- How can we get politicians to work on a bipartisan basis again?
Hull offers starting points to pursue a model of "balanced capitalism" based on large private-public partnerships to rebuild American infrastructure and new green energy capacity; such investments will both reduce disparities of wealth and begin to reverse damage from climate change. He also proposes ways to safeguard our elections and live up to the ideals of our founding fathers, the most important initiative of all.
Find out how to keep working to "form a more perfect union" and fight political hypocrisy with the insights and ideas in Political Malpractice in America.
speaking about “Brook & Brax: Undercover Ninjas”
Brook & Brax face a terrifying reality. Everyday, on their way home from school, they are cornered by bullies Puke and Lil Dumps, who threaten and hurt them. The boys always run and hide to escape further punishment, but one day, something extraordinary happens. While hiding, they are discovered by Sensei Iron Post, a teacher who would change their lives forever.
Fast forward to today. The boys have survived five years of intense martial arts training and finally achieve the skills to defend themselves. But there is more to it…the boys now need to prove they are worthy of receiving magical ninja suits—suits that can only be worn by the truest of warriors.
Unfortunately, while Brook & Brax train, Puke and Lil Dumps amass a huge army of goons and thugs—the Stank Rebels—and take over their school. The Stank Rebels bully, harass, and extort students, teachers, and even the principal!
It all falls to Brook & Brax. Can they prove they are worthy and save their school, or will they also become victims to the sinister Stank Rebels? It’s a battle of good versus evil, and the fate of Moondrop Academy is in their hands…
speaking about “12 Steps to Mind-Blowing Happiness: A Journal of Insights, Quotes & Questions to Juice Up Your Journey”
Everyone wants happiness and freedom from suffering: people, animals and even insects. The desire for mind-blowing happiness, however, is unique to humans. We have the ability to access our Divine consciousness in ways that other species simply cannot. This innate ability gives rise to a profound desire for exceptional joy, purpose, and fulfillment. This journal is carefully designed to walk you through the 12-step approach developed over many years of studying Buddhist and yogic philosophy, life coaching strategy and therapeutic techniques. This wisdom is shared in a place that allows you to craft your own story and enhance the trajectory of your life. As you unfold the joyful truth in each step, you will undoubtedly “juice up” your life’s journey. When life is juicy it’s rich, ripe and bubbling over with promise. You realize there’s so much inside of you. It’s more than you knew and more than enough. Your cup overflows with abundance. You discover so much goodness, you can't help but share. You no longer worry about the things you used to. You’re confident about the future. You wake up each day with joy and gratitude. That’s mind-blowing happiness.
speaking about “The Deacon: An Unexpected Life”
We often end up living an "unexpected" life. Yet through it, glimmers of hope, faith, love and peace find their way through.
After being married for forty years and serving the Catholic Church as a deacon for the last five years, leaving the diaconate was the last thing on my mind.
Life was good - wife, home, children, grandchildren, health, retirement and an amazing ministry. Never did I expect to be a suicide survivor. Grieving the loss of my wife was difficult enough, but with suicide, the grieving process was much more intense. Being a deacon in the Catholic Church intensified that process even more.
The Catholic Church made it clear. I could not stay a deacon and pursue another loving relationship that could lead to marriage. I was aware of the rule, but after two years of discernment, I couldn't seem to make a decision. This battle put me into the hospital for open-heart surgery. Finally, with God's help, I made my decision.
Rick, a local reporter, wanted to interview me with regard to my diaconate experience and how I came to that decision. Rick turned out to be more than a reporter. This is my story. Through it, I hope glimmers of hope, faith, love and peace find their way through your clouds as well.
Proceeds go to Suicide Awareness.
speaking about “Old and New”
Three sisters and one enchanted wedding dress.
Jamie vows to never get married.
When a package and a letter from her great-grandmother arrives from Scotland containing an heirloom wedding dress, fate may have other plans. The dress is supposedly enchanted and if her great-grandmother's descendent tries the dress on, her future will be revealed in the mirror.
Curiosity piqued, she tries on the dress. What would it hurt to wear it, after all, this will be her only opportunity? In the reflection, she sees a shadow of a man. Is he her future or just a trick of the light? After telling her sisters what she's done, they devise a plan to see if the handsome lawyer she's been dating could be 'the one'.
Then she meets Caleb. The sexy twin brother, who, with a simple look, sets her heart racing. The only catch: he lives a vagabond life.
Will Jamie turn her back on a once in a lifetime love or is she ready to embrace a different future?
speaking about “On Solid Ground”
While tracking illegal immigrants through hidden passageways on Apache land in Arizona, FBI agent Gage Youngblood, stumbles upon what he believes is a human trafficking operation. Before he can pursue the matter, an unexpected phone call from Qiana Apachito, his former girlfriend, now heading up the local Indian Affairs Office for the Department of Justice, interrupts his endeavor. He soon finds himself grudgingly helping her investigate an unearthed corpse, a
corpse believed to be the body of a man they tried to get rid of years earlier. A secret incident that would be career-ending for them both.
Their quest to identify the human remains and true cause of death leads them to several young girls living in the clutches of a cult leader with sinister plans. While searching for answers they must reexamine their relationship and deal with emotional wounds that have never healed.
Can these ex-lovers, combine their talents and put aside their anger and hurt long enough to bring down the trafficking operation, free the enslaved women and rekindle lost love? Trusting each other may be the only way to defeat the evil they face.
An exciting conclusion to the Grounded Series trilogy!
speaking about “A Thousand Doors ”
In the near future, teleportation has created a revolution: no more cars, no more pollution, no more wars. It is as ubiquitous as smartphones were in the early 2020s. Doctor Henry Becker is the world's leading expert on using the technology to save lives: he is able to remove the tumors by teleporting them out of his patients’ body. He is the strongest proponent of this revolutionary technology, finding new health application every day. But when the police find two John Does, both killed by what appears to be weaponized teleportation, they call Henry to help them understand how the murderer could teleport something inside someone. Henry will have to race against time to solve this murder before his daughter teleports to the moon, and probably to her death.
This sweeping and epic novel, covering 10 years of tremendous changes in society, religion, the economy, and how people interact with one another, is at the same time centered and anchored around a very personal story of a father and his daughter. Francis Barel has created a masterful synthesis of everything we love and fear about technology, often at the same time!
speaking about “A collection of poems: A journey through life”
A Collection of Poems takes us through the power of the human mind, good or bad, and its impact on one's direction and journey through life.
With the help of music, writing, and positive thinking, author Cheryl Williams found hope and purpose in life. Life isn't fair. It is unpredictable, bad things happen to good people, and we never know what tomorrow holds. Cheryl wants her readers to realize that even when faced with insurmountable, hopeless situations, even when life seems dark and uncertain, we should never let go of hope and appreciate the beauty and blessings that life has to offer, making the most of every day, loving, living, laughing, and learning. Seasons change, and there is always a rainbow after the storms of life.
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