Channel 6 — January 20, 2022

The Long Tale of Tears and Smiles chronicles an oncologist's journey as an immigrant: from Damascus to ‎Aleppo to St Louis to New Orleans to NJ, and then NY; from a medical student to a trainee to a ‎practitioner caring for cancer patients and their families and watching the field of oncology ‎evolves throughout the years. ‎ The tale interweaves the author's life stories with the stories of the patients she cared for. It reflects on ‎how bearing witness to their survival or death inspired her life and changed it and how their ‎anguish touched so closely on her own as she grieved the death of loved ones and watched the ‎devastation of destruction and loss caused by the civil war in Syria.

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Vito Altavilla speaking about “It Began In Brooklyn”

Joey has a fork stuck in his side! I'll never use that pail and shovel ever again. I didn't know an ashtray could hold so much... What do you mean she doesn't have a penis? The great meatball Controversy of 1952, courtesy of 'Fat Mama' An industrial research chemist who participated in several technological breakthroughs and has a number of national and international patents in concert with his business partner to his credit has a much lighter side to his life. During the course of his life time he was often the cause or in the middle of a number of humorous and unique events that he focused this book on. I am sure that the reader will often smile and sometimes laugh out loud at his very original and unique stories. When was the last time you read a book that made you laugh or at the very least smile? This book will definitely do that. Read and enjoy.

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D. Terrence Foster, MD speaking about “THE STRESS BOOK: Forty-Plus Ways to Manage Stress & Enjoy Your Life”

Are you experiencing so much stress in your life that it is so overwhelming that you feel your life is over? Or are you trying desperately to avoid that condition? Well, look no further!
This book takes a comprehensive approach to stress management and how modifying your lifestyle and taking practical steps can significantly reduce the level of stress you are experiencing. More than forty approaches to stress reduction management and prevention are covered in this book, giving you an in-depth framework applicable to most lives and circumstances.
For example, it helps people struggling with self-destructive behavior, stressful job, having difficulty intentionally making decisions, struggling with toxic relationships, and many other challenging situations.
You will also be introduced to a "new relationship mental disorder called Abstract Kidnapping Disorder – A.K.D."
This book also provides you with many opportunities to simplify the management of stress by using the acronym S.T.R.E.S.S. and incorporating any of the forty-plus actions included. In addition, you are provided with practical ideas, solutions, or options that, when applied, are likely to result in the reduction or prevention of your stress. This book is intended to significantly improve people's lives at any level of society who may be experiencing stress in their personal, business, or professional lives. I trust that it will make a difference in yours.
Thank you for taking the journey to improve stress in your life and for reading this book.

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Evelyn M. Leite speaking about “Just Fine Thank You”

Born in South Dakota at a time when America was reeling from a dust bowl, depression and a second world war, Evelyn Jones Leite lived with Mamma, Edith Jones, a socialite who marries her Daddy, a broke but charming southerner, Lon Jones.

Unbeknown to her the Daddy she adores drinks a little too much, And his Jekyll and Hyde behavior breaks her heart often.

At the age of 5, she moves from a log cabin on a hilltop deep in the woods where she hears mountain lions, to a small town where she lives by a Morgue and encounters her first sexual pervert there.

The second world war has a huge impact on her family as they experience blackouts, poverty and rations.

An often bedridden Mama, is a special challenge that forces Evelyn to help tend her younger brothers. She completely adores her older brother Ted even though he is often mean, she begs for attention in both subtle and overt ways.

When she is 6 years old her Daddy gives away her precious dog and moves his family to a farm on orders from her mother’s wealthy father.

On the farm, she experiences, neglect, a pedophiliac hired man, mind rape and, yet-there are big family happy times when relatives swarm the farm and bring mountains of food.

Evelyn Leite’s true story of growing up in a turbulent family during the 40s and 50s compellingly captures the reader who is captivated by feeling the gamut of confusion and despair, sorrow and tears, then unexplainable hope and optimism.

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Andrea Wilson Woods speaking about “Better Off Bald: A life in 147 days”

Adrienne Wilson is a depressed, suicidal teenager—until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV liver cancer. Facing the fight of her life, Adrienne discovers how much she wants to live. In Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, Andrea Wilson Woods chronicles her sister’s remarkable life from the time she was born to the day she dies at age fifteen. Written like a journal, Andrea takes the reader inside her and Adrienne’s journey explaining how she gained custody of Adrienne from their mother and how the sisters’ relationship evolved over time. Adrienne’s courageous spirit shines through as she squeezes more life into 147 days than most people do in a lifetime. From meeting Jay Leno to spending the day with Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Adrienne makes every moment count. As she lay dying, Adrienne teaches Andrea how to live. 

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Wanda Adams Fischer speaking about “2019-Top Female Author - Empty Seats”

They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they’d be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.

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Bill Humbert speaking about “Employee 5.0: Secrets Of A Successful Job Search In The New World Order”

In the 21st Century, the job search is always on. Jobs no longer last a lifetime, or even much longer than a few years for some. At the first sign of economic trouble, corporations drop workers like a damsel in distress in hopes of keeping their stockholders happy. The news gets better, hires begin, and the cycle repeats over and over. In this talent attraction book you can fine tune the best tool set to find your next job.  Break the vicious circle and take your career back with the techniques of Employee 5.0. The savvy modern worker who takes their job into their own hands rather than waiting for a corporation to value—or devalue—their worth.

Veteran recruiter Bill Humbert has devised a simple 12-step system that, if followed, will translate into a job offer—or offers—in 90 days. He’ll take the job seeker through the immediate days after a layoff to negotiating their next salary for their newest job. All the while, he teaches how to think about employment in the 21st Century, where everyone needs to be working on their next job because, if they don’t, no one else will. Join the Employee 5.0 team and start building your career for you. It’s time.

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Laura Moss White speaking about “Mrs. White's Sub Snips”

These humorous substitute teaching real life experiences show fun snapshots or 'snips' into the world in which all who sub, used to sub, or has had a sub can relate to. These cartoons illustrate 15 years of subbing grades K-12. All school teachers and administrators will be able to identify with this book. Have any of these situations happened to you? You've got to read it to believe it! This is a coloring book; color with colored pencils for hours of fun.

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Craig Matthews speaking about “Immigrant Patriot”

One family's struggle for freedom and faith in a world gone mad.

The call of freedom has propelled millions of immigrants to journey thousands of miles from all corners of the globe to come to America over the last four hundred years.

This story details the incredible cost that some are willing to pay to drink from freedom's fountain.

My grandfather crossed the Atlantic Ocean seven times to come to America. He fought in a global war, and nearly died in combat in the French countryside, wearing the uniform of an American.

My grandmother, at nine years old, came to the States with her family and within three weeks of arrival her father was dead. Her mother was pressured to remarry by the leader of their secretive church. Grandma married seven years later, at sixteen, to escape her abusive stepfather, only to walk into another devastating tragedy.

Shortly thereafter the worldwide pandemic broke out and life got even more challenging.

This is their unbelievable tale.  In the end, instead of becoming bitter, the epic struggles transformed both of them from isolated Immigrants, to genuine Patriots. The freedom and faith they fought for, changed them and through the hardship came the blessing. Those precious gifts were passed down to me and now I want to share them with you.

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Daniel L. Smith speaking about “1845-1870: An Untold Story of Northern California”

1845-1870 An Untold Story of Northern California is a revisionist historical non-fiction narrative of the American settling of Northern California, and their difficult experiences with local native conflicts that arose. These hostility's have been eyeballed and extensively written about through the eyes of the indigenous locals. Modern knowledge on the true experiences of the pioneers settling of this specific area of 19th century Northern California, today, is seemingly swept under the rug. This literature serves as a window for the reader to understand the mindsets and culture of the American settlers as they homesteaded the Northern California region from 1845 to 1870. This literature includes massive amounts of information regarding unheard-of regional hostilities and depredations against the American settlers during this time-frame. 1845-1870 An Untold Story of Northern California also exposes and ties-in certain cultural. religious, and legal functions that solidified the history of what truly happened during Northern California's unstable history! A must-have for students, teachers, and history enthusiasts!

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Jane Risdon speaking about “Only One Woman”

Two women, one love story. June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away. December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it. As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

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Patrick J. Kenny speaking about “TAKING THE CAPE OFF: How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss”

A Personal Guide on How to Lead through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief, and Loss

Taking the Cape Off shares Fire Chief Pat Kenny's journey to overcome his perceived failure as a leader in his most cherished duty, that of being a protector. His "Cape" failed to protect his 20-year-old son Sean from dying by suicide after a lifelong battle with mental illness. His anguish was complicated by his role as the leader of a fire department.

This is not a story of darkness but rather one of hope as he reveals the path he took to move forward with his life and return to a leadership role. In this book, he will share:

  • How you as a leader can address the stigma attached to mental illness in the workplace, at home, or with friends, utilizing professional resources and relying on your faith.
  • How you can develop the leadership communication skills necessary to help you both personally and professionally when faced with any health crisis.
  • How to foster a continuing, loving relationship with your deceased loved one's memory by acknowledging the signs you receive from the hereafter.

This comprehensive handbook is for leaders in any profession, for grief-stricken parents, and for anyone who struggles with the stigma of mental health. You will receive insight and guidance from the author’s personal experiences to help you understand and embrace the limitations of your leadership—your Cape—so that you can serve those suffering from mental illness, enhance your leadership, and enrich your life.

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