Channel 2 — May 23, 2022
Today’s featured interview:
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 “Dare To Do Nothing”
We may think that doing nothing goes against all of the teachings of a life well lived; after all, how can one derive satisfaction from having nothing to do? Well, park your boredom at the door. In her new book, Dare To Do Nothing, Amy Minty offers a counter-argument against any urge to become a workaholic: When you do nothing, you have more time for fun! And shouldn’t that be the point? Minty’s book, published by TriMark Press, covers the various over-achiever traps and walks the reader through all the ways to avoid doing actual things. Minty also recounts events in her own life that expand on her beliefs. Would you like to do nothing at work? Covered. Is it important to at least appear busy? Absolutely. Does doing nothing come down to genetics? Read and find out.
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 Vanquishers of Tyranny: Of Patriots and Priests”
Larger than life, perhaps the greatest patriot that ever breathed, William Wallace gives his life’s blood for Scotland’s freedom. A glorious victory at Stirling Bridge leads to heart-rending defeat at Falkirk and payment of the ultimate sacrifice at the Tower of London. And young, faithful Jamie Maclnnes experiences it all—even to paying a great personal price himself.
Though scarred—like Scotland—Jamie is unconquered. He rallies behind the dynamic Robert the Bruce and follows on the arduous odyssey of defeat, exile and humiliation until it leads finally to glorious victory on the fields of Bannockburn.
700 years later, three adventurous young people follow this spellbinding tale, seeking answers for their own lives and the solution to Scotland’s oldest riddle.
speaking about “Visions, Values, and Corporate Hypocrisy ”
Dr. Kendall E Williams argues that hypocrisy occurs when leaders fail to align their actions with company values, resulting in widespread disillusionment that taints the entire organization. He makes a bold and compelling case for authentic leadership as a legitimate and profitable business incentive, where values are ethically informed and pioneered by diligent leaders. Now more than ever, companies have a duty, and an incentive to reverse the “profits before people” paradigm, focusing instead on a “people first” approach. Visions, Values, and Corporate Hypocrisy calls for greater transparency, accountability, and integrity within the business discourse, starting with leaders whose actions ultimately shape the culture and success of organizations.
speaking about “Tighten The Lug Nuts ”
Each and every day, we face choices.
It’s how we make those choices that determines the kind of leader we can be. In Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership, Rocky Romanella uses his over forty years of experience in supply chain, logistics and transportation, retail, sales and operational management at UPS, and his CEO and Director roles, to explore the ways a true leader can add value as a trusted advisor, mentor, and visionary who uses a process approach to lead the organization and its people to new levels of success.
In an engaging, personal, and witty style, Rocky Romanella details how leaders must make their three major constituents equal priority by actively listening to their needs and building strong relationships. By following the steps Romanella lays out, you can truly learn the importance of Balanced Leadership.
Romanella believes the true measure of a great leader is someone who leaves things a little better than they found them. In Tighten the Lug Nuts, you’ll follow Joe Scafone as he demonstrates the importance of small acts of kindness, the power that comes with understanding your role, and the freedom that accepting responsibility affords. Learn how to tighten the lug nuts in your own life to keep from becoming overwhelmed and to take the steps to becoming a truly balanced and valuable leader.
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 “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 “Backlash”
Jacqueline James, 38 and single, loves her work as Vice President of Axiom Oil Incorporated, which her grandfather founded. She worked her way up through the ranks of the Houston-based company and has traveled extensively, getting to know the company’s far-flung installations and employees. She is devastated when, during a visit to the Gulf Pride drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana, news comes that her CEO father has died unexpectedly. Although the company is now a public corporation rather than a family business, she is elected the new CEO by a narrow margin. During her first week as CEO, a group of eco-terrorists led by Paul Stoddard bombs the Gulf Pride, causing the death of an employee. The FBI begins an investigation into the attack. The news media reports the attack as an industrial accident with the potential of causing an oil spill. Led by Senators influenced by lobbyist money from environmental groups, Congress reacts by passing a punishing $2.00 per gallon gasoline tax, which is structured to prevent the oil companies from passing all the tax on to the consumer. When Axiom financial managers show Jackie that the company can’t make a profit as long as the tax in place, she hatches a daring plan to fight back, calling for the company to stop selling gasoline and diesel fuel for three months. In the media attention that follows, Jackie becomes everything from feminist icon for breaking through the “glass ceiling” to evil corporate tycoon for hoarding gasoline. In concentrating on her career, she has neglected her personal life, but meets Patrick Garrity, a reporter for the Washington Herald. Their friendship grows into caring and promises to become more. Meanwhile, the tax causes shortages, not just of gasoline, but all commodities that are delivered on trucks, since diesel fuel is included in the punitive tax. Some blame Congress’ gas tax, others blame Jackie and the Axiom moratorium. An Axiom station is firebombed and an employee killed. There are riots and looting in various places across the country. Jackie’s company, career and ultimately her life are threatened. The Teamsters Union drivers attempt to stage a strike, but their meeting ends in a brawl. The company’s stock price nosedives and stockholders mount a class-action suit to force an end to the moratorium. When the suit fails, the chairman of the board calls a meeting of the stockholders to unseat Jackie. There is a move in Congress to nationalize the oil industry. All over America, people are suffering due to the general downturn in the economy. In the end she repents of her stubbornness and relies on her faith in God to see her through the trials. Meanwhile, Stoddard, the leader of the eco-terrorism cell, becomes fixated on Jackie and begins stalking her. When the FBI closes in, he escapes and tries to kidnap her. By her wits she overcomes him and he is arrested. Others implicated include the Senator and the lobbyist. The moratorium ends and Patrick is with Jackie when the National election results appear to portend a repeal of the tax and a return to normalcy.
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 “With Worn Out Tools: Navigating the Rituals of Midlife”
With Worn-Out Tools is the story of a fiftyish black call center executive who, at the height of his career, in one year is struck down with a series of serious health issues, a career transition, and a shift in family dynamics. Take his journey with him as he navigates through these midlife rites of passage that challenges his resolve, strains his resources, and reconfigures his paradigm. You will root for him, laugh with him, and cry with him as he works his way through his path which may be much like your path.
speaking about “Ardennia: The Unlikely Story of Cinderella's Prince”
A Cinderella story like no other, Ardennia: The Story of Cinderella's Prince is a young adult historical fantasy that captures the magic, brutality and earthiness of the medieval age. This first book in a series chronicles the many adventures of Cinderella’s prince as he experiences his first joust, undergoes his baptism of fire in the Battle of Paris, is charmed by Cinderella at a masquerade ball, and sets off on a quest to find her after she flees the ball at the midnight hour.
The quest takes him and his folksy mentor, Sir Guy, through strange lands supposedly inhabited by ogres, pixies, hobgoblins, man-eating plants and giants; and peopled by an extraordinary and motley cast of characters that include an epileptic bard, a bean counter who wagers his gold tooth in a dice game, a merchant who can never be too prosperous, a little girl who has a running feud with three bears, pilgrims that argue over who is the most pious and a beggar who has been cursed with leprosy for committing all the cardinal sins. Be on the look-out for a bit of Chaucer-like satire in this adapted fairy tale.
Seven reasons to read Ardennia: The Unlikely Story of Cinderella's Prince
7. Robinette the Hood's cameo
6. The buffoon's gambit
5. The ironic ending
4. The love affair between Cinderella's stepmother and the hunchback
3. Sir Guy’s story of the elf and the troll
2. Queen Bernadette’s sagacity
1. Prince Henry's tete-a-tetes with the 14 ladies who attended the ball