Thursday, June 30, 2011

GREAT READING

Happy day,
Someone has written these beautiful words, which reached me. I suggest you too read and try to understand
the deep meaning of it.


They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all the time.


1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.


2] So why a Car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the Rear view Mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.


4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.


5] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!


6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!


7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems, HE has faith in your abilities.


8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"


9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.


10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.


If you really enjoy this, please pass to others. It may brighten someone's day... and enjoy the rest of the day.






James Oh





Sunday, June 5, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR – C.L . Ragsdale


It is a great pleasure to have C.L. Ragsdale review today. A very warm welcome, C.L. and thanks C.L. for giving us the chance to get to know you more and also for allowing us a glimpse of the world that you have created inside your writing. Thank you very much. Let her walk through her profile and book, as appended below, before we kick off the Q + A session.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - C.L. Ragsdale

C.L. Ragsdale has always loved to read, which lead to her love of a writing.  This is a fact her family can confirm as she has driven them crazy over the years with her story ideas.  Except for her Father, the only one who had more stories than her.  However, it was not until recently that she got serious about the work of writing, and getting the confidence to actually post her works as e-books.   Her philosophy of writing is simple, brief, character driver and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an entertaining way.

C.L. Ragsdale is the author of the books below.

AVAILABLE ON KINDLE NOW!

1. The Mystery of Hurtleberry House (The Reboot Files #1)

2. The Island of Living Trees (The Reboot Files #2)

Q & A portion:

James: When did you begin to write?

CL : I started writing in my teenage years, which was an outgrowth of my love of reading.  But also being lazy, I would come up with a concept, write various scenes, and then give up because it just seemed that writing was such hard work.  Then one day, I sat down and put the full story together and found out I was right.  Writing is hard work, but I love it which makes it much easier to deal with.

James : What make you to think of publishing a book to share with others and at the same time encourage others to share their faiths? So far what is your worst criticism/attacks, and how you overcome it?

CL: Well I really don't think it was my idea.  The Holy Spirit just kept bugging me.  Being a Christian I decided I should listen and started getting serious about writing. I began to see it as my ministry and made it my goal to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in an entertaining way.  Jesus commanded His followers to share the Gospel, but He also created us to have different talents to get it done.  Some are gifted as mighty speakers, some do wonderful good works and others write fiction stories.  There’s no size fits all in sharing Gospel, you just have to ask God to show you what He created you to do.

My worst criticism came when I completed my first (unpublished) novel which is not part of The Reboot Files Series.  Someone proofed it for me and gave me some scathing criticism about how bad the book was and that maybe writing was not my calling.  The person was right in the critical points, but it shook my certainty that this was what the Lord had called me to do.  Finally, after much prayer, and I admit a few tears, I revisited the novel and did a rewrite keeping the critical points the person had made in mind.  It did help the story, but also convinced me to change from the novel to the novella length which is how I structured The Reboot Files because I just seem to write "short" better.

James: How you come up with title of your books?

CL: I came up with The Reboot Files for the series name because that is what is happening to my main characters Irene Waters and Troy Stenson.  Their lives are literally being rebooted by God in a totally different direction than they were planning.

The first book I knew I wanted to give the supposed haunted house a name. After considering and discarding several ideas I settled on a berry name of some sort, but I didn't want it to sound like a child's dollhouse.  I liked Huckleberry but it reminded me of a cartoon character, again too cutesy.  So I got out a Thesaurus and found the Old English word of Whortleberry, but Whortleberry House didn't sound right.  Then I found the alternate word of Hurtleberry which I thought sounded good with House.  Since this is a mystery series I called it the Mystery of Hurtleberry House.

The Island of Living Trees is homage to my sister who loves the cheesy horror films that we used to watch on the TV afternoon matinee shows when we were kids.  There is a particularly bad one were the premise involves a guy being killed and coming back as a murderous tree to take his revenge on those who wronged him.  Believe it or not, it’s worse than it sounds.  Now my book has little to do with this movie, really I promise, but the walking tree thing gave me the idea of having a legend of trees walking around an island and turning people into trees. So it became The Island of Living Trees.

James: Can you enlighten us a little more about your books?

CL:  It all involves the turn in the fortunes of Irene Waters, a once up and coming Christian television reporter who got involved in a scandal with a married man.  Although how she got involved she has no idea as she barely knew the man.  This bogus scandal is threatening to ruin her life and career, and has all left her questioning her trust in God.  Her employment options being limited she ends up at Reboot, a television station that can only kindly be described as slightly above cable access.  She’s teamed with Troy Stenson a talented but reckless cameraman with credibility issues of his own.  They are assigned to a cheesy paranormal investigation show called Irene’s Eerie Adventures.  Each book will involve a different mystery with a bit of urban legend thrown in.  Irene will strengthen her relationship with God and discover that He had a plan all along, although convincing Troy is going to be a bit of work.  More humor and fun than chills and thrills.

James: Is there anything else you would like your readers to pay special attention in regards to your book, which you have not mentioned above?

CL: Although Irene and Troy’s adventures are the main focus, there is also the subplot involving The Records Department.  This shadowy organization may, or may not, be up to no good.  They will not appear in every book in the series, but their manipulations will  be felt. Also keep your eye on Bernie Youngman, Reboot's owner as there is definitely more to him than meets the eye.

James: When do you plan to publish your book 2, if applicable.

CL: Book number 3 is called The Harbinger of Retribution (great title huh?).  It continues the series with Irene and Troy getting involved in a cursed statue story.  I'll be bringing it out in November of 2011.

James : How many volume of books for the above series ?

CL: Well I mapped it out to be seven books, but then I came up with more ideas. Right now I have ten in mind, but that could change.  Don't worry, remember they're short books.

James: Tell us your guided principle that governs your life? How you cultivate these values?

CL: Definitely the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Living my life the way He intended and believing in the salvation His Son died to give me.  I read the Bible often, go to a Bible teaching church and listen to the smartest person God put in my life, my mother.

James: Is there any other advice which you like to share with our readers?

CL:  Talk to God, find out what He has planned for your life, and do it.  It’s so much easier that way.

Thank again CL for joining us today. Let us wish her a fulfilling day.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR - ALEJA BENNETT


It is a great pleasure to have ALEJA BENNETT today. A very warm welcome, ALEJA and thanks ALEJA for giving us the chance to get to know you more and also for allowing us a glimpse of the world that you have created inside your writing. Thank you very much. Let her walk through her profile and book, as appended below, before we kick off the Q + A session.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - ALEJA BENNETT

Aleja Bennett was adopted in the early seventies after being abandoned and left in an apartment alone with her older siblings. The Author was only six months old and suffered with pnuemonia  shortly after that.

Aleja Bennett was adopted at the age of two years by a woman who was barren. The couple abused, starved, tortured, rejected and neglected Aleja until they threw her to the cold streets at the age of nineteen. 

Aleja would not have an abortion as her adopted parent's suggested so she was tossed out to the lonely cold dark streets with no money, clothes, coat or food. 

She gave birth to Jessica June 30th 1992 and married in 1994 to a drug addict who stole and robbed her soul just as her adopted parents did. She looked for love in all the wrong places while alcohol absorbed all of the pain she kept a secret.

Aleja did seek help from the grandmother Of Jessica and she then manipulated and kept Jessica away from her mother after all Aleja had was her children.

The other two children are with a drug addict Aunt which is the ex husbands sister. Aleja has one in her life and Jessica has two books while her mother Aleja Bennett has eight in total.

They both write to share their pain, strength, struggle and hope to the nation.



ALEJA BENNETT the author of the books below.
AVAILABLE ON KINDLE NOW! 


1 All I Can Do Is Stand http://createspace.com/3500731

2 All I Can Do Is Stand Part Two http://createspace.com/3533557

3 Passions Desires Of Aleja The Poet http://createspace.com/3499181

4 Seasons With And Without Love http://createspace.com/3503471

5 Poems From The Heart Mind Body And Soul http://createspace.com/3499084

6 Thoughts Deeply Rooted Within Me http://createspace.com/3513834



Q & A portion: 

James: Perhaps you may share with us your feeling when you first meet up your daughter at your first reunion.

Aleja : I was very excited, happy and over joyed and had already cried on the long bus ride to her college in Wisconsin.


James: When did you begin to write?


Aleja : At the age of 25 while walking into my first A.A. meeting they gave me a key chain and it printed the words being alive which was my very first poem written


James : What make you to think of publishing a book to share with others ? So far what is your worst criticism/ attacks and how you overcome it.


Aleja: Over coming and surviving being an unwanted adopted child. Having the courage to remain standing through all the turmoil living with this strange family. No criticism attacks yet so I guess that is a plus for me.  


James: Where do you get the courage to do so?


Aleja: Only God because the flesh is so weak and wanted to give up so many times but he kept whispering Aleja I love you and you will rise above this abuse and help others with your writing and singing.


James: Can you enlighten us a little more about your books?


Aleja: I have eight books in total and they are a variety of poetry, love, strength, self help, spirituality, romance, passion, struggle, triumph, courage, bravery, empowerment, recovery and all that life may throw our way. I have written books that go in to my abuse and how I have survived it. It took a strong will to live, forgive, love and be loved.




James: Is there anything else you would like your readers to pay special attention in regards to your book, which you have not mentioned above?


Aleja: My books are suitable for all ages except some of the love poems that would be more appropriate for older adults, couples and married partners. I write to heal a hurting nation from all the chaos that goes on from childhood. A child is suppose to be taken care of but often they are abused and take off living a life that can be harmful to them. My books can put a stop to the hopeless, powerless, addict, alcoholic and the depressed.




James: When do you plan to publish your book 2.




Aleja: All 8 books are published




James : How many volume of books for the above series, if applicable ?


Aleja: 2 series for All I Can Do Is Stand and the other six are inspirational poems

James: Tell us your guided principle that governs your life? How you cultivate these values?

Aleja: God governs my life because without him there would be no Aleja, love, forgiveness and healing also governs my life. I cultivate them in my books, groups, singing and also to my daughter

James: Any other advice which you like to share with our readers ?

Aleja: June 24th 5:30-6pm I will be on blog talk radio show and I love to interact with people even though I'm busy at times. I have groups on Face Book and a fan page soon a toll free number to reach out and talk to me live. God bless you all, I love you and God does too.


Thank again Aleja Bennett for joining us today. Let us wish her a Success.



James Oh

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Author Aleja Bennett
http://gospelwithaleja.blogspot.com
http://stopabusewithaleja.blogspot.com
http://bestbooks2read.blogspot.com
http://alejabennett.blogspot.com
http://moneyfor2011.blogspot.com

Friday, June 3, 2011

TIME TO REFLECT


TIME TO REFLECT



Very happy day to you,


Technology makes life much better, if we use it appropriately. It makes sending Ecard just at a click of your finger. How you usually response if you receive Ecard from someone from far distance? Tell us your immediate reaction. As you know, I always love to hear from you.


My immediate response is to see who send me the greeting/card. Then, I will read its message. I will find its meaning and remember and apply it in my life so that I can understand what it is truly means. Here, you may see how Confucius have a great impact in my life. One of his famous sayings, I see I forget, I read I forget, I do I understand. Thereafter I always put it into practice. To me, it will then add value so that I can truly benefit from it.


Some of you may wonder why I keep on trying all the above. This is because lately I received the above meaningful and lovely Ecard, from one of my social network buddy friends who is from a distant land. I must say that I love this card very much and replied him with a Big thanks. It serves as a healthy reminder to me and it is also part of my habit to constantly take time to reflect. To me, reviewing is an healthy exercise for me to plan forward. If not, how can I learn although some of you may have different ways of learning. Hope you can open up and share with us here by putting forward your feedback on the comments provided below.


Besides thanking him, I also promised him a short reply. After giving it a deep thought, it gives me an idea to write a post. Below I will try to share with you why I do so, that's how I make constructive assessment, how I plan to take it further and what changes I need to make, what strategy I need to use and how to make use of the available resources to optimise my yield. Caution must be taken so that you don't let the past hold you back and let yourself sink in the bitterness. Here, I also love to learn how you make good use of it. Thank you.


As you know, I used to share some of my experienece which may help someone, who like me live in the darkest moments, but was saved from the books I read and the people I associated with. And now, I think it is appropriate for me to the same, as a way to return back those benefits I have been receiving all this while.

One important point I need to stress here is that I find this technique extremely useful and wanted you to see its relevance in our life. I must admit that I benefited from a lot from it and it has helped me achieve what I am today.


-why I say so


Some of you may wonder why I say so. Those who know my background will know that I was living in a life full of scarcity. This environment has helped to mould me to seek better ways and means to improve it further. As such, I view this process of time to reflect extremely important to me and I have been benefiting from it so much. That's the reason I am still occasionally occupied with it until today. As my life goes on, I discovered that I have so many interests and dreams to accomplish. I never wanted to let go of any of them and decided to take it one at a time. One thing I noted that I am very blessed with and always have the energy to sustain and maintain my strong desire to excel in the field I am involved. This is the way that has helped me to be more observant and lead me to discover additional technique from time to time that is required to build the edge I need to make more meaningful things happened in my life. Thank God for making me enjoy the walk of my journey to take up the new challenges.


- that's how I make constructive assessment (Benchmarking)


And I also realized that success is a journey and I need to do an assessment of my achievement constantly. This is to ensure that my monitoring of my progress and ensure that it is on the right track and progress toward my desired end. As far as I am concern, I am more inclined to be achievement base. I tend to compare what I can do now compared to myself previously in all aspects, be it financial, skill, expertise and spiritual resources. I hate to compare myself to others, which I feel is an insult to myself if I were to do so. This healthy comparison save me time and prevents me from indulging into other unhealthy activities.


- how I plan to take it further


From the feedback of my above assessment, I will then plan out my next course of action. This process will continue until I achieved my desired result before I take up my other dream and interest. Please share with me how you cope up with your challenges and I love to learn from you too. From time to time, I will continue to make such an assessment, when I deem fit. At times, I even make some changes, if appropriate when it fits well to that situation. Here, I can say that I have a plan, which allows some flexibility.


- what strategy I need to use


At times, I am not only make some changes, but I also change my existing strategy, when I deemed it appropriate. One crucial point I need to caution you is that no strategy will be obsolete, but the question is whether it applies at the right timing or not. If you don't agree, please do voice out your rationales. A good strategy is when it bears fruit and it is so much better when you apply it at the right time and circumstances. To gauge the right timing, you need the appropriate resources to do so and not based on luck. In this connection, I hope you do know what I mean here. Please forward your question if you have any query.


- how to make full use of the available resources to optimise my yield.


And last, but not least I will then think of accelerating its process to obtain its maximum benefit. From my past experience, I noticed that in order for me to do so, I need to leverage on others. In short, you can see the contrasting differences between a pipe builder and a bucket carrier. In this context, I would like to say I normally use the strength of others to compliment my weakness so as to achieve more for all of us that involved in that process ( mutual benefits). In this aspect, there are four main areas that we can focus into, namely resources in term of time and energy, ideas, contacts, and expertise. No one will have all and never forget that each of us is unique in its own way. You have your talents, skills, expertise where no other people will be exactly the same as you. Every one of us can excel in our own fields according to our original design that we need to know of. Believe me or not - if we pool all our resources, the success rate is definitely very high and can be assured if we don't give up. The more we will get and this is the original design the Creator has created for us in the first place. There is a saying nothing is impossible if we work together.


I share with you, with the intention to deliver my message, TO INSPIRE AND GET INSPIRED, so as to fan up our desire or inner energy for me to accomplish more, so as to lift all of us up. As our commitment to you is to reward you and to make a better life you need to put all these into practice. Never give up and try to condition yourself by continuously staying tuned, even if you have made it. I do encourage you to do so, so as to fan up your inner flame to be a difference maker and continuously have an extra edge to make a better world for everyone to stay.


I do understand that there are so many routes to success. In this connection, I would always love to hear your success story and please email me if you have such an inspiring story. Thank you.


Here, I wanted to let you know that I never regret for putting up several blogs to share what I have learnt from those who sacrificed to save us. As you know, to keep it for myself is definitely not my style and I dare to share it openly, mainly attributed to so many great persons who have some how made significant impacts on my life, which I thank them greatly for. Otherwise, I can't imagine how my life will be ended with.


Again, I must admit that through sharing of all my experiences, it does flame up my inner desire to inspire others so as to inspire myself at the same time. As I recalled, I have been sharing online and offline constantly to highlight those who have scarified to keep us safe not only to reflect my appreciation of them, but also serve as a model for me to do so, in a way that their efforts are not in vain. To show our care, we should also give our support to them in whatsoever way we could by spreading the good works of them. By doing so, we could give some of us inspiration, hope and courage to make ourselves better, stronger, healthier, bigger, softer and stay alive so as to prepare ourselves for a greater challenge in life.

Thanks for your precious time to read this article and hope to seeing you again and again.




James Oh







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