Book Feature: Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol Can Fame, Wealth, and Power Buy Happiness?

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About the Book Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol Can Fame, Wealth, and Power Buy Happiness?

Everett Lester and his band, DeathStroke, ride the crest of a wave to superstardom. But the deeper they become immersed in fame, wealth, and power, the more likely they are to be swallowed alive by the drugs, alcohol, and discontentment that have become their only friends. Everett is headed down a perilous road of no apparent return when he’s charged with the murder of his personal psychic. The only hope he can cling to comes from Topeka, Kansas, and the letters written by a prayerful young lady who lives there. Consistent and persistent, the notes cut straight to Everett ’s empty heart, offering a fulfillment he’s never grasped before. But what if he’s found guilty of murder? Will he recognize the spiritual battle that’s raging for his soul?

About the Author
Talented storyteller Creston Mapes graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1983 with a BA in magazine journalism. Since then, he has written for major corporations, colleges, and ministries. He has written for Coca-Cola, TNT Sports, Focus on the Family, Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, and The Urban Alternative. His stories have been featured in magazines including Private Colleges and Universities, In Touch, Leaders for Today, and The Hockey News. Creston makes his home in Georgia.

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Book Feature: Catherine: Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch

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About the Book: Catherine: Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch…

“You look astonishingly pretty,” admits Johanna when Sophia steps out of her bedroom dressed in Ulrika’s magnificent gown. Sophia is stunned, halting in mid-step. This is rare praise from her cold mother, so she must, indeed, look very good. At Frederick’s side during the elaborate court dinner, Sophia shines and sparkles with youth and wit. The monarch is very pleased with his choice. Indeed, he is so enamored with the girl that he opens his purse to outfit mother and daughter, both woefully deficient in material matters appropriate for court life.

So begins the transformation of Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst into Catherine the Great of Russia. The personal and professional triumphs and tribulations of this remarkable woman are retold by Sigrid Weidenweber, whose research into the life of Catherine reveals a new perspective on Catherine, from the inside out. Sigrid portrays with heartfeld understanding what it was like to have been such a major European political and military, social and cultural figure during the eighteenth century.

About Sigrid Weidenweber: Born in Germany in 1941, Sigrid Weidenwber remembers the horrific aftermath of fascism. At the end of the war, she found herself living under communism. After the Berlin Wall was built, she managed to escape the repressive environment with the help of friends and a French passport. To this day she does not speak French.

She holds degrees in medical technology, psychology and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia University of Portland, Oregon for her trilogy “The Volga Flows Forever.” In her trilogy she brings to life Catherine the Great in her multiple roles as monarch, woman, lover, mother, grandmother and head of the general staff of the army, in Volume one. The following two historical volumes deal with the Volga Germans brought to Russia by Catherine’s edict.

Three years ago she moved to Santa Rosa Valley, California from Portland Oregon. She has passionately embraced California together with her family that also resides here.

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Eliminate, Reuse, And Recycle At The Checkout

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It is a common question that has been neglected over the years. When you buy groceries store, your clerk is supposed to ask you, “paper bags or plastic?” Then you are supposed to respond with your preference of bag. More recently companies have neglected to pay attention to paper sacks versus plastic either for economical reasons or simply because it is easier to assume that you want to carryout bags with handles. Now, you have to specify if you would like to have paper bags. Grocery stores have neglected to recognize that paper bags are much easier to recycle which ultimately helps the environment and would reduce the use of plastic bags that take longer to recycle either way.

Paper bags are a lot like other paper goods like newspapers that are broken down and recycled on a daily basis. Paper is much more versatile and takes less man power to break down and make into products. Plastic has to go through a melting process that takes more time to reduce into different plastic products. There are several ups and downs to choosing the different types of carrying bags but you, as the buyer, must decide which your favorite to use is.

There is another type of recycling that most Americans take advantage of after they leave the grocery store. Instead of giving the recyclable bags to someone, they use them for other purpose. For example plastic bags can be used for picking up animal droppings, carrying wet clothing, a temporary lunch box, carrying shoes or anything for that matter, or anything else that you can come up with. Some stores even ask you to return all of your bags back for their very own recycling program. Paper carrying bags can be used for multiple things. They can be used for drawing on, book covers, or even as temporary trash bags for waste or for foodsscraps in the kitchen that can go towards compost.

Not everyone is interested in doing their part to recycle in their community but you can make a big difference just by including yourself in recycling activities. Recycling is a wonderful thing to involve your kids in as well. They can learn the benefit of reusing things at a young age and learning that recycling helps the earth function. It is hard to teach kids at a young age, but even most adults do not know that our planet needs assistance and that if we continue to deplete our resources, Earth will not last forever.

Recycling is very crucial and through our homes, schools, and grocery stores, we can all make a big difference and change the way we think about things before we reuse them or throw them away. Our landfills are getting full and our pockets are getting tighter. It is time to learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle to make our world a much more beneficial place to live. By learning from a little age and continuing what has been learned we can all make a large difference.