Thursday, July 26, 2012

Introducing...Lilian Gardner

Meet Lilian Gardner--a brand new author discusses her unique perspective on happiness and her recently released short story, Freakout!


I believe happiness is first and foremost a skill. Sure, some people are blessed with a positive life while others seem to be damned, but if you think about it, everyone has had moments of happiness. Now, the skill is to be able to recall those moments and understand that they are real, they did happen to you and they are part of your life as much as the negative moments are. People have a tendency to only remember negative things, failures instead of achievements, and to a degree that's just how our brain is wired, but just take 10 minutes every night to recall all the positive moments, the happy times, the things you have done and achieved, and I think happiness can be a little closer.

I'm Lilian and I've launched a short story on kindle. This is my first time on kindle and publishing in general. I'll be launching a novel as well. My stories are a mix of fantasy romance, thriller and paranormal. . 




About Freakout:

"The ordinary life of the Scott family tips off balance when a big, black bird flies into the garden and repeats that it is 'Abe. The too-curious family cat, Joshua, will be its first victim. From this moment on, Abe will be an elusive, overshadowing presence in their life; but who, or what, is really Abe? This is an engaging story that rapidly builds up to reveal a twisted character and an ‘unguessable’ finale."

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Monday, July 23, 2012

A Twist in the Conversation

Good morning all! Yes, I'm up early. Since I can't go back to sleep, I'm watching one of my favs--Criminal Minds.  I heard the following quote on one episode, and I really want your input on this one:


No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. 
~ Christian Nevell Bovee


Now you see the twist in our little happiness conversation here? I can truly say that my posts and those of my guests (thanks again) were written with honesty and sincerity. An honesty and sincerity that could only come from being present and examining our realities. However, Mr. Bovee wants us to believe that delusions are necessary to our happiness as well. Hmm...interesting.

What are your thoughts? I'll continue contemplating as well...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Introducing...Tracy Kauffman



Meet Tracy Kauffman, a Christian Fiction author who enjoys writing books for children and young adults, but she shares a little poetry with us as well.


Contentment brings to us happiness. I am a Christian author and I have learned that only contentment brings to us complete happiness. "For I have learned in whatsoever state that I am in, to be content", Philippians 4:11. The meaning of content is to be in a state of happiness or satisfaction. To be content is to accept your life as adequate, not wanting something more. It means to have your heart full. Not seeking after the desires of the world, such as riches. When you have contentment, you have peace. You don't worry about things that others are worrying about. You are seeking after things above, such as God and his acceptance, not the world's thoughts of acceptance. "When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him", Proverbs 16:7. God wants us to seek after him and his righteousness and he says, "That all things will be added to you." He will give you your hearts desires and therefore you will be content in your life, and be happy. Rejoice, for God has given you life that you may enjoy all things.


Contentment is Great Gain
by Tracy Kauffman


Contentment is great gain,

When happiness is present.

No sorrow, crying or pain,

Just joy, pleasure and peace.

It comes from doing God's will,

Not seeking after fame.

Satisfaction is what you feel,

Deep inside your heart.

Nothing is a greater reward,

Than having contentment,

And living in one accord,

With others that are around.

Happiness is what you feel each day,

No worries for tomorrow,

For God hears us when we pray,

Taking care of our needs today.


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Saturday, July 7, 2012

The New Remembrance: Update from the Poet's Path

The New Remembrance: Update from the Poet's Path: My guest this week is poet Trinka Polite. Her debut book of poems "After the Sixth Day" has been released and is lightin...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Introducing...Anthony Caplan

Meet Anthony Caplan~~an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England.  

 
I was around sixteen when I discovered I was not meant to be unhappy. Before that, as a teenager, I had blamed the world for my feelings of dissatisfaction. But I found that I was capable of sometimes doing things right, whether in a classroom, on the sports field, or lending a helping hand to someone hurting worse than me. Slowly, life came into focus, and the dark cloud of depression lifted. 

Being an unhappy teenager makes you a deep outsider in America, where if you are not actively pursuing happiness you might as well renounce your citizenship and seek gloomier climes. So, the one big advantage of being an unhappy teenager is it gives you a real understanding of what it's like to be disenfranchised, cut off, and really, truly on your own. This can be the first step to finding a cure to unhappiness, to realize that you are on the side of the underdogs, the come-from-behind dark horses.

What is happiness? For all the many definitions, one constant, whether you prefer a religious, ethical, scientific or economic view, is that a key indicator of happiness is involvement with others - a lack of self-centeredness. But if you've ever been cut off, lonely, an outsider, you know the step from the state of depression to a place of well being leads right over a deep and ugly canyon of self-doubt.

You can get there, but it takes a while. And usually time is in short supply when you're a teenager. The pressure's on to step up to bat, get with the program, begin the sprint of adult success - job, career, marriage, etc. A depressed, lonely teenager needs to buy time. That's often the first step on the road to recovery.

My book Latitudes - A Story of Coming Home, is about that moment when a teenager realizes he can make that first step outside of himself. How does he or she get there? What's the process? What does success depend on? These are all questions I tried to answer while telling a compelling and true-to-life story of teenage survival. I chose a character like me, from a dysfunctional, bicultural family, to illustrate the point that every quest for happiness begins with a similar set of personal decisions, whether you're white, black, Latino or Asian, male or female, gay or straight. It takes courage and perseverance and a disregard for conventional opinion to overcome victimization.

Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer, (the last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.) Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150 year old farmstead where he and his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have started a small apple orchard from scratch His road novels, BIRDMAN and FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of one Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the last century. 

His latest fiction effort, LATITUDES – A Story of Coming Home, published June 30, 2012, is a young boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction, dislocation and distance.





Connect with Anthony Caplan on:

Twitter @anthonycaplan1

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I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission? 

As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!

As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.

As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.

My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology.  My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.

On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family!  Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol 

I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!  

Peace & Blessings!

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