Paperclips Magazine Mar 2018 (#46) REFORMATION

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MALALA YOUSAFZAI: THE EXTRAORDINARY GIRL OF AN ORDINARY STORY

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Editor’s Note

Reformation: Other faces

History has always been an open book that is filled with the advancement of human society. But whenever we have a moment to take a look at the past, it is almost impossible not to see bloodshed and wars. The path of history is marred with violence and death on every angle, but on the latter part of that path, we see less blood and dirt. If there’s one thing that constantly brings back our faith in humanity, it’s our ability to change for the betterment of the society. Several societal laws and norms existed in the past that even being mentioned today would shock people. Like slavery for example, existed for thousands of years and was common in almost every part of the world. But with society’s valuation of human dignity, slavery slowly lost its foothold on Earth and virtually everyone today live as free and dignified men. The quality of their freedom and the use of their dignity however, are fit for another topic entirely. Reformations happen when certain conditions are met. Reformation often refer to things that are in a grand scale – things that are beyond immediate fixing or quick solutions. It requires people, or even one person, to identify the need to

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change, execute the process to change, and fight for it – sometimes even until death. When Abraham Lincoln deemed that slavery in the US was morally wrong, he did everything he could to challenge it despite slavery being sanctioned by the highest court. And though he made a lot of enemies and died because of it, he was more than a catalyst to the peaceful end of slavery. Two thousand years back when the Jewish elite under the Roman government exercised abusive control of church and state, another man stood up and created a movement to radically change the lives of people of every race, gender, and creed. Jesus, the Son of a carpenter, changed the course of history with the Jewish people, and caused the Romans and other believers to abandon their old faith and religions. Of course, Jesus made some enemies and got crucified on a cross for it. The string of abuse of power inside religions didn’t stop there, so another man by the name of Martin Luther, hammered its contention to a church door to send a message that the current powers weren’t doing what they were supposed to be doing as commanded by their God. And so came the Protestant Reformation


which also shook the entire Western Civilization. When we look at history, reformations happen when something is wrong and needed fixing. And when you look at our society today, there are probably thousands of wrongs that need to be changed. On June 4, 1919, women in the US were finally allowed the right to vote. This didn’t happen because the legislators suddenly thought about changing the laws, it happened because people saw the need to reform it. This event sparked a series of changes across the United States, most especially for women. With the ability to participate in choosing candidates, women became more empowered to dwell in areas that were once only exclusive to men, like politics, business, higher education, and their choice of career. This reformation was important for women worldwide as it influenced other countries to give their women equal rights and opportunities with men. Today, almost a century later, how did that reformation change the lives of women? A lot. But to say that they were all positive changes isn’t intellectually honest. While we celebrate the equal rights and opportunities given to men and women, several things backfired against actual progress that matters. Fifty years back, women fought against sexual suppression. We would think that the best thing that would happen would be a more open and free society that

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doesn’t shun discussion on topics of sex for women. Today, third-wave feminists are running, screaming, and protesting down the streets and lobbies completely naked and hostile. These women openly push other women to be a “slut” and to be proud of it. They encourage other women to be sexually promiscuous and have multiple partners. Is this what the first wave activists envisioned for the future? Probably not. A lot of these women are very angry and hostile about everything, from men spreading their legs in public spaces, to “sexist” airconditioning in offices, we might think that these women are a far cry from their noble predecessors. If there is one thing we need to learn from this, it’s that as a society, we should be careful in allowing and tolerating certain values to be changed. We should put a threshold to where a certain change is enough, and where it becomes harmful to all of us. On the other hand, we know that slavery was abolished in 1865. But 153 years later, racial discrimination still exists. The African-Americans certainly didn’t abuse their rights to live as free men, so why is racism still here? With these things in mind, the articles in this issue take on different shadings. We are pleased to share with you the story of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Laureate in the history who champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education (page 50). And of course, like the famous author Merry

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Wiesner-Hanks said, “You can’t talk about reformation without talking about gender,” we made sure that the women department is served well by letting some of the contemporary authors express their view towards gender bias in the publishing industry (page 20). Since we also celebrate World Wildlife Day this month, we delve into the available literature about De-extinction. Obviously, much more work needs to be done on this topic, and we are incapable of solving the pros and cons, so we encourage you to explore this fascinating topic as well. As famous speaker and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias said, “Freedom that is only granted by law will not ensure that a former master sees his former slave as his equal.” The government cannot legislate morality. Other people can’t force you to be a loving person. A common thread for most reformations in the world is to promote equality. But while reformations in the society and law are great for all of us, a reformed heart would serve better for the years to come.

Rachelle Browne Editor in Chief

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P50 Malala Yousafzai: The Extraordinary Girl of an Ordinary Story TEXT BY ALVIN WRIGHT

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The Reality of Gender Bias in Publishing

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What inspired the writing of Wham! Timewalker, Book 1 and the Timewalker series? TEXT BY CAROL MARRS PHIPPS

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Carol and Tom: Better Together TEXT BY MARJORY LEE

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Strong Female Lead Characters

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Should we bring extinct species back to life?

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P42 Get Motivated: “Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There.”

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7 Most Coveted Literary Awards in the World Every Writer Must Know TEXT BY JOHN ADAMS

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Writing Apps to Consider Downloading for 2018 TEXT BY SKY BUCHANAN

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Shake Off the Winter blues! Cheap and Fun Things to Do This Spring Season TEXT BY KEITH MCCAIN

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GEORGE H. LAFFERTY

Tsu Dang Heinrich was born in a pup tent on a Free-stake on a one-way dead-end colony world, but Tsu was destined to go from a pauper to a prince (sort of). New Hope was a totally new planet with not a road, fence, pole, or dwelling within a hundred miles. When he was hund eighteen, Tsu journeyed to First Landing. He ended up joining the CTC Marines and shipped out to the stars. Tsu went from a pauper to a prince (sort of) when he made himself emperor of an autonomous three-star nation. th

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WHAT’S UP | GUN BAN VS BETTER EXECUTION ON CURRENT LEGISLATIONS

Gun ban vs better execution on current legislations T E X T B Y STEPHAN KOHLER

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n some schools across the US, Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with one person dressed as Cupid, running around the campus finding someone to shoot with a fake bow and hearttipped arrows. In Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, however, something similar happened. Except this time, the person wasn’t dressed as Cupid. He had a real gun and killed 17 people, leaving several others wounded and the rest emotionally scarred. This isn’t all new for America; in fact it has happened quite a few times before. And because of how it is presented in the media, people are now calling for gun control as a desperate solution for it, pressuring law makers into action. There are several problems with people’s clamor for gun control and the way major news outlets present their data. Notice that I didn’t use the famous claim that the Parkland shooting was the 18th mass school shooting that happened this year – it’s blatantly false. It’s stretching the definition of a school shooting well beyond the limits of most people’s imagination, yet virtually everyone believes it, including famous politicians, celebrities, and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders. Out of the 18, only 3 classifies as an actual school rampage by an individual whose aim is to kill as many people possible. The rest were unintentional gunfire, accidental triggering of firearms, gunshots heard near the school, shootings that happened outside the school, suicides, and stray bullets that came far from the school. While the last thing I wanted to do is

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to minimize the gravity of the situation, using fake statistics regarding school shootings doesn’t help either.

happen in states with strict gun control laws.

Major news outlets present their data this way to get people emotionally roused up, while their ratings and hits skyrocket as well. This is not only selfish but problematic to the entire country as it is dividing the nation wider.

Faking statistics and interpretation of data will never be helpful in addressing gun violence in the US. There are several underlying causes of gun violence and the data cannot be anymore clearer.

Another data that is falsely spread throughout news networks and widely shared in social media is the number of gun violence in states where gun laws are least restrictive. Networks like CNN, Vox, Huffington Post, and others, attempt to be informative to their audience, writing stories about gun violence and present illustrations or graphs on the data. But they can be really deceptive for the untrained eye. Take for example, how Vox claims that states with more guns result into more gun violence, yet if you look at the chart they presented, it compares gun ownership versus gun related deaths. Not all of those deaths are “violence”, a big chunk of those deaths include suicide, accidents, self-defense, and lawful killing. It is a simple bait and switch. It’s not just misleading and deceptive, it’s also the opposite. In fact, the FBI reports for 2014 shows how most of the gun murders

The first of the many factors is mental health. Now it’s tempting to say that it’s all a façade to cover up shooting by white people as a mental health issue, but in reality it indeed is a mental health issue. Most of those who shot up schools didn’t do so with a political or radical religious goal, nor did they intend to kill only a specific racial group. In this case, Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz who was thought to be motivated by white supremacy, slaughtered mostly white Americans. He confessed that he was hearing ‘demonic voices’ telling him to kill people in his school. People in his school, his neighbors, his classmates and professors, already knew he had a mental health problem. The FBI was already investigating him before the incident, and the police were already notified of his disorderly behavior before any of this happened. But no one actually helped cure him of his mental

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How is friendship deeined? When four

friends namely, Dino, Sam, Tony and

Joe, have parted ways to try and live

with their own dreams, their friendship

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WHAT’S UP | GUN BAN VS BETTER EXECUTION ON CURRENT LEGISLATIONS state. He was merely kicked out of his school and not directed to a psychiatrist or a mental health facility. This short-sighted and selfish action lead to a backlash, and a lesson to be learned: institutions should not just remove people when they are causing trouble, but do their best to actually help them. Cruz has been visited on his home by the police a total of 39 times since 2010. The authorities were called to handle him several times way before the shooting. But with his public history of mental instability, how then was he able to still legally buy a firearm? The law requires the would-be owner to pass a mental health and criminal history check, and it’s a fairly reasonable requirement. The solution, therefore, is not a gun ban, but better execution on current legislations – for Federal licensed gun dealers to not skip mental health checks, and an improved gun background check system where state and federal officials should

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not fail to report cases of mental health issues. These kinds of holes in the system also caused the church shooting in Texas last year that killed 26 people. But even without improved laws, a person can become mentally unstable after he has passed the checks and is already a gun owner. The solution then goes back to improving the over-all mental health of everyone, as killing sprees also happen using bombs, trucks, knives, hammers and other items. Suicide cases also outnumber gun violence in the US. It’s about time we focus on fixing people. No amount of legislation on guns will stop people from killing other people. But if we make it a goal to make everyone mentally healthy instead of kicking them out of our schools and offices, we have a good chance of stopping things like this, the massacre of innocents, from ever happening again.

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J.K. Alexander

The Story Behind the Bible Trilogy Book I The Torah Book II The Prophets Book III The New Covenant

AMERICA, WAKE UP!! ! United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and Northern Europe Wake Up!! YOU ARE THE LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL! THE CHOSEN PEOPLE! And the chosen people have obligations and a destiny!

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n the spirit of The Story Behind the Bible Trilogy, the above message should be first and foremost on any headline or article of any kind. The profound importance of this message and the lost identity of Israel is explored, in depth, in Book II (The Prophets) of this series and becomes the preeminent theme and revelation of the entire trilogy. Book II, The Prophets states that it was written primarily in the spirit of Ezekiel. But the Lost Tribes are so magnified because of the timeliness of this long hidden truth. Now is the time for all the western nations to rise from thousands of years of lost identity and history and reclaim their lofty Hebraic heritage and the noblest ancestry of Israel. This is just one of a great many hidden, unknown, and undisclosed facts pertaining to the Bible and the modern world that are exposed and explained in great detail in the three books of the trilogy. In this series, current cutting edge interpretation meets scientific accuracy to produce unprecedented clarity and understanding of the Bible. This is the deeper story that, unfortunately, is not being told in churches, universities, seminaries, media, and religious literature. At last, there is a comprehensive Biblical story written

on the assumption that readers CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH!! This trilogy is dedicated to revealing the less known, the nondisclosed, and the underlying themes and facts that actually give the Bible its true meaning and cause it to make sense, start-tofinish. As the reader journeys through this tour of the ancient scriptures and histories, the untold story, or rather many untold stories, emerge as the most important and deeper truths that confirm the reality, history, SCIENCE, and true messages and meanings of the Bible. So all are invited to open the mind, keep a Bible close by, and take the plunge that can reveal a heaven, earth, and harmony of scripture that most would not believe possible. This is a brand new publication from the author and Yorkshire Publishing so please click on the link and, if possible, post a review of the books after reading. However, be forewarned, this is not a book of sweet spirituality or sanitized religion, the story that emerges in each of the three books of The Story Behind the Bible Trilogy is a high adventure, scientific, theological blockbuster. Enjoy!!

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The Reality of Gender Bias in Publishing

As part of our celebrations of International Women’s Day with its theme Press for Progress, our authors are sharing their point of view regarding the place of women in the literary world.

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Why is gender in the literary world still as urgent an issue as it has ever been? The latest survey of American publishing has found that it is not only blindingly white but majority are also female, with 78% women staff. If you’re a woman you might say that this is great, right? However, responses also indicated that men were still being paid more than women, with the current gender pay gap 15.7%. Where men and women were doing the same roles, the gender pay gap was “negligible”, but of those men who responded, “many men tended to be employed in management or senior roles, and many women appear to be in lower roles”.

BINITA ELIZABETH How great is it to live not just for ourselves but also for others? Binita Elizabeth aims to remind us of our role in family and society, and of our respect to nature.

To make the matter worse, 47.9% of male respondents earned above the average salary of £32,228 compared with 31.5% of women: “In 2013, the gender pay gap was 16%, up slightly from 15.4% in 2008, but improved on 18.1% in 2004. However, for an industry where 84.6% of respondents are women, it is disappointing that a gender pay gap occurs at all.” It is also important to note that even if for the past decades, fantasy writing and children’s books have undoubtedly been overwhelmingly dominated by male voices though women have also been in this category for as long as these genres have been in existence. “As Flavor Wire’s Elisabeth Donnelly once said, “Even when men make up a tiny slice of the pie, the industry is paying more attention to their work than other authors. This could be a problem because awards mean attention; attention means booksellers, librarians, and parents know these books exist; these books get

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Linda Lafferty The publishing business is a difficult one. With all the new technology of today, paper books do not sell as well as they once did. Unless you are well known as an author, it can be extremely hard to get published. This is true of males and females alike.

increased sales and prestige; and it gives authors a chance to have a career. It’s important to look at the gender disparities in the business and execution of children’s media, as these stories help shape how kids perceive the world.” In the words of Virginia Woolf, it is the masculine values that prevail. Speaking crudely, football and sport are “important”; the worship of fashion, the buying of clothes “trivial.” And these values are inevitably transferred from life to fiction. This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room. A scene in a battle-field is more important than a scene in a shop— everywhere and much more subtly the difference of value persists. In the midst of this drama taking place before us, Paperclips Magazine has gathered ideas from authors who have had their own fair share of experience to making it in the publishing industry.

Publishers do not care whether you are male or female. They only care about what sells. If you want to get published, write about what is selling at the time. Men seem to write more about murders, spaceships and vampires. Women tend to write more about cooking, fashion or romance, which can make it harder for them to get published at times, but look at Sue Grafton, Anne McCaffrey and Kathy Reichs. The one thing I have always prided myself about was the idea that I am no better than anyone else, but I am as good as anyone else. I, a woman, would say to women choose your genre carefully. Take into consideration what is selling at the time, and then go for it. Persistence can be a virtue whether you are a man or a woman, especially in the writing business. I am not going to say there is never any prejudice against women writers, but what I will say is do not let that stop you. Do not fall into the trap that is popular today of blaming some form of prejudice for your lack of success. Work hard, do not focus on the negative, always focus on the positive. Write, write, write and continue to write. Never give up on your dreams. Be persistent, be smart, be a strong woman and keep writing.

And here’s what they had to say.

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We need more peace in our world. It is about time that the female’s place and themes in children’s literature be respected equally to any male. Then, we as a society can be more focused on caring and a peaceful life-style.

Marilyn Foote My first thought to this question fell into the assumption that of course, female authors do dominate the children’s literature. But, after I did a research on line on this topic, my eyes were opened to the current issues in TV and movies are present in literature awards all dealing with the same outcomes of male dominance. Are we, as a society presently looking at an awakening of the female’s position in America where we have been too long accepting the back seat or a secondary placement to everything we do? This status has been in place for centuries and is reflective in all areas of life besides children’s literature.

ROOFCATS JOEL FORTNER A wonderful story of a family that bought a home where the former owners left their twenty-six cats!

PAM WANZER Russell Friedman once asked this question as he addressed a conference: “What do you believe is the most misunderstood topic of conversation in America today?”

PEPITO KATHARINE LAURA A lovely, wonderful and inspiring book for kids in a lovely setting!

What topics come to mind - relationships, marriage, sex? He then goes on to say, “... emotions or feelings.”

I am a retired master’s educator of 45 years. I taught every grade from nursery to college levels. I highly valued the importance of the female authors, co-workers, mothers, and female mentors that contributed their time and efforts to shape the minds of their pupils and children. I truly believe WE are the foundation of our American society. Most men were educated and raised from our nurturing influence. What we do and write about should be recognized.

Russell Friedman has spent his adult life researching this topic in order to understand this subject. ` When considering my thoughts on the topic of “Gender Bias in the Literary World,” this is what came to mind. Why is this important to our topic?

Research states that the female choices of topics to write about are more family centered and male topics are about war and monsters.

From the time we are young we are taught that negative feelings are bad

CRY BABY YAYA Tells the adventure of the 5-year old girl, Sylvana, who was born with a natural sense of humor and vibrant spirit.

THE POWER OF THE GREEN CARD GRANT KENNEDY Gives American-born citizens a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of the immigrants’ world, which is completely foreign to most Americans.

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Women, on the other hand, are more accepted to allow themselves to become vulnerable in these areas. They are more in tune to write of life experiences and struggles in order to help others along life’s journey navigating the intangibles.

and positive feelings are good. This subconscious conditioning affects who we become and overflows into all aspects of our lives. This conditioning by society further plays out from an early age according to gender. Boys should be more physical: rough, tough, nonemotional and over all less communicative. Girls, on the other hand are more accepted for being more expressive: chatty, touchy, more hands-on and emotional. This subconscious conditioning cannot but highly affect our literature and focus of writing on many levels, from personal experiences to the way we present the characters we develop. For these reasons a man would typically feel more comfortable writing in self-help, sports or financial arenas with more tangible rules or guideline topics. Men would develop more selfreliant, independent characters. Men are not inclined to share their innermost thoughts nor bare their soul.

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Women are much more open to share their deepest thoughts and feelings. Based on this information, men and women are not considered equal in any part of society not just the literary world. Although great strides have been made in the last twenty years, it will take a change of stereotypical beliefs for any real change to take place. As a writer, all of this comes into play in evaluating your target market. As I began to write my book, I had to decide how to address my target audience. Knowing there were men who would benefit from my experiences, I also knew men would not be inclined to reach out for help. Thus my writing was tailored specifically for women. My writings deal with my life experience of living through great loss and understanding the difficult journey of grief in order to find recovery. Although targeted to women, many men have found help and encouragement from this book. The life experience of grief and loss is not gender specific, nor is the journey to recovery. As Russell Friedman learned and understood in his life’s work, feelings and emotions are not gender specific as much as society would have one believe that it is. This is important information that should be considered in the literary world.

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B-POET Origins of the Lost Poetic Archives from an Unknown Scholar

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Certified EXTINCT!

Don’t say that yet. TEXT BY JOSEPH ADAMS

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orld Conservation Union says that a species will only be labeled extinct if “there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual died.” However, this is extremely difficult. Scientists can never be 100% certain that a species is gone because it is impossible to search the entire globe to see if there are any remaining. There are species hidden away in thick forests or deep underwater, so how can anyone possibly know that they are all dead? So, it is no longer a surprise if one day, the animal you once thought was extinct, was alive and kicking in front of your face. And though we know they are merely a victim of an error in judgment, they are termed “Lazarus” species, after the biblical story in which Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In fact, a study by the University of Queensland, Australia, showed that more than one-third of all mammalian species declared extinct since the 16th century have since been found alive and well. And because it’s World Wildlife Day this March, it’s just fair that we make special mention of these Lazarus creatures which remind us of Dr. Alan Grant of Jurassic Park famous line—life finds a way.

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Cuban solenodon

Philippine naked-backed fruit bat

The solenodon is known to be one of the very few mammals that are venomous. There hadn’t been a single specimen f o u n d between 1890 and 1970. People thought the species which look like large, plump shrews with elongated snouts and multicolored fur was already extinct. However, three years later, three of this species were caught. In 2003, one was positively identified and nicknamed “Alejandrito.”

This large bat was once so abundant that its huge piles of feces w e r e mined and used as fertilizer.

Javan elephant

The original population of Javan elephants went extinct by the end of the 18th century, after the arrival of E u ro p e a n s in Southeast Asia in Java. However, in 2003 genetic tests showed that the Borneo pygmy elephants are probably descendants of the extinct Javan elephant, transported there centuries ago by rich island rulers. The sultan of Java is thought to have sent the Javan elephants as a gift to the sultan of Sulu. This only means that the Borneo pygmy elephant may not be native to Borneo after all.

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However, in 1996, it was declared extinct because none had been seen since 1964 despite intensive surveys. Hunting and loss of habitat because sugar cane plantations replaced the forests where the bats had foraged for fruit were considered the primary reasons for their extinction. Fortunately, the bat was rediscovered in 2001 on Cebu and Negros islands.

Lord Howe stick insect T h i s enormous invertebrate is the size of your hand! They were native to Lord Howe Island in the Pacific Ocean and were believed to have gone extinct in 1920 after being wiped out by rats that had been on a ship that ran aground on the island. In 2001, unexpectedly, a living population of 24 insects was discovered on

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Ball’s Pyramid, an isolated sea stack around 20km from Lord Howe Island. Over 9,000 adult stick insects have since been bred in captivity and will be returned to the wild once the rats have been completely eradicated. Coelacanth Coelacanths are possibly the most famous Lazarus species. They are closely-related to lungfish and are thought to be an evolutionary transitional species between fish and tetrapods. They were thought to have gone extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs. This giant, prehistoric fish was presumed to have been extinct for 65 million years! To the relief of many, it coelacanths were discovered off the coast of South Africa in 1938. The fish tend to shelter in deep water caves, largely out of sight, but it is estimated that there could be only 500 or so left alive. Huila stubfoot toad Huila stubfoot toad is native of the Colombian h i g h l a n d s . Everyone assumed the toad (Atelopus e b e n o i d e s marinkellei) had been wiped out by the chytrid fungus, which has devastated amphibian populations

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around the world. It was last seen in 1995 and was rediscovered in 2006, which brought a glimmer of hope that other species might also have survived the epidemic. The Bermuda Petrel The Bermuda Petrel or “ C a h o w ” was once common on the Atlantic Ocean Island. L e ge n d s are told that S p a n i s h explorers avoided settling Bermuda in the late 16th century because the eerie calls of the Cahows convinced them the island was inhabited by devils! Sadly, it didn’t take a long time for humans to discover that the “devils” can be a good source of meat that by the early 1620s they were declared extinct. Luckily, in 1951, American ornithologist Robert Cushman Murphy, Bermudian naturalist Louis L. Mowbray and David Wingate came across a breeding colony of 18 nesting Bermuda Petrel pairs precariously perched on rocky islets rising out of Castle Harbour. With intensive efforts, they re-establish Bermuda Petrels that until today, the “extinct” birds lived on. These pleasant surprises aside, we know that Lazarus creatures are extremely rare. Globally, more species are moving towards extinction than away from it. Needless to say, many more species have indeed gone extinct in the last 100 years.

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Zen and the Art of Funk Capitalism “The story line is strong and well deeined early on within the manuscript… Karun Philip is a highly educated and luent author that has done his homework.” —Writer’s Showcase, iUniverse.com, Inc.

A Cure to Poverty? Using the experience he has for the last eight years as an entrepreneur, Karun Philip explains in his book, Zen and the Art of Funk Capitalism, why capitalism succeeds where it does, yet fails to achieve universal welfare as its most vocal proponents claim it ought to. Scrutinizing on how disadvantaged people do not know how to find out what knowledge is valuable, where to acquire it, and how to finance it, the book discovers the core reason of poverty and presents his solution to such problem. It’s a great book for everyone, especially for scholars and those who seek answers to solve poverty. paperclipsmagazine.com

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WHAT’S UP | THE FANTASTIC BEASTS

The Fantastic Beasts TEXT BY NANCY PRICE

Under the theme “Big cats: Predators under threat,” UN World Wildlife Day 2018 features a star-studded cast - cheetah, leopard, jaguar, lion, puma, and tiger. Don’t know much about these fantastic beasts? Here are interesting facts to help you learn more! 26 PAPERClips |

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1. Tigers Every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes. Tigers are the biggest species of the cat family, but they are by no means, slow movers. At full speed, they can reach up to 65km/hr! They like water and often cool off in pools or streams.

2. Cheetahs Poor cheetahs. They cannot climb trees, have poor night vision and cannot even roar. However, they can run faster than any other land animal.

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4. Lions These majestic predators have terrific night vision which is 6 times more sensitive to light than humans. Their roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away. They can run for short distances at 50 mph and leap as far as 36 feet. Their heels don’t touch the ground when it walks. And they may sleep up to 20 hours a day! No wonder they’re called “king of the jungle.”

6. Leopards Leopards are fast; they can run at up to 58km/ hr. Also, they are super springy, they can leap 6m forward through the air – that’s the length of three adults lying head to toe! They can eat any prey that is available including bugs and rodents. They are skilled climbers, and are strong beasts, too. They can carry their heavy prey up into the trees so that others can’t steal their meal!

Bonus: Tigers that breed with lions give birth to hybrids known as tigons and ligers.

5. Jaguars Unlike other cats, male jaguars only come together with females to mate. They are quite good swimmers, competent climbers, and will scale trees. They can also survive in different habitats may it be in tropical rainforest, grassland, scrub, and swampland.

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Captain Noon is in his last year at college, and sleeps till noon, and dreams of being a pilot. “Play for keeps,” my father said, “hoe out your row,”— finish what you do. A cousin Nora is the family historian collecting clippings to put in her Death Bible. She lives alone, put off life, had a stroke, and never got around to it. The comfortable San Francisco liberals, a pitcher for the Giants, neighbors, Berkeley’s contraband dog hair, and the fancy of the TRIPLE Z squadron, the TRIPLE Z airlines in peacetime, and Thomas de Quincy says, “If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think of robbing, and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and to procrastination.” Get on with it!

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Hank Manley’s novels are richly-written, page-turning adventures that will keep the reader engrossed in the compelling stories. You won’t be disappointed.

No Famine of Spirit is a fascinating, historically-accurate story of young Daniel McCarty’s struggle to escape starvation during the Irish famine. The intrepid boy lands in gang-dominated New York where his mother is murdered. He sails to Nor Norfolk where he falls in love and is commandeered into the Confederate Army. Daniel fights at Gettysburg before returning home to learn his wife and infant son have died in a fire. Distraught, the young man ventures west and drives a herd of cattle to Abilene, Kansas where he finds the shocking truth about his family in a dramatic, action filled climax.

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t is not uncommon to see couples in the world of letters. In fact, there might have been many pairings in the literary world as there are in any other profession we know. Creative minds often gravitate to one another. However, it is not usual to hear about author couples who actually write books together—unusual in an interesting way. And we know for sure that something powerful happens when two creative forces collide, but even more so when they’re in the same industry and on the same team. So, it is not surprising that authors Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps have managed to stay happily married while building empires together in the publishing industry. This duo proves that marriage is the ultimate team sport. They are one of the few who give the lie to the cliché that when someone marries another writer, the home life is fatigued by competition because in their case, writing is even more fun when your writing under the same roof. Carol Marrs Phipps is a teacher turned author who was born in Missouri and grew up in Illinois. She married Tom Phipps who claimed to be something of an essayist in college. Not long after they married, Carol discovered to her joy Tom’s love for words. They have been writing together full-time ever since which was a noble pursuit. Elf Killers, their first ebook, was released from Hellfire Publishing in mid-July 2011. Since then, they have gone to indie publishing and a second edition of Elf Killers has been released. Today, the Phippses continue making their mark in the curious fantastical and imaginative realm of fantasy fiction. Together, they have written the Heart of the Staff

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SIMPLY EXCEPTIONAL | CAROL AND TOM: BETTER TOGETHER series: Good Sister, Bad Sister, The Collector Witch, Stone Heart, The Burgeoning, The Reaper Witch, the final book of the series, Doom, and Heart of the Staff: Complete Series boxed set and Heart of the Staff: Complete Appendix. Recently, they launched a new Dystopian/Urban Fantasy series with the first book of a planned trilogy, Wham! (Book1 Timewalker) which was inspired by a combination of current world political affairs, and the increasingly insane agricultural practices being carried out today.

“I’d have to say the biggest challenge for Tom and me is arranging our schedules to coincide for collaborating and writing. The other challenge is that we tend to work at different speeds, and this sometimes leaves one or the other of us waiting,” says Carol.

Of course, no two writers are the same. The creative expression of two persons can never be exactly the same because everyone writes from distinct perspectives. Each has his own sensibility or unique set of voices. And the same rule applies even to your spouse. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that even the Phippses have to go through challenges in the actual process of getting words on the pages.

When asked how they communicate each other’s ideas, Carol said, “Tom and I simply sit down together away from the media and other distractions, or weather permitting we like to go for long walks and bike rides to toss our ideas back and forth, decide what, if any of those have promise and expand on the ones that do, and eliminate the ones that just won’t work for one reason or another. We do not proceed until we are in complete agreement.”

They sure are having issues figuring out how to make it work but at least, it never was because of personality conflicts, professional rivalries, or jealousies.

Since not every word that drips from your pen is liquid gold, co-authoring gives you the opportunity to share the writing load with another. It gives you an extra set of eyes to help unblock your writer’s block. But a spouse for a co-author is irreplaceable. “Absolutely,” agrees Carol. “Tom and I are each other’s biggest fan, and best friend. We understand each other to the point we can, and do, finish each other sentences, making it very easy to understand each other’s thoughts and ideas.” Both of them have strengths and weaknesses as writers like everyone else. But, they work as a team and trust each other. This made their books better overall and also made them stronger writers for it.

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The couple teach on various Native American Reservations in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, where they learned a great deal from their students, the very first fans of their writing. They live on their farm in Illinois with their menagerie: a parrot, a raven, two cockatiels and her Siberian Forest cats. Sometimes when couples work too closely, they find it difficult to maintain a sense of identity and individuality. And they can possibly step on each other’s toes. Not the Phippses, though. When it comes to pooling the imaginations and creating something no one in the world has ever seen before, they are better together.

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As I would spend time with God, I would take my fears, misunderstandings, hurts, and discouragements to God, and He would teach me and heal me through the poems that He gave me. Whenever I would ask for a special poem, He would give it to me. Over the past thirteen years, He's given me all these poems that are in this book. 36 PAPERClips |

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BOOKWORM’S CORNER | SHOULD WE BRING EXTINCT SPECIES BACK TO LIFE?

Should we bring extinct species back to life? T E X T B Y ZOEY TAYLOR

Ever since novelist Michael Crichton’s dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were brought to the silver screen, the notion of bringing extinct species back to life has been part of our collective imagination. Today, de-extinction is no longer a fantasy. But should we?

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Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research has succeeded in bringing a ‘tardigrade’ animal back to life after 30 years. The tardigrades are considered the world’s most indestructible species—the eight-legged micro-animal which are also known as water bears. They were found among moss plants in Antarctica in 1983. They were stored at minus 20 degrees Celsius and were successfully unfrozen in May 2014. Although the aim of the study about these tiny creatures (since they aren’t really extinct) are for possible improvement in treating cancers and other diseases, but this could also bring to light the improvement in a more effective cell preservation which is a critical step and is very essential to de-extinction. Moreover, a team of Spanish and French scientists brought a Pyrenean ibex from extinction on July 30, 2003. It was called as bucardo, a large, wild goat, reaching up to 220 pounds with sporting long, gently curved horns. Hunters drove down the bucardo population over several centuries that in 1989 scientists concluded that only a dozen was left. Ten years later, only one remained: a female nicknamed Celia. Fortunately, a team from the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, led by wildlife veterinarian Alberto Fernández-Arias, were able to track down Celia. They clipped a radio collar around her neck and released her back into the wild. Nine months later, they found her crushed beneath a fallen tree. With her death, the bucardo became officially extinct. Scientists preserved cells from Celia and froze them in liquid nitrogen. In 2003, a cloned bucardo was brought to term but died a few minutes after birth. However, one of the scientists behind the cloning

THE GOLDEN CARRIAGE AND OTHER STORIES JJ EHRDHARDT

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effort, Dr. Alberto Fernandez-Arias, told BBC News: “At this moment, we are not initiating a ‘bucardo recovery plan’, we only want to know if Celia’s cells are still alive after having been maintained frozen during 14 years in liquid nitrogen.” The notion of bringing extinct species back from the dead or what others called deextinction is no longer a fantasy. It has already been tried a few times and was proven to be possible through backbreeding, genetic engineering and cloning. Backbreeding is a process where scientists would selectively breed living species that have traits similar to the extinct species and try to make a version that more closely resembles the extinct animal. In the case of mammoths, for instance, scientists might try to mate Asian elephants with more body hair than usual. In genetic engineering, researchers would line up the genome of an extinct animal with that of its closest living relative. Using CRISPR and other gene-editing tools, they

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will swap relevant genes from the extinct animal into the living species and implant the hybrid genome into a surrogate. Though this approach doesn’t produce genetically identical copies of extinct animals, they form modern versions of an animal engineered to look and behave like its extinct relatives. Cloning, on the other hand, involves cell preservation from a recently extinct animal. Scientists swap this nucleus into an egg cell from the animal’s closest living relative and implant the egg into a surrogate host like. Over the years, researchers and scientists have not only improved the cloning process but also developed the ability to induce adult animal cells to return to an embryo-like state which can be coaxed to develop into any type of cell—including eggs or sperm. These technical sleights of hand make it far easier to conjure a vanished species back to life. Deextinction is speeding closer to reality. But since we can, does it mean we should?

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In Science today, two Stanford researchers tackle this tricky topic to parse out exactly what we have to gain and lose from de-extinction technologies. Based on the current state of the science, they distill deextinction down to five pros and five cons: Benefits:

Objections:

1) Scientific knowledge: De-extinction could offer insights into evolution and natural resources that are currently unavailable to us.

1) Animal welfare: People could be exploiting animals for solely human purposes, and may cause individuals of the de-extinct species harm.

2) Technological advancement: De-extinction could be a big step forward for genetic engineering. 3) Environmental benefits: Threatened or damaged ecosystems could be restored with the help of certain nowextinct species. 4) Justice: If people pushed plant and animals species into extinction, perhaps we owe it to these species to try and bring them back. 5) Wonder: How cool would it be to see extinct species alive and kicking again?

2) Health: Species could carry retroviruses or pathogens when brought back to life. 3) Environment: De-extinct species would be alien and potentially invasive; their habitats and food sources have changed, so their roles in these changed ecosystems could be too. 4) Political: De-extinction may change priorities in other fields of science, such as medical research and the conservation of currently endangered species.

SIX WHITE GEESE K I R AYA K E S T I N This book tells the story about how the geese came to Raging River Tree Farm. These geese are not tame, turn out to be strong adversaries. Still, Sasha and Sonia hope to make pets out of them. See what happens.

DOWN AMONG THE PALMS GEORGE CLARK Joe Evans--ex-con, ten years a solid, law-abiding citizen--gets drawn into a heist with tragic results and, as the survivor, is under a moral obligation to honor a vow he made to his friend, Terry Garcia, to be there for his family should the worst occur. But Megan Garcia now hates him and blames him for Terry's death. Find out why.

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5) Moral: Is de-extinction playing god, or just plain wrong? It may also have unforeseen consequences.

In the end, both papers seem to draw open-ended conclusions. But if the practice is really as inevitable as it seems, the authors say the most interesting part will be seeing how humanity reacts. We think so, too.

WAIPI'O VALLEY: A POLYNESIAN JOURNEY FROM EDEN TO EDEN J E F F R E Y L . G RO S S Recounts the remarkable migrations of the Polynesians across a third of the circumference of the earth.

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“Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There.”

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alt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Not only that, he was also turned down 302 times before his dream of creating the “Happiest Place on Earth” got financed. Colonel Sanders, owner of Kentucky Fried Chicken spent two years driving across the United States looking for restaurants to buy his chicken recipe. He was turned down 1,009 times! Thomas Edison was fired by Western Union after he spilled Sulfuric acid on the floor. But that gave him only enough time to pursue his real passion: invention. William Saroyan received an astonishing 7,000 rejection slips before selling his first short story, while Louisa May Alcott was told to just stick to teaching. Harsh. But here’s what real harsh is. Meryl Streep auditioned for a role in King Kong when she was 26 years old. Not only did she not receive a callback but the famous producer Dino De Laurentiis Sr. also said “che brutta” when he saw Streep, which means how ugly in Italian. “It was sobering,” Streep said, describing the early sting on The Graham Norton Show. “I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in…King Kong,” she added. Today, she has been nominated for more Academy Awards than any other actor in history. Had these people gave in to the gremlins that encourage self-doubt and negativity, they would have not been the kind of people we know today. Yes, rejection and failure can be truly crushing. But they should never be taken as a stop sign because in reality, life has a funny way of working out just when you start to believe it never will.

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BOOKWORM’S CORNER | BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU’RE HALFWAY THERE “Getting rejected started to feel okay on my end after a while. At first it was super painful, but eventually, I came to see a whole other side to it as a blessing, as part of the path,” according to Steve Job who was one of the greatest innovators of all time after being fired by the company he created. “I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you,” Disney once said. “Because of it, I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse.” Many people are good at giving advice on how to be successful. They give us tips to do this and avoid that. Others offer us steps like the first step is this and the second is that. Truth is, there are no steps, there are no

tips. There is only one thing to do: believe in yourself that you can and try— that’s what will keep you going. Before reaching on top of one of the tallest mountains, billionaire Elon Musk, had to go through many lows, failures, and problems as well, almost perfected the art of failure. But today, he is on top of the mountain because he believed: If something is important enough you should try, even if the probable outcome is a failure. Success doesn’t come to anyone the easy way. The journey is long and wide. But one thing’s for certain, when anything fires someone’s soul, impossibilities vanish. Hold to your dreams and convictions. Believe you can and you’re halfway there!

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Tris Carter Horne had dreamed of a beautiful girl with hair like lame and eyes of emerald green all his life. When he had grown, the dreams became nightmares, so horrifying that he was afraid to sleep. Then the dreams became real, and he found himself battling a creature so savage, it was be beyond belief. Suddenly, he found himself falling down a brilliant corridor and heard the creature scream in pain. Then there was nothing but darkness. When he woke up, he found himself in a strange land. What had happened, and was he safe? Would he see more of the creatures that attac attacked him? Suddenly, he was afraid. Very afraid.

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SIMPLY EXCEPTIONAL | WHAT INSPIRED THE WRITING OF WHAM!

What inspired the writing of Wham! Timewalker, Book 1 and the Timewalker series? TEXT BY CAROL MARRS PHIPPS

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’d have to say, this most recent series, Timewalker, was inspired by a combination of current world political affairs, and the increasingly insane agricultural practices being carried out today, which not only poisons the food we eat, but also the land, the waterways and the very air we breathe. How sad that in “our new world order” the air in the cities, polluted by exhaust fumes and factory emissions, is cleaner and safer than what used to be fresh country air. Enough said, it is not my intention to get on my soapbox and preach to you here, but rather, to set the background for the series. Wham is the first book of a planned dystopian/scifi-fantasy/time-travel trilogy called Timewalker. It takes place in the 21st century. This world is populated by a number of races including humans, trolls elves, fairies and even the occasional dragon. The world is controlled by a new world government, but the location of the capitol and the potentate who pulls all the strings, are unknown to the general population. The citizens are controlled by watchers from spying devices, which look like crystal balls, which are mandatory in every room in every home. The young are systematically indoctrinated in their schools and their families are usually forcibly torn apart by the local Children and Family Services Police. This world is being systematically poisoned with agricultural chemicals designed to increase the yield of the planets produce, which profits those in control

of the world’s wealth, mainly the head of new Wolrd Alliance, Potentate Pandora Coel, and her minions. As the planet becomes increasingly polluted and inhospitable to the people and wildlife on the surface of the planet, the potentate and her entourage secret away to their undersea city, Atlantis, from where their tyrannical rule over the citizens is merciless and absolute. BLURB:

When the World Alliance seized power from all the governments of the world, they said it was for the greater good. They said it was necessary to unite all the nations of the globe under one banner in order to bring universal peace, equality and prosperity to the world.

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To most families throughout the world, the rise of the Alliance

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and their grandiose promises meant little. They had long grown weary of the lies of the corrupt law-makers and heads of state and were far more concerned with their day-to-day struggles to survive. The Greenwood family was no exception, and for a time life went on much as it had before the rise of the Alliance. In time, individual cultural and racial identity were outlawed. They said it was for the greater good. They said it was necessary to create a more harmonious, homogenous world community. The Greenwood family adapted.

Greenwood’s entire family. They said it was for the greater good. They said Tess would adapt and in time she would be far better for it. But Tess cared not for the Alliance’s greater good. She did not adapt. She wanted her family back and vowed to do whatever she must in order to see them again. Little did she know, that to keep her vow, she would have to become a timewalker.

But then they took away freedom. They made it mandatory for all households and public buildings to have skinwelers, crystal spying balls in every room, in order to watch the people’s every move. They said it was for the greater good. They said it was necessary for public safety and civil order. And the Greenwood family adapted. But then the state took their family farm and lands and moved them to Gollsport where they had built barracks for all the displaced citizens. They said it was for the greater good. They said the countryside had become contaminated by farm chemicals and the relocation was for their continued health and safety. Once again, the Greenwood family adapted. But then they came in the night and took away seventeen year-old Tess

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What if God chose someone to clean up the earth before He sent his son Jesus Christ and

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we all know what will happen if He sends His son. Who would you send? A mild-mannered oďŹƒce worker? Knowing the villains that you have to face, it would have to be only one individual. He is a tired old truck driver that loves the Lord more than his own brothers. lov Just like the Scriptures of old, God sends His chosen that can do the job and gives him a name that will be respected in the ages. "Marshall Minister": the law man who don’t entertain nonsense in the ability of God. You have to be rough and you have to be tough. To preach the gospel and be the Marshall you have to be. But the loving kindness of the family man that he is.

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JAMES LOWTHER,

THE DANNY CARTER S In trying to address the intriguingly debatable issues and vast scope between religion and science, James Lowther has made a compelling trilogy, The Danny Carter Series that is both entertaining and informative. As we follow Danny's encounter with different types of people, we learn valuable insights depicted in their arguments about philosophical and scientiďŹ c views. Since the author has been personally on both sides of this issue he is able to adequately and accurately depict the positions represented by the naturalist and the creationist. The titles in this trilogy are The Group, The Debate, and The Verdict.

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THE GREATEST FATHER CHAD LINDSEY Instills the words 'I can' into the reader. 'I can do all things through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who strengthens me.'

My goal was not to get Nobel Peace Prize. My goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education in every child.

IF YOU COULD SEE YOURSELF, YOU WOULDN’T BE YOURSELF! S T E P H E N LO M A X This book encourages readers to see themselves beyond their own personal view through the eyes of God and others.

P R E AC H A N OT H E R S TO RY : A COLLECTION OF SERMONS JOHN E. HUEGEL Preach Another Story is a collection of sermons in story form based on the Old Testament.

A SIMPLE MAN’S STUDY OF ESTHER C H U C K RO B E RT S O N This book is a study of the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. It is written for the laymen, young and old. paperclipsmagazine.com

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The series that started it all. Follow the demigod son of Poseidon and his friends on a quest that will have them meeting gods, battling monsters, and taking on the Titans from Greek mythology. SCAN FOR MORE INFO

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Lynne Golonka, Ed.D. Joseph Golonka, M.D.

The basic idea for this book came from discussions with fellow doctors and nurses. Many emphatically stated that they would avoid hospitalization at all costs. If it were absolutely necessary, they would use their knowledge of the system to protect their families and themselves. This book will allow you to share the insider's view of the system as well as prepare you to participate in the hospital experience, develop allies, and win the battle over illness. The clinical tales of interactions are slices from our professional lives and are important illustrations of the core beliefs of the book— the absolute necessity for patients and families to have meaningful, knowledgeable interactions with those who care for them. This is our personal view of hospital health care with its strengths and weaknesses.

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n 2007, the Swat Valley, known for gorgeous sunsets and the calming sound of river rapids was invaded by the Muslim fundamentalist group in Afghanistan—the Taliban. Led by Maulana Fazlullah, the group proved not only to be a formidable fighting force in Afghanistan but had also threatened to destabilize Pakistan. The militants swept into Swat Valley, killing more than 2,000 people. They imposed strict Islamic laws like banning parties, dancing and music shops, and warning barbers not to shave beards. They destroyed or shut down girls’ schools, banned women from any active role in society, carried out suicide bombings, and enforced harsh punishments which included public executions for citizens who defy their orders. Terrorism became too common an event to what was once a vacation destination. The sense of disorder was constant. People had to live alongside the terror, fear, and uncertainty for the years to come as the Taliban gained effective control of much of Swat. But while others cowered to terrorism, sought refuge and comfort, an 11-year old Pakistani girl made a big decision to speak out publicly against the Taliban’s prohibition

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on the education of girls. On September 1, 2008, Malala Yousafzai gave her first speech in local press club in Peshawar to protest the school closings—“How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to Education?” The speech was publicized throughout Pakistan. Malala, named after Malalai, a Pashtun heroine, is the daughter of an outspoken social activist Ziauddin Yousafzai. He established and administered the school she attended, Khushal Girls High School and College in the city of Mingora. Being an educator himself, Ziauddin was determined to give Malala every opportunity that a boy would have. She will go to school and be treated with equality in his home. And Malala was more than determined to achieve this. When the Taliban announced that all girls’ schools in Swat would be shut down on January 15, 2009, Malala agreed to blog for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about what it was like to live under Taliban rule. Using the pen name “Gul Makai”, to protect her identity, she wrote from January through the beginning of March of that year. In 2009, Yousafzai made her first television

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appearance on the Capital Talk. On this same year, she also worked with The New York Times reporter Adam Ellick to make a documentary, Class Dismissed, a 13-minute piece about the school’s shutdown. This was followed by another film entitled A Schoolgirl’s Odyssey which The New York Times posted on their website in 2009. That summer, she met with U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke and asked him to help with her effort to protect the education of girls in Pakistan. Her continuing television appearances has increased her prominence both in Pakistan and around the world. When her identity as the BBC’s young blogger was finally

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exposed internationally, she began to receive widespread recognition for her activism even nominated by human rights activist Desmund Tutu in October 2011 for the International Children’s Peace Prize. In December of that year, she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize (later renamed the National Malala Peace Prize). On the other hand, her prominence made her vulnerable to assassination. On October 9, 2012, the 15-year old Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while she was en route home from school in an attempt to silence her. She remarkably survived the attack and was flown from Peshawar to Birmingham, England, for surgery. But

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the incident was more of a blessing than a tragedy. It elicited protests, and Yousafzai’s cause was taken up internationally, including by the UN special envoy for global education, Gordon Brown, who introduced a petition that called for all children around the world to be back in school by 2015. Eventually, this petition led to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education bill. In December 2012 Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari announced the launch of a $10 million education fund in Yousafzai’s honor. Malala continued to raise the bar on herself. At a very young age, she continued working selflessly and vigorously to campaign for girls’ education and equality. Together with her father, she set up Malala Fund, an organization dedicated to give all girls access to education.

PRIZE Confusing connections, twists of fate, stormy relationships, and deafening gunshots and bomb explosions… Will love and hope outshine agony and chaos amid a Civil War?

Although she was motivated by conviction and not recognition, she was held today as the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani, and the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate. “My goal was not to get Nobel Peace Prize. My goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education in every child”. Winning the Nobel Prize was not important but it is a great opportunity she said in an interview with Panorama. She was also named as one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2013 and appeared on one of the seven covers that were printed for that issue. Later that same year, she won the United Nations Human Rights Prize, awarded every five years. In 2014, she became the youngest person

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to win the Liberty Medal, awarded by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to public figures striving for people’s freedom throughout the world. Yousafzai continued to use her enhanced public profile to bring attention to human rights issues around the world. She coauthored a memoir, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot

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by the Taliban (2013). She also wrote the picture book Malala’s Magic Pencil (2017), which was based on her childhood.

“I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is not,” she said during her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. “It is the story of many girls.”

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LYNN HALE SHAUINGER

This book begins with the childhood sweetheart husband, who was having strange behavior and nightmare flashbacks of Vietnam, leaving his home. His wife and four young children are now stranded and alone. The wife is filled with two overwhelming emotions: (1) freedom, as no longer would she have to deal with this unfathomable behavior, and (2) extreme fear, fear of how she and the children would pay for food and rent in this most expensive city. As the endless calls come in from doctors,

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lawyers, police, and random women, the wife decides to test the city's infinite possibilities of love and hope. This puts her on the brink of insanity. After navigating through the Jokers Playground, it became apparent that this city had two codes: sink or swim, that is until one warm and breezy day when a magnificent bright scarlet albatross flew SCAN FOR overhead. MORE INFO

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Allan Walter Trent

JohnandOlga

The book was realized as African-American John Smith and Spanish-American Olga Sanchez, who were both widows, were to be the central characters. Although the couple, as well as all other characters and events in the book, are fictional, they were drawn from the author’s real-life experiences. John, a former teacher and Vietnam Ve Veteran, is suffering from major depression. His friend, Olga, apparently loves him despite his poverty of spirit and limited material assets. Olga was marginally employed as a file clerk at a local insurance company. The book revolves around John’s experiences as he attempts to salvage his decaying life and realizes his hopes of marrying Olga. After abandoning his apartment, due to it being overrun by mice, he seeks shelter in one of New York City’s most notorious Men’s Shelters. It continues on to tell of John’s experiences in the shelter system, his en encounters with different types of people, his relationship with his son, and his high hopes of marrying Olga. The story of John and Olga challenges our humility and other values, despite the stressful life we are in. It tells of how the human spirit champions the final outcome.

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YOUR LITERARY ESSENTIALS | 7 MOST COVETED LITERARY AWARDS IN THE WORLD EVERY WRITER M

7 Most Coveted Literary Awards in the World Every Writer Must Know TEXT BY JOHN ADAMS

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e all are driven by an entirely different set of compulsions, they say. But whatever they are, one thing’s for certain—we all want to be acknowledged. That is why awards are important. They do not only mean success and prestige, but they also recognize many other things: ability, character, struggle, and, above all, honor. In the literary world, million of hopefuls submit their entries to different literary awards each year across the globe. However, the following are the most coveted awards in literature that every writer should know if they want to establish their own status and gain reputation.

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Nobel Prize in Literature

Nobel Prize is one of the most respected literary awards in the world. It definitely is, a big deal. In fact, there is no other prize in the intellectual realm with the prestige of the Nobel Prizes. Established by the Swedish inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel through his last will in 1800s, the award has been given since 1901 to writers from different countries. Since then, it has been awarded 110 times to 114 Nobel Laureates starting from Sully Prudhomme of France in 1901 to Kazuo Ishiguro last 2017. The list includes Ernest Hemingway, Bob Dylan, Winston Churchill, Rabindranath Tagore, Rudyard Kipling, Toni Morrison, and William Faulkner. The winners not only get the medal but along get an amount which varies from year to year.

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Man Booker Prize

Man Booker Prize is another leading literary award in the English speaking world It is Britain’s most prestigious literary award given every year to one of the best authors who has published an outstanding novel for the past twelve months. Initially known as the Booker-McConnell Prize from 1969 to 2001, the prize has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction, making it of great significance for the book trade. After Man Group invested in the prize from 2005 to 2015, it was renamed to Man Booker Prize. Since 2016, the prize has been focusing on fiction for translation with the winning author and translator getting 50,000 British Pounds and has also widened to accept

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any writing in English language and even accepted work from the Commonwealth, Zimbabwe, and Ireland. An author could only win one time, and the award was valued at 60,000 British Pounds. The international award had a separate prize for translation.

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The Pulitzer Prize

The award recognizes works in online, newspaper, and magazine journalism, musical composition, and literature, and it is overseen by the Columbia University. Pulitzer award, named after the respected journalist, Joseph Pulitzer, was first unveiled in 1918, which was handed to Ernest Poole in recognition for the book titled “This Family.” Today, it has 21 categories, and the winners in 20 of them get a certificate together with $15,000. A gold medal is bequeathed to the winner of the public service division of the journalism competition.

4. Neustadt International Prize For Literature

The award recognizes exemplary work in drama, poetry, and fiction. It was founded in 1969 by Ivar Ivask in the name of Books Abroad International Prize for Literature and was given its current name in 1976. It is a biennial award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today. Whoever wins gets a certificate, a silver eagle feather, and $50,000 which makes it one of the most coveted literary prizes in the world often compared with the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Hugo Award

Hugo award is given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year managed by the World Science Fiction. The Hugo Award is named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, the man behind the science fiction magazine known as Amazing Stories. The awards were unveiled in 1953 and categories include Best Novelette, Best Graphic Story, Best Fanzine, Best Professional Artist, Best Fancast, Best Dramatic Presentation, and Best Related Work.

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction

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Costa Book Awards

Even stories that never happen and places that never exist give readers a glimpse of reality— to bring life to all possibilities through the shadow of well-written fictions which live in the mind of an imaginative author!

The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most celebrated literary awards in the world. It is an annual award that celebrates the very best fulllength fiction written by women throughout the world.

The award recognizes the most enjoyable books of the year from a wide range of authors across all genres based in the UK and Ireland. Compared to other awards, it only has five categories- First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way. SCAN FOR MORE INFO

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YOUR LITERARY ESSENTIALS | WRITING APPS TO CONSIDER DOWNLOADING FOR 2018

Writing Apps to Consider Downloading for 2018 T E X T B Y S KY B U C H A N A N

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hile most writers still prefer the traditional method of writing with pen and paper, it is obviously more convenient to write digitally. It makes writing more convenient, especially when it comes to saving your ideas and correcting your writing mistakes. Before you dive headlong into the adventurous world of novel writing, pick the best writing tools to equip yourself. Aside from Microsoft Word and Google Docs, let’s compare the different writing apps highly recommended online this 2018:

Zoho Writer

As an alternative word processing app a writer can use, Zoho Writer is an excellent choice when you need various formatting options while writing. It also has a generous array of collaboration features.

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Ulysses Ulysses is the highly recommended writing app for MAC users. The features that stand out with Ulysses is its distraction-free writing mode as well as its word count goals. It may be an expensive tool, but it can help an author from organizing ideas and thoughts to preparing the manuscript for publication.

PSALMS FOR TODAY: CRIES OF THE HEART FOR TODAY’S WORLD D AV I D P I M E N T E L The author hopes to remind readers that God is full of grace, mercy and love, and that God is waiting for all people to call upon His name.

Write or Die Writers who can’t meet their deadlines have consequences they need to face. However, they sometimes don’t feel the pressure unless their editor personally comes over to scold them for failing to meet the deadline. Writers with a bad case of writer’s block and procrastination should use Write or Die. This app allows you to set goals as well as consequences of failing to meet the said goals.

IT JUST SO HAPPENED V I O L E T S U T TO N The story of how, against all odds, a man came through a series of amazing miracles to survive a horrendous car accident on the way home from Bible College for Christmas break.

FocusWriter Another writing app that should catch an author’s attention is FocusWriter. This one boasts of distraction-free writing as well as goal setting features. You can set a particular time to focus on writing your draft, set the alarm to have a break, and so on. Setting a goal such as a word count target is also possible with this writing tool.

A CITIZEN’S PERSPECTIVE PAU L S C H WA RT Z This book mainly focuses on the 2016 election. It intends to capture the challenges people face as a society, and to motivate readers to consider widening their perspectives on the various issues reflected in the columns.

WriteMonkey For your first draft, the WriteMonkey app is an easy-to-use tool to consider. Through this tool, you get to set word count goals, put a timer to limit your writing, and even remove all distractions to keep you focused on the task. SECRETS B A R B A R A VA K A Intimacy and brutality collide in this timeless story that takes the reader inside the secret lives of ordinary and extraordinary people paperclipsmagazine.com

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Distraction - free writing Goal setting (word count goals etc.) Timers and alarms Variety in formatting and styling Spell-check and auto-correct Collaboration Work offline Export to PDF Export to DOC, DOCX, ODT Automatic back-up/save Project management Free-to-Use

These are just some of the writing apps that an author should consider adding to his or her arsenal. Don’t be pa weapon to clear your writing goals and word count target.

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DECISIONS G. J. C. A young man who luckily gets his share from the stock he found in a family cabin, buys a house behind a new friend’s. After the purchase of the house, a pool party is held for some new friends, and two new relations start.

I DIDN’T SEE IT COMING! K AT R I N A T. S M I T H Contains poetic short stories that will greatly influence the youth. It challenges the way they view relationship and ooers adolescents an avenue to express their perceptions on issues they experience daily.

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What the aliens have to say about meditation, addictions, love, marriage, reincarnation and the soul. Check it out.

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MAURICE W. DORSEY

FROM WHENCE WE COME Acceptance is the greatest gift parents can offer their kids. Thus, the struggle can be unimaginable for anyone deprived of such gift. Seymour Rose, in this remarkable story, shows us what it’s like to be gay and have a homophobic mother. Being an African American who was born to a father who is a Catholic and accepts him unconditionally, and a mother who tells him throughout his life that she never wanted to have him was such a bittersweet experience. His mother’s persistent comments uttered in disgust and frustration, “Child, God wanted you here, boy—because I never wanted to have you!” made him thirst for her love and affirmation all the more. When he informs his mother that he is gay, this compounds her distaste for this child. At the end of her life, Estelle reveals to Seymour her years of malcontent with her son, and he comes to terms with his mother and his family history. This book is fictitious but based on a true story.

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FOOD, FITNESS AND FUN | SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLUES! CHEAP AND FUN THINGS TO DO THIS SPR

Shake Off the Winter Blues! Cheap and Fu Things to Do Th Spring season Photo | Wiki/Creative Common | Stock photo ID: 698625895

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verything is turning green and blossoming out. Spring has officially sprung up! But you don’t really have to shell out a fortune to spend a day enjoying life in the sunshine to shake off the winter blues. Here’s a great list of fun ways to enjoy the season! You may want to try them all.

S TO R I E S & S T U F F JOHN MACDONALD Reminds us the one most spectacular gift we have been given, and that is life itself. The living force of mother nature shakes hands with humanity, and all is well for the moment, and that is all we have.

Jog outside The winter is over. So, step outside and run in the beautiful spring sunshine. And there are tons of reasons why you should whether it’s to shed fat and calories, simply amp up your overall health or build your muscles.

SO WHAT IF ANOTHER MAN SCREWS YOUR WIFE? V I C TO R M E E N A C H The book seeks to reduce--if not totally eliminate--jealousy, shame, guilt, abuse, domestic violence, and possibly divorce.

Picnic at the park. Cheers! Enjoy the season’s vivid beauty with an outdoor dining. Go to the park and bring something to sit on. Enjoy a tasty meal or sip on a refreshing beverage. And bring your camera and some great tunes to listen to—to make it more memorable!

D OTA D O S DEEWITT A. HERD "Gifted" is not simply taking a simple thought and mixing it with reality, it is finding what you know best and exploring the possibilities of knowing how far you can go. Filled with humor and a surprising twist you’ll surely enjoy.

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Go to the beach

Plan a Spring Break Vacation

Springtime often means beach time, and there isn’t a better way to spend that annual late March or early April vacation than by cruising over to the spectacular shores.

The earth is way too big for its own good. It’s never too early to start planning for wild spring break trip and a vacation you won’t forget!

Spring shower! There’s nothing like it

Read Books

If a gentle rain impinges on plans, make the best of it. Have fun getting wet while standing close to those you love. Remember to notice how the washed world looks, the streets shimmer and the passing cars glimmer.

Plant something You can welcome the spring with perky flowers that save you from the winter blues sure to come. Or treat yourself to a few pots of lively green plants—they are the next best thing.

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Just you and your book can already make one perfect spring day especially if you want to go on a vacation but can’t afford one. Simply look for that kind of book that whips you right out of reality and pulls you in.

Play Boardgames If you’re looking for something that’s fun and easy, then look no further—play board games. As long as it is a fun game, you can get it to the table and play it.

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Visit the Zoo. Or Safari parks As the environment is getting ready to burst to life for the season, visiting the zoo or safari parks is another thing to look forward this spring. Fill your afternoon with activities and learning stations centered on all our zoo friends!

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FOOD, FITNESS AND FUN | IT’S WORLD KIDNEY DAY, EAT RIGHT!

It’s World Kidney Day, Eat Right!

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n its 14th anniversary this March 8, World Kidney Day will, once again, offer us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of our kidney health.

Our kidneys are natural fibers that not only remove harmful waste material from our bloodstream but also balance our body fluids. Thus, it is important we keep them healthy to function smoothly. So, identify today the best regimen that can contribute to optimal kidney health to boost their performance. Here is a list of foods you might want to add to your grocery list this weekend.

T H E G RO U P JAMES L. LOWTHER, PHD It’s a philosophical book smartly laid out in a form of fictional story. Through the story, the book aims to answer criticisms against Christian faith forthrightly.

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Apples As an excellent source of pectin—a soluble fiber that can lower cholesterol and glucose levels, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other anti-inflammatory compounds, there may be some truth to the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are not only beneficial for people with kidney disease who follow a low-potassium diet, but studies show they can also lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Eating them raw is excellent for your kidney diet, but an impressive apple recipe to perk up your appetite is never a bad idea.

THE DEBATE JAMES L. LOWTHER, PHD From where The Group left oo, Danny continues to show his skills in philosophical arguments. But conflicts arise as others couldn’t accept defeat.

Blueberries Another great news for anyone following a low potassium kidney diet is that blueberries are among the fruits, whether fresh or frozen, that are a low-calorie source of fiber and Vitamin C. Aside from their brain health benefits, blueberries protect against cancer and even heart disease. Toss them in a salad or eat them plain for a healthy treat! Strawberries

THE VERDICT JAMES LOWTHER Following the conflicts arising from The Debate, this final book of the series now brings the story into a courtroom drama. Will faith wins over pride?

They may be small in size, but they are absolutely big in benefits! Strawberries are a powerhouse of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. These fiber and nutrients have been associated with heart protection, as well as anti-cancer and anti-inflammation properties. They also happen to be among the top healthy foods for people with kidney disease. For a tasty treat, mix them in a fruit smoothie or add them to cereal. FINEETUNING JA N E B E R N A R D

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Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of abnormal heartbeats and triglyceride levels aside from being essential to controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. They are also being looked at for their potential to provide a host of multiple health benefits for patients with advanced kidney disease and protect the kidneys from high blood sugar levels. Onions We know onions can make some people cry, but what we probably don’t know is that they are rich in antioxidants that work to reduce heart disease and protects against many cancers, help neutralize free radicals, and protect the body including the kidney. Thus, onions make excellent choices for dialysis patients or people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Egg Whites This may have surprised you but, yes, egg whites. They are pure protein and provide the highest quality of protein with all the essential amino acids. For the kidney diet, egg whites offer protein with less phosphorus than other protein sources such as egg yolk or meats. Water Here’s why you should make water your new best friend. Water flushes out toxins that are causing bacterial infection or kidney stones, along with harmful particles in the blood. It is, therefore, the absolute best “cleanser” of all you can be consuming, no detox needed! Mushrooms Mushrooms, why are they so good for you? Aside from their miraculous, beneficial powers including relief from high cholesterol levels, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and diabetes, they are also found to regulate kidney function and may help prevent kidney disease.

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Choices are made, may they be bringing good or bad results, but in Dear George, Irwin touched the other side of life’s issue, which is probably the centermost of all mysteries even up to this day— why are we here? If life is just for the sake of living, then we might just be mindless animals who go with the natural flow that ends in death. A perfect book for readers who think there’s even greater purpose for life! paperclipsmagazine.com

Life is always about choices. When we are facing challenges, there’s no such thing as, “I don’t have a choice”, because we always have the choice to continue facing the challenges or run away from them. Our Life in Boxes by Richard Irwin shares the understanding of life— the insights that come ffrom the author’s own experiences.

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DARIAN WIGFALL A Dying Breed is about a 10-year-old young man named DeShaun Henry. He is a talented artist, which allows him to escape mentally, but he is deeply aected by family and friends who deal drugs. al gets caught up in the He also violence that is an integral part of gang life. As soon as he thinks he has made it past one trap, he gets caught again. DeShaun is in a constant battle between his dreams and the reality that surrounds him.

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FEATURE | BE PLAYFUL! IT’S MARCH!

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arch is here. Our senses tune to days getting longer and warmer. We feel playful. Love is in the air. Energy we sense objectively guides us to listen closer, look harder and want deeper. We intuitively tune to our highest potential. Spring is the season of renewal.

dealing with change.

Spring is a playful season bringing stress-free momentum to discover new solutions and renew old vows. Play is social. It’s fun You lose yourself, laughing or excited in the moments embrace. Play is when we take chances and accept consequences. It’s good training for

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Spring is wonderful. Every year, Spring renews the enthusiasm of our inner-child. With this open mind, we feel gratitude. Gratitude is intuitive thinking that keeps the big picture clear, so we relax. Yea!

Intuition is heightened in the Spring. It can be a gentle, persistent ‘nudge’ that comes ‘out of nowhere’ or a ‘gut feeling’. It is a reality-check to guide rewarding choices. Intuition is always

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a call to action. You have intuitive tools like curiosity, courage, dignity and determination to maintain vital connections with your heart as well as your mind. Like your eyes, ears, mouth, skin and nose, intuition is neither intellectual nor emotional. Intuitive thinking automatically unburdens, rearranges and rebalances the weight of responsibilities to balance actions with your priorities. You get the ‘nudge’ or ‘Aha’ moment. Intuition is inner GPS that links what you feel, with what you sense, and what you know, to renew the comfort of balance.

Take a deep breath to be amazed at the outrageous humor and magic of being human. • Celebrate the mundane and the delicious. • Every day, connect with honest curiosity and courage. You can’t go wrong. Intuition, like Love, is part of the always present hidden spiritual agenda of living. You naturally sense answers that reveal boundaries and connections with purpose and comfort. When a ‘nudge’ sparks the flame inside you, Life turns on a dime.

“ Your heart and my heart are very old friends.”- Hafiz

Life happens quickly. While your brain may be on ‘overload’, your senses are alert. Importantly, what you sense is always a fresh perspective. Spring is an especially joyous time to celebrate Life. Sense your potential to do what feels right. Give yourself a fresh start. The message of Spring is courage and forgiveness that plays in our hearts.

• Forgiveness is cash that pays tolls across the bridge of time. Forgive yourself and it’s easy to forgive others. • To renew your sense of purpose, before you get out of bed, be glad you’re alive. Be grateful for colors, sounds, tastes and touches. • During the day, remember to breathe.

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Thinking with your senses is child’s play. It’s a rejuvenating reconnect with creativity and spontaneity. Be playful by having eye contact with everyone talk to. Have fun. You will discover new answers, new ways of living and renewed love. You notice and decide much more with your senses than you realize. Turn up your personal wattage by talking less and sensing more. Gratitude As March unfolds into Spring, we feel renewed playful gratitude for Life. It feels good. Gratitude re- establishes healthy boundaries like patience and self-discipline.

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FEATURE | BE PLAYFUL! IT’S MARCH! It drives self-awareness, personal safety and passions. Feeling gratitude renews your sense of wonder.

know, with what you feel. This renews your personal perspective of long-term priorities, so you make smart decisions.

Most important, through gratitude, we sync with each other. Relationships improve because Spring renews dignity and courage to our step.

A Direct Connection

• Scientific findings link gratitude to increased optimism, stress reduction and a better night’s sleep. • Feeling grateful, feels good. It’s easy to recognize and share. Whether experienced as a smile, a ‘thank-you’ or eye contact, gratitude is always appreciated. • Showing gratitude strengthens personal bonds between us and is good for business. Sensual Thinking You are born thinking with your senses. You have 6 senses: seeing, hearing, taste, touch, smell and intuition that keep your brain informed and renew enthusiasm for Life. The most important promise is the one you make to yourself when you feel most alive. Success is not about how smart you are. It’s about being receptive to what you sense. Fine-tune your senses by noticing what’s right under your skin. Notice what you notice. Answers that make your heart sing are part of your DNA. Fine-tune good timing by being true to yourself. Sensual thinking is automatic, just like touch or smell. Intuitive tools are values you sense and naturally access, like curiosity or patience. These coordinate and balance what you

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Children use their eyes, ears, tongue, touch and smell to know what’s going on. For the young mind, options are always open because they notice what they sense to think with heart, mind, body and soul. Your heart is a beacon and antenna. Throw back your shoulders and lift your heart to the sky’s kisses. That’s how easy it is. Sensing is the stress-free way you focus. Focus builds energy. Clearly Life is a crash course in amazement. Why not rediscover your inner child? Fine-tuning your senses makes Life easier because you’re in sync with yourself. Sensual thinking connects your imagination and sense of possibility. It builds momentum while linking you with protective intuitive values. There are no limits to attitudes of courage, curiosity, dignity or self-respect. Use and share these to experience your highest quality of life. Celebrate renewal and Love. Celebrate Spring. Your ability to sense is organic and has nothing to do with ideas. Because we are taught only to trust intellectual reasoning, we lose touch with our gift to think sensually. It’s important to notice and respond to what you sense. Children do it automatically. Reconnect with wonder and purpose. Be playful. Everything you sense touches your spirit and informs your mind. • Sensing is the open door of

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compassion. Take a break when you leave work to be glad that you’re alive. Your evening will be amazing. • Every day is a gift. Take a minute before you eat to be thankful that you are not hungry. • Being playful is tuning-in to the bigger world. Smile more. • Share a meal with a friend. Talk about flavors and scents you sense. You both will find it refreshing. • A playful approach to problem solving uncovers inborn creativity. Playtime is when you sense the moment from a bigger perspective. Things come together and you are more efficient. The excitement of Spring renews inspiration. Sensing gratitude and the excitement of seeing, hearing, taste touch and smell, spontaneously draws you to:

Jane Bernard In working to address changes we face every day author Jane Bernard discovered common intuitive tools that keep us on track without stress. She has written a series of books that share new insights about finding happiness, alongside with valuable tips to help readers come up with satisfying solutions to meet their challenges. From intuitive thinking and healthy eating, to writing secrets, the Sensual Thinking series presents refreshing help with four books: Fine Tuning, Lucid Living in the Virtual Age, Am I Really Hungry? and Knock Your Block Off!

• Achieve goals and enjoy life. • Feel purpose. • Uncover strategies for problemsolving • Tap-in to creative thinking. • Love. March boldly guides us to, keep moving forward, to sense and anticipate the unexpected. Use curiosity, determination, dignity and courage as your tools to navigate an the maze of Living. Without expectations, prejudice or dogma, you are free to be true to yourself. Simple self-acceptance is something luminous. Respecting what you sense is respecting who you are. Let March winds ruffle your hair and kiss your cheeks. You are born to shine.

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SIMPLY EXCEPTIONAL | STRONG FEMALE LEAD CHARACTERS

Strong Female Lead Characters TEXT BY CAROL MARRS PHIPPS

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believe the fantasy genre made vast strides forward when a number of visionary authors began portraying women as strong characters in their own right. As this trend progressed and women’s roles in fantasy grew, we began to see intelligent, capable heroines and even villains by such great authors as C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Philip Pullman, Robert Jordan and many more. Finally, fantasy fiction became balanced and more believable. Gone are the days when the damsel in distress must wait for her hero to rescue her from all manner of dastardly scenarios. Thank goodness. Now, not only

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can women rescue themselves, but they often save the day for the other characters in the tale as well. How wonderful that female characters are no longer forced to merely cry, tremble and beg for their salvation, or simply appear as servants or sex objects to be used and disposed of, at least no more often than their male counterparts. I think balance is the key. Anyone can see there are differences between the sexes, but different doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. Each sex has certain things they do better than their counterparts, but it all balances out in the end. Beyond that, men

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JOSEPH WHITE THE LAST

SHINOBI This is a story of the battle between ultimate good versus ultimate evil, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. It is also about a young man who is discovering his destiny and doing what he can to fulfill it. Filled with monsters, special powers, sword fights, and maybe even a little wisdom thrown in, join the forces of good as they prepare for the ultimate showdown between the forces of light and the forces of darkness.

and women are equally able to accomplish tasks and problems set before them. My husband and I have a large number of female protagonists and antagonists in our books. With the belief that men and women are different, but equal we think our characters are extremely realistic, and thus our readers are well able to identify with them to a high degree. Our readers would seem to agree. Here’s what some of them have to say about our characters from our most recent release, WHAM! SCAN FOR MORE INFO

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“If you enjoyed the Wizard of Oz, The Hunger Games and LOTR then you’ll love this book. Incredible world building with unique characters. As a father of a young daughter I really enjoyed the two strong lead female characters.” “I instantly liked the youngest Greenwood, Tess, and felt for her and the almost hopeless situation in which she finds herself. And, as the story progressed, I discovered that Tess and most other characters are straight out of a fairytale—a dark one. Regardless, the characters are believable, and I found myself relating to them despite the fact that they aren’t completely human.” “Wham! - What a novel! This book was excitement wrapped in an extraordinary crafted dystopian world. Tess is an amazing strong main character and someone you

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can’t stop reading about. The book has fantastic writing, fantastic list of characters and creatures.” “I liked the dystopian feel to the world, and Tess was an easy character to like. Nia was a sympathetic character in impossible circumstances, but found friends, an unlikely ally, and an uneasy relationship with the potentate.” “The main characters are the most fleshed out characters that I’ve read in an indie book.” “As a Young Adult fantasy I found this story and the characters exceedingly compelling.” ”The characters were engaging and threedimensional and the plot was intriguing

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and kept me turning pages. I recommend this book.”

Sometimes, one doesn’t need to write an autobiography to share his own life story. Poetry, letters, and other works convey one’s thoughts and feelings… and a collection of those could show one’s life!

“The characters are complex and layered.” “They crafted two very strong heroines – Tess and Nia – who are sisters torn apart from the very beginning by an evil hierarchy and sets the tone for a thrilling, fast-paced adventure.” “The action starts in the opening paragraph, and continues throughout the book. Our heroine, Tess’s journey captured my interest at every story beat.” It would seem to me that it is definitely time for the heroes in our fantasy tales to stand toe to toe and head to head beside our heroines, not above them or below them, simply beside them. Balance.

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