Paperclips Magazine Apr 2018 (#47) The End

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Endings are Beautiful

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’m not much of an early riser. Even despite the number of studies that morning people become more successful in life, I can’t just do it. I rarely see and appreciate the beauty of the sunrise that most normal people do. I, and the entire hard-working Editorial Board and members of the Production team, who leave work at dusk, however, get to see sunsets every single day - and we think they are just as powerful and beautiful. For thousands of years in literature, sunsets have always been used as a common symbolism for ‘endings’. And it isn’t hard to tell why. The soft but striking reds and oranges that speak life and passion, drawing energy and vigor from the sun. The eerie purple and indigo gradient that symbolizes an anxious transition. And the night sky darkness, slowly, but inevitably creeping in like death itself. Sunsets like these give you a poignant, nostalgic feeling. A feeling that seems to overwhelm you at first, but you can’t seem to understand

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it very well because of the contradicting nature of beauty and death. Don’t we all want something beautiful to last forever? We wish for a flower that never withers, a book with unending letters, even television and movie series we wish would air forever. We enjoy so much the substance and value of these things that we irrationally want to immerse ourselves in experiencing it indefinitely. But as we slowly get a grip back to the real world, we realize that no matter how much we enjoyed something, we can never truly experience its power unless it comes to a conclusion. We realize that we can’t force things to last longer than they are supposed to without having them lose their strength and beauty. Now we’re not here to explain Thermodynamic laws and physics, but we do know that as humans, we would rather want to see something end, than to see it gradually fall into disorder and ruin. As horrid as it may sound, the same is true with how a lot of people look at their own lives. Once they believe that the

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Rachelle Browne phase of their peak power, usefulness, and beauty has gone or has never been achieved, they may choose to just end it all than to see themselves in a lesser state of happiness and satisfaction. I think, in a way, all of us can benefit when we learn how to appreciate the process and the journey of our lives and stop thinking about what we would feel at the end until we actually reach the end. As I see young people frantically worrying about their future all the time, giving themselves harsh life deadlines set by social media and Instagram models, it would be wonderful if everyone can stop obsessing about our borrowed definition of success. Sure, a sunset will remind you that the end is inevitable after a long day, but it also reminds us that no matter how bad our day can be, there will always be a beautiful ending. Endings are beautiful. They give us that last bit of insatiable desire and leave us with a warm feeling of satisfaction and peace. Let me also end this message with a quote from Leonardo da Vinci. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent deserves a happy death.�

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THE COVER

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Hawking and Graham: Who Left a Better Legacy? T E X T B Y JOSEPH ADAMS

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ne thing is for sure: Death comes for us all. It is a morbid fact that everyone has encountered at some point in their life. For some people, death is the end of all consciousness and endings. For others, it is only the start of a new and greater beginning - the afterlife. And whichever path you believe in, you will still surely pass away from this Earth.

leaves behind as it slices through the water. Stop imagining your own death now and answer this. What will you leave behind?

Imagine that you’re dead. And while you’re out there, wherever ‘there’ maybe in the complete abyss, void of darkness and light, or whether you’re reaping the rewards of your faith in heaven, you still left a couple of people mourning after you and your life on Earth. Have you said final goodbyes? Have you written a last will and testament? Did you agree to donate your organs for medicine and science? People leave remnants of themselves when they die, like the waves that a boat

While Hawking was born in Oxford into a family of doctors, Graham was born in a frame house on a North Carolina dairy farm.

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Recently, two illustrious people passed away. Both renowned in their own fields, both loved and adored by many, and both left gigantic waves of sorrow as they finally rowed their boats to their own ends. They were Stephen Hawking and Billy Graham. These men were exceptional in their own ways. But these two were like two sides of the same coin.

At the age of 21, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). In a very simple sense, the nerves that controlled his muscles were shutting down. At the time, doctors gave him two and a half years to live. Graham, at 16,

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On God “I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the

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Stephen Hawking “There is a language in nature

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On Death “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.” -Hawking

“Do I fear death? No. I look forward to death, with great anticipation. I am looking forward to seeing God face to face. And that could happen any day.” -Graham

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experienced the transformation of a traditional farm boy into an instrument of God. And while Hawking performed groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology, whose books helped to make science accessible to everyone; and spoke against the idea of God’s existence; Graham, on the contrary, proclaimed the gospel to more persons than any other preacher in history, and authored countless books promulgating the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. Reverend Billy Graham, also known as “America’s Pastor” and the “Pastor to Presidents” lived his life sharing the Gospel of Christ; that God loves you and sent His son Jesus to die on the cross and pay for your sins so that you can restore your relationship with Him. By 2005 he has preached this message live to more than 250 million people worldwide – something no one has ever done before, and no evangelist is expected to do again. He converted millions of Americans to Christianity, and millions more from outside the US. He is regarded as a man of great faith and integrity, and has lived his life true to his message. At the age of 99, Graham took his last breath on February 21, 2018 at his home in Montreal, North Carolina. Stephen Hawking on the other hand, is well-known for his outstanding brilliance in theoretical physics. He spent his life trying to understand the mysteries of the universe. He received countless awards in his lifetime including the Copley Medal in 2006, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in

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2009 and the Fundamental Physics Prize in 2013. He was called a cultural phenomenon as he contributed more to our understanding of gravity than any physicist since Albert Einstein, and did this while diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, which shut down most of the muscles in his body. Early in the morning of 14 March 2018 in his home in Cambridge, England, Hawking died at the age of 76. Who left a better legacy? It depends on who you ask, but it’s not actually a competition. Billy Graham shared spiritual salvation to millions of people and changed their lives forever. Stephen Hawking added a huge chunk of discoveries in our collective human knowledge base that will last along with the last human on Earth or in space. While they were alive, we rarely see the sum total of all their contributions to mankind, but now that they are dead, we get to appreciate more the work they have done to help our society. It’s hard to imagine what death is like when we know so little about it and even with the advances in our technology, we have never overpowered it. And even though their bodies are gone, their lives and work are immortalized forever. Endings like these, as much as they are sorrowful, are also powerful. They give us the hope that we are also capable to contribute to humanity as much as they have had. History will remember us one way or another – for a great evil we have done to this world, or for a greater good that will change lives forever. When your time comes to row your own boat to your own ending, what waves will you leave behind?

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t was in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein that actor Alyssa Milano posted a tweet on October 15, 2017 urging women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed to give people a sense of magnitude of the problem by posting a status on social media with the words “Me Too”. On the next morning, over 30,000 people have used #MeToo and created a flood of response across social media which was a powerful rallying cry for survivors of harassment and sexual assault.

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#MeToo has then become an online campaign after recently taken social media platforms by storm. But although it has gained popularity over the past four months, the initiative actually began more than a decade ago when Tina Burke, an activist from Harlem, founded Just Be Inc., in 2006. Just Be Inc. was nonprofit organization that focused on the health, well-being, and wholeness of young women of color. It was initially launched to provide “empowerment through empathy” to survivors of sexual abuse, assault, exploitation, and harassment in underprivileged communities who typically don’t have access to rape crisis centers or counselors. With that, Burke founded an online support network of the

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same name (MeToo) that aims to support and amplify the voices of sexual survivors. “It’s not about a viral campaign for me. It’s about a movement. On one side, it’s a bold declarative statement that ‘I’m not ashamed’ and ‘I’m not alone.’ On the other side, it’s a statement from survivor to survivor that says ‘I see you, I hear you, I understand you and I’m here for you or I get it,” she said on her interview on CNN. Based on the statistics provided by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. One out of every six American women has been the victim of

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an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime and an estimated 17.7 million of American women are victims of such a crime as of 1998. Every 8 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted while only 6 out of 1,000 perpetrators end up in prison. This issue on sexual assaults and abuse has long been there since the 90’s where allegations had been a ring of familiarity to many and most cases are yet another passing sex scandal ensnaring a powerful man. Such cases were only buried in silence and injustice and fought with mere sympathy not until #MeToo swept off the social media with hashtag posts sharing people’s (particularly women’s)

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own experiences of sexual harassment and assault and started to de-stigmatize speaking out in public. With plenty of reasons like fears of being disbelieved, personally scrutinized, shamed, ridiculed, blackballed, having their name publicly tied forever to an ugly thing that happened to them that kept the issue hidden for quite a time, the survivors have now found their public voice and are ready to speak out calling what happened to them by its name: sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment. The broader trajectory of the #MeToo campaign demonstrates the power

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of women as a group along with the power of social media in building a global movement. Now, it already hit the Hollywood, media, politics and other sectors and is continuing to spread across the world with the pressing issue on sexual abuse gaining lots of supporters. “Sexual violence happens on a spectrum so accountability has to happen on a spectrum. I don’t think that every single case of sexual harassment has to result in someone being fired; the consequences should vary. But we need a shift in culture so that every single instance of sexual harassment is investigated and dealt with. That’s just basic common sense,” Burke said. For two decades, Burke has been setting up programs to help victims of abuse but didn’t tend to include sharing their status online. But as it turns out, the destigmatizing effect of #MeToo represents a greater gain than the anticipated risks.

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While #MeToo has gone viral, the full legal, political, and cultural consequences are yet to be sorted. With the campaign having no signs of dying out, many are hopeful for the advancement of the movement. Burke says her plan now is to make sure that conversations around the issue continue beyond the trending headlines and that the site will be a greater tool for both survivors and supporters of the issue. Burke also stated that one of her great plans for the movement is by making #MeToo a more comprehensive website and a community resource for people around sexual violence and by making it a destination for people who are looking for support and those who want to do work around sexual violence in their own community both offline and online. She also hopes to offer training and workshops around the topic.

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Does religion cause most conflicts and violence in the world? T E X T B Y STEFAN KOHLER

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here was this “peace forum” just a week ago that discussed ideas on solving mass-scale societal violence. It involved speakers from the city and outside to talk about the nature of wars and their root causes. This forum, on its first half, had little elementary grade students with their own cute slogans and posters about peace.

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that somehow turned physical? Because if that’s how we define violence in this context, it would singlehandedly answer the question, and the answer would be NO. The young man, after a few seconds, had done a wonderful job of adding the word “death” to the definition since it is probably one of greatest manifestation of violence itself.

As the forum progressed into an open one where guests were allowed to ask and discuss with the speakers and other guests, a young man, I would say about 16 years of age, stood up and asked one of the speakers this question, “Doesn’t religion cause most conflicts and violence in the world?” The way he constructed his question, it was reasonable to believe that the young man already had this idea in mind that religion might just be the greatest source of conflict and violence ever. He could have gotten it from the internet, from a friend, or from a newspaper, no one knows. But you might be wondering what the speaker’s answer was. Well, I’m not going to reiterate his speech to this page, but it was more generic than anything really; an answer that was careful not to offend anyone in the audience. The first thing any reasonable person would do is to set the parameters and definition. What qualifies as conflict and violence? A mere disagreement? A disagreement

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There are two points I would be sharing here. When we talk about deaths, surprisingly, more have been killed by irreligion than by any religious worldview. About 78 million people have died in China with Marxism and Mao Zedong and 23 million in the Soviet under Joseph Stalin. Put these two names together, add their ideologies both personal and political, plus all the irreligious regimes in the world, and you’ve got way more than a hundred million people dead – and this is only exclusive to the past 100 years. This is nowhere near what people have done in the name of religion. Nowhere. Now, what about the Crusades? Most scientific estimates point about a death toll of 200,000 people in all the 9 crusades which lasted for 200 years. And even with the Crusades, it’s arguable that it wasn’t even religious to begin with but a mere political and military retaliation against the enemies of Europe, wherein there was no difference between the State and Church powers. The Crusades didn’t happen because their Bible told them so, but because they wanted to strike back and “reclaim” lands. It’s a mere political and military campaign sanctioned by the Pope. And having said all that, let’s try to weigh

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out the religion. There are lots of religions that never, in the recorded history of the Earth, had followers who killed in the name of their religion or deity. If we break it down even more, we can ask ourselves if the person doing these horrific acts of violence are keeping with their religious worldview or violating their religious worldview. This is a common thing most people say when they blame Christianity for Hitler’s holocaust. But nevertheless, it is a weak argument, and it’s wrong. What about Syria, Iraq, and the entire Middle Eastern conflicts then which involved religious extremists? From the name extremists alone, we can decide for ourselves if they really do represent the entire religion or not. In Syria for example, ISIS and other rebel groups backed up by major Islamic nations like Saudi, Qatar, and Turkey, want the current secular Syrian administration to be toppled down in favor for a Shariah-based Islamic government. So are these all religiously motivated? It depends on how you see it, but objectively it’s more political than anything. It’s the grabbing of power and wealth and a battle between governments and nations. Religion and politics can overlap each other and at times be completely integrated with each other. Some religions are more susceptible to be used as a front for terrorism and political campaigns and some are not. But what is important in answering the original question is to determine whether a certain religion promotes violence fundamentally

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or does it inspire people to do acts of violence due to ambiguity of the meaning of their scripture. And even so, even if we take extremists and crusades that were mostly political and only religiously sanctioned into the equation, it is still comparatively low to the hundreds of millions of deaths done by irreligious acts and socio-political ideologies. Finally, philosophy should also be brought to the question. When an atheist kills, it can be keeping with his or her philosophy, whereas when a Christian does violence, it is in violation of his or her belief. And you should never judge a belief by its abuse. Political ideologies referred before like Marxism and Leninism and philosophies can be extremely dangerous.

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But why is it so easy for people to blame religion for all the conflicts and violence? Ideologies. Ideologies fight each other, whether political versus political, religion versus religion, or political ideologies versus religious ideologies. This happened a lot of times in history where most political ideologies, like Marxism or Communism and the like, tarnish religion with evil. They pass off the blame to other ideologies and belief system so they would be more attractive to the public. The rise of these such ideologies in the Western culture also means the demonization of religion and spirituality altogether. So, does religion cause most conflicts and violence in the world? It doesn’t.

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And the joke was on me… April Fools! T E X T B Y Z O E Y T AY L O R

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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.

A L I E N C O N TAC T BONNIE MEYER What the aliens have to say about meditation, addictions, love, marriage, reincarnation and the soul. Check it out.

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Prepared for nothing “My Muslim friend invited me to her wedding back in 2016—the date was set for April 1st. I was excited, really. But soon, my excitement for the event was later replaced with anxiety because dressing for Muslim weddings is a serious business. Though they don’t expect you to wear a hijab at the wedding, you have to be very careful with what you are wearing. So, for almost a week, I asked advices from my other Muslim friends about it and then finally decided to buy a dress that I thought would be appropriate for the occasion. Early morning on the day of the wedding, I texted to congratulate her again. Then she called, no longer able to hold it, she started laughing hysterically and said, “I can’t believe you fell for it! It’s April fool’s day!” Though I think that was the dumbest joke ever, that whole scenario still gives me a good laugh to this day.”

Wrong move “My co-worker, who was also my roommate, decided to prank our workmates in the office years ago. So, we posted a short farewell message on Facebook to see what their reactions would be. As expected, many curious folks asked us why we were leaving. We reasoned that we received an irresistible job offer. There were some who even sent their farewell message to us. It was a sad moment for everyone, but the saddest part of the story was when the HR sent to us her farewell message as well. She even advised us to personally talk to her about our graceful exit and for other formalities. We didn’t see it coming, really. Worse, we couldn’t tell her it was a joke. It might have seemed like a good laugh at the time but it became a no laughing matter. We lost our job. Imagine that.” --Jesse

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Hey Dad! I forgot…

Too late, everybody knows “I always loved to be part of a theatrical play. So I planned on doing something that would help me test my acting skill and take advantage of April Fools’ Day. I called my best friend on the phone crying and told her I was just diagnosed with brain cancer which explains the headache I often feel. She almost yelled when she said, “What?” and yes, she freaked out then started sobbing on the other line until the call ended. I couldn’t believe she fell for it! Well, she knows I have always been sick but to have cancer is just too much. I do not want to ruin the momentum so I just decided to tell her the next day. But when the morning came, she was knocking at our door and showed me a list of doctors I could consult to have a second opinion. Not to mention, the list was made by her mother. Before I could tell her it was all just a joke, her family already thought I have a cancer.”

“I have a son and I always ask him to grant me a grandchild. He knows very well that it’s the only wish I could ever ask for. On my birthday, he asked a moment to talk with me. He was sitting next beside me when he uttered the words I so longed to hear, “Dad, you are going to be a grandfather.” I couldn’t explain how I felt at that moment but I know I was filled with overwhelming joy. I was in the verge of happiness when I noticed my son so awkwardly quiet so I asked him what’s wrong. I almost cursed at him when he said, “Dad, I forgot to tell you I don’t have a girlfriend.” It was my birthday but I forgot it was April.” --Tony

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A prank gone wrong “It was a common prank that everybody knew and was easy to pull off especially on a sleeping friend. Exactly what I planned of doing to my roommate, Kate. I’ll put on whipped cream on her hands, tickle her nose, and before she’ll know it, her face is filled with cream. That was the plan. But sometimes, even the best of plans do not turn out as you expected them to be. And this was one good example. I started the scheme off right. I put on the whipped cream on her hands and tickled her nose right after. To my greatest surprise, however, she held her hand upward instead of scratching her nose! I didn’t know what had gotten into her. But because of that, the foamy cream landed on my face instead. She woke up and without saying anything, she burst out in laughter knowing I was caught on trap I set up for her. Well, we both did.” --Zandra

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I’d like to encourage all those aspiring writers out there to plant their butts in front of their computers and start writing. It’s not easy, it’s not glamorous, but if writing’s in your blood, it’s something you have to do. So go do it! Have fun!

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ith commercial success and critical acclaim, there’s no doubt that Lisa Gardner is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. She has over 22 million books in print and has published in 30 countries. Her books not only received awards from across the globe, but were also made into TV movies. Gardner’s novel The Perfect Husband was chosen by a European producer to be made into a TV-movie, her Instinct to Kill starring Mark Dacascos came out in Germany while the The Survivors Club was made into a CBS Movie of the Week starring Roma Downey. It aired in early 2004 with impressive cast with Jacqueline Bisset and Lauren Lee Smith. And in 2011 her novel Hide was aired on TNT Television starring Carla Gugino, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kevin Alejandro, and Bridget Regan. Not only that, Gardner has made personal appearances on TruTV and CNN.

Her novel, The Neighbor, won Best Hardcover Novel from the International Thriller Writers, while also receiving the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle in France.

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She was also recognized with the Daphne du Maurier Award in 2000 for The Other Daughter. Finally, Lisa received the Silver Bullet Award from the International Thriller Writers in 2017 for her work on behalf of atrisk children and the Humane Society. However, before Lisa Gardner’s name became etched into history, like many authors, she also had a pretty remarkable past. And she has always been a picture of a talent who never forgets where she came from despite her success. Believe it or not but Gardner once was a business consultant, a budding expert on process reengineering. “Basically, I’d go into a company, tell them a better way of doing things I’d never done, then bill them for oodles of money. I also spent a lot of time reading Dilbert cartoons.”

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“PAIN HAS A FLAVOR. THE QUESTION IS... WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE TO YOU?”

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While spending her days drafting a book, Gardner has also worked at night as a waitress. It was only after her hair had been caught on fire twice serving an appetizer called flaming saganaki that she realized her future in food service was limited. “…it was the ’80s “and there was a lot of Aqua Net involved. I had to serve an appetizer involving flaming cheese.

Though it seems that she has been writing all through her life, Gardner formally started her career writing romantic suspense novels for Silhouette Intimate Moments as Alicia Scott. Her novels have a distinctly different feel from the Lisa Gardner books as they are kinder, gentler read—less language, less violence, and more romance. “They are the other side of Lisa Gardner,” she said. Gardner’s love affair with thrillers and suspense started when she was just a kid. Growing up, she read Stephen King, John Saul, and V.C. Andrews. Basically, she always loved anything that begins with a dark and stormy night and ends with a dead body. And to convince her readers of these things in her writings, Gardner rely heavily on fact and research.

Except I kind of poured the brandy down my arm, meaning when I lit the match, the fire raced up my limb and melted my highly permed and poofed bangs. I took the hint. No more food service. Lots more time at the keyboard,” she recalls during an interview in The New York Times. Writing has always been in her blood. So, perhaps it was inevitable that she grew up to be a writer. “I’ve always loved to read and I’ve always loved to write. That geek in the back of Latin class who was working on a short story instead of listening to her teacher’s lecture-that was me!” At 20, Gardner already had the good fortune to sell her first book that she worked on for three years and rewrote four times.

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I generally start with a call to some poor detective who has the misfortune to pick up his phone. I’m honestly touched and amazed by the thorough assistance I’ve received. I’ve interviewed FBI agents, ATF agents, state police, local police, corrections officers, etc., and every single one of them has taken significant time out of his or her day to answer my questions. They are very nice people doing very tough jobs.” Now Gardner has just published her 20th novel, “Look for Me,” which debuted as No. 5 on the hardcover fiction list. “It’s based on a ripped-from-the-headlines kind of crime — a family is murdered and their daughter missing,” she explains. Gardner talked to homicide detectives about how they’d approach such a case. “In real life, it’s a 50/50 proposition: Half of the time the teen assisted in her family’s demise. But the other half, the family is killed in order to abduct the teenager,” she says. “You need to know everything about this family, and you need to know it yesterday. Yet you still can’t answer the most basic question: Are you searching for a killer, or a victim? The detectives I spoke with impressed upon me the need to have no preconceived judgments. Start with the crime scene, work your way out.”

Lisa lives in New Hampshire where she spends her time with an assortment of canine companions. When not writing, she loves to hike, garden, snowshoe and play cribbage.

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Welcome to the Alternate Reality T E X T B Y MISS AMETHYST

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THE GOLDEN CARRIAGE AND OTHER STORIES JJ EHRDHARDT

Five stories in one—bound to keep you on the edge of your seat!

WEST JANELLA CHAPPELL A.J. West was with his friends and his Uncle Frank to Cave Run, Kentucky. However, while in the woods alone, A.J. was beaten by four men. Uncle Frank blamed his friends. A.J. wanted to kill them.

A WRINKLE IN TIME MADELEINE L'ENGLE It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother and mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when suddenly a disturbing stranger arrived and changed their life for good. Find out why.

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The story was undeniably portraying stronger characters of women like that of Bella Swan played by Kristen Stewart. But I will not only talk about gender or issues of sexuality here. Thing is, fiction stories have great impact on the lives of each one of us. A fiction story with a touch of reality you might forget it is a fantasy, or a story that would want to make you believe there is more mystery in this world than we have imagined there was. This is maybe how Meyer caught what the readers would want to read. Fiction refers to literature created from the imagination. Mysteries, science fiction, romance, fantasy, chick lit, crime thrillers are all fiction genres. Basically, fiction is a work of imagination, an illusion in prose. One author argued that most fiction and the act of reading itself are escapist pursuits. It is because fiction permits the reader to ‘escape the ennui of the real world and indulge vicariously in an alternate reality’. I have been reading fiction stories and it has the ability to remove the burden of my problems and unbearable struggle in that

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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

short pleasurable moment of drowning from the story. Other people say that the alternate reality makes up for the arbitrariness of the real world, which is kind of true to me.

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.

Sometime in my childhood years, my mother used to read us children stories, those kinds where the characters are animals or pumpkins or fairies. They speak and feel like humans in the story. It would eventually tell us the struggle of the good characters but at the end of the story, the good will win over the bad ones, always “…and they live happily ever after”. I remember sleeping so soundly because of the satisfaction on how the story ends. As years passed, however, I begin to see how the real world works which is actually disappointing because the world is not so friendly after all. I came to understand that fiction stories are stories that were only found between the hard covers. They do not exist. The good ones don’t always win; it is often the bad ones who reign. The good ones do not always have a ‘happily ever after’, because oftentimes, they were those who have struggled to live from the very beginning. Truth is, the good ones do not have fairies or a prince charming to help them in times of need. They are not always that happy because they were those who have been scarred over and over again. Maybe Meyer have seen all of those, and in her dream, the impossible became so possible. A vampire who lived for 300

A L E X E I ’ S B LU E M A R B L E MICHAEL ROBINSON The book tells the story of the twelve-year-old Alexandre Kristian’s life and his crazy cruise, which is a birthday present from his adoptive parents.

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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years and a woman he will love for the rest of his immortality. What a beautiful and unique love story! But then, reality slapped us. Not all men are as committed as Edward Cullen, the vampire. Not all women are as empowered as the women in these stories. Another striking truth, a rich man like that of a prince does not always choose a lowly woman or a maidservant; much more ask for her hands in marriage. And speaking of marriage, fairytales end the moment they exchange ‘I do’s’, because in reality, the struggle starts right after it. In the status quo, divorce rate has been steadily rising. In the modern world, not every marriage lasts forever. According to the statistics given by family law attorneys, almost 50 percent of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce or separation, which made U.S. the 6th highest divorce rate in the world. Hence, only in fiction stories are there perfect marriages. Only in the alternate reality is there love that never wavers or love that conquers even death. Like Meyer, J.K. Rowling became famous for Harry Potter. Also an example on how people want an escape. Welcome to the world of wizards, witches and magic. Quite exciting because sometimes we

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just wanted to become invisible from those judging eyes, it is tiring to be misunderstood by our every little action, we just cannot be ourselves because society tells us to be this and that. In just a wave of the magic wand, it is cool to turn the bad one into a frog where he can never ever be a prince even when a beautiful girl would kiss him on the lips, forever cursed. Fiction stories could definitely bring us to a different world, away from workstress, hardheaded children, a cheating husband or even away from never-ending laundry. It has the ability to keep us sane from all the struggles we have to face on a daily basis. It is the only thing that could change our lives for a few hours of being drawn into the story. Sadly, when we close the book, we also close the passage to our sole escape. And we have to go back to where we are considered helpless. But then, even if there is definitely nothing wrong about reading fiction stories just to escape the pain, remember that you can be more than your favorite character. You can be strong and free and happy, only a matter of will. Let the fiction be your alternate reality but learn to face the real world too! See its beauty like how you appreciate a prose.

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MALCOLM GL ADWELL TEACHES WRITING

CO M I N G S PR I N G 201 8 In 24 lessons, th e auth or of Blink an d Th e Tippin g Point tea ch es you h ow to f in d, research, an d write stories that capture big ideas. 100% EXCLUSIVE Transform your stor y tellin g. In his f irst- ever onlin e class, Malcolm analyzes his own works to reveal his unique creative process.

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1 William Adolphe Bouguereau - Dante and Virgil in Hell Inspired by Dante’s inferno, French artist, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, painted Dante and Virgil in Hell in 1850. With its vampiric and demonic elements, the painting sets itself apart from most Inferno illustrations. The painting depicts Dante and Virgil looking on as two damned souls are entwined in combat. This oil on canvas is presently on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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2 Anatomical Pieces This is an interesting piece but gruesome. Its artist, ThĂŠodore GĂŠricault, who took advantage of programs at local morgues that let art students check-out human remains for anatomical study, sometimes, would borrow them as models for his paintings. So, yes, it is what you think it is. Yikes.

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3 Gallowgate Lard With its white, ghostly features, red tinted mouth and nose, and sunken eyes, the painting can be considered one of the most enigmatic self-portraits ever painted. This thick oil painting was created by the Scottish artist Ken Currie who specialized in grim, socio-realistic subjects and depicted the bleak urban life of the Scottish working class. And you may not believe it, but it is supposed to be his self-portrait. Photo | Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

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4 Medusa Medusa was the loveliest of Phorcys’s daughters, particularly admired for her beautiful hair. However, after being violated by Neptune in the Temple of Minerva, the goddess turned her hair into serpentine locks. The Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens, in 1618 painted this repulsive image of Medusa’s decapitated head.

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5 Saturn Devouring His Son The most famous “black painting” of Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya was actually painted on his house—in the dining room to be exact—between 1820 and 1823. It was based on the Greek myth of the Titan Chronus who feared that he would be overthrown by one of his children. So, he decided to eat each of them upon their birth.

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6 Judith Beheading Holofernes The Beheading of Holofernes has inspired many artists but it was Caravaggio’s 1599 painting that had highlighted the moment of greatest dramatic impact, the moment of the decapitation itself.

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7 Deterioration of Mind Over Matter Painted by the famous artist, Otto Rapp in 1973, the decomposing human skull in a birdcage and a parting flesh of the scull secured by a safety pin is devilish enough to disturb one’s imagination.

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When the Music Changes, So Does the Dance T E X T B Y LARA KAYE

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According to Science Daily, when we listen to music, we tend to mentally simulate the body movements that we believe have gone into producing the sound. Thus, our experience of a sound entails a mental image of a body motion. This is the reason why we sway and bob our heads softly when a love song is on or stomp our feet on the floor when pop or hip-hop music pulls us in. You see, there is an important cue between the music and the dance that is why we could easily draw out judgements when someone’s not married to the beat. Life itself is one great music industry that produces different genre in the form of discouragements, hopes, faith, love, joy and whatever there is to name. Sometimes it will give us soft beats of wonderful music of hope. Other times it will play hard beats of frustrations and weariness. And at some other times, it brings about melodies of faith and

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love. But whatever music there is, in life, we will always be our own dancer. So if life throws at us the biggest musical sheet, we need to counter it with the right modes and measures of our own rhythmic movements. Yes, it is important to change our position when the music of life changes its key. However, there are times when we cannot just let the beat tell us what to do—when nothing matters more than our own sense of balance and choice of movements. Thus, it is inevitable to deviate from the ideal beat pattern. The disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm, syncopations, as researchers call it, is showing nothing more than a clever “ability to cope with obstacles.” Therefore, we shouldn’t get discouraged when life provides us a discouraging tone. Or give in when it changes to some harder beats of fear, exasperation and inconvenience. Do not abide with their chords. Let them buzz off their own lonely course instead and take

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LET THE KNOWWITTALL ROOSTER BILLIE ATAMER

braver and much stronger steps. Bear in mind that the music of life is more of dancing with the good music and dancing through the hard ones.

Tells the story of a bossy little Rooster on the farm. Until one day he saw a falling star...or did he? Leo learns a very special lesson

Now, compose yourself together and start thinking of the steps you will need to present when life suddenly changes its musical preference. Remember that your life is the music industry, the opportunities both good and bad are the musical sheets and your way of dealing, your response, is the dance you have to execute. You are the dancer, you are the bringer of the overall show.

JUN ANZU SARA MADDEN Jun Anzu is very small, but she feels large inside. She reminds us that it is not our outer size that matters but how large we feel on the inside.

CARROTS CAN DANCE JEAN POWERS This book was inspired by the delight and imagination that young children display while exploring the natural world.

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Easy Tips That Will Help To Ensure A Thrilling Experience For The Readers T E X T B Y JOHN ADAMS

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riting is an art and so is reading. While writing is more of putting words of what to say, reading is more of taking in what is said. Writers cannot be acknowledged as one without the readers and so, it is a writer’s responsibility to give the readers a reading experience of its worth. Reading should be fun and all and it can only become one if the writer would give them the chill to experience such. And so, to bring the readers into a thrilling experience in reading, here are some easy tips that would be of great help.

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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.'

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.

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Make a catch on the cover The first thing the readers would notice is the cover, the vivid pictures and illustrations their eyes would see. Make use of that occasion to make them feel a sense of sudden excitement of what it would tell about the content. Be as creative in choosing the fonts, the colors, and the photograph or drawing you wanted to display. The visuals the readers would see mostly are the luring devices that would entice emotions.

Make your title interesting The title of the story you are to write should be interesting that would hook up the hearts of the readers. A one-liner title with one to three words is usually the most powerful and most catchy title that stimulates the attention of the readers. The title should be something that interests the readers like something new from their hearing or something they could relate about. Remember that your title is the gateway of your story.

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Talk to them One effective mode of communication is conversational. Converse with the readers through making connection. Connect with their feelings, their emotions, their desires, their interests, their hopes, their fears. Make your words a voice they would want to hear. Do not just laid out facts or opinions but talk to them like how grandparents have been made the greatest story-tellers of everyone’s childhood days by telling stories that would captivate attention. Talk to the readers like how a friend would talk anything about something. No one is ever more excited and happy than to hear a friend say, “I have something to talk to you about”. Be a friend behind your words who wanted to connect beyond the covers. You can own your story but let them own your words.

Engage them An experience would not be called an “experience” without engagement. Should you’ve been asked whether you have experienced to dream something without actually engaging to sleep, you would’ve said no. One cannot have an experience of something they have not been engaged with. Give the readers an experience by engaging them in your story. This is a phase from talking at your readers to communicating with them. Stimulate their feelings and emotions by creating scenarios that makes them see like you are

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catching up of what’s happening about their lives, like you are telling something on their behalf. Make them the participants of your story by involving their experiences. Nothing is more engaging for readers than to read the words they wanted to say and find the right words to express what they are feeling. Let the readers be on your story and dwell on its characters. Either make them the villain, or the hero, or the passersby, or the neighbors. Whoever they are, make them relate to what you are writing as if it’s their own story to tell.

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Activate their virtual world Everyone is so fond of day dreaming and has their own way of creating a little world of imagination, more so with the readers. Any written story wouldn’t be as creative as they seem without the reader’s ability to visualize things on their own that would give more credit to the work of art already laid down by the writer. This potential of the readers is giving justice and more sense to the words produced. Cultivate it. Let the readers explore a different dimension of the world through your story. Bring them to the world of imagination by allowing your words to usher them to create pictures that would likely to exist in their minds like talking about physical, tangible things that those of abstract, vague, general concepts. Get in your reader’s head and paint pictures inside.

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Introduce old but new experience Not all of us loves history but surely everyone loves to be engaged with something familiar. Sure, anyone loves to explore new characters, new stories, new scenes, new genre. Who would want to be stuck in the same, old, cliché anyway? But in order to understand something new, it needs to be attached with something that has already been known of. It’s like linking a past in the future. To give a thrill to a reader’s reading experience, you have to wrap up the old with the new. A folklore story with a matching action scenes and newly introduced characters can be taken as an example. It’s just like telling the old story but giving the thrill through new twists and plots and characters. Or you could also take the art of

girding the old schemes with a new story, enfolding the old morals with the new thoughts, dressing the old characters with the new perceptions, sustaining what’s old but introducing what’s new. It’s not old yet not all new. It’s taking the art of both.

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.

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.

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.

Reading should be as fun as playing games. In many mystery games, the thrill comes when the player is on the dilemma on how to solve the case. Spoon-feeding may at times, if it may, be good but leaving a space for mystery is

always better. Let the readers draw their own course of conclusion. Give them the joy to unlock and discover what is not vividly expressed like leaving a question on what will happen to the character’s next journey. 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

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8 Amazing Places To Visit In America Before You Die

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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.

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.

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t goes without saying that life is short and death is inevitable, so before your ultimate rest, here are some wonderful experiences you would dare not miss. From national parks and monuments, to beaches, amazing canyons, bridges and coasts, get some of these amazing experiences in America under your belt while you still can!

D OTA D O S DEEWITT A. HERD "Gifted" is not simply taking a simple thought and mixing it with reality, it is ďŹ nding 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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Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

One of the world’s most famous bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden gate strait with one mile wide, connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Instead of just merely taking the view from inside the car, add a little adventure of renting a bike and pedal your way over.

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Have a blast in Arizona’s Grand Canyon

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

One of the most wonderful handiworks of nature is the steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado river with 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and one mile deep. With its grandest name comes its grandest adventures where you can stay right on the Grand Canyon rim and watch the sunrise, take a float trip on the Colorado River, fly over Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and ride in Bryce Canyon with a cowboy all in one place.

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

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.

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Go partying in New Orleans

Searching for a city that knows how to party? New Orleans’ the name, the birthplace of Jazz and the home to a unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Here, you can actually stomp your feet and dance your heart out with jazz music. Plus, you’ll get to party all night long in their poky jazz bars and smoldering blues clubs that’s never required to close.

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Drive California’s Pacific Coast

Designated as All-American road, this stretch-up coast reaches around 500 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Also considered as one of the top motorcycle rides in the U.S., driving along its highway is a road-trip to rule them all where you cannot only experience a scenic view of the glittering ocean with thumping waves against the cliff and a changing landscape on both sides but you also get to pass the vast vineyards of wine country, witness the jaw-dropping views in Big Sur and you might want to consider a pit stop on its pretty towns.

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Have fun with the snow in Colorado

Colorado has a variety of snow covered mountains and terrains that are best for skiing and snowboarding. With the variety of its terrains comes a variety of slopes that you can get to chose with where to ski or snowboard. There’s the family-friendly groomers, steep slopes, moguls, terrain parks, and backcountry exploration.

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Go for glaciers in Alaska

Seeing icy glaciers is a quintessential experience. There are some few popular glaciers in Alaska where you can have different ways to see it either with drive, cruise, hike, or stroll. You can reward yourself with different adventures from different glaciers you would want to see.

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Dive into the Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico

A beautiful masterpiece which light up with a blue glow at night caused by little sea creatures called dinoflagellates. Having to experience such glow in person is like bringing you into a different world. The best way to experience this is through diving or on a kayak.

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Replenish your youth in Disneyland

To the happiest place on earth! Disneyland. There is no more asking why Disneyland should be on the list. It is the best place for pure enjoyment and fun where it features an iconic amusement park with eight themed parks with rides, shows, and costumed characters. This sure is a place where fantasy and reality collide.

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What to eat when meatless Fridays matter? T E X T B Y PAUL AUSTIN

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ou know it’s Lent when every single restaurant in town only advertises these particular items on their menu—fish and vegies! So, we don’t mind a nice meal out at a restaurant this Lent; it’s a delicious treat. However, if you decide to take care of the cooking at home, and you don’t want to deprive yourselves of a delicious dish just because it’s a meatless Friday, then we bet this short list of “meatfree” foods can help you dive right into cooking. Have fun!

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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.

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.

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?

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Cajun Black Beans and Brown Rice Cajun-style black beans and brown rice create a memorable meatless meal that only takes minutes to make. With cheap ingredients and simple recipe, you will surely have a blast!

Poached Salmon With just parsley, garlic, lemon, and mint the flavor will lend to this simple poached fish. This quick recipe comes together in just 10 minutes! Serve this with a side of rice and simple green salad for a complete meal.

Bean Enchilada Casserole Traditionally enchiladas are rolled but with this kind of dish you can save yourself time by just layering them. This recipe packs all the flavor you need for the day with cheese, beans, and corn.

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Mushroom Lentil Bourguignon It’s tasty lentils for Lent! A beefless bourguignon with mushrooms taking its place, this rich flavorful meal is the one awaited by your taste buds to explore. Even tastes great when served with creamy mashed potatoes or over roasted vegetables.

Baked Salmon with Dill Cream If you are searching for a simple, easy to make, hassle free dish that will elegantly serve your cravings, this dish is perfect for you. With a salmon baked from frozen and is finished with a stirtogether sauce of sour cream and dried dill, your meatless meal will surely count.

Asian Tuna Lettuce Wraps To save you from being stuck in your kitchen, the ultimate savior of crunchy veggies teamed up with tuna and sweet and sour sauce will surely be the hero of your Lenten diet. In as quick as 15 minutes, this easy-breezy dish will give you the luxurious taste within a cheap effort to serve. paperclipsmagazine.com

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan Get off with that classic fried eggplant recipe and add a little more fun and flavor by creating this alternative Parmesan recipe, the lightly breaded and baked eggplant topped with cheese and served with chunky tomato sauce. With lower calories, this dish will make you good to go.

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Fiery Tomato Basil – Mac and Cheese Prepare your mouth with the extra ordinary mac and cheese with smoky-sweet tomato flavor and fresh basil! This one’s definitely worth locking down on your table.

Pierogi Lasagna Get yourself together for the ultimate surprisingly mouthwatering pasta dish. With its secret ingredient of seasoned mashed potato topped with zesty cheddar cheese, this recipe will make you ask for more.

Potato Crusted Fish and Chips Savor the seasonings that are put together to create this crispy-crunchy for potato crusted fish and chips that is best served with potato wedges! Have this favorite meal on your table.

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Survive Fasting by Staying Healthy and Active T E X T B Y KEITH MCCAIN

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asting is one canonical form of penance during lent. There are different forms of fast like fasting from media or other luxuries but the very common is fasting from food. During this period, one’s food intake is reduced from normal where only one proper meal and two smaller meals are required a day and certain beverages are prohibited. Going on for days without eating as much as you want is not an easy task to do. But hey! Don’t give up just yet! We have laid down several ways that will help you be a fasting survivor without actually compromising your health. Stay healthy and active!

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Feed your stomach with the right kinds of food

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at a small p l a t e before waiting 10 minutes and continuing with the meal. Do not go into a rush just to satisfy your hunger. Your body is still in the state of progression, do not dive into a heavy meal right away. Eat slowly, little by little, to avoid your stomach to be shocked.

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emember that you are eating less than what you are accustomed to eat daily. It is only proper and basic to feed your hungering stomach with the right kinds of food. Eat digestible and absorbable foods which are rich in fiber such as whole-wheat breads, rice, pasta, potatoes and whole wheat grains. These foods will give you energy that can last for many hours. Dates, juices and soups are also good sources of carbohydrates and help bring your low blood glucose to normal levels. Raw fruit juices such as apple, grape, and pineapple are good sources of natural sugar and are great energy booster. Vegetables and fruits will also give you vitality.

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t is wise to abstain from strong stimulants such as caffeinated drinks and beverages such as tea and coffee during a fast. Caffeine consumption can promote dependence upon these stimulants during the month, disrupt sleep, and potentially give you a headache the following day.

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ater! Water! Water! You cannot be hungry and dehydrated at the same time. A person can survive without food for days but not without water. Be sure to fill your body with at least eight glasses of water every day. But careful not to drink large quantities of water all at once or a lot during a meal for balance and to avoid bloating.

4 Wean yourself off caffeinated drinks

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reath in, breath out. Breathe slowly, breathe deeply using your diaphragm, and breathe through your nose – the three most important rules of the thumb you need to remember and apply. Vital for longer and healthier lives of your cells is your ability to expel carbon dioxide from your body and to take in a good quality of oxygen into your system. Proper breathing helps to lower heart rate, lower blood pressure and cardiac output, increase blood oxygen level, promote clear thinking, increase metabolism, improve circulation, relieve stress, and support detoxification otherwise, fatigue and a state of low energy will knock you out if not properly carried out.

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mprove your body state with light exercise such as walking. Take time walking around God’s creation and refresh your mind with fresh air. It will give you a boost of energy instead of wearing you down. Schedule a time to do this on your daily routine like taking a short walk around your block or your building and boost your energy level for the rest of the day.

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ne of the most important things to do, take a rest and get a sufficient amount of sleep. The most ideal is taking at least 8 hours of sleep a day. Remember that there is no enough food to support you from all your activities so you need to make amends by rewarding yourself with proper sleep so you can stay active during your fasting. Take small breaks or have small power naps. Do not exhaust yourself too much.

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