Friday, November 22, 2013

Book of the Week Author Denise Zarella - NOT EVEN THE SKY IS THE LIMIT





                         NOT EVEN THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!
Denise Zarrella is an Emmy award-winning Reporter and Anchor for the CBS affiliate, WOIO in Cleveland, Ohio.  She's spent the last two decades moving from city to city, covering everything from crime to politics to human interest stories.  She began her career as a Production Assistant for Fox Television's, "America's Most Wanted."  She's had the opportunity to cover Presidents, Rock Stars and All-Star athletes, but the people she loves reporting on the most are those who may feel like they don't have a voice, like victims of crime and those who live in poverty.  She also has a special place in her heart for stories that involve people with disabilities.  Zarrella lives with her husband, Tony, their children, Anthony and Gianna, and their two crazy dogs, Buddy and Skoobie on Cleveland's West Side.



Tell us about your book?
"Not even the Sky is the Limit," is a book that showcases the abilities of children and adults with Down Syndrome.  It is meant to show the world that there are no limits for people living with this chromosomal disorder.  Life for people with Down Syndrome is just as fulfilling and exciting as it is for someone who does not have this disability.
What inspired you to write the book?
My daughter Gianna is the inspiration for what my husband calls, "my love letter to Gianna."  When I found out I would be having a child with Down Syndrome and after she was born, what I connected the most with other parents about was what their child was doing.  Did he or she play sports?  Did they like going to the movies?  Did they have fun together?  I just yearned to know that Gianna would have the same opportunities to enjoy her life and grow up having the fun that other kids do. It sounds so basic, but this need was so overwhelming for me when Gianna was having trouble meeting basic milestones.  It turns out that children and adults with Down Syndrome lead very normal lives and are often doing more and getting more out of life than people who don't live with disabilities.  How many of us can truly live in the moment and appreciate what we have and the people in our lives for who they are?  Not many.  Most of us just strive for this level of happiness and satisfaction.  Anyone I talk to who has a child with Down Syndrome or knows someone with Downs always lights up as they describe that person.  As one very wise man behind a deli counter said to me, "People with Down Syndrome are the closest to God that we can get here on earth."  Amen to that. 
Talk about the writing process.  Do you have a writing routine?
As a reporter and anchor, I have written for television for the past two decades.  I usually sketch out my story on a piece of notebook paper first, and then I type it on a computer.  I can usually hear the story in my head.  I write a story the way I would find it most interesting to be told to me.  I leave out the boring details and cut to the chase very quickly.  I hate it when people are long winded.  As someone once said to me, just say it!  Stop talking around it.  Just get to the point.  Say what you want to say.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope they are inspired and enlightened.  I am hoping this book, in particular, gets into doctor's offices where women are finding out for the first time that they will give birth to a child with Down Syndrome.  Unfortunately, the abortion rate is very high for people who are told they will have a child with Down Syndrome.  That is so devastating to me. I think people are guided largely by fear.  If my book was in their hands at some point following that diagnosis, I firmly believe they will chose life. 
Excerpt from book:  This is a toddler book, so the writing is very simple.  
  
Where can we go to buy your book?
Go to Halo Publishing's website: Halopublishing.com
A portion of the proceeds of this book goes to organizations that help people who have Down Syndrome. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY




 
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Life We Dream: J.H. Glaze - Reviewer - Fran Lewis


The Life We Dream: J.H. Glaze


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could program our lives in our car’s GPS knowing that the course we are about to travel will be the one that will make our lives complete? Wouldn’t it be nice if an architect could create a perfect blueprint that would highlight all of the roads, valleys and trouble spots that we might face in our daily lives and provide detours within this blueprint for how to avoid the pitfalls? But, life does not always work that way and sometimes we have to deal with the many adversities, disappointments and sorrows that if we could avoid we would. A simple phone call, a friend from that past that reaches out to you and your live takes on new meaning. Jack Bailey hesitates before answer a phone while driving. Missing his intended exit and taking this call would drastically change the outcome of his day and his world. Art Cline a friend from high school was on the phone informing him about the imminent death of his first love and Art’s wife, Sarah.

Just hearing her name brought back memories and Jack, although headed somewhere else, could not ignore what Art was saying. No longer living at home but in a hospice, Jack sets his GPS in the direction of the hospice hoping to get there in time. Author J.H. Glaze sets the dramatic stage for the events that are about to come, the memories shared by Jack and Sarah of their young lives, the reasons they never married and the hope that someday they would be together. Memories are precious and the ones shared by Jack are vividly told, crystal clear and the images described allow readers to go back in time to 1976 when two young five year olds met in kindergarten and formed a friendship and special love that would last until the end of time.

Do we ever really know when love will come to us? Do you ever really know whether a friendship will last forever? Driving to see Sarah and hoping to get there in time we hear Jack’s voice, endure his frustrations when the highway is blocked with an accident, he realizes he is speeding when traffic lets up and follows the course set out to see Sarah. All of his life he could not let go of his feelings for her nor would he ever forget her. The author shares their thoughts, memories and the one summer that changed it all as Sarah went to spend time with her grandparents and when she returned nothing was the same.

A young man’s dreams are shattered, a friendship torn apart and his heart broken. When Sarah returns to school not only is her appearance quite different but also her attitude towards Jack is not quite the same. A good friend that he trusts betrays him, the love of his young life moves on and the next thing we know we are back in the present. What happens when you want the past but cannot relive it in the present? What happens when you hope and dream but cannot find a middle ground between fact and fantasy? Thinking about Sarah, reflecting on their times together, high school events and then one quick move of the steering wheel causes him to stop, reflect and turn his thoughts back to Sarah. Focused so much on what he hoped for he does not see what is right in front of him. An accident or just a dream? The world around him crashes, his thoughts reflect on graduation, past activities and then a specter or is he real? The morning mist, the air crisp and the strange events: What is real? What is fiction?

Jack arrives at the hospice and sees Sarah for the first time in many years. When you visit her room, listen to their innermost thoughts and create the many images that the author describes you, the reader will decide what really happens. Imagine seeing someone after so many years. Imagine the smells of the chemicals within the room, the tubes attached and the pale image. A reunion of powerful that only author J.H. Glaze allowing anyone that has ever experienced a first love, a true love that they lost to regain the moments in time even for a few seconds. As Jack and Sarah seem to reconnect the moments they share, the truths that are revealed and the stories that he tells her are so poignant and powerful that they make their pasts come alive in the present.

Can two people whose lives and paths were not created by that architect so they would permanently intersect and their paths would never veer off in different directions finally find their way back home? The room was silent, the machines at their full capacity and Jack and Sarah will take readers into the hearts, relate stories that will endear you to both of them and hopefully bring to light what might have been if the world was perfect and an architect made the right lines, circles and drawings to create a life for two young five year olds that fell in love in so many years ago and just wanted one chance to Live the Life They Dreamed. Trips that are described to the Caribbean, her grandparents coming to America and fulfilling their hopes and dreams to start a family and live a good life and an ending that will make you think: What is real? What is Fantasy? What makes our dreams come true? 71 pages that will grab you the moment your open the book and bring tears to your eyes in the end. This is one book that might renew your faith in true love.

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Christoph Fischer book review - BAD CHOICES - AUTHOR FRAN LEWIS

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"Bad Choices" by Fran Lewis is yet another great and important work by this sensitive and caring author. With much empathy and sadness Fran Lewis tells the tragic stories of several deaths that shouldn't have been.
Accidents, suicides and mindless and unnecessary passings, pranks, drugs and truly horrific murder, they all seem to melt down to youth being out of their depth and youngsters being left without help and support.
Whether it be peer pressure or other youthful mistakes, there are things to be learned in these stories for all of us.
As usual Fran Lewis does not stop there, the book contains extensive appendices with information and guidelines for parents and friends to learn how to recognise symptoms of peer rejection and provides ways and suggestions how to tackle these important issues. Key values and attitudes for parents to teach and to display, resources and tools.
Once again I am left with a big impression and hope that this helpful book gets out to the right people.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Monday, August 5, 2013

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FORBES WOMAN -Mixing Business With Pleasure.Men Do It. Why Do Women Hesitate?

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Mixing Business With Pleasure. Men Do It. Why Do Women Hesitate?



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Why are so many otherwise professionally savvy women so uncomfortable when it comes to mixing business with pleasure? Since when is networking – if it includes exploring ways to actually do business with one another – a dirty word?
I just returned from a global women’s leadership conference that was packed with cutting edge content, world class thinkers and nearly 700 preeminent women from 31 countries. It was oozing with high-energy, classy, brilliant entrepreneurs, business owners, elected officials, scientists, PhDs, lawyers and thought leaders from every corner of the globe.
I returned home enriched, because the organization, founded in the early 1980s, never fails to deliver on its original purpose of bringing together global women of accomplishment “. . . to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire and to promote better leadership for a changing world.” A cutting edge vision for the late 20th Century.
However, the organization has one disturbing blind spot.  It discourages – and sometimes actually blocks – members from doing business with one another. It’s considered bad taste or just plain gauche to “bother” members of this elite network by showcasing our products and professional services to one another.

One member told me, “When I was invited to join, I was specifically told that we are not allowed to do business with one another — that I could actually be kicked out if I crossed that line.”
Huh?
There is so much wrong with that attitude — which is all too common among our gender — that most men would laugh if we tried to explain it. Discouraging women from actively leveraging our networks to achieve our professional and business goals ties one hand behind our backs.
Even worse, it limits our ability to develop the 21st Century ground game we need now to achieve our lofty visions of women ascending to leadership roles. Those visions will remain merely dreams until women begin collectively building our economic and political power.
I recently heard a very successful male business executive tell an audience of women, “Your network is your net worth. When men get together we talk about two things: sports and doing business with one another.” (Of course there’s a third favorite topic of men, but let’s not go there.)
The Brotherhood has been a well-oiled machine for centuries. As fiercely as they compete with one another, males also do business with, open doors of opportunity for and pay more to members of their own tribe.  When men serve on non-profit and corporate boards together, before you know it they’re doing business with one another. That rarely happens with women.
Here’s another example. Women are graduating from law schools in record numbers and make outstanding lawyers and judges. Yet, the number of women equity partners in law firms is  pathetically small.  The biggest stumbling block is women’s rainmaking track record. Too many of us are still fish out of water when it comes to landing big clients and bringing in business.
In PlutocratsChrystia Freeland’s new best-seller, one ultra successful, global businessman told the author, “Women don’t have the royal jelly. They don’t want to fight. They won’t go for the jugular.”  Going for the jugular is not what I’m espousing.  But there’s an element of truth in those words.
The biggest thing holding women back right now is ourselves. Our reluctance to openly display ambition. To ask women in our networks to do business with us, or help us crack executive positions. To urge our corporations — particularly when we’ve achieved positions of influence — to more actively seek contracts with women-owned companies.
Women are natural networkers.  Relationships are our forte.  But we’re still in kindergarten when it comes to understanding how to turbo-charge our networks to help us accomplish our economic, professional and political goals.  And to help other women do the same.
We can overcome this Achilles Heel by looking in the mirror every day and start asking ourselves,
  • Who in my network can I refer business to?
  • How many women lawyers, accountants, financial advisers and business owners do I know? How often have I referred business to them?  Big business.
  • How can I raise my voice in my own circles of influence to be a visible and vocal advocate for strategically investing in women’s economic success?
  • How many women have I helped get elected to political office?
  • What attitudes or traditions in organizations I belong to need to be re-considered for the 21st Century?
Regardless of our education, professional experience or accolades, women will remain in the global passenger’s seat as long as we are content to merely come together to rub shoulders with peers, honor our Sheroes, and talk (and talk and talk) about how women in leadership roles is the missing link to solving the world’s complex problems.
Talk is cheap. Action is messy. Risky. And, yes, sometimes uncomfortable.
It’s time for the Sisterhood to take another page from the Brotherhood’s playbook. You can start by giving a “sister” some business.

Anne Doyle is the author of POWERING UP! How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders, a keynote speaker and a City Councilwoman in Auburn Hills, MI.  She has been tested in multiple-leadership laboratories, including men’s sports locker rooms, the auto industry, political office and parenting (which she insists is “the toughest!).  Signed copies of her book are available at: www.annedoylestrategies.comfacebook.com/poweringupwomenbook.

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    Anne Doyle Anne Doyle, Contributor 8 months ago
    Sheree, thanks so much for your comments. Enjoyed discovering your Women At the Tables Facebook community. Will check it out.
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    Anne Doyle Anne Doyle, Contributor 8 months ago
    Barbara — thank you for your insightful (as always!) comments. I know it is a fine line between “using” people and figuring out how to effectively put our networks to work — for ourselves and others.
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    Anne Doyle Anne Doyle, Contributor 8 months ago
    Michael, I appreciate your in-depth comments and experience related to this topic.
    I’ve made some fantastic connections and friends through the organization I wrote about, which is why I value it so highly. I just think we need to evolve our networking abilities. And I totally agree with your point about needing to walk a fine line between leveraging contacts and mis-using them.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CONJURING - COMING TO THEATRES JULY 19

With 'Conjuring,' Taylor may finally win name game


This Monday July 15, 2013 photo shows actress Lili Taylor posing for a portrait in Los Angeles. Taylor stars in the haunted-house thriller "The Conjuring," opening nationwide on Friday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just one glimpse of her face is followed by a flash of familiarity.
But, oh, that name just isn't coming.
Together again for the first time: filmgoers, meet veteran character actress Lili Taylor.
After 25 years making movies, Taylor said the public most regularly approaches her about work in "Mystic Pizza" (1988), "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996) and the 1999 remake of the '60s horror classic "The Haunting."
"I feel like that's a nice spectrum, because you've got your indie, you've got your big one," the 46-year-old actress noted in a recent interview.
"Or they can't remember," she continued, "because I'm one of those who they think I either walk my dog in their neighborhood or I live in their building. And that's the kind of actor I am, which is fine."
To the stranger, she says, "'I know you think I'm in your building. It's 'The Haunting' and that's where you know me from, and let's just cut to the chase.'"
While "The Haunting" grossed nearly $100 million way back in 1999, it was almost universally panned by the critics, in part due to comparisons with the beloved 1963 Robert Wise original that inspired it.
This weekend marks the arrival of another horror entry for Taylor's filmography. She's one of the four (count 'em) leads in director James Wan's "The Conjuring." Opening Friday, the R-rated film serves up its own fresh blend of two of horror cinema's all-time classiest acts: Wise's "Haunting" and William Friedkin's "The Exorcist." ''The Conjuring" also stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston.
Based on an actual case investigated by paranormal expert Lorraine Warren and her late husband, Ed, "The Conjuring" invites viewers into a haunted house, introduces the nice family that has just taken possession, and then ... Well, if a reporter tells you more, clearly the devil made them do it.
As for believing in this kind of stuff, Taylor called herself "agnostic." The actress, who portrays the family's matriarch, said she "had an experience, funny enough, in Rhode Island, which is where this movie takes place. I went into a house and the house had some history to it, and it was a very uncomfortable house and there was stuff that happened in there. Prior to that, I didn't believe. After that house, I was like, 'I know I felt something and I don't know what it is.'"
Taylor has also found success on the stage, as well as on television ("Six Feet Under," the current Netflix series "Hemlock Grove"). And while her acting may be chameleon like, Taylor's voice is unmistakable: a sweet-savory concoction that brings to mind chocolate toffee slathered with sea salt. Among the best-known of her numerous voiceover gigs is a series of spots she did for Tylenol.
They can be lucrative. "You know, off-Broadway is $200 a week," Taylor said, smiling. "I love voiceovers, and I'd love to do more. I'm just going to put that out here."
Taylor and writer-husband Nick Flynn have a 5-year-old daughter, Maeve, who may find those walks with mom are interrupted a little more frequently by the end of "The Conjuring's" big debut weekend.
Audience testing on the film was so strong ("off the charts" as per "Variety") that studio New Line moved the film's release from the dead of last winter to the height of this summer. And most early name-critic reviews have been positive.
But even if the movie's a smash and nothing changes for Taylor, even if her name doesn't go household, the actress is just happy to be working. She follows "Conjuring" with a lead role on one of Fox's buzzy fall entries, the J.J. Abrams'-produced "Almost Human."
"I just want to keep going," Taylor said.
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In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Lili Taylor portrays Carolyn Perron in a scene from "The Conjuring." The film opens nationwide on Friday, July 19. (AP Photo/New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures)In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Lili Taylor portrays Carolyn Perron, left, and Joey King portrays Christine in a scene from "The Conjuring." The films opens nationwide on Friday, July 19.(AP Photo/New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael Tackett)This Monday July 15, 2013 photo shows actress Lili Taylor posing for a portrait in Los Angeles. Taylor stars in the haunted-house thriller "The Conjuring," opening nationwide on Friday, July 19. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)