Meditation for People Who Can’t Meditate

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701 Life Lessons (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about 701 Life Lessons?

701 Life Lessons is a self-help book aimed at helping individuals discover powerful life lessons that can transform their perspectives and help them achieve their dreams. The book emphasizes the importance of learning valuable life lessons early in life, as it helps individuals handle the challenges, take initiative, and prevent negative habits from forming. This book, along with 701 Life Quotes, challenges the reader's current perceptions of life and the world and aims to change their perspective towards life's hardships and obstacles. The goal is to increase the reader's comprehension, empathy, and empower their greatest self in this chaotic world.

What motivated you to write the book?

I was motivated to write the book due to my personal passion for life lessons and self-improvement. For nearly a decade, I had been collecting life lessons from my own experiences and encounters. I felt a strong desire to share these lessons with others and inspire them on their own journey towards self-discovery and growth. I hope that through the book, I can encourage individuals to invest in their personal development and take an active role in shaping their lives and futures.

What type of reader/demographic did you write the book for?

I wrote the book for a broad and diverse audience, appealing to individuals from all walks of life. However, my main focus was on individuals who may have lost hope and are in need of inspiration and guidance. I hope that through the lessons and experiences shared in the book, I can touch the hearts of these readers and help them gather new hope and a renewed sense of purpose in life.

How long did it take you to write 701 Life Lessons?

The writing process for 701 Life Lessons was an ongoing one that started from my early youth. The collection and compilation of life lessons took several years to complete. However, the final formatting, editing, and design of the book cover took approximately 1 and a half years to complete. The culmination of this lifelong journey is a book that I am proud to share with others, offering lessons, wisdom, and inspiration to all who read it.

Did anything stick out as particularly chllenging when writing 701 Life Lessons?

As a writer, there are several obstacles that can come in the way of producing quality work. The first obstacle is finding the time to write, especially when balancing a full-time job. It can be difficult to set aside dedicated time for writing, especially when faced with other responsibilities and commitments.

Another common obstacle is losing motivation. Writing can be a challenging and demanding process, and it's easy to lose sight of the end goal when faced with writer's block or other creative challenges.

Finally, impatience can also be an obstacle in the writing process. Writing often requires patience and persistence, and it can be tempting to give up or rush the process when faced with obstacles or setbacks.

These obstacles can be difficult to overcome, but they are not insurmountable. With dedication, determination, and a willingness to persevere, it is possible to overcome these challenges and produce meaningful, impactful writing.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I am not writing, I am focused on my full-time career as an engineer and am currently pursuing a second master's degree. With my demanding schedule, I have limited free time, but I cherish the moments that I can dedicate to my passion for writing. Writing is an important part of my life and I make it a priority whenever I have the opportunity.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

To learn more about my work and my perspective on life, readers can start by reading my book, 701 Life Lessons. This book provides an in-depth look at my personal experiences and the lessons I have learned throughout my life. For those who are interested in connecting with me or keeping up-to-date with my latest projects and endeavors, I am active on different social media platforms under the username @Honerod.


Our Transgender Journey (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about Our Transgender Journey?

It’s the story of me helping my pre-teen daughter transition to a teenage boy. I didn’t know where to start when she came out to me and desperately searched for help. It was a journey of helplessness, frustration, challenges, and joys.

What motivated you to write the book?

 I was motivated to write Our Transgender Journey because I needed a way to process things as they were happening. I wanted to tell the story to family and friends who I knew would ask without repeating myself each time.

 I also wanted to help other parents, particularly single moms like me, know that they didn’t have to be a celebrity or have unlimited resources to help their child transition. There are many of us doing this everyday with the resources we have and we’re successful in helping our child be the person they need to be.


How long did it take you to write Our Transgender Journey?

It started as a blog which I added weekly entries to for about 2 years. As Sam started to feel better about himself and our relationship was in a better place I had less to say. That was about 3 years in, so I closed the blog. I really wanted to preserve everything so decided to turn it into a book.


How did you come up with the title for the book?

Brainstorming with a friend. I needed to capture what we went through and let the reader know it wasn’t just Sam’s story or mine but ours. Some steps felt longer and were longer than others, so it truly was a journey.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Our Transgender Journey?

Oh yes, I didn’t want to use real names, to protect people’s privacy, so the challenging part was remembering their fictional names when I talked about them in more than one chapter of the book. In hindsight I should have written them down.


How can parents or others who need help contact you?

By email: I’m happy to share my experiences with anyone who needs someone to listen, talk to, or just needs help. It can be a challenging process, but help and resources are out there, just ask.


What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you during your journey?

I’m going to cheat and share two: 1) follow your child’s lead and 2) your dreams are not their dreams.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I love to travel and try new recipes. I’m vegan-ish, meaning I don’t eat animal protein or dairy like vegans but, unlike them, I eat fish. I also love spending time with Sam, my family, and friends. Of course, there’s always something I’m watching on Netflix.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

This is it; the journey has ended.


Make Me Believe

Many of us believe in the power of God manifested in the form of prayer. However, if you don’t,

read “Make Me Believe” by Jeremy Hahn and I’m sure you will change your mind.

This is a powerful, true story of a man on the brink of death. His wife, 7 months pregnant, faced

the death of her husband and the daunting task of welcoming her son to the world without a

father. On a normal day, joyfully awaiting the arrival of their first son, Jeremy suddenly fell ill. His

wife rushed home from work to take him to a clinic to get some answers, and from there, their

world got flipped upside down. One moment, it was a simple flu, and the next, Jeremy was

dying. Multiple sudden and rapidly worsening illnesses took over Jeremy’s body over the next

few days and to the unbelieving heart, healing was an impossibility. Thankfully Jeremy was

surrounded by many people who believed. People who believed in hope, healing, and the power

of prayer, even when the doctors caring for Jeremy did not.

Jeremy, in pain and the darkness of a coma, was surrounded by a group of prayer warriors. In

the hospital, in the state, and around the world, thousands of believers lifted Jeremy up to the

Heavenly Healer. While steeped in the “void” of his coma, Jeremy had an encounter with God

like no other. Jeremy describes the Holy Spirit as a part of his inward being, “attached like glue”

to his person. While Jeremy had given up hope and in his unconsciousness began begging God

to end his life, end his pain, end his darkness, God revealed the many prayers being prayed

over Jeremy at that exact moment. Jeremy describes this experience as a sort of galaxy of

prayer, like comets swirling about him in the darkness. After wrestling with God and hearing

hundreds of prayers, Jeremy finally surrendered to the life God had for him. Jeremy decided to

keep fighting, for his wife, his son, and more.

After this experience Jeremy awoke from the coma, and God began a miraculous, speedy

healing in Jeremy’s body. When doctors told him his recovery would take months and likely

never be complete, Jeremy walked in the first few days. The medical team couldn’t explain this,

but Jeremy could. It was the power of God and the power of prayer. From there, God worked in

Jeremy’s life to allow him to be at his son’s birth, get off medication, pay off medical debt, and

continue serving.

“Make Me Believe” is a story about a man on the brink of death, but it is so much more. It is the

story of miracles and answered prayers. Jeremy’s life is a beautiful example of how God’s

goodness and grace can wash over a life despite what we may believe. God has a plan and a

purpose for every life, and Jeremy’s story will make you believe in the miracle of prayer.


Career Day at School, the Best Day of the Year! (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about Career Day at School? 

Career Day at School, the Best Day of the Year! Follow along on a rhyming journey as students share about the heroes in their lives.  Currently there are 4 books in the series with the 5th and 6th on the way.  The first book, A Hero Wears a Sheriff’s Badge, followed by A Hero Drives an Ambulance, A Hero Wears a Trooper’s Hat, A Hero Wears Pilot Wings, with Everyday Hospital Heroes coming out in February and the 6th will be a surprise to the readers.  Anyone can be a mentor or hero to someone, so I expect the series to grow as I add new careers.

What motivated you to write the series? 

I produced a monthly video called Story Time with Jeffery D Paden.  It’s a bimonthly video show on YouTube and Facebook featuring the Sheriff, his staff and friends of the Sheriff's Office reading children's books. Topics vary but include safety, bullying, gun safety and many other educational stories. Story Time was the inspiration for writing my first book, A Hero Wears a Sheriff's Badge.  When I began writing I didn’t plan to have a series, but as I wrote more stories came to mind.  Every book written so far have been about someone special in my life that has been a true hero to me. 


What age group did you write the book for

The series was written for all age groups; however, I would say that the demographics for the series are for ages 5-12


How long did it take you to write Career Day at School

The first book in the series, A Hero Wears a Sheriff’s Badge took approximately 6 months to complete and the other 3 books in the series took approximately 2 months each.  I am currently working on a 5th and 6th book in the series at this time and I would expect the 5th book “Everyday Hospital Heroes” to be finished in February 2023.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Career Day at School

I would say the challenging part to writing a series is to not duplicate what I’ve already said and coming up with new material to keep the rhymes fresh. 


What do you like to do when not writing? 

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and trap shooting, including competitive trap shooting.

Where can readers find out more about your work? 

Readers can find the books on by searching Career Day at School, the Best Day of the Year! Or I have supplied the link below.

They can also follow me on Facebook, Author Steve F. Schubert



Keep Smiling” by TIANA PONGS – Insider Tips of a Topmodel

A modeling career is the dream of many girls - and usually remains, because the industry is coveted and fast-moving. As an internationally booked model, today's actress has been one of Germany's leading advertising faces for many years. Tiana Pongs knows the model business inside out. Her guide "Keep Smiling" (Ebozon Verlag) explains step by step how to start, what the everyday model life looks like and how emerging models can successfully establish themselves on the international market.
How do I get a professional agency? How do I find photographers and clients and how do I deal with them? How do photo shoots work? Tiana Pongs provides first-hand information about general conditions and do's and don'ts at work. She also talks about fees and tax advisors, travel information and practical beauty and nutrition tips. She also provides a current and verified list of agencies from around the world.
Tiana Pongs does not leave out the pitfalls of the profession and the unsightly sides of model life - dirty offers, always "on stay", controlling the body, homesickness. Those who know and are prepared can learn a lot in the multifaceted fashion business - and earn good money. An inspiring guide with helpful insider knowledge!
Tiana Pongs, born in Mönchengladbach in 1979, started a successful international career as a model in 2001. After graduating from high school, she worked in Milan, Paris, Cape Town and in New York. With over 1000 advertising productions, she was one of the leading advertising faces in Germany. She graced various international covers, product packaging, TV and advertising campaigns. Tiana Pongs lives in Los Angeles. She works as an actress and is the official ambassador for the children's aid organization World Vision Germany.


The Near-Death Sage (Author Interview)

The Near-Death Sage looks like a great series. What can you tell us about it? 
The Paranormal Romance/Mystery book series 'The Near-Death Saga is set in the horse world in 1979, while wrapped in a murder mystery with characters who have had Near-Death Experiences and returned with Psychic abilities.

Any more books planned for the series? 
Yes I am working on the last book ( quartet) in the Near-Death Saga book series is called ' The Near-Death Conclusion'.

Can you tell us a little about Jack? 
In Near-Death Connection the first book in the Near-Death Saga my central character is Jack Kidwell…a man blessed with too much good looks and charm. Jack starts out as almost a cliché and as the story unfolds there is so much more under the surface. The reader will be drawn into Jack’s world when a ghost orchestrates Jack meeting Madeleine and the mayhem that follows.

What scene or section did you have the most fun writing? 
Nothing breaks up tension in a book when a little humor is interjected into a novel.

What inspired the idea for the book? 
I drew from my own Near-Death Experience.

How did you come up with the title for the book? 
My characters paranormal connections which is the theme of this book series.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Near-Death Sage? 
Fictionalizing true paranormal experiences and lacing them into my novels like a trail of easter eggs.

What do you like to do when not writing? 
I am a filmmaker and TV producer.

Where can readers find out more about your work? also the book series website is

Sticks and Stones: A Cameron Stone Action Thriller

Raines, a protector, manages to get his client to safety from the fatal blast. However, this will cost him everything. As despair creeps in, so does solitude, training… and thoughts of revenge. So, he seeks out Tosh, a Japanese Master Martial Artist, and seeks purpose in life, to find himself and the truth.

Cameron Stone, also a protector, finds himself called away on protection assignments. Although his security details grow more complex and deadly, he's not the kind to back down from a challenge, and failure isn't an option.

Leaving his girlfriend, Sara behind isn't easy. She, in turn, trains in Martial Arts and Parkour and stands behind her love.

Three very different people on very similar paths discover that life has winners and life has losers; sometimes, we lose everything in the blink of an eye only to spend eternity thinking about that one moment…

Age of Conflict (Author Interview)

Can you tell us a little about Age of Conflict?

The title was derived from the fact that the book takes place in the years leading up to the Civil War.  The book itself is going to be part of a series, with this book being the first and then 2-3 more going through the timelines.  Pre-Civil War, Civil War, Post-Civil War.  Just as America was entering an age of conflict, so was the main character, Garit Hotzmire.  The pre-teen through teenage years are quite conflicting in establishing your identity.  Through a pending war, loss of loved ones around you, and love interests and it gets interesting, to say the least.

What motivated you to write the book?

My professional career spanned 25 years in the healthcare sector, and throughout that time, I cared for people with both physical and mental hardships.  The genesis for the book came from imagining how hard it would be for someone with physical or mental limitations to function in historical times.  The ability to function in today’s world is vastly more accommodating than in times past.  Literally, the difference in life or death is due to the physical demands of functioning each and every day.  Riding a horse, plowing a field, chopping firewood, harvesting your food, or simply surviving in an often lawless society.  Then, add an impending War and the likely hood of being forced to fight.  The main character in this book was born premature, so he would be described as small, sickly, and weak in physical stature.  But his mind was his strong point, and his Mother knew it had to be in order for him to survive and prosper.  I wanted to show people that although this world is very cruel and harsh to those with issues, with love, support, and determination, we can adapt and succeed.  And that hope is a powerful force.

What type of reader did you write the book for?

Someone who likes historical fiction novels.  Stories from our past that weave in history so that, hopefully, we can learn and grow from our past victories and mistakes.

Can you tell us a little about Garit?

Garit is a precocious and very smart young man.  Having been born premature and not expected to live, he has faced physical and health related challenges most of his life.  Being smaller, weaker, and less physically able than the other kids around him.  He and his mother realize that in order for him to succeed and prosper in the harsh world of the Mid-1800s, he would have to sharpen his mind.  And thankfully, he was a very smart and adaptable student.  Education was his refuge, as well as his hope for a better future.  Often the last picked to complete any physical task or endeavor, he excelled in school and had a knack for mathematics.  This became a valuable tool for him as he grew into a young man.

How long did it take you to write Age of Conflict?

Approximately a year.  During the mid part of the year, my father became very ill and passed away.  Cancer and other related issues.  He was placed on Hospice for several months during that time, and he obviously, took precedence over writing.  I did discuss the book with him on several occasions and he was very keen to read it once completed.  Unfortunately, he passed on Feb. 1st of, 2022.   I took several more months off from writing as to lose my hero was shattering.  Grief overwhelmed my spirit to really do anything.  But, I knew he would want me to move on, complete my tasks and achieve my lifelong goal of writing a book.  So in July of this past year, I buckled down and wrote the remaining 70,000 or  so words to complete the story. 

How did you come up with the title for the book?

Really just a good description of the Civil War era, Garit’s conflict in his teen years, and then the subtitle: innocence lost, also a very good description of what happened to everyone during that horrible time frame of our country.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Age of Conflict?

Sticking to my original storyline.  You have an idea when you start writing about the book, and its path, but during the process, you see so many other ways to take it.  Some are good, some not so good.  Then, having to finally make a decision on which one to choose, hoping that your reader will approve of the outcome.  Tough to do, but I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would. 

What do you like to do when not writing?

I have a weekly Podcast called Nobody’s Fault But Mine, a Youtube Channel about cars, trucks and anything automotive-related, several small businesses, and my wife and I flip homes.  I retired about three years ago from my professional career with the intent on doing things I have always wanted to do.  Things that allow more creativity but also push me physically and mentally beyond what I thought I would be doing at 49 years of age.  It’s been really fun. 

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Podcast link:

YouTube Channel: @epiccars



The Cancer Couple (Author Interview)

“The Cancer Couple” by Mike & Barb Hutmacher


The Cancer Couple looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

The Book answers lots of questions such as:

What was it like for Mike to accidentally learn that he had Stage 4 Melanoma? Why did it take one year to confirm his suspicion that his cancer was considered terminal? What happened when Barb developed Stage 3 breast cancer while Mike was battling Melanoma?

What were the effects of radiation, medication, surgery, chemo and immunotherapy treatments on them? What were the effects on their relationship? How did they tell their children and friends that they had cancer? What did cancer treatment cost?

So many books about personal cancer experiences focus on the introspection of how life has changed for them. However, they tend to ignore the intimate details of the treatment process that caused those changes to body, mind, and spirit. From the punishment your body must endure to heal, to the intolerable doubts that can cloud your mind, this book provides a different perspective.

The book is a tribute to veterans of the war on cancer, whether they have won or lost their battles. It is also for the friends and family on the sidelines who provide support while appearing to be strong yet are deflated by the odds. It is for everyone to learn that you simply don’t want to be one of the millions each year who develop this ugly disease.

This is how we choose to share our journeys. It’s our hope that readers will find value in our stories. For those who are just beginning their journey, we wish them the absolute best!

That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us about it?

We didn’t want a cover that illustrated doom and gloom. Therefore, we chose a photo of ourselves taken on a day when we both felt pretty good even though we were at the height of our treatment regimes.

What inspired the idea for the book?

So many books about personal cancer experiences focus on the introspection of how life has changed for them after suffering with cancer. However, they tend to ignore the intimate details of the treatment process that caused those changes to body, mind, and spirit. From the punishment your body must endure to heal, to the intolerable doubts that can cloud your mind, this book provides a different perspective.

The unique part of this expose is that both my wife, Barb, and myself developed cancer simultaneously. She was diagnosed six months after I was diagnosed. I was already in the midst of my battle when she began her battle.

Here are examples of what we address in the Book:

What was it like for Mike to accidentally learn that he had Stage 4 Melanoma? Why did it take one year to confirm his suspicion that his cancer was considered terminal? What happened when Barb developed Stage 3 breast cancer while Mike was battling Melanoma?

What were the effects of radiation, medication, surgery, chemo and immunotherapy treatments on them? What were the effects on our relationship? How did they tell their children and friends that they had cancer? What did cancer treatment cost?

How did you come up with the title for the book?

Since we both had cancer simultaneously, the Book needed a title that differentiated the other books that address how a couple deals with the situation when only one spouse has cancer, not both.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Cancer Couple?

I thought it appropriate to describe some of the technical medical issues of Melanoma and Breast Cancer. It was difficult to decipher complicated details, e.g., types of breast cancer and Melanoma, hormones, risk factors, prevention methods and many others. There are innumerable medical sources of valuable information on these cancers. However, they don’t all agree. It took a great deal of time to make sure I reported these details accurately.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Barb and myself are both retired from health care occupations but we both work part-time. We are avid golfers. We enjoy getting out on the links as often as we can.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

The Book is available on Amazon as an ebook ( and on Barnes & Noble as a paperback and ebook (

What scene or section did you have the most fun writing?

The Section entitled "Your Pet”. I thought it appropriate to describe how Buster reacted to both of us being sick. He knew something was wrong. It was fun trying to “see” us through his eyes.



Just Shake It Off!

Children, like grownups, feel a wide range of complicated emotions.

Children's social-emotional development, including their capacity for empathy and resilience building, may benefit greatly from adult support as they learn to recognize and constructively express their emotions. Emotions are neither positive nor negative; they just exist. Words are essential for children because they allow them to put names to their experiences and understand their environment.

The Clouds are made of Paper Hearts

"The Clouds are made of Paper Hearts", is for anyone that has ever connected with love on any level.In a time where love has become antiquated we have to find ways to reconnect with it despite all odds. This journey is about healing, using the parchments of experience to the aide others on the same path. The poetry found in this collection is an exercise in self comfort, expression and reflection. By using poetry to navigate mental health and learn how to communicate without of fear of being misunderstood. Thank you for allowing me to share this part of me.


The Super-Duper Superhero Alphabetic Rhyming Storybook (Author Interview)

How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title is rather long and could be considered a bit of a tongue-twister; but it really captures the book’s overall theme. It’s bouncy, rhythmic and a lot of fun to read out loud just like the rest of the book.


What part or section did you have the most fun writing?

Creating the characters. There are already so many Superhero’s and creating original names and storylines was exciting. Also writing the rhymes and patterns was entertaining. Like I said above, reading them back out loud and rhyming the syllables was a lot of fun.


What inspired the idea for the book?

As a father of two boys, I spent countless hours reading to them. They loved when I read them fun, entertaining stories. My sons are now teenagers and still enjoy reading. They are my inspiration for writing this book.

However, this book was not just written for boys. There are characters for both boys and girls. I think parents will also enjoy reading this book. I used to love reading them books that would allow me to be creative with my voice or bounce the words. That is the feeling I am trying to capture with this book.  I just want to share this same bonding experience with other kids and parents.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing The Super-Duper Superhero Alphabetic Rhyming Storybook?

I made sure my kids were involved in choosing characters in this book. They have their favorite characters and storylines.  Making sure the illustrations brought this to life was extremely important to me. I wrote this book years ago and never really planned on publishing it. They encouraged me to pursue it further and I wanted to release something that was high quality.  

Additionally, one character rhyme mentions, “makes them disappear like VCR’s and beepers.” I included a picture of these items and I understand the younger generation most likely doesn’t know what these items are. But I felt this is where the parent involvement could give them a little history lesson. This was written for children, but I also included a couple learning references. For example, one character named “Kung-Fu Kangaroo” I wrote, “This marsupial has made it his mission, to dedicate his life to an ancient tradition.” I understand these words are a bit more advanced for some young readers. But some of the best entertaining books can also be educational.

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