The Hot Zone by Richard Preston – An Insight into the Terrifying History of the Ebola virus

We watch the news daily about the horrifying effects of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus.  It breaks my heart to see the happenings around the world in response to the outbreak.  On the other hand, it gives me joy to see the art of science in action saving lives with new research.  My training and expertise within the medical field makes me shudder to watch and read the CNN clip today about selling the blood of survivors on the black market.  I cannot even explain to you the ramifications of this practice and what it could mean to the world.  Pat and I have both read “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston and highly recommend it to everyone to get a glimpse of the terror this virus could bring to the world.  We both HIGHLY recommend this book.  I read the book in one day and could not put it down, it was that moving.  I am attaching the book picture that you can click on to take you to the Amazon Kindle location.  My hope is that in some way this can be a wake up call for everyone on how this could be just the tip of the iceberg at this stage of the outbreak.  May God Bless and keep you safe…Sandy Jones

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How to Leverage Social Media

Patrick Jones:

More great information from Doris!

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Statistics have proven how important social media networks are for a business:

  • 8 out of 10 internet users are reached by social media sites and blogs.
  • 87% of small businesses claim that social media has helped their business.
  • Marketers saw an increase of 74% in website traffic after devoting just 6 hours per week in social media.
  • 85% of business-decision makers believe that at least having one social media channel is very important for technology purchase decisionsHowever, there’s much more to just creating a Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest account and expecting success to follow writes the Search-Engine-Journal. Understand which platforms work best for your brand and where your audience spends most of their time. Don’t forget Goodreads, where readers are searching actively for interesting books!

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood…

A home is not a home without a gnome

A home is not a home without a gnome

After my heart operation last summer I was healed enough to get a job.  The book, “The Wolf’s Moon“, was still selling but due to my need to put the world back into perspective, I applied and was hired as a substitute janitor.

At first, it was at the high school.  I swept and mopped floors, scrubbed desktops and whatever else it took for the students and teachers to have a clean environment.

During my months there, I had the pleasure of getting to know the teachers and staff.

They are some of the hardest working people I have ever met.  Everything they do isn’t “just for a paycheck.”  They do what they do for more – each and every student.

When many people finish their eight hours (unless they are paid overtime pay), they are on the way to “Miller Time.”

I can’t tell you the countless hours the teachers spend after the kids leave.  Yes, they do get paid extra for doing things like coaching or cheer-leading practice.

Still, it’s not that much for the hours invested.

It isn’t just after school but weekends as well.

If they aren’t working on the next day’s lesson plan, they are grading papers and then they take care of their own families.  Making suppers, washing clothes and all the things that go with home life.

Then there are the people that hold everything together – the office staff and counselors.

Everyone from the superintendent on down to the cafeteria staff works for one end – the students to succeed.

Then I worked at the Middle School and the Elementary School.

What was really interesting is that I found no difference in the caliber of teachers or staff.  The principal at the Middle School was always on hand – even at away games.  The school nurse was there to assist if the need arose.

In a small school district what makes such a difference?

It is an easy question to answer – the people who sit on the school board.  They work on the board for one reason.  Again, it is for each and every student from preschool through seniors in high school.

All the work, all the time and effort by each and every person involved in the teaching of the students is rewarded by the standards the students live up to each day.

Many of the seniors are going on to college.  They have all been properly prepared.

One of my young men from the basketball team was appointed to West Point.

I was lucky to get a job, making a paycheck and regaining my confidence.  Most of all I found a high and profound respect for each person in this school district.

By themselves they are wonderful, together, they are the best.

Any doubts, ask the students.  They will be more than happy to tell you.

 

 

99 Top Forums/Blogs to Post Your Book FREE

Patrick Jones:

Doris has a wealth of knowledge!!

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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There are more than 46 Top Websites …, more than one road to success and here you get enough material to work on for many months. Remember:  as more your books information, order links and its cover is visible online, as more people will notice it.  Take advantage, that on some sites, for example on Pinterest, Google+ and some communities you can show your books cover more than once. However read carefully the guidelines on forums you want to join, and their policies.

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