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The Young Person’s Guide to the Modern World

Finding your way in the 21st Century is not an easy ride, there are so many things out there that your parents never had to deal with, it’s hard to find someone to understand. There are pressures put on you from your parents, from school, from your friends and it can feel overwhelming and frustrating.

Technology is fantastic, but every so often you end up having to unpick a mess on social media. Sometimes it is easier to retreat to your room and escape the world, but even then you don’t get left alone.

Life in the modern world is great when it’s all going well, but at the same time it is a bit scary and you wish you knew what to do about some of the concerns you have.

That’s why I wrote The Young Person’s Guide for the Modern World. I originally wrote a book just for parents, but then I realized that it would be far better to talk to you directly. So I rewrote my book for you.

I start by explaining to you the changes that are happening in your brain as you approach adulthood and why these are important to helping you find your own identity. Most of the book is then devoted to going through the different aspects of life, from gender identity and sexuality to gangs, to drugs, to social media and technology. I give you information on the risks related to each to help you to make easier decisions. Finally, I talk to you about the world that you will see in the next 20-30 years, getting you to think about the ways you can prepare for the technology that’s just around the corner.

Want your parent to understand all of these pressures on you? Why not get them to buy The Parent’s Guide to the Modern World.

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About Richard Daniel Curtis

Based in Southampton with his partner and their young son, Richard Daniel Curtis is an internationally renowned behaviour expert and futurist passionate about helping people understand mindset and psychology. A former teacher, and mental health support worker, Richard is known for his impact with turning around some of the most extreme behaviours and is consulted about adults and children around the globe, even having two assessments named after him. He has founded The Root of It -an organization of qualified professionals available to support schools and individuals with behavioural difficulties- for which he was awarded the Gold Scoot Headline Award in 2015 and Best New Business in 2014. Most recently he launched The Mentoring School to train the psychology related to mentoring people of all ages. For his work and expertise, he has been interviewed for the BBC, ITV and Sky News TV and various international print media and radio. His previous titles include 101 Tips for Parents, 101 More Tips for Parents and 101 Behaviour Tips for Parents (2014) and Gratitude at Home (2016).

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The Young Person’s Guide To The Modern World

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Peer Pressure

Richard Daniel Curtis

Peer pressure is a huge factor in the teenage years. Technology and social media have amplified the effect of this unrelenting pressure from others. You simply cannot escape it even in your bedroom, the messages still keep coming through. Here’s a short piece on some of the things you should be aware of about peer pressure.

Part of growing up and finding their own identity is a vital part of a young person’s development, particularly during the teenage years. During the teenage years, the brain is rewiring, in a similar way it did when they were a toddler. In middle adolescence, a teenager’s brain starts to connect up the new parts of the frontal lobes and this allows them to reconnect with their own personality. This, in turn, helps them to develop their own personality, belief systems and sense of what is right or wrong.

As they struggle to connect with themselves and their friendship groups, it is easy to become judgemental or unkind to others in a bid to make themselves feel better or be part of a group. The power of the psychology of a group can often result in the same victim being targeted by members of a social circle; with the members of the group wanting to be ‘in’ with the group, this increases the need to be ‘seen’ to be doing what the group wants.

Group minds are created when a few individuals form together to create a social circle of some kind and the members of the group will put aside their own needs for the needs of the group at certain times. At its most basic this can be a relationship, where both people put aside some of their views or beliefs in order to empower the relationship. At its most extreme, we see riots, where a large group of people combine against a ‘common enemy’, such as the government or police. In the latter group particularly we often see individuals risking their own personal safety or beliefs for the common cause. Supporters of sports teams are another example of how group minds work, where one group unites to demean or put down the opposing team through their chants, although on an individual basis many tone down this behaviour and taunt a friend who supports a different team. The human race, like many animals, is driven to be part of a group.

A very simple demonstration of this is a person’s social circle. Imagine the scene: a group have not met up for some time and arrange to meet up for a meal. Now one of the party doesn’t really like the restaurant, but all of the others are really keen, so they agree to go, they do what is best for the group. Whilst there they enjoy talking to their friends, they realize it’s like they’ve never been apart and they’d forgotten how much they loved being with them, how they made them feel. They are careful to make sure they pick something from the menu they enjoy, but it’s never quite how they like it, they didn’t really want to come to this restaurant after all. But they pay and eat it, because they are enjoying the group experience. Humans all forfeit little things to be part of a group, we all feel peer pressure at different times.

What are the risks?

For those teenagers who are feeling low or insecure, this has a huge impact. Their brain is already struggling with reduced reasoning and self-control skills as a result of the rewiring process. They are often desperate to be part of a social circle or group. So very often they have two routes to follow: they either isolate themselves and reject the group, or they submit to whatever peer pressure is put on them to be part of the group.

Rejection from a group can increase the isolation and depression for someone. Many teens choose to avoid this by forfeiting their beliefs to the needs and desires of the group. This combined with the changes in their brain cause a risk-taking type of behaviour where teenagers can seem not to be bothered about the impact of their actions. This can result in bullying, offending or self-injurious behaviour, such as drug or alcohol use.

Dos         

  • Be open to trying new activities, hobbies and experiences to help your brain development.
  • Remember, that your parents will have experienced peer pressure too, it will be different from what you are experiencing (the world is a very different place than when they grew up), but they are still a good place to sound things out.

Don’ts  

  • Deny the emotions you are feeling as you experience social problems, they will feel very real. Try and find something else to do to occupy your mind fully and let the negative emotions fade.

 

 

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Meant for Me: Blurred Lines, Book 4 by Erin McCarthy – Book Promotion, Giveaway, Excerpt

A future gone off the rails…

Since Ethan Walsh realized his fiancé was in love with another guy, his life has been spiraling out of control. He’s spent the last eighteen months drinking too much, hooking up with random girls, and flunking out of law school. When his sister Aubrey has a baby, he goes to visit her on the remote island off the coast of Maine, expecting it to be awkward. A past that haunts the present…

What he isn’t expecting is Aubrey’s neighbor to be a beautiful and aloof blonde, Chloe, whose piano playing lulls him to sleep every night. He wants to talk to her, get to know her, kiss her. But Chloe doesn’t speak, and no one knows why. So Ethan makes it his mission to learn the truth and instead falls in love with her smile, her music, her notes and texts to him.

Helping Chloe feel safe enough to open up is actually healing him, but what happens when the darkness of reality threatens to destroy their new life?

And a love that doesn’t need words, only the heart…

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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.

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Let Me In: Blurred Lines, Book 3 by Erin McCarthy – Book Promotion, Giveaway

A girl in danger… Aubrey Walsh never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship, but after her boyfriend hits her so hard he breaks her tooth, she flees the University of Maine to hide on a remote island with her best friend. Only to discover that she is pregnant. Terrified of what will happen if Jared finds out, she is walking along the rocks, deciding her future, when she slips. A guy with a secret past…

After a job gone wrong, Riker has left the assassin business and is incognito as a ferryboat operator off the shores of Maine. It’s a lonely life, and when he sees a young woman almost fall off the rocks, he doesn’t hesitate to save her and take her in, though he’s determined to stay emotionally uninvolved. But when the truth about her situation is revealed, he will do anything to protect Aubrey and her unborn child. Even marry her. Even kill for her.

When Jared comes looking for the only girl who has ever rejected him, Riker won’t allow it. And Aubrey is torn between protecting herself and her child, or protecting the mysterious husband she has come to love. And when chance brings them together but fate tears them apart, can their love survive the storm?

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Live for Me: Blurred Lines, Book 2 by Erin McCarthy – Book Promotion, Giveaway

In and out of foster care her whole life, Tiffany Ennis has never had space or privacy, so housesitting a mansion on the coast of Maine with only the absentee rich owner’s dog for company is pure bliss. But her peace is shattered when the owner returns to his compound unexpectedly. Tiffany finds him to be sexy and intriguing, showing an interest in her that must be mocking, given that everyone’s always told her she’s plain, nothing special.

Devin Gold, known in the music industry as Gold Daddy, is usually in New York City attending drop parties and having men and women alike throw themselves at him, and Tiffany wishes he’d stayed there. There’s no reason for a top producer to hole up in Maine in the dead of winter, and every time she turns around he’s asking her prying questions.

She finds herself starting to enjoy their intellectual conversations and clever sparring matches. In a hot minute she’s falling for him. Even knowing that he’s a decade older, filthy rich, and could only want her for his momentary amusement. Yet even when he hosts beautiful and confident guests from the city, he still seems to prefer her company, and is protective when odd things start happening around the house. But how far is Tiffany willing to go with a man who is still very much married, estranged wife or not, just to feel special?

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Covert Kisses (Romantic Suspense) by Jane Godman – Spotlight

Coincidence? The beauty who washes up on Mayor Cameron Delaney’s private beach eerily resembles his dead girlfriend, Carla. But Laurie Carter, Carla’s lookalike cousin, is actually an undercover detective. She’s on the job, investigating Cameron’s connection to a human-trafficking ring. Laurie knows she must keep her cover—but she’s struggling to deceive the man she finds irresistible…

When Cameron discovers why Laurie is in town, he’s furious to realize he’s being framed—and stunned at his sudden feelings for the lovely agent. But as they uncover the traffickers, a savage serial killer targets Laurie. Can Cameron save the life of the woman he’s come to care for…and unmask the threat haunting his family and Stillwater?

Title: COVERT KISSES
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Jane Godman writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Swerve, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing.
Jane also writes erotic romance as Amanda Stewart.
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Book Excerpt:

Take his breath away.

That was her one and only aim for this first encounter, and Laurie Carter had three things working in her favor as she kept the target in her sights.
First, there was the understated designer swimsuit that molded itself to her curves, while also cleverly drawing attention to the length of her legs.

Then there was the fact that she was wading ashore onto his private lakeside property. As he sprang to his feet from the rock where he had been sitting gazing out across the water, no doubt he was about to point that fact out to her. Laurie did a rapid check, reconciling this man’s physical attributes with the photographs she had carefully memorized. Dark, wavy hair, swept back from a broad brow and worn slightly long so that it curled onto his neck. Deep-set eyes above high, Slavic cheekbones. A hawk-like nose and lips that were contrastingly full. She had the right man. There was no mistaking him. Tall and powerfully built, he moved toward her with the grace of an athlete, a frown line pulling his dark eyebrows together.

Judging the distance between them to perfection, Laurie waited until he was close enough. As she fell into a pretend faint, she saw shock and something more register in the hazel depths of Cameron Delaney’s eyes. Advantage number three was always going to be the one that clinched it. As his reflexes kicked in and he scooped her up into his arms, Laurie let her head flop back, allowing him a clear view of her face.

His exhalation was an audible hiss. Mission accomplished. The fact that she was trespassing on his land had been the thing that made him notice her. The swimsuit had drawn his attention to her curves and kept him looking. Neither of those things had succeeded in driving the breath from his lungs. That had been achieved for one reason only…because she was the mirror image of his dead girlfriend.

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My latest release, Covert Kisses, is a romantic suspense story set in the small town of Stillwater, Wyoming. It’s the first book of a series, and I’ve enjoyed sitting at my laptop every day and disappearing into this new world. But what is it that gives small town romances their enduring appeal?

Firstly, small towns have their own personality. The people have big hearts and tons of character and, unlike in a big city, they aren’t hidden away in a crowd. Everything is on show and that makes quirks and habits stand out. The people are what brings the small town to life, whether it’s the busybody who spreads the local gossip, or the restaurant owner who remembers everyone’s favorite order.

Everyone knows everyone else. A little too well at times. They have long memories and they hold grudges. It’s no good trying to pull off an act in a small town. Fake engagement? Marriage of convenience? Pretending to be someone you’re not to get that dream job? Forget it.

Then there’s the history and the legends. Local ghosts, villains and horror stories…the whole town knows them word for word. They can help or hinder the characters when it comes to finding romance.

Isolation, weather, quirky landscape features, local businesses and people…they all add color and depth to the story. Small town doesn’t mean dull town. And with so many interesting personalities, the opportunities to build a series and give the secondary characters a chance to shine just keep growing.

In my stories, Stillwater is a quiet town that nestles in the embrace of beautiful mountain scenery. Trying to catch up with a changing world, it is shifting its focus from traditional industries and ranching to tourism. Its western history and small town feel is now its economy. Its past is its future. And it’s a town where nothing is quite how it seems…

 

 

 

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Life’s Equation by Frank Diadone – Excerpt, Q&A

TRANSFORMATIONAL BOOK HELPS READERS FIND THEIR LIFE PURPOSE

Author Frank Daidone’s memoir Life’s Equation is introspective and vulnerable, inspires people from all walks of life to reach their full potential

Trying to make sense of your purpose in life can be an overwhelming task. But what if you were handed an impactful, potentially transformational book that was easy to read and guided you to the answer we’ve all asked ourselves: “What’s my purpose?”

Life’s Equation is an easy read with a rewarding, powerful message. Frank Daidone’s memoir provides readers with a formula to discover their true purpose through uniquely explaining and defining life’s energy and how that energy directly affects one’s actions, reactions, and fundamental existence. “I hope readers gain an understanding that while we are all unique in our own way,” said Daidone, “There really is a common energy in all of us.”

Written in the style of a memoir telling an introspective story of vulnerable, heartbreaking, humorous and very relevant life lessons, Life’s Equation invites the reader in for a personal look at the author’s unique experiences and relationships he has shared with people he’s met along the way that offered great influence in his life. Originally based on a paper titled ‘Understanding is the Energy which Constitutes Life”, Life’s Equation was written for anyone seeking inspiration, ultimate fulfillment, and individual growth.

And the message is one that has impacted many. “I’ve had people both young and old thank me in very emotional manners for writing the book and have expressed to me how much the message impacted them personally and often times helped with healing.”

Dedicated to Daidone’s late brother Anthony who lived with Cerebral Palsy until his passing at the age of 17, Daidone has dedicated a portion of book sales to support United Cerebral Palsy.

Meet Frank Daidone
Author, Speaker, and Business Leader

Daidone is a dynamic author, business leader and speaker. His heartening talks to audiences of all backgrounds and interests provide invaluable insight on his own experience to help to inspire others. His greatest passion lies within creating a strong foundation for exploring our strengths and passions. Strongly aligned with his mission to create a strong foundation for our future by helping children explore their strengths and passions through leveraging today’s workforce by bridging many gaps, he supports various nonprofits including Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Tennyson Center for Children, Nurse-Family Partnership and Colorado Technology Association. When Frank isn’t out sharing his perspective on the world, his biggest accomplishment is being a proud father to his two daughters. With them and his wife, Frank enjoys traveling and exploring, whether that’s around the world or right at home in Denver.

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Life’s Equation is an extension of this mission.

Frank is best known for bringing large organizations together, as well as transforming the mundane into something substantive and meaningful. After eight years with Chipotle, Frank left his private sector post to accept an appointment from Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock. He served as Chief Information Officer for the City and county of Denver and during his governmental tenure, Frank transformed the culture of a public sector organization by running it like a cutting edge start up; empowering the people within to rise to their greatest potential.

Outside of his professional career, Frank devotes much of his time to nonprofit organizations. He has mentored a thirteen-year-old boy from the age of seven through Big Brother’s Big Sisters, supports the Tennyson Center for Children through their mission of supporting at-risk children, and serves as Chief Operations Officer for Nurse-Family Partnership to support the long-term success for first-time moms in poverty, their babies and society. He also is the Executive Chair of the education committee for Colorado Technology Association where he formed two mentorship program through Denver and Aurora Public Schools so that high school students may explore opportunities and interests as they begin their college and career search.

When Frank isn’t out sharing his perspective on the world, his biggest accomplishment is being a proud father to his two daughters. With them and his wife, Frank enjoys traveling and exploring, whether that’s around the world or right at home in Denver.

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As promised, here is an excerpt from Life’s Equation

Life’s Equation Excerpt     

Some memories from my childhood are visually and emotionally challenging and I’ve learned to control recalling them – although they will always be part of me. One memory I learned to control many years ago began when my parents went over to my grandmother’s and left Anne and me at home with Anthony. He was already in bed and I had just finished brushing my teeth when the doorbell rang. A moment later I heard loud noises coming from the living room and then I heard Anne yell, “Stop it! Get out of here!”

In fear, I ran to my parents’ room and called 911 from the phone on my mom’s bedside table. A woman instantly answered and said, “This is 911.”

“Someone broke into our house,” I said.

Anne continued yelling, “Get off me!”

I dropped the phone and looked down the hallway. I could see two guys in my house and one was holding Anne against the wall. He had one hand holding her arm and the other on her neck. Without thinking I ran towards them down the hallway and into the kitchen. They didn’t see me because they were focused on Anne, so I grabbed the metal broom from the side of the refrigerator and ran into the living room swinging the broom like a baseball bat as hard as I could at the guy holding Anne. The broom made a loud noise when it hit him in the back of the head. He let go of Anne and put his hands over his head as he ran out the door, and that’s when I realized it was Andy and one of his friends. Anne slammed the door behind them and locked it the moment it shut. A minute later red and blue lights were flashing through the front windows and my parents pulled up in front of our house.

A few months later there was a quick trial, Anne had to testify, and Andy and his friend were put on probation for a year. Anne became extremely quiet after testifying. My parents explained to me that her life and circumstances were different from the way I viewed things. To me everything was simple, but Anne’s situation was a bit more complicated and she needed some time to think. Months later she announced, “I’m in love, and I’m moving out.”

Her decision came as a shock to all of us because she was only seventeen. My parents couldn’t stop her from leaving, and I was devastated to see them powerless. I had lived with Anne my entire life, and I cherished all my time with her, especially the good times we shared. She had looked after me, protected me, comforted me, and now that was over. When she left it happened so quickly that the only thing I recall her saying to me was, “Don’t put up with crap from anyone.” She was older than me, smarter than me and just like that, she was gone.

A few months after my sister left, my dad took a job that would transfer us to the east end of Long Island. My mom and dad sat me down at the kitchen table and informed me that we were moving to a new town thirty minutes away and I’d be going to a new school. They said it would be a chance for us to start over, but what they really meant was it would be a chance for us to start healing the hole in our hearts. Even though the decision seemed sudden, I knew moving was for the best and looked forward to it. School was easy for me and I didn’t have any close friends, plus I always felt empty when I passed Anne’s room. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for my parents to know she was gone.

Our house sold in one day and thirty days later it was empty. My parents were finishing off some last minute details in the house, and I was in the backyard saying goodbye to our garden, “The Woods,” and my childhood. My dad stepped outside and could see the sadness on my face. “We’re ready to go,” he said, “and I want you to be the last one to leave this yard. We’ll be waiting in the car.” He always knew just what to say.

I was standing there staring, wondering if I’d ever see my home again, when I noticed Andy and his friend in the neighbor’s yard pulling weeds from their flower garden. I walked over to the fence where he was kneeling and said, “See you around.”

 

Q&A with Author Frank Daidone

For those who haven’t read it yet, can you give us a quick summary of what Life’s Equation is all about?
It’s really about asking ourselves ‘What is my purpose?” More specifically, questioning whether or not we’re on the right path. As far back as I can remember, I’ve attempted to make sense of my own purpose in life, sometimes accepting only what seemed realistic while disregarding pretty much anything else. Most of us subconsciously go through this same exercise throughout multiple stages of our lives, while others constantly surrender to the critical voice in their head, replacing the possibility and creativity with resistance and doubt.

We all have the tendency to set unfulfilling goals for ourselves, which restricts our personal potential and makes us miss valuable opportunities because of our own struggle with self-doubt.

That’s how Life’s Equation came together. I wanted to share my own stories about people I’ve met along the way who influenced me in inspiring ways while also elaborating further on some basic, but unexpected truths and life lessons that I hope, in turn, will inspire readers of the book. I hope readers will celebrate their experiences through logically discovering their true purpose, all while helping to make the world a better place in the process.

You are accomplished in so many parts of your life. What inspired you to take the plunge into authoring a book?
I’ve always had a unique, and I believe, acute perspective on reality. I also almost always apply logic to projects, challenges and truly any issue I’m dealt with, working to eliminate and/or reduce any emotional barriers that can cloud judgment and clarity. Throughout my life, I’ve had the ability to see my life and experiences both internally and externally.

In other words, while I’m experiencing situations in the moment whether mundane or extraordinary, I’m collecting the information, almost as an observer, to be able to apply it in a scientific manner to gain a clearer perspective and understanding. I began putting a pen to paper to create a formula that made sense of one’s experiences and how information gained from those experiences is constituted through exploring a common energy in all living things twenty years ago. The reflection of my life’s experiences through this process is what inspired me to be a writer.

Memoirs are such a delicate craft – it’s really a balance between personal and the
universal. Was it difficult to balance the two?
Not really, when you have the connection of the personal to the universal, clarity and balance of the two become more accessible. The process itself was transformational and certainly, there were certain roadblocks as it was almost like working in real time. Different from most people, I don’t have a problem putting myself out there, in fact, I needed to check in to make sure it wasn’t too much and wanted to keep my stories relevant and with empathy for the readers.

What do you consider to be the most essential elements of a well-written memoir?
I strongly believe that when one chooses to write such a personal exposé, it’s essential to go “all in.” In other words, if you’re not going to put everything out there from the beginning to the end, even being remotely tentative, you might want to choose another route. It’s just my personal opinion, but I believe writing in a relatable manner including honest stories, both humorous and heartbreaking is essential to a good memoir.

Each chapter provides incredible insight and an overall lesson. Do you have a favorite from the book?
That’s a hard question because I believe the lessons in all of the chapters are pertinent to the
message. However, if I were to answer the question honestly, I do have a few; Chapter four on perspective is one of the individually empowering concepts that the reader can actually have control over. I also like the final chapter on “purpose” because it incorporates imagination in order to help craft one’s future.

Your book has been impacting people across all ages and stages of their life. What’s the biggest lesson you hope they take away from reading Life’s Equation?
The feedback both verbally and through written reviews has been extraordinary. I’ve had people both young and old thank me in very emotional manners for writing the book and have expressed to me how much the message impacted them personally and often times helped with healing. I hope that the readers gain an understanding that while we are all unique in our own way, there really is a common energy in all of us. I hope that message is clarified and inspires them to want to help make the world a better place, not just for themselves, but for all.

A percentage your book sales goes toward United Cerebral Palsy. Can you tell us a bit more about how and why you got involved with the organization?
As children, alongside my family, my sister and I were both volunteers for UCP as a result of my brother having Cerebral Palsy. In dedicating my book to my brother, I felt it necessary to get involved with a related organization to help in any way I could and formed a relationship with the Director of Institutional Support and donate $1 of every book sale to UCP.

That’s truly incredible! Can you tell us a bit about your brother Anthony, and how his CP impacted your family dynamic growing up? How did it affect you?
Anthony was and still is my true hero and my inspiration for practically every charge in my life. While we never exchanged words verbally to each other we had a very special connection. His joy of life despite his extraordinary inhibiting circumstances far surpassed any level of contentment I have ever witnessed in any human being. While our family growing up was restricted to doing practically any normal family activities, outings or vacations together, Anthony’s existence enriched the dynamic in our family and shaped who we all are today.

What’s on the horizon for you as an author? Can we expect to see more writing from you in 2017 and beyond?
I am currently working on book number two as we speak. It is a continuation of Life’s Equation by taking the ideas and concepts to a new level attempting to address issues we all face as a society. I have a vision of a brighter more peaceful existence for all living things and I see a clear path on how we can get there. My next book will be a roadmap for peace.

 

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