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Cancer Diary: The Toilet Can Talk about Cancer and More, But Do We Listen?

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As with Carl, many people have "signs" of cancer that can be interpreted either as something else quite mild or dismissed entirely as just a bad day or maybe I ate something bad yesterday. Otherwise quite healthy people simply ignore them as an annoyance. (Before cancer, Carl was sick just one day in his life -- 50 years earlier he threw up, once, on the lawn, from unsuspectingly drinking stagnant water the day while carrying out his Forest Service employee duties, Seriously. Never again did he ever throw up even after three rounds of chemotherapy, but he died, healthy, from cancer!)  This is the insidious nature of cancer. Often, you just do not know you have it because the signs are so innocuous until it has taken over your body and is in the winner's circle -- and you have an incredibly difficult battle to get your body back -- and many people lose that battle every single day. This is especially true of "toilet information." Change in bowel movement is prett

San Juan Books Presents Its Special Authors: Meet Marti Wells-Smith

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  San Juan Books is the hybrid division of MSI Press LLC. It allows first-time writers to become published in a traditional way through the reduction of risk by sharing publication costs. All other publishing features are traditional in nature, and most SJB authors go on to be offered traditional contracts for their subsequent books. SJB publications are available as paperback, hard cover, and e-book versions. SJB authors' books very much hold their own against their contemporaries in the traditional publishing division. Indeed, a number of them have outsold their traditional compatriots. Today, San Juan Books presents author Marti Wells-Smith. Marti Wells-Smith is a Christian, wife, friend, and grieving mother, who finds great hope in continuing her life journey amid unexpected joy and sadness. She shares her deepest thoughts and experiences through free verse poetry and non-fictional prose to comfort others who struggle with the loss of a child or loved one, or with life itself.

Daily Excerpts: Las Historias de Mi Vida (Ustman) = ¿EL NIÑO YA COMIÓ?

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  Excerpt ¿EL NIÑO YA COMIÓ? La historia nace en un sector muy humilde de una hermosa ciudad colombiana. Solicitan mis servicios profesionales como Psicólogo, para que ayude en el proceso de vida-muerte-vida, o como se diría en un lenguaje más sencillo, al buen morir de una paciente que para el caso   y que por el máximo respeto que amerita su situación llamaremos paciente A.   Se trata de una mujer quien llevaba viviendo en su cuerpo gastado por los años   104 veranos pero que quizás por la forma como los había vivido se le habían convertido en   interminables 104   congelantes inviernos. Abrigaba la esperanza de un mejor mañana no sólo para sí misma sino para sus hijos. Anhelaba   un mejor despertar a la vida, un mejor dormir en paz, un mejor - encuentro con Dios - y un mejor – entregarse a la eternidad-.   Llevaba postrada   mucho tiempo en un mueble   viejo y oxidado por los años de la existencia, algo parecido - que se acercaba por plantearlo de alguna manera - a una   cama -

Anticipating Sula's Memorial: A Special Day for a Special Cat

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  Tomorrow at least 70 community members -- may be a lot more since these are the only ones who voluntarily sent an RSVP. Television coverage is expected, and the service will be videotaped. With any luck, we will have it available for the next Caturday. It will als o be available on Sula's Face Book page . The Memorial Service includes all the usual components: prayer, song, and eulogies. In addition, a gratitude basket is being given to the Animal Cancer Center in Monterey, where the staff prolonged Sula's life by two years, and, this being close to Francistide , Br. James from the St. Francis Retreat Center will be be blessing the animals.  Sula's prayer card, which will be distributed at the memorial service, can be ordered through the MSI Press webstore , essentially at cost, by anyone anywhere who would find the card comforting.  For more posts about Sula, click HERE . Arthur Yavelberg, author of  A Theology for the Rest of Us , was recently featured in an  Authorit

Author in the News: Arthur Yavelberg Featured in Authority Magazine

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  Arthur Yavelberg, author of A Theology for the Rest of Us , was recently featured in an Authority Magazine article, titled "Social Impact Authors: How and Why Author Arthur Yavelberg Is Helping to Change the World." You can read the article HERE . For more articles on Arthur and his works, click HERE .                                    Sign up for the MSI Press LLC newsletter                           Follow MSI Press on  Twitter ,  Face Book , and  Instagram .

Daily Excerpt: Lamentations of the Heart (Wells-Smith) - To Those Who Have Opened This Book

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  Excerpt from Lamentation of the Heart (Marti Wells-Smith) -  TO THOSE WHO HAVE OPENED THIS BOOK   In these pages, you will read of the loss of my only child. I share the details not to inflict needless pain—but rather, to share the incredible signs I received assuring me that he is safe in heaven. The circumstances were shocking but had miraculous consolations. I was so overwhelmed with them all that I felt compelled to express my emotions in both poetic and prose form, while honestly conveying the facts as they unfolded.   As believers, we know that the innocent young always ascend to their heavenly homes upon passing. But perhaps you have also lost an adult child, or other loved ones—and are concerned about their eternal well-being. If so, then I have written this book for you. The Lord has led me to this place—where I discovered, in the midst of my loss, that our heavenly Father is more loving and compassionate toward all of His children than I could possibly have imagined

Five Stars from Literary Titan for Bagdade's I Love My Kids But I Don't Always Like Them

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  Literary Titan has award I Love My Kids, But I Don't Always Like Then 5 stars. In part, the reviewer wrote, This is a critical resource for parents that will help parents re-evaluate their parenting style and promote conversations on parenting and how there is no one-formula-fits-all in raising different children even within the same family. With quirky humor and a free-spirited tone, Bagdade has written an engaging parenting book that is colored by her experience as a mother and consultant educator. She details easy-to-follow approaches to parenting that will help parents enjoy their children, even during their worst times. Read the rest of the review HERE . Connect to other reviews of this book HERE . Read more posts about Franki and her book, including excerpts,  HERE .                                    Sign up for the MSI Press LLC newsletter                           Follow MSI Press on  Twitter ,  Face Book , and  Instagram .