#BookBlitz “The History of Eternity” by James E. Winder

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Poetry, Philosophy

Published: February 2020

Publisher: Setarcos Spectrum Publications

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You cannot help but wonder what and why you are. The History of Eternity is a book that again and again answers these questions, as it celebrates the
tragic joy of wonder at the enigma of your existence. There will always be a
clamoring after elusive fact. There will always be a hankering for some
durable theory that will explain the fact. There will always be an inability
to match the one wholly with the other. Because something is always left
out, there will always persist a stubbornly invisible and intractable
remainder. And this remainder, this dark matter behind every thought, behind
every desire, behind every joy, behind every sorrow, will continue to
populate your universe with wonder. Read this book, if you will, and share
that wonder.

You are born into a conspiracy of significance, already entangled with your
equally lonely others. The history of eternity, the tension between nowhere
and now here, defines the struggle between the life you are living now and
whatever there may be of the life to come. The History of Eternity is a
series of broken elegies to those who have mattered, to their moments and
your moments, to their sanity and your sanity, to their madness and your
madness. The History of Eternity is one man’s meditation on the
reverberating shock of his encounter with Henry Adams, Aristotle, Augustine,
Bach, Balzac, Beckett, Bergson, Bloch, Boehme, Bonhoeffer, Cervantes,
Chekhov, Cicero, Claudel, Dante, Darwin, Derrida, Emily Dickinson,
Dostoevsky, Eckhart, Emerson, Ezekiel, Faulkner, Gide, Goethe, Heraclitus,
Herodotus, Hume, Isaiah, Henry James, Jeremiah, Samuel Johnson, Kafka,
Kierkegaard, D.H. Lawrence, Leopardi, Levinas, Joan of Arc, Joe Louis,
Lucretius, Machiavelli, Malraux, McTaggart, Milton, Montaigne, Newton,
Nietzsche, Parmenides, Pascal, Plotinus, Plutarch, Proust, Rabelais,
Rembrandt, Rosenzweig, Rousseau, Sartre, Schopenhauer, Schubert, Adam Smith,
Sophocles, Spinoza, Edith Stein, Wallace Stevens, Tocqueville, Van Gogh,
Virgil, Von Hofmannsthal, Wagner, Weil, Whitehead, Wittgenstein, Woolf,
Yeats, and many others.

Considered collectively, and as one integral whole, these philosophic
meditations in poetic form echo the meaning of eternity as reflected in the
troubled hearts, minds, and lives of 144 historic individuals, famous or
unknown. There is – in the history of philosophy and literature – nothing
akin to it in nature and scope.

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 About the Author

Mr. James E. Winder was born on June 16, 1953, in Athens, Tennessee, and graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1975 with a B.A. in philosophy and literature. He earned an M.A. in philosophy from Purdue University in 1980.

James Winder spent the lion’s share of his career as a mid-level manager and intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), where he retired in 2013 after 30 years of service. At NSA, Mr. Winder’s most noteworthy assignment was in 1991-1992, when he served as Assistant Director of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB). During that
time, he co-authored a report for President George H.W. Bush on intelligence
lessons learned during the first Gulf War and provided extensive research
and documentation on a wide range of other matters of great interest to the
PFIAB board members. In a special commendation, then Acting PFIAB Chairman,
Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, cited Mr. Winder for his “expert advice to the
President of the United States” and for his “extremely incisive and timely
contributions on some very complex issues.”

During three decades at NSA, Mr. Winder produced three classified,
book-length studies, most notably including a comprehensive report on an
important subject, which won NSA’s annual Cryptologic Literature Award. He
also wrote a wide variety of other in-depth reports on Soviet intelligence,
terrorism, and technical threats to U.S. telecommunications.

Mr. Winder is the author of The History of Eternity, a series of
philosophic meditations in poetic form, which is, according to Mr. Winder,
the cryptic story of his life and the lives of many others. There is – in
the history of philosophy or literature – no other work that is akin to it
in nature and scope.

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#BookBlitz “Human Kindness Shortfalls” by Edmund F. Byrne

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Poems, Poetry, Social Issues

Published: May 29, 2020

Publisher: Austin Macauley

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Diverse indications as to failure of humans to find and follow pathways to

Human Kindness Shortfalls is a collection of poems that vary as to topic
but all address some problem or issue regarding which kindness is in short
supply as we too often resort to harmful efforts at controlling who and/or
what is allowed to prosper.

These poems deal with family matters, government misbehavior, human flaws,
war, ecology. The overall theme is how we humans fail to live up to our
potential in dealings with others in which we too often act indifferently,
even hostilely.

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About the Author

Edmund F. Byrne is a retired philosophy professor who has taken up poetry
after years of publishing books and articles in his professional field. For
twenty years, he was a section editor for the Journal of Business Ethics and
more recently, has reviewed books critical of ‘Just War Theory’.
At IUPUI, where he taught, he has established a Peace and Global Justice
Award. Edmund also published a memoir entitled Remembering My Self.



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#BookBlitz “PoeTaree” by Aerle Taree

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The Jurisprudence of Life
Published: February 2020
Publisher: Reality Writings
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PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life is a compilation of dynamic poetry that was written while on the Lollapalooza, European and Australian tour with the pivotal group.

From the Author:

Earth, Wind and Fire is the title track to PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life. It’s like I wrote the complete manuscript to one of their timeless hit songs. The eighth chapter of this book is to encourage you to write. PoeTaree is a collection of many topics I thought about while touring Europe, Australia and Lollapalooza. Filled with stories and memories, this book is delivered in a way for one and all to enjoy. Take an adventure with me as I employ the writing techniques used to compose the hit single Tennessee for Arrested Development. Become a PoeTaree person by completing this book and filling the eighth chapter with your own words. I encourage you to expand your mind and lift your soul with all of my solo projects involving PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life!

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Aerle Taree, two-time Grammy award winning co-writer of the hit songs Tennessee and Revolution with the music group Arrested Development, has expanded her writing talent in the newly published book PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life.

Taree is noted as being a prolific writer. Her other titles are Humanities Matter: The Essay Collection, Molly’s Mental Health: Love Me Too, Autobiography of Aerle Taree: Originally of Arrested Development, Coco: The Girl, and Bettie The Bee: Its A Sin.

It was as a member of that Atlanta-based group that Taree’s writing blossomed, co-writing the hit songs Tennessee and Revolution, (at the request of Spike Lee for Malcolm X: The Movie). During this time, Taree continued her studies at Clark Atlanta University. By the age of 19, she’d won two Grammy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards and a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award. Taree’s career with Arrested Development gained her nationwide recognition and awards, including MTV Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, and Rolling Stone Critic Poll’s Band of the Year.

Following her departure from Arrested Development, Taree continued to grow artistically. She has also started her own multifaceted entertainment company in Atlanta called Reality Writings, Inc., one of the newest members of the Universal Music Publishing family. Taree has written her own book of narrative poems entitled PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life. Writer Zora Neale Hurston, activist/poet Sonia Sanchez, and poet Gil Scott Heron have largely influenced her work.

She currently lives in Dekalb County, GA.

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#AudioTour “The Colors of Me, a Poetry Collection” by Maya and Jello

Audiobook Blog Tour: The Colors of Me by Maya and Jello

Author: Maya and Jello

Narrator: Maya and Jello

Length: 53 minutes

Publisher: M&J Literary Works Inc.

Released: Jan. 28, 2020

Genre: Poetry

A collection of poems. The critics are raving four/four stars. The Colors of Me is a collection of beautiful poems. The author’s creativity is amazing. It’s bold, sexy, spiritual, yet intriguing.

Welcome to The Colors of Me. Each poem was written based on inspirations gained from my life experiences. Listen and enjoy. Then listen again. Listen and share the experience with your friends and loved ones. It is a journey you will not soon forget.

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Maya and Jello was born and raised on the beautiful island of Trinidad, the sister island of Tobago in the West Indies. She migrated to the United States as a young teenager. Her main objective was to obtain a great education in the hopes of affording a better life for herself, her family, and to be a blessing to those around her. This quest led her to attain a Doctorate in medicine. But she never let go of her passion for writing poetry. Her works have been published in various school publications under various pen names. During medical school she wrote a segment in the College newspaper under the pen name Sparkie.

The poems in this collection were written over a span of 30 years.

She hopes that you enjoy reading them, as much as she enjoyed writing them for you.


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Maya and Jello on why readers who love poetry will appreciate this the Colors of Me

If you possess a true appreciation for the art of poetry whether it be pros, verse, lines, or sonnets. Whatever format, whatever flavor. There is something in The Colors of Me written just for you. Each poem embodies the entirety of and experience. And all of the experiences are different. The poems are designed to open up like a flower in bloom and then if needs be fall apart petal by petal. It is in this that I’m able to take the hand of the listener and lead them down a path; meandering through the darkened corners of emotions that we so often hide. Each poem is chock-full of imagery. Who doesn’t have that Mother or Grandmother, Teacher or Preacher who made such a difference in their lives? Who hasn’t experience the wind being knocked out of their sails by betrayal or a lost love? If you’ve ever felt something, ….anything. Then you’ll certainly appreciate The Colors of Me. A good poet can make you cry but I pride myself in making you laugh, and moreover at yourself. The heartfelt romantic pieces are a melee of unbridled emotion. They would ignite the passions in your soul and rekindle what you have, take you back to a time or make you long for that perfect love. You’ll rise to the triumphs and sink in the squalor of inexplicable pain. But just as you think you are about to break, you’ll hear a poem, a message, seemingly straight from the heart of God himself that would lift your spirits, that would mend your heart. It would rekindle your passion for life and living. You’d feel empowered to dust yourself off and rise to the occasion. You’ll gain the strength to embrace your past and forge forward to bigger and better things. And who knows, with faith in your left pocket and hope in your right, you may even venture to love again.


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Closer – Marvin Sapp

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The Nearness of You – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

One Look In Your Eyes – Luther Vandross

A Song for You – Donny Hathaway

That’s Life – Frank Sinatra

Keep Your Head Up – 2Pac

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#Blitz “New York As We Know It” by Vincent J. Chiappetta

Date Published: July 28, 2017
Publisher: Mindstir Media
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Running through cities is a part of my exploration. As I run I see, interact, build images that I put together in my poetic interpretive responses, my poems. I write on the run with a pad I carry.
I recall my impressions as I finish. I recall moments as reminders pop up in my mind. As if to see in words my views of the world of people and structures around me. Hopefully others will relate to my words and receive something similar in vision and intensity as I experience.
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About the Author
Born and Bred in New York City. As a scientist, teacher and observer of the beauty of the earth and its inhabitants.
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#Spotlight “My Maine: Haiku Through the Seasons” by Bette A. Stevens

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Inspired by The Pine Tree State—Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people—the author’s 150 haiku poems, along with her photographs, reflect the Maine she knows and loves. Bette A. Stevens’s imagery draws the reader into her world of wonder and delight. My Maine takes readers on a poetic journey through Maine’s four seasons. Whether you’re a native Mainer or from away, Stevens’s short story poems and photographs will resonate.

The collection opens with a haiku tribute, “Maine Pines and People.” The journey continues with the rejuvenating spirit of “Spring Awakenings” and “Summer Songs”; then on to more of the magic and majesty of the places and people of Maine in “Autumn Leaves” and “Winter Tales.” This is a poetry collection to be slowly savored, made even more delectable with the author’s original drawings and photographs. In addition to its poems and photographs, My Maine includes state symbols and interesting facts about The Pine Tree State.




What readers are saying…

“A truly delightful book and one I highly recommend to lovers of poetry and, in particular, well written haiku.”

“Arranged by season, each poem is an exquisite snapshot of life in Maine — its landscapes, wildlife, people, pastimes, heritage, and communities.”

“This is an excellent blend of poetry, photographs, and facts about Maine. If you love nature and poetry, you will enjoy this book.”

“This lovely collection of seasonal haiku isn’t something you read once. You’ll want to revisit these beautiful poems and savor them over and over.”


About the Author

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat).

Stevens’s children’s book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO! was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012. AMAZING MATILDA, Stevens’s second children’s book, self-published in 2012 won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and also placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List for Self-published Children’s Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. In 2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: PURE TRASH, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England in a family whose poverty and alcoholism mark him as a target for bullying by young and old alike. This short story is a prequel to Stevens’s début novel DOG BONE SOUP (KCT International Literary Award Top Finalist 2017).


“Finding Their Way Home” by Brenda Baker

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Finding Their Way Home

by Brenda Baker

Genre: Poetry/Women Authors/Canadian

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Compelling, thought-provoking, and emotionally bare. This is a collection of poems that will inspire you and touch your soul.

In her debut book, Brenda Baker explores both our humanity and the human experience. Throughout, she introduces a range of characters from all walks of life – inviting the reader into their world to share intimate stories of love, loss, heartache, pain, and joy.

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“Corazón” by Yesika Salgado

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by Yesika Salgado

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Poetry/Women

4.99 at time of posting!

Corazón is a love story. It is about the constant hunger for love. It is about feeding that hunger with another person and finding that sometimes it isn’t enough. Salgado creates a world in which the heart can live anywhere; her fat brown body, her parents home country, a lover, a toothbrush, a mango, or a song. It is a celebration of heartache, of how it can ruin us, but most importantly how we always survive it and return to ourselves whole.

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“My Snowman, Paul (Snowman Paul Book 1)” by Yossi Lapid

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My Snowman, Paul (Snowman Paul Book 1)

by Yossi Lapid, Joanna Pasek (Illustrator)

Genre: Children/Growing Up & Facts of Life/New Experiences/Poetry/ Imagination & Play

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A Warm Story of Friendship and Wonderful Adventures! 

Snowman Paul is a charming snowman who loves playing games and going on adventures with friends. In this book, Snowman Paul meets Dan for the first time, and they become best friends in an adventure-filled winter wonderland. This book teaches children the valuable lessons of true friendship and being comfortable with who they are.

Fast paced and stunningly illustrated with full-page watercolors, it will delight children and parents alike. It is a great bedtime story, and it is ideal for beginner readers. It makes a beautiful gift, and it will show you how much fun winter can be if you embrace your imagination.

Ready to experience fantastic fun on cold winter nights or hot summer days? Join Dan and Snowman Paul in their imaginative and whimsical adventures.
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“Upwelling: Poems” by Ann Chiappetta


Upwelling: Poems

by Ann Chiappetta

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Poetry

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Guide dogs, death, and a disturbing dream. Marriage, memories, and intriguing mysteries. Eroticism, abortion, and a wonderfully poetic essay. In this collection of 23 of her short, accessible poems from several decades, Ann Chiappetta explores an enormous range of emotions and topics.

Obituary mourns the removal of an eye.

Verona and In Those Dark Moments are tributes to her beloved guide dog.

Appearances offers reflections on adjusting to blindness.

Four of the poems deal with the illness and death of others and her enduring grief.

Root Cellar is like a miniature horror movie.

The Marriage Pot employs a much-used spaghetti pot as a symbol for the vicissitudes of a long marriage.

Helium offers a balloon’s view of its surroundings.

NoneTheWiser gives us the words of an unconventional little girl.

These poems may variously pierce your heart or warm it, surprise you or amuse you. But they will surely move you and make for lasting memories.

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