Crosswinds (Dallas: The Next Chapter Publishing, 2014)
Here’s an idea for a book. The setting is a smoke-filled bar in an airport in North Carolina. Shut down by a raging storm, the airport has become a temporary prison for travelers waiting to catch a flight out. A chance encounter in the crowded bar brings together a crusty old sailor and a young seadog straight out of boot camp and headed to his first assignment at sea. The two strike up a conversation, and a friendship is born. The entire book will be a detailed account of the conversation between these two sailors over the next eighteen hours as they pass the time waiting for the storm to subside.
On September 30, 1972, Roberto Clemente became only the eleventh player in Major League Baseball history to get 3,000 career hits. Three months later, he died in a plane crash delivering humanitarian aid from his home country of Puerto Rico to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua. He was 38 years old at the time of his death.
Clemente is a baseball legend, winning numerous awards throughout his 18-season career with the Pittsburgh Pirates: batting champion, Golden Glove, All-Star, Most Valuable Player, and of course his induction into the 3,000-hit club. The bat he used to get that 3,000th hit has been on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, for years.
Or has it?
“An Open Letter to You from the Rest of the World”, by Josh Irby
You have something to offer the world that no one else can. And your contribution is needed, desperately! This is the message of Josh Irby’s new eBook/Infographic.
Alene and Rick come from different sides of the street. Alene’s comfortable, suburban lifestyle was worlds apart from Rick’s experience as a homeless vagabond. As their worlds collided, however, God revealed that each had something of value to offer the other. Together, their story has much to offer to the world.
What is the next “Big Thing” in your life? Graduation? Marriage? First job? New job? Job promotion? Vacation? Retirement?
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the middle, spinning your wheels, just “biding your time” until that next big moment?
What if the really important stuff in life wasn’t the big moments, but the waiting, the “biding your time”, the filler … the In-Between?
And what if you missed the really important stuff because you were looking right past it, not even seeing it, because you didn’t even think it was the important stuff?
Hitler 1928 (Wikipedia)
Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933. The Nazis were defeated by the Allied powers in 1945. During that twelve-year period, Hitler slaughtered approximately eleven million people, mostly Jews, as part of his “Final Solution”.
Consider the numbers. How can one corrupt, narcissistic dictator affect the systematic annihilation of over eleven million people, with very little resistance on the part of those being murdered? According to Andy Andrews, by lying to them.
When Turtles Fly, by Nikki Stone
Olympic Gold Medalist Nikki Stone has written a book promoting her unique philosophy of success, a philosophy which she calls “The Turtle Effect”. Nikki explains: “The Turtle Effect was taught to me by my mother when I was a young girl. She told me that I could achieve anything I wanted to as long as I remembered to have a soft inside, a hard shell, and be sure to stick my neck out.”  Nikki’s book is entitled When Turtles Fly and is due out in January 2010. It can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com. 25% of the author’s net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the American Cancer Society.