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Review of “Human Understanding: An Engineer’s Analysis of Life, Getting to the Basics”

Barbara Bamberger Scott

“That which is loving and caring is good and will make us feel better about ourselves and bring inner happiness.”

An engineer carefully constructs a view of life’s meaning and purpose, using techniques learned in his professional experience to elucidate a personal path. Author Brust began his lengthy search for human understanding after a tragedy: his son died, causing him to reexamine all of his assumptions about how best to live. His analysis covers four areas. “How We Function Mentally” explores what is mind, how we learn, and the role of spirituality—”living for a purpose beyond self.” “Concepts in Reality” is a look at thought and consciousness. “Related Considerations” include such thorny details of daily living as anger, stress, forgiveness, health, nutrition, and exercise. “The Path to Fulfillment” includes the author’s catalog of the basics referenced in his subtitle: the existence of a Higher Power, virtue and vice, and the reality of a consciousness that recognizes both and which survives beyond death.

Brust is a nationally noted structural engineer who describes the process of organizing the concepts for this book as being similar to the requirements for his work in engineering. He has gathered all the necessary components and demonstrates how each one fits with the rest to provide a final template for putting ideas into action. This rational, logical methodology, including neatly composed endnotes for further reference, is balanced by the work’s heart quality. There is warmth and accessibility throughout Brust’s dense text, along with the expression of a genuine wish to share his ideas without “selling” or “pushing” them. Thus, no single religious or psychological system is promulgated, leaving readers to make individually weighted decisions as to how to utilize the material given. Brust’s book could provide help and hope to those seeking information on self-actualization, spirituality, and personal growth that is sensible, sensitive, and not agenda-driven.

RECOMMENDED by the US Review

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Two authors keep coming back to the Writers’ Institute—and keep finding success

Posted by Lisa Bauer

For 29 years, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Writers’ Institute has built its reputation as the Midwest’s premier writing conference. Authors Rex Owens and Sue Roupp might be its biggest fans, having eagerly shown up for a combined total of 48 Writers’ Institutes, growing their careers with help from the conference.

“Thinking back to my first Writers’ Institute, I was just considering devoting more time to writing. I couldn’t have dreamed of attending the conference this year as a speaker with three books published,” said Owens, who has attended 20 Writers’ Institutes.

Sue Roupp left an executive position at a Chicago company years ago to pursue writing. She said, “I found myself at the Writers’ Institute feeling like the campus newbie. That first conference was a ‘wow factor,’ where I said ‘yes’ to my dreams of being a writer.” Roupp is an author, editor, and writing teacher. She’s attended all but one Writer’s Institute, for a total of 28.

The 2019 Writer’s Institute will take place at the Madison Concourse Hotel on April 4-7. It features presentations by authors, literary agents, and UW–Madison faculty, who’ll provide practical tips for writers of mystery, romance, memoir, history, and true crime, among other genres. Attendees have the unique opportunity to pitch their manuscripts to industry professionals, who attend the conference to find new authors and to help attendees sharpen their skills. Read more…

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Meaningful ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Day for kids and adults

By Nicole Spector
NBC News

Here’s a look at some of the many things we can do this MLK Day (and, as Bernice King notes, beyond it) to restore our hope and honor MLK’s work…

Books galore and for all ages

Mighty Marty HayesYou’ve no shortage of books that can help impart King’s legacy and its lasting importance.

Middle-grade readers with interest in superheroes may appreciate books like “The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes” by Lora L. Hyler.

“I feature American history through black spies and key figures such as Ruby Bridges and Josephine Baker, along with Dr. King,” says Hyler. “Since my novel’s March 2018 publication date I’ve enjoyed school visits, book festivals, education and library conferences all over the country. The kids’ eyes just light up when I note that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is part of the book.”

Read the full article…

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A Guide to Caves, Mines, and Tunnels in and Around the Badger State

“Wisconsin Underground” by Doris Green
WMTJ-4  Milwaukee

Wisconsin is home to some beautiful pieces of nature that we can see every day. But what about the beauty and wonder that you can’t see? “Wisconsin Underground” by Doris Green is a guide to the incredible caves, mines and tunnels hiding under the surface in our great state. Author Doris Green joins us to discuss this book and the research done to complete it.

Watch the interview here.

There is a “Wisconsin Underground” book talk on Saturday, February 9 at 11am at Spring Green Community Library. For more information, visit DorisGreenBooks.com.

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16 new books worth reading in 2019, including Nickolas Butler and a ‘Fonz’ murder mystery

Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel

For sheer magnitude, Milwaukee’s biggest book event in 2019 will be Michelle Obama’s March 14 appearance at the Miller High Life Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., where the former first lady will speak about her memoir “Becoming.” Except for a few high-end seats in the $925-$1,125 range, it’s a sold-out show.

But fear not, dear readers. The first part of the year brings many promising books and local author events. In chronological order, here’s a selection of 15 forthcoming books and events that may interest you, with an emphasis on Milwaukee and Wisconsin writers.

Mighty Marty HayesThe Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes
Lora L. Hyler (HenschelHAUS)

In Hyler’s middle-grade novel, a multicultural class of 7th graders get involved in gene editing, spy gadgets and superpowers.

Hyler will speak 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at Nō Studios, 1037 W. McKinley Ave.

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How to Be a Make a Change in Life and Business with Larry Cockerel on the ABA Podcast

Draw in Customers/ Authentic Business Adventures

Larry Cockerel has the energy to rival just about anyone.  With his quick wit and solid answers to even the tough questions, he has a genuine talent for helping people.  We discuss his books, mistakes and ways he helps his clients.  This podcast is filled with little tidbits that make it worth listening to a few times. Visit the Larry Cockerel, The Change Guy.

 

Visit https://drawincustomers.com for more great small business videos, blogs, podcasts and general business building good times!Draw in Customers Business Coaching brings you another Authentic Business Adventures Podcast to help you with your business knowledge.

Watch on youtube or listen here.

 

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Doctor Pens Books on Diabetes

The Freeman – Waukesha County

OCONOMOWOC — Dr. Eno Nsima-Obot, a board-certified primary care physician, will promote her book, “Dr. Eno’s A-to-Z Guide to Thriving with Type 2 Diabetes” at Books & Company on Nov. 15, which is during National Diabetes Awareness Month. Nsima-Obot is behind “Dr. Eno’s A-to-Z Guide to Thriving with Type 2 Diabetes.” She will be at Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., at 7pm, Nov. 15th.

“Being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is an invitation to adopting a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “It is possible to thrive despite being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and not just focus on the complications.”

Read the full article (pdf)

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Matt Geiger on “Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair”

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair

Matt Geiger, our second guest, says “Anytime I’m able to talk about Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov in a single interview, I’m happy!” So Vicki makes him happy and asks why. We’ll chat about his latest book Astonishing Tales: Your Astonishment May Vary – a collection of stories and essays.

Matt is a humorist, essayist, and award-winning journalist and author, who lives in Wisconsin with his wife, daughter, ten animals, and several metaphysical questions. Listen to the interview.

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Matt Geiger on KSCJ

KSCJ Radio

In his new collection of stories and essays, acclaimed author and humorist Matt Geiger seeks to de-familiarize us from the world, from the smallest detail to the most cosmic mythology, in order to see it all as if for the first time. Turning his philosopher’s vision to his own abundant Neanderthal DNA, parenting, competitive axe throwing, old age, and much more, he sets out in search of comic profundity. With a nod to the limits of human knowledge and understanding, particularly his own, he draws from the wisdom of an 83-year-old pin-up legend, Peter the Great, Santa Claus, modern boxers, Medieval monks, and of course small children. Blending whimsy and gravitas, he unveils beauty, joy, and happiness in a seemingly broken world. Hear the full interview.

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Matt Geiger on Jefferson Public Radio

JPR Radio

Humorist, journalist and chronicler of the weird Matt Geiger is part David Sedaris, part Dave Berry and part John Waters.

His latest book of essays and stories, Astonishing Tales, will have you scratching your head, in between belly laughs.

That’s what you might expect from a writer who has won both literary awards and a one-hand axe throwing competition.

Listen in while Matt Geiger tells selected tales from his book.  Hear the interview.

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Review: Mighty Marty Hayes Takes Readers On An Interesting Spy Adventure

Elena Reads

Mighty Marty HayesMarty Hayes has a secret. He has super powers! The only people who know about this is Marty’s family and his best friend Christopher.

In The Stupendous Adventures of  Mighty Marty Hayes, (which author Lora L. Hyler sent me to review) Christopher and Marty’s girlfriend, Aisha, are all in the same Advanced Science class. Marty thinks he’s the only one with special powers. Soon, he figures out that Aisha has powers too!

Since Marty loves anything spy related, he is super excited about this  science class.  They will be testing the CRISPR-Cas9, a gene editing tool. But everything turns upside down when the school bully, Wade, ruins the experiment. From letting loose mosquitoes to stealing Marty’s spy manual, Wade keeps sabotaging their work. But why? Marty and his friends go on a spy mission to figure out what Wade is up to and to stop him and other bad guys from stealing important data from the International Spy Museum! Who will succeed? You have to read the book to find out!

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Kansas Public Radio Interview with Matt Geiger

Kansas Public Radio

On this edition of Conversations, Matt Geiger joins us to talk about the collection of humorous yet emotionally powerful stories and essays you’ll find in his latest book, Astonishing Tales! (Your Astonishment May Vary).Geiger is an award winning essayist and journalist, who is frequently heard on public radio.

Listen to the interview here.

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“The Mystic Chaplain: My Story” by Kathy Collins is Best Book Awards Winner

THE 15TH ANNUAL BEST BOOK AWARDS
ANNOUNCE 2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors
in the 15th Annual Best Book Awards

St. Martin’s Press, Penguin/Random House, Simon and Schuster, Berkley, New World Library, Hay House, Llewellyn Worldwide, Taschen, New World Library, Palgrave Macmillan, Rowman & Littlefield and hundreds of Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!

LOS ANGELES – American Book Fest has announced the winners and finalists of The 2018 Best Book Awards on November 13, 2018. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2016-2018.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.

Keen says of the awards, now in their sixteenth year, “The 2018 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the Best Book Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: St. Martin’s Press, Penguin/Random House, Simon and Schuster, Berkley, New World Library, Hay House, Llewellyn Worldwide, Taschen, New World Library, Palgrave Macmillan, Rowman & Littlefield and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition!

Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

American Book Fest has an active social media presence with over 140,000 current Facebook fans.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2018 Best Book Awards are available online at American Book Fest.

Spirituality/Inspirational
The Mystic Chaplain: My Story by Kathy Collins
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.

 

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Midwestern doctor shares ways to thrive with Type 2 Diabetes

WKOW – Madison

MADISON (WKOW) — Those who’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes may feel like their life is turning upside down but a Midwestern board-certified physician says it’s still possible to live well with the condition.

On Wednesday, Dr. Eno A. Nsima-Obot, a Chicago area physician, joined the Wake Up Wisconsin team to share tips on how to live a healthy life with Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr. Eno wrote a book titled, “Dr. Eno’s A-to-Z Guide To Thriving With Type 2 Diabetes” to help those living with the chronic disease.

“Being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is an invitation to adopting a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Eno. “It is possible to thrive despite being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and not just focus on the complications.”

Dr. Eno also mentioned that she will be giving a free presentation at the DeForest Area Public Library on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will be held in the community room. Copies of Dr. Eno’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

To learn more about Dr. Eno and her book, click here.

Watch the clip here.