Where Did It Come From?

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HAVE YOU EVER wondered where some of today’s most commonly used icons and glyphs came from? Well, you’re not alone. Joseph Foley recently wrote an article explaining the origins of eight of these iconic symbols.

To see the stories behind the ampersand (&), the at sign (@), the dollar sign ($), and the hashtag (#), as well as four other commonly used symbols, read Joseph’s article:  “Discover the unknown stories behind everyday icons.”

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Book Review

My Point…And I Do Have One by Ellen Degeneres


Ellen DeGeneres shares her hilarious take on everything from our most baffling human foibles–including how we behave in elevators, airplanes, and restrooms, and why we’re so scared of the boogeyman–to fashion trends, celebrity, and her secret recipe for Ellen’s Real Frenchy French Toast. Most of all, this witty, engaging book offers insights into the mind of one of America’s most beloved comics.…

Dear Reader,
I was awfully excited when I was asked to write a book. I was however, nervous. I was afraid I didn’t have anything important to say. But when I began writing, I realized that although I don’t know a lot about any one thing, I know a little about a whole bunch of things: baking a pie; dancing; curing the common cold; running the Iditarod–it’s all in the book. And I realized I notice things that maybe some people don’t notice (or they don’t notice that they don’t notice). That’s all in the book, too.

Recommendation: Yes and No

Review:  The book is a mind dump of topics with no particular point to them. However, the first two-thirds of the book is humorous. In fact, there were at least six laugh-out-loud moments in that first section.

It was the last third when she kept repeating how she had to make her word count of 60,000 words in order for it to be an acceptable book for her publisher that she lost me…both as a reader and as an author.

As a reader, I wanted to be entertained and having her “complain” about how many more words she still needed to include to meet her quota was neither funny nor entertaining. It made me feel as if entertaining me was just another chore she had to attend to. During the first two-thirds of the book she had been writing as if I were a friend or at least someone to be respected. But in the last third, we the readers, became nothing more than a nuisance. She no longer wanted to entertain us or anyone else; rather she simply wanted to fulfill her contract and be done with it.

The book, her writing, it really became disrespectful, so I skimmed the last third of the book rather than waste my time reading about her problems with coming up with the minimum word count needed to please her publisher.

As a writer, I was hurt and angered by her constant reminder of how many words she needed. It was as if getting a publishing contract meant nothing. After all, she’s a celebrity, it didn’t take any great writing skill to get a contract, so why should she waste her time actually writing something?

But not all of us are celebrities, and some of us would kill to get a chance to have a publisher give us a contract along with an advance, all without even finding out if we know how to write. So, how dare she ridicule and belittle the art of writing with her constant, “Well, I’m still short of the 60,000 words that my publisher says I have to provide.”

So, do I recommend this book? Only if you don’t waste money on purchasing the book, it’s not worth it. Get it from the library, and only limit yourself to the first two-thirds of the book.

About the author:  

Ellen DeGeneres is a beloved stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and was also a judge on American Idol in its ninth season in 2009.

DeGeneres has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in EDtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, for which she awarded a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first and only time a voice acting won a Saturn Award. She also starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. She has won twelve Emmys and numerous awards for her work and charitable efforts.

Amazon Website–https:// amazon.com/Ellen-Degeneres/e/B000AQ0U5E/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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New and Improved…

I’ve been working with my cover designer (DL-Designs and Digital Art) to spruce up the cover on my book The Starstone. It’s been five years since the book was first released, and I’ve learned a lot more about what constitutes good design since then. That means I’m more willing to trust what my cover designer says and allow him to do what he does best…design good book covers.

So, while the original cover got the point across…


Old Cover for The Starstone

I think the new cover is not only more interesting, I think it conveys more of the story with just a glance:


New Cover for The Starstone

So, what do you think? Do you like it?


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Reincarnation: Fact & Fiction

TalorCaldwellBooksEveryone has their own opinion on whether reincarnation is real. As for me, I know it’s real. For many of us, reincarnation is such a part of us that they find it easy to remember who they were and what they did. And some of those who have found themselves confronted with the facts of their past lives have used that information to their advantage by creating fictions out of these remembered facts.

One such author, Taylor Caldwell (“Captains and Kings” and “Dear and Glorious Physician,” as well as many more) stated in her autobiography that most of her historical fictions were based on remembrances of her own past lives. Present-day author, Dr. Bob Rich (“Ascending Spiral,” “Hit and Run,” and “Guardian Angel,” to name a few) also uses past life memories as the primary source of inspiration for his novels.

But what if you’re not one of those lucky enough to easily remember who you were in previous existences? What if those memories are just out of reach; sending you teasing and tantalizing fragments of images but without context or understandable relevance?

That’s when you need to help coax those memories out so that you can bring them into 2019 MasteringMeditation3D - DLS 7the light and understand what they are, what lessons they bring to you, and what insights you can gain from them. To get the help you need you can use the regression techniques I offer in my award-winning book, “Mastering Meditation.” It gives you the steps you can follow to free up those memories.

The meditation technique I like best for obtaining past life memories is a focused meditation. You focus on your second and third chakras (the chakra by your belly button and the one just below your genitals) because these two chakras are where the memories are stored.

A Focused Meditation Technique

Sit or lied in a comfortable position. Don’t cross your legs or arms, as this will impede the energy flow.

Have someone there that you trust to take notes or set up a recording device to capture the information.

Hold your hands about two or three inches from your belly button, palms toward your body. (You can put your left hand on top of your right hand to make it easier.) Then turn your attention toward the energies there. Feel the energies move up your arms and into your mind. Let the energy flow through you. As the images or words form, don’t try to understand them, simply speak out what you see, hear, taste, or smell but without trying to interpret any of it. Just let it come.

When you grow tired, stop the images by removing your hands from their position in front of your belly button. Let your hands droop to your sides. Then let your mind clear itself of all that you have been sending it. If necessary, let yourself nap for a bit. If, however, you feel energized rather than tired, then go ahead and end the session by standing and stretching before returning to your day-to-day activities.

What to Expect

When I first started remembering my past lives, I would get quick flashes, like lightning flashing on a kaleidoscope of photographs. However, as I was able to hold my focus for longer periods of time, I found myself able to move from photograph-like images to fragments of moving pictures. Even these fragments of movement, though, usually came without sound—perhaps a flash of insight (such as knowing where or when). However, it wasn’t until the memory became full blown ‘videos’ that the ‘sound’ also began to work, and I would hear the conversations and arguments of these memories.

This is why it’s important not to try and interpret what you’re seeing. Simply state what it is or what is happening and allow yourself to come into the full memory as your technique and attention improves.

Tas-Readings Header 7cIf, however, after trying this for a bit and you feel you need more assistance to get those memories to surface, you can contact me at Tas Readings. I can either help you do your own regression meditation, or I can do a past life reading for you and give you the information that you want. It’s your choice.

But while I can help you remember your past lives, I can’t guarantee your ability to turn them into great novels.

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Read Your Way Into 2020

Books are great all year ’round, but now that the new year is here, why not start it out with a few new books?

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Death Affects Us All

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SOMETIMES WE FORGET how hard death can be on those experiencing it…and I mean everyone experiencing it, which isn’t always just the person dying.

When someone dies, it affects everyone around them, too. This Facebook article gives you the insight into just how hard someone’s death can be on the hospital staff, family, and caregivers of all types.

So, take a moment and read the post by Sandra Kluskowski to understand why death and dying is an experience that everyone shares as they provide compassion, empathy, and support to those who are taking that final Earthly journey.


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Happy Holidays!

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