Beckie Butcher Supports Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients through her Writing

beckiebutcherHello, everybody. My name is Beckie Butcher. I was born and raised in Elgin, Il and am a 1982 graduate of Elgin High School. I graduated from Elgin Community College in 1997 with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology and worked in various hospitals and laboratories. In 2007, I decided to leave the laboratory and pursue a career in Culinary Arts with hopes of opening my own catering business when I was stricken with a debilitating disease called chronic fatigue syndrome, a serious but seriously misunderstood disease.

mybattlewith_1In 2010, on the advice of a friend, I decided to share my story in a book entitled My Battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which made it to number five in the medical genre on Amazon. In the book, I share how upon referral from a friend how a unique method of chiropractic adjustment has offered me relief and taken me to a much better place. I am passionate about building tolerance for the disease as well as offering hope for a better life to those who suffer as well as those who care for them.

I have written a magazine article about life with CFS for Living Well Magazine. It was in last July’s issue. I have also given educational presentations about the reality of the disease as well as spoken on a local radio show. My website is and my blog is I can also be found of Thank you and have a great day.

July 2015 Edition of Living Well Magazine

Winning Selling to Impress the Buyer!

Winning Selling to Impress the Buyer (2)Colour paperback and Kindle available on Amazon – by Tim Ussher

Endorsed by Lord Sugar – businessman, entrepreneur and star of BBC TV show The Apprentice:

“Having personally sat across the table from Tim, I know there is a lot to gain from his advice. I’d encourage anyone in sales to read this straight talking book, written by one of the best purchasing professionals I have come across in business.”

I told Jones to seat the Buyer at the head of the table, not beat the buyer to the head of the table!

I told Jones to seat the Buyer at the head of the table, not beat the buyer to the head of the table!

A refreshingly powerful and concise insight into the mind of the buyer, with no-nonsense tips, tactics and advice on preparation, meetings, understanding the buyer and their drivers, tendering, pitching and negotiating: how to win buyers over, and win business.

A must for all business people, suppliers and salespeople who are trying to win orders from buyers. Written by an award-winning top corporate buyer, purchasing leader and negotiator. With fun, memorable colour cartoons accompanying all the key learning points.

tim ussher corp pic2 (2)Tim has spent his entire career of over thirty years as a ‘buyer’, and as Chief Procurement Officer has led global procurement teams of up to 340 global staff for corporations including Williams security group, BSkyB, Virgin Media, Hilton hotels and Regus office providers.

As an individual consultant he has reviewed and helped establish new or improved procurement functions for the London 2012 Olympics, EMI, Diageo and British American Tobacco.

Tim won the inaugural and prestigious Purchasing and Supply Chain Professional of the Year award from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in 2002, the procurement industry’s top individual award.

…and that concludes my pitch… oh did I run over!

…and that concludes my pitch… oh did I run over!

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Successful Business Consultant Provides Daily Lessons on Living Life

Bernard Otis

For the past 65 years, Bernard Otis has made quite a name for himself in the business world. As an expert in marketing, sales and customer service, he is known for providing consulting and training services to esteemed gurus and young professionals alike. Throughout his lengthy and celebrated career, one motivation has shined above the rest: his desire to share his knowledge and experience with those who follow him in life.

Among his many methods of helping people is writing and speaking on his numerous areas of expertise. His first book, “Revenue Generation Through the Sale of Kumquats and Other Things,” makes the convincing argument that selling can and should be fun. It explores his own career, as well as the possibilities within the industry, in an attempt to guide and inspire future generations.

Old Age Cover_CROPPEDRecently, Bernard has shifted his focus from business ventures to everyday life. His recent book, “How To Prepare for Old Age: Without Taking the Fun Out of Life,” examines the process of growing old and how it doesn’t necessarily have to involve adjusting to a boring, intellectually stagnant life.

The back of the jacket best describes both the book’s nature and its aim:

In this touching, often humorous and very personal account, Bernie shares his 86 years of life, love, loss and laughter as an inspirational guide to what it means to age without growing old. His advice on love after 60, how to talk with family members about illness, what you should be prepared for when confronting tragedy and loss, what it means to be a caregiver to a loved one and many other of life’s challenges are a must for family members young and old. Bernie’s book is a treasure trove of personal and professional life experiences that will help you prepare for old age and take control of the nature of aging. Be prepared to laugh out loud and quietly shed a tear as Bernie takes you through the voyage of life.

Published in May 2015, “How To Prepare for Old Age: Without Taking the Fun Out of Life” is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Although he has only released two books thus far, Bernard continues to provide advice and guidance to receptive individuals through regular blog posts on his website, Senior Moments with Bernard Otis. Bernard often begins his blog posts with an anecdote or light-hearted story that directly relates to the topic he is about to discuss, which keeps the posts engaging and thought-provoking, in addition to being helpful.

Author Gabrielle Williams Brings In High Ratings on Goodreads for “The Guy, The Girl, the Artist and His Ex”

Gabrielle WilliamsGabrielle Williams has been receiving tons of praise for her latest novel, “The Guy, The Girl, the Artist and His Ex,” a stylish, sharp and sassy take on love, life, and fine art. Released in April of 2015, the story has been receiving widespread acclaim from its readers and book critics, as it offers an interesting perspective from each of its imperfect characters, and is described as a “must-read” by a five-star rater on

More about “The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex” from Goodreads:

A rock chick.

An artist with attitude.

A girl with a past.

A party animal.

Four lives collide when one of the world’s most famous paintings is stolen. It’s a mystery that has the nation talking, but while Picasso’s Weeping Woman might be absent from the walls of the National Gallery, in other parts of Melbourne the controversial painting’s presence is being felt by Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny for four very different reasons.

Life, love, art and one giant party intersect in this offbeat comedy about good intentions, unexpected consequences and the irresistible force of true love.

Gabrielle Williams BookAlthough Ms. Williams didn’t complete her education at school, her career is proof that an academic path isn’t the only route to success. She has an impatience about her, which has helped to spark an innovative flame and inspired her to write some of her most pioneering works. She is more interested in getting out there and pursuing her dreams than learning about someone else pursuing theirs. Her personality type is incredibly individualistic, and she doesn’t like doing things the way everyone else does them– she is a firm advocate of taking the road less traveled. Her latest book, ‘The Guy The Girl The Artist & His Ex’, was inspired by the real life theft of one of Picasso’s most famous paintings – The Weeping Woman. In order to achieve an authentic tone throughout the novel, Ms. Williams spent a great deal of time researching the 1980s, art fraud, art forgers and Picasso. She is grateful to have a fantastically supportive husband, as well as excellent friends. When Ms. Williams is writing a book, she goes the extra mile to ensure that the information she includes in the book is accurate for the setting. Her last two books were set in the 1980s, and she did a lot of research to understand current events and incorporate them into the overall tone of the novels. After completing her research, she sits down to write, type her ideas and work on the finished publication.

Ms. Williams has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards in Australia, and is interested in increasing her connections. She is also interested in traveling for her work and speaking publicly about how to use humour to hook teenagers in to reading, a subject she is quite passionate about. Her novel, “Beatle Meets Destiny,” was shortlisted for two literary awards in 2010. Her second book was shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award. “Beatle Meets Destiny” was voted as one of the top 50 reads of 2010.

To learn more about Gabrielle Williams, please visit her LinkedIn page.

Optimistic Author Julie Vincent Acknowledges Light at the End of the Tunnel in “Travels Within”

Julie VincentThe art and poetry presented in “Travels Within” was inspired in a time when Julie Vincent had been enduring her own personal trials and tribulations, and she was extremely distressed. After having escaped domestic violence, and being embroiled in a battle over housing and her children, she felt isolated, pessimistic and even suicidal. Through it all, she was still fervently committed to and excited by the research she was conducting and the opportunity it presented. It was through this that the art and poetry she was able to create came to be.

From PRWeb:

“Travels Within” (published by Xlibris AU) explores Vincent’s intimate journey of completing her doctoral degree while escaping domestic violence. This involved a monumental struggle for her existence. She considered it as a very dark time, but as Vincent was researching the journeys of people who were in or who had been through their own dark times, it was also a time of exploration of her own and others’ internal turmoil.

This book captures the effect of domestic violence and a history of child sexual abuse on mental health. It travels through the emotional pain of grief, loss, depression, suicide, despair and hopelessness to discover in the face of these difficulties, treasures like strength, hope and light.

“What I hope people find in “Travels Within” is inspiration for their own journey; to not be afraid of the dark times. Even in the dark times, though you may not yet see it, there is a hope, and a future,” says the author.

Julie Vincent - Travels WithinJulie Vincent is an artist, poet, singer, song writer, academic and given the opportunity, a performer. She finished her PhD in Social Theory on mental health service delivery at the University of Melbourne and travelled the world creating art and poetry as she went. She came back and travelled across the top end, camping and creating songs, poems and art works en route. She lectured at Newcastle University for a couple of years and volunteered in orphanages in India and a health project in Uganda and attended the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2008 she was in an accident that nearly killed her and changed her life. She had a spiritual experience and married an Aboriginal man. She has found herself in Alice Springs volunteering with indigenous kids.

Real Estate Business: Are we in a Property Bubble?

real estate signIs Australia in the midst of a property bubble? According to the banking industry, record low interest rates in Australia haven’t led to a property bubble. The Australian Bankers’ Association recently released a report, Key truths on housing in Australia, which looks at the changes in house prices over the past quarter of a century.

“Our analysis shows that the recent rise of house prices in Australia is not unusual when compared with historical trends, and the current house price growth has not exceeded the peak rates we saw before the global financial crisis,” says association CEO Steven Münchenberg.

The association says Australia has recorded solid increases in both nominal and real house prices since the GFC but has not been the strongest market in global terms. In fact, Australian property prices rank well down on a global scale, according to the report. After adjustment for inflation, rises in Australia have ranked behind Hong Kong, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Canada.

“Since the GFC, volatility in prices has increased, with two periods of quite marked national declines in prices followed by strong rebounds,” says Münchenberg. “Much of the recent focus has been on strong house price growth in Sydney, but over the past ten years the price increase in Sydney is unremarkable when compared to other capital cities.”

Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank is struggling to manage the two-speed economy while the government fails to lift productivity and cut unemployment. With Australia facing the highest unemployment rate in 12½ years, slumping business spending and deflation spreading around the globe, more RBA stimulus would seem in order. However, with many Australian housing markets reaching unaffordable levels, reducing rates will only exacerbate this further.

Do you think we are in the midst of a property bubble? Why not join in the conversation with us and let us know your thoughts by posting a response in the comments below.

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Paul Davies Publishes Weekly Articles through Revolutionary Real Estate Blog

Paul DaviesPaul Davies, a consummate real estate professional, has made a name for himself by churning out an excess of 1,000 property sales and conducting more than 300 auctions over the course of an illustrious career. As the Founder and CEO of the One Agency Real Estate Group, Mr. Davies keeps people abreast of trends and developments in real estate by publishing weekly articles on the company’s blog. He has earned the respect and admiration of his professional peers and those with whom he has worked and collaborated throughout the years by helping real estate agents to set up their own real estate businesses under the One Agency brand, and building profitable, sustainable businesses.

Mr. Davies has written about a number of captivating issues on One Agency’s contemporary blog series. His noteworthy news articles include “Growth in Real Estate Varied Significantly Across Australia 2014,” a depiction of the differences in final quarter growth and year-on-year growth for 2014 throughout the cities in Australia. Another is entitled: “Real Estate Market – How It Fared in 2014;” this article is a revealing overview for both buyers and sellers of what was to be seen in the real estate market as 2014 was capped off, as it pertains to properties for sale, opportunities for buyers to negotiate, and when it was the best time for purchasers to buy.

Mr. Davies pinpoints the single-most important thing that he has learned over the years as the fact that “it’s not how much money you make that counts, it’s how much you get to keep after all the expenses are paid.” That premise, along with his wife Annie’s encouragement, was the motivator behind One Agency. He took his experience and launched a revolutionary and unique business model. Real estate agents and business owners now have the freedom to set up a business under their own brand, join a respected Australia-wide network, and retain as much of their hard earned fees as possible. One Agency is rapidly expanding, has a presence in all States and Territories of Australia, and is also planning expansion internationally. Mr. Davies continues to stand at the helm of the business, bringing his personal guidance and wealth of experience to all members. He lives in Sydney with his wife and son.

One Agency Real Estate GroupLearn more about Paul Davies by visiting and, and by checking out his LinkedIn page.

Redemption and Trailing Sky are HOT

Ian Prattis Redemption Song


Ian Prattis - "Trailing Sky Six Feathers" and "Redemption Song"“Melancholy Memory, Brilliant Novel”

A melancholy memory turns out to be the catalyst for an almost forgotten yet brilliant Xlibris novel. Author Ian Prattis stumbles upon this overlooked treasure – a story nearly four decades in hiding but remains as relevant as it was first conceived.

He recounts here on the Xlibris Blog the bittersweet recollection so surreal he still couldn’t believe his good fortune…

Read more of Part 1 of this recollection on the Xlibiris Blog — Part 1

You can also read Part 2 of this recollection on the Xlibiris Blog — Part 2
(A link to Part 2 can also be found at the end of Part 1)

Trailing Sky Six Feathers Screenwriter’s Recommendation

Trailing Sky Six Feathers by Ian Prattis is the tremendous story of Ian’s modern day spiritual awakening and discovery of his past life as Native American Eagle Speaker during the 18th century. Only through the intervention of his spirit wife Trailing Sky is Ian able to defeat his past vices and personal struggles to become the man he is today…

Read more of this Screenwriter’s Recommendation on my blog online at:

Clannad’s “I Will Find You” meets Trailing Sky…

Clannad’s beautiful ballad “I Will Find You” was the theme song for the box office hit – “Last of the Mohicans” starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. This 1992 historical epic film was based on James Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel.

“No matter where you go, I will find you

If it takes a long, long time.

No matter where you go, I will find you

If it takes a thousand years.”

This haunting love song is reminiscent of an epic moment in my new book…

Read more of this post on my blog online at:

Xlibris Radio Podcast Interview for Trailing Sky Six Feathers:

Xilibris Radio Podcast Interview from Oct 19, 2014:
Please click here to download the podcast interview in mp3 format to listen to on your computer or tablet.

Spotlight on Trailing Sky

Spiritual awakening is needed to ensure survival, author says

Ian Prattis shares personal journey, advocates about spiritual awakening, empowerment in new book

Read the entire press release here:

A Tale of Two Books

I recently offered a talk on my two books published this year – Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse and Redemption – beginning with an excerpt from the Blue Ink Review of the first one.

“In this spiritual exploration, a highly educated man becomes a humble seeker, works painstakingly through the events of two fascinating lifetimes, and emerges with a message for humankind.…

Read more of this post on my blog online at:

Purchase Options for Redemption:

You can buy Redemption in any of the following ways:

An Autographed Softcover Version is available by visiting my website’s Redemption Page. On that page, scroll down and click on the ORDER BOOK tab.

Located on the ORDER BOOK tab are also options for ordering Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book versions of Redemption from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the publsiher, Xlibris! To make things simpler here are the links:

XLIBRIS: Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book

AMAZON: Hardcover
AMAZON: Paperback

Barnes & Noble
BARNES & NOBLE: Hardcover
BARNES & NOBLE: Paperback

On the website you can also find more information about the book
and the author, Ian Prattis.

Purchase Options for Trailing Sky Six Feathers:

You can buy my new book, Trailing Sky Six Feathers in any of the following ways:

An Autographed Softcover Version is available by visiting my website’s Trailing Sky Six Feathers Page. On that page, scroll down and click on the ORDER BOOK tab.

Located on the ORDER BOOK tab are also options for ordering Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book versions of Trailing Sky Six Feathers from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the publsiher, Xlibris! To make things simpler here are the links:

XLIBRIS: Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book

AMAZON: Hardcover and Softcover

Barnes & Noble
BARNES & NOBLE: Hardcover and Softcover

On the website you can also find more information about the book
and the author, Ian Prattis.

Ian Prattis - Pine Gate Mindfulness CommunityPine Gate Mindfulness Community

 Pine Gate is a Zen Buddhist community practicing Engaged Buddhism inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama and Sulak Sivaraksa. It has created an engaged expression for peace, social justice and planetary care in the community.

Ian Prattis - Friends for PeaceFriends for Peace

 Friends for Peace Canada is a coalition of groups working for peace, planetary care and social justice by promoting these ideas within our communities and around the globe.

Ian Prattis is an Author, Poet, Professor Emeritus, Founder of Friends for Peace and Spiritual Warrior for Planetary Care, Peace and Social Justice.

Zen teacher since 1997, he offers retreats and public talks all over the world. Ian encourages people to find their true nature, so that humanity and the planet may be renewed.

Kevin M. Thomson Gives Powerful Insights for Professional Success

Kevin ThomsonKevin M. Thomson is an accomplished CEO of a top communications services provider, and he is also a renowned training consulting author. At the helm of Ways of Work and Wellbeing (WOWW!), Mr. Thomson helps business customers and consumers via a range of branded and bespoke apps, products and services such as the forthcoming Money Mentor Me! – a U.K. based advisory service.

Mr. Thomson is the author of “Emotional Capital: Maximising the Intangible Assets at the Heart of Brand and Business Success,” “The Company Culture Cookbook: 70 easy-to-use recipes to create the right climate inside your business,” and “The Employee Revolution: Rise of Corporate Internal Marketing.” He also won Gold Awards at the New York Film Festival for the British Airways Putting People First staff motivation program and for Action Man as Toy of the Decade Award.

Kevin Thomson - "The Company Culture Cookbook"Mr. Thomson marks the highlights of his career as the publication of his five books with numerous translations into Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Danish, Italian; this includes “The Employee Revolution,” “Managing Your Internal Customers” and “Passion At Work: Six Secrets for Personal Success.”

To learn more about Kevin Thomson, please visit his LinkedIn page, or Please click here to learn more about the 60 Second Profile Me! app designed by Mr. Thomson and his colleague, Robert Brain, on iTunes.

Sue J. Clark Blazes New Paths for Dreamers and Achievers, Fulfilling Multiple Capacities including Memoirist and Book Doctor

Sue J. ClarkSue J. Clark is an accomplished literary professional who received the national award for her book entitled, “Is Anybody Listening: The True Story About the POW/MIAs in the Vietnam War.” She wrote a monthly travel column, “From Here to There,” for the Lincoln News Messenger from 2004 until 2010. In addition, she is the co-publisher of ShortReads Press; its third book, “Ghosts We Have Known,” was published in late 2008. More recently, she finished ghostwriting a nonfiction book, “Broken in II: A Soldier’s Story of Surviving World War II and PTSD.” Also, the second edition of her 2005 book, “Is Anybody Listening?” is now in bookstores.

Sue J. Clark "Is Anybody Listening?"Ms. Clark formed the Poets Club of Lincoln in 2003 and began Lincoln’s first annual poetry contest, Voices of Lincoln, now in its eighth year. She also started Lincoln’s monthly open mic for poets in 2004, which is presented by The Poets Club and sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Public Library. Her dedication to personal expression has opened doors for aspiring artists and enabled her to garner a strong reputation in the publishing industry.

Learn more about writer, editor, ghostwriter, poet, memoirist, writing instructor, tutor, agent, consultant and book doctor Sue J. Clark by visiting her website.