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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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.

Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman is a Vocal Pedagogue, Re-Constructionist, and the Author of “The Voice – The Kabbalah of the Voice”

Miriam Jaskierowicz ArmanWith a wealth of knowledge, and professional integrity and standards, Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman has nurtured an abundant skill set over the course of a career that spans nearly four decades in the professional music-making arena. For the past two years, she has expertly served as a vocal pedagogue and re-constructionist for the International Institute of Voice Development, which she founded in Tzfat, Israel. In the years prior, she founded and led the Music Culture/Visions International Inc. for 16 years. In 1999, Ms. Jaskierowicz Arman authored the international best seller, “The Voice: A Spiritual Approach to Singing, Speaking and Communicating,” “Soul Reflections: A Personal Odyssey in Poetry” with a matching CD in 2003, and “Coming Home,” in 2007.

"Coming Home" by Miriam Jaskierowicz ArmanRecently named a Top Female Professional by Worldwide Who’s Who, Ms. Jaskierowicz marks the most gratifying aspect of her career as getting to see the success that her students experience in their occupations and lives because of the work they have done and will do. She also founded The International Academy of Voice and Stage Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Bel Canto and Giro Vocal Motion Technique. In 2008, she moved to South America, and she published “Autism: A Plausible Cause, A Feasible Cure-An Alternative Viewpoint” in 2009. In looking ahead, Ms. Jaskierowicz Arman hopes to see the ‘Giro Vocal Motion Technique’ as a preferred teaching technique and a methodology for students and teachers of voice production around the world.

Please click here to learn more about Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman’s books.

Ian Prattis Releases “Redemption”

“The Lost Manuscript”

Second Blockbuster Book of 2014

“Redemption” is a story of Awakening and has its own story of emergence. It was a “lost” manuscript, first written in 1975, forgotten until spring 2011. The narrative was vivified and refined with hindsight forty years later. It reads like an extended prose poem reflecting the primal forces of nature and of human nature. Check out the book video:


Callum Mor, the epic main character, takes the reader on a deep Hero’s Journey. It opens with his childhood in the Hebrides, islands off the NW coast of Scotland. He draws wonderful mentors to him; his schoolteacher, who lights the spark of a bard in him, animal friends such as an otter, a brutal fisherman who shields his darkness from the boy as he matures. Callum Mor thrives despite the poverty of his home in an island nurturing with gentle humor and adventure. This novel moves from the rhapsody of Callum Mor’s idyllic childhood through tragedies to the derelict zone of his alcoholic drowning out of pain and suffering…

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Testimonials for Redemption:

Redemption by Ian Prattis“What marks a great work of art is that it touches the heart and soul. Redemption touched mine very deeply. It is so vividly descriptive of both scenery and people, drawing you into the life of Callum Mor, making you cry for him, cheer for him, and wishing you could continue on his journey with him. It is a book to be read over and over again, from which to take away life lessons and inspiration for our own personal journey. This is a book to share with those who touch your life.”

Lucille Hildesheim, International Harp Artiste

“I loved this book, captivating on so many levels, as the story reinforced my resolve. I have three criteria for a good book… I don’t want it to end, I love the end, and I do not wish to speak to anyone for several hours after I finish it. So, this met my criteria on all these levels!”

Mary Helen Dean, Management Professional, Ottawa, Canada

“‘Redemption’ is a riveting novel chronicling one man’s journey through the stages of innocence, darkness, destruction and transformation. The narrative may be applied both individually and universally. Individuals are suffering all over the world from the chaos that life brings, be it violence, abuse of power, cheating, torture or the destruction that comes with war. What is so exquisite about this novel is the tenderness and honesty with which the author deals with the human condition. Callum Mor draws us in as he demonstrates an intuitive understanding and respect for nature. We are intrigued by his innocence and purity which contrast so strongly with the tragic failings that surround him. When Callum Mor’s journey moves him even closer to the abyss, the author refuses to ‘sanitize’ his experiences. Rather, they are put out there as graphically and tragically as they occur. The story pulls you in and before you know it, the reader is seduced and becomes Callum Mor. As he is redeemed, so are we. ‘Redemption’ is so beautifully written, exploring the human condition in its entirety, even the darkest elements. The author does this with grace, elegance, compassion and without judgment.”

Anita Rizvi, Consultant, Ottawa, Canada

“A magical journey of the struggle towards hope, inspiration and love.”

Tina Fedeski, Executive Director of Orkidstra Canada and founder of The Leading Note Foundation.

“Thank you for the gift of your book, Redemption. It is a lovely read. Elegantly sad. We all have a piece of Callum Mor in us. I certainly identified with many aspects of his journey. So thank you for the enjoyable hours reading about this fine human being.”

Jo Anne Denis, retired federal public servant from the Government of Canada.

Press Release for Redemption:

Triumph of the Human Spirit

Inner strength and resilience conquer mental illness and alcoholism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, nearly 15 million adults suffer from some form of depression. Professor, author, and distinguished scholar, Ian Prattis believes that the power of inner strength can help these wounded souls overcome their worldly crutches.

“The greatest gift one can be given is that of finding one’s true nature,” Prattis said. “The human spirit is resilient and can triumph over tragedy and psychological dependence.”

Prattis’ new novel, “Redemption” is an allegory for depression and life difficulties that he himself once experienced. The novel, which is set off the northwest coast of Scotland, illuminates startling cycles of maturing and downfall experienced by the book’s main character – Callum Mor – a gifted child, master mariner, derelict drunk, who finally gains wisdom from a hard life’s journey. Callum Mor’s character is epic and takes the reader on a deep Hero’s Journey. His failings and misery are ultimately conquered when he saves the life of a young girl and comprehends the fragility and beauty of human existence.

Redemption is a companion to “Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse,” which was also published in 2014.

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By Ian Prattis
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-4990-1234-7
Available at: Amazon, Xlibris and Barnes & Noble online bookstores

About the Author
Ian Prattis is a poet, Professor Emeritus, founder of Friends for Peace and a spiritual warrior for planetary care and social justice. Ian now lives with his wife Carolyn in the west end of Ottawa where the Pine Gate Meditation Hall is located in the lower level of their home. Since retiring from Carleton University in 2007, he has authored four books on dharma, two on the environment, a legend/autobiographical combo and this novel. He enjoys the freedom to create at his own pace and has yet to discern the ordinary meaning of retirement.


EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact:
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Purchase Options for Redemption:

You can buy my new book, 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.

Press Releases, Awards and Recognition:

Ian Prattis Failsafe

The Silver Medal was awarded to Failsafe: Saving the Earth from Ourselves in the Nature Conservation category of the Evergreen Medals in the 2014 Living Now Awards.

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The book is now out of print but I have several boxes of paperback copies of the book. If you wish to obtain one, please use the secure ordering links on the books website at:

You can also purchase an ebook version from Amazon.

Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

Ian Prattis Pine Gate Mindfulness CommunityPine 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.

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Ian Prattis Friends for Peace

Friends 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.

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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.

Kimberly Kaplan Demonstrates Expertise as a Novelist, Screenwriter and Writer

Kimberly KaplanServing for more than two decades as a freelance writer, Kimberly Kaplan has written seven books, four of which have been published as e-books. Of those that are published, two are based on Autism, one is a children’s fantasy story, and the last is the story of smuggling children out of a Warsaw ghetto during WWII. Ms. Kaplan has also written 13 screenplays. She has been credited on two complete features; one is distributed on iTunes and Amazon, called “Don’t Fall Asleep” and the other is called “Safe Word.”

Looking back, Ms. Kaplan attributes her success to her extremely qualified mentors, as well as inspiration from her son and her knowledge of autism. She became involved in her profession because her mother started writing in the 1980′s and that inspired her. She attended graduate school for theater, but had a story in her head that kept begging to be written. She ended up working part time, so that she could write, and her career has taken off ever since. Among her most challenging achievements was writing and filming “Autism and Cake,” a short film starring Ed Asner.

"Two Years of Autism Blogs Featured on Helpful Information and Anecdotes: All Things Autism" by Kimberly KaplanMs. Kaplan received a Master of Arts in mathematics and theater from Binghamton University, State University of New York. She was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and also maintains affiliation with the InkTip, Talentville, LLC, Blacklist, Women in Film, the National Honor Society, and International Screenwriters Association. In recognition of her skill, she has been named as a three-time finalist of Steve Lopez’s Novel Writing Contest and a semi-finalist in a script writing contest for “Warsaw.” In five years, Ms. Kaplan hopes to have a screenplay or two purchased, to continue to publish her books, and always volunteer, talk about, and advocate for autism.

Check out the short film “Autism and Cake” below, produced
by Ms. Kaplan and featuring the talented Ed Asner.

For more information about Ms. Kaplan, visit

Sue Boatright Provides Comfort and Guidance for Readers Suffering from Romantic Breakups with “Yours Truly”

Sue BoatrightSue Boatright has been enjoying an exciting career in the publishing industry. The author of Yours Truly, which was released in 2009 by Tate Publishing, has spent five years as a published author, and is proud to have embarked on a professional journey as a writer which has led her down a path of success after making a decision to pursue her longstanding love of writing.

Ms. Boatright was inspired to become an author by the encouragement she received from her college professors, who often remarked upon the quality of her work. Today, Ms. Boatright’s writing falls into the Christian romance fiction genre, and she feels her success in the profession is due to her strong faith in God, as well as the support of her family. Yours Truly explores the decisions that one woman must make after the untimely demise of a relationship with a man in whom she fully invested, emotionally and spiritually.

'Yours Truly' by Sue BoatrightFrom her website:

“In ‘Yours Truly,’ the inspiring novel by new author Sue Boatright, Patricia Covington must deal with this very situation. Unable to face family and friends after her fiance suddenly marries someone else, she heads for her deceased grandparents’ cottage beside a secluded lake in Wyoming. There she finds an anonymous note signed Yours Truly. At first, the mysterious notes and the letters that follow from Yours Truly seem threatening, but they eventually bring comfort and guidance to her life. Completely caught off guard, Patricia, although wanting to turn her back on God and her Christian upbringing, finds it impossible to run from Him. Homesick and with no friends her own age, will Patricia find the strength to turn back to God? Can she submit to God’s will and find He has much more in store for her than she ever planned for herself.”

Ms. Boatright’s book is available on, and

Daryl R. Smith Pens “A Quiet Night in June”

Daryl R. SmithDaryl R. Smith is a well-known author who specializes in non-fiction material, particularly poetry and writings which emphasize life and the spirituality of life. Throughout his illustrious career, he spent a total of 36 years in education; 16 of which were spent as a teacher and the other two decades as a school principal. Prior to his retirement from the education industry, Mr. Smith began working as an author. He founded his company, Daryl Smith Publications, in 2010. Drawing on the company philosophy to “write from the heart, give from the heart,” a portion of all proceeds from book sales are donated to charity. Mr. Smith published his first book, “A Quiet Night in June” in 2013. His second book, “Touching Heaven,” is scheduled for release in the latter portion of 2014.

As president of his company, Mr. Smith writes and edits books, manages communications, handles strategic planning, and oversees public relations and publicity, as well as budgeting and bookkeeping. He holds an education specialist degree and a master’s degree in education from Ball State University, a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Anderson University, and certifications as  training consultant and Indiana teaching and school administrator.

"A Quiet Night in June" by Daryl R. SmithRecognized as a leader in his field, Mr. Smith has garnered several awards. He is the recipient of the Candice Stone award from Anderson University, was named an Outstanding Young Educator by Jaycees of Alexandria, and earned the United Way volunteer award from Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. He was also inducted into Alpha Chi and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Societies. After his inclusion into Worldwide Branding, Mr. Smith was selected as an Outstanding VIP member in 2013. He feels his successes can be most aptly attributed to his perseverance.

Mr. Smith is professionally affiliated with Newton-Rockdale Writers, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network, Academy of American Poets, and National Writers Association. He is also charitably involved with United Way Worldwide and Habitat for Humanity International.

For more information about Daryl Smith Publications, please visit his website.

Danny Bynum Enthralls Readers with “Handsome Killer” with B.J. Loft as his Moniker

Danny BynumUnder the pseudonym B.J. Loft, Danny Bynum has brought to vivid life a world of romance, betrayal and murder. He made his debut with the novel “The North Point Boys,” a suspenseful story of a small town murder trial and a group of lifelong friends who take justice into their own hands to protect one of their own. He built upon the success of his first offering by switching gears with “The Libra Trust,” a piece of women’s fiction. Chronicling the loves and heartaches of the Morgan triplets, this dramatic tale shows just how far sisters will go for one another. His latest book, “Handsome Killer,” is the story of a young man who had the potential to go to college, but a disaster in his life changed him.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Bynum imbues his fiction with the richness of real-life experience.  While stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Mr. Bynum was chosen along with two other airmen to lower the flag to half staff on the day President Kennedy was assassinated. A year later, he received a certificate for providing security for President Lyndon Johnson upon his visit to Edwards.

"Handsome Killer" by BJ LoftAfter his stint with the USAF, Mr. Bynum worked for 27 years for the Department of the Army as a general supply specialist and munitions specialist, strategically placing munitions, searching for items in short supply and conducting briefings on weapons and munitions. During Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, he worked long hours coordinating with logisticians on site to ensure that troops had the ammunition they needed.  For his participation, he received recognition in the form of a command symbol engraved on marble — one of 23 honors he received over the course of his career.  In 2013, he received a Patriot of the Year certificate to commemorate his contributions to Help Hospitalized Veterans.

Mr. Bynum has been a member of The American Legion for the last 30 years. He has been a member of the Midwest Writing Center in Davenport, Iowa for nine years.

Mr. Bynum, since retiring from the Department of the Army, has focused his energies on writing, an activity for which he has harbored a lifelong passion. He completed four novel writing workshops, as well as the American Writers & Artists Institute’s course on romance writing.

For more information about Mr. Bynum and his books, please click here