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

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.

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.

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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.

Lori Avocato Soars to New Heights as a Mystery Author, Landing on the #1 Best Sellers List

Lori AvocatoFiction Author Lori Avocato has published 21 fiction titles over the past decade and a half. “A Dose of Murder-The Pauline Sokol Mysteries,” was one of her first books. She uses her experiences in the medical and military fields in many of her plots. Ms. Avocato has won a variety of awards for her works of fiction, including the First Kiss Award, for her romance novels, and the Humour Uniforms List, a military-related fiction directory. In addition, she has also landed on the #1 Best Sellers List, with the likes of Stephen King. She continues to improve her writing skills by way of teaching others and remianing involved with numerous organizations, including Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America.

Do You Take This Man - Again by Lori AvocatoHaving received a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Ms. Avocato also serves as a nursing instructor for staff members who work with the developmentally disabled population. She teaches two-to-three times a month on the topic of medication certification. Looking toward the future, Ms. Avocato intends to fully retire from the field of nursing, so that she may publish more fictional works.

Ms. Avocato has gained a wide range of diversified experiences in the military, in addition to her background in the health care field. She completed four years as a registered nurse and captain with the U.S. Air Force, and continues to remain connected to the military through RomVets and The Nathan Hale Chapter of Military Officers Association.

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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.

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Worldwide Branding Member Pens Novel, Helps Raise $6 Million for Charity in Spare Time

Nancy WeeksWith nearly five years of practiced language and writing experience, Nancy Weeks has found professional success as an author under the pseudonym Elizabeth Washburn. She recently published her first book titled “Scream for Me,” which is the start of a series. She especially enjoys writing thrillers and mysteries involving the FBI and local police forces. In addition to writing novels, Ms. Weeks volunteers for several organizations, including the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Center and Susan G. Komen, for which she helped raise $6 million.

"Scream for Me" by Elizabeth WashburnMs. Weeks shines in her field due to a combination of her prior industry experiences and her educational background. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and early childhood education. Just recently, she was inducted into Worldwide Branding and also maintains affiliation with the Paper Mill Playhouse and Integrity House. Looking ahead, Ms. Weeks hopes to have published at least 10 books in her series.

In “Scream for Me,” a female detective finds herself in a horrific situation when she is assigned to the case of a serial killer, who is also a local resident. Click here to read more!

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