The author Michael James Geanoulis Sr.’s, primary mission in
writing this book was to improve understanding about why it was thought there
was a need for Amendment Seventeen, and the repercussions of this amendment on
the economy and society of America. However, he also ponders what the thoughts
of the founding fathers would be if they returned now, and discovered that although
it was their intention for America to be a republic, instead it is now a
In the Constitution, signed on September 17, 1787, Article
1, Section 3. Stated that “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of
two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years;
and each Senator shall have one Vote. … The Senate shall have sole Power to
try all Impeachments.”
However Article 17 was amended in 1913, when it was decided
to give the people, instead of the state legislature the right to vote for
their Senator, in other words, the Senator is chosen by the people.
The author openly admits at the beginning of the book that
he hopes for a repel, however he realises that, “Only a low level repair is
even remotely likely.” And so, he has laid before you his readers, an incredible
amount research carried out through the years, accompanied by studies,
documents, letters, graphs, and photographs, so as to enable you to form your
own opinion on the subject.
From an early age Michael James Geanoulis Sr.’ has had a
keen interest in economics and social issues, and for many years he served on
agencies involved with these matters. He holds a degree in electronics
technology from DeVry Technical Institute, a business degree from Southern New
Hampshire University and is otherwise a self-appointed, self-taught Jack of all
Liberal Arts, but master of none. He published his biography ‘The Big Gorge’ in
2018, and lives in historic New Castle, New Hampshire with his wife, Norma, two
cats, and three horses.
This is a fascinating and informative book which will appeal to those interested in the political, social, and economic history of America. The question is, what do you think after reading it? Was Amendment 17 a blessing, or a curse?
About the Author:
For most of his life, Mr. Geanoulis worked as an electronics field engineer on nuclear submarines for the U. S. Navy, and automatic sorting machines for the U. S. Postal Service. After retiring in 1998, he pursued an interest in social issues, economics and low-level gardening. During a span of about thirty years he served on such New Hampshire agencies as the Governor’s Commission on Child Support, the Strafford County Domestic Violence Coalition, a legislative Task Force on Family Law, and the world’s first Commission on the Status of Men. He authored a personal biography for his family, The Big Gorge in 2018, which detailed his personal learning experiences and philosophy. He holds a degree in electronics technology from DeVry Technical Institute, a business degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is otherwise a self-appointed, self-taught Jack of all Liberal Arts, but master of none. He resides in historic New Castle, New Hampshire with his wife, Norma, and two amazingly talented black cats, who, after a year of patient tutoring, now roll over on command. Norma owns and cares for three equally talented and beautiful horses.
About the Book:
Our thoroughly educated and distinguished founding fathers spent more time on the careful construction of our Senate than on any other topic. They wanted it to be populated with the highest and best humanity had to offer. So, they concluded, by a vote of 10 to 0, that such a Senate could best be achieved by assigning State legislatures the chore of selecting them; not the public at large who were already given the House of Representatives.
They would no doubt be biased in this regard, but if the founders could be resurrected long enough to survey how we managed the well-considered legacy they gave us in 1787, and how Amendment Seventeen (A17) impacted that legacy, they would be horrified. “What were you thinking?” they would likely ask as they discovered our slowly deteriorating condition, “We intended for you to have a republic, not the popular democratic spectacle of turbulence and contention demonstrated by the ancient record.”
Now that we’ve had more than a hundred years of experience with (A17) and its revised, 1913 formula for popular Senate elections, we should be able to parse the available evidence on the before and after 1913, were we interested enough to do so, in order to determine whether or not A17 was a net good thing for us, or a bad thing; whether or not it was a Blessing for the United States, or a Curse.
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Here’s a list of my top book awards worthy of your consideration. Keep in mind that links change all the time and contests come and go. Some links are for the previous year because that’s all that was available at the time of this writing.
8. The National Indie Excellence Book Awards competition selects award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation in dozens of categories. Created especially for indie and self-published authors. Deadline is March 31, 2021. http://www.indieexcellence.com
9. Have you written a business book? The Axiom Business Book Awards celebrate excellence in business book writing and publishing by presenting gold, silver and bronze medals in 20 business categories. http://www.axiomawards.com/66/how-to-enter
10. USA Best Book Awards has a ten-year plus track record of honoring and promoting books to the national and international community. The contest is sponsored by American Book Fest, which focuses on mainstream, independent, and self-published books. http://www.americanbookfest.com/2021bestbookawards.html
11. Reader Views Annual Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-publish or who were published by small presses or independent publishers. http://readerviews.com/literaryawards/
12. Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the only self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. One winning entry will receive $8,000 with nine first-place winners who’ll receive $1,000 each. Early Bird deadline is April 1, 2021. https://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards
13. Readers’ Favorite Awards receives submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants like HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times best-selling authors. https://readersfavorite.com/book-reviews.htm
15. Rubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self-published books. “The key to our success is having a keen eye for quality from distinguished and reputable judges.” First prize is $1,500 and the winning book will be read by a top literary agent. http://www.ruberybookaward.com/
16. The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $2,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions. To enter, a book must be from an academic press, small press or self-published author. http://www.hofferaward.com/
17. Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Thousands of dollars in prize money. Finalists and Winners receive a list in the Next Generation Indie Book Catalog distributed to thousands of book buyers, media and others. Plus the top 70 books will be reviewed by a top New York Literary agent for possible representation. http://www.indiebookawards.com/awards.php
18. The International Book Awards (IBA) are specifically designed to be a promotional vehicle for authors and publishers to launch their careers, open global markets and compete with talented authors and publishers throughout the world. Winners get an extensive public relations campaign, social media promotion and more. http://www.internationalbookawards.com/
19. The Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews were created to help authors gain recognition for their work and to help parents find the best in literature for children and young adults. http://www.clcawards.org
20. The Scotiabank Giller Prize. A $100,000 grand prize and $10K (CDN) to each of the finalists. To be eligible, a book must be a first-edition, full-length novel or short story collection, written by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The publisher must enter. Sorry, no self-published books. http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/
21. The Feathered Quill Book Awards accept submissions from all size publishers and work very hard to honor and publicize the winners (there’s a link to a testimonial page on the awards page – read what past winners have to say). https://featheredquill.com/feathered-quill-book-awards/
22. Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books. In addition to $1,500 in cash prizes, they’ll feature the winner, five finalists, and more than 100 “notable” books in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound. Any independently published book in any genre in any publication year is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $100 per book. The competition also includes the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books. http://www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html
23. Chanticleer International Book Awards — Grand prize winner receives $1,000 cash plus other awards. More than $30,000 cash and prizes awarded each year. 15 genres including the CYGNUS for SciFiction, M&M for Mystery & Mayhem, Somerset for Literary, etc. http://www.ChanticleerReviews.com Several of their winners have received major publishing deals (6 figures) and two have had their works optioned for film.
24. The Royal Dragonfly (all genres) and Purple Dragonfly (children’s books) Book Awards are prestigious national book contests recognizing exceptional authors for excellence in writing and a Story Monsters Approved! (children’s books) must inspire, inform, teach or entertain, and adhere to rigorous standards of excellence. https://www.dragonflybookawards.com
25. The Independent Author Network IAN Book of the Year Awards, an international contest open to all authors with 35 fiction and non-fiction categories. Winners are eligible to receive a share of cash prizes exceeding $6,000 USD. An Outstanding Book (category winner) will be awarded in each category with recognition of Finalists. Six outstanding titles will be named the Books of the Year. Winning books will be shared at the IAN Facebook page with over 120,000 fans and 575,000 followers at twitter. http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/book-of-the-year.html
26. The Chautauqua Prize for authors is $7,500 plus travel and expense for a short summer residency. Full-length books of fiction and narrative/literary nonfiction are eligible. Self-published books are not eligible. In general, cookbooks, self-help books (including inspirational literature), reference books, picture books, graphic novels, or children’s books are not eligible. http://chq.org/general-information
27. Mom’s Choice Awards® is recognized in over 55 countries around the world for setting the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. If you have a children’s book or family friendly book then this is a terrific award to pursue. https://www.momschoiceawards.com
28. Book Excellence Awards – With over $30,000 in grand prizes in media and marketing services, the Book Excellence Awards has helped honorees increase their book sales, garner attention from film producers, receive distribution in book stores and increase their visibility and media attention. https://www.bookexcellenceawards.com
29. The Page Turner Awards – Their prizes promise the winning authors career-changing opportunities. Fiction authors could win a publishing deal or win an audiobook production, non-fiction authors could win a writing mentorship with a business mentoring expert or get their non-fiction manuscript seen by publishers who are actively looking for work to publish. https://pageturnerawards.com/
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The Bottom Line: Book awards do matter. Enter a few and become an “award-winning author.” As Hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “You Can’t Score Unless You Shoot!” Get to it and let me know how it goes. If you know of another book award I should check out, please send me the details.
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The stories of the Old Testament have been, and will forever,
be a source of inspiration, comfort, and strength to those who read them. They tell of, for the most part, ordinary
men, and sometimes women, who have through their faith, and God’s guidance
achieved incredible things.
This ‘Deborah’ series of books is a fictional telling of the
life of the first female prophet Deborah. A woman who, in a male dominated
world believed her father’s prediction that she was going to become a great
In modern times a goal like this would be considered,
although incredibly difficult, possible. However in the Old Testament era,
women had a very different life, being married young, she would bear children, and
look after the household, this was the way it was in those times…
Yet Deborah, with incredible fortitude and bravery became renowned
as a prophet, and judge. She was also a wise military leader who liberated her
people from the Canaanites.
‘Deborah Slaying’ is the third book in this enthralling
series. In the previous two, ‘Deborah Calling,’ and ‘Deborah Rising,’ we have followed
her fortunes, and seen a young girl leave her home, and face incredible dangers,
as she went against her expected future, to pursue her calling.
Believing she would only be able to achieve her destiny as a
male, she took on a male persona, and was known as Borah. In this, the third
book, we see her as Borah, accepting a mission to rescue the kidnapped Princess
Needa from the hands of her Hebrew abductors, and return her back to her
brother the king.
As we travel with her on this dangerous journey, we experience
the harsh realities of life in those times. Also, we watch Deborah/Borah grow
as a person and warrior. Her life experiences, her conversations with Yahweh,
and her faith in his infinite wisdom, give her the strength and fortitude to
make her own judgements wisely, and learn to forsake her own desires for the
good of others.
In writing the ‘Deborah’ series, Avraham Azrieli has used his remarkable talent for storytelling to take his readers back through the centuries, into the ancient lands of Mesopotamia in the northeast, through to the River Nile in the southwest. Once there he not only tells the story of this incredible female prophet, but he also allows his readers to discover what life was really like for the people who lived in those times. I highly recommend this series to lovers of biblical stories and historical fiction.
About the Author:
Avraham Azrieli is the author of books and screenplays. His first novel was The Masada Complex (a political thriller), followed by Israeli spy novels The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as Christmas for Joshua (an interfaith family drama), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism), and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). Most recently, he has written a series of novels inspired by the true story of the first woman to lead a nation in human history, starting with Deborah Rising (HarperCollins 2016), and continuing with Deborah Calling, Deborah Slaying and Deborah Striking. Beside fiction, he has also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash – a guide to dealing with lawyers and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (an acclaimed WWII true story, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing). To learn more, visit www.AzrieliBooks.com
Ronald Whitchurch, the author of this fascinating book, is
now retired and living in Florida with his wife Lonni. As an already qualified
RN he went on to graduate from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, and began
working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1971.
I have to admit that I have only been anesthetised once,
when I had my daughter, so I hadn’t really thought very much about what an anaesthetist
does. I suppose I thought they just put people to sleep when they had
operations, and then ensured they came around afterwards. I really didn’t
appreciate how varied, hands-on, and difficult their work was. And, I must
admit having that one and only experience of anesthesia, I asked the same
question as the lady in the entertaining chapter titled ‘Worried I Won’t Wake
The author really does tells a lovely story. Immediately he
captivated me, and drew me into his world as an anesthetist, and I can tell you,
it was a real eye-opener. There were so many incredible stories to read about,
some were of the ‘you’d have to be there to believe it,’ variety, others were
rather graphic, and some made you laugh. It was very difficult to pick a
favorite, but one of mine had to be the ‘Three Tattoo Stories.’ You’ll have to
read it to understand why, but it will make you smile…
I was also to discover that there were some life lessons
thrown in to the stories, the one which most surprised me was the very sad and
unpleasant chapter named ‘Brushing Teeth.’
The author doesn’t pull his punches. In this revealing book, the readers are treated to graphic descriptions of real events, and their outcomes, good or bad. However, I have to say that if you, like me, enjoy reading ‘true stories,’ and are interested in other people’s lives and careers, then this book is a real treat, and there’s even a glossary of terms at the back. Highly recommended!
About the Author:
Ron is the author of the new wildly entertaining book, 50 Years in the OR: True Stories of Life, Loss, and laughter while giving anesthesia. Learn more about Ron, this book and some of the amazing people he’s worked with that have endorsed it at www.50yearsintheor.com. Ron Whitchurch earned his R.N. from Abbott Hospital. He graduated from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and began working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1971. He enjoyed a long, eventful career in the OR before he retired in 2018 at age 76. Ron and his wife, Lonni, live in Florida.