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Throughout Brilliant, steveLearn is where Jennifer learns new material, takes college courses, and practices on the Brilliant Bridge Simulator.  Here is the story of that technology.

 

 

 

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In 2019, Alexandra Warner received her Ph.D. From Harvard in Educational Psychology. Based on her love for working with both kids and computers her undergraduate work included a double major in Child Psychology and Computer Science. A descendant of Hollywood royalty, she returned to her hometown of Burbank and became one of the first faculty members at the newly formed University of Van Nuys.

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Throughout Brilliant, steveLearn is where Jennifer learns new material, takes college courses, and practices on the Brilliant Bridge Simulator.  Here is the story of that technology.

 

 

 

steve

 

In 2019, Alexandra Warner received her Ph.D. From Harvard in Educational Psychology. Based on her love for working with both kids and computers her undergraduate work included a double major in Child Psychology and Computer Science. A descendant of Hollywood royalty, she returned to her hometown of Burbank and became one of the first faculty members at the newly formed University of Van Nuys.

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by Jim Bennett

Review of Brilliant by  Rick Lakin, Available for pre-sale on Amazon.com

Science fiction, technology, tennis, and mostly humans interacting.

This is three hundred plus pages of mostly sheer action. It is well written, with clearly defined characters and the necessary tensions.

The future has a number of technical innovations, but they are not used ‘deus ex machina’ but are part of the story’s world. People interact and grow. You will find yourself liking most of the characters.

The scenes of conflict are very well done and I can’t easily show you with small quotes. But let me try.

 It is well written, with clearly defined characters and the necessary tensions.

The future has a number of technical innovations, but they are not used ‘deus ex machina’ but are part of the story’s world. People interact and grow. You will find yourself liking most of the characters.

The scenes of conflict are very well done and I can’t easily show you with small quotes. But let me try.

“Well, at least you get to follow your dream this summer.”
Jennifer looked away and shrugged. “If I get in.”
“Come on. You’re way over-qualified. You had a great interview,” Tayla smiled at her friend. “You’ll be starting that internship before you know it.”
Jennifer bit her lip. “Assuming Mom agrees.”
“Your mom understands you and trusts you. She’ll let you go.”
Jennifer looked Tayla in the eye. “I’m going to find him.”
Tayla paused and looked at Jennifer, “Your father?”
“Yes.”
“You think he’s alive?”
“I know he is.”
“The vision thing?”

Now let me try again:

Jennifer remembered the day she found the file on her mother’s computer. Jennifer was surprised that her mother would keep a news story that was many years old. Then she looked at the date. December 10, 2049. Mom was pregnant with me then. Was he my father?

And again:

“Captain, they are running and hiding,” Hanna said.
“The ship is grounded. Lowering the ramp.”
“I, for one, am famished. It is almost noon. Let’s see if these filmmakers will invite us to lunch.”
 The three time-travelers emerged and walked toward the movie set location.

I have not even tried to handle the battle scenes and the tennis matches. You will have to buy the book to read them. Now for my star count boilerplate.

My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. I have read a Lot of science fiction, and many novels. Five stars is my evaluation. Extremely recommended.

Kindle Book Review Team member.

(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)

Available for Pre-sale
Available for Pre-sale on Amazon.com

Chapter One – Enter the Pirate

Front Steps of Harry Ford Academy

Jennifer and Tayla walked slowly down the path to the parking lot on the last day of school. Other excited students passed them in a rush to begin their summer.

“So glad school’s finally out,” Jennifer said.

Tayla grunted, “After I graduate Sunday, I don’t plan to set foot in this school again. You should’ve graduated with me.”

“Graduating early sounds good, but I still want to walk with my class next year.” Continue reading

My name is Jim Bennett. I have a website at jim-bennett.ca with a welcome page, a blog (writing, writers, and politics) and pages promoting my work. I have provided a few references I think valuable to other human beings, and a plug for the charity at which I volunteer.


I am a writer, mostly poetry, with previous publishing successes. I have several collections of poetry available on Amazon/Kindle. Selection was taken from poems I have work-shopped and worked on and had validated by “my” group of professional writers. See my website’s Available Now page for more. 


My first Amazon / Kindle book is about death and aging, weakness and coping, hope and despair, and the real human excellence which allows us to rise above our difficulties and love each other, and sometimes even like ourselves. The title poem is Cold Comes Through; there are several poems about my father, whose early death still haunts me. 


My second Amazon / Kindle book is about relationships. Some non-starters, some OK, some in trouble, some destructing. The title poem is Behind the Lime Kilns, a drama I made up out of various experiences.


My third Amazon / Kindle book is called Hard Landing, and is about difficult situations and the individuals in them. I have also added ten salacious limericks and some other just-for-fun pieces to lighten up a bit. You may see yourself, your friend, your enemy in the difficult personal experiences captured in these poems. This one book is not for children nor squeamish adults.


My fourth Amazon / Kindle book is titled The Scroll of the Violin. It is about religion and irreligion, belief and disbelief, trial and error, success, relationships, and joy. What it means to be alive and mortal is explored here.


My fifth Amazon / Kindle book is titled Retirement Clock. Some of the poems are a form of time travel: Grand Prix races at Watkins Glen, 9-11 and other disasters (some Canadian), aging and coping, and the cynicism of business success and retirement layoffs. Plus a few poems questioning existence in different ways. What does it mean to come back? from a trip? from an assignment? from a job? These poems will share such experiences with you.


My personal interests include biology and religion. I started out with Shroedinger’s title question, What is Life, and delved into biochemistry, biology, microscopy. Quantum effects became important so I sort-of understand that (badly). Social effects made themselves noticed, thus a study of Joseph Campbell and Bruce Feiler, on myths and religion. I have read the Koran in two different (English) translations, cover to cover. I do not claim to understand it, but I have a fair idea of what it says. I think.


My own religious background is Christian, now highly diluted. Yet I volunteer at a Catholic charity, and load boxes and things onto shipping containers, two mornings a week. I’ve been doing this for years. I retired early, and can spare that much time for a good cause.


I have subscriptions to Scientific American, Popular Photography, and Nature (UK science/research magazine). My head does hurt sometimes when reading the last.


I keep tropical fish. I am a photographer of some ability; I’ve done two weddings (swore never again after the first one, it’s work!) but prefer arty outdoor scenes. And travel photos. And anything my wife tells me to shoot: sometimes I execute better than she, but just don’t see the opportunities she does.


I have degrees from University of Toronto. I worked in data processing for IBM and a large Canadian bank. I was once addressed as Mister Systems Architect by an IBM honcho of Finance Industry Marketing. I was good at what I did. It was interesting and challenging.


One thing I learned from development projects is, the product belongs to the client and perhaps the company, but the results of the teamwork, including know-how and mutual respect, belong to the team.


Thus my interest in poetry. I’ve been in the team on Earth for awhile and have come to many observations. Now I am finding ways, in this new and open digital world, of sharing those with others.


I want each one of you to have a chance to profit from, recognize yourself in, or laugh or cry, with or at, some of my poems. They were written for us, that is, for you.


Jim Email:  jim.jimb@gmail.com



Jim’s Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Bennett/e/B005HSHNLE 

Note: Jim Bennett has previously published poems in Event, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Prairie Fire. Another poem was published by Quest Booksellers Review in conjunction with a review Jim was asked to write for Margaret Atwood’s poetry collection, Morning in the Burned House. Another poem was included in Cathy Miyata’s book, Speaking Rules! which teaches how to teach young children public speaking. The collection Cold Comes Through contains fifty entirely new poems, as does the collection Behind the Lime Kilns, at 56 new poems, Hard Landing, at 57, the Scroll of the Violin at 69 shorter poems, and Retirement Clock at 54 longer ones. Every book contains entirely new, first-published, poems.



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Eve’s Website at eveselis.com

Eve Selis isn’t just a “singer” — she’s an emotion transducer who converts country, R&B, blues, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll signals into a megawatt zap that galvanizes everyone in its path. And as with fellow femme-furnace frontwomen Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Maria McKee, Melissa Etheridge, and Lydia Pense, the cauterizing power of Selis’s voice can arc-weld material from almost any genre into a personal manifesto.

— John D’Agostino

Taylor Guitars On Review


As winner of 7 San Diego Music Awards in Americana and Adult Alternative, Eve Selis is no stranger to Roots music. Her newest CD Family Tree features 14 sturdy tracks drawn from the dark, rich soil of American music. From the swamp-rock of “Rubber and Glue” to the plaintive country heartbreaker “Don’t You Feel Lonesome” to Leonard Cohen’s majestic masterpiece “Hallelujah,” Selis and her band dug deep to create a towering opus of interconnected musical branches, all dripping with Selis’s indelible “honey chipotle” voice.

“This CD sums it all up for me,” Selis explains. “I got to explore all the different styles of music I love; I got to co-write with all my favorite songwriters (Marc Intravaia, Kim McLean, Calman Hart, Rich Wiley, Doug Crider); I got to sing wonderful songs about the things that mean the most to me — loss and love, sadness and joy, hardship and triumph, faith and family; I got to record with the best band in San Diego, with the best studio team I’ve ever worked with…I couldn’t be happier about this CD.”



Guests on The Rick Lakin Podcast appear in exchange for promotional considerations.

Theme Music is Energy:   http://www.bensound.com 

Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com    

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Eve Selis isn’t just a “singer” — she’s an emotion transducer who converts country, R&B, blues, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll signals into a megawatt zap that galvanizes everyone in its path. And as with fellow femme-furnace frontwomen Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Maria McKee, Melissa Etheridge, and Lydia Pense, the cauterizing power of Selis’s voice can arc-weld material from almost any genre into a personal manifesto.

— John D’Agostino

Taylor Guitars On Review

As winner of 7 San Diego Music Awards in Americana and Adult Alternative, Eve Selis is no stranger to Roots music. Her newest CD Family Tree features 14 sturdy tracks drawn from the dark, rich soil of American music. From the swamp-rock of “Rubber and Glue” to the plaintive country heartbreaker “Don’t You Feel Lonesome” to Leonard Cohen’s majestic masterpiece “Hallelujah,” Selis and her band dug deep to create a towering opus of interconnected musical branches, all dripping with Selis’s indelible “honey chipotle” voice.

“This CD sums it all up for me,” Selis explains. “I got to explore all the different styles of music I love; I got to co-write with all my favorite songwriters (Marc Intravaia, Kim McLean, Calman Hart, Rich Wiley, Doug Crider); I got to sing wonderful songs about the things that mean the most to me — loss and love, sadness and joy, hardship and triumph, faith and family; I got to record with the best band in San Diego, with the best studio team I’ve ever worked with…I couldn’t be happier about this CD.”



Guests on The Rick Lakin Podcast appear in exchange for promotional considerations.

Theme Music is Energy:   http://www.bensound.com 







Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com    







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Dr. Leyse-Wallace received her B.S. degree fromthe University of California at Davis earned her M.S. degree while completing her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, and in 1998 after her kids were grown was awarded her PhD from The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

She began practicing clinical dietetics at Osawatomie State Hospital, followed by practicing at The Menninger Foundation in Topeka. She was later employed at Mesa Vista Hospital (now Sharp-Mesa Vista) in San Diego, California and HCA Willow Park Hospital in Plano, Texas. Her practice included providing nutritional care for patients of all ages hospitalized for eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, and general psychiatric diagnoses.

She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Pima County College in Tucson and Mesa College in San Diego. A long-term member of The American Dietetic Association.  She has been an active contributor to the Behavioral Health Nutrition dietetic practice group in the AmericanDietetics Association, (now The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics).

Dr. Leyse-Wallace retired from clinical practice and engages in professional writing and speaking and is a member of the SanDiego Writers and Editors Guild. She lives in Alpine, California in eastern San Diego County and has three adult children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Ruth is the author of Linking Nutritionand Mental Health and an update Nutrition and Mental Health

Her web site is  www.ruthleysewallace.com

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With an ordinary name like Bill Johnston, you might not expect something extraordinary from him. But, you’d be wrong.

Who is Bill Johnston? He is a born storyteller and voice artist who creates believable characters involved in interesting relationships.

Why does Bill Johnston do what he does? He loves words and language, written and oral, and has a passion to communicate with people in as many ways as possible.

How does Bill Johnston do what he does? Using his analytical and vocal skills, he transforms your manuscript from written word to vibrant, authentic, and believable audio content.

What will Bill Johnston do for you? By becoming your voice, and infusing your work with powerful, emotional appeal, he will bring your work to life in the hearts and minds of your listeners.

Bottom Line: Bill Johnston’s forte: Laying down subtle layers of brilliant storytelling; bringing your characters to life in a compelling and connected narrative.

Book Bill Johnston Now. Send an email to his temporary address: bill.john1@gmail.com

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This is not a somewhqt old headshot. I'm not nearly so pretty today.

This is somewhat an old headshot. I’m not nearly so pretty today.

With an ordinary name like Bill Johnston, you might not expect something extraordinary from him. But, you’d be wrong.

Who is Bill Johnston? He is a born storyteller and voice artist who creates believable characters involved in interesting relationships.

Why does Bill Johnston do what he does? He loves words and language, written and oral, and has a passion to communicate with people in as many ways as possible.

How does Bill Johnston do what he does? Using his analytical and vocal skills, he transforms your manuscript from written word to vibrant, authentic, and believable audio content.

What will Bill Johnston do for you? By becoming your voice, and infusing your work with powerful, emotional appeal, he will bring your work to life in the hearts and minds of your listeners.

Bottom Line: Bill Johnston’s forte: Laying down subtle layers of brilliant storytelling; bringing your characters to life in a compelling and connected narrative.

Book Bill Johnston Now. Send an email to his temporary address: bill.john1@gmail.com

Theme Music is Energy:   http://www.bensound.com 


Contact me at ricklakinpodcast@gmail.com    


VisitiCrewDigitalPublishing.com

 

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