Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The MANA Short Story Continues to Support The American Red Cross!

The MANA Short Story continues to grow and so has MANA's contributions to the American Red Cross! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to The MANA Short Story. This has been our longest "short story" since we started our blog!

For every 25 posts that are written, MANA will donate $10 to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. So far, MANA has donated $30 to the fund.

It's not too late to participate in the MANA Short Story which is a featured post on our blog. Anyone can add to the story. One writer began the story and other writers are adding to it. 

The MANA Short Story features the adventures of Annabelle and Prince Dylan. Find out where they are now and determine where they are going to go by adding your contribution to the story. Go to:

Let's keep going!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Soar with the Angels" Helps to Teach Children About Angels:

If you are a parent and are not quite sure how to teach your child about angels, then MANA has a book you will want to read to your child: Soar with the Angels: A Children's Book, by Cecilia R. Telles.

Along with beautiful illustrations, Telles uses questions and answers to delve into the subject of angels in a way that children would understand. One question Telles poses is, "What do angels look like?" Telles answers, in part: 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thanks to You, the American Red Cross Has Another Donation

Because of all the creative writers that have contributed to The MANA Short Story, MANA has made its second donation to the American Red Cross.

Participation in The MANA Short Story has been incredible and because of you, this is the most popular short story MANA has had since starting the blog.

For every 25 posts that are written, MANA will donate $10 to The American Red Cross disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Although it's been over a month since the superstorm hit parts of New Jersey and New York, hundreds of people still depend on The American Red Cross and other organizations to receive their food, water and clothes. Many people have not yet found a place to live. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this holiday season.

So far, MANA has donated $20 to The American Red Cross.

In the meantime, please continue to contribute to The MANA Short Story, which chronicles the adventures of the Prince and Annabelle. Anyone can participate in The MANA Short Story which is a featured post on our blog. The photo on the blog post was used as a prompt to begin the story. One writer began the story and other writers are adding to it.

The most recent posts have the Prince and Annabelle continuing on their journey to find Annabelle's parents. Annabelle encounters a mysterious man named Alexander Scanthius who gives her a special gift: The Diamond of Altheria. Annabelle has to guard the diamond with her life so that it will not fall into the wrong hands. She later finds out through a small green leprechaun that the diamond had the capability to find anyone in the world, even if they were in other realms. Needless to say, the Prince and Annabelle used the magic of the diamond and were transported into a different world where they met a very familiar holiday character.

Read the entire story here by clicking on this link:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cancer Survivor, Sherry Brackett, Now Inspires Others Through Her Photo Journal

Sherry Brackett has been on a long journey, one that many have taken and did not survive. Brackett, an author and photographer, had a near-death experience during her bout with cancer. After going through the illness, Brackett said life took on a "whole new meaning."

"It's like opening a present each day and discovering what is inside that gift," she writes on her web site.

Brackett, who describes herself as a "real miracle," created a book titled, Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You: A Photographic Journal, to inspire others who are going through a severe illness or other type of life-challenge. 

"The idea for this book came to me in two identical dreams within the same week," she continued. "I believe my book, Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You: A Photographic Journal, is an inspirational gift for anyone going through a serious illness or someone (who) just needs a bouquet of warm and fuzzy thoughts."

Brackett, who specializes in nature photos, journals about her thoughts while providing breath-taking photos of Mother Nature. For instance, in her entry titled, The Stages of Life, she writes about the Cleome, more commonly known as the "spider flower":

This flower was something I had never seen before. I found it very fascinating because it displayed all phases of life. The tall, regal stem with its spearmint-like leaves burst with this bloom. You can see the beginning buds, the partially opened flower, the fully opened flower, then, the end of the flowers. It reminded me how alike – this flower and I. We two shared the same type of life span. If you look at the flower, you can see more life than death, for the new buds are already there to add more life. It sustains itself. I am reminded that I need to keep life budding and blooming so I, too, will survive.

In addition to Brackett's entries, there are spaces for readers to write their responses to the photos or share their musings about their own personal circumstances.

Brackett wants to offer hope to all who read her book. She writes, "Reading that journal will lift your spirits and hlep strengthen your courage to turn those negatives into positives." 

This is a book for those who are trying to cope with an illness and those who have survived. 

Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You
Click HERE to preview Mother Nature's Spiritual Gift to You: A Photographic Journal.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

MANA IS NOW ON TWITTER! is happy to announce that we are now on Twitter! Read more articles, get more updates. 

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

An Interview With MANA Author Russ Grimes welcomes author Russ Grimes in his first interview for our blog. Russ Grimes is the author of Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man, his first self-published book.

His fictional work tells the story of a middle-aged man who goes on new adventures after opening a very special box and gaining extraordinary powers. The author uses writing to express his creativity and shares it with others. 

Q: Russ, What made you write Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man
A: I enjoy writing short stories. Publishing a larger story as a book seemed like a nice challenge.

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of getting this work completed and ready for the publisher? 
A: The initial comments from the reviewer. Even though there are many similarities to my family in this book, it is ultimately fictional. I had to remember not to take the comments and suggestions personally as the reviewer was trying to understand my writing and the concepts I was trying to convey to the reader.

Q: What help, if any, did you receive from the publisher? 
A: The publisher helped with the QA/QC (quality assurance/quality control) on the formatting, grammar, and content in the book, as well as assisting with the illustrations that are found throughout.

Q: Now, Russ, didn't you want to write another children's work? 
A. I am currently working on the follow up book to the first. I am currently finishing up the final 2 chapters in this sequel.

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