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Manuel is a passionate, driven, and techsavvy AV technician, artist and music composer with over ten years of experience, specializing in the captivating world of music and entertainment.

Manuel is an expert in creating soundtracks for short filmsfeature films and video games.

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Animal Survival – Drive by Daniel Pink

animal survivalWhy Animal Survival?

People often don’t understand what drives me at work. The first human drive is animal survival. I can spend countless hours writing articles or working on my newsletter Newsletter on LinkedIn - I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new newsletter on LinkedIn, Marino Composer's Corner! In this exciting publication, I will delve into the fascinating realm of music, soundtracks, and audio in general. Join me on this journey as we uncover the artistry behind creating immersive and emotionally captivating experiences through music. In the… . I might also be active on Twitter, connecting with potential clients, business partners, and engaging with interesting people. I frequently attend in-person networking meetings and events. A common comment I hear is, “Do you ever sleep?” The reason for my drive is simple: I’m having a blast!

In Daniel H. Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, he explains that my work situation is not unique.

According to Pink, the first human drive, like all other animals, is for survival, animal survival. Our second drive, Motivation 2.0, is based on rewards and punishments, which is also shared with the animal kingdom like animal survival. However, only …

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“Animal Survival – Drive by Daniel Pink”

Romance Book Review of “The Claiming of Moira Shine”

M. A. Everaux currently has two published titles, both of which are exceptional books: North Wolf and The Claiming of Moira Shine. In this brief article, I will be reviewing The Claiming of Moira Shine.

I first read North Wolf and thoroughly enjoyed it, so when Everaux’s subsequent title was released, I knew I had to give it a try. The blurb and excerpt I read initially did not appeal to me, as they seemed somewhat political and dry (I dislike politics in romance stories). However, since I enjoyed North Wolf, I decided to give it a chance.

It is worth noting that this novel contains a fair amount of violence, as well as romantic elements, so be prepared for some steamy scenes.

The Claiming of Moira Shine is a lengthy book set in a futuristic/alternate world where Earth is dying due to pollution and other factors. Aliens from another planet have invaded, and the remaining human inhabitants are being rounded up and sold into slavery to the Kinnians.

Moira is among the last to be captured and sent away. Initially destined for slavery, an incident with a guard who ends up dead leads to her …

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Book Review – The Camel Club by David Baldacci

I have been an enthusiast of David Baldacci since I read The Winner back in 1997. I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style, and I have read all his books to date, eagerly awaiting his new releases. The Camel Club is no exception to the rule, offering another thrilling page-turner.

Cast of Characters:

Members of the Camel Club:

  • Oliver Stone: camps outside the White House to protest the government and lives at a church, where he is known as the lead conspiracy theorist.
  • Caleb Shaw: enjoys dressing in period costumes and works at the Library of Congress in the rare books department.
  • Reuben Rhodes: a former government worker turned loading dock employee and drug burnout.
  • Milton Farb: suffers from OCD, has a perfect memory, is a mathematical prodigy, and owns a website-building company, having made significant money on Jeopardy.

Other Characters:

  • Alex Ford: a secret service agent whose loyalties are a bit unclear and is nearing retirement.
  • Carter Grey: intelligence chief.

Plot: The Camel Club gathers for a secret meeting to discuss the latest conspiracy theories when they stumble upon a crime. They witness the murder of an intelligence analyst and barely escape with their lives intact.

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Lucky’s Lady Book Review: Tami Hoag Mystery Romance

Tami Hoag’s book, Lucky’s Lady, diverges slightly from her previous novels, but it certainly captivates readers by delving into a lesser-explored world: the backwoods of Louisiana or the Cajun Bayous. Here is my review of Lucky’s Lady by Tami Hoag.

Main Characters:

Serena Sheridan: A successful psychiatrist from Charleston who returns home to Louisiana

Lucky Doucet: A mysterious and potentially dangerous Cajun who is feared by most

Shelby: Serena’s sister, who has a strained relationship with her

Gifford Sheridan: Serena’s grandfather, who owns a large ancestral home that a chemical company is trying to buy

Plot: When Serena Sheridan takes a break from her psychiatric practice in Charleston, South Carolina, to return to her ancestral home in Louisiana, she encounters an unexpected problem. Her grandfather has left his home and moved into the Louisiana bayou, where he maintains a shack for fishing and hunting.

He seems unable to cope with the financial difficulties surrounding his home and business, as well as the prospect of selling it to a large chemical company that wants to build a plant on the property. Naturally, her sister Shelby wants him to sell so that she can obtain the funds to help advance …

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The Sorceress by Michael Scott – Book Review

“The Sorceress” by Michael Scott is a captivating science fiction Early Science Fiction On The Airwaves - Science Fiction in Radio Some might argue that Science Fiction has existed as long as civilization itself, as people gazed at the stars and wondered, "what if…" Juvenile Serials from the 1930s The first scifi old-time radio shows were primarily adventure serials aimed at young audiences, featuring a scientific theme, most notably Buck Rogers and… novel from the renowned Irish author. If you are a fan of science fiction Early Science Fiction On The Airwaves - Science Fiction in Radio Some might argue that Science Fiction has existed as long as civilization itself, as people gazed at the stars and wondered, "what if…" Juvenile Serials from the 1930s The first scifi old-time radio shows were primarily adventure serials aimed at young audiences, featuring a scientific theme, most notably Buck Rogers and… and find yourself captivated by such stories, you will likely enjoy this book by Michael Scott. However, if you are unfamiliar with the author and wondering whether it’s worth looking up his name and delving into his work, you should know that he has written extensively over the years.

Michael Scott is a prolific writer with a wide range of novels and short stories to his name, spanning genres such as science fiction, horror, young adult fantasy, and folklore. His early published works were inspired Inspired by nature - Artist Robert Tucker talks about himself and his artist experience in this exclusive article. Inspired by nature The glorious portal of a new

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Poetry and Life Transitions – A Book Review

Life is filled with ups and downs, as well as transitional opportunities or doorways that we either embrace or forever wonder what life “would have been if.” To better express these complex emotions, many deep thinkers turn to poetry as a way to cope with uncertainty. If this observation resonates with you, then perhaps you’d be interested in exploring some exceptional poetry on these subjects.

If so, let me recommend one of the best poetry books on “life’s transitional periods.” Once you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down, and fortunately, at fewer than 100 pages, you won’t need to. The book is titled:

“1970 Poems; Transition,” by Leonard Harlig, self-published and printed at Anderson Graphics in Van Nuys, CA in 1970 (93 pages).

In 1970, the renowned contemporary poet Leonard Harlig published his collection of transitional poems from that year.

Each book is numbered, and only 300 copies were printed, making this a true collector’s item. Occasionally, you may find this book on eBay, and if you do, I highly recommend purchasing it and savoring every word.

The poems cover transitions from military service and war back to civilian life, from …

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“Poetry and Life Transitions – A Book Review”