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New Website Coming Very Soon!

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Hello fellow readers!  Can you believe it’s nearly September already?  Labor Day is nearly upon us.  We’re watching Summer pass us by and we’re heading into Fall again.   Well, at least some of the country gets to enjoy the autumn time of year.  Those of us who live in Arizona are still stuck in the “hot” time-warp zone.

Time does fly when you have a million ideas in your head and are trying  to get your thoughts together for additional books, not to mention, “life” tends to hand us a myriad of interruptions every day.  I Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been really busy lately putting together an entirely new Website.  The new site will be easier to navigate and give you all kinds of engaging information about my books and a host of other topics and practical tips.  You’ll be able to read the latest updates, purchase books, read the current blog entries, go to my shop – The Omnicon, contact me, or just peruse the extras page for surprising or just plain fun information.  So stay tuned and join me for a few diversions, along with the latest information about the Dragomeir Series and some forthcoming new books!  It’ll be up soon, so keep in touch and have a great day!

I hope you’ll join me at www.solitaireparke.com.

Solitaire

 

 

 

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Stress Survival 101!

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Relieving and managing stress is definitely a necessary survival skill, especially in this crazy fast-paced, technology driven world in which we live today.  Authors stress about all sorts of things – whether readers will like our books, deadlines, writer’s block, book sales, the next new project, and a host of everyday things we call “life.”  We all have this annoying affliction caused by work deadlines, an overabundance of traffic, countless family obligations, health problems, and who knows what else!  Relaxation . . . That’s just crazy talk!  So how is it possible to cram more time into a day when it’s packed full of “stuff” to do already?  I don’t have the answer to that question, but there are experts out there in the cyber-world that seem to have some suggestions.  Maybe it’s time we started listening to some of them before we become another stressed out statistic!  (Stress is a major cause of heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and the list goes on and on.  Doesn’t sound good.)   So see if any of these ideas might be helpful –

  • Lower stress through your diet by making smart food choices that actually help your immune system to function properly rather than try to compensate for all the bad food we eat. Eating whole real food restores balance and reduces the effects of stress on your body.  There is a connection between your stomach and your brain.  Give your brain something healthy to work with.Release endorphins through exercise. Get your body moving and stop being so sedentary – dance, walk, do Yoga, Martial Arts, swimming, run up and down the stairs or whatever you like to do.  Stand up and do some stretches if you can’t do anything else at the time. Our bodies were not designed to sit still for too long.   Just get moving!!!
  • Get a decent night’s sleep. Sleep and stress cause a vicious cycle.  Lack of sleep makes it harder to handle the problems of the next day, which causes more stress.  Allow your body to slow down right before bedtime – turn off the technology, as hard as that may be.  Your body will thank you for it.
  • Breathe. Yes, we do it all the time, but slow down your heart rate with slow deep breathing which will lower your blood pressure and allow you to calm down and relax.  Never underestimate the power of just taking deep, slow breaths.  Slow down that ragged life style for a little while.
  • Have an attitude of being grateful for everything and everyone in your life. It has an amazing affect on your physical, psychological, and relational well-being.  Increased positive emotions means greater stress tolerance, better relationships, improved overall health and better sleep.  Create a daily habit of remembering what you are thankful for.  There is too much negativity in this world already.  Don’t add to it.
  •    Be realistic in your expectations of yourself and others.  Don’t expect everything to go perfectly.  People will never be perfect.  Have healthy responses to conflicts at work and at home, and don’t be so hard on yourself.  You can’t control what people are going to do or say, but you can control your reactions to it.  Attempt to be the better person.  It’s much less stressful when things don’t go as planned, and let’s face it, there are always surprises.
  • Identify your priorities and establish boundaries. Consider what is the most important and put that as a priority.  Say “no” to lesser priorities and if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask.  You might need to set a specific time to exercise or spend quality time with a loved one, or to do something work related.  This can keep you from feeling “pulled” in too many directions, or risk disappointment or resentment.  Manage your time wisely.
  • Take some “alone” time for yourself. It might only be 5 or 10 minutes, but go somewhere away from everyone and just relax and breathe.  Walk outside and take in the beauty of nature, do some yoga, take a short rest and calm your mind, or listen to music.  Go collect your thoughts and clear your head.  Give yourself a break.
  • Organize your life. Clean up your desk, or your house.  Living in a cluttered world makes your mind cluttered as well.  Keep things where they belong so you can find them again.  It makes your life less stressful if you don’t have to hunt for something that you need at the time.  Organize and unclutter your world.  Your brain will thank you for it!
  • Socialize and have fun. Laughter is great for your health.  Visit with friends, or play Frisbee with your dog, play with your children at their level, watch funny videos on Youtube, or plan a vacation.  Take a break from whatever is stressing you out and do something that’s fun.  Too much work is not good for you physically or mentally.

So take some time to de-stress and have a great day!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

Hul Gil – the “Joy Plant”

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The opium poppy is widely cultivated and its worldwide production is monitored by international agencies. It is used for production of dried latex and opium, the principal precursor of narcotic and analgesic opiates such as morphine, heroin and codeine. Poppy seeds are rich in oil, carbohydrates, calcium and protein.

The earliest reference to opium was in 3,400 BC where the Sumerians in lower Mesopotamia referred to it as Hul Gil, the “Joy Plant.” They, in turn, passed the knowledge of the opium poppy to the Assyrians, who gave it to the Babylonians, who passed it on to the Egyptians. The Egyptians were famous for their poppy fields and the opium trade flourished during the eighteenth dynasty (around 1500 to 1300 BC) under the reigns of Thutmose IV, Akhenaton and King Tutankhamen.  Roman gladiators used opium to enhance their fighting … and to die as painlessly as possible if mortally wounded.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, saw opium as a helpful narcotic for treating disease. The great physician Galen cautioned that opium should be used sparingly in 158 AD. He said it was better to endure pain than to be bound to the drug. It wasn’t until 400 AD that opium was introduced into China by Arab traders.

Alexander the Great used opium to help his soldiers march farther because they couldn’t feel the pain in their feet; and they could sleep through the night because the wounded were sleeping peacefully under the influence of opium. He introduced opium to India, where its cultivation flourished. One of the goals of Columbus was to bring back opium from India, as its access had been cut off when the Arabs were expelled from Spain. He didn’t get to India, but he brought back tobacco from the New World and smoking tobacco became common throughout Europe.

In 1803, a German chemist named Friedrich Sertuerner synthesized morphine from opium. Sertuerner’s wife overdosed on morphine and died. He then publically warned against its dangers. But morphine was also a great step forward in medicine. It allowed doctors to do true surgery for the first time. Morphine was heralded as “God’s own medicine” for its reliability and long-lasting effects. By 1827, the E. Merck & Company of Darmstadt Germany was commercially manufacturing morphine.

A new technique for administering morphine was developed by Dr. Alexander Wood of Edinburg when he invented the syringe in 1843. Wood believed that if morphine was injected instead of swallowed, “patients would not hunger for it.” He was wrong; and several of his patients became dependent.

John Witherspoon warned his fellow doctors in a June 23, 1900 article about their indiscriminant use of morphine. The morphine habit was growing at an alarming rate; and doctors were culpable for “too often giving this seductive siren until the will-power is gone.” Pointing to the Great First Physician, he said doctors should “save our people from the clutches of this hydra-headed monster” which wrecked lives and filled jails and lunatic asylums.

In my forthcoming book –

“Daughter of the Dark Lord, Book One, The Burning Sky”

the Dark Lord of the Provinces, a manipulative, heartless and cruel ruler, attempts to control the Denizen people that he rules by allowing them to become addicted to the medicinal serum.  His plan is to cut off the supply of the Hul Gil, and then establish it once again, only this time with contingencies tacked on.  In essence, he would be creating voluntary slavery with himself as the Dictator.  Whenever the Dark Lord wanted something, he would simply cut off the drug until the people complied with his wishes, thereby maintaining power over those he considered to be worthless underlings.  His daughter, Katherine, who is aware of the monster that is her father, is still shocked and stunned at the depths of his sadistic inhumanity and is determined once again to thwart his malevolent efforts.

The book takes place on the Provinces of Hell, not a destination that anyone would want to find themselves, and yet to her chagrin, Katherine is not only the Dark Lord’s daughter, but a potential victim of his evil plot.  She must find a way to survive and somehow escape this retched place.

The book is in the editing stages right now, but in the meantime, keep checking back for updates and more interesting facts about Katherine and those who choose to fight in her behalf in –

“Daughter of the Dark Lord, Book One, The Burning Sky”

A prequel book to the Dragomeir Series Books One – Three

 Also available for purchase at www.solitaireparke.com and various other locations – in multiple formats.

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Solitaire


 

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