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THE POWER OF ONE

Excerpt from “Secrets to Sustainable Solutions: Tips From Business, Science & Non-Profit Expert” by Lisa Blackburn Ullven

12.1 The Stranger Who Saved My Life

Things happened so fast; I went to travel school and got offered a job to work for an airline in Tampa at the exact job I wanted, close to the exact college I wanted to go to. My best friend said, “Come stay with me at the dorm for a couple weeks while you find a place.” When I arrived, Penelope, with her vibrant megaphone-like voice, yelled, “Hey, Lisa!” from the second-floor window. Yes, she took out the screen to stick her head out the window to get my attention. Afterward, even the people who lived on the downtown streets knew my name and said hi to me each day.

Since my new job at the airline had training in the evening, I often returned late to the dorm. Being just 18 years old—naïve and excited—I felt safe because there always seemed to be a lot of people and activity on the streets when I returned each evening. I started noticing that the same people walked the same exact routes each night. I even wrote to my mom about how nice the homeless people were and how I thought it was interesting that they seemed to have schedules. Seriously, if there was one perk to being homeless, I thought it would be sleeping in and not having a schedule—so I found it intriguing that they walked the same route each night, down to predictable details.

In particular, I was fascinated by one homeless man. With my training, I had to carry three large binders plus heavy official airline guide books that were like those thick, heavy, old phone books so I was especially grateful to him as he opened the door for me each night. I would say, “Thank you very much,” and he’d respond saying things like “You are quite welcome.” When I asked how he was, he would answer, “Very well, thank you” or “Quite well, and you?” Despite his ragged exterior, I could tell he was very intelligent and kind. He seemed more like a butler in an exclusive hotel than a homeless person.

Perplexed that he seemed more like a PhD college professor than a homeless man living on the street, I curiously asked, “You are very well educated, aren’t you?” He looked me in the eyes, smiled, and in a hearty, jolly, Santa-like tone, he replied, “Yes. I am very, VERY well educated.” I felt like he must have been a captain of a ship, a chief officer, or some big position before landing in his current situation, sleeping in front of a door with his main purpose in life seeming to be opening the door for college students. As I looked back at him, I thought there must be a very sad story of how he’d gotten here. I was not ready to hear that story and not sure he was up to sharing, so we just paused for a moment and went on our way.

One night, I had to stay at work much later because we had to do a special training after the office closed that required full access to the computer systems. By the time I headed back to the dorm, the streets were totally deserted. Even though it was a short walk, I didn’t feel good about walking alone. I considered going to a hotel, but I had a very bad experience when I was a kid when a gang tried to break into my family’s hotel room. Plus, I’d seen way too many movies where the single lady walks alone through a parking garage and something bad happens. Plan B was sleeping in the car, but I pictured myself waking up to an angry police officer or worse yet—a mad stranger. As many times as I said I was going to stay up all night, I was always the first to fall asleep, so not sleeping was not really an option. No option really seemed good, and I had to be back to training in a few hours, so I decided the best of the bad options was to go to Penelope’s dorm.

My crime watcher, “be-aware” mindset kicked in. One of the things I’d learned was to have your actions planned out so that if something does happen, you jump into action versus wasting valuable seconds trying to figure out what to do. Having a big pile of heavy books, my action plan was to immediately throw the books at the sign of any trouble. The only other option would be to run to my car, and I had seen way too many suspenseful horror films with the person jingling their keys and the predator right behind them. Throwing my books would pretty much be throwing away my perfect job, but that was my emergency plan. I figured it would distract them and slow them down as they would have to avoid tripping on the binders or slipping on the papers.

As I walked in my business suit with my pile of books in hand, my pump-shoe heels made a tap-dance type sound on the cement sidewalk with each step. It seemed like the sound echoed through each intensely quiet crevice of the downtown block, announcing my presence. As a precaution, I scanned the neighborhood just in case I needed to run. I looked across the street and closely examined alleys and inlets between the downtown buildings.

No cars, no people—I could almost hear my heart beating. Then I took a step forward and looked to the right. In between two buildings, I saw five men dressed in all dark clothing. As one of them uttered, “Get her,” I saw five shiny silver objects flash as they flicked their knives open. At that moment, I threw my books to the right and ran as fast as I could. Most people run well in sneakers, but for whatever reason, I could book it in high heels.

I got to the first-floor dorm entrance, pulled open the door, and ran up the stairs. While I never looked back, I heard the door open and slam and then immediately open and slam again. I imagined at least one of the five men had gotten into the corridor, but I could not imagine why the door slammed hard two times close together. I kept running, got to the second-floor door, and went inside. I heard a rugged voice yell, “Leave her alone. Stay away from her!” The sounds of the door opening and shutting quickly and then quickly again made sense now. Whoever that man was, he must have stopped the gang of men from opening the bottom door—causing it to slam and then slam again. I stayed up most of the night wondering what had happened and who that man was, where he had come from, and whether he had literally taken on a gang of five men.

The next day, the homeless man seemed upset and said, “Why didn’t you tell me you changed your schedule?” He acted like a protective father, upset at his daughter for staying out too late. I’d never had that experience because my father passed when I was very young, but at that moment, I suddenly felt like he was the caring, upset father—up all night, worried sick about his daughter. Confused as to why a homeless person would ask me such a question, I paused in silence. He then said, “We arranged our entire schedule to protect you—reserving a parking spot, having someone at various points. Why didn’t you tell me you were going to get home so late?”

At that moment, he handed me the school and airline books I had thrown into the street. He must have stayed up for hours putting the papers back into the binders, in perfect order. When I went to work, I noticed that there would be one page that still had mud or a stain from a puddle and then the next page would be in perfect condition, showing that he’d taken the papers that had flown out and had put them back into the binders where each page belonged. You could even tell how he’d tried to clean off the dirt and mud stains as there were brush marks on the papers. It was then that I knew for sure that he was the mystery man who’d stopped the gang members from getting to me.

Later, I learned that the college had flyers sent out saying not to go out at night. My friend was fearless and super busy, so she ignored the flyers and didn’t share the flyer until I mentioned the gang that chased after me. The flyer basically said that the campus police were escorting students, but then the escorts started getting beaten up, so the new instruction was not to go out at night. 

The good news is this expedited my new apartment search. I moved into a new apartment that week. Weeks later, I came back to say hello to my friends and stopped by to talk with the wonderful homeless man who had saved my life. I asked someone if the homeless man by the door was around. The person responded, “It’s safe now. They got rid of those homeless people.” The irony is that, had it not been for that gang, I would have never known that the homeless people arranged their schedule to protect me. I hope that kind, well-educated gentleman realized how grateful I am to him. Many times in corporate life I have been advised to stop caring so much for the “little people.” Those little people may just save your life someday.

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Love Never Dies…

Innocence stolen. Love denied. Liv finds herself torn, haunted by memories of her dead boyfriend, tormented by those who may have killed him, and drawn to a mysterious new student who brings with him not only redemption and revenge, but the chance for her to live again.

A Portion of the Eternal by Maurice Jovan Billington

A Portion of the Eternal audiobook is now available on Amazon. By Maurice Jovan Billington (Author), Joanne Petrella (Narrator) and audio editor (Vicky David).

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Secrets to Sustainable Solutions:Tips From Business, Science & Non-Profit Experts

Lisa Blackburn Ullven, with 25+ years of being a global problem solver for Fortune 500 companies that are in the Top 3 in the industry, has strong experience using the best problem-solving tools in the world. Her passion is sharing these tools to strengthen our communities. In college, a professor said, “If you want to help people, learn about systems,” so she did just that. After earning her MBA with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, Lisa earned globally recognized certifications: Certified PMP® Project Management Professional; Certified Wellness Recovery and Action Plan® Facilitator; Certified Wraparound Coach and Trainer; Certified Help Desk Director and Manager; Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and ITIL® Certificate; and Certified Recovery Peer Specialist for Families. She is a partner and founding board member of Peace4Tarpon (Peace4Communities) and CEO of Guided Results LLC.

In her debut book, Secrets to Sustainable Solutions, Author and Facilitator in Wellness Recovery Lisa Blackburn Ullven MBA, delivers a formula to allow the everyday individual an opportunity to breathe through life without feeling suffocated. Lisa shares her personal stories of working with global companies to help readers relate to and understand their own superpowers. 

Whether you’re an adult, student in college or child, battling constant world problems on a personal and global scale is a challenge. Interdependence is key to our individual and collective survival, whether it’s finding one’s professional niche, handling difficult customers or developing ideas to handle climate change.  

Critically acclaimed leader, Lisa Ullven, shares her personal stories and reflects on the results to build the reader a path to follow. Ullven provides 180 Silo Secrets which everyone can immediately apply to their every day routine. Within this book you Lisa looks to answer these questions:

  • How and where do you find your superpower?
  • What are the 5 steps to success?
  • What are the 4 steps to interdependence?

The book will be released next week January 25th 2023! Mark your calendars. The link will be live then to order your copies on Amazon in paperback, hardback and ebook.

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It’s Hard to Die

This book title ended up being the actual fate of one of our authors in the Richter Publishing family. The author, Enrique A Cordero, passed away early December 2022. He was the Quarantine Writing Contest Winner back in 2020 with his book, “It’s Hard to Die!: Do I Hold On or Do I Let Go?” We published his book in English and Spanish in July of 2020. We are all saddened by his passing. Even though he was only with us a few years, Enrique published many books about this tough topic. As I spoke to his wife on the phone to tell me of his passing, I discovered how passionate he was about helping people. Mr. Cordero was a retired critical care respiratory therapist of forty-five years. Having spent two weeks on the receiving end of a ventilator, he wrote his first two books from a dual perspective: the caregiver of critically ill patients and the patient himself.

Chapter one of his book is named, So Here I Am–in a Place I Never Imagined. Don’t find yourself there! Quite often, heart-wrenching, end-of-life decisions must be made in a moment’s notice by laypersons and healthcare professionals alike. This book was written to help you understand many of the issues you may face, and help you unravel their complexity–so, when the time comes, you can think clearly and make informed decisions on behalf of the dying–be it you, loved ones, or your patients. 

FOR THE LAYPERSON: Are you truly prepared? Have You discussed your wishes with a trusted individual? Are you certain your final wishes will be carried out? It is not just about having your Last Will and Testament and pre-paid burial in place. Be aware of what you may encounter at the end of your life because some decisions can land you amid a technological hell. 

FOR HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL: A must-read book for all nurses and nursing students, all respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy students, and all healthcare personnel directly involved with patients nearing or at the end of life. Are you prepared to handle the mental, emotional, and spiritual issues of your patients, their families, and yourself during such crucial moments? Some of the important elements covered are: 

Legal considerations regarding end-of-life decisions | How CPR it is performed, it’s success rate, possible complications | Life-support vs mechanical ventilation | How modern technology prolongs the dying process | How modern technology blurs the line between life and death | What is terminal? | Prolonging life vs quality of life| The consequences of withholding the truth regarding your illness or outcome | What it means to hold on or let go!

These are such important conversations to have with your family. I now know this personally as my father is very ill himself at 77 years old. After suffering a stroke 1.5 years ago, his brain is not normal and he does not necessarily know what is going on. He has hallucinations, is angry at the world, me and making decisions based on delusions that didn’t really happen. Having things locked into placed before these things happen is crucial and not allowing people to swoop in and take advantage of people in their declining state of health as well. Because family members will come out like vultures to take advantage of someone at the end of their life. Unfortunately, they will pawn on their emotional state and coerce them into doing things and exacerbate situations that were based on delusions to cut family members out.

You can find all of Enrique’s books on Amazon.

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About the Author, Enrique A Cordero R.I.P.

Enrique was a peaceful individual. His calm demeanor served as a fountain for the many expressions that bring balance into his life—he was cautious and adventurous, serious and lighthearted, cerebral and intuitive, realistic and spiritual. His wife will tell you that he was enigmatic and unconventional. This was the author in a nutshell.

Enrique became a Respiratory Therapist in 1973, then studied anthropology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. His attraction to religion and medical anthropology led him to study religion and spirituality from a cross-cultural perspective.

Enrique was a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master and a Karuna® Reiki Master since 1996 and taught Reiki Certification Classes under the name, The Illuminators in St. Petersburg, Florida. He continued studies in the fields of alternative healing methods—such as the effects of sound, pranic healing, auric healing, and various other forms of energy and spiritual work. Enrique earned certifications in Reflexology and Hypnotherapy and is a Certified Chromotherapist, Aura Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Chakra Therapist.

Within a year after his nearing-death experience in 2001, he returned to the healthcare field—this time, with an entirely different perspective—one in which he recognized the need to integrate holistic practices into Western therapies—treating the body, mind, and spirit. Throughout his career of 45 years, his primary area of expertise was caring for critically ill patients and their loved ones. With his renewed vigor and conviction, he successfully melded the Western and Eastern philosophies of patient care into his respiratory care practice until his retirement in 2018.

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Mark Your Calendars, Our Next Book to be Published on January 25th 2023!

Do you feel overwhelmed by trying to do it all? Feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? You are not the only one. When Lisa asked her then five-year-old daughter which audio book she wanted to listen to, her daughter said, “Please mom, no more world problems.” it reinforced that we are leaving our children with plenty of problems.

“Secrets to Sustainable Solutions: Tips From Business, Science & Non-Profit Experts” by Lisa Blackburn Ullven, will help you see that you are not supposed to do it all. All the tips inside this book will help you “find your piece” to “find your peace.” Readers are empowered with the tools inside this book to lead and be the change to to participate in positive changes in their life.

Everyone is dealt a ‘deck of cards’ at birth. That deck can represent people’s personalities as much as disparate situations. Each card/person has a role to play in the game of life. Interdependence is key to our individual and collective survival, whether it’s finding one’s professional niche, handling difficult customers, or developing creative ideas to stop climate change. Everything and everybody affects each other. Building from the principle that we often exist in solitary ‘silos,’ Ullven provides 180 Silo Secrets which readers can immediately apply in their daily lives. She helps readers identify their “superpowers” and use those to impact their personal lives, professional lives, and local communities. Perhaps most importantly, she emphasizes that no one person can do it all, nor should anyone attempt to do so. We’re all part of a greater whole and the tools she’s provided, ranging from personality assessments to top ten lists of tips, aim to help people feel empowered, rather than overwhelmed.

Mark your calendars for Jan 25th 2023! The. book will be available on Amazon in paperback, hardback and ebook. See what people are already saying about it.

REVIEWS:

“The tips and stories make it easy to empower young people to lead positive change.”
– Manzuk MiltonThe U.S. Department of State’s Community Solutions Program – Africa (implemented by IREX, The International Research & Exchanges Board).   

“…an absolute gift to the non-profit & NGO world.  It’s a game changer for sure!”
– Dr. Julie Radlaurer-Doerfler(PhD in Public Health, LMHC and CEO of Collectively). – Florida

“Revolutionary… a change making Bible.  Make the change by reading the book”.
– Angie Whitehurst, Social Justice Advocate – Washington DC

“Lisa Ullven compiled 20 years of problem-solving and solution design tips into this book. The examples and stories filled with hope and possibilities that you can adapt to develop community-centered solutions for the future.”
– Dr. Sandra Whitehead (George Washington University Sustainable Urban Planning Director; U.S. EPA Appointed Council member of EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council).

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What to Get the Hunter in Your Life for Christmas?

You don’t have to wait for opening day to start shopping for your favorite hunters. #deerhunting lovers will light up like an orange hat when they unwrap items perfect for stocking stuffers like personalized hunting knives and cool tech that will improve their hunting season. The best hunting gifts are ones that improve their overall hunting experience. Where do you begin?

* What is a helpful tool that would make any hunter’s life even easier?

* Should the gifts help them actually hunt or just be a novelty to the activity?

* What are the most popular gifts for Hunters in 2022?

* How can your book be the perfect gift for the average hunter?

Bob and Jay say that the things they write about could not be made up – they just happen. So step on in, take a gander at one of our stories and let us know what you think. Their first book, The Proper Care and Feeding of a Huntin’ Buddy, is now available on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere.

Watch their TV debut here!

For more info and stories visit: www.https://bobnjay.com/ If you want to book Bob N Jay on your show or station, send an email to TonyC@rizeandreactmedia.com today! Video is courtesy of WSAZ Studio 3 in WV.

Get a copy of their book on Amazon.

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2022 E-Book End of Year Sale!

Our collection of ebooks is available as part of the Smashwords 2022 End of Year Sale! All ebooks are 50-75% starting December 15th- January 1st 2023. Just go here and check out what we have for your holiday reading fun:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/RichterPublishing

Use promo codes: SEY75 or SEY50

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Celebrate the Sale with Friends!

Our annual sales are collaborative events where authors and readers join together to celebrate indie ebooks. Authors show their appreciation to readers by offering exclusive discounts on their already value-priced ebooks. Readers show their appreciation to authors by loading their carts with deep-discounted books, and by promoting their great finds on social media.

Please join us in celebrating the sale by sharing this with your friends on social media!

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Christmas Book CLOSEOUT sale!

Give the gift of reading this holiday. We have all kinds for everyone on your shopping list this year. Get them in time for Christmas plus discounts on certain prints below for deep discounts!

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Black Friday Deals!

Shop local this holiday season by getting books by authors and also a great deal with these books that are at a deep discount!

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ONLY $10 BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!

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Books By Veterans

In support of Veterans Day, check out some of our books written by veterans.

Jarron Webster is the author of Millennial Marriages: A Military Relationship, which explores the ins and outs of a military relationship in the first years after “I do.”

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George Trowbridge is the author of Striking Eight Bells: A Vietnam Memoir, which is about George’s journey in the Navy as he traversed the oceans of the globe to fight in America’s most unpopular war.

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Tonja Anderson-Dell is the author of Gifts From A Glacier: The Quest for an American Flag and 52 Souls, which is about her journey to recover the bodies of 52 American soldiers who died in a mysterious plane crash in 1952.

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Karen Mertes is the author of Plaintiff 101, which details everything she learned about being the plaintiff in a personal injury case after a traumatic brain injury forced her to retire from being a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force.

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Corey Hall is the author of I Found Me, which is an inspirational story that brings light to an invisible enemy that millions of people suffer from in America—bipolar disorder.

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Bob Baldwin and Jay Ledbetter co-authored Proper Care & Feeding of a Huntin’ Buddy, which is filled with hilarious short stories about their hunting adventures and escapades.

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Dr. Uhuru Smith, MD and Dr. Tracy Smith, PhD co-authored Modern IV Wellness, which introduces the world to a modern spin on the age-old use of IV therapy.

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Art Koch is the author of When Swing Was King!, which is about one of the most historical eras in American music.

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Scars of a Soldier by by Jonathan Bonnet follows Jonathan on his journey from a teenage delinquent to a soldier in Afghanistan.

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The Audacity of Resilience: A Refugee Memoir by by Pitman Kennedy. An inspirational memoir of a man who escaped war torn Liberia to eventually find asylum in America. Who then serves in the US military and becomes a successful businessman and helps kids through his basketball programs.

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