Category Archives: On the Horizon
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Inspiring Tales by Talented TALES2INSPIRE™ Authors
AS I AM – by Dr. Karen Pirnot
DON’T WORRY MOM – by Cecile Bell
It’s a DOG’S WORLD
BECOMING GRANDMOTHER – by Charlotte Snead
DRAGONFLIES AND THE GREAT BLUE HERON – by James Osborne
A FATHER’S DAY GIFT – by Jenna Ludwig
The FLOWERS – by Cheryl Stewart
GARDEN OF MIRACLES – by Heidi DuPree
The GIFT OF FAMILY – by Pat Surface
The HEART OF HOME IS HOT CHOCOLATE – by Mary Romero
A LEAP OF WORDS – by Cami Ann Hofstadter
A MAGICAL MEDITATION GARDEN – by Micki Peluso
MAINTENANCE FOR MY SOUL: The Man From Nowhere – by Cami Ann Hofstadter
MIRACLE – by Susan Haley
And the MUSIC PLAYS ON – by Charles Musgrave
NEW LIFE IN THE COUNTRY – by Luke Potter
NO SUCH WORD AS CAN’T – by Lois W. Stern
PAPPY AND THE BAND LEADER – by Rod DiGruttolo
The PLAIN MANILA GIFT – by Erica Kosal
A PROFILE OF COURAGE – by Tina Chippas
PROOF OF LIFE – by Melissa Delago
SMILE POWER – by Pauline Hager
WHAT IS LIFE? – by Melissa
UNLIKELY CONNECTIONS – by Anne Knorr
THE VOICE: A MEDICAL MIRACLE – by Stan Cupery M.D.
YOU NEVER KNOW! – by Jim Lawrence
Inspiring Tales Brought to you by Lois W. Stern
COOL, FRESH WATER
JEFF AND FREEDOM – A CIRCLE OF HEALING
OPOSSUM ON MY SHOULDER
Inspiring Tales – Authors Unknown
AM I A FIREMAN YET?
I am the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, I love to read and write short stories to touch the soul – stories that I call “inner beauty tales”.
Suspecting that many writers might have one inspiring story to share, without having enough for an entire book, I set out to find out. And that’s how TALES2INSPIRE ™ began and developed as an “authors helping authors” project/contest. I am committed to providing each talented author with a platform for building their own fan base, and providing them with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.
If you think you might have an energy renewing, spirit uplifting story in your heart and head, please visit my website to
For Facebook fans, here is another way for us to connect. Visit my Facebook Page, a melding of inner beauty and physical beauty postings. And if you like what you see there, please let me know by clicking on the LIKE button at the top of the screen.
A LIVE INTERVIEW ON THE WRITER’S DREAM SHOW
A LONG ISLAND, NY CABLE TV NETWORK
Want to learn more about Tales2Inspire™?
You can meet me during a cable TV interview with Linda Maria Frank, host of The Writer’s Dream. This interview took place at one of the LTV studios situated several miles west of East Hampton, LI, NY., currently airs on three Long Island, NY cable TV networks, and soon will be expanding to other cable stations. Each segment is also posted on her Writer’s Dream YouTube Channel, Facebook and more.
Linda and I are working to make TV appearances on her show a long distance reality for Tales2Inspire™ Winners.
It was quite a day!
Being a guest on the Writer’s Dream was quite an adventure for me. I had a full day of interviews, with a morning session on my books about physical beauty (Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour). So if you want to learn some intimate, up-front-and-personal details about me, and the writing of those book, this is the show you don’t want to miss.
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A STORY REPORTED IN THE BOSTON GLOBE
The 12-year-old boy sat in the synagogue, looked out at the congregation, and waved. On a day when Jewish tradition marks the transition from boy to man, Matthew Emmi smiled often and moved his hands to the music of the Hebrew songs. During prayers, he alternately slouched and sat erect.
And when it was time for him to say a prayer before the Torah, he touched the screen of an iPad.
Matthew is severely autistic and cannot read, write, or speak sentences. His family, friends, and educators never know exactly what he is thinking, but they know Matthew likes going to synagogue. He has been a regular at the Sunday service at Andover’s Temple Emanuel, where he hums, claps and smiles when Cantor Idan Irelander plays traditional Hebrew prayers on his guitar.
Several months ago, Suzanne and Michael Emmi decided their son’s autism would not prevent him from having a bar mitzvah.
“Because of the issues in his life, he’s not going to have a wedding or a high school or college graduation,’’ his mother said. “We wanted him to have that opportunity to have a special moment and shine.’’
‘We wanted him to have that opportunity to have a special moment and shine.’
After some discussion, one of Matthew’s teachers came up with an idea. Jamie Hoover, who is also the executive director of the May Center for Child Development School, met with Mathew, his family, and the temple clergy. During the meeting, she handed Mathew an iPad and after little prompting, got him to touch an icon on the screen. The iPad responded by reciting the name of his younger sister, Mia, and Matthew was delighted.
“It gave him a voice,’’ said Hoover.
The structure of the bar mitzvah was set: Matthew could essentially lead the service by touching iPad icons. School staff recorded Matthew reciting “mama’’ and “dada’’ and the names of other relatives who would be called up to the Torah. Irelander recorded blessings and Torah readings that a boy being bar mitzvahed would ordinarily recite, and e-mailed them to Hoover – who matched the prayers to icons and photographs.
“It’s quite amazing,’’ said Rabbi Robert Goldstein, of Temple Emanuel, who has known Matthew for several years. “We’re blending the most cutting-edge technology with tradition; with reading the ancient text of Torah. It’s facilitating spirituality.’’
Early yesterday morning, Matthew and his family arrived at the synagogue. After posing for photographs, he began to race around the mostly empty building – something he does often around the house, in addition to his regular routine of bouncing balls, riding a scooter, and listening to Disney and Broadway show tunes. When guests arrived, Matthew greeted them with a high-five and an enthusiastic “ha’’ – his way for saying “hi.’’
Shortly before the service, he sat at a table in between his parents, and opposite the ark, which holds the Torahs. His mother held the iPad and his father placed his hands on a laminated blue cardboard that had 30 large icons representing the parts of the service that Matthew would announce by pressing the iPad.
Shortly after Irelander began strumming the guitar with an opening blessing, Suzanne held the portable tablet in front of her son, who confidently touched the screen with his left index finger.
“Pappa,’’ came forth from the sound system. It was Matthew’s prerecorded voice, and soon his grandfather, Harvey Glass of Peabody, was standing before him with a prayer shawl, or tallis.
“This is for you. It was given to me by my grandfather,’’ said Glass, before placing it on Matthew’s shoulders.
A few minutes later Matthew pressed on an icon that resembled an ear, and the cantor’s recitation of one of Judaism’s holiest prayers – the “Sh’ma’’ – reverberated.
After he had touched the IPad many more times – alternating between index and pinky fingers – calling his parents and other relatives to the Torah, it was time for his name to be recited. Soon, Irelander’s pre-recorded voice was playing again – filling in for Matthew – as the Torah reading prayers were sung.
Matthew fidgeted, waved again to friends, and sat pensively during the chanting. Once he pushed his father’s yarmulke from his head. Mike Emmi calmly reached for the skullcap and gently placed it back on his head.
Soon Matthew’s parents were giving him their blessing.
“Matthew, you are a remarkable young man,’’ they said, turning to their son. “Continue shining the special light of your love on the world and making it a better place. That is your gift to the world, and a mighty special gift it is. We love you.’’
After the family had walked through the synagogue with the rabbi and cantor and Torah, the service was over.
Matthew seemed relieved. He began to race throughout the room and seemed to find comfort in running up a long handicapped-access ramp. After most of the people had left, he ran in between the seats several times before pausing at a banister in front of the ark.
He looked back at the few remaining people in the temple, closed his eyes and sighed.