We Are The World Blogfest: Red-Nose Day and how good will prevail

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We are the World Blogfest is here with its third edition.

To spread peace and humanity on social media, a few of us have worked together to create the We are the World Blogfest, and the co-hosts for the April 2017 WATWB are,  Emerald BarnesEric Lahti, Inderpreet UppalLynn HallbrooksPeter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan,

My name is Sylvia Stein and for my  post onWe are the world Blogfest, I wanted to share a piece about Red Nose Day which is a charity which helps so many children out there and I wanted to tie into the Red Nose Day Actually Sequel short film ( which was taken by the first film by Richard Curtis, Love Actually.)

In England, Red Nose day began by the Comic Relief Charity and was founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis who is also the director of such films as Notting Hill, The Bridget Jones Diaries, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually.  He collaborated with comedian Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia.

This event started in England and has worked with the BBC to show a telethon each year to help children who are in need.    It has now passed on to the United States and is raising money to help child poverty in the world and prevent hunger while also providing vaccines to villages who do not have the resources to get to them.


This year Richard Curtis decided to add a sequel to his hit movie Love Actually, by bringing everyone a short film of the sequel to it and title it Red Nose Day Actually.   He brought many of the beloved characters many of us rooted for in the first film and he brought of glimpse of what they are doing now.   All the proceeds are for the Red Nose day cause.   In this post


I wanted to share some of the words said by Hugh Grant who plays the Prime Minister in the short film and what he tells the press on where he stands in regards to the remarks about how love was all around and what he said in the first movie.



This is some of what he shares:


While People are nervous and fearful…

 But  I Look at the other side

And I’m optimist


Wherever you see Tragedy you see bravery too.Wherever you see ordinary people


You see extraordinary people come to their aid


Today is Red Nose day and people are giving their hard earned cash to people they will never meetBut whose pain and fear they feel and want to fight…  So, It is not just a romantic love which is all around


Most people every day and everywhere  have enough love in their hearts


To help human beings in trouble


Good’s going to win.


I am actually sure of it.

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 check out the small short film below: 

In conclusion, just like in the first film Love is all around us in spite of the evil in the world there are so many out there doing so much good and I do believe Good will always prevail.

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You tube:  Red Nose day Actually

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Podcasting a positive outlook to a happy life….

Infinitive positives

Infinite Positive pic taken https://www.facebook.com/JennaUshkowitz/photos/a.464865767010298.1073741829.464861860344022/574883786008495/?type=3&theater

Welcome to my first official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.  Each month we bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:

This month’s co-hosts are #33 https://simonfalk28.wordpress.com/“Simon Falk, http://inderpreetuppal.com/“Inderpreet Kaur Uppal,https://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/” Mary J. Giese, https://drkillpatient01.wordpress.com/“Peter Nena and https://bwitzenhausen.wordpress.com/“Belinda Witzenhausen.

I am so happy to be a part of this amazing Blogfest.  In this week’s post for We are the World Blog Fest I am going to focus on a podcast which focuses all their attention on focusing on being positive and spreading the message on how to live a happier life and be a more positive person while teaching today’s youth on how to deal with the anxieties and life stresses which can sometimes overwhelm us.  “This podcast which is rightfully titled infinite positivities and is hosted by former Glee Alum Jenna Ushkowitz brings about topics which are geared to show not just today’s young adults but people of all ages how you can live a positive life by taking a topic of her book which was titled, Choosing Glee and dividing each show into chapters of her book and covering a theme as she speaks to authors, experts, and others who look at life in a positive outlook.”

Ushkowitz states, “My perspective on positivity is that it’s a choice and I don’t know if everybody looks at it that way,” she explained in a phone interview. “The goal is to have people think differently than [how they did when they started listening.”

This is why when I  started listening to her podcast last year and I found it to be refreshing as in each chapter she would focus on aspects like introvert/ extrovert and the anxieties that come with It, and others who share advice on how to be bold, and speak up for yourself, and on how important it is to take care of oneself.

I enjoy seeing people who are actors, writers, singers who go on the podcast and speak on a one to one level and take the time away from all the glitz and glamor and give advice which can help people carry on a more positive outlook in their own lives but I love how they are changing the lives of today’s youth.

Moreover, I enjoyed this story because all of the topics covered by Jenna Uskowitz which are uplifting and talk about how to help oneself with issues in life that can sometimes seem like so much.   It is nice to hear all of the wonderful guests who come on her show and share things about themselves which help other listeners especially the young viewers who in today’s world seem to need more inspiration and affirmations to guide them along the way.   I hope you will check it out.

Infinite Positivities

Infinitive positive pic 2  taken  from: https://www.facebook.com/JennaUshkowitz/photos/a.464865767010298.1073741829.464861860344022/552928908203983/?type=3&theater



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We are The World Blog Fest: An Act of Kindness by Sylvia Stein #WATWBF


Welcome to my first official “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ) post. The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.  Each month I bring to you the We Are the World Blogfest, along with these fabulous co-hosts:

Belinda Witzenhausen, Carol Walsh,Chrissie Parker, Damyanti Biswas, Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur UppalKate Powell, Lynn Hallbrooks, Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Simon Falk, Susan Scott,  Sylvia McGrath and myself.   

I am Indie Author Sylvia Stein so happy to be a part of this amazing team and this is my first blog post.  In today’s world, we all need stories that will make us feel so much better about ourselves and that also shed light on the kindness of strangers.   Especially with all the things we read from day to day which can get pretty toxic I was so moved by this story.

Excerpt:    An Act  of Kindness

“It happened at the 2017 edition of the Philadelphia Love Run Marathon.   As many have already seen in the video which went viral instantly and shows a female runner ( not unidentified) who upon trying to finish up her marathon begins to show signs of severe dehydration and on the verge of collapsing.  Upon looking at the video you can clearly see she is on the verge of tears while two runners ran past her.    Just then almost immediately,  2 fellow runners take her by the arms and help her try to continue on her journey.  However,  Then a third man surfaces and he takes it upon himself to carry her to the finish line.”

This was a true act of kindness between them.   Here were many who are in it for the competitiveness of the marathon.   These men took upon themselves to help someone in need.   They did not put themselves first.    In this day where many are in it for themselves.  This story was so inspiring and I cried as I saw how the men were so willing to help a stranger and did not expect anything in return.      It is about helping your fellow man and these men all showed such kindness and empathy on someone who clearly needed help.    They did not worry about how their times would be affected by it.  Especially the man who carried her all the way to the finish line.   The song Put a Little love in your heart rang through my mind as I decided on writing about this story.    This story is about an Act of Kindness by good samaritans stopping in to help another human being.    This is why I wanted to blog about this on the We Are The World Blogfest.

In conclusion. this story was about the kindness of others and it spoke to me because as you see in the video the woman is clearly not able to finish the race on her own.  She is exhausted and clearly ready to fall down.    Then these men step up to help her.   I do not think it could get any more simple than that.   I have watched the video a few times and each time I can’t help but cry happy tears.  As Ellen Degeneres always says, Be Kind To One another.”

This story was reported by more than multiple media sites this comes from the information by the eyewitness news local channel ABC KABC_TV:   I have posted the link to the video which has gone viral.

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Interview with Author Emerald Barnes for her Marked Blog Tour


SS: First of all, I want to Congratulate you on your Blog Tour and for being here Emerald.  I am so happy to have you!

EB:  Thank you and also for having me, Sylvia! I always love being here.

1. Can you please tell us about what you have been working on and your latest books?

I have been working on Knight’s Academy Book 2 and a new book, the beginning of another series, called The Healer (currently unpublished). My latest published book, The Marked is the first book in the Knight’s Academy series. It follows a seventeen-year-old Myka Williams who leaves her home in Mississippi for a private school in Tennessee, but Knight’s Academy isn’t exactly what she thought it was.

2. Is This book is part of a series right?

Yes. It’s the first book in the Knight’s Academy series.

3. What can you tell us about the plot of the story?

It’s a paranormal novel set in a fictional town in Tennessee. It focuses on Myka who is running from her past, trying to figure out who she is. But it’s not that simple. There’s a secret to Knight’s Academy—and Myka’s been marked. Humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed. It’s a fight between good and evil tied up in a coming of age story.

4.  Where do we find Myka the main character of this series?

We find Myka at Knight’s Academy. She’s trying to figure out who she is. She’s adopted, so she feels like part of her is missing. She loves her family, but she also feels like she needs to escape. So, she’s searching for something—though she can’t place what it is. And she’s met this devastatingly handsome guy, but he is broody. She can’t tell whether he likes her or hates her. And Preston—he won’t leave her alone, even if she tells him to. So, she’s stuck and life at Knight’s Academy isn’t as easy as she thought it was going to be.

5. What can you tell us about where the idea for this series began?

The idea came from a dream I had. I had this dream about people, who later turned out to be vampires, kidnapping humans and locking them away in a tower. I was part of these humans being locked away, and one person saved us in the dream. I know the dream doesn’t sound at all like The Marked, but that’s only because I used that dream about vampires taking humans, the basic plot, and then as my characters evolved, so did the story.

6. What can you share about the characters in this series?

Well, I can’t share too much, but since you’ve already met Myka, I’ll talk about Milo. He’s the other main character, and he’s a hybrid—half vampire, half human. That is revealed within the first few chapters of the book, so I think it’s safe to tell you that without giving you too many spoilers. He hates his life, and he’s made it his main goal to take down the empire his dad has built. Then, there is a Luka. He’s a vampire, and he’s got a complicated back story. But, he becomes one of Milo’s unlikely allies. And then, we have Olivia Michaels. She’s completely human, Myka’s best friend, and a fiery red-head you don’t want to mess with!

7 . How is this series different from your other books?

It’s different because, although it’s paranormal, it’s not a Christian book. Most of my other books are Christian fiction novels. The Marked has become more of a book for entertainment value than a book for helping others like the Entertaining Angels series. I love both, and I hope you guys do too!

8. What is some writing advice you can share with other writers about your writing?

Don’t give up. I know it’s clichéd, but I was writing this book four years ago—maybe longer. I think I started it back in 2012. I never thought anything would come of it. I thought it would just be one of those books that I wrote that never saw the light of day. But during the summer last year, I thought I’d take a chance on it, and so I submitted it to Clean Reads. I forgot I even sent it until the owner sent me a message saying she wanted to publish it! They took it on, and I was published. Now, it’s one of those books that readers can’t stop talking about. I’ve had multiple conversations with multiple people about what was going to happen next. So, just keep plugging away. It may seem difficult most days, but if you’re determined to be a published author, you’ll be one.


Link to the official book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AlXDgxjHAs
Link to the official Knight’s Academy Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLmodANrY5a0gKQiqfZR9koZbFb7SQqMw
About The Marked: Knight’s Academy Book 1:
Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumbs to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.
Where to Buy The Marked:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jG7GKB
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2jG9rY0
Nook: http://bit.ly/2kADf7G
iTunes: http://apple.co/2ka1EQM
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2l3GxOD
Add The Marked to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825997-the-marked

About Emerald:
Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks, Him continuously for His love and favor. She’s addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for superheroes.

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The Diary of a Broken Father Excerpt By Indie Author Sylvia Stein



Dear Diary,

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, covered up in your own sweat? Then begin to feel your own heart beating faster from the nightmare that just shook you from inside. Well, this is the reality of my life at the moment and it is one that I wished I could change. My darkest days have begun. I have hit rock bottom. How could I have made such a mess out of my life? I only have myself to blame.

My name is Garrison James, and I am an alcoholic. I have made horrible mistakes in my life and damn that has caused me my only daughter Sara. Now, this nightmare is here again. Taking it’s freaking toll on me! It’s the same one each time. I can picture it in my head.

Damn! I am angry! I can’t do this again!

Why do I have to remember it?

It’s not fair for me!

It hurts so much!

Sara is leaving and Valerie is taking her. She is my beloved Lila’s sister. The bad taste in my mouth still lingers from the liquor in my breath. I begin to sink in my own guilt. Heck, I spent most of the night drinking and passing out. Man! what a coward I was. I still can’t believe I tried making Sara feel guilty.