Announing an Upcoming Book Release…

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The Transparent Author

With the support of new and seasoned writers, a dedicated editor, graphic artist, and a really cool photographer–all volunteering their time for a good cause ….I’m proud to announce the soon to be released (May 25th!) Flagler County Anthology.

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If you live in Northeastern Florida, please join us for our big celebration.

For more information on our wonderful writing community check out the article in the Daytona News Journal

For specific questions email me at becky(at)pourchot.com.

About the book….

Magical coins, mermaids, vengeful lunch ladies, and more….

You’ll find it all in this whimsical collection of stories written by seasoned writers and beginners alike, all hailing from our rich beach side community in Flagler County, Florida.

Take a dive into these nighttime tales of wild oceans, lost lovers, and fanciful beasts, and support not only our vibrant community but also local charity Christmas Come True, which will be…

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Writing from the Graveyard of Your Memories

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Please read this post! It is exactly how I got started with the first book of my series! Then the story manifested its self!

Michael Ray King

Out of Your Mind Publishing1Snagging your writing mojo is really an exercise in accessing yourself. Writing is a solitary endeavor. You battle against yourself, but my experience with most of our battles is that we fight the wrong ones. When you desire to write your passion, whether fiction, non fiction, we tend to wrestle with rules. Not just any rules. Forget the rules of grammar, punctuation, syntax, and all that crap. We may fight those demons on some minor scale, but most often we fight rules of engagement.

Do you remember the manner in which the British was portrayed fighting battles with their lines behind lines behind lines of redcoats, exposed to the enemy? I always thought, “What a ridiculous way to fight! You place your military in obvious danger. They’re sitting ducks. Easy targets.

I feel often we fight our inner demons in that manner. We lay siege in and attempt to overwhelm…

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Book Review: Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden by Jorja DuPont Oliva

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A story of loss, heartbreak, and the healing that can be found in friendship between women, “Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden” is an enchanting novel.

Source: Book Review: Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden by Jorja DuPont Oliva

MAY 25 NEW RELEASE-Save the date!

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I want to invite you to a release party!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1717743838509993/

I wrote a short story for Flagler Anthology

A NIGHT LIKE THIS…

Oceans of Change By Jorja DuPont Oliva

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All proceeds go to Christmas Come True!

 

FREE-KINDLE edition-Magical Garden

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Dear Friends,

I am off on an adventure! I am heading to Texas. My niece is getting married and you guessed it I AM GOING!!! I need your help to spread the word about Chasing Butterflies In The Magical Garden it will be FREE to download Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24 on AMAZON. Here is the Link!

http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Butterflies-Magical-Garden-DuPont-ebook/dp/B00IKPLJD4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Please help me spread the word! I’ll be busy attending a wedding and visiting with family and friends!

Thank you in advance!

Jorja DuPont Oliva

 

 

All about that skin…

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Ladies I just found an awesome site!

TonyeTariah-Fitness & Health

Time for some skin indulgence, and it all starts right here with some of my favorite goodies! I love, love, love me some LUSH natural cosmetics and no, I’m not letting any of it fall out of my hands, Ha, resistance is futile y’all! But on a more serious note, I’ll always remember my mom’s constant mantra of “take of skin, and it will take care of you”, “what you eat shows up on your face”, yada yada yada…

Turns out mama was right and thank God I listened! Diet, exercise and nutrition make up the foundation for great glowy and healthy skin; so put away the gimmicks and tricks to hide the evidence of poor nutritional habits and start taking care of YOUR HEALTH! *love these exclamation points by the way* Anyway, did I mention the whole thing about diet, exercise and nutrition? Yeah? Ok GOOD!! There is no short…

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Chasing a personal butterfly-PART FOUR-It was that simple…

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Let the sun shine on me…As I mentioned in PART THREE of Chasing a personal butterfly, I was depressed. At least I was starting to believe that was all it was. I started reading self-help books and eating all the right foods. My body was just exhausted. My muscles were tried. My bones would ache. I knew in my heart I wasn’t depressed but I was on the verge of being convinced, because no doctor could find anything wrong. Did I mention I was having shortness of breath? I was. I appeared to be healthy. (Except the bags under my eyes and looking tired.)

 

Finally I returned to the doctor for my blood work results. My thyroid check out good. My blood cells also were good. My kidney and liver function too, was good. My iron was low but not drastic. My vitamin D was extremely low. No biggie right? So in my mind I’m thinking I should grab the script for the Anti-Depressant while I was there, because Vitamin D was for bones and teeth, you know, helps your body to absorb calcium. (Which by the way my calcium was good.) Something in my mind made me decide to wait on getting that prescription right now. The foods did seem to help a little and was I really ready to be dependent on ANOTHER medicine to FEEL like my old self again? He told me to go pick up some Vitamin D3 2000IU and take one a day. No biggie I thought, I was already taking a multi-vitamin when I would remember too. Part of me was a little disappointed that nothing was wrong with me physically. Was I imagining all the ach and tired-ness? Was I REALLY not feeling well or was I using it as an excuse? I KNOW THERE IS MORE TO THIS!!! After leaving the doctor’s office I was relieved nothing serious was wrong with me, but dumb founded. There was(seriously)times when I thought I was dying and the doctors just weren’t finding what it was. So I stopped at GNC and got the vitamin D3 and popped one in my mouth. I returned home and sat down on the couch with my lap top in my hand and started researching Vitamin D deficiency signs and symptoms.

 

Symptoms and Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency

Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet, even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can pose health risks. Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/vitamin-d-deficiency

Okay I can say it was probably part of my problem, but it gets better.

Am I vitamin D deficient?

The best way to discover vitamin D deficiency is to take a blood test that will measure the level of the vitamin in your blood. You can either ask your doctor to administer the test or buy a home test kit do the test yourself. However, you are certainly vitamin D deficient if you have any of the following ailments, and you need to consult with your doctor regarding your preventive, as well as curative, options as soon as possible.

1.) The flu – In a study published in the Cambridge Journals, it was discovered that vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory diseases. An intervention study conducted showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory infections in children.

2.) Muscle weakness – According to Michael F. Holick, a leading vitamin D expert, muscle weakness is usually caused by vitamin D deficiency because for skeletal muscles to function properly, their vitamin D receptors must be sustained by vitamin D.

3.) Psoriasis – In a study published by the UK PubMed central, it was discovered that synthetic vitamin D analogues were found useful in the treatment of psoriasis.

4.) Chronic kidney disease – According to Holick, patients with advanced chronic kidney diseases (especially those requiring dialysis) are unable to make the active form of vitamin D. These individuals need to take 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 or one of its calcemic analogues to support calcium metabolism, decrease the risk of renal bone disease and regulate parathyroid hormone levels.

5.) Diabetes – A study conducted in Finland was featured in Lancet.com in which 10,366 children were given 2000 international units (IU)/day of vitamin D3 per day during their first day of life. The children were monitored for 31 years and in all of them, the risk of type 1 diabetes was reduced by 80 percent.

6.) AsthmaVitamin D may reduce the severity of asthma attacks. Research conducted in Japan revealed that asthma attacks in school children were significantly lowered in those subjects taking a daily vitamin D supplement of 1200 IU a day.

7.) Periodontal disease – Those suffering from this chronic gum disease that causes swelling and bleeding gums should consider raising their vitamin D levels to produce defensins and cathelicidin, compounds that contain microbial properties and lower the number of bacteria in the mouth.

8.) Cardiovascular disease – Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin D deficiency. Research conducted at Harvard University among nurses found that women with low vitamin D levels (17 ng/m [42 nmol/L]) had a 67 percent increased risk of developing hypertension.

9.) Schizophrenia and Depression – These disorders have been linked to vitamin D deficiency. In a study, it was discovered that maintaining sufficient vitamin D among pregnant women and during childhood was necessary to satisfy the vitamin D receptor in the brain integral for brain development and mental function maintenance in later life.

10.) Cancer – Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC discovered a connection between high vitamin D intake and reduced risk of breast cancer. These findings, presented at the American Association for Cancer Research, revealed that increased doses of the sunshine vitamin were linked to a 75 percent reduction in overall cancer growth and 50 percent reduction in tumor cases among those already having the disease. Of interest was the capacity of vitamin supplementation to help control the development and growth of breast cancer specially estrogen-sensitive breast cancer.

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035089_vitamin_D_deficiency_signs_symptoms.html

HOLY COW!! I was opening up a whole world of great info. This was only a few sites. The MEDICAL sites had very vague info. but the NATURALISTS sites had studies done over the years on vitamin D Deficiencies and all the function it does for our body! It isn’t even a vitamin it is a hormone the body NATURALLY produces from sunshine!! They have been scaring us with skin cancer and wearing sun block that 50% of our population is D deficient.

HERE… THIS ARTICLE WAS THE BEST

They want you to remain ignorant!

The inescapable truth of the matter is that modern medicine wants people to remain ignorant about the healing effects of vitamin D. The financial survival of the medical industry absolutely depends on it, so the most influential medical organizations systematically downplay the importance of this vitamin while outright refusing to recommend it to patients.

The NCI doesn’t recommend vitamin D, nor does Komen for the Cure. The AHA, AMA, ADA and FDA all refuse to recommend vitamin D, all while strongly promoting synthetic, patented high-profit medications that cure nothing.

There is, in essence, a conspiracy of silence about vitamin D among the sick-care industries that depend on disease to bring them business. And there always will be, of course, because companies are in business to make money, and if you’re in business to make money from disease, you generally don’t go telling people how to heal themselves for free. From a purely profit-minded perspective, teaching people about vitamin D makes absolutely no business sense to the sick care industry. It’s profits over people (as usual).

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/028357_vitamin_D_deficiency.html

I am very thankful my doctor respected my wishes of trying to do what I could holistically. I also have been taking the vitamin D for three weeks and I am 150% better than I was. I am absolutely AMAZED!!! And ladies, there is a ton of benefits! Get your dose of vitamin D3. PLEASE read this one, You will not regret it- I PROMISE!

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/vitamin-d-weight-loss

TO BE CONTINUED….

 

Chasing a personal Butterfly-PART THREE-Submit to depression?

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Sunshine on my shoulders looks so lovely…I am back and you guessed it! I’m out in the sun again soaking up sunshine. I will tell you this, TODAY I feel fabulous! That wasn’t always the case. After I went through a detoxify from the aspartame poisoning and slowly trying to regulate my blood pressure holistically, I finally surrendered and went to our local urgent care for blood pressure medicine. (I hate taking pills) I then was put on a low dose of medicine. (later I learned it was an adrenaline blocker. That was when my mental state plummeted. Not only was I extremely tired, but I was sad. Nothing was sparking my interest. I would have, maybe two hours, to get something accomplished before my fatigue would set in. Each day was worse than the next. I was isolating myself from everyone, everything and wanted to nothing but sleep. A simple walk across the room was like running a marathon. My legs were weak and my bones ached. Although these symptoms had no doubt improved after I stopped drinking the diet drinks-they were back and in full force.

I returned to the doctor and explained EVERY feeling I was having. I even said “I think something is wrong with my brain!” I could not stay focused. There also was a few times I miss spell my own name! I would forget simple things. (Like the fact that I was cooking dinner!) Yes I went from being a pretty darn good cook to burning EVERYTHING! I detached from everyone, even my husband and children. Who ever this person was…was not me!!!

That is when the testing began. I was referred to heart specialist. (Same specialist that was watching my heart murmur over the years). I had blood work done and started a new blood pressure medicine. (Two pills now) Both doctors suggested anti-depressants. (REALLY? I’M NOT DEPRESSED! I JUST DON’T FEEL GOOD! IF I FELT GOOD I WOULDN’T appear to BE DEPRESSED!) I denied the tought taking ANTI-DEPRESSANT! I was becoming frustrated. Between being told I was depressed, it was pre-menopause, signs of thyroid and sign of low blood sugar, I wanted to give up. (On everything! I wasn’t suicidal but had no hope left. I would never feel like my old self again.) I will admit the days I drank my lemon water or apple cider were the better days, but getting up the drive to do it was my problem.

Now during this time period I was in the edit process of book three. So worry and panic infiltrated my days at times on top of being tired.  The bags under my eyes were becoming apparent to everyone. There wasn’t a day that went by that someone didn’t say to me “You look tired.” – REALLY? I WAS TIRED!! That is when I started listening to self-hypnosis CD’s. Mentally, this was helping me. The CD’s were helping me find… that the me I knew, was still there. She was waiting for the sun to come out so she could play… But I was starting to  submit to depression as the culprit… I started researching Foods for moods. There is a lot of great info out there. Here are a few…

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/moodfood.htm

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-to-balance-your-mood

https://www.caring.com/articles/best-foods-for-mood

What I was learning was helping. That is when I knew… I wasn’t going insane, and it was something physical and not mental. The chasing was almost over. After three years of searching, my blood work came back and we found the culprit…

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chasing a personal butterfly-PART TWO- Detox time…

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Another day in the sunshine I sit to tell you more of my personal chase. In part one I explained my troubles and struggles with my health and mental stability. All that remained after I stop drinking Diet drinks. I will say this I was feeling a lot healthier but still wasn’t my self. I decided to detox my body from all things that were not natural to my body. Here are a couple of great ways to cleans your insides…

http://www.detoxandbodycleanse.com/detox-juice-recipes/benefits-of-drinking-lemon-water/

 

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/12/06/the-surprising-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar

I thought I had finally found what my body was asking for. It was working for many of my issues. Now here is where I am going to get very personal. I suffer from a form of colitis. IBS is part of my life. I have had this for approximately 20 years. Not a day going by that it doesn’t affect me in some way or another. I will say, stopping the Diet Mountain Dew did improve my stomach issues to some extent. Mentally, I was dropping further into a  saddened state. My Diet Mountain Dew was my HAPPY drug. Sounds crazy right? Really it made me feel good, well at least I felt like it did. Drinking the lemon water was cleanings it from my body. The lemon water was also giving me some energy. I have to say the apple cider too was giving me the same affects. It was helping but slowly I was becoming depressed. So my chase was not over…

TO BE CONTINUED…