Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane): A Novel of the Old Republic (Unabridged) – Drew Karpyshyn

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Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane): A Novel of the Old Republic (Unabridged)

Drew Karpyshyn

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 16.99

Publish Date: October 30, 2012

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The next Aaron Donald? Ed Oliver’s unconventional path to NFL draft

It should be no surprise that Ed Oliver’s route to the NFL draft has been a little out of the ordinary. The University of Houston star has never done anything by the book.
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Path of a Novice – R.K. Lander

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Path of a Novice

R.K. Lander

Genre: Epic

Publish Date: January 17, 2019

Publisher: R.K. LANDER

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


Fascinating and gripping first novel in The Silvan Series, by best-selling author R.K. Lander. Path of a Novice is an epic fantasy story of battle and magic, honour and discovery. The Silvan Series will bring together the greatest warriors of their time. In the name of justice; in the name of  love. His face would kindle love, garner hatred, inspire loyalty – bring persecution. An immortal half-blood becomes a novice warrior and joins the ranks of the Silvans as they battle Sand Lords and Deviants. He only ever had one dream; to become a Silvan captain in an army commanded by the dominant Alpine elves, colonizers of the Great Forest. There had once been another dream though – to know who his father was, but years of unanswered questions later, he told himself it didn't matter anymore. Meanwhile, the powerful Alpine lords weave a story of racial superiority, relegating the native Silvans to second-class subjects. Village leaders, Spirit Warriors and Foresters are starting to rebel. Fel'annár learns the true meaning of warrior hood when he travels as the only novice warrior in a multi-racial patrol into the Deep Forest. As he battles the enemy for the first time, a power unfolds, one he cannot control – does not want. While friendships are forged, a destiny begins to unravel, one that is tied to a past he knows nothing about. For others though, it is only a matter of time before the truth is revealed and the danger becomes real. Can Fel'annár overcome his fears, become the warrior he always wanted to be, or will his dreams be stunted by his own shrouded past? By one elf's lust for absolute power? If you love fantastic worlds with compelling characters on a dangerous mission, you can't miss this first instalment of The Silvan. The Silvan Series #1 Path of a Novice #2 Road of a Warrior #3 Dawn of a Legend – launching May 2019 #4 Rise of a Warlord – 2020

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Episode 429 Scott Adams: A Possible Path Out of TDS Forming in the Zeitgeist, Catholic Church, Climate Debate

Topics: 

  • “Zeitgeist” Whiteboard – The common enemy of GOP and DEMS
  • An awakening in progress.  Am I being lied to by the media?
    • You can’t trust anything you’ve heard
    • You can’t trust anything that’s been reported
  • America is within a “bubble of influence”
    • The media and how they report, shapes our opinions
  • President Trump is promoting worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality
  • Climate Change claims, BS or valid concerns?
    • Item 1: Sea levels rising
    • Item 2: Natural Disasters
  • Places we can measure accurately, don’t show climate change
    • MIGHT be a coincidence, but it’s interesting

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Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane): A Novel of the Old Republic (Unabridged) – Drew Karpyshyn

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Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane): A Novel of the Old Republic (Unabridged)

Drew Karpyshyn

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 16.99

Publish Date: October 30, 2012

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Cardi B and Offset on Path to Getting Back Together in 2019

Cardi B and Offset are putting the drama of 2018 behind them and turning over a new leaf in the new year … and their friends are confident they’ll be rock solid again soon. Sources close to the hip-hop couple tell TMZ … they’ve been communicating…

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The Lover’s Path – Kris Waldherr

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The Lover’s Path

An Illustrated Novella of Venice

Kris Waldherr

Genre: Historical

Publish Date: June 15, 2015

Publisher: Art and Words Editions

Seller: Kris Waldherr Art and Words


By the author of The Lost History of Dreams. "A full-color picture book for adults that tells a wrenching story of eternal love.” —NPR Books "To truly love another, you must follow the lover’s path wherever it may take you . . . .” Filamena Ziani is the much younger sister of the most famous courtesan in sixteenth-century Venice, Tullia Ziani. Orphaned as an infant, Filamena has come of age bent like a branch to her sister’s will, sheltered and lonely in the elegant but stifling confines of their palazzo by the sea. Then a dark-haired stranger offers a gift that will change the course of her life forever: a single ripe plum, and an invitation to walk along the lover’s path, wherever it may lead. The Lover’s Path , a moving tale of forbidden love, is a heart-wrenching story of eternal love and transformation. Through a unique combination of lyrical text, sumptuous illustrations, and retellings of famed love stories, Filamena's path is beautifully described and, finally, stunningly revealed. Praised by The New York Times Book Review for her “quality of myth and magic,” Waldherr brings to life a remarkable period in Venetian history. Her glorious celebration of romance, the feminine spirit, and the power of love to inspire will move readers everywhere. 120 pages. 46 illustrations. Includes interactive graphics.  NEW: Includes an exclusive advance peek at Kris’s debut novel The Lost History of Dreams with excerpt link. Reviews for The Lover’s Path: “Prepare to be transported to 16th century Venice from the first page. This novel is a feast—a full-color picture book for adults that tells a wrenching story of eternal love…. This beautiful fable reminded me of Erica Jong’s Serenissima .”— NPR Books “With this illustrated novel, Waldherr has spun a wondrous story spilling over with mythological figures, with tarot cards and personal letters. You’re pulled into a vortex of a 16th century romance centered on Filamena Ziani, the younger sister of a famous courtesan in Venice…. Waldherr, who based her novel on a real-life courtesan, also created the illustrations for her book.”— The Albuquerque Journal “Voluptuous illustration and enthralling narrative … in this extraordinary testament to the strength of the feminine spirit.”— WNBC/B(u)y the Book “Kris Waldherr’s The Lover’s Path plunges readers into the mysterious and exhilarating world of sixteenth-century Venice…. A visual adventure.”— Women in the Arts, the Magazine of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Unbroken: Path to Redemption – Harold Cronk

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Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Harold Cronk

Genre: Drama

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: September 14, 2018


When the war ended, his real battle was just beginning. Based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book, Unbroken: Path to Redemption begins where the hit movie Unbroken concludes, continuing the amazing true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. Haunted by nightmares of his torment, Louie sees himself as anything but a hero. Then, he meets Cynthia, a young woman who captures his eye—and his heart. Still, Louie's wrathful quest for revenge drives him deeper into despair, putting the couple on the brink of divorce … until Cynthia turns to God. Now, her most fervent prayer is for God to help Louie find peace and forgiveness. UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION brings to life the rest of this powerful real-life story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

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Cowboys’ path to playoffs becomes clearer after stunning upset of Saints

Dallas holds the Saints’ explosive offense to 176 total yards in securing its fourth straight victory with a statement win.
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TOMS Shoes Founder Blake Mycoskie Lays Out Path to Gun Reform, Says NRA Can Help

[[tmz:video id=”0_32a1k1cl”]] TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie knows 90% of Americans want what he does when it comes to gun reform, but what might surprise you is he says a majority of NRA members also back his plan. Blake was on TMZ Live…

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Vikings stay on playoff path with victory over Packers

In the midst of a stretch that likely will decide its playoff fate, Minnesota held on to a wild-card spot in the NFC with a win over Green Bay.
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Let’s get all 32 teams to the Super Bowl: Barnwell shows the path

Every NFL team has a chance to win the title, but some of those chances are 0.1 percent or less. Here’s what each team needs to happen to win it all.
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Unbroken: Path to Redemption Opens Friday, Sep 14, 2018

UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini’s powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

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Patty Jenkins says her mom paved the path for ‘Wonder Woman’

“I believe that there is a tremendous power in story. That power has been proven, and seen, and witnessed, and used for thousands of years.”


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Camming Without Nudity: A Unique Path

‘Take your clothes off, I’m horny! Now!” Yeah … right. How about you go and send me 1000 credits as a surprise, because I want to buy some shoes? See? Things don’t work like that.
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The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Tea – Amy Tasukada

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The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Tea

Amy Tasukada

Genre: Gay

Publish Date: December 1, 2017

Publisher: Amy Tasukada

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


2017 Rainbow Award honorable mention A bloody past haunts him. A devastating present calls him back… Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan's cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card. Saehyun would've died if not for Nao's help. He knows nothing of his savior's connection with the local mafia, but Saehyun has his own secrets. He commands the Korean mafia, the mortal enemy of Nao’s former syndicate. As Nao and Saehyun grow closer, so does the strength of the Korean mob. A shocking murder pulls Nao back into a past he'd all but abandoned. War is looming, and Nao must choose between protecting Saehyun or avenging the honor of his old mafia family.. The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Tea  is the first book in a series of Japanese mafia thrillers. If you like complex characters, blood-soaked violence, and twists you won't see coming, then you'll love Amy Tasukada's gritty crime masterpiece. Buy  Blood Stained Tea  to dive deep into the Asian mafia tale today!

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Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane) (Unabridged) – Drew Karpyshyn

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Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane) (Unabridged)

Drew Karpyshyn

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 28.95

Publish Date: October 30, 2012

© ℗ © 2012 Random House Audio

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The Path to Cam Greatness Is Paved With Dedication

If there is one specific attribute all of us cam models have in common, it’s that we were all newbies at one point. Every cam model had their very first broadcast filled with so many different emotions; I wouldn’t dare type them all out for you.
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Career Path

Sidney went to a career counselor to determine what field he should enter. After extensive testing, the counselor finally gave him the results.

“Well, Sid, you are a sadistic psychopath who enjoys inflicting pain, misery and suffering on others.

You’d be a terrific golf course designer.”

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The Narrowing Path – David J. Normoyle

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The Narrowing Path

David J. Normoyle

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Publish Date: April 11, 2013

Publisher: David J Normoyle

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


In a world that burns up every six years, only the strongest, smartest and most ruthless survive. The teenage boys of noble birth are sent out into the city to demonstrate their wits and strength. Some prove themselves in combat, others display their empire building skills, still others attempt to kill off their rivals. Out of over a hundred, only six will be selected by the leaders of the great families and allowed a place in the Refuge. The rest will perish, one way or another. Not only is thirteen-year-old Bowe younger and weaker than most of the other boys, he has no family to support him. He is expected to die on the very first day of the narrowing path. Instead he begins a journey no one could have anticipated. This is the first book in The Narrowing Path trilogy. Bearing comparisons to Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, the series explores a rich medieval fantasy world with characters every bit as devious and bloodthirsty as the schemers in Game of Thrones.

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How Master P Gamed The Music Industry And Laid A Path To Generational Wealth

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When one of the biggest hip-hop moguls of all time asks you, “What’s 5 percent of $ 100 million?” you’d better not stutter. He and son Romeo drop family jewels on their extended hip-hop hustle.

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Maher: ‘Inconvenient Truth’ That Climate Change Deniers’ Homes Are In Irma’s Path

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When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior’s Path – Catherine Wilson

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When Women Were Warriors Book I: The Warrior’s Path

When Women Were Warriors, no. 1

Catherine Wilson

Genre: Gay

Publish Date: January 11, 2010

Publisher: Catherine Wilson

Seller: Smashwords


Winner, 2010 EPIC Ebook Award for fiction in the Mainstream category. "Breathtakingly gorgeous writing … a multi-layered tale of such depth, breadth and insight that it was very nearly a spiritual experience…" –from a review by T. T. Thomas on Amazon.com "…reminds me of Le Guin, of Cecelia Holland, and something of Rosemary Sutcliff… It made me feel as I did when I was a child reading authors like those… Once again I was in a magical place…" –from a review by Charles Ferguson on Amazon.com "…there’s no ring of power or glowing sword of specialness; the magic, like the tone of the book, is quiet. It feels real." –from a blog review on livejournal When she was a child, the author of When Women Were Warriors happily identified with all the male heroes she read about in stories that began, "Once upon a time, a young man went out to seek his fortune." But she would have been delighted to discover even one story like that with a female protagonist. Since she never did find the story she was looking for all those years ago, she decided to write it. In Book I of the trilogy, Tamras arrives in Merin’s house to begin her apprenticeship as a warrior, but her small stature causes many, including Tamras herself, to doubt that she will ever become a competent swordswoman. To make matters worse, the Lady Merin assigns her the position of companion, little more than a personal servant, to a woman who came to Merin’s house, seemingly out of nowhere, the previous winter, and this stranger wants nothing to do with Tamras. "…Both men and women of all persuasions seem to love these books… Very rare. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!" –from a review by T. T. Thomas on Amazon.com "Think Beowulf–only comprehensible and with girls." –from a review on the blog, The Rainbow Reader, by Baxter Clare Trautman, author of The River Within

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Tom Cruise Flew Same Path Across Andes 10 Minutes Before ‘Mena’ Crewmembers’ Crash


Cruise left in one of two helicopters transporting crew from the colonial town of Santa Fe de Antioquia to Medellin’s Olaya Herrera airport.

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Subliminal Criminals – Stray from the Path

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Subliminal Criminals

Stray from the Path

Genre: Metal

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: August 14, 2015

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Zebra Katz Carves His Own Path To The Limelight

When Brooklyn rapper Zebra Katz takes to a stage, it’s impossible to turn away from his piercing gaze.

Such was the case last Sunday when Zebra Katz played an early afternoon set at Chicago’s Lollapalooza. With massive trees protecting the area from the blistering August sun, he stalked, pounced and growled his way through songs ranging from his scathing new EP, “Nu Renegade,” to his better-known tracks, particularly the forever-fresh “Ima Read.”

All the while, the crowd gathered around the stage continued to grow in size to the point where Zebra Katz, clad in an all-white ensemble, ended his set off-stage, rapping while surrounded by his fans. The fourth wall had definitely been broken, and yet, the spell he held his audience under had not.

Three days earlier, Ojay Morgan, the man behind the “character” of Zebra Katz, sat in the basement of Berlin, where he was headlining the Chicago nightclub’s annual pre-Lollapalooza “side show.”

While he spoke with the same wit and conviction familiar to anyone who’s ever taken in a Zebra Katz performance, Morgan clearly occupies a different space in the world than Zebra Katz, which makes it difficult to put a finger on what Morgan is all about — and this appears intentional. 

“Zebra Katz has a bigger bank account than I have, that’s the difference,” Morgan told The Huffington Post. “It’s really good to have a veil. Like Andy Warhol said, you should always have something to sell and I’m not selling myself, I’m selling a product. I’m selling a brand, selling a lifestyle and it’s not myself. That’s the comfort I have.”

The Zebra Katz “brand,” which grew out of a performance piece Morgan first presented while a student at Eugene Lane College, hit the indie mainstream in 2012 with the release of “Ima Read,” a song that attracted the attention of the music and fashion world elite.

Since then, Zebra Katz has remained prolific, releasing a steady stream of mixtapes and videos while traveling around the world performing live sets that are just as intense, if not more so, than the material they are drawn from. Over the past year, he’s played shows in Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Last week, while spending time in Jamaica with his family — his parents are Jamaican — he was stung by a jellyfish. 

But throughout that time, Morgan has still yet to release a full-length album as Zebra Katz and has also expressed frustration with how his music has often been lumped in with that of artists like Le1f, Mykki Blanco and Cakes da Killa as a sort of New York-born queer rap “revolution.” 

“I’m completely against the genre-ization of [a ‘queer rap scene’] because it’s really fucked up,” Morgan, who identifies as queer, said. “I think as artists we have so much more to offer than a blanket sexuality that most people think is helping us sell music because it’s not. For some, it may, but it’s not in my music and not in my aesthetic.”

Instead of pursuing a more traditional path through the music industry, Morgan has taken an almost completely independent route, releasing his own music and doing his own publicity — he may have been the only artist playing Lollapalooza who listed himself as his own media liaison.

But all that’s not to say Morgan doesn’t play well with others. For his “Nu Renegade” EP, released in May, he worked with London-based Iran-born producer Leila Arab, a frequent Björk collaborator Morgan met at a show of his. The result is a collection of six songs that are dark and sexy, sparse yet overwhelming and occasionally challenging to listen to. All of the songs, too, have accompanying videos which are being released once-a-month up until the final three, which will comprise a mini-film of their own.

The latest, the video for the EP-opening “Blk Diamond,” is as disturbing as it is explosive. The track itself brings together elements of rap, trip-hop, electronic and industrial music, like a mix of Grace Jones, the Haxan Cloak and Tricky at their strangest.

“We think it isn’t one of the ‘nicest’ EPs to come out this year,” Morgan admitted of “Nu Renegade.” “It’s really brutal and I think that’s kind of just the reflection of our time and a reflection of what’s happening. No matter what realm or fragment of society is fucked up, it glimpses and touches on that.”

Twenty minutes into the interview, Morgan pulls back the curtain on his approach to his music and videos ever so slightly, explaining that the videos draw inspiration from horror films like “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Shining” and “Candyman” and that he relishes playing a villain-type character through his music.

And though his visuals and lyrics might sometimes feel esoteric, Morgan insists there is a message to be taken away from the work, even if it’s not entirely spelled out.

“If people say it’s dark, it’s dark because people are only looking through the peephole of the world I’m creating. I haven’t let everyone in the door,” Morgan said. “But I’m talking about real-life shit. I’m talking about race. I’m talking about my black body, my body, how it means for me to have this body and how I want other people to experience it or experience me. That’s why I’m putting out so much work and all these visuals because it’s content, and with more content you have more context for what the hell I’m talking about.”

With festival season winding down, Morgan has his sights on completing his first full-length album for next year, in addition to bulking up his label, ZFK Records, to help artists with a similar point-of-view as Morgan gain exposure. He’s also looking forward to playing more live shows, with a European tour slated for the fall.

In the meantime, he won’t be turning to the Internet for input on his next move.

“I used to Google ‘Zebra Katz,’ but I don’t anymore because I don’t really care for peoples’ opinions that much,” Morgan said. “If I would have listened to everything people told me to do, I definitely wouldn’t be here.”

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French actor and comedian Omar Sy on the path to international stardom

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Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Drew Karpyshyn

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Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Drew Karpyshyn

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 28.95

Publish Date: October 30, 2012

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The Path of Daggers: The Wheel of Time #8 (Unabridged) – Robert Jordan

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The Path of Daggers: The Wheel of Time #8 (Unabridged)

Robert Jordan

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 41.95

Publish Date: November 11, 2008

© ℗ © 2008 Macmillan Audio

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A Tale of Two Children: My Path to Fatherhood, and the Psychic Who Saw It Before I Did

Despite keeping a copy of “The Power of Now” by my bed for years, I have always been more into the future than the present. Maybe that’s why I love the idea of psychics. Years ago, I was at lunch with a friend when she mentioned in passing that her assistant’s mother, who was a psychic, was coming to stay with her for the weekend. Without missing a beat, I made an appointment to see this California Cassandra. I had gone to my share of psychics in the past, but I never took them very seriously. I didn’t really believe the guy who told me I was a rock star in my last life (though I did check the date of Elvis and Jim Morrison’s deaths just in case). Nor did I believe the tea leaf reader in New Orleans who told me someone in my family would die within two years (he was wrong, and a jerk). Still, I loved hearing the prophecies of psychics, astrologers and tea leaf readers. Eckhart Tolle and his power of now had nothing on the power of later.

I arrived at my friend’s house and settled myself into the garden with her assistant’s mother, a glamorous older woman with big hair, long lashes, and an unsettling smile. She immediately began by describing my family in such precise detail that it chilled me. Still, I remained dubious. Toward the end of the session, I asked her if she saw children in my future. The psychic’s eyes shot up toward the sky and she began to laugh. “Oh yes,” she said. “I can see your daughter now. She’s a hoot. She has dark, curly hair. Oh, she’s a hoot.” I told her I was in the process of adopting. “Oh you’re not going to adopt,” she said. “You’re going to have biological children.”

“I don’t think so,” I said. “I’ve already decided to adopt.”

The psychic was resolute in her prediction. “You will have biological children,” she said. “Definitely a girl. But I see a boy as well, he’s just not coming through as strongly.” Then she added a twist. “A friend will offer to carry your children soon.”

“That’s crazy,” I said. “Who would do that?”

A few months later, a friend of mine offered to be my surrogate. It took me a moment to recover from the offer, not just because of its generosity, but because what I thought was an insane prediction had come to pass. I put the adoption on hold. Unfortunately, my friend and I didn’t have a successful pregnancy. Needing reassurance, I called whom else but the psychic. She assured me that everything would work out. This time, she said she definitely saw both a girl and a boy. Once again, she told me my girl was “a hoot.”

My adoption case was now on hold, and I had sperm sitting in a freezer at a doctor’s office. Rather than go back to the adoption agency, I decided to approach a surrogacy agency instead. Within a year, I had a surrogate who was pregnant with twins. Three months into the pregnancy, I was told that one of my children was a boy, but the second child’s gender was still unknown. In the back of my mind was the psychic’s voice, telling me she could see my daughter with her dark curly hair. I waited anxiously to find out the gender of my second child, in part because I was fascinated to find out if the psychic was right. Six months into the pregnancy, the ultrasound revealed that my second child was a girl.

When I think back to how tightly I held onto the words of this long-lashed clairvoyant, I wonder if her predictions came true because she saw my future, or because she implanted ideas in me that I turned into self-fulfilling prophecies. I am reminded of a story I read as a child about a man who goes to see a psychic. The psychic tells the man that he will murder someone in his lifetime. The man has a miserable life. He won’t open himself to intimacy of any kind because he fears he will kill those he loves. In his old age, the man runs into the psychic on a dock. Feeling that the psychic destroyed his life, the man kills him and fulfills the prophecy. Like the man in the story, perhaps I simply manifested what I was told would happen.

I suppose that if she played a part in my manifesting my life as it is, I must thank her because I wouldn’t want any other children than the ones I have. Still, despite the fact that there’s a woman out there who seemed capable of seeing my curly-haired hoot of a daughter pre-naissance, I haven’t called her, or any other psychic, since my children were born. I don’t really need anyone to tell me what’s next for my family. I’m enjoying the adventure too much to worry about what’s next. I guess being a parent has finally taught me to live in the now and stop living in the later.

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Off the Beaten Path (Deluxe Edition) – Justin Moore

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Off the Beaten Path (Deluxe Edition)

Justin Moore

Genre: Country

Price: $ 13.99

Release Date: September 17, 2013

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Indiana Republicans Look For Path Forward After Mike Pence ‘Religious Freedom’ Mess

WASHINGTON — In Indiana these days, no one, including the GOP, is happy with Gov. Mike Pence (R).

On April 2, Pence signed a revised version of Indiana’s widely denounced “religious freedom” law, closing the door on a controversy that had brought national scorn to his state and cost local economies valuable tourism dollars.

“It didn’t do our brand any good, for sure. One, it didn’t do the state brand any good. Two, it didn’t do the Indiana Republican Party brand any good. And three, it didn’t do Mike any good. And that’s pretty obvious,” said former Indiana GOP Chair Jim Kittle.

Since that time, Pence has kept his head down and largely stayed out of the spotlight. But behind the scenes in Indiana, many Republicans are still seething and looking for ways to retake control of the party’s direction. And the results of those discussions are likely to become more public in the coming days, now that the Indiana General Assembly has wrapped up its legislative session.

One Republican operative in the state, who declined to be named in order to speak openly, said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy brought to the forefront “a simmering disconnect between the [former Gov.] Mitch Daniels-era people and the Mike Pence people.” Others took issue with that description, saying the real divide is broader: between Pence and, essentially, the rest of the state Republican Party.

Daniels, who served from 2005 to 2013 and is now the president of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, still inspires intense loyalty among many Republicans in the state. He helped bring the state party out of the wilderness after 16 years of Democratic governors. Daniels made fiscal issues his focus, declaring a “truce” on social issues (although he did sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood in 2011).

Pence, on the other hand, was known as a strong social conservative in Congress, where he served from 2001 to 2013. When Pence ran for governor, he followed in Daniels’ footsteps and largely stayed away from social issues. But the RFRA controversy has seemingly confirmed many people’s lingering fears that Pence would revert back to his old self and steer the party, and the state, far to the right.

“There’s always been kind of, in the back of people’s heads, a concern about what Mike Pence could end up doing to hurt [the successful state GOP] brand,” the Republican operative told The Huffington Post.

RFRA was not on Pence’s agenda. Rather, it was pushed by the GOP leaders who control the state legislature. But Pence essentially became the face of the bill — and, for many in the country, the face of discrimination in Indiana.

On March 29, Pence went on ABC’s “This Week” to try and mitigate the growing controversy over the law he’d recently signed. He repeatedly refused to answer the question of whether the measure would allow businesses to deny service to same-sex couples, and his evasion turned the simmering controversy into a full-blown mess. (Pence later said he didn’t believe the measure would allow for that, although he acknowledged that the law had to be clarified to make that explicit.)

But the damage was done. Organizations pulled their conferences from the state, musicians canceled concerts and businesses said they would give Indiana a wide berth.

“We continue to be stunned by just how wide and deep the animosity is — in Republican strongholds — against Governor Mike Pence (R) and the Republican Party, in that order,” wrote Ed Feigenbaum, who covers the ins and outs of Indiana state politics, in the April 13 edition of the newsletter Indiana Legislative Insight. “While undoubtedly there is a different narrative in out-state rural areas that were not subject to the same intense media coverage and social network squawking as in Central Indiana, urban areas, and college towns, the big takeaway is that the Governor and his party are in deep trouble.”

That trouble shows in the polls. A recent Howey Politics Indiana (HPI) poll shows Pence’s favorable rating at just 35 percent, and his unfavorable rating at 38 percent. And in a recent poll from the Human Rights Campaign, 53 percent of Indiana voters said that Pence’s signing of RFRA made them feel unfavorably toward the governor. Only 38 percent said they felt favorably.

“I’ve been covering Indiana politics for three decades, and I don’t recall a sitting governor experiencing that kind of decline over this short period of time like we’ve seen here,” said Brian Howey, publisher of HPI.

The dissatisfaction with Pence spilled into public view on April 15, when Bill Oesterle, the CEO of Indianapolis-based Angie’s List, announced his resignation and his intention to return to politics. Oesterle ran Daniels’ 2004 gubernatorial campaign, is a major donor in the party and was a vociferous critic of RFRA.

Immediately, speculation in Indiana centered around whether Oesterle would challenge Pence in a primary, presenting a pro-LGBT candidate who would no doubt have strong appeal — and fundraising potential — in the business community.

Oesterle is still figuring out his plans, but he recently told Indianapolis Star political columnist Matthew Tully that he may instead look to shape the party from the outside, with a new political organization to counter the influence of social conservatives.

“The primary chatter underestimates the work that is needed,” he said. “It diminishes the magnitude of the work that has to [be] done. That’s the work of putting the party in a position once again in which it has the support of the majority of the voters in this state. We have, because of what has been done, the very real risk of permanently alienating a large bloc of Hoosiers. That’s going to be hard to overcome.”

Kittle called Oesterle “a fabulous guy” and “a good friend.” He said Oesterle could have an impact on the Indiana GOP by perhaps serving “as a conduit for some folks who, at this point, think this party has gone too far to the right.”

But it’s not just the moderate wing that’s mad at Pence — he has managed to anger the right as well. Many conservatives who supported RFRA were incensed when the governor agreed to the legislative “fix” that prevents businesses from denying services to same-sex couples.

Twenty religious leaders, including a pastor who had literally stood behind Pence at his private signing ceremony for RFRA, held a rally this week, where they rebuked the governor for his “betrayal” of them. And there is speculation that Pence could even face a primary challenge from the right when he’s up for re-election in 2016.

“I think it would be very hard for anyone — assuming Mike’s going to run, and I’m virtually positive he is — so assuming he runs, I think it would be very difficult to win a primary [against him],” said Kittle. “I don’t think it would be helpful, either, because it could then put the Republican Party at an even further disadvantage [in the general election]. We didn’t win by a landslide last time.”

Neither Pence’s campaign nor the Indiana GOP returned requests for comment.

On Thursday, Pence received his first Democratic challenger: former Indiana state House Speaker John Gregg, who narrowly lost to Pence in 2012. In his announcement, Gregg said that under Pence, “Indiana has been given a bad name.”

In the meantime, Pence is picking up the pieces. The state recently spent $ 2 million to bring in a public relations firm to help rebuild Indiana’s image in the wake of the RFRA fiasco. Feigenbaum told HuffPost it was a good sign that Pence recently hired Matt Lloyd, his communications director from his time in Congress, to run his press shop in Indianapolis.

“Matt is a big-time, big-picture guy who knows how to maneuver Pence around petty politics and through serious politics,” said Feigenbaum. “[He] understands the politics of policy, unlike some other Pence aides.”

“I think Mike’s really going to have to reach out to diverse communities, whether it’s the business community, which has been very supportive of him up to now, or it’s the LGBT community,” said Kittle. “I think he does understand that this was not the right time and the right thing to do. It was a mistake. I believe he feels that way. I think he’ll have to express that.”

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