Thursday, June 25, 2009

Renowned Author Tawan Perry Has A Single Word For Obama Regarding Education - Accountability

College Sense: What College And High School Advisors Don’t Tell You About College reveals important information for college enrollees, students. parents and graduates

Tawan Perry, known as the 'King of College Prep', is very concerned with accountability for institutions of higher education. “If President Obama, Congress, or the Department of Education plan to hold institutions of higher education accountable,” he stated, “then they should be just as concerned, if not more so, with a college or university's job placement rates as they are with graduation rates. There is something very wrong when college graduates are competing with high school graduates for employment. It’s true that good retention rates lead to graduation but being a graduate should lead to more opportunities than a student had before entering college. If the Obama Administration doesn't address this issue then they are just inadvertently creating another ‘No Child Left Behind’ type of situation for higher education---and we all know how that’s working out. Globally, as Americans, we will be left behind."

Making sense of higher education can confound the most stellar of students and parents. A college education isn't just about gaining knowledge. Author Tawan Perry’s new book, College Sense: What College and High School Advisors Don’t Tell You About College, explores a myriad of essential topics such as how to reduce and eliminate debt, the questions that you should ask during your campus visit and how to get the most of your college experience. The goal here is to provide the reader all the help one might need to help prepare for all those things that your advisors didn't tell you or your parents about college.

“When considering institutions of higher education,” said Perry, “students and parents should not just consider the sports teams and manicured lawns, but should also consider the job placement rate of the institution. If the institution's job placement rate is dismal then parents and students might want to reconsider their decision. It’s just not enough to graduate from college anymore. It’s really about having immediate employment and career options right after college. If these options don't exist--then what's the point in paying all that money for college? Sure, it may pay off, but the real question is when? College is far too expensive not to come with some kind of assurance. If we as consumers purchase any big ticket item, it usually comes with some type of warranty.”

“What’s not new is that thousands of students and parents are beginning to prepare for the collegiate experience this fall all over the country. On the other hand, what is new is that many more college graduates are now jobless, moving back in with parents, or, if they are lucky---working as a waitress or waiter."

Tawan's mission is to better prepare college bound students and parents for what's ahead through his student leadership and college transition workshops and keynotes.

Mr. Perry is taking his message to schools, students and media all over the United States. He has appeared on Community Focus with Valerie Elijah, Taking Care of Business, The Education Report, Blog Talk Radio, BC Magazine, Eworldwire News, Sound Authors with Dr. Kent Gustavson, Calling All Authors. Mind Your Bizness with Danielle Hampson, and will be appearing on The Author's Show Radio at on, July 18, 2009. Mr. Perry will be touring high schools and college campuses all over the country this fall.

Tawan Perry is an award winning author, speaker and educator. He has overcome incredible odds to become the person he is today. As a teenager, he lost his best friend to a violent crime. After completing high school, he had to learn the reality of life without an education. The turning point came when he grew tired of doing nothing with his life. He enrolled into a local community college and began taking classes. Although he was enrolled, he failed both the English and Math placement tests. He spent the next two years struggling to get out of remedial courses. With hard work and persistence, he eventually graduated and was awarded a full academic scholarship.

Tawan’s inspirational message is “it's not about the smartest or most gifted; it is about who can persist. Persistence always wins the marathon of life." Today, Tawan draws on the life lessons learned to help people, especially the youth, transform their own lives.

Tawan earned his bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Morgan State University and his master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tawan Perry

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Author Beatrice Bailey Releases Farewell My Friend, The Ultimate Guide For Care Givers And End Of Life Planning

Book serves as a comprehensive end of life planning guide for those who wish to prepare for the death of a loved one including care takers, caregivers, widows and widowers

[June 10, Citrona Heights, CA] Death is never a question of ‘if’ but is rather a question of ‘when’. Nevertheless, very few people are really adequately prepared when this moment comes. Details are the last thing anyone wants to think about when dealing with the shock and the grief resulting from the death of a loved one. Author Beatrice Toney Bailey understands this, having recently lost her husband to cancer. Ms. Bailey has released Farewell My Friend. The book is a step-by-step guide for those who wish to plan for the inevitable, and is an extremely valuable resource for those who may be called upon to act as caregiver or caretaker for terminally ill friends or family members.

“Farewell My Friend,” stated Ms. Bailey, “is in fact a manual and a workbook. It should not be something that is read and then set aside. I hope that this will become a book that has lots of entries, catsup marks, donut icing and coffee stains on the pages as the reader pours through the book, completing the actions and forms. The book should be an active document that readers will internalize as they prepare for the inevitable.”

Farewell My Friend is filled with rock solid advice, action plans, organizational structures, forms and step by step instructions. No stone is left unturned here. Every facet of planning and organization is covered in minute detail. The book covers documentation, organization, legal matters, dealing with friends and family, hospice care, life celebrations, service planning, remembrances and everything in between.

Ms. Bailey’s husband passed away from cancer. During his illness, she began a daily journal that eventually became a book. For this reason, Farewell My Friend incorporates every conceivable facet of care giving and caretaking. Estate planning, in-home care, funeral planning, dealing with doctors and hospitals, wills, trusts, stress and even PTSD are covered in the 203 page, 8.5” X 11” manual. The book is written in a practical and down-to-earth style that any reader can easily understand and put to use immediately.

“Believe it or not,” stated Ms. Bailey, “the book is actually filled with humor. I did not want this to be another dry and very boring preparatory manual. Instead, I opted to approach the subject of death in the same manner in which I approach the subject of life – with a sense of celebration.”

An interview with Ms. Bailey can be heard by visiting The Authors Show Radio at The show will run through July 18, 2009.

Farewell My Friend is available at and at numerous sites listed on her website. Ms. Bailey is available for interview and speaking engagements by contacting her at the address below. Further information and no-charge copies of many of the organizational forms and documents needed to prepare for making final preparations and plans can be found at Ms. Bailey’s website at

About The Author
Beatrice Toney Bailey was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa to a Baptist minister father and a gospel recording artist mother. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Ms. Bailey is a much highly sought-after public speaker who has conducted many seminars on financial planning and organization. Some of her most popular seminars are Budgeting for the Not So Rich and Famous and Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together…The Ultimate Balancing Act. Her current book, Farewell, My Friend is enabling people who are facing serious illness to move from a position of crisis to empowerment. Currently, she is touring the country lecturing and promoting her book and seminars.

In addition to her role as a public speaker, Ms. Bailey is an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA.. she serves as an adult Sunday school teacher and a member of the Strategic Team for Assessment, Implementation, and Review (STAIR). She is also a co-facilitator of the National Grief Share Support Group ministry which meets at St. Paul. Ms. Bailey is also the Head Feature Writer of Senior Magazine which has large distribution throughout Northern California. Ms. Bailey has two children, Wendy and Rodney, and is the proud grandmother of five. She is also the stepmother to Richard, whom she refers to as her “bonus” son. Traveling, within the United States, Mexico, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe, is one of her true passions.

Beatrice Toney Bailey
Mailing Address: PO BOX 2444,
Citrona Heights, CA 95611
Business Phone: (916) 745-3454

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Author Tom Rieber Releases The Nine Irony, Suspenseful Thriller With A Recovering Alcoholic As Hero

Author’s book and personal life demonstrate how anyone can find a new self and a new life in sobriety

Author Tom Rieber has released his latest novel, The Nine Irony. The book is the first in a four part series that will feature Nick Thomas, a recovering alcoholic, as the primary hero of the story.

‘This book was born from a very special place within me,” stated Rieber, “as, much like Nick Thomas, I have found a new self in sobriety. I understand the world in which I live and in which I write.”

Rieber’s primary character, Nick Thomas, is a struggling mystery writer and a recovering alcoholic who lives in a small cottage in Cape Cod. He wears blue jeans, drives an old temperamental MG and listens to the Rolling Stones. He is also the victim of the perfect frame, is caught up in a web of deceit and suddenly ends up wanted for questioning in two gruesome murders.

Rieber’s philosophy mirrors that of his character. “In our society,” stated Mr. Rieber, “there is far too much negativity surrounding the issue of recovery. A great deal of that negativity is unwarranted. I intend to help overcome these undeserved judgments, attitudes and beliefs. I wish to offer a glimmer of hope to those who may suffer still; to offer a hand up. I do this every day in my personal life and I do this within the pages of this book.”

Mr. Rieber has worked as a staff writer and sports columnist for several newspapers in Coastal Connecticut. He has written and published numerous short stories nationally and has won awards on both the local and collegiate levels. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam war. Over twenty years ago he settled into a career in real estate where he stayed and flourished until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Rieber now resides in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, where he is involved in writing groups and hosts story writing workshops for children and young authors. He also volunteers at Brunswick Family Assistance, where he finds fulfillment helping those who are less fortunate. He is a true believer in himself and in others who wish to turn their life around.

Tom Rieber
The Nine Irony
ISBN: 978-1-60743-748-2

Tom Rieber
1648 Deerfield Dr. SW
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Phone: 910-579-4005

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