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It was the first day back at school for young Arayah. She was eager to hit the ground running to begin another year of learning new things and sharing all she had done during her fun-filled summer. Her need to share included talking about her trip to Pakistan to visit her family in Islamabad. While there, Arayah found out that Islamabad means, “Flourishing Islam.”
Arayah was proud to share this fact with her friends and neighbors.
In Houses of Worship
This book is written by experienced staff at the G-Square International Training Academy in an effort to address the growing presence of Active Shooters in houses of worship. The content is intended to offer options and thoughtful guidance to houses of worship of all beliefs.
It is our prayer that this publication will bring insight to those who may be entrapped in an active shooter or other life-threatening situation while attending services, or other activities in houses of worship.
We hope to achieve this by discussing best practices to combat the Active Shooter phenomenon, as well as the best course of action to take when First Responders arrive.
This publication is not intended to be an exhaustive accounting of all available options. It is an effort to present our readers with possibilities that can contribute to survival in the demon-inspired actions of an Active Shooter event.
An Introduction to Covert Surveillance Operations
Surveillance is not just about following; it is about culture, economics, ideologies, values, ethics, and piecing the puzzle together. How to conduct surveillance does not come in a box, on a flash drive, or in a manual. Those things are just a foundation upon which to build. The way that an investigator learns how to conduct surveillance is by doing surveillance.
The skill required in conducting surveillance is very much akin to that required for the game of chess. As with chess, not everyone is good at it.
One Brick at a Time
A Discussion for Building a Foundation of Integrity and a Corruption Free Environment in Developing Nations
After meeting with the highest levels of government in several developing nations plagued by corruption, I engaged in discussions focused on planning steps to bring corruption to its knees.
After these discussions, I was asked to prepare a plan of action that had the possibility of being a valuable resource in helping to develop and, so-called, “Third World Nations” as they continue to move forward in the struggle to take on this battle, and bring about a victorious end to the stronghold that corruption seems to have in these governmental institutions.
Measure of a Woman
Measure of a Woman is the world’s introduction to Nikki Evelyn Armstrong, a take charge young African American female intent on making a difference by Challenging all that is wrong in this society. Nikki is a humanitarian and some might say, one woman SWAT team.
Nikki is not just a force to be reckoned with, she is a global role model. We invite you to pick up “Measure of Woman” and look forward to Nikki's adventures, accomplishments, victories and yes, sometimes defeats.
The day the rifle came out was a hot summer day in the early 1960s. My eldest brother had become quite a little sportsman. Terry had gone to the playground to play basketball. Dad and his childhood friends had already returned from their friendly stick-ball ritual against a group of Caucasian men from the neighborhood. They were settling in to watch a baseball game on T.V.
Mom had just entered the living room with a large pitcher of lemonade for us kids, and the guys were drinking Ballantine beer talking about the game and old times in Mount Morris Park in Harlem.
The apartment door opened abruptly and in ran Terry, face tear-stained and weeping, “they hung me on the fence, they hung me on the fence,” he cried...
Respond, Don’t React:
Close Encounter of a Law Enforcement Kind
ONE TO GROW ON
“If abuses are destroyed, man must destroy them.
If slaves are freed, mentally, and physically, man must free them.
If new truths are discovered, man must discover them.
If the naked are clothed.
If the hungry are fed.
If justice is done.
If labor is rewarded,
If superstition is driven from the mind.
If the defenseless are protected and if right finally triumphs,
All must be the work of man.
The grand victories of the future must be won by man, and by man alone.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, On the Gods and Other Essays
Tenzin and Tsering Conquer The COVID Dragons
During a time, long ago, when Kingdoms thrived throughout the land, there existed a tiny but happy kingdom just outside of the land of Bod. It was a country so high in the mountains that it became known as the roof of the world. This tiny kingdom is known as Taymore. Some called it “Little-Bod.” Tsering and Tenzin Dhundup call it home. Join me as we open the pages and meet Tsering and Tenzin of the Dhundup clan. These two come from a family that has been loyal and loving subjects of Taymore, which most believe to be a magical and enchanted land.
I Saw a Mouse Today
Akbar Brown lives comfortably in his four-bedroom home with his loyal dog Benji.
The two of them pay special attention to maintaining the home and making sure their friends always feel comfortable and welcome.
Once Boris, an uninvited mouse, makes his way into their home, Akbar is intent on having the intruder find someplace else to live.
It’s not long before Boris is getting away from every trap that Akbar sets for him.
In fact, as the days go forward, Akbar believes that Boris and Benji have become friends.
Will Akbar be victorious in his quest to send Boris packing, or will the outcome be different than any of them had planned?
Enjoy the experience of listening while Akbar executes his plan.
Corruption in the 21st Century
To most people, corruption is a sound bite on the evening news. The reality is that corruption is more akin to a vampire bite sucking the life's blood from a society, killing some, and converting others.
It operates in the dark and is no respecter of men. It preys upon the young and the old, the rich, and the poor.
Race, culture, and ethnicity hold no barrier against it. It holds a universal passport and has successfully slipped into all nations, communities, and tribes.
Where values exist, corruption works to compromise those values.
Where hope exists, corruption rushes in like a raging flood to dash that hope.
This book is intended to be the building book for the damn that will hold back that flood of corruption in our societies.
In this sharing from the heart, my contributors and I attempt to explore love and, in some instances, hate in their many forms and sources.
I have loved and been in love.
I have endured broken hearts and might have even broken one or two, although as I look in the mirror, I seriously doubt it.
I have foolishly thought that I had it all figured out, only to realize, when it comes to love and being in love, I have but scratched the surface, and my vision remains severely trammeled.
I have seen people do physical harm to one another, claiming to be acting in love.
I have witnessed mental anguish poured out like a flood, again claiming love as the cause.
I have seen death invited through the door like a lustful vampire, once more under some pretext that, in death, love will endure.
What I am prepared to say is that too many of us have never met love face to face. They have made little effort to keep pace with what they assumed was love but never embraced true love in all of its glory.
Memories of Ground Zero
From There to Here, Making Each Count
When the towers came down, I had an untrammeled view of the cloud of debris as it traveled up the street, swallowing people as they fled the area.
Of all the memories I have of that day, watching those people disappear into the gaping mouth of that debris cloud is one that I do not think I will ever forget or even come close to accurately sharing in words.
Thanks to the Sun
Have you ever looked upon the Sun, thought about from where its beauty comes?
Have you ever wondered how the sun came to be; was it shaped like clay or heavenly words spoken so that humans may live and breathe?
Josh is eight years old and lives with his family in a beautiful house with a big backyard in Raleigh, North Carolina.
When Josh was four years old, his older Cousin Doris’ cat, who she, strangely, enough had named Dawg, had a litter of kittens.
Doris told Josh he could have any kitten he liked, as long as he promised to treat it with respect and be more of a friend than an owner. The two should true friendship on the day that Windy blows Josh's hat away.