by J. Ibeh Agbayim MSc

When you position yourself to expect the unexpected, you turn those things into an opportunity for growth. Many people who achieved greatness failed several times in their businesses, careers, and so before attaining such success …

In 1987, the NEW YORK TIMES published Harold Krents’s obituary, including his achievements. Harold Krents wass told by his doctor at the age of nine that he would become totally blind. Krents knew at an early age that he needed to “grow up or fold up, to be dependent or independent.” Krents was able to muster courage, and engaged himself into graduating from Harvard Law School and University College of Oxford University. Krents was a White House Fellow in 1980. He was a member of the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, and he had a whole host of other positions. Based on Krent’s professional and family records, he expected the unexpected when he turned what was meant to be a barrier into a strength, what was meant to be a handicap into an ocean of opportunities. He simply saw what others could not see (vision, courage, etc.). If we can see opportunity in every difficulty, we can allow the power of engagement to manifest in every situation.

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Mike Rom Cover Artist- “Gila Monster”

Mike Rom Cover Artist- “Gila Monster”

Mike Rom’s “Gila Monster” color pencil sketch was on the cover of the CABABI-PIMA COLLEGE DOWNTOWN ART & LITERARY MAGAZINE, which was released as ane-book in September. His digital photos, “Eye-to-Eye” and “Neon Look,” were also included. You can read the book at http://tinyurl.com/pcc-cababi

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors October-November 2014

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All Mystery enewsletter- Updates from DIRT CHEAP MYSTERY READS 10/28/2014 edition:

All Mystery enewsletter- Updates from DIRT CHEAP MYSTERY READS 10/28/2014 edition:

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From the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you breathless… Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn’t the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

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What do an underground Zionist cell, a Harlem drug dealer and the Russian mob have in common? Diamonds.

Diamonds Never Die is another rollicking mystery thriller featuring Raja Williams, a world-renowned private detective with a nose for trouble and his high-tech partner Vinny Moore. After an innocent Jewish woman is brutally stabbed in Central Park, Raja and Vinny head to New York to find out why. The case takes Raja undercover into the Harlem drug scene, and puts Vinny into a Russian strip club in Brighton Beach. Stirring the pot as only Raja and Vinny can do lands them both in danger and into the crosshairs of an international assassin known only as the Spider.

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Transition–the one-month period during early puberty when all children have the power to perform magic. But with a monstrous catch. The magic must be unique or the child dies.

Rumors have surfaced of a rogue Chinese program that seeks geopolitical domination, using kidnapped children as disposable pawns. An agent for the US Department of Transition Security investigating the program has been found murdered in his Hanoi hotel room.

Dr. John Benoit is ordered to take any action necessary to protect the US from magical threats. John and Stony Hill, his pierced and scarlet-haired young partner, race to solve the bloody mystery, following the trail to Bangkok, Zurich, Shenyang, and ultimately to a confrontation on the snow-swept plains of North Korea.

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“The Scarlet Crane is a thriller in every sense of the word, but it’s also so much more. J. E. Hopkins tells a great story, delves into the humanity of strong and believable characters, and builds a world where transition, a brief and deadly time in every pubescent child’s life when magic is possible, threatens not only to kill the young, but to overturn the world order itself. This is a terrific book and J. E. Hopkins is an exciting new writer.” Shelley Singer, author of “Blackjack” and the Jake Samson mystery series.

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Charlie Yazzie and Thomas Begay find themselves caught up in yet another dangerous and intrigue filled adventure on the nations largest Indian reservation. Old and new characters become involved in one of the canyon land’s oldest mysteries. Thomas’s longtime drinking buddy and Charlie’s former archaeology Professor are the target of a ruthless Indian rights movement. Hidden forces are determined to end an investigation that could change the face of an ancient people. Dark secrets are revealed in this fast paced mystery of a fascinating culture. Ancient Blood is book number three in the Navajo Nation Mystery series – a stand-alone sequel to the widely acclaimed Navajo Autumn and Boy Made of Dawn.

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A man with no past … Nobody knows much about Zeb Carter.

He doesn’t do romance, avoids friendships … and when asked about his work, says he is a security consultant.

A man on a mission, the ex-Special Forces operative has seen it all before. But when he witnesses barbaric acts in the Congo, he can’t simply walk away. Plagued by the scale of the unspeakable crimes and its victims, Zeb breaks the rules – both his own, and those whom he works for – by seeking his own brand of justice. A man with no future … With a maverick intelligence analyst, Broker, along for the ride, Zeb finds himself up against an adversary who is more than a match for his skills. From the rainforests of the Congo to the concrete jungle of New York, Zeb enters a shadowy world – a world where he alone is interested in justice. Everyone else wants the affair buried … and Zeb along with it.

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Randy Ford Author- INTRUSION Chapter Ten Installment Twenty-Three

Chapter Ten Installment Twenty-Three
Albert sat in his office looking at a clock watching time go by, but he thought it best to think of something else. Albert found no relief from anxiety he felt, regardless what he did or didn’t do and knew looking at a clock made it worse. Sometimes the office assistant came in his study. Sometimes she knew to leave him alone.

Lately, it became harder for him because he knew he would soon have to talk to his bishop about his future. Albert would soon have to tell his bishop about his upcoming divorce because it came down to divorce after Alice found out he was gay. They could not hide that they were separated much longer. It would be impossible to explain Alice’s absences. “Where is your wife?” “Where is Alice,” his bishop would surely ask.

Later, Albert decided to go to his bishop himself before his bishop found out from someone else. The bishop was his pastor. The bishop was suppose to be his pastor, which meant Albert had to go to him with his problems, and Albert definitely had problems now. And indeed he had big problems.

Albert tried to avoid going. He put it off as long as he could and tried to make an excuse, but it was hard to make an excuse when his bishop expected to see him on a regular bases. The bishop expected Albert to report to him because the bishop was Albert’s boss. The bishop, Albert concluded, had to be told. Or would eventually find out anyway.

Albert had never such a dilemma before, and now he saw his world turned upside down. He saw what being gay could mean to his career as a Methodist minister, a career he knew and loved. From an early age he knew he would become a minister. Albert knew it after he heard the voice of God. Albert felt called to the ministry after he heard the voice of God, and it was now in jeopardy. It was something he knew. It was something he dreaded. It was something he hated, something he hated about being gay. And it made him angry, very angry. He didn’t ask to be gay. He was happy to be gay, but the circumstances made him angry. And it something he now couldn’t avoid, so he needed to stop looking at the clock.

Sometimes Albert would think that it wouldn’t make a difference. Sometimes Albert thought, hoped, that it wouldn’t make a difference that he was gay to his congregation as a whole. He hoped most people would accept him for who he was. He hoped, prayed about it. He prayed every day. He realized how it effected his marriage. He expected as much, but marriage … being married to a gay man was different. It was an impossible situation. And Albert understood why it was it was impossible for Alice. I was impossible for him. And not only that, but how effective Alice handled circumstances that were very painful.

They grew up in a world where gays were ridiculed. They grew up in a church that didn’t accept gay people, and Albert knew he served a church that did not fully accept gay people, and Albert knew Alice was disappointed, disillusioned, and devastated. How in the world then could she face people of their church? He could he face them? How could Albert stand in the pulpit and face them Sunday after Sunday, week after week. He would have to let them know he was gay. He did not regret being gay, but now he was faced with a dilemma, perhaps the biggest dilemma of his life (no, the second dilemma: the biggest was facing Alice). Now on his own he had to fend for himself. His mother, his father, his sisters were shocked, yet they tried to understand, but there was no way they could. They wouldn’t come close to understanding until he came out of the closet. There was no one who understood except for Buddy.

Although he still loved Alice, he was now glad they were separated. To Buddy Albert never hid that he was glad. They talked about it, and Albert didn’t hide it. They talked about many things. They talked and talked, talked about many things. They shared everything. So Albert shared his dilemma, about having to face his bishop. He sounded down. This is an understatement. He felt wretched. His eyes and voice said it all. Buddy could see it before he said a word, but Buddy knew there wasn’t much he could do for his friend.

Albert, far from being helpless as he first felt, knew he could face the bishop with truth. He assumed the bishop knew part of the truth. He would know … surely he would know about the separation, surely. There was no way for him not to know. He would’ve heard rumors. Someone from Albert’s congregation would’ve told him.

“What the heck could I have done about it?” Albert asked Buddy while they were talking about the situation. “I’m not going to continue to live a double life.”

“I don’t see how you could, really … Buddy laughed, as exasperated as Albert was then. He would never figure out how they came to be that way.


“It’s not you Albert. It’s hard to explain, really. I never said I was gay. I never had to say I was gay. I was always gay and never had to admit it to anyone. Oh, my parents … yes, my parents worried about it. My father gave up and walked away. Mother was never convinced when there was never any reason why she shouldn’t be. Going to them didn’t mean anything. It didn’t change anything. It didn’t change a thing. So calling me gay didn’t mean anything than the obvious. Everyone knew.”

“I didn’t.”

“Yes, you did.”

“That was because of where we met.”

Shortly after that Albert went to his bishop. Then he left, left without a decision. It was almost uneventful. His bishop simply responded by saying he would have think about what Albert told him and pray: THERE WERE NO OPENLY GAY MINISTERS IN THE METHODIST CHURCH THEN. And a week later, Albert began moving a few personal belongings out of his church office.

Albert thought it was kind of strange but he didn’t recall any specifics about his conversation with his bishop other than his confession. Yes, it felt like a confession when Albert knew it shouldn’t have. All he remembered was that he felt trapped in the bishop’s office.

Randy Ford

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Kevin J. Herbst Author- WAR OF THE MERRANAI


by Kevin J. Herbst

Malthus Kierin always dreamed of adventuring, of making his mark upon the world of Kalan. After he earns his robe and staff, rewards for passing the tests required to become a wizard, the door to his dreams stands open. However, a nightmare lurks on the other side, a black-hearted wizard who, along with his vile undead minions, systematically assassinates all of Kalan’s heroes, and then hunts Malthus.

After a narrow and expensive victory, that nearly split Malthus’s band of companions apart, they control the Stone of Zoral, a powerful artifact that can reverse the tide of darkness sweeping across the land. A decisive battle approaches as the enemy’s forces converge on the few remaining outposts of free peoples remaining in Kalan. Can the Merranai of prophecy, welding the Stone, reclaim lands lost and avert an age darkness?

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Adriana Kraft Author- CHERRY TUNE-UP


by Adriana Kraft

Desperate for a crash course in lovemaking, Bobbi Jo Martin seeks out her childhood best friend. A successful contractor with NASCAR dreams, Jack Day has never forgotten her – but how will he protect his heart? In a moment of sheer genius he decides to play the role of master …

What they’re saying about CHERRY TUNE-UP …

Romance Junkies: “Ms. Kraft has a gift for pleasing the reader with vivid imagery and erotic language. Fasten your seat belts … this story is one hot ride that you don’t want to miss.”- Deborah, 4.5 Blue Ribbons

TwoLips Reviews: The sexual chemistry explodes off the pages and leaves you fanning yourself.”- Tara, 4.5 Kisses

Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More


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Borderlands Theater Oct 28, 2014 – The Encuentro & The Migration Project & Teatro Chicana

Borderlands Theater Oct 28, 2014 – The Encuentro & The Migration Project & Teatro Chicana

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October 28, 2014
“This is our culture, our voice, our expression” News from El Encuentro 2014.

Eva Tessler and her cast and crew enjoyed a succesful run at the LATC & Latino/a Theatre Commons Encuentro! With standing ovations at almost every show!

“Being at the encuentro is a once in a lifetime opportunity: It is like coming out of the shadows, of invisibility and silence. Experiencing all these vibrant voices carried by young people is a promise for the future. There is a camaraderie and lack of competition that is refreshing. Intar offered their set to us out of the blue. Everything is so well organized. Everything screams ‘WELCOME HOME.’ This is our culture, our voice, our expression. It is really an encounter. We talk, we work together, we see each others’ work. No criticism only uplifting dialogue and camaraderie. My play MARIA is about cartel violence. It had to cross the border, out of silence. I am proud of my work and of my actors.” – Eva Tessler
THE MIGRATION PROJECT Migration November 14, 15, 21, 22 @ 7:30pm
ZUZI! Theater, 738 N 5th Ave, Tucson

Playwright Eugenia Woods utilized input from refugee, immigrant and indigenous communities to shape this theatrical work. Blending actual interview material with dramatic writing, Woods’ play weaves together stories of 5 central characters from Mexico, The Hopi Nation, China, Zimbabwe, and one composite character representing the voices of refugee women from Iraq, Egypt, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The interactive performance asks audiences to consider what compels us to leave home, what are we forced to leave behind, and how do we attempt to create a new home in a foreign land.

Directed by Borderlands Incoming Producing Director, Marc David Pinate. Choreography by Nanette Robinson. A workshop performance in collaboration with ZUZI Dance Company.

Tickets: $18 General; $15 Students, Seniors, Military.
Reservations can be made by email at themigrationprojecttucson@gmail.com or by calling 520-975-4021

November 14, Opening Night is free thanks to a generous grant form the Tucson Pima Arts Council. Tickets first come, first served.

“The place I call home expands with every risk I take, every truth I share”
In the Community: A Night with Teatro Chicana at Pima Community College! Community

Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8pm
Amethyst Room, Downtown Campus, PCC
Free to the public / Gratuito para el público

Reception with students and their families 6-6:30pm
Q&A and book signing to follow performance

Come see Teatro Chicana perform and present their award-winning book!

Consider Volunteering with us!

Producing award winning theatre takes a lot of work! When you donate your time to volunteer, we get to make the kind of theatre in Tucson that no one else is doing, and it truly makes the difference to us.

Some of the ways to volunteer include:
House Management
Bulk Mailing prep
Database updating
Flyer and poster distribution
Set Load In/Strike
Event set up
The benefits of volunteering include:
Meet the actors and artists who create our shows!
Get a behind the scenes view at how theatre is made.
Sit in on a dress rehearsal.
Volunteer appreciation events.
The satisfaction of playing a direct role in the cultural enrichment of the community.
To sign up, just send an email to miltaortiz@gmail.com. Put “Volunteer” in the subject line. In the body, include you name and phone number. Our Volunteer Coordinator will email you back to confirm you are signed up. Or call the office (520) 882-8607. Simple as that! Sign up today.We have volunteer opportunities all the time!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us! See you at the theater!

Happy Halloween from the Borderlands Theater Family!

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