Book Review: One Second After by William Forstchen

I finished this book …and then took it to bed with me … in my head. The message of the book stayed for the next few days and I wondered what could happen to me and my community if we lost our power source. In the book, the drama unfolds because an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is purposely detonated as a way to destroy the USA.

As the story begins, the loss of electricity caused by the EMP goes from an inconvenience to a way of life. The main character is John Matherson, a military history professor at the nearby Montreat College, and an ex-military veteran of Desert Storm. His role as father, professor, Colonel and citizen merge into one as the situation deteriorates.  In the small town of Black Mountain, NC the town learns how ill-equipped they are to survive on their own.

As time moved on, food supplies dwindled, medicine was depleted, people pulled together or communities fell apart and many people died. The towns that thrived and survived were those who were able to grow their own food, create and build, fix and repair, mend and sew.

The book itself was not well written and there were many basic grammar errors that annoyed me but the story kept me coming back for more.  It made me take a look around to see how I would fare if I were without power for a long period of time. How do you think you would do?

Other Reviews and Links:

One Second After
Shallow Thoughts/One Second After

Arm Chair General/ One Second After

Dear Boys and Girls … please bow your heads and say a prayer for President Kennedy

November 22, 1963

“Dear Boys and Girls … please bow your heads and say a prayer for President Kennedy, who was shot and killed today in Dallas, Texas.”

Me — Third grade, 8 years old and carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. At the end of the school day, I ran home to find my mom glued to the television set watching the scene unfold again and again. Her handsome, young, Irish Catholic President was dead.  His photo was on our wall next to the photo of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and next to the statue of St. Jude.

The entire house was quiet and sad. I didn’t understand it all but I knew something had shifted in our world.

What about you? What do you remember?

All Top

I spent way too much time today exploring a site called ALLTOP.

This site has top stories, top blogs and top rated online issues.

I found out about this site from a book called Social Media 101 by Chris Brogan.

The internet is a sticky place — one thing leads to another and one article points to another and that is where the web is bad — it sucks the time right out of your day.

This is also where the web is good because it takes you to places that you would have never known about before.

What I keep looking for are sites that are not about social media but use social media in creative ways. Care to share?

Social Media 101

The Secret Behind True Success: Carnival Cruise Ship Spendor

Last week we all followed the plight of the wounded cruise ship at sea. We imagined what horrors the 4500 passengers were experiencing.  When they landed, we expected to see harried travelers fuming with rage.

Instead we saw people getting off the ship with smiles. They called the trip a real adventure. One man said he renamed the Carnival Splendor the Carnival Slender because he lost weight.

One travel agent on-board the cruise wrote the Carnival cruise lines gave a full refund, future credit , refund of transportation , paid for overnight stay in San Diego, Carnival changed airline flights for passengers and on and on.

The real heroes were the staff. They lined the stairwells assisting people up and down. They hauled everything up (food, drinks, plates) and down the ship – ever vigilant, ever helpful and always on call.

Since there was no horror story to print, the media coverage on the returning travelers was slim.

The customer service turned the horror into an adventure.  The organization did all the things necessary to develop long term clients. They were honest and natural in their communication. The cruise line hired friendly people who were able to connect with the travelers and offer them reassurance and make an uncomfortable journey a bit more comfortable. They took the matter seriously but kept calm when addressing the passengers.

This cruise adventure turned into a HUGE public relations success. The clients will return for another (free) cruise, they will brag about their adventure, they will write, blog, talk and the word of mouth will spread about how amazing the crew were during the ordeal.

Heck, maybe I’ll even check into the next Spendor voyage and see if I can blog my way through it!  Congratulations for a job well done!

BE sure to read: How to Develop Long Term Clients

Way to go Carnival!

Veterans Day words of thanks

Today is Veterans Day.

Remember our veteransToday is a day to honor and appreciate our veterans from all wars.
Tomorrow is a day to honor and appreciate our veterans.
Next week is also a good time …

A phone call, card or email to say “Thanks.”

Think you’ll do it?

Say Thank You to a Veteran Today!

“With appreciation and love to you all!”

Veterans Day Observance at The Wall

November 11, 1 p.m.
Washington, D.C.

Join us online before the ceremony (12:00 pm EST) to see interviews with our featured speakers