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Retired as an Assistant Director of Financial Aid at a Florida community college, I have become a self-published author (what fun!). Growing herbs and experimenting by concocting healing salves and infusions is part of my spiritual life. As a 75% Romani, I learned to create my path, The Drom Ek Romani, from my grandmother, a drabarni, or herbalist, while growing up in Philadelphia. My books include The Way of One Gypsy, The Gypsy's Book, Drab Lil: A Gypsy's Medicine Book and Madame Sosostris Explains (a poetry patchwork). Married and living in Florida, my two sons and granddaughter live at least 995 miles north but cell phones and eMail bridge the distance daily.
THE TITLE: At the age of seventeen I discovered T.S. Eliot's poem “The Wasteland.” The only part of the poem I could relate to was about “Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante.” Four of the tarot cards are invented by Eliot (Drowned Phoenician Sailor, Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks and the Lady of Situations). Having invented my own Drom Ek Romani cards as part of my heritage, I could appreciate his imaginary cards with their mystical names. My first poem explains each tarot card and the second one details the Drom Romani although I make no claim to be a “famous clairvoyante.” The other poems are a patchwork of subjects including tributes to Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and other writers of music and poetry.
THE POEMS: With the exception of several free verse poems, the others are a mixture of Shakespearean Sonnets, Terza Rima, Rima Royale, and, well, more sonnets. The poetry forms are very confining yet I attempted to make them all-encompassing in their little world. When writing the 22 sonnets for the Drom Romani I began speaking in rhyming iambic pentameter in my dreams. Does that make me a poet? I hope so. Failing that, a sonnet a day keeps senility away. I am hoping that whatever your age, you find enjoyment in my poetry.
The author was born a “middle class,” over-privileged WASP in 1943. and “came out” into gay life in 1965. After an internship at a major hospital in Cleveland, she graduated from Kent State University in May of 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, and also a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a general minor. She became a Jew-by-Choice in 1973. She is a proud retired member of 1199SEIU, the National Healthcare Workers Union, and participated in the great 1984 Hospital Strike in NYC. She is also a Wobblie.
Barbara G Louise is an Empath, her own feelings always strongly affected by the presence of other beings (usually human, although she can feel other mammals too, like horses, cats dogs, and dolphins). While writing The Rabble and the Rich, she finally had to realize she had to do the creative part physically alone, in order to discover, without the emotional input of anyone else’s worldview, exactly what she personally had to say about capitalism, the necessity for revolution, Marxism, government, and anarkhism. She knows her communist friends will disagree with her, and most other anarkhists also. Which is why she had to find her own ideas and opinions.
Barbara conceives of her potential audience as “middle class” or formerly “middle class” mostly-white people who are disgusted by our current economic system and disenchanted with the failed idea of the “American dream,” whereby we were all supposed to work hard and grow into a comfortable life free of hunger, economic worry, and random violence (regardless of skin colour), where we could raise our children in safety. She cannot pretend to be anything other than what she is: a white, anti-Racist, formerly “middle class” person who can speak most genuinely to other “middle Class” people.
Since she was born in 1943, she is not young. For most of her life, the twenty-first century was the far future. ((She can even remember when 1976 was the ‘far’ future.)) She did not grow up with the InterNet.
So she was at first reluctant to publish electronically. To her, and to most people her age, a book is bound hardcopy she can decoratively store on a bookshelf, hold in her hands, and manually turn the pages with more than a casual flick of her fingers.
But as a long time reader of science fiction, Barbara must admit, and rejoice, that the future is here now. To the people of the twenty-first century, the InterNet is Reality. She even has a connection in her house. Although she has plenty of hardcopies on her bookshelves, her most useful dictionary is online, so she can most quickly consult it while she is writing with her computer on her lap.
Having finished the Work which serves as the culmination of her lifetime of reading, thinking about politics and philosophy — and engaging in whatever progressive activism she was not too cowardly to commit — she began the soul-numbing process of trying to break into print without any interest in, or talent for, writing short stories to introduce herself to readers in her genre. Considering the difficulty an unknown new writer has in finding a publisher these days, especially for a book with a bluntly anti-capitalist theme, Barbara despaired of getting her novel published anytime before she died.
Then one night after Erev Rosh Hashannah services at her synagogue, someone suggested that the visiting Cantor — Bonnie J. Gordon, whose delightful retelling of the Exodus story — Escape from Goshen — for children, can be found on Amazon for Kindle (and in paperback) — could tell her how to publish online, so Barbara asked her how, and she did.
There is a song from the sixties or seventies, from the time when Barbara was “officially” involved with Gay Liberation:
It isn’t nice to block the doorway,
It isn’t nice to go to jail.
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways always fail.
Of course, escape from the life-smothering excesses of capitalism is only necessary in the alternate universe of The Rabble and the Rich. In our universe, our relatively tiny corner of the Multiverse, capitalism is the greatest economic system the human species has ever produced. You better believe it. Anyone can get rich!
Only losers, like Barbara G Louise, who has no interest in, and no talent for, the thieving manipulations of high finance, cannot get rich and join the storied ‘1%’ who own our supposedly democratic government and manipulate it to further their own selfish financial interests, no matter how the losers suffer while their totally-unimportant qualities of life plummet as the rich get richer.
So, since Barbara is too old to survive arrest and torture by armed and armored agents of the federal or state governments, the reader will please remember that no revolution (especially by the Left) is necessary in our universe, absolutely none. Barbara is definitely not advocating a Leftist revolution.
Capitalism is the end of history. Revolution is unneeded, and impossible. You better believe it.
Cleaveland and the universe of The Rabble and the Rich can be found somewhere in the infinite reaches of the Multiverse, along with: Utopia; Erewhon; Oz; Lilliput; Precipice, CA; Shora; Earthsea; Hain; Gethen; Anarres; (The Word for World is) Forest; Aka; Middle Earth; the Shire; Barsoom; Malacandra; Salvay; Anthea; Wonderland; Underland; the Island of Dr. Moreau; Kendra-on-the-Delta; Arun; Barrayar; Quaddiespace; Lucifer (the planet); Zomia; Kkhadee; Chaos; Dyson Prime; Nueva Cuba; Darkover; the Stand on Zanzibar; (the disk of) Gaia (in orbit of Saturn); Beninia; Mouth-of-Mattapoisett, MA; A Paradise Built in Hell; Luna Free State; the Golden Globe; Babylon 5; and the Star Trek Galaxy.
This book is now vailable on Amazon.com for $2.99, the lowest price Kindle will allow.
DOCUMENTS of the PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF NORTH AMERICA is a collection of non-narrative writing which supplements the three books of the controversial RABBLE AND THE RICH Trilogy, the tale of an alternative universe — a universe nothing like our own, of course — where the terrible division between the rich capitalists and the Working Class has reached its climax.
Truth in Advertising compels the author to reveal that each section of DOCUMRNTS has been published before, in the Xtra areas at the back of the books of the Trilogy, THE RABBLE AND THE RICH, although there have been extensive additions to A COLLECTION OF REBELS since the Trilogy was first published.
The DOCUMENTS excerpted from the controversial speculative-fiction trilogy-novel, The RABBLE AND THE RICH, are, first of all, THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PEOPLE’S SOLIDARITY OF NORTH AMERICA, wherein the customs and ideology of a future free, anarkhist society are enumerated and established.
Also included is an extensive BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SPECULATIVE FICTION AND LEFT-LEANING BOOKS which inspired and educated the author of The RABBLE AND THE RICH, as well as A COLLECTION OF REBELS, including Val Plumwood, Emma Goldman, Assata Shakur, Frederick Douglass, Big Bill Haywood, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Angela Davis, James Tiptree Jr, Ursula K. LeGuin, Urvashi Vaid, Emiliano Zapata, and Cindy Sheehan, as well as further activists, anarchists, socialists, communists, and others in our universe who have contributed to the evolutionary and cultural trend towards a civilization free from capitalism and its ills.
David Joseph is a veteran Air Force Flyer. While in the Air Force, he flew on the HH-53, HH-3, HC-130, C-141, and KC-10 aircraft, and traveled to every continent in the world. His travels and experiences provide unlimited material for writing.
He is the author of Korea x 2 and Silent Six, a military thriller Trilogy, set on the Korean peninsula, The Bully & Other Stories, and the two best seller novelettes, The Great Hijacking and Putin’s Shoot-down! Both novelettes based on the Malaysian MH370/MH17 Flights. He is currently writing Korea Unified, the third book in the military Trilogy, and Inspirational/Thriller short stories. "I have twenty short stories and three novels in my head!"
Author David Joseph brings his most intriguing thriller yet—a terrifying story about terrorism and rescue—brilliantly paced with superb nonstop action. While tracking the 9/11 terrorist hijackers at the “Kuala Lumpur Summit,” the Silent Six team are redirected on a rescue mission of sheer audacity and nerve to rescue a group of children being transported from Camp 14 in North Korea. Here is David Joseph’s heart-stopping masterpiece, a riveting novel about the most diabolical government and criminal syndicate that ever existed—the Kim regime and Office 39.
I began writing before I could write, telling stories to my young brother. When I learned to print, I toiled with the task of putting my stories onto paper.
Words take many forms. My background is in television production where every second counts, where scripts are analyzed for the power of word choices, clarity, motion, color, speed, and emotion.
I never fail to be amazed at how the printed word, no matter what the media, can change lives, bring pleasure, tears, or laughter to so many, and be so rewarding to those of us who are committed to the craft of writing.
The inspiration for WINTER'S DESTINY occurred while my husband and I were visiting Oregon's untamed coast in our motorhome. An early fall storm struck with such ferocity, that our parked RV rocked crazily on its axles, storm waves surpassed previous highs, the wind howled menacingly, and we were pelted with blowing sand and rain. We know the ocean and the coast, but the sudden, incredible ferocity of this storm was humbling. By morning the rising sun shone brilliantly over the vast Pacific Ocean, defying our memories of the night. This intriguing, pristine coast offers such raw, breathtaking beauty and extreme weather conditions that I felt it needed to be shared.
She's an architect, a wife, and a mother, but the quiet life ends abruptly for Amy Johnson. Alone, with a fall gale howling around the rafters, she turns to see a woman’s rain-streaked face staring at her through the dark window.
The face is identical to her own!
Instantly, Amy’s life crumbles. Her husband leaves, her only child disappears, and something sinister surrounds her and those she loves. Amy is catapulted into a world she knows nothing about--a place where a killer rules, where answers stay buried, where time ticks dangerously by, where her life is in constant peril, and worse, where her son, Jamie is hidden.
To find her child, she must find her look-alike, and that dislodges a killer who hunts her relentlessly. Sheriff Dallas Wayburne’s investigation parallels Amy’s, and their combined efforts draw them together when time is critical and when their relationship adds yet another dimension to Amy’s stressful life.
They finally track down the powerful, destructive man behind the scenes, learn the identity of Amy’s look-alike, and unravel a puzzle decades in the making. As time runs out, Amy struggles to save her son while fighting both a dangerous man and the perils of the treacherous Oregon coast.
WINTER’S DESTINY is an edge-of-the-seat thriller set on Oregon’s rugged Pacific Coast. Here, the story reaches its unique and spectacular conclusion.
Florentina Gómez Guasp (Palma de Mallorca, 1954)
Licenciado en Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación, especialidad en Pedagogía Terapéutica; Poeta.
Mis versos son verdades incompletas, nacidos en el instante de una mirada entre unos párpados intimidados; una breve aproximación a la forma en la que yacen los brazos apoyados, con el color brillante de un suspiro, a la necesidad de la alegría o la tristeza que guardan los pequeños gestos que apenas se perciben, a las lágrimas de emoción estética ...; emergen como un conocimiento dormido en una idea que despierta.
Porque yo soy un poeta, leo las almas
y cuento las lágrimas de la vida.
Me gusta definirme como: "amigo de las Horas, que custodian las puertas de cielo, de la lluvia, el silencio y sus colores"
Este libro habla de la experiencia emocional de amor, que al igual que la música y las matemáticas, es un lenguaje universal que nos hace ver lo mejor de los demás y nos hace sentir bien con nosotros mismos y con el mundo.
THE MAID'S DAUGHTER is a story of hope for all - that through determination, as well as some help and encouragement from others, we might be able to find that magical place within ourselves where we're able to develop our own unique gifts that are meant to be cultivated and expressed.
As an author of children's books, I emphasize the need for understanding and dignity for children of all ages, and my stories focus on the need for strong family communication, as well as fulfilling personal expression.
I have written other Middle Grade Novellas, such as The Noble Peasant, Her Divided Heart, and Bella, which will be released soon.
"Our lives are beautiful and happy when expressed through our talents."
Lois J Bailey, author, member of SCBWI
THE MAID'S DAUGHTER - MIddle Grade Novella for Girls
Sally proves to be a shining light amidst many difficulties in this post Civil-War story of an intelligent African-American girl and her loving mother Bessie, who works as a maid for the Russell family, longtime Plantation owners living in Nottaway County, Virginia.
The heartwarming relationship between Sally and her ma, plus Sally's natural desire for dignity and opportunity highlight her strength of character in this period of lingering intolerance and resentment.
When problems arise, Sally and Bessie must leave the only home they've ever known.
It is through Sally's innocent quest for change, sheer determination, and some help from those whose hearts she touches that Sally is finally able to achieve her lifelong dream.
This Historical Novella ia an encouraging story of change that will inspire young and old alike.
I am a Professional Medical Coder with a specialty certification in Evaluation and Management services, as well as a BA degree in Psychology. Having worked in the medical field for over a decade, I frequently found medical providers that did not know how to evaluate their services and were often overwhelmed during compliance audits. Recognizing this need and having a passion for teaching, I began developing a manual that would help providers analyze their services and documentation based on the guidelines specific to any state or territories Medicare guidelines. I wanted to develop a resource that could be used over time by Residents, Fellows, Locum Tenen Physicians or new providers regardless of the area where they might practice and that helped to make Compliance and Reimbursement a more harmonious couple.
E&M: Decoded instructs readers on how documentation for Evaluation and Management services are audited according to EACH Regional Medicare Administrative Contractors' (MAC) guidelines. E&M: Decoded teaches readers how their documentation supports various levels of service using CPT (R) Manual codes. Learn how each key component is broken down to determine the overall level of service provided, and most importantly, documented. All Evaluation and Management services are discussed including inpatient and outpatient services, nursing facility and home services, critical care, prolonged care, transtitional care coordination services, behavior change interventions and preventive medicine services.
Dr. Abernathy has been involved with biological research and
laboratories most of his adult life. He is an avid environmentalist
and is deeply concerned about global warming, pollution, recycling,
and renewable energy sources. He has a number of scholarly
publications as well as patents on environmental friendly processes.
The tower is an incredibly mammoth undertaking involving a remarkable
coalition of private investors and governments. Part space elevator,
part launching pad, the tower is placed on top of Mount Everest for
several reasons: the mountain is one of the tallest peaks in the
world, providing a 29,000 foot platform from which to work. It is the
most famous peak in the world, making it a strategic marketing tool
for attracting both investors and customers. Cities are actually
built within the mountain to help finance the project. As the story
unfolds, the unscrupulous nature of some men is quickly revealed,
coupled with a blatant disregard for a global treasure. Amazing feats
of technology are accomplished which boggle both the mind and
imagination. Loyalties come and go, the end justifies the means, and
the law of unintended consequences always seems to have the final say.
Have you ever had a dream where you could not move, get away, stay safe, think clearly? Sure you have. Have you experienced any of those things in reality central? Have you ever been drawn towards a sixteen foot monster covered in barnacles and seaweed who is beckoning to you to come closer as it sounds its gong powered by the scend of the sea? Well, I grew up on the Jersey Shore and faced that monster off the mouth of Shark River between Avon-By-The-Sea and Belmar NJ numerous times. It is the feeling of quiet desperation with a musketeer flair that I like to write about from the the foggy mists of New England to the sun bleached shores of Florida. I now have time to write now about these things. Book 2, "SWIRLS AND SHADOWS," A Simon O'Rourke Adventure, is under construction and new challenges will abound for our intrepid characters and, yes, the evildoers as well. Book 1, "Thirteen Pieces" is available in Kindle format NOW on Amazon. Great Summer reading awaits YOU !!!
Sincerely, Rob Seas
This is a tale about my fictional hero and probably my alter ego all rolled into one, Simon O'Rourke and his friends and enemies. Simon is experiencing from time to time some rather strange, some would say otherworldly, happenings that really can't be explained away very easily, at least not in a way that would let you sleep better at night. Don't worry, Simon is as baffled as everybody else, except probably Zed. Who is Zed? That is, Indeed, a worthy question. This tale is centered in New England but meanders back to Florida with a side trip to a Cuban dungeon and is very suitable to curl up with on a rainy day or a day when you want a respite from the terrible tube.
Join Simon who is doing his best to figure things out along with you.......
"Then from the lonely distance comes a sad and ghostly sound; 'Tis tie Shadow Phantom that is calling, like the baying of a hound........."
Alan H. Dawe has been a student of life and spirituality for over five decades. He has always been interested in writing, and has been itching to write a book for many years. This came to fruition in 2012 with the publication of The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything. He was rapt to have The God Franchise win the Ashton Wylie Book Award 2012.
He is currently publishing his first e-books, The God Franchise: Tweet by Tweet, and award-winning The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, as well as writing his new book, Two by Two: Soul Mates, Spirituality and Sex, which takes The God Franchise into the area of personal relationships.
Home for Alan is Auckland, New Zealand.
To publicise The God Franchise: A Theory of Everything, Alan H. Dawe has been serialising the book on Twitter (@alanhdawe). Four tweets go out each day, slowly working through the book. The e-book, The God Franchise: Tweet by Tweet - Volume One, collates these tweets from March to September 2012 and provide a pithy view of the God Franchise in 140 character bites. This is a rather interesting approach to the work, and well-worth the minuscule price.
The God Franchise dares to offer refreshing answers to the big questions of life and God and the universe in a friendly, down-to-earth, thought-provoking, stimulating, entertaining yet practical way. You will clearly see why God exists, why the universe exists and most importantly, why you exist. You will get a clear understanding of the meaning of life and the Universal Laws that guide it. You will be astounded at the simplicity of the big picture, while recognising the profundity of this glimpse of the Truth. You will begin this journey of discovery in the timelessness before the universe began and will reach today, this moment in time, in a state of clarity about how to live your daily life with purpose and fulfilment.
Susan Barnett Braun grew up in the small town of Seymour, Indiana. She earned a BA in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in elementary Education from the University of Alabama. She taught elementary school for eight years in northwest Indiana. She wrote grant proposals which won a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship.
After becoming a mom to three daughters, Susan found her calling in the home for several years. But as her children grew up, writing pulled Susan towards the keyboard again. She has had work published in Parents, Children's Ministry, The Secret Place, Evangel, and Standard. She also writes online as a Featured Arts & Entertainment writer for Yahoo/OMG.
Like most people, I wanted to document my childhood memories for my kids. Why? When I was a teacher, before I had kids, I used to tell the kids stories from my youth. They loved them and begged for more. Same thing when I had my own kids. I wanted to document these tales, but the problem always came in finding the time and the motivation to actually get around to writing them down.
Since many of my most vivid memories revolved around church, I decided that that was the perfect theme. And I Love to Tell the Story was born. Each chapter is titled with a hymn that reflects its theme. As I delved into the writing, I had a lot of fun reliving the decidedly memorable life I had led as a youth . I realized, too, that many aspects of my conservative midwestern upbringing don’t exist anymore in the 21st century. I became nostalgic thinking about the many cultural markers of the 1970s — Lawrence Welk, the Flintstones, heck — even macrame and latch-hook!
Another incentive I had in writing this book was to put out a positive Christian memoir. So many that I read started out fine, but then dissolved into abuse, disillusionment, or even worse. I began to wonder if anyone had grown up in the church and actually enjoyed the experience … surely I wasn’t alone, was I?
Is it possible to emerge unscathed from an evangelical upbringing? Yes, as surely as David slew Goliath!
I Love to Tell the Story is Susan Barnett Braun’s account of growing up Baptist in a small midwestern town, touching on many cultural icons common to those who came of age in the 1970s. Braun recounts childhood obstacles, which loom as large as the walls of Jericho in her eyes. She encounters a trio of Sunday school mean girls who make King Herod look tame. She worries about being “ugly as sin” due to her chubbiness, glasses, and braces. She’s so consumed with the idea of Jesus’ imminent return that she wonders whether it’s even worthwhile to brush her teeth at night.
Humorous, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, I Love to Tell the Story will stay with readers long after the last Vacation Bible School craft stick cross has fallen apart.
Lois J Bailey
As an author of Children’s books,
I believe in writing wholesome fiction that is
entertaining as well as educational.
I emphasize the need for understanding and dignity
for children of all ages—and my stories focus on
strong family Communication as well as
fulfilling personal expression.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, my husband and I currently reside
in Florida, with our Maltese, and two cats.
The Noble Peasant is a heartwarming fictional tale of Pater, an honest peasant, who discovers a vulnerable young girl clinging to life in the cold waters of the Zwin Canal. Overwhelmed by the shock of her ordeal, the little girl is unable to remember who she is.
As the story unfolds, a series of small clues finally reveal the true identity of Pater’s beloved little Rosalinda. Adventure and intrigue ensue as Pater and his two humble companions devise a plan to return their young friend safely to her home.
The plot thickens as the conspiracy is revealed, and the characters succeed in escaping imminent danger.
The Noble Peasant is historical fiction, based on the life of Judith of Flanders.
I know what it feels like to live the ideal lie . . . but I'm now living the ideal life.
I wrote these 52 short articles when I was in the throes of changing my life and my hope is that these words will help you to change yours.
Are you living your ideal life? . . . or the ideal lie?
This book offers 52 ways to help you rekindle your life and soul . . .
Writing is like breathing, if you're a writer you have to write.
I wrote my first novel when I was seven! All about a pony, a creature I wanted to own. I continued with my first publication the next year in the school magazine. After that I published poems and stories regularly in the school magazine, and went onto publish poetry mainly in my univesity journals.
Then life got in the way. Travelling to be more precise. I think I have visited, worked, or travelled around everywhere except South America and India. They are next on my list.
Now I am getting older there is more time for writing. I have lots to say, but perhaps not so many years to say them in.
'Blokes Muddling Through' is a collection of six short stories about men coping or not coping with their worlds.
Suddenly you’re a fifty year old male, hitting middle age. Time to ease up, spend more time with friends and family. Retirement - dread thought - looms. The hard work’s done, the future’s secure. Or is it? And where’s the family anyway? The wife has spread her wings, works, has hobbies. The children have grown up on you, turned into strangers. Your friends have moved on. How do you make contact again? How do you sort out the changes in your life. Here are six men who tried to make sense of their middle aged lives in their own peculiar ways.
The stories have all been published in magazines and journals in Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK. One editor, who published most of them in the UK, called them my grumpy old men stories but it's not that the blokes are grumpy, they're just trying to cope with what the world flings at them in their own unique ways. Their ways might not be yours or mine but they are interesting to read about. Would you do as they do?
At age 91, I have a creaky body, but a youthful and agile brain. In addition to this novel I have one named PLANET SHAKESPEARE, which is also availanle on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book vendors. Underway is THE WITCH, THE ROBOT, AND THE PRIVATE EYE. I'm not sure yet what it's about; as soon as I know, I'll pass it on.
Jay and his girl friend Tommie are Cinematic Art majors at USCLA, where they differ from other students because of their old fashioned morals, which requires marriage before sex. Jay inherits some money, and an Uncle who had never before visited him shows up. He is in the business of making porno films, and he fakes illness in order to drag Jay into his production. Tommie is furious, but Jay insists he must continue, so she joins the cast in order to be able to keep trying to disentangle him.
The camera man seems to be just an ordinary technician, but his agile and mischevious brain sets every thing in motion. Others in the cast are four old time strippers, several coeds, the anatomically-gifted leading man, a European director with twelve eighteen year-old daughters, a fabulous beauty, a suspicious police Captain, and a Mafia Don. Does Tommie remain a virgin? Does Jay repent? It's a fun read to find out.
Crazy Cat People the paperback has been read by thousands of children and adults, and is a huge hit at cat shows across the U.S.
Now available on Kindle, complete with the same full-color illustrations.
Whimsical color illustrations portray each chapter’s cat characters. They include Freddie, a yellow tabby with an unusual friend; Gato Roberto, a Japanese Bobtail who may be bobbed twice; a calico named Precious who refuses to take her medicine; an oversized Maine Coon called Macaroni who can’t get enough to eat; and Catalina, the talkative tortie. There’s Stinky and Dipstick, Amanda and Abner, Gus and Duke, an anonymous blind cat, flea-infested Fritz, Arnie Schwarzenkitty, Queen Neferkitty, and Winner of Best in Show.
Cat lovers (crazy or not) will laugh, learn and be comforted when reading Crazy Cat People: Through Feline Eyes.
Be entertained by humorous short stories based on actual experiences at a cat hospital. Siam, the resident feline in charge, reports on crazy cat people visiting the vet as seen through his eyes. Siam’s real cat name is Thoth, from the Egyptian god of wisdom and writing.
Learn something about cat behavior and care with VIVA! Very Important Vet Advice and useful life–saving tips from a real veterinarian.*
Be comforted knowing you are not the only crazy cat person in the world!
Cat-themed quotes and quips sprinkled throughout
Carlos Sandoval, the illustrator of Crazy Cat People, includes images of his crazy cat people couture; attractive, playful attire as seen on catwalks of San Francisco fashion shows! (Not included in paperback version). Sandoval’s crazy cat illustrations can be found on greeting cards, postcards, calendars, and as quality framed prints.
Comments from readers:
Everything about it is top notch; the fun writing style, the cat advice, the adorable illustrations, the amusingly clever names for each feline.
--Dr. Shirley Lawrence, author of Hollywood Be Thy Name, Exploring the Supernatural, and The Secret Science of Numerology
It's a really cute book.
I gave copies to all my cat-loving friends.
I looooooooooove it!
The book is adorable.
The illustrations complement the stories very well.
A very clever idea, fun to read, and well-written. The VIVA!s fit in well and the art work is an excellent match.
I love your book, it is even better than I thought it would be.
The ending is purrrrfect!
>>All stories in Crazy Cat People are fictionalized, inspired by real events.
>>Any similarity to any human or feline is purely coincidental.
>>Names have been changed to protect the reputations of the cats.
*Dr. K. Kelly Jones, DVM graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and acquired the Cat Hospital of Wichita in 1998. She has worked exclusively with cats ever since. In addition to her busy cat hospital, Dr. Jones lectures at universities, presents research at veterinary conventions, is recipient of numerous honors and awards related to her volunteer efforts, and quoted and interviewed in popular cat magazines.
Although the informative and useful VIVAs come from a licensed cat veterinarian, this book is intended for entertainment purposes only, not to be used as treatment or diagnosis of any condition with any pet or crazy cat person. If you have concerns about the health of your cat, please call a local veterinarian.
If you suspect that you might be a crazy cat person and plan to read Crazy Cat People please don’t assume it’s about you. If you didn’t get the memo: It’s all about the cats!
Michael Segal è nato nel 1974 e fa l'attore. L'idea di questo libro nacque nel 1997 al manifestarsi della sua prima esperienza paranormale. Seguirono altri episodi che fecero nascere l'idea di questo romanzo che, per maturità artistica, ha visto la luce solo di recente.
Un thriller paranormale con un ritmo serratissimo. Dante, un poliziotto devastato psicologicamente ma dotato di inquietanti poteri, è chiamato ad affrontare uno spietato assassino che rivela ben presto la sua vera natura.
Insieme al suo fidato compagno Virgil e l'utilizzo di una particolare droga chiamata "Divina Commedia" che gli permette di amplificare le sue capacità soprannaturali, i due si scontreranno con una realtà inaspettata e pericolosamente mortale.
Paul Murphy is a retired educator. The father of three grown children he recently moved to Southport with his wife, Shirley.
He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He then obtained his Masters in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1970.
Paul possesses more than thirty years experience in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal, culminating with sixteen years as superintendent of schools in several communities.
After he retired, Paul’s first task was to write the Christian fiction novel, The 13th Apostle, published by Evergreen Press. He is also the author of two murder mysteries, Time in the Mirror and Golden Rule Days.
He is a twenty-five year member of Rotary International. Paul has served in various capacities in two Lutheran churches. His love of Jesus prompted his writing The 13th Apostle and its sequel, Angel Assignment: The White House.
An accidental stumble by a Secret Service agent leaves the country’s leaders exposed for a split second. A shot rings out: an instant later, the Vice President of the United States is dead, and the First Lady is mysteriously wounded. While a shaken President sits beside his injured wife considering resignation, the fiend behind the assassination attempt ramps up a smear campaign calculated to initiate impeachment, and orders his henchmen to scare off—kill, if necessary—a troublesome reporter determined to report only the facts. Still not satisfied, the evil-doer funds Al-Qaeda in a conspiracy to bring both America and its President to their knees. The terrorist attacks are executed with near-perfect precision: as an airplane spews a deadly new strain of anthrax over a crowd of over 100,000 unsuspecting football fans, Al-Qaeda members gun down random individuals at other nationally recognized gridiron venues.
The enemy’s scheme is working: the President trusts no one except family and Secret Service agents. As rumors and death swirl about the nation’s leader, the pressure to apprehend the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and name a new vice-president becomes almost unbearable. Prayer brings the President little comfort, for his faith has waned over the years, and he no longer believes in his religious heritage. As he flies off to a secret retreat, the President recalls his father’s and grandfather’s tales of “the thirteenth apostle” and the letters Gamaliel supposedly wrote, and rejects them once again as make-believe. But God has a revelation in store for him, and what he learns will be instrumental in his fight against his evil adversary.
“Paul Murphy is a wonderful story teller. His work in Angel Assignment: The White House grabs you and keeps you until the very end. This is not just a page turner…it’s a page burner. Start it today and you are likely to be up all night and you will be glad for the experience.” Dr. Mark Cress, Founder, Corporate Chaplains of America, Inc.
Finally, a suspense thriller the whole family can enjoy and talk about. A book for all ages, Angel Assignment: The White House, is a modern day novel featuring the president as the good guy, and a bunch of bad guys to fill out the roster. A good story to talk about with family and students. A great, what if. Susan Warren Books 'n Stuff
I grew up east of the 100th meridian, which meant that I had no inkling of what it would be like to experience a major wildland fire like the ones that take place in the American West. Quite a few years ago, an arsonist lit a fire near the small city I moved to in far northern California, one which burned 64,000 acres, demolished the rural health clinic my husband helped found, and destroyed 600 structures. The hair-raising stories from our friends who had to flee the fire made a huge impression on me—so much so that I decided research the phenomenon and write this.
Then the Lightning Siege of 2008 struck. Six thousand lightning strikes sparked two thousand fires, 150 of them in the area where I live, three of them right behind the ridge my home occupies. One night, after weeks of smoke and jangled nerves, the wind came howling down off the Oregon desert and every fire around us exploded. That night, my husband and I awoke in the middle of the night to find our bedroom flooded with orange light. When we stepped to the window, we saw that flames were dancing along the top of the entire ridgeline that formed our western horizon. We were evacuated for eight nail-biting days.
Living through a wildland fire was as awe-inspiring, terrifying, and daunting as I had imagined. Anyone who has lived through one of these elemental experiences knows this. I hope that this book can give those who have never had such an experience a vivid picture of what it would be like, as well as give voice to those who have.
I’ve written my entire life, starting in second grade; I studied Creative Writing at Wellesley College, where I graduated with a double major in English Literature and Biology. My children’s book, The Legend of the Flying Hotdog, a fable about the power of kindness, was published by Green Tiger Press and optioned for film. I served as editor-in-chief for the literary magazine, The Hot Air Quarterly, for several years. My first novel, The Last Good Fairy, first published as a limited collector’s edition won a New England Book Show Award for excellence in book design; it is currently available on Kindle.
A burned-out physician whose stale world is crumbling around him, a homeless man bedeviled by a phantom loss, an alienated young girl living off the grid with her controlling father, a volunteer firefighter driven by a devastating mistake … Fifteen compelling voices tell the story of a raging, out-of-control wildfire.
By turns heartbreaking, triumphant, mysterious, and familiar, Altar of Fire illustrates how seeds of redemption, release, and hope can germinate beneath the ashes of loss. And it reminds us of the potential that lies within not only each challenge, but also each individual, no matter how broken or lost.
David Joseph (U.S. Air Force Reserve, retired) served with great distinction in the Air Force. In his thirty-three years of service, he was on flying status the entire time. As a Senior Master Sergeant, his final assignment was as Non Commissioned Officer In-Charge, Boom Operator, 70th Air Refueling Squadron. He is currently a writer and employed with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Lessons Learned From Pararescue shares Pararescueman David Joseph’s “Forever Five” fundamental lessons for success: Never Quit, Positive Attitude, Hard Work, Belief, and Discipline. Laced with personal stories from David Joseph’s eclectic career, this book shares the lessons he has been teaching to friends, family, co-workers for the past thirty years. While money may be nice, enjoying what you do is better, because true wealth is about experience. Told with a dose of humility, this book provides simple insight, practical advice, and words of encouragement from a former Air Force Pararescueman.
A.K. Hartline was born in the small town of Jasper, Tennessee, one of five children raised in a solid, loving family. He had a voracious appetite for reading, and very early began to put pen to paper, writing his imaginations. After many years writing songs and poems, he turned his mind and energies to novels. He and his family reside in Hixson, Tennessee, and he enjoys, among other things, gardening, cooking, music and art.
Golf Digest Top 50 in America
Golf Magazine Top 100 in America
Simply put, Gary Gilchrist is synonymous with junior golf. In a coaching career that spans more than 20 years, Gilchrist has been responsible for recruiting, training and developing more top-ranked junior-level golfers than any other coach in the business.
In his illustrious coaching career, Gilchrist has taught more than 75 American Junior Golf Association All-Americans, six AJGA Players of the Year, two U.S. Amateur champions (American David Gossett and Colombia’s Maria Jose Uribe), two U.S. Junior Girls champions (Chile’s Nicole Perrot and Korea’s In-Kyung Kim), one NCAA women’s champion (Thailand’s Virada Nirapathpongporn) and one U.S. Public Links champion (American Michelle Wie).
Gilchrist also teaches many of the game’s best professionals and helped Yani Tseng ascend to No. 1 in the world. Gilchrist also coaches China’s first fully exempt LPGA Tour player Shanshan Feng, who when combined with Tseng, have won a combined 6 majors since 2010 under Gilchrist’s guidance — Tseng (4) and Feng (2).
Pros Gary Works with:
Hoffmann, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, is the first player to go through the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy junior program through college and on to the PGA Tour. Hoffmann played three years at Oklahoma State where he notched four wins and was a highly-rated amateur in 2009, holding the No. 1 spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking that year while making the Walker Cup team.
After gaining full-time status on the PGA Tour for 2013, in just a little over a year, Hoffmann has 10 top 25s and has amassed $1.2 million in earnings.
Feng is the first player from China to become a member of the LPGA and has been working with Gary Gilchrist for seven years. Feng also became the first player from China to win a major championship when she won the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Feng has two majors & eight total wins to her credit:
Hedblom, of Sweden and a long time veteran on the European Tour, has four Challenge Tour wins and three European Tour wins to his credit:
Co-Author Colby Huffman:
In addition to being the founder of TourXcel, and U.S. patent holder of the Hank Haney Swing Band, Huffman's students have won over 65 national and international championships under his guidance. He was named Indiana's youngest ever PGA Teacher of the Year in 2012, and has been honored with recognition by Golf Digest in its selection of "Best Teachers State by State 2013+2014."
Colby served as a lead instructor for the Hank Haney IJGA from 2007-2009. Prior to that, he worked with Gary Gilchrist at the IJGA (as Director of Training) as well as the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. During his time at the IJGA, Huffman worked with many top-ranked juniors and LPGA standouts such as Stephanie Meadow, as well as In-Kyung Kim and Song-Hee Kim who both have been ranked in the top-15 in the LPGA Rolex World Ranking. Song-Hee Kim, in particular, became the youngest woman to ever win a professional golf event in the United States (2006, prior to Lexi Thompson).
He was also a featured coach on The Golf Channel’s “School of Golf” in 2009 and is the only coach in the world to have developed two Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award recipients in the same year (2008). Both students were his full-time academy boarding students. He has developed 8 Junior All-Americans, who were also his full-time boarding students, while helping to cultivate dozens of college scholarship athletes, as well.
In 2011-2012, he directed the training and instruction for the IUPUI Jaguars who shot the lowest single day tournament round of the year out of all NCAA Division 1 teams shooting 265 (-19) at Primm Valley Golf Club in Nevada. Also, in 2012, IUPUI won the most regular season tournaments (7) out of all NCAA Division 1 teams.
Huffman is a PGA Class-A member, a Certified Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness Instructor, a Certified Club-fitter, and a Performance Enhancement Specialist. He is the only PGA Teacher of the Year from any PGA Section in the nation who is also designated as a Certified Consultant by the Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP), the international professional organization of sport and exercise psychology. He is currently completing his PhD specializing in Sport Psychology.
A four-time Academic All-Big Ten student-athlete at Purdue University, Colby received the USAA All-American Scholar Award in 1999. He graduated from Purdue where he studied kinesiology and biomechanics, before earning a Master’s degree from Purdue in 2001 in sport business management and marketing.
Following his time in college, Huffman spent time playing professionally on the PGA Tour de Las Americas, Golden Bear Tour, Hurricane Tour and the Maverick Tour, where he competed against many of today’s PGA Tour Members.
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Huffman is a graduate of Carmel High School and lives on the north side of Indianapolis with his wife and two children.
More and more major champions are preparing like Olympians prepare in other sports. Have you ever wondered how they work on the different aspects of their games, or how often you should practice different elements of your game? Or, have you ever thought about how often major champions utilize video analysis and work on "swing shape" relative to ball flight, distance control, and feel drills? Similarly, have you ever wondered how many rounds major champions play between tournaments, or how often they do pre-shot routines and what they think about? These questions, and more, will be answered in Train for Golf Like an Olympian, so you can bring your "A Game" to the first tee.
This is your access to an authentic look at the training insights and practice secrets of top ranked players at all levels, including major champions. This book provides a detailed blueprint that has been laboriously researched, tested, utilized, and proven over the past two decades. It presents the best training plans covering all aspects of the game ever assembled in the world of golf. You will get the latest game-changing information on: technique, mindsets, tournament plans, training schedules, short game, evaluations, goal-setting, and peak performances. Gilchrist and Huffman convey the training knowledge that they have shared with the top players in the game of golf. Now, this unprecedented inside look at top players’ training regimens is finally available for YOU to apply.
Gilchrist and Huffman’s method teaches you to understand your own game, to understand your own swing, and to utilize a “troubleshooting guide” which in turn creates self-sufficiency. You will have an understanding of the drills you are performing and have an understanding of the entire system under which you are training. You will learn how to analyze your performance and understand how to make a plan to learn and improve. This plan also prevents the most common faults and bad habits which create bad shots and bad scores from ever creeping in one's game. You can imagine how good your game will be once you have an easy to follow, detailed plan that the best in the world have used and have proved works time and time again.
The proven, world-class training system in this book is the accumulation of groundbreaking knowledge from various athletic disciplines and provides a highly structured, yet, easy-to-follow, minute-by-minute blueprint on how to become a great golfer. An abundance of empirical data, which reveals the keys to maximizing one’s potential in the game of golf, was gathered and utilized from many other sports, many systems, and many individuals over many years. This system has been formulated and refined by charting out practice schedules, analyzing tournament results, and fine-tuning the blueprint for many years.
There are a lot of “keys” in this book. Make note of the ones you enjoy, and learn from them. By reading this book, you gain first-hand knowledge from the absolute top experts in the game of golf regarding training through performance cycles and their phases. You are getting the only golf training information in the world that discusses peak performance with this much science, research, and experience behind it. Take advantage of the knowledge and make it work for you.
Historically, the system and concept of periodization that Gilchrist and Huffman utilize has produced numerous champions in other sports such as cycling, running, tennis, and swimming, as well as by great golf champions such as Tiger Woods. A periodization system is a long-term process that has developed champions at all levels, and if you understand and apply the knowledge in this book, you will have a much, much more realistic opportunity to optimize peak performances than someone with your same talent level who is not familiar with the knowledge in this book. Reading this book is like training with Gilchrist and Huffman who have both coached major champions.
Roger K. Miller, author also of the novels Invisible Hero and Dragon in Amber, was a newspaper writer and editor for more than thirty years. He is a freelance writer and critic whose work has appeared in numerous metropolitan newspapers and other publications. He and his wife Nancy, parents of three grown children, live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Two narratives intertwine in The Chenango Kid. One is the personal story of the author, Roger Miller, who grew up on Chenango Street, a main artery of the medium-sized industrial city of Binghamton, New York, in the 1950s. The second is the larger story of the 1950s. Each narrative enlarges upon the other.
Many elements make up the personal: a devastating house fire; a single mother who liked to work and to frequent taverns; a father, mystified by life; less devoted to work than to benignly stalking his son; a half-sister long unknown; a drunken and/or crazy uncle or two; a boyhood paradise in the hills of Pennsylvania; and a passion for reading and art. All in all an unconventionally conventional working-class youth.
The Chenango Kid also connects Chenango Street to the wider world of the Fifties, a vibrant, explosive decade in art, literature, music, movies, and television—making it The Decade That Never Ends. The popular culture of no other ten-year span in the century continues to exert its influence as strongly or to be revived as often as that of the 1950s.
Dr. Jerry Kennard is an established and popular self-help writer. He spent many years working in a variety of healthcare settings before eventually moving into teaching and research where he headed a department of psychology. Jerry has blogged for some of the leading health-related sites on the web. He is the former Men's Health Guide at About.com and he now writes a regular blog for Healthcentral.com on the topics of depression and anxiety.
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