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by KRISTA MARSONMEMORY ROAD TRIP is a compendium of travel stories ranging from the sublime to the surreal as told by a money-strapped traveler who gallivanted around the globe on a proverbial shoestring. The journey down memory road is a heartfelt excursion into the past that takes armchair explorers on an odyssey of life, love, and loneliness. The circuitous path is full of philosophical nooks and crannies, and many stories get told from the bottom of a psychological well. Readers will join this intrepid Gen ... more
by Jeff JacksonI describe the out-of-the-ordinary life that I've lived and share some of what I've learned along the way. I describe being a teenage soldier, husband, and father and an incredible health-scare with our newborn. A season of life living as a missionary with my family in another country, and then being diagnosed with a terminal disease that changed the trajectory of my life.
by John E. Budzinski
What do you say to Saint Peter as he escords you to see THE BOSS - to talk about your Permanent Record - your legacy? Where you just a victim of circumstances, or is there more to the story...?
by Ruth Edgett"A Watch in the Night: The story of Pomquet Island's last lightkeeping family" chronicles the struggles of one Nova Scotia family to survive on a tiny windswept island without running water, electricity, or reliable communication with the mainland. For thirty-six years, George and Ruth Millar tended the Pomquet Island light, raised generations of livestock, brought up their six children, and lived through violent storms and other weather disasters. "A Watch in the Night" is not a dry account of ... more
by Len StarbeckWhat on earth is a medical diver? Someone who practices medicine underwater? Leonard Starbeck served for over 28 years in the U.S. Navy and Marines, and in this fascinating memoir he answers that very question. Follow along as he tells stories of his many adventures travelling the world as an Independent Medical Diver (DMT/IDC) and a tactical medic, and more recently as a surgical nurse and Merchant Marine Medical Service Officer.
by Tracy BeckermanUndeterred by her inability to keep a houseplant alive, Tracy Beckerman decides her family just isn’t complete without a dog. But when Riley comes into their lives, they realize they got a lot more than they bargained for. From tracking wet cement through the house to shredding the family’s underwear, Riley is a one-dog wrecking ball. Add in the challenge of trying to housebreak a dog in a hurricane and you have a recipe for chaos. But Riley also brings something else into the family. A sweet... more
by Andrea JohnsAndrea endured many hardships in her life while travelling around Australia with her lovable rascal of a father. She was taught cunningness, survival, love, gambling, hunting and fishing, unlike any education you get from sitting in a classroom. Taken out of school at barely 13, she lost count of how many schools she attended in her mere 5 years of education. Engaged at15,married at 16 and a mother at 17. War and the traumatic birth of her second child only made her stronger. Evacuated to London... more
by Nicole BellRuss and Nicole Bell were an upwardly mobile happy couple: two kids, big house, fun hobbies, marvelous life. But something wasn’t quite right—with Russ. He started forgetting things, he got lost, he became enraged, he was harsh with the kids. And he could no longer be trusted with minor responsibilities. They visited doctor after doctor after doctor to try to determine what was wrong, to no avail. “Alzheimer’s,” they were told, but that didn’t make sense. Russ was too young for that. As the f... more
by Steven M. WetsteinFrom the moment in kindergarten when he joined his class in singing If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands— and felt ashamed that he wasn’t happy—Steven Wetstein knew he was different. Shy, alone and afraid, but bright, he made it through grade school, but was lost in adulthood. Bombing out of college, and without job skills, he made a scant living as a cook. Estrangement from his family followed, and he never had an intimate relationship or built a circle of friends. This was partly du... more
by Valda Zalums Gebhart
A young Latvian woman, responsible for the safety of her parents, her sister and their nursing children, leads the family’s remarkable journey of escape ahead the Soviet Army advancing on Rīga and into the clutches of the retreating German Army. Natālija is brave story rich in human emotion. It is a memoir of survival, irreconcilable love, and heart wrenching loss as the Petrockis family is dispatched to a series of German labor camps before liberation by American fo... more
by Joe MassaroFrom academic failure and drag racing with Don Garlits to hidden drama at the 1980 Winter Olympics and a dream of constructing a Frank Lloyd Wright master’s masterpiece, Joe Massaro hits all the peaks and valleys on his Impossible Road. Overcoming a Learning Disability Joe Massaro says he’s a lucky guy, but luck got a leg up from his swift business instincts, street smarts, and perseverance. Encumbered by an undiagnosed learning disability and 10 years of academic failure and summer school, J... more
by Graham RichardsAll generations of students think that they are special and possibly unique. Those of us who went up to Brasenose College in Oxford in 1958 can justify that claim better than most, particularly if that ‘Class’ includes, as is reasonable, those who came up in 1959 but went into the second year and hence took their Finals with most of us: the Class of 1961 in the north American usage, which dates by the year of graduation rather than of matriculation. The most notable additions were the several Rh... more
by Eddie GallagherOn September 11, 2018, Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher—a highly-decorated combat veteran with nine deployments to war zones in Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq—was arrested for war crimes at the TBI medical clinic where he was receiving treatment. His incarceration was the culmination of a year-long whisper campaign started by a group of disgruntled members of his SEAL platoon after a successful deployment fighting ISIS in Mosul, Iraq. At the end of that deployment, Chief Gallagher was named t... more
by Sophie Smith22-year-old Sophie is living a life of paradoxes. She loves rock climbing but is afraid of heights. She has embarked on a solo traveling adventure but keeps meeting attractive men who insist on complicating things. She is heartbroken after the death of her mother but feels more alive than ever as she traverses three continents and eleven countries, trying to find her way. This is a coming-of-age story; a tale of adventure; and a powerful memoir of loss and love.
by JULIA FREYVery quietly Ron said, “You know, I think the Towers are going to go. Maybe we’d better get out of here.” \tIf either of the Towers fell at a certain angle, our building was directly in the line of fall. Above the raging flames, the perpendicular steel I-beams were beginning to bulge out, softening in the heat. Again his unnaturally quiet voice, “I can’t stay here. If the Towers fall on us, I’ll die of fright.” Julia Frey’s diary begins with September 11, 2001, when she and her terminally ... more
by Eugene WallaceHere is the story of a man’s life that has been riddled and ruffled with emotionally unstable personality disorder, a known mental illness. Despite spending a considerable part of his life at various rehabilitation facilities, Eugene’s life was largely marred with crazy-bound incidences. He was a convicted drug dealer with a history of violence. His case was so bad that he even attacked his dad with a claw hammer. He was everything you could think of when it came to drugs and crime. However, fro... more