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by margaret weissChange is hard, especially if a medical diagnosis reshapes a formerly comfortable life. Celiac patient and practicing dietitian, Margaret Weiss, uses personal and professional experiences to create a guide to handle reactions to major upheaval, with the ultimate goal of acceptance and empowerment.
by Tobias Maxwell“Everyone has read about the journey of famous actors. But what about the thousands of actors who struggle to survive the dog-eat-dog actor’s life in New York City and never reach fame and fortune? \t Welcome to the nitty-gritty life of an actor cum art model in all its naked glory; the story of an illegal alien’s journey to America, a sex-addicted bisexual, hell-bent on making something happen for himself in NYC, circa 1980.”
by Lora LiegelAfter her wife gave birth, Lora struggled to find her identity as a new parent and lesbian, non-biological mother. When she learned that the legal system did not fully recognize her parental status as a non-biological parent, she chose to do a “second parent” adoption. Initially, this further spurred feelings of inadequacy. She was not the bio-mom. She was the second parent, the other mother. As Lora’s son grew, she grappled to fit into social and legal landscapes and even her own family. ... more
by Sam OfmanApproximately 2,130,000 couples got married in the United States in 2018. That’s 2,130,000 speeches in which somebody said, “You don’t realize how much work goes into a night like this.” On November 4th, 2018, Sam Ofman gave one of those speeches. A Groom with a View shares a groom’s story of what it takes to plan a wedding in America. Everything Ofman knows about weddings he learned the hard way, by living it. His tale of navigating the wedding industrial complex comes from a layman’s perspe... more
by Alec WightmanAbout MUSIC IN MY LIFE: Notes From a Longtime Fan Rock & roll first spoke to Alec Wightman as a ten-year-old boy when he heard Dion sing “The Wanderer” on his transistor radio. Over the next sixty years, Wightman would listen to countless records, chase live shows from coast to coast, promote singer-songwriter acts through his own concert production company, and work with leaders in the music industry as a member and chair of the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—all while maintaining his ... more
by Reza NoubaryIt all started around sixty years ago when a young boy witnessed an earthquake that caused detrimental harm to an innocent community. The unfortunate event left a deep impression on him. He couldn't forget that when he would ask about it, he would only be told that they must have done something bad to anger the god. Even though he was still young, he did not find the answer convincing. He then devoted almost all his waking moments to thinking about and making sense of what happened that day. He ... more
by Debra Kaplan LowChicago’s South Side was a far different place in the 1950s and 1960s. First-time author Debra Kaplan Low provides a compelling first-person account of what it was like navigating childhood in one of these South Side neighborhoods alongside a colorful cast of characters. In her upcoming book, Under the Viaduct: Memories of Life in the Manor and Beyond (Book Street Press), Low details the environmental and social challenges she and others who grew up in the Manor faced, as well as chilling stor... more
by marta obiols llistar
In 2012, after experiencing numerous difficulties and disappointments within the Atlanta school system, Marta Obiols made the bold decision to remove her three children from public school. Intending to home school, the degreed educator eventually embraced “unschooling,” which allows children to direct their own learning at their own pace in a supportive setting that fosters their natural curiosity.
Before long, the woman who never dreamed she’d be a stay-at-home mom, le... more
by Shano SeamandShano Seamand is a young female living with a rare genetic disease called Friedreichs Ataxia (FA). She was a healthy able-bodied child until the age of 13 when the diagnosis was made. Having struggled to find a public voice for the disease, Shano hopes to become that voice of hope and inspiration to those also suffering from FA and other degenerative diseases. After struggling for years to find the right support, Shano is unwavering in her journey to get better and prove others wrong. Through ha... more
by Shari HallGod? I can’t feel him, touch him, see him, or hear him, so how can he be, and what could he ever want with me?” Illegitimate, poor, bi-racial in 1960s America – searching for an identity and unconditional love. As she recalls a childhood trauma and hair straightening “torture” sessions, we feel her heartache, pain, and sense of not being good enough. A critical choice leads her down a path of self-destruction as she denies her authentic self in search of wealth and worthiness. Fleeing to Austral... more
by John MilorThe end of the age is upon us. Soon the heavens will be shaken, and the battlefield of an ancient war will make its way to the earth. The fabric of time and space trembles full of fractures under the strain of warring battalions, yet we of earth sit in stillness, in a quiet sector of our universe, primarily unaware of the forces about to embark upon us.. Through the thinning veil, both the darkness, and the light are penetrating. And while the world becomes subtly entrenched in clouds of dark... more
by Marcus A. NanniniMIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG. CAPTURE OF THE NAZI WHO PUT ADOLPH HITLER INTO POWER. Midnight Flight to Nuremberg details the WWII Experiences of C-47 Pilot/Instructor First Lieutenant Harry E. Watson, Jr., a veteran of 27 Combat Missions, three Air Medals recipients, and seven Battle Stars. 10-year-old Harry Watson was stuck, head-first, at the top of an abandoned coal mine. Fighting a blinding snowstorm, his mom struggled to the top of the rock pile, pushed Harry through the narrow openin... more
by Pamula FloydMother Knows Best is a remarkable memoir of resilience, perseverance, and miracles. In 1994, The Wall Street Journal published an article called “Dying for Milk: Some Mother’s Trying in Vain to Breast-Feed, Starve Their Infants.” Chaz Floyd was one of those infants. He may not have died from insufficient milk syndrome, but it did take his life. His mother spent a lot of time arguing with and praying to God. What happened to Chaz was purely preventable, if only doctors and nurses had listened whe... more
by Shelby WagnerEveryone wants to love and be loved. But what happens when the one you love dies? Or you discover he/she is only after your money? When we are in love, life is fun and exciting. But when that love is lost, it is devastatingly painful. Author and educator, Shelby Wagner, has experienced both situations, and in her book, "Learning to Dance in the Rain II, " she offers insights and strategies which will be beneficial to all mature singles who desire a change. Those who buy and read her book, are ... more
by Jeana Sue KendrickMemoirs of a Bible Smuggler is a true story set during the Cold War, an era when Christians who resisted the Communists’ godless decrees faced prison or death. A naïve housewife in the Texas piney woods, Kendrick dreamed of being a Bible smuggler. She and her husband began praying an extra hour in the evenings. They were soon overseas, smuggling Bibles to Christians hungry for God’s Word. Through Door of Hope International, the Kendricks developed a network of trained couriers to deliver Bibles.... more
by Michael Barrett MillerAtreus, a homeless man, living primarily in an outdoor shelter in Seattle, shared the following thoughts, letters, and notes with me over three years. These musings come from a man who was crushed by violence and loss. His reflections give hope to many who find themselves in similar situations, living on the outskirts of society.