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by Grace LozadaWe all live a lifetime of many experiences. Life can be a roller-coaster ride for some more than others. Mine has been this way. Born into generations of educated, privileged, and successful millionaires, I tell a story of how one generation’s downfall due to financial, emotional, and addiction problems had crippling, traumatic effects on everyone around them, including myself. This story is about my journey of how I was going to fight with every fiber of my being, to not follow in the footste... more
by Ben Batchelder
Novelist Ben Batchelder abandoned a cozy corporate career and, instead of returning to the U.S. like a normal re-pat, moved deep into the interior of Brazil. Here, he drives his two-wheel drive station wagon into the Amazon, on the notoriously dangerous Belém-Brasília highway, and back along Brazil’s endless Atlantic Coast, on roads few if any Brazilians brave. Hence the need for such a ferocious breed as Labrador: for protection. Along the way, humorous encounters with co... more
by Gene Olson
by Gene OlsonGrowing up in the Pacific Northwest. Dropping out of college in 1964, drafted Army released to the Navy. Spent 2 years in Vietnam on a flat bottom LST amphibious Navy, Saigon River, Mekong Delta, beachings along coast. Three years back from Vietnam hospitalized at Seattle VA hospital. Six years later spent 5 months at VA Medical Center, Tacoma, WA diagnosed as manic depression or now Bipolar Disorder. Later met a beautiful Polish girl on vacation. God not only sent me a beautiful Polish girl, ... more
by Nicole ThomasShe’s spent a good portion of her life in search of happiness—struggling to find her place, and to discover her worth. But if there’s one thing Nicole Thomas has figured out, it’s that every experience contains an important lesson, and that God has been there for every step along the way. So with that knowledge, she began to blog. From the ins and outs of divorce and child-rearing, to important conversations with friends, her everyday reflections have served as a creative outlet, documenting ... more
by Edward C. LarsonIn 1943, Eddie Larson went to war. He was sent to the far reaches of western China, to a place nestled in the shadows of the mighty Himalayas—the infamous Hump—to fly whatever aircraft he could coax into the skies. He was one of the youngest pilots in the China-Burma-India Theater. This is a story of manic devotion to airplanes and all things flying in a time when the world experienced vast and remarkable changes. It is a story of a life truly well lived—a story of joy, and commitment, and findi... more
by Brigid MarlinA Meaning for Danny, Brigid Marlin’s poignant and engaging book, is the story of both her son’s lifelong struggle with the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, long before the term was coined, and her own struggles as a mother, trying to help her son and make sense of his suffering.
by LeeAndra ChergeyBy the age of two, Ryan has los his ability to speak—twice. Sensing it is more than typical “second child” behaviors, his mother, LeeAndra, embarks upon a mission to understand why Ryan has become withdrawn and violent, and is met with a devastating answer: her son is autistic. After a few months of behavioral treatment, Ryan experiences remarkable success. He begins to communicate, learns to adapt to his surroundings, and after attending a special educational preschool, where he thrives, he ... more
by John McClarrenJohn McClarren (LTC, US Army, retired) relates to his readers how circumstances in his own life naturally led him into taking what many would consider unnecessary risks in order to reach his goals, and how this risk-taking became a primary routine in his life, all of which ultimately resulted in total fulfillment. \tThis book is for anyone who is always trying to assess the need to take risks in accomplishing goals, and there are very few who are not in that category. We all take risks from time... more
by Adel SoutoThe Least Silent of Men is a document of one man's 30-day vow of silence, containing a brief history of the act, as well as a detailed account of the experience. It also includes a foreword by artist George Petros, as well as a transcript of the communication book carried for the month of the experiment.
by Max Knight"Silver Taps" relates the author's struggle to come to grips with the death of his father. The book delves into the terrible effects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. It pays tribute to a man who served his country in three wars; World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. It also pays tribute to the traditions at Texas A&M University, the institution, and the Corps of Cadets.
by Claire SnymanWhen Claire Snyman is diagnosed with a rare benign brain tumor at the age of thirty-four, she and her family are completely blindsided. She tries to make sense of their new reality while trying to navigate conflicting medical advice. Claire learns to be her body’s own advocate as she undergoes a personal awakening during the often-harrowing journey of life with a brain tumor, her misdiagnosis and through the brain surgery and recovery that followed. This inspirational story of a woman, mother... more
Below the Water Line: Getting Out, Going Back, and Moving Forward in the Decade After Hurricane Katrinaby Lisa KarlinIn this intensely personal and moving memoir, Lisa Karlin provides a gripping account of her family’s hurricane evacuation experiences and all that followed in the decade after Hurricane Katrina. Her story begins in August 2005, when Lisa, her husband, thirteen-year-old daughter, eleven-year-old son, and two dogs evacuated New Orleans for what they thought would be a two-day “hurrication.” Her day-by-day account of the weeks that follow vividly chronicles the unprecedented displacement of thousa... more
by Sarah M. Johnson
Life is Beautiful takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in Life is Beautiful, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’... more
by jeffrey b. roneyLiving a life full of challenges and complications. A death of a father and a son who gets lost in the pain of survival.
by Sean Michael O'DonnellAfter fifteen years of up-all-night gay disco dance parties, Sean O'Donnell and his longtime partner Todd decided to trade in their leather chaps for mom jeans and start a family. In August 2012 the not-so ambiguously gay duo walked into a Pittsburgh-based adoption agency and said, "We'd like a child, please." For the next several months they attended parenting classes, subjected themselves to probing FBI background checks, and completed enough paperwork to reforest the whole of the Amazon River... more