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by James M. O'Brien, Ph. DIn l940, the nation hovers on the brink of World War II, and a small and fearful six-year-old trembles on the brink of first grade at St. Mary's School, Elgin. He will find himself plunged into a world of mystery, guided by white-robed nuns who speak a mysterious language and live in a separate world from ordinary people. He will become steeped in the liturgy and language of the Catholic Church as it presented itself at the time, and come to feel set apart from the non-Catholics and special, but... more
by Derrick R. HardingOn February 16, 2014, a fellow elder quietly prayed for me: ?Lord, give my brother a new bone marrow.? The next day, a Hematologist diagnosed that I had a bone marrow disease. This unbelievable news with no obvious sign or symptom was true. I had an aggressive acute Leukemia. Graphically, the Lord assured me, three times that I would be healed and the disease would not return (Nahum 1, 9). Acting proactively, the Hematologist scheduled my admission into a Florida hospital. Subsequently, a skille... more
by Grace Hournbuckle WalkerWhen Grace Hournbuckle Walker talked for the last time with her eight-year-old son, Nathan, he shared his joyful hope and anticipation of his future in heaven with Jesus. That unforgettable exchange inspired Grace to create poetry and letters capturing elements of that conversation and the foundation of trust in God shared by mother and son. Now I Can Think Myself to Mars: A Son?s Final Goodbye, A Mother?s Journal of Renewal collects those writings and bridges the decades between that conversati... more
by Bernadette J. Harrod, RNIt was 1969 and the war in Vietnam was at its height. At the time, author Bernadette J. Harrod was twenty-four years old and a full-fledged operating room nurse. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy, she volunteered her services and became a member of the Army Nurse Corps stationed on the front lines at Phu Bai, Vietnam, a forward base camp in the demilitarized zone. In Fort Chastity, Vietnam, 1969, she shares her story of what nursing was like in a combat zone, standing covered in mud and bl... more
by JILL DOBBEA heartwarming travel memoir filled with temper tantrums, disorienting jet lag, and zany, once-in-a-lifetime family adventures. Who says you can't travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent of Africa with a few stops in between. Armed with strollers, diapers, and too much luggage, we travel to over twenty-five countries throughout a ten year span, while w... more
by JILL DOBBE
Traveling across the globe to work in an international school in Cairo, Egypt, was not exactly the glamorous lifestyle I thought it would be. I cherished my travels to the Red Sea, delighted in visiting the Pyramids, and appreciated the natural wonders of the Nile River. However, I also spent days without electricity or internet, was leered at by rude Egyptian men, breathed in Cairo’s cancerous black smog, and coaxed school work from rich, apathetic students.
Why the he... more
by David ShwaikoThe author loved to hitchhike. The seventies were hitchhiking?s golden age. From 1970 to 1976, by himself and with three different partners, he hitchhiked literally thousands of miles. He just totaled it up. Including all the short US hitches and the three long ones, the two long Canadian hitches, and the European hitches, it totals out to about twenty-seven thousand miles. That?s longer than the circumference of our beloved planet Earth. Mostly in the early years, he hitchhiked with his best fr... more
by Judy ZimlichmanJudy Zimlichman's third child, Chaim, was born with Williams syndrome, and over the past thirty-nine years, she?s helped him conquer challenges and enjoy special times. While Chaim may face intellectual and physical challenges, he loves people?and they love him back. In sharing how she helped her son enjoy life to the fullest, the author provides encouragement and a roadmap for all families that have a loved one with special needs. She is convinced that, as a parent, you must be fierce advocate ... more
by Ramakrishna Michaels
In a perfect world the musically gifted Ramakrishna would have grown up to become a concert pianist. However, his complicated, emotionally incestuous relationship with his mother, and a largely absentee father set the stage for a life that played out quite differently. He quit playing the piano his freshman year in college and instead became the ultimate gay party boy. For seventeen years he was consumed by a life fueled by copious amounts of drugs and sex.
When he finally hit bottom in... more
by Daniel Garrison
Drifting in the Push is a fast-paced, comical romp that takes the reader on a journey through the unintentional adventures of one man’s reality. From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to Alaska, missteps, stubborn obstacles, and fate are his constant companions, along with an offbeat assortment of entertaining characters. From time to time, his escapades include his two childhood friends—Bryan, who follows him to the unforgiving Arctic, and Shane, who steer... more
by Crickette Gill"Uncle" is a gripping account of Crickette's childhood growing up with an alcoholic paranoid schizophrenic manifesting in the bedroom next door. Estranged from her parents and sent to live with her grandparents as a child, Crickette grew up in constant fear of the illness that was slowly tightening its grip on her reality. In her first novelette, "Uncle", Crickette weaves a series of traumatic encounters with schizophrenia as seen through the eyes of a child growing into a resourceful, resilient... more
by Kathy Connor Dobronyi
Kathy Connor is one of 4,000 American civilians living in Saigon in 1963. Under the Wings of a Good Luck Phoenix is a compelling story of a twelve-year-old American girl living in Saigon, Viet Nam in a period historians call “The Watershed Year.” Kathy's first-person narration captures her journey from an innocent girl to a wiser self-aware young woman. She does this with the help of a Vietnamese servant and a lucky pendant embossed with a Vietnamese phoenix, a sign ... more
by Patrice M FosterMolding My Destiny A story of hope that takes one child from surviving to thriving. A story of strength, courage and determination, Patrice M Foster’s moving journey from poverty, neglect and abuse is a tribute to the human spirit. Born in Jamaica West Indies, Patrice and her five siblings endured a barren childhood devoid of love, security, and hope. After both parents abandoned their children, Patrice’s only means of surviving years of mistreatment with uncaring relatives was the hope... more
by Bruce K. HansonIn his new book, For the Record: Confessions of a Vinyl-Soundtrack Junkie, Bruce K. Hanson explores his life-long obsession with collecting movie soundtracks and Broadway cast recordings by connecting them with anecdotes about growing up gay in the late sixties and early seventies, performing on stage, teaching theatre and visual arts, and coping with the little challenges that life offers on a regular basis. Bruce’s narrative manages to be honest, accessible, and engaging, making him immensely ... more
by Heather JaynesThis book is about a father and daughter, driving a jeep, packed to the top with household items, and towing a large storage box, laden with heavy household and garage machines, from London to Bulgaria by crossing three countries. The daughter did the driving. It was tough, on a time limit, and by no means trouble-free.