I was fortunate to have three sisters and two brothers. I would be the youngest of three or the oldest of four. Growing up would not be an ordinary experience for any of us. Yet, amazingly we persevered. I believe all of us were determined and chose to do and be better— not repeat the same mistakes. Memories of our mother gentle and loving but frail and medicated too often. Our father instilled fear for he never was taught or shown real nurturing love himself. Later, we would all understand the dynamics of both our parents and we would forgive. My dreams were to be a singer, dancer, artist and missionary—one day. I have done it all in some small capacity and on borrowed time. I would marry while a junior in high school and have a son on my husband’s birthday. Then, we were young and in love and determined to defy the odds. We would have three children and achieve incredible financial success during the process. But, in the end I would be sacrificed and my husband rewarded. Divorced, appealed and annulled—I was compelled to write my first book—my story, for understanding and to make a difference….
Wondering About is the personal journey of a mind that has used imagination, curiosity, and wonder to try to make sense of the world, using science as the bedrock of the road taken. The journey is personal in that David Strumfels has recently discovered that he suffers from Aspergers’ Syndrome, a form of high functioning autism that makes relating to other human beings extraordinarily difficult. Through the many sufferings of this condition prior to Mr. Strumfels’ diagnosis, his curiosity and passion to understand have allowed him to keep asking questions, and develop his own mind to where he can share it with others.
Poetry that comes from the heart—that’s the Poetic Gesture the Hill’s family offers for both young and old readers. With verses and stanzas that are true, personal, close to the heart, and heartwarming, this anthology engagingly speaks of survival, starting anew, special people, the power of prayer, wonderful dedications, heroes honored on Memorial Day, victims of 9/11, death, and more. Take a glimpse of lives lived, memories treasured, and moments cherished by the poet’s family in this collaborated effort that expresses their joys of life through the good times and even through the bad ones.
The Adventures of Button Broken Tail includes several adventures of Button, a rather small Scottish Terrier bitch who was the runt of her litter, but very active and quite intelligent (for her sex). The site is Oklahoma, Heartland of America, within the area of field, forest, and swamp. The major actors are the creatures of Oklahoma, with an occasional outsider, such as Delp the Alligator. The stories are fun and also dangerous.
Disgrazia deals with the death of author Remo Gino Farinelli‘s wife by giving birth to healthy twins on Christmas day and the resulting aftermath. The task of telling his five year old son that his mother was not coming home. In the fathers efforts to raise his children he married a widow with a small daughter. They adopted each other’s children. Within a couple of years the new wife took all of the children and left her husband. She divorced her husband and accused him with child abuse. He was denied visitation until the courts investigated. Finally he was allowed to visit his children but with an escort. His children refused to see him. For a long time the courts attempted to provide visitation for the father but without success. Finally the older son ran away from his adopted mother and went to his father. To this day the father has not seen his twins.
Triumphs is a collection of 37 poems and 4 short stories. Themes of faith and courage run through it. It deals with the risks of love and caring, and a person’s discovery that God understands grief and is there to help the person overcome it. It points to a divine redemptive purpose and a meaning to life beyond suffering. The human spirit is made for joy, and we find our own joy by helping others to find theirs.
Life in a Rear View Mirror begins with a cryptic and purposefully humorous review of author Douglas Horne‘s life from birth through the formative years. This life is transformed by the forces of war providing a first view of death, from a very close perspective. This haunting experience is followed by inscription into Military Service and the perilous training that follows to develop a warrior. The story progresses through a peace time service fraught with the problems of unprofessional elements within. Thrust into war in SE Asia, the military next contends with experts unable to accept the new challenge, guerrilla warfare. Recounts of duty in SE Asia demonstrate the horrors of war and those elements of humor intertwined throughout this process of fighting a war without definitive guidelines and lacking the total support of your government. Post war assignments with foreign nations and a brief service in the “black world” with the CIA conclude this military career. The story culminates with a new war, RETIREMENT, and the pitfalls It holds for ex-military personnel.
This book gives a unique reference on how to select a new superintendent for small to large scale educational institutions. It’s a step-by-step method with materials suited to the specific needs of the district, whether a rural, large, urban, charter, or private school. The materials are also valuable and appropriate in searching for a college dean or working with a private company.
Samuel A. Nigro, author of the books Everybody for Everybody! Truth, Oneness, Good, and Beauty for Everyone’s Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness Volume I & Volume 2, tells us that he feels sacramentalism is missing from the modern world and that we could all benefit from making this a bigger part of our lives.
Flora Moschetti, mother of author Brad Moschetti, describes Brad’s daily life in prison, and tells us how his experiences in prison influenced his book of poetry, Heart of the Prisoner.