Introducing Kathryn J. Kappler, author of My Own Pioneers 1830-1918

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Kathryn J. Kappler was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent her childhood and young adulthood outside the United States, in Newfoundland, France and Spain, because of her upbringing in a military family. She is a former Regent Scholar of the University of California, and graduated Magna cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Economics. She subsequently earned an MBA with honors at University of Southern California. Throughout her life, Kathryn has sustained an ardent interest in history. The author’s family has been associated with Native Americans for several generations. She has lived and traveled extensively on Indian reservations of the Southwest while researching early Native American silver jewelry. She has spent many years working with troubled horses.

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The three volumes of My Own Pioneers together tell a remarkable story of the desperate pioneer struggles of four generations of the author’s family. Although the memorable historical journey begins seven generations ago, these three volumes of stories focus on four important pioneer generation. They are the culmination of fifteen years of painstaking research as the author carefully reconstructs her family’s pioneer struggles from before 1830 to 1918 using information from family records, journals, memoirs, histories and letters, supplemented by accounts from their pioneer companions, and by Church and other official records. Volume I tells about the author’s once prosperous pioneer families survived the French and Indian War and the War of 1812, then eventually relocated to join the newly founded Mormon Church. The stories tell how the pressure of mobs and mob wars eventually forced these families to abandon everything as they were driven from place to place, until they found themselves exiled on the western-most border of the United States—at the Missouri River—looking toward the wild and hostile West as their only refuge. Stories describe how dozens of family members were among the Mormon refugees who died by the hundreds at the Missouri River, of illness, starvation and exposure. Yet family members had managed to journey among Indians on the frontier to preach, and had sailed through nearly catastrophic ocean storms to preach in England. And despite much sorrow and hardship, this volume relates how five family members left their loved ones behind at the sickly Missouri River in order to march down the Old Santa Fe Trail in the U.S. Army’s Mormon Battalion to prove their loyalty to the government by helping to fight a war with Mexico.

Introducing William and Mabel Doser, author of The Doser Story

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William and Mabel Doser’s autobiography is the story of two people, one from the North, William Doser, the other from the South, Mabel Sigmon, telling their family background, how they met, and married. They tell of the churches that they served, then retired, then how they developed a needlework business and of their travels.

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A young lad from Cleveland, Ohio, graduates from college, then goes south to Seminary, and receives his first appointment of three rural churches in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He meets the pianist at one of the churches. They find they have some of the same Christian and sociological values. They marry and begin serving various churches for a number of years. Later, they take a sabbatical and then retire. The husband begins to design cross stitch and needlepoint pieces for churches. They form their own company, Doser Designs. Two books are written featuring some of the designs. Clergy Stoles for Cross Stitch or Needlepoint and Church Paraments In Needlework (Both books are now out of print.) The husband had the privilege of stitching one of the squares in the United Nations Peace Rug and giving the Invocation when the Rug was presented. After thirty years of designing he retired again. While on the sabbatical and then in retirement they traveled, making a trip to England, Scotland, and Wales with the American Needlepoint Guild. They had the privilege of meeting Princes Grace of Monaco and having a private tour of the palace. They traveled to Nova Scotia. The Dosers are both Life Members of The Order of Saint Luke and have traveled in the United States for the Council meetings and Retreats of the order. Through the years they have had their health problems but feel they have been able to overcome them. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year.

Introducing Dave VanBuskirk, author of My Life With Death

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During his thirty-two years as an Undertaker, Dave J. VanBuskirk has been involved with thousands of dead humans, including some of the most gruesome and grotesque looking bodies imaginable. Dave has been married to his best friend for over thirty-three years and lives in Southern California. Four men and two women call him Dad, and nine youngsters call him Grandpa. Dave is a graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science in Los Angeles, Class of September, 1973. Dave has published as a freelance writer for the Leatherneck Magazine.

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The eternal darkness of death comes to every human. Whether it is the miscarriage of an imperfect, fertile egg, or the grim reaper coming to harvest our soul, we all enter into another world in an instant. It can happen at any time, from the moment of conception until well past the century mark. We all have our very own time to die. “My Life With Death” is a fast paced, firsthand account of one man’s journey as an undertaker. From David VanBuskirk’s accidental beginning as an ambulance driver, to the surprise ending, he takes his readers through some of the most memorable instances in his life while dealing with the injured, the dying, and the dead. Out of the thousands of experiences in his career, these are the incidents that will forever be etched into his memory. The story contains compelling accounts about Dave’s involvement with some of those dead human bodies, and their survivors. It contains his own observations, thoughts, and descriptions of how, when, and where death occurred. He relays his relationship to the circumstances, and to the part he played in the removal and disposition of those bodies. Dave’s intentions are to enlighten the reader about his profession: what undertakers do, the odd hours they work, and to let you know that those in the funeral industry are humans, also. Some of what he writes about is sad, some of it is humorous, and some of it is extremely gross. Dave tells about some of the mistakes he’s made in dealing with grieving families, and some of his embarrassing moments while conducting funeral services. He relays the humor attached to death, and the gruesome, grotesque looking bodies that he’s been forced to deal with. He also reveals some behind the scenes techniques involved in the preparation of dead human bodies. Dave explains, in vivid detail, how an autopsy is performed, and how the body is put back together by the embalmer.

Introducing Winfred H. Hensley, Sr., author of The Never Ending Mile

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Winfred H. Hensley, Sr. was born in Echo, Kentucky where it was about as rural/agrarian as any spot in America in July, 1932. I feel, predictably, I have always had the mind set of a rural American citizen. Until I was seventeen years old I lived, without question, the life of a young rural American. Since then I have lived, all these years, in various urban environments including U.S. ships. My long, varied career path has been largely responsible for such a situation. In looking back at what has developed into a life that presently exceeds the average life span in America I often think of the old saw that begins “Jack of all trades and…”. At various stages I have been a veterinarian medical student, a musician, a war time sailor, a bartender, member of a financial institution as a collector all the way to owner and chairman of the board, a used car salesman, a politician, a dairy farmer, a Sunday School teacher, a parent, a grandparent, a great grandparent and now a writer. During all those endeavors, several attempted simultaneously, my congenital entrepreneurial spirit never faltered. Presently, my wife Bonnie and I live in a small Northern Kentucky town within hailing distance of children, grand children and great grand children.

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Praise for The Never Ending Mile and author Winfred H. Hensley: “Your stories help me realize what a small world it is and how we all tie together.” -Glyndon Steele, Hopkinsville, KY

“Mr. Hensley writes in a fluid style that is often lost when story tellers try to translate oral history into the written. ‘The Never Ending Mile’ is like pulling up a chair around the woodstove with a respected elder and hearing the answer to ‘How’d you get here?’ Highly recommended!” -Steve Adkisson Owenton, KY author of Juggernauts

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Introducing Sherwin Presley Brown, author of Jamerican: The Gift of Poverty

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Born on the island of Jamaica in dirt-poor poverty, Sherwin Presley Brown was blessed with the personality, great work ethic, and positive attitude that rocketed him to unimaginable heights of success. Through the support and guidance of hard-working parents and siblings, Sherwin is living proof that honest effort and great expectations are truly the path that will lead you anywhere you want to go. The second of nine children born to Thomas and Joyce Brown, Sherwin realized his boyhood dream of coming to the United States in 1982. He graduated from the prestigious University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1986 with a BA in accounting; not bad for a kid who grew up in the jungle and didn’t own a pair of shoes until he was fourteen years old. Mr. Brown became a US citizen in 1988, and went on to distinguish himself as a successful investment advisor. In 2000, after working for only three years with one of the largest insurance and brokerage firms in America, he became the top producer among its 3,000 nationwide representatives. Impressive by any standards, but especially when viewed through the lens of his provincial Caribbean background where even the poor people in his home village of Greencastle, Jamaica, looked upon his family as poverty stricken. Sherwin’s story is the stuff of dreams and is an inspiring rags-to-riches tale all unto itself. Despite his successes in corporate America, Sherwin was not satisfied with a stable, well-paying job and opted to flex his entrepreneurial muscles by developing his own investment models and methods. After three years, he realized his business philosophy differed too significantly from that of his partners, which subsequently led him to found, as sole owner, the aptly named financial services firm Jamerica Financial, Inc. Sherwin currently coaches, writes, and speaks to people about how to improve and safeguard all aspects of their financial portfolios. Jamerican: The Gift of Poverty is the third book by Sherwin. His first book, Safer 401(k) Investing: How to Protect All Your Investments from Wall Street Greed and the Government, was published in 2012. He also co-wrote two children’s book with his 6 year old son Thomas: The Next Door Neighbor Cats with the Funny Names and Why Do We Eat Animals?, which were also just published in 2014 and is available in print and as an eBook. His other book, The Lies of the DOW, will be published in late 2014. For more about Sherwin and his books, please visit www.sherwinpbrown.com.

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The improbable rags-to-riches story of a Jamaican who went from shoeless poverty to the top of the roller-coaster finance and investment world—with a twist.

Introducing Marian Ely, author of Letters from the Cold War

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Marian Ely lives a quiet retired life in Corvallis, Oregon and actively continues to write. “My favorite activity besides writing is reading the newspaper in the morning and then doing the crossword puzzle in my favorite college coffee hangout called The Beanery next to Oregon State University campus. If you are ever in Corvallis, try The Beanery’s Sumatra coffee with a sesame bagel and herb cream cheese. It doesn’t get much better than that!”

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This is a collection of letters that represents my experiences in West Germany during the Cold War. I served in the US Army there from November, 1974 to February, 1978. I was a Radio Teletype Operator and then had the wonderful experience of singing with the 7th Army Soldiers’ Chorus based out of USAREUR (US Army Europe) in Heidelberg. My entire time of three years and three months in West Germany was full of adventures that were delightful, challenging and occasionally downright scary.

Introducing Mollie Patterson, author of Tears To Joy: Finding God’s Love Through The Heartache

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Mollie Patterson is a thirty-eight year old Christian woman attending college and living in Hornell N.Y. with her husband Lucas She enjoys reading the Bible, writing, dancing, singing and spending time with my loved ones. She suffered many years with the aids virus but now is healthy taking medication to help control the virus. She lives on the faith of Jesus Christ and aids medicines. She endured a lot, but her faith in God remained and that’s when she discovered God’s love. That is when He took her from Tears to Joy. You can find her book on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Outskirts Press, and many other places. It is an intriguing book and you won’t be able to put it down. Mollie loves Jesus with all her heart and soul. She will take you on a journey you won’t forget. It will be like your right there with her going through all the heartache.

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Mollie was fatherless, abused, molested and neglected. Then, she became a Christian at nineteen years old and two years later was given two weeks to live. God saved and healed her and gave her another chance at life! In this life, we will go through a lot of pain but Jesus is there with us through it all. People need lots of love and patience to get through the pain of this life. That is how God took her from “Tears to Joy.”