Introducing Rick Whitlow, author of Swagger

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Rick Whitlow was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana. A star athlete who attended Illinois State University on a basketball scholarship. His background in media and public relations catapulted him into the arena of politics where he gracefully navigated the sometimes hostile racial, social, and economic landscape.

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Although it has a sports backdrop, this book goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and achievements. Rick takes an up close and personal look at the broadcast journalism industry, politics, personal relationships, cancer diagnosis, and, last but certainly not least, race in America and how it affects those areas and others. Throughout the book you will probably recognize many people places and situations. Perhaps learn something about someone you thought you knew.

Introducing Harry Anderson, author of Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie

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Harry Anderson, a retired teacher of writing and literature, lives happily in the village of Harmony, Rhode Island, where he leads book discussions and writes for Your Smithfield Magazine. The Rhode Island Press Association has twice awarded him First Place honors.

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They fled their burning home into the night and watched with horror and disbelief the flames eating through the roof over their daughter’s bedroom. Thus began an elderly couple’s struggle to overcome trauma and to rebuild. Braced by the outpouring of good will, they regained composure. But more than good will was needed to deal with such exigencies as insurance matters, temporary shelter, demolition, and reconstruction. With almost no library materials to be had to help, they relied on what they thought to be a sign of hope: only their Bible, miraculously, lay undamaged among all the other books. Was it happenstance or was it a miracle that guided them through the maze of decisions and requisites that faced them? Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie gives a candid account of this elderly couple’s triumph over adversity. It is written with the intent that others – victims of house fires – may glean from this story something to help them also to triumph.

Introducing Kaying Vang, author of The Incredible Journey to America

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Kaying Vang was born in Hoi Hin Dam, Laos and has been living in the United States for over 30 years. She graduated from college in 1997 in Accounting and is working as the Senior Plant Manager Administrative Assistant for the US Postal Services. Kaying has a strong passion in gardening and helping others.

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Overcoming the Odds. In the struggling and war torn land of Laos in the 1960s, the Hmong people of Laos were being invaded by the North Vietnamese army. The Incredible Journey to America will take you on a journey about the Hmong people in Laos through the eyes of a Hmong girl, Kaying. From running village to village, hiding in the deep jungles, and trekking through dangerous terrain, each day was very uncertain. Kaying and her family have to sacrifice everything for a chance to have a better life. This riveting journey will take you from some of the lowest points of poverty in Laos to a satisfying story of redemption and finding a new beginning in the United States.

Introducing Sue Carver, author of Above the Fog

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Sue Carver is a wife, mother and grandmother based in Sequim Washington for the past 42 years. You will see her passion in everything she does and the fight to retain her happiness and the will to never give up. Her true story will amaze you.

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Diethylstilbestrol (DES) was one of the most tragic mistakes made by man and it has affected millions. Above the Fog is a powerful story of one women’s struggle with DES (diethylstilbestrol). The drug was developed in 1937 as the first synthetic estrogen..Millions of pregnant women who had previous miscarriages or premature births were given this drug in hopes of correcting the problem with their pregnancies.. Years later the tragic results started showing up in the daughters and later on in the sons. This story is about one women, who never gave up in the face of her repeated health issues caused by DES or her family’s extraordinary health problems. She was determined to face the hard times with dignity and grace.

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

“I was well pleased with the quality and overall appearance of the book.”

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.