Introducing Marria Elliott Blinn, author of Ruffner Family Historic Sites Guide Book

“My book is amazing in quality and graphic design! I wouldn’t change anything about it. My representative was outstanding and the book designer worked very, very hard to create the book exactly as I wanted. Thank you for the lovely book!”

Marria Elliott Blinn has been a member of the Ruffner Family Association for several years and currently serves as the Recording Secretary on the Association Board. She earned a M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois and recently retired from her teaching career of 27 years. She is a 13-year member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution through her ancestor Emanuel Ruffner. Marria is an avid genealogist and has traveled the United States photographing and researching historic sites for this book. She resides in Orland Park, Illinois, with her husband Steve, and they are the parents of three children.

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The Ruffner Story in America…begins when a young Peter Ruffner left his home in Switzerland to come to America about 1732. In the Colony of Pennsylvania he settled in Lancaster County among other Swiss and German people who were mainly of the Mennonite faith. There he met Mary Steinman who was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1714. Mary was the daughter of Joseph and Frances Stoneman. Joseph Stoneman was a German Mennonite-a yeoman and a large landholder. When Peter and Mary were wed in 1739, her father Joseph gave them 900 acres from his 1300-acre Hawksbill Patent which was located along Hawksbill Creek in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This is where they established their pioneer farm and where the Ruffner-McNeely House and the town of Luray, Virginia, stand today. Peter and Mary prospered and became parents to eight children, six of whom survived. Their children were very successful and some of them emigrated to different areas of the United States. In this book, you will view the sites and read about Mary and Peter’s legacy of family, the prosperous work ethic that has been passed on through the generations, and the monumental Ruffner Family accomplishments and contributions that have been made to America.

Introducing Jo D. Tanenbaum, author of Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop & Beyond

“Jamie is the best rep ever. She’s kind, attentive, and punctual. I have a third book ready to go.”

Jo D. Tanenbaum is a retired teacher of French and lives it up with her family and a staff in Los Angeles, California.

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Everything Returns. The cane evolved. It was no longer just a support. It became a sign of authority, dignity, wealth, and power. And then the cane became an accessory. So we see around us that change is inevitable. We adapt to the change and then we invent and go beyond. First the Beatles, then Elvis, then Jay Z and next? We invent, create, improvise, and go beyond. This book walks through the colorful history of canes from the Bible to Bebop, and Beyond. How about coming along?

Introducing Željko Drinjak, author of The Island of Krk and the Croatian War of the Independence, An Untold Story

“My book is published! Thank you, thank you, Outskirts Press! I could not have done it without your help. The best gift for Christmas – ever!

Željko Drinjak was born in 1964 in Šibenik. He is a veteran of the Croatian War of Independence. With the military rank of second lieutenant he is a reserve officer of the Croatian Armed Forces and a member of the Croatian Army Officer Corps. He lives in Njivice on the island of Krk in the Republic of Croatia.

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A book on the contribution of the island of Krk and its inhabitants to the Croatian War of Independence. Although the title of the book may give the impression that it has a local character, the truth is exactly the opposite-the book describes the backdrop of the events that occurred on the territory of the former Yugoslavia at the end of the previous century, told through the prism of the participation of the island of Krk and its inhabitants in the Croatian uprising with the aim of defending and establishing the independent Republic of Croatia. The contents of this book respect all of the historical circumstances that preceded the Croatian War of Independence. The events of the 1990s stem from the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the establishment of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, when the Great Serbian hegemony (which had been visible even earlier) began, up until the end of the Croatian War of Independence. Since each region has its own specificities, it was necessary to describe how the people of Krk fought different forms of Fascist ideology no less than three times in the previous century. Linking the Croatian War of Independence with anti-fascism was truly courageous, and it represents a rarity in the contemporary Croatian historiography. In a similar vein, the descriptions of religious and humanitarian activities of religious communities present on the island at the time, apart from the Catholic Church, which has been present on the island since the Late Antiquity, the descriptions of the Islamic Community, Evangelical Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church and Jehovah’s Witnesses constitute the first written texts on those communities on the island. This book is truly different from other books about the Croatian War of Independence, and it describes many of the hitherto unexplored areas. The book was written under the auspices of the highest scientific institution in the Republic of Croatia-the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. All this guarantees the highest scientific, professional and moral approach to the subject matter. In the 2014 literary and journalism contest for the best book on the subject of the Croatian War of Independence, the book received special mention by the jury and won the second prize. It should be pointed out that the book has already found its place in highly respectable and world- famous libraries of educational and cultural institutions, such as Harvard University, Library of Congress, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, British Library, University College London and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Introducing Gabriela Ionela Keller, author of Women of Fame, Infamy and the Great War

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Gabriela Ionela Keller currently holds a B.A. in the History of Decolonization from the University of La Verne, which she earned in 2001. She also earned a Masters Degree in World History with an emphasis on Nationalism from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2004. Ms. Keller was a Ph.D. student in History at Claremont Graduate University from 2004-2010. Born in Romania prematurely, weighing a mere pound and a half. At seven months old, she was given an injection of an outdated polio vaccine, an action that ultimately caused her cerebral palsy.

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The major theme is the role of women, ordinary and royal, during World War I. For centuries, women have been considered second-class citizens, and because of this prevailing attitude by men, women too often have been relegated to subordinate roles in society. One male physician, Dr. Charles Meigs, in the 1860s, wrote that a woman “has a head almost too small for intellect but just big enough for love.” Nevertheless, women persevered and stepped into uncharted territory as they pursued careers beyond the traditional roles of being housewives. Some of the struggles that women had to endure to achieve professional recognition in the public sphere are examined, and also the participation of European queens in the war effort and their personifications as living symbols of nationalism for their nations. The contributions to the war efforts of Queen Mary of Great Britain (1867–1953), Czarina Alexandra of Russia (1872–1918), and Queen Marie of Romania (1875–1938) are discussed.

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 Philip Michaels, author of Love Me Two Times

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Philip Michaels writes from personal experience about San Francisco, Berkeley, and Harvard during the dynamic and turbulent late 1960s. Before taking an early retirement to focus on writing, he was an executive for a major financial services firm in San Francisco, where he still resides with his wife.

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“Love Me Two Times” is a poignant, ill-fated, love story that vividly recreates the sights, sounds, thoughts, mood, and tumultuous events of the late 1960s.

Introducing Talanga P. Nefwani, M.A., M.Ed., author of Identity Problems of Black Africans

“Colleen demonstrated her professional skills during the publication phase of my book. Her directives were concise and to the point for allowing me to arrive to the finishing line as an author.”

Talanga P. Nefwani is originally from Mbanza Kongo, Angola. He studied in the U.S. and earned a bachelor of arts in psychology, a master’s degree in school administration, and a master’s degree of education. He is a former associate professor of teaching methodologies and teacher’s professional deontology at the Institut Pédagogique National, under the auspices of the Université Nationale du Zaire, Kinshasa, Republic of Zaire (today Université Pédagogique Nationale, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo). Nefwani was chargé adjoint for the Department of Education for the Front National for the Liberation of Angola. He was also a director for relief programs in Africa, particularly in Angola during the civil war, under African Christian Relief, an American non-profit organization.

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Since the 15th century, history has revealed a systematic dismantling of African history and culture, with changes and distortions of names, theft of art and artifacts, and, most importantly, the imposition of Christianity on the African continent. This, coupled with the devastating effects of colonization, slavery, and other European oppressive systems, has resulted in an identity crisis among black Africans. In Identity Problems of Black Africans, Talanga P. Nefwani addresses this enormous problem. Yet he holds out hope and conviction that when black Africans learn about their glorious history, they can speak with pride and dignity to restore their African identity and spirituality-and preserve the integrity of their cultural heritage. It is a challenging time for black Africans to stand up for their inalienable human rights; to define and protect their cultural and personal identity. The author invites black Africans to think differently, unite their efforts, and adopt the ideologies of Négritude, Pan-Africanism, and Afrocentrism to overcome the psychological warfare launched by Europeans to subdue black Africans forever.