Introducing James A. Hunter, author of Soft And Gentle 6 — A Remembered Prose

“This is my sixth book with Outskirts Press, and they have been great to work with. They have continually allowed me to contribute input on the interior format, resulting in a great publishing experience.”

James A. Hunter is the youngest of eleven children and grew up on a farm near the rural, small town of Metamora, Indiana. His parents started their life together about the time of the Great Depression, so their values and principles were a reflection of those hard times. They passed on their values to their children, and most of them patterned their life after those values. We were raised under old-school discipline, which seemed hard at the time; however, it has served us well throughout our lives. We were also raised on hard work, but we were clever and innovative enough to find time for hard play as well. That same family farm where we were raised still survives nearly a hundred years after Jim’s grandparents came from Kentucky and settled there. His love for the land has led to him owning part of that farm for 46 years and still counting. In addition, he owned much of the valley surrounding it for quite some time. Growing up and living with nature in that valley has provided the backdrop and inspiration for much of his writing.

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Soft and gentle sounds a little sissified, but all of us should yearn for a life filled with both. We are living in an electronic world which has speeded up our lives considerably. Gone are the days when families interact with conversation that is void of interruptions. Settling into daily routines and keeping pace with the children’s activities can be very stressful. Nature visits are beginning to be considered good therapy for children who have known nothing other than city and suburban life. That works for adults as well as it does for children. If one becomes friends with nature, that could very well be the best friend that they will ever have. Realistically, the best that most can ever expect in today’s busy world is to read about life simplified. This heartfelt collection of prose will mellow the heart as it explores life, love, beauty, nature, happiness, hardships, dreams, and nostalgic memories. Take a break from a hectic schedule and enjoy these observations which uniquely capture the soft and gentle aspects of life.

Introducing Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult, editor of Culver City’s Centennial Poetry Collection

“Putting together a collection of poems with more than 30 poets was like herding cats wth artistic egos. My Author Representative kept me on track and was a great morale booster. I’m sure that my poets will be delighted with the book and you may have them contacting you to publish their own books. I will encourage them to do so.”

Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult, Culver City’s Honorary Artist Laureate for Poetry, organized the Centennial Poetry Contest and is the editor of this book. Her biography is included along with those of the Poets who participated in the Poetry Contest. We all live, work or visit Culver City and, as you can see, have developed pride, love and admiration for our town. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Culver City Historical Society.

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Culver City completed its one-year centennial celebration on September 20, 2017, exactly 100 years from the day Harry Culver received his City Charter. Paul Jacobs, former mayor and President of the Centennial Celebration Committee, said that during the year we all searched for words which could describe the pride and enjoyment we have experienced living in and visiting Culver City. The Centennial Poetry Contest organized by Culver City’s Honorary Artist Laureate for Poetry, Dr. Hoult, who is the editor of this book, provided an opportunity to articulate our feelings in poetic form which simple words could not. This collection pays tribute to Culver City through the writing and reflections of its citizens and visitors and conveys a sense of pride and love for the city. Biographies and additional information from the Culver City Historical Society about Culver City makes this a special keepsake.

Introducing Bob Kamm, author of Gazing: More Poems and Musings

“Everyone was very responsive and the online editing was really helpful. This was a much better experience than I had with Authorhouse!”

Bob Kamm was born in New York City in 1947 and raised in the New Jersey suburbs. His unusually broad life experience has run from dropping out of high school at age fifteen to consulting Fortune 500 companies on leadership and strategy by age fifty. But being the son of two writers, his first love was always language. That devotion and his experiential wisdom are fully reflected in the five sections of this collection – Love, Family, Childhood, The World and Songbook. This is his third collection of poetry and fifth book. He lives with his beloved Andrea – wife, lover, best friend and constant inspiration – on California’s Central Coast.

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Lyric poetry, accessible to the general public, is alive and well in the hands of Bob Kamm. “Gazing is an authentic celebration of relationships – lovers, siblings, parents, grandchildren and great grandchildren, friends, strangers, and our relationship to the world. But there is something deeply personal that glimmers through while reading Bob Kamm’s work in particular…and ‘reading’ is not the right word. It’s more like meditating on, tasting, embracing.” -Harville Hendrix, PhD & Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, Co-founders of Imago Relationship Therapy, authors of Getting the Love You Want and many other books. “Bob Kamm makes the mundane profound and the profound accessible. He isn’t writing for academics. He’s writing for YOU. So turn off your phone and TV, find a quiet place and be transported deeper into your own life and feelings courtesy of this rare poet.” -Barry Bernfeld, PhD