Introducing Forest Riggs, author of GALVESTON: Memories & Related Stories

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Forest Riggs is one of the original co-creators and contributors to OutSmart Magazine. He has contributed to numerous other publications including This Week in Texas, The Houston Press, Ranger Rick Magazine, The Texas Triangle, Catholic Herald and Guideposts Magazine, as well as many newspapers and journals in Texas, California and the U.S. Virgin Islands. His popular column Reflections and Recollections, appeared monthly for many years in Houston’s holistic magazine The Uptown Express. Since 2015 he has written a twice-monthly column in Houston’s Montrose Star. “Across the Causeway” has become a popular and well-received chronicle of life on Galveston Island. Mr. Riggs, a wildlife biologist and educator has taught for the National Wildlife Federation and in both public and private schools in the U.S. and abroad. He has presented programs in educational settings, libraries and civic meetings as well as participating in several theatre projects. Mr. Riggs currently resides in Galveston, Texas where he keeps busy writing, gardening, fishing, home restoration, cooking and entertaining friends. Cover Photo: Billy G. Hill

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Book description…

A galloping romp through the memories and stories of a man who has held a colorful relationship with Galveston Island since his very early years. From first-hand stories told to him by the direct descendant of an enslaved woman bought and sold in Galveston, and the heart-wrenching memories of a 1900 storm survivor, to the hilarious adventures he and his brother shared while spending summers on the island with paternal grandparents. Raconteur Riggs has woven a rich tapestry of tales and memories of the magical island, including early history, pirates, slavery, gambling, natural history, hurricanes, love, loss, ghosts and a myriad of other topics. Sharing from his personal adventures, Riggs takes the reader on a roller coaster journey through emotions that run the gamut of human experiences, and all associated with the tiny island in the Gulf of Mexico. A must read for those who enjoy adventure, romance and pure fun, as told through the memories of a young boy, adolescent and adult who has held strong to every piece of a Galveston story that became part of his life.

Introducing James A. Hunter, author of Soft And Gentle 2: —A Remembered Prose

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James A. Hunter grew up as the youngest of eleven children on a hilly, mostly-wooded farm in the rural community of Metamora, Indiana. Because their livelihood depended upon everyone’s contribution, work was the common, consistent theme. Everyone helped raise a garden, pick berries, put up hay, milk cows, and raise crops. Although they thought that too much of their time was spent working, they always found time to play hard, whether it was day or night. That second generation, family farm still survives with third and fourth generation ownership, spanning nearly one hundred years. Jim’s love for nature and his nostalgic, childhood memories later led to his owning part of the farm, as well as much of the valley surrounding it. His passion for writing began, and was nurtured, while living in the valley.

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As we age, we slowly realize that our time here is limited. By realizing what is important and unimportant in life, we can more readily devote our time to the things that really matter. Spending time with, and appreciating, the ones that we love, far outweighs everything else in life. Watching a sunrise or sunset, or exploring wildflowers in the woods, can amazingly melt away stress. Spending time with nature, and realizing its loveliness, can help satisfy our seemingly insatiable desire to be constantly entertained. While we are certain to encounter hardships in life, we must merely endure them as best we can. On the other hand, the beauty of life is always there for our taking, without limits, only dependent upon the extent of our desire for it. If one wants life’s beauty, it is there. Even if one doesn’t want it, it is still there; it is just that an opportunity to experience that beauty is being wasted. Life is too short to miss too many golden opportunities. Contemplate this heartfelt collection of prose, and let it mellow the heart as it explores life, love, beauty, nature, happiness, losses, dreams, and nostalgic memories. Take a little time to discover these unique observations, and enjoy the soft and gentle aspects of life.