Ever wonder what children say to Santa Claus at Christmastime? Or what it would be like to don the Santa suit and portray jolly old St. Nick? Follow this volunteer Santa, author Don Kennedy, as he visits kids for the past 25 years at hospitals, military bases, women's and children's shelters, community centers, school, churches and more. Hundreds of fun, hilarious, laugh-out-loud plus heartwarming, sweet and touching stories. Enjoy the precocious, unfiltered, blunt and funny conversations with these little "characters." Kids truly do say the darndest things! The book, the second in a series of three, won the Silver Award for Humor in the Kops Fetherling International Book Awards, Finalist Award in Non-Fiction in the International Book Excellence Awards and Five Stars from the Readers Favorite book review panel. "You'll laugh, you'll cry and remember the true meaning of Christmas for children," according to award winning author Josh Soule. Ho, Ho, Ho, SANTA TELLS ALL!
It doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you finish.
She should have been a $7 whore but she became a Fortune 50 Vice President. A true crime memoir of survival and resilience, Never a $7 Whore, is the story of a teenaged single mothers escape from her unscrupulous lover. Part one of a three part series, NEVER A $7 Whore details Toni’s transition from a girl into a woman while trapped in horrific circumstances. Developing the perspective to see the possibility of a different life, she develops the will to change her fate. Matching her wits and will against her pimp and his companions, Toni struggles not to fall into the tar pits of prostitution. Toni Crowe is a successful award winning 30 year executive specializing in Operations, Manufacturing and Productivity. NEVER A $7 Whore is unforgettable—a well written, heartbreaking memoir reminding us that no matter where you start in life, the American dream is within your reach if you have the desire and determination to change your destiny.
Karen longed for acceptance, validation and love, but had no ability to form healthy, meaningful relationships. Born into a large family already suffering the effects of two generations of residential school, and surviving her own nine years at St. Margaret Indian Residential School, Karen (like everyone she knew) had been systematically stripped of her dignity, identity, language, culture, family and community support systems. Not wanting to be alone as an adult, Karen tolerated unhealthy relationships with family and partners. Still, she was coping. But after suffering further trauma, Karen turned to alcohol and other addictions to numb her pain. Eventually, Karen found the strength to reach out for help. She learned to grieve through layers of shame and was finally able to embrace her identity. Karen also discovered what has long been known in her culture – the healing power of sharing your story. Karen would now like to share this book, her story, with you.
"A powerful personal account of one man's mourning process, WHEN WILL IT STOP HURTING? offers hope to those who have lost loved ones and feel trapped in a forest of grief." - 4 out 5 stars from IndieReader! Crystle was the love of his life. For thirty-six years they had done everything together. As retirement approached all he could think of was spending even more time with his beautiful wife, growing old together. Just three years earlier they had sold their home in the Toronto area and moved to Niagara in preparation for retirement. Then on her 58th birthday, Crystle was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. A terminal diagnosis that Glenn never allowed himself to accept. But just eight months later she had succumbed to her illness and Glenn was thrust into a time filled with uncontrolled grief that seemed to almost suffocate him. This is his real life story. He shares the raw emotions and the dark places he visited in his mind. His story will make you laugh and cry. It will makes you cherish your loved ones. You will be uplifted as you follow his path in overcoming grief. His inspirational story will provide comfort and hope to others struggling with grief.
This is not a self-help or a how-to book. This is the story of the metamorphosis of a timid, fear filled child who finally blossomed into a warrior. I have many scars that no one can see, but they are healed now. Through these battles to become a warrior, I have helped the wounded souls that have come to me and seen them overcome their demons to stand tall and proud of who they are. It has brought me great joy. Through the years, I have heard along the way that the ancient Chinese would fix their broken china cups or figurines with gold to make them whole again, and more valuable. I believe that humans can be repaired with love and a sense of self-worth. Each and every one of us are here for a purpose and we are given gifts to help fulfill our purpose. I would love for you to come on this journey with me.
A remarkable and intriguing story about a journey to West Africa, the land of Blackwood’s ancestors. Into Africa, a Personal Journey begins in Nigeria with exposure to the tight control by the military that causes Blackwood to experience fear as never before. The journey takes her on an exploration of a new mysterious world where she experiences joy and wonderment as she shares in the lives of family members, friends and new acquaintances. In Ghana, her respect for human beings, and her sense of adventure along with destiny, lead her to meet Adamson. Determined to see it all, she finds herself in desperate situations, each mysteriously resolved by strangers. Peppered with nostalgic flashbacks to her native Jamaica, and colourful descriptions of West Africa, the memoir resonates with unique poignancy, a love of people, and Blackwood’s growing spiritual quest for her African roots among the proud Ashanti people. Down to earth, vulnerable yet fearless, Blackwood shares with us a small part of her life as it unfolds.
Haunted by childhood abuse and triggered by years of emotional turmoil in a hostile work environment, The King Who Would Be Man's unnamed narrator is trapped in a maze of madness, struggling to fight the demons tormenting him. But while he's clawing his way toward the light, darker forces have other plans in mind. Follow this unnamed narrator—who could easily be any of us—in this compelling narrative as he pulls the reader through the raw, real twists and turns of mental illness, battling the voices within his mind that tempt him toward violence.
THE ARRIVAL - HOW TO SURVIVE IN AMERICA offers tools and ‘the attitude’ needed to avoid the many pitfalls of America – a vibrate and seductive land - that has many genuine and productive qualities that allow an ordinary person to live an extraordinary life pursuing their dreams. THE ARRIVAL is a reminder that it is the immigrant spirit that keeps the pilot light of hope alive. And despite the real trials and tribulation of many Americans and new migrants faced with an economic system that doesn’t favor everyone, the tenacious determination to succeed is constantly fired by the abundant and expansive opportunities that are made real every day. 310 pages 93,448 words THE ARRIVAL And I came – naked – free! Burned by destiny’s anthem yet cloistered by the fire of my desire spitting hopes out towards the horizons that shrunk away from my tremendous commitment to suck up all my disappointments and mistakes and imbibe them with the pregnancy of a new birthing! Come then into this fire of cleansing power, burn away the warts of transgressions and fears. Embrace this silent hour of our arrival – here, brother, sip cool waters.
A memoir of public health and community development service and spiritual discovery overseas in Peace Corps and nongovernmental organization, sharing with self deprecating humor experiences across the Andes and Latin America. For some, a provocative discussion and meditation on searching for meaning and purpose after college. A story of successes, failures, redemption, challenges, faith and perseverance.
Author Paz Ellis takes readers on a cross-cultural and trans-generational journey through her childhood in New Jersey to adulthood with Plantains and the Seven Plagues, A Memoir: Half-Dominican, Half-Cuban, and Full Life.Paz insightfully describes the complexities and contradictions of growing up in the United States to a Dominican mother and a Cuban father. From her mother’s obsessive cleaning rituals to her father’s remarkable knack for invention, this book beautifully explains what living a hyphenated-life means for so many Hispanics. She writes about what it means to be American, and Cuban, and Dominican, and having to be all of those things and only one of them… all at the same time.Following the passing of her mother, the author finds herself on a search for meaning through not only her past but also her mother’s. This book is about life, loss, memory, culture, and family, the glue that determines who your family actually is- love. Written with a healthy dose of wit and an abundance of sincerity, Plantains and the Seven Plagues is honest, painfully relatable, and deeply heartfelt.
Adopting a child is one of the most rewarding, satisfying life experiences a person can have. It is an unconditional commitment of love both ways. This memoir depicts Raj Arneja's story of becoming a mother, the journey that took her 7,000 miles from her home on the west coast of Canada all the way to India in the 1990s to adopt her now fully-grown children. This is not a how-to book on adoption; it is a celebration of motherhood through adoption. Love at First Sight has the potential to change your perspective on adoption or even inspire you to adopt. For Raj Arneja, her children are her own, as if they were of her own flesh and blood. This is the story of how she found them.
The battle is part of the journey. When death knocks on your door, do you answer and let it in? Anthony Wright didn't, and he's here to tell the story After fifteen surgeries to cure a series of brain tumors, Wright was desperate for a reprieve. A week in a coma, a month in a wheelchair and nearly blinded, Wright struggled for survival--despite the grim prognosis.
The moving, inspiring story of Barbara A. Robinson's journey from poverty to the State Senate. Suffering through abuse from her stepfather; on-the-job gender, age, and racial discrimination; homelessness, rape and other modern horrors, Barbara's determination and faith makes her an inspiration to her community and everyone who hears her story.
Forty sweet, stirring genuine stories, each a gem revealing moments of grace
From Beijing to Bogota, from the waves of the sea to the waves of the heart, the 40 inspirational stories in this book present moments that carve into us new realizations, shaping the building blocks of who we are. They come from a deep sense of gratitude for the incredible abundance of humanity, the colorful process of continuous learning, and the rich aggregation of moments of grace.
Bask in the light of a fountain of enrichment, showered upon the reader
This book is a fountain that enriches life anew every day and in new ways. Nothing written here aims to persuade or teach anyone. It is a genuine attempt to forward some of the gifts of life that others have bequeathed, often without them being aware of their generosity. These are Pebbles, shaped by the streams of life.
The companion to The Dead Inside, "[An] unnerving and heartrending memoir" (Publishers Weekly) This is the story of my return to high school. This is the true story of how I didn't die. High school sucks for a lot of people. High school extra sucks when you believe, deep in your soul, that every kid in the school is out to get you. I wasn't popular before I got locked up in Straight Inc., the notorious "tough love" program for troubled teens. So it's not like I was walking around thinking everyone liked me. But when you're psychologically beaten for sixteen months, you start to absorb the lessons. The lessons in Straight were: You are evil. Your peers are evil. Everything is evil except Straight, Inc. Before long, you're a true believer. And when you're finally released, sent back into the world, you crave safety. Crave being back in the warehouse. And if you can't be there, you'd rather be dead. "Etler's gutsy present-tense narration of her feelings of insecurity and isolation is interwoven with the sublime moments of joy she experiences in music, in writing, and in her relationships; her prose dazzles with infectious verve. A powerful story of a survivor whose irrepressible personality shines throughout even her darkest moments. " - Kirkus
El servicio es un llamado. Cuando un hombre responde a él, puede cambiar vidas. Allan J. "Alonzo" Wind tenía una fuerte visión sobre las injusticias de la sociedad, incluso desde que era un niño. Así que, a pesar de terminar la universidad con algunos créditos incompletos, cumplió su promesa de unirse al Cuerpo de Paz para ayudar a los demás. Esperando regresar a los EE.UU. después del período de dos años, se sorprendió a sí mismo al enamorarse del servicio y de la ayuda a los más necesitados. Se lanzó a una carrera de Asistencia Internacional. Mientras viajaba y vivía en Ecuador, Bolivia y Perú, se encontró rodeado de maravillas, pero a veces también de peligros: enfermedades mortales, disparos, detenciones, amenazas de los fascistas y riesgo de expulsión. Pero su determinación por marcar la diferencia en la vida de los demás, lo impulsó a través de dificultades y alegrías que despertaron en él un espíritu de entrega desinteresado y una voluntad de propósito que nunca podría haber imaginado. Ahora, en este apasionante relato, comparte su historia de descubrimiento y aventura en los pueblos de los Andes. Con una honestidad contundente y una prosa poderosa, Alonzo cuenta la historia de su propia iluminación con la esperanza de inspirar a la próxima generación a dedicarse al propósito de trabajar para construir un mañana mejor. Aventuras Andinas: Una Búsqueda Inesperada del Sentido, Propósito y Descubrimiento a través de Tres Países es una cautivadora memoria de ti ...
This well-written, heartbreaking true crime short story reminds us all of the fact that no matter where you start in life, we all want the same things: the American dream. Success is within your reach if you have the desire and determination to change your destiny A true story of survival and resilience, The Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night, details the day light hours of three women surviving while working for a notorious pimp and their trainee, Tee. The Daytime Lives of the Ladies of the Night is both a stand alone story and a great add-on to the debut memoir, Never a $7 Whore, by Toni Crowe. Irish, Essence and Baby live together under Prince’s rules. Each woman leads an isolated separate and painful existence as they work to survive day to day living while meeting the demands of their night jobs. Tee, the newest addition to the crew, is being trained to be a paid escort. What is it that these women want from their daily lives? Read this short read to find out. .
“Trying to be someone else, Simon lived someone else’s life.” Raised by a narcissist and ridiculed for his chronic dyslexia, Simon quickly learned the defensive power of humor. After leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications, he created an alter-ego who became the person Simon believed he could never be.
Confused? So was he during every day of his tumultuous, yet seemingly successful, journey through life.
This is a funny – sad – enlightening wakeup call for those who mistakenly believe the misguided things people tell them.
What if you had a crystal ball that revealed the future of the healthcare landscape? Wouldn’t you want that ball? Think of how that information could boost your success and impact your future. You could be on the cutting-edge of change and reap the rewards. Accept that change is inescapable. Discover how healthcare changes will impact you, your family, and your career. Listen to pioneers who share their secrets and predictions. Who’s behind revealing this crystal ball? Christina D. Warner, healthcare innovator and marketing strategist, conducted over 200 interviews. She collected candid answers from global giants, pioneers, leaders and innovators. Most were scientists, physicians, inventors, thought-leaders, cofounders and executives. Their fascinating and shocking discoveries will shape and create Healthcare 2.0 into the next decade.
Service is a calling. When one man answered, he would change lives. Allan J. "Doctor Alonzo" Wind had strong views about futurism and fighting society’s injustices, even as a boy. He was an early Earth Day activist for environmentalism, and political corruption. In college he joined different causes including “No Nukes” and against authoritarian regimes. Despite finishing college with some pending incompletes, he made good on his promise to join the Peace Corps to help others. As he traveled through and lived in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru, he found himself surrounded by peasant leaders, social movements for change, wonders and marvels; but also sometimes dangers – near-death illness in the jungle, getting shot at in a police-military crossfire, arrested by an anti-American colonel looking to make a statement, threatened by Nazi-influenced fascists in Chile and with risk of expulsion by a drugs & thugs U.S. Ambassador in Bolivia. Yet his determination to make a difference in the lives of others drove him forward throughout both hardship and joy to awaken a spirit of selfless giving and purposefulness he could never have imagined. Now, in this gripping account, he shares his story of discovery and adventure among the peoples of the Andes. With stark honesty and powerful prose, “Doctor Alonzo” tells the tale of his own enlightenment in the hopes of inspiring the next generation to dedicate themselves to the principles of working to build a better tomorrow. Andean Adv ...
Happy childhood, horrors of war and the miraculous rescue of the only child survivor from Obertyn Krystyna Carmi's childhood in Obertyn was full of happy moments. Her childhood was filled with friends, both Polish and Ukrainian, and she attended a Ukrainian school. Krystyna Carmi was gifted with an extraordinary memory, and in this memoir, she vividly recounts the history of her family and her life before, during and after World War II. But her happy childhood did not last long; World War II changed it forever. A girl’s survival in the face of pure evil: loss and persistence against all odds. However, the worst was still ahead for the Jewish community in Obertyn and for Krystyna’s family. After the Germans ordered the Jews to move into the Kołomyja ghetto, Krystyna’s family went to live in the ghetto. People died in the ghetto because of hunger and physical exhaustion; their bodies were collected on a platform placed in the street. These deaths did not escape the attention of the sensitive girl, and she’ll be forever haunted by the faces of those who died. Her parents and her sister did not survive the family’s attempt to escape the ghetto, but despite her loss, Krystyna struggled to stay alive; she was hiding in order to save her life, she faced hunger, thirst, fear for her life. Nevertheless, Providence has chosen for her to live, to be. More than a memoir, The Strange Ways of Providence in my Life, gives the reader a piece of history. The book contains more than 100 photos ...
USA Today Bestselling Author Terry Keys takes aim at the racial divide facing America today in this breathtaking memoir. Terry Keys takes you through his journey of being a black man in south Texas. Travel with him as he discusses being in an inter-racial relationship to his days in law enforcement. Keys revisits some of his darkest days as he recounts the racism that he’s endured. It is a safe place where questions get answered and myths get addressed. This book is not PRO Black or ANTI White - it is PRO UNITY. What makes this book different? The author has compiled everything this subject needs in one place. Common myths, history and real life experiences of regular, everyday black men here in America. Never before has there been a compilation of as many stories from a multitude of men. These men aren’t criminals, thugs or gang members – but rather fathers, husbands, sons, uncles, brothers, business professionals and coaches. You’ll be able to read their stories and relive their pain/humiliation with them. Through their powerful words and compelling narratives you’ll be able to connect. Slavery ended in the United States in 1865 – the year is now 2020. America has had 155 years to make black people feel welcomed, wanted and safe. The gap has closed but we aren’t there yet. Humans are inherently flawed so racism in America will never be completely stamped out. But the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t condone racism. The recent murder of George Floyd set off a tidal w ...
Palm oil is a big business. Palm oil has been widely used in food and non-food industries. More than half the products on sale in supermarkets are made with palm oil—yet many people hardly know anything about this industry. They don’t even know chemical engineers have a significant role to play in this industry. This book provides a series of episodes for you to discover the opportunities chemical engineers have in the palm oil milling industry. This book is an illuminating memoir that brings readers closer to the most enigmatic profession of all time. It is a promise that Hong Wai Onn has fulfilled again and again. More people have gained a better understanding of the role of chemical engineers in the palm oil milling industry by listening to his sharing. You do not have to be a chemical engineer or work in this industry to enjoy his memoir. The insights are just as valuable for any discipline of engineering, and for any business, for the sake of inspiration.
Jammie Fabick, a mother of three, never dreamed she'd receive the phone call she did on February 8, 2014. She heard no cheery hello from the opposite end of the line, only her husband's voice relaying the two words that would change her world forever.
That's how the nightmare of losing her teenage daughter began---a nightmare that would go on to destroy everything Jammie ever knew about her life, her marriage and family.
Jammie shares the experiences, growth and pain of the never ending journey that is grieving the loss of a child. In this moving autobiography, experience one woman's renewal as she finds strength in God and herself, and discovers the endurance to build the bridge between losing a child and gaining an angel.
"Never have disgusting, miserable living conditions been so funny. When someone finally finds a way to send back a report from hell, I hope it will be Lance Pototschnik. Except this guy is going to heaven, for the way he writes." --The Kindle Book Review “Welcome to beautiful Costa Rica! Come and experience our diverse wildlife. Exhume nests of dead baby turtles and stay up all night while mosquitoes elicit blood from your very soul! Indulge in the local cuisine. Eat rice and beans until the malnutrition engenders hallucinations! Travel west to Guanacaste, to the peninsula that pokes into the Pacific like a fang. Visit the remote, cocoa-dust beaches where rare sea turtles crawl from the seething ocean to nest. Here, masochists will enjoy camping beside the water to leave civilization and all its conveniences behind. Burn bucketfuls of used toilet paper, shiver in an infested bed, and wade crocodile-filled rivers...every single day!” Lance Pototschnik and his friends must have booked their trip with that agency. Their incredibly affordable “vacation” was meant to be a relaxing time to meditate on the direction of their languid, aimless lives. Instead, they are introduced to hell and the insane diversity of its tortures. Marooned on a remote sea turtle conservancy with a handful of fellow unanchored souls, Pototschnik, in his hilarious debut memoir, ponders who he essentially is, and what he is likely to become. In Pototschnik, those who have fallen prey to the desolation of br ...
The 2008 recession hits. The US economy goes belly-up and sentences a young generation to wayward lives. With nothing to lose, Lance Pototschnik and his best friend, Jackson Greenly, decide to go for their artist dreams. Lance begins a grassroots initiative to sell an original screenplay to Hollywood. He lives out of a rental car and travels the country filming strangers' street auditions, hoping to generate enough interest on social media to dragoon a production deal. Jackson goes to art school, where he is inspired to make the perfect painting: one with the power to shoot a person dead. Hollywood Ending is a shotgun-seat view of the awkward, hilarious places dreams can lead us. But this book is so much more than a laugh-out-loud ride beside the author. Pototschnik is a self-aware witness to his own crazy journey, and to the possessory effects dissipated art and media saturation have had on him, and on his dreams. Here, he turns his keen powers of observation on a couple of life’s deepest questions: Why do we think what we think? Why do we want what we want? This is required reading for those who get the ineffable sense that the world is going to hell in a hilarious handbasket.
H. Downing Lane describes his adventures as a young sailor across the Atlantic.
H. Downing Lane has been a retired educator, tutoring business owner, private high school teacher, sailing coach and school administrator. Born and raised on Maryland's Eastern Shore, H. Downing taught sailing on Long Island Sound, raced competitively on the Chesapeake Bay, crewed transatlantic to Norway, crewed on numerous races to Bermuda, voyaged much of Maine's coast, cruised the Caribbean, Belize, Dalmatian Coast and the Bahamas. In 2008 he purchased Mystique, a 40' Leopard catamaran, then sailed it from St. Maarten to Florida. Then spent years cruising the Bahamas' Exumas and Eleuthera.
Their hearts were strong, and their courage endless. Pearl Harbor survivor, Black Cat radioman, and decorated WW 2 veteran. ARM H. P. Lawrence, tells the true story of the fight against the Japanese in this compilation of his memoirs. One of only a handful of non-Native American code-talkers, H. P. Lawrence became a member of an elite fighting force, the Black Cats. Flying in their nocturnal missions, the Cats claws were sharp and their aim deadly. From devastation to victory, the story of these brave men−the deadly, mysterious, and illusive Black Cats is a journey into the past where nightmares came true and hatred reigned. A time in history we should never, ever forget. The day which will live in infamy…was just the beginning. Grab your copy today.
In 2019, on the cusp of early retirement to their lush tropical estate in Belize, Tammy Tyree had it all: a successful hypnotherapy practice, four beautiful children, a brand new grand-baby, and a wonderful marriage to her beloved husband Michael. Life in Belize held the promise of everything she and Michael had dreamed of and had worked so hard to build. Until it all came to a fatal halt in the blink of an eye, when a horrific, “chance” car crash on a lonely highway in Mexico, took Michael’s life and left Tammy alone to recover in a rural hospital. She thought she had lost the love of her life forever… Or had she? This true story of epic love, loss, fate and coincidence will challenge you to suspend what you believe about the boundaries of reality as you know them and forever change how you see the world. If you are unwilling or unable to let go of what you think you know to be true about life, death and the spiritual nature of our existence, you may want to put this book down now.
Little Lance Pototschnik wanted to grow up and play pro football, but that pipe dream got smoked by his lethargic growth hormones and a terrible skin disorder. The death of his childhood aspirations did, however, plant the seeds for Lance to find comedy in rejection and suffering. In this gaspingly funny collection of stories, Lance’s battle with disease, his overbearing parents, and his maniacal bosses push him toward the startling discovery that the daily grind--which strips the gold off even the best of us--is the very thing that reveals what we are truly made of. This book is for every intellectual slacker whose very soul is straining against the chains of a dead-end job, a disease, or bad culture. Golden Monkey is a hysterical and bittersweet look at the dark moments that define us, and the triumphant aftermath when we get to say, with all our hearts, that we know exactly who the hell we are.
A coming of age memoir: A horse-crazy girl growing up in the Midwest, Deborah Smith Parker longs to live a cowboy’s life in the West. When she turns 13 her parents allow her to live her dream on a western ranch where she meets her first love -- a horse named Tank. After a bumpy start, their extraordinary relationship begins to emerge, complete with the poignancy, hilarity and drama that tested relationships undergo. Set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Parker's coming-of-age-memoir takes place in the 1950s during three magical summers at a horse ranch and chronicles the development of her friendship with Tank. Looking back on that time decades later, Parker comes to realize that Tank was a kind of spiritual guide who protected her from danger and guided her to a greater understanding of the connections of the seen with the unseen worlds that would come to play a greater part in her life. With humor and well-wrought description, Parker paints a vivid picture of life on the ranch — the dirt, hard work, risky antics, and dangers on the trail while learning about the consciousness of horses and the language in which they express it.