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ENCLOSURE a Trappist Tale
Enclosure is a revealing glimpse into the confines of a Trappist monastery through the eyes of Brother Andrew, a young, somewhat naïve novice whose initial perception of the monastery as flawless, rapidly disintegrates following his growing awareness of corruption and his desperate struggle to cope with his emerging bipolar illness, his sexuality, and its impact on his vocation. Falling into the depths of despair, Andrew’s dormant psychiatric condition explodes and culminates in the delusional emergence of Andrew’s nemesis, the faceless monk. After a near fatal immolation and rehabilitation, he is finally able to scratch out his two word message: “kill me.” Note: explicit sexuality.
Why We Left the Left: Personal Stories by Leftists/Liberals Who Evolved to Embrace Libertarianism
One political question intrigues almost everyone who studies, participates, or is interested in politics: “Why do people identify with a certain ideology and/or political party?” Numerous scholarly and popular books examine political ideology/party identification and why certain ideologies attract certain individuals. This book examines that question in two separate, yet joined phases. Why do people initially identify with the Left/liberalism and why do these same individuals abandon that ideology to evolve into libertarians? This inquiry is unique in its focus on former liberals/leftists who become libertarians. Included are 23 stories from Americans and one Irishman, baring at least part of their souls to answer these questions. All contributors at one point identified with the Left/liberalism. Each explains what originally drew them to the left part of the political spectrum. Virtually all mention some version of the popular stereotype of liberals/leftists “caring for the average person.” And all came to see that as a wispy apparition, based more on intention than fact. A common theme for why the liberals/leftists abandoned their ideology is the ugly discovery of the inherent elitism of leftists/liberals. Over and over in these stories, the contributors give examples of their liberal/leftist “comrades” explaining how they (liberals/leftists) are needed to steer the people in the proper direction, for their own good of course. The true believing leftists/liberals cling to this illusion. Through many different paths, the contributors to this volume come to see the anti-democratic, elitist nature of this belief. An equally common denominator is the lack of respect for, or even acknowledgement of, personal responsibility in ones behavior. A core value of the Left/liberalism is victimhood. Everyone—women, gays and lesbians, people of color, public employee union members, the working class, and so on—is an actual or potential victim. As such, any dysfunctional behavior can always be excused as the result of societal oppression, racism and sexism, rich people and capitalists, corporations, “the man”, and on and on. Of course, negative external forces do exist, but they are not always (or even most of the time) the cause of crappy behavior or failure. Many of the stories in this book note that this refusal to acknowledge personal responsibility strongly influenced the contributor to turn away from the Left/liberalism. Of course, disillusionment with the notion that government action is needed for every problem—real or imagined—is inherent in turning from leftism/liberalism to libertarianism. Many contributors expound upon this theme. Many contributors also cite the power of classical liberal economic theory—truly free markets—as a factor in their leaving the Left. Real world examples of the failure of socialist/welfare state economic policy became too difficult to ignore. Finally, a minor, yet telling, theme is the lack of humor or playfulness in liberals and the Left. Several contributors note the feeling of liberation once they rejected the dour self-importance of the Left/liberalism.
Challenge Authority: Memoir of a Baby Boomer
The Baby Boomer generation (estimated at around 75 million) became politically active in the 1960s and 1970s, leaving its’ mark on society. The sheer size of this human tsunami rolled through American society and fueled the continuing Civil Rights, Gay Rights, and Women’s Movements and agitation against war. It also coincided with (caused?) loosening social mores, the sexual revolution, widespread recreational drug use, political correctness, identity politics, diminishment of personal responsibility, and excesses in many areas. The 1960s mantra of “Challenge Authority” was the basis of my political activism. What exactly does “challenge authority” mean? Certainly more than disobeying your parents as a kid. Or calling the police “pigs.” Those are juvenile acts of rebellion. Challenging authority is not an attention getting ploy to display your courage or smarts or just for the sake of a good fight. A key component is resisting the temptation to act impulsively. In short, it's okay to break certain rules. But know why the rule exists, and have a good reason for breaking it. In a serious political context, challenging authority does not have to be negative, especially when done with a clear purpose. Challenging authority is a form of nonviolent direct action. You must know what you want to accomplish—hence the need for focus, confidence, and hard facts. A legal/moral/ethical foundation is a prerequisite for such disciplined non-conformity. The title Challenge Authority: Memoir of a Baby Boomer tells it all. Each of the five chapters contains at least a couple of challenge authority stories. In most cases I still believes my challenge, or at least questioning authority, was justified and the correct path. Politics and humor play a prominent role these stories. Some of the 44 stories include my challenging the Selective Service System (The Draft) for 2 ½ years during the Vietnam War era; learning a Zen-like concern for quality while leaf raking as a work-study student during my undergraduate years; being a war tax resister for many years; hosting an “Untying the Knot” party with my first wife while getting divorced; doing jail time (along with 1,959 others) for civil disobedience in trying to stop the opening of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California; twice running for Santa Barbara City Council in the mid-1980s as a socialist and being the only candidate to openly support gay and lesbian rights; leaving the Left and becoming a libertarian in the mid-1990s; and bungee jumping out of a hot air balloon on my 40th birthday. Every Baby Boomer, and anyone interested in recent history from the ground level can share the experience of this book on both a rational and deeply emotional level. If you were not there (there being that state of “in the zone” focus on your activity), this is a chance to vicariously experience the intensity, and if you were there you can reminisce about the “old days.”
Piper the Elf's Big Surprise
Santa's sleigh is in dire need of repairs and only Piper the Elf agrees to help. Both Santa and Piper are in for big surprises!
Ppier the Elf and Santa's Rockin' Band
When Santa asks Piper the Elf to start a band for his annual Christmas party, Piper and the elves find out that making music takes a lot of practice. But not everyone is happy about the band. Can Piper and the elves work together and play music in time for the big celebration?
Piper the Elf Trains Santa
Uh-Oh! Santa is popping the buttons on his suit, and Mrs. Claus asks Piper the Elf to be Santa's personal trainer. Can Santa fit into his suit in time for Christmas Eve?
Buddy's Special Mission Children's Book
A children's picture book about a dog in charge of his family while the owner is deployed overseas.
Piper the Elf Book Series Piper the Elf Rides a Reindeer
Adorable picture books about a little elf named Piper and her adventures with Santa at the North Pole.
Herbie the Hairy Monster
A children's picture book about not judging others based on their outward appearance.
Hiking Southwest Utah and Adjacent Areas, Volume Two is available in paperback
Each of the 25 hikes described in the guide originally appeared as a published story in The Spectrum (St. George, Utah daily newspaper), Mesquite Local News (Nevada), or on the Southwest Beta website. This guide is about hiking and generally exploring desert areas, specifically southwest Utah and adjacent areas (southern Nevada and northern Arizona). There is no better way to experience the ruggedness and beauty, the history of settlement by Native Americans and later pioneers, and the solitude than by simply hiking and exploring. The purpose in writing this book is to enhance the enjoyment of all who wish to sample the richness of southwest Utah and adjacent areas
Hiking Southwest Utah and Adjacent Areas, Volume One is Updated
Hiking Southwest Utah and Adjacent Areas, Volume One Updated is available in paperback format. Each of the 25 hikes described in the guide originally appeared as a published story in The Spectrum (St. George, Utah daily newspaper). This guide is about hiking and generally exploring desert areas, specifically southwest Utah and adjacent areas (southern Nevada and northern Arizona). There is no better way to experience the ruggedness and beauty, the history of settlement by Native Americans and later pioneers, and the solitude than by simply hiking and exploring. The purpose in writing this book is to enhance the enjoyment of all who wish to sample the richness of southwest Utah and adjacent areas.
Hiking Southern Nevada, Volume One is available
This guide is about hiking and generally exploring desert areas, specifically southern Nevada). There is no better way to experience the ruggedness and beauty, the history of settlement by Native Americans and later pioneers, and the solitude than by simply hiking and exploring. The purpose in writing this book is to enhance the enjoyment of all who wish to sample the richness of southern Nevada.
Those Who Swallowed God (The Adventures of Narvix)
Life is hard when you got red skin, scimitar shaped horns, and twitter labels you as a Section 8 archangel. Life is even harder when your psychotherapist dismisses the choir of angels fluttering outside your gate as a form of psychotic depression. When divine judgement wears a tailor suit and leads an army of winged humans, Narvix's mundane life of retro PC gaming and afternoon snoozes during fourth period calculus, erupts into a roller coaster of dodging lightning bolts, facing a flaming woman, and preventing genocide from reaching his street address.
The Berlin Escape
This is the story of an individual who survived in a concentration camp because he was chosen due to his unique skills, to create counterfeit English Banknotes. He survived by sheer instincts alone. He escaped one night, while being transported by train to Moscow by a Russian General. He made his way from north of Berlin, Germany to Marseilles, France. From there he boarded a ship that took him to New Orleans. He started building his empire slowly and methodically. However, periodically someone from his previous life would appear, and caused him to consider surrounding himself with individuals who could support him as well as protect him. After some considerable time, he had such a team. He created opportunities for himself and two of his closest family members. Even though they were not his biological children, he treated as if they were. They received the finest education and he watched over them with pride. In the coming years, he would call on them to share in his wealth, by distributing responsibility for some of his companies to them. Rick and Liz finally were married and lived on the Monarch Ranch in Colorado. Each of them would go through a “trial-by-fire” adventure and always succeeded. Walter was ecstatic at their accomplishments and as a result gave them more responsibility. However, there were people from his current as well as his past life that has wanted to kill him. Walter developed a network of friends to would supply him information about almost anything in the world. One of his adventures took him to Egypt. A special ceremonial crown was created that was given to an Egyptian woman named Nephritides in the year 14 B.C. It was comprised of solid gold, encrusted with diamond, ruby and emerald jewels. Very few people had ever seen it. However, there had been rumors about its existence ever since an unusually small and nondescript pyramid was discovered on the outskirts of Luxor, Egypt. In 1934, it was found close to the Gulf of Suez, hidden by the sand dunes that engulfed it completely by sand storms many times over the course of thousands of years. Once the sands were sufficiently removed, they saw a unique door. Hieroglyphics were cut deep into the red clay-like limestone rock of the front door of the pyramid. At the same time in Paris, here was an individual in Paris known as Apollinaris Bonnaire, but her inner circle called her Apollo. However, what most people didn’t know was that she led one of the largest criminal organizations in Europe. She lived on the outskirts of Paris, in a palace that she called Chateau de Carlson. This was her haven and her headquarters to conduct her business. Very few people were ever allowed into her inner sanctum. She had only women guarding her, and they were proficient in all the various self-defense and assassination techniques. In her world, she was almost invisible. All her associates were single, with no family to distract them from their training and their work. She was given a contract to kill Walter Donleavy and Rick and Liz. This was a deep-rooted revenge killing.
Murder at the Space Hotel
When a man is murdered on a Space Hotel, it is up to Detective Herry Mortimer to solve the case. As he travels into space, along with Scott Yvensen, his assistant on the case, Mortimer prepares to ask some tough questions. Why would someone bludgeon Novell Chamberlain to death? Who were his enemies? And is the murder all that it seems?
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