Kindness was a lesson worth learning as a child in the 1950s and 1960s - and it is more relevant than ever as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest. Jim Boeglin draws on the lessons he learned as a child and throughout adulthood to spread that message in this book of poetry. Much of the collection was written during shelter in place restrictions in the spring and summer of 2020, which was also when protests raged throughout the United States to prevent racial injustice in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd. It was a time of stress, sorrow, and pain in the world - especially for minorities, and the millions of coronavirus victims and the families of those infected. It was also a challenging time for first responders, healthcare workers, and others on the front lines of treatment. Ponder the impact of being kind during a time of global crisis and plant seeds to spread positivity as you read this collection.
©2020 Jim Boeglin (P)2020 Jim Boeglin
This book represents my attempt and my exhortation to others to step back from the trees in order to see the forest. I believe we human beings were built to win. I believe we were fashioned in eternity, complete with built-in corrections for the flaws that would develop in the time realm because of the free radical of free will. I believe, therefore, that the flaws and sins of humankind have been accounted for and provided for from before the foundation of the world. All sins and their consequences from serial murder to self-murder; from heinous tortures, rapes, racism, and wars to all diseases and every sickness, whether physical, mental, or religious were laid on Jesus and borne away. The most important phrases Jesus uttered from the cross were, Father, forgive them, and It is finished. He spoke those words as he died the most horrible, unfair, and undeserved death any man could suffer. He was holy, just, and good. He died for us the unholy, the unjust, and the un-good and yet he said, Father, forgive them.
©2014 Dr. M. Tyrone Cushman (P)2014 Dr. M. Tyrone Cushman
Bill McDonald, an award-winning journalist, had no intention of writing about the internet dating he began at age 69.
What could occur on the dates of an old geezer like me, he reasoned, that would pique ones interest or keep a reader spellbound?
It didn't take long for him to realize he'd failed miserably as a soothsayer.
One first-time date met him, quite intentionally, while she luxuriated in a bath of soapsuds and bubbles. A luncheon date startled him with a fact not mentioned in her profile: she was the great-granddaughter of Mark Twain, having discovered the kinship only two years earlier. A sex therapist insisted on smudging him before he could enter her home. This ancient ritual had her wafting herbal smoke around his body to eliminate negative vibes.
These and other noteworthy occurrences led the author to write the fascinating pause resister, Old Geezer Romancing in Cyberspace.
©2018 Bill McDonald (P)2019 Bill McDonald
Born into the richest planter family in the Northern Neck of Virginia, Robert Carter IIIs life is anything but typical. A neighbor of George Washington and the Lees of Stratford Hall, Carter is destined to be a gentleman farmer, slaveholder, and leader in the church, militia, court, and government. Carter has no idea that one day he will rebel against everything he is taught. While growing up, he spends time with his best friend and personal slave, Sam Harrison, who provides him with a firsthand look into his less than ideal life. After Carter comes of age, he escapes to London where he encounters the Enlightenment. At age 23, he returns home to take over his 18 plantations and live a productive life. But as a chain of events drives him to chart new territory for his time, Carter is ultimately led to make a decision that shocks and alienates his class and his family and forever changes the lives of over 500 people. Never Pleasing to the World is the story of how a child of privilege, influenced by slaves long before the Civil War, creates a community of freed slaves in the most powerful state in the South.
©2019 Peggy Patterson Garland (P)2019 Peggy Patterson Garland