Sea Change: The Uncertain Realm of the Married
by Patsy Garlan
Katherine Somerset, a lovely woman married to a rich, charming man, with three well-behaved children and seemingly everything an educated, cultivated woman in her thirties could wish for, is unaccountably dissatisfied with her life. She realizes that her life is superficial and that perhaps there is another, deeper self, waiting to emerge. So she sets out on a journey—a journey of self-discovery—and falls under the spell of two totally inappropriate people. And so begins the awakening.
It is mid-November, 1963. Katherine (nicknamed Kat), her husband Charlie and their children are vacationing at an elite resort on a Hawaiian island.
The beauty of the island, the pleasures of golf, tennis and sailing, of lavish wining and dining, all conspire with a beguiling trial attorney (Hay) and his sister (Marge), a tennis champion, as they compete in the seduction of a bewitched Katherine.
The new decade is at the cusp of the expanding Civil Rights movement, of the rising tide of women’s rights and the Sexual Revolution, of the upcoming Vietnam War, with young people in open rebellion everywhere against the established order. Sea Change ends five days before the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas and the awakening of America. The onrushing events are an undercurrent of the story, and as Katherine challenges her customary, customized world, she is perhaps an embodiment of the changing times and a new generation of Americans.
The conflict is one of reason and passion in a period of complex, even chaotic, social and sexual mores, where the options are not only either/or but, sometimes, both/and. Rather like today . . .
by Roger Simpson
This book is about Respect for education and therefore respect for the only reason we have classrooms, the students.
My purpose is for you read and think about this series of vignettes because they have a direct but subtle relationship to why we are destroying the last of our planetary resources out of greed and ignorance and by continuing to send our youth off to die in battle, giving these actions the delusional names, “profit and patriotism.” The vignettes help expose these illusions and others, because they reveal in true story form how respecting our young and hearing their voices opens the way for them to become thoughtful student-citizens ready to take on the world of our reality, not our long standing and destructive illusions.
In the tradition of Plato, education means to “lead out,” to open young thoughtful minds from so much of the ignorance we see in history and thus, to “set them free.”
By Roger Simpson
These stories about San Francisco in the 60’s speak of that memorable time when the voices of hope and possibilities competed with the sinister drumbeat of the Vietnam War.
The characters struggle, succeed and sometimes fail, but in the end they courageously follow their choices. We see young men who stoically face the inevitability of the draft as well as those senior “pioneers” who endure daily lives of quiet resignation. Each story begins with a new opening; each story ends too soon.
Take your time. The essence of these stories comes to us slowly. The sensual side of this charismatic city seduces with scents, sounds, flavors and panoramic vistas. Step on to that iconic cable car that tenaciously follows the arterial network of its roadways.
Remember, “it’s all about the ride.”
“Soul Survivor” by Jolinda Pizzirani is the metaphysical story of a doctor who learns he is dying and decides to participate in an experiment to “prove” life after death. The lives of three different couples are touched –and changed dramatically — by this doctor and his experiences while in an “out of body” state. “Soul Survivor” is a moving, uplifting story which will positively affect every person who reads it.
Stories that Make a Difference is a compilation of stories that are heart-warming, humorous, inspirational, motivational, and loving. In each instance, as the reader, you have probably been involved or witnessed a similar situation throughout the course of your life. This book will show you how to make a difference in the lives of others through your words and actions. Remember, it only takes a few seconds to make a person’s day a little bit better. Enjoy!
Wayne Soares is an actor, inspirational speaker, comic, and author. Last year, the former ESPN Radio Broadcaster starred in two films; the crime drama “Snitches” and the mob comedy “The Curse of Don Scarducci” with Alec Baldwin. Wayne devotes a great deal of time to entertaining our troops both home and abroad and has brought laughter to our military men and women in Afghanistan, Iraq, London, South Korea, and Germany. Wayne is an immensely proud father of three children and a huge supporter of Special Olympics, The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and The American Cancer Society.
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By Roger Simpson
When do you know that something has been the right deed, but for the wrong reason? The novel Strings answers that question. It leads from police harassment of a working class San Francisco neighborhood to a distant, mysterious city beneath the Sahara desert.
It connects the strings between many unique characters: a powerful San Francisco politician, an ex-cop-turned-reporter and his ex-partner (a police lieutenant and Master of Zahu, the most ancient of the martial arts), and Esse, a man who comes from his desert city where advanced experimentation has evolved a science and technology far beyond the West to supposedly create a plan for world peace.
The reporter and detective are both disillusioned with day-to-day life, but their investigation of the harassment problem suddenly opens a direct line to Esse’s city.
His “right deed” for world peace may be for the wrong reason which might evolve in an attack against the West, city by city. They join with a brilliant renegade scientist and Esse’s only beloved daughter in a race against time to unravel the strings of power.
How they get there and what they must do brings the novel into the hands of a terrorist who sees peace as the end of the West.
The Lunar Rover Vehicle 1G Trainer by William F. Probert
Three Lunar Roving Vehicles were left parked at different sites on the surface of the moon some forty years ago. They had flown on the last three Apollo Missions; 15, 16 and 17. Both the prime and backup crew members of these flights had developed their LRV operating skills and procedures, on a terrestrial equivalent called the 1G Trainer. This is a collection of photographs documenting the configuration of this one-of-a-kind vehicle as it was being built in 1970.
About the author:
William Probert graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the General Motors Institute of Technology in the Spring of 1957. During his 38 year career with GM, he worked military and government programs almost exclusively, both in-plant and at field sites. The scope of these programs ranged from underseas to aerospace. During the early years of the missile programs, Mr. Probert was a member of the inertial guidance engineering teams for both the Mace and the Titan II missile systems. The Lunar Rover Program was another high-profile program that he worked in the early 1970’s.
The Relevance of Reason: The Hard Facts and Real Data About the State of Current America – Business and Politics by Mack Borgen
About the Book:
The Facts of the Matter
Our country remains a remarkable, unparalleled and bountiful nation, but there are too many Americans who have become grumpy and entitled; mistrusting and cynical; exhausted and withdrawn. And America has changed; some think not for the better. There are many reasons for this, one being that we are an incredibly diverse nation with widely varying perspective. Worse yet, we have not had access to the “facts.” We have tons of information, about everything from the political situation, our economy, social issues, our culture – pretty much every area of modern life. But they are often presented with spin, bias and agenda or perceived through filters based on our age, gender, and experience. When it comes to seeking solutions, it is time for us to once again embrace our sense of perspective, our spirit, our confidence, and above all, our sense of humor.
Standing on a solid foundation of education and experience, author Mack W. Borgen, removes the tint from our lenses by presenting unvarnished data. He doesn’t try to persuade or push a position. Rather, he simply brings facts to the fore and lets us determine what they mean. He suggests that by having access to objective reality makes it possible for us to regain our sense of community and our commonality. Best of all, we can — working together — make a significant difference.
For those who love facts, care about the truth, and understand the power and the relevance of reason, this book delivers unyielding encouragement and the raw materials for creating a better future for us all. His book is a treasure trove of solid, fun, and at times even fascinating information we, as a people, can put to good use.
You are invited to also review Mack W. Borgen’s companion book, The Relevance of Reason – Society and Culture.
The Relevance of Reason: The Hard Facts and Real Data About the State of Current America – Society and Culture
About the Book:
The Facts of the Matter
Our country remains a remarkable, unparalleled, bountiful nation, but many Americans have become grumpy and entitled; mistrusting and cynical; exhausted and withdrawn. And certain aspects of American life have become both baffling and disappointing. There are many reasons for this, one being that we are a simply a large, diverse and complicated nation. Our citizens hold widely varying understandings about the nature and state of our country. Diluting both our sense of commonality and community, we hold widely varying perspectives due in large part to the reality that we have not had access to the “facts.”
We have tons of google-wiki information, about everything aspect of our American society and culture. However such information is too often scatter-presented with spin, bias and agenda, and the information is perceived through our own disparate filters such as those of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and experience. It is time for us to once again embrace our sense of perspective, our spirit, our confidence, and above all, our sense of humor.
Standing on a solid foundation of education and experience, author Mack W. Borgen, presents fascinating, unvarnished data. He doesn’t twist the facts, control the data, or push a position. Instead, he simply presents facts and data from a wide range of sources and allows us to determine what they mean. He suggests that having access to an objective and shared reality so that we can — working together — make a difference.
Borgen’s book is a treasure trove of solid, fun, and at times even fascinating information we, as a people, can put to good use.
You are invited to also review Mack W. Borgen’s companion book, The Relevance of Reason – Business and Politics.
The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain by Bud Bottoms
“The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain” is the true account of how the famous fountain was conceived and then built, step by step. Filled with wonderful color photos taken throughout the process, sculptor Bud Bottoms also relates how the tremendous influence of the local Chumash Indians and their culture contributed to this endeavor. A beautiful keepsake book, “The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain” will have a special place in the historical documentation of this wonderful beach side community, of which the dolphin fountain is the central landmark.
James “Bud” Bottoms is an author, internationally famous sculptor, environmental activist, and native Californian who has lived in Santa Barbara since 1948. His children’s books, “Kid Ethics: From A to Z,” “Kid Ethics 2: From A to Z,” “Davey and the GOM (Giant Oil Monster)” and “Grandmother Mountain” are inspired by his desire to pass along his life experiences as an elder and as his responsibility being a part of the great web of existence. His newest book, “The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain,” describes how the famous fountain came about — from initial inspiration through the actual steps taken to build the sculpture itself. Before becoming a children’s book author, Bottoms was already internationally famous for his environmental activism during and after the 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil blowout, and his sculptures in the form of fountains and monuments around the world. He has four actor sons: Timothy, Joseph, Samuel, and Benjamin.
Praise from John Ruiz, Chumash Elder, Santa Barbara, California
I first met Bud Bottoms in the early 80’s when he came to my mother’s house to talk to us about putting a dolphin fountain at the entrance to Stearns Wharf. From that day many of theChumash and the elders, including my mother Madeline Hall,supported Bud on the fountain project. He has gained our respectand has never said no when we ask him for something. This book tells the real story of how the dolphin fountain came to be and what it means.