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  • Jonestown Remembered and Other Shorter Tragedies

    Jonestown Remembered and Other Shorter Tragedies

    Jonestown Remembered is a poem about those who lost their lives as a result of the machinations of one individual who sought to direct the lives some 912 persons in an isolated region of Guyana during the period 1976 to 1978. Having formed “The People’s Temple” in California he transferred his activities to a country that was anxious to accommodate him without reserve or supervision. His name was Jim Jones. He felt that his view on how life was to be lived was unique and admired the socialist ideology. But all was not well with the administration of the community, which eventually climaxed with the deaths by suicide and murder of all its members save a few who had escaped.

    The poem seeks to recount the trials of the occupants of the Temple, their sense of abandonment at having been removed from the comfort and camaraderie of their friends and their feelings of impotence to do anything about it. But still, for some this experience was a deliverance from a much worse condition of life that they had experienced in the US. These felt that they owed allegiance to their leader who had made their lives worthwhile for the first time. The poem seeks to explore both these responses and how the final sacrifice or deliverance was accomplished.

    About the author:

    Born in Guyana in 1939, the author, Erwin Brewster, attended secondary school there and later read law at the Universities of Durham and of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, He married and his wife Pearl, also from Guyana, bore three children. On returning to Guyana he was employed first in the sugar industry then in the bauxite industry and later in the life insurance industry both at home and abroad. He retired in 2005 after 25 years of service in the insurance industry and now lives in Florida, USA. .
    In his employment he managed several disparate activities and formed a good insight into the ambitions of people for themselves and their families and the difficulties they often faced in trying to attain their goals in this regard. He made it a cardinal policy to ensure that his own family was secure and their children exposed to the finest education possible in his circumstances.
    Among his extracurricular activities he played basketball and took an interest in debating. An avid reader, he perused several books of poetry and literature both classical and modern during his working life and since his retirement this is his most favored pastime together with a keen interest in genealogical research into his ancestry and origins. This latter activity he finds most time consuming and also most rewarding. He has authored a book on his ancestry, which is only for distribution to his family.

  • Learn of Me: Passions from my Heart

    Learn of Me: Passions from my Heart

    Ned E. Hoopingarner was born to Dee W. and Leura Maude Hoopingarner on December 17, 1924 in Uniondale, Indiana. He grew up in Zanesville, Indiana, and graduated from East Union Center High School in 1943. Ned in 1943 was drafted in the US Army and served three years in World War II in Honolulu, Hawaii at First Haftner Army Base.

    Ned was released from the army in 1946 and for the next twenty years worked for his dad who owned a lumber yard and construction company. In 1966, Ned, then president of the lumber company, decided along with his brother Neil to sell the business and move to Florida. He relocated with his wife and seven children ages three to fifteen years to Palmetto, Florida where he still resides.

    Yet Ned found something noteworthy, as he tapped into the inner longing of his heart, finding a faith so dormant, and a desire to pursue a live pleasing to Christ. Learn all about Ned’s tale as you read through this extravagant work that’ll surely inspire everyone.

  • Love Is a Timeless Treasure

    Love Is a Timeless Treasure

    Belief, Family, Love, Pain, Forgiveness, all the little pieces that make my big life come together. When you read each poem, I hope that it touches your heart, soul and mind and gives you that feeling that I’m not alone in what I’m going through or what I’ve been through. I hope that you find a poem that can comfort and inspire you. Most of all I hope that when you read my book that you feel loved and blessed.

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  • Love Your Wife

    Love Your Wife

    Hi this is W.R. Stowe with my wife Jocelyn. We were married in the Philippines where she is from. My “Love Your Wife” book of poetry is compiled of all the poems I wrote to my wife while we were courting online some 10 months, and then while we were separated while her VISA was pending. I also included some poems about a person that was grieving after his wife had passed away. I know I installed true emotions within my poetry and I think you will feel the love and longing we had for each other.

    A little bit about myself, I am 62 and live in Ohio and mostly I have spent some time in Texas, Michigan, Maryland, and California in the United States. Then a few trips to the Philippines.

    I trust that many wives will acquire this book and share it with their husband so they can see how much love I have for my wife. God bless you and may all your marriages be successful.

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  • Larry Gene Klech - Messages for Everyone

    Messages for Everyone

    About the author:

    Larry Gene Klech was baptized in 1977 in Pamona California and has been a dedicated Christian ever since.

    He is a member of the community of Covina California where he has lived for the past 38 years.

    He has one daughter, Rhonda, of whom he is very proud. Several stories involving Rhonda’s experiences are included in this book.

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  • No Bones About It: More Doggone Good Poems

    No Bones About It: More Doggone Good Poems

    Passion… Emotion… Love
    Sounds like a romance novel
    And it IS
    My Love for DOGS
    My passion for rhyming poetry
    And the emotional relationship
    Between DOGS and HUMANS
    That is why I wrote this book

  • Of Age and Edges

    Of Age and Edges

    “John Donne would love Odessa’s poetry. It is beautiful, thought provoking and unforgettable.”

    —Steve Holmes, Esquire

    “As a direct result of reading Cleveland’s poetry, my soul feels a warmth stirring my imagination. It causes me to relax and enjoy her witty lyrics as they describe life and human nature. She uses a fresh approach to her stanzas, which tends to seduce readers, bringing them into the heart of her thoughts and wisdom.”

    —Gerald W. Jones,
    Faust Award Winner for Listen To My Soul

    “Odessa’s poems make her readers laugh and cry, look inside themselves, feel the depth of her verse, connect, and simply enjoy the _ ow of words like river water dancing in the sun.”

    —Wendy Knepp, Educational Consultant

    “Of Age and Edges is _ lled with wisdom. Some of it is edgy, some humorous, but all is insightful because it is based on a common sense approach to living in the world as it is.”

    —May Sinclair, PhD, Karmic Tribunal

    “Evocative prose … discerning … profound.”

    —Janice Cipriani-Willis,
    Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

    Poet, artist, educator, actress, and author, Odessa Cleveland, shares some intriguing imageries—pencil drawings on uncharted skin, the Potter’s mold, and Pharaoh ants. In her American contemporary style, these poems open up a world of understanding life, love, death and delectation. Cleveland is off the beaten path with language and wit. The reader will explore, discover and reflect.

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  • People of God – One and All Come and Be … Part 1

    People of God – One and All Come and Be … Part 1

    Her poetry is inspired by the Holy Spirit, many times with an instructional focus. She received and discovered this gift to write poetry in her latter years of teaching. In her first book People of God – One and All: Saints and Sinners, different aspects of being a saint and a sinner were explored. In both parts of this new anthology, the poetry includes a variety of topics for meditation and self- reflection. In People of God-One and All: Come and Be…, Part 1 she explores the concept of grace, relationships, and sacred struggles. In Part 2 she explores this through the wonder of God, the production of fruits evolving through faith, and how to be bold in faith. Both books explore and ponder upon the ideas of faith, relationships with God and each other, and what is expected in carrying out one’s faith. Scripture passages for further study and references are provided with most of the poems to further question and reflect on one’s faith and how to mature oneself and share faith with others.

    In retirement, she quilts with many being made for philanthropy projects locally and around the world. Additionally, she reads, does genealogy, and actively participates in church activities.

    About the author:
    EDITH CLOSE-VAZIRI was an elementary school teacher for 41 years in her native state of California and achieved National Board Certification in the area of Middle Childhood. Although she grew up in the rural community of Sutter in Northern Calif., she taught her whole teaching career in Los Angeles with forty years at one small elementary where she taught first through fifth grade over the decades. In her final years as a public school teacher, she also mentored new teachers and helped the school district in the credential process for beginning teachers.

    Graduating from California Lutheran University, she received a B.A. in history; she completed her elementary credential and received her M.A. in elementary education at California State University-Los Angeles.

  • People of God – One and All Come and Be … Part 2

    People of God – One and All Come and Be … Part 2

    Her poetry is inspired by the Holy Spirit, many times with an instructional focus. She received and discovered this gift to write poetry in her latter years of teaching. In her first book People of God – One and All: Saints and Sinners, different aspects of being a saint and a sinner were explored. In both parts of this new anthology, the poetry includes a variety of topics for meditation and self- reflection. In People of God-One and All: Come and Be…, Part 1 she explores the concepts of grace, relationships, and sacred struggles. In Part 2 she explores this through the wonder of God, the production of fruits evolving through faith, and how to be bold in faith. Both books explore and ponder upon the ideas of faith, relationships with God and each other, and what is expected in carrying out one’s faith. Scripture passages for further study and references are provided with most of the poems to further question and reflect on one’s faith and how to mature oneself and share faith with others.

    In retirement, she quilts with many being made for philanthropy projects locally and around the world. Additionally, she reads, does genealogy, and actively participates in church activities.

    About the author:

    EDITH CLOSE-VAZIRI was an elementary school teacher for 41 years in her native state of California and achieved National Board Certification in the area of Middle Childhood. Although she grew up in the rural community of Sutter in Northern Calif., she taught her whole teaching career in Los Angeles with forty years at one small elementary where she taught first through fifth grade over the decades. In her final years as a public school teacher, she also mentored new teachers and helped the school district in the credential process for beginning teachers.

    Graduating from California Lutheran University, she received a B.A. in history; she completed her elementary credential and received her M.A. in elementary education at California State University-Los Angeles.

  • People of God – One and All Saints and Sinners

    People of God – One and All Saints and Sinners

    Her poetry is inspired by the Holy Spirit, many times with an instructional focus. She received and discovered this gift to write poetry in her latter years of teaching. In her newly revised book People of God – One and All: Saints and Sinners, different aspects of being a saint and a sinner are explored. Questions are asked, thoughts are provoked, and concepts are delved into in comprehending the reality of being both a saint and a sinner. In People of God-One and All: Come and Be…, Part 1 she explores the concepts of grace, relationships, and sacred struggles. In Part 2 she explores this through the wonder of God, the production of fruits evolving through faith, and how to be bold in faith. Both books explore and ponder upon the ideas of faith, relationships with God and each other, and what is expected in carrying out one’s faith. In all the books, scripture passages for further study and references are provided with most of the poems to further question and reflect on one’s faith and how to mature oneself in the faith realm and share it with others.
    In retirement, she quilts with many being sewn for philanthropy projects locally and around the world. Additionally, she reads, does genealogy, and actively participates in church activities.

    About the author:

    EDITH CLOSE-VAZIRI was an elementary school teacher for 41 years in her native state of California and achieved National Board Certification in the area of Middle Childhood. Although she grew up in the rural community of Sutter in Northern Calif., she taught her whole teaching career in Los Angeles with
    forty years at one small elementary where she taught first through fifth grade over the decades. In her final years as a public-school teacher, she also mentored new teachers and helped the school district in the credential process for beginning teachers.

    Graduating from California Lutheran University, she received a B.A. in history; she completed her elementary credential and received her M.A. in elementary education at California State University-Los Angeles.