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Water's RevengeXlibris Corporation. 2010
Waters Revenge is a compilation of ten true adventures I experienced on, sometimes in, numerous lakes and rivers here in the state of Michigan where I was raised. It is written chronologically and spans a time period of forty years. Some of the stories include friends that joined me on my misadventures, usually only once. My earliest memory of one of the many close calls I had is told in the chapter “The Laughing Frogs.” I was totally consumed with the exploration of the Shiawassee River that ran through my grandparents’ backyard in ,Fenton Michigan. It was the summer of my tenth birthday and if not for a buddy’s older sister, it could have been my last birthday. I remember not being able to sit down comfortably for quite sometime due to my parents’ wrath upon hearing the news, (needless to say, they were quite irate.) I was eleven when my folks bought a house in Plainwell, Michigan, on the banks of the Kalamazoo River. Dad admitted years later that raising four boys at our young ages that close to a river may not have been the wisest thing he ever did, personally, I couldn’t thank him enough. It was about a year later when a little escapade of mine helped prove his point (the chapter “Fort Careful” is a testament to that.) Not all of the stories in this book deal with near tragic or traumatic events; some are so ridiculous they had to be told. The chapter “Doctor, Doctor, Grab Those Scissors” is a perfect example of what not to do if your fishing lure gets hung up in a tree. I’m sure you’ve heard of road rage; well, “Close Encounters of the Granite Kind” is an example of water rage, which was brought on by a fourteen-year-old hooligan, whose idea of entertainment was seeing how long it would take to swamp some guy in a little ten-foot flat bottom boat with his daddy’s big expensive speed boat. My reaction to his daily harassment on Pine Lake number three damn near landed me in jail. Fortunately for me, the costar of this story had an understanding father who was sympathetic to my point of view. Unfortunately for my deranged counterpart, Dad had absolutely no sympathy for him, basically because he didn’t have one. “Salmon Derby or Bust” reads like a step-by-step manual on how to drown in Lake Michigan. The situation my partner “Captain Bob” and I found ourselves in came about gradually and actually began weeks before we even launched our boat. Our lack of logic in preparing for an excursion on the big lake was a direct result from an affliction I call “Kings-la-bit-us Salmon-it is” a mental disease also known as Salmon Fever. It has been known to be fatal in idiots and ignorant folks who venture out on to the great lakes, like us at the time. It is brought on by the anticipation of catching one of those huge king salmon that lurk in the depths of the great lakes . . . it clouds the mind. These stories are burned into my memory like a photograph on film and will never forget them. I hope you find Water’s Revenge; a family legacy as entertaining to read as I found to live.
The Tree of LifeBookBaby. 2015
Through an act of providence, Oakie the acorn is buried in an apple orchard by an eccentric adventurer, Otis the wild-eyed squirrel. Oakie finds himself in an unfamiliar world, wrestling with who he is and whether or not he should stay. After a thrilling adventure exploring life outside of the orchard, Oakie returns home to an unexpected nemesis, Joshua, “the people". When tragedy strikes, Oakie and Joshua go on the most crucial journey of their lives, changing their destiny forever. The Tree of Life is an allegory that chronicles the journey each of us must embark upon to find healing from the bumps and bruises incurred through life. The invitation resounding from The Tree of Life is for adults to return to the joys of imaginative innocence and it’s a promise to children that everything they need to fulfill their dreams is within them. The message for everyone is that we must learn how to come alive wherever we find ourselves planted!
Into the DeepTyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 2011
On the evening of August 30, 2003, Robert and Melissa Rogers and their four young children were driving home from a family wedding. Caught in a flash flood, Melissa and the children all drowned. Into the Deep is the compelling story of how one man's faith took root and blossomed through trials, blessings, and a deepening trust in God.
Oppenheim Toy PortfolioOppenheim Toy Portfolio. 2004
As featured on NBC's TODAY Show! The experts from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, the independent consumer organization rate the best (and worst) in children's toys, books, videos, music and software. Don't waste any more money on products that are a waste of your money and your child's time. Here's the guide that every parent (and grandparent) should have before they go shopping. Guide includes important child development information, basic gear checklists, product comparisons, best shower and birthday presents for every budget, multicultural products, science toys, educational toys and a full chapter on adapting ordinary products for kids with special needs.
Reel life, real lifeFourth Write Pr. 1994
REEL LIFE - REAL LIFE is a video guide with a difference. Whether you are looking for a movie that will help you probe the mysteries of love & sex, appreciate the demands & rewards of striving for personal fulfillment or face the challenges of serious illness, you will find guidance in these pages. The four authors, life-long film buffs, have pooled their professional experience in social work, education, & journalism to prepare more than 700 penetrating reviews of feature films. Including classics of the early cinema & the latest video releases, these movies provide valuable insights into 17 major life issues & situations, from aging to substance abuse. Other chapters include Family, Marriage & Divorce, Homosexuality, Friendship, Coming of Age, Prejudice, Violence & Rape, Feisty Women, Single Life, Taking a Stand, Mental Illness & War. The authors also offer their personal selection of "popcorn" movies - movies that promise pure entertainment for those moments when everyone longs to be transported by laughter, fantasy or adventure. Call Mary Ann Horenstein at 800-900-REEL for information or send a check for $12.95 plus $2.50 mailing costs to Fourth Write Press, P.O. Box 156, Kendall Park, NJ 08824-0156. Quantity discounts available.
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