Charlene Briggs is an environmental scientist and educator. She teaches Environmental Science at Temple University as an adjunct professor. To promote ecological literacy, she facilitates the development of outdoor classrooms, local food networks and sustainable landscapes.
Charlene collaborated with her father, David J. Lemal, to share his story in Letters to Lida. Visit her website at www.letterstolida.com.
Letters to Lida is an historical account of World War II in the words of B-29 tail-gunner, Staff Sergeant David J. Lemal. The story is based on 150 letters David wrote to his mother, Lida, during the war and his reflections, as he read those letters to his daughter, nearly seventy years later.
Mindy Haber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor who has a private practice in Wappingers Falls, New York where she assists people in their life journey. She helps children and adults work through trauma, addiction, mental illness and various life transitions. Mindy provides a safe environment for change and growth, understanding that each journey is unique. Lyme Rage is her first book. Visit Mindy at www.lymeragebook.com
Lyme Rage is the true story of one family's experience with the disease. Their harrowing journey begins when nine-year old Sophie develops symptoms that their family doctor cannot explain. When her symptoms worsen, and doctor after doctor refuses to treat her for a lack of diagnosis, her family is at a loss for what to do. The final disaster comes when Sophie collapses and is unable to walk. It is only when the family begins traveling a road without established medical markers that the seemingly miraculous happens and the family finds a doctor who is willing to treat Sophie that her rocky road to recovery can begin.
Kevin Calica is a New York-based designer and visual artist, whose clients are some of the world's leading brands. Kevin was influenced at an early age by the Shaker aesthetic and the writings of Henry David Thoreau. He apprenticed with Ralph Lauren and, at Calvin Klein Inc., was the youngest vice-president in the history of the company. His "strong and simple" signature style can be seen at www.strengthandsimplicity.com. A born teacher, he offers classes on visual merchandising and fashion marketing at Parsons School of Design.
Do you live your life by accident or design? Designer Kevin Calica lifts his professional gaze from stores and products to focus on daily life. Calica tells us to look at our life as if it were a room. Does it meet all our needs? Do we love being in it? Is it simple and clean, inviting and well-lit? Is there space in it for someone else?
In the early 1980s, the great Spanish radio journalist Guillermo Fesser startled listeners in post-Franco Spain by reporting the news in a new way: He made it entertaining. He wasn’t condescending. He was funny, intellectually curious, and fearless. And he conveyed compassion and respect for his subjects, even those with whom he disagreed. Guillermo became a national treasure, beloved by his countrymen, from the inhabitants of Gypsy settlements to the bureaucrats scurrying through halls of the Spanish Congress. They devoured his radio shows, books, TV specials, films, works of theater, and newspaper articles as quickly as the irrepressible 53-year-old could produce them.
In 2002 Guillermo Fesser quit his morning radio talk show in Madrid, and moved with his family to Rhinebeck, N.Y., for a sabbatical year. Finding himself in a rural community 6,000 miles from home and 100 miles from New York City, Fesser began to discover an America he had never imagined existed.
Ann Chamberlin is the author of thirteen historical novels and a non-fiction History Of Women's Seclusion in The Middle East. Her trilogy set in the 16th-century Ottoman Empire was on the bestsellers list in Turkey for over six months. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Ann also spent big blocks of time as a child in Europe where her father was visiting professor of mathematics. After flitting from school to school and major to major including theatre, history and English, she finally majored in Archaeology of the Middle East at the University of Utah. Visit her website www.annchamberlin.com.
In the early years of Islam, three lives braid together. Khalid ibn al-Walid never lost a battle, either fighting against the Prophet Muhammad or for him. "Women no longer give birth to the likes of Khalid," the Prophet said. In old age, the general dictates his memoirs to a eunuch scribe, with a new perspective to all the blood he shed. In the desert oasis of Tadmor, twelve-year-old Rayah discovers the dangers of accepting her new religion and her own power.