Jaclyn Weldon White was born, raised and has lived all her life in the South. She was a police officer for six years. As a patrolman she investigated street crimes and traffic offenses. She worked for four years as a detective with the same department, investigating murders, sex crimes, burglaries and other offenses. She left police work to take a position as administrator for a large metropolitan Atlanta juvenile court, a position she held for sixteen years.
She is the author of eight books and numerous articles which have appeared in local and regional magazines. Two of her books have become Mercer Press bestsellers.
White is an avid cook and herb gardener, and designs and makes her own line of kiln-fired silver jewelry. She also enjoys genealogical research. She has three living children and seven grandchildren. White shares her Hoschton, Georgia, home with three cats, two of which were planned. Jackie's new book, THE WITCH OF BEN HILL COUNTY, has just been released by Deeds Publishing. It's the story of Emily Christopher who, after 30 years in law enforcement, is ready for retirement in an active-adult community north of Atlanta. But a dead friend's last request for justice sends her south to Ben Hill County where, determined to right a wrong, she takes on a powerful local developer. She's helped in her mission by a few good friends and a kind woman known as the local witch. Meanwhile things are getting interesting in Emily's own neighborhood where there have been a rash of petty thefts and burglaries. And who was that naked man seen slipping into the woods? THE WITCH OF BEN HILL COUNTY is a fast-moving mix of suspense, humor and romance that proves over 55 doesn't mean over the hill!
Jackie and Milam McGraw Propst collaborated on SIDETRACKED, Two Women, Two Cameras, and Lunches on Sherman's Trail. It's a series of stories which chronicle the zigzag adventures of these two authors searching for a better understanding of their state and its history. The two are good friends who love to chat, dine and explore out of the way places. There was only one difficulty. Neither of them have any sense of direction and often got sidetracked, made countless U-turns and frequently found fascinating stories by accident. It's a story of newly revealed truths and longstanding friendship.
In A SOUTHERN WOMAN'S GUIDE TO HERBS, she took a break from penning stories of murder and mayhem to share her love and knowledge of growing and using herbs, the helpful plants. In a manner as informal as a neighborly chat, White explores designing herb gardens to suit the reader and gives commonsense tips on planting and caring for them. In later chapters she concentrates on preserving herbs for year-round use and shares some of her favorite recipes, covering everything from cocktails to desserts. The shrimp and herb pasta for two is perfect for a romantic evening while the lavender cookies with their pastel icing will have the kids begging for more. In addition to using herbs for cooking, White presents a number of the most common medicinal and cosmetic uses for these plants along with a delightful chapter of herbal crafts. Illustrated with the author's own photos, it even includes a humorous chapter of magic spells and potions using herbs.
The Greatest Champion That Never Was is Jackie's latest biography. Publisher's Weekly has already declared this biography of boxer W.L. "Young" Stribling one of the top ten sports books of the fall of 2011 and Jackie won the Georgia Author of the Year - Biography for it. Stribling was born in a small south Georgia town in 1904 and should have lived his life in that rural setting. But he was performing in vaudeville before his fourth birthday and was a professional boxer by sixteen. His career spanned only twelve years before his death at age 28 and, during that time, he fought 287 matches, losing only 12. Although he never achieved the championship he sought, Young Stribling was true to himself and the values with which he'd been raised. The most important things in his world were sportsmanship, honor and doing his best. He never did less.
Of course, Jackie hasn't given up delving into the criminal side of life. Her most recent novel,Mockingbird in the Moonlight introduced readers to Dixie McClatchey, who was a rising young homicide detective when she inadvertently caused the death of a loved one. In this unsentimental Southern novel, Dixie puts her past behind her to build a new life in Macon, Georgia, a charming city where ghosts, gracious living and blackmail live side by side. She makes some friends, opens a bookstore and volunteers with Friends of the Library. When one of the volunteers is killed behind her shop, and evidence points to members of the library group,Dixie is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. As the story unravels, she learns she's not the only one with a past.
Like Mockingbird in the Moonlight, Jackie's first novel Distant Hearts combined suspense, romance and humor. And Distant Hearts adds a healthy dose of southern history and a primer on genealogical research as well.
But Jackie hasn't abandoned true crime. Whether recounting a forty-year-old tale of serial murder and black magic, as she did in Whisper to the Black Candle, or relating in The Empty Nursery the heart-breaking story of an infant's disappearance in present day Georgia, Jaclyn White has the unique ability to present a true story as if it were a novel.
White's ventures into the field of biographies has produced three acclaimed books. The above-mentioned Greatest Champion, A Very Special Gift, the history of a remarkable and generous family, and Bestest, which recounts the exciting life of southern businessman, bon vivant and philanthropist Peyton Anderson.
She also contributes frequent articles to local and regional magazines. Most recently she's been working on fascinating stories of bygone times in her home state for Georgia Backroads.
Katie Hart Smith
Columnist & Author
Katie Hart Smith, a published author for 25 years, has a wide array of work ranging from medical and academic, to historical fiction, non-fiction, and children's stories. She served on the editorial board and was a manuscript reviewer for the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal and was a former member of the advisory board for Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine. Her monthly column, “From the Heart,” is featured in the Gwinnett Citizen newspaper.
Inspirational people, places, and political and social issues are the driving forces for Smith’s work. She published Couch Time with Carolyn, a memoir, in 2014. This novel was followed by the Sacred Heart (historical fiction) series that focused on the medical community in 1900s Atlanta. The first two books, Aspirations of the Heart and Hope Never Rests, have been placed in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Library. Katie has been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year award in multiple categories in 2015, 2017, and 2018.
She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Lawrenceville. She is an active civic leader in the Gwinnett community to include her service on the City of Lawrenceville City Council and she was even the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year award in 2011, recognized for her clinical, literary, and community contributions. Katie has been a featured author at numerous Georgia literary festivals and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Atlanta Writers Club. She is a sought out speaker on a local and national level.
For more information, visit www.katiehartsmith.com.
For more information, visit www.katiehartsmith.com.
Jack Gannon & Cyndi Williams-Barnier
Co-Founds & Co-Owners of YBR Publishing
Since publishing their first novel, “Murder In Twos and Threes” (which currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon) in 2012, Jack and Cyndi have authored 8 more books together, and Jack wrote a special Christmas book as a solo venture.
After self-publishing their first two books and being picked up by a publisher who reprinted those books (before going out of business), they decided to take what they learned about publishing and start their own company, YBR PUBLISHING, as a full-services-publisher.
The first book with their personal imprint was I WALKED IN SANTA’S BOOTS by Jack, followed by their latest Task Force book, the 5-star reviewed THE LATRODECTUS MURDERS, and TEARS OF DESTINY in their InSpectre series.
At the end of 2017 they opened their brand to other authors, the first being Garry Richardson of Ridgeland. 2018 authors are Ron Baxley, Jr., of Barnwell, Horace Mungin of Ridgeville, and Gibbes McDowell of Saint Helena Island.
As YBR Publishing approaches 2019, new authors are already lining up for publishing during the new year, plus Jack has a new novel in the works.
Jack and Cyndi are always interested in talking with authors looking to get their manuscripts into print, and they look forward to meeting you during the 2019 Aiken Wine & Sign!
A. Gibert Kennedy earned a B.A. in history from East Carolina University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He retired from a career in nuclear engineering in 2015.
Kennedy has a bookselling business, Stuff Happens, selling used and rare books in Aiken, S.C. that specializes in South Carolina and Civil War history. The business is located in the Aiken Antique Mall, 112 Laurens St. SW, Aiken, S.C.
He lives in Aiken, S.C. with his wife, Pam and a feral cat.
Website: A Gibert Kennedy
Hope, sacrifice, and restoration: throughout the American Civil War and its aftermath, the Foster family endured all of these in no small measure. Drawing from dozens of public and privately owned letters, A. Gibert Kennedy recounts the story of his great-great-grandfather and his family in A South Carolina Upcountry Saga: The Civil War Letters of Barham Bobo Foster and His Family, 1860–1863.
Barham Bobo Foster was a gentleman planter from the Piedmont who signed the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession and served as a lieutenant colonel in the Third South Carolina Volunteers alongside his two sons. Kennedy's primary sources are letters written by Foster and his sons, but he also references correspondence involving Foster's daughters and his wife, Mary Ann.
The letters describe experiences on the battlefields of Virginia and South Carolina, vividly detailing camp life, movements, and battles along with stories of bravery, loss, and sacrifice. The Civil War cost Foster his health, all that he owned, and his two sons, though he was able to rebuild with the help of his wife and three daughters. Supplementing the correspondence with maps, illustrations, and genealogical information, Kennedy shows the full arc of the Foster family's struggle and endurance in the Civil War era.
About the the work
In 1998, my father asked me if I wanted my great-great grandfather's pockets. In the 1800s pockets were worn inside trousers, rather like a modern money belt. The pockets contained about 75 old letters and, as I began reading them, I found that they were mostly Civil War letters.
I began typing these letters up, thinking that others in the family might want to read them someday. As I began digging into the letters, I learned that Barham Bobo Foster was a signer of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession for the Spartanburg District and learned of the terrible cost of the war to his family. So the structure of a book began to form. As I continued my research, I found another 275 letters in the Caroliniana Library at the University of S.C.
Lt. Col. Barham Bobo Foster was second in command of the 3rd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry from its initial organization in 1861 until he left the army in 1862 in failed health. His two sons, Perrin and Tony, served in this unit until their deaths in combat.
In the final edited form, these letters reveal the lives of the Barham Bobo Foster, his two sons, his wife, and daughters during the period from late 1860 to early 1863. The Fosters were engaged at Bull Run, the Peninsula Campaign, the S.C. coastal defenses, Harper's Ferry, and Fredericksburg. In addition to battle descriptions, the letters offer insights into the thinking of an upcountry planter family on the war, politics, and home life as the war continued to grind away.
I have enjoyed getting to know this family. I hope that you will also enjoy getting to know them.
Kim Poovey is an author, storyteller, and living historian. She has traveled the Southeast for more than 20 years performing in period attire on 19th century fashion, mourning practices, and other Victorian era topics.
In 2011 she portrayed Mrs. Stanton, wife of Secretary of War Stanton (Kevin Kline), in the Robert Redford film, The Conspirator. Her published works include Truer Words, Through Button Eyes, Memoirs of an Edwardian Teddy Bear, and Dickens’ Mice, The Tails Behind the Tale.
In addition, Kim has written for several magazines to include Beaufort Lifestyles, Bluffton Breeze, Citizen’s Companion, and the Civil War Times.
Kim lives in a haunted 1890s Victorian cottage in the SC Lowcountry with her husband, Darryl, and their furry children.
Steve Gordy, Author
Steve has been an apprentice writer since 2003, when he joined the South Carolina Writers' Workshop. He has two books currently in print, both available from Amazon.com:
His first novel, Faith, Hope, and Dr. Vangelis, will be published in the spring of 2019. It poses the question: "In a world of pain, who heals the wounded healer?" The healers in this tale are Lukas Vangelis, a hospice physician and his niece, Diana Karras, a registered nurse. They have been both healers and spiritual guides to the dying for two decades. Lukas seeks relief from the burdens that have worn him down. A series of messages from departed friends and loved ones hint that the end of the road is near. The path to his healing is laden with obstacles and unexpected dangers. Only when he takes on the care of a dying young woman does he recognize that her four-year-old son is "the one who is to follow." It's a story that will leave you with a lump in your throat and, quite possibly, tears in your eyes.
He's at work on other projects as well, of which a recent addition is Meredith's Song. This celebrates the extraordinary, all-too-brief life of Meredith Legg Stapleton (1987-2014). A standout basketball player for the USC Aiken Pacers, her five-year battle against melanoma gave an example of courage, determination, and deep faith that are her legacy to the world.
Steve and his wife, Ruth, have lived in Aiken, South Carolina since 1988. He is a past state chairman of Kairos Prison Ministry in the state of South Carolina and is a member of the board of directors of the South Carolina Writers Association. He is also a member of the North Carolina Writers Network, the Georgia Writers Association, and the Florida Writers Association. He is retired from the Savannah River Site and Piedmont Technical College.
Arthur Turfa is originally from Pennsylvania. He now has lived in the Midlands of South Carolina for over a decade. His bi-vocational careers (as a pastor, educator, and Army chaplain) have taken him across the country, to Germany and to South Korea
In 2015 eLectio Publishing released his first book of poetry, Places and Times. Accents, his second poetry book, is now on Amazon KDP. In 2018 Gemini was released by Broad River Books,(a branch of Columbia’s Muddy Ford Press). That same year, Saluda Reflectionsappeared in Finishing Line Press. His poetry has also appeared in Altpoetics, the Munyori Literary Journal, SC English Teacher, and Metaphor Magazine .
Additionally, he serves as one of the owners for, Words on Fire, on Google+ and MeWe.
Arthur teaches German and English at Blythewood High School and as an adjunct in English at Midlands Technical College. He also serves as a supply pastor in the South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and as a supply priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina.
Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the founding director of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival, and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint in partnership with Pat Conroy. Haupt serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, and on the South Carolina Humanities advisory committee and the American Writers Museum affiliates steering committee. With Charleston novelist Nicole Seitz, he is co-editor of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, which was named to the recommended reading lists of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Deep South magazine and recognized as a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick (booksellers’ favorite) and an official selection of the Pulpwood Queens book club. Sales of Our Prince of Scribes benefit the educational mission of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center: www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.
Praise for Our Prince of Scribes:
“His wound may have been geography, but his legacy was generosity. That’s the takeaway from this new collection of essays honoring the late Pat Conroy (1945-2016). Novelist Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, pull together a who’s-who of writers from the Lowcountry and beyond for an ode to the real Prince of Tides… A fitting tribute to a unique, significant writer and man.”--Kirkus Reviews
“What could be better than so many voices coming together to celebrate Pat Conroy? This book is a testament to the enormous hold he had on our hearts and minds.”—Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Belinda Smith-Sullivan is a chef, food writer, spice blends entrepreneur and a commercial-rated pilot. She graduated summa cum laude from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in culinary arts.
As a personal chef in the early days of her culinary career, Belinda developed an interest in flavor profiling. That led to the creation of Chef Belinda Spices, her signature line of artisan all-natural spice blends.
A native Chicagoan, Belinda spent all her summers growing up in Mississippi on her grandparents’ farm, where she developed her love for peaches, Belinda has also lived in France, Kenya, and South Africa and travelled the world enjoying and learning about the foods of many cultures.
Belinda currently lives in Trenton, South Carolina, located in Edgefield County, in the heart of South Carolina’s peach region. South Carolina is the second largest producer of peaches in the United States, making it the ideal place for Belinda to grow her love of peaches and develop peach recipes over the past 14 years.
Belinda is the monthly contributing food columnist to Aiken’s Bella Magazine in Aiken, S.C., and the statewide South Carolina Living Magazine. She is publisher of The Flying Foodie blog and has written food-related articles for regional publications. Additionally, in her current role with South Carolina Living, she is featured on its website in monthly how-to videos designed to help readers improve their cooking skills and general food knowledge.
Belinda conducts cooking workshops and demonstrations throughout the Southeast; and is a registered volunteer in Chefs Move to Schools, an initiative that partners chefs with local schools to serve as resources on nutrition.
Belinda is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, American Culinary Federation, Southern Foodways Alliance and Association of Food Journalists. She is also a member of The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots, where she is a past recipient of the Amelia Earhart Scholarship.
In 2015, she was inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a philanthropic society of women engaged in the food, fine beverage and hospitality fields.
Chef Belinda Spices
Author Tania Tipene is a mother, yogi, meditator, and, first time author. She is also an idealist.
As a mother, she encouraged a love for the written word. As a yogi and meditator, she crafted her story using yoga postures as principle characters, and added elements of meditation into the storyline.
The idealist, and, first time author, chose to weave spiritual themes into a simple and naïve adventure.
This author has written an endearing and interactive tale, to please both the listener and the reader.
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Seed's Journey Home,
A Children's Yoga Story
Book 1 : Red Gate
Have you ever felt afraid? Seed has. On her journey through Red Gate, she learns how to overcome Fear and Doubt. Join Seed on her journey, and discover what Seed learns.
Author Steven Brock
Steven Brock was born and raised right here in the CSRA. A graduate of Aiken High and very little else, Steven found himself at 24 years of age with no skills or money. He joined the Navy’s Nuclear Power program and volunteered for submarines.
After getting out of the Navy in 1984, he had an idea to write a book about his life on a sub. An experienced procrastinator, it took him 15 years to start and another 15 to finish it.
“Bubbleheads” is a slang term given to those who serve on submarine. This book takes you back to the 80s, before cell phones, the internet and the Kardashians. Although the backdrop is centered around the USS Lapon and its crew, it’s more a love story about two people. No, silly, not about two submariners. It’s about John and Karen, two diametrically opposed people who fell in love and are trying to make this crazy relationship work between them.
Join the crew of the USS Lapon, a fast attack submarine, as they navigate their way through the Mediterranean, stopping at exotic ports, visiting historic monuments, and tasting unusual foods.
Available at Amazon and other fine bookstores online.
For more information on the author or to contact him, visit his "BUBBLEHEADS THE BOOK" Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/steven.brock.7334
Author J.A. Lyons
J. A. Lyons grew up in the South before wandering in the wilderness for forty years. After returning to his home country he has fought a never-ending battle against crabgrass and nap-weed. His latest works include Sweet Chariots – unending love among the Carolina marshes, and The Emerald Spire, a quest fantasy.
Set in the coastal islands of South Carolina during the mid fifties as the last vestiges of a dying culture fade into memory, Sweet Chariots follows Henry Jean Yuncie on his journey from boy to man. Can Henry Jean break free from the grandmother who loves him too much, and a mother who hates his very existence..., not to mention the ghost of his beloved Aunt Matilda and the silky wardrobe she left behind? Must he marry Mary Beth, his childhood companion and sweetheart, or can he sail to freedom across the endless marshes? Does freedom truly exist beyond Yuncie Island, or are all his dreams and desires simply the figments of an overactive young mind? Who can discern among love and hate, memories and ghosts beneath the Carolina moon? When Gracie, only daughter of the Island’s absentee landlord arrives, Henry Jean must choose between devotion to Mary Beth and passion for Gracie, as all three careen towards tragedy. Tensions build as Henry Jean weaves among the forces pressing him to action, and peak when Mary Beth reveals a secret that threatens to destroy all their lives. Now Henry Jean truly must choose his destiny as all paths lead to one fateful night... and no matter how he decides, everyone will suffer. Sweet Chariots is an intense journey into a young man’s struggle towards manhood. Adult themes and situations including love, hate and gender identity are central to the story. Parental discretion is advised for young readers. Praise for Sweet Chariots: “It tears your heart out, then puts you back together. This is not only wonderful Southern writing, it is simply great literature.” Barbara Steiner, Author of over 70 published works. Other books by J. A. Lyons: The Emerald Spire
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Aiken author Ruth Kipnis drew from her equestrian background as she was writing her first love story, the 2014 book “Lane’s End.”
Through a twist of fate we turned a hobby into a thriving business when we added a Thoroughbred Training Center to our already growing broodmare operation.
After retiring we spent two years aboard our boat the Paradigm sailing the waters of Mexico. We finally settled in Puerto Vallarta. Returning to the States seven years later for medical reasons, and purchased a farm in South Carolina filling it with ex racehorses.
Writing came late in my varied career, but I've always believed that all of us have some secret desire, be it to ride a bike, pay a guitar, paint a picture, or in my case write a novel. Age should not dissuade anyone from the joy of following one's bliss.
Seeing my stories in print, knowing people are enjoying what I've written is reward enough. All proceeds from my books are donated to charity.
For her latest novel, Kipnis said she stepped away from her own experiences and looked to others’ romantic stories, particularly ones involving widowed or divorced people.
“A French Connection” was published in August by First Edition Design Publishing Inc., and was edited by Sue Clark.
The story opens on Norman Feinberg, a semi-retired, widowed businessman, living in San Francisco. When he wants to sell his two-story house, he becomes connected with Nicole Johnson, a widowed, French real estate agent who is 20 years younger than him.
“Their business arrangement becomes something more than casual. The differences in age, religion and family present many ups and downs to a developing romance. A trip to Paris to meet her family sets them on a rocky road to marriage,” says the book’s summary.
The idea for the plot stemmed from the stories of second love Kipnis kept hearing from those who are divorced or had lost a spouse.
“If you lined these people up, you would think, ‘There is no way they would be a couple,’” she said.
These people also differed in traits such as age and culture, much like the romantic leads in Kipnis’ book. Kipnis is originally from San Francisco and came to Aiken with her husband Mervyn in 2002. He passed away in 2010.
In her travels, Kipnis has visited Paris.
“(San Francisco and Paris) are both liberal cities, yet culturally, they are as different as night and day,” she said.
Kipnis dedicated the book to her husband.
“I was fortunate enough to fall in love and marry a wonderful man who, throughout our lives together, encouraged me to pursue any over-the-top dream I had. ... Even though my husband is gone now, I still filter my endeavors through his prism and hope this story would have pleased him,” her dedications reads.
“A French Connection” is $14.95 in paperback and $4.99 as an ebook and can be purchased through major online retailers such as Amazon and Google Play.
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About Dr. Peter C. Wilcox
Dr. Peter C. Wilcox is the founder, and former director of the Severna Park Professional Counseling Center, Millersville, MD. Before recently retiring, he was a practicing psychotherapist and spiritual director for 30+ years.
Dr. Wilcox was also Assistant Professor at the Washington Theological Union and President of the Faculty Senate, Adjunct Professor in the graduate program in pastoral counseling, Loyola University, Columbia, MD and Adjunct Professor of theology, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY.
Dr. Wilcox lives with his wife, Margaret, in Aiken, South Carolina, USA.
A graduate of St. Fidelis College, Butler, PA, Dr. Wilcox received a licentiate in theology from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, and a doctorate in theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He also received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland.
Over the years, Dr. Wilcox has directed many retreats and been in demand as a speaker. His retreats, conferences, seminars, and workshops on a wide variety of topics have helped many people find healing in their lives. Along with his academic knowledge in theology, spirituality, and psychology, he has become a popular speaker in the areas of contemporary spirituality and psychology. His primary areas of interest are in the blending of psychology and spiritual growth. In addition, his research focuses on the theology and spirituality of Thomas Merton, and the spiritual direction of Cardinal John Henry Newman based on Newman’s letters and diaries written during his Catholic period. http://www.petercwilcox.com/ www.facebook.com/PeterWilcoxLLC
Among the many presentations Dr. Wilcox has given are the following:
St. John of the Cross
The Spirituality of Thomas Merton
Celebrating Survival, The Journey of Survivorship
Substance Abuse - Myth or Reality?
Dealing With Grief and Loss
The Angry Child
The Anxious Child
Dealing with Peer Pressure
Healthy Ways for Children to Handle Stress
Personality Development and Spiritual Growth
Coming Home to Yourself, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Level I and II
Understanding Addiction: Why Do Some Kids Become Addicted?
Illness: A Time of Spiritual Growth
Developing the Care-Givers Skills for Intervention
Graduate School Courses Taught
Introduction to Christian Spirituality
Theology of Prayer
Theology of Christian Mysticism
Nature, Grace, and Religious Development
Theology and Spirituality of Thomas Merton
Spiritual and Pastoral Care
The Helping Relationship
The Development of the Religious Person
Marriage and Family Counseling
Walking Each Other Home
Reflections about Living a Christian Life from an Older Dad to His Daughter
Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
The English writer G. K. Chesterton once wrote: "Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." These reflections are the author's effort, as an older father, to pass on to his daughter, with grace, what he believes is truly important in life.
When his daughter was young, he used to tell her that his constant prayer was to live long enough so that "I can get you raised!" Thankfully, that prayer has been answered. But parenting is a life-long process that evolves as we and our children grow older. Through the years, Dr. Wilcox has discovered that being an older father has advantages and disadvantages. If age gives one more life experience and wisdom, then hopefully these reflections will be a way that he can share his life and wisdom with her and others.
Throughout thirty years as a psychotherapist and spiritual director, Dr. Wilcox counseled many fathers who were genuinely trying to be good parents. This book is intended to help fathers influence, in a positive way, the life choices their daughters will make. It is an invitation to explore how we can continue to help our daughters grow spiritually and psychologically into the person God is calling them to become.
THERE ARE NO RIGHT ANSWERS TO WRONG QUESTIONS
15 Ways Our Questions Influence Our Choices to Live a Christian Life
Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
Abraham Joshua Heschel said that, “We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we have the answers.” He believed that to be a Christian is not to be a person who knows all the answers but one who “lives in the part of the self where the question is constantly being born.”
Most of us don’t think very much about our questions. In our culture, we are accustomed to being able to find answers to nearly any question just by typing it into Google search or asking Siri. But behind any answer, there is always a question. Sometimes, the question isn’t clear to us; sometimes, it is not very well articulated, even to ourselves. But it is always there.
In over thirty years as a psychotherapist and spiritual director, Peter C. Wilcox has seen how the questions people ask themselves have shaped their lives in some important ways. This book is an invitation to see how important it is to learn how to ask the right questions about our lives. This is because our choice of questions leads us on a path of discovery towards answers that help us to grow spiritually and psychologically. Our questions orient our lives and give direction to us. We will see that they enable us to make choices that have a tremendous impact on the kind of person we become.
JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, Spiritual Director
Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a man who sought to integrate life and holiness. He believed that the spiritual life needed to be lived in an active and dynamic way, touching a person's fundamental attitudes and actions. Although Newman rejected the title of spiritual director as such, it is obvious from his correspondence that directing others through various facets of the Christian life was one of his dominant concerns. Surprisingly, comparatively little has been written about Newman's idea of spiritual direction.
This book investigates Newman's understanding of spiritual direction during his life as a Roman Catholic, 1845-1890. It examines the major areas in which Newman gave spiritual direction through an analysis of the correspondence from his Catholic years. It also explicates those principles of Newman's own spiritual life that found expression in his direction of others. Newman had a mammoth "apostolate of correspondence" His Letters and Diaries have been edited and published in a series of thirty-two volumes, embracing more than twenty thousand letters. The first ten volumes deal with Newman's Anglican period; the remaining twenty-two volumes cover his Catholic period and are the primary source for this book. These volumes have been studied chronologically in order to determine and extract the major areas in which Newman gave spiritual direction to others, and to investigate the stages of development in his spiritual advice.
A SHELTERING TREE Inspirational Stories of Faith, Fidelity, and Friendship
Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN 13: 978-1-62564-665-1
When we think about the lives of the saints, we can easily forget that they were people just like us--with all the same struggles, temptations, joys, and sorrows we experience in life. They were not born saints; they became saints. And in the course of their journeys through life, other people helped them become the people that God wanted them to be.
A Sheltering Tree offers stories of faith, fidelity, and friendship from both Christian and non-Christian writers that explore the importance of friendship to psychological and spiritual development. These stories show how friends became "special graces," special gifts given to us by the Lord to help us grow in holiness. Contemporary stories of "ordinary people" illustrate fifteen lessons about friendship in our own time to help us understand the "grace of friendship" in our lives. These stories are a source of encouragement and inspiration for each of us on our personal journeys, leading us closer to each other and to the Lord who has called each of us his friend.
DON'T BE A WASTER OF SORROWS, Nine Ways Our Sorrows Can Lead to a Deeper Spiritual Life
Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN 13: 978-1-4982-0733-1
The well known Austrian poet and spiritual writer, Rainer Maria Rilke encouraged his young friend not to be a ''waster of sorrows,'' but to use them in a positive way as a means to help him grow in holiness.
And isn't this the challenge for all of us? Everyone has sorrows in life. The important question is: what can we do with them so that we don't waste them? Whether our sorrows are personal or communal, how can we share our mutual vulnerability so that we can connect with others in a way that leads to growth?
For over thirty years as a psychotherapist and spiritual director, Peter C. Wilcox has listened to people's stories about their lives. Often, parts of their stories involve sorrows of one kind or another. Some people become overwhelmed by their sorrows while others have learned how to integrate them into their lives in a positive way.
This book is an invitation to discover how we can learn to integrate our sorrows into our own lives so that we can grow psychologically and spiritually. It suggests nine ways that we can reflect on our sorrows to deepen our spiritual lives, so that as Rilke wrote to his friend, we don't ''waste them.''
"Paying Attention to the Wisdom of our Sorrows"
Recently published article in 'TheWay', an international journal of contemporary spirituality published by the British Jesuits.
Author Clarence D (Dave) Cowfer
NEVER SAY NEVER
'ONE WOMAN'S FIGHT TO SURVIVE PARALYSIS FROM A CERVICAL SPINAL CORD INJURY'
Author Clarence D (Dave) Cowfer
Retired from a career in aging management of pressure vessels and piping systems in Nuclear Power Plants and Petrochemical facilities. A Life Fellow Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME). His writing experience includes over 50 publications and 45 years on ASME Boiler Code Committees responsible for developing Codes and Standards. Has a passion for home projects, fishing, Penn State Football, home projects, golf gardening and all games of cards.
He wrote this book at the request of its principle character, his late wife Doris. His 8 years of caregiving experience was the most rewarding of his life.
It starts with a mundane walk down the driveway to retrieve the morning paper. A stop on the way to bend over and dead head a pansy resulted in a fall on her chin paralyzing Doris from the shoulders down. Doris shares her experience to alert women of risks associated with brittle cervical spine conditions caused by osteoarthritis, low bone density and calcium deficiency. Doris dictates her experience in the first two sections of the book. Dave shares caregiver interactions with Healthcare providers, spinal cord injury impact on motor and bodily functions and survival challenges typically experienced by paralysis. Doris’ story should be An encouragement to all facing life challenges that seem insurmountable.
V. A. Riccasola prides herself in being a well rounded individual: she’s a mother, daughter, sister, friend, career woman, writer, runner, kick-boxer, fad dieter, pseudo-nutritionist, home school teacher, cook, amateur political debater and public speaker, small-time daredevil and home maker. She is passionate about challenges and adventures and has found she loves roller coasters, rappelling, no ropes rock climbing, spelunking, skiing, martial arts, motorcycle riding and Corvette racing. Currently residing in Lexington County, South Carolina and working in Public Safety, she writes tales born mostly from her experiences in the Northeastern and Southwestern United States. Now she is accumulating experiences in the American South to share. Short yet valuable careers in hospitality, real estate, the medical field and public safety give her an experienced view of the world from which to draw. Her love of travel lends zeal to share the world's beauty and both personal and imagined experiences through her writing. Her stories are the culmination of many hours of pecking away at her keyboard between all that life has thrown at her and running. Mother of two teenage boys, she is often surprised when she can find even fifteen minutes a day to call her own. She dedicates that cherished time to writing. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15336948.V_A_Riccasola
"Ill Gotten Gain" by Ralph Jarrells
Ralph Jarrells entered the field of writing novels late in his life. He retired from corporate America eight years ago and began an award-winning video production company that specialized in creating video programs for ministry and mission organizations. So far, his work has received 18 international creative awards.
He retired from a successful career in marketing, advertising and publishing that included senior executive positions with major corporations - Sr, VP Marketing with an international franchise company, VP Marketing with a NYSE company, VP Account Supervisor for the worlds largest advertising company and Editorial director for a major trade magazine publishing company.
Although writing had its place in all of his business responsibilities, writing the "Great American Novel" was never in his plans. While discussing a story idea, a work associate challenged him to write it as a novel. That was 40 years ago. The novel was an on again off again process for the next four decades. With the encouragement of his wife, he actually completed novel number one, "ill gotten gain," a plausible, if not believable fictional account of the movement in time and space of the 33 coins Judas was given for betraying Christ. The novel was selected by Wordcrafts Press.
"ill gotten gain" answers the question, What happened to the 30 pieces of silver given Judas for betraying Christ? It is a historically based, religiously oriented mystery. It presents a plausible, if not believable account of the movement of the suitable cursed coins from Jerusalem c:33 AD/CE to Charleston, South Carolina current day in which every one who has the coins dies.
"This is a good example that you are never to old to start a new chapter in your life, Jarrells said. "At 73, maybe I should think about fishing or rocking in a chair over looking the ocean, but I never liked fishing and even though looking at the ocean sounds interesting, I think I wouldn't be able to take more than one day of that without something to do. Finishing the novel was an accomplishment and having it selected by a publishing company was an honor. Now for number two and number three."
Ed Koterba Morgret, son of journalist Ed Koterba, was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1952. Ed’s professional background is in school psychology. He holds a BA from Clemson University, an MA from the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded the West Virginia School Psychologist of the year in 2005 and served as president of the West Virginia School Psychologists Association from 2009 to 2010. Today he lives with his wife in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he enjoys playing jazz piano and tennis. This is Ed Koterba Morgret’s first book.
Sally Berk is a retired college professor who holds a master's degree in English literature from Northwestern University. She has studied the Bible for over forty years and taught about its influence in Western thought and culture. The mother of two adult daughters, Sally lives with her husband, John, in Aiken, South Carolina.
The Promised One: The Mystery of the Messiah
Ulla Ringle was born October 1948 in Germany live in the USA since 1985
She met her husband in Sri Lanka; that’s were she visited elephants every day and heard their stories;
A baby elephant falls into a well, he gets rescued and ends up in an orphanage; the book tells his trials and tribulations and how he becomes famous
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Author Miho Kinnas
Miho Kinnas is a Japanese poet writing in English. She holds an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the City University of Hong Kong. Her first book of poems, Today, Fish Only is due to be published in early 2015 from Math Paper Press of Singapore. She read at NYU Shanghai Literary Reading Series in March 2014 and her current projects include the translation of contemporary Japanese poems. She recently moved from Shanghai to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in the U.S
TODAY, FISH ONLY
poems by Miho Kinnas
published by Math Paper Press
In a series of finely wrought poems, Miho Kinnas tells of leaving one place that was not quite home for another, and of learning to make herself at home in each. On revisiting the country of her birth, she weaves a story of transitions, of locations, of junctures and memories. It is an investigation into otherness (both being and perceiving ‘the other’) as much as it is a pondering of herself.
Hey, I'm Erica. I write poems and short stories, I lead workshops, I drink lots of coffee, I wear lipstick (sometimes). I'm glad you stopped by.
Erica is a poet, speaker, and artist who creates messages of love; mixing rawness with positivity, practicality with imagination, and curiosity with conviction. In 2015, Erica began A Poem Before Breakfast, posting a short poem to Instagram every before her morning meal. With the conviction that everyone is in love with someone or something, Erica created We Are Love Stories on Instagram, an experiment in empathy, kindness and creativity.
Erica is a dedicated advocate of female empowerment, and has spoken at the inaugural Allatoona Book Festival's "On Place" panel; and has taught workshops in haiku and blackout poetry as self expression in the Atlanta metro area. As an activist for job readiness and employment, Erica works with MUST Ministries in Marietta where she assists local clients in writing beautiful resumes and cover letters. She is a supporter for children's arts education, and works in after school programs within Georgia Schools.
Erica is a member of the female arts collective Atlanta Women's Poetry Collective and the Georgia Poetry Society. Erica's work has been featured in the Bella Grace Magazine, Badassery, ReVamped, Silver Birch Press, The Found Poetry Review, Flash Frontier, Serious Eats, Pure Slush, Blue Lyra Review, Non-Binary Review, Love & Ensuing Madness, Crab Fat Magazine, and The Borfski Press. She was born in Brooklyn, raised in Indiana and resides in Georgia.
Erica happily accepts questions, love notes, book recommendations, and offers for coffee and conversation at email@example.com.
Pia L. Bertucci holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Bertucci is the Director of the Italian Program at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses on Italian language, literature, and culture. Her research interests include Italian Food Culture, Italian Women Writers, and Italian Mystery novels.
Between Milk and India is her first published work of fiction. When she is not writing, reading, or teaching, Pia Bertucci loves traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and four children.
"In 1999, on the eve of the millennium, Tressa Novak wanders the streets of Boston trying to make sense of her shattered life. Her teenage son has disappeared and her twenty years of marriage are all but over. Ducking into an internet bookstore to get out of the rain, Tressa makes an incredible discovery: an old microfilm machine that doubles as a time portal. Tressa endeavors to answer the age-old question: if you could go back in time and fix one thing, what would it be?"
T. M. Brown
A Southern boy at heart, although he’s lived and traveled in many states far removed from his beloved boyhood roots in Georgia and Florida. He returned to his Southern roots several years ago while his two sons were still in school and regularly traveled throughout the South before returning to college shortly after his youngest son graduated. In the last fifteen years he has preached, taught and coached in Alabama, Georgia and Florida until his wife and he moved outside of Atlanta and retired to write, travel, and spoil grandchildren.
Connie and Mike reside outside of Newnan, GA just south of Atlanta. He is an active member of the Atlanta Writers Club, Georgia Writers Association, Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference, and American Christain Fiction Writers. Selected as presenting fiction author at the 2017 Decatur Book Festival, 2017 Milton Literary Festival, and 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival.
Nominated for First Novel category of the prestigious 54th Annual Georgia Author of the Year hosted by the Georgia Writers Association.
Finalist for Best Suspense Novel of 2017 by Interviews and Reviews.
Sanctuary featured as a “Must Read” in the May/June issue of Southern Writers Magazine, 2017.
Testament – An Unexpected Return (March 2018)Testament picks up the following summer from where Sanctuary left off. Theo and Liddy are enjoying sinking deep roots into their new hometown of Shiloh. Friendships are growing and Liddy has been offered an opportunity to return to the classroom as the new art teacher after Theo has written a book. However, Ominous shadows cast by the town’s past portend more tragedy for little old Shiloh. “Do you know what a banshee is?” This repeated inquiry in the opening chapters of the story sets the tone for the rest of the drama that unfolds in Testament, An Unexpected Return.
Sanctuary introduces newly retired publishing executive, Theo Phillips, and his wife, Liddy, to the time-lost South Georgia town of Shiloh. They leave the shadows of Atlanta and move into a quaint home of notoriety. While making new friends, they discover twenty-first-century challenges threaten the town’s laid-back lifestyle. Theo’s interest in a memorial launches him…
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