Join and celebrate with Dr. Randall Kinnison and Kim Christensen for the release of The Decision Tree of Aging. Dr. Kinnison will give a brief presentation at 6pm.
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Happiness is Chosen Wisely: 3300 Axioms of Self-Evident Truths
by Oregon author Byer
Book review by Leona Grieve
Most of us spend our lives working and raising a family, with the ultimate plan to retire to a life of happiness and tranquility. The truth is, even when we retire, we may find ourselves not happy, and wondering exactly what prevented us from achieving this goal.
While watching a parade with his wife, junior high school teacher, Gordon Morehouse, is momentarily distracted while ogling an attractive neighbor. Then in an instant, his wife is gone. As a witness had seen her shortly afterward with a strange man, the police believe Maggie has left on her own accord with a new lover, though one detective is not so sure.
But Maggie, bored with her intractable husband, is on an adventure with a man called Scully, a ruthless but enigmatic drifter she knows nothing about. Soon he has Maggie embroiled in what appear to be petty crimes, though his increasing infatuation with ‘the Game’ as he calls it, begins to alarm her. While her suspicions increase with each new city they pass through, and each ‘mark’ Scully scams, Maggie is sucked into his web of lies and vows of undying love. And unwittingly, her husband and son Ben fall victim to Maggie’s indiscretion.
I’ve just had the pleasure of reading the 4th and latest novel written by Portland, Oregon author, Caroline Miller. It’s a most fascinating and suspenseful read, highlighting Europe’s major concert halls, ballet and a touch of the paranormal. The story centers around Tara Bentley who is a lovely and gifted prima ballerina performing on-tour with a small, Pacific NW ballet company and she wants little more than to dance. She’s also bright, beautiful, witty, a bit cautious, and determined to fulfill her dream to dance her way through the major cities of Europe and beyond. But it’s difficult at best for her to stay focused on her goals when someone else wants her dead. Buffeted by three suitors, loyal friends and an entire ballet troupe, Tara struggles to solve mysteries of the unknown in this quickly paced and well researched gothic mystery that is filled to the brim with the unexpected, a multitude of very well developed characters, European architecture, landscapes and scenarios at their best. In addition to guiding its readers through European cities and mysteries of the unknown, this intriguing love story is beautifully written and one I think readers everywhere will enjoy time and time again…
Oregon author book review:
Project Runaway by Anne Hendren
Ring of Fire Publishing, LLC
Book Review by Leona Grieve
In Project Runaway, author Anne Hendren opens a window into the cutthroat world of the high fashion industry, replete with professional jealousies, heartbreaks, and dashed dreams.
When Idaho-born Karin Ohlsson is hired by a high-powered New York atelier under the wing of owner Anna Seton, she believes she has found her niche. She soon learns, however, that what appears to be a glamorous life in fashion design is, in reality, little better than working in a sweatshop, with Seton stealing designs created by her talented staff and labeling them as their own.
As unique individuals, each of our lives is woven, as the author puts it, like an elegant Indian wedding sari. The pattern is known solely by the weaver who holds the threads in his hands. Only when all six yards of the garment have been finished is the superb craftsmanship of the weaver displayed. In The Grand Weaver, Zacharias explains how God works His purpose and plan into each of our lives. With thoughtfulness and insight, the author explores the question of how much God is involved in the events of our lives, from the mundane to the miraculous, from tragic to thrilling.
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,
A Fascinating Consideration of Man’s Existence in the Afterlife
Meditation teacher and prolific writer Colin Ingram considers answers to specific basic questions frequently asked regarding the hereafter, heaven, bliss, eternal life, and salvation in his book “After We Die – An Extraordinary Description of the Afterlife.”
Ingram offers the reader the opportunity to explore fundamental questions in a logical coherent approach. These questions are probing and provocative providing interesting insights in a mixture of information, and revelation for personal contemplation.
Review by Naomi Inman,
Anna Louise Flyyn Monkiewicz grew up outside of Boston, MA in the smaller town of Natick, MA. She had two sisters and a brother. Anna remembers the day she first wanted to fly. She was 8 years old and Charles Lindbergh had just made his historic flight.
“I decided way back then that I wanted to fly,” she remembers. “I told my family that I wanted to fly, and they all thought I was a little crazy.” Mom and Pop answered, “You’re not old enough and you’re not rich enough.”
BOOK REVIEW: “Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast” by author James Herman
Review by By Patrick Newson
(Watch out!) The rain washes timber downstream, through the forests and seaward to churn and polish construction material for James Herman’s new book, Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast. Within, beach detritus, as a subject and medium, exists as a playfully utilitarian opportunity to showcase years of collective architecture known as forts—those temporary structures people keep building, rebuilding and sharing. Each fort is a unique amalgam of “found” material and intention. But there are rules (guidelines, at least for contests): use what you have; fasten it together naturally; tide and time must have touched the material; work together: all elements Herman has employed not only in the construction of a master ten-year (tenure) fort, but also in the composition of his book.
Book Review: “Delights & Shadows,” a collection of poetry by Ted Kooser
I had never heard of Ted Kooser, but he intrigued me one night as I listened to him read his poetry on National Public Radio. His poems were gritty, homespun, down-to-earth. I liked that. I only found out later that he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2004-2006 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “Delights and Shadows.” Not bad for a man who spent much of his adult life working as a life insurance executive.
I like a poet who doesn’t mince around among unicorns and daffodils. I want to read lines that are arresting, thought-provoking, even mind-blowing, that skewer me with sharp insight or leave me breathless with wonder. When I read a poem, I want feel as though a film over my eyes has been removed and for the first time, I can SEE. Kooser’s poems do that for me.
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