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About Patty L. Fletcher
My name is Patty L. Fletcher and I am a published Author of one book, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and the Creator of an Online News and Literary Magazine called The Neighborhood News.
To see buying links for my book, read issues of The Neighborhood News, and see how it all began visit http://dvorkin.com/pattyfletcher/
To see my updated blog and newer work visit http://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/
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Hello, everyone. We are David and Leonore Dvorkin, in Denver, Colorado. We are the authors of over 30 published books, and since 2009, we have been editing books (both fiction and nonfiction) by other authors and assisting them in getting the books self-published in e-book and print. The three publishers are CreateSpace, Amazon, and Smashwords. Amazon is the primary seller, and the books are sold worldwide.
We have worked on almost 40 books of varying lengths and many types. Most of our clients are blind or visually impaired.
Our comprehensive services include thorough editing, print layout, conversion to e-book, cover design, the provision of back cover and ad blurb texts and book-related Web pages for the authors, setting up the accounts with the publishers, and some help with marketing, all for very reasonable rates. Throughout every project, we maintain close email contact with the author.
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### Brief portraits of the Halperts’ Books
Abracadabra Moonshine, Stephen Halpert’s first short story collection is an opportunity for the reader to enjoy his unique, original imagination and the characters and situations that evolve from it. His chief intention is to tickle the funnybone and shiver the spine of readers everywhere. Most of the stories are short and quick to read, each one a unique jewel in a sparkling collection. Readers report that they find them entertaining and original, and in some respects reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone TV series.
Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life by Tasha Halpert is a book to inspire comfort and Joy. It combines poetry, essays and simple spiritual exercises to present a positive way of looking at and coping with everyday life. Tasha Halpert uses examples from her own life to illuminate a positive way for others to see theirs. Her poetry, one poem for each short essay, reflects her poetic view of life and all that goes into making it joyous. The exercises that accompany each chapter can be helpful in creating more positive feelings for the reader.
To purchase copies send $17. to cover postage and handling to Tasha Halpert, PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536 and if you wish an autographed copy please let us know to whom to dedicate it. Copies are also available on Amazon, Tasha’s book is available for kindle as well, and on order from Barnes and Noble.
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### Books Published by, David and Leonore Dvorkin
Note: These are just some of the books we produced this year. All are in e-book and print formats from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers. Details of our comprehensive services are at:http://www.dvorkin.com/epubhelp/
- My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds, by Abbie Johnson Taylor. The visually impaired author tells how she cared for her blind and partially paralyzed husband for seven years before his death in 2012. An inspiring story of love and devotion. Details:http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
- Austin Bound, by Shelley McMullen. The author recounts the darkest and most challenging four years of her life, then tells how her decision to let go and go with God, allowing Him to steer her course, changed her attitude and eventually her life for the better. Details:http://www.dvorkin.com/shelleymcmullen/
- The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season, by Alice Jane-Marie Massa. A heart-warming collection of holiday memoirs (many from her Indiana childhood in the 1950s and 1960s), short stories, and poetry. Includes photos of her beloved guide dogs. Details:http://www.dvorkin.com/alicemassa/
- The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse, by Susan Bourrie. For children 5 to 9. Older children will enjoy reading this to younger ones. Enjoy the lively adventures and misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse and his friends Molly Dolly and an express reindeer as they work to make terrible Christmases terrific, tackling every new challenge with energy and imagination. Details:http://www.dvorkin.com/susanbourrie/
- The Same Kind of Human: Seeing the Marginalized and Exploited Through Eyes of Grace, by Christine “Clarity” McDonald (author ofCry Purple). Using primarily lived experiences and Scripture, Ms. McDonald advocates for and then offers compassionate, practical advice on how to approach and help the most marginalized among us: prostitutes, drug addicts, and the homeless. (Note: As was stated in the Acknowledgements, the primary editor of this book was Britney Hamm.) Details: http://www.dvorkin.com/cmcdonald/
### Unemployed and actively seeking work? Underemployed and searching for a job that makes better use of your skills? Entering the workforce for the first time?
Having a job promotes dignity, helps with a sense of purpose, and hopefully brings in some money to buy the things we want. For many blind people, finding a job can still be a long, frustrating journey that can drain the self-belief of even the most positive person. If you’re looking for a blindness-specific guide, written by a successful blind professional who has helped many others realize their dreams, Bonnie Mosen’s book, “It’s Off To Work We Go”, contains practical advice, examples and anecdotes, all from a blindness perspective, drawn from her years of experience as a successful vocational rehabilitation counselor. From improving your chances of landing an interview to the all-important question of when, if ever, to disclose your blindness, it’s all covered. It’s written in a chatty, easily readable style, with many real-world examples of strategies that work and strategies that don’t.
### My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds by Abbie Johnson Taylor / C 2016
For sale in e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) on Amazon, Smashwords, and other buying sites.
In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor, who was blind and 19 years her senior. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. In My Ideal Partner, Abbie Johnson Taylor, once a registered music therapist, uses prose and poetry to tell the story of how she met and married her husband, then cared for him for six years despite her own visual impairment. After she made the painful decision to move him to a nursing home in September of 2012, he seemed to give up on life and passed away a month later.
About the author:
Abbie Johnson Taylor lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she writes full time. She holds a BA degree in music performance and worked for 15 years in a nursing home as an activities assistant. This is her fourth published book. Her others are a romance novel and two books of poetry. Her work has appeared in Serendipity Poets Journal, Emerging Voices, and Magnets and Ladders. For details, please visit her website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
### THE PADDY STORIES, BOOK ONE by John Justice (C 2016)
Blind Paddy Flynn, orphaned at age eight, travels by train from Philadelphia to California in 1947 to live with his childless aunt and uncle. Part One tells of his mother’s death, his time in a children’s home, and then his eventful journey to California.
In Part Two, Paddy and his closest friend from Philadelphia, Lucy Candelaria, are reunited in California. Their unusual and loving relationship and their special form of communication make up a major part of the story.
The cast of characters includes the residents and staff of the children’s home, the family Paddy stays overnight with in Chicago, the train staff, the several adults who accompany him on different legs of his journey, his welcoming relatives and their wonderful dog, and various neighbors there in California.
With his loving nature and can-do spirit, Paddy brings joy and inspiration to many others. He even stands up to two bullies, one in Philadelphia and one in California. But how will he adjust to life at a school for the blind? Book One of The Paddy Stories ends with Paddy once again having to face an uncertain future.
To be continued in Book Two.
In e-book and print. Full details: http://www.dvorkin.com/johnjustice/
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### ABOUT BOB BRANCO
Website plus contact information: http://www.dvorkin.com/robertbranco/
Robert T. Branco is the author of three books:
As I See It: From a Blind Man’s Perspective (C 2013)
My Home Away from Home: Life at Perkins School for the Blind (C 2013)
Weighing Things Up: Essays on Trends, Technology, and Present-Day Society (C 2014)
All three books are available in e-book and print formats on Amazon.com and several other online buying sites. Full details about the books, plus text previews, are on Bob’s website, listed above. He also compiled a cookbook, What We Love to Eat. All the recipes were submitted by blind contributors.
Bob is also the publisher of a monthly online newsletter, The Consumer Vision. A typical issue would print out to about 30 pages. He has several regular contributors, but is always looking for new ones. He accepts essays, short stories, poems, ads, and much more. Contact him for more information.
Bob also hosts a weekly telephone conference program, Branco Broadcast, which began in 2014. His guests, many of whom are blind, most often speak about their jobs or their books. Contact him to learn about how the program works and how to become a guest.
### DUST NET – The Future of Surveillance, Privacy, and Communication:
Why Drones Are Just the Beginning by David Dvorkin, C 2013
This is a work of nonfiction plus some speculation. It’s largely about drones and their very rapid miniaturization, their present and coming use in law enforcement and war, and a potential future in which spy and communication equipment will literally be the size of dust motes, almost impossible to see and impossible to escape. It’s also about the complete lack of privacy that is coming in the future.
Parts of the book are encouraging, detailing how such devices will help rescue people after disasters, help people escape the control of repressive governments, and simply communicate more easily with one another. But most of the book is chilling, portraying a future that will be very, very different from our past.
What’s really important is that this is not a work of science fiction. Many of the devices described here either exist already or are in the development stage. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you need to read this book, because to know the future is to help yourself prepare for it.
Full details and book preview: http://www.dvorkin.com/dn/index.html
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### Streamline Java is pleased to announce the opening of www.streamlinejava.com where you may find a large selection of Kat’s Coffees products including coffees and other beverages such as hot chocolate and tea, and also you will find a wide variety of food items from breakfast to dessert and everything in-between. All coffees are available in 1 Pots, 8oz bags, and 1lbs bags with the 8oz and 1lbs bags being available in Whole Bean or ground. Please make your selections in the drop down boxes for the size you wish to order and if you want Whole Bean or Ground. Some items are also available in Decaf for the Decaf drinkers out there. If you are looking for some rather unique flavored coffees such as Hot Fudge Brownie, Tirimisu, German Chocolate Cake, and much much more, check out the Flavored and Gourmet Coffees sections!!
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Looking for an awesome birthday or Christmas gift? Maybe you have a new baby coming? Here’s the lady to call. Becky and her sidekick Jake can hook you right up. Give her a shout-out today!
An added comment from Leonore Dvorkin: For those readers who cannot see Becky’s website and her products, I can assure you that they are flat-out gorgeous and they appear to be of the highest quality. She is very talented indeed!
### Want to make new friends? Want to participate in fun and challenging games? Then join Games Galore and More.
GGM is a Voice Chat site where people talk to each other in real time. This site and its rooms are for everyone who is interested in interacting with a variety of people in a friendly environment. We offer activities and events of interest to the blind community. Everyone is welcome.
You can join our site at no cost. All you need is a headset to fully participate. Once you have signed up and received your username and password, you can chat with people from around the world and participate in games, seminars, and presentations on a variety of topics.
To register with Games Galore and More, go to: www.gamesgaloreandmore.com
Enter on the Join our Site link, and follow the prompts.
If you have any issues or questions, please feel free to write James Gagnier or Shelley Gagnier at:
Patty here to say that I was on a show with the fine folks at Games and Galore, and they were awesome hosts. If you missed that event, contact the site owners James and Shelly to see if it was archived. Their games are lots of fun, challenging, and at times rather educational.
### The Orchid Keeper.
A short novel, by Jennifer Deese has been called inspirational fantasy. Born and raised in the Northeast United States. Miss Deese developed a deep love for books at a very young age. As she grew older, she knew her place in the world was in writing. After beating her own addictions years ago, she began to take steps to make that dream come true.
The Orchid Keeper takes us along on a fantastical, yet difficult journey, of an addict and alcoholic named Cora. In a fast downwards spiral and drowning in denial and projection Cora gets an amazing, and wondrous opportunity to change the path she is on. With the aid of Sol, an orchid keeper of Osipia, will she be able to defeat her demons?
Miss Deese is currently working on another book in The Osipian Chronicles, called The Fading Light. In this second book, we will once again see the effects of addiction; this time on a race of beings from another world. You can follow her progress on any of the sites listed below.
Jennifer has also had a horror short story published in an anthology, The December Awethology: Dark Volume. Her story, Jingle Jars, is featured on the cover. In this story Karma takes its toll on a fellow for whom payback is way overdue. A demon is the hero of this story, and when you read it, you will surely understand why.
Deese is always open to interaction with her readers, so feel free to follow her or contact her, via the site’s below, with questions about her writing, her characters, and the world she has created.
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### Books by Abbie Johnson Taylor
For detailed descriptions, excerpts, and ordering information, visit http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
We Shall Overcome. Lisa, visually impaired, is afraid of policemen because of an incident that happened to her brother years earlier. When she meets John, a bicycle patrol officer, she must re-evaluate her apprehension.
How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. The poems in this collection were mostly inspired by the author’s experiences while caring for her late husband, totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes.
That’s Life: New and Selected Poems. In this book, the author gives advice to teenagers, shares more memories of her younger years, and touches on other life-changing events, including her wedding and her late husband’s death.
All three books are available on Bookshare, and you can download a recording of ‘That’s Life,’ in mp3 format
from the author’s site.
### For those of you who have been waiting and waiting, it’s finally here! Meagan Green’s
First album is out! Many people who have listened to it already have really enjoyed it, so check out the samples at; http://www.musicspring.net
The album is called, The Flow of Your Blood.
Eight of the songs are originals by Meagan herself, including the title cut which is a favorite of most who have heard the album. There is one well known hymn with a great arrangement by Chris Belle of Affordable
Studio Services, Meagan’s producer.
The other song is written by her dear friend Stephie Belle, Chris’s wife and co-owner of the studio. You can either get a CD in the mail or download it on the computer. The cost for a download of the entire album is $13. If you’d like to download by the song, they are $1.50 each. You will be taken to paypal through my shopping cart.
Or you can enter the following email address;
For a CD hard copy the cost is $15 which includes shipping.
Send check or money order to:
1410 Westfall Place
Stayton, Oregon 97383
### The Blind Perspective
For a fun-filled, informative online magazine, check out The Blind Perspective: http://www.theblindperspective.com
***Note this magazine is also featured here on this blog.
### Unity Church of the Tri-Cities
423 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, TN
Sunday service at 11:00 a.m.
All are welcome at Unity Church of the Tri-Cities, where you will find an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and empowerment.is a Christ-based teaching that emphasizes spirituality over religion as we embrace our own spiritual growth and development. We strive to apply Universal Truth Principles to improve our own life experience as well as to bless our planet and all humankind through selfless service.
Hey, Beautiful Patty and Handsome Campbell,
Per your request:
The show is “AM Tri-Cities” (the show has been around for over 60 years—long story J) and is on the Holston Valley Broadcasting WKPT/ESPN family of stations. It can be heard at AM 1400, 1490 and 1590 and on FM 94.3, 97.7 and 97.9. Yes, those are six transmitters covering East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, a bit of eastern Kentucky, and Western North
Carolina, and it’s also streamed live on the internet at http://espntricities.com I prefer to be contacted—initially, at least—by email at email@example.com . Non-profits, entertainment, regional heritage, things to do, and topics of general interest that enhance the quality of life in our region are our usual fare.
Many thanks for all you do. Give yourself a pat on the back and Campbell a hug for me.
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