Life certainly takes a winding road sometimes - Kurt Koontz was a successful sales executive for a Fortune 500 company. "Retiring" fairly early he is now a newly minted author and gives lectures and presentations on his life lessons learned. The name of his book, A Million Steps" reflects the amount of steps he estimated he took over nearly 30 days hiking the famous Santiago Compestela route - all 490 miles of it. This book is not merely a … [Read more...]
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Soar, The Breakthrough Treatment for Fear of Flying by Tom Bunn Author, Tom Bunn is also a retired commercial airline pilot, licensed therapist and founder of SOAR, a program to conquer your fear of flying that he setup and has been running since 1982. His initial work with fear of flying began in the 1970's with PanAm Airlines. Fortunately we have never had to deal with a fear of flying, but for those who do, this book is a must read. … [Read more...]
“When traveling, flexibility and solid team work are essential”- Lisa Niver Rajna When I travel I love to read. It makes the long train, bus or flight times go by much faster. Therefore, on my recent vacation (September 2013) I started reading “Traveling in Sin” during my flight to Bari, Italy. I was immediately hooked. The book is a travel memoir, a collection of stories, very useful travel information and quite a bit of romance. It is … [Read more...]
Fourteen unique stories make up this collection, weaving characters together who are not linked to each other personally, but rather are tied together by virtue of being torn between cultures, not quite fitting in - trying to find their balance and "place" in society. All of these stories have some connection to or relate to Asia. Author Erker is a versatile writer with an international perspective; he spent his formative years growing up in … [Read more...]
Vignettes & Postcards, edited by Erin Byrne and Anna Pook This collection of short stories comes from "The Evening Writing Workshop at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore" in Paris - held in the Fall of 2011. These stories are masterfully told - each an intriguing "painting" if you will. Paris is certainly an ideal location for a writing workshop - scores of accomplished writers have called the city home at some point in their careers, … [Read more...]
Sacramento & The Gold Country, by Christopher Arns Initial impressions of Sacramento perhaps: Inland. Old town. Brick buildings. The state's capital city. A good thing considering its somewhat central geographical location in the state, rather than being located in one of the major urban coastal areas. More recently occupied by a body builder, turned actor turned politician. But he has gone away now and there is a "new" governor - or rather an … [Read more...]
No one should have to go through what author Tré Miller Rodríguez went through at her age. At 34, she tragically loses her husband to a heart attack while he is in bed next to her. This true story is her detailed, raw and brutally honest look at how she tries to cope with the grief of his loss in the months afterwards - it hurts, it is not always pretty but it is how she makes do. Tré has already lived enough tragedy for one life. She has … [Read more...]
Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone This International thriller is the first one of this genre by author Douglas Corleone. He has delivered a fast paced "cat in search of mouse" story that leads former US Marshall Simon Fisk across borders in his relentless pursuit of the "bad guys". A young girl was taken from her parents hotel room while they were in Paris. One small lead is all Simon needs and he is quickly led into the seedy underground … [Read more...]
This book should be required reading for anyone who fly's regularly, those who occasionally take to the skies and for those even thinking about flying. In short - everyone! Captain Smith tackles common misconceptions both about flying and highlights the behind the scenes of those who work in the industry. At times humorous, at times serious - this is an exceptional and rare look into the inner workings of this global industry. Good places to … [Read more...]
Author, Adam Shepard's journey starts in Central America studying and practicing Spanish and ultimately doing some volunteer work. His trip starts like a train pulling out of a station, slowly but then gaining momentum with ever meter of track covered as perspective and experiences are gained. Will this be just another descriptive diary of a trip abroad? The answer is a resounding no. Adam builds personal perspectives as he travels deeper … [Read more...]