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  • A Gentle Clash of Cultures

    by Karen J. Clayton and Dale L. Clayton

    A diminutive Filipina dynamo visiting the States invited Dale to teach in a small college in the Philippines. The family accepted the adventure; Karen worked and took classes, and Jeff, 12, and Kimberly, 9, attended a one-room, multi-grade school. Cultural differences were challenging and fascinating—one practical issue was that "there were no cats for cat lab!" Dale's students were from 17 different countries; he guided some of them on a boat tour of the islands. The family traveled to many countries in Asia, always observing that people are more alike than different. They experienced reverse culture shock moving back home to another new culture in Texas! Looking back on the family's arrival in 1978, Dale wrote, "We were coming home to a land we had never seen before. . . . to a people we would learn to love, but never totally understand...once back in the States, I missed the 'Hey Joe' greeting which was really meant to connect, not separate me from the people whose land I had invaded."

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  • Hug of War

    by Cathy Carroll

    Should you fire your deadweight brother-in-law or comply with your mom’s pleas to give him a raise? Should you pay all your kids the same, based on the market, or based on how many of your grandkids they raise? These are the questions family business leaders confront due to the opposing expectations of the family and the business. Hug of War offers a path forward. When the competing impulses of the family mindset and the business mindset are embraced as a polarity, leaders transcend either-or thinking and craft better solutions that embrace the best of both mindsets. With stories that take you into the hearts and heads of real-life family business leaders, Hug of War offers a bridge to greater harmony in your family, greater clarity in your mind, and greater peace in your heart.

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  • Tuesday’s Mah Jongg Is More Than a Game

    by Marsha Temlock

    In the ancient Chinese game of mah jongg, each player must make the most of the tiles they've been given. It’s the same in the game of life. When Roseann is called away to a family emergency, her mah jongg pals bring in a new player, Grace. Roseann returns with her grandson, committed to raising a child again—this time as a widow with serious health issues. Marlene, a dutiful but repressed wife, is dealing with a dying mother and fractious father; Susan, a twice-divorced new grandmother, struggles with the realities of aging and fading beauty amid the modern dating scene; Barbara, a successful businesswoman, is married to a manipulative philanderer; and Grace, a social worker, becomes the voice of reason—until her loyalties are tested. Will these friends—with ties both old and new—strengthen their bonds as they support each other through life’s challenges? Or will the group fracture, leaving them scattered like mah jongg tiles from an overturned table?

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  • Shaking in the Forest

    by Lori R. Hodges

    What do you do when faced with trauma? "Shaking in the Forest" opens with a plane crash and ends with a life-threatening illness. At the age of twenty-five, Lori Hodges chose to make a career helping people during the worst days of their lives. She has spent the last thirty years in emergency services—first as a firefighter and paramedic and later as an emergency manager, helping to coordinate the response and recovery to disasters. It is through this work that she has come to see the beauty in tragedy. Each of us will face difficulty in our lives, but it is often the most difficult of times that teach us the greatest lessons. And, it is through our connections to others that we are able to step forward into a new day. Connecting the lessons Lori learned as a paramedic with her own personal trauma, Shaking in the Forest brings light to the darkness to help each of us find a way to thrive even during our most difficult days.

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  • Murder on Money Mountain

    by G. Eldon Smith

    Attorney Andrew Coyle returns again to do legal battle in the American Wild West. This time, Coyle is summoned by a close friend to Cripple Creek to defend a "working girl" accused of murdering her madam. Coyle, traveling with his wife and daughter, enters a tumultuous mining town of roughnecks, prospectors, and assassins. Coyle's investigation proves unsettling to some, and he himself is accused of yet another murder. His life threatened, Coyle resists and stubbornly tries to solve both cases.

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  • Playing Army

    by Nancy Stroer

    Can you really fake it till you make it? Lieutenant Minerva Mills is about to find out. It’s 1995 and the Army units of Fort Stewart, Georgia, are gearing up to deploy to Bosnia. But Min has no intention of going to war-torn Eastern Europe. Her father disappeared in Vietnam and—longing for some connection to him—she’s determined to go on a long-promised tour to Asia. The colonel will only release her on two conditions: she ensures the rag-tag Headquarters Company is ready for the peacekeeping mission and she gets her weight within Army regs. Min only has one summer to kick everyone’s butts into shape, but the harder she plays Army, the more the soldiers—and her body—rebel. If she can’t even get the other women on her side, much less lose those eight lousy pounds, she’ll never have another chance to stand where her father once stood in Vietnam. The colonel may sweep her along to Bosnia or throw her out of the Army altogether. Or Min may be forced to conclude that no amount of faking it will ever be enough to make it, and as was true for her father, that the Army is an impossible space for her to occupy.

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  • Summer Skies, the Road Ahead

    by Rolf Wicks

    One night just before summer break, Tor Bergman, a bewildered college sophomore, receives an unexpected invitation from striking coed Connie St. Louis. She wants to hitchhike across the country from Ohio to Washington, through Canada to Alaska, and back in just seventy-eight days. Tor hardly knows Connie. Why agree to such a crazy undertaking? Call it infatuation, a call from the collective unconscious, or perhaps an innate desire to complete the hero’s journey, but Tor agrees and sets out with Connie on their epic adventure. Backpacking across America, the duo meets all kinds of fascinating new people each day and witness a beauty and splendor of the countryside that’s as varied as the weather. Along with his opinionated traveling partner, Tor soaks in the zen events of everyday life, learns about accepting oneself and others despite personal complications, and discovers a spiritual side to life. The summer of 1970 will be one Tor never forgets—and not just because of the skinny-dipping.

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  • Gypsy Escapades

    by William J. Jackson

    A handful of assorted friends from wildly divergent backgrounds set off on a journey across India to answer a fanatic’s challenge. Will their attempt to avert his terrorist threat work? This story is a passage through an unfamiliar world, with its colorful surfaces and differing values. Gypsy Escapades addresses the issue of violence, asking, Can the friends go all out, never knowing what tomorrow has in store, face odd monsters, and then come out the other side all in one piece?

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  • A Piece of the Town

    by Mattison M. Casaus

    It is 1934, in the small town of Bernalillo, New Mexico. Mr. Soto and his sons are a Mexican American family that own and run the town’s bar, grocery store, and apple orchards. To everyone’s surprise, Mr. Soto decides to retire and leave the family businesses to his sons. The youngest, George, shares his news with his close friend, Ruben Valdez, who is not only jealous of George’s new fortune but also desperately needs money. After getting into trouble with the mob and finding no other options, Ruben holds his former friend at gunpoint, asking him for the code to his family’s safe. Anger, pressure, and cowardice causes Ruben to act in a way he never thought imaginable. In this multigenerational tale, the story picks back up in the 1970s where that gun will be used again against the Soto men. The final piece of the story is in the late 1990s, which concludes how this family triumphed through generations. Based on a true story, A Piece of the Town spans multiple generations, proving identity can be understood through our past. Discover this family’s New Mexican history, unfold their troubled past, and learn how family always comes first. Well, in most cases. If you’re a fan of family sagas, complex main characters, stories spanning multiple generations, and Mexican heritage, then you will love this gripping tale.

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  • Strings Attached

    by Laurinel Owen

    She arrived with her cello on Christmas Day in apartheid South Africa. From the stage she saw him. They met and were rarely apart. It was bliss until he invited her to the family vacation home. She knocked, and his wife opened the door. He followed her back to America where they married and lived together for 22 years. Upon his death his daughter announced, “My parents were never divorced.” He was a bigamist, who had bilked her of thousands of dollars, and was the son of a Nazi murderer who fled the U.S. because the FBI accused him of being Head of the American Gestapo. “Strings Attached” reveals the author’s self-deception and the high price she paid for her denial. Far worse than the lawsuit on three continents was the shame, guilt and anxiety over her part in this real-life drama. Though music was an anchor, she healed through various traditional and nontraditional modalities. Her story will inspire anyone who has loved, been betrayed, and is seeking recovery and support.

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