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Musings of an Old Man by Richard J. Smith, Ph.D.

Musings of an Old Man: Some Prose and Poetry to Ponder is like a bowl of vegetable soup. Each selection is nourishing in itself, and in combination leave readers intellectually and emotionally satisfied.

The selections are humorous, serious, thought-provoking and written with an economy of words. The subject matter ranges from the idiosyncrasies of the English language to observations of nature to living well in old age.

Musings of an Old Man is a book that can be picked up and put down at any time. The short narratives, essays and poetry all address the everydays of life we often fail to notice. They prompt both smiles and tears. Each offers something to think about and discuss with others. All are to be enjoyed while giving the reader thoughts to ponder.



Bouquet of Dandelions by Katie Ogeyi Odey

Nigerian-born Selma realizes her dream of becoming a journalist and creates her own column focusing on women’s issues. She proves that she has the stamina to function in the fast-paced world of news writing and reporting. Selma maintains a balance of tough love and empathy with her teenage daughter, Kendra, and supports her friends through their challenges, as they help her through her own. “Do not underestimate the power of friendship among ladies,” Selma says. “We are a pack of mama bears, and we know how to take care of our own.” Bouquet of Dandelions explores women’s issues like careers, marriage, relationships, domestic violence, divorce, friendships and family structure in general.