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  • 25 Jul 2014 11:12 AM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

     

    Between Two Poles

    By Shirley Kurth Schneider

     

    Shirley is an ordinary woman doing what her commitment to husband and family require.  She could be any woman, anywhere.  But, she doesn’t live anywhere.  She lives in Alaska, married to a man obsessed with the allure of the Last Frontier.

    It is the 1960’s and America’s need to secure her borders attracted a new brand of  Cheechako to Alaska’s Interior.  It was a period between homesteading and gated communities. With a future secured by guaranteed employment, many ordinary lower-forty-eight escapees, with family in tow, harkened back to a by-gone era, searching for their Daniel Boone hat, intent on chopping out an independent existence.

    An important component of their newfound independence was the desire to avoid the home mortgage.  Self-construction of the family home, paying as they built, became a choice for many.  However, in the Interior one brief Alaskan summer is not adequate time to construct a home.  Consequently, a family was often obligated by circumstances to abandon their modern lifestyle for a move backward in time, to an outmoded standard of living.  Army Quonset huts; partially completed houses and basements, as well as rehabilitated log dwellings dotted the wilderness acres surrounding the city of Fairbanks.  Peace of mind and control of the inhabitants personal environment to be reclaimed, if ever, after years of physical and psychological sacrifice.

    Alaskan history has been inattentive to the role these individuals contributed to the settlement of the Last Frontier during this period.  Especially of the woman whose resourceful, adaptive ability and spontaneous thinking was as much a requirement of survival as the family’s closeted weaponry.  Between Two Poles is a memoir of one such woman.

    From the moment Larry lifted her over the threshold of a modest trailer in the Interior in 1962, to that minute within the sobering walls of the courthouse where they severed their legal bond in 1984, accountability to marital vows had mostly swayed in his favor.

    In 1965 a rustic 25-foot by 25 foot, log enclosure provided shelter for the couple, which by this time had added the demands of an infant to the equation.  By 1969 the log basement was busting away the chinking with the addition of three little girls delivered by cesarean in a twelve month time period.  At that point yesterday’s antiquated way of life was no longer simply inconvenient.  The wilderness environment that had once captivated now produced a feeling of vulnerability.  The deference she once afforded Larry replaced by contempt.  His unreasonable desires and her compliant behavior had created a frontier tragedy from which none would escape without emotional injury.

  • 16 Jul 2014 11:58 AM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

    Sedona: Tricksters and Fools - J. Starkey-Saylor

     

    A murder mystery that portrays aspects of Native American culture of the south western desert country. Jamie and Charlie are the giddy young college kids out on their own with loose supervision of their favorite Uncle Max. They can't help getting into trouble at every turn.

  • 16 Jul 2014 10:08 AM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

    The Seer- James Menaker

     

    Legends say that long ago a mystical order of men and women walked the earth: The Seers.

    The stories claim they saw the invisible, knew what no one else knew, and performed impossible feats of power. They wandered the earth as champions for the oppressed and heralds of days to come. The Order was cloaked in mystery and suspicion, but when they spoke, the wise listened.

    Elijah is a normal man with supernatural abilities, who is called upon to challenge an entire kingdom. The Seer invites you to enter into a world filled with wonder and corruption, selfless heroism and unbridled evil...a place where the dangers that you can’t see are just as deadly as those that you can. Elijah and his allies discover that when gods battle for the soul of humanity, one man can make all the difference.
  • 26 Jun 2014 7:32 AM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

     

    How to Finance Any Real Estate-Jim Misko

     

    Any Place, Any Time. Strategies That Work! 

  • 26 Jun 2014 7:28 AM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

    The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County - Jim Misko

     

    It is the last week of a three year struggle to close a $400 million dollar deal between the U.S. Government, 130 individual ranchers, and the Nez Perce tribe.  All have agreed to participate in the largest real estate exchange in Idaho history.  But Hawkins Neilson is sick, real sick.

    Everyone wants a piece of Hawk’s $10 million profitundefinedif the deal closes.  And now the Nez Perce have hired an ex-convict to negotiate for them.  If he can just survive to the closing he’ll have it made.

    “Misko sets the tension in motion early, immediately increases it to fever pitch, then sustains it as one escalating crescendo.  A variety of three dimensional and sympathetic characters drive the plot to a realistic and entirely satisfactory conclusion.”  Leonard Bird, author of River Of Lost Souls and Folding Paper Cranes, an Atomic Memoir.

  • 26 Jun 2014 7:23 AM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

    For What He Could Become- Jim Misko

     

    Fear, lost love, war, sibling rivalry, found love, drunkenness, redemptionundefinedall found in the novel FOR WHAT HE COULD BECOME as Bill Williams returns home to his native village in Alaska.  Having barely survived WWII he is stunned to find that his brother stole the letters he wrote to his first love and married her himself. 

    To escape village life he moves to Anchorage where he is plagued by a new friendship that pulls him into the native street life.  After losing his job, he turns to drink which forces him to survive in the big town when he is down and out and drunk. 

    When his dominating brother is killed in an accident, Bill’s long time love - now a widow- finds him sobering up at the Salvation Army.  She soon persuades him to drive a dog team in the first full length Iditarod; a thousand mile race across the wilds of Alaska.

    “Not since Robert Service and Jack London has an author expressed the realities of life in the land…This novel is a page turner that captivates and holds the reader’s interest until the very last page.” Mary BarrerundefinedBook reviewer-Miami Westchester World

  • 20 May 2014 12:17 PM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

    Laughing in the Rain- Hillary Saffran

     

    Do you need to reduce stress in your life?

    Need a laugh? Are you feeling mired in parental guilt? This book will show you how to laugh in the rain, even if your umbrella has holes!

     

     

    "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain" - Vivian Greene

    Hillary Saffran
    http://www.hillarysaffran.com
  • 29 Jan 2014 9:09 PM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)

    Village of the Full Moon Curse, a novel about a cursed werewolf embarking on a dangerous quest to save the woman he loves from the hands of an aged powerful vampire. He recieves unexpected assistance from two outsiders who help to save the entire village of Circa, Alaska from the hands of evil vampire minions. Village of the Full Moon Curse is exciting vampire/werewolf fiction providing romance for Twighlight fans, suspense and drama for Vampire Diaries readers, shooting action for Van Helsing enthusiasts, and werewolf/vampire battles for the Underworld movie goers, along with sarcasm and witty humor.

     

     

     

    Webpage:dangriffinbooks.com

    Facebook Page: Dan Griffin Books

    Email:dangriffin@gci.net

  • 17 Jan 2014 12:25 PM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)
    Society has collapsed and constitutional government is but a dim memory. Those in power reek of corruption and perversion. The world envisioned by Orwell took almost fifty more years to come to pass than he predicted and it is far worse than he ever imagined. A new third sex has emerged, physically powerful, beautiful in their own way and filled with lust. From behind the scenes they control the processes of the government to fulfill the desires of the Primecon and ensure that the continuum of control stays in power through the manipulation of the masses utilizing designed untruths called 'constructs'. These are then forced onto the sheeple through the ComOrgs and the Clean Crews who ensure that nobody lasts who is in opposition as those that do are taken to labor camps...welcome to 2037.
  • 10 Jan 2014 7:46 AM | Bill Columbus (Administrator)
    Bessie the Amazing Cow is a delightful story for the young and young at heart. Readers will be captured by Bessie and Donna Mae's friendship as they learn about one another and what matters most on an adventure through the meadow. Everyone has special talents to contribute to make the world a better place. Bessie discovers hers, giving her confidence to be herself.
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