This dynamic Canadian prolific Author and Playwright, Charlotte Fielden is a mutli-award winner. Bragable is her Curriculum Vitae as; a founding member of both The Writers' Union of Canada and the Playwrights Guild of Canada, founding member and co-artistic director of the Melanie Theatre in Montreal, Quebec, actress and co-founder and producer of Fielden Productions Film Co. in Montreal, Quebec, written for stage, television, radio, and film, various anthologies and literary reviews and retired Psychotherapist. Born and current resident of Toronto, Ontario, Charlotte has lived in Paris, Montreal, and North Carolina.
“Saving Angel” is a magical turn of the century story that flows with the youthful ‘Angel Shiner’ as the intriguing main character along with Madame Blavatsky, the Irish poet WB Yeats, and scholar Denis Saurat. Angel’s obvious visionary and benevolent otherworldly nature, have her confined in a mental asylum. The three notable historical figures are brought together to convene with a board of psychiatrists in order to determine Angel’s fate.
Within this seemingly simple plot, we participate in an age old debate of spiritual psychology, religion, dogma and philosophy via the clinical and secular perspective of her Doctors. On a higher level, Angel’s abilities represent the Divine aspirations within all philosophical modalities.
As Matriarch Chair, Blavatsky demonstrates spiritual phenomena with calm and grace that some might consider miraculous without directly referencing her leanings toward Theosophy. Saving Angel is a wonderful flowing soul read. Angel’s transcendent vision, abilities and plight is our timeless story that lives within us all.
'The Wolves of Positano' is an intriguing mystery vacation novel transports you to Italy on the Amalfi Coast in the summer of 1966. A crime casts a lingering pall over the beautiful tourist area and the engaging characters and ensuing investigation become entangled in a mystifying web of intrigue and lies. The making of a film that parallels the main plot adds another dimension to the story and keeps you in suspense until the last frame. A sequel entitled ‘Earwigs’ is in the works.
‘Fragrance Of Thyme’, Poetry collection is a brilliant gathering of divinely inspired praise for the magic in life, prolific writer and playwright Charlotte Fielden ignites ones soul. One is drawn into participation of the natural world of insight, reverence and wonder. This collection playfully draws ones soul from normal simple mindful observer of gifted prose, to eloquently striking the power of higher sight from within. One is inspired to ponder the nature of our beingness within and beyond the world known. Watch for her latest; ‘Beads On A String’, target release late spring 2011.
A sampling of Charlotte’s other published works are; ‘Crying As She Ran’; first of the Weil Trilogy, ‘One Crowded Hour’ first prize in Women’s National Playwriting Competition, ‘Palantine Hill’, ‘Messages Like Memories’ sequel to Crying as she Ran, and ‘An Age Without A Name ‘ sequel to Messages Like Memories. In Progress is a musical; ‘Me & New Orleans/Storyville’.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter
A spiritual adventure!
‘The Mystic’ a novel by Author John Knight, is a spiritual adventure chronicling one man’s timeless quest for personal growth given key mystical insights. A journey of awakening that transcends religious tradition and science.
Reminiscent to the teachings of Paul Coelho, Don Juan and the James Redfield’s Celestine Prophecy, Ted Gregory is an unhappy stock-broker who meets Mystical facilitator; Adam. The two become entwined in an otherworldly adventure where time and reality often become surreal. Adam takes Ted on an informative journey that begins his transformation, offering both practical quantum physical explanations and experiential lessons. The story flows in a Mind, Body, and Soul awakening process that emphasizes key experiential insights, such as; journaling, keeping an open mind, aligning oneself and desires with the power of benevolent gratitude and focussed intention.
Interchange the word Mysticism for ‘spiritual growth’ regardless of philosophy or modality and you have a tool box of working with the Laws of Physics and Spirituality. There are numerous simple practices that when consciously used, develop ‘spiritual or quantum awareness’ and self mastery. While differing religions, philosophies and spiritual traditions vary in their methodology this soul journey smoothly describes the fundamental mystical experience in a masterful and direct experiential manner. Whatever the modality or experience of divine consciousness, as with this novel, mysticism is our inner yearning for communion with and growth into a higher way of being, through the experiential pursuit of higher truths. As Knight eloquently shows the way, the spiritual path is unique and individual within a communal identity. In combination with a benevolent power, awareness of our own innate powers of awareness, intuition and insights inevitably unfold in the process. Within the story, writer/seeker John Knight shares his own journey as student-teacher-seeker.
John E. Knight is a Peterborough, Ontario, Canada resident with a an MBA background, and is a current Trent University staff who works with youth in science and environmental research initiatives. An active community contributor to numerous non-profit organizations, he donates his expertise and altruistic passion to environmental, community health and wellness causes. His focus is with projects and initiatives that promote environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and the entrepreneurial spirit in youth. The Mystic is John’s first published novel.
Published: iUniverse, 2010, ISBN: 9781440195013
member co-ordinating committee at Canada-wide Science Fair Reviewed by; Jan Porter
"INSIGHTS: The Healing Paths of the Radical Spiritualist"
by Author; Robert Egby
Three Mile Point Publishing, New York
2010ISBN-10: 0615356923, ISBN-13: 978-0615356921
Interchange the word 'Spiritualist 'in Robert Egby's latest book entitled; 'INSIGHTS: The Healing Paths of the Radical Spiritualist' with 'Healer', or Spiritual Seeker' or 'Artistic Creator' and you have a first class, cutting edge handbook for all things quantum physics.
Sit back and allow yourself to receive some bits of sacred wisdom and hands on tools. For the novice or seasoned healer, this handy book introduces the Religion of Spiritualism, with particular respect to the clinical and metaphysical aspects of the Healing Arts. Complete with personal anecdotal case histories and 'how to's' in working with the power of Prana/Sound/Colour, Spirit Healing Guides and Angels, spirit rescue, dowsing, assisting the dying in their cross over, Audible Sound Stream or Voice of God, Hands-On Healing, Imagery and Suggestion Therapy, and Geopathic Zones, as well as numerous 'how to' hands on exercises. Egby's example case histories to illustrate his personal knowledge, include a Vietnam Vet, a cyclical "cancer bed", past life pain healing and Spirit Rescue of earthbound Spirits.
Of particular interest to seasoned Healing Arts Practitioners and Spiritual Seekers, is a section on advancing your abilities with 'Shabd' and sacred sounds, such as; 'HU', the Audible Life Stream. "It is the medicine which cures every sickness. It is the one remedy which the great physician, the Master, offers for the relief of all ills."(Dr. Julian Johnson; The Path of the Masters'.) Accessing this level is where we unite our Soul with the Essence of the Absolute Supreme Being, the path of light and sound, self-realization and spiritual evolution.
Egby is an Ordained Spiritualist Minister, Medium and teacher, accredited Hypnosis Practitioner, Sound Healer, Hypnoanalyst, Dowser, Hands-on Healer, EFT practitioner is a former resident of British Columbia, Washington State, New Jersey, and currently upstate New York. Following success with his book 'Cracking the Glass Darkly', he wrote the award-winning 'The Quest of the Radical Spiritualist', which became a finalist in the USA Books News awards as well as the First Annual International Book Awards. In the works is Egby's autobiography of his young adult experiences in England, as are porter/photographer/broadcaster/editor in the turbulent Middle East, Germany,and then British Columbia. Following overseas travel and weary of politics and violence, he delved into the spiritual and healing arts. Another book in the works is entitled: 'Kings, Killers and Kinks in the Cosmos'. Robert is also reputed as an engaging guest speaker, and seminar facilitator.
Good work, Robert Egby!!!
Find out more; www.amazon.com,www.robert-egby.com, Facebook, www.youtube.com.
Review by; Jan Porter—Copyright; August 2010
Kudos! Mary Walsh; "Poor No More"
"If you work hard, things will get better."
Many hard-working Canadians are struggling; this film takes 3 Canadians overseas where people have what they need, housing is affordable and education is free.
If other countries can do this, why don't we? Hosted by Mary Walsh, shows how others have mastered poverty while strengthening their economies. It offers hope, explains the roots of the economic crisis, and what can be done.
Kudos Prof Vizenor, Public Energy, Trent U. & staff!
Co-lecturer; Prof Gerald Vizenor @ Trent U. this past Feb. is a Native American (Anishinaabe), innovative thinker & author of some 30+ books, fascinating speaker is a Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.
"Holistic Detox for Body, Mind, & Spirit"
By; Madeline Marentette
ISBN-10: 1552786854 ISBN-13: 978-1552786857
McArthur & Company, 2007
An inspirational, philosophical and hands on path to wholeness and healing with the author’s personal journey makes a great reference for holistic living. For both novice and advanced holistic fans. An easy-to-read resource that includes philosophy, methodology and recipes. www.amazon.ca, www.chapters.indigo.ca.
"We are matter, we are thought, and we are energy, eternally changing and transforming ourselves. When we awaken and become conscious of this continuous process of transformation, we can then become the masters of our own destiny. " ~ Madeleine Marentette. Madeline’s body, mind and spirit approach is offered daily at her renowned Grail Springs Wellness Centre in Bancroft, Ontario. www.grailsprings.com
Review by; Jan Porter
'SAVING ANGEL', by; author/Playwright Charlotte Fielden
A most unusual play in two acts primarily consisting of three famous people; Mme Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society, William Butler Yeats, the great Irish poet and occultist, and Denis Saurat, French critic, essayist, poet and metaphysician. They gather in an effort to demonstrate that Angel Shiner, a young woman from Leeds, England, who is not insane but 'divinely inspired'. These three great voices from the past combine to create a sparkling comedy with a sterner moral purpose.The action takes place in 1891 on Friday, the 8th of May, in Madame Blavatsky’s home in Norwood, a suburb of London, and later, on the same day, in the padded cell of a private clinic for the mentally disturbed. It is the last day of her life and she chooses to spend it saving Angel. The young Dr Edwin Samuels feels that while he was treating Angel for her aberrations, and unethically falling in love with her, he had slipped through a rabbit hole into the Mad Hatter’s tea party and that perhaps, after all, they were in Wonderland!
During the fascinating examination of Angel’s mental state Mme Blavatsky reminds everyone: ‘This is no tea party and we are not in Wonderland.’
This book is available On-Line at Volumes Publishing, Chapters, Amazon, and in most Indigo/Chapters bookstores at their special kiosques. For availability for bookclub talks, readings and book-signings contact email@example.com.
CHARLOTTE FIELDEN born in Toronto, has lived in Paris, Montreal, and North Carolina. She has written for stage, television, radio, and film, and her short stories and prize-winning poetry have been included in various anthologies and literary reviews. A Thin Place (2006) is her first collection of short stories. Her prize-winning play One Crowded Hour has been produced in both English and French, and her recently published play Saving Angel (2007) is being considered for production. Her novels include Palatine Hill, (2004), a historical novel; Crying As She Ran (1970), the first book of the Weil Trilogy; Messages Like Memories (2005), the sequel, and An Age Without A Name (2007), which concludes the trilogy. Fragrance of Thyme, FIELDEN`s first poetry collection had a 2008 spring release.
"Sacred Vow", by; C.G. Walters
Publisher: Dragon’s Beard Publishing, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-0-9774271-4-7, ISBN-10: 0-9774271-4-5
Genre: fiction/visionary and Metaphysical
“Oh I am curling up with this one again!”
“Many Loves, Many Lives all taking place right now….” Sacred Vow novel author; C.G. Walters wrote on the inside cover of my copy. The inscription began the first of many thought provoking insights into the nature of relationships, reality, higher consciousness and the Natural Laws that govern such phenomena as Parallel Realities. A work of fiction and fantasy one might say, while others would insist that it is reality. Obviously knowledgeable about metaphysical principles, Walters broadens the reader's thoughts about the nature of things, leaving us pondering "what if?"
Adventure ensues immediately as apprentice Katrina of the Circle of Nine; a Mystical Sisterhood searches through parallel realities forher Spirit Mate to mend a rift in the Collective Consciousness. A parallel or alternate reality is considered to be a self-contained separate reality that coexists with one's own.
Smoothly and skilfully, one is taken on a wondrous journey that is reminiscent Richard Bach’s novel One. Bits of Shamanic or Metaphysical mechanics are woven into the journey of Ian and Katrina’s while they search for solutions and explore a transcendent love. It has been said that inanimate objects carry the energetic imprint of the maker, owners and all that touch the object. Thus it is with all novice metaphysicians, in the beginning, Ian uses an object as a focal and access point to journey. Later Ian grows in his ability to access Katrina of his own will and skill.
As with ‘Anam Cara’; the ancient Celtic Ritual or Vow of binding ‘soul friends’ Sacred Vow explores the meaning of soul partnerships. Similar to but not limited to marriage as we know it, true love is intended to survive a lifetime and beyond. Love partnerships and relationships are without a doubt, focal points in our lives, whereby we all long for that one soul mate, that one person who is compatible in all ways to the point of functioning together as one whole. As in Anam Cara, the story serves to solidify the physical with the spiritual that continues beyond space, time, distance, alternate realities and form.
The back cover states; “The most significant event of your life calls to you, barely beyond your perception… both imminent and impossible.” It stirs the soul and mind of even the most sceptical of rational thinkers. This is the intrigue of quantum physics and Shamanism, where it is possible to enter supernatural realms at will. The reader cannot help but contemplate what Einstein and many others explored and reported about the true nature of time, space and matter.
The back cover also quotes Shakepeare’s Hamlet in reference to the age old maxium that love transcends all; “The time is out of joint; O cursed spite. That ever I was born to make it right! Nay, come, let’s go together.” It has been said in one way or another that the highest of all natural Laws, no matter your religious, philosophical or scientific leanings, is that of Love.
Many spiritual traditions speak and report the evolution of the soul and relationships through many and varied experiences, bringing maturity that comes from varied roles and experiences. As such, their other lives or existences and relationship experiences are explored, where the reader can relate to and speaks to the soul longing in all of us for that mature idyllic love that ultimately brings us that state of ‘oneness’ with each other as well as within the concept of God or Collective Consiousness.
Walters states in his Biography; “Dream is fever to the conscious mind, inducing illusion. Illusion? Or, enlightenment? They are one, except by perspective.” In the novel’s Author’s Note, he responds to a friends query regarding the mechanics of the ability to explore aternate realities by stating “Until I saw this information in the story, I can’t say that I had any such ideas. But now, yes, I think this is a truth.” Walters references the Circle of Nine in his biography as his ‘muses’ giving one the notion that the man behind the journey is providing obvious personal insights. Other worldly views on the nature of the cosmos can only come from one who has personally explored the nature of love and spirituality first hand.
In the ancient art of storytelling, the reader’s thoughts and emotions are intended to be provoked long after the book has been read. Within the tale, teachings for the human condition are gently provided as is a path shown for spiritual growth. Each path is inidividual and unique within the Collective simultaneously, as Sacred Vow demonstrates smoothly. This book is in the company of other notable classics as C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, Gulliver’s Travels and Capra’s It's A Wonderful Life.
Sacred Vow is a good read filled with insights from the writer and his muses. I want to OM now and try it out myself!Good job Mr. Walters, I hope there will be sequels coming soon.
The Publisher; Dragons Beard Publishing of North Carolina, presented Sacred Vow in 2006 in cooperation with Green Press Initiative and is gaining solid momentum in sales as well as an independent following via the world wide web.… a ‘shining star’.
www.cgwalters.com, www.dragonsbeard.com , sacredvow.dragonsbeard.com
Review by; Jan Porter
"The Motionless Traveller"
Author: Aspi Doctor
ISBN: 1-4196-9114-7, ISBN-13: 978-1419691140
I thought it fitting to play my Dalai Lama CD while contemplating the novel I have just finished; “The Motionless Traveller” by author Aspi Doctor. It assists in setting the tone while I attempt to articulate the many levels of knowledge woven in between the lines for the reader to catch or to just simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Yes, the Dalai OM’ing in the background of my concsious mind overseeing that this review is done with honour. I think he would approve.
Aside from the fact that I am continually amazed at the phenomenal talent to be found off the beaten path of the big box book publishing houses and corporate monopoly distributors and retailers, who knew that this Northern Ontarian would be reviewing a such a ‘shining star’ from India.
To have the gist of the novel, it is important to understand a bit of the man behind the words. Aspi was born in Bombay, India into a family of Zoroastrians and avid readers. He first demonstrated his gift for storytelling in primary school, to the delight of his classmates. Among the many other demands of a vocation within academia and in pursuit of his passion of the written word, Aspi studied English Literature obtaining a Masters Degree and Diploma in Journalism at the University of Bombay. Here Aspi was awarded the honourable prize of ‘First Standing’ in his subject group, and continued to explore many other dimensions of the wonderful world of literature in the Dramatic Arts and Theatre, Public Speaking and Radio Script Writing.
In 1969, Aspi finally began putting pen to paper in earnest above and beyond his full duties as Principal and Academic of the Tolani College and the A.P. College of Commence, (affiliates of the University of Bombay). As a respected educator in his own right, he wrote and published a number of Text Books, such as; Business Communications—25 editions, Bank Correspondence—11 editions, Communications Skills in English—12 editions, Mass Communications—6 editions and more.
In 1980, this calm, wise, insightful, mild mannered and ever smiling semi-retired professor began to put his wealth of knowledge into fiction format with “The Motionless Traveler”.
A futuristic story that begins in Bombay India, in an era of post fossil fuel exhaustion and overpopulation with a bored government worker named Krish. Jolted out of his routine life when he rescues a young girl from a street gang, Krish inadvertently embarks on an adventure that spans the globe when he is gifted a ‘magical’ statue of the Buddha. Intertwined within the many levels of the story the reader gains glimpses into the Indian cultural mind with hints of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Spiritualism with some key Natural Law and Quantum Physics to ponder. Through the fine art of storytelling, we participate in Krish’s spiritual and metaphysical journey to a desert in Arabia, to Africa, to Mexico, to New Mexico, the United States, all to arrive at destination Canada. However, the true destination is to be continued long after the Buddha is handed over to a scientific research group, whose intent is to unravelling the statues mysteries amidst much intrigue as.
Krish’s magical journey across oceans and continents brings thought provoking insights to the reader while he grows into new found power and understandings of the laws of nature and ultimately the evolution of mankind as a whole.
As with all great teachings, the story is innately and humbly human while touching on the sacredness of the spiritual journey toward a collective and timeless God consciouness.
Aspi continues to devote his so called spare time to his current writing endeavors which include another fiction novel entitled “Feet of Clay”. Several more text books are also in progress and pending publication. Aspi is currently the Vice President of the Association of College Principals in Bombay and an active member on the board of directors of two other educational institutions.
I look forward to his next novel with anticipation of yet another spiritual journey filled with insights and the human condition. I am happy to recommend this work.
Yoiu can order a copy via; www.ideaindia.com. It is worth the time to peruse the web site, a wealth of talented authors, good books, free e-books and articles covering many genres and topics.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter
"Executor Of Mercy"
By Author: Edmond J. Alcid
Moose Enterprise www.moosehidebooks.com, www.chapters.indigo.ca
This book ought to be in all schools!
“Executor Of Mercy” is an intricate ‘true to life’ novel, written by Edmond J. Alcid, Published by Moose Hide Books in Saul Sainte Marie, Ontario.
The adventure takes place in the 1960’s in the wilderness of Northern Ontario. A small bush plane crashes in the bush leaving the Native pilot dying and a 10 year old passenger, to adapt and survive in the wilderness.
The story intertwines with both new and seasoned rescuers who must also come to terms with their own mortality and personal challenges. The characters face the devastating madness of rabies, bush fever, mortality, and personal challenges.
The cover maybe humble, but this novel is a definite ‘page turner’. The story is well written, has good character development and flows at an enjoyable pace. The author “Edmond J. Alcid”, a long time resident of Northern Ontario, demonstrates his talent for character and plot development, seemingly so relatable that the reader may think that the novel is based on a true story. It would make a fabulous movie.
I would highly recommend this book to schools and adults alike.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter
"The Way Out"
Author: Jan Porter
Cover Design: Jan Porter
ISBN: 09696796, 100% recycled materials
First Print: Whale Publications, Second Print: Morris Pratt Institute, Milwaukee
“It always grieves me to contemplate the initiation of children into the ways of life
when they are scarcely more than infants. It checks their confidence and simplicity,
two of the best qualities that heaven gives them, and demands that they share our sorrows before they are capable of entering into our enjoyments.” Charles Dickens".
As a mother and Career Counselor, and the direct result of life experiences as well as those of her clients, she wrote her first book; “The Way Out”, an easy to read self help book for survivors and those who support them. With the first edition, Jan chose to forgo consideration by a large corporate publishing house in order to maintain the integrity of those who contributed to the book, using recycled materials. The book was first published by Whale Publications in 1993 with current publishing rights being held through the Morris Pratt Institute, Milwaukee, USA, for use in the Pastoral Counseling program.
Jan is a member of the National Spiritual Healers Association of Canada, the Mohawk College Alumni Association, and a final year Licentiate Minister student of the Centre for Spiritualist Studies; National Spiritualist Association of Churches in New York, USA.
Reviewed by; Whale Publications
Author; John Britt
Cover Design by; Jan Porter
10 Star Rating!
John Britt’s novel; ‘Bob's Ichthyosaur’, is currently holding the top spot of my personal favourites. I simply could not put it down. It moves and flows gracefully. It balances humour with real life adversities and introduces the reader to (unknown) sub cultures. A wonderful adventure story, kind of like ‘Grumpy Old Men’ meets ‘Moby Dick’.
The un-sung hero, ‘Old Bob’, is a retired can’t win for losing farmer who lives in a small rural town. One night, Old Bob sees a live Ichthyosaur out in the bay and decides to catch it. The story evolves around “Old Bob’ and the local “Old Boys” clique; Old Bill, Old Dunc and Old Nester, who become involved in Bob’s mission. The story is told by Old Bill and is often humourous as it inadvertently explores life in a rural community and what it means to be old. The story is deeply moving as Bob ultimately transcends a number of adversities, including his own mortality, to become a local legend in his own right.
In this first novel, John has demonstrated the ancient art of storytelling! The caliber of a novel and its potential to become a classic is measured by its ability to creep into one’s psyche and soul, long after it’s been read. Bob’s Ichthyosaur is one such novel. When I drive on the rural back roads, I see the old farm where Bill resides. At my local bay, I swear I’ve caught the odd glimpse of Itchy out in the water. When I drive in my own small rural town, we too, have a bank bench where the old boys gather. I often see old boys driving slow, in Lincolns & Town Cars. I am certain that this novel is a classic!
Bob’s Ichthyosaur is truly refreshing, a real treasure! I can’t wait to see ‘the movie version. I want the DVD for my personal collection. I look forward to reading John’s next novel.
Review by; Jan Porter
Spiritual Artist: d.j. bellemore, Om Star Designs
“You are the creator…...create!”
D.J.'s customized personal Mandalas are something to be seen. Inspired by Tibetan Buddhist traditions, she designs mandalas as an artistic representation of individual's soul sacred geometry. Symbols intended to provide guiding principles for personal wholeness, balance, inspiration and healing.
D.J. is a multi-media artist with a forte for distinctive impresssionistic style painting reminiscent of Monet. Her love of nature, landscapes and Spirituality is captured in her work. D. J’s art works depicts flowing water colour visions of gardens, floras and landscapes. She also uses her visions of colour and texture in home interior design, crafts and multimedia. She uses vibrant colour ranges and a variety of brush strokes to obtain imagery impact while maintaining an underlying sense of form and contour.
DJ Bellemore was born and raised along the scenic Lake Saint Clair Shoreline in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. As a youngster, DJ was fascinated with the changing interplay of colour and light, and passionately set about recreating the imagery of her surroundings. Attending Catholic public school, DJ was initially exposed to and began to explore the significance of religious iconic pictures, at first focussing upon Christian symbols as typified in pre-Renaissance and Renaissance art, but later expanding her exploration to that of the religious and spiritual symbols of many diverse cultures.
A graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, DJ initially began her Art Educator career in Essex County, Ontario. Soon after, she left Ontario to teach in the Northwest Territories, (Nunavit) where she resided for some six years, eventually returning to Ontario to resume her teaching and art profession there. During her years residing in the breathtaking landscape of Great Slave Lake, DJ fine-tuned her natural impressionistic painting style. She blended her love and art and her love of teaching and currently teaches Art at Grey Highlands High School where she inspires students to envision their inspirations into an art form.
Presently, DJ resides in Windsor, Ontario, where she devotes her time to her art, spiritual philosophies and family.
DJ Bellemore is currently a member of: The Tom Tomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound Ontario, The Durham Art Gallery of Ontario and CARFAC: The Canadian Artists’ Representation/Association of Professional Visual Artists.
For more information, contact Jan Porter via this site.
Author: John Britt, Cover Design: Jan Porter
Publisher: Moose Hide Books, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada, www.mooshidebooks.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.chapters.indigo.ca
Author John Britt latest novel “Maggie’s Day” is a powerful page turner!
“Maggie’s Day” is a socially innovative and insightful perspective of the timeless plight of poverty, man’s social support structures and of man’s continuing efforts to eradicate it. The story is filled with insights on how people find themselves in object poverty presented in a way that we can all relate to in some capacity. It is an intensely personal journey of the soul.
The story is one defining day in the life of Maggie Campbell, where external and internal pressures demand change in order for her and her family to survive. She is a rural wife and mother of three children from a middle class family who has now found themselves in object poverty and marital discord. Maggie wakes up sick but must rise to the task of coping with a social services worker who advises her that yet again, that their monthly cheque will be reduced due to her husband’s lack of participation in the work program and that their house will now have a lien on it. She must address their empty cupboards, her husband’s state of inaction, her children’s food and clothing needs and a winter storm. Maggie ventures out into the storm in a broken down car, a near empty gas tank and with her two young daughters to seek out help with no money in hand. She analysis’s her situation, her marriage, her future and searches her soul in vain for a way out, for hope.
The story gives a first hand account of the realities of the poverty experience within an affluent country. There is the ever present fear of unwanted intervention, such as the Children’s Aid Society and their reputation of apprehending of children of the poor. Change the name and location perhaps, but this story is taking place in Canada, and globally, within prided welfare systems that are intricately woven with demands and rules that ultimately fall unacceptably short in offering a hand ‘up’.
Mother Theresa once said “…the poorest of the poor and those closest to death are the closest to God, if we have the eyes to see it and the ears to hear it”.
John Britt has a gift of bringing us into the world of un-sung heroes, hidden journeys and sub-cultures in a way that moves the reader along their own personal soul journey.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter
"By The Light Of The Coal Oil Lamp" By; By: Marvel Helming
Publisher: Lakefield Herald Ltd., ISBN: 0973390107, Release Date: 2004
Marvel Henning's new book; "By The Light Of The Coal Oil Lamp", published by the Lakefield Herald and released in 2004,1 believe is a interesting, anecdotal and historical glimpse of a unique sub-culture.
The life of a rural farm family after the turn of the century was, and often still is, a life of adversity and labourous connection to the land. The reader gets a rare and special first hand glimpse into a unique era and rural technology. This book will be a good time capsule for many years too come.
Definitely unique, By The Light Of The Coal Oil Lamp is a must for history and antique buffs, coffee table book collections and certainly schools.
Review by; Jan Porter
“Test of faith: Hope, courage and the prison experience”
Author: Eva Evelyn Hanks
ISBN: 1551301768, Paperback - 198 pages, Release Date: 2000, Publisher: Canadian Scholars Press
Retail Cost: CDN $19.99 www.amazon.ca
In this page turner, the Test of Faith, Hanks chronicles key events and personal reflections of one woman and her incarcerated husband’s journey through the penal system.
Hanks’ offers a unique perspective and voice about prison life and the penal system in general in Canada. The reader experiences first-hand the difficult process of navigating the system and their personal journeys. Hanks intelligent insights and observations about the judicial system could be used as a good framework for prison reform.
Hanks shares their personal journey in trying to come to terms with their choices and conditions. Her documentation as a struggling single working mother and that of her inmate husband is both candid and intimate as they grasp for survival and hope of a future life after incarceration.
While Hanks style of writing in presenting the reader with the main characters known only as “W” and “M” is difficult to follow at times, the story is gripping and well worth the read. I hope Hanks will continue with an epilogue to this book and I look forward to reading more works from this promising writer.
By: Jan Porter
“Fiddlers and Whores”
By Author; James Lowry, Presented By; John Millyard
Publisher: Chatham Publishing, London England, www.chathampublishing.com,
“Fiddlers and Whores”, what a find!
A wonderful treasure trove of personal observations and cultural anecdotes is contained in “Fiddlers and Whores”. This book is the original journal of an Irish surgeon “Dr. James Lowry”, during his service years 1797 to 1804 in the British Royal Navy.
The reader journeys along with Dr. Lowry to explore far away lands such as, Spain, Africa, Italy Turkey and Israel. The reader experiences first hand strange lands with strange people and distasteful customs that Lowry eventually embraces. We live the battles and spoils of war and piracy. We experience being a gentlemen’s’ prisoner of war, a tour with Lord Nelson and of being ship wrecked, through the eyes of Dr. Lowry.
Lowry includes his anecdotal personal perspectives on war and foreign cultures. I concur with Millyard’s introductory comments regarding Lowry’s many surprising observations, such as, expressing shock and distaste of various cultures and peoples that he encounters but none in regards to sea faring diseases such as scurvy nor of the harsh conditions of sea life of that time period. Lowry also provides variations on specific events and war piracy that at times seems to contradict historical documentation by the ship’s Captains.
Millyard first became aware of Lowry’s journal 1990 while interviewing the late Dorothy Stewart, (descendent of Lowry) for another research project. Mrs. Stewart showed Millyard Lowry’s original journal, some 250 handwritten pages accompanied with Dr. Lowry’s medical bag and equipment. Lowry had written the memoir and sent it to his brother the Rev. Jn Lowry in 1807, as correspondence.
At times, the idiosyncrynistic writing style of Dr. Lowry is a challenge to follow but overall, writer John Millyard, has presented Lowry’s journal, ‘Fiddlers and Whores’ as a candid snapshot of the time. A fascinating read! I highly recommend this book.
Review by; Jan Porter
World Tour: Lyn Hancock Novelist/Adventurer/Naturalist
With her new book: “Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon” Lyn will be visiting various schools and making a public appearances; showing images/slides from the book, telling stories and reading anecdotes from the book.
Lyn Hancock shares her passion for winging it while living on the edge continues, with her latest novel: “Tabasco The Saucy Raccoon”, ISBN: 1550391569, published by: Sononis Press, British Columbia, release date 2006.This is a remarkable tale of an animal whose saucy personality brought joy and wonder to the lives of countless people. The story of Lyn Hancock’s search for a new wild home for her beloved companion will melt your heart. The remarkable tale of an animal whose saucy personality brought joy and wonder to the lives of countless people. The story of Lyn Hancock’s search for a new wild home for her beloved companion will melt your heart.
Lyn was born and raised in West Australia, hitchhiked through Africa, taught school in Australia, England and Canada, got a few degrees, was saved from further academia by staying in Canada to spend a decade raising seals, raccoons, cougars, bears, apes, and sundry other creatures which eventually populated the pages of books such as the classic, There's a Seal in My Sleeping Bag. For the last three decades, she has been wandering alone with a camera, notebook and backpack through the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and recording her experiences in thousands of magazine and newspaper articles, and over a dozen books.
Full-time Author, Naturalist, Photojournalist, Lecturer, Photographer and Filmmaker since 1963, has had 18 books and many thousands of articles published in newspapers and magazines around the world.
She is a well-published, award-winning writer and photographer, a highly-recommended, captivating speaker, an inspiring, widely-experienced teacher, a member of the British Columbia College of Teachers and, according to a spokesman for the Board of Education in the City of North York, "an extraordinary person." The New York Times said she had "enough energy to light up the streets of New York."
She was raised and taught high school in Western Australia, hitch-hiked through Africa and Europe, studied and taught at all levels in England and Canada, and spent a decade in B.C. raising and studying eagles, seals, seabirds, raccoons, cougars, bears, apes and sundry other creatures which eventually populated five of her 19 books. These include the recently updated classic There's a Seal in my Sleeping Bag, There's a Raccoon in my Parka, Love Affair with a Cougar, An Ape Came Out of my Hatbox, and new for 2006, Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon.
For much of the past four decades, she has wandered alone with camera, notebook and backpack through northern British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. From these experiences have come thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, and books such as Discover Canada: Northwest Territories, Hello Canada - Yukon and Nunavut, Winging it in the North, and Western Canada: Travel Smart. Her photos illustrate Iqaluit, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Canada. Her stories are incredible but true, even when she writes other people's stories as in Tell Me, Grandmother, the history of the Livingston family, the first settlers in Calgary. Her stories and presentations bring people and nature together - and change lives.
Curious, enthusiastic and energetic, she enjoys living and communicating in words and pictures her first love; the outdoors, wildlife, native peoples, and exploring the remote places of the planet. Lyn is renowned because her work is well-researched, lively, personal, interesting and makes her audiences feel they "are there."
Topics of Current Interest:
• Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, western Canada, Australia
• Kayaking and river rafting
Selected Publications: Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon, British Columbia, Sononis Press, 2006. Northwest Territories. Toronto: Grolier Limited, 1997. Looking for the Wild. Toronto: Doubleday Canada Ltd., 1996. Winging It in the North. Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan Books, 1996. Nunavut. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1995. There's a Seal in My Sleeping Bag. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada Ltd., 1972.
Contact & more information: www.lynhancock.com, www.writersunion.ca, www.youtube.com
by; Jan Porter – project development/reviewer
"Abstract” – a short story collection
Written By: Grant Miller, Paul J. Joseph, Armen Kurdian, John Britt, Edmond Alcid.
Published By: Moose Hide Books – Moose Enterprise Book & Theatre Play Publishing;
648 Walls Side Road, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada, P6A-5K6, 1.888.826.6698, email@example.com, www.moosehidebooks.com
Release Date: June 2006, ISBN: 1-89465-053-0, $14.95 Retail, Soft Cover, www.chapters-indigo.com
“Reverse Polarity” by Grant Miller: X Files re-visited. Grant demonstrates knowledge of paranormal and extraterrestrial theories in this fast-paced futuristic apocalyptic adventure.
I had difficulty getting through this one. At times, I questioned why this story was included in the collection and used as a prelude to the other shorts. However, upon conclusion, I do see potential here, were the author to focus greater attention to character development. A prelude to a series, the story/series may appeal to hard core Sci-Fi and paranormal buffs.
“Markerstone” by Paul J. Joseph: In this enjoyable story, Paul takes the reader on a candidly
human journey into the future. The main characters, a space ship’s onboard physician and a pilot join forces in an adventure that straddles space exploration and technological development. A good start to a series, this story contains some fresh ideas, and good character/story development. This writer shows promise.
“Final Thoughts” by Armen Kurdian: A very well written and thought provoking story
about a Gnostic extraterrestrial pilot who inadvertently eliminates our solar system. Armen addresses the apocalyptic theme in a unique way, following the thoughts of an old woman and the final thoughts of the pilot prior to impact. I was sincerely surprised and delighted by Armen’s proposition that challenges and illuminates the usual apocalyptic themes. Armen knows how to write!
“Norm” by John Britt: John takes the reader on an intimate and interesting journey with an unusual hero, a poor, illiterate magician. The story follows the main character as he yearns for and gradually develops the ability to manifest true magic in order to satisfy his skeptical audiences. John knows how to develop interesting characters and present interesting ideas.
“Torture-Rape-Murder” by Edmond Alcid: In all honesty, I was reluctant to read this one
given the title, but am glad I did! In this story, Edmond provides a brilliant and observant analogy between man and nature and their most primal behaviours. Edmond places the reader as observer, judge, and jury.
Overall Summary: ***** Star Rating
The Publisher, Mr. Mousseau’s good eye for emerging talent is well demonstrated in this collection. I’d like to see the cover up-scaled to reflect the talent contained within.
I would recommend this short story collection of promising writers.
Jan Porter – project development/Book Reviewer