This book outlines the many experiences that I have been faced with in my life from birth to age 48. Several stories are quite comical, others are tragic and sad, but each and every one of them is true. It talks about my experiences with drugs, alcohol and death. It tells of my devotion to my family and to the less fortunate in this world. I have spent countless hours donating my rare blood, platelets, bone marrow and serums. This book tells the reason why I did this all my life, and what I have experienced with several business ventures. My first business was a plumbing company, which I started fresh out of high school. I was in business for over 17 years. I have spent several years managing rock bands, acting, and inventing. My most successful invention Plink, has been on grocery store shelves for over 12 years. I take great pride in what I do and I have always strived for perfection. I believe that persistence is the key to happiness and happiness leads to prosperity. Although I am not a rich man, I have been very successful in my life. I have owned 13 brand new cars, 3 Harley Davidson motorcycles, 5 boats, 5 houses, 4 vacant lots, 38 used cars, and I have had 56 jobs. Many of my success stories are described in detail throughout my book. The most interesting part of my book is my experience with my most recent company, Arizona Company Medical. Through Arizona Company Medical, I spent 3 years of my life furnishing Medical-Marijuana to hundreds of patients around the USA who were suffering from AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Migraines, Anorexia, Glaucoma and many other diseases. Medical-Marijuana can be prescribed to ease the pain and suffering that accompanies these diseases. Also included in my book is the true story of how I was issued a Cannabis and Controlled Substance Dealer's License from the Arizona Department of Revenue, how the Federal Government collected taxes from the money I made in my business, but then busted me for distributing the same substance that I was licensed for. Details of my business and the Medical-Marijuana bust are outlined in my story. Also included are several real letters from patients who were customers of Arizona Company Medical, who wrote to me to inform me of their progress now that they have the appropriate access to their much needed medication, Medical-Marijuana. My goal is to work towards the legalization of Medical-Marijuana across the USA, and to get the proper help to those that need this medicine. May the Medical-Marijuana movement win the rights for the fight for the people of this great nation.
Cedar County is the story of a newspaper reporter who quit his job in Seattle and went home to Iowa for a while. He lived alone for 13 months in Cedar County, a place where he had lived as a boy of 8 and returned to as a man of 52. The narrative wanders through family history, memories of life on a Cedar County farm in 1945, the good and bad of newspaper work, road trips from Iowa to the West Coast. It's about life in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa: a ghost story or two, conversations at the Maid-Rite cafe, the ways of modern farming, spending time with aging parents, listening to people talk about themselves. By the end of his sojourn, the author realized he was someone who didn't quite belong in Cedar County but was never quite a stranger.
Bruce Springsteen has always taken interviews seriously. As he told critic Neil Strauss in 1995, "If I have some work that I've done and want to talk about, that's why I end up doing interviews". Here is an unprecedented collection of Springsteen on Springsteen, spanning the past four decades. It begins in 1973, when he is earning $75 a week and struggling to emerge from the New Jersey bar circuit. It ends in 2012, by which time The Boss has achieved worldwide fame and has shared a platform with the likes of John Kerry and Barack Obama. This collection features interviews by well-known media figures including, US talk show host Charlie Rose, novelist Nick Hornby, and rock critics Paul Williams and Neil Strauss. It also includes rare gems from smaller periodicals that even serious Springsteen fans may not know. In addition are transcripts of radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print. Taken together they trace the unique trajectory of an incomparable artist hanging onto his integrity throughout the days of youthful ambition and – a bigger challenge – the years of superstardom.
The language was unique, the love was simple, the excitement was real and the cars were special. The Big Fifty will take you to those special times. The Pikes Peak High School hockey team was made up of students who did not live in the ‘high class’ neighborhood on the hill. Brookshire was one of the wealthiest communities in Colorado and unless you were from one of the ‘families on the hill’ you couldn’t go out for the more glamorous sports. Hockey was the sport for the kids in the valley. When their team won the state championship held in the Brookshire Ice Palace and a fight broke out on the rink the result was the banishment of the Pikes Peak hockey team from participating in the sport for one year – even though it wasn’t their fault. That very night a small group of students formed the first teenage gang in the city. “If they don’t want us up on their mighty hill, then we don’t want them down here!” Rock shouted. With the strategy of an army unit this tiny group of teenagers set out to isolate the wealthy community of Brookshire from the rest of the city.
A year ago Thorn's son, Flynn Moss, disappeared into the eco-underground, his only contact with Thorn a series of postcards chronicling his exploits. But a postcard arrives unlike the others, a call for help, Thorn jumps into action, setting off for North Carolina. But before Thorn arrives, he's intercepted by a federal agent who informs him he's too late—Flynn had been acting as an informant for the FBI, and when his traitorous acts were discovered, he was summarily executed. The agent proposes a scheme to catch Flynn's killer using Thorn as bait. Thorn, full of rage, accepts the job if only to get his hands on his son's killer. The mission takes him to a small town where the gang is holed up, planning an attack on a hog farming operation that has been polluting local rivers and spreading illness through the area. Little by little Thorn discovers that nothing he's been told is true, and the trap they're setting isn't for Flynn's killer, but for his partner, a woman who proves more daring and dangerous than any Thorn's ever met. She's on her own crusade of vengeance, and she and Thorn make an uneasy alliance. With her help Thorn uncovers a conspiracy that stretches far beyond this small Carolina town.
Bo Mason, his wife, Elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune—in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest. Stegner portrays more than thirty years in the life of the Mason family in this masterful, harrwoing saga of people trying to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century.
Discover all you need to know about the cheeky Irish charmer in this fully up-to-date biography Niall Horan: The Unauthorized Biography is the story of how a small town Irish boy shot to overnight national and then global fame. Born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland, Niall's early years were difficult as he and his older brother endured the breakdown of their parents' marriage and subsequent divorce. It was during this period that Niall embarked upon his remarkable musical journey. Stints in the school choir and performances around his homeland propelled him to The X Factor and his first brushes with fame. Nothing could have prepared Niall for the adulation and success that followed.
In One Happy Old Priest, Father Thomas Sullivan looks back on his eighty years as a catholic, a life that includes both family and scores of fine seminarians, priests, nuns, and parishioners. With an honest and rollicking writing style, Father Sullivan recreates moments that stand out in his childhood, seminary education, priest training, and life as a foreign missionary and pastor stateside. One Happy Old Priest is one mans look at how the church has cultivated, preserved, and navigated decades of sometimes unwelcome change. The volume includes photographs of family, priests, nuns, and parishioners. An appendix lists Columban Fathers mentioned in the text, a testament of the many who dedicated their lives to the service of the church. The epilogue draws attention to the man Father Sullivan believes represents the best of what the church has to offer, then and now.
'The Bangkok Connection' chronicles the story of Leslie 'Ike' Atkinson, charismatic former U.S. army master sergeant, career smuggler, card shark and doting family man whom law-enforcement agencies code-named Sergeant Smack. His criminal activities sparked the creation of a special DEA unit code-named Centac 9.