Frances Shani Parker on Jake Steele’s “Authors Audio”

Frances Shani Parker, author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes talks with Author’s Audio host Jake Steele about the challenges of eldercare in institutions such as nursing homes and hospice. Her book is the captivating account of Frances Shani Parker’s hospice volunteer experiences in Detroit nursing homes. Stories, general information, and poems about patients and health care familiarize readers with the nursing home world, dementia, pain management, disparities, death, rituals, bereavement, and “how to” information on caregiving. Improvements needed in hospice and nursing homes are also examined. This groundbreaking book, published by Loving Healing Press, is available at this Web site,, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.

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Frances Shani Parker is a writer, consultant, and hospice volunteer. Her writing has won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer’s Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Among publications including her work are Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University), and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (AARP). Among venues at which her poems have been read are the International AIDS Conference in South Africa and “Artists Among Us,” sponsored by the Michigan Wayne County Council for Arts, History, and Humanities.A former school principal, Parker has had essays and poems published in the educational arena, particularly on service learning, a teaching and learning method that connects classroom learning with meeting community needs. She has been honored as “Outstanding Educational Administrator” by the Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators and “Educator of the Year” by the Wayne State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international, professional fraternity for educators. Becoming Dead Right

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Marian K. Volkman – Maximizing Happiness in Your Life

This week we feature Marian K. Volkman on “Maximizing Happiness in Your Life” recorded live at the 2006 Mind/Body/Spirit Festival in Warren, Michigan.  Can we choose happiness or does it all happen by chance? What is happiness, anyways?  The answers to these questions along with the four keys to success are answered in this week’s interactive and lively discussion. Marian is the author of Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology and Turtle Dolphin Dreams (a work of visionary fiction).
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Life Skills highlights key factors from the subject and illuminates the ways that these factors can be used on a daily basis for improved quality of life, as an individual, in relationships, and in the wider world.   

  • Learn handy and usually quite fast techniques to assist another person after a shock, injury or other distress.
  • Learn simple methods for expanding your awareness on a daily basis.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what a relationship is, and how to strengthen and nurture it.
  • Learn the components of successful communication, what causes communication to break down, and how to repair breakdowns.
  • Gain vital keys to understanding those behaviors of other people that have previously been inexplicable to you.
  • Gain the ability to more accurately predict certain patterns of human behavior, and to be more effective in dealing with the negative ones.
  • Learn an effective tool for making important life decisions.
  • Explore human potential.
What if we shared planet Earth with other intelligent species?
What if inter-species communication were really possible?
Seek out some answers in Turtle Dolphin Dreams… An extremely unusual work of fiction in which three creatures, a turtle, a dolphin and a human link minds through dreams to bring a unique perception of the world. Most of the narration is by the Turtle (via the human) and Dolphin’s voice comes through both turtle and human, yet somehow this strange book hangs together and holds the reader’s attention.”A pearl is a small thing, and yet it is as precious as any jewel. So is this little book.”
–Robert Rich, Ph.D.
 Turtle Dolphin Dreams

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Peggy Fisher and Sylvia Dickey Smith – Finding Transformation in a Marital Crisis

Peggy FisherListen to the PodCast!!   Click here for RSS feed!   Peggy M. Fisher earned her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has held various professional careers as a registered nurse, army officer, teacher and guidance counselor.  Now retired, she has finally accepted her journey as a writer.  She is the author of  Lifting Voices: Voices of the Collective Struggle.  Her poems have appeared in several anthologies including Commemorating Excellence:  the 1998  Presidential Awards. Peggy’s book, Search Lights For My Soul, placed second in the Self-help category in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award 2007.   She is one of the featured authors in an anthology of essays, The Story That Must Be Told, to be published by Loving Healing Press in June 2007.   Peggy Fisher has completed a memoir, tentatively titled, Journey to the Jewels Within. Peggy M. Fisher has attended many workshops and conferences over the years including the Hurston-Wright Foundation, Goucher College, The Philadelphia Black Writers’ Conferences, the New Jersey Council of the Arts Writers and Arts Programs and The International Women’s Writing Guild Conferences.  In July 2003, Fisher completed the Amherst Writer and Artists Creative Writing Workshop Leadership course of study.  This Spring she participated in poetry workshops led by Cave Canem Foundation fellows 

Peggy M. Fisher has presented workshops in writing for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers at their annual conference for the past three years.  She continues her commitment to young people by meeting with them to talk about their needs as she completes a book on coping for teens.  Peggy M. Fisher is available for readings as well as workshops.
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Sylvia Dickey Smith It’s been said that Sylvia Dickey Smith sees everything and misses nothing. She was born and reared in exotic southeast Texas, the land of Cajuns, cowboys, pirates and Paleo-Indians. She entered this world backwards—feet first, and left-handed—and has done most things backwards ever since.At 17 she married a preacher and for the next 28 years followed him across the state as he pastored various local churches. Seven of those years were spent on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, W.I. working as foreign missionaries before returning to Texas at mid-life. At 41 she took her first freshman class and fought her way to a BA in Sociology and a Masters in Educational Psychology while raising four children and being ‘the preacher’s wife’. After that, she worked with non-profit and for-profit organizations within the human services field and conducted private practice as a licensed professional counselor before embarking on a career as a novelist. Her first mystery novel, Dance On His Grave debuted at the same time her non-fiction short story debuted in The Story That Must Be Told: True Tales of Transformation. Her plans are to one day develop the short story into a memoir. She currently lives in Round Rock, Texas with her husband, Bill, an Army Colonel (Ret.).
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The Story That Must Be Told: True Tales of Transformation, Vol. I
Edited by Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman
Loving Healing Press (2007)
ISBN 9781932690385  Read the review on

Synopsis: What will you do when life puts you to the ultimate test? This slim volume contains 21 true stories of courage, love, endurance, and undying hope from people around the USA and UK. Follow each of our authors as they detail what it took to face impossible circumstances and powerfully transform them into forgiveness, understanding, and grace.

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Alan E. Smith – Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Therapies

This week Authors Airwaves presents Alan E. Smith, author of the new book Unbreak Your Health: The Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapies. This book is all about hope. From ancient healing therapies to the latest American innovations you have more options for great health today than ever before. Complementary and alternative therapies, known as CAM, are about more than just improving your health. These therapies are about helping you rediscover the joy, the wonder and the beauty of living. We invite you to listen to Alan reading from Chapters 1, 2, 6, and 7. Also, a bonus track describes The Alexander Technique, a simple method of changing the way the body moves to improve range of motion and posture while relieving chronic pain. one of the more than 130 techniques featured in this book.              Click here for RSS feed!  
They say you can’t “unbreak the mirror”, meaning the damage is done. In the world of healthcare the analogy would be mainstream medicine treating the symptoms of the broken mirror with drugs to try and glue it back together. To UnBreak Your Health™ means discovering the real source of the problem and treating all of it. In this book, you’ll find information new and old and begin to see patterns and concepts between therapies that are consistent through thousands of years and across civilizations around the world. 

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David W. Powell – Combat Trauma and Recovery

David W. Powell, author of the award-winning memoir My Tour In Hell: A Marine’s Battle with Combat Trauma, shares his unique insights into the nature of warfare and its impact on the human psyche with interviewer Jake D. Steele on Authors Audio.  David  enlisted for a tour of duty in April 1966 with the US Marines after receiving an imminent draft notice. Believing he would be able to leverage his existing skills as a computer programmer, he never thought all they would see on his resume was his Karate expertise. Even less that he would wind up serving as a Rocket man in the jungles of Da Nang and Chu Lai for a 13 month tour in hell.
David’s journey from naive civilian to battle-hardened combat veteran shows us all how fragile our humanity really is. In addition to killing the enemy on the field of battle, he was witness to countless cruelties including murder both cold-blooded and casual, cowardice under fire, and a callous disregard for life beyond most people’s imagination. With each new insult, he lost a little bit of his soul, clinging to his Bible as his only solace while equally certain of his own demise.
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Upon returning to civilian life after a two year enlistment, he found himself with nightmares during sleep, intrusive thoughts while awake, a hypervigilant stance combined with an exaggerated startle reaction, and a seeming inability to control basic emotions like anger and sadness. The price he paid for what would only be diagnosed decades later as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was broken marriages and relationships, inability to hold down jobs leading to bankruptcy, alcohol abuse, and having to hide the service he willingly gave to his own country.  In 1989, David eventually recovered through a simple but powerful technique known as Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and is now symptom-free. Not just for veterans, TIR has since been successfully applied to crime and motor vehicle accident victims, domestic violence survivors, and even children. His story shows what is possible for anyone who has suffered traumatic stress and that hope, healing, and recovery can be theirs too. My Tour In Hell: A Marine's Battle With Combat Trauma

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Ken MacLean – The Big Picture

 Authors Airwaves is pleased to present Kenneth James Michael MacLean, author of The Vibrational Universe: Harnessing the Power of Thought To Consciously Create Your Own Life reading from Chapter 1 – “The Big Picture“.  “Kenneth MacLean has written 6 books and dozens of essays, which can be found at Ken has been interested in the relationship between consciousness and the material world ever since his mother died when he was just three years old.  Ken’s is interests include spirituality, geometry and mathematics, politics, and sports.”  

Have you ever wondered why the events in your life happen the way they do? Doesn’t it seem sometimes that you have no control over what happens in your life? We’re not talking about things like the weather, or the latest government policy, but things like, “why don’t I have enough money?” or, “why can’t I find that perfect relationship?”

It turns out that the universe, like a computer, has an operating system. A computer operating system is a series of instructions that allows the user to access the computer’s components and to run the software programs that allow him or her to perform useful work. The operating system of the computer has rules that it must follow in order to make everything inside the computer work properly. The process by which this is accomplished is actually quite complicated, but the operating system takes care of it all, invisible to the user.

The universe also has an operating system, which I am calling the Universal Operating System. Is it possible, do you think, for an infinite creation like the universe to operate randomly? If you ponder that for a minute you can see that in order for anything to work properly it must be well designed. The telephone has a number pad and a display that allow you to use it; the stove has dials to control the cooking temperature. All devices, in other words, have an interface that allows the user to communicate with the machine and direct its proper function. Inside the device, the components are hooked together in the most efficient manner.

The universe is no different than your telephone, computer or household appliance, in the sense that it provides a way to interact with you in an intelligent fashion. It turns out that the universe has been designed to directly interface with your thoughts and feelings.

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