Two Wheels to Nova Scotia

Two Wheels to Nova Scotia

Two Wheels to Nova Scotia: A Father and Son’s Adventure of a Lifetime

Published February 20, 2024

by Mark Johnson
photography by Matt Johnson

To celebrate college graduation, a father takes his son on a memorable motorcycle trip from Georgia to Nova Scotia to ride The Cabot Trail.

From the Preface:

“Touring on two wheels is unlike other modes of travel. Riding a motorcycle is a smorgasbord for the senses. Upon a two-wheeled-memory-making machine, a motorcyclist becomes part of the landscape, instead of just a spectator with their nose pressed against the window watching the world go by. If it is cold, a motorcyclist is chilled. If it is raining, the rider feels damp; if flowers are blooming, riders are immersed in the aroma, and when the sun shines, we are warmed. The sound of the rushing wind and the pulse of the machine between our legs are part of the experience and the thrill. Motorcycle riders can feel the ebb and flow of a road as it follows the contours of a rugged coastline, or dips and swerves through a mountainous forest. This can be a religious experience, especially when the route provides great vistas and panoramas from which to observe some of the Creator’s finest work. The only way the experience could get better is to have someone with whom to share it. This trip provided both.”

Miriam’s Miracle

Miriam’s Miracle

Miriam’s Miracle: A Medical Memoir Wrapped in a Love Story

Published February 15, 2024

by Mark and Miriam Johnson

Out of tragedy comes a miracle…Miriam’s miracle!

This medical memoir is wrapped in a love story like no other, demonstrating God’s love throughout the most desperate moments and a husband’s unwavering and decades-long devotion to his wife.

Imagine experiencing a work-related injury that spirals into decades of life-altering pain and suffering. Imagine fighting a system that seems stacked against you. And imagine a husband-turned-advocate who documents the ordeal, sharing the raw details of an uphill climb through the halls of medicine and courtrooms.

As a wife, mother, and employee, Miriam Johnson’s nightmare began with a slip-and-fall accident that set her husband and nine-year-old son on a trajectory of caregiving that they never could have imagined. The Johnson family’s story is love personified — a transcendent and stubborn love made possible by faith, courage, and God’s ultimate timing.

Miraculously, Miriam recovered well after her son was grown and had a family of his own. Her husband, Mark, lovingly recounts the “then” and “now” and shares his dear wife’s victory over impossible odds.

Moo Vet

Moo Vet

Moo Vet: One Veterinarian’s Role in Food Supply and Sustaining Humanity

Published January 27, 2024

by Samuel P. Galphin DVM, MS

Be the Successor

Be the Successor

Be the Successor: Strong Habits for Life and Business

Published January 17, 2024

by Jason Allen

IT’S TIME TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS!
ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
ARE YOU READY TO UNLOCK THE DOOR TO A GREATER YOU?

Be the Successor is a mix of personal experiences, powerful anecdotes, and relatable lessons learned in the realm of business and life compiled into an extensive guide of strategies, that when implemented will unlock new levels to your success. The book navigates through the joys and pitfalls of entrepreneurialism, challenging you to evaluate your current path and unlocking your true potential.

Dr. Jason Allen holds nothing back in his raw approach, as he details the good, the bad, and the ugly of what he’s learned while running numerous businesses. The book covers an array of topics from a winner’s mindset to financial strategies to decision-making to who you include in your circle. Each chapter stands alone as a roadmap along a transformative journey of self-help and personal growth.

A MUST-READ

Cancer Don’t Care: A Memoir

Cancer Don’t Care: A Memoir

Cancer Don’t Care: A Memoir

Michelle Sandlin was living a healthy, clean life. For the past two years, she worked out six days a week for one to two hours per day. She didn’t drink. She didn’t smoke. She didn’t do drugs. She looked great. She felt great. And she was in the best shape of her life. But guess what? Cancer don’t care! That’s when she found a lump in her right breast. Days later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Unknowingly, Michelle had been preparing her body for the fight of her life. And fight she did. After sixteen rounds of chemo, a double mastectomy, reconstruction surgeries, and the preemptive removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes, she is now CANCER-FREE!

In this memoir, Michelle shares her raw, emotional, and at times, humorous journey. This book is her way of processing her thoughts, feelings, and insights about what happened, what she went through, and what it’s like to be on the other side. It’s about overcoming adversity by channeling your inner strength, maintaining a positive attitude, requiring the same of those around you, and fighting your way through. It’s about self-motivation, acceptance, and inspiration on the road to healing and inner peace.

Thoughts of a Closet Freak

Thoughts of a Closet Freak

Thoughts of a Closet Freak

Get the Scammer

Get the Scammer

Get the Scammer

The robo caller scammed the wrong person. A sweet lady who had friends that knew how to find him.

Brody Alexander, retired Navy Seal, is on a personal mission to help his elderly next-door neighbor, Mary, get her life’s savings back from the scammer who duped her. The only thing she did wrong was trust the bastard. Brody can’t wait to strike back, not only for her but for himself. Every time he gets a scam call, he wishes he could reach through the phone and grab the jerk by the throat. This is his chance. His two best friends helped track Mary’s scammer down. Brody’s on his way to put the squeeze on him. Literally.

However, when Brody makes contact with the scammer, he learns the elderly are being killed for profit, leading to a diabolical plan by one evil man to conquer the world for himself and his bloodline forever.

As the simple scam investigation turns into a life-and-death mission, how will Brody’s team take down a diabolical cartel?

Gorilla in the Closet

Gorilla in the Closet

Gorilla in the Closet

Growing out of the death and destruction of the American War in Vietnam, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed in 1970 with overarching federal powers to assure American mothers and fathers that the air their children breathe and the water in which they fish, swim and drink from and over which they have no personal control, is safe. Today, 52 years later, EPA has strayed so far from its founding precepts of setting national technology-based pollution standards on a timely basis, working closely with state and local government to facilitate capacity building, ensuring delegated states do their job in holding polluters to account for those national standards, and using enforcement discretion and work with cooperating industry to tap into their knowledge to regulate pollution cost-effectively to reduce and prevent pollution, it is unrecognizable.

Only by stepping back and examining EPA’s history contained in Gorilla in the Closet, particularly from its early years when sweeping national environmental laws were rolled out, can we understand how these precepts to EPA’s organization and relationship-building were blown up, resulting in an unaccountable, overburdened federal agency of today that cannot do its job because it does not align limited resources and priorities with states and oversee their operations. EPA is tethered to whichever political party occupies the White House. It cannot have a strategic focus because of the ever-revolving door of its political leadership. It needs to be brought up to the times.

Indeed, the environmental lobby has captured EPA and the Democratic Party and believes all pollution problems can be solved from the banks of the Potomac River – ignoring the vast land use and police powers of local city and county government. Meanwhile, EPA is failing to regulate carbon emissions under existing statutory authority at a pace that will fulfill our commitment to reducing carbon emissions under the Paris Climate Change Accords. These are both mismanagement and staffing problems. The Republican Party is MIA on environmental and public health protection altogether.

Now with the existential crisis of climate change, we need to reorient EPA’s top-down paradigm and protect the costly gains we have made over the past fifty years. EPA must be rebooted as an independent, nonpartisan commission run by professional managers whose tenure outlives any administration and initiate a coast-to-coast local/state program focused on planning and mobilizing local governments and a new breed of grassroots environmental activists; and, supported by the whole of federal government, deal with the worst climatological effects of climate change by employing local government’s zoning, planning, building codes and police powers to reduce carbon emissions from homes, institutional structures, and businesses. This must be a sustained effort that requires reorientation of EPA’s successor, the National Environmental Protection Commission (NEPC), that is organized around three functional responsibilities, State/EPA implementation, which is decentralized to 50 NEPC State Ombudsmen and staff co-located with each state, standards setting (including R&D and environmental monitoring) and independent enforcement – all underpinned by a new statutorily mandated oversight system that negotiates in the federal/state/local hierarchy measures of performance, and reports accurately to Congress and the public our progress.

When the last iceberg melts, floods and fires redraw our cities, and seas consume our coastlines, the only polities that will stand will be local government, not the federal government. We need to implement a sustained, concerted effort to build and expand local environmental protection capacity starting now by honoring the federalist society we have and where all levels of government adhere to a power-sharing arrangement over environmental protection.

Never Again Still Means Never Again

Never Again Still Means Never Again

Never Again Still Means Never Again

To all the antisemites, racists, homophobes, and minority haters, the book you’ve been waiting for is finally here.

To anyone who has ever been a victim of antisemitism, racism, homophobia, etc. the book you’ve been waiting for is finally here.

To those who want to help themselves, their friends, and neighbors eliminate the persecution of minorities, your book is now here too.

This book provides facts and opinions on topics such as Hitler, Treaty of Versailles, Manhattan Project, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nazis, Nobel Prize, American Jewry, Hollywood and much, much more. My writing corrects so many lies, misconceptions, untruths and more. I present the facts and my opinion in a way where everyone will understand. Furthermore, I leave no doubt about my position to anyone who wants to harm us.

This book is a serious wake-up call to my fellow Jews. We have a lot of work to do, NOW.

Remember…Never Again MEANS Never Again.

Never Again Means Never Again

Never Again Means Never Again

Never Again Means Never Again

To all the antisemites, racists, homophobes, and minority haters, the book you’ve been waiting for is finally here.
To anyone who has ever been a victim of antisemitism, racism, homophobia, etc. the book you’ve been waiting for is finally here.

To those who want to help themselves, their friends, and neighbors eliminate the persecution of minorities, your book is now here too.

This book provides facts and opinions on topics such as Hitler, Treaty of Versailles, Manhattan Project, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nazis, Nobel Prize, American Jewry, Hollywood and much, much more. My writing corrects so many lies, misconceptions, untruths and more. I present the facts and my opinion in a way where everyone will understand. Furthermore, I leave no doubt about my position to anyone who wants to harm us.

This book is a serious wake-up call to my fellow Jews. We have a lot of work to do, NOW.
Remember…Never Again MEANS Never Again.

The Truth About Sales and the Lies It Tells

The Truth About Sales and the Lies It Tells

The Truth About Sales and the Lies It Tells

Chicago Crime Story

Chicago Crime Story

Chicago Crime Story

Imagine walking alongside a retired Chicago police officer as he recalls some of the most chilling, bizarre, and noteworthy true-life crime cases of his career. Author Frank Goff shares the inner workings of law enforcement and the politics involved, but also the realities of the streets. Sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, these stories transport us into the shoes of real cops, real criminals, and real victims. The bottom line? Policing is a calling for the very few at great personal cost and sacrifice. Here’s to the men and women of law enforcement who protect and serve.

Detective Frank Goff is well known and respected in the law enforcement community. His 32-year career as a member of the Chicago Police Department includes many years in the Organized Crime Division as well as the Violent Crimes Division. His experiences are truly amazing. If you were a bad guy during Goff’s career, the last thing you wanted to hear was that Goff was working your case. Frank’s storytelling ability about real cases and real bad guys, make this book a must read. – Pat McCarthy, Creator of the Street Crimes Program, Retired Gang Crimes Specialist/Chicago Police Dept., Author of “Street Cop”

An Inheritance Incorruptible

An Inheritance Incorruptible

An Inheritance Incorruptible

Heartbreak

Heartbreak

Heartbreak

“If I survive this, I’ll share with the world how I made it.” Because of this promise to herself, author Samantha Becket describes her path from a broken heart towards self-love.

Based on her own tragic love story, she explains how suffering, fear, and depression turned out to be valuable lessons.

Not only did she overcome her lovepain, she rediscovered herself. Trauma of every kind can cause us to evolve and maybe taking part on her journey, can help you navigate through your own heartbreak.

The Pettis Norman Story

The Pettis Norman Story

The Pettis Norman Story

Imagine sitting down with an old-school Dallas Cowboy and hearing tales about the early days – the plays, the teammates, Coach Landry, the Ice Bowl, Super Bowl V, and much more. Then imagine if other players weighed in and gave you an insider view from the field. THIS is precisely what you can expect in Pettis Norman’s autobiography, filled with stories that capture the blood, sweat, and tears that built a legacy on and off the field. Beyond football, Pettis didn’t rest on his laurels or sit idly by during the Civil Rights Movement. He wasn’t a bystander during the tense decades of the ’70s and ’80s when race relations dominated our country. Rather, Pettis was a navigator — the North Star — who forged political alliances with U.S. Presidents and emerged as an altruistic leader pioneering ground-breaking initiatives in Dallas that serve as models across the nation. Untold philanthropies and organizations welcomed him to their boards. His businesses were successful, and he never failed to help others by sharing his entrepreneurial spirit along the way. Pettis was involved – sometimes a lone voice of reason. A trusted voice. People listened and the community is better for it. From the cotton fields of his youth to the academic halls of North Carolina and the skyscrapers of Dallas, Pettis Norman’s journey is filled with love and loss, inspirational coaches and mentors, and a sense of duty that transcends multiple challenges. He begins life on a big stage and selflessly takes us by the hand and leads us through each era, teaching us so that history won’t repeat itself. His greatest dream? That we can all achieve the oneness, the goodness, that we as a people deserve.

32 Years Apart

32 Years Apart

32 Years Apart

May 09, 1987 was the first time I met Brandi Lavada Kneedly. Tight-fisted and fragile. I could not believe that I was the mother of this bundle of joy. Time progressed, and so did my love for her.
Brandi was a courageous child. She was always telling me, “Mommy make mistakes!” or “Mommy, I can do it!” My family and I began to call her Ms. Can Do.
Hailing from a musical family, I was certain that my daughter would be talented. Her talent showed up sooner than I expected. In first grade, my child was saying words while tapping her little feet. The words and the toe-tapping sounds were rhythmic and steady.
“Suga Mama, where you get those sounds from?”
“Mommy, I did it!” Ms. Can Do does it again.
The past two years have been horrific. All the killings of black people in America were taking up my good space. Then there was the murder of George Floyd, which was an American tragedy that should have never occurred. The way he was killed will stay with me forever and a day. It was an affront to humanity.
Subsequently, COVID-19 came to our shores, taking the lives of so many people. This pandemic invaded every country.
For a long time, I was unable to see Brandi. Therefore, we talked over the phone and texted daily. I am grateful for technology.
Brandi and I decided to write a book together in an attempt to make sense of these times. Until we were able to see one another, we wrote in journals, called one another, and critiqued our work.
We were the inspiration each of us needed to continue our quest.
After getting our vaccinations, we finally came together in person to collaborate on this project. We sat at the kitchen table by candlelight and wrote and shared. Many days passed until our book of poetry was finished.

One Life Lost, Millions Gained

One Life Lost, Millions Gained

One Life Lost, Millions Gained

If you haven’t heard of Joan Sullivan Garrett or MedAire, you are in for a ride! As a flight nurse, all Joan ever wanted to do is save lives. In 1984, the loss of a young patient in the mountains of Arizona compelled her to pioneer global telemedicine – quite a feat in those days. Her book is dedicated to this little boy, Ralphie, whose passing sparked a revolution in remote travel medicine.

As an unlikely CEO, Joan found a way to connect ground-based emergency physicians to flight crews from anywhere in the world in real time, whether 36,000 feet in the air or in the middle of an ocean. This became safety net for you, the traveler, during medical emergencies. Thousands of lives have been saved and millions are safer on air, land and sea because Joan made the jump into the unknown and built a company from the ground up – a rare startup for a female in the male-dominated industries of the 1980s.

Dr. Dan’s Fort Worth EM Reading Notes

Dr. Dan’s Fort Worth EM Reading Notes

Dr. Dan’s Fort Worth EM Reading Notes

This 15th edition of Dr. Dan’s Emergency Medicine Reading Notes represents over 25 years of information he collected during his career while attending countless conferences and reading many pertinent (and many less pertinent!) articles and textbooks relating to the field of emergency medicine.

Living with CMT

Living with CMT

Living with CMT

Welcome to the world of Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease, a rare, progressive and hereditary neurological condition. Author Dawn Johnson takes readers through the physical challenges—the toll on the body, passing the disease on to her son, numerous surgeries, and ongoing treatments. She addresses the emotional toll as well, weighing in on the societal issues of bullying, lack of CMT awareness, giving back and paying it forward.

Dawn Johnson is an author and advocate for CMT awareness. She was born in Maryland and grew up in New Jersey, and navigates the world through the lens of the disease after being diagnosed at age twelve. She passed this hereditary condition to her son and only child, Ryan. Today she is the mother of an angel, for Ryan died on Christmas 2018 at the age of twenty due to complications of lymphocytic myocarditis.

Dawn earned a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in business administration and marketing from Rider University and graduated in three and a half years. She is a successful and experienced horseback riding instructor who is certified to teach therapeutic lessons. She owned Rockin D’s Riding Center from 1992 to 2015 and taught Western, English and therapeutic riding lessons to people of all ages while living with CMT. She also boarded horses and kept abreast of the latest in animal nutrition.

Due to the complications of her disease, Dawn isn’t in the saddle these days (something she misses) and works as an administrative assistant at WFI, a business owned and operated by her family. Her goal in publishing this book is to encourage others who live with CMT, and also speak up for the rights and dignity of those with disabilities. She wants to help people who live with this and other rare diseases and their caregivers in an entertaining as well as informative manner.

Please visit the “Dawn Johnson, Author” Facebook page to keep up with the book, written in tribute to her son Ryan, who was involved in the writing of the memoir until his sudden passing. It offers a very personal glimpse into a courageous mother-child journey.

Buy the paperback directly from the author!




The Culture of Research

The Culture of Research

The Culture of Research

Let’s face it — multicultural research is difficult to do. Research practitioners face tough choices concerning the best methodology to utilize in studies of U.S. Blacks, Hispanics and Asians. Despite the rapidly changing demographic composition of the U.S. population, our research industry has been slow to adapt their practices to these changing demographics. The result? A disturbing number of multicultural research studies include identifiable biases, lower data quality, and low response rates that undermine decisions regarding key programs and policies. Equally disturbing is the corresponding trend by procurement staff that fund these questionable studies by research vendors with little experience in multicultural communities. The goal of this book is to make the difficult easier. The Culture of Research is a needed addition to the acumen of a research industry with historically limited resources to guide the design and execution of multicultural research. Edward T. Rincón, a research psychologist and recognized expert in studies of U.S. multicultural populations, has taught research and statistics courses at several academic institutions and conducted studies for many of the nation’s private and public corporations – thus bringing an academic and practitioner’s point of view that is uncommon in traditional research publications. Using a forensic analytics approach, Dr. Rincón uses his expertise to identify anomalies in the research or measurement process that impact the quality of life for multicultural communities, including mass media, redlining practices, educational testing, crime analysis, site location analysis, trademark infringement, and political polling. While the forensic analytics approach searches for potential explanations of questionable results, it is also used to praise studies that utilize high methodological standards in their studies of multicultural populations. Several of these studies are discussed throughout the book. The Culture of Research does not dwell on the fundamental concepts of conducting research, but rather focuses on the common pitfalls that are likely to be encountered in the design and execution of a multicultural research study. These pitfalls include decisions related to research design, identifying and sampling multicultural populations, adaptation and translation of survey instruments, the limitations of traditional data collection methods, data analytic considerations, the intuitive appeal of mixed mode methods, the value of GIS applications, use of incentives, and the unwanted compromises introduced by procurement decision-makers.Readers will find four additional resources that are useful. For example, the book includes tables from the most recent American Community Survey for 2018 that describe the presence of multicultural populations in the U.S., while selected demographic tables are discussed throughout the book that illustrate the various ways in which Census data are used in the planning, sampling, and analysis of multicultural surveys. Secondly, we have added a chapter on special problems associated with focus groups and multicultural populations. Thirdly, the reader will find our chapter on GIS applications quite interesting in understanding the environments where multicultural communities reside. Lastly, our chapter on procurement practices discusses the various ways in which purchasing staff undermine the quality of multicultural research. In summary, the book is a recommended companion to instructors and students in traditional research courses like business, sociology, political science, marketing, advertising, economics, mass media and psychology; research practitioners who design and execute multicultural research studies; procurement staff that design the specifications for multicultural research; and other individuals who use the results of multicultural research studies for decision making.

The Original Rolling Stone

The Original Rolling Stone

The Original Rolling Stone

A Journey Through Breast Cancer

A Journey Through Breast Cancer

A Journey Through Breast Cancer

Brienda Averhart is a two-time author of Yellow Scarf: A Bitter Sweet Remembrance and A Journey Through Breast Cancer.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and business/management at Dominican University and has worked for thirty years as administrative assistant and coordinator of community outreach at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, the flagship of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System.

As a breast cancer survivor and awareness advocate, her efforts encourage and educate women who are facing similar journeys.

Brienda previously captured her mother’s journey through Alzheimer’s in the book Yellow Scarf: A Bitter Sweet Remembrance, never thinking she’d be writing about her own journey through breast cancer. But here she is, a survivor and advocate, who wants nothing more than to spread awareness and hope to others.

Brienda’s community outreach work at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Cook County has educated and uplifted her, but also equipped her to educate and uplift others. Follow along as she, her daughter, and her husband reflect on their paths to survivorship, for her battle involved the whole family. May these points of view bless you, as well as the resource section in the back of the book.

Every breast cancer diagnosis is personal and comes with its own set of challenges. Brienda Crosby-Averhart chose to navigate these challenges with an abundance of faith. Truly, God anchored her during her trials.

Journey to the Heart

Journey to the Heart

Journey to the Heart