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Ben Johnson was born and bred in Oklahoma. Despite his best efforts to escape it, the red dirt, blue skies, pump jacks and the multi-generational effects of the Dustbowl call to him, the way some certain river calls to each salmon. He grew up disappearing into stories, sermons and the myths we live inside. He's lived in Vermont since 2004, been a college librarian, and has spent more than fifteen years in and around organized labor, on both sides.


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Fury & Grace - A True Tale
Fury & Grace - A True Tale
979-8985467109 Fury & Grace The true tale of an addict’s search for grace through ancient Greek philosophers, a decade as an elected union official, a childhood among evangelicals, marriage and four kids; alcoholism, crack cocaine, meth, bulimia and obesity; justifiable homicide, a murder-suicide and sexual violence; escaping from volatile convicts; and hauling a dead father from the bottom of a well. Throughout it all, Ben Johnson could find no grace, only the fury that chases him across the decades of his life. When his life finally falls apart, he begins a new journey that delivers grace born of that very fury.

Finding the Pearl in the Storm
Finding the Pearl in the Storm
79-8985467130 Finding the Pearl in the Storm Ben Johnson has spent more than 15 years in and around organized labor as a strategist on both sides, first as an elected union president, then as a consultant and advisor to management teams related to organized labor. Finding the Pearl in the Storm offers a path to making sense of the unfamiliar and treacherous terrain leadership teams face when dealing with organized labor. He takes such classics of strategy as The Art of War as his starting point and adapts them to the labor environment. Far from merely surviving, leaders can use the crisis to Find Pearls in the Storm.
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Eli Shaw Biography

As a Caregiver, I have experienced many different scenarios of caregiving. As a young boy, I protected a friend with Down Syndrome from bullying daily. I volunteered to help with kids with disabilities in a youth group called STAR and was a US delegate to the Canadian National 4-H Convention. I went to RISD Art School High School program for six years and experienced College for 4 years with no degree. In 1969 I was founder and first director of Camp Happyness and was nominated for the Outstanding Young Men of America Award at Twenty. In 1970 I lived in Brazil and created several programs in the agricultural community in the rural farm area on an IFYE exchange. I was a house worker for a group home in Massachusetts. I worked with a camp for kids with Cancer as a photographer. I was a freelance photographer since my twenties and worked in retail and theater in NYC and was a Visual Display Artist for Bloomingdales, Victory Shirt Co, and many clothing and stationery stores. I worked with the homeless and substance abuse programs and HIV/AIDS Peer Education coordinator in Yonkers. I volunteered at Camp VIVA for families affected by HIV. I was a truck Driver, mill worker, and sales rep. On the board of the Stamford Arts Society and worked as an Educational Technician for several schools in Vermont for twenty-two years. I served on the Community Justice Center Board since 2014 and was Retail Manager for the Non-profit called ReSource. I now work with the mental health agency and have been a PCA for one young man for twenty plus years. My next goal is to continue restoring the 1900 vintage 16 room Victorian and turn it into a respite place for people with TBI. My mission in life is to enjoy it, learn from it, and leave it better than when I got here.

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802-461-9747
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10 Averill Street
Barre, Vermont

05641
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If I Die Before I Wake, A Caregivers Journey by Eli Shaw. A very timely book, ahead of its time.
If I Die Before I Wake, A Caregivers Journey by Eli Shaw. A very timely book, ahead of its time.
This book was started 25 years ago as a healing method after experiencing the AIDS Pandemic. After realizing how I got there a psychologist friend of mine told me I should write a book. So I did. This book is so relevant to today's pandemic it is amazing. A great read and inspiring.
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John Killacky currently serves in the Vermont House of Representatives. Previously he was executive director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, program officer for arts and culture at San Francisco Foundation, executive director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and curator of performing arts for Walker Art Center. Other past positions include program officer at Pew Charitable Trusts, general manager of PepsiCo SUMMERFARE, and managing director of the Trisha Brown and Laura Dean dance companies. He received the First Bank Award Sally Ordway Irvine Award in Artistic Vision, William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance USA's Ernie Award as an unsung hero, Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional Presenting, and Vermont Arts Council's Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy. He co-edited the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, Queer Crips: Disabled Gay Men and Their Stories.


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Phoenix Books VT

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because art: Commentary, Critique, & Conversation features published writing, speeches and conversations by artist, arts administrator, and Vermont state legislator, John R. Killacky. —Cultural, social, and political commentary on leadership, disability, equines, Buddhism, AIDS, arts producing, philanthropy, and legislating. —Critical analysis of such artists as Ron Athey, John Cage, Douglas Crimp, Keith Haring, Peter Hujar, Dona Ann McAdams, Kevin McKenzie, Eiko Otake, and Sarah Schulman. —Interviews with such art luminaries as Alison Bechdel, Trisha Brown, Janis Ian, Bill T. Jones, Tony Kushner, and Meredith Monk.
Louella Bryant
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Ellie Bryant

Louella Bryant’s novel Cowboy Code is based on the true story of a Virginia mountain town. Other books include While In Darkness There Is Light, nonfiction about the Vietnam era, a story collection, and two Civil War novels for young adult readers. Her award-winning writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies. A graduate of George Washington University and Vermont College of Fine Arts, Louella works as an independent editor. Visit her website at https://louellabryant.com.

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Lincoln VT
05443
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Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Black Rose Writing, Black Lawrence Press, Brown Fedora Books

A coming-of-age story set in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
A coming-of-age story set in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
ISBN-13: 9781684333004. COWBOY CODE ~ Crazy about cowboy movies, fourteen-year-old Bobbie Grey uses Gene Autry’s code of honor as her moral guide. When her father is killed in an explosion at the paper mill, her mother takes a job at the mill and becomes enamored with co-worker Phoenix. Bobbie yearns for her mother’s attention while secretly in love with Covey, a young boxer from the African settlement. Burr, a Navy man on leave, woos Maggie and when he ships out, Phoenix declares her love for Maggie and becomes Bobbie’s ally. When Bobbie takes forbidden walks to the African settlement, Covey’s family takes her in. During the night, Klansmen come for Covey and beat him, accusing him of prowling. Phoenix begs Maggie to leave Burr but she refuses until she discovers him with another woman. From Phoenix, Bobbie learns that love transcends race and gender and that it sometimes requires the ultimate sacrifice—letting go.

A Vietnam era story of adventure and tragedy in Australia
A Vietnam era story of adventure and tragedy in Australia
ISBN-13: 9781937854607. WHILE IN DARKNESS THERE IS LIGHT ~ A look at the lives of five young men who, during the Vietnam era, start a commune in Australia—and a look at how young men often look to the wild to find themselves and the consequences this sometimes yields. The Rosebud Farm project was born of idealism, commitment, and virtue, all deeply rooted in friendships that have transcended distance and time. The men in this story, insulated by wealth and innocent of heart, were trying to make sense of a tumultuous world and trying to find some peace in it. One of these five young men was Charlie Dean, the brother of Howard Dean (who has written the introduction).

A story of the Underground Railroad set in Burlington, Vermont
A story of the Underground Railroad set in Burlington, Vermont
ISBN-13: 9781881535225. THE BLACK BONNET ~ Gr 8 Up-Charity and her older sister, Bea, are near the end of their journey along the Underground Railroad from Virginia to Montreal. They settle in at a "station" in Burlington, Vermont, to recover their health and to prepare for the last leg of their trip. As readers are drawn into the story, it is revealed that Charity's father is a plantation owner and that Bea is expecting the child of another white farmer. The young women make friends among the conductors' families and their fellow runaways. Burlington is crawling with slave hunters, and danger is imminent. Charity, because she is so light-skinned, goes into town wearing a black bonnet that ostensibly provides enough protection to allow her to "pass" as white. Bryant cleverly weaves real-life railroad conductors, such as Lucius Bigelow and Edward Peck, into the narrative, as well as famous escaped slaves, such as Harriet Tubman. Although the novel is suspenseful, some youngsters may have difficulty with the graphic descriptions of violence, some of which seems forced; the unrealistic plot elements; and the tension that arises from Charity's unnecessary adventures into "white" society. It is disturbing and preposterous that a fair-skinned former slave would parade through the streets directly in front of mercenary slave catchers.-Lucinda Lockwood, Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC

The story of John Brown's famous raid on Harper's Ferry
The story of John Brown's famous raid on Harper's Ferry
ISBN-13: 9781881535331. FATHER BY BLOOD ~ Gr 6-9-A straightforward portrayal of Annie, the young woman who followed her abolitionist father, John Brown, to Harper's Ferry to care for the men as they prepared to raid the United States Armory. Written from her perspective as an old woman, it is a daughter's attempt to come to peace with the memory of the stern, taciturn man who saw no disparity between his deep religious faith and his willingness to use violence. As far as he was concerned, God was on his side, and he went forth with his radical plan even if it divided his family or cost innocent lives. Many of the characters, especially Annie and her father, are less colorful or complex than those crafted by Ann Rinaldi in Mine Eyes Have Seen (Scholastic, 1997). Rinaldi's Annie accompanies her father, partly to gain approval from the distant family patriarch, whereas Bryant's goes because she cannot bear to be left behind by the young man she loves and her brother and his wife. Bryant's character is puzzled by her father, but Rinaldi's is in pain as she alternately loves, fears, obeys, and rebels against him. While this novel is competently written and the author shows promise, Rinaldi's is a far more gripping tale.-Peggy Morgan, The Library Network, Southgate, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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I am an Author of three books. I write about signs from the after-life, specifically Dimes from Heaven. Through my business Intuitive Wellness, I help women reconnect with their soul. I am a Reiki Master and Instructor, Intuitive and Spiritual Card Reader, Spiritual Coach and Past Life Regression Specialist and I love to analyze dreams. I am passionate about soul-care, where true spiritual seekers look to find joy, happiness and spiritual connection.
I live in Vermont with my husband of thirty-three years. We have two grown sons who are also married and two grandsons. I love hiking, swimming, snuggling with my kitties and being with my family.

I was an educator for over thirty years. My experience teaching others helped me gain the knowledge I needed for my unexpected career change; becoming an author and spiritual teacher. At the age of fifty, I published my inspiring Dimes from Heaven memoir to help others understand our connection to loved ones who are in the spirit world and how our thoughts create our reality.

I began sharing stories about synchronistic events revealing that our souls never die. As an empath and natural-born teacher, my faith is guiding me to help people experience life and death in a whole new way.
I now have a better knowledge about the afterlife to share with others. My retirement from the public school system allows me to follow my true passion; helping people who want to learn more about everlasting life and who want to live healthier and happier lives.

Dimes are my signature sign from heaven. People love listening to the dime stories and often proceed to experience their own or discover that their past experiences are in fact "dime" stories too. The synchronicities reveal a soul's life is eternal. Each of my books gives us the tools to open the door to heaven so we are able to feel the deep love for those no longer with us.

My third book is Once Upon a Dime Heaven is Talking to Us. Do You Know How to Listen?

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East Hardwick
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979-8-9864913-0-1 Dimes from Heaven How Coins and Coincidences When people die, are they ever truly gone? I had heard of the saying, “pennies from heaven” before, but my coins from heaven seemed to be dimes. Was my father actually sending me dimes to show me he wasn’t really gone? My mother seemed to be sending pennies all the time, but my dad was pretty clever. Everyone around me knew that I was sensitive, but it took me writing about a few special dimes to discover what it meant to be an empath. Along with the messages from heaven, I share how I am listening to the positive voice inside my head. This book is about so much more than dimes, yet without them, I wouldn’t have written it. Helped Me Discover My Life as an Empath.
979-8-9864913-1-8 More Dimes From Heaven A Journey to Self-Publishing Have you ever done something that was so scary you weren’t sure you really wanted to do it? I never, ever wanted to be an author. I was scared to share any part of my life with others. When I first put pen to paper, I had no idea how my life was about to change. When I started writing my first book, Dimes from Heaven, the messages from the universe were loud and clear- I was meant to share my story and write a book! Miracles happened and I discovered things about myself and the world that I didn’t know when I began writing. More Dimes from Heaven is my journey to become an author; one that is filled with so many coincidences and many more dimes! These were the signs to encourage me to write my book even though I knew nothing about publishing a book. Learn the ins and outs of self publishing along with me and maybe even write your story!

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979-8-9864913-6-3 Once Upon a Dime Heaven is Talking to Us. Do You Know How to Listen? Going through the grief of losing someone can be one of the hardest things anyone can experience. It can shatter our world and make it feel like they are gone forever. Have you ever wondered if you could receive a message from someone who is no longer with you? What if you were able to connect and feel overwhelming love from beyond? Before my father died, we found his old coin collection and decided to turn some of the liberty head dimes into necklaces to give as gifts. The process brought us closer and created a bond that continued on after he passed. This is why I knew that when I got to the top of the mountain two weeks after his death, that the dime I found was from him. As I wept on top of that mountain, I knew that it was my father reaching out to me. The energy of love and an inner knowing that the dime I found at the top of my climb brought me peace during my grieving process. Now, I want to give you the keys to unlock the invisible door, where we all have the power to connect with loved ones and feel that deep sense of peace, joy and love within our soul. Once Upon a Dime teaches you how to connect to the invisible energy that surrounds our physical, human world. Let’s grieve together in a different way so that we feel our loved ones’ love and carry on their legacy. Heaven is talking to us. Let’s wake up and discover the keys to know how to listen!

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979-8-9864913-8-7Your Journey with Grief. A Space to Express Yourself And Keep the Legacy of Your Loved One Alive. The gift of writing about our grief brings peace from within during one of the most difficult times in our life. There are no rules for grief and our love for those who are gone continues on after their death. This space is a place to keep that love alive and carry on the legacy of those who seem to be gone. May your heart feel the love from those in spirit form as you write. Grief is one of the most difficult times in our lives. This card deck is for those wishing to receive a message from those who are no longer here. The Spirit world is ready to communicate and these cards help open the invisible door to Heaven. Start getting your messages today!