“Wild, Wild Country,” a Documentary about Spiritual Guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and His Followers: My Opinions, Personal Experiences and Reactions

Wild, Wild Country, a Documentary about Spiritual Guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and His Followers: My Opinions, Personal Experiences and Reactions

There are many similarities between “traditional” or “organized” religions around the world and all their sects and cults. The valuation of these distinctions depends entirely on the describer’s perspective, the point in history they existed, who is doing the defining, what the underlying politics and economics are for such definitions, what fears already lie in wait, and what the circumstances surrounding the group’s existence were/are.


image from https://triangulations.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/cults-vs-religions/

Watch Jesus Christ Superstar or Godspell to see the cult of Jesus in effect, with songs and dances. Study the modern-day equivalents, such as the disasters that occurred when the USA government went against Waco‘s (around David Koresh) or Ruby Ridge‘s cults, or the suicide cult of Jim Jones and The People’s Temple, or Charles Manson and the murders he inspired, to see modern-day versions of the Jesus cult’s influences. Visit any Mormon polygamy family or group to see Joseph Smith‘s influence morphed into a cult. On and on.

There are many intentional religious communities, such as the Mormons, the Shakers, the Essenes, that would be (or are) considered cults. There are other groups of individuals that decided to live together in communes, communities, even towns or cities, whose organizations were eventually legitimized politically and socially, such as Puritans, Quakers, Twin Oaks, Findhorn and others.

Many first came to the USA from other countries to escape religious persecution. In their countries of origin, they were undoubtedly banned and were definitely considered dangerous criminals, heretics and illegal, which motivated or forced their unethical occupation of these lands. Even if these people had been exiled to the “New World” as recently freed or still-incarcerated prisoners, they soon formed or joined “colonies” that, after a bloody revolutionary war to declare independence, became “states” or “commonwealths.” When does incorporating legitimize a cult?

“History is written by the victors,” proclaimed Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain (when it was still the heart of a formidable United Kingdom)…. He should know. Nothing we hear or read regarding controversial historical events can ever be exactly what it seems.

Howard Zinn‘s A People’s History of The United States proves repeatedly and painfully how many lies are told by the “winners” to justify and glorify their victories. The actual stories of the invaders and thieves who came to the Western Hemisphere’s continents and islands and subsequently raped, pillaged, enslaved, lied, kidnapped, burned down and stole their ways across and all around these lands—which were already occupied—was recast to frame these criminals and slave-owners and those who benefited from/were related to them as “explorers,” “Pilgrims,” “colonists,” “settlers,” “Pioneers,” “plantation owners,” “farmers,” etc.

We want the divine to be visible on earth. We want a Messiah. We want to belong and be inspired. These are human desires.

Watching the six episodes of Wild, Wild Country, I was flooded with memories, emotions, thoughts and observations due to my own connections to these and similar people and groups. In this post, I reveal my own herstory and also share my opinions, observations and emotions stimulated by my viewing of this documentary about the Rajneeshees.

Wherever you are reading this, please post your own experiences, comments, insights here, or find the post’s comments section on my site on or after April 5, 2018: http://www.sallyember.com/blog


My herstory, with full disclosures:

—By the definitions, checklists and assessments offered as to what constitutes a “cult” (listed and quoted at the end of this post), I have been a member of, somewhat involved in, or around leaders/members of about twenty of these so-called “cults” in my life already. A few were great, start to finish/currently. Others started out all right and turned bad. Several started out weird and became familiar and helpful. There were many that exist(ed) somewhere in between these poles of experience.
—I have had personal friends, acquaintances and known several community members who were very involved with and were staunch supporters/members of the Rajneeshees Oregon community (featured in this documentary), although none of them lived there for very long or had only visited. I called them “Orange People” and treated them with varying degrees of indulgence, disrespect, acceptance, interest, derision, bewilderment, curiousity.
—I was born into the edges of one “traditional religious” cult that my brother and his family are all happily members of—Modern Orthodox Judaism—but I’m sure they would object to having their portion of Judaism classified as a cult, even though it meets most of the criteria.
—In addition to Rajneeshees`, I have known well/had reconnections with more than 100 roommates, friends, family members, colleagues and acquaintances involved in cults and cult-like groups since 1972.

Here are the key groups I have been connected to over these decades:

  • The self-proclaimed Reverend Sun Yung Moon‘s Unification Church‘s (followers known as “Moonies”) bought and took over the University of Bridgeport (UB) in Connecticut in the late 1970s.
    I earned a Bachelors degree right before their takeover and was friends with a professor there who stayed through the takeover and after they departed. He did not become a Moonie, but during their administration, he became a Dean, then Provost, before retiring a few years ago.
    I became ashamed to have earned my B.A. from the place that became known as “Moonie U.,” always hastily adding after being forced to admit I had graduated from UB that I had left before the Moonies had come.

    The Cultiversity of Bridgeport
    article at https://theness.com/index.php/the-cultiversity-of-bridgeport/

  • I joined the teaching staff of a small but vibrant parent cooperative, private elementary educational institution, The Learning Tree School, that was nested within a larger community in southeastern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. The staff and parents had created some living situations that included at least three multi-member households.
    I joined one that had a single parent, her daughter and her partner (brother of one of my co-teachers), a VISTA (AmeriCorps, now) volunteer for the school, myself, and a man who knew many of these people and needed a place to live who would become one of my life partners (see below).
    I first learned about many things that became central to my life while part of this community: Finnish saunas (VERY hot, with steam on wood stovetops in outdoor buildings, and always done while naked and with the cold /ice water interludes), massage, chiropractic care, The Ovulation Method of fertility awareness, medicinal herbs and organic gardening, vegetarianism, macrobiotics, Re-Evaluation Counseling (RC; see below), communal households and collective living (which I lived in/organized from 1977 – 2005), “open” relationships/non-monogamy, positive classroom discipline, collaborative/consensus decision-making, arts in education, “free” school philosophies, child-centered classrooms and so much more.
    The aforementioned male addition to our collective household and I started a relationship that continued for almost twenty years. He is the father of my only child, a Mevlevi Sufi (see below), and still a good friend.
    But, interestingly, as a somewhat traditional teacher and person going into this teaching position and community, I remained an outsider. They decided that I was too “strict” when I objected to the other teachers’ lack of supervision of the children during icy recess afternoons or at the beachfront (our school occupied the former boathouse of a mostly inactive convent in Tiverton, Rhode Island), and not “loose” enough with the students (I didn’t like it when they got u[ and left in the middle of a lesson and called them back inside). We parted ways after only one year.

  • Followers of Prem Rawat, known as “The Maharishi,” (followers known as “Premies”) included my first-year college roommate, my former brother-out-law and his wife, several of their friends and a housemate’s sister. Although I participated in a few satsangs (Hindu-esque rituals, listening to audio or watching video of the teacher, chanting, singing, incense), this was not at all appealing to me.
  • I know three types of Sufis:
    1) those who started The Abode of the Message—one of the places my partner and I considered living—an “Eco-Sufi Village,” in Lebanon, New York, which spun off into Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a “New Age” educational conference center in Rhinebeck, New York, and now, five other locations all still operating today. Both centers’ leaders follow(ed) the now-late Pir Vilayat Khan, and, later, his successor, Vilayat Inayat Khan but Omega welcomes all traditions, hosting many other leaders and educators.
    We weren’t drawn to The Abode community when we visited, so I didn’t return until I attended a week-long educational seminar at Omega in Rhinebeck about twenty years later. Great place! Just not for me;


    image of indoor meeting space, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

    2) those who are considered Mevlevi, often Turkish, who follow the teachings of the late poet, Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi). I knew/know many of these Sufis, including their now-deposed (due to a sex scandal) leader, Kabir [Ed] Helminski, in southwestern New Hampshire and southeastern Vermont (because my son’s father is a follower).
    My son’s father became a world-renowned master among the specialized Sufi Dancers known as Whirling Dervishes. He has traveled all over the world to whirl, starting in the mid-1980s, including at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
    Despite attending numerous Sufi family events and Semas, I never felt drawn to this path, either;
    and,
    3) students/followers of Sufi Sam Lewis (also known as Murshid Samuel Lewis and Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti), who helped invent a type of spiritual dances that were done in circles with partners and groups, in spirals and other patterns, which he called “Sufi Dancing.”
    My son’s father had lived at and known Sam at the Lama Foundation in New Mexico before Sam’s death in 1971. I first encountered and participated in Sufi dancing at Another Place Conference Center in 1978 (see below).
    Sufi dancing has spread throughout the USA and Canada and the world. In several USA places on both coasts and in New Mexico for over thirty years, I learned a lot of these dances and songs, some in English, some in Arabic. I love them because they were easy to learn and the dancing/singing quickly infused us dancers with sweet messages of love, hope, peace, joy and community camaraderie.
    But, group arts activity is not a path and nothing about it appealed to me besides the Sufi dancing.


    image from https://triangulations.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/cults-vs-religions/

  • I was friends with and knew personally several leaders/founders of the Contact Improvisation Dance groups and Dance/Movement Therapy that inspired “Dance Free” (in Cambridge, MA), “Dance New England,” dance camps, “Dance Spree” at Keene State College in New Hampshire, and the Counseling Psychology/Dance Movement Therapy Masters’ degree program at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire.
    I have had several housemates and good friends who taught at and/or attended Antioch New England’s various graduate programs, including this one, and the DMT/CP program is the one from which my daughter-in-law graduated in 2016.
    But, since I hurt my leg severely in high school and suffered greatly from nerve pain for about twenty years, vigorous dancing was not my path, either.

  • MSIA (Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness) founded by John-Roger, “The Mystical Traveler” (a close associate of Arianna Huffington), had many other well-known followers/adherents. Jack Canfield of Chicken Soup for the Soul was an early leader.
    One of my sisters was very involved with this in the late 1970s. After she graduated college, she and her partner (later, husband) moved to Los Angeles, California, and that’s where she met up with these people. She decided to earn a master’s degree in counseling from their questionable and uncertified Koh-I-Nor University in Los Angeles. She worked for and was friends with Jack Canfield and his second wife for a year or so, then started having children and didn’t go back.
    My sister’s involvement scared more than appealed to me. I was glad when she left the group.

  • Re-Evaluation Counseling (RC), founded by Harvey Jackins, was created from what Harvey stole from the work, philosophies and techniques of Gestalt/Fritz Perls, Psychodrama/J.L. Moreno, L. Ron Hubbard/Scientology/Dianetics, and Alcoholics Anonymous/”Bill,” and the Big Book. Harvey and a few other “peer counselors” began to “train”and recruit participants and local, regional and global leaders (“Reference Persons”) through free introductory workshops, then pushing members into increasingly expensive beginning and required classes, that become more elite (and costly). The sequences of more “advanced” classes (like EST, Esalen, and many other groups/conference centers, what they offer gets pricey; see below) keep the organization funded. RC is a “peer counseling” technique which became the foundation of an international movement of anti-oppression, especially social, political, personal growth and activism, which I greatly appreciated and learned about intensively. Based in Seattle, Washington, the organization continues to this day and still sells information through Rational Island Publishers. A lot of the anti-oppression, anti-isms movements’ language, concepts, techniques and workshop leadership sprung from RC roots.



    images from https://www.rc.org/

    After Harvey‘s death in 1999, his son, Tim Jackins, took it over as the newly selected “International Liberation Reference Person.” RC leaders started multiple magazines/newsletters and used their increasing political savvy and leadership influence to help/staff many of the most significant civil rights and improvement movements of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and the new millenium (environment, feminism/sexism, ableism, racism, sexual abuse memory recovery, ageism, peace and social justice, to name a few) that are still having an impact and still active worldwide.
    I started with RC in 1980 despite having had bad experiences with it in The Learning Tree School community (some co-counselors did not maintain confidentiality, e.g.; see above), then left it in 1984 to join and become a leader of CCI. I credit my ability to deal effectively and with courage when my own and others’ emotions arise, my raised consciousness (now called being “woke”) regarding all types of internalized and external oppression, my first understanding of the “isms,” social and political systems, leadership, group dynamics, catharsis (known as discharge, here) and much more to my experiences in RC and CCI.
    I met some great people who became lifelong friends, colleagues, inspirations and mentors for me through these organizations. I am eternally grateful that these organizations existed and were accessible to me in my early adult and new parent years. My first teachers and co-counselors earned my gratitude forever: Bonnie Insull, the late Jaye Alper, Anna Aasgard, Diane Balser, Katie Schwerin, Emmy Ianello, Sydney Amara Morris, Bill Whyte, Zea Moore, Jeremy Youst, Mario Cossa, Pamela Lerman, Susan Link, Beth Pearson, Thom Herman, and David Eisenberg.
    But, the rigidity turned me off, so I turned to CCI (see below).

  • Co-Counseling International (CCI) was a spin-off/rip-off of RC that formed in 1973 when a few disgruntled leaders and practitioners of RC didn’t want to follow the “blue pages” (stolen from Alcoholics Anonymous‘ “Big Book,” these were originally printed on blue paper; these list the guidelines/rules for social conduct for AA groups that Harvey adapted for RC groups), particularly rebelling against the strictly enforced rules that forbid socializing/befriending and having sex with people whom co-counseling participants knew only through RC as leaders or co-counselors. CCI-ers also wanted more respect for and inclusion of the “spiritual” component than Harvey and his co-leaders seemed to value or would permit. Adding the spiritual component and escaping the rigidity of RC appealed to me, so I switched alliances in 1983.
    I rose quickly in the local ranks, leading/teaching classes and workshops, weekend conferences and other events. However, there was too much irresponsible and non-monogamous sex going on among co-counselors, especially at weekend workshop events, even for me (who was in “open” relationships for more than half my adult life), For example, there were many public displays of kissing and fondling, seemingly required at the end of some weekend conferences in a kind of good-bye dance line set-up, that made me very uncomfortable. I usually declined to participate in these “group gropes,” but, as a co-leader, I wish I had tried to stop them completely.
    I stayed about three years with CCI, but left CCI once I started going to traditional therapy in 1986 (after the Choy/cult experiences—see below—destroyed my main friendships and co-teaching partnerships within CCI).

  • Some Sikhs were those who followed Yogi Bhajan and Kirpal Singh and his successors. Some started and ran the Golden Temple of Conscious Cookery restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    One of these Sikhs was a 3-year roommate (1987-1989) and friend of mine in New Hampshire.
    Being a complete vegan did not appeal to me, nor did that eating plan work for my body. I didn’t like the worshipping a human teacher aspects much. Plus, the turbans were a big turn-off.

  • The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, founded and led by Stephen and Ina May Gaskin, inspired/wrote Spiritual Midwifery. The Farm was one intentional community that my partner and I considered living in and visited in 1978. But, while we were visiting, they were experiencing a hepatitis outbreak: big turn-off.


    Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin of The Farm

    We knew several couples who had lived there but who had left and moved to New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the late 1970s (two couples had been in a “four-marriage,” which meant each of them had fathered a child with the other’s wife, but that child was raised as in ignorance until adulthood, believing him/herself to have been the child of the originally married couple). One of the families that we knew well (because my partner had been college friends with the mom) had had one of their children’s birth stories featured in the midwifery book.
    Because of The Farm‘s great information dissemination, we had access to one of the best books on home births, a great cookbook for home cooking for vegetarians (especially how to cook beans, tips on using pressure cookers, recipes for making everything from scratch), pamphlets on making/using tofu (The Farm community was instrumental in popularizing the use of soy in many forms). I became an excellent vegetarian cook, we had a home birth for our son, and we had several friends who were lay midwives (three midwives attended our son’s home birth).


    My son, his father and I, he in a Native American-style, homemade (by two of our midwives) cradleboard, May, 1980, Stoddard, New Hampshire

    I am very grateful to the Gaskins and their followers for all they have contributed to my and many others’ lives.

  • I knew a lot of “Mukties,” followers of Muktananda—born Krishna Rai— who was the founder of Siddha Yoga and popularized the spiritual residential centers known as “ashrams” in the USA.
    Students of Muktananda and his successors were leaders/members of several groups I was affiliated with, including Another Place Conference Center, Spring Hill Community, Opening the Heart, and Robert Gass and the Wings of Song band/chorus in the late 1970s and early 1980s (I am listed as “Sallie Fleischman,” a chorus member, on the second album, Many Blessings, released in 1980; I performed with the band from 1978 – 1980). We also had two Siddha Yoga practitioners for housemates. I also knew some Buddhist sangha members who were Siddha Yoga practitioners/leaders (known as “Swamis”) who had lived at the main ashram in New York state.
    But, other than the chanting and singing kirtan (Hindu sacred music), I was never drawn to visit an ashram or practice in this path.

  • Mettanokit (a Wampanoag—Native American—language name given to several communal households that were part of an intentional community in southwestern New Hampshire that my partner and I moved from Massachusetts to be a part of, attracted by this flyer:


    Mettanokit flyer, circa 1978

    This community was started by Native American activist and author, Medicine Story (Francis Story Talbot, Manitonquat, who has written extensively on his philosophies ad done a lot of work in the world related to these concepts), and his then-wife, Emmy Ianello, and several others. I lived in collective households with some of these members (Story, Emmy, Toqueem [child], Katie, Bill, Mia [child], Charlie, Aaron [child], Christopher and I were in the first group household, in Sharon, New Hampshire, 1978-79) in some combination for three years (and there were several home births in these households, including ours; see above).
    Although the community splintered and some moved to form other households—in Massachusetts, Another Place Conference Center (where many had lived prior to this; see above and below) who then bought and ran it for years, in other parts of New Hampshire, and some scattered—I became lifelong friends with the family who founded and still run Badger Balm, Bill Whyte, Katie Schwerin, and their daughters, Emily Schwerin-Whyte and Rebecca Hamilton, and Katie‘s daughter, Neumia Mason Burroughs.
    Joining this community was the reason I landed in New Hampshire, and these connections formed the foundation for my adult life, parenting and community for over twenty years. I am very grateful to have known and been a part of this venture at its inception.

  • Wiccans: I was close friends with several practicing witches whose beliefs were sometimes labeled “Wiccan,” “Pagan,” and “Womancraft.” I attended a workshop with USA’s most famous modern witch, activist and author, Starhawk, and visited and did rituals with several covens and Goddess groups that practiced “White Magic” in the 1980s.
    I learned to read Tarot cards, scry (see visions in crystal balls), do healings with placing crystals on people’s bodies and faces, cast a circle (create a safe/sacred space for rituals) and use the tools of Wicca. I had several crystals, crystal balls and my own athame (ritual dagger) as well as specific types of candles and incense.
    I learned a lot and enjoyed some of the rituals and gatherings, but when my closest friends who were committed practitioners of the Craft moved away, my interest dwindled.

  • Shamanism: (the Michael Harner-/Brant Secunda-inspired types). I knew a few who had studied with these leaders who brought the techniques back to New Hampshire.
    I attended some drumming/shamanic dreaming/vision circles in the 1980s.
    But, I had more interest in one of the drummers than the path, and when our friendship blew up (see Choy experience, below), my interests in Shamanism and drumming vision quests ended as well.

  • Robert Bly followers/drum circle men permeated several communities I was part of in southwestern New Hampshire and northern California.
    As a woman, this was not for me.

  • Radical feminism: I am still an adherent.
    I belonged to several feminist groups over the years, including the Rising Sun Feminist Health Alliance, which had founding members who were in the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (the authors of Our Bodies/Ourselves) as its leaders. I was also briefly on the Board of New Hampshire-NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League). I also visited and/or belonged to vision groups, study groups, Grandmothers’ groups, Goddess groups, several women’s choruses, women’s groups, lesbian-bisexual women’s groups, LGBT groups, and feminist activist organizations in five states (some of which overlapped with Wicca, above).
    I attended a weekend workshop at Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts, in 1990, led by ex-communicated, feminist, former two-time presidential candidate, public speaker and author, Sonia Johnson. Sonia kissed any participant who wanted to kiss her at the closing circle ceremony. I did not volunteer.


    image from Citizens’ Party

    Because of my having attended a panel of the authors of Women’s Ways of Knowing and a workshop with Carol Gilligan and some of her co-authors and researchers of In A Different Voice in the 1980s, I decided to return to school to earn my masters’ and doctoral degrees in the early 1990s. I briefly belonged to the AWP (Association of Women in Psychology) feminist professional organization during that time.
    I have been a feminist since 1957, when I objected to traditional Reformed Jewish rituals and traditions that excluded or marginalized girls/women. I am still a feminist.

  • Eco-warriors and Peace Activists: I knew/was friends with some of the original recyclers, permaculturalists, organic farmers, people who started several food co-ops, a founder of Erewhon Natural Foods, founders/members of the New England Organic Farmers Association [NOFA], several environmental educators/faculty at Sargent Camp and Antioch/New England Graduate School in southwestern New Hampshire, and members of several similar groups I was loosely affiliated with for many years. Anti-war/Peace activism: included me and fellow high school students, starting in 1969 for the first Moratorium Day (anti Vietnam War national demonstration, for which I was suspended from school for wearing the black armband; 10/15/69), and continued for every war after that.
    I wish we prevailed more often.

  • Anti-nuclear power activists: I was a member of The Clamshell Alliance, which helped stop the building of the Seabrook, New Hampshire, nuclear power plant’s second tower, close down the Rowe, Massachusetts, aging plant, and stop the building of several others around the USA in the 1970s-1980s, particularly successful after the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, nuclear power plant meltdown/disaster.
    Again, I wish we prevailed more often.

  • I learned T.M. (Transcendental Meditation, as taught by the followers of the Beatles’ guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi), right after graduating high school in 1972, but I didn’t join the group. I practiced T.M. twice daily for over 20 years.
    I have had friends and acquaintances who went to live at the USA’s T.M. center in Iowa, attended Maharishi University there and lived at the center in India. Some became leaders in the T.M. movement.
    But, I was in my thirties before I realized that this was a Hindu-based meditation practice, since I had stayed out of the groups (and was glad I had). I did the practice, which turned out to be a component of shamatha meditation (calm abiding) in Buddhism, but not the Hindu path.

  • Scientology briefly grabbed my brother’s attention in 1970, but he didn’t continue pursuing it after high school. In 2013, I met some colleagues who had been more involved in that and its spin-off, Dianetics, but who had also left by the time I worked with them.
    Neither of these appealed to me at all.

  • I was in, around, friends with, sent my child to daycare/preschool and school at/with several intentional communities in southwestern New Hampshire between 1978 – 1998, including Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Schools/Anthroposophism groups (which I did not join, myself, but many friends became Waldorf teachers). I was the accompanist for the Monadnock Waldorf School‘s (MWS) Eurythmy program in 1987-88, before our son became a student there. Our son attended MWS from 1988-1994 (3rd – 8th grades), and we were active parents. I helped with drama productions, sex/health education, conflict resolution, craft fairs and childcare.
    I appreciated MWS‘ existence in our community, and most of my friends sent their kids to this and other Waldorf schools. But, I always felt like an outsider/dissenter to Anthroposophism because I never bought in completely. The Christian components, especially in the MWS school/community, were excessive and oppressive to me, as a Jewish Buddhist. I was relieved to be “done” with MWS when our son graduated.

  • In 1983, I first met author, channeler/clairvoyant, public speaker and workshop leader, Caroline Myss [pronounced “Carolyn Mace”] when she agreed to meet with me and my friend/colleague, Mario Cossa, to discuss the lost city of Atlantis for two children’s /youth plays we were writing. We became very good friends from then on, seeing each other almost weekly until she left New Hampshire to return to Chicago in 1992.


    Caroline Myss, from her website

    I also met and became friendly with the other founders and staff at Stillpoint Publishing, where she and Meredith Young (author of Agartha: Journey to the Stars) wrote and worked and two other friends of mine soon worked. I coordinated a workshop for Caroline to lead that took place at Another Place Conference Center (see above) in the fall of 1985 on the topic of her second book, Sacred Contracts and Your Archetypes, and I am mentioned in the forewords of three of her books.
    It was from Caroline and Meredith that I first learned about and became interested in “channeling,” so I was ripe to meet with and study with Lisa Leghorn in the early spring of 1985 (see below).

  • I have happily been a member and practitioner, myself, of another cult-like group (according to many definitions), Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhists, as led by the late His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. I spent about fifteen years co-leading and living in/participating in several of Chagdud Gonpa‘s meditation groups/centers (since 1988–first meetings/1996–joined up). First studying with Lama Lisa Leghorn/Lama Shenphen (see below), my then-partner and I helped start, lead, coordinate, sat on the boards of, and lived in several of these Gonpas (meditation centers/communities).
    I have done several “long” retreats—up to eleven weeks, all in silence—and many that lasted two – three weeks or a long weekend. I attended three 10-day Drubchens and several Drubchods (closed or open retreats with music, chanting, dancing and other rituals that lasted 24 hours a day), weekly or daily meditation sessions (pujas), and even trained to be and functioned as the leader (umzei) for these weekly sessions at several centers. I spent ten years exchanging English language tutoring for Tibetan language tutoring with a Tibetan man I met through one of these centers who became a good friend. I learned to read and write in Tibetan, but not to speak much and was never fluent.
    After philosophical differences among its leaders/Lamas caused schisms (between 2007 – 2009), I “spun-off” with Rinpoche‘s successor, who was already my main/”root” Lama, Lama Padma Drimed Norbu ([Al]Wyn Fischel; see below). He left Chagdud Gonpa‘s main center, Rigdzin Ling in Junction City (northern California, near Redding), in 2009 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California, where I already had been living for about seven years.


    Lama Drimed (Wyn Fischel), my teacher

    I returned to Missouri in August, 2014, after the accident that caused a TBI for me in the spring of 2014; up until then, I met with Lama Drimed about once every few months for most of those years. Since I moved, I only returned to California once, in 2016, when I did get to meet with him. Otherwise, we email and have phone calls periodically and I still consider him to be my spiritual teacher. There are a few Buddhist groups here in St. Louis that I have visited, attended some events and kind of affiliated with, but none is the exact same kind of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism as mine, although three are very close “cousins.” I’ve gotten used to being a solo practitioner, though, at this point (spring, 2018).


    image from http://www.vijayatemple.orgA Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist class, similar to the ones I attended for many years

    I practice meditation in the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist tradition daily and throughout the day, formally and informally, to date (April, 2018), and plan to continue through my death and into other lifetimes.

  • I have always really wanted to be a part of a healthy intentional community, but NOT a cult. I knew the editors/founders of Communities Magazine, Paul Freundlich and his then-partner, in 1978.
    I knew and visited dozens of people who lived at variously located small- and large-group intentional community experiments, always searching for the “right” one for me.
    I was part of a group that tried to get a co-housing community started in 1990-91, but we disintegrated.
    I still long to live in that kind of setting and wish I could find the right community.

There are many more cult-like groups and people affiliated with them that I’ve known, but I’m stopping, here, since these are the main ones, including the story, below.


My Worst Cult-like Experience, with the Same Two Leaders as my Best

Some local teachers, Lisa Leghorn, with whom I was already studying, and, later, Wyn Fischel (who later were briefly married to each other), were pivotal influences in my life, beginning in 1985. They brought me into meeting and studying Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism with H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche because they each became Buddhist teachers/Lamas; see above), which saved and enhanced my life and spiritual development, unlike anything I have ever known before or since (and, by now, you can see I’ve “known” a lot of “paths”).

Lisa and, secondarily, Wyn were the connections that led me to meet with and join what became a briefly formed cult. This group centered around a Filipino faith healer known as Choy who lived in Baguio City, the Philippines. [NOTE: I can’t remember his real name. A Google search didn’t turn up any mention of him by his nickname. The only photos I have are personal, casual or posed group shots.]

This part of my cult experiences story started for me in March of 1985.
I had seen some flyers and ads and then heard from several friends about a “Psychic and Spiritual Development” teacher from Hillsborough, New Hampshire, Lisa Leghorn, who was going to speak and teach in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Lisa apparently offered private psychic readings by “Channeling” her “Spirit Guides” (this was very big in the 1980s). She taught classes in giving readings as well as how to dowse, use crystals for healing and focusing our energies, and learn to “awaken our psychic potentials. The flyers said that Lisa was going to give an introductory lecture and start a series of weekly classes in April of 1985. Since I had been seeing/hearing about it multiple times, it seemed significant and I was interested. I brought about a dozen people with me to this first meeting/lecture, a meeting that turned out to be momentous for many of us.

For Lisa, the story started when, in the fall of 1984, she had first met this Filipino faith healer, “Choy,” because a friend of hers had invited him to teach a workshop in northern New Hampshire which Lisa had attended. It was around that same time that Lisa started dating Wyn Fischel.

Lisa taught her Peterborough classes for about a year; Wyn started attending ours and her other one, in Hillsborough, then teaching his own classes himself in Keene, which several of my friends attended, in the summer of 1985. Lisa and Wyn then invited all their students to meet Choy when he came back to New Hampshire to lead another weekend workshop in September, 1985.

During Lisa‘s weekly psychic and personal development classes (which I attended from April, 1985, to March, 1986) and Choy‘s workshop, I discovered that I had strong and accurate clairvoyant medical and psychological diagnosis skills, similar to those of Caroline Myss (who was a close friend of mine for several years, while she and I both lived in New Hampshire; see above). In these class, I learned about chakras, energy fields, ley lines, light bodies, “layers of the field” of our auras and auras in general, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), polarity, past lives and regression, dream interpretations, and much more.


image from http://theawakenedstate.tumblr.com/post/72106305704/auras

These were all topics that interested me a lot, so I soaked in all in and returned for more, signing up for advanced classes, weekend workshops, and eventually, the trip to the Philippines (see below).

Lisa arranged for a group of us to go study with Choy in Baguio City, but we had to wait because of political unrest in the Philippines. While waiting for Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos to be deposed and flee and Corazon Aquino to be elected President, a dozen of us led by Lisa prepared through evenings, weekends, long weekends, and even a one-week retreat, under Lisa‘s tutelage, with weekend seminars and more classes during the late fall and winter of 1985-86. When it was safe, we went with Lisa and Wyn to study with Choy. Everyone stayed for one month; eight stayed longer; four of us stayed for two months.

After we had all returned, Lisa and Wyn (now married) hosted Choy Choy at Wyn‘s property (which had two buildings, a house and a studio/classroom) for Choy to do healings/see patients and teach weekly classes, which occurred three or four times each week through early September of 1986. The classes included a mix of esoteric/mystical Catholicism, shamanism, psychic/personal development and “New Age” components. I became somewhat of a “senior student” due to my quickly developing skills and knowledge of the local community. I and others brought many friends and family members to Choy‘s groups/classes or to see him as a patient. We sometimes had over 100 people coming visiting Wyn‘s Temple, NH, property per week, for about twelve weeks.

Near the end of that time, however, Lisa and Wyn, then those close to them, began to hear disturbing reports from patients and students: Choy was somewhat of a healing fraud. Turned out that he had told some patients that their conditions were “cured,” but these patients had come back, irate, waving CAT scans showing that their cancers had spread, for example. Worse, we found out that Choy had been sexually abusing some of his patients and my fellow students.

While I and others were first learning of the extent of Choy‘s horrendous behaviors and lies, it turned out that Lisa and Wyn were not so new to this information. They had known about some of the “lesser” sexual improprieties since the first impropriety, back in Baguio City. Then, for months, they had hidden that and other complaints from the rest of us, allowing Choy to stay while their silence protected and enabled Choy to continue and to escalate his abuses.

The ways that these lies were exposed imploded my community. In the aftermath, my credibility and trust between me and some of my friends were destroyed, since some of them believed—I was so close to Lisa and Wyn, how could I not have known what they knew?—that I had known more and sooner than I had. I completely understood their skepticism and mistrust; I was feeling that about Lisa and Wyn, myself, and I was furious with and felt horribly betrayed by Choy. These betrayals and abuses of trust devastated several key friendships and CCI (see above) co-teaching relationships for me and damaged my friendships with and trust for Lisa and Wyn for years.

The group-think that developed around Choy and the related events were, by far, the most cult-like of my personal experiences, and the worst. Some of my relationships never recovered because I was not believed or forgiven.

Even more difficult, Lisa and Wyn left soon after this all blew up. They said they had to go looking for a true spiritual teacher and community. They left me, and with them gone, I got all the blame and was the recipient of everyone’s hurt feelings for months after they left. This caused me great stress and sent me into traditional therapy (see above).

One good part: since I had already learned a lot and seemingly had a lot of clairvoyant and counseling/teaching skills, and as one of the most successful and senior students, many asked me to take over/help them out, and I was very willing and able to do that. Not everything Choy had done or taught was fraudulent, at least, not for me and many others.

That is often the case with cults: things with the leader/group start out good or even great, or everything is a mix of good/bad, until it all goes sour. I was traumatized and grieving, but through therapy, I began to heal.

I agreed to continue seeing clients, doing the counseling/hands-on healings/diagnoses, first in New Hampshire at my own home, then at offices I borrowed and eventually rented in Cambridge/Watertown, Massachusetts, once a week. I also started teaching classes that were very similar to Lisa‘s, which I had liked a lot and learned so much from that I wanted to share all that with others. I worked in this field for about two years.

In 1988, after two of my sponsors, who had also been clients and friends, were brutally murdered while on vacation, I stopped abruptly—out of overwhelming grief and guilt—because I had had no premonition of their being in danger. This tragedy and my powerlessness to prevent or protect them from it, as well as my increasing realization that these “classes” and “counseling” were not empowering, but rather, making my clients dependent on me, destroyed what had remained of my faith, motivation and confidence. So, I quit it all.

Meanwhile, in the summer of 1987, Lisa and Wyn returned briefly to New Hampshire to pack up and sell their homes. Their search had succeeded: they had discovered Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism as taught by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (see above), and his sangha (spiritual communities) had met with their approval. They had started studying with him right away and then decided to move to California to join his sangha. They helped to create the main center in Junction City, which was bought, up and running by early 1988.

Their decision to leave New Hampshire was not completely understandable, and I was devastated, furious, sad and bewildered. How could they do this? Another Asian male teacher? Really? I was derisive and disgusted.

Wyn did try to teach me some of what they had been learning (“The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind”) before they left, even though I was less than receptive. This short “conversation,” which we had while he was hanging laundry outside to dry, was my first Buddhist teaching from him.

We did not part on great terms, but we stayed in touch (mostly, Lisa and I did, then Wyn and I). First Lisa was my Buddhist teacher, starting in Colorado in 1996, continuing in New York City and Boston when she and Rinpoche came to teach and give empowerments and Refuge. Lama Lisa was our guiding lama when I lived at and helped coordinate Buddhist centers in the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation network, one in Maine (1998-99) and two in Arizona/New Mexico (1999-2001).

While I was finishing my doctoral degree and then working full time, 1996-1998, I meditated daily to complete the Preliminary Practices (ngondro) and other accumulations of 100,000 mantras, utilizing visualization and other meditation techniques that qualified me to attend the first-year Dzogchen (“Great Perfection”) retreat with Lama Drimed as its leader. That is the way that Wyn became my “root” Buddhist Lama.


Lama Drimed and I, 1999, at Rigdzin Ling, Junction City, CA

This part of our journey took almost 15 years (see above). THAT is some strong karma, eh?


However, first, I felt very alienated from Buddhism for many years, even though I had met Rinpoche and his wife, Jane (who became Chagdud Khadro when he ordained her as a Lama) when Rinpoche and Jane came to Hew Hampshire at the invitation of my best friend (who had been involved with Lisa, Wyn, Choy, the Philippines, etc., then gone to study with Rinpoche at Lisa‘s request) in 1988.

Missing them and wanting to see what they had created and where they were living, I had even gone out to Rigdzin Ling (see above) to visit Lisa and Wyn, see their new Center/Gonpa, and to attend a 10-day Bodhisattva Peace Training that Lisa had insisted I go to, in the winter of 1989. But, it “didn’t take.” I wasn’t moved to start practicing.

I continued to see Lisa when she came to the East Coast with Rinpoche, as his attendant and translator (he had terrible English that few could understand) almost every year. During one visit, I half-jokingly told Lisa I wouldn’t start studying Buddhism until SHE started teaching it. In 1995, Rinpoche ordained Wyn as Lama Padma Drimed Norbu (Lama Drimed), whom he also made his “lineage heir” (an unheard-of move, since Rinpoche already had an adult son who was a Lama whom he bypassed for this honor) along with another senior student, Lama Tsering. Rinpoche was one of the first to ordain Western women (starting with Lama Inge Sandvoss) and continued to ordain Westerners until his death in 2002.


image from http://theind.com/article-permalink-1428.html of Rinpoche and Lisa, circa 1994

In 1996, Lisa was ordained by Rinpoche. She became Lama Lisa, then Lama Shenphen Drolma, and started teaching. I kept my word.

For more about this journey, see my two-part series, published online in 2015 in Buddhist Door, “A Reluctant Buddhist: How it Took Me Eight Years to Start Practicing in This Life,” Part I and Part II.


So, watching this documentary, Wild, Wild Country, about Rajneesh and all that, was a little like watching my own and others’ lives. Some of the Orange people/Rajneeshees were close friends, housemates, co-counseling partners, community acquaintances and others whom I had known and understood very well (see above). I had already read some books about this group, but there were a lot of facts and footage that shocked me during my viewing.

The Rajneesh meditation community started out so sweetly, with so much love, hope, utopian visions and plans, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, in India and then many other countries, before they started the community/city in Oregon, USA.


image from documentary/Netflix; Ma Anand Sheela and Rajneesh, early years, in Poona, India

But, watching this documentary and remembering the friends and others I knew who had been involved with Rajneeshees made me feel so much sadness, anger, ad compassion. I was hurting for those—like the people I knew personally—who had been innocent followers and believers but who had been horribly betrayed, led astray, influenced unduly to do atrocious things or didn’t even know about them.

Some of what they set out to accomplish, some of the good they wanted to do in the region and world, did occur. But, so much damage was also done.

Watch, and do more research. Then, do more, if you want. Decide for yourselves. Here are my observations, reactions and options. See what you think…


Episodes 1 & 2, late 1970s – early 1980s:
—The promise, the joy, spiritual path and personal growth work, music and dance that infused the gatherings and parties. Recruitment, voluntary joining, friends and family members joining together made this lifestyle seems to appealing to many around the world.
—There were interviews, videos and photographs that showed so many people’s involvement being touted as “the best thing that ever happened to them.”
—They built an amazing, somewhat utopian-seeming city in a very short amount of time and housed and fed thousands. They lived without crime and seemingly in harmony for a few years while the numbers of those who followed Rajneesh exploded worldwide.

Episodes 3 & 4, 1983 – 1984:
Depicting all the ways in which it all goes to shit.
—Rajneeshpuram sent buses and advocates to many cities in the USA in the summer of 1984 to recruit homeless people into its community. They welcomed all of these formerly abandoned people (mostly males) and gave them a lot that they had been missing: security, housing, food, work, friends, respect. But, they did this in order to get these new residents to register to vote so the Sannyasin could take over government by choosing the leaders of Oregon.
—Wasco County, Oregon, refused to allow these newly legitimate residents to register to vote in the November, 1984, election, which shows how crazy the politicians and leaders of Oregon had become.


Rajneeshpuram, 1985, Welcome sign

Bhagwan was instructing Sheela; she did not act on her own or from her own ideas, solely.
—One of these new residents, a formerly homeless man who was mentally ill and violent, attacked and almost strangled Sheela to death. He was quickly removed from the community completely.
Sheelaand other leaders of Rajneeshpuram then made the decision to secretly (without the knowledge or consent of the affected community members) put Haldol (a strong anti-psychotic and sedative) into the homeless residents’ drinks (beers, mostly), which shows how crazy Rajneeshpuram leaders had become.
Ma Anand Sheela and other leaders soon evicted most of the “street” people/homeless people, only keeping those who could/would follow the rules. Sannyasins left the violent, mentally ill Rajneeshpuram rejects in nearby Oregon towns and cities, mostly Portland, showing automatic weapons to those who tried to stop these drop offs.
—Law enforcement came to “inspect” Rajneeshpuram. They were met with roads that were blocked by sannyasin vehicles and “road closure” signs. Officers’ cars went off-road and attempted to enter some buildings, but weren’t allowed in (“We can’t find the keys”), so they left. They missed seeing the labs in which bio-terrorism weapons were being developed.
Sheela planned and sannyasin carried out attacks, which included bio-terrorism (putting salmonella into the food of several salad bars in Portland) prior to the election in order to keep legitimate voters from voting in the November election. 750 people became ill in The Dalles from food poisoning. Many had to be hospitalized.
Sheela and other leaders continued to exhort the sannyasin into even more heinous acts (more threats to Oregonians, violence, including murders). Some sannyasin rebelled/refused or left; some followed her edicts and acted as her “soldiers.” They had disguises, safe houses, weapons, plans for assassinations and other crimes (including bombings) to be carried out against politicians and USA lawyers/leaders.
—Oregonians succeeded in outmaneuvering and thereby, outvoting the sannyasins, some of whom then refused to vote. So, their political take-over plan failed.
—Conflicts escalated after the election, with Sheela‘s making comparisons between Oregon’s leaders and citizens to Nazis and Hitler occurring frequently.
—Oregon set up a “hotline” for people to report possible crimes and dangers, statewide.
—Sannyasins committed arson in Wasco.
—Poisoned chocolates from Rajneeshpuram were delivered to Oregonian activists.
—Sannyasins poisoned water of USA attorneys and other Oregon leaders.
Ma Anan Hasya (a part of the so-called “The Hollywood Crowd”) became one of Rajneeshees‘s spokespeople and fundraisers and married Bhagwan’s doctor. Hasya helped sannyasins to buy mansions in Los Angeles and throwing huge parties to recruit members and donors. Huge amounts started to be spent to give Rajneeshees Rolls Royces, jewelry, property, and money. These gifts gave them access to Bhagwan, without Sheela.
—Divisions arose surrounding Bhagwan, with the starting of new corporations and leaders, creating jealousies, anger, and even more craziness among sannysins and leaders, between the LA and Oregon communities.
Bhagwan began using and became addicted to mind-altering drugs, His talks became less coherent. He became more paranoid, predicting chaos and dystopian futures. Talks began about building underground compounds, etc., to survive the apocalypse.
Sheela tried to get Bhagwan off the drugs, tried to rein him, to keep the police away. He refused her help and advice.
Sheela became more paranoid, distraught, isolated and dispirited, according to followers, in which many more factions/ divisions arose.

Episodes 5 & 6, 1984 – 1990 – 2018: Discovered, caught, arrested, imprisoned, freed, sold, disbanded, resurging, continuing
Sheela and her soldiers had electronically eavesdropped on Bhagwan‘s home and meeting rooms, every phone call, and every building in Rajneeshpuram, for years.
Bhagwan and his doctor were recorded discussing how to inject drugs to kill people, that they had ordered the drugs and buried them in Bhagwan‘s garden and began to build a crematorium.
Sheela believed Bhagwan and his doctor were planning Bhagwan’s death. Sheela asked who would kill the doctor to prevent this?
—One sannyasin volunteered, gathered the injection and syringe, planned and carried out this doctor’s attempted murder during the summer festival of 1985, believing she was saving Bhagwan, but only after that (in September, 1985) did she and Sheela and about 18 others loyal to Sheela leave Rajneeshpuram, fleeing their crimes and leaving a leadership vacuum.
—The USA government became even more intent on destroying/removing Rajneesh and Rajneeshpuram. Immigration, the IRS, zoning and other departments, including the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (the ATF, famous for blowing up many other communities in the USA), and the FBI conducted investigations.
—Investigative journalists helped provide the necessary clues and evidence which brought about the demise of the plans, leaders and the city of Rajneeshpuram. The FBI and other departments within the USA and Oregon government law enforcement groups uncovered crimes going back to their time in Poona, India (money-laundering, immigration fraud, theft, tax evasion, weapons charges, financial crimes of other kinds).
Rajneesh (sometimes called “Osho“) and the followers who didn’t flee with or feel loyal Sheela threw her “under the bus,” blaming Sheela and her alone for every bad thing the community members had done. They publicly burned her robes, called her horrible names, stated that she had written one of “his” books and burned those, and vilified Sheela.
—It was soon discovered that Bhagwan had actually ordered Sheela to do most of the illegal and unethical things she and some others had done. Bhagwan’s claims of innocence and ignorance were false.
—Public speaking, media appearances and newspaper interviews with accusations by Sheela and Bhagwan, each making claims against the other, continued for months.
—It always comes down to money. Sheela‘s posing naked for magazine spreads was one of her “exile” activities meant to earn/raise money.
—The former mayor of Rajneeshpuram, KD, had left and secretly made a deal with the Federal government. He pled guilty to some crimes to avoid other charges and got some immunity as well as placement in Witness Protection by testifying against both Sheela and Bhagwan and 5 others involved in planning/plotting the poisonings, wiretapping/eavesdropping, immigration fraud, financial misdeeds and murder attempts.
—The presence of multiple firearms, explosives and other weapons on each side made violence seem inevitable if authorities had tried to enter Rajneeshpuram.
—Ten followers who still lived in Rajneeshpuram were supposed to be arrested there along with Bhagwan but Bhagwan and they had fled using their own Lear jets, heading to Bermuda where they would not have been extraditable. But, both planes had to refuel. The FAA discovered their plans and arrested them when the planes landed to refuel while still in the USA (Charlotte, North Carolina). They had $50K, a lot of jewelry, his “throne,” and personal belongings.
Sheela and 2 others were arrested and extradited from Germany to the USA on the same day as Bhagwan was arrested in the USA.
Sheela pled guilty to all charges. She paid fines, did some prison time, then was deported after her release.
—Although Bhagwan had been allowed in 1984 to remain in the USA as a “religious teacher/leader,” he was found, arrested and brought up on on criminal charges in 1985.
—Many considered Bhagwan to have been a political prisoner, religiously persecuted and unfairly prosecuted and sentenced.


Rajneesh arrested in 1985. Image from http://www.oregonlive.com

—While under arrest, Bhagwan was brought to several prisons, strip-searched repeatedly, put into cells with dangerous criminals, and paraded before the media while “being returned to Oregon.” They had him on buses, planes, cars for almost three weeks, succeeding in forcing him to “surrender.”
Bhagwan and his attorneys made a plea deal instead of going on trial, even though the case against him was very weak. He probably would have won, but they settled because they believed the USA government would never have stopped going after him and his health wasn’t good enough for a protracted trial or legal fight.
—In November, 1985, Bhagwan agreed to be permanently deported back to India rather than go on trial or serve more prison time in the USA. His departure was filmed and his followers were very sad to see him go, but some followed him to India later.
—Sannyasin began to leave Oregon soon after Bhagwan‘s departure.
—The city/ranch was shut down, then sold. Some of later became a Christian summer camp and retreat center.
Bhagwan was only 58 when he died, in 1990, of heart disease…or, was he murdered by his physician and looted by this doctor and his “inner circle,” as Sheela and others claim?
—There are still Rajneesh individuals and groups of followers, new and original, worldwide: devotees, readers, meditators who learn(ed) about and do the practices Osho and his leaders promulgate(d), with the Osho Foundation and many other ways to earn/collect money continuing, to date, 2018.
Bhagwan was powerful and leading groups for not even 20 years; only about 4 of those years was he active and in the USA. Yet, Bhagwan/Rajneesh/Osho attracted, gathered and still has hundreds of thousands of followers/believers, some who have remained loyal to him and his “vision” for over thirty years.


Part of Rajneesh‘s (then called Osho) obituary, in 1990: “Baghwan [sic] Shree Rajneesh, the Indian guru who attracted thousands of followers at his Oregon commune in the early 1980’s before being deported from the United States, died yesterday of heart disease at his commune in Poona, in southern India, members of his entourage there told reporters. He was 58 years old.” from The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/1990/01/20/obituaries/baghwan-shree-rajneesh-indian-guru-dies-at-58.html


For more info on the film

An interesting article, written not long after the movie dropped on Netflix includes a video interview with the filmmakers:
“This Is The Part Of Wild, Wild Country That You Didn’t See,” by KAITLIN REILLY, from 3/29/18, link is below.
https://www.refinery29.com/2018/03/195090/wild-wild-country-life-of-sannyasin-rajneeshpuram?bucketed=true

My comment on this article was left on the article’s site and reprinted, here:

I was personally friends and housemates with several “orange people” who went back-and-forth between Southwestern New Hampshire (where we lived) and Oregon during Rajneeshpurim’s heydey. I knew them “before,” “during,” and “after.”

Seeing this documentary brought back some powerful memories and even more questions. Many of the people I knew had already decided not to continue as sannyasin (renunciates; members of this spiritual community) and stop following Bhagwan years prior to the collapse and prosecutions, but some had continued and may still, to this day, in some form, follow those meditation and therapeutic practices.

How many local groups have continued for these 30+ years and how they managed interests me.

It’s really sad, to me, that the purer motivations, missions and plans of the committed, dedicated members of this community were hijacked and destroyed by the powerful and pathological leaders in the group. The conflicts created by them with the town were not inevitable, since I know of several Buddhist communities who came and co-existed peacefully, even as they grew, with small towns in Oregon, California and Washington during and after this same time period.

In my view, and I think in the view of the filmmakers, this intense, creative, innovative and very spiritual community DID become a dangerous cult, but it did not start out that way and it didn’t have to become that. This transformation was very sad for all involved and affected.

Best to you all.


For further reading, learning, discussing:

{NOTE: I haven’t read these books so I can’t comment on or recommend them. For more info, you can find many other summaries and references via Google, Wikipedia, etc.]

Charisma and Control in Rajneeshpuram: A Community Without Shared Values
by Lewis F. Carter
His blurb for the book, on Goodreads (link, below):

The Rajneeshpuram religious community established in Oregon attracted national attention when the group leaders were arrested and subsequently deported. The spiritual leader of the internationally based sannyasin religious group, guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, founded Rajneeshpuram as a model of sannyasin community formation. The sannyasin deny the legitimacy of all human institutions, accepting neither any general code of conduct nor any shared system of beliefs. This book is a narrative account of the controversial methods of group formation and control practiced by the sannyasin and of the events that resulted in the violence between the settlement and the surrounding community that led to the group’s dissolution. Based on first-hand observation and interviews, the book describes the conditions of life in the settlement and the causes of conflicts both within the community and with outsiders. The author argues that the sannyasin method of group control, relying on confrontation among members, the threat of banishment, and charismatic authority, restricted the sannyasin in resolving conflicts with outsiders for whom these methods of control were ineffectual. The first treatment of the subject informed by sociological scholarship, this study provides unique insight into the importance of shared values in regulating group processes and relationships with other groups.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8625715-charisma-and-control-in-rajneeshpuram

The Rajneesh Chronicles: The True Story of the Cult that Unleashed the First Act of Bioterrorism on U.S. Soil, by Win McCormack
https://www.amazon.com/Rajneesh-Chronicles-Story-Unleashed-Bioterrorism/dp/098256919X
The book’s blurb:

The Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers were involved in nefarious activities including prostitution, drug smuggling, sexual abuse of children, and murder conspiracy. The Rajneesh Chronicles explains this behavior–and why the cult that committed the first act of bioterrorism in the U.S. was trying to cultivate a live AIDS virus.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, widely known as the “sex guru,” fled India in 1981 and came to settle on a ranch in central Oregon, where he and his followers established the illegal city of Rajneeshpuram. In their effort to preserve the city, the Rajneeshees attempted during the 1984 election to take control of the Wasco County government by poisoning two county commissioners and over 700 potential voters in The Dalles, the county seat, with salmonella―the first act of bio-terrorism in U.S. history. Armed to the teeth with semiautomatic weapons, they threatened to defend the city to the death against any governmental intrusion, and hatched a plot to assassinate a U.S attorney. When the commune finally imploded and authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered that the Rajneesh nurse who had cultivated salmonella bacteria in the commune’s biological warfare laboratory was also trying to cultivate a live AIDS virus―–which deranged group leaders clearly hoped to unleash on the rest on the world.

The Rajneesh Chronicles is a collection of in-depth investigative and analytical articles published in Oregon Magazine covering the entire period from the time of the cult’s arrival in Oregon in mid-1981 to its dramatic disintegration at the end of 1985 (with an introductory chronology that extends the story up to the present). While most press treated the cult’s antics as a humorous sideshow typified by the Bhagwan’s dozens of Rolls-Royces, editor in chief Win McCormack and other of the magazine’s writers systematically exposed the full range of the Rajneeshees’ depraved behavior, including their involvement in prostitution and international drug smuggling, sexual exploitation of children, abuse of homeless people they imported into Rajneeshpuram to register as voters, and the use of brainwashing techniques bordering on torture. The tale of the Rajneesh has become an amorphous legend few inside or outside of Oregon actually understand. The Rajneesh Chronicles fully illuminates the shocking reality behind that legend.

[Books on Amazon written by other followers and journalists are listed below these titles.]

Don’t Kill Him!: The Story Of My Life With Bhagwan Rajneesh Paperback: A Memoir By Ma Anand Sheela, 2013
https://www.amazon.com/DonT-Kill-Him-Bhagwan-Rajneesh/dp/8172344449
Her book’s blurb:

As His personal secretary between 1981 and 1985, and the second-in-command of His organization, Ma Anand Sheela enjoyed an enviably close relationship with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Bhagwan called upon her when He wanted to discuss personal issues, crucial administrative matters, run minor errands, and to even place an order for a new Rolls-Royce. Ma Sheela was His confidante, His closest aide, the person He trusted more than anyone else. She ruled the entire commune under His guidance… until differences crept up. What followed next, soon became part of Bhagwan‘s infamous history, as after years of loyal service, Ma Sheela resigned from her position, left the commune, and fled to Europe with fellow members. An infuriated Rajneesh wasted no time in accusing her of planning a bio-terror attack, conspiring to murder important public officials, and running away with fifty-five million dollars. Ma Sheela pled guilty to some of the charges in court and spent thirty-nine months in prison. Now, almost two decades later, Ma Sheela, still in love with Bhagwan and His teachings, finally tells her side of the story, claiming that the truth was very different, and sheds light on that part of Bhagwan‘s life which has so far been shrouded in a cover of secrecy and darkness.

—Many books written by Rajneesh himself are also still available online and in libraries.


Cult or Not a Cult?

from https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/06/the-seven-signs-youre-in-a-cult/361400/, we have this: “Several years ago, the founder of IHOP [International House of Prayer], Mike Bickle, created a list of seven ways to recognize the difference between a religious community and a cult. Written down, the signs seem clear.” (see below)

7 Ways to Recognize a Cult:
1. Opposing critical thinking
2. Isolating members and penalizing them for leaving
3. Emphasizing special doctrines outside scripture
4. Seeking inappropriate loyalty to their leaders
5. Dishonoring the family unit
6. Crossing Biblical boundaries of behavior (versus sexual purity and personal ownership)
7. Separation from the Church

from https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2016/09/15/what-makes-cult-cult/90377532/, we have: “What is a cult? A cult is a group or movement held together by a shared commitment to a charismatic leader or ideology. It has a belief system that has the answers to all of life’s questions and offers a special solution to be gained only by following the leader’s rules. It requires a high level of commitment from at least some of the members.”

4 dimensions to a cultic group:
1) Charismatic leader
2) Transcendent belief system
3) Systems of control
4) Systems of influence

from http://andynaselli.com/sociological-characteristics-of-cults we have: “Sadly, some Christian groups share these characteristics to some degree.”

6 Sociological Signs of a Cult:
1) Authoritarian Leadership
2) Exclusivism
3) Isolationism
4) Opposition to Independent Thinking
5) Fear of Being “Disfellowshiped”
6) Threats of Satanic Attack

from http://www.csj.org/infoserv_cult101/checklis.htm, we have: “This checklist [has been] published in the [new] book, Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships, by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Berkeley: Bay Tree Publishing, 2006). It was adapted from a checklist originally developed by Michael Langone.”

Checklist of Cultic Characteristics includes:
1) The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and (whether he is alive or dead) regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law.
2) Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
3) Mind-altering practices (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines) are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s).
4) The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel (for example, members must get permission to date, change jobs, marry�or leaders prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, whether or not to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth).
5) The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members (for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar�or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity).
6) The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society.
7) The leader is not accountable to any authorities (unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations).
8) The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members’ participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group (for example, lying to family or friends, or collecting money for bogus charities).
9) The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt iin order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion.
10) Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group.
11) The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.
12) The group is preoccupied with making money.
13) Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.
14) Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members.
15) The most loyal members (the �true believers�) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave (or even consider leaving) the group.

from https://aeon.co/essays/theres-no-sharp-distinction-between-cult-and-regular-religion, we have: “Often (just as with pornography), what we choose to see as a cult tells us as much about ourselves as about what we’re looking at….Groups that have approved, ‘orthodox’ beliefs are considered legitimate, while groups whose interpretation of a sacred text differs from established norms are delegitimised on that basis alone. Such definitions also depend on who is doing the defining.”
and
“There might not be Satanists lurking round every corner, lying in wait to kidnap children or sacrifice bunny rabbits to Satan, but the dangers of spiritual, emotional and sexual abuse in small-scale, unsupervised religious communities, particularly those isolated from the mainstream or dominant culture, is real enough.”
and
“Of course, the uncomfortable truth here is that even true church (large, established, tradition-claiming church) and cult aren’t so far apart – at least when it comes to counting up red flags. The presence of a charismatic leader? What was John Calvin? (Heck, what was Jesus Christ?) A tradition of secrecy around specialised texts or practices divulged only to select initiates? Just look at the practitioners of the Eleusinian mysteries in Ancient Greece, or contemporary mystics in a variety of spiritual traditions, from the Jewish Kabbalah to the Vajrayāna Buddhist tradition [happens to be mine]. Isolated living on a compound? Consider contemporary convents or monasteries. A financial obligation? Christianity, Judaism and Islam all promote regular tithing back into the religious community. A toxic relationship of abuse between spiritual leaders and their flock? The instances are too numerous and obvious to list.”
and
“…no amount of commonsense reasoning can amount to a legitimate deterrent [to a member of a cult]: the ultimate cosmic meaningfulness of one’s actions transcends any other potential need. And to be in a community of people who can help reinforce that truth, whose rituals and discourse and symbols help not only to strengthen a sense of meaningfulness but also to ground it in a sense of collective purpose, then that meaningfulness becomes more vital still: it sits at the core of what it is to be human.”
and, finally
“Cults don’t come out of nowhere; they fill a vacuum, for individuals and, as we’ve seen, for society at large.”

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Mazel Tov to the Finalists of the “Foreword Reviews”‘ 2017 Indies Book of the Year Awards!

Mazel Tov to the Finalists of the “Foreword Reviews”‘ 2017 Indies Book of the Year Awards

image from https://www.forewordreviews.com/articles/article/foreword-reviews-announces-finalists-for-2017-indies-book-of-the-year-awards/

I take issue with the use of the term “Indies” to categorize these finalists, since many were published by traditional publishing companies (university and other presses that are quite well-known).

I also strenuously object to the missing names of many authors for this list: where are the creators? Why do they get so good at listing the ISBN (which I deleted from the list, here, but you can find them on the original listings on the Foreword website) and publishers but not the writers? Very odd, that.

Finally, why are some finalists listed in more than one genre? Seems unnecessary.

Special congrats to:
Joy Passanante, older sister of Jean Passanante (classmate and lifelong friend of my older brother; also, an award-winning daytime dramas writer), for her first book’s being selected, and
William Least Heat Moon, author of a favorite nonfiction book of mine, Blue Highways, for his first novel’s being included.

As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Reviews is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

More than 2,000 entries spread across 68 genres were submitted for consideration. The list of finalists was determined by Foreword’s editorial team. Winners are now being decided by a panel of judges across the country, reflecting Foreword’s readership of booksellers and librarians.

The complete list of finalists can be found, below, with live links and details at:

https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/finalists/2017/

“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the job is very difficult due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”

Winners in each genre—–along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—–will be announced June 15, 2018.

Foreword Reviews
March 20, 2018

FULL LIST OF 2017 FOREWORD INDIES FINALISTS

ADULT FICTION

Erotica
Covet, Riptide Publishing
Dangerous Affections, by Deanna Moore-Lopez, Sway Publishing Los Angeles
Her Best Friend’s Sister, by Meghan O’Brien, Bold Strokes Books
Snapdragon, by Kilby Blades, Luxe Publishing
The Master Will Appear, Self-Published

Fantasy
Falling, by Dawn Davis, FriesenPress
GODS’ Fool, GB Publishing.org
Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, by Keith R Fentonmiller and Eugene Teplitsky (illustrator), Curiosity Quills Press
Nite Fire, by C.L. Schneider, CreateSpace
Shadow Mountain, by Tess Collins, BearCat Press
The 53rd Card, by Virginia Weiss, Richard L. Goettling (illustrator), and James Monroe (designer), Beaver’s Pond Press
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost, by Lucy Banks, Amberjack Publishing
The Deeds of Pounce, by Benjamin Wachs, Beating Windward Press
The Infinite Now, by Mindy Tarquini, SparkPress
The Legend of the Albino Farm, by Steve Yates, Unbridled Books
The Mountain Goddess, by Shelley Schanfield, Lake House Books
The Rite of Wands, by Mackenzie Flohr, BHC Press
The Walmart Book of the Dead, Vine Leaves Press

General
Ash Falls, by Warren Read, Ig Publishing
Celestial Mechanics, by William Least Heat-Moon, Three Rooms Press
Grounds for Tenure, by Barbara Lalla, The University of the West Indies Press
Our Tiny Useless Hearts, by Toni Jordan, Text Publishing
Red River, iUniverse
Tangier, by Stephen Holgate, Amphorae Publishing Group
The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome, by Man Martin, Unbridled Books
The Runaway, by Claire Wong, Lion Fiction
The Sasquatch Murder, by Jeffery Viles, Beaver’s Pond Press
To the Stars through Difficulties, by Romalyn Tilghman, She Writes Press
You and I and Someone Else, by Anna Schachner, Mercer University Press

Historical
A Bit of Candy in Hard Times, by Blaine Beveridge, Promontory Press
Agrippa’s Wake, by Ralph Jackman, Knox Robinson Publishing
Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons, by Jocelyn Cullity, Inanna Publications
Botticelli’s Muse, Juiceboxartists Press
David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books
Liar’s Winter, Kregel Publications
South California Purples, by Baron R. Birtcher, The Permanent Press
The Fairness of Beasts, by Gar LaSalle, Solipsis Publishing
The Indigo Girl, by Natasha Boyd, Blackstone Publishing
The Three Pleasures, Anvil Press
This Is How It Begins, by Joan Dempsey, She Writes Press
Tiger Pelt, by Annabelle Kim, Leaf~Land
What Is Forgiven, by C.F. Yetmen, Ypsilon & Co. Press
Where My Body Ends and the World Begins, by Tony Romano, Allium Press of Chicago
Windigo Moon, by Robert Downes, Blank Slate Press

Horror
A Debt of Survival, by L.F. Falconer, Outskirts Press
Blackwell, by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor, Vesuvian Books
City of Ghosts, by J.H. Moncrieff, DeathZone Books
Habitat for Human Remains, by Scott A. Lerner, Camel Press
Shadows and Teeth, Volume 3, Darkwater Syndicate
The Muse, by Arjay Lewis, Arjay Entertainment

Humor
Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age, by Stefan Soto, W & B Publishers
Fanny on Fire, by Edith G. Tolchin, Michelkin Publishing
Insomniac Dreams, Outskirts Press
Lala Pettibone’s Act Two, by Heidi Mastrogiovanni, Amberjack Publishing
Lying to Children, Fitzwilde LLC
MAD Librarian, Madison Press
Muir Woods or Bust, by Ian Woollen, Coffeetown Press
The Moskowitz Code, by Joel Bresler, Tasfil Publishing

LGBT
Back to You, by Chris Scully, Riptide Publishing
Bend, by Nancy J. Hedin, Rachel Haimowitz (editor), and May Peterson (editor), Anglerfish Press
Beulah Land,by Nancy Stewart, Duet Books
Earth as It Is, by Jan Maher, Indiana University Press
Heart Stop, by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
Large Animals, Catapult
Olympia Knife, by Alysia Constantine, Interlude Press
Postcards from the Canyon, by Lisa Gitlin, Bywater Books
Sappho’s Bar and Grill, by Bonnie J. Morris, Bywater Books
Stealing Home, by Tom Mendicino, Kensington Books
The Ada Decades, by Paula Martinac, Bywater Books
The Infinite Now, by Mindy Tarquini, SparkPress
The Night Language, by David Rocklin, Rare Bird Books
The Winter Loon, by Lori Henriksen, Book Savvy Studio (editor), and Maggie McLaughlin (designer), Cougar Creek Books

Literary
A Loving, Faithful Animal, Catapult
Cages, by Sylvia Torti, Schaffner Press
Glory Days, by Melissa Fraterrigo, University of Nebraska Press
Near Haven, by Matthew Stephen Sirois, Belle Lutte Press
Olympia Knife, by Alysia Constantine, Interlude Press
Once in a Blue Moon, John F. Blair, Publisher
Purchase, by Christopher K. Doyle, Blank Slate Press
Queen of Spades, by Michael Shou-Yung Shum, Forest Avenue Press
Show Her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow, by Peg Alford Pursell, WTAW Press
The End We Start From, by Megan Hunter, Grove Press
The Lost Daughter Collective, by Lindsey Drager, Dzanc
The Silence of the Spirits, by Wilfried N’Sondé and Karen Lindo (translator), Indiana University Press

Multicultural
Amah & the Silk-Winged Pigeons, by Jocelyn Cullity, Inanna Publications
Kill the Ámpaya, by Dick Cluster (translator, editor), Mandel Vilar Press
Lucia Zárate, by Cecilia Velástegui, Libros Publishing
Mary Poser, by Angel A and Lori Draft (editor), Angel’s Leap
Moon Goddess, Loose Moose Publishing
Murder under the Fig Tree, by Kate Jessica Raphael, She Writes Press
So Many Olympic Exertions, Kaya Press
The Coyote Hunter of Aquidneck Island, by James Conroy, The Permanent Press
The Hour of Daydreams, by Renee Macalino Rutledge, Forest Avenue Press
The Shores of Our Souls, by Kathryn Brown Ramsperger and Estella Vukovic (designer), TouchPoint Press
The Wrong Kind of Indian, by Jey Tehya, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik, by Carolyn Marie Souaid, Baraka Books

Mystery
A Negro and an Ofay, by Danny Gardner, Down & Out Books
Deadbomb Bingo Ray, by Jeff Johnson, Turner Publishing Company
Full Service Blonde, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
Getting off on Frank Sinatra, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
Gumshoe for Two, by Rob Leininger, Oceanview Publishing
Heaven’s Crooked Finger, by Hank Early, Crooked Lane Books
Murder under the Fig Tree, by Kate Jessica Raphael, She Writes Press
My Darling Detective, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Operation Light Switch, by John Wemlinger, Mission Point Press
Red Earth, by Lisa Canfield (editor) and A.J. Canfield (illustrator), joined at the hip inc.
Sing for the Dead, by Cynthia Drew, Water Street Press Books
THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET, by Jock Serong, Text Publishing
Tune Up, by Joe Klingler, Cartosi

Religious
David and the Philistine Woman, by Paul Boorstin, Top Hat Books
Foy, Material Media
If We Make It Home, Kregel Publications
Last Things, Montemayor Press
Love Big, Be Well, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Papa Luna, Friesen Press
Pistaco, In Extenso Press
Tethered, CrossLink Publishing
The Believers In The Crucible Nauvoo, Myfourleggedstool Publishers
The Elusive Miss Ellison, Kregel Publications
The Transmigrant, Kristi Saare Duarte
Waiting for Butterflies, by Karen Sargent, Amphorae Publishing Group

Romance
All That Makes Life Bright, by Josi S. Kilpack, Shadow Mountain
Chasing Mercury, by Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Night River Press
Eyes like Those, by Melissa Brayden, Bold Strokes Books
Heart Stop, by Radclyffe, Bold Strokes Books
In The Land of Eternal Spring, by Alan Howard, Harvard Square Editions
Lickety Split, by Damon Suede, Dreamspinner Press
Love Is Heartless, by Kim Fielding, Dreamspinner Press
New Hand, Riptide Publishing
Roxie & Fred, by Richard Alther, Regent Press
Set the Stage, by Karis Walsh, Bold Strokes Books
Shelter My Heart, by L.G. O’Connor, Collins-Young Publishing
Strings, by Megan Edwards, Imbrifex Books
The Curse of the Braddock Brides, by Erica Obey, Walrus Publishing
The Dog Walker’s Diary, by Kathryn Donahue, North Star Editions
The Nobleman’s Daughter, by Jen Geigle Johnson, Covenant Communications
The Truth about Goodbye, by Russell Ricard, Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Science-Fiction
Age of Order, Plebeian Media
Alvar’s Spear, by Charles Freedom Long, Silver Star Press
Ardulum: First Don, Ninestar Press
Caveman at the End of the World, by Brad Rau, SmallPub
Dog Logic, by Tom Strelich, Owl Canyon Press
Escape, by Gun Brooke, Bold Strokes Books
Fata Morgana, Blackstone Publishing
Hell Divers II: Ghosts, Blackstone Publishing
Near Haven, by Matthew Stephen Sirois, Belle Lutte Press
Skeet Love, by Craig Francis Power, Breakwater Books
Space Fandango, by Henry Mosquera, Oddity Media
The Punch Escrow, by Tal M. Klein, Geek & Sundry
The Stargazer’s Embassy, by Eleanor Lerman, Mayapple Press

Short Stories
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories, by Norma Dunning, The University of Alberta Press
China Girl, by Ho Lin, Regent Press
Dolph the Unicorn Killer & Other Stories, by Martin Lastrapes, Cannibal Press
Magic for Unlucky Girls, by A.A. Balaskovits, Santa Fe Writers Project
States of Motion, by Laura Hulthen Thomas, Wayne State University Press
The Museum of Possibilities, by Barbara Sibbald, Porcupine’s Quill
The Things We Do That Make No Sense, Switchgrass Books, an imprint of NIU Press
The Truth about Me, by Louise Marburg and Peg Alford Pursell (editor), WTAW Press
The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms, by Chauna Craig, Press 53
There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, by Michelle Ross, Moon City Press
These Are Our Demands, by Matthew Pitt, Engine Books
Things We Do When No One Is Watching, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City
To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, by Caitlin Hamilton Summie, Fomite Press
You Are Not Needed Now, Anvil Press

Thriller & Suspense
Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle, Oceanview Publishing
Cashed Out, by Michael H. Rubin, Fiery Seas
City of Ghosts, by J.H. Moncrieff, DeathZone Books
Come Home, by Patricia Gussin, Oceanview Publishing
Deadbomb Bingo Ray, by Jeff Johnson, Turner Publishing Company
Do Not Ask, by Elaine Williams Crockett, BookBaby
Give Up the Dead, by Joe Clifford, Oceanview Publishing
Hard Dog to Kill, WildBlue Press
Inside V, by Paula Priamos, Rare Bird Books
Naked We Came, by Robert Lane, Mason Alley Publishing
The Han Agent, by Amy Rogers, ScienceThrillers Media
The Killing Files, by Nikki Owen, Blackstone Publishing
The Point of a Gun, Edition Barenklau

War & Military
Altar of Resistance, by Samuel Marquis, Mount Sopris Publishing
Operation Light Switch, by John Wemlinger, Mission Point Press
Seven Wings to Glory, by Kathleen M. Rodgers, Camel Press
Sheppard and the French Rescue, Koehler Books (Battle Flag imprint)
Sins of the Fathers, Suspense Publishing
The Chords of War, White Whisker Books
The Fairness of Beasts, by Gar LaSalle, Solipsis Publishing
The General’s Women, by Susan Wittig Albert, Persevero Press
The Trumpets of Jericho, by J. Michael Dolan, Monochrome Books
War, Spies & Bobby Sox, by Libby Fischer Hellmann, The Red Herrings Press
Wickwythe Hall, by Judithe Little, Black Opal Books

ADULT NONFICTION

Adventure & Recreation
Base Camp Las Vegas, by Deborah Wall, Imbrifex Books
Brewed in Michigan, by William Rapai, Wayne State University Press
Sea Trials, by Wendy Hinman, Salsa Press
The Dragon Run, University of Alberta Press
True North, by Lou Marincovich, Bering Press

Architecture
100 Midcentury Chairs, by Lucy Rider Richardson, Gibbs Smith
Creating Biophilic Buildings, by Amanda Sturgeon, Ecotone Publishing
Designing Detroit, by Michael G. Smith, Wayne State University Press
Designing Your Perfect House 2nd Edition, Dalsimer Press
Mosques, Rizzoli
The Detroit Public Library, by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt, Wayne State University Press

Art
Botanical Visions, by Julie Sasse and MF Cardamone (illustrator), Pomegranate
Cast, by Jen Townsend, Renée Zettle-Sterling, Smith Publicity (publicist), and Jamie Elfrank (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Chip Kidd: Book Two, Rizzoli New York
Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection, by Shawnya Harris and David Driskell, Georgia Museum of Art
Golden Kingdoms, by Joanne Pillsbury (editor), Kim N. Richter (editor), and Timothy Potts (editor), Getty Publications
Kuniyoshi X Kunisada, MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Matisse in the Studio, MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Menage, SF Design / FrescoBooks
Michelangelo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Monongraph by Chris Ware, Rizzoli New York
Primal Beauty, by Lawrence Stoller, Cameron + Company
Richard Diebenkorn, by Scott A. Shields and Richard Diebenkorn (illustrator), Pomegranate
The Art of Mondo, Insight Editions

Autobiography & Memoir
Derby Girl, by Sammi Jones, North Dakota State University Press
Doing Time Like A Spy, by John Kiriakou, Rare Bird Books
House Built on Ashes, by José Antonio Rodríguez, University of Oklahoma Press
How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century, by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes), Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Hummingbird, Rare Bird Books
Kill The Gringo, Rare Bird Books
Life Detonated, by Kathleen Murray Moran, Amberjack Publishing
Necessary to Life, by Louisa Leontiades, Thorntree Press
Of Bulletins and Booze, Texas Tech University Press
Open Midnight, Trinity University Press
Punk Avenue, by Phil Marcade, Three Rooms Press
Raven Walks around the World, by Thom Henley, Harbour Publishing
Self-Portrait with Dogwood, by Christopher Merrill, Trinity University Press
Siberian Exile, University of Nebraska Press
This Is Just My Face, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Biography
A Mother’s Tale, by Phillip Lopate, The Ohio State University Press
A Witness to History, Texas Tech University Press
Dream of a House, George F. Thompson Publishing
Eleanor, Westminster John Knox Press
Frank Little and the IWW, by Jane Little Botkin, University of Oklahoma Press
Hemingway’s Brain, University of South Carolina Press
Jackie Robinson, Westminster John Knox Press
Maximum Volume, by Kenneth Womack, Chicago Review Press
Say To These Mountains, Light Messages Publishing
The Rebel in the Red Jeep, West Virginia University Press
Through a Long Absence, by Joy Passanante, Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press
Wilde’s Women, by Eleanor Fitzsimons, The Overlook Press

Body, Mind & Spirit
Aging with Wisdom, by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle and Larry Rosenberg (contributor), Monkfish
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Claiming Anishinaabe, by Lynn Gehl, University of Regina Press
Healing Civilizations, by Nadim Shaath, Cameron and Company
Hidden Blessings: Midlife Crisis as a Spiritual Awakening, by Jett Psaris, Sacred River Press
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, by Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media
Right Here Right Now, by Amy G. Oden, Abingdon Press
Spirit of the Earth, by Joseph A. Fitzgerald and Michael O. Fitzgerald, World Wisdom
The Alchemy of Illuminated Poetry®, by Xianna Michaels (author, illustrator), Alcabal Press, LLC
The Ayurveda Way, by Ananta Ripa Ajmera, Storey Publishing
The Surrender Prayer, by Kristian Lynch, Surrendered Publishing
The Yogi Diet, by James Morgante and Richard Smoley (contributor)
Whispers in the Wilderness, by Erik Stensland (author, photographer), Janna Nyswander (editor), and Jerry Dorris (designer), Morning Light Photography

Business & Economics
Beyond Default, LID Publishing
Collaborating with the Enemy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Happier at Work, by Gayle Van Gils, She Writes Press
Humility Is the New Smart, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Pacing for Growth, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
PLAN COMMIT WIN, QuestFusion Publishing
Raise Capital on Your Own Terms, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Set for Life, by Scott Trench, BiggerPockets Publishing
Tax Guide for Short-Term Rentals, by Stephen Fishman, NOLO
The Clean Money Revolution, by Joel Solomon and Tyee Bridge, New Society Publishers
The Disabled Workforce, CreateSpace
The Millennial Myth, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Wealth by Virtue, by Chad Gordon, 7209361606

Career
Always Eat Left-Handed, Ideapress Publishing
Ask Outrageously!, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Crowdfunding Basics In 30 Minutes, i30 Media Corporation
Culture Infusion, Peaceful Daily
Get the Most Out of Retirement, American Bar Association
Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Health…and Pays the Bills Updated Edition, Wiley
SPIKE, LID Publishing
The Academic Gateway, by Timothy Sibbald (editor) and Victoria Handford (editor), University of Ottawa Press
The Workplace Writer’s Process, by Anne Janzer, Cuesta Park Consulting
Up Is Not the Only Way, Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Coloring Books
Color Your Way Content, HIC Books
Enchanting Mandala Mazes, Get Creative 6
Inkspirations Mindful Living, HCI Books
The Historical Heroines Coloring Book, White Wave Press
Twilight Garden, by Maria Trolle (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
Wonder Body, Got G’nads Press

Cooking
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner…Life!, Rizzoli New York
Cooking with the Wolfman, by David Wolfman and Marlene Finn, Douglas & McIntyre
Perfectly Aged, Taste of Texas
Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen, by Brittany Wood Nickerson, Storey Publishing
Stock the Crock, by Phyllis Good, Time Inc. Books
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, by Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley, University of Minnesota Press
The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide, Insight Editions
What Can I Bring?, by Elizabeth Heiskell, Time Inc. Books
Wholefood Heaven in a Bowl, by David Bailey and Charlotte Bailey, Gibbs Smith
YumUniverse Pantry to Plate, by Heather Crosby, The Experiment

Crafts & Hobbies
Extreme Stickering Day of the Dead, by Any Puzzle Media, Printers Row Publishing Group
Journal Sparks, by Emily K. Neuburger, Storey Publishing
Mosaic & Lace Knits, Stackpole Books
Stitching Pathways, Landauer Publishing

Ecology & Environment
A Temporary Refuge, by Lee Spencer, Patagonia
Being the Change, by Peter Kalmus, New Society Publishers
Compact Farms, by Josh Volk, Storey Publishing
Dawn Again, by Doniga Markegard, Propriometrics Press
Grass Roots, by Nick Johnson, Oregon State University Press
Malama Honua, Patagonia
Megafire, HMH
One Man’s Maine, Green Writers Press
Rising Tides, by John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, Indiana University Press
The Green Amendment, by Maya K. van Rossum and Mark Ruffalo (contributor), Disruption Books
The Magnificent Nahanni, University of Regina Press

Education
Beyond Testing, Teachers College Press
Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom, Marzano Research
EMPOWER Your Students, Solution Tree Press
Infant-Toddler Social Studies, Redleaf Press
Messy Maths, Independent Thinking Press
Mr. Clark’s Big Band , by Meredith O’Brien, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Realizing the Distinctive University, by Mark Roche, University of Notre Dame Press
Softening the Edges, Solution Tree Press
Teaching, Learning, Literacy in Our High-Risk High-Tech World, Teachers College Press
The Complete IEP Guide, by Lawrence M. Siegel, NOLO
The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook – New Edition, Independent Thinking Press
When the Adults Change, Everything Changes, Independent Thinking Press

Essays
A Man’s World: Portraits, by Steve Oney, Mercer University Press
Accidental Gravity, by Bernard Quetchenbach, Oregon State University Press
American English, Italian Chocolate, University of Nebraska Press
Don’t Come Back, by Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Mad Creek Books / The Ohio State University Press
Flutterpoint, by Erik Anderson, Zone 3 Press
Most American, by Rilla Askew, University of Oklahoma Press
Ordinary Skin, Texas Tech University Press
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, by Sonya Huber, University of Nebraska Press
The Long Weeping, by Jessie van Eerden, Orison Books
Vintage Saints and Sinners, by Karen Wright Marsh, InterVarsity Press
Where the Tiny Things Are: Feathered Essays, Punctum Press
Woodland Manitou, by Heidi Barr, Homebound Publications

Family & Relationships
Come to Life! Your Guide to Self-Discovery, Porterville Press
Evolutionary Relationships, by Patricia Albere and Katherine Woodward Thomas (contributor), Oracle Institute Press
Filling Her Shoes, She Writes Press
Garden of the Lost and Abandoned, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Grow Together, by Josette Luvmour, Create Space Independent Publishing
I’m the One Who Got Away ,by Andrea Jarrell, She Writes Press
Lost in the Reflecting Pool, by Diane Pomerantz, She Writes Press
Motherprayer, by Barbara Mahany, Abingdon Press
Positive Parenting 101, Bayou Publishing
The Happiest Kids in the World, The Experiment Publishing
The Place of Peace and Crickets ,Twisted Road Publications
The Stuff of Family Life, by Michelle Janning, Rowman & Littlefield

Grief/Grieving
A Friend Indeed, by Amy Florian and Jessica Chipkin (contributor), Corgenius
At Death’s Door, by Sebastian Sepulveda and Gini Graham Scott (contributor), Rowman & Littlefield
Bearing the Unbearable, by Joanne Cacciatore, Wisdom Publications
Breaking Sad, by Shelly Fisher (editor) and Jennifer Jones (editor), She Writes Press
Expecting Sunshine, by Alexis Marie Chute, She Writes Press
I Know It in My Heart, by Mary E. Plouffe, She Writes Press
Resilient Grieving, The Experiment Publishing
Should I Still Wish ,University of Nebraska Press
The Greater Weight of Glory, by Robin Farnsworth, Create Space

Health
Back to Balance, by Halee Fischer-Wright, Disruption Books
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Don’t Eat This If You’re Taking That, Skyhorse
Medicare For Dummies, Wiley
Move Your DNA, by Katy Bowman, Propriometrics Press
Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System, by Sonya Huber, University of Nebraska Press
Second Chance, She Writes Press Inc.
The No-Meat Athlete Cookbook, The Experiment Publishing
The Secret Life of Your Microbiome, by Alan C. Logan and Susan L. Prescott, New Society Publishers
The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee, by Ruth DyckFehderau, Cree Board of Health& Social Services of James Bay
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer, Jane Thomas Press
Yoga for Diabetes, by Rachel Zinman and David Young (photographer), Monkfish

History
A Hero for the Americas, by Robert Calder, University of Regina Press
Beauty in the City, by Robert A. Slayton, Excelsior Editions
Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name, Sasquatch Books
Detroit 1967, by Joel Stone (editor), Wayne State University Press
March 1917, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, University of Notre Dame Press
Road Through Time, University of Regina Press
Spirit in the Rock, by Jim Compton and Bill Stafford (photographer), Washington State University Press
The Blue Shirts, by Hugues Théorêt and Ferdinanda Van Gennip (translator), University of Ottawa Press
The Burr Conspiracy, Princeton University Press
The Iaşi Pogrom, June–July 1941, Indiana University Press
The Truth of the Russian Revolution, by Konstantin Ivanovich Globachev, Sofia Nikolaevna Globacheva, and Vladimir G. Marinich (translator), SUNY Press
World War II and the Caribbean, by Karen E. Eccles and Debbie McCollin, The University of the West Indies Press

Home & Garden
Designing Your Perfect House 2nd Edition, Dalsimer Press
Don’t Repot That Plant!, by Will Creed, Button Street Press
Garden Wisdom 365 Days, by Cheryl Wilfong, Heart Path Press
Homegrown Pantry, by Barbara Pleasant, Storey Publishing
My Smart Home for Seniors, Pearson
The Grumpy Gardener, by Steve Bender, Time Inc. Books
Welcome to the Farm, Lyons Press

Humor
A Die Hard Christmas, Insight Editions
A Doorman’s Memoir, Dick Candy Productions
Fierce, Funny, and Female, by Marti MacGibbon, Stay Strong Publishing
Lexicon: American Style 2, Outskirts Press
The Full English, 220 Publishing
Uncle John’s OLD FAITHFUL 30th Anniversary Bathroom Reader, Printers Row Publishing Group
Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil, by AK Turner, Brown Books Publishing

LGBT
¡Cuéntamelo!, by Juliana Delgado Lopera (editor), Aunt Lute Books
2Brides 2Be, by Laura Leigh Abby, Archer
A Sinner in Mecca, by Parvez Sharma, BenBella Books
Accidental Activists, by David Collins, University of North Texas Press
Derby Girl, by Sammi Jones, North Dakota State University Press
Finally Out, by Loren A. Olson, Oak Lane Press
Gay Pioneers, by Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry (editor), Palm Drive Publishing
Handbook of LGBT Tourism and Hospitality, by Jeff Guaracino and Ed Salvato, Columbia University Press
Lesbian Decadence, by Nicole Albert, Nancy Erber (translator), and William Peniston (translator), Harrington Park Press
LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, by Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Harrington Park Press
Queer Threads, by John Chaich and Todd Oldham (editor), AMMO Books
Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color, by S. Andrea Allen (editor) and Lauren Cherelle (editor), BLF Press

Multicultural
Accomplice to Memory, by Q. M. Zhang, Kaya Press
Beyond Colorblind, by Sarah Shin, InterVarsity Press
Black Domers, by Don Wycliff (editor) and David Krashna (editor), University of Notre Dame Press
From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Jacob Isaac Segal, by Pierre Anctil and Vivian Felsen (translator), University of Ottawa Press
Mestizos Come Home, University of Oklahoma Press
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions
The Myth of Equality, by Ken Wytsma, InterVarsity Press
Wonder Girls, by Paola Gianturco, Alex Sangster, and Foreword by Musimbi Kanyoro, powerHouse Books

Nature
A Temporary Refuge, by Lee Spencer, Patagonia
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley (photographer), Mark Kelley Photography
Dawn Again, by Doniga Markegard, Propriometrics Press
Deep into Yellowstone, by Rick Lamplugh, Rick Lamplugh
Great Hiking Trails of the World, Rizzoli New York
How to Read Nature, The Experiment Publishing
Into Africa, Insight Editions
Leaves Surface Like Skin, by Michelle Menting, Terrapin Books
Nature, Love, Medicine, by Gary Paul Nabhan, Nalini Nadkarni, Elisabeth Tova Bailey, Stephen Trimble, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Lowe Fleischner (editor, author), Jane Hirshfield, Alberto Búrquez, Gwen Annette Heistand, Brooke Williams, Laura Sewall, Edie Dillon, Sarah Juniper Rabkin, Mitchell Thomashow, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Judith Lydeamore, Saul Weisberg, Pablo Deustua Jochamowitz, Peter H. Kahn, Jr., Lauret Savoy, Jana Richman, Melanie Bishop, and Robin Wall Kimmerer, Torrey House Press
Spirit of the Earth, by Joseph A. Fitzgerald and Michael O. Fitzgerald, World Wisdom
Wild and Scenic Rivers, by Tim Palmer, Oregon State University Press

Performing Arts & Music
Blood on the Stage, 1800-1900, Rowman & Littlefield
Create!, by Ronald Rand, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
Dirty Windshields, by Grant Lawrence, Douglas & McIntyre
Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music, Indiana University Press
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Insight Editions
Maximum Volume, by Kenneth Womack, Chicago Review Press
Totally Scripted, by Josh Chetwynd, Lyons Press

Pets & Animals
Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse, by Carlyn Montes De Oca, She Writes Press
How to Speak Chicken, by Melissa Caughey, Storey Publishing
Lina Unleashed, Beaver’s Pond Press

Philosophy
Alan Watts – In the Academy, by Alan Watts, Peter J. Columbus (editor), and Donadrian L. Rice (editor), SUNY Press
Edgar Allan Poe, Eureka, and Scientific Imagination, by David N. Stamos, SUNY Press
Heretics!, Princeton University Press
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth, by Jason M. Wirth, SUNY Press
Your Evolving Soul, by Byron Belitsos, Origin Press

Photography
American Firefighter, Welcome Books
Arrête pas la musique!, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Indiana Across the Land, Indiana University Press
Irving Penn, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
London Rock: The Unseen Archive, Insight Editions
Marfa and the Mystique of Far West Texas, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
On an Acre Shy of Eternity, by Robert Dash, Hyla Press
People of Yellowstone, Elm Grove Press
Raghubir Singh, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Straight Bourbon, Indiana University Press
Tending the Fire, by Christopher Felver (photographer), University of New Mexico Press
The Edge of the World, Falcon

Poetry
American Purgatory, Eyewear Publishing Ltd.
Body, in Good Light, by Erin Rodoni, Sixteen Rivers Press
Calling a Wolf a Wolf, by Alyssa Neptune (editor), Alice James Books
Matria, Black Lawrence Press
Please Bury Me in This, Four Way Books
Silencer, by Marcus Wicker, HMH
Street Calligraphy, by Jim Daniels, Steel Toe Books
The Bird-While, by Keith Taylor, Wayne State University Press
The Woods Are On Fire, by Fleda Brown, University of Nebraska Press
This House That, by Peter Grandbois, Brighthorse Books
Village Prodigies, by Rodney Jones, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
What It Done to Us, by Essy Stone, Lost Horse Press

Political Science
A Land without Borders, by Nir Baram, Text Publishing
Being Kurdish in a Hostile World, by Ayub Nuri, University of Regina Press
China’s Great Migration, Independent Institute
Flash Points, by Jade Wu, Excelsior Editions
Mediatized Political Campaigns, by Indrani Bachan-Persad, The University of the West Indies Press
The Capital Times, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
The Resistance Handbook, by Markos Moulitsas and Michael Huttner, Disruption Books
Toward Truth, Freedom, Fitness, and Decency, Greenleaf Book Group

Popular Culture
Gay Pioneers, by Jack Fritscher and Mark Hemry (editor), Palm Drive Publishing
Let’s Get Monster Smashed, by Jon Chaiet, Marc Chaiet, and Meghan Schaffer (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The 100 Best Celebrity Photos, by Editors of PEOPLE magazine, Time Inc. Books
The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, Insight Editions
UFOs, Chemtrails, and Aliens, by Donald R. Prothero and Timothy D. Callahan, Indiana University Press

Psychology
Anger anonymous, MSI Press
Beyond Bedlam’s Door, Thunder Lake Press
Change the Story of Your Health, by Carl Greer, Findhorn Press
Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Sabina Spielrein, by Angela M. Sells, SUNY Press
When It’s Never About You, Harte & Co

Reference
Blood on the Stage, 1600-1800, Rowman & Littlefield
Inside Story: Everyone’s Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction, by Julia Goldberg, Leaf Storm Press
Origins of a Story, by Jake Grogan, Cider Mill Press Book Publishers
Oscar’s Favorite Actors, McFarland
San Diego County Mammal Atlas, San Diego Natural History Museum
Social Security For Dummies, Wiley
The Essential Poet’s Glossary, by Edward Hirsch, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Legal English Manual, Second Edition, by Kathrin Weston Walsh (editor), Julian Cornelius (contributor), Jenna Bollag (contributor), Sandra Kuhn-Schulthess (contributor), Alison Wiebalck (contributor), Richard Norman (contributor), and Clemens von Zedtwitz (contributor), BarWrite Press

Regional
Baja’s Wild Side, Sunbelt Publications
Beauty in the City, by Robert A. Slayton, Excelsior Editions
Bodie, Sunbelt Publications
Campaign Crossroads, by Andrew Stoner, Indiana Historical Society Press
Greetings from Detroit, by Dan Austin, Wayne State University Press
Hauntings of the Underground Railroad, Indiana University Press
Mississippi and the Great Depression, The History Press
Natural Wonders of Assateague Island, by Mark Hendricks and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Picturing Harrisonburg, George F. Thompson Publishing
The 1928 Bunion Derby, by James R. Powell, Seascape Publishers
The Adirondack Architecture Guide, Southern-Central Region, by Janet A. Null, Excelsior Editions
Yosemite People, by Jonas Kulikauskas, A Thousand Words Press

Religion
A Bigger Table, Westminster John Knox Press
Abducted in Iraq, by Saad Sirop Hanna, with Edward S. Aris, University of Notre Dame Press
Disarming Beauty, by Julián Carrón, University of Notre Dame Press
Image and Presence, Stanford University Press
Invisible Hosts, by Elizabeth Schleber Lowry, SUNY Press
My Jewish Year, by Abigail Pogrebin and A. J. Jacobs (contributor), Fig Tree Books
Religious Agrarianism and the Return of Place, by Todd LeVasseur, SUNY Press
Satan and Apocalypse, by Thomas J. J. Altizer, SUNY Press
Serving Others, by John E. Koenig and Fr. John F. Kamwendo, Outskirts Press
Single, Gay, Christian, by Gregory Coles, InterVarsity Press
The Great Re-imagining, by Theodore Richards, Homebound Publications
The Wisdom of Not Knowing, by Estelle Frankel, Shambhala
Vindicating the Vixens, Kregel Academic

Science
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The Experiment Publishing
Angle of Attack, by Roger Rapoport and Shem Malmquist, Lexographic Press
Cerebrum, Dana Press
Move Your DNA, by Katy Bowman, Propriometrics Press
San Diego County Mammal Atlas, San Diego Natural History Museum
See It with a Small Telescope, by Will Kalif, Ulysses Press
Strange Science, Printers Row Publishing Group
The Driver in the Driverless Car, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
The Runaway Species, Catapult
This Phenomenal Life, Lyons Press
Tides, Trinity University Press

Self-Help
Bearing the Unbearable, by Joanne Cacciatore, Wisdom Publications
How You Learn Is How You Live, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years, by Ilchi Lee, Best Life Media
Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude, updated new edition, Sound Wisdom
Prisoners of Our Thoughts, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Rules For Mavericks, Crown House Publishing Ltd
The Body Image Blueprint, Jenny Eden Coaching
The Launch Book, LID Publishing
The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep, by Tzivia Gover, Storey Publishing
The Wisdom of Not Knowing, by Estelle Frankel, Shambhala
Treasure Hunt, Watkins Publishing
Wild Ideas, by Cathy Wild, Standing Place Press

Social Sciences
Back to Balance, by Halee Fischer-Wright, Disruption Books
Dig Where You Are, by Nan Alexander Doyal, Casper Press
Federal Prison Handbook, by Christopher Zoukis, Middle Street Publishing
Firsts, by Editors of TIME, Time Inc. Books
Lean Media, by Ian Lamont, Zach Gajewski (editor), and Monica Thomas, TLC Design (designer), i30 Media
Mean Men, by Mark Lipton, Voussoir Press
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions
The Great Vanishing Act, Fulcrum
When Parents Are Incarcerated, American Psychological Association

Sports
A Mountaineer’s Life, Patagonia
Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hard To Grip, Schaffner Press
Sports Illustrated Football’s Greatest Revised and Updated, by Editors of Sports Illustrated, Time, Inc. Books
Stories from the Dirt, Falcon
The Streak, Hmh
The Year of the Pitcher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Travel
Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, by Nick Jans and Mark Kelley (photographer), Mark Kelley Photography
Arlington, John F. Blair, Publisher
Beyond Mile Zero, by Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly (photographer), Harbour Publishing
Four Seasons in a Day, DJWorking Unlimited Inc.
Holy Rover, by Lori Erickson, Fortress Press
Ireland, by Matt Walker and Zeneba Bowers, Little Roads Publishing
Patagonian Road, by Kate McCahill, Santa Fe Writer’s Project
The 1928 Bunion Derby, by James R. Powell, Seascape Publishers
The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11, Travelers’ Tales
The World’s Most Travelled Man, by Mike Spencer Bown, Douglas & McIntyre
Trappist Beer Travels, by Caroline Wallace, Sarah Wood, Jessica Deahl, and Meghan Schaffer (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Uncorked, Sea to Sky Books (self)
Yellowstone Treasures, Updated Fifth Edition, by Janet Chapple, Granite Peak Publications

True Crime
Gaslight Lawyers, by Richard H. Underwood, Shadelandhouse Modern Press
In Vino Duplicitas, by Peter Hellman, The Experiment
Sidetracked, by Richard T. Cahill Jr., Wildblue Press
The Pinks, by Chris Enss, TwoDot
Trial by Fire, by Kaia Anderson, Pyxis Press
When Normal Blew Up, by Joni Foster, Red Raku Press

War & Military
Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them, by Eric McGeer and Steve Douglas (photographer), Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Compassionate Soldier, by Jerry Borrowman, Shadow Mountain
Dispatches from the Pacific, Indiana University Press
Foxtrot in Kandahar, by Duane Evans, Savas Beatie
Navigating a Life, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Rebel Bulldog, by Jason Lantzer, Indiana Historical Society Press
The Last Veterans of World War II, by Richard Bell and Harrison Lutz (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
The World Turns to War, by Jay Wertz, Monroe Publications

Women’s Studies
Ask, by Kitty Stryker, Thorntree Press
Feminine Genius, by LiYana Silver, Sounds True
Fierce, Funny, and Female, by Marti MacGibbon, Stay Strong Publishing
Matria, Black Lawrence Press
Violence Against Indigenous Women, by Allison Hargreaves, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Why They Stay, by Bonnie Britt (editor), C.J. Burton (photographer), Janet Michaud (designer), and Sara Morsey (narrator), Ogunquit Press
Wonder Girls, by Paola Gianturco, Alex Sangster, and Foreword by Musimbi Kanyoro, powerHouse Books

ANTHOLOGIES

Anthologies
Adam’s Ladder, by Michael Bailey (editor), Darren Speegle (editor), Jeffrey Thomas (contributor), Brian Evenson (contributor), B.E. Scully (contributor), Gene O’Neill (contributor), Ramsey Campbell (contributor), Tim Lebbon (contributor), Erinn L. Kemper (contributor), Roberta Lannes (contributor), Rena Mason (contributor), John Langan (contributor), Laird Barron (contributor), Lisa Morton (contributor), Damien Angelica Walters (contributor), Chaz Brenchley (contributor), Scott Edelman (contributor), Mark Morris (contributor), Paul Meloy (contributor), and Mark Samuels (contributor), Written Backwards
Ask, by Kitty Stryker, Thorntree Press
Challenges to the Dream , by Jim Daniels (editor), Carnegie Mellon University Press
Edge of Morning, by Jacqueline Keeler (editor), Torrey House Press
Forgotten Women, by Ginny Lowe Connors (editor), Grayson Books
Pie & Whiskey, by Samuel Ligon (editor) and Kate Lebo (editor), Sasquatch Books
Poetry of Presence, by Phyllis Cole-Dai (editor) and Ruby R. Wilson (editor), Grayson Books
Pope Francis and the Caring Society , Independent Institute
The Music of the Soul Lives On , by Henry Mackaman, Beaver’s Pond Press
The Obama Inheritance, by Gary Phillips (editor), Walter Mosley (contributor), and Nisi Shawl (contributor), Three Rooms Press
The Soul of a Great Traveler, Travelers’ Tales
The World Is Just A Book Away, USC Libraries Press

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

Graphic Novels & Comics

Daddy Hall, by Tony Miller, The Porcupine’s Quill
Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer, by Alberto Ledesma, Mad Creek Books/The Ohio State University Press
Encyclopedia of Black Comics, by Sheena C. Howard, Christopher Priest (contributor), and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (contributor), Fulcrum
Flutter, Volume Three: Rid of Me, by Jennie Wood, Jeff McClelland (editor), Jeff McComsey (illustrator), and Chris Goodwin (contributor), 215 Ink
I, Parrot, by Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle (illustrator), Black Balloon Publishing
John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Volume 3, Storm King Productions, Inc.
Jurassic, RexTooth Studios
Knights of the Skull , by Wayne Vansant (author, illustrator) and Harrison Lutz (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
M.F.K., Insight Comics
Renegade, by Andrea Grosso Ciponte and Dacia Palmerino, Plough Publishing House

CHILDREN’S

Juvenile Fiction
Embers of Destruction, by J. Scott Savage, Shadow Mountain
Esme Dooley and the Kirkkomaki Circus, by Jane Donovan (author, illustrator) and Holly Trechter, Sky Candle Press
From Ant to Eagle, by Alex Lyttle, Central Avenue Publishing
If My Moon Was Your Sun, by Andreas Steinhöfel and Nele Palmtag (illustrator), Plough Publishing House
Mosquitoes Don’t Bite Me, by Pendred Noyce, Tumblehome Learning
Slug Days, by Sara Leach and Rebecca Bender (illustrator), Pajama Press
The Beginning, by M. J. Thomas, WorthyKids/Ideals
The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, by Dori Jones Yang, SparkPress
The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate, by Eric Bower and Agnieszka Grochalska (illustrator), Amberjack Publishing
The Seasons of a Giant, by Pamela Hartley, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
The Splendid Baron Submarine, by Eric Bower and Agnieszka Grochalska (illustrator), Amberjack Publishing
The Strange Round Bird, Bancroft Press
Veronica and the Volcano, by Geoffrey Cook and Gabrielle Shamsey (illustrator), Violet Moon

Juvenile Nonfiction
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, READERS to EATERS
Fairy House Cooking, Down East Books
Hedy’s Journey, by Michelle Bisson and El Primo Ramon (illustrator), Capstone
Hockey , by Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids, Time Inc. Books
If You Were Me and Lived in … the Mayan Empire, by Carole P. Roman, Chelshire, Inc.
Lights On!, by Cynthia Simmerlink Becker and Benjamin Hummel (illustrator), Filter Press
N is for Never Forget, by Nancy Polette and Paul Dillon (illustrator), Elva Resa Publishing
One Minute Mysteries: Short Mysteries You Solve with Math! • Misterios de un Minuto: ¡Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Matemáticas!, Science, Naturally!
Standing up for Civil Rights in St. Louis, by Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams, Missouri History Museum Press
Stormy Seas, Annick Press
The Curse Ends, by Jeff Attinella and Mike Pascale (illustrator), It Had To Be Told Publishing
The Football Fanbook, by Gary Gramling, Time Inc. Books
The Girl Who Ran, Compendium
The Survival Guide for Kids in Special Education (and Their Parents), by Wendy L. Moss and Denise M. Campbell, Free Spirit Publishing
The True Story of Jim the Wonder Dog, by Marty Rhodes Figley, The RoadRunner Press
What I Can Learn from the Incredible and Fantastic Life of Steve Jobs, by Melissa Medina, Fredrik Colting, and Natsuko Yoneyama (illustrator), Moppet Books

Picture Books
BabyLit: Anne of Green Gables, by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
Dream Big, by Kat Kronenberg, Greenleaf Book Group
Dust Flowers, by Lisa Gammon Olson and Kyle Olson (illustrator), Eifrig Publishing
Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull , by Nancy Mike and Charlene Chua (illustrator), Inhabit Media
Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack, Page Education Foundation
Hello Humpback!, by Roy Henry Vickers (author, illustrator) and Robert Budd, Harbour Publishing
I Dreamed I Was a Dog, by Joel Nakamura (author, illustrator), Leaf Storm Press
I Love My Purse, by Belle DeMont and Sonja Wimmer (illustrator), Annick Press
I See You , Magination Press
It’s Just So…Little!, by Brenda Faatz and Peter Trimarco (illustrator), Notable Kids Pubishing
Marielle in Paris, by Maxine Rose Schur and Jeanne B. de Sainte Marie (illustrator), Pomegranate
Maybe God Is like That Too, by Jennifer Grant and Benjamin Schipper (illustrator), Sparkhouse Family
My Beautiful Birds, by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Pajama Press
Plume, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
So Many Cuddles, by Ruth Austin and Clare Owen (illustrator), Compendium
So Many Smarts!, Magination Press
The Day I Ran Away, by Holly L. Niner, Shari Dash Greenspan (editor), and Isabella Ongaro (illustrator), Flashlight Press
The Lonely Mailman, by Susanna Isern and Daniel Montero Galván (illustrator), Cuento de Luz
Think Circles!, by Karen S. Robbins and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Wakem the Rooster: Up All Night, by David FitzSimmons and Richard Cowdrey (illustrator), Wild Iris Publishing

Picture Books, Early Reader
A Different Pond, by Bao Phi and Thi Bui (illustrator), Capstone
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Applesauce Press Book Publishers
Kohana, Fahrenheit Books
Moby Dick, by Mandy Archer and Annabel Tempest (illustrator), Gibbs Smith
My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do?, Lulu.com
Nile Crossing, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Princess Sophie and the Six Swans, Wisdom Tales Press
Robyn Boid: Architect, by Maree Coote, Melbournestyle Books
Space Pilgrim, by Ryan Winch (author, illustrator) and Elizabeth Winch (editor)
The Rock Maiden, by Natasha Yim and Pirkko Vainio (illustrator), Wisdom Tales
The Watcher, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Unraveling Rose, by Brian Wray, Shiloh Penfield (illustrator), and Tracee Groff (marketer), Schiffer Publishing
Wild Zoo Train, by Carmela LaVigna Coyle and Steve Gray (illustrator), Muddy Boots
Wonderful Nature, Wonderful You, Dawn Publications

Young Adult Fiction
Afterdeath, by Benoit Chartier and Cryssy Cheung (illustrator), Trode Publications
Archie of Outlandish, by Lynnette Kraft, Abigail Kraft (illustrator), and Jared Kraft (Composer) (contributor), New Wrinkle Publishing
Bend, by Nancy J. Hedin, Rachel Haimowitz (editor), and May Peterson (editor), Anglerfish Press
Beulah Land, by Nancy Stewart, Duet Books
Grrrls on the Side, Interlude Press
Seeking Mansfield, by Kate Watson, Flux
Starswept, by Mary Fan, Snowy Wings Publishing
The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew, Candlewick Press
The Road to Winter, by Mark Smith, Text Publishing
The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, by F.T. Lukens, Interlude Press
Those Who Run in the Sky, by Aviaq Johnston and Toma Feizo Gas (illustrator), Inhabit Media
Trell, by Dick Lehr, Candlewick Press
Zero Gravity, by Tom Lamarr, Marcinson Press

Young Adult Nonfiction
#NotYourPrincess, Annick Press
Come Sunday, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press
Feminism From A to Z, Magination Press
Green Card Youth Voices, Green Card Voices
How to Be Happy, by David Burton, Text Publishing
Project You, by Aubre Andrus, Switch Press
Release Your Inner Drive, by Edward Watson and Bradley Busch, Crown House Publishing

GENERAL

Augmented Reality
THE GOOD FIGHT, Against All Odds Productions

Child Author (17 and Under)
The Day Tajon Got Shot, by Beacon House Writers, Shout Mouse Press,
The Global Warming Express, Terra Nova Books

“I didn’t want to marry him; I wanted to BE him!” What attracts us to others?

“I didn’t want to marry him; I wanted to BE him!”

The above statement was yelled by a major character in the Jessica Jones series, Trish (played wonderfully by Rachael Taylor), when asked by Jessica (played amazingly by Krysten Ritter) why Trish hadn’t said “yes” to her lover’s very public, romantic, planned-out, catered marriage proposal. It certainly was appropriate, as explanations go, since Trish’s aspirations were to transition from being a radio talk show personality into becoming a serious journalist (which her erstwhile fiance already was).

Interestingly, this sentiment also gave me pause, personally and as a writer. That contemplation urther inspired me to pose the following questions, to myself and to you all:

What causes us to fail in relationships?

What attracts us to others?

Could what attracts us and what dooms us be the same?


image from: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/01/dealing-with-unrequited-love/

Are YOU attracted to people who have qualities you wish YOU possessed, in an unconscious attempt to acquire those qualities for yourself? This can apply to people you are cultivating as friends, people you work with or for, and/or people you are considering as lovers.

These types of feelings of attraction could have elements of:
—admiration (personal)
—respect (professional)
—envy (wanting what they have but not wishing they would lose it)
—jealousy (wanting what they have and wanting to take it from them, believing they do not deserve to have it as much as you do)
—intimidation (feeling inferior or afraid)
—possessiveness (showing off your connection to this person, “owning” their time or status as yours)
—sexual lust (perhaps believing your becoming lovers gives you power over this person)
—status hunger (wanting to improve your own and/or share theirs)
—aspirations for greatness (believing being closer to this person elevates you)
—desire for more intimacy (see above)
—wishes for shared glory (believing stardom “rubs off”)
—bids for approval (parentifying this person, to some degree)
and many more complications to simple attraction, most of which are based in our own insecurities.


image from https://theotherhubby.com/2015/08/28/insecurity-relationships/ INSECURITY

A list of the usual qualities that could be aspects of that person which you believe that you lack and they already have include:

—components of physical appearance/style
—personality traits, especially charisma/star quality
—social or professional status
—employment/work situation
—education/training/skills
—property/finances
—talents
—fame/celebrity
—community respect or position
—family or other relationships
or, any other accomplishments/circumstances

The next question: How well does it work to hook up with, become friends or lovers with, even commit to, someone in order to gain one or more of the above for oneself?

Speaking for my own experiences, this quest doesn’t work at all, or not for very long.

When people have attempted to do that with me, it was like the situation described, but in reverse: they wanted what I already seemed to possess. At first, they admired me, liked me, complimented me, wanted to “show me off” to others. However, inevitably, they grew to resent me. They seemed to feel increasingly jealous of me. They ascribed negative motivations to me, believing I was patronizing or condescending to them (even though I was not feeling or thinking in those ways at all). Usually, we ended with their being intimidated by me or afraid of my view of them to the point of ruining our relationship.

I had one intimate friend beg me: “Stop looking at me with those eyes!”
I protested, perplexed: “These are the only eyes I have!”
Turned out, he was unable to cope with my seeing him as clearly as I did. Apparently, his self-esteem was so low that the ways I reflected him were unbearable to him. His fears and self-loathing are what destroyed our friendship.

“Comparison kills joy”
image from: http://international-relations-cliches.blogspot.com/2014/02/there-is-icky-us-car-commercial-that-is.html

When I have been attracted to someone’s “star quality,” wishing I could be more like them in their profession, have their talent, or enjoy their status, I would initially be so happy to become their friend or lover. But, as we grew closer, it became clear that I did not gain what I had hoped to gain. Our relationship never availed me of their circumstances.

I often would make myself indispensable to them, hoping to maintain our connection. This tactic often worked, as long as I could tolerate the unrequited nature of my love and they could appreciate my contributions to their life/work.

While I did enjoy getting to know each of them better and usually felt special for having been chosen to be closer to them, for however long it lasted (usually, not long), I was not as positively changed as I had wished to be; certainly, I was not turned “into” them by our intimacy.

Luckily, I am not the jealous or envious type to the point of losing my own self-regard to those feelings. So, often, we would become good friends or lovers and enjoy each other’s company, IF they could tolerate my fawning over them…. If not, we parted.

When we could work all this out, we continued in some capacity as companions, sometimes becoming life-long friends (you know who you are!). I continue to admire them; they seem not to be bothered by my adulation. I suppose they have their own reasons for enjoying me, for which I am grateful.


What’s your story?
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What are our “roads not taken”? In some other timelines, we take them!

What are our “roads not taken”? In some other timelines, we take them!

“Everything that can happen IS happening,” in the simultaneous times of NOW in our multiverses’ alternate timelines. (Great video/book citation, here, from particle physicist and author, Brian Cox, Ph.D.: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/the-quantum-universe/4376486 .)

What other lives are you living, particularly in your work/professional sectors?
What if…?


CHOICE POINTS image from http://bigpicturequestions.com/what-is-linear-time-vs-nonlinear-time/

For more about this and other aspects of the lived multiverse in a fictional context, please pick up my ebooks or paperbacks in the utopian science-fiction/romances for adults/NA/YA in The Spanners Series; links, blurbs, trailers, covers, more for the first three Volumes {Volume I, This Changes Everything, is permafree in ebook format} are here: http://www.sallyember.com/Spanners

My current and alternate timelines’ professions/work activities:
(I have worked as/in most of these, but not to the extent of having any be the focus of my entire life. My Curriculum Vitae [professional rèsumè] is over 5 pages long!)

How would my life have been different had I worked in/stayed longer in any one of these?

—recreation leader
—field hockey coach
—girls’ softball coach
—cheerleading coach
—camp counselor/camp director
—WSI [Water Safety Instructor]/waterfront director/lifeguard trainer/supervisor/swimming teacher
—canoeing instructor
—umpire (home plate and base), adult softball leagues
—classroom teacher (elementary, middle or high school) through retirement
—college professor (writing, teacher education) through tenure and retirement/Emerita status
—preschool teacher through retirement
—adult/community education instructor through retirement
—mother of more than one (birthing, fostering, adopting, step-parenting)
—world traveler
—princess/queen


cast of Crystal Dreams, a play I wrote, directed and narrated
1984, Keene, New Hampshire

[I am second from the left, as “The Woman from the Well of Memories.”]

—political leader (elected, appointed)
—community/political organizer
—union representative/organizer
—psychic consultant (for individuals, police, organizations)
—spiritual teacher/leader/group member
—Buddhist nun
—meditation teacher
—research scientist
—medical doctor
—medical clairvoyant diagnostician
—psychotherapist
—bookkeeper/data processor/entry clerk
—multilingual translator (Spanish, Italian)
—nonprofit manager
—nonprofit event planner/cook


cast of Rainbow Over the Junkyard, a play I starred in, co-wrote songs for and accompanied, conceived and directed by Mario Cossa
1983, Keene, New Hampshire

[I am in the back row, second from the left, as “Megan Andrews” and the color, orange.]

—actor/director
—article & news writer/freelance reporter
—editor/proofreader
—playwright (dramas/musicals)
—poet/lyricist/parody writer
—singer/songwriter
—film/theatre/TV critic
—theatre teacher/director (dramas/musicals)
—musician (pianist)
—piano teacher/music teacher (beginners/children)
—storyteller/performer


I am reading from This Changes Everything, Volume I of The Spanners Series
2013, Fremont Writers’ Group, BookSmart, Newport Mall, California


What about yours?

You need to double your Amazon security

Two-step verification may be necessary. WAPIMA (What a pain in my …).

Thanks, Jean, and Ape for posting/researching.

Jean's Writing

You heard right.

Time to double security and protect your books on Amazon. 

Now, not only do I need to work on this year’s taxes, but looks as if I may need to work on my Amazon account.

What the hell? Hackers are now invading Amazon? You’ve got to be kidding me.

I feel as if I’m playing Wack-a-Mole trying to avoid hackers and stupid people. This is getting ridiculous. I change my passwords from time to time, but now I’ve got to do more to keep these crooked jerks out.

Thanks to Janice Hardy over at Fiction University for the warning.

Here’s what I learned today about Amazon Security…

  • Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) accounts are linked to my regular Amazon account.
  • Hackers attempt to break into customer Amazon accounts every single day.
  • If a Hacker gains access to my Amazon account they have access to my KDP.
  • A Hacker will…

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LAST DAY for #SMASHWORDS’ “Read An #Ebook Week”! #ebookweek18 Many #sales and #discounts, some #free, through March 10, 2018!

LAST DAY for #SMASHWORDS’ “Read An #Ebook Week”! #ebookweek18 Many #sales and #discounts, some #free, through March 10, 2018!
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All three published Volumes of the sci-fi/romance/multiverse/utopian/paranormal (psi) ebooks in The Spanners Series for adults/NA/YA are participating in this great sale! And, if you prefer or want also to have paperbacks, scroll to the end for the Amazon links to utilize Kindle Matchbook discounts to purchase those!

Volume I, This Changes Everything, The Spanners Series, by Sally Ember, Ed.D.
Dr. Clara Ackerman Branon, 58, begins having secret visits from holographic representations of  beings from the Many Worlds Collective, a consortium of planet and star systems in the multiverse. When Earth is invited to join the consortium, the secret visits are made public. Now Earthers must adjust their beliefs and ideas about life, religion, culture, identity and everything they think and are. Clara is selected to be the liaison between Earth and the Many Worlds Collective and she chooses Esperanza Enlaces to be the Media Contact. They team up to provide information to stave off riots and uncertainty. The Many Worlds Collective holos train Clara and the Psi-Warriors for the Psi Wars with the rebelling Psi-Defiers, communicate effectively with many species on Earth and off-planet, eliminate ordinary, elected governments and political boundaries, convene a new group of Global Leaders, and deal with family’s and friends’ reactions. 
In what multiple timelines of the ever-expanding multiverse do Clara and her long-time love, Epifanio Dang, get to be together and which leave Clara alone and lonely as the leader of Earth? This Changes Everything begins the 30-year story of Clara’s term as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, continuing in nine more Volumes of The Spanners Series. Are you ready for the changes?

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Intrigued by multiple timelines, aliens, psi skills, romance and planetary change? Clara and the alien “Band” are back in Volume II, This Changes My Family and My Life Forever, The Spanners Series. Now as Chief Communicator, Clara leads the way for interspecies communication on- and off-planet. Fighting these changes are the Psi-Defiers, led by one of the oldest friends of the Chief of the Psi-Warriors, its reluctant leader, Rabbi Moran Ackerman. Stories from younger Spanners about the first five years of The Transition fill Volume II. How would you do with the changes?

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Clara, Moran, Espe, Epifanio and the alien Band of holos are back in This Is /Is Not The Way I Want Things to Change of The Spanners Series. Psi-Defiers launch increasingly violent protests during this five-year Transition, attempting to block Earth’s membership into the Many Worlds Collective. To join, Earth’s nations and borders must dissolve and Psi-Warriors must strengthen in their battle against the rebels.
Clara, continuing as Earth’s first Chief Communicator, also juggles family conflicts and danger while creating psi skills training Campuses to help Earth through the Psi-Wars. Clara timults alternate versions of their futures as the leaders’ duties and consciences force them each to make difficult choices across multiple timelines while continuing to train and fight.
Will the Psi-Warriors’ and other leaders’ increasing psi skills, interspecies collaborations and budding alien alliances be enough for Earth to make it through The Transition intact? If there is no clear path for Clara’s and Epifanio’s love, does she partner with Steve or go it alone?
What do you do with wanted/unwanted changes?

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