No one else ever took a trip like this. Nearly 600 trips, actually. “But who cares,” I thought, when first approached to edit the manuscript for this book “... about flying into every little airport in Indiana, then moving on to those in surrounding states?” Pilots? Perhaps. Even so ... I’m a writer, not a pilot. And Bob Hechlinski is a pilot — not a writer. Except ... Bob has an insatiable curiosity about people, places, events, you name it. To him, an airport is more than a name or a spot on a map. He’s a great listener. He has ears and eyes for detail — “nuggets” that many people either overlook or don’t connect with other nuggets like dots on a page, to create picture after picture after picture. And Bob has a gift for gab. “Storytelling,” if you will. So if you believe (as I do) that “writing is talking when you can’t be there,” give this book a listen. Hear things you never knew about John Dillinger, Al Capone, a WWII pilot named O’Hare ... back-road encounters on Mackinac Island and not flying under the bridge ... out-maneuvering storm clouds ... the Oshkosh air show ... close-knit neighborhoods with hangar-garages ... airports in Ohio ... police in Gary, Indiana ... the link between Northwestern University and a historic Lake Michigan passenger-ferry tragedy ... how a teenager’s Happy Birthday flight launched a career ... and more. Much more. Some people read books from page 1; the opening line hooks them. Others check the ending first. (“If I like how it ends, I’ll like getting there.”) With ‘Honey,’ feel free to start in the middle; pick a page — any page. Chances are, you will quickly be drawn in and pulled onward from one mini-tale to the next. And at some point, you’ll say “Geez, let’s go back and read the rest!” I did. C’mon along for the ride. Bob makes even the shortest hop a fun trip. Richard E. Schingoethe
Many straight Americans would never embrace homosexuals as neighbors, co-workers, or friends. Still less would they accept as equals those transgendered individuals who work the streets to provide themselves with drug money. This book seeks to change that perception. It celebrates the lives of Shontae, China, Keisha, Detra, and Monique, five Afro-American gay hustlers who struggle to survive and to maintain a life of dignity and value in the face of their drug use and criminal activity. As individuals they vary in terms of background, the manner in which they entered the transgendered world, and the nature of their initiation into the drug subculture. None of them has escaped the ravages of urban decline, crime, drugs, and poverty that accompany life in an inner city, but by the same token, none of them has capitulated to the stresses with which they live. It is impossible to read these accounts and not come away emotionally drained. As Monique explains, their lives take place in a world of chances. "You take a chance on living or dying, on being hurt or not being hurt, a chance on finding a friend or finding an enemy." It is from this world that their voices speak so eloquently about their families, hustling, sexuality, sexual abuse, friendship, and intimacy. By letting these women speak, Leon E. Pettiway evokes questions and encourages discussion and a re-evaluation of those who are labeled as deviant. Pettiway reaches beyond academic convention to offer a view with depth and emotion that mere statistics could never provide. While the poverty and often destructive lifestyle of these women may be gut-wrenching, their experiences reveal joy, pain, and the profound strength of the human spirit with which we can all identify. These lives have much to teach us about ourselves and those we label as "other."
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress lived an operational life of only 26 years, but what a life it was. The introduction to this book provides basic information on the physical plane: dimensions, specs, leading particulars and operational usages. Then an exhaustive day-by-day chronology of the B-29 is presented—from the earliest designs in 1934 through thousands of missions and aircraft events in World War II and Korea to the 1960 retirement of the last operational B-29. The book also includes an extensive glossary and three appendices, which provide a discussion of the general anatomy of a mission, a sample of operational voice or radio codes used in 1945, and a guide to (very unofficial) aircraft names.
Congratulations, you’ve run the first 2/3 of life’s gauntlet for the working man and you now stand triumphant, looking forward to society’s reward...Retirement! Before you take that final step out of the working world, you owe it to yourself to reflect on the answers to a few very important questions about what you plan to do with these golden retirement years. This book focuses on the contemplation of retirement as opposed to contemplation after retirement! Its recommendations can help preserve your post retirement mental health as well as that of your wife and loved ones. Unless you die on the job (and for many people that is the best way to go) you will someday walk or be thrown out of your work. If at that time, you conclude that you have enough money to retire, just how would you go about it? Where would you go? What would you do? What would you say to your wife and loved ones? You need to figure it all out before you leave your current profession! There are actually only three simple reasons to work! You probably know a couple of them, but unless you know and have contemplated all three, you need to keep working at least until you have finished this book!
In her music, she found sweet salvation.... Honey grew up on a farm under her strict, fanatically religious grandfather's disapproving eye. To him, everything is a sin -- from her natural-born talent for the violin to her innocent interest in boys and dating -- and life is a treacherous path to be walked in fear. When Honey is paired for music practice with a brilliant piano student, wealthy Chandler Maxwell, she discovers a true soul mate. But when a shocking family secret comes to light, Honey discovers the startling cause of her grandfather's bitter fury. And her own precious joy may be lost forever....
Sgt John A Walker, retired conservation officer, is at it again! In this sixth volume, Walker relays more of his stories about the years that he served as a game warden in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben recounts the personal and global story of the fight to build and preserve a sustainable planet Bill McKibben is not a person you'd expect to find handcuffed and behind bars, but that's where he found himself in the summer of 2011 after leading the largest civil disobedience in thirty years, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline in front of the White House. With the Arctic melting, the Midwest in drought, and Irene scouring the Atlantic, McKibben recognized that action was needed if solutions were to be found. Some of those would come at the local level, where McKibben joins forces with a Vermont beekeeper raising his hives as part of the growing trend toward local food. Other solutions would come from a much larger fight against the fossil-fuel industry as a whole. Oil and Honey is McKibben's account of these two necessary and mutually reinforcing sides of the global climate fight—from the center of the maelstrom and from the growing hive of small-scale local answers to climate change. With empathy and passion he makes the case for a renewed commitment on both levels of the fight to stop global warming, telling the story of raising one year's honey crop and building a social movement that's still cresting.
Love at first sight is what happened to Wendy when she walked into the gas station one morning. Trouble is . . . the only contact she had with Mr. Right (Lance) were the looks they exchanged as he walked past her and out of the door. After months of wishing and wondering who he was . . . lots of gas station drive-bys and dead-end searching . . . there he stood . . . in the bank . . . right next to her. As luck would have it, all hell broke loose right then. Two bank robbers flung open the door and asked what was taking them so long to bag up the money. Surprise glances were exchanged between the two of them. Fate had thrown Wendy and Lance together . . . Their attempt to escape found Wendy ripping a hole in one of the robbers coveralls only to discover a policemans uniform hidden underneath. Now . . . the chase was on . . . Fake names . . . . Daring close escapes . . . Hiding out in far away places and near death encounters brings the two of them closer together than either of them ever dreamed . . . . of course . . . THERE IS A SURPRISE ENDING.
Raised on the streets, Honey Burton desparately need a liver transplant. The foul mouthed waif changes the lives of all who try to help, but none more than Dr. Carie Lawton as she searches for a liver. Little does she know a liver is available, but first she must fight Administration and the hospital's new super computer. She resists wealthy patient Alex McWilliams' efforts to help until he shows her how to fight the system. But can they contend with a greedy administrator, find the liver in time, and beat the system?
This book is three in one: a love story, a marriage guide, and a way to maintain a healthy physical, mental, and spiritual life. It will help you in all areas of your life, especially your marriage, keeping your family together. How important is that for you? This is a God-inspired book. I don't take credit. I am just the messenger.