Our Fortieth Year
Our Fortieth Year


The Thundergods’ Gold & House of the Fire Demon

The Thundergods’ Gold & House of the Fire Demon

ISBN: 0970051522 | 9780970051523

In the literary tradition of Young Detectives like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, author Bill Edwards has written two exciting stories of mystery and lost treasure. Both are fast-moving thrillers, with likeable young characters, intricate mysteries, and lively, suspenseful plots.

In The Thundergods’ Gold, brother and sister Rick and Teri turn prospectors to search for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the lonely Superstition Mountains of Arizona. On the Apache Trail, they are stalked and menaced by a deadly gang of criminals who caused their father’s death, and are ready to kill again. Ghosts of two ancient tribes—one Native American and one fabled to be from Europe—also cast their eerie shadows over the story.

House of the Fire Demon follows long-time friends Mike and Shari as they turn teenage detectives to solve a decades long puzzle of a cursed old house and right a wrong done to innocent early immigrants to San Francisco. To do so, they must brave the wrath of the terrifying Fire Demon, the ghost of an evil sea captain, along the rugged and treacherous coast of Northern California.

Einstein: An Event in the Fourth Dimension

ISBN: 0615382940 | 978-0615382944

Everyone has the intellectual capacity to understand Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.

The principle of relativity is based upon the self-evident truth of matter in constant motion throughout the universe. His theory hinges upon the term “event.”

While Mother Nature and Father Time play an active role in events, the outcome of a human event may change by “common sense” and “reason.”

Experience gained from the day’s event will always be there, which is good. But, a theory such as Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, opens our eyes before the event happens, which is better.

The civilized world, especially the growing child should know and understand the structure of an event appearing as a theory.

The Fourth Dimension should be learned as early as possible.

This vital, new subject should be added to the school’s curriculum for the sole purpose of teaching students to think before they act.

My Life: From Refugee to Teacher & Scientist

ISBN: 1594251061 | 9781594251061

In this publication Professor Tietz has woven the pleasant, rewarding, and even painful aspects of his life into a very readable and fascinating account of his life, that readers will enjoy. Professor Tietz, an icon in the field of Clinical Chemistry has made outstanding contributions as scientist, author, editor, and educator. He reports on his various fascinating lecture and vacation trips to 21 different foreign countries. One of his greatest accomplishments is the Textbook Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry which is often affectionately referred to as the bible of Clinical Chemistry.

Dr. Tietz also describes his extraordinary life as accomplished Farm hand, equestrian, Mountain hiker and climber, track and field champion, skier, Fraternity leader and world traveler as well as his experiences as glider pilot, POW and refugee.

Veterans in the Mist

ISBN: 0971353840 | 9780971353848

They’re a proud group of Americans, but they don’t draw attention to themselves. They meet monthly to share memories, friendship and to reminisce. They’re from all over our country and beyond, and from all walks of life. Unless we look closely and engage them, we won’t understand what they’ve done for our country and for the world at a critical time…when we needed them most. Even today, as the most senior of our citizens, this group of World War II veterans, from all branches of service, represents the best of what America has to offer. Collectively, with affection, admiration and respect, we call them “The Third Thursday Lunch Bunch.” Here are a few of their stories, glimpses into their war. time experiences, but a brief portion of their lives, which have profoundly impacted them, us and the world. Well done, men. Carry on.

Teaching Algebra To Chickens

Teaching Algebra to Chickens

ISBN: 0615415938 | 978-0615415932

Have you ever stopped to wonder how the universe can go on forever? How once upon a time there was nothingness and yet everything that now exists was somehow created out of that nothingness? Have you ever wondered if there’s a master designer – God, the universe, the Force, or whatever you’d like to call it – that made everything? And if this ultimate being made everything, then who made him?

And then there’s the smaller stuff: How does our brain work? Why are we so different from animals – or are we? Do gender differences really matter? Why is there war? What will happen to humans if we destroy our environment? What happens when we die?

The fact is that life is filled with endless unanswerable questions, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ask them. Join author Don Peckham as he ponders those things in life that defy explanation and the things that seem beyond our comprehension. While we think we may know the answers, Don will challenge you to look past those beliefs that you readily accept and question their validity. We may not be able to answer every question that life raises any better than a chicken can learn algebra, but we can open our awareness to a place of wonder and respect for the unanswerable.

Roots & Tendrils

ISBN: 978-0-615-37085-9

Some of Our Prose:

  • A homeless woman sleeps where rattlesnakes live
  • A classics professor plots vengeance on perfidious colleagues
  • An American in Paris solicits a gypsy for a handout
  • A young girl is persuaded that a manure facial will free her of freckles
  • A divorcée has a one-night affair with a lonely foreign man
  • A peeping Tom unwittingly promotes a friendship between two women
  • An essayist offers advice on appreciating butterflies, bats and grackles

Some of Our Poems:

  • “The Write Words”
  • “The Old Lovers”
  • “Hearing with the Lips”
Halloween in Oz--Dorothy Returns

Halloween in Oz–Dorothy Returns

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ISBN: 0979856205 | 978-0979856204

Upon returning, Dorothy finds that heroic tasks again await her — and that in Oz Halloween lasts an entire witch-week of thirteen days! Mysteries abound. Why does she arrive in Gillikin Land, where she has never been before? Where is that evil that her father warned her about? Who is this mysterious boy with purple hair, who seems to be a friend from Kansas in disguise? Old friends like Scarecrow, Tin-man, and Lion — and new friends like the mysterious boy and her Kansas pumpkin magically brought to life — help her and Toto struggle in what becomes a battle to save Oz.

This is the Captain Speaking

ISBN: 0986175005 | 978-0986175008

An easy to use method of strengthening your will power, and achieving your goals.

Let the Captain be your LIFECOACH. He works cheap.

No matter where you are in your life—from a young child—to an elderly person—you can impact your happiness and well-being in a positive way.

If you are happy, prosperous and successful and make the “right” decisions most of the time;and have little or no bad habits; then you probably don’t need to read the book. For the rest of us—read the book!

I Am Change

ISBN: 1945224002 | 978-1945224003

I Am Change, a book of prose and poetry by David Best, is a pleasure to read. It combines warm, personal experiences and compelling true life drama with spiritual guidance toward acceptance of everything that this universe has to offer us, without labeling it as bad or good. Its tone is welcoming and charismatic.

It has a quality of modesty which encourages the reader to consider the ideas presented by someone who does not exalt himself but simply and eloquently tells what he has experienced and learned. The author’s poetry has a bright, captivating quality, and yet at the same time it expresses some powerful truths about birth, life, death and the essential nature of all three as forms of change. The way the poetry is interspersed with the prose of I Am Change is illuminating. The two different forms of communication enhance and intensify each other.

Good-bye Mount Diablo


I’m greeting you from a train
That stops near your foothills.

For many years, I traveled
Around you and your companion
With paints, brushes, and canvas
Admiring the many views
And shapes in light and dark hues
And I liked reading about your legends.
The good times I had hiking
Your woods and meadows
Climbing to your top with a view
No other mountain can match.

Now population growth has
Reached your foothills after
razing extensive walnut groves,
And many huge buildings
Threaten your free stand.
My train is slowly pulling away
As you disappear in
The summer’s haze.
“Good-bye, Mount Diablo!”