From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond
Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist
Author Chester L. Richards
Narrow escapes from bouts with The Potato were just the beginning.
Having had a number of odd brushes with death, Author Chet Richards has always boldly gone where few have dared. His mantra: view all that comes your way — the good, the terrifying, and the ugly — as a series of adventures. Here are a few snippets:
“It took much practice, and many accidents, before I got the hang of it. Even then, The Potato, in its death throes, did not always behave as a Proper Sacrifice should and blazing hot molten lead would explode out from the bubbling caldron.” From The Potato
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Salvation Canyon: A True Story of Desert Survival in Joshua Tree
Story Development Editor Coach Ina
A real estate broker in Downtown Los Angeles, Ed Rosenthal's passion is poetry, writing about the historic buildings he sells and advocates to preserve. He hates slumlords, is fed up with his buyers, and finally escapes to the Mojave to bathe at a natural spring and take his favorite hiking trip in Joshua Tree National Park. But his vacation soon turns into a nightmare. Over six grueling days without water, food, or hope, he discovers a well of perseverance in the snippets of his life that play over the deadly but inspiring landscape, in which he finds himself utterly and inexplicably lost.
The God of Random Chance has, despite his best efforts his whole life, finally caught up to him. He describes his ordeal and its setting in intimate, vivid detail: surreal visions mix with wayfinding and intuitive wisdom in a poet’s-eye view of the life-lessons and magic that the desert can hold.
Of Politics, Ladies and Bagels
Of Politics, Ladies and Bagels
Poetry Provocative and Punny
Edited by Coach Ina. Published by Pawpress
“Gene Zahn's poems are a sweet reminder of a time, not so long ago, when the world felt less complicated, our relationships seemed more meaningful, our communication more heartfelt. I pick up his book and read a few of them whenever I need a good dose of that...or just a good chuckle.”
Sam Rose, TV Producer and writer, author of “The Way Back - Heal Your Self, Heal The World”
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Wine, Women, Whispers
By Alon Mintz, a.k.a. Rocky Mintziano, Adam Savage, Ali Mintez, et. al.
Edited and published by Coach Ina
"Wine, Women, Whispers is about a quirky and very interesting man of the world...I loved the homage to his mother, which is very tender. The makes me want to know more about the author -- whether he is called Alon Mintz (his given name), Rocky Mintziano, Adam Savage, Adam Stephens, or Ali Mintz. His crazy and not so crazy escapades are fun to read, and make me kind of envious that I haven't done half the things he has in his lifetime."
Susan Pinkus, Former Director, Los Angeles Times Polls
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You can read a comment from Alon about working with Ina here
Go East, Young Man, Go East
By Charles Alan Tichenor
Edited by Coach Ina
Absorbing glimpses into history in the making...from an eyewitness to the Oil Boom
Dr. Tichenor, a.k.a. "The Cat," or "Unk," begins with life as he lived it in 1920's America, moving ever eastward to the Middle East mid-century, where he was sent as a minister to work with the Aramco flock. Today called Saudi Aramco, the oil giant is the largest in the world...and it all began with secret treaties, a Saudi American partnership, a benevolent king, somewhat reluctant Bedouins, camels, and black gold....
Poetry and thoughts from the place where body and soul meet
Poetry from the place where wander and wonder merge
Broken Whole, A California Tale of Craziness, Creativity and Chaos
A very brave undertaking, "Broken Whole" provides the reader with a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man who has been to hell and back. Author Keith Adams, a highly accomplished man, tells of the time he slipped into delusions of grandeur alternating with fits of deep despair, and slowly found his way through the chaos. A tale that inspires, poignant and relevant in today's manic depressive times.
You can read Keith's comments about working with Coach Ina here. Thanks, Keith, for the kind words.
About The Angel Chronicles...
One day J.K. Johnson’s mom committed suicide in front of her eyes. The 35 year old author went into a daze after the coroner took the body away. It’s all a blur now, but she knows she had a serious automobile accident, driving while drunk. For the next six years of her life, J.K. found herself behind bars because of the severity of the injury to the other driver. The story in this book began the day all this took place. Every day of those six years behind bars, the lines of the mystery/romance, with an otherworldly connection, were channeled to her, and she wrote them down, often on toilet paper. And every night the other inmates would listen anxiously for the next installment…
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkSp5l2L9-E We are happy to introduce you to Kay Roberts, one of our most talented writers. Left, see her reading selections she wrote for her own memoir. The first begins, "I was born on the day they issued the repeal on Prohibition..."
The "Stories From The Heart" series.
Compilations of tales written by members of Coach Ina's Footprints Writing Clubs, these volumes take the reader from a lion's mouth in India during the time of the Raj, to the American midwest, where one of our authors was taught to steal coal by his parents during the Depression. Incidentally, his parents were Armenian, and escaped from the bloodbath there in 1915. From these tales to weathering the Holocaust in Poland to collecting shells on the beach in Santa Monica, CA., you'll find stories that are whimsical, poignant, vivid portraits of times past and present, written by a fascinating group of people.
"This book is so good...the Pawprints (now Footprints) writing group creates a sense of community, which people lack these days. People get to tell their stories -- that's the best thing. And the book is beautiful. With the book, the website where I read some of the stories first, altogether, what a great service!"
Diane Slade, artist and therapist, Napa, CA
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