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My paintings contain stories some part of which may reach the viewer. writing is more direct, in many ways a simpler means of communicating. we all use words, we know what words mean or we think we do. nuance, the double entendre, irony, sarcasm, misleading statements and outright lies make things more complicated. that saying, 'a picture's worth a thousand words' is never more true than when the written word has to somehow convey the expressiveness of the spoken word.

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The A to Z Book of Birds

Non-Fiction, Animals, Travel, Texas

While looking at my grand-daughter's books with her it occurred to me that here, at three years old, she can identify images which bear little resemblance to the actual creatures portrayed: whale, giraffe, ostrich, etc. At the zoo she recognizes the elephant, tiger, giraffe, etc. Why, I wondered, do children's books have such simplified renderings of animals? She may not be able to read the names, but she knows a giraffe is a giraffe. Her father is an avid birder and can barely wait to take her birding, so why not an alphabet book with realistic pictures of birds? Thus, "The A to Z Book of Birds: An ABC for Young Bird Lovers" - she will know her birds before she knows her alphabet. I'm sure my grand-daughter is not the only three-year-old genius out there. This book is designed to be useful from age three to well beyond learning the alphabet, when the text, informative and entertaining, will continue to teach and the paintings be a guide to identification in the field.

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A to Z Book of Weeds and Other Useful Plants

Non-Fiction, Plants, Travel, Texas

Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them. When it comes to the world of nature, adults often can't help other than to say, "Don't touch that!" "Don't play with that!" or "Don't eat that!" Of course, children will do all those things anyway. Therefore, simply, intriguingly, informatively, and I hope humorously, this book tries to introduce young and old alike to the plants around us that are considered to be a nuisance, worthless or potentially harmful: the weeds.

As we find, those plants that we don't want, and annually spend millions of dollars trying to eradicate, have served mankind for thousands of years and though we may not realize it, continue to provide food, medicine, shelter, clothing and pleasure to millions of people worldwide. If, seeing a bush or tree laden with fruit, you ever wondered, "Can you eat those?" or have seen a beautiful tiny wildflower and wished you knew its name, this book will start you on a journey of discovery not to be missed, starting right outside your door.p>

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Agla and Kevin

Fiction, Middle School, Thriller, Texas

What if a band of Indians, not contacted since their ancestors retreated from the Spanish conquistadors, remained living in the Texas Hill Country? Young Kevin Jones, lost and injured, chances upon these people and begins a life unimaginably different from the one he has known. He learns the ways of living in harmony with nature and is opened to the strange and inexplicable world of shamanism.

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Be Not Deceived

Fiction, Suspense, Texas

If you didn't take advantage of the bonus short story, 'rip 'when purchasing, 'corpus' you are in luck because you can also get it with 'bnd' where you can follow another of detective matt grey's cases which takes him to the Texas coast, life's a beach, right? A mysterious call from a beautiful woman, (I know, but at least she doesn't walk into his office and blow smoke in his face) sets off this matt Grey adventure. A trip to Houston to track down the connection between his client's holiday in Sicily and the mafia teaches him more than he or his client wanted to know about, 'Cosa Nostra'.

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