I am excited to announce the rerelease of my first book, The History Teacher! I first published it in 2010 and decided to give it a makeover after the release of my second book, The History Teacher 2.0, which I published through a new self-assisted publisher, FriesenPress. Quite frankly, I wanted to clean it up a bit. It was my first effort, and grammatically, it needed some work. So it’s the same story, but a much smoother read! If you would like to check out the storyline, go to the Fred’s Books page.
All three of the books I’ve written [The History Teacher, The History Teacher 2.0 and The Christmas Choice], are available on FriesenPress and Amazon.
Thank you so much for your support and for taking the time to read my books! Please know that I appreciate it enormously!
I am presently writing the third instalment of The History Teacher trilogy and hope to have it published by the end of this year. After that, I plan to begin writing, The Kid!
The issue of lack of diversity in Hollywood is another symptom of spiritual unconsciousness! That is to say, it is an example of fear stemming from our lack of awareness that we are spiritual beings participating in the flow of life, living in oneness with the universal energy [god] and all that is!
Having said that, I thought Chris Rock did a terrific job of hosting the Oscars! I particularly liked it when he said, “We just want an opportunity for good roles!”
How can we possibly experience universal peace and joy on this planet as long as situations exist where we pay someone $20 million to hit a baseball or make a movie, while entire families are forced to subsist on a dollar a day? How can we free ourselves of the destructiveness of jealousy and despair as long as there is poverty and starvation in the midst of extraordinary opulence? How can we feel content as long as there is injustice and inequality?
I think we can all agree that the state of affairs on the planet is quite dire at this point in our history. I could present a long list of societal and environmental indicators as evidence of this, but I neither want to depress or scare anyone. Safe to say, things aren’t good!
I remember quite vividly the first time I saw Robin Williams on the TV sitcom Happy Days. He knocked us right out of our living rooms! Ronnie Howard, who played Richie Cunningham on the series said of that moment, “We are in the presence of comic genius!”
How much unhappiness do we create for ourselves by being judgmental? Look at the way that idiot is driving, what a jackass! Look at the way she’s dressed, how disgusting! He needs better manners. Kids today don’t behave the way we used to. We can be so full of judgment!
A few years ago, I took a trip to South Korea to visit my daughter, Jenna. She was teaching English in Pusan, a bustling ocean-front city of over 3.5 million situated in the southeast corner of the country. Between excersions to a Buddhist temple, a fascinating encounter with a Buddhist monk, amazing food and a chance to spend a week with Jenna, it was an awesome vacation. One I’ll never forget!
I recently saw an interview with Academy Award winning writer and producer Ben Affleck (he co-wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting and co-produced Argo). During the interview, Affleck talked about an initiative he is involved in Congo, Africa. This initiative is intended to create economic growth in this war torn country in order to end the suffering Congoians have long been enduring. Affleck said that he created the initiative because he doesn’t want to go through life taking more than he is giving, common amongst Hollywood celebrities. He said he wants to give more than he takes. Very admirable indeed!