Strange History, Life’s Mysteries, and Other Bloviation

A slip and fall changed the course of 20th century history and broadcasting.

One man’s dislike of cats contributed to the deaths of millions of people.

A World War II pilot survives 3 plane crashes before switching gears and changing the world of science fiction forever.

A bullet fired in the Civil War nearly wiped yours truly from existence.

Told in the spirit of Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story, this series of short and fantastic historical stories will intrigue and delight readers who enjoy a fresh take on history. All of these stories come with a fun twist at the end, and some readers will enjoy guessing who or what each story is about as they follow along with each new tale. This is a short, but engaging read!


Meet J. Dallas Brooks

J. Dallas Brooks is an Air Force veteran, engineer, adjunct professor, and writer who lives with his family on their farm in southern Colorado.

Building in Bronze: Creating the Future through Healing the Past

Building in Bronze is an inspirational manifesto written by a woman who has never stopped dreaming and working to create space in the world where she could live her most authentic life. Cayla Pothan created just such a space, and in the process, discovered how to share her insights with other people who long to live with joy and purpose. After a difficult journey from a childhood of feeling trapped in a victim mindset, she emerged into a life filled with creativity and growth, eventually founding the Tootsie Gallery. Tootsie is a symbol of the dreams and creativity in the life of the child. As an artist, mentor, coach, gallery owner, and community builder, she reaches out to help others find purpose by getting in touch with the child within. Readers who may have lost sight of their own dreams, lacking purpose or creative outlets, will find inspiration to re-engage with their creative energies and the courage to chase those lovely dreams.


Meet Cayla Pothan

Cayla Pothan is the gallery Director and facilitator at Tootsie Gallery Cafe, a safe space for artists seeking to express themselves creatively to enjoy eating, commiserating, being inspired by the outdoor mosaic garden and most importantly to, “Connect, Inspire, and Grow.” Located in the Yass valley of Australia, this oasis of artistic freedom has become a hotspot for individuals seeking to explore what art they wish to create in the world and how they can make sure their creations leave an impact.

Cayla offers group workshops as well as individual mentorship programs in person at the Tootsie Gallery Cafe as well as online to help artists grow in their various creative journeys through creativity, knowledge and understanding of self. This is facilitated through art classes, breakthrough programs and 1:1 based learning. In addition, she is a second Dan black belt in karate and uses principles from her martial arts training such as safety, awareness and flow in her teaching to help her clients expand belief in self.