Lessons From My Mother’s Life

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It was the 1950s. The war was over and women could go back to being happy housewives. But did they really want to?

Women in the 1950s should have been contented to live a Leave it to Beaver life. They had it all: generous husbands with great jobs, comfortable suburban homes with nice yards, two cars, and communities with like-minded families. Their days were filled with raising well-behaved children, cleaning the house, baking cookies, and attending PTA meetings and church events.

They should have been fulfilled. Women’s magazines told them so. Advertisers told them so. Doctors and psychologists told them so. Some were. But some weren’t.

In the 1950s, women were sold a bill of goods about who they were and who they should be as women. Some bought it. But some didn’t.

These stories are about the women who didn’t. They didn’t buy that there wasn’t more to life than making a happy home. Except they didn’t know they weren’t buying until something forced them see the cracks in their seemingly perfect lives.

A teenage bride sees her future mirrored in Circe’s twisted face. A woman’s tragic life serves as a warning about the dangers of too much maternal devotion. And the lives of two women intersect during two birthday parties, changing both of them. These and other moving tales of strength, discovery, and hope are about our mothers and grandmothers and the lessons their lives have to teach us.

This book is the second edition of my 2017 short story collection, Gnarled Bones and Other Stories. This edition has been extensively revised, the stories changed and expanded, and the context moved from the present day to the 1950s and 1960s. This edition also includes a Preface and a bonus chapter from The Specter, the first book of my Gilded Age family drama, the Waxwood Series.

Money Doesn’t Talk, It Kills

Money Doesn’t Talk, It Kills is a fast-paced crime thriller about money and the twin emotions, fear and greed, that most often surround it.

Mark Slater is a university professor turned stock-market analyst – 46 years old, happily married, with two kids in college. From a fellow analyst, he learns of an upcoming takeover that would allow him to make a lot of money. But to cash in he would need to break the law. And that is something Mark is sure he’d never do.

Events, however, work against him, and when Mark meets a college friend he hasn’t seen in years, he is persuaded to give in to temptation and commit the crime of insider trading.

Too late, he realizes he has made a terrible mistake. He has put at risk everything he holds dear – his job, his family, his freedom, and his self-respect. Mark just wants his old life back. But his college friend has other ideas, which lead Mark into a violent and criminal world from which there seems no way out.

The Ten Delusions (And How To Survive Them effectively)

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Your relationship with a spouse or partner can be the best thing in the world, and the most challenging. Why not make it something great? It’s time to stop denying reality. You keep telling yourself, and everyone else, that your relationship is great – even though it is not. That’s pretty normal, and you can do something about it right now. Let Dr. Dewett help you remove the biggest mental and behavioral barriers stopping you from enjoying a happier, more comfortable, and productive relationship. It all starts with understanding the ten delusions that plague your relationship. Know them, stop them, and develop the ability to rethink and rebuild your relationship. If you are married, partnered, or in any form of long-term committed relationship, this is your practical guide to creating something better – something truly special.

The Do's and Don'ts of Successful Online Dating

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Online Dating Offers AMAZING Opportunities to Find Love

Following These Do’s and Don’ts Will Help!

Once a cultural taboo, Internet dating has become more widespread and socially acceptable with each passing year. To date, more than 49 million Americans have pursued a relationship online with 20 percent of present, committed relationships beginning through the same venue. However, not everyone gets it right when they begin to date online. That’s the reason for this guide. It points out the most important practices to implement and those to avoid in order to jumpstart your online dating adventure.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Online Dating Includes…

?? Guidance in selecting the best venue for finding the love of your life.
?? Dating safely tips to protect you from devious and unscrupulous characters.
?? Suggestions for creating an honest profile that accurately represents you.
?? Recommendations on best practices for making a positive impression.
?? Assistance in making informed decisions as you evaluate potential matches.
?? Pointers on what to share with others and what should remain confidential.

About the Author, Chuck Miller

Author of Discovering Love Online: Love May Be Closer Than You Think, founder of indie publishing house Propeller Cap, LLC and a former singles ministry director, Chuck Miller brings a diverse background and nearly four decades of experience as a journalist, editor, publisher and pastor to his written portfolio.

Get a Head Start in Online Dating!

Packed with helpful advice, The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Online Dating offers to jumpstart your quest to find the love of your life. Scroll to the top of the page and order your copy today!

A Manhood Doctrine:A Survival Guide Versus Societal Shifts & Ideological Subversion

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In 1963, The Feminine Mystique was published. The second wave of Feminist goals followed from its publication.

A Manhood Doctrine discusses the origins, results, and ongoing malaise facing not only the United States, but also the majority of the Western world. The author presents the issue in three parts: societal radicalization, family history, and individual responsibility and action.

From the family story of a left-leaning son, of a single mom, to facing the future individually, the author provides a theory of self-development approach and insights from forty plus years of “failures” and more recent improvements. Derived out of Maslow’s hierarchy pyramid, the keystone habits of health and energy form the foundation and supports one’s trek to growth. Career, knowledge, finance, relationships, and legacy lead to a path of self-fulfillment. This is meant to thwart the ideological pushes of the 21st century. Men must weigh out their future interactions in a different light and assess risks therein.

Mr. Powers provides the links to the history, his intimate path trekked, for good and ill, and a better way ahead as surmised in a Self-Fulfillment model.

A Manhood Doctrine does not speak for all men. But it hopes to dent the psyche of those that wonder why this reality is not as expected from the years of social conditioning. It serves up data to buttress the argument against much of what has been taught and a way out to a better you.

Mr. Powers holds an MBA from Valparaiso University and an Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.