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Mr./Ms. Right: An Endangered Species, published by Outskirts Press, was written by Roy A. Barry (MA-75) and his wife, Nazira, of Opa Locka, Fla. The purpose of the manual is to identify, assess and provide some essential skills for promoting functional, successful, and growth-oriented relationships.

Jeff Kildow (MS-82), Littleton, has written an action-thriller novel in the increasingly popular alternative history genre. The novel, America Under Attack, asks the question, what if World War II German bombers had been able to cross the Atlantic and attack American cities? Jeff retired in 2007 after more than 30 years as an aerospace engineer.

CarolLee Miles (BS-81), Aurora, wrote Getting Paid to Cruise: Secrets of a Professional Cruise Host. The book is the story of CarolLee’s entry into the cruise host world, how to get a job in that field and her journey of self-discovery. Her poetry has been put to song in her “Peace” CD, which is distributed worldwide and played especially in orphanages for its calming effect on the children.

First-Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know, written by John Fuller (MA-97), Colorado Springs, is a guide for new fathers to cultivate lasting parent-child relationships. John is vice president of Focus on the Family’s Audio and New Media division and co-host of the daily Focus on the Family broadcast.

Danny White (BA-91, MA-93), Tucson, Ariz., wrote A Christmas in Mistletoe, a story about a town that comes together to search and pray for a lost child.

Every Child Can Learn by Marie Greenwood (BA-35), Denver, is in its second edition. Marie is a pioneer and trailblazer in the Denver Public Schools, having opened the door for minorities to teach in Denver. In 2001 the Marie L. Greenwood K-8 School was named in her honor. Her book was written using her basic philosophy of education.

Joan (Iacabone) Murray (BA-59, MA-62, EdS-67), Northglenn, wrote Creative Cuisine Collection under her Italian name, Giovannina Murray. The cookbook is a collection of recipes she learned from age 13, and reflects her Italian background and the nationalities of many of her friends. The book is dedicated to Joan’s mother and her words of encouragement—“Come to the wood stove, Joan, and I will show you how to cook.” Joan has two children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Ken Spooner (BA-62, MA-76, EdS-83), Littleton, calls himself the “gadfly novelist” and has written eight novels—Fires of Redemption, Little Babushka, The Plato Escape, The Q Document, The Lexington Memoirs, Children of Gaia, Gift of the Sphere and Street of Dreams. Ken’s 42-year teaching career included schools in Spring Valley/LaMesa, California, Cherry Creek and Littleton, and Mesa State College, Metropolitan State College and Arapahoe Community College.

Owning her own restaurant in Oxford, Ohio, prompted Mary Jo McMillin (BA-63, MA-67), Wilmette, Ill., to write a cookbook by the same name. Published by Orange Frazer Press, Mary Jo’s Cuisine, is a collection of tested and tasted recipes in an easy-to-use cooking guide that is written for both culinary professionals and amateurs. Mary Jo caters, teaches cooking classes and writes about food on her blog—Mary Jo’s Kitchen. mjcuisine.wordpresscom. (To our readers—our sincere apologies are again expressed to Ms. McMillin for the misinformation published in Spring 2011 Northern Vision Book Notes.)

Stories of his great grandfather, a Confederate cavalryman, and a lifelong interest in the War for Southern Independence prompted Curtis E. Tipton (BA-70, MS-91), Sierra Vista, Ariz., to write Been in Two Fights. The source of the novel is the actual wartime journal of his wife’s great-great grandfather, Private Osgood Knox Jones, 15th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, CSA. He is working on his second book, War Stories, which is based on the experiences of his two great grandfathers, one who served in the 19th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, CSA, and the other who served in the 9th Kansas Cavalry Regiment, US Volunteers. Curt is retired from the U.S. Army and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He is employed as a field representative of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a heritage organization made of up descendents of Confederate soldiers, sailors and Marines, and he serves as the Adjutant of the Arizona Division of the SCV and of the Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710.

Ready, Set Go and Read by Norma (Blair) Gilmore (EdD-76), Hamilton, Mont., is a tool to assist teachers with struggling readers. It provides information, exercises and strategies to help children improve their reading, learning and computer skills.

Kenneth Jewett (MA-80), Galloway, Ohio, is a retired U.S. Air Force Officer. He spent 22 years in Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Operations, and eight years as a diplomat in treaty enforcement, serving as a defense attaché to the U.S. ambassador to Algeria. Three of his books, To the Valley, Defend the Valley and Beyond the Valley, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in American Literature. The books are set in a 10-year period during the French and Indian War in the Shenandoah Valley.

Inspired by stories from his management career, Thomas Mayberry (BS-81), Hermitage, Tenn., wrote Faith Guided Leadership. The book offers a religious commentary on the traits he believes are necessary for strong leadership. Tom is the accounting manager for Five Star Food Service in Nashville. He and his wife, Cindy, have two sons, Kody and Hunter, who are college students.

Tapped Out by Jesus: From the Cage to the Cross, written by Ron Waterman (BA-90, MA-94), Greeley, is Ron’s story of his personal journey from high school teaching and professional wrestling to becoming a full-time evangelist with Team Impact Ministries.

Taking Chances by Donald T. Searls, Ph.D., Sun City West, Ariz., is a story of Donald’s life growing up in the South Dakota Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Korean War, and his career applying probability theory and practice in aerospace, medicine, education, agriculture, energy and criminal justice. Excerpted chapters form a second book, My Career in Statistics. Donald is Professor Emeritus of mathematics and statistics at UNC.

Hal McKain, PhD., Lamoni, Iowa, former UNC professor and tennis and swimming coach, has written Spiritual Moments of Discernment. The book represents his personal thoughts, beliefs and theology.



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