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And This Is How I Lived: stories from overlanders, immigrants, settlers, and pioneers who made new lives in difficult places

Some stories stick in your mind. These forty-five are favorites of author/editor Carolyn Wing Greenlee who tells why she remembered them and the often surprising circumstances that led to their publication. Among them are eye-witnesses who take you on the Oregon/California trail, inside a Chinese laundry, into a Victorian family living near a quicksilver mine, visiting lonely Chinese railroad workers, and into the lives of those who settled where mountains still bear their names. Here are accounts of ordinary people making their homes in unfamiliar places. Often they were adults recounting experiences they had as children. What did they choose to remember? What did they choose to tell?

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Ingenuity, Innovation and No Dead Ends: Microcurrent, UHF, Radio Paging, and the Pomona Drags — The inventions and discoveries of Dr. Thomas W. Wing

To Dr. Thomas Wing, everything was potential, possibilities. Nothing thwarted him for long. Problems were puzzles to be solved. FDA shutdowns prompted him to explore new areas of discovery. Opportunities abounded. Everywhere he looked, he could see how to make the world a better, safer place.

Through these accounts, Dr. Wing tells in his own voice what motivated him to prove the value of UHF waves for emergency communications, prove a mobile messaging system could be feasible, popularize drag racing at the Pomona Fairgrounds, and pioneer microcurrent, which would revolutionize electronic medicine.

But to Carolyn Wing Greenlee, more important than what her father did is who he was. Into the narrative she weaves stories of ways he interacted with others, their accounts of how those associations expanded their lives, and insights from those closest to him. It’s a love story of family, friends, community, humanity, and what can come into being when the focus is on helping others by providing solutions from our own best gifts.

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Z9 City: Coming of Age

Deep in space is the Zenith Colony, a cluster of space stations far from Earth. Tran and Bobby have grown up here — going to school, playing sports, flirting with girls, flying incredible spacecraft, dealing with imperfect parents — a normal, peaceful life for Z9ers until a life-shattering event thrusts the boys into the middle of a dangerous conflict. With the support of a brilliant scientist, the training and guidance from a mysterious woman in her ancient form of fighting, the two boys strive to protect their colony, their way of life, and the ones they love.

Z9 City is available in paperback and kindle only on Amazon

From an Amazon customer: “I found it a page-turner, but not merely because I wanted to know what happened next, it’s because I really cared about the characters. Tran and Bobby, the scientist, and four magnificent women became so real to me that I was able to totally lose myself in their story. The plot was unpredictable. The world was completely innovative, yet believable and integrated as the setting for their lives. It wasn’t technology or innovation for its own sake; it was part of the storyline the way sets on a stage help determine the movement and action of the characters. Excellent pacing with plenty of action without wearing me out from sheer adrenaline fatigue. I loved how the entire story seemed inevitable even though so many of the events surprised me. I especially appreciated that there are no super heroes in Z9. Nobody is born with super powers or hidden supernatural gifts. These are normal human individuals with the same cares as other human beings, yet they grow as they face immense adversities and find themselves able to meet catastrophes head-on because of who they have become. It inspired me. Gave me hope and a fresh view of what’s possible even in the midst of catastrophic loss. I love these people and the Z9 colony, and I can’t wait to read the sequel!”