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Clueless Gent's Texas-Centric, Bookish Podcast
30 minutes | a month ago
Episode 4: A Chat with Rainbow Bridge Author, Dan V. Jackson
Show Notes About this Episode In this episode, Clueless Gent talks to author Dan V. Jackson about his newest book, Rainbow Bridge. (We must use Dan's middle initial so as not to confuse him with author Dan Jackson.) Dan talks extensively about how to write dog characters, as well as why this story is different than most books that discuss the afterlife of our pets. With blatant candor, he tells us what prompted him to write this kind of story in the first place. Further, Dan tells us what's next in this new series. About our Guest - Dan V. Jackson I can't imagine life without a dog ... It was Will Rogers who said, "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." I couldn't agree more. While I wish I could say I was born in a log cabin on a cold desolate prairie, the truth is that I debuted into this world in Morristown, New Jersey, the youngest of five boys. My father was a World War II veteran and my mother was an immigrant from Canada. We moved several times when I was very young, but eventually settled in Texas, where I have lived most of my life and never want to leave. All in all, I'm a pretty regular guy - I like watching football, golf, running and barbequing a great steak over an open fire. I'm also a bit of a computer wonk. Though being a writer has long been my personal passion, I do maintain a day job. I received my MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago in 1984, and have spent almost my entire career as a financial consultant to the utility industry. Over the past three decades I have served over 200 clients across the USA and 5 foreign nations, and am generally recognized as a national expert in utility ratemaking. I'm one of those guys who loves both numbers and the written word -- believe me, there aren't too many of us! I met my wife Cheryl at church in early 1992; we were married just over a year later. In March 1995 our daughter Melissa Paige was born, followed closely by Rachel Elaine in April 1996. Melissa graduated from Baylor University and now works in New York City as a production manager for People Magazine. Rachel graduated from the University of Oklahoma and also lives in New York City where she works as a medical scribe at Mt. Sinai Hospital. I miss them terribly, but we do get to see them a few times a year. For much of my life I have had the pleasure of owning dogs. As a child my family owned a series of cocker spaniels. Then, as a teenager we adopted an elderly miniature schnauzer; though he wasn't with us for long, I'll never forget the joy he brought to my childhood. Shortly after we got married, Cheryl and I adopted Norman, a miniature schnauzer, and he gave us 15 wonderful years of love and companionship. After Norman passed, we adopted the sisters, Abby and Bella. A few years later, Melissa brought home a stray puppy, and Sammie constantly fills our home with manic energy and goofball antics. It is my love of our loyal, devoted canine companions that has served as the inspiration for my new novel, Rainbow Bridge. This family story seeks to answer the question asked by everyone who has ever cared for, loved, and ultimately lost a dog - do we get to see them again? Rainbow Bridge is the first of an upcoming series of similarly-themed books, all of which I hope will bring comfort to those who have experienced the heartbreak of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. If you would like to contact me, you can do so through my web site, https://danvjackson.com. I always enjoy hearing from my readers! Connect with Dan V. Jackson ◊ Website ◊ Facebook ◊ Twitter ◊ ◊ Goodreads ◊ Amazon Author Page ◊ Dan's Books Amazon Amazon Additional Episode Information and Links Operation Kindness During the episode, Dan talks about a specific shelter, which he also mentions in the book. This is the link to that shelter: Operation Kindness. Related Post ◊ Rainbow Bridge - A Clueless Gent Review
35 minutes | a month ago
Episode 3: A Talk with Texas Author Ben H. English
Show Notes About this Episode In this episode, the Clueless Gent talks to Texas author Ben H. English, a real Texan’s Texan! Ben writes about what he loves, and that is the Big Bend area of Texas. He’s written both fiction and non-fiction about the area, and at the time of recording, Ben is in the process of recording the audio book for his latest novel, Destiny’s Way. In addition to telling us a little about himself and a lot about the Big Bend, Ben gives some practical advice for anyone who wants to write about their favorite place on earth. Photos of the Big Bend (All photos are provided courtesy of Ben H. English. Many more are available on Ben's Facebook page.) About our Guest - Ben H. English Ben H. English is an eighth-generation Texan who was born in Uvalde in the late 1950s. As a child, he spent most of his years in the Big Bend Country along the Rio Grande. He attended schools in Presidio, Marfa, and later, a one room school house in Terlingua. During this time, his family had several ranching and business interests in the area, including the historic Lajitas Trading Post, which was run by his grandparents. His family moved to Fort Stockton, Texas, where he graduated from high school in May of 1976. He joined the United States Marine Corps on a delay enlistment program and turned eighteen years old while still in boot camp. Having volunteered for ground infantry, Ben was sent to Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton, California. While there, he was selected as a Marine Security Guard and sent to Marine Barracks, Naval Ammunition Depot, Hawthorne, Nevada. When the barracks closed in October 1977, Ben received orders for Okinawa to join Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment. After displaying certain field skills and marksmanship abilities, he attended the Third Marine Division Scout-Sniper School at Camp Hansen, Okinawa. Following the completion of this course, then Corporal English was assigned as a jungle and mountain warfare instructor at Northern Training Area in Okinawa until returning stateside in November 1978. Serving as a scout-sniper for STA Platoon, Third Battalion, Second Marines, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; he later became Chief Scout-Sniper and Platoon Sergeant while still holding the rank of corporal. He also attended and successfully completed the Scout-Sniper School for Second Marine Division. Ben was meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant and chosen as a unit leader for the Infantry Training School at Camp Geiger. In January 1980, Sergeant English was offered the opportunity to join the Fourth Counterintelligence Team at Camp Lejeune, and did so after re-enlistment. For the next three and a half years he attended various schools for counterintelligence, interrogation, counter-terrorism, and took part in several field operations. By the time he had finished his second enlistment in July 1983, he had traveled to over thirty different countries; mostly in Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and West Africa. Despite several offers to stay in the Marine Corps, English mustered out and enrolled at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Within three years he had graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Government as well as recognition by Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Chi, and Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities. After college, he was accepted to the Texas Department of Public Safety Training Academy in June of 1986. He graduated in October 1986 and was stationed as a Highway Patrolman in Ozona, Texas. During those years he was tasked as a Driving Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and had several other secondary assignments. He was a member of the regional pistol team, regional honor guard, and served on the District Civil Disturbance Management Team for over twenty years. On a more personal note, he coached his county 4-H small-bore rifle team to state competition and was an adult leader for the ...
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 2: Clueless Gent Talks to Author Marti MacGibbon
Show Notes About this Episode In this episode, Clueless Gent talks to author Marti MacGibbon. Marti tells her story, which includes episodes of substance abuse, standup comedy and even human trafficking. She explains why she wrote her memoirs, as well as who she is trying to reach. Marti discusses how writing helped her get through those years of darkness. Lastly, Marti offers some advice to any listeners who are victims or survivors. About our Guest - Marti MacGibbon Marti MacGibbon, CADC-II, ACRPS, CAPMS, is an inspirational speaker, standup comic, certified addiction treatment professional, and author of two nationally award- winning and critically acclaimed memoirs, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom and, Fierce, Funny, and Female. She is a Human Trafficking Expert Consultant at the US Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and an Expert Consultant at the US Office for Victims of Crime. Marti is an internationally known author and an expert on trauma resolution and addiction. She holds five professional certifications in her specialized field, including the ACRPS, (Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, and the CAPMS (Certified Addiction-Free Pain Management Specialist). Few speakers have a personal comeback story as riveting and inspirational as Marti’s. She has recovered from and triumphed over nightmare experiences such as being trafficked to Tokyo and held prisoner by Japanese organized crime, homelessness, domestic violence, childhood sexual assault/abuse, severe PTSD and hard-core drug addiction. Marti employed simple, effective strategies to transform her life, and shares them to motivate, encourage, and energize listeners to create positive changes in every area of their lives. In addition to speaking to businesses, medical professionals and mental health professionals on overcoming adversity, empowerment, addiction recovery, and inspiration, Marti speaks on human trafficking, domestic violence, and other violence against women, and trains service providers. She has spoken at The Museum of Tolerance, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, at colleges and universities, and even from the center of an MMA octagon at, “Fight Traffick,” an anti-human trafficking cage-fighting event. She’s been interviewed in Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, and Glamour, on ABC-TV, CBS-TV, FOX-TV and numerous radio stations, and articles she wrote have appeared in over 150 corporate and trade magazines. An advocate for victims and survivors, Marti has spoken at the White House, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office for Victims of Crime, on mental health and policy advocacy. From 2012-2017, Ms. MacGibbon served on the Indiana Attorney General’s state-wide anti-trafficking task force IPATH, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans. From 2013-2017, she developed curriculum for and taught a life skills class for women with trauma history in Marion County Jail. In 2014, she spoke to California State Legislature in support of new and successful legislation aimed at eradicating child sex trafficking. Ms. MacGibbon is an engaged leader who serves on the Board of Directors at HEAL Trafficking, Inc., and is a Board Member at MENTARI Human Trafficking Survivor Empowerment Program in NY, NY, and on the Advisory Board at Justice At Last in San Francisco. Marti is a Speaker Trainer Consultant at the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Center. Marti is founder, producer, and emcee of Laff-Aholics Standup Comedy Benefit for Recovery, an annual charity fundraiser in Indianapolis that features nationally headlining comedians. One hundred percent of the profits from the show go to transitional housing facilities in Indy that provide access to addiction treatment and mental health services for the recovery community’s most vulnerable. The Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) honored Marti wi...
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 1: Clueless Gent Talks to Kristine Hall, the Most Bookish Person in Texas
Show Notes About this Episode In this first episode, The Clueless Gent interviews one of the most bookish people in the State of Texas: Kristine Hall. She is the owner and publisher of Lone Star Literary Life, an online wealth of bookish information for the Lone Star State. Kristine explains what Lone Star Lit is all about, and how to best use the site. The site can be used by both authors and readers. Included in the site is information about Lone Star Book Blog Tours, the related group of dedicated bloggers who help promote mainly Texas books. The site is not just for Texans, but for anyone who desires bookish information. About our Guest - Kristine Hall Kristine Hall is the owner and publisher of Lone Star Literary Life, an online media outlet for all things bookish-Texas. Before assuming leadership of Lone Star Lit, Kristine served as coordinator for Lone Star Book Blog Tours, working with over 300 authors and publishers to promote Texas books, Texas authors, and Texas publishers. Hall earned her bachelor’s degree in modern languages from Texas A&M University, her teaching certification from Texas Christian University, and her master’s degree in library science from Sam Houston State University. She is a professional book reviewer, has been a moderator at the Texas Book Festival, and has been the featured speaker for numerous Texas writing groups, workshops, and conferences. She is an active member of the Texas Library Association and a proud member of the Grammar Police. She has been sharing her personal book reviews and book recommendations since 2011 on Hall Ways Blog.
2 minutes | 2 months ago
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