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Disentangled: How I freed myself from a Toxic Relationship

Daniel was supposed to be the love of my life and a second chance for happiness. Instead, he purposely seduced me with the intent to use my money and security. By the time I realized what was happening, I was so deep into the relationship that it was hard to let go. I walked around in a fog for three years, trying to hold onto my sanity and my money. Eventually, I realized... he was a dead end. Thinking I could beat him at his own game, I made a plan to get back some of what I lost.

Imagine being taken to the greatest heights of ecstasy only to find yourself free falling with no logical explanation. You hit the ground, stunned and confused, and then clutch your chest to close the gaping hole that exposes your heart. Feel the nerve endings twitch with electric heat at every pulse. Touch the open wound with the tips of your fingers. Visualize how the hole got there... Not with a razor-sharp knife, but with a spoon, over the course of months or even years, leaving you numb to the pain. This is what it's like to be involved with a sociopath. If you were feeling the red-hot coils of a stove, your reaction would be to jerk your hand away, but this kind of danger is psychological. Like a skillful game of chess, you watch your opponent, anticipating their next move. Once you've exhausted every avenue to find it makes no difference, and you shed the last drop of blood, you have to face the truth. As Gloria Steinem says, "The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off."

Unless they've gone through it themselves, most people don't understand the trauma that victims go through. It's not always easy to just walk away, especially if you feel used. It's a process and a hard road, but one that can be successfully journeyed. With knowledge comes freedom from a life-sentence of abuse and unhappiness. Not only did he break my heart, Daniel destroyed my financial security and trust in men. The scars run deep. They lessen, but never fully heal.

Key chapters cover: Emotional withholding abuse, Triangulation, Devaluating, Love Addiction, Cognitive Dissonance, Anxiety, Self-doubt, Codependency, Boundaries, Five Stages of Grief, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Recovery process, and Learning to self-love

Trapped: Part 1 of 3

Trapped can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts.

This is PART 1 of 3 (Chapters 1-10 of 35).

You can read Part 1 two weeks ahead of release of the full-length eBook and paperback.

Phoebe, an autistic nine-year-old girl, is taken into police protection after a chance comment to one of her teachers alerts the authorities that all might not be what it seems in her comfortable, middle-class home. Experienced foster carer Rosie accepts the youngster as an emergency placement knowing that her autism will represent a challenge - not only for her but also for the rest of the family.

But after several shocking incidents of self-harming, Pica and threats to kill, it soon becomes apparent that Phoebe's autism may be the least of her problems.

Locked for nine years in a secret world of severe abuse, as Phoebe opens up about her horrific past, her foster carer begins to suspect that Phoebe may not be suffering from autism at all.

Cross Cultural Doctoring. On and Off the Beaten Path.

In Cross Cultural Doctoring you will read about my career as a successful obstetrician and gynecologist in academic medicine at a major university.

You will read why I decided at age 55 to leave my position, jump into the unknown and get off the beaten path. I will relate how my wife Anne and I accomplished this and how I kept working for various lengths of time in a number of different cultural settings around the world and how we travel extensively between assignments.

The book is written as a series of loosely connected anecdotes, some medical, some non-medical. Some are funny and some are not so funny. When appropriate I have added some reflections about our experiences.

I try to convey to the reader the excitement we have felt about our adventure. I hope that the book will inspire readers, medical and non-medical, to consider at some point of their careers to take the step to get off the beaten path. Anne and I certainly have never regretted our choices and have never looked back. Reading this book may also inspire readers to write their own story.

I hope that you will enjoy reading the book as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

I am not interested in making money from this book. I wanted to make the book available for free, but Amazon does not allow that. Thus the book is priced at the minimum of 99 cents. May I suggest that the reader make a charitable contribution to Hospital San Carlos in Chiapas, Mexico, in lieu of the usually accepted fee for a book of this nature. Their website is given on the first page of the book.

God's & Bugs: The Evolution of Chaos in the Human Character

Did God make man out of his own image or did man just project his ego onto divinity? Should we sit idly by while corruption causes justice to appear as insanity or is overthrowing corruption our right by natural law? Freedom is the ultimate proponent in the evolution of man's character in this strange world, and as the times become stranger, I'd like to share with you everything that I've learned while observing life and all of it's chaotic wonders alongside humanity, and the peculiar philosophy that I've conjured in response to these experiences with the hope of helping our continuing subconscious evolution.

The Woman Who Lost Her Face: How Charla Nash Survived the World's Most Infamous Chimpanzee Attack

"Through Charla I have learned that the will to survive is a powerful force and that human courage knows no bounds." --NBC's Meredith VieiraViciously attacked by a chimpanzee in 2009, Charla Nash was left so severely disfigured that she no longer had eyes to see the world, hands to feel it or even a face to show it. By her own doctors' accounts, she never should have survived her injuries.Charla's story is one of incredible strength, fierce determination and cutting-edge medicine. NBC News and Meredith Vieira have been covering the story since the life-altering attack, documenting Charla's unfaltering spirit and the remarkable surgeries that not only kept her alive, but gave her a new face and, ultimately, restored her very humanity.Featuring candid and exclusive interviews with Charla, her family, her doctors and the chimpanzee's owner, The Woman Who Lost Her Face is an intimate look at Charla's life before and after the attack. This in-depth account takes you inside the operating rooms and hospitals where medical history was made and includes new details about the chimpanzee who mauled Charla to the brink of death and the woman who raised the animal as her son. The Woman Who Lost Her Face also features never-before-seen images of Charla and insight from the NBC News producers and reporters who covered the story.

Rho Magna, the Laotian War Dragon (Short Story)

Combat fighter pilot Mark Berent writes of a dragon-shaped karst mountain in Laos along the Ho Chi Minh Trail that bristles with physical and psychological danger. He writes of it as he first saw it on an F-4 FAC mission from Ubon RTAFB in 1969. Then he adds an excerpt from "Phantom Leader," one of his historical fiction novels about war and politics in the Vietnam era.


You want a sexy name: (Poems of my life) I'm thinking of kraft dinner

Ever wondered what your fellow man was thinking? Well here's a peak into my head and my life told through the beautiful, dangerous and ridiculous world of poetry, enjoy.