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Santa Cruz pedestrian activist and former editor of The Ventana, the local Sierra Club magazine, won several statewide essay contests when she was in high school in Massachusetts. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Communication from the University of Memphis. Her favorite pastimes include peak climbing and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

In the thrill of the night and other tales from a 50's childhood        Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989925006
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Published: Lost Balloon Press - November 14th, 2013

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Marcia's early interest in Social Studies led her to a B.A. at UC Berkeley, a Secondary Teaching Credential at Cal State S.F. and later an M.A. from JFK in Career Development. A resident of Santa Cruz for 35 years, Marcia taught Career Planning and Women's Re-Entry Counseling at Cabrillo and worked as an Employment and Training Specialist for the county of Santa Cruz.

An Immigrant's Sojourn In the Land of the Long White Cloud a memoir of life in New Zealand Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615891385
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Published: Write Your Future Press - November 6th, 2013

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Dean Metcalf is the author of Rattlesanke Dreams: An American Warrior’s Story, and a world-traveling journalist whose articles were distributed by Pacific News Service, San Francisco. His work has appeared in publications such as Denver Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, San Jose (CA) Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Village Voice, South Africa Weekly Mail, Oakland (CA) Tribune, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Review of Books.

Rattlesnake Dreams: An American Warrior's Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578088099
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Published: On Demand Books - November 20th, 2012

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Trish Thorpe was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English, and worked in Silicon Valley IT Communications. She now lives and writes in Santa Cruz, California. "Fisheye" is her nickname.

Fisheye: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780985328801
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Published: Fisheye Books - October 1st, 2012

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Ruth Royal has lived in Santa Cruz since 1969. Now retired, she worked in public education, at the Santa Cruz Public Library and the YWCA. She served in the Philippines in the Peace Corps during the first years of the organization; Ruth’s husband, Nick Royal, was also Peace Corps Philippines and is retired from UC Santa Cruz. They have two children: Suzy, who lives in Berlin with her husband, Guenther, and David, a journalistic photographer who lives in Pacific grove with his wife Aparna and son Ravi.
Never Gonna Cease My Wanderin' Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935925262
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Published: Peace Corps - January 1st, 2012

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Though Donna George left her heart in Santa Cruz, she lives happily now in northern Virginia with a loving partner and two self-satisfied cats. She went back to school in her fifties to earn a BA in English Literature, and almost completed a MA. Starfish is her first published book, but with any luck it won't be her last.
Starfish: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781458204677
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Published: Abbott Press - August 1st, 2012

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Peter T. Hoss was born in Yosemite Valley in 1934. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1958 and practiced law in Monterey County, California, 1962-1999. He has been an employee in the Park and a legal adviser to Park entities. Currently he is a board member of the Ansel Adams Gallery, a member of the John Muir Heritage Society, The Yosemite Conservancy, and a trustee of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks. Peter visits Yosemite regularly to enjoy its scenic beauty and to visit friends.

Born in Yosemite Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935530220
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Published: Park Place Publications - August 15th, 2011

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Sara Parker lives and writes in Massachusetts. This is her first book.

Our Year at the Fahm: Or, Blessed Are the Cracked for They Shall Let in the Light Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468150612
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 12th, 2012

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Ph.D. Linguistics. Many years teaching ESL and essay and research writing.
Much experience presenting at professional conferences and publications in theoretical syntax, ESL and computational linguistics.
Much experience with professional business presentations, business writing and grant writing as well. 30 years study and meditation of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism as well as a wide reading of Western and Eastern psychology and philosophy. 
Blaming Japhy Rider: Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452540511
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Published: Balboa Press - January 23rd, 2012

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Larry E. Wahl is a writer, artist, geometer, and inventor . But his most important contribution to this and future generations is that he wrote, unaided, and was granted Wahl patent #5982374, The Vallian Geometric Hexagon Opting Symbolic Tesseract, “a computer interface method . . .” Larry spent most of his early life in the Pacific Northwest and California; now he and his wife reside in Menlo Park, California where they have been for the past 32 years. He has been writing since high school; this is his second book.
The Vallian Trilogy--An Inventive Life: Part II. the Learner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935914181
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Published: River Sanctuary Publishing - June 30th, 2012

The Vallian Trilogy: An Inventive Life. Part I: The Engineer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781461055150
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 21st, 2011



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