I'm a half-time publisher and executive editor, overseeing six imprints that release a dozen titles, a quarterly reader, and an adult-education curriculum line each year. I oversee every part of the publishing process from writer recruiting and project ideation, to manuscript development, editing teams, design, marketing, and distribution.
I helped students find the best free online tools for print publication and guided their discovery of how those tools work, as they negotiated together what kind of book to produce and how to get it done. I provided day-to-day oversight of that process.
I designed and facilitated a multiplayer role-playing game – students developed personal avatars, partnered together to overcome obstacles and formed guilds with which they traveled – to increase student motivation and focus student effort on skills development in Writing 110: College Writing.
I taught introduction to journalism, newspaper production, yearbook production, grammar and composition, introduction to world literature, American literature, and honors American literature courses.
I researched and wrote a daily column that appeared in the Ellensburg, Washington, Daily Record and the Nampa, Idaho, Press-Tribune. I also contracted with the Idaho State Department of Education and the Idaho State Board of Education, providing writing, editing, and photography. I managed social media and served on a team that offered oversight for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church communications efforts, identifying people with stories, experiences, and insights that might inspire and challenge the members of the community. I was responsible for sharing those stories, experiences, and insights through various online and print channels.
I tracked local, state, and national education trends and legislative issues that affect Canyon County residents. My specialization was in charter school law and state testing/remediation requirements under No Child Left Behind.
The North American Christian church of the early twenty-first century finds itself in a period of decline. A growing percentage of young adults are not entering the front doors of churches while at the same time older and previously dedicated Christians are leaving. Coinciding with the deflation of the Western church is the explosion in popular culture of the mindfulness movement, which emphas... read more
Our love songs have no shadows. We dare not acknowledge the deep love that can coexist with loss. But in this timely and timeless collection, Peg Edera offers what we didn't know we needed: a proposal in the dark, a squad car filled with lilacs, tears saved for the right time, toast and honey.The world of illness and dying is demanding and complex. Peg documents the love of her life, her husba... read more
Emmett Wheatfall's As Clean as a Bone is a collection of poems for both the heart and the mind, a collection seasoned with the vital and invigorating salt of poetry and wisdom. Through clean, crafted lines that ring out, these remarkable poems question history, memory, culture. These poems don't just talk: they wrestle with experience, they debate, they think and play, they sing out with love ... read more
The writings of George Fox, Edward Burrough, and Margaret Fell demonstrate that at least these three, first-generation Friends, were reading the Bible with empathy. They stood within the thought and life-world of the earliest Christians and looked at the world through the window of biblical faith. For them the heart of the Bible lay in its personal narratives-the stories of living men, women, ... read more
While teaching English in China, Jim Teeters received a copy of the Tao Te Ching from a student. Jim writes that he was drawn to Lao Tzu's ancient meditations on what it means to be a human instrument guided by the power of the right way. Drawing on his Quaker experience of submission to the Inner Light, "the voice of Christ who speaks to my condition," Jim waited with each of Lao Tzu's eighty... read more
Raised on a prune farm in rural Oregon, in a family with deep religious roots, Dr. Norval Hadley thought he might be a pastor someday. But after the farm boy and his friends won a barbershop harmony contest, everything changed. That foursome is remembered as the world-famous Four Flats, and in 1956 the quartet signed on with World Vision. They appeared with Billy Graham, performed on the ABC r... read more
In death will come, poet Bill Denham attempts what is nearly impossible, coming to terms with the approaching end of life without nostalgia or sentimentality. And in this collection, he succeeds, offering his astonishing gift to the world, a testament to a life lived, suffered, and loved in open-hearted service and wonder. The poems are interrelated confessions that speak directly to Denham's ... read more
By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the effort to keep outside influences from impacting Quaker spirituality was clearly failing. Many Friends were impressed by the Enlightenment emphasis on reason in religion and commitment to religious and political freedom. Many others were caught up in Evangelical enthusiasm and commitment to social justice.The result was a series of separations an... read more
From the first motto "Out and Out for Christ" to today's "Christ's Kingdom First."A tiny institution that drew a mere handful of students on its first day may have seemed too inauspicious to garner local media attention. Indeed, the unpretentious training school opened with little fanfare. And yet, a century and a quarter later, the school endures - in a new location, with a new name, and with... read more
A Mess of Relatives is designed to support early literacy skills development and a life-long love of reading. The front cover is more illustrated than the back, so it is obvious how to hold the book. Left to right movement of both text and illustrations reinforce directionality. Wonky text placement on page twenty-five supports one-to-one correspondence and develops print awareness. Engaging i... read more
The world hungers for peace. People are starved for peace. No doubt this points to a universal, timeless hope, but now it seems acute. We see peace rallies and vigils, blogs, workshops, internet activism, relief work in war-torn areas, mediators working with families and nations, and ordinary folks everywhere trying to reduce the effects of racism, discrimination, and economic injustice. What ... read more
There is no greater privilege in the Christian life than to serve as a spiritual leader within the body of Christ. Unfortunately, we are in the midst of a genuine crisis in the church today. Pastors and other spiritual leaders are leaving vocational ministry faster than we can replace them. This is due primarily to the crippling effects of burnout, a pastoral pathology resulting from a lethal ... read more
Ordinary grace disguises itself in faded irises, traffic signs, convoluted meetings for worship for business, and the funny things small children say-the grace of God hidden in the ordinariness of life. This grace hovers close to the ground. In her exploration of this grace, Nancy Thomas takes us on a personal journey with four sections. The first section, Playing with Words, celebrates langua... read more
A gentle wind blows through Paul Jolly's poems, uncovering the gaps in our knowledge, our presumptions and assumptions, the spaces in which humor, creativity, and magic are born. The stories seem familiar, but the wind-blown words, unjumbled by Jolly, no longer say exactly what they're supposed to. Alice escapes from a pack of Disney scouts. Over-inflated cows float over a squadron of slugs. I... read more
This study is intended for those who have an intuition that God wants LGBTQ people welcomed into the church, that God accepts their marriages and families. The central themes of the Bible support full inclusion. This study is a semi-systematic approach to explaining biblical support for those affirming gay marriage and full participation in the life of the church.
Only words from the heart are able to directly speak to the heart. This book is for every mother and father, trying their best to care for the most precious gift of childhood. This book is dedicated to every little soul, suffering or struggling--you are not alone.On the Shoulders of the Prophet is a great work by one of the prominent Muslim educators and psychiatrists in the Western hemisphere... read more
Violence is the latest human pandemic. The world is growing more dangerous every day with no sign of relief in the foreseeable future. This is not a message of pessimism or discouragement, but rather a realistic look into the root causes and risk factors for youth violence and radicalization, as well as the means of prevention and suggested early interventions for this ugly and fatal malignanc... read more
to the water signs who made me to the loves & lovers who've held me to every version of my self I am trying to love this is how I feel the worldI was raised in a house of water is a gentle rainfall of words, each verse the soft whisper of an old friend, sharing their most patient observations, deepest longings, and wisest insights.yes, I am here in this world Read these poems. Inhale each line... read more
Matthew Avery Solomon and Noel Espinoza were murdered on September 4, 2008. Three men were charged with the crime. In What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration, author Bill Denham studies the crime and what it reveals about himself and about our broader culture's pursuit of retributive justice. Incorporating poetry, philosophy, theology, and memoir, Denham suggests an alternative system borne o... read more
This astonishing new collection from poet Bethany Lee weaves the thread of her keen attention around life's joys and sorrows, draws them tightly together and offers them into our hands. With unflinching courage she extracts beauty from her journeys as seafarer and grief-tender, makes her way into the present moment, and invites us to come along.The Breath Between offers good company for hard d... read more
Fifty Faces, Fifty Stories, Fifty Drug-Addicted People Dramatic black-and-white portraits by award-winning photographer Eric Hatch join with powerful life stories, largely in their own words, to create fresh understanding of addicts and addiction. Experience their lives in a new and vital way.
A poem she wrote has been translated into multiple languages, set to music, and featured in a best-selling book on spirituality and the twelve steps. But until recently, the author of "Breathing Underwater" has been virtually unknown, and the collection containing that famous poem has never been published. Richard Rohr calls it "stunning"; other writers and poets describe Carol Bialock's debut... read more
Revelation speaks to the reality that we are caught in the fray of cosmic conflict. We are guilty. We've already been contaminated. But it's not too late for us to exit empire and enter the kingdom. We are yet both victim and victimizer. We have healing work to do, and we must take responsibility for the ways in which we have benefited from and been complicit with the religion of empire.This i... read more
For three centuries, members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) have regularly met to worship in extended times of silence punctuated by vocal testimony. Anyone can stand and share. This practice reflects the Quaker rejection of hierarchy and the belief that God can speak through any person, regardless of gender, race, or class.But in the late nineteenth century, revivalism swept th... read more
Emmett Wheatfall shows us how the roots of love grow deep in the soil of sacrifice. He illustrates the intensely complex relationship between idealism and realism. His poems hurt in just the right way. And it's no small feat opening one's own racial and cultural wounds for the world to see. It takes courage. It takes trust that a country will recognize itself, and its complicity, in those woun... read more
Trauma creates substantial pain and suffering and can inevitably create cycles of dysfunction that may span generations. We can and should break these cycles and build bridges of trust and empowerment that renew hope and help families heal, not just for this generation but for the sake of all those to follow.The good news is that children are resilient and have innate abilities to recover from... read more
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