Inkwater Authors Night – David Prideaux, Janet Rucker-Smith, Lawrence E. Hussman

Join us for our monthly reading by three authors from Inkwater Press! This month we have David Prideaux, Janet Rucker-Smith, and Lawrence E. Hussman.

A new author has come up with a big idea that would replace the Big Bang theory. In No Big Bang: A Three-Part Look at a Bent Universe, writer David Prideaux explains his belief that astronomers and physicists have mistakenly assumed “expansion” explains the universe. He suggests that “gravity” is a better fit. It all goes back to evidence that is 100 years old — the Hubble “red shift.” The author sees the universe as “bent,” which follows Einstein’s idea (which has been proved) that starlight is bent by gravity.

Self-confrontation is the driving force of the spiritual journey. It is how we grow and evolve in ways that can dramatically and profoundly alter the trajectory of our lives. We must be relentless in our awareness of our reactions and our feelings because they clearly, honestly and perfectly let us know when we are disconnected from love, peace, compassion, and happiness – from the essence of All That Is, which is what we are. Janet Rucker-Smith’s Rantings of a Screaming Soul: Healing Through Purposely Random Self-Confrontation chronicles her unexpected inner pilgrimage through death, dark shadows, redemption, and rebirth. It is an ordinary woman’s extraordinarily raw and candid account of an emotional and spiritual awakening in the midst of teenagers, ex-husbands, death, bills, and loads and loads of laundry. One day she’s basking in the gloriously infinite and eternal bliss of divine love, and the next day she’s on her knees in the tormenting depths of hell begging to be released from the excruciating agony. Shall the truth set one free? Indeed it will, but only when we finally remember the most profound truth of all: We are not our problems or our hurts or even our successes. And although our experiences may shape and color the masks we wear, our eternal being is always and forever perfectly well.

In his biting memoir, Acanemia: A Memoir of Life in the Halls of the Higher Learning, Hussman skewers those responsible for the numerous problems that plague American higher education and price it beyond the means of many. He traces the development of these drawbacks using his exceptional experience as a member of the founding faculty at a public university established in the 1960s. Along the way, he weaves in personal details of his life inside and outside the classroom.

At age 11, Portlander David Prideaux got his first telescope. As a lifelong learner fascinated with the cosmos, he eventually came up with a bold new idea. He published it so he could share his passion about the origin of all things. Prideaux has a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon.

Janet Rucker-Smith is the second of three daughters and was raised in Los Angeles. Both her mother and father were among the first generation of African Americans to graduate from college. After receiving her BA in English from UCLA, Janet forged her career in corporate training and development, highlighted by her creation and facilitation of career development workshops, guiding people through self-exploration and self-assessment.

Birthing three children in five years and then becoming a single mother while shouldering the majority of child-rearing and financial responsibilities, Janet jumped off the corporate fast-track and became a high school English teacher. The death of her father coupled with the sudden end of a significant relationship catapulted Janet into a tumultuous spiritual and emotional awakening, ultimately giving birth to her first book, Rantings of a Screaming Soul. Following an inner call, Janet resigned her teaching position and completed extensive training to become a certified professional coach where she helps people who are experiencing unprecedented life challenges/crises, who are tired of struggling, and who are ripe to upshift their life to the next level.

Lawrence E. Hussman has taught American literature at three universities in the US and at four in Europe as a Fulbright scholar and as a visiting professor. They include the University of Michigan, the University of Portland, Wright State University, the University of Warsaw, the Psychology Academy of Warsaw, Marie Curie University in Lublin, Poland, and the Open University in Lisbon. In addition to publishing three highly praised literary critical volumes and many journal articles on literature, film, and higher education, he has written two books for the counterterrorist and adventurer Sam Hall and has edited a memoir by Marguerite Tjader, one of Theodore Dreiser’s amanuenses.

Inkwater Authors Night – Marilynne Eichinger, Sharon Ann Rose, and Mark Chussil

Join us for our monthly series from Inkwater Press. This month, we hear from Marilynne Eichinger, Sharon Ann Rose, and Mark Chussil.

Lives of Museum Junkies: The Story of America’s Hands-On Education Movement: Peer into the political and educational climate of the 1960s to discover factors that propelled the hands-on education movement into prominence. Follow the missteps and breakthroughs of Marilynne Eichinger and 11 other naive but dedicated museum directors, board volunteers, and National Science Foundation managers as they strove to change the way science was taught. Their oft humorous stories are revealed with candor and clarity. Responding to the latest research in learning and child development, they created engaging, self-teaching displays that impacted the landscape of 2,900 centers worldwide while serving 98 million people in the U.S.

Faces of the Mother: A Journey, A Collaboration, A Feminine Restoration: What happens when a group of everyday women go off in search of the most vital riches they contain…leaving behind notions of who they’re supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing?! Through this creative inner journey, Sharon Ann Rose, M.Div., intimately explores with a circle of women the many facets of the Mother…the full spectrum of Her deepest darkness to Her lightest ignition. Each woman goes through a life-altering transformation, facing resistance, shame, freedom, surrender, past wounds, new awakening, ancient understandings and the realization of what we encounter as we commit to fully living from the Sacred Feminine and its integrated expression in our modern world. Faces of the Mother offers an intimate portrayal of the REAL DEAL of CREATION, offering a pathway to face one’s greatest self-judgments. Here we learn to honor our deepest longings so we can work with, instead of resist them, and birth a life of beauty, blessing and extraordinary love.

Mark Chussil’s Nice Start: Questions Only You Can Answer to Create the Life Only You Can Live: “Nice Start” is about you, your life, and your dreams. “Nice Start” asks you questions. They aren’t about right and wrong; they’re about what you think and feel. The experience is truly challenging and deeply rewarding.

Founder of the interactive learning center Impression 5 Science Museum in Lansing, Michigan, Marilynne Eichinger is well known as the former president of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, one of the nation’s oldest and most renowned science centers. In conjunction with 22 national museums Marilynne founded and published the “Museum Tour Catalog,” circulating educational materials and toys to two million households.

Sharon Ann Rose is a Transformational Facilitator and Author. Through the shamanic and hypnotic arts, and her connection to the Earth and Sacred Feminine Mysteries, she provides a safe space for others to find their inner wellspring of wisdom, creativity, softening and love. Her favorite place is walking in the forests of Portland, OR listening to the trees. Learn more about her at her website.

What do you get from Mark Chussil, an odd man who studied political science at Yale and business at Harvard, who started his own strategy-consulting business and travels the world with it, who publishes extensively, who says science saved his life three times and almost killed him only once, and who got the biggest shock of his life from a 15-year-old kid? You get “Nice Start: Questions Only You Can Answer to Create the Life Only You Can Live.” By the way: “Nice Start” is not about political science and it is not about business. It is about you.


The Sideburns that Empowered Everyone – Kyle B. Hart

The Sideburns that Empowered Everyone shares the story of an unbreakable bond between Murph and her grandfather. After his unexpected passing, Murph is left to navigate her grief as she overcomes bullies, obstacles, and the everyday challenges of life. Just when it feels like everything is too much to handle, she is reminded of her grandfather and the lessons he taught her in a peculiar, hairy way.

50% of book proceeds are donated to the Dougy Center, who provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving death can share their experiences.

50% of book proceeds are donated to the Crossing Bridges Therapeutic Riding Center, who enriches the lives and hearts of individuals and their families through the healing power of equines.

Kyle B. Hart is a Portland, OR based author and illustrator who seeks to empower and unite people through humor, awareness, and appropriate action. His first series of books, commonly known as The Facial Hair Fables, has raised nearly $5,000 for charities in Portland.

Ryan Bernstein, OCD to Me: An Anthology of Anxieties

Join us in welcoming Ryan Bernstein, who will read from his non-fiction work OCD to Me: An Anthology of Anxieties.

In OCD to Me, sixty courageous individuals open their hearts and share what having OCD feels like. The book features a foreword by Dr. Jenny Yip, a clinical psychologist, author, speaker, nationally recognized OCD expert, and founder of the Renewed Freedom Center in Los Angeles, California. Two Ph.D psychologists, Drs. James Claiborn and Fred Penzel, who are also OCD leaders, contribute chapters filled with valuable treatment information, tips, and practical advice about how to manage OCD. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to the International OCD Foundation. When you purchase a book you support the OCD community.

Ryan Bernstein is a high school student with OCD. He is the founder and facilitator of Hand in Hand, a weekly OCD support group where he helps teens at his school who struggle with anxiety learn new coping skills. As a national youth advocate for OCD, Ryan seeks to educate through his writing and public-speaking. He has been featured in national blogs and newsletters including the International OCD Foundation, OCD Talks, and The Peace of Mind Foundation. Ryan encourages taking charge of OCD by helping others.