DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Friendships serve as a cornerstone to a rich life. Each of these twenty-four accomplished authors shares authentic stories that consider the meaning of life affirming, sometimes life saving or gut wrenching, and fun realities of investing in each other: Think chicken soup with adult beverages. The investment in friendship offers a reciprocal return that may support you and your friend throughout life's challenges and joys. Friends; Voices On The Gift Of Companionship presents genuine and literary accounts of shared experiences with those who energize and shape all our days. Share these stories with your friends.
thoroughly enjoyable and heartfelt read! This is an invaluable book for anyone
seeking insight and comprehension of the convoluted and often misunderstood
road we travel known as friendship. A definite 5-star rating!"
--International Review of Books
"Friends: Voices on the Gift of Companionship will take you through the
full spectrum of what it means to call someone friend. It's the book
you reach for when you need to feel connected to humanity." --Skye
McDonald author of the Anti-Belle series
"The authors in this anthology come from a wide range of backgrounds, and
share their stories of friendship with convincing, if often difficult,
passages. ...We may still regard the gifts of shared histories as nourishment
to sustain us." --Carol Barrett, Ph.D. Coordinator,
Creative Writing Certificate Program, Union Institute & University; author
of Calling in the Bones and Pansies.
"As the stories evolve, readers will relish the personal tones,
touches, and explorations that consider the nature of friendship, its gifts and
resiliency, and its lasting impact on all. ...an outstanding key to
understanding how relationships evolve, change, pass, and often come full
circle to become even more valued as the years go by." -- D.
Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
From the Author
thanks to the esteemed contributors of Friends: Voices On
The Gift of Companionship Leah Angstman, Laura Austin, Elan
Barnehama, Mara Buck, Terri Elders, Tak Erzinger, Natalie Esarey, Janet Garber,
Kathleen Gerard, Pat Hale, Myles Hopper, Rich H. Kenney Jr, Nancy London, Steve
Luebke, Lee Melahn, Julia Anne Miller, Joanne Passet, Adrienne Pine, Betsy
Robinson, Patty Somlo, Chris Wiewiora, Tamra Wilson, and P.F. Witte.
About the Author
Lou Jenkins BSN MFA is the award-winning writer of Every Natural Fact
and more. She's published hundreds of essays in literary magazines,
anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and online venues. Winner of the Wisconsin
Council of Writers Nonfiction Award, Jade Ring, US Best Books. Midwest
Connections, Mesa Refuge Environmental Writing Fellowship, and more. She's
taught Writing at Carroll University, U of Iowa Nonfiction Now, Milwaukee Area
Tech College, U of Madison Write by the Lake, and dozens of more venues.
Praise for Amy Lou Jenkins
Any reader drawn to
the outdoors will cherish Every Natural Fact and its author's sensual
intelligence potted in the fertile soil of a boundless curiosity for the world.
Amy Lou Jenkins is the Anna Quindlen of the north woods, the Rachel
Carson of the good land of Wisconsin, bequeathing to her son and to
all of us an indestructible sense of wonder." - Bob Shacochis, National
Book Award-winning author of Easy in The Islands and
The Immaculate Invasion
Braiding together history, memoir, gentle parenting guidance,
and superb nature writingJenkins' prose illuminates the details of
ordinary life.-Susan Cheever, author of American Bloomsbury
Wisconsin's wild areas become the world in extraordinary debut
by Amy Lou Jenkins'. Every Natural Fact is nothing less than
sensational. -By Pamela Miller, Minneapolis Star Tribune
If you combined the lyricism of Annie Dillard, the
vision of Aldo Leopold, and the gentle but tough-minded optimism of Frank
McCourt, you might come close to Amy Lou Jenkins, a writer who obliterates
the distinction between regional writing and actual, honest-to-god writing. I,
for one, would follow her anywhere.-Tom Bissell, author of The Father
of All Things
"Sentence by sentence a joy to read."- Phillip
Lopate, author of The Art of The Personal Essay