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Something About Me and My Book:
I went to a party when I was 11 and didn't get back until I was 45. More than 30 years of drug and alcohol addiction ended with a stretch in prison. When I was released I went to school and didn't stop until I earned a Ph.D. My doctoral dissertation set the foundation for my first published book, Scumbag Sewer Rats: An Archetypal Understanding of Criminalized Drug Addicts. Pictured here is my second book, released on 1 January 2013. For more on me, please click here! to read the Desert Dispatch newspaper article that was written about me.

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At 12:18pm on October 4, 2011, VIVIAN GALE said…
Thanks for the invite. Your book sounds interesting!
At 9:47am on August 22, 2011, Debbie Dunn said…

Congratulations on your great accomplishment. A past Sunday School teacher of mine used to say, "There are no mistakes made. Only great lessons learned." Boy, have I ever learned a lot of great lessons. We are all a work-in-progress. Kudos to you for sharing your insights for the benefit of others. Best wishes to you and good luck,


At 12:59pm on August 10, 2011, Jim Misko said…

Ok John

You have a new life and a new book. Good on ya! What are you doing to market your book? You are not far from me when we snowbird in the winter. Maybe we can meet at a writers conference in the desert somewhere. May it go well with you. Alaska Jim

At 8:27am on August 1, 2011, Gladys Hobson said…

Hi John

This is a serious suggestion. Have you thought of having your book for sale in an eBook format? I could afford a much cheaper eBook, especially as there is no postage to add on. I'm sure the same is true for others, especially if they have to be posted abroad. With my sight issues I am seriously considering an Apple I Pad (at present, my hubby reads books to me). A Kindle is an alternative but I could do more on the I Pad. I am NOT advertising here! I have no connection with anyone selling electronics. But I have found my books that are published abroad are doing better as eBooks. (Of course, family, friends, colleagues get print versions. Printed books for promotional purposes too.)

At 12:14pm on July 29, 2011, Gladys Hobson said…

Thanks for inviting friendship. What a journey you have had to get where you are now — well done! I hope your book is truly successful and helpful to others as well as beneficial to yourself.

Are the photos of family members?

At 9:45am on July 28, 2011, Bert Martinez said…

Thank you for the friend request, You Were Created to Succeed!


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At 1:02pm on July 16, 2011, JP Denyer said…

Hey John,

Welcome and thank you for the friend request.  I liked the compulsive point of view you suggested addicts have because while it may not be a drug, food or alcohol driven need, for me it is a compulsion for artistic recognition that can drives my soul.  I wish you nothing but infinite success as we venture towards that part of life!  Congrats on your successes to date, it is quite an accomplishment.  Please feel free to look at a product a friend and I have created for recovery clients on my Etsy site; it is for Art Journaling.  Have a great day.


At 11:48am on July 15, 2011, Joan Hall Hovey said…

Hi, John,

Appreciate your friendship.  Interesting journey you're having! -:)  Every success to you!


At 9:56am on July 11, 2011, Joyce Rothman said…
Hi John,  Thank you for friending me.  I haven't been on this site for ages but glad you got me back.  I love your Trailer and wish you tons of luck with your book. I know that opening ourselves up under a microscope isn't easy but it's so worthwhile for all of us.  We each have so much to give and learn.
At 8:23am on July 6, 2011, LinDee Rochelle said…

Hello John! Thanks for the add and nice to cyber-meet you. I grew up in the '60s ... and '70s ... and '80s ... finally matured in the 2000s (well over 40!). lol Somehow I escaped the wrath of addiction, but many of my friends weren't so lucky. I commend you and them for finding your way back. Any addiction -- alcohol -- drugs -- cigarettes -- is tough to kick and by the sheer virtue of our metabolism, dang near impossible for many. I love that you're helping others -- we all need help in life. Cheers!

For a step back in time to the "fun" days ... Blast from Your Past! Rock & Roll Radio DJs: the First Five Years 1954-1959 (ebook teaser for the upcoming 25-year (1954-1979) print edition).


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