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The Old Man & His Dream by Lisa Loucks Christenson

 


The Old Man & His Dream 
Written & Illustrated by Lisa Loucks Christenson 


From the Private Library of Lisa Loucks Christenson 

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The Old Man & His Dream

Written & Illustrated by Lisa Loucks Christenson


From the Private Library of Lisa Loucks Christenson 


A fact-fable story about an aged man who has a dream about catching a grandiose fish before he dies. Set on the shores of Steamboat Lake, in northern Minnesota, the story follows an old man taking his annual vacations with his extended family, it tote. While teaching his grandchildren all there is to know about catching a large fish - he feels his time is running out, and if he doesn't catch his sizable fish soon, he may never get the chance, aside from catching the big fish that comes to him in a dream. A story that span's years of fishing trips in the rain, in the storms. Will he ever catch the fish? If he does, will he keep it or release it? 
 
 
Original Ending... 
Laying face down on the dock Reuben dipped his aged, calloused hands into the cool lake water. It would be a year before he could hold the lake again. Tomorrow they would leave their cabin of memories, but he found comfort in knowing a part of him would always remain. 
   Finally, Reuben stood, and he smiled through the cutting wind, beating against his hardened face. Out of habit, he whispered to the lake, “See you next year. I suppose.” 
 
                                          ***** 
Author note: A trip back to this place in Northern Minnesota; a place all the "Loucks'" caught our first big fish, enjoyed endless card games, family trips to Cass Lake, Walker, Minnesota, staying up late night watching Johnny Carson on a 13-inch B&W portable television, weekly fish fry's, stormy weather, and Luna moths flittering under the heat from the flood lights - every June makes up some of the small details of a family spending time together, through the years.  
This story is not only based on our adventures. It taught me not to fear death, but to embrace the lives we have, understand the paths of our departed loved ones and look for the hidden paths they may have, unknowingly or wittingly, left behind for us to find, travel, and reminisce - days or years after they've left the earth.  
 
 
As I've discovered, something happens years beyond the day a tackle box is "officially" retired. Memories may remain locked inside, captive and waiting for the next fisherman to open the box and discover their story; but there's something else - a knowledge that may take them years, if not forever, to understand: the true meaning of the intertwined and various strengths of test lines inside; hooked and tied to a fisherman's mind and knotted to a granddaughters' heart. 
 
A gripping story for anyone who has been “up north,” or has stayed on the ever-changing shores of Steamboat Lake.  
 
 
I hope you’ll find a place in your heart for this story and its poignancy.   
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 

 

Whose Couch Is It Anyway?

 

 

 

Whose Couch Is It Anyway?

 

by Phyllis Goldberg & Rosemary Lichtman

This fascinating book explores the impact on five different families after an adult child moves back home.

The number of "boomerang kids" has increased by 50% in the past 30 years. In fact, one-third of those between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents, an all-time high. Many Millennials are unemployed, and as a group, they carry $1 trillion in student loans.

This degree of social change is wreaking havoc with traditional models of family dynamics. Boundaries become blurred between parents and children, whose passage into adulthood is then delayed. Taking the beleaguered mom as their focus, Goldberg, a marriage and family therapist, and Lichtman, a psychologist, bring thirty years of clinical experience to the pressing challenges of families in flux.

 

Bow Wow Detectives® Book Trailer

Here is the updated Bow Wow Detectives® book trailer. This includes Case File 7, Shadow in Help Wanted.

The Bow Wow Detectives® is a book series written and illustrated by Lisa Loucks Christenson for Grades 3 and up., the books are about dogs who solve their dilemmas and mysteries and are written from a Christian perspective.

Lisa began writing dog stories while on her eagle documentary, she'd write down the escapades and adventures outdoors with her field dogs; after adopting two Chihuahua's, she created the Bow Wow Detectives® series from all her stories.

She's writing each book to fit a one-hour television format, and has started working on television scripts,  with hopes of producing the series in-house, but that could still be years away, if ever possible. Lisa has always wanted to create her own Davey & Goliath type films, and she hopes her books will provide readers family-friendly stories that features the valuable lessons and reflect the family values she grew up with.

Shadow in Help Wanted
Case File 7
Story Preview Edition (includes the first three chapters, coloring pages, trivia, series information, author bio)
Bow Wow Detectives®
doggie dilemma suspense stories™
Written & Illustrated by Lisa Loucks Christenson

Every paper has their deadlines and their delivers. When Shadow receives the wrong morning paper, she also finds a time-sensitive note tucked inside and finds herself on the biggest deadline of her life. Can she stop a crime before it happens? Can she, with the help of the other Bow Wow Detectives®, solve the clues in the mysterious note –– before the noon deadline –– the final cut-off time?

https://video214.com/play/4qjW0Ve51Z0pdCkHeB6FJQ/s/dark

 

Shadow in Help Wanted, Case File 7, Bow Wow Detectives®

 

Pre-Order: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XF2D968/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1488707299&sr=8-14&keywords=lisa+loucks+christenson

Shadow in Help Wanted, Case File 7, Bow Wow Detectives® 

by Lisa Loucks Christenson

Grades 3 and Up

Cover Reveal...

Release date for the full story of this title,  ebook and paperback formats, will be announced soon, but wanted to let the Bow Wow Detectives® fans get a sneak peak at the new book and cover!Shadow in Help Wanted, Case File 7
Story Preview Edition (includes the first three chapters, coloring pages, trivia, series information, author bio)
Bow Wow Detectives®
doggie dilemma suspense stories™
Written & Illustrated by Lisa Loucks Christenson


Every paper has their deadlines and their delivers. When Shadow receives the wrong morning paper, she also finds a time-sensitive note tucked inside and finds herself on the biggest deadline of her life. Can she stop a crime before it happens? Can she, with the help of the other Bow Wow Detectives®, solve the clues in the mysterious note –– before the noon deadline –– the final cut-off time?

https://video214.com/play/4qjW0Ve51Z0pdCkHeB6FJQ/s/dark

2017, Year 13 Dancer & Daedee: Ties that Bind

 This documentary is in progress now. The book won't be released until a future date. 

Lisa's Bald Eagle Documentary 2005-present  www.LisaLC.com
https://youtu.be/dfFfrEQ2VD8

 

2017, Year 13 Dancer & Daedee: Ties that Bind 

 

1/1/2017. It's almost impossible to believe I'm back. I woke up and knew today was the start of another year. It's my 26th wedding anniversary and all I can think of is: my story isn't finished and what's happened in Whitewater isn't fair to the wildlife or those who arrive after me. Yeah, I know, 'life isn't fair. I've heard it a thousand times.' Maybe it's not fair because the playing field is too wide, too vast, to be patrolled. 
 
It's January 1, 2017. I'm back. Whatever that matters, to whoever and to what I represent, finds. I'm back to finish to my story, not for me, but for the future generations who deserve the right to stand on the ground where I am. Not be bullied; harassed, scared away so evil can stand here, I refuse to leave this way. I can't shake the words of that dispatcher, still, after over a dozen years, "A woman in the woods, aloneyou're just asking for trouble.

I am here to tell a story. Perhaps I'm at a place where the truth matters more, at least to me. I know I can only be one voice for all the wildlife I find, one tiny voice that can hardly dispatch words loud enough to get a return echo; ever since my lungs stopped working like they used to. Ever since every breathe mattered even more, thereafter. I remember the day it started, I mean the day they stopped. I remember the day I had to give every bit of concentration, every thought to inhaling, to exhaling. I remember the doctor telling me the inhalers could kill me. I remember choosing between using them or not.

I remember believing I wouldn't see the end of summer and then a breaking point and a turn. I remember my sister dying a week later, and how I still feel she stole my death to keep me here, because she would do that. Ever since that time, I've worked hard to maintain a balance, because I know my lungs won't ever, and never will work again, not like they used to.

I know my sister can't come back again, not come back in real life –– only in my dreams. She can't come back and not leave again, because dreams end; suddenly, just like her departure –– without me. I can still look up and still see eagles with her. I believe she's up flying with them.

 Life is what you create from the pieces, what you take in and give back. Your life is but a marker on earth where you walked, who you carried and what you still believed in the end. A month before she left this world she handed me a book her client wrote, one that lifted her, one she promised would lift me, it was about eagles. 

 I've come this far and only now realized life is not so much about your flight plan, but how you fly at the end – the eagles taught me that; the eagles and my sister. We don't need everything we want to fly.

It's like I said to the Verizon rep, a young man with an entire life ahead, selling me all the bells, whistles on a new iPad. I finally said, "Look, I'm like the song, the Old Grey Mare because 'I ain't what I used to be.' I don't need all those features." We laughed, but reallyI wasn't joking. I don't need anything "extra" anymore. I didn't think I would ever reached that day where I didn't want everything. 

To those who hurt me, slay me, beat me down, broke me:

I wish you knew me better. I wish you knew I was only trying to give to others what was still available to me to share what beauty is in the valley, through my pictures and stories. Though a lot of my roadside friends have passed on, moved away. People who I miss deeply. People who encouraged me on, had my back. I am still here for them, the wildlife, and for new people who arrive each season, usually, after losing someone they loved. We find a connection on these roads. We talk about god, His creation, the beauty here. How life is fair, unfair, and just enough. We discuss how to grow old –– slower than what keeps slipping away from us, too fast. 

 

I am here because no one else took my work on. No one stood up for the others, for the animals on my paths. Perhaps, no one knew how? I won't be here forever. Someone needs to continue this journey. I promise: This is the easiest job on earth. Just show up, stay and listen awhile. The animals will come to you. The people will find you. Feed them stories and pictures of what you witness, and what you see and there is the key. Know that nothing is as it appears on face value. You have to look deeper, inside, to understand what you saw and find its meaning.

 

Years ago, while comparing images for the day a younger photographer, a wildlife photographer said, "It's not fair, it's like the animals are posing for you.

The animals were never posing at all. They knew then, and they always know I came in peace to their sanctuary, to learn, and to share their stories. I'm here again because my work isn't finished. I am here for them; I'm back because the people messing with my work and projects and illegally or maliciously taking them, people who didn't like me then, will hate me more now. They hate me because I share their work, their activities. I'm here, still, because they haven't kill me, yet, only, tried to scare me away, only broken my heart – completely, broke my soles in my boots, stole my cameras, blinds, worse. I'm back, mostly, because I'm still alive even after walking among cougars, bears, wolves, and tiptoeing over rattlesnakes that weren't here. Though I was told I was mistaken, they still weren't there. That's what I was told. They weren't there until they came to me, until I walked into the bear in the tall grass, until I had the cougars leap out on my trail, until I was run out by wolves... Now they are there, because I was there and found the truth and got the photos, video, tracks. This journey isn't about proof, it's about preserving life. It's about trusting God, believing what I couldn't see, like the mother eagle and her first eaglet that wasn't supposed to be there either.  It's my journey. 

It's an adventure learning how to get up after every fall, I know how to photograph light in the darkest valley by the light of the moon, cross flooded ravines, take a gully in a tornado, find shelter in a thunderstorm – one throwing trees down around me, find a path out in a blizzard. I learned how to face those who attacked me. Face the storms. God took my breathe so I couldn't run if I wanted to, so I had to learn to keep walking. Then he took my ankle, then my knee. That was all the first 12 years. The eagles are at least 24-26-years old now. I've known them all these years past 12 years. I feel my journey here is a gift from God. Sitting with His eagles, birds who sat by me in storms, on the river, under rainbows, under double and triple rainbows, yes.

God helps me through my days, just like He promised. A rainbow is still His promise to us all. He's still here, waiting for you too. Walk with the wind at your side, not on your back, not on your front. Ties that Bind, aren't just loose words I strung together. Read me like a book. Pause my words anytime. Onward...  

 

 

 

Baoji in the River Race Rescue, Case File 6, Bow Wow Detectives® | Story Preview Edition

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 Bow Wow Detectives®

Ben & Baoji in the River Race Rescue

Case File 6

Story Preview Edition (includes the first two chapters, trivia, photos)

by Lisa Loucks Christenson

Cover Photos & Design: ©2012, 2017 Lisa Loucks Christenson

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Lisa Loucks Christenson Publishing, LLC 2017-2018

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The Card People

Fuze Publishing

by James Sulzer

This middle-grade adventure novel by Nantucket author James Sulzer will rivet young readers with its vibrant blend of science fiction and the challenges of coming of age in a diverse world.

Paul Kapadia's father, a genius scientist from India, is doing cutting-edge research at MIT into nanotechnology when he suddenly disappears. Then strange things begin to further disrupt Paul's life. Paul's mother is the victim of a hit-and-run accident; one of Dr. Kapadia's colleagues shows up too often at the house; and Paul notices that a deck of cards he and his father used to play with is moving around on its own. Soon the card people present themselves to Paul and plead for help in their battle for survival against the brutal scissors people. With the help of his younger brother Sam and an old friend Nim, Paul begins to unravel the world-shaking secret behind the card people's existence. Finally understanding his father's desperate efforts to preserve a potentially dangerous technology for peaceful use, Paul resolves to pursue the quest his father has left unfinished.

The Card People charts a journey into the unknown, deciphering mysterious acronyms and anonymous e-mails and dramatizing the possibilities of nanotechnology with exciting clarity. It is accompanied by an extensive Reader's Guide and Study Guide, which open topics from "new life forms" to "people who are seen as different."

This is the first volume of a trilogy.

Read the Prologue

James Sulzer Dishes on The Card People

 

New Ebook Format for TRUE CRIME IN TITLETOWN, USA: COLD CASES

Ebook Edition

Free on Amazon January 1 & 2, 2016, watch site for other free promo days.

Here's a Christmas wish from Kerk and Derk creator Emme Jo Christenson

Kerk and Derk creator Emme Jo Christenson. The Kerk and Derk comic is published monthly in the Victory Voice. 

Emme is a 16-year-old artist whose been drawing since she was 18 months. At age 4, her dream was to work for Ninetendo®, years later, she still works towards a career in animation and art, and would love to work for Ghibli Studios, maybe one day?

www.KerkandDerk.com

www.EmmeJoChristenson.com

You may purchase the Kerk and Derk high resolution comics on our site for downloads, or signed prints.

 

 

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