When Melody and Heidi Valentine skip school on Wednesdays, it’s not to goof off. The sisters own and operate their own doll factory — although maybe “doll” is not the most accurate word. The two-foot tall robots are actually computerized miniature androids, designed to simulate real-world professionals. There’s the Tennis Instructor, the Policeman, the Math Teacher, the Banker, Ballerina, Actress, Nurse, Farmer, and many others, programmed to help young people learn more about a career they might be interested in pursuing. Then one day the Tennis Instructor decides to tamper with a girl’s stereo, and Heidi and Melody realize that someone has been corrupting their dolls. But who? And why? With the help of their friends, Chris and Ryan Warner, the girls delve into an internal investigation that reveals the frightening truth. This adventure takes place in one day, from the time the girls board the special purple bus that takes them to the factory, to the moment they face their nemesis in a showdown that only one side can win.
Inspired by The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Elvis and others, I began writing songs at the age of sixteen. With the guitar I got for Christmas, and an impressionable psyche, I created many songs that spoke to yearning and longing, and some desires here and there that I didn’t understand. Many of my songs no longer exist except in the farthest recesses of my mind. However, the words of those that survived over the years are contained within. Read, enjoy … and smile.
A powerful tale of how physically and psychologically painful ED is for men and those who love them. Incredibly moving, this poignant memoir is not without humor as it tackles a very personal subject, one that affects twenty percent of men in America. With equal amounts of irony and wit, Ryder shares with readers how ED impinged on all aspects of his life, including his job, his relationships, his self-esteem, and his confidence. In eighteen chapters with titles such as “The Long and Winding Summer” and “The Hour of Caesar’s Farewell,” his narrative begins with the fateful accident and later illustrates the frustrating dead ends he experienced when doctors, assuming it was psychosomatic, were sympathetic but unhelpful. An unerring message of hope, this journal encourages patients to be persistent, proactive, and to exhaust all options in regards to health and well-being.