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Rosemary I. Patterson, Ph.D. Author, Unique Books

Author of Historical, Adventure, Environmental, Self-Help Books.

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Long Overdue Apology to Australian Aborigines

Posted on September 4, 2015 at 4:44 PM Comments comments (13)
Today, Sept. 4, 2015 Prime Minister Rudd of Australia apologized in Parliament for the terrible history of injustice that occurred in the treatment of Aborigines including the "stolen generations" etc.  Lets hope that Australia doesn't just think an apology is enough like the Americans have done with Hawaii or that an apology and $20,000 somehow make up for all the injustice Canadian First Nations people have endured.

Many aboriginals were watching in the bleachers as the Prime Minister promised to change things for the better.  One can only hope he and his ministers find a way to ameliorate the conditions that exist still to this day.

For background information on what really happened in Australia read my literary novel "Journey Great Barrier Reef" available on Kindle e-book and Amazon in print.

I have other literary histories that tell the information needed to understand the problems in Australia, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and Tahiti.

Rascism in Canada

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:09 PM Comments comments (16)
McLean's Magazine has named Winnipeg as the Capital of Rascism against First Nation's people in Canada.  My most recent book "The Great Canadian Adventure:  From Indian Country to Nation State" explores this theme extensively.  However there is a need to separate true Rascists from people who suffer from Ethno-Centric Monoculturalism.  The Ethno-
Centric Monocultural people have been enculturated that the British, WASP, tradition, or some other dominant culture is superior to all others.  Many of these people are actually well meaning but they have never thought to examine their biases, many of which are unconscious.

These people also underestimate the complexity of overcoming the effects of true rascism back in 1867 to 1967 when the proud, warrior, spiritual, First Nations people of the Plains were subjected to theft of their lands, broken promises to help during famines, starvation, marginalization and what the historian James Daschuk calls Ethno-Cleansing of the Plains, not to mention being forcibly placed in Residential Schools whose teachers were determined to break their spirit and "take the Indian out of the Indian."  Those schools had a death rate of close to fifty percent, and the recent Reconciliation hearings have shown that sexual molestation was rampant in these schools.

It is not only Winnipeg that suffers from Rascism and/or Ethno-Centric Monoculturalism.  These characteristics are present all across Canada.  They particularly effect young First Nations women who come from rural areas (often to study at College) who find themselves victims of depraved sexually, driven low life elements.  Ethno-Centric monoculturalists unconsciously like to be with people like themselves and this results in discrimination in housing, employment, college entrance, club belonging and many other ways to enable WASP people, or other Ethno-Centric Culture groups to hang out with each other.

It is very good that the discrimination going on against First Nation's people is being publicly acknowledged.  Surely this is a time when prejudices/injustices of the past and present must be rooted out and faced.  We are all human beings and our home (the planet we live on) can no longer support the negative aspects of enculturated, superiority-based  bias systems that result in wars, greed, serious damage to the planet and grievous inhumanity to others not exactly like us.

Free First Nations Book on Kindle Dec. 15-19/04

Posted on December 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM Comments comments (10)
Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know that my adventure/historical novel "The Great Canadian Adventure:  From Indian Country to Nation State" will be available free on the Kindle e-book system (Amazon.com) from Mon. Dec. 15/04 to Dec. 19/04.  Anyone curious about why movements like "Idle No More" occur would benefit from reading the book.

A Merry Christmas to you all,

Cheers,
Rosemary,
Rosemary I. Patterson, Ph.D.

Free Kindle Books

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM Comments comments (356)
Hi All,

I'm back doing School Psychology again and really enjoying it.  I'm also turning my latest novel "The Great Canadian Adventure into a Screen Play."

Just wanted you to know that all my novels including "Not Really Coincidence," and "At Eagle's Edge as well a nineteen others will be free on the Kindle E-Book system from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27th., 2014.

Cheers,
Rosemary

Oil spill in the Queen Charlottes

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM Comments comments (6)
Hi all:

I guess by now you have heard about the possible eco disaster that will happen if the Russian Cargo ship drifting near the Haida Gwaii coast drifts onto shore in the wind.

This is exactly the scenario I predicted in my novel "At Eagle's Edge".  The Federal Government lies about how effectively they can respond to a marine emergency in Northern and Central B.C. are being revealed.  The question is will the one tug being sent from Prince Rupert and battling the winter storm that is only the beginning of the season get to the disabled cargo ship before it drifts into the shore line and breaks up.

Imagine if it was one of the new proposed super-tankers filled with Dilbit  from Kitimat that was experiencing this scenario.  As it is the pristine eco-system will be badly damaged with a bunker oil spill if the worst case scenario happens.  Hopefully this threat will end well.  At the very least it is a warning to the government about what can and will happen if they insist on sending super-tankers up the B.C. Coast and shut down the warning systems and response units that should be in place.

In other news I have returned to School Psychology and am enjoying helping the students in one of B.C.'s school districts.

My latest novel "The Great Canadian Adventure:  From Indian Country to Nation State is now available from Amazon.com and the Kindle e-book outlets.  It is both an easy way to learn about Canadian treatment of its Aboriginal people and an entertaining novel.

In other news my friends in Hawaii, Laurel Douglass and Guy Gaumont of Maui Filmworks Inc. have placed one of their Hawaii culture videos on U-tube for viewing.  It's called "Taro First."


Free on Kindle New Novel combines Canadian History and Aboriginal Treatment

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (9)
Hi all,

Delighted to let you know that my new Literary History, "The Great Canadian Adventure:  From Indian Country to Nation State" has been published and is now available on Amazon in print and in a Kindle Edition.  It can be downloaded for free for five days, Sept. 10th. to Sept. 14th., 2014 as a Kindle download from Amazon.com.

In this novel two Graduate First Nations History students are hired to facilitate a documentary about how wonderful Treaty 8 that gave vast amounts of Indian Country to the new Dominion of Canada Government in 1899 was for the settler and capitalist populations.  Themes include biased history, betrayal, seduction, identity confusion and wealthy rascist's control of media.  Reading this novel should help readers realise why Canadian Aboriginals are "Idle No More" and why young, Aboriginal women are missing and not being tracked.

Here are some photos from my trip with friends to Brantford, Ontario to obtain the cover photo for the book, a picture of Chiefswood, the residence of the wonderful First Nations Poet and Orator, Pauline Johnson. The fellow with us is our taxi driver who persevered under great difficulty to find Chiefswood.

Visit to Hawaii and Kitchener-Waterloo

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM Comments comments (19)
Hi All,

My audiobook "Kula Keiki Ali'i" did not win the Hawaii Assoc. of Recording Artists Spoken Word Grammy this year.  However it was an honor to have been nominated for it.

My visit to Hawaii was constrained as I managed to jar a lower back vertebrae on a bus and had to lie on a couch for two weeks to get it to stop vibrating.  Fortunately I had uploaded a bunch of books for the historical novel I am working on now "The Great Canadian Adventure:  From Indian Country to Nation State" so got a lot of reading done.

Visited Kitchener/Waterloo next and had a great time.  Here are some photos.  The horses and buggies belong to the Old Order Mennonites who were picking up their children from school.  There are props from Stratford and its costume warehouse.  The highlight of the visit was to Chiefswood, the preserved home of Pauline Johnson, the great Indian poet and orator.  The porcelain doll is her personal doll, Bella.  The statue is of Shakespeare. 

Special Kindle Discount on Novels

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM Comments comments (9)
Hi All,
 
Just wanted to let you know that the Kindle Digital Platform (Amazon.com) is running a special discount on all my books.  The first day there is a 84% price reduction which goes up to the normal Kindal price after four increases.
 
First days for Hawaii books are:
 
Aloha and MaiTais - Nov. 26/13,
Kuliano - Nov. 20/13
Kula Keiki Ali'i - Nov. 20/13
Kuhina Nui - Nov. 22/13
Liliha and the Sacred Mission - Nov. 23/13
An End To Innocence - Nov. 27/13
 
First day for my Metaphysical (New Age) books are:
No Need To Say Goodbye - Nov. 21/13
Not Really Coincidence about Purposeful Life and Destiny Points - Nov. Nov. 23/13
 
First day for my Self-Help books are:
Way of the SuperNova - Nov. 19/13
School Proof Your Child - Nov. 25/13
 
First day for my Environmental Adventure Books are:
At Eagle's Edge - Nov. 21
Alaska Now - Nov. 25/13
Journey Great Barrier Reef - Nov. 26/13
Mission Mururoa - Nov. 20/13
 
First day for Humor Novels are:
The Wager - Nov. 26/13
Healing Khadijah - Nov. 21/13
Money Child - Nov. 21
 
First Day for Young Adult Novels Are:
Liliha and the Sacred Mission - Nov. 23/13
Alias the Tank - Nov. 21/13
 
First Day for Adventure Novel are:
Return of the Canoe Societies - Nov. 26,
Last Wild Place - Nov. 21
Timber Sale - Nov. 21
 
I will be returning to Hawaii from Dec. 5th. to Dec. 28th.  I'm going to soak up the sun, watch some surfing on the North Shore of Oahu and enjoy the Christmas concerts on the Island.
 
 

New guidebook to finding Purpose free on Kindle Oct. 25-30

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (8)
Hi all readers,
 
I'm delighted that "Not Really Coincidence:  Tracing Your Purposeful LIfe" has been published on Kindle's platform and will be available free from Fri. Oct. 25th. to Oct. 30th.  It is already available from Amazon.com.
 
My Grammy equivalent (Hawaiian Hoku) nominated audiobook "Kula Keiki Ali'i" is available now on I-tunes as well as Audible books through Amazon.  I will not know until May, 2014 if it has won the "Spoken Word" category but I am very happy it has been nominated in the Hawaii Association Recording Artists yearly contest.  My sincere thanks to Guy Gaumont of Maui Filmworks Inc. for taking care of every aspect of bringing the audiobook into being and my sincere gratitude to Wayne Moniz, the narrator of the audiobook.  People hearing the audiobook tell me they can't stop listening even though it runs for over six hours.
 
I'm now working on a new Adventure novel with embedded history called "The Great Canadian Adventure", a temporary working title.  I'm trying to make sense of the treatment of Canadian First Nations's people from the time of Contact to the present day.  I'm getting the sense that clashing world views were behind the abominable failure to treat the First Nation's people with any kind of fairness.  The Euro-Centric world view that they were the most advanced civilization and that individual accomplishment rather than collective accomplishment was important  permeates their total lack of fair play while the value of the collective in the Native world view is totally dismissed. This appears to be what led to the intense forcing of Assimilation through Residential schools and the total resistence to assimilate by First Nation's People to the present day. 
 
Anyway I am absorbed in catching up on Canadian history from early contact to the present.  Somehow a novel will come out of all this.  I am managing to play a little golf as well.
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Book "Not Really Coincidence: Tracing Your Purposeful Life" Being Published

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM Comments comments (244)
Hi All,
 
I'm pleased to report that my new book "Not Really Coincidence: Tracing Your Purposeful Life" is finished and is working its way through CreateSpace.  It will be available on Amazon in print and a Kindle Edition if about one month.
 
Purposeful lives are blueprints we have made before we come into this world.  Destiny Points are free will choices we make after entry that either facilitate the blueprint we have desiged or hinder them.  If we make choices that facilitate our blueprint we are given help from above.  If we make choices that hinder our blueprint we are often blocked.  If people do not follow the Purposeful life they have planned they often experience a sense of restlessness and discontent that meaning and purpose are lacking.  When one is leading the life they have chosen there is a sense of passion and fulfillment.
 
In "Not Really Coincidence" I have located the Destiny Points in my own life, my late partner's life, and five people who without doubt have led very purposeful lives including Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, British philosopher Bertrand Russell, Walt Disney and the artist Emily Carr.  I have also given directions to finding your own Purposeful Life.
 
Now that "Not Really Coincidence is finished I am working on a book that will likely be called "The Great Canadian Betrayal."  This book is about Canadian Treaties 6, 7, and 8 in which First Nation's people surrendered title to most of Canada from Ontario to the Rocky Mountains in return for items such as freedom to choose reserve land, farming implements, education for their children and aid during famine and epidemics.  The First Nations people honored their commitments but the Canadian Government of Sir John A. MacDonald and later governments did not.
 
The history is depressing as is the knowledge that most Canadians are not aware of the history and have lingering negative sterotypes in their minds of First Nations People from Cowboy and Indian movies from Hollywood.  Actually the Cree and Blackfoot Chiefs that negotiated the above treaties after the  were very dignified and negotited very hard to save their people from starvation once the buffalo herds had been exterminated and the American gold miners were running rampant amongst them. 
 
Personally I am multi-tasking amongst great distruption as a drain backed up from the house heat pump and flooded all the carpets.  I now have to pack up all my material goods, move them and all the furniture while a new floor is put in.  I can't wait to return to Hawaii in July for the Hawaii Association of Recording Artists Haku Awards where my audiobook has been nominated for the Spoken Word Category.  I'll keep you posted.

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