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

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

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Visit to San Diego and Hollywood

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (14)
Hi all,

Just came back from a visit to San Diego, Hollywood and crossed over the border into Mexico at Mexicali.

San Diego is a marvelous place for an author to visit.  There is a section called Old Town where the Spanish influence is extremely powerful.  Also you can trace what happened to the Indian people here (Indians, Mexican/Indian) when California claimed half of Mexico.  Can you believe that 50,000 Indians were shot on sight (the bounty was $100 for men over 12 and $50 for women.  And that is as late as 1867.

Visited Universal Studios in Hollywood and really enjoyed the tour.  A tram takes you into back lot movie sets including Psycho and lets you experience Special Effects.

I'm waiting now to see if my audiobook "Kula Keiki Al'ii wins the Spoken Word Category of the Hawaiian Association of Recording Artists for which it was nominated this year.  Awards Ceremony is May 24/2014.

Here are some pictures from California and including the cover of my novel "Money Child" set in Newport Beach and my audiobook.  That's a Shamrock Margarita on St. Patrick's Day.

Neil Young Is Right

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (11)
As well a being right about the Alberta Tar Sands Project and its damage to both the environment and the First Nations people affected by it there is another serious matter to be considered. The proposed transportation of Dilbit (tar sands oil and condensate) along British Columbia's North, Central and Southern Coastline  out of Kitimat B. C.  and/or Vancouver is also a very real and serious threat to B.C.'s coast and wildlife.

Here are two images of oil tankers that are likely to ply the coastlines of B.C. and a map of the 160 miles of narrow island channels they will have to navigate if they come from Kitimat B.C.   There is every likelihood of a spill larger than the Exxon Valdez.  

There are more details in my Environmental novel "At Eagle's Edge" about the likely damage from allowing huge oil tankers to navigate the hurricane winds of winter down Douglas Passage and the five channels necessary to reach the ocean from Kitimat.

I hypothesized two large oil spills of Dilbit one off of Gil Island and one off of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  Let us hope they never happen. 

Hawaii For The Tourists and the Wealthy of the World

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (4)
Hi All,

I'm just back from a pleasant visit to Oahu   Here are a few pictures from my bus ride out to Makaha over December.  While I was riding the bus over to Makaha I noticed a sign saying "Save Makaha Beach"  asking people to go to www.malamamakaha.com.  So I looked the website up and was amazed to find that the mainly Native Hawaiian area of Makaha had a highway running through its main beach park  (Farrington Highway).  I also passed the main prison on Oahu.  It is really a scary looking place.

To get from the changerooms to the beach it is necessary to cross over the main highway.  There is not even a crosswalk and someone has even been killed when a drunken driver ran into the bus stop there.  You might want to look at the website and sign their petition to correct the matter and take the highway further towards the mountains.  I was struck by the discrepancy between expenditures (sixteen billion dollars to extend light rail) to the wealthy new City of Kapolei plus the area that has just been sold by the Campbell Estate people for thousands of new homes on former agricultural land and the amount spent in predominatly Native Hawaiian areas.

I don't think Queen Ka'ahumanu would be pleased by the vast discrepancy between expenditures on Native Hawaiian areas and wealthy areas.  She was pretty well responsible for the decision to Westernize Hawaii.

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.
 
 

Super Tunnel Traffic - Sell Out by B.C. Premier Christy Clark

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM Comments comments (5)
Several months after the election B.C. Premier Christie Clark indicates an agreement with Alberta Premier Alison Redford to endanger the Central and Northern Coast of B. C. for money.
 
At present there is no way to stem the tremendous environmental damage when one or more of the proposed super tankers (the size of the Eiffel Tower) attempt an almost impossible task and run into the unforgiving shoreline.  Somehow in the hurricane strength winds of winter their captains are supposed to navigate down a channel from Kitimat that narrows into a maze of islands with extremely small navigational channels to reach the ocean.
 
There seems to be a total lack of common sense here and a complete disregard for the myriads of life forms that will be devastated by a Dilbit spill.  In the heavy winter winds skimming or burning or even using dispersants will be completely impossible.  The sunken Dilbit will not be recoverable and migrational birds, fish, whales and the existing wildlife will be forever affected. Not to mention the way of life of First Nation's people attempting to live a sustainable life through shell-fish harvesting and fisheries as they have done for centuries without harm to the environment.  There is no suggestion of using smaller tankers as maximum profit is sought.
 
Once again we witness an undeserving faith in modern technology and an adhering to a policy of profit over preservation of what is left of the planet's environment and wellbeing.  There was only one reef the Exxon Valdez could hit on it's way down Price William Sound and human error allowed a collision.  What will happen when serious navigational hazards cause the inevitable crash.  One can only hope that the safeguards that are now in place to guide the Valdez traffic will be applied if the tankers are allowed to navigate from Kitimat.  But that would likely be too expensive and ruin profits. 
 
One can only hope that complacent people in B.C. that actually value our Northern and Central Coasts and the wildlife they contain will take an interest in what will likely happen if super-max tankers are allowed to run rampant in B.C.   

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 Guidebook To Finding Meaning and Purpuse in Your LIfe

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (33)
Hi all readers,
 
I am really happy that my new Metaphysical guidebook "Not Really Coincidence:  Tracing Your Purposeful Life" has been published and is available for sale on Amazon.com and in a Kindle Edition as well.  Many people these days are suffering a sense of restlessness because they do not have meaning or purpose in their lives.  This can be eliminated by finding the crossroads (Destiny Points) in your life where you made decisions that either facilitated or hindered the purpose you came into this life to carry out.
 
To help with this task I have located the Destiny Points in my life that resulted in reaching my goal of raising awareness by writing novels, guidebooks and non-fiction.  I have also located the Destiny Points in my late partner's life and in several people's lives who have lived what cannot be denied as Purposful lives including Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, Walt Disney, Emily Carr and the British philosopher Bertrand Russell.

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.

AUDIOBOOK NOMINATED FOR HAWAIIAN EQUIVALENT OF A GRAMMY

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (7)
I've just been down on Maui where my audiobook "Kula Keiki Ali'i" (Chief's Children's School) has just been completed.  I was very fortunate to have the audiobook about the damage done to the last five monarchs of Hawaii as children in the Chief's Children's School blessed by Kahu Hanalei Colleado.  I also had a radio interview.  The pictures tell the story.
 
One Big Happy Family is distributing the audiobook as a MP3 and it will very soon be available from Audible on Amazon.com.
 
The fantastic news is that this audiobook has been nominated for the Hawaiian equivalent of a Grammy, the 2014 HAKU from the Hawaii Association of Recording Artists.  
 
Here are some pictures from my recent trip.
 
 

At Eagle' Edge: NOW ON KINDLE AS WELL AS PRINT

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM Comments comments (23)
Hi all.
 
Exciting news.  My latest Environmental, Adventure Novel, "At Eagle's Edge:  Our Choices, Our Future and Our Environment is now available on Amazon's Kindle as well as in print.  For five days it can be downloaded free (June 26th. 2013 to June 30th., 2013 as well as all my other books.  Just use Amazon's free Kindle app for download on Kindles, Iphones, PC's, tablets and the new Blackberry 10.  "At Eagle's Edge" contains important information as well as being a good read.  Embedded is information about what keeps the Exxon Valdez super tankers full of crude oil from Alaska safe now during their voyage down the Valdez Channel and pros and cons about oil and Dilbit (Tar Sands Oil diluted with toxic chemicals).
 
This book is a must read for both people living in B.C. and people concerned about the Great Bear Rainforest and the Spirit bear.  The bear and the entire wildlife chain in the pristine Central B.C. coastline including whales, salmon,  eagles, shorebirds and sea lions. etc. are threatened by the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and super tankers moving down the Douglas Channel through a maze of islands during the winter hurricane season.
 
I've redone my websites and have classified my books into four categories:  Environment novels, Humor Novels, Hawaii Historical novels, self-help guides and my first Metaphysical book "No Need To Say Goodbye.  I'm working on my second Metaphysical book called "Not Really Coincidence" about Purposeful Lives (lives we planned before we came into this world) and it should be ready in the near future (two months).
 
In other news one of my Hawaii Literary Histories - "Kula Keiki Ali'i (Chief's Children's School) is being turned into an audiobook in Maui.  This book tells of the Indoctrination rather than the Education of the young children who would become monarchs of Hawaii by a crazy Hell and Brimstone missionary in a residential school who who did tremendous damage by whipping them with rawhide whips, telling the children Hawaiians were pagan, that the sins of adultery were killing off Hawaiians, and that they would never become monarchs unless they converted to Christianity.  This audobook will be available through Amazon's ACx platform in the near future.

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