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(Member since 2015) Terri Arthur is the author of the historical novel "Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse," a story about a nurse's journey of sacrifice, bravery and service. Terri lives on Cape Cod where she has held various positions as a nurse over forty years. In addition to her nursing, she hold a BS in education and biology and a MS in health business management. She also manages a continuing education business Medical Education Systems and is the Nursing Director of SEAK, a continuing education business that serves health and legal professionals.
(Member since 2014) Award-winning author Alison Caiola's many years in Hollywood as a writer and P.R. Executive qualify her to write about the entertainment industry, as she does so well in her bestselling page-turner, The Seeds of a Daisy and the upcoming novels in The Lily Lockwood Series:The Silver Cord and The Family Bond.
Alison has written scripts, screenplays and articles in popular lifestyle magazines. Like Daisy Lockwood in The Seeds of a Daisy, Alison's son, J.D. Daniels is a successful, award-winning actor and author. Caiola currently resides on the beautiful North Fork of Long Island with her Malti-Poo daughter-dog Emma, surrounded by vineyards, farms and wonderful friends.
(Member since 2007). Michael J. DeCicco a busy Greater New Bedford area freelance writer and substitute teacher, is the author of two compelling, insightful novels about characters he's known and the important life lessons readers can learn from them.
Michael J. DeCicco's credentials include serving as a reader of Young Adult Books for "The Boston Globe" and over 30 years as a freelance writer and news correspondent in Southern New England. He's also worked for over five years as a substitute teacher for several Southeastern Massachusetts school systems. He lives with his wife Cynthia in New Bedford. He earned his BA in Creative Writing at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI in 1977.
(Member since 2014) TALKERS MAGAZINE named Phil as one of the nation's Top 100 Talk Show Hosts! 45 year veteran broadcaster, Phil Paleologos began his passion in radio at KZNG in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as a 16 year old who convinced management to let him host a one hour show about local high school events, and since then, he hasn't stopped talking! Serving as both a television news anchor and DJ in Charlottesville, VA, Phil learned his craft well in the smaller markets and then set his sights on Boston as the afternoon drive-time host on WEZE, as 'The Mayor of Park Square'. In the late 1970's, Phil became the morning guy at WNBH and later, an afternoon host at WBSM, both in New Bedford, MA. In the mid-1990's, the TALK-AMERICA RADIO NETWORK syndicated Phil's morning show, American Breakfast, that originated in his authentic stainless steel diner, that he and his wife own! The show was carried coast-to-coast, in many major city markets, until he signed off with great ratings. Since then, Phil has been very active in helping non-profit organizations raise awareness and revenues and owning and operating the Shawmut Diner in New Bedford, MA, with his wife, Celeste. Tune into "More Than Just Talk" with Phil every weekday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm!
Dr. Julia Schlam Edelman
(Member since 2012) Empowering women to be active partners with their physicians during midlife and beyond, Menopause Matters is a complete guide for improving a woman's physical and mental health from age 35 to 75 and beyond.As a gynecologist and menopause specialist, Dr. Julia Edelman has helped thousands of women feel better and enjoy healthier lives. Scientifically sound and clinically tested, Dr. Edelman's advice is a welcome alternative to the often misleading, conflicting, and confusing sound bites in media reports on women's health issues. Menopause Matters covers the full spectrum of topics of vital interest to perimenopausal and postmenopausal women: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, poor sleep, memory loss, mood changes, depression, hormone replacement therapy, sleep, diet, exercise, weight control, healthy sex, and contraception. Julia Schlam Edelman, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a board-certified gynecologist, a certified menopause clinician, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is in private practice in Massachusetts. Dr. Julia Schlam Edelman has received the 2010 "North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Menopause Practitioner of the Year" award. The award recognizes one clinician in North America for outstanding contributions to patient care.
BIO: The father of two sons and one beautiful, little girl, Steven Manchester is the published author of Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy, Jacob Evans, A Fathers Love, Warp II,At The Stroke of Midnight, and new release of Ashes, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has been showcased in such national literary journals as Taproot Literary Review, AmericanPoetry Review and Fresh! Literary Magazine.
Steven is an accomplished speaker, and currently teaches the popular workshop Write A Book, Get Published &Promote Your Work. Three of his screen plays have also been produced as films.
When not spending time with his children, writing, teaching, or promoting his published books/films, this Massachusetts author speaks publicly to troubled children through the Straight Ahead Program.
On February 22, 2017, Pat Perry interviewed four time #1 best selling author Steve Manchester on Authors Without Borders Presents...Stetven promoted his latest novel, Ashes. Steve also promoted Ashes on the Rhode Showon February 20, 2017. Asheswas officially released on February 21, 2017. Having read this novel, I'm sure that this will be his fifth best seller! A link to the interview will be posted soon.
(Member since 2014) Minister Priscilla E. Flint was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She was educated in the Boston Public Schools and attended Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she received a MAasters Degree in Education. Her career started in finance and she worked for several banks in the Boston area. She recently retired as Payroll/General Services Manager for the Treasury Division for the City of Boston.
Priscilla had 2 sons who passed away at the ages of four and seven years old, leading her to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior on May 2, 1991. On June 19, 2009 she became a licensed Minister, ordained to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Priscilla sits on the ministerial board of Mount Olive Kingdom Builders Worship Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts where she works in several ministries. She goes into homeless shelters and detox centers to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She is a living walking testimony that if God don?t do it, it can not be done.
God released Priscilla to write her life story. The book is titled I Look Back And Wonder How I Got Over. You will not believe some of the trials and tribulations she went through, nor will you believe the life she led before she gave her life to Jesus Christ. Her story is truly a testament as to what God can do, and who He will use. Priscilla loves the Lord and loves to talk about the goodness of Jesus, and what He has done in her life.
(Member since 2011)
Pamela Huf is a new author, having just written the novel, Promises. She is married and has three daughters. She lives and works in Arizona.
Having graduated from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona State University, Pamela has a Masters Degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education (with the emphasis on multicultural education) and a Masters Degree in English.
She teaches full-time in an elementary school because she believes it's important that children learn early the importance of reading and writing. Pamela also volunteers at the local high school as a script editor and assistant sound technician for their plays.
When Pamela is not writing short stories or poems, she is working on her second novel, Broken Promises, which is a sequel to Promises. Pamela loves to write, especially science fiction and romance. Some of Pamela's favorite stories are The Hobbit, The Return of the King series, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, the Twilight Series, The Notebook,The Inheritance Series. These name only a few of the stories Pamela enjoys.
Marylou Depeiza is a native of Boston, Massachusetts.She is a first time published author of a non-fiction work titled Walking In Her Shoes, which can be purchased on Amazon.com. A graduate of the last class of 1982 at Boston State College with a B.A. in Psychology,Marylou retired from 25 years of service with Verizon and lives with her husband. Together they have three sons.She is an actress and spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Marylou is working on her second book- a murder mystery.
Dawn Blake Souza
(Member since 2015) Dawn Blake Souza lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts with her husband, Dr. Joseph “Zack” Souza, Jr. She is the mother of five children and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Masters in Educational Administration from Harvard University.
A retired elementary school principal in New Bedford, she also served as an assistant high school principal in Arizona and was a classroom English teacher for more than twenty years.
Coming from a rich and diverse background, Dawn has always had a passion for the history of her family and the City of New Bedford. She is the granddaughter of Valentino Fermino, one of the last Cape Verdean whalemen, as well as a descendant of fugitive slaves, Native Americans, and Irish immigrants.
She spent many years as a political activist working on such causes as human and civil rights, Native American rights, and the special challenges faced by undocumented workers. Two of her most memorable experiences were being a member of the New Bedford Delegation on a fact-finding tour of Nicaragua during its civil war in 1987, and marching with United Farm Workers Union Labor organizer, Cesar Chavez, in 1988.
Dawn’s interests are varied and include traveling and learning about other people, languages and cultures. She is literate in Spanish , French, and Portuguese.
Her husband, “Zack” Souza, a retired military officer and psychologist, is also an artist and musician and they share a love of the arts. Dawn, who currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the New Bedford Whaling Museum is an avid reader, writer, and public speaker. Her first book, In Search of Chestnuts, about growing up in New Bedford’s Old West End, was published in 2007. Her second book, a memoir entitled, The Joy of My Journey, will be published this fall.
This first book by author, Dawn Blake Souza, is a collection of autobiographical poems and short stories in which she shares a personal glimpse into her life growing up in a large, working-class, racially-mixed family in a New Bedford neighborhood known as The Old West End which later fell victim to the fall-out of the urban renewal movements of the 70’s. Written with poignancy and sprinkled with humor and nostalgia, it is appealing to both old and young.
Dawn Blake Souza is a Harvard-educated retired public school principal who lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts with her artist husband, Dr. Joseph “Zack” Souza, Jr. They are both actively involved in the Greater New Bedford area and particularly enjoy working on cultural and educational projects that promote the rich diversity of their community.
Brian R. Hill
(Member since 2012)
A Yorkshireman, Brian R Hill was born in 1951. He was educated at Aireborough Grammar School in Yeadon near Leeds, England. He has a grown up family and three grandchildren. Brian lives close to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. A keen amateur photographer, musician and composer, Brian derives much of his inspiration from the beautiful countryside of the region. A stroll through The Dales can provide Brian with a chapter full of ideas, although the areas he includes are often heavily disguised by the time the final draft is complete - Yorkshire, for example, is not famous for its volcanoes.
Before retiring, Brian worked in the Clothing, Retail and Lighting industries. He now divides as much of his time between writing, walking, photography and music as he can. Brian's first novel, The Shintae, was first published in 2007, a 2nd edition was released early 2017. A second fantasy novel, Shadows from a Time Long Past followed in 2011. A third fantasy, The Mastig, was published August 2017. In 2016, Brian published a post-Brexit contemporary thriller, Love, Lies and Treachery, set in his home county of Yorkshire, England. www.brianrhill.com
(Member since 2015) My Home Away From Home is about eight of the most important years of my life. Just like anyone else between the ages of 12 and 19, I had a lot to learn about growing up. However, contrary to what most pre-teens and teens experience, I lived those eight years at Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown, Massachusetts, 65 miles from my home.
In the book, I talk about our academic classes, our teachers and other adults at the school, the many kids who became my friends and others who made friendship impossible, the several sports we pursued, all the rules we were supposed to follow and how radically they were sometimes broken, some of the fascinating field trips we took and new technology that we explored, the ways in which the school tried to prepare us for independent living, and much more. As you will read, there were plenty of both good and bad times. It is also important to note that I was at Perkins during the entire directorship of the only visually impaired chief administrator Perkins ever had, Mr.Ben Smith. My classmates and I watched in almost unanimous approval as he changed many of the school's long-lasting policies.
I decided to write this book because I continuously tell my friends about my adventures during those years, and I used to kid around that I could write a book, because there was so much information for me to share. Finally, I took the plunge and decided to write my experiences down, so I could share them with the world.
I hope that my story puts a unique perspective on what it's like for any teenager, blind or sighted, to live away from home for eight years. I certainly hope that the sighted, as well as the blind, will enjoy and appreciate my story.
(Member since 2014) Julia Broomall was born in Pennsylvania but has lived all over the country. She has three children and seven grandchildren, one of whom has been labeled “special needs”.
Julia is a holistic healer, using Reiki, ThetaTherapy, Quantum Touch, Intuitive Anatomy, Angel Cards, and Spirit Communications to help her clients.
Before becoming a holistic healer, she worked as a substitute teacher and an arts and crafts teacher. The author also worked for a toy manufacturer as a receptionist, clerk, Human Resource Director, and trade show office manager.
Julia now resides on Florida’s West Coast where she is just turning a new page in her life as a successful published author.
(Member 2015) Laura Vaughan has been a teacher for 20 years and a writer for a lot longer. She has taught both English and History in the Boston and Fall River public school systems, and is the author and illustrator of the children's book Andy Ant, What Could Possibly Be On The Other Side To See. Over the years, she has written for a daily newspaper (the Winchester Daily Chronicle), editor of an adventure magazine, written and had published short stories in various publications, and has worked for the Associated Press. She is presently working on a creative non-fiction novel about a Guatemalan orphanage, along with a fiction novel about an intelligent rat that runs a dump. She is also the founder of New Bedford Writer Studios – an organization offering writing workshops in Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Short Story, and Memoir Writing in the New Bedford area.
(Member since 2016) Reginald Pittman was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. in Business and a M.B.A with a concentration in management. His career started years ago working in insurance, banking, and the legal field. Reginald now teaches business and technology at a high school in Massachusetts.
He believes that education is so important; he has published several books and became a producer of his own children’s educational show call “The Pugsley Panda Show” on Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN). He has also directed several educational plays supporting his belief that education is the most important thing a child can possess.
Reginald’s latest book “No Bullying” can be found on Amazon.com at
Other books written by Reginald include: “The Water Cycle”, “Famous Landmarks in United States”, and “Wellington Hill Playground” found on Amazon.com at https://goo.gl/opyhCr
Coming in 2017, an absolute wonderful safety book “Children’s Safety Tips, For All Seasons”.
(Member since 2016) Beth fell in love with fairy tales before she could even read. The tales of Hans Christian Andersen still hold a special place in her heart.
During the 1970s, Ms. David was in high school and J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" became hugely popular. She first read the Trilogy and "The Hobbit" for a literature class. When she was 21, Ms. David decided to write her own fantasy novel with strong women characters, a rather obvious omission in the popular fantasy of the time. Zorena was born. (So was Sonya.)
Alas, the book did not make it into print until 2003 when the technology of the day made it possible to self-publish. It is now available in ebook format.
Since then, Beth has written several other stories, some travel stories, some children stories, all available as ebooks. "Who Makes the Magic," is her latest foray into the world of fiction.
Her travel story about her trip to Lebanon, the land of her ancestors, has plenty of photos, plenty of family stories, lots of humor, and lots of history about the "land of milk and honey." Beth is an accomplished writer who is able to write nonfiction, new stories and fiction, all with a unique flair.
Janice E. Clark
(Member since 2016) Janice E. Clark is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught in grades two, three, and five in Brockton, Massachusetts during her thirty-one years of service. Retirement has not interrupted Clark's desire to help children learn life skills. Her first book, Roscoe Is a R.A.K.ster, was published in 2010. It promotes random acts of kindness within the family structure. She believes that when children are raised with praise, and there is family interaction, bullying is not likely to manifest. Roscoe the R.A.K.ster Is Also a P.A.K.ster takes random acts of kindness out into the community in the hands of children with an adult support system.
(Member since 2016) Candace Cozens is the author of two children's books, Andrew's Story and Emilia and Evelyn and the Squizit Visit.
Candace was born in Upstate New York. She graduated from Concordia Collegiate Institute and attended Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, majoring in Communications. Most recently she has been following her passion for writing children's stories and has received her certification as a Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master.
Joan Ellery Costello
(Member since 2016) My personal insight into the journey through the medical labyrinth of personal choices, alternative options, the blocks that many run into during their struggle with both the disease and the availability of treatment, made me realize the hard way that we all need to be our own advocate in the healing process.
When it comes to living life to its fullest while having no idea as to how long you may have, I found that it is important to remember to be open to your love. It is so easy to fall into despair, wasting whatever time you may have on the negative emotions of disease, which become a cancer in itself surrounding you and your loved one. Enveloping yourself in a support system of positivity and love no matter how small or large your team may be is one way to cope with the fear of the unknown.
My book OPEN follows an emotional roller coaster of living 795 days in disbelief, anger, happiness, depression, exhilaration, sadness, exasperation, and denial, but most of all in the love of being in the moment and only in that moment of sharing a life, that moment which is all any of us have. This is my physical, emotional and spiritual path of love, hope and belief that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, our shared confidence that life goes on past this existence, that it in fact is our true existence, that of the soul.
Joan is a certified Spiritual Mentor, Usui and Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Practitioner, and a Hypnotherapist.
Dr. Melaine E. Hall
(Member since 2016) "Poetry With A Purpose is a unique blend of poetry and prose divinely inspired by the author and God. These poems were penned to empower, encourage, enlighten and provoke deep thought about life experiences one may travel sooner or later. Poetry With A Purpose is presented based on faith in God, deliverance, forgiveness, healing, life challenges and love of self. Poetry With A Purpose challenges you to overcome problems victoriously. When you are not a part of the solution to a problem, you are a part of the problem."
Diane Marie Ford
(Member since 2016) My holistic practice now encompasses a unique blend of health and nutritional counseling, life coaching and powerful spiritual guidance. Passionate about and committed to co-counseling with spirit, I help you access your ancestral assets, connect the dots and manifest your true wealth.Diane is the Founder & CEO of Listen To Thyself a 2004, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor; accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), Certified Reiki II Practitioner, Certified Money Breakthrough Method Coach®, writer, inspirational speaker and lover of all God’s creatures, great and small. She is a columnist with the Free Bird Times, has written articles for several magazines including Aspire, South Shore and Cape Cod Metaphysics and Lean Toward Happy.
What I Do
As a Certified Holistic Counselor and Psychic Spirit Medium, I blend practical and magical to teach women how to differentiate which mindsets, beliefs and behaviors belong to them and which have been passed down through their ancestors, so that we can identify and transform those which hold them back from those which propel them forward in their personal and professional lives.
How I Do It
I co-counsel with Spirit and am referred to as a Spirit Medium. I like to refer to myself as a Sprit Communicator because, while many spirit mediums simply deliver messages, I engage spirits in conversation. I foster a connection between my client and their dearly departed by inviting their loved ones into the session. It is as if they are seated with us in the same room and for all practical purposes they are!
(Member since 2017)
Born in Dorchester, Thomas Cirignano moved to South Boston as a young man. He took over his father's auto repair shop in the heart of "Southie" during the reign of infamous mobster, James "Whitey" Bulger. His experiences at that shop would be considered surreal by most standards. Only through pure luck did he survive numerous life threatening situations.
Tom's true life story is titled, "The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic." Due to its time and place in Boston's tumultuous history, along with the situations and people Tom encountered, "The Constant Outsider" is quite an exciting story. Tom’s memoir demonstrates how even the smallest decisions we make can be life altering.
In his second book, titled, "67 Cents: Creation of a South Boston Killer," the author explores an even more intense and dangerous path. In this fictional adaptation of his memoir, Tom explores the alternate path to crime and violence which truly was available to him. Within "67 Cents," the main character, "Nick", says "yes" to each and every offer that was made to the author in real life by both the Italian Mafia and "Whitey" Bulger’s Irish Mob. Those offers were significant, and even included an offer to kill a man for Tom. As is true in everyone's live, just a few different choices can change everything dramatically. Tom Cirignano is a certified scuba diver, ultra-light aircraft pilot, has owned several motorcycles, and loves boating. A spinal fracture, scoliosis, and Harrington Rod surgery have now limited his ability to enjoy most of those activities. He has been a contributing writer and served as an advisory member on "The New Bedford Standard-Times Newspaper Editorial Board." He served two terms on The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School Committee, and has served on several other town committees and commissions. For more info, visit Facebook.com/The.Constant.Outsider/
Katharine Gilpin is a Creative Healing Artist, SoundBody Massage Therapist, Huffington Post Contributing Blogger and columnist for Free Bird Times newspaper. A former President of Toastmasters International Spirited Speakers chapter and current co-leader of Believe Inspire Grow, National Women’s Empowerment Organization, she enjoys writing poetry and healing play scripts and helping others to clearly express their voices through interactive classes.
A native New Yorker, Katharine was born in NYC and raised on Long Island. She resides in and has her healing practice in Middleborough, MA.
After earning her BA in Drama from Tufts University in 1978, she launched her professional theatre career. From New York City’s Off Broadway and Broadway to San Francisco regional theatre and touring the US and Australia, her roles were behind the scene...as stage manager, costumer, wardrobe supervisor and dresser.
Relocating to Massachusetts in 1987 she studied and professionally entered the healing arts; becoming certified and licensed in massage therapy. She continually broadens her scope of expertise to complement her healing expertise, including the therapeutic use of vocal sounds to help her clients self-express to release tension and live purposefully and passionately.
Currently, in a joint venture with author, Diane Marie Ford, she combines the creative, expressive and healing arts to help women have their voices heard through the power of the written word. In Your Own Words Women is dedicated to creating a community of self-expressed women through publishing a series of collaborative books, by women and for women.
Katharine and Diane invite women who have something to say and want to be heard, to write a story for the first book in the series: “If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now” Women’s Stories of Discovery, which is intended to be published in the spring of 2018.