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A Christmas of Grace

11 year old Grace Gillian overhears the landlord evicting her mother from their trailer home in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Christmas is just around the corner and they have nowhere to go.  As Grace's mother turns to alcohol and abandons Grace, the child struggles to conceptualize how to care for herself and her five year old brother Henry James.  Grace stumbles upon an idea which just might keep her brother and herself from harm but it is only temporary and it depends upon absolute cooperation from a brother who, in the past, has proven to be clingy and anxious in times of stress.  When Grace and Henry are discovered hiding in the library basement, their world will forever be changed.

 

ISBN: 13-978-1481098168
Published: Create Space Independent Publishing, 2012

 

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As I Am

In a single moment in time, four year old Garret Frey was transformed from an active and energetic four-year-old to a quadriplegic-ventilator-dependent boy who struggled to make sense of a world in disarray. For seven years, Garret worked with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Karen Pirnot as Garret learned that his mental powers could help compensate for the loss of body function.

As I Am details the struggles of Garret's mother to advocate for a "normal," childhood education for her son in the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In order to be afforded a stimulating learning environment in the least restrictive environment, Garret's legal case went through a lengthy court process, ending in his appearance before the Justices of the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruling in Garret's favor set precedence for access to public education for thousands of handicapped children throughout the nation.

Winner of:

  • The Reader's Favorite Literary
  • The Royal Palm Literary Award.
  • The Parent's Life Buzz Award

Supreme Court Case No. 96-1993
Cedar Rapids Community School District, Pertitioner, v Garret F.

More About Garret

Garret Frey is a twenty-six year old ventilator-dependent-quadriplegic who was paralyzed at the age of four. Through the years since his childhood accident, Garret has learned to cope with his disability in order to live a happy and enriched life. He continually draws strength and encouragement from his family and his network of devoted friends.

Garret has adopted a motivation to live through a highly positive mind orientation. He dwells on what is available rather than on what has been lost. He is a very optimistic young man who has personal hopes and dreams for himself in the future. Garret's motto is to live each and every day to the fullest.

Garret lives with his mother in their home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attends a community college where he is studying toward a degree in business. Although Garret's mother remains a primary caretaker, nurses and friends continue to provide essential care services for Garret.

Life's enjoyments include traveling, soaking up warm sunshine and being with family and friends. Garret stays active and busy through various computer projects as well as speaking appearances in which he acquaints people in the health care profession about the quality of life available for individuals with disabilities similar to his own.

Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-10: 0982254067
ISBN-13: 978-0982254066

 

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Eating Through the Earth

Stelby Skinkman is a sixty year old widow who longs to sew her wild oats.  She has been content to raise her family in small town Nebraska but now finds herself somewhat bored and unfulfilled.  When presented with a gift certificate to a spa, she take advantage of the opportunity to relax and also has a one-night stand!  She returns to her community and forms a women's group, intent on providing stimulation and adventure for herself and the other group members.  When a baby's skeleton is found in Stelby's basement, the group undergoes dramatic change and movement is forced upon them all.

 

 

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Just A Common Lady

Just a Common Lady is a story of the weathering process of tragedy and opportunity. Throughout it all, the author is determined never to forget or betray her roots of smalltown community support, family cohesion and the ongoing opportunity to overcome life's adverse events.

ISBN: 978-1-934246-81-8

 

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Keeper of the Lullabies

The Keeper of the Lullabies is always with the song. Imbedded in the part of love which moves the child along. The Keeper of the Lullabies is a book for grandmothers who cherish the world of children. Beautifully written and illustrated by the author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot.
Paperback: 36 pages
ISBN-10: 1934246905
ISBN-13: 978-1934246900

 

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Making Love on Scrabble

For over eight years, a caregiver provides a reinforcement program for her husband, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The program of behavioral, cognitive and emotional reinforcement is explained along with descriptive conversation in order to illustrate the essential components of the program. The book describes how to maintain trust and stability despite the debilitating symptoms and manifestations of progressive dementia. The author is a Clinical Psychologist who learned and practiced principles of reinforcement as they apply to those with compromised cognitive and emotional abilities. Having applied the principles to her own husband's disease, the author was able to maintain an environment of stability and trust as both patient and caretaker made their way through the various stages of dementia.

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 9, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1514811189
ISBN-13: 978-1514811184

 

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Nothing Left to Burn

"Where is our house?" Those four words alerted me to a problem that would dramatically change my husband's life as well as my own. Being a Clinical Psycholigist, I recognized early on the initial synptoms of Alzheimer's desease. I began to journal my experiences; thus the genesis for this book. Readers will learn how early mental "slips" are but the precursor to a disease which pummels the brain and shreds its connections. Few people understand that the very nature of the brain destruction takes the loved one away from the caregiver long before the body succumbs to death. I struggled to let go of the man I married while, at the same time, commit my energy and services to a man I no longer knew. NOTHING LEFT TO BURN vividly and graphically uses dialogue to demonstrate the withering away of Charlie. He taught doctoral students at major universities. While most friends and family will tell the caregiver to "Be sure to take care of yourself now," most have no clue as to how subtly Alzheimer's disease sucks in the caregiver and strips him or her of most all other identities. Most caregivers have little comprehension of the decisions we must make to save ourselves while maintaining our devotion to our spouses. NOTHING LEFT TO BURN is based on a true story which will eventually have a resolution. For now, it is my wish to help others find an understanding of the day-to-day reality of the disease and to aid potential caregivers in making informed decisions regarding their own wellbeing.

Publisher: Bearhead Publishing (April 2, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1937508366
ISBN-13: 978-1937508364

 

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The Learners of Owamboland

This is a true account of an eight week Internship experience in the village of Eenhana, Nambia, Africa. The writing of this book was a true collaborative effort in which raw and disorganized personal experience was translated into a coherent and poignant literary event. In order to effectively relate the graphic experiences of Gina Hutchins Inman during her experiences in Namibia, Africa, the professional services of her paternal aunt Dr.Karen Hutchins Pirnot were solicited.

Paperback: 88 pages
ISBN-10: 0982047991
ISBN-13: 978-0982047996

 

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