Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration

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Communities must work together to become resilient. Please enjoy this piece from our Guest Blogger: Richard C. Lumb, Ph. D.

As loud voices erupt to demand their particular agenda, the focus of disruption is often against police.  Remove the effectiveness of police and social chaos emerges.  Dampen the courage of leaders in support of order and chaos occurs.  Active or tacit refusal to demand social order for the substantial majority of citizens has the effect of emboldening the aberrant behaviors.  Peaceful protest, making a convincing argument and seeking collaborative change disappears to be replaced with chaos, and the effect on many is an unnecessary fear. Continue reading “Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration”

First Night-Chapters 20-22 Now Posted

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism continues.

First Night had me hooked. The dialogue of characters is sharp and adds to the development of the story. Like most authors Ron reveals many of his high integrity and values through his main character but also in others. You’ll find humor, spies, psychology, disability, skepticism, and compassion for humanity mixed into First Night.”  ~ Dennis Fitzgibbons

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New Chapters Posted!

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues.

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First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism’ resumes the story of Lee Brazil whose reemergence encounters a future world assimilating change, mystery and a cascade of new characters, encountered from the past, that lead the reader into a story that cannot be put down. Walk with Lee as he encounters a world changing in ways not earlier conceived, a kaleidoscope of sensation, trepidation, hope, and adrenalin rush. ~ Richard Lumb, criminologist and contributing author of The Police Journal “First Night”

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“Suspenseful, bold, and provocative, First Night takes the reader on a journey — ahead in time and across the globe, deep into some essential questions about what it means to live in an age of technological strides without losing the human heart.” ~ Rev Allen Ewing-Merrill, United Methodist Pastor

“First Night”

First Night - book coverFor many years we have been using storytelling as a tool for teaching the skills and the attitudes of resilience. Storytelling has been around since the first human beings sat down around a fire and talked about their lives. These first training sessions on resilience occurred thousands of years ago. From campfires to fireplaces to potbellied stoves to water coolers, we continue to tell stories about resilience.

In more recent times, we’ve written these down in the form of novels and biographies. Even more recently we’ve recorded them on tape and film, and, most recently on the internet. We have used Reaching Home and other novels as a primary tool in teaching these skills and attitudes. We feel this is an appropriate time to release the sequel to Reaching Home, First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism, here on the internet. We will be releasing a chapter per week, for the next fifty-one weeks, beginning 01/01/2017. For those of you who do not wish to wait for the next weekly chapter, you can order a hard copy or a download from the publisher Reed Edwards Company.

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