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Friday, February 19, 2021

You are Invited to...

A Place At the Table

My friend and editor Nathan Everett released yet another book: A Place at the Table. 

Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference (PNWA) 2017

Of the many things I appreciate about Nathan, other than his creativity, integrity, and honesty, is his ability to write a variety genres with exquisite skill.  His art is such that each of his books are written with a voice crafted for the particular story. When I learned he had yet another book, my curiosity got the better of me to see what he was writing this time. And this book was no different from his standard of excellence.

In that I have been consumed playing lawyer, training, writing the next novel, studying the LSAT, caring for my husband, and driving forty hours each month to see my father, my reading for pleasure has been waning. The last time I read a novel was during A350 pilot training (that had a purpose beyond fun). I have realized that it was time to start reading for fun again because I believe: 

It's always a good time
to take time to read!

Imagine a world where ten classes existed that were not based upon wealth, occupation, or heredity, but assigned to you and would determine the course of your life... 

A Place at the Table, a literary work, is a coming of age story where a young man born into privilege is assigned to the class of a leader on his eighteen birthday. Unbeknownst to him his childhood nemesis, a young lady who punched him in the face in elementary school, is assigned to be his assistant. As their professional and personal relationship mature, the story focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the young protagonist Liam. With his assistant Meredith at his side, and the wisdom of his grandmother, Liam evolves from a self-centered boy to a true leader who legitimately earns the trust of all.

This was such an unusual work from Nathan I asked him what prompted him to write this book. 

Nathan stated: 

When we look around America, and the world, we see ever-increasing divisions of people, creating a society of classes and sub classes. I got to wondering what the country would be like if we really did have established classes that were widely accepted and acknowledged. At first I thought of the idea of American royalty assisted by servants. But the more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea of classes being an accident of birth, or of wealth, or of occupation. The result was a class structure based on aptitude, motivation, and character, which would all be considered equal. The question was, "Would they stay that way?"

I highly recommend 
A Place At the Table! 

Learn more about the author at:

Enjoy the Journey
Wherever it may take you!
XO Karlene 

Friday, February 5, 2021

Improving Aviation Safety

One Word at A Time!

Mental health is no joke, especially in today's world. But what happens when your mental health is challenged because you provided your company a safety report? What happens if the management you trusted to do the right thing, reacts so violently to your concerns that they challenge your mental health and remove you from duty? Not because you were wrong, but because you were telling them something they already knew to be true. They needed to silence you at all costs, otherwise your report to senior management would impact their far-reaching, longterm plans. Plans that would benefit a few at the very top, but ultimately costing thousands of pilot jobs worldwide and risking the lives of thousands more. 

For all who have started the series at the beginning with Flight For Control, we already know that Darby's sense of humor is part of her survival toolkit. The concerns that Darby possessed regarding training began in Flight For Safety, and was inspired by the tragic accident of AF447. Darby's concerns for Global Air Lines reactions manifest in Flight For Survival. But not until Flight For Sanity does the reader learn the tactic used by management when they can't get rid of an employ because of performance or policy violations. This is a story where Darby Bradshaws world is ripped apart because she provided a safety report to her senior managers. Then follows Flight ForTruth, Darby's battle to return to duty, despite all odds. 

Murder? Mystery? Historical Fiction?

The journey begins here with 
Corruption deep within the Union 

Why Darby was compelled to report safety concerns
are found in Flight For Safety

After Darby reports her safety concerns,
she finds herself fighting for her sanity

The Truth Shall Set you Free?
You'll find that answer in...

Catch up on your reading
As the battle continues 
when Darby Fights for Justice  in
the 6th Novel: 

(ETA...August 2021)

Throughout the series you will wonder where the heck the union was with all this, and why didn't they help Darby. You are about to find out, as the drama continues to unfold. Flight For Appeal will follow, including all the legal drama that ensues after Darby's trial. 

As Darby always says...
"It's better to be lucky than good.
Unless of course you are good and lucky!"

All books can be found in kindle, but
if you choose paper, hard or soft, 
purchase your autographed copy on this blog.

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Journey

 Road Trip Again...

The end of each month, since training ended, I've received a week of vacation, and with days off my husband and I have been driving to Southern California to visit my Dad and youngest sister. We are willing my Dad to hang on for one more month, each month. Tonight, I'm sitting in Lincoln City on the away back home, having arrived shortly after the lightening and a 12-hour day on the road. 

What is normally a 40 hour drive round trip on I-5, this time, is turning into a 47 hour round trip. We hit the beginning of the snow storm on the way down, therefore we are taking the Coastal route back to Seattle.  Storms have played havoc with the Coastal roads, too, so many areas stop and go with a single lane. To entertain us, we are listening to John Nance's Phoenix Rising. John definitely weaves a great story. If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it! But the scenery never ceases to amaze me.

We drove 5 days, played bridge for four days, and golfed two of the mornings. Ate. Drank. And had fun times. Birthday trip is next month. 

Enjoy the photos of a beautiful world... Seattle to Palm Desert and back. 

Sometimes in life you are not dealt the best hand
But as long as you keep playing...
Life is good. 

Enjoy the Journey!
XO Karlene