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  • Dr. Phil Interview with Family of “Invisible Killer”

    Dr. Phil Interviews the Family and Friends

    Of Those Affected by Invisible Killer,

    Carl “Charlie” Brandt

    [New York, NY , February 28]- TitleTown Publishing is pleased to announce the book, Invisible Killer: The Monster Behind the Mask, will be discussed on “Dr. Phil” Thursday, March 6, 2014. The friends and family of serial killer Charlie Brandt and his victims will appear to speak about Brandt’s gruesome crimes and the murder of Michelle Jones. Guests will include Michelle Jones’ mother Mary Lou, father Bill, and brother Sean, as well as Jim Graves, Brandt’s former friend and ex-husband to Brandt’s older sister Angela, and Debbie Wheeler and Peggy Moore, friends of Michelle Jones.


    Charlie Brandt, now deceased, committed his first murder at the age of thirteen, killing his eight-month pregnant mother and attempting to kill his father and older sister, Angela. Taken into custody as a minor, Brandt was admitted into a mental institution for one year, but no specific diagnosis was made. When released, Brandt moved with his father and the family from Fort Wayne, IN to Florida to start a new life.


    Brandt continued to murder young women while maintaining a semblance of a normal adult life. On September 13, 2004, he committed his final crime, taking the life of his wife Teri Brandt and her niece Michelle Jones. He then took his own life. In the ensuing investigation, Florida law enforcement was able to link Brandt to other unsolved homicides over a 20-year period, though the exact number of his victims is currently unknown.


    Now, eight years after those two innocent lives were taken, Michelle Jones’ family and friends are spearheading a three-part initiative called Michelle Lynn’s Law. The initiative intends to keep the records of juvenile criminals in an expanded database and examine current existing laws to protect society. Michelle’s father, Bill, has succeeded in passing Michelle Lynn’s Law in Florida, making homicide records involving juveniles no longer sealed. The hope is that one day all states will pass Michelle Lynn’s Law. The Jones family plan to speak about Brandt, but most importantly to spread awareness about invisible killers living among us.


    For more information on the Michelle Lynn’s Law Initiative, please visit the Michelle Lynn Jones Foundation at

  • The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden is a new documentary featuring the story from Margret Wittmer’s Floreana. Learn about a fascinating 1930s murder mystery when the film premieres theatrically in the US on April 4, 2014. View the trailer here.

  • Great Food Jobs 2 Featured on

    Here’s a fitting gift for a foodie in need of work

    Friday, November 29, 2013 – 12:01 am
    Just in time for the holidays and all the related excesses of food and celebrations of family traditions around the table – culinary author Irena Chalmers has come out with an informative and highly entertaining book on careers in the food industry: “Great Food Jobs 2: Ideas and Inspiration for Your Job Hunt” (Beaufort Books, 2013, $17.95 – also available as an e-book).

    Written as what Chalmers calls an expansion and companion to an earlier title (“Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and Food Lovers,” 2008, $19.95), “Great Food Jobs 2” divides this massive industry into 10 areas of work: restaurants, retail, art, media, science, publicity, history, farming, education and relief work. In her introduction, she also makes this distinction: The people in these roles all share a passion for food, but not necessarily for cooking. Indeed, only a fraction of the jobs described in this book involve the actual preparation of food.

    Each chapter includes a short list of three to 20 relevant job titles and descriptions of the work, as well as book recommendations, anecdotes and quirky trivia such as the menu for the last meal on the Titanic. Chalmers ends the book with short sections on job hunting and future trends in the food industry, both of which feel sufficient given the related information embedded in the earlier chapters.

    What sets this book apart is the combination of delightful writing and the surprising applicability of Chalmers’ advice to people pursuing careers in almost any field. I honestly believe an electrical engineer could have as much fun reading this book as a pastry chef would. And both would walk away with career tips to apply in their respective fields.

    This article was originally featured on Read the rest of the article here.

  • Get Your Kids Hiking Featured in The Columbus Dispatch

    This is a selection of an article that originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch’s website. View the entire article here.

    Printed words related to the outdoors encompass so much territory that categories such as hunting, fishing, hiking and wildlife watching wrap around the topic in only the most vague and general sense.

    Niches galore exist. It’s the niches where the details and lore — and much of the enjoyment — are to be found through the telling.

    Ohio writers have explored a fair share of the genre, some as famously as Zane Grey and Lowell Thomas. Depending on what an inquiring mind might want to know, contemporary books by the not-so-famous eclipse much of those earlier works.

    Given that Christmas is coming, and guessing some family member of the outdoors persuasion deems reading to be more pleasure than chore, here’s a list of books by Ohio authors that might make worthy gifts:

    Get Your Kids Hiking: How To Start Them Young and Keep It Fun. Jeff Alt. 240 pages. Beaufort Books. Exploration comes naturally to youngsters, but learning to enjoy walking distances can take guidance. Alt, a Cincinnati resident who has chronicled his 2,160-mile walk on the Appalachian Trail, knows the stuff parents and other adults need to convey to the kids in their care. What’s more, Alt’s book tells readers how to do what must be done, making them more proficient and prepared hikers to boot.

  • Jobs for food lovers

    This article was originally featured on To see the original article, click here.

    I think I get at least 10 letters a week if not more from people who say they love food. The letters are usually long and detail their love of food, their childhood dreams of cooking, of traveling to see the food culture of the world. Some letters are emotional, some are business-like, some letters make me cry, some make me smile. They all have one thing in common: all these  and would like to do “something in the food industry.” The question is WHAT.. how do you combine your love of food with a job that actually pays the mortgage?

    Well, now there is a book that answers that very question Great Food Jobs 2 by Irena Chalmers. This wonderful book actually focuses on various food jobs for people who love food. Irena, an author of over 50 books that have sold 18 million copies, knows a thing or two about this industry and shares terrific insights in the book. The jobs span the spectrum from a line cook to a tour guide to a writer to a store owner to a literary agent. What I loved most about the book, other than the descriptions of each job and what it entails, is Irena’s colorful and insightful commentary that runs throughout the book.

    I am going to make this mandatory reading for my writing classes.Such a useful book!

  • What to Give a Veteran for Veteran’s Day- Blog post by Irena Chalmers

    This article was originally posted on Irena’s website, Click here to see the original post.

    Posted on  by admin

    FoodJobs-jan25-3altA job would be nice.

    A food job would be even nicer.

    Many men and women who have served in the military have already worked in restaurants and have determined that an in-depth education from a cooking school will advance their careers.

    What all aspiring food enthusiasts share is a passion for food, (though not necessarily for cooking).

    Veterans may have valuable work experience already. But to succeed in today’s rapidly changing foodservice industry, they need the “complete package”—proven knowledge, skills, experience, and the all-important degree credential.

    Note to Vets

    If you have 2.5 or more years of post-high school, full-time back-of-the-house foodservice experience, you may qualify for the CIA’s Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Culinary Arts degree program created specifically for students with advanced career experience. Tuition grants are available for U.S. citizens.

    Apply Now

    Other professional culinary schools also offer a wide range of courses designed specifically for those who have served in the military.

    Chef David Robinson has been a caterer to a former United States President and to senators, movie stars, hedge fund financiers and the biggest shots in the military–including General Colin Powell. He pioneered a successful campaign totake the military into the kitchen.

    After creating a 10-video series: How to Cook (And Eat Your Mistakes), he concentrated his efforts on a new program called Culinary Command Training, an intensive culinary training program for returning U.S. veterans, as well as active military.

    Last year and again this year, I spent a day at Chef David’s school in Chatham, New York. I talked, (of course), about the extraordinary range of food jobs that are available to all of us who love food, but may not want to actually cook, or work in a restaurant.

    It was an immensely stimulating and inspiring experience for me, as I had not previously met a single person who had served in the military.

    One of the students, a former marine told me the greatest, most memorable meal he had ever had, was served in a desert outpost in Afghanistan.

    “It was a barbecue.

    A whole pig was roasted in a pit in his God-forsaken hell, and triumphantly devoured by the soldiers (along with baked beans, mac and cheese and a barrel of beer).

    It’s hard to imagine anything would ever again taste as good as that pork!”

    It is much easier to find a pathway to a new career in the hospitality industry.

  • Cornell University has chosen LIVE from Mongolia as one of its Top 5 Books for this quarter!

    This article was originally published by Cornell Alumni Magazine. To view the original article, click here.

    LIVE From Mongolia by Patricia Sexton ’97 (Beaufort). After nearly a decade as a Wall Street banker, Sexton had gotten caught up in the money, the lifestyle, and the need to stay for just one more bonus. But she decided to stop simply dreaming of becoming a foreign correspondent, quit her job, and landed an internship at Mongolia’s state-owned TV and radio station. Soon she was anchoring the English news, traveling to the remote steppe, and meeting others in pursuit of their dreams: a German brewmaster, a French horse tracker, and Mongolia’s top hip-hop artist.

  • Hiker’s an inspiration to women experiencing wilderness

    This article was originally published on Click here to read the original article.

    By Stephanie Bedford, October 31, 2013


    When you can put “Adventurer” on your business card without bragging or exaggeration, you are doing something right. Jennifer Pharr Davis, record-holding long-distance hiker, author and new mom, is one of the few people around who can call herself by that title with utter impunity, having been named an 2011 Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic Magazine, a publication that knows a little something about adventuring. Among the records Davis holds, perhaps the most impressive is the Overall Appalachian Trail Record. That’s not the women’s record, it’s the record. She through-hiked the trail from start to finish — 2,181 miles — in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, a trek that takes the highly-above-average outdoorsy Joe (or Josephine) months to complete.

    You might think a person of Pharr Davis’ level of hard-core hiking accomplishment would be intimidating — maybe not the first person you’d think of to encourage a novice who’s thinking about going out for a walk in the Arboretum for an hour or so. You’d be wrong. I had the pleasure of interviewing her over the phone recently during a rare stretch of at-home time for the peripatetic Pharr Davis, to talk about her latest book, “Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph.” The book documents her record-setting 2011 hike, accomplished with the unflagging support of her husband, Brew, and a network of old and new friends.

    “I was just thinking how weird it is that I’m working from home today,” Pharr Davis told me right off the bat. “I haven’t done this in two months.” She and her husband and their new daughter had just returned from Utah and were hitting the road again in less than a week, touring the U.S. by car in support of “Called Again.” As you might suspect, they would be getting some hiking in as well. “We decided to make it our goal to hike in all 50 states,” she says. “We have a 9-month-old baby, so this is a really wonderful way to experience the trail as a family.”

    For Pharr Davis, work means running the Blue Ridge Hiking Company, which she founded in 2005 and operates from her home in North Carolina. Its mission: “Making the wilderness accessible and enjoyable through written and spoken word, instruction and guiding.” Her books are no small part of this. It’s impossible to read her hiking memoirs — “Called Again” or “Becoming Odyssa,” which chronicles her first through-hike of the Appalachian Trail at age 21 — without succumbing to the urge to light out on one’s own (considerably less ambitious) wilderness trek.

    Perhaps the reason Pharr Davis is so adept at getting novice hikers out the door is that she was one herself when she first hiked the Appalachian Trail. “I think ‘casual hiker’ would have probably been a generous term,” she says. “I think because I was an athlete and I loved to be outdoors, I thought that my transition to the trail would be natural. I was overconfident and pretty ignorant about how hard it would really be, and it kicked me in the butt. It was very humbling, in a good way.”

    Her successful record attempt in 2011 was prompted by the knowledge that she planned to start a family soon. “One of the reasons I wanted to try for the record was that I knew having kids would change everything,” Pharr Davis says.

    Taking her young daughter out hiking has been a fringe benefit of touring the country to talk about “Called Again.” “The nice thing is, because of the baby, we’re not limited to just long-distance trails — we can go to state parks,” she says, laughing.

    Pharr Davis’s husband, Brew, is by her side throughout her adventures. Formerly a teacher (his summer vacation enabled him to support his wife’s 2011 trail record), he now works  with his wife. “Called Again” is as much about a moment in the couple’s partnership as it is an adventure story. “When I set the record, my husband was pretty much perfect,” Pharr Davis says. “He’s not perfect all the time — like any couple, we fight and argue and have our moments — but I couldn’t have set the record without him.”

    While comparisons to Cheryl Strayed’s runaway bestseller “Wild” seem unavoidable, Pharr Davis feels that there’s plenty of room on the shelves for books about hiking — the more, the merrier. “It raises awareness of women in the outdoors,” she says. “I’m all about that. And ‘Wild’ is an awesome PR piece for the Pacific Crest Trail.” Pharr Davis’ books do the same thing not just for the Appalachian Trail, but for hiking anywhere, whether it’s an ambitious long-distance trip or just a short walk.

    “Don’t let fear of doing something wrong keep you indoors,” Pharr Davis says. “I encourage people to start inside their comfort zone. If that means starting with day hikes, or going out with groups or a dog instead of going out alone, I think it’s important while you’re learning what to do, to make sure it’s a positive experience.”

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  • Jennifer Pharr Davis to Speak at Brevard College on November 7

    This article was originally published on Mountain Express. Click here to read the original article.

    By Brandy Carl on 10/29/2013 07:03 PM

    Brevard College will host a presentation by long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 in the College’s Porter Center for Performing Arts.

    In 2011, Davis became the first woman to claim the overall thru-hike record on the Appalachian Trail by finishing the 2,181-mile journey in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes.

    During her talk, Davis will share stories from her hiking adventures and her book, Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail.

    The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by one of the College’s Brevard Common Experience (BCE) 111 classes. The class, which is comprised of first year students, has spent this semester exploring the history, development and use of trails as well as reading Davis’ account of her first thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail.

    Her adventure memoir, “Becoming Odyssa,” follows every step she takes as she transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. When tragedy strikes, Davis learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.

    Davis, who currently holds endurance records on three trails, has hiked more than 11,000 miles on six continents. She has received numerous awards recognizing her as a world class athlete, including National GeographicAdventurer of the Year, Ultra-Running Magazine’s Top Female Performer and Blue Ridge Outdoors Person of the Year. She has also appeared in the Sunday edition of the New York Times; and on national television and radio shows such as CNN Headline News, the CBS Early Show, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

    Following her presentation, Davis will be available to sign her most recent memoir, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph. Called Again details her 2011 record-breaking hike of the Appalachian Trail and the relationships she forms with her support team that guides her to success.

  • William B. Bradshaw: Why I Wrote A Grammar Book

    bigten3This article was written by William B. Bradshaw and was originally published on the Huffington Post website. Click here to find the article on their website.

    People often ask me why I wrote a grammar book. During most of my professional career, I worked with not-for-profit institutions in various parts of the country. Regardless of where I was located — no matter the state or the setting — I found that the people I encountered all had something in common. From the highest authority to the youngest student, from the hotshot financier to the working-class parent, I found that they all had one thing in common: they tended to make the same grammatical errors.

    When I retired from a formal position that required my going to the office each day, I began a systematic study of the typical grammatical errors people make. I read newspapers, those from
    small towns that are known primarily to regional readers and some of the biggies with national and international audiences; I read professional journals from religious, educational, and philanthropic publishers; I listened to radio newscasters and watched the TV news from the major, cable, and satellite networks; I watched movies — old ones and new ones; I patiently listened to and watched commercials on radio and TV; I paid attention to highway billboards; I listened to the speeches of politicians and read their newsletters; I even resorted to watching soap operas. Again and again, I found the same grammatical errors. These findings led me to write The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors.


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