At age three, Ava Frick knew she had one purpose: to help and protect animals and their health. And that's exactly what she did, becoming a renowned Veterinarian, an Animal Chiropractor in the Hall of Fame, a mother, a car buff, a boot-scootin' dancer, and an acclaimed author and keynote speaker.
Dr. Ava Frick had worked with animals for a large number of years when an accident outside of her clinic forced her to reconsider what she was doing because of how she rehabilitated herself, opening a whole new view to treating her animal clients. Ava Frick, DVM, knew she wanted to help animals of all sizes when she was only three years old. She worked hard and for long hours to realize her dream. Today, Ava Frick is a leader among her peers for her willingness to approach her profession beyond the box and with innovative modalities. She is also a Founding Inductee to the Animal Chiropractic Hall of Fame - selected by hundreds of her peers. This excerpt from her biography lends us insight to her treasure.
Ava Frick is an outstanding veterinarian and animal chiropractor who in her private time and activities loves to be astride a horse on a trail ride. Here, in this excerpt from her biography, I reveal her beautiful statement of how she feels about the equine breed and their place among us. *** Ava Frick, D.V.M hails from Missouri and lives these days in Arizona. She is a renowned innovator in her field, and one of only five original inductees to the Animal Chiropractic Hall of Fame - an honor voted on by her peers internationally.
Dr. Frick is able to work with and help any kind of animal. Throughout her ongoing career of animal rehabilitation, spanning four decades now, her ability to communicate with each of her "clients" helped her discover solutions that were, at times, outside the box! In this excerpt, we discover not only another side of her: her love of rabbits and horses but also the day she met "Twinkie!"
Dr. Ava Frick's analogy of treating animals for their health as a magnificent dance was a delightful surprise to me when she first mentioned it. At the time, I had just begun my research for writing her biography. When you think of it, all living is a dance; life is a game. Games have purpose and they have winners and losers, freedoms and barriers. Dr. Frick's life story shows us that the whole dance is worthy of our experiencing it, especially when we can be of service to others, even animals. Here is the Introduction.
The beginning of Ava Frick's life, born in Missouri on a Fourth of July, sets the stage for a lifetime that so far has helped thousands of animals and animal owners realize the VIRTUES that animals bring to all of our lives. Here is her life story told by her biographer combined with anecdotal stories of certain animals who positively affected her outlook about not only animal healthcare needs and advances but also people!
“Tell started all this television madness about chefs.” – Regis Philbin Friedemann Paul Erhardt faces an audition for a cooking slot on a syndicated-television show scriptless. Using his wit and personality, he wins, birthing a new breed: the TV-showman chef. Soon, 40,000,000 avid fans tune in to Evening Magazine or PM Magazine and watch “Chef Tell” perform 90-second cooking segments three times a week. He sweeps across the nation’s small screens like a prairie fire. No one has ever seen anyone like him. PM Magazine’s “rock-star chef” draws up to 50-percent market share in 95 percent of their syndicated outlets. Tell’s ruggedly masculine appeal crosses gender and generational lines. “If a housewife, or man, sees me do something in 90 seconds they figure they can make it in five minutes,” says Tell. Off-camera, Erhardt already suffering the scars of his post-WWII childhood and his mother’s ignominious suicide, endures another suicide, two lost marriages, sporadic drug use, and clandestine sexual encounters before finding personal happiness with a woman he trusts implicitly and loves boundlessly. He makes numerous appearances on LIVE! with Regis & Kathy Lee, begins production of his own cooking show, and opens two more restaurants in Pennsylvania. In the Kitchen with Chef Tell airs on PBS locally, pulls high ratings, and gets picked up on syndication. Yet, on Friday, October 26, 2007, Tell dies alone at home. The next day messages of surprise and shock flood the internet, including: “Chef Tell has died? Stick a fork in him, he’s done.”
Friedemann Paul Erhardt, who later and only in America would become the TV persona we knew as "Chef Tell," had established his culinary reputation in his native country of Germany but he wanted to go to America. Not knowing how he would ever get there... an innocent, roadside meeting under the canopy of a lonesome forest brought him to meet a woman who would became his gateway to the Promised Land where he would find fame, fortune, and heartbreak! Janet Louise Nicoletti, a former Miss Philadelphia, had been visiting her relatives in the region when her car broke down just as a rainstorm began to pour on her...
The best chefs throughout history were artists in the kitchen, prepping, delivering, and re-purposing foods for the delight of their customers and their ravenous appetites. Two of them, Julia Child and Chef Tell, were contemporaries. Their paths, their styles, and their successes differed, but they held in common one important factor: they believed in what they were doing, believed not only that they were the best but also that one didn't have to be stuffy about food in the kitchen. Even renowned newspaper food editor, Elaine Tait, could see that!
Chef Tell (Freidemann Paul Erhardt) had married a former Miss Philadelphia who brought him to America and his fame, but she committed suicide. She was his second wife - the first gave him a son in Germany. With fame now his new mistress, Tell worked 20-hour days every day, finding love off-camera here and there, not everlasting love. A blind date brought Tell and Bunny together. Sparks flew immediately, but Tell would almost blew his chance with her. And this excerpt reveals in part what brought them both to their nuptials o a bond that would last until one of them died. Chef Tell's on-camera life played out before 40,000,00 fans, who also wanted to know about off-camera. The biography tells all.
My Introduction sets the stage for the reader with a glimpse into not only the world of master chefs - Chef Tell was Germany's youngest Master Chef at 27 - but also my view of his world and how to share his remarkable exploits, which made him America's first "rock star," syndicated TV chef. Friedemann Paul Erhardt was a mercurial personality loved or hated by many but he was also perfect for the camera, uniquely competent in the kitchen, and fun to watch. And people did watch; in fact, his fan base numbered 40,000,000 Baby Boomers in the 1970s-80s and 90s!
Running a successful restaurant is like theater: presentation is everything, and poor presentations close shows quickly. Chef Tell's (aka Friedemann Paul Erhardt's) approach to food preparation, cooking, plate presentations, and on-camera performances, always included attention to detail. In his sought-after restaurants around Philadelphia and on Grand Cayman Island, on television, and at his live cooking shows presented to SRO audiences of foodies there to see him, Tell used only the freshest ingredients, which included himself - he seldom followed the teleprompter script as he kept viewers laughing and learning. Chef Tell blazed the trail upon which celebrity television chefs tread on today. His private life is just as fascinating!
Angie Carpello grows up in the vibrant Williamsburg Brooklyn of the 1950s-1970s, leaving her with more questions than answers about her chances for survival. When a Chinese refugee/hitman working for the Mob kidnaps her, a life-threatening situation resolves, and he finds redemption from his past!
The character is fictitious, but his feelings are real; they reside in each one of us. Wengchan's feelings propel him toward a destiny he cannot envision from the deck of the rusty freighter transporting him toward oblivion or redemption. With this character, conflict brought into the otherwise calm and diverse culture in which Angie Carpello grows up in Williamsburg Brooklyn in the 50s-60s-70s leads to Angie's escape from a harrowing situation, even though she thinks he is her kidnapper. Still, what the eyes see and the mind thinks, the heart does not feel.
Angie Carpello's family had its share of ups and downs but this one nearly shattered what was left of her childhood dreams... This story is based in Williamsburg Brooklyn in the 1950s-60s-70s era when Mob activity was high and people living there were decidedly blue-collar. They maintained their salt-of-the-earth tolerance of diversity from the stoops of their community and inside their churches. The fiction tantalizes with international intrigue, yet Angie's upbringing is reality-based.
Experts tell us that water has healing powers, but sometimes water merely washes away what must not be revealed, while the soul remains scarred. This excerpt shows the nature of the initial contact between the protagonist and an odd Chinese man seeking to cover up his faults and gain redemption from his past. "WB" stands for Williamsburg Brooklyn during the 1950s-1970s, where the story takes place in the active Italian sector separated from Manhattan by the East River body of water. Mob activities and the cultural proclivities of different generations made international intrigue and mysterious circumstances a part of the era's daily routine.
Are there four ways to find everlasting love, or only one? When a love triangle loses one member to murder, the survivors attempt to discover what happened and why. Their separate journeys not only take them back to their memories of adolescent love, lust, and abuse but also toward Cupid's arrows when and where least expected!.
Sooner or later, we all find our sexuality. This happens in diverse ways which are, at times, unexpected. Carlos Almaron's first encounter came at the suggestion of a classmate. Years later, it remains a piece of the puzzle he wishes to resolve after his long-time lover rejects him the moment he is about to ask her hand in marriage!
"In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the endless ocean." —Kahlil Gibran Water is a salve that maybe can heal all wounds. For my characters, Carlos and Carmela, water was not only something that sustained life but also sustained and nurtured the truest essence of their love... My passage is from Chapter Sixteen, Love Everlasting, of my book, Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love, that explores four ways to try to find everlasting love, yet only one takes us there!
To ever achieve everlasting love we must keep believing we can attain it. In this excerpt, Carlos Almaron daydreams he is back in the era of courtly love and knighthood; in reality, he is sitting in a bar in Manhattan, yet transported away in time. His tomboy childhood friend, Carmela, approaches, and the outcome is not what either could have expected! Only their long friendship will see them through what is coming.
It's bad enough that we often fall in love only to find ourselves losing in love; that our broken hearts cannot be mended. In Carlos Almaron's case, the unexpected rejection by his lover, followed by her mysterious death, for a long while was too much for him to bear. His blue funk had lasted for months. Only his lifelong, platonic girlfriend, Carmela, remained to try and save him. She bore strong views about help and love-losses of her own but she willingly expressed herself to him in the spirit of their friendship. But, would they be enough, and what would be the long-term outcome?
Love, especially sexual love and attraction, leads people to form myriad alliances. My fictional story depicts a non-fiction theory a friend presented to me: there are four ways to look for everlasting love, but only one guarantees achievement of the goal. 1.Two (or more) people can be friends only; 2.Two (or more) can be friends "with rights (amigos con derechos);" 3. Two (or more) can share sex only, and that sporadically; or.. 4. Two people connect spiritually and that leads them to friendship, sexuality, and true, everlasting love. In real life, relationships and, at times, murder reshape not only our present but also our past and future! This excerpt from Chapter one sets the stage for the reader's journey. Short, it is a teaser.
A teenaged ThunderCloud, excommunicated from his Cherokee people, survives in a world full of strangers and learns to handle responsibility as a man. On his journey home to make amends, he gathers a renegade gaggle of odd experiences and people.
Thundercloud journeyed back toward the reservation from where he had been excommunicated. Having driven for many hours, bumbling along on back roads and grass paths in the old jeep he had bartered for from a young Amish friend who could not be seen owning anything mechanical, he stopped and fell asleep with his head pressed against the steering wheel... What happened next became a harrowing struggle of life or death with either an apparition straight out of his imagination - a nightmare - or something all too real! Over-tiredness can get the best of us, but we have to persist in the name of survival anyway.
Strangers that come and go in our lives bring their stories with them, adding to our own. In this snippet, Thundercloud (self-nicknamed 'TC'), hitchhiking away from his excommunication from his Principal People (the Cherokee), meets up with a trucker who likes jewelry...
Excommunicated, curious, frightened and alone, ThunderCloud perceives oddities that open up his eyes, his heart, and his spirituality in a way he never dreamed of knowing: by having to kill a rogue deer. This riveting first encounter sears his soul and rivets his attention to his immediate future! But his journey has just begun!
Now excommunicated and on his own, ThunderCloud wakes up in the middle of nowhere and tries to gain his bearings... His adventures are ahead of him but he can, at least, take in his present surroundings...
Thundercloud's view of his familiar world on the Cherokee reservation was about to become a memory as he stood under the hot, direct light of an Oklahoma summer afternoon. He was on trial. He would be excommunicated, and that would be the start of his uncommon and, at times, magical journey to find his manhood.
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