A Great Audio Book Release Today

First, my apologies for no fiction last week. I got bogged down in the “day/retirement not a job job” and lost track of time. But, and I promise this, I was being well behaved.

Today it is my pleasure to announce the release of my latest Audio Book from Audible/Amazon: POOPIE SUITS & COWBOY BOOTS.

What?  Well, you have to read the book to get the reference to the title. Better yet, listen to the version I recorded. The “Poopie Suit” is the one-piece mechanics garb we wore on the boats back in my day. Everyone wore it! Comfortable, hid stains, and could be worn for weeks without washing. Maybe that last part wasn’t by choice, but when the washer was broken…

Anywho, it is a great audio book. I worked on it for the last few months and now it’s ready just in time for you to gift it to the veteran/bubblehead/submarine enthusiast in your life. 

Another Week Of Driving

My life has been different for the last two months. My wife had a total shoulder replacement in September, and with very few exceptions I’ve been on the road at least 5 days a week taking her to appointments of one sort or another.

As a result, there is a 4-5 hour hole blown in the middle of every day where I’m behind the wheel.

This has meant that I am not allowed to hide in the office writing, doing audio books, or eating licorice all day. Instead, I get up, brush the fangs, feed the dog, let the dog out, drink coffee, and check emails. I then either help her do physical therapy or sneak out and walk a few miles (just restarted that in training for a 1/2 marathon, more on that later) before hopping behind the wheel. If I’m up to speed, I even remember to bring Chewy inside or take him along. He loves riding in the car.

At the end of the day, I’m usually too beat to cook, so it’s been more restaurants than usual the last two months. I’m getting fat as a result. But this week holds out great potential on the cooking front. Today’s steak and ‘tater dinner were just the start. 

The point is, I’m sorry that I’ve not been the genial host with pithy writing tidbits. Heck, I even blew off my writer’s group for the Halloween and Thanksgiving series. But I promise to be better soon. Because I’m only Santa for a limited number of days this year. 

On the other hand, I have a new training obligation that starts in 3 weeks that will suck 4 hours a week out of my life – but it’s a great opportunity for me, and God seems to approve so far. 

Meantime, perhaps some extra writing this week to amuse myself, and hopefully you.

Be well and I’ll be back before Friday.

Another One Bites The Dust

Late yesterday afternoon I finished work on a very long audio book. Over 21.5 hours of finished listening.

I recorded it over a two month period while nursing my wife after her shoulder replacement. Consequently, it was a bit tough do, with having to change ice packs every twenty pages!

But it turned out well. The authors are thrilled. I hope to be able to put up links to the book in the next week, as it is now undergoing review on ACX/Audible/Amazon for sale. 

Every book adds to the library. I’m getting into the upper double digits now, and have sold over 4,000 audio books in the last decade. Actually less time, but hey – who’s counting?

More to follow shortly.



The Best Offer EVER On This Blog #freetraining

As many of you know, I’ve been involved in Wellness training for first responders for the past year. It’s a great course, and I heartily endorse it.

But up until this moment, you had to work for one of the selected departments that we were servicing under a grant.

No longer.

If you are a professional employee of a Public Safety (Law Enforcement) Agency in California, there are a limited number of seats available for free training. Yes, free. This training is worth everything if you’re under stress. It is perfect for your cousin, husband, wife, kid, parent or good friend who works for a law enforcement agency in California. (But not federal employees due to grant restrictions.)

To make sure I don’t hose up the details, the press release is below. Just read through it and forward it on to people who fit that description in California. We do training nationwide, but this grant is specifically for California agencies.

Here’s the press release:

Free Whole Life Wellness Training for California Public Safety Professionals


Pathfinder Resilience, the creator of Navigating Adversity™, the nationally acclaimed Whole Life Wellness online training program for Public Safety Professionals and First Responders, is pleased to announce that the program will be free for a limited time to qualified professionals who work in the state of California. This course is certified by CA POST (The California Governor’s Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training) to the National Emergency Number Association, certification number 1464-49701-21.


Open enrollment is available from now until December 15 for any police officer, deputy sheriff, dispatcher and professional staff who work for a CA POST law enforcement agency.  Free online classes will begin throughout November and December.   Successful completion of the Navigating Adversity course will provide 16 hours of continuing education credit.


For more information or to enroll at no charge, please call 1 (866) 346-4353, or email Joe Courtemanche at joe@pathfinderresilience.com.


Navigating Adversity™ is a unique virtual training program that has been enthusiastically endorsed by leading First Responder and Public Safety Organizations and leaders across the United States. Thousands of First Responders have received training and have improved their health and wellbeing by learning to assess their own needs and gain the understanding and tools to create and sustain a healthy and fulfilling life. 


Navigating Adversity™ is different from any other Wellness Program available to the First Responder community and offers a number of unique features that have contributed to its rapid acceptance as the most innovative and effective wellness resource available today. Navigating Adversity™ is 100% virtual and is delivered in two-hour weekly lessons for eight weeks. Each trainee is assigned to a Certified Peer Mentor from the First Responder profession who provides regular guidance, encouragement and feedback.  Individual training results are 100% confidential and not shared with anyone other than the individual student.


Every participant is provided the self-care tools most effective at building wellness capital in each of the eight dimensions of personal resilience: Psychological, Physical, Social, Cognitive, Emotional, Professional, Financial, and Spiritual.  On average, first responders who complete Navigating Adversity™ experience a 13% decline in adverse symptoms and a 14% improvement in wellness capital.


Interested public safety professionals can enroll and get more information by calling 1 (866) 346-4353 or email joe@pathfinderresilience.com.                                                                           

Kexel Tramps It Up For Halloween

Kathy Kexel is our nicest writer. Paul Bennett is the classiest, but Kathy is the kindest and nicest. Except for her larcenous characters. She brings it home in our continuing short story barrage for Halloween with: 

The Hallowe’en that Wasn’t

(The clever ones in the crowd will get the joke…)

Come back Wednesday for another story! Now, here’s the link to The COVID Quarantine Cantina.

We hope you’ll visit the other authors who comprise this collection: Paul Bennett, Robert CelyDerek Elkins, Jamie D. Greening, Kathy Kexel, and Joe Shaw. As always, there’s no fee, we’re doing this to help you pass the time. We do ask that you buy our books/audio books to help pay the freight here. But that’s up to you! Mine are all on the right margin of the blog.