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New Industrial Hemp Documentary Sparks Action on Farming Legalization and Policy Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Kakert   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:52

“Bringing It Home” to screen in Davenport

November 5, 2013 — Davenport, Iowa — Legislative victories in Kentucky, Colorado and Washington have sparked national media awareness and conversation about industrial hemp. But what’s preventing the U.S. from joining other industrialized nations that grow this crop?

A screening of “Bringing It Home” will be hosted by Iowa Hemp for Victory on November 16, 2013, at Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport. The screening will also include a Q&A Session, complimentary hemp food and drink samples, and an informative Iowa hemp history display exhibit.

More industrial hemp fiber, seed and oil is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. The hour-long documentary Bringing It Home explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by exploring its history, industries and current farming legalization efforts.

Filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson were inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner’s story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a sensitivity to synthetic chemicals.

Brenner received national media attention when he and Hemp Technologies completed “America’s First Hemp House” for the former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina. Booker and Johnson tell the story of hemp through animation, archival images and footage they filmed with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs like Brenner in England, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina.

In the first few months of 2013, eighteen states introduced industrial hemp legislation. “We made Bringing It Home with the intention of reaching a broad spectrum of viewers – from policy makers and civic groups, to farmers and health advocates, from consumers to the construction industry –with the same strategic message about how hemp offers solutions and hope,” says filmmaker Linda Booker.

The documentary aims to magnify dialogue and legislative action about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.

The screening of “Bringing It Home” in Davenport is part of a national grassroots screening tour of the film across the country, which began with the film’s premiere during Hemp History Week in June 2013, and will continue into 2014.

Iowa Hemp for Victory is hosting the film as part of its mission to raise awareness and promote the hemp industry in Iowa, which once housed eleven hemp processing mills during the Federal Government’s “Hemp for Victory” program.

Screening Date: November 16, 2013
Screening Time: 1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Screening Location: Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E 2nd St, Davenport, Iowa 52801

This event is open to the public. Event Website:

Filmmaker, Linda Booker, is available for interviews and press inquiries. Please contact Ms. Booker at By the Brook Productions, for more information:

A. Robert Lee Publishes IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES with 2Leaf Press PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gabrielle David   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:57

2Leaf Press is pleased to announce the release of British poet A.Robert Lee’s fourth poetry collection, IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES.

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/05/2013 -- IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES is A. Robert Lee’s latest collection of poetry published by 2Leaf Press.

IMAGINARIUM explores the “Sightings,” Galleries” and “Sightlines” of one’s imagination. The term “imaginarium” refers to a “place” devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific, artistic, commercial, recreational, or a spiritual end. In this collection, Lee explores two connecting keynotes: imagination and sight that explores the way we go about imagining as much as seeing reality.

Lee goes about this using an ekphrastic approach by commemorating a dozen or so celebrated visual artists and their works, among them J.M.W. Turner and Frida Kahlo. He extends the usual meaning of the term to include vantage-points like a French archeological cave, and then expertly frames a run of personal encounters within the heights and widths of buildings and landscapes.

Early reviews for IMAGINARIUM are promising. Anne Waldman, the author of more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics, says: “A voyage with the ever present panoramic A. Robert Lee-- poet, cultural historian, critical writer. This collection is a cartography, a call and response, a resonance and a celebration of "meticulous horizontals", "Einsteinian screams" and other luscious optics and beloved poetries. I appreciate the close reading, scholarship, and delight of these imaginariums.”

A. Robert Lee is a retired English Professor who has taught in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. Internationally-known for both his academic works in multicultural literature. IMAGINARIUM is his fourth book of poetry. British-born, he currently lives in Murcia, Spain.

One part biographical and one part historical re-imagining, IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES is a delightful yet informative collection that invites readers into a two-way exchange, imagination as seeing, seeing as imagination.

IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES is available in paperback on for $16.99 and other online outlets. An eBook edition will be available in January 2014.

2LEAF PRESS publishes grassroots writers who are injecting new blood into the contemporary literary scene. We have a growing reputation for producing quality work in a wide variety of genres by ethnically and racially diverse authors. 2LEAF PRESS is an imprint of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a New York-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy.

Action, tension and scenes of dystopia await in Yvette Araujo’s ‘Origin’ PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:55

This is the second in a series of twelve novels which follows six individuals who play a crucial role in the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – From the fertile imagination of author Yvette Araujo comes “Origin,” an apocalyptic novel opens the thoughts of readers to aspects of life they never thought about. With a compelling and unpredictable story arc, this work of fiction explores the human condition in a setting so desolate. It cleverly melds fiction, history and religion to present a convincing portrait of the end of days.

Set against the backdrop of fictional cities of Modos and Harramog, this book follows the plight of six ordinary people who have long met their demise. Not knowing they are dead and are ancient beings from a million years ago, they now face the age old prophecy of the end of days. These characters are in conflict and torn between their past human lives and their new lives as protectors of mankind. Now, they are part of each other and without each of their supernatural powers, they cannot succeed in fulfilling the prophecy.


An excerpt from “Origin”:

Zane watched as Morningstar’s beauty transformed into The Red Beast—eyes that once glowed with brilliance, turned black and hollow and devoid of the light.

Morningstar disappeared and was immediately delivered on his knees before Him. Morningstar tried to stand but could not rise. In a language only known to the angels, Morningstar was told that the name Morningstar would never be spoken again, and would be forgotten by all. Morningstar, once an angel of amazing beauty, became a stone figure that fell to ash.

With the battle of good versus evil taken to new heights, this book examines different cultures and religions and how people perceive differences. Packed with action, tension and scenes of dystopia, “Origin” is a page-turner certain to please fiction fans and enthusiasts.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author

Yvette Araujo has always had a grand fondness for history and the arts.  She writes and directs shorts.  She has a background in psychology. Araujo makes her home between the West Coast and Europe.


ORIGIN * by Yvette Araujo

Publication Date: October 31, 2013

Trade Paperback; $19.99; 151 pages; 978-1-4931-0328-7

Trade Hardback; $29.99; 151 pages; 978-1-4931-0329-4

e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-0330-0

New, true story tells of love, loss and the meaning of life PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:54

A cross country bicycle trip mired, bolstered by life reflections

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. – The autobiography of Thomas A. Reis, “Headwinds: The Dead Reckoning of the Heart” (published by AuthorHouse) is a story of perseverance and overcoming, a journey into meaning and hope.

In 1981, at 22 years old, Reis embarked on a solo, 58-day bicycle trip from Florence, Ore. to Chesapeake Bay, Va covering almost 4,000 miles. The journey within proved much greater than his trip on the bike – it became a journey of the heart and soul. Events along the way triggered flashbacks from earlier times in Reis’ life, starting with his birth, when the doctor encouraged his parents to pull the plug, to overcoming his disabilities, to surviving the heart-wrenching loss of his twin boys in a unique way.

Other events occur on the trip that are flash forwards into Tom's current life as a professor and therapist as he leads students into discovering the meaning of life, love and relationships.

“People want to know about how to make relationships work, understand love better as so many are so confused by love and want to know the meaning of life,” Reis writes. “This book has all of that as well and more.”

The story encompasses his experiences as Reis pedals through unexpected snow storms, climbs over 11,000 foot passes, and crosses the Continental Divide. Along the way he has a near death experience as he struggles to complete his trip, hampered and emboldened by his life reflections.

This is a story of redemption and transformation. In it are lessons of inspiration, sorrow, courage, tragedy, hope and joy. It's a book that has it all: Adventure, Pain, Meaning and Love. “You can’t help but become a better person by the time you get to the end of the book,” Reis reflects.


“Headwinds: The Dead Reckoning of the Heart”

By Thomas A. Reis

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 212 pages | ISBN 9781491819531

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 212 pages | ISBN 9781491819524

E-Book | 212 pages | ISBN 9781491819548

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Thomas Reis was born in Chicago, Ill. He has graduate degrees in social work and marriage and family therapy. He also worked as a licensed therapist for 12 years. He currently resides in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. He has taught over 5,000 students as a professor in the past 22 years. In 1981, Reis rode his bicycle across the United States, almost 4,000 miles.

Ninety Miles: A Book of Poetry PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Hines   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 13:29

Ninety Miles: A book of poetry, also written by Jeffrey Lynn Hines is a collection of poems.

Much like the words to your favorite song or that special greeting card you received, “Ninety Miles” will reach out to you for so many good reasons. You will find poetry that is fresh, heartfelt and sensitive to Gods’ leading without being driven by all.

Ninety Miles: A Book of Poetry is great gift, great for upbeat and inspirational reading and just  curling up with your own copy in your comfy chair by yourself.

Hines writes “It was on that dark night/On the back roads of life/It was you and I and God/The World adrift…….”

Ninety Miles will take you on a journey of Love, Life and God that reminds us all of the best that life offers us.

They are available to the General public by ordering on line at, and   You can also request additional information at B This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Experience Ninety Miles: A Book of Poetry for FREE. You can view/request Free Power Points or mini-review copies.  Check out the Face Book pages by the same name to find more information and quotes.

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