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MIAMI'S YESTER' YEARS,
Its Forgotten Founder Locke Tiffin Highleyman
A CRUEL CALM,
Paris Between the Wars
HISTORICAL FICTION
HORSE TALES,
Teddy and Just'n Come to an Understanding
MYTH, MAGIC, & METAPHOR
A Journey Into the Heart of Creativity
NATURE'S WISDOM
LA JOLLA,
A Celebration of Its Past
HISTORIC TALES OF LA JOLLA, PATRIOT PRIEST,
A Personal Perspective of History from WWI, WWII to the Vatican
ALL ALONE,
Washington to Rome
HELEN HOLT,
Memoir of a Servant Leader

Patricia's short story Our Miracle Horse was published in the March 2011 edition of STORY CIRCLE JOURNAL, the Newsletter for Women with Stories to Tell.
The theme of this issue's True Word section was "It Started as an Ordinary Day." The stories were to be 350 words or less. Her story was based on real events that took place on her farm with one of her rescued horses.




Miami’s Yester’ Years,
Its Forgotten Founder Locke Tiffin Highleyman

    Miami’s Yester’ Years and Its Forgotten Founder, Locke Tiffin Highleyman begins by looking at Florida’s past as a state, then turning the focus to southern Florida and the development of Miami. In 1904, Locke Highleyman traveled to Miami and saw its potential. In 1911, he moved his family there to settle and help develop the area creating the first dredged islands in Biscayne Bay. To do this, Locke T. Highleyman first sucked up enough mud to fill Point View. In the beginning, he was considered crazy. But Point View turned a profit. He then began pumping up bay bottom to build Palm and Hibiscus islands. veryone still said he was daft, but doubts began to creep in when all the lots were sold before they were even there. By the early ‘20s, the new Biscayne Bay was offering gracious, tropical island lots for the wealthy. Taking a wilderness and turning it into a site of Paradise, this is the story of an era, an area and a vision of Miami and its forgotten founder, Locke Tiffin Highleyman.

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A CRUEL CALM,
Paris Between The Wars

    What was love like in the era before annulments, reliable contraceptives, and acceptance of homosexuality? During the period between the wars, appearances counted and marriage was a life sentence without parole. From aviation to annulment, from an island in the Seine to the King of France, the Spirit of St. Louis permeates the story, but in so many different contexts.
    Well researched, A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars includes Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic; Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Joseph Campbell and Hemingway in their own words; the Surrealist movement, lady pilots Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart; Black Thursday; the ravages from and newspaper clipping of the Great War; omens of a new war brewing, and much more.
    A CRUEL CALM visits an era of idealism and innovation on all levels when Paris was the cultural capital of the Western world. Simple became sensational and the most treasured, intimate values became complicated and inaccessible. This is a story replete with historical detail, universal conflict, and sensational romance.

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Horse Tales,
Teddy and Just'n Come to an Understanding

    The story is both fact and fiction. Fiction because we are not sure of the past our two horses experienced before coming to us. The facts: these two thoroughbreds, Teddy and Just’n, live with the author and her husband and the tales they tell are true experiences, perhaps not all theirs, but incidences which have been observed and experienced by the author.

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NEW EDITION REVISED
AND EXPANDED

"[The arts are] bound to inspire imagination and creativity and awaken in scores of young people a yearning and talent many don't know resides in them."

"Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States

    Myth, Magic & Metaphor, A Journey into the Heart of Creativity attempts to awaken the aesthetic sense, the creative muse who lurks within us all.
    Today, in a cognitive/technical society, people have become more and more removed from the instinctive aspect of the psyche. My task as author is to enhance the creative spirit through myth and metaphor, to restore the sense of wonder adults experienced as children. My method is multi-sensory, interdisciplinary, and holistic. There are no limitations to what thoughts, ideas, observations, or research could and might be used to stimulate the creative process. The ultimate tool is the human heart. The medium is words. Philosophy, art, music, and linguistics are some of the disciplines used as stimulation.

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MESSAGES FROM NATURE


    Nature's Wisdom published January 2005) is a book of short stories about animals (including a butterfly) and trials at sea where the force of nature is the sea. The stories were published by la joie Magazine, Unfold, and other journals over the past 14 years. The poems include selections from my father's work published in the 1930s including Important American Poets edited by Edith Warren, Valiant House, Publishers, New York, 1938.
    How would it feel to be on a small sailboat far from land in gale force winds or suddenly subjected to a micro-burst? Are horses psychic? What was it like to be up at the helm of a 165 foot concrete schooner and, looking down the steps see water gushing into the cabin? Did Sweet William come back to say goodbye? How can a puppy found starving to death in the Virginia countryside become a master sailor? Explore and discover the answers to these questions and more with the writer and her father in Nature's Wisdom.

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LA JOLLA,
A Celebration of Its Past

    La Jolla, A Celebration of Its Past is a rich and varied collection of vignettes and essays about historic La Jolla. Since this author believes that "history is someone else’s point of view", the emphasis is on the extraordinary people who helped build and shape this special place.
       One pioneer was Anna Held. Anna was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1849. Shortly after arriving in San Diego as the Governess to the Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.'s children, in 1892, Anna discovered La Jolla. It was her dream to build a house on the cliff overlooking the ocean. When she was offered land for a mere $165, sight unseen, she bought it.

When, accompanied by the Grants, she first saw the property, she was transfixed. "The view was breathtaking! From the level on which (we) stood the land fell sharply to the edge of the ocean. Across the narrow inlet bay, near by, rose a kindred height, with a rough, rocky point jutting out into the sea. Then began a magnificent sweep of yellow shore — a rim of golden cliffs, curving far to the westward clasped the ocean's cobalt blue like a jewel. The sight was wonderful." Once Anna built her first home using architect Irving J. Gill (later to become the leading architect of Southern California and covered to a great extent in this book) friends from Europe began to arrive. The sight was wonderful." Once Anna built her first home using architect Irving J. Gill (later to become the leading architect of Southern California and covered to a great extent in this book) friends from Europe began to arrive.

    Each friend insisted she built them a place to stay, people like Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry, Polish actress Madame Helena Modjeska, Polish statesman, composer and pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski, and author Beatrice Harradan. Thus began what came to be known as the Green Dragon Colony. As Anna said, "If you prefer the picturesque to the conventional, atmosphere to style; if you care for individuality that is gracious, informality that is refined; if you know that art is a necessity, not a luxury in life, that beauty is food and drink; if you are one of these ... the Green Dragon will cast its subtle spell upon you." The place made the people and the people made the place. Such was early La Jolla. When our country became involved in World War I, soldiers were stationed at Camp Kearny just east of La Jolla on the mesa above the town. This attracted more people to La Jolla. In turn, a few years later, land developers subdivided more of the area into La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Hermosa, and the Muirlands. In 1925, streetcar tracks were laid improving transportation between La Jolla and San Diego. People could now live in La Jolla and work in San Diego. Homes started to be built in the new subdivisions. In the new areas as well as in the older ones, streets and sidewalks were being paved. Walking around La Jolla, you can still see signatures and dates carved in the cement designating these original sidewalks. The crash of 1929 halted the expansion and progress. The Depression hit La Jolla as it did the rest of the country. It was ten years before La Jolla showed signs of recovery.    The crash of 1929 halted the expansion and progress. The Depression hit La Jolla as it did the rest of the country. It was ten years before La Jolla showed signs of recovery.
    At the end of his residency at Strong Memorial, Rochester, NY, J T Lipe answered a letter in JAMA from an older doctor wanting an assistant. The older gentleman, Dr. Parker, lived and worked in a small coastal community north of San Diego. So, sight unseen, J T headed across the country with his young bride, Georgeanna, in a Model A. According to Mrs. Lipe, when they arrived in 1936, “It was a very small town. There were no tall buildings. Everybody was very friendly and there were very few young people. The saying in those days was that La Jolla was a place where old people came to visit their parents! Most everybody we met had been somebody somewhere else. We were completely separated from San Diego."
    By 1923, a small English colony had settled in La Jolla. “They drifted down from Porterville, in the San Joaquin Valley,” said Betsy Stephen-Hassard, widow of the British descended Dr. Quintin Stephen-Hassard. Dr. Stephen-Hassard, La Jolla dentist who not only cared for human patients but also took care of the animals at the zoo, may have been the area's first spear fisherman. Today the beauty of the Pacific with its kelp and seaweed beds and incredible underwater sea life begs us no longer to spear, but to snorkel and dive.
    “So few people but what they can do.” With one of the shortest thermostats in the country, La Jolla has attracted sportspeople including tennis champions like Little Mo and Dodo Chaney, golf pros, surfers of international fame, actors like Cliff Robertson and Gregory Peck, scientists including thirty-seven Nobel laureates, and fliers including Charles and Anne Lindbergh. This book tells all their stories and more. Often it is not the famous who make a place special. From doctors to domestics, from the pioneers of Scripps Institution of Oceanography to the surfers of Windansea, from artists to architects, the denizens of this "jewel by the sea" have known and expressed creativity and sometimes brilliance.

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Historic Tales of La Jolla
The Jewel of San Diego

    The first settlers to arrive here in 1869 purchased 160 acres for two dollars and change. La Jolla attracted artists, architects, writers and scientists over the years, contributing to today’s prized reputation as a valuable world-class destination. Their stories shaped the fascinating history of this seaside village. Pirates and smugglers hid out in Sunny Jim’s Cave. Ellen Browning Scripps, the Godmother of La Jolla, founded institutions and recreation areas for not only La Jollans but also the rest of the world, including Scripps Institutution of Oceanography. Theodor Seuss Geisel derived inspiration for his art from La Jolla’s landscapes and people. Native La Jollan Patricia Daly-Lipe recalls the stories of these and many other people and places that have molded the village of La Jolla into a natural and cultural wonder.
    in Europe. Was that really me? Was Paris/Rome/Belgium/London really like that in the ‘60s? Yes, it is real. Real because I wrote it on the spot. No directives, no hindsight. Now I have integrated all those direct observations into a Memoir. It is for you, dear reader, to enjoy and, at the same time, perhaps gain some appreciation for the past. In this case, my past.

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PATRIOT PRIEST,

A Personal Perspective of History from WWI, WWII to the Vatican

    PATRIOT PRIEST tells one man's personal experience over several epochs and areas of history. It is also in part, the story of one unique individual, author Patricia Daly-Lipe's great uncle Msgr. William A. Hemmick. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, and raised in Europe, he became fluent in five languages. When the first World War broke out, he felt committed to help the troops. After the war, he was proclaimed the Patriot Priest of Picardy by the Army and Navy. After years spent in Paris, William Hemmick was asked by the Vatican to come to Rome. Ultimately, he became the only American Canon of St. Peter's Representing the Knights of Malta to the Holy See.
    It was he who performed the nuptials of American film star Tyrone Power and Linda Christian. He also converted the future Queen Astrid of Belgium. Although, many stories and famous people permeate Hemmick's life through the events of both world wars, this is not only the story of one individual. It is a personal glimpse at an epic era in history, from WWI to Paris between the wars, to WWII and its aftermath.


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ALL ALONE, Washington to Rome

   My history (her story) is based upon diary entries written during the late ‘50s and ‘60s. But memories tend to change with age. Time softens some, sharpens others, distorts and even extracts parts. This fabric of our memories, its threads weaving intermittently in and out of the realm of recall, is not quite the same as it was almost 50 years ago. Yet it is nonetheless the fabric from which my life was woven.
   The French have an expression: the more things change, the more they remain the same. Remembering and researching for this memoir led me to that conclusion as well.
   Reading the words written so long ago in my diary, I was astounded at what I saw and heard and thought about as a teenager and later a young twenty something living in Europe. Was that really me? Was Paris/Rome/Belgium/London really like that in the ‘60s? Yes, it is real. Real because I wrote it on the spot. No directives, no hindsight. Now I have integrated all those direct observations into a Memoir. It is for you, dear reader, to enjoy and, at the same time, perhaps gain some appreciation for the past. In this case, my past.

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HELEN HOLT,
Memoir of a Servant Leader

   My history (her story) is based upon diary entries written during the late ‘50s and ‘60s. But memories tend to change with age. Time softens some, sharpens others, distorts and even extracts parts. This fabric of our memories, its threads weaving intermittently in and out of the realm of recall, is not quite the same as it was almost 50 years ago. Yet it is nonetheless the fabric from which my life was woven.
   The French have an expression: the more things change, the more they remain the same. Remembering and researching for this memoir led me to that conclusion as well.
   Reading the words written so long ago in my diary, I was astounded at what I saw and heard and thought about as a teenager and later a young twenty something living in Europe. Was that really me? Was Paris/Rome/Belgium/London really like that in the ‘60s? Yes, it is real. Real because I wrote it on the spot. No directives, no hindsight. Now I have integrated all those direct observations into a Memoir. It is for you, dear reader, to enjoy and, at the same time, perhaps gain some appreciation for the past. In this case, my past.

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