Poor Will’s Almanack is a traditional guide to living in harmony with the Earth

YELLOW SPRINGS, OhioSunbury Press has released Bill Felker’s 2015 edition of Poor Will’s Almanack, since 1984, a traditional guide to living in harmony with the Earth.

pw2015_fcAbout the Book:
Contents of the 2015 Edition:
Using the Floating Calendar for the Twelve Moveable Seasons
A Note on the Beginning of the Natural Year
The Weather in Poor Will’s Almanack
The Almanack as a Fishing, Hunting and Dieting Guide
About the S.A.D. Index
Farming and Gardening with the Almanack
A Note about Almanack Literature
Contents of the Monthly Chapters
Time of Day in Poor Will’s Almanack
Index of Seasonal Essays by Bill Felker
Index of Almanac Literature
A Floating Calendar of Bloom for Selected Wildflowers, Weeds, Garden Perennials, Shrubs and Trees
Markers for the Progress of Spring at Average Elevations along the 40th Parallel
An Incomplete Chronology of Leafturn Along the 40th Parallel During Early and Middle Fall in an Average Year

Monthly Almanack Chapters:
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015

Excerpt:
Throughout the continental United States and Canada, the seasons follow the standard calendar less than they do the dictates of elevation and latitude. Although almost all deciduous trees between Maine and Florida have lost their leaves by January 1, the variation in temperature between the northern and southern states at the beginning of the year can be more than fifty degrees. Within that broad geographical context, the advance of the seasons is highly varied; nevertheless, certain patterns are visible that are applicable to much of the country.

One way to delineate these patterns is to characterize them by what is going on in nature. Under this kind of organization, a season such as early spring has certain traits, may occur in Louisiana in January but take place in northern Minnesota as late as the beginning of May. A floating calendar, one that is generally applicable to events rather than to specific dates, allows the observer to identify the season by what is actually going on in the local habitat rather than by the standard Gregorian calendar.

Under such a floating system, the seasons truly are moveable in that they advance at different rates in different parts of the country. And within the broad guidelines sketched here, the Almanack traveler can watch not only the landscape change with the passage of the miles, but the time of year and seasons, too.

In Poor Will’s Almanack for 2015, I have divided the year into twelve seasons and have noted how they take place in different ways and at different times in the different parts of the country. Although I have kept the basic monthly sequence in the organization of information, I have noted the months during which a specific season might be likely to occur in different regions. These are broad strokes of the phenological pen, but they allow Almanack readers to not only see what is going on in their area but in other areas, as well.

FelkerAbout the Author:
Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.

Exploring everything from animal husbandry to phenology, Felker has become well known to farmers as well as urban readers throughout the country.  He is an occasional speaker on the environment at nature centers, churches and universities, and he has presented papers related to almanacking at academic conferences, as well. Felker has received three awards for his almanac writing from the Ohio Newspaper Association. “Better writing cannot be found in America’s biggest papers,” stated the judge on the occasion of Felker’s award in 2000.

Currently, Bill Felker lives with his wife in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He has two daughters, Jeni, who is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon, and Neysa, a photographer in Spoleto, Italy.

Poor Will’s Almanack 2015: Since 1984, a Traditional Guide to Living in Harmony with the Earth
Authored by Bill Felker
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
148 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064924
ISBN-10: 1620064928
BISAC: Reference / Almanacs

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Terry Ray unveils the Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Terry Ray’s study of the orange orb UFO phenomenon entitled The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs.

oo fcAbout the Book:
Terry Ray is a certified Field Investigator for the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network, known as MUFON. He is a former military pilot and trial lawyer, retired law professor emeritus, and a novelist for Sunbury Press.

On the evening of July 29, 2013 in Ocean City Maryland, Terry witnessed eight large orange orbs flying very low and silently along the beach. They performed maneuvers that no Earth-made aircraft could possibly perform, in complete silence.

Terry filed a report of his sighting with MUFON. When he met with his fellow MUFON investigators and related his story, he was met with laughter and told that what he saw was nothing more than candle-lit Chinese lanterns.

As a former military pilot, Terry knew this explanation could not be true and set about to find out what it was he actually saw that night. This led to a year-long, intensive investigation and, ultimately, to the writing of this book. In this book, Terry details the stunning story of the orange orbs that is going on all over the world at this very moment and to a discovery of what could be the biggest event in the history of the human race.

The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs breaks entirely new ground in UFO research and could be the most important book in this field since Erich von Daniken’s, 1968, Chariots of the Gods.

Contents:
PART ONE: Facts about Orange Orbs
Chapter One – The Discovery
Chapter Two – Putting it in Perspective
Chapter Three – By the Numbers
Chapter Four – Traffic Patterns
PART TWO: Eyewitness Reports
Chapter One – What Do Orbs Look Like?
Chapter Two – What Do Orbs Do?
Chapter Three – What’s Inside the Orange Cloak?
Chapter Four – Orb Companions
Chapter Five – Touching Down
Chapter Six – In and Out of the Water
Chapter Seven – Visitors Coming to Visit
Chapter Eight – Around the World
Chapter Nine – Pre-MUFON Stories
Chapter Ten – Does the Government Know About These Orbs?
Chapter Eleven – Interacting with the Orbs
Chapter Twelve – Beams Doing Their Thing
Chapter Thirteen – Orbs – Up Close and Personal
Chapter Fourteen – How Do They Get Here?
PART THREE: What and Why?
Chapter One – What?
Chapter Two – Why?

Excerpt:
At approximately 10:00 – 10:15 PM, the witness noticed a small round orange light to the north that appeared to be quite low over the ocean surface at approximately 100 – 300 feet in altitude, near the shore and above the ocean surface, moving on a southerly course toward the witness at a rather rapid rate of speed. Within approximately 10 seconds, the light had reached the size of a full moon and was very bright—the brightness and color approximated the coloring and intensity of a setting sun. The witness had binoculars and focused them on the light. With magnification, the object appeared to be a glowing orange sphere with uniform color and brightness. The color was soft and muted and emanated from the interior of the sphere. The sphere was pleasant and soothing to the eye. There were no other lights or visible characteristics appearing on the sphere. It was entirely silent.

The sphere was approximately five to ten miles north of the witness when it reached its maximum size as it stopped several hundred feet above the ocean surface and remained stationary for a short period of time. The sphere then began moving in an easterly direction, straight out to sea, and it diminished in size as its distance from the witness increased. It continued on its easterly course for approximately ten to fifteen seconds until its size appeared to be that of a very large star. At this point, the sphere commenced a straight climb of approximately forty-five degrees on a southerly heading. The climb was rapid and it leveled off at approximately 10,000 feet. It then continued straight and level on its southerly heading. The angle of inclination of the sphere from the witness, at this point, was approximately thirty degrees above the horizon. The sphere continued on its level southerly course for close to ten seconds, then turned to a south-easterly heading in the general direction of the thunderstorm and continued on this course until it was no longer visible, due to the increased distance from the witness.

The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs
Authored by Terry Ray
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
126 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064474
ISBN-10: 1620064472
BISAC: Body, Mind & Spirit / UFOs & Extraterrestrials

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Dr. John F. Loase makes a case for the liberal arts based on the uncertainty of what we know

NEW YORKSunbury Press has released John F. Loase’s latest book The Power of Uncertainty: A Case for the Liberal Arts.

tpou_fcAbout the Book:
The new book by Dr. John Loase, The Power of Uncertainty – A Case for the Liberal Arts, demonstrates the positive effects of recognizing and appreciating the illumination we could experience in recognizing and admitting uncertainty in all human endeavors. This valuable new book illuminates uncertainty in many areas, including a variety of mathematical and scientific ideas and extends to the recognition of the human advantage implicit in questioning our certitude regarding, for example, our religious beliefs (or total non-beliefs), the dangerousness of our many prejudices and convictions concerning free will or the capacity for redemption or progress of those “other” human beings or nations that we often conclude are so really “different” from ourselves. The richness of his examples and arguments inevitably leads to a discussion of the meaning, power and all-encompassing humanity of philosophy, literature, film, as well as all the arts, because respecting and understanding the expressions of all mankind truly unfastens the binding chains of our often unchallenged assurances and prejudices.  (Louis Rotando)

Contents:
Part 1 – Pure Mathematics
Chapter 0 – The Uncertainty Quotient Test
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – My Uncertainty History
Chapter 3 – 1 + 1 = 2
Chapter 4 – Is Mathematics Discovered or Invented?
Chapter 5 – Uncertainty Defeats Hitler
Chapter 6 – The Current State of the Irrationals
Chapter 7 – Uncertainty Revisited
Part 2 – Impure Mathematics – Statistics and Science
Chapter 8 – Impure Mathematics
Chapter 9 – Probability
Chapter 10 – Averages
Chapter 11 – Variance
Chapter 12 – Central Limit Theorem
Chapter 13 – Confidence Intervals
Chapter 14 – The #1 Topic in Elementary Statistics – Correlation
Chapter 15 – Prediction – Linear Regression
Chapter 16 – Bayesian Statistics
Chapter 17 – Science
Chapter 18 – Free Will vs. Determinism
Chapter 19 – Why Liberal Arts?
Chapter 20 – Literature and Film
Chapter 21 – Psychology
Chapter 22 – Language

Excerpt:
Take the Uncertainty Quotient Test on the next page. Do not, may I repeat, do not turn to the Introduction or any of the tempting intellectual morsels that follow.

Redundancy is the key to getting a message across. Now turn the page and take the Uncertainty Quotient Test.

Uncertainty Quotient Test

Please give a ranking from 1 to 5 for each of the following statements.

1 – Certainly True
1 – Certainly False
2 – Likely True
2 – Likely False
3 – Moderately Uncertain
4 – Deeply Uncertain
5 – Completely Uncertain

_____ 1. 1 + 1 = 2
_____ 2. We discover mathematics in the same way we progress in science.
_____ 3. Our language simply expresses our thoughts.
_____ 4. Science rests on a secure foundation in mathematics.
_____ 5. We freely choose our direction in life.
_____ 6. Our 18-25 year olds are narcissists.
_____ 7. Calculus is free of controversy.
_____ 8. Death and taxes are certain.
_____ 9. My job has valid qualifications.
_____ 10. Assessment improves teaching.
_____ 11. Prescription drugs have been proven effective.
_____ 12. The higher your level of education, the higher your level of certainty.
_____ 13. I have a clear set of values.
_____ 14. Mathematics is certain truth.
_____ 15. The Uncertainty Quotient Test is sound.

Please rate yourself from 1 to 5 on each of the fifteen items. Your lowest possible score is 15. Your highest possible score is 75.

Keep this score in a safe place. Write it on your hand with permanent marker if you are prone to losing things. This is your uncertainty quotient.

About the Author:
John Loase serves as Professor and Chair of Mathematics at Concordia College-NY. He earned the only doctorate Columbia University Teachers College has ever awarded in mathematics (mentor Dr. Bruce Vogeli) and Psychology (mentor the late Dr. Richard Wolf). John is equally at home in Mathematics or the Arts. His eighth book, The Sigfluence Generation: Our Young People’s Potential to Transform America, won a Silver Medal in the Benjamin Franklin National Contest and is free at sigfluence.com. John directed the National Science Foundation sponsored initiative Mathematical Modeling from 1992-1996. His text Statistical Modeling with SPSS was an outgrowth of this NSF grant and has been accepted for 2015 publication by COMAP- the world leader in Mathematical Modeling. The Power of Uncertainty was written for us to add a healthy dose of uncertainty to myriad dimensions of our lives.

The Power of Uncertainty: A Case for the Liberal Arts
Authored by Dr. John F Loase
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
152 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064856
ISBN-10: 1620064855
BISAC: Mathematics / History & Philosophy

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BIGFOOT ATTACKS CAMPERS! Ape Man runs off with bestselling novel!

Fort Bragg, CA — Residents near this northern California town were stunned to hear the tale of four young campers who had been hiking in the nearby redwood forest.  About 12 miles east of town, they had settled in for the evening, playing guitars, reading and smoking a little medicinal marijuana, when they were attacked by a large hairy ape-like man who ransacked their camp.

“Yeah man,” said Derek Mendocino, one of the campers, “we were just chillin’ in the trees, you know, just hangin’ out, when this nasty dude came stompin’ out of the woods, running right at us.”

bf running“Ewwwww, like, yuck!” exclaimed Skye Tyler, Derek’s girlfriend. “He smelled like, you know, like a dog that rolled in his own diarrhea, or something, you know, NASTY!”

“Dude was howlin’ like a banshee, man,” said Malcolm Nighthawk, their native American friend. “Definitely was a sasquatch — one of our ancient brothers.”

“I said … Whoa!  Dude!  Like slow down, man!” said Derek, explaining his interaction with the man beast. “I was so stunned, I swallowed my blunt!”

“He ripped up my tent and stole the novel I was reading right out of my hands!” cried Penelope Douglas, an aspiring young actress and student at UCLA. “It was my special hard cover first edition of The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel.  There are only 500 of these, you know. It’s going to be a movie with Brahm Gallagher!”

“Ahhh Brahm — he’s dreamy,” said Skye. Fortunately, she was able to snap a photo of the creature with her iPhone as it was running off with the novel.

According to Sunbury Press publisher Lawrence Knorr, the beast was estimated at ninety inches tall.

Close up of the Bigfoot near Fort Bragg California that stole a novel.

Close up of the Bigfoot near Fort Bragg California that stole a novel.

“The special edition Keith Rommel The Cursed Man is a hardcover with dust jacket six by nine inches. Comparing the book’s length to the height of the beast, it is likely about ten books tall, fully erect. That would put him at close to ninety inches — over eight feet tall!”

Knorr was kind enough to offer the young lady another copy and invited her to the Sunbury Press 10th anniversary party in Mechanicsburg, PA on September 5th at 6 PM. “Keith Rommel and Brahm will both be there to sign books,” said Knorr. “We’ll be sure to replace the young lady’s copy.”

The question that remains is why did the beast attack? And why on earth did he steal a copy of The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel when he could have nabbed food or more practical items.

According to George Grossfuss of the Bigfoot Research Center in Yakima, Washington, this was not the only instance of literary theft by these large simians.

“In 2005, a women had her copy of The DaVinci Code snapped up from her picnic blanket while camping in southern Idaho.  More recently, all three volumes of the Fifty Shades of Gray series were grabbed off of a back porch near Mokelumne Hill, California.”

Oddly enough, all were bestselling books about to become movies!

“The MO has been the same in all reports,” offered Grossfuss. “Squatch uncharacteristically makes a lot of noise and charges the site, tears up stuff, scares people, but then runs off with the bestsellers.”

“Thankfully they still like print books,” said Knorr. “I can’t imagine what they would do with a Kindle!”

The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap by Joseph Carvalko REVIEWED BY ELLEN M. MCGEE

From Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, Volume 54, Winter 2014, Number 2

tths_pubJoseph Carvalko’s The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap is an indispensable guide to the future of mankind. The author has mastered the developments presently occurring in the worlds of biology, robotics, synthetic biology, nanotechnology and digital technology, and has projected the future course of these research enterprises. It is an amazing tale. The book holds its own in that ever growing field of volumes on technology and the future; its chief virtue is its attention to most areas of scientific progress that will intimately affect mankind.

CITATION: Ellen M. McGee, Joseph Carvalko’s The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap, 54 Jurimetrics J. 201–09 (2014).
For the full article, please see: http://www.law.asu.edu/jurimetrics/JurimetricsJournal/ArticlesIssues/Abstracts.aspx#Vol54p201
About the book:

Medical technology now verges on incorporating computers with the computational power of the famous Watson IBM computer and Internet-like communications directly into our anatomy. As the size and complexity of computers spiral downward, the wholesale use of these devices (as well as RFID-type technology) will become as common as a present vaccine. These initiatives will extend lifetimes, keep us younger longer and enhance our intelligence. Related to this development is the eventual merging of synthetic DNA and artificial intelligence that will bring new diagnostics, medical treatment and smart nano-prosthetics well within the horizon of the next generation. A prosthetic genome hastens the day when enhanced life forms, such as human organs, can be made entirely from a fusion of living organisms and non-living materials.

Just as computers, cell phones, the Internet, Google, and Facebook continue to change our social reality and some believe our brain biology, the author contends that the proliferation of in-the-body technologies will dramatically change everything from how we view each other, to how we fashion policy and law to guard against activities that could jeopardize our well-being, such as market forces may look to squeeze out efficiencies at the expense of performance and reliability or against those who, for instance, would dare to unleash digital viruses into a world filled with biomedical devices receptive to Internet-style communications.

Overtime our artificially controlled metabolisms may begin to alter our natural biological evolution. At what point does the widespread application of cyborg-assisted-life change our attitudes about what the notion of “human” means. The author focuses on the moral implications of the new technology, its influence over our future culture, personal identity and autonomy, and why we need to begin a national conversation now so that we can prepare for what is inevitably ahead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joseph Carvalko is adjunct Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Quinnipiac University School of Law as well as a patent attorney and engineer. He is a member of the Community Bioethics Forum, Yale School of Medicine and a member of the Yale Technology and Ethics working group. He is past member of the editorial board for SciTech, a publication of the ABA, Section on Science and Technology. In the late 1980s Carvalko held position of Chairman of the Behavioral Sciences Committee of the Section on Science and Technology. Formerly he was a research associate in the biomedical engineering field, designing and programming cellular automata computers for artificial intelligence applications in cytological pattern recognition, and afterward worked extensively developing computers and telecommunications. He is the author of several books, the most recent: The Techno-Human Shell-A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap (Sunbury Press, 12/31/12 release); and a novel We Were Beautiful Once–Chapters from a Cold War (Sunbury Press, 1/31/13 release). He holds a Bachelor Science Electrical Engineering, Juris Doctor Law, and Master Fine Arts writing.

The Techno-Human Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap

 Authored by Joseph Carvalko
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
204 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061657
ISBN-10: 1620061651
BISAC: Science / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology

“The Oxygen Factory” is a YA dystopian action adventure by Renée des Lauriers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Renée des Lauriers’ debut novel The Oxygen Factory, a YA dystopian action adventure.

About the book:

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Breathe the air and die. Or worse, breathe and survive as one of the infected—blind, scarred, mangled, and stripped of everything but the hunger. Every day that Stella survives, scavenging through the buildings left standing, is another chance for the infected to kill her. If they can hear her, they know exactly where she is. If she stands still they can sniff her out. Fifteen years after the spread of the toxins, Stella was raised watching the infected hunt humans down. She told herself that it wasn’t ever going to happen to her.

Until one day, Stella finds a man washed up on the shore, from the Oxygen factory; the factory that ships out pills, which work its way into the lungs and pump oxygen throughout the body. He is part of the only organization working to keep humanity alive. Stella knows that to save him, will put her straight into danger. She’ll have to fight off more than just the infected to keep his secrets and keep him safe.

About the Author:
Renée des Lauriers was raised in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in America. There amidst the crowds and traffic, she pictured what would happen if the zombie apocalypse broke out. She now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and chinchillas.

The Oxygen Factory

Authored by Renée des Lauriers

List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
160 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064108
ISBN-10: 1620064103
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Dystopian

Also available on Kindle and Nook

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Sunbury Press begins its 10th Anniversary celebration

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This is the first of a series of articles honoring the 10th anniversary of Sunbury Press, Inc., the trade publisher. This article recounts the year 2004, the year of the founding.

msh2edMECHANICSBURG, PA — Ten years ago today, April 1, 2004, Sunbury Press was incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania.  The founder, Lawrence Knorr, initially intended to reprint some family histories he had written, but did not want to pay someone else to do so.  Like many entrepreneurs, he had no idea what all he was getting into, or where his little idea would lead.  Within a few months, the first book, a 1787 page three-volume set, 71 Years of Marriage : The Ancestors, Descendants and Relations of George and Alice Knorr of Reading, PA, was published for the benefit of the extended Knorr family. The first sale was recorded on September 15 to Cathy Krall, of Elizabethtown, PA.  It was one of 24 orders to be placed through the end of the year.  A second book, The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey, 1st Edition, was published that month.  By the end of the year, the Hershey book sold more copies, outselling the Knorr book 13 to 12.  However, due to the size and price of the 3 volume Knorr set, revenue from it more than doubled the Hershey book.  Regardless, total sales fell just shy of $1000, and the company recorded a $54 loss.

In honor of this first sale in September of 2004, Sunbury Press will be announcing events for the month of September 2014.  Stay tuned.