Max G. Bernard
Max G. Bernard is the pen name of a writer with around 45 years of writing, editing, publishing, and journalism experience. He wrote for student, "underground," and radical newspapers in the 60's and 70's. He lives in the Midwestern region of Woodstock Nation, and is residing in the 1960's until something better comes along. He is involved in writing science fiction, mysteries, weird cross genre stories, and semi-autobiographical pieces. A fan of Bob Dylan's music, Alfred Hitchcock's movies, and Philip K. Dick's science fiction, he is married, with two children. He is a fervent opponent of DRM (digital rights management) in publishing. He agrees with Tom Robbins that it is "never too late to have a happy childhood," and with the spirit of the statement, "Be realistic, demand the impossible."
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The Big Circle
by Max G. Bernard
Price: $0.99 USD. 1360 words.
Published on June 14, 2011. Fiction.
Father Donahue always came to the orphanage to tell the children a story. And he gave them candy. The smallest child doesn't like the latest story. "He used to tell good stories, but they're all bad stories now." What is really going on when the children gather around Father Donahue in the story circle?
Learned Counsel and the Three Bears
by Max G. Bernard
Price: $0.99 USD. 6140 words.
Published on March 30, 2010. Fiction.
Baby Bear left the forest and went to town. Once there, he made some new human friends, helped shut down a city office granting hunting and fishing licenses, and became an advocate for the forest animals in a court proceeding to stop a greedy developer from cutting down the forest to build a condominium development. A story intended to be appropriate for precocious children, ages 7-107.
From A Madman Only: A Rant and Modest Proposal on Health Care
by Max G. Bernard
Price: $0.99 USD. 2080 words.
Published on March 17, 2010. Nonfiction.
The author proposes a bold three step plan: 1. Criminalize private health insurance. 2. Provide free comprehensive health care to every human being in the U.S. without enrollment, co-pays, deductibles, exclusions, or premiums. 3. Pay for it all out of general tax revenue. The insurance industry's worst nightmare, way beyond the mild proposals of "public option" or even "single payer."
Another Place, Another Time
by Max G. Bernard
Price: $1.99 USD. 17390 words.
Published on January 20, 2010. Fiction.
Five Stories. A short anthology of stories by Max G. Bernard. Four science fiction stories and a semi-autobiographical tale of the 1960's.
Includes: "If Only," "Second Time Around," "Meeting of the Minds," "Warm Summer Night," and "The Reader Suffers the Loss of Dostoyevsky."
The Reader Suffers the Loss of Dostoyevsky
by Max G. Bernard
Price: $0.99 USD. 5450 words.
Published on July 8, 2009. Fiction.
Who stole my entire collection of Dostoyevsky's books during a party at my home one evening forty years ago, and why? A semi-fictionalized autobiographical account of the 1960's.
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- Who Killed Emmett Till?
on March 15, 2010
This is a well-written and fascinating book about a vicious lynching of an African-American teenager from Chicago while visiting Mississippi. His mother insisted on an open coffin for the services so that people could see what was done to her son. The author explains the history, demands justice, talks with some of those still alive who, as she says, "still had the story fresh in their hearts and minds." After you read this book, the events will live in your heart and mind too, because she makes it come alive. This is highly recommended. And it is a good book to give to young people, and assign to students. (There are many available resources online like the above video and an online one hour interview with Emmett Till's mother that can also supplement this book for teaching purposes. I look forward to this author's future work.
- Quantum Self Hypnosis
on Dec. 08, 2011
Well written self-instruction manual
I’ve looked at a number of books on this topic, and I believe that this is the best one available. It is written on an introductory level, so that you don’t have to know a lot to begin with, but it does not take the “for dummies” approach of speaking down to the reader and assuming that you lack intelligence and common sense. The author plainly respects her readers as intelligent people, and helps guide them step by step through the process of using self-hypnosis to better their lives.
The book presents the full texts of 5 master inductions designed to help put yourself in a hypnotic state, and a whopping 20 full length hypnosis session scripts designed to help with such problems as alcoholism stopping smoking, weight loss, coping with stress, menopause problems, pregnancy and childbirth, finding true love, improving your relationships, and living with diabetes (which I have, and which presents a number of daily problems and dilemmas. This is far more than the other available books, which tend to be heavy on generalities, and very light on specifics.
You can record these scripts to play to yourself during the self induced hypnotic state, and the written scripts are formatted in a manner that makes it easy to record them for your own use. And while the author doesn’t cover every possible problem that a p[potential reader might want to focus on during a hypnosis session (how could she, as people have many different problems), she presents detailed instructions for how to create your own scripts for problems for which there is not a detailed script in the book. I plan to use this to help create my own script to try to address overcoming my major problem of procrastination (just as soon as I get around to it!).
The author makes recommendations about the best recording equipment to utilize, as well as telling you about free recording software. She provides a link to her free website for readers of the book, and offers book purchasers a free download of a hypnosis session on there that she otherwise charges $59 for.
The author says she has been teaching hypnosis professionally for twenty years, and it shows, because she anticipated just about all of my questions and answered them in the book.
- Weight Loss Self Hypnosis
on Jan. 28, 2012
Detailed instructions on hypnosis for weight loss
The author has written and published another book covering the topic of self-hypnosis in more depth and explaining how to apply it in a wide variety of contexts (that book is called Quantum Self Hypnosis). But if you are like me, sometimes you just want a plain and simple introduction to the subject limited to its direct application to the particular pressing problem that you have.
As a diabetic who suffered a stroke a few years ago, few things are more important than controlling my weight, so I was pleased to see that Dr. Starr offers this ebook specifically targeting the use of hypnosis for weight loss. For me, as for many others, failure to deal with my weight problem could have tragic, if not fatal consequences, and I want too badly to see my two kids finish school and go out into the world to ignore the issue.
If this is the major problem you need to work on, this ebook may well contain everything you need to get started and begin to make some progress. There is a description of how to induce the hypnotic state, a full length professional grade hypnosis session script which you can record to play back to yourself while under hypnosis, and complete directions for using the technique to maximum advantage.
Given the quality of this tightly focused ebook, the very modest price is a great bargain.
- QUANTUM HYPNOSIS SCRIPTS- Neo-Ericksonian Scripts that Will Supercharge Your Sessions!
on Jan. 31, 2012
Detailed hypnosis scripts with a positive, rather than aversion therapy approach
Dr. Starr has written other books introducing the reader to the practice of self-hypnosis to combat particular personal problems such as weight loss, substance abuse, relationship problems, etc. This book goes beyond that and consists of plentiful full hypnosis scripts which can be used either by professionals in the field, or for self hypnosis use.
She gives detailed suggestions for the ideal use of these scripts as well as presenting 2 master hypnosis inductions, needed to bring about the hypnotic state to make the beneficial use of the hypnosis session scripts possible. What is really good is that there are 3 hypnosis scripts each for addressing the problems of weight loss and stress reduction, common problems that a lot of people have. Unlike some quacks who seem to suggest an instant “cure” is possible for weight or stress problems, Dr. Starr is a realistic enough professional to acknowledge that these troubling maladies are ideally dealt with over time through a series of sessions, designed to get at he roots of the problems.
Unlike some other authors who cannibalize one published general work on the subject and repackage portions of it to sell the same information again, Dr. Starr’s latest book presents all new hypnosis behavior modification scripts, with no duplicate from her more introductory book Quantum Self Hypnosis (other than what she describes as an additional “bonus” stop smoking script). I also like, very much, the fact that she takes a positive, present tense, and affirmative approach, rather than the approach of negative programming or aversion therapy that some use. Aversion therapy, I think, all too often just tries to condition a negative response to stimuli (you will feel nauseous or uneasy after smoking a cigarette or pigging out on ice cream) rather than trying to address the real cause for the problem in the first place and channeling the need or craving into a more positive direction.