Michael Turnbull


I am in my fifties and will be retiring in May of 2017 after 36 years of teaching and coaching. The first book "Random Thoughts of A Stupid Man" was published in 2012. My wife of 35 years and I will be moving to Winton, MN after we get our Bed & Breakfast sold in Hibbing, MN. We have two grown children, both married. We also have one grandchild and one due in July. We are loving being grandparents & looking forward to spending more time at the lake!

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
The Newspaper, psychology books, historical accounts, Sports Illustrated, Coaching and Sports Psychology Books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one.
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Five Days Without iPads
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,870. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Computers, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
I have been taken aback by the use of iPads in the classrooms, yet impressed by how adept the students are at using them. There are times though, that I think students waste time searching through topics that don’t enhance learning. I truly hope that students and educators can find a balance and also experience life and learning outside of the cyber world many are addicted to.
Retirement Sucks!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,730. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Grandparenting, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
Retirement Sucks is the account of my journey as I have attempted to navigate my first couple of years of retirement. I have been slowly making adjustments to this newfound phase in my life. I really don’t know how to grade how I am doing, but I am trying and it is getting better by the day.
I Still Own a Flip Phone
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 21,510. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, & technology » Telecommunications, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
"I Still Own A Flip Phone" is the documentation of a year long experiment regarding my ownership and use of a flip phone. The point of the experiment was to see if I should give serious consideration to grading up to a smart phone.
Still a Stupid Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,510. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Marriage, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
This is my third and maybe last "Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man" book, so I guess that means I have written a trilogy. Once again please enjoy the read as I attempt to include you in my life's journey. If you like this one please go back and check out the other two.
A Guide to Middle School and Beyond
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Education, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Adolescence
Throughout my 35 years as a teacher and coach, I have always wanted to write a book about this time in the lives of young people. This book is not a success guide, merely a guide with thoughts and ideas that I hope you will mull over and give consideration to. If you find anything that helps you along your path, that's great! It is up to you: SAVE or DELETE?
More Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,520. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships
I guess that is what More Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man is: a sharing of my life and the thoughts that enter my somewhat-demented mind on occasion. I’ll admit, writing those thoughts has become more therapeutic than artful and brings me a deep feeling of comfort.
Random Thoughts of a Stupid Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Volleyball, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships
This is my first attempt at writing a book. I have always been told I tell a pretty good story so I thought I would try to put it to print. I’ve been told I sometimes master making a short story long and I would like to think I can on occasion make a long story short.