Richard Diedrichs

Biography

Richard Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor in the Schools of Engineering and Public Health at U.C., Berkeley, and taught Fourth and Fifth Grades, and Kindergarten, in public elementary schools around the east San Francisco Bay Area. He has published fiction, non-fiction, and a book on Buddhism, Living in Blue Sky Mind. He lives with his wife on the west coast of the island of Hawaii.

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The Woman Who Was a Comet
Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Maria Mitchell was America's first professional female astronomer. In 1847, she discovered "Miss Mitchell's Comet," which won her a gold medal from the King of Denmark and instant fame. During her illustrious career, Maria added immensely to the field of astronomy, was hired as the first professor at Vassar College in 1865, and opened doors to women in science and in life.
The Woman Who Invented Computer Programming
Price: Free! Words: 930. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Essay » Sociology
Daughter of poet, Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace studied mathematics from age four. Ada's lineage and natural brilliance put her in the company of prominent scientists. She became a colleague of mathematician Charles Babbage, who developed a computer called the Analytical Engine. Ada provided an algorithm that is considered the first computer program. Ada is seen as the first computer programmer.
"Be Sure to Take Folic Acid," the Good Doctor Said
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
The neurologist said if you take nothing else, be sure to take folic acid. Why folic acid? Is it good for the brain, or just good for you in general? Folic acid helps cells with their chemical processes. It forms and grows red blood cells. Lack of folic acid can cause serious and lethal health problems. But the question remains: what does folic acid have to do with the brain?
What Is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?
Price: Free! Words: 760. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Hakuin Ekaku transformed fear into realizing that compassion for others is life's purpose. To awaken to this truth, Hakuin faced doubt in his mind, meditating on conundrums. He created one of the greatest of all: "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" Hakuin, who lived near Japan's Mount Fuji in the eighteenth century, advocated discipline and living a virtuous life.
Kindness Toward My Father
Price: Free! Words: 890. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
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When his aging father asked for help, the author faced a dilemma. Given their troubled history, he had every right to say no. But was that the person he wanted to be? The choice he made led him to his true self.
The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Essay » Technology
The author toured The City of Arts and Sciences, an entertainment-based, cultural and architectural complex in Valencia, Spain. The City of Arts and Sciences is the most modern tourist destination in Valencia, and one of the 12 treasures of Spain. The complex is comprised of six stunning, state of the art buildings, the designs of which are abstract, yet based on natural forms.
How to Live Mindfully with Chronic Pain
Price: Free! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
The author returned from traveling with a pinched nerve in his neck. As the pain turned permanent, he embraced it, believing that moving toward the pain strengthens us while making us softer. When we make pain our ally, we find gratitude and an appreciation for life.
What to Know About Hearing Loss
Price: Free! Words: 610. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Loud noise is part of everyday life. Loud noise is also a serious health risk. Once hearing is damaged or lost, it cannot be restored. What are the signs of hearing loss? What can you do to prevent it?
How to Be in the Moment As Much As Possible
Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Staying in the moment is almost cliche. But it is the key to being happy. What are some simple, natural cues we can use in our bodies and minds to bring us back, over and over to the truth of the moment?
The Chance to Be Free
Price: Free! Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
After being booted out of his second marriage, the author faced a choice. He could move in the same direction, creating a swath of suffering, or he could take his life into his hands and learn to care for himself. He had the chance to be free.
How to Be a Happy Husband
Price: Free! Words: 670. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
What is the secret of being a happy husband? The author offers suggestions from his own considerable experience. Find out what research shows that husbands do in their marriages that make them the happiest.
We Almost Lost the Alhambra
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 610. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Over its 1,128-year history, the Alhambra in Granada Spain was nearly destroyed four times. A reverence for the cultural significance and awe for the physical magnificence of the palace/fortress stopped its destruction. Today more than three million people a year have the chance to experience this unique World Heritage Site.
Moon Poems
You set the price! Words: 90. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Short, evocative poems celebrate the moon's magic in the truth of the present moment
Leave a Message After the Beep
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 630. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A woman leaves a message on Kurt's answer machine, sobbing that he pursued her on the phone, made a date to come over to her place for a drink, and took off the second he saw her.
What Is Right
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,430. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Kevin Milan tries to do what is right when his father has an affair with Kevin's best friend's neighbor. Kevin goes straight at the woman to drive her out. His strategy backfires, leaving him the one looking in.
Spirit of Tabasco
Price: Free! Words: 11,670. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Precocious teen, Julian, helps his mother retrieve a mysterious and possessed ancient Mayan mirror from the hands of his greedy estranged father.
Ride to the Rat Hole
Price: Free! Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Ferris and his friend, Earl, hitch a ride outside of Mesquite, Nevada to Las Vegas. The driver, Tryg, and his girlfriend, Labelle, are looking for some fun on their way to L.A., and they choose Ferris and Earl. Ferris sits next to Labelle on the front seat and fantasizes while Tryg talks smack. On the Strip in Vegas, Ferris and Earl asked to be dropped off and that's where the fun begins.
Answer to Dimka
Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Hosting a family reunion of sorts, Lucas confronts his abusive Uncle Dimka and Aunt Rosa. Lucas, his priest brother, Alex, and Dimka and Rosa's son, Danilo, join in the fracas. The proceedings go off track when Danilo pulls a gun and orders Lucas and Alex to leave.
Lie Like a Dog
Price: Free! Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sandy breaks a neighbor's window with a water balloon. He lies to his mother and tells her that he heard the neighborhood bully outside his window. The bully threatens to lie Sandy down like a dog. Friendly intervention saves Sandy, but not from his mother's chagrin and disappointment.
Trick or Treat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Angela's strange cousin, Kurt, puts the trick in Trick or Treat by taking her to collect candy in July. As she goes from house to house, without disguise, she dances, hops and mugs her way into a bag of candy. When she wants to go home, Kurt refuses. He insists that she finish the block. When he abandons her, Angela finds her way home and discovers a new sense of self.
He Shot Himself in the Foot
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Michael goes with his friend, Danny, on a daybreak mission. They are going to pick up Danny's rifle from Phillip Pfeiffer. On their way back, Danny aims the gun at Michael but shoots himself in the foot instead. It is the start of Michael's decision to end the friendship and take his destiny into his own hands.
Coup de Grace
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Miranda drives to meet her deadbeat ex-husband after eight years of no word. She plans to tell him all that she has felt about his betrayal. When she faces him across the coffeeshop table, he stops her in her tracks by what he offers her.
Bugged
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Kevin returns to his car after a high school forensics tournament to find a giant locust sitting on the dashboard. After attempts to extricate it, Kevin drives home and tells his father that he can't remove the bug. His father is not impressed by Kevin's cowardice. Irate, Kevin's father tosses out the grasshopper. When his father moves menacingly toward the insect, Kevin steps in front of him.
Picky Walker
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Alan volunteers to attend to a mute old man with tongue cancer. Inspired by the loss of his sister to leukemia, Alan vows to give Picky Walker comfort and consolation. Discouraged by the bleakness of Picky's life and alarmed by the news that Picky is an ex-con, Alan struggles to find compassion. His ambivalence leads to devastating feelings of not being there for Picky.
Kiss or Kill
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,340. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Egan lives by his own life axiom, which he calls Egan's Law. If he thinks or speaks disparagingly about a person he sees in public, he will find that person sharing his personal space. While attending a lecture by a renowned spiritual teacher, Egan spots a disheveled, surly man whom he dubs Ichabod. The reverberations of transgressing Egan's Law bring harrowing results.

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