Richard Diedrichs

Biography

Richard Diedrichs grew up in Los Angeles. He edited travel and health magazines in Seattle, worked as an editor at the schools of Engineering and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and then taught Fourth and Fifth grades and Kindergarten in public elementary schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives on Hawaii Island.

Richard remembers writing a story in sixth grade about a ghost in his bedroom closet. He majored in English literature and journalism in college. He studied fiction writing with novelist Wallace Graves and currently works with fiction writer and esteemed instructor Joe Evanisko. He has published short stories, novellas, novels, non-fiction, and a book on Buddhism for children.

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The Woman Who...
The Woman Who... Series presents short essays about women who have contributed significantly to the hearts and minds of humanity.

The Woman Who Was a Comet

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The Woman Who Kept Her Seat

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Books

We Eat Too Much Salt (Potassium Can Help)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 750. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
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We each eat about three pounds of salt a year, nearly twice as much as we should. Too much sodium (salt) causes high blood pressure and kidney problems. Potassium interacts with sodium to lower our risk of cardiovascular disease. Fewer than two percent of us take in enough potassium. Too little potassium leads to problems with our muscles, breathing, and digestion. Think whole, unprocessed foods.
The Woman Who Painted The Last Supper
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
When Sister Plautilla Nelli entered a convent in 1548 at age 14, the friar encouraged her to paint devotional works of art. She was the first known Renaissance woman painter in Florence, Italy. Florence has the richest tradition in the world of paintings of The Last Supper. In the 1570s, Nelli added her masterwork, as the first woman to paint the subject. Giorgio Vasari called Nelli a virtuosa.
The Woman Who Would Not Take No
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Upon graduation from college, Patsy Takemoto Mink was refused admission to medical school because she was a woman. So, she went to law school. No law firm in Honolulu would hire her because she was a woman, so she ran for Congress. She was the first Asian-American woman and the first minority woman to serve. In her 14 terms, she helped pass major legislation, including the Title IX Amendment.
Senescence: Killing Zombie Cells May Slow Aging
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 490. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Some cells in the body stop dividing and remain active. They damage tissue and lead to aging-related diseases. Researchers have found that killing these "zombie" cells can restore tissue, help the body resist disease, and increase health span and life longevity.
Stupid Traffic Laws in the United States
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
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Did you know it is against the law to drive blindfolded in Alabama? In Florida, if you have an elephant, goat, or alligator attached to your car, you must feed the parking meter. Every state in the Union has on its books silly and outdated traffic laws. Here is a conpendium of 60 ridiculous traffic laws in the U.S. of A.
The Woman Who Found the West
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 690. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Sacagawea traveled five thousand miles through wilderness with her infant son as a member of Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Louisiana Territory and trailblazing to the Pacific Ocean. Her natural skills, knowledge, and resourcefulness ensured the survival and success of the Expedition. Sacagawea is a face of the women's rights movement and one of the most honored women in American history.
The Woman Who Kept Her Seat
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2018. Categories: Essay » Sociology
In 1884, Ida B. Wells was removed from a train for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman. She wrote a newspaper article reporting on her mistreatment. As an investigative journalist, Wells exposed the occurrences and causes of the lynching of black citizens in the post-Civil War South. She worked relentlessly as a crusader to improve the lives of African Americans in the United States.
The Woman Who Created a Monster
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 710. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Essay » Literature
Mary Shelley wrote the Gothic/Horror novel, Frankenstein, when she was nineteen. Although the book is one of the most famous novels ever published, Shelley long lived under the shadow of her famous poet husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley's life was filled with triumph, love, and horrible loss. She has emerged in modern times as a gifted writer and original genius in her own right.
The Woman Who Was a Comet
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: $1.99 USD. 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
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: $1.99 USD. 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: $1.99 USD. 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: $0.99 USD. 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: $1.99 USD. 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: $1.99 USD. 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: $1.99 USD. 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: $0.99 USD. 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: $0.99 USD. 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: $1.99 USD. 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
Price: $0.99 USD. 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.
Spirit of Tabasco
Price: $1.99 USD. 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: $0.99 USD. 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: $0.99 USD. 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: $0.99 USD. 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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