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. Richard has published novels, short stories, nonfiction and essays. He lives on the south central California coast.

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Series

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

Books

We Eat Too Much Salt (Potassium Can Help)
Price: Free! 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 Kept Her Seat
Series: The Woman Who.... Price: Free! 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: Free! Words: 700. 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: 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
Series: The Woman Who.... 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?
The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain
Price: Free! 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.
What to Know About Hearing Loss
Price: Free! Words: 620. 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?
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.
Moon Poems
Price: Free! Words: 90. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Short, evocative poems celebrate the moon's magic in the truth of the present moment
He Shot Himself in the Foot
Price: Free! Words: 3,770. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Michael goes with his friend, Ricky, on a daybreak mission. They are going to pick up Ricky's rifle from Phil Pfeffer. On their way back, Ricky 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: Free! Words: 3,410. 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: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Kevin returns to his car after a high school forensics meet to find a giant locust sitting on the dashboard. After attempts to get the bug out, Kevin drives home. He tells his father that he can't remove the insect. His father is not impressed by Kevin's cowardice. Irate, Kevin's father removes the intruder. When his father moves menacingly toward the grasshopper, Kevin steps up.
Picky Walker
Price: Free! Words: 3,460. 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: Free! Words: 3,320. 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.