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Henry Hocker Seltzer 1856-1925, (Great-Grandfather)

Henry Hocker Seltzer, Pennsylvania Dutch Teacher, Civil Servant,and Physician - Memories of 1856-1915
My great-grandfather's grew up on a farm near Belle Grove, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Dutch was spoken in the home. English was his second language, putting him at a disadvantage when he went to school, but he became very bookish, proud of his educational accomplishments. For 10 years, he taught in one-room schoolhouses in Pennsyvanian Dutch farm country. At times, he handled, alone, as many as 65 students ranging in age from 5 to 21, and for a wage of $33/month. He had to deal with the vagaries of rural schools, with behavior problems and parents who had little respect for book learning, and arbitrary decisions of county-level school administartion. During corn-husking sometimes only 3-5 students would show up. He traveled by train to Kansas in 1878, and almost settled there. Later, le got a civil service bookkeeping job with the US Treasury Dept and wrote a bookkeeping text book for farmers. And, at the age of 40, he got an M.D. degree from what later became George Washington University. He practiced medicine very little, having gotten the degree mainly to prove that he could.

Autobiography, 1915, as web page

Autobiography. 1915, as pdf file

     My Trip to the Indian Territory by Henry Hocker Seltzer, 1879

     at Apple     at Google Play     at Nook

Adolph Daly (Jan. 29, 1895 - March 1, 1973), captain in World War I, Harvard Business School (Great Uncle), character in my novels "Nevermind" and "Uncle Adolph's Cruise of Fiction"

Richard Seltzer, Sr. 1923-2014

Autobiography: One View of America in the World War II Generation: The Life and Times of Richard Warren Seltzer, Sr., born June 5, 1923, Part 1     Part 2
     at Apple     at Google Play     at Nook

Lessons for Would-Be Principals -- Case Studies from High School Administration (Doctoral dissertation "Human Relations in Secondary School Administration: Case Episodes")  at Apple     at Google Play     at Nook

"The Golden Years: Memories in Times of Love and War, an article in Maryland alumni magazine Fall 1998 about Richard Seltzer, Sr. and Helen Estes Seltzer (my Dad and Mom)

Plan for Peace -- a Model by Richard Warren Seltzer, Sr.


Headshots and resume (from second career as actor and model)

"The Bugle Boy", a memoir of Richard Seltzer, Sr. who died June 1, 2014

World War II Intelligence Documents on Germany and Japan

"Music Man" short video of Dad playing the piano and singing, after his stroke, when he could not talk and couldn't move the right side of his body, but he could sing and play simple tunes left-handed on the piano
for Apple (QuickTime)       for Windows (Windows Media Video)      at YouTube

Helen Estes Seltzer
, 1920-2010 (Mom)

Helen Seltzer's Extraordinary Women  My mother, Helen Isabella Estes Seltzer, died Dec. 28, 2010, at the age of 90.  Because of her life-long interest in family history, in her memory I compiled these profiles of powerful and strong-willed women among her ancestors, who might inspire her descendants.

Ruminations, a Collection of Poems and a Story    at Apple     at Google Play     at Nook

Jimmy Fortune's Way, a short story

Autobiography of Virginia Bradford, silent film star and Estes relative (edited by Helen Seltzer)

Resume for acting and modeling

Cary-Estes Genealogy by May Folk Webb and Patrick Mann Estes, originally published in 1939, edited by Helen Estes Seltzer 1979
Cary-Estes Moore Genealogy by Helen Estes Seltzer, originally published in 1981.     at Apple     at Nook
Printed copies of Cary-Estes-Moore and Cary-Estes
Barbara Hartley Seltzer, 1950-2012 (Wife)


The Barb Blogs -- in Memory of My Wife, Who Died December 4, 2012

Last of the Dragons by E. Nesbit retold by Barbara for a third grade audience

Creative Beginnings

Notes, Essays, and Letters

Commonplace Book

Prescription Parents (support group for parents of children born with cleft lip/palate


Pension Barb (a story inspired by her)

Bob Seltzer (son)

"Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Review of Diagnosis, Mechanisms, and Treatments" by Bob Seltzer

"Asthma in Timisoara" (Bob Seltzer's adventures at the 1988 World Youth Chess Championship in Romania) by Richard Seltzer

Bob Seltzer's Tournament Record -- the first 951 games, including from raw beginner to master and U.S. Cadet Champion (ages 9 to 14, unrated to 2353) in 751 games

Bob Seltzer's Chess Games on the Web:
Christian Science Monitor article from 1988 about Bob's victory in a simul against Former World Champion Mikhail Tal

Christian Science Monitor article from 1987 about "Young chess whizzes"

Bob Seltzer's victory (at age 12) over Former World Champion Mikhail Tal in a simul

The chess simul Bob played against Bill Walton, Kevin McHale, and Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics

Chess resources

Heather Seltzer (Daughter)

"Girls and Chess and Education" by Richard Seltzer

Michael Seltzer (son)

The Eyes of a Child
, a short story

, the complete text of a novel

Behind Locked Windows
, a novel in three parts

Michael by Barbara Hartley Seltzer

Tim Seltzer (son) AKA bluedemonoffire

Tim's fanfiction at

Tim's home page

You Tube account with over 1900 videos and over 800,000 views (Let's Plays of Videogames and TV/Movie Reviews)

30-Minute Video Review of MASH TV Series (all 11 seasons) by Tim Seltzer

Video Review of the MASH Movie by Tim Seltzer

Video Review of the Starship Troopers movie by Tim Seltzer, part 1, part 2

Videogame reviews by Tim

Poetry by Tim

Tim's music video -- Lord of the Rings We Follow You

Essay, What is Godzilla by Tim Seltzer

Best fanfics on the Web, selected by Tim

J. Paul Seltzer (uncle)

Big Love: a refugee story, at Amazon

Life Lessons (a collection of stories)  Apple, Barnes and Noble, Google Play Kobo

Raven (Sallie Estes) Seltzer (sister)

The Shipley School, 1981; B.A. Mount Holyoke College, 1986, M.A. University of Southern California, School of Cinema-TV, 1993; MCPHS University/New England School of Acupuncture, Master of Acupuncture degree, 2017; Diplomate in Acupuncture, Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture, Licensed to practice in MA and NC. Currently in practice at Best Acupuncture ( a private clinic in Cornelius, NC. There she has created a children's wellness program "Acupoint Therapy for Babies and Kids.

She is now working on a doctor's degree in acupuncture, and as part of her course work created an explanatory video that can be seen at YouTube

Founder and executive director of the Boston Wellness Center from 2003 to 2018. Raven began practicing yoga in 1981 and has been a yoga therapist and professional yoga instructor for over 15 years. She holds advanced certifications from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is registered nationally with the Yoga Alliance at their highest level E-RYT-500, with over 4,000 hours of teaching and training. She is also a Certified Yoga Educator, training other yoga teachers.

Her first book, Get Your Low Back on Track: 30 Days to a Healthy Spine, was published in 2008; a program for healing the spine through therapeutic yoga practice. Five years later, the updated edition was published under a new name: Back to Balance: Heal Your Spine, Heal Your Life. The book has been well-received and favorably reviewed, endorsed by nurses, chiropractors and Master Yoga teachers -- it is currently available for purchase in print or Kindle download at

She is also a Reiki Master in the Usui Tradition, an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist and former massage therapist. When not teaching or practicing Chinese medicine, Raven is a speaker/presenter at Health & Wellness Events and Yoga Conferences.

Her website is where she promotes her continuing interest in yoga. "Every breath, a movement.
Every movement, a dance
Grow roots.
Spread wings.
Expand your heart."

Keith Brown (cousin), Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, specialties: markets and morality, social meaning of money, ethical consumption

Buying into Fair Trade: Culture Morality and Consumption
"Stamped on products from coffee to handicrafts, the term “fair trade” has quickly become one of today’s most seductive consumer buzzwords. Purportedly created through fair labor practices, or in ways that are environmentally sustainable, fair-trade products give buyers peace of mind in knowing that, in theory, how they shop can help make the world a better place. Buying into Fair Trade turns the spotlight onto this growing trend, exploring how fair-trade shoppers think about their own altruism within an increasingly global economy.
"Using over 100 interviews with fair-trade consumers, national leaders of the movement, coffee farmers, and artisans, author Keith Brown describes both the strategies that consumers use to confront the moral contradictions involved in trying to shop ethically and the ways shopkeepers and suppliers reconcile their need to do good with the ever-present need to turn a profit. In addition to his in-depth analysis of the fair-trade market, Brown also provides a how-to chapter that outlines strategies readers can use to appear altruistic.This chapter highlights the ways that socially responsible markets have been detached from issues of morality. A fascinating account of how consumers first learn about, understand, and sometimes ignore the ethical implications of shopping, Buying into Fair Trade sheds new light on the potential for the fair trade market to reshape the world into a more socially-just place."

Chuck Hartley (brother-in-law)

parking lot striping, traffic line markings,  road stiping, pavement marking, line marking, paint striping, athletic field marking, repainting running racks, white lines, yellow lines, safety lines in Boston

Jeffrey and Charlotte Denenberg (Bob's in-laws)


The Cary-Estes Genealogy by May Folk Webb and Patrick Mann Estes

The Cary-Estes-Moore Genealogy by Helen Estes Seltzer

Richard's genealogy page (listing over 1600 direct ancestors)
Daly Family Album
Daly Genealogy


Ardelle Cowie
A critical edition of Menaphon by Robert Greene with the Preface by Thomas Nashe, edited by Ardelle Cowie (aka Ardelle Cowie Short), Yale Ph.D. 1977: Greene's Menaphon, with Nash'e Preface, originally published in 1589, was reprinted four times in the 16th and 17th centuries (1599, 1605, 1610, and 1616). This critical edition collates three copies of the 1st edition, along with copies of the other early editions. Since no changes in the texts can be ascribed to Greene or Nashe, the 1589 edition is used as the copy-text. A full textual apparatus records all substantive variants and emendations. An Essay on Nashe's Preface places it in the context of his developing prose style. Greene's Menaphon is treated in a separate Essay concerned with the self-consciousness of the work and its relation to various sources and influences (such as Greek romance, Euphuism, and Sidney's Old Arcadia). The Commentary identifies literary allusions, clarifies stylistic obscurities, and discusses difficult passages. Contemporary writers, such as John Lyly, are quoted for comparison. The Glossary includes words that might not be easily understood, either because of peculiarity of spelling or because of specialized, archaic, or obsolete meaning.
      as a web page

      as a pdf file

  as an ebook  at Apple     at Google Play      at Nook

Christin Couture, artist, illustrator of The Lizard of Oz

Other works by Christin Couture. Information about The House on the Hill and A Walk in the Woods, and other books written and illustrated by the artist who illustrated The Lizard of Oz.

Roberta Kalechofksy, author and publisher

Carlos Melgoza, custom-made hand-carved Mexican furniture

Hand-carved cabinet with illustrations from The Lizard of Oz

Kay Kelley (Grandma Minutia) cartoons and humor

Susan Murcott, water purification engineer

Pure Home Water: an effort to provide safe water in Ghana and elsewhere in the world (web site with introductory video)
Related videos and articles:

Women Water, Access and Scarcity

Checkout the latest toilet block opening ceremony in Taha Village!

Pure Home Water featured in the UAE Expo!

Dubai Live Expo 2020

Deane Rink: producer, writer, project director, editor

Book Reviews and Other Writings by Deane Rink

Rex Sexton, surrealist painter and novelist

Rex Sexton was a Surrealist painter in Philadelphia.  His award winning art has been exhibited in museums, televised on PBS, written about in newspapers, reproduced in magazines and included in national and international exhibitions.  His poetry and prose appeared in cutting-edge literary magazines.  His short story “Holy Night” received an Eric Hoffer award and was published in Best New Writing 2007.  He was married to the neuroscientist Dr. Rochelle S. Cohen. Rex died in 2015, after a long illness. He worked on his writing and his art until the very end. He often wrote about and depicted an out-of-body, near-death experience when he was a teenager suffering form spinal meningitis. At the end, having faced death before, he was determined to "not go gentle into that dark night."

Artwork currently in private collections
Artwork available for purchase

Rochelle S. Cohen

Rochelle S. Cohen is presently Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was the recipient of the 2008 College of Medicine at Chicago Distinguished Faculty Award. She is a neuroscientist with publications in synaptic structure and biochemistry and hormonal effects on brain and behavior. Rochelle is presently studying the Brazilian Portuguese language. Her love of marine biology is reflected in her present endeavor of writing a book of poetry about marine life and science.  She was married to the writer and artist Rex Sexton.


Claude Thau, Target Insurance, "Helping to build a sound Long Term Care Insurance industry"

Executive producer of the movie Big Sonia
-- "
In a defunct shopping mall, 91 year old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor— runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. This documentary follows Sonia as an eviction notice prompts
her to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to attempted genocide."

Ed Trobec, sculptor

Diane Croft, Author

Diane spent most of her career as a publisher at National Braille Press, a nonprofit braille printing and publishing house in Boston.
For three years, Diane had access to a hidden, animated realm, described by C.G Jung as "the collective unconscious," which she illuminates in her book The Unseen Partner: Love & Longing in the Unconscious, winner of the 60th New England Book Show award, the 2016-2017 Reader Views Literary Award, the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award, the 2016 Nautilus Book Award, and 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist.
The Unseen Partner

Gabi Coatsworth, Author

Gabi is an award-winning writer who enjoys supporting fellow writers and storytellers.
Writers' blog:
Monthly Meetup for Writers: Westport Writers' Rendezvous (leader)
Monthly Open Mic
WritersMic Rendezvous

Alison McBain, Author

She says of herself, "
I write, I edit, I draw, I play with my kids, and then I do it all over again.
Writer's website and blog
Editor's website
Book Reviewer's website

Larry Polin, Author
The Autobiography of a Schizoid Personality: A Turbulent Odyssey Through American Civilization

   This is the remarkable story of an individual who experienced severe stress starting in the womb. Growing up in a highly dysfunctional family, he used intellectualization as a defense against overwhelming emotional pain. A high academic achiever, this young man was on the Dean’s List at Brown University when he suffered a catastrophic neurological collapse. Labeled as schizophrenic, he was on the verge of death as his twentieth birthday approached.

    Starting to jog, he avoided his demise. Four years later, this individual found psychoanalyst Erich Fromm’s The Sane Society while browsing in a bookstore. Unable to work or communicate normally with people, he began a long intellectual odyssey which ultimately involved the reading of thousands of books about American society.

    Miraculously transformed by a bodywork technique developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, he continued to live with severe stress due to his lack of social skills and the crazy-making institutions of an aggressive society. Nine years after relearning to use his body properly, this man discovered psychoanalyst Alice Miller’s For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-rearing and The Roots of Violence. Reading many other books about child abuse and human development, he began to understand the reasons which had caused his ordeal. This engrossing story is a unique combination of memoir and academic study. People interested in psychology, education, human development, American culture, and social criticism will find much to ponder in it.

Jenny Kirk ("Greengoat")

Artwork available as prints, skins, shower curtains, and duvet covers  privacy statement