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Father at 86, and Daughter at 63, both Publish Books

Read about how my dad and I both publish our books

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My father and I published our books, books that are very different in subject matter, his is a historical novel about the Korean and Afghanistan War, highly researched and reads like  Tom Clancy novel.

“The Stone Horse & Droshki” by Ken De Villers is also a story of enduring love. It’s an adventure historical novel, the memoirs of Colonel General Yuri Danilov, the son of an American Sioux Indian and a Ukrainian Mother. Master spy for the Soviet KGB. Top Gun fighter pilot in the Korean, Vietnam and the Soviet Afghanistan wars. Privy to the internal workings of the Soviet Union’s Politburo. Also a story of love and devotion between Yuri and the beautiful Japanese-Russian Eiko Haraoka.

My book is called “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers:

The paperback book is three novellas, inspired by the author’s own journals about her relationships, life, and work in the forests…

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Taking away my Carbs

This is my response to the question asked me by one of my survey sites about some new diets are asking you to take bread and carbs out of your diet.
Like the Whole 360 or Paleo diet where you eat like cavemen and women.

 

DONT MESS WITH MY BREAD B!!!   I’m starting to sound like Oprah, my hands are sweaty, do you mean there is an existence where you can’t eat bread? Come on, seriously. Mankind and Womenkind have been eating bread for centuries and now you want to take that from me. I’ve started using good oils, I cut down on cheese, I cut down on fats, i no longer use butter, well, i use land o lakes olive oil and butter mix, I cut down on salt, I am still trying to cut out sugar and am failing helplessly, I’ve taken to grabbing chicken lunch meat and a handful of lettuce and eating it for lunch without the bread and mayo.

 

Now you want to take away my newly discovered Naan bread. No this is too much. Do you mean I have to clear out my “Carb Palace” as we call it,  the place where we keep our junk food, heck we even hid our bad food in a drawer so we don’t look at it, and shamefully hide it from friends when they come over? And now this, like the commercial it’s just not right. Just like the carpet shower,, or people licking the dip from their fingers after dipping them in the dip bowl.

 

Ok, my blood pressure has resumed normal range and I’m beginning to see the point of your question. Sure we should try to cut down. Carbs equal sugar, I remember the day when someone described it to me, and I was horrified that bread was like a candy bar. Who made that up? Ah, come on people, can’t I have my lactose free Arla cheese spread and my Naan tonight?

 

I know eat more veggies and lean meat. In fact, my true Vegan friend keeps showing us pigs standing in a metal cage with no room to move,  or her well intending tongue lasting about why we eat chicken and fish, I’ve given up red meat and pork, now I should quit eating that. Heck, we even have two nights a week dinners with no meat, just breakfast for dinner for us.

 

I know they do have a point, so all i can promise is that i will be mindful and try to cut down on bread and carbs. But tonight when I tear off a piece of Naan bread I’ll feel guilty again, filled with shame I’ll enjoy every bite
Your question is like this Trojan Horse it comes with a hidden agenda and I stand on guard to go kicking and screaming, “Not my bread!”
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Eve was Framed

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I am nearly finished with my novel ‘The Garden Gate Stands Ajar: Eve was Framed by Diane DeVillers. I googled Eve was framed and was brought to this essay written in 2011by Adair Sanders. It talked about how all through history women has been made the bad gal in the many decades since Adam and Eve were cast out of Garden of Eden.

‘The Garden Gate stands ajar: Eve was Framed’ is about the imaginary conversations with the original Eve of Biblical times and the modern day Eve, from the previously published book “The Eve Chronicles. It’s been my observation that women were seen as the bearer of original sin and that they continue to be seen as man’s servant.

Eve Was Framed essay.  Posted on November 29, 2011, by Adair.Sanders

This may be the best bumper sticker I have ever seen.  My youngest sports one on her car, a fact which does worry me somewhat since she lives in the deep South where good Christian women are taught to be seen and not heard, to submit themselves to their husbands and to never question male authority.  While not all Southern men adhere to this sort of medieval autocracy, there are plenty of them still around.  I was raised by one, have a sibling who fervently embraces this philosophy, and have, sadly, actually worked with a few of them.  And in all fairness, this sort of belief and mindset is not exclusive to Southern men.

I think Eve really was framed.  Organized religion has demonized that poor woman, blaming her for all of mankind’s woes, from the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden to every imaginable bad event thereafter.  But I have to ask the question: Where was Adam in all of this?  Did Eve force feed him the apple?  Get real.  Adam was simply the first in the long line of humanity to refuse responsibility for his own actions.  I can hear him now.  “God, it wasn’t my fault.  She made me do it!”

Yes, Biblical scholars, I know Eve blamed it all on the snake, so it is also true that Eve didn’t want to accept responsibility for her actions either.  But I find it so interesting that the churches, synagogues, and mosques – all run by men for hundreds of years – have conveniently ignored or forgotten Adam’s equal role in that ancient story.

Religious texts are full of stories of human failings and frailties, with men in most of the starring roles.  But in so many of them, it is the evil woman who is responsible for the man’s weakness – Delilah and Bathsheba just to name a few – and only the man who ultimately finds redemption.  What is that supposed to mean?

I have issues with organized religion for many reasons, but certainly, the way women have been treated in the name of God ranks pretty high up there.  Even today there are many churches where women are excluded from the ministry or the Deaconate and are prohibited from teaching adult Sunday School classes.  In those religious communities, women are basically seen as the man’s servant.  It’s no wonder so many men are conflicted by the Madonna-Whore complex.  What other option has religion offered them?

My daughter is a stickler for the First Amendment, and the heart of a feminist beats strong within her, so naturally, she loves her Eve Was Framed bumper sticker and thinks it makes a great statement.  While I agree with her, I also worry a bit about her safety because the first Eve Was Framed bumper sticker that graced her bumper was defaced.   When one’s religion teaches that sin originated with a woman and places mankind’s problems at her feet, when one’s religion teaches that women are less than men, and when one’s religion calls a woman a whore and a man engaging in the same behavior just a guy sowing wild oats, is it any wonder that women are abused?  And it’s not much of a stretch from defacing my daughter’s bumper sticker to harming her for daring to place it on her car.

Before you dismiss my thoughts as histrionic, think about what is going on in the world.  The Taliban kills women for any number of reasons including daring to be educated or showing their faces.  In many Arab countries it is illegal for women to drive, and having multiple wives is par for the course.  In certain countries, female children are left on the hillside to die or are aborted simply because of gender.  And this country is not immune. Go to any fundamentalist or conservative church and see how women are perceived.  They are not afforded equal status with their male congregants, either in church or in the home.

Yes, Eve Was Framed is an amusing bumper sticker.  But it’s a frightening one as well.

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Oregon Author Publishes Book about a self-reliant forester living in the Wallowa Mountains.

https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K Check out my author page about my book ‘The Eve Chronicles” about when I first moved to Oregon and worked as a forester in the Wallowa Mountains. Living in a camp with five other mismatched foresters Eve is finding her place in the world. Teased by the men in the crew she soon earns her nickname “Queen of the Comeback”. cover frontThe Eve Chronicles cover (2)

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Oregon author publishes the book “The Eve Chronicles”

https://www.amazon.com/Diane-DeVillers/e/B00BWY3Q9K A fictionalized memoir about a strong woman who moves to Oregon during the early eighties to work as a timber cruiser doing timber inventory for the Forest Service in the Wallowa Mountains. Living in her tent, Eve, a midwest refugee, brings her feminist, hippie values to a camp of mostly men who tease her relentlessly until she earns her nickname “Queen of the Comeback”

Check out my author pagecover frontThe Eve Chronicles cover (2)

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