Hitting Fear Head On by Laurie and Biff Boggs “is a jaw-dropping, harrowing, ultimately inspirational and uplifting book.”

downloadA parent has no greater fear than the loss of a child
. What if you knew with chilling certainty that your child was going to die, but did not know exactly how or when? What if you survived the accident that killed your child? These questions come to life on these pages.

“Laurie Boggs has been wounded by the darkness and redeemed by the light. What she has been through, and what she learned, is a message of inspiration and hope for everyone. She turned tragedy into its opposite — not just for herself, but for anyone who reads her story.”
– Marianne Williamson, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author

HITTING FEAR HEAD ON is a jaw-dropping, harrowing, ultimately inspirational and uplifting book. It redefines the definitions of courage, perseverance, love, and commitment. Their story can literally change the way we look at our own humanity.” – Stephen Simon, Producer

Hitting Fear Head On is one of the most revealing and extraordinary books I have ever read. – Peggy McColl, Author

“The harrowing story of the loss of a child. You’ll be devastated, overwhelmed, inspired and awe-struck.” – Paul Harrington, Producer

“Laurie conveys a deeper meaning of life and death.” – Dr. Allan Botkin

Laurie Boggs writes:

It took 14 years to write Hitting Fear Head On. If it weren’t for Sharon Smith reading my very first manuscript, a year after our tragedy, I don’t think I would have persevered. Sharon gently suggested that I give up the idea of writing because my brain injury was quite evident. Sharon did not want me to suffer anymore. Somehow, I found the power within “Where there is a WILL there is a Way!”I continued to write as a way of healing my life. As I walked the path of grief, something magical happened. I could hear Preston’s whisper through my heart. This was our special time together. As I contemplated writing the book, I started to question myself. Maybe Sharon was right, so I put the book down. But then, people I had just met would say, “You need to write a book.”

That’s when Joyce Taylor came into my life. Joyce asked if she could read what I had written so far. She called and excitedly said, “I see the brain injury in your writing. It is a pattern and I am pretty sure I can figure this out.” That was just the beginning of my long journey of rewriting. Thank you, Joyce, for seeing beyond my disability and honoring my writing.

More volunteers stepped up to the plate to help me succeed as a published author. Thank you, Janet Robins, Debbie Lips, Lea Williams and Fran McCorkel for spending many long hours of reading, rewriting, editing and supporting my dream. Without Melissa Van Rossum and Laurie Appel, I am sure I would not have made it. Their gifts to heal me made it possible for me to get out of bed and function. Their endurance pushed me to continue. It gave me hope and a reason to live. Stephen Simon was a Godsend, an unbelievable gift who dropped from the sky. He gave me an incredible amount of courage and confidence. Thank you for your enthusiasm and guidance. You touched me deeply.

God planted me in a writing class. That’s where I met Mika Bella. He took the book to the next level. Mika made the book well rounded through his persistence and patience. Anitra Townsend, another beautiful Angel in my life, sat with me for hours while we re-worked the manuscript. Minna Chamberlin and Anne Bleicher, your resilience and fortitude to walk with me after losing your sons gave me the dedication to write and honor all of our children. Christine Jones, Geneal Christensen, Alecia Rice and Christine Rock, Tamsen Leachman, Pat Hastings, Curt Odom, Dr. Tg Belcheir, and Bob Potter have been the wings I balanced on while I learned to fly. They showed me open doors I could not see. Peggy McColl and Carolyn Pignat, Cathy Perryman and Mori Morrison, your editing and passion made the book come alive.

Just when I was going to give up again, by the grace of God, I met Pat Roth. She has the resilience of an eagle. Her wings wrapped me in unconditional love, leading me through the threshold, enabling me to expand my wings and fly. Aunt Sally thank you for your wise wisdom and outstanding journalism, along with the beautiful Spirit of Uncle Bill. Jami Lynn Sands gave the book the finally polish to complete the project. There are many others who gave me their shoulders to cry on and gave me the strength to continue.

My beautiful husband, Biff, for all the rewriting and for being patient with the brain injury, your enduring love, unwavering support and understanding propelled me to live our dreams. You were there for me, and for Preston, before he was born, when he was alive, and now that he is reborn again into the hands of God. Finally, God and Preston, I am grateful for being sent back to Earth to live in my broken body and shattered dreams. I had no idea how much you both loved me. I had not seen value within my soul, within my mind, within my body…until you showed me. Miracles were created with an invisible magical power that we co-created together. I found an inner strength through you, God, while I embraced you and Preston through my darkness, Your Guiding Light, lifted me to the highest realms, showing me depth, courage and wisdom. Thank you for your unconditional love and for teaching me the freedom to soar. I love you all. Our hearts are never apart!

Out of that world came our second book. Dr. Bonnie Vestal, a grief counselor, suggested our companion book, 18 Stepping Stones to Transforming Grief, as a how to book that is outside the box of mainstream grief. Thank you all for your support and allowing us to share keeping Preston Alive!

Through the Trees: The poetic end to a toxic relationship

NinaA poetic journey through the emotions we endure at the end of a toxic relationship, Through the Trees: The poetic end to a toxic relationship uses nature and metaphor to express each stage of grief.

I first met author Nina C.Palmer at a group signing run by the Idaho Authors Community. Immediately striking was her passion for poetry and a particular cohesiveness between her presence, our chat and her work.

Each chapter of her book is a stage, each poem a part of a the journey taking you through denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. *** Written from personal experiences, it truly captures the occurrence of verbal and emotional abuse experienced in a toxic relationship. Whether your loss is a friend, husband or wife, a brother or sister, mother or father, these writings will hit home with all. A truly inspired collection of work, it relates with the heartache of the loss but also uplifts and inspires. This poetry acts as an emotional guide leading you through each stage and leaves you at the end with the courage and strength to move on.

I sat down with Nina last week at a coffee shop in Boise, to learn more about this  intriguing journey.

“Writing the book was part of the process, but publishing the book is the closure,” Nina said. “I needed it, because, being in a toxic relationship, there is a lot of shame and guilt … so by publishing, it really speaks out against it. So it’s a final way of being able to stand up and take that part of myself back.”

Nina’s childhood home was nestled in Matilija Canyon, a remote area outside of Ojai, CA. Her home was secluded which granted a unique and enchanting place to grow up. It is no wonder that her work is filled with its imagery. Her earliest writings of poetry began as early as elementary school. It is a realized talent that has remained throughout her life.

I asked Nina why she chose the art form of poetry as her outlet.

Growing up I had an undiagnosed, but definitely … either emotionally handicapped or mentally ill mother. I didn’t have a lot of privacy in my home, so I didn’t really have a way of expressing myself without any kind of persecution for it. So when I wrote poetry, it was like being able to talk about those feelings, almost like in code … because it didn’t pinpoint the exact circumstances that brought out that emotion, but it clearly represented the emotion. So it was a way of being able to speak about something without getting in trouble.

Nina is now currently working on her next collection of poetry, to be titled Reaching The Castle Wall a composition of heartache and love poems derived from the fairy tales we all grew up with. It is scheduled to be released for Valentine’s Day 2016. In the meantime, a series of children’s books are also underway.


“Palmer’s poems depict through natural imagery of rain, sunshine and forests what it is like to live within and then gradually to be able to leave a toxic love relationship. Palmer’s poems radiate wisdom that can guide others along similar routes out of suffering. treesThe poems in Palmer’s [book] are at once immediately accessible and at the same time deeply enlightening. If you have been or are now involved with someone who has toxic impacts on you, and whether you think of yourself as someone who reads poetry or have never read a poem before, I highly recommend this book.” -Psychology Today


I asked Nina what she meant by the “persecution” in her home, and what would happen when she expressed herself.

I just wasn’t allowed to. would be the best way put it. Kids were supposed to be quiet, and in their rooms, and out of the way, and to do what their told. A lot of the things that happened to me when I was younger, wouldn’t make sense to even an adult, to treat a child that way.

Nina went on to talk about how her experiences were abusive, even though many things that happened could not fall onto the traditional chart when experts track and talk about abuse.

“I have been truly inspired to write this collection of poetry,” Nina said. “It is my hope that these works with inspire your heart to embrace every stage of grief and not only find peace, but the strength and courage to move on.”

Amazon Review:

So many of these poems hit home through the hurt and sorrow I’ve endured through my own relationships romantically and friendship wise. The empathetic passages really perked up my spirits knowing that this is normal to go through all these emotions. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone happy or going through a depressing time. One poem or many of them will pull you in and wanting to read more!

There is much of a hero’s journey sketched-out in these words. Nina’s electric collection massages the heart, and nourishes the mind and soul.

Special Presale/Discount Opportunity ends tomorrow at 10 p.m: The Kingston Trio at The Morrison Center

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
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November 20th at 10:00 PM
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In 1957 The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. The Kingston Trio was the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles. In a feat yet to be surpassed, BILLBOARD magazine listed four Kingston Trio albums in their Top 10 at the same time. The group has also collected two Grammy awards and numerous gold records.

The Kingston Trio is a phen

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omenon unmatched by any other. They have appeared on countless variety shows and performed at some of the most famous venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Some of their instantly recognizable hits include: “Tom Dooley,” “MTA,” “Scotch and Soda” and “Tijuana Jail.”

The Kingston Trio’s trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound keeps them touring 30 weeks out of the year. The Kingston Trio today consists of George Grove (banjo), Bill Zorn (guitar) and Rick Dougherty (tenor guitar). The Trio’s busy touring schedule has resulted in an increasing number of new fans, both young and old.

 Public On Sale: Friday, November 21st at 10:00 AM  

From Mayor Henry: Company’s $85 million investment in Nampa good news for local economy

At the State of the City address I showed a picture of Economic Development Director Beth Ineck smiling and said:  “I want Beth smiling like that all the time as she shares her successes.” Beth and her team worked incredibly hard this past year when they hosted 12 site visits for 7 different companies in 2013.  These meetings were in addition to those with many local area developers who also brought new businesses to Nampa. Read the full speech here.

And that hard work has paid off. Since August, Beth has worked with a company called Materne North America – the makers of GoGosqueeZ. The company’s goal is to make it easier for families to be healthier and happier with a squeezable, re-sealable 100 percent fruit in a pouch. Demand for portable fruit product has grown to the point that the Michigan-based company, originally founded in France, needs a manufacturing plant in the West.

Materne North America will be housed at a site formerly owned by Micron Technology, Inc., 906 East Karcher Road, which has been vacant since 2007. Production could start as early as this fall. And once up and going at full capacity, the Nampa plant is expected to produce 60 percent of the product sold in the U.S.

That’s good news for Nampa because it means a minimum of 230 jobs at an average hourly wage of $16.

Beth, who has been with the city since May 2007, has been the director of Economic Development in Nampa for less than a year. Her focus is on bringing good jobs to the area via strong industrial and commercial development.
Materne North America/ GoGosqueeZ is such a company.

This is even better news for the Treasure Valley. And it’s an excellent example of local and state governments working together to boost Idaho’s economy. I’m very proud of Beth Ineck who played the key role in Nampa to make this happen.

I hope you saw the front page of the Idaho Press-Tribune announcing the good news. I had just confessed during Thursday’s special City Council meeting that my grandchildren love the squeezable applesauce and that they love to squirt it in my mouth … and sometimes they miss.

Then Councilwoman Pam White decided to try GoGosqueeZ it herself when the photographer snapped this fun front page photo.

Yes, it was all smiles when the City Council gave the go-ahead to sign the contract with the company.

Gov. Butch Otter wasn’t there, but he said this in a press release:

“On behalf of the State of Idaho, I’m proud to welcome Materne North America to the Treasure Valley,” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “Idaho is becoming a national leader in food processing, and we are thrilled to welcome a new employer with such a stellar reputation to our state.  I’m proud and grateful to the people and leaders of the City of Nampa and Canyon County, to local economic development officials, Lt. Governor Brad Little, and to Director Jeff Sayer and his team at the Idaho Department of Commerce who helped make this great news possible.”

And the Canyon County Commissioners also played a key role in this effort by offering a five-year property tax exemption incentive program.  Here’s what they had to say:

“Today’s announcement is wonderful news for Canyon County.  Materne North America is a strong company with a growing reputation and we couldn’t be happier with their decision to invest in a new state-of-the-art facility that will bring hundreds of good jobs to the area.  And when you couple it with Canyon County’s already strong agricultural economy, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

It is indeed a win-win for everyone. And we expect more good news announcements down the road. After all, we need to keep Beth smiling.

If you missed the announcement, here are the stories on line.  Idaho Press-Tribune and Idaho Statesman.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4d143b7e28d545e16b9018039&id=fc307afe34

Vote Paulette JORDAN for IDAHO Benewah and Latah Counties

Paulette Jordan, age 34, a long time Idahoan, born and raised in Northern Idaho, points to her experience to guide her in bringing balance to the State Legislature while advancing the interests of her district.

Jordan is a native and life-long resident of Idaho, as well as an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, who has been involved in local politics and community activism for years. She has served three years as the youngest elected member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council.  Follow her on Facebook.

Ms. Jordan, who holds three degrees from the University of Washington, and a Certificate of Study in Conflict Resolutions and Strategic Negotiations from The Washington Center in Washington D.C., is a strong voice and advocate of issues that matter most to the local community.banner6v2

Education, jobs and the economy are major priorities for Jordan, who aims to strengthen education and prioritize resources for Idaho schools. Her focus is to also promote economic opportunities that strike an important balance between industry and appropriate protections for local property owners and our unique quality of life.

Ms. Jordan maintains activity with both state and county interests.  Currently, Jordan serves on a variety of committees, boards and councils such as the Idaho Heritage Trust Council as an At-Large Trustee and a Regional Board member to the Northwest Disability Action Center striving to improve the lives of veterans, seniors and youth with disabilities. She has also served as Precinct Chair and continues to serve as the State Committeewoman for Benewah County. Ms. Jordan has twice been elected to represent Idaho as the Idaho State At-Large Delegate for the Democratic National Convention, and has been a National Committeewoman for the Idaho Young Democrats.

In addition, Jordan is currently serving her third elected term as the Gaming Co-Chair for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians representing 56 regional tribes and a Northwest Representative Executive Board Member for the National Indian Gaming Association, which represents 186 Tribal Nations throughout the U.S. The Association serves to advance community developments and promote tribal self-sufficiency through economic growth, as well as broaden tribal economic impacts made throughout each state, creating jobs and expanding education opportunities for every community.  Jordan was also appointed by the Executive Board to serve as the Finance Chair overseeing executive operations on behalf of the national organization.

Ms. Jordan continues to stay active with her public and private business developments as a steadfast business strategist.  Jordan is a longtime advocate for human rights and is active in her local community.  She is engaged with local organizations for veterans, youth and education. She enjoys mentoring and tutoring young people.  She is also called upon frequently as a national speaker on economic development and youth leadership.

Paulette resides in the countryside of northern Idaho enjoying motherhood, playing sports, riding horseback and outings appreciating the great outdoors with family and friends.

SOURCE: http://paulettejordanforidaho.com/about/

Join #idleg candidate Travis Manning @ManningforIdaho and gubernatorial candidate @AJforIdaho Balukoff this Monday #Caldwell



Join Travis Manning and Idaho gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff this Monday, 4 to 5 pm in Caldwell.

All political parties are invited.

Feel free to bring questions for us. Free Mexican food!

Travis Manning:

For over 20 years, Travis Manning’s honesty and hard work have helped thousands of kids and made his communities, and Idaho, a better place.

Travis, 43, and wife Ann moved to Idaho 9 years ago because they thought it was the best place to raise a family.  Travis and Ann have 3 children, the twin boys, Cael and Whitaker age 4, and their adopted daughter from China, Eliza, 3, adopted during his first run for the Idaho House in 2012.  He is an Eagle Scout and former high school wrestling standout from Tacoma, Washington who has deep Idaho roots, and graduated from now BYU-Idaho in 1993.

As a teacher and community builder, Travis is active in his teacher organization serving on numerous committees.  He has been a Scout leader for much of his adult life.  And he has helpedsmallmug watchdog our democracy as Executive Director of The Common Sense Democracy Foundation of Idaho, enabling parents, teachers and community members to learn and speak out about our public schools and how we can better protect them.  He has been a voice for those who were afraid to speak out.

Travis has worked to shape the character of Idaho’s greatest natural resource: our kids.  He has been a public voice of reason with the op-eds he has written in newspapers statewide.  He has worked with legislators from both parties to make sure the voices of Idaho citizens are heard at the statehouse.

Travis Manning applies the same basic values to everything he does:  Act responsibly.  Speak truth to power.  Put other people first.  Support fair treatment and respect for all Idahoans.  As a principled leader, it is why he has been able to make such a difference in the lives of thousands of kids he has worked with over the years and it is why he will be able to make such a difference for Caldwell, and why he will be able to do even more as the next Representative in Caldwell’s District 10 seat A.

SOURCE: http://votetravismanning.com/


A.J. Balukoff:

AJ writes: More than 30 years ago, my wife Susie and I moved to Idaho because we believed it was the best place in the country to raise our children. Over the years, our family has enjoyed Idaho’s natural beauty and its culture, and I’ve had the good fortune to build a successful business and serve on the boards of several organizations. We have proudly watched our family grow to eight children and 30 grandchildren.

But now I see how our state government has neglected our public schools for far too many years and the toll that has taken on our great state, and I worry about the future facing my grandchildren and all of Idaho’s children.  And state economic policies are making it harder than ever for families to make ends meet.

That is why I’m running for governor.

While traveling around Idaho, I have heard from many Idahoans who are deeply worried about critical issues like our education system and economy. I’ve heard people talk about the urgent need for transparency, balance, and accountability in state government.

Unfortunately, Gov. Otter and other state leaders continue to focus on issues that polarize and divide people rather than bring us together. Many of these issues have no impact on most Idahoans. But they take time, energy, and resources away from the important issues: education and economy.

Idaho ranks 50th in the nation in the amount we invest in each student. We rank 47th in the rate of high school graduates who go on to college. State cuts in education spending have forced 40 districts to hold school only four days a week.

Education and our economy go hand in hand. We are  50th in the nation in per-capita income, and second in minimum-wage jobs. Idahoans are commuting out of state or working two jobs to make ends meet. The lack of good-paying jobs is undermining ourwonderful quality of living.

This is unacceptable.

balukoffimageAs a certified public accountant for many years, and a businessman, and as a member of the board of several organizations, including St. Luke’s Treasure Valley, the Boise Philharmonic, and Boy Scouts of America, I have always recommended actions and policies that are fiscally sound.

As governor, I will use those same values and priorities to set policies that make sense for Idaho—not just fiscally and economically, but also for the people of Idaho. I will focus on the concerns of hardworking Idahoans, and listen to the public and key stakeholders rather than signing laws that ignore important voices. I am running for governor to restore balance, transparency, and accountability to our statehouse.

My father had only an eighth-grade education, but he insisted that each of us kids get a good education. I was the first of my grandfather’s descendants to obtain a college degree. I want to ensure that every Idaho child has an equal opportunity for a quality education.

With your support and our shared vision, we will restore the greatness of the beautiful state of Idaho.

SOURCE:  http://www.ajforidaho.com/about-aj

Kate Walker’s ‘Manual of Arms’ to be screened at The Gallery at the Linen Building Wednesday, Oct. 22

Short film documents choreographed performance juxtaposing gender and social issues

“Manual of Arms,” a short film by artist and Boise State professor Kate Walker, will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at The Gallery at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. Admission is free. Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.

“Manual of Arms” is a video project of a choreographed performance where sixteen women perform a series of moves that recall the visual language of a band auxiliary or military drill routine. Instead of an expected “prop,” group members hold assault weapon style guns. Ambiguous and fictional, this piece pushes on imagery and themes that are familiar yet uneasy.

The resulting clash of references creates discomfort for the viewer, who is not sure how to interpret the actions of the group. Questions are raised in the work about the nature of the rituals that surround North American sports culture (band auxiliary, honor guard, etc.) and the highly gendered roles that has developed in these; as well as the ubiquitous presence of guns in this culture.


Kate Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio at Boise State University. Walker’s work encompasses painting, drawing and digital video projects, which use narrative devices to explore contemporary social issues. Recent bodies of work focus on colonial histories and issues of gender and sexual identity. Using discontinuities of time and place created by traveling between the United States and New Zealand, her practice is based on looking through the lens of one culture at another in a constant switching of a cross-cultural gaze.

Recent collaborative projects include All Flocked Up, a residency project at The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra, Australia (2013) with ceramicist Caroline Earley. Hoop was a community based video project made in collaboration with the LGBT community in Nelson, New Zealand, that documented a mass hula hoop event. Walker’s work has also been shown in Rome, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Vancouver, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia as well as throughout the United States.

For interviews, images or more information, contact Chad Dryden with Bandwagon PR, 208.284.0355 or chad@bandwagonpr.com.

The Gallery at the Linen Building is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. For more information, contact David Hale at 208.385.0111 or info@thelinenbuilding.com. Visitthelinenbuilding.com and interact with the Linen Building on Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT THE GALLERY AT THE LINEN BUILDING: The Gallery at the Linen Building is a second-floor, loft-style art gallery located inside the Linen Building Event Center. With natural light, warm sunsets and bird’s-eye views of Downtown Boise and the Linen District, The Gallery offers artists and art lovers a fresh, unique urban space in which to display and view art.

ABOUT THE LINEN BUILDING: Built in 1910 and originally known as the American Laundry Building, the Linen Building Event Center has been transformed into an architecturally unique special events center and art gallery. The two-story facility hosts art and fashion shows, music concerts and events, weddings and receptions, corporate meetings and functions, proms and many other events. The Linen Building offers clients catering, full bar, audio/video, lighting and many other customized services.