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Just published COLD BASTARD NO BULLSHIT SPIRITUALITY

August 18, 2019 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

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The gates of Heaven cannot be entered without an invitation to surrender to the living truth - Thy Will Be Done. And, you must be willing to give up everything in return for surrendering to that will. If that doesn't scare you off ... read on.
The invitation written about is forever emanating from the Divine spark within us. The problem is the battle we persist in having with thoughts that bedevil us. To overcome the battle, we must learn to turn away from them, rather than battling with them. When you refuse to play the game, you are free of it, thereby opening the way to Illumination, a momentary insight into our real nature. A love letter, so to speak, from the Divine spark within, promising that all is well.
However, these illuminations come and go. What we are really seeking is Enlightenment, that state of being which is beyond waking, sleeping, and dreaming. When this state is achieved, one is said to have become liberated while still alive. Sounds good, but what does it mean? How is this state achieved?
It means we must die to who we think we are in order to become that which we already are. In dying daily, we strip away layer after layer of our persona, like an onion, until nothing is left. And, in that nothingness, we discover who we are. Whereas before, we thought we were the wave, now we realize we are the ocean.
Dying daily will become the most difficult, the most joyous, and the most painful of experiences in this journey within, this pursuit of liberation.
Our personality, however, remains at our disposal, which is essential for communication with others, but now we control it - it no longer controls us. The ego, which in a certain sense is fear, has dissolved and is no more.
Now comes the journey we must take within to achieve the above. Holy Scripture provides a clue which we have stumbled over and managed to ignore with great success, i.e. closer than breathing; nearer than hands and feet, which means the Divine spark we are seeking lies within our own consciousness awaiting recognition but hidden behind our persona.
This volume outlines the various stages encountered on the journey within. The reward of liberation is assured provided the traveler pays close attention to and applies the principles offered. The truth is easy to find ... holding on to it is the challenge.

2019 so far

January 17, 2019 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

The only exciting thing so far this year - my water pump broke and a plumber I'm not. Hauled buckets of water for a week - not much fun. Finally got it replaced and all is back to normal.
Published SHORT STORIES TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR JT EVERGREEN in December. It's on Amazon but global distribution won't happen for a few weeks. Nothing planned for the future but that can change very fast when the muses begin talking. Cheers to everyone for a happy and healthy 2019, Ciao

Busy 2018

November 20, 2018 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

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Can't believe this year is drawing to a conclusion. Been busy with two projects.
1. Placed my book The Silence of Healing on the internet. 366 entries, one for each day of the year. Click, or copy and paste in your browser, on this URL and it will take you to today's entry.
https://http://www.*****/****
A short meditation for your busy days.
And No. 2 SHORT STORIES TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR.
Just published for the holidays. 23 short stories certain to amuse. The e-book will be available for free on the following days. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 22-23 and Jan. 1, 2019. A freebe for all of your past support.
The paperback is available for purchase:
https://http://www.*****/****
You can peek in and check out the Table of Content.
Next year? Who knows. One of the joys of being retired and can do as you please. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Ciao, Donne aka J.T.Evergreen

TWO NEW BOOKS PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

January 21, 2018 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

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I wrote about Short Stories for a Summer's Day in the last newsletter. Well, it's published and is available in paperback and Kindle.
I also edited and republished STEPPING STONES TO GOD, a sequel to The Razor's Edge also available in paperback or Kindle.
Both may be viewed at *****.COM.
I've also produced two books by authors who were unable to find a publisher. OMNIBUS by Chris Lawrentz and PARADISE LOST and FOUND by Mark.Stubbs. Both may be viewed on my .com site.
I'm working on MICHELANGELO and DAVID a love story.
I got the idea from the myth Pygmalion. An Italian visitor to Chicago finds a book in Italian, written in 1495 which turns out to be the diary of Michelangelo who carved a life-size image he saw in stone, It comes to life for a short period and then is turned back into stone. Michaelangelo then carves the now famous David. Still doing research and hope to complete the story before year's end.
Have several other projects in the works - never seems to be enough hours in the day.
Ciao, JT
aka Donn Karstens

Looking foward to 2018

December 21, 2017 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

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Holiday Short Stories was published six weeks ago just in time for the holidays. It's done very well. I'm working on Short Stories for a Summer's Day. It should be finished in January and published soon thereafter. Here's the text for the back cover for those who may be interested:

With the long lazy days of summer come those moments of repose when all you wish to do is settle down with a good book ... and probably fall asleep before you get to page three. Well, this collection of short stories will enable you to finish a story before your eyelids flutter and sleep engulfs you.

The author has carefully gathered twenty of his short stories into this handy book which can be carried just about anywhere for those brief but all too necessary respites that balance the hustle and bustle of our modern lives.

The author admits that when he writes his stories, he climbs into them and lives and breathes with the characters he has created until they have finished telling their tales. Likewise, he recommends you also climb through the windows within these pages for a brief glance at life from different perspectives, and live with these interesting characters until their tale has been told.

I've acquired a dot com which showcases all of the books published so far. *****.COM

May the coming year bring Peace, Love, and Happiness to each and every one of you. Mele Kalikimaka e Hou'oli Makahikihou from the Big Island of Hawai'i.

60 YEARS AGO

June 16, 2017 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

Can't believe it's been 60 years since we graduated. And the fact that I'm still here. I always thought 50 was old. I've changed my mind. Had my annual physical last week and I'm going to live - another 20 years according my doctor. I took my mother's advice when I was in my teens. She said, "Son, if you want to make a success out of old age you better start now." Wasn't quite sure what she meant but I never forgot, and she was correct, as usual. In my early 70s I discovered I have a knack for writing. My English teacher would faint dead away if she found out since that subject and me did not mix well. So far I've published 12 books. So, no matter how decrepit I become as the years wear on, I'll always have something to do that I love. The motto I use is: The poetry in writing is the illusion it creates. And all my stories have happy endings. Ciao, J.T. Evergreen, my nom de plume

More new books and updated previous publiscations

May 16, 2017 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

I finally finished Shangri la and published it a few months ago.
The Olde Book Shoppe will be edited and revised along with the additional of a few more tales before summer is over with.
Have begun work on Father Frederick Monahan, a Catholic priest who died on the Titanic and decided to stay on this plane and help those in need. The book will contain eight tales of his involvement with those in need.
The Bells of Saint Peter is doing well. A tale of 15 members of the choir group who were detained by mere moments before the weekly rehearsal at St. Peter's Lutheran Church which exploded and was demolished down to its foundation. Father Freddie was involved.
The Silence of Healing, a book I compiled from years of study in metaphysics and mysticism, contains 365 meditational verses and works of art for each day of the year. A bedside must have for those final moments before sleep.
And that's about it for the moment, but there are more stories and books in the planning stages. Just hope I live long enough to accomplish everything. All my books are available on Amazon under my nom de plume, J.T. EVERGREEN.
Ciao, JT

Books I have written.

September 21, 2016 by Donne Karstens (Register to contact)

All the books I have written are for sale on Amazon - just google J.T.Evergreen,author. If you want a free copy - email me and I'll be happy to send you a PDF.

Arlington High School News From Around The Web

'Class to the last': Arlington High School's last leader, John Rowe, dies  Chicago Daily Herald

Russell Attis, beloved Arlington High icon, dies at 95  Chicago Daily Herald

Alumni of all ages return home to Arlington High School all-class reunion  Chicago Tribune

Arlington High School grads heading back to school Saturday  Chicago Daily Herald

Emotional homecoming for former Arlington High students, staff  Chicago Daily Herald

Family donates mementos from Arlington Heights' first police chief  Chicago Daily Herald

Buffalo Grove High gets its largest gift ever, $1 million, to develop high-tech science lab  Chicago Daily Herald

Cardinals flock to former Arlington High School, celebrate 214's centennial  Chicago Daily Herald

Forest View High School alum and teachers to gather for all-years reunion Saturday  Chicago Tribune

Images: #TBT Gallery looks back at Northwest suburban schools  Chicago Daily Herald

Former Falcons return for all-years Forest View High School reunion  Chicago Tribune

Girls golf: Stevenson, Wheeling's Rohwedder tops at Buffalo Grove regional  Chicago Daily Herald

Images: #TBT Gallery looks back at Arlington Heights  Chicago Daily Herald

66 years later, Arlington Heights resident still coaching youth baseball on his namesake field  Chicago Tribune

Longtime Arlington Heights funeral director Glueckert dies  Chicago Daily Herald

Images: #TBT Gallery looks back at high school gymnastics  Chicago Daily Herald

Metropolis theater in Arlington Heights gets biggest donation ever  Chicago Daily Herald

Constable: When kids brought guns to school  Chicago Daily Herald

Images: Through the Film Magnifier: Leif Garrett, Magic Johnson, Vietnam Veterans Parade, Sammy Davis Jr. and more  Chicago Daily Herald

O'Donnell: ABC/ESPN driving tribalism with mammoth coverage of NFL draft  Chicago Daily Herald

The newspaper legacy the Paddocks leave: Fearing God, telling the truth, making money  Chicago Daily Herald

Images: An Hour in Arlington Heights  Chicago Daily Herald

Illinois 200 | 8 films you didn't know were filmed in Illinois  The Southern

Images: #TBT Gallery looks back at suburban tennis  Chicago Daily Herald

New Arlington Hts. store owner started as stock boy 26 years ago  Chicago Daily Herald

Images: #TBT Gallery looks back at high school football in 1969  Chicago Daily Herald

Images: #TBT gallery looks back at homecoming  Chicago Daily Herald

Illinois Bicentennial: 8 films you didn’t know were filmed here  The State Journal-Register

Jimmy's Place in Arlington Hts. closed over taxes  Chicago Daily Herald

Services Saturday for Arlington Hts. first female police officer  Chicago Daily Herald

Racquetball group marks 40 years of playing together  Chicago Daily Herald

Man says he could have been John Wayne Gacys first victim  Peoria Journal Star

Constable: 71-year-old man believes he could have been one of Gacy's first victims  Chicago Daily Herald

Illinois bicentennial: 8 movies you didn't know were filmed in the state  Northwest Herald

O'Donnell: So you think you know the Cubs? Win a copy of 'EveryCubEver' right here, right now  Chicago Daily Herald

Here are 8 movies you probably didn’t know were filmed in Illinois  Belleville News-Democrat

Images: High school graduation Retro Gallery  Chicago Daily Herald

High school coaching legend 'Bus' Ormsbee dies  Chicago Daily Herald

Here Are The Best Sophomore Girls Returners In XC  MileSplit

Images: #TBT Gallery revisits suburban cheerleaders  Chicago Daily Herald

Girls volleyball: Hersey's Kaburov finds a Boston connection  Chicago Daily Herald

Century-old homes in Arlington Heights part of walking tour  Chicago Daily Herald

Arlington Heights business leaders celebrate chamber awards  Chicago Daily Herald

A Closer Look At Stories Behind Village's Veterans Who Gave Ultimate Sacrifice  Journal & Topics Newspapers Online

The Nation's Up-And-Coming Boys High Jumpers  MileSplit

Royals' run to Series sparks memories of Arlington Heights' Splittorff  Chicago Daily Herald

Arlington girls are back after 107-2 loss, academic issues  Indianapolis Star

Injured players behind Bears' star-studded fundraiser  Chicago Daily Herald

Arlington grad a big player on L.A. music scene  Chicago Daily Herald

Wheeling High School mourns longtime principal  Chicago Daily Herald

Mount Prospect Country Club once owned by reputed gangsters  Chicago Daily Herald

Winding roads merge twice for local couple  Chicago Daily Herald

The Top 1,000 Returning Junior Girls In XC  MileSplit

Arlington Heights native, Tony winner Scott Waara stars in 'Once' tour  Chicago Daily Herald

Images: Huntley Fall Fest and the best photos from the weekend  Chicago Daily Herald

Prospect's Walker helped girls sports hit the ground running  Chicago Daily Herald

America's Top High Schools 2015  Newsweek

Traveling prom dress sisterhood honors friend lost to cancer  Chicago Daily Herald

America's Top High Schools 2016  Newsweek Europe

Images: MLB's suburban players Retro Gallery  Chicago Daily Herald

A final farewell  Chicago Daily Herald

America's Top Schools 2014  Newsweek

Gerber headed to Hope, Anzelmo to Rockhurst  Chicago Daily Herald

Suburban centenarians look back on a lifetime of friendship  Chicago Daily Herald

Dr. Mona Khanna, Humanitarian, Fox Reporter, Shares Insights On Volunteering  Forbes

Images: #TBT gallery looks back at fall sports  Chicago Daily Herald

Sleepy Hollow School Ranked Among NYs Best Group of Teachers in 2016  Patch.com

NIU QBs past, present indelibly linked  Chicago Daily Herald

Wurster surely made his mark at Prospect  Chicago Daily Herald

A milestone season for the voice of Elk Grove football  Chicago Daily Herald

Fremd honors 26 of its best  Chicago Daily Herald

District 211 sued over transgender student's locker room access  Chicago Daily Herald

Who Won The Nation This Week? Rachel McArthur Sharpens Up For Millrose At Armory Track Invite  MileSplit

Beating the Odds 2016: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students  Newsweek

Nation's Top 50 Boys Outdoor Returnees By Event: Spring Season Is Already Here (For Some)!  MileSplit

Botterman recalled for galvanizing Democrats in suburbs  Chicago Daily Herald

Art awards winners  The Boston Globe

Teens Compete in Foreign-Language Poetry Contest  TAPinto.net

Homes, holidays and history are a Mount Prospect tradition  Chicago Daily Herald

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