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Wiki Cites ALVA Press as Independent Publisher of Top Lit!

Hurray! ALVA Press Inc is listed on Ezvid Wiki as an independent publisher producing quality literature! To view the video presentation on the ten independent publishers click on Wiki Link to the left above or go to https://wiki.ezvid.com/m/10-independent-book-publishers-producing-quality-literature-9CGOIzS_HcSa8 ALVA Press Inc is listed third of the top ten! Thank you Ezvid Wiki for calling attention to the importance of independent publishers! And for recognizing ALVA Press Inc for its excellence!

Brain Injury in ‘Two Close: A Story of Survival’

Given the Pentagon reports thirty four US soldiers have suffered brain injury as a result of the Iranian missile attach in Iraq, my book Two Close: A Story of Survival should be of particular interest to anyone associated with any of these wounded soldiers. Brain injury has long been an interest of mine, in part because I suffered it at birth which caused difficulties with walking and communicating that largely I have overcome. However, as a speech language pathologist, I have worked with many brain injured persons. Most of them evidenced aphasia that caused inability or difficulty in communicating in words. But among them I recall an older gentleman with right side brain injury which caused him to have difficulty sequencing to perform simple tasks such as using the dishwasher or sorting his pills. But the most remarkable thing was his left side neglect which meant his ability to process visual information on his left side was impaired. The impairment was so pronounced that in talking about a dinner he had been to with his wife and some others, as his wife had sat on his left side, he thought she had not been there.

On the other hand he communicated verbally with ease . . . as long as you did not ask him to verbally sequence the completion of a familiar task.

In my book Two Close: A Story of Survival Lou Matters, the father in the Matters family, suffers right side brain injury as a result of an explosion of a dirty bomb that occurs near to him. The book follows his treatment and progress and return to his family. His wife, a speech language pathologist, understands his difficulties and adjusts herself and her family to adapt to his needs as he recovers to the extent he can within the time covered in the book.

An interesting read in this time when discussions of brain injury must be rampant among the families of those affected.

Slivers, Poetry by Roberta M Roy

Roy’s thoughts on publishing Slivers:

My thought on my poetry is that across the course of my life it has been wrung from me like slivers from my deepest, most passionate parts. The tenor varies with my age and circumstance at the time of writing. The poems I have included not as an editor might do, but as a biographer. They reflect my emotional life and critical events over the years.

While older and wiser, in matters of the heart I remain open, vulnerable and ever grateful that in my times of greatest joy and greatest pain slight slivers of poetry have permitted me to state my deepest feelings in a manner that gives them dignity when all the world might think me mad to love or hurt so passionately.

I have divided the poems loosely into groups by topic. “Miniatures” are of people in my life; “Love Poems” of different aspects of romantic love, love in disrepair and friendship; “Moments” reflect very brief actual events presented as expressions of brief observations, questions, or insights; and “Musings” are of views on a variety of topics and events in my life. The last section, “Bereft,” are cameos of emotionally disturbed grade schoolers with whom I have done speech language therapy. While these poems do not in any way provide a biography, they may at times suggest the maturing and adapting of my ideas over time. My hope is that the poems will bring the reader at least some pleasure.

Roberta M Roy

ALVA Now iPhone Compatible

It’s a process! Not the simplest. But this year we are adapting the alvapressinc.com website to make it iPhone compatible. It still needs some work . . . like getting the eBooks added . . . but gosh it is easy to view any place you are . . . on your computer, your iPad, or even your iPhone. And included in it are writer’s quotes . . . perhaps you have one to submit . . . and the most readable list of books you are likely to find anywhere. Check ’em out. You’re sure to find something to catch your interest!

Just enjoying the fresh view!

Roberta