FROM THE NEW ENGLAND REAL ESTATE JOURNAL: Boston, MA In the early 1990s, Harold Brown entered into what was then the largest real estate Chapter 11 bankruptcy in history; he was forced into a Chapter 11 by 33 banks. Brown chose to share the process with one journalist pledged to secrecy until Brown's attorneys agreed the information could be released with no possibility for repercussions. After three years only three of the banks survived, along with Brown.
Brown not only survived, but also rebuilt his company into what is today an estimated $1.3 billion. Brown's story is being published for the first time as told to veteran real estate columnist, Bob Biederman in his new book, Marbles. This incredible story is just one of 21 told in an uncompromising look at morality and mortality by a writer who questions the former and taunts the latter. Read more...
FROM THE METRO WEST DAILY NEWS, by CHRIS BERGERON: As a writer, Bob Biederman always aimed at "getting under readers’ skin.’’So in his collection of recollections, "Marbles: frontiers of mor(t)ality,’’ he begins an article by recalling, "Three years before my mother starved to death in a nursing home in Needham …’’And he opens his account of a teenage suicide by wondering, "How do you shoot yourself twice?’’Readers won’t be surprised Biederman’s book includes a front cover blurb describing its contents as "A mixed bag of life’s hard little edgeless moments.’’ Read more...
FROM THE ASSABET VALLEY BEACON, by MARGARET SMITH: Emma Flowers enjoys expressing herself through writing and poetry. In 2013 she was a semi-finalist for the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize, given by the Robert Creeley Foundation that honors the legacy of the late poet Robert Creeley, who spent much of his upbringing in Acton.Flowers, a senior at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, shared her experiences with another writer – Bob Biederman, a writer and former newspaper editor and past managing editor of the Beacon newspapers – who has recently published "Marbles: frontiers of mor(t)ality," an anthology of varied life experiences of many people of differing ages and backgrounds. The book is published through Biederman's own imprint, Robert Biederman. Read more...
PTSD Resources (from Reader Sarah)
PTSD, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Help for Veterans
Mesothelioma resource for veterans
Other Vets Resources from "Mike" at The Military Guide.Org
US Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Planning for Life after Discharge https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/
how-to-plan-for-life-after-discharge Transition to Civilian Life https://www.thezebra.com/insurance-news/6128/military-transition-civilian-life/
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Guide https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/mesothelioma-asbestos-lawsuits
Surviving Spouses Resources http://www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/survivors/
Best Jobs for Returning Service members https://www.bigrentz.com/blog/best-jobs-returning-service-members
ASVAB Resources https://study.com/asvab/asvab-practice-tests.html
Find a PTSD Therapist
Homeless Vets’ Guide to Stop Living On The Streets
Building Their Life Back - The Guide for Homeless Vets
Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Community and Support for Veterans
PTSD Resources (from Reader Amelia; on sleeping issues))
Trauma Intervention Program (TIP)
TIP, Merrimac Valley Chapter
Crohns & Colitis Foundation National Office
Crohns & Colitis Foundation, New England Chapter
Team Intestinal Fortitude
Hawaii Take Steps for Crohn’s Disease Team Scars are Sexy and We Know it!
Adoption Choices A division of JFS of MetroWest
Hawaii International Child Adoption Agency
Sydney Jewish Museum
Boston Children's Hospital
Community Associations Network