NORVEL: An American Hero tells the incredible story of Norvel Lee, a man whose unwavering determination and courage allowed him to overcome obstacles and achieve greatness. Born in a time of racial discrimination. Norvel faced numerous challenges early in life. However, he refused to be defeated and used his intelligence and athletic abilities to propel himself towards success. As he grew into a young man, Norvel continued to face adversity but his commitment to his community, country, and family never waivered. His unprecedented achievements in business, sports, and military service makes him a true representation of the American dream. This inspiring and uplifting story of perseverance is a must-read for anyone in need of motivation and a reminder of the power of the human spirit.

The collection of poems in The Zen of Ken spans the poetic career of Ken Conklin, beginning in the late 1960s and continuing to the present day. The poems are organized into sections reflecting different periods of the author’s life: “The Dark Ages,” “The Middle Ages,” “Haiku Interludes,” and “The Age of Enlightenment.”

The early poems in “The Dark Ages” section have a somber, melancholy tone, touching on themes of war, loss, and alienation. As the collection progresses, the poems become more optimistic and celebratory, culminating in “The Age of Enlightenment” section which features love poems and poems appreciating nature and the passage of time.