Welcoming Jessica R Dreistadt

Jessica has joined our authors in sharing her amazing books related to activism, leadership, wellness, and social change.


Mental illness is greatly misunderstood. It is distorted, feared, and hidden – often leading to shame, guilt, and exacerbated mental health symptoms. Whole Happy and Healthy: A Revolutionary Approach to Understanding and Thriving with Mental Illness challenges this stigma and opens up new possibilities by exploring how people who experience mental illness can create a full, purposeful, and vibrant life by connecting with and continually expanding their perceptions – the intersection and interaction of emotions, intellect, intuition, and the senses – in twelve areas. Author Jessica R. Dreistadt reframes mental illness as a gift, rather than a deficit, to help readers discover and develop a holistic, integrative process that leads to more inner peace, emotional freedom, and joy. Whole Happy and Healthy changes the conversation about mental illness and emotional well-being, resulting in increased empathy, compassion, and resilience.

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To Buy an Echo or Not?



I was on the fence about buying an Echo you hear the good and the bad. Plus I wasn’t really clear all it could do.

Advanced Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot User Guide: Maximize your Amazon Alexa Device and Automate your Smart Home with Recipes and Compatible Devices (Amazon … Fire Stick, Amazon Fire Tablet Book 1)

This book helped me seeing the vast things I could do with my Echo. So I bought one last night.


Swank Legacy – Rebirth

For manly you know about my long stalled project Swank Legacy. Well thanks to some people smarter than me, my students at Camden County College, I have found the courage, strength and direction to begin again.

I am moving forward in a new direction and making the story about my journey of understanding and life lessons. I have exceedingly high hopes and a lot of lunches in the future dedicated to completing this first draft before classes restart in March. Feel free to check back here and click on the category Swank Legacy to learn anything new going on.

As I writing the historical family history I struggle with focus. Just last week my 2nd cousin brought me a new piece of information on our great grandmother that had me on ancestry digging around again. Though I want to know more about the mysterious Blanche Swank, This story is about Harry and Philip and I will try my best to keep go forward and staying focused.

I look forward to taking this journey with everyone and I hope you enjoy taking it with me.


Uncovering the Truth – Swank Legacy

It is sometimes hard to find the truth when doing genealogical research. Often a great assumption is all you can manage when it comes to genealogical research. That is where I am struggling with this manuscript. I have much information but I also have large gaps. It was where I struggled do I write the book as fiction or non-fiction. I am not sure which way to classify it. But I wrote the book from the true life experiences I encountered and then I supplemented it with my creative assumptions of what could have occurred.

All the supposition is just the filler. The murder happened as well as the abandonment. But there were some lost years with the children and there I had to add creative license.