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Life Will Get You in the End: Short Stories by David Satterlee

Short stories by David Satterlee. “[His writing is] humorous, bold, and adventurous all at once … channeled through a facility for language and the music of words.” A gifted wordsmith, he only writes at the 6th grade level when he wants to. 

Each story is short and sweet – or sometimes bittersweet – or just thought-provoking. There is often a surprise concluding twist that will "get you in the end." The author's range is amazing. Very human stories explore the extremes of life, loss, and love.

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Chum for Thought: Throwing Ideas into Dangerous Waters



Collected essays - From the cover: The new guy in a small conservative town explores the foundations of his faith in community, human progress, and liberal values. 

David isn't afraid to talk about religion, politics, or anything else worth examining. He is variously friend, teacher, inquisitor, and voice crying out in the wilderness. He discusses, lectures and rants, but always in a conversational adult voice.

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Building Your Network Business: Proven Ideas from Successful Leaders


This book is for everyone who wants to consider, start, operate or grow their network marketing business. It provides 104 brief topical discussions organized into sections on: self-improvement; communicating; family issues; mastering your vision; getting the right work done; coping with fear, risk and crisis; learning and teaching; exerting influence and getting cooperation; and doing business from your home or store. David just plain gets it.


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The Role of Productivity in Community Success: The Jesuit-Guarani Cultural Confluence


This historical essay, drawn from the deepest jungles of Uruguay in South America, examines the creation of a flourishing culture and economy that lasted for almost two centuries. It explores the guided development of a virtuous web of social and economic controls that mixed the philosophy of Catholic Jesuits with the traditions of the native GuaranĂ­ peoples. Suggests application to our times. 

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Honoring My Father: Coming to Terms

In this heartfelt account, David Satterlee tells personal stories of a remarkable father, his own failure in family and faith… and the rediscovery of love worth living for. This books also includes "Going to See Jessie," a related family story of elder-care, love, loyalty, and enduring patience.


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Hubris on Roller Skates:Short Stories for Smart People

This fascinating collection of very human stories explores the extremes of life, loss, and love. David often examines the emotions of women of all ages – sometimes in a woman’s voice. He lampoons and surprises. He treats us to science fiction, perky teens, cunning old men, clumsy gods, touching romances and even some gratuitous whimsy -- often with a surprise ending twist. 

David has a sly sense of humor that enjoys irony, bad puns, and tongue-in-cheek allusions. Look out for unexpected endings and the consequences of hubris – acting with excessive self-confidence. Some of this material touches on grown-up themes. 

“[His writing is] humorous, bold, and adventurous all at once … channeled through a facility for language and the music of words.” “I recommend these short stories to smart people. David has indulged his subtle wit and rich vocabulary. He does not use word pretentiously, but with precision and beauty. He does not spoon-feed every detail but, like other good literature, leaves morsels on the table to be picked up, examined, chewed and savored.”
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Constructive Virtues: Topics to Avoid in Polite Company

This is David Satterlee's second book of collected essays. Most examine values, virtues and ideas that are important to living together well in our developing societies. These values are often denounced out-of-hand by those who cling to old ideas that no longer serve the needs of a changing world. 

David focuses on important issues affecting our future as individuals, families, communities and societies. David leads off with "Superman is a Liberal," and continues to explore optimism, how our stories affect our beliefs and our relationship to computers and "Big Data." Another set explores "real war," drones, and terrorism. 

"David isn't afraid of religion, politics or self-inquiry. He is variously father, teacher, friend, inquisitor and voice crying out in the wilderness. He discusses, lectures, teases and rants, but always in a conversational adult voice."
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Also, by Dianna Satterlee:

Saturdays at the Bijou

Little Sandy was a Vaudeville child performer. She sang, danced, and personally knew famous entertainers. Now, as Big Sandy, she is grown-up and shares her love of life with neighborhood kids. 

She has remodeled an old theater to show movies and given Dianna a Saturday matinee movie pass for herself and ten of her friends. Dianna and Big Sandy spend time together, telling stories, playing piano, making popcorn and tap dancing in the kitchen. Dianna organizes Saturday outings with her friends. They save some of their concession candy and popcorn and, on their way home, drop it from a bridge to homeless children living by the railroad tracks. 

Now, she tells the story to her own grandchildren and invites them to think about stories from their own lives that they will want to tell. A teaching guide is included at the end.
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"What is any man without a vision on which to
hang his faith in the goodness of the future?"  
~ David Satterlee ~

Coming in the future...

Family and Community Values:
Virtue and Goodness in American Culture  (2015)

    Life Will Surprise You in the End: More Short Stories by David Satterlee (2016) 

Values and Virtues:
The Sources of Meaning in Life (2016)

Life Will Change You in the End:Yet More Short Stories by David Satterlee (2017)

  Hope on the Horizon: Applying Liberal Values
 for Shared Good (2017)

  Life Will Cure You in the End:
Even More Short Stories by David Satterlee (2018)

The Really Good Guide to Self-Publishing Success (?)
-Writing suspended in favor of other projects.
I may just end up publishing completed pieces as blog entries.-