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True to its promise once again All Things That Matter Press has brought Ora Ray Baker on the stage of life in print form, ready to soar on screen of life in line of great American movies to be watched and cherished./The American Queen is the true life story of a young girl, Ora Ray Baker, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She fell in love with an Indian mystic by the name of Hazrat Inayat Khan. He was not only a mystic from India, but a Sufi Master and a great Musician. He came to US with the intention of uniting the East with the West in God Realization. Against the wishes of her stepbrother who was Ora Ray Baker’s ward, she decided to elope to Europe to marry Hazrat Inayat Khan who was traveling there to give lectures and concerts. She met him in Belgium, and they were married in London. They lived in London and France for a while, and then went to Russia where their first daughter was born in Kremlin.
Soon the First World War started, so they had to leave Russia and came to London. During the war two more children were born, both boys, and one girl after a year later. After the WW1 they moved to France and settled there in a suburb called Suresnes. When the children were little, Hazrat Inayat Khan traveled alone all over Europe and even returned to America for a few months to spread his Sufi Message of love, unity and harmony. Ora Ray Baker lost her Love of Life in India when Hazrat Inayat Khan went there on a tour to give lectures on Sufism, their eldest daughter was barely thirteen-year-old at the death of her father. Then began the lone journey for Ora Ray Baker with all the agony of loss and grief. She lived through the ravages of WW11, her eldest daughter, Spy Princess, was arrested and killed in German Concentration Camps.
Finally, four years after WW11 of much grief and sorrow, Ora Ray Baker died in France. Her love, courage and perseverance still live on in Fazal Manzil in France, her home and shrine of Love, now a Sufi Retreat.
Ora Ray Baker Prologue:
O Beloved, is my love so weak
That it bringeth me not to Thee
Then let me weep more and more each day
Till by weeping, it strengthened be
But when its strength be still too less
And the fountain of tears run dry
Tears of blood, let me weep, yea until
By weeping for Thee, I may die
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ABOUT Kevin Creager
I have been a school psychologist for 41 years, but a writer of some sort, for probably at least 50 years. When I wasn’t writing Christmas stories for my children, I was writing irreverent stories, poems, and articles for work in an attempt to maintain a spirit of fun in the office. I have “won” two awards for humor writing – one at a teacher’s conference when I won a humor-writing book for composing an advertising jingle, and the second, more prestigious one, as one of several local writers in a contest sponsored by the Clark County Library to write like Dave Barry, the renowned humor columnist, who was giving a talk at Kuss Auditorium. He told me I was his favorite author (which, if he was smart, he said to everyone).
My career as a school psychologist has been more varied. I have worked in an urban setting for 35 years, a village school system for three, a STEM Academy for six, and in rural county schools for the last three. That has involved children from two years of age to 22, with all the potential educational disabilities therein, as well as the entire range of family dynamics and expectations.
My personal interests are, of course, writing, traveling, not-gardening, reading, and collecting a few miscellaneous book series – various editions of The Mutiny On the Bounty (both the novels and nonfiction accounts; don’t get me started on discussing the real story), specialized editions of The Christmas Carol (including one that is a reproduction of Dickens’ original manuscript), and British first editions of Dick Francis’ mysteries. These just give me specific things to look for in old bookstores.
My first book is We Cuss a Little: The Life and Times of a School Psychologist. The title comes from a question asked of a parent regarding what language was spoken in the home. That answer told me much more than if they had just said “English.” So, the book is a collection of stories regarding interactions with students, parents, teachers, administrators, whoever else is left. In 2017, it was named as one of the nine essential books for a school psychologist’s bookshelf, primarily because it tells what happens in a laid-back, informal manner rather than a formal textbook laying out you are supposed to do certain activities.
My second book is a small-town mystery in the village of Summerfield, The Body On the Roof. A retired teacher’s body is found on the roof of her house one morning, and the entire police force of five has to solve what happened. The focus is on the town and its characters.
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About Holly Bargo
Holly Bargo never outgrew a love of fairy tales, legends, and myths. Or horses. However, one foot must remain firmly planted in the real world which is where Holly makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a southwest Ohio hobby farm with a menagerie indoor and outdoor animals.
When she's not working on other people's documents or reading, Holly finds time to transfer the voices in her head to paper ... er ... computer. If she doesn't, there's a definite possibility her mind will explode.
And for those who might wonder from where the pseudonym of Holly Bargo came, it's quite simple really. Horses. Namely an elegant and temperamental Appaloosa mare who has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is fondly remembered for guarding toddler children and crushing a brand new pager.
But that's another story.
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Daughter of the Dark Moon
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Hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, and sunny side up: eggs are the musings of Holly Bargo, the pseudonym for the author.
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Looking for a place to swap blogs? Holly Bargo at Hen House Publishing is happy to reciprocate Blog Swaps in 2019.
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