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Abigail B. Calkin

Publications

The Soul of My Soldier; Reflections of a Military Wife

The Soul of My Soldier; Reflections of a Military Wife, (New Release August 11, 2015.)
This unique and timely memoir combines poetry and prose to reach deep into the recesses of war to pull out its raw truth, the heart of which civilians seldom fathom. It may not be battle wounds or PTSD that affect a deployed soldier, but they always return home changed. The book follows the story of the author’s military marriage. Its well-crafted self-reflections show the impact war has on families as its residue stretches far beyond the tours of duty and the struggles and triumphs these families often face.

Available for purchase through Familius or through Amazon.


Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service

Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, (New Release April 2015)
Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, edited by Rob Holdsambeck and Henry Pennypacker, is published by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. The book arose from an interesting set of question the editors asked 18 of us. How did we relinquish old ways of thinking and come to the world of behavior analysis? How are our solutions different from the ideas and practices of other more traditional professionals? To put it more colloquially, how did we get into this new line of work?

Book Reviews
“The history of behavior analysis begins with its contributors. Assembled in this volume are the stories of several of the many who have contributed to the shaping of our science. The result makes for enjoyable and enlightened reading. Even more importantly, it provides a valuable resource for anyone seeking a better understanding of the many different applications of behavior analysis and how those facets have come together to form a contemporary science of behavior.”

Andy Lattal, Ph.D.
Centennial Professor, Psychology
West Virginia University

“This engaging book provides the lifeblood stories behind many critical events and topics in behavior analysis. It is filled with interesting historical information about the emergence of the science of behavior. More importantly, these chapters incorporate the human element integral to the range of activity described by many distinguished behaviorists. These tales of behavior science and its applicability are a must read for anyone interested in behavior change, both big and small.”

Janet S. Twyman, Ph.D., BCBA, NYSLBA
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UMass Medical School/Shriver Center

Available for purchase through Behavior.org or through Sloan Publishing.


Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and ServiceBehavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service

Poetry Repairs
The April 2015 issue of Poetry Repairs, at www.poetryrepairs.com, is a special issue of 32 of my poems. These poems are from my forthcoming book, The Soul of My Soldier: Reflections of a Military Wife. They reflect some of my experiences and thoughts about being married to a soldier. The book, due out from Familius on August 11, 2015, is a collection of prose and poetry.


The Night Orion Fell

The Night Orion Fell
When Captain Larry Hills attempted to rescue his deckhand, he too was tragically caught in the lines that whipped and wrapped the two men against the net reel of the trawler like captured fish. In the moment before the deckhand’s death he was the only one who heard Larry’s cold realization: “We’re dead.” Thus began the gripping 40-hour torture as Larry waited for rescue or death.  In February 1982, the Coast Guard worked this North Pacific search and rescue, which still remains unforgettable in Coast Guard annals. This is the story of a man’s continued courage to fight his way through the lonely and painful hours of survival and disability rehabilitation to reinvent himself as a resourceful and contributing member of society.

Book Reviews
“If ever we needed a story on the triumph of the human spirit and one man's ability to reinvent himself, this is it. The Night Orion Fell will never leave me, and for good reason. It's a great story, carefully researched, and compellingly told. Bravo Abigail Calkin.”

Kim Heacox,
The Only Kayak
and Visions of a Wild America

“From someone who has lived the life Calkin writes about, this is a well written book. I have faced the possibility of something going terribly wrong every time I stepped foot on the deck of a boat. She has described what went on in a way fishermen know and those who have never commercial fished will understand. This old salt enjoyed it greatly!”

Larry Ryser,
Deadliest Catch, FV Incentive
deck boss;
Kodiak Queen
captain

“Calkin has written a fascinating book about an intriguing search and rescue case that took place off the coast in the Pacific Northwest. Although written decades after the fact, the particulars of this case remain very vivid in my mind. I distinctly recall debriefing the helicopter pilots and crew and observing their excitement in locating and finally rescuing the skipper of the F/V Fargo. While the book is from the fisherman’s point of view, she did an excellent job of detailing the Coast Guard’s perspective of the case. Filled with poignant moments and good detail, it is an outstanding read and one that I highly recommend.”

Rear Admiral Dave Kunkel
U. S. Coast Guard (ret.)

The Night Orion Fell tells a hard story in careful detail, full of Oregon, of courageous people and Larry Hills, one stubborn, lucky sonofabitch.  You won’t walk the docks past a trawler next time without wincing.”

Jon Broderick
Setnetter, Fisherpoet

“Writing with necessary precision and extraordinary imaginative power, Abigail B. Calkin tells the compelling, true story of a freak accident on a North Pacific trawler.  One man,  died, one survived.  The machinery of a trawler is the stuff of nightmares, but Calkin tells the story with such empathy and careful attention to detail that the result is not merely horrifying but a most moving and humane account, both of the accident itself and of its long-term consequences.  I am grateful for an in-depth portrait of an astonishingly brave man, and also of a tight-knit community, the fishermen, Coast Guard and their families along the Oregon coast.  At a time when public life is so mired in greed and dishonesty, this book presents the sort of unassuming courage, endurance, and cooperation that can still make one feel proud of the human species.”

David M. Black,
Why Things Matter

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The Carolyne Letters

The Carolyne Letters
Amelia: young, naive, in love. Geoff: charming, narcissistic, intelligent. In a decidedly European affair, a young couple consummates a courtship destined for differences. The resultant pregnancy provides a haunting yet charming backdrop for the challenges of love and its often unwanted decisions. 1994 Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist Abigail B. Calkin has created such a rich and picturesque setting that The Carolyne Letters literally breathes life--life in all its splendor, simplicity and complexity.

Book Reviews
“Abigail Calkin has a unique way of dealing with the dilemma. Not only does this evolve into an intriguing story, but it is also a sensitive look at the options that many unmarried pregnant women must face.”

Bonnie Elsensohn,
Capital City Weekly Alaska

“What is that choice? I will not reveal the end here. In the end, ‘Choice has disappeared,’ but a touching novel has been born.”

W. Joseph Wyatt,
Behavior Analysis Digest,
Vol. 7, #4, Winter 1995

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Selected Stories from Scroll in Space: 2003-2013

Selected Stories from Scroll in Space: 2003-2013, (Dee Horne, editor)
Some of these twenty-six stories are humorous and others are tragic, yet all convey the challenges of being human and attest to the resilience of the human spirit. There is a wide range of genres: fictionalized reportage, memoir, dramatic monologue, science fiction, fantasy, travel narrative and horror. From a story of the beauty of aurora borealis [Calkin] to the terror of a fisherman trapped in his net [Calkin] to speculation of entangled particles being used to create a man with dual awareness, characters celebrate life and confront death. These well-crafted stories are poignant because the writers draw readers into their respective worlds to reveal deeper truths.

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Nikolin

Nikolin
Nikolin, one of three short-listed from 900 submissions for a Benjamin Franklin Award, is the story of a man who lived a thousand years ago, at the beginning of the Russian Orthodox Church.

He presses his hand against the cold stone walls of the Pecherskaya Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) in Kiev. His soul whispers, "Lord have mercy." and reverberates across a millennium. Nikolin—here is the story: his dramatic life, his fevered loves for both the aristocratic and the lowest of prostitutes, and his faith for which he gave his life. The novel takes us from the husbandry of Nezhin, where he was a husband and father, to Kiev and the Pecherskaya Lavra where he entombed himself forever—all for the love of God.

Book Reviews
Nikolin captures the russkaya dusha of the Russian people, with its extremes, sinfulness, holiness, endurance, faithfulness, sacrifice and, alas, masochism.”

Vladimir Donskoi, Ph.D.,
University of Irkutsk, Siberia

“In a tragic struggle of love and devotion, Nikolin is an unforgettable epic of one man’s search for God.”

Cynthia Akagi,
The Pen Woman

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Toilet Training: Help for the Delayed Learner

Toilet Training: Help for the Delayed Learner
Often difficult to toilet train the child with disabilities, this short book details a researched program to help the delayed learner use the toilet.

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Pebbles, Mops, and Thimigs

Pebbles, Mops, and Thimigs 
Instead of buying toys, this book describes how to use things already in the home to make toys.  From recorders to pots and pans, from yarn, small bits of material, and old socks to ends of wood any parent cam make toys for preschool children. The book contains examples and simple directions for over 50 toys that cost no money.

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