Ellen Gunderson Traylor
Something Like Scales - Finding Light in a Dark World, is her first book of personal reflection, and delves into the issues that keep us spiritually stunted and how to rise above them.
Traylor owns Port Hole Bookstore in Gardiner, OR, specializing in new/used and rare books, book searches, special orders and appraisals. Traylor has been the book appraiser for Discovery.com, and was a Sothebys/eBay Master Dealer in rare books.
Traylor’s own publishing house, Port Hole Publishing, enjoys publishing the works of other fine authors. Port Hole Publications is a supplier for the Christian Booksellers Association, as well as Ingram Distribution and Amazon.com.
Joye was born in Oklahoma and moved to Northwest Montana by age five. She and her six siblings grew up in a rural setting, and Joye especially loved riding her horse, Sunset.
Harold "Cork" Anson
The author of the premiere history of ski jumping, Cork grew up in Lake Placid, NY, where he enjoyed the ski slopes and jump hills of the winter sports mecca. Although his jumping exploits were never chronicled into history, he captained the St. Lawrence University ski team at Canton, NY and later competed for and became the student skiing coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. On his last ski jumping experience, he placed first in his class on the Lake Placid 75 meter hill.
Anson graduated from St. Lawrence in Pre-Engineering, a five year program, with a BS and a major in math. He also received a BS in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer. He later earned an MS at UCLA.
His engineering career of 40 years was spent in structural engineering programs in the aircraft industry, where he served as Vice President of Engineering for a large corporation. He held a Professional Engineer license in California and memberships in several technical organizations.
After retirement, Cork and his wife Ann moved to the Oregon Coast. He spent several years researching and writing his book, Jumping Through Time - a History of Ski Jumping in the United States and Southwest Canada (Port Hole Publishing, 2010). His research took him across the country, where he interviewed jump champions and delved into the archives of ski museums. Cork saw his dream of publication come true after he reached his eighties.
R. Glenn Brown
Robert Glenn Brown was an ordained Assemblies of God minister for over 50 years and is now associated with Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches. A retired Navy Chaplain, he served in the United States Army, Air Force and with the Marines. He pastored for nineteen years in the U.S. and since 1993 has traveled regularly to Eastern Europe establishing an orphanage and ministering to the local military. Brown is a graduate of the University of Denver, Princeton Seminary, Denver Seminary and the Navy Senior Chaplains' School. He and his wife Donna live in Sequim, WA.
His hallmark as a TV director and producer was working on the first five seasons of the hugely successful “Seinfeld” comedy series, for which he received an Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody and a Director’s Guild of America Award.,
Gerald passed away just shortly before the release of his book.
Harry knew he wanted to be a reporter from the time he was a small boy. He went on to spend 44 years chronicling the story of San Jose, CA, as a reporter, columnist and Political Editor for the San Jose Mercury News.
Among the most respected and popular news personalities in the Golden State, Harry Farrell moved in the circles of the greatest names in the 20th century, hob-nobbing with presidents, rubbing elbows with celebrities. Keeping his homegrown perspective, he garnered a devoted readership who still speak of him adoringly.
He earned the privilege, in 1983, of producing the book, San Jose and Other Famous Places, for the San Jose Historical Museum Association. The book was reprinted in a Memorial Edition by Port Hole Publishing in 2009.
Harry wrote several books. Recon Diary: Combat History of the 79th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (1946), recounted his adventures during World War II; Swift Justice: Murder and Vengeance in a California Town (1992) tells the story of a notorious lynching; and Shallow Grave in Trinity County (1997) is a spine-tingling true tale of murder and detective work.
Harry received many awards throughout his auspicious career: the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best True Crime Book; National Headliner Prize from the Press Club of Atlantic City; various awards from the American Political Science Association, Associated Press, California State Bar, California Newspaper Publishers Association, California Taxpayers Association, San Jose Newspaper Guild and Santa Clara County Medical Society
Harry Farrell passed away on December 31, 2005.
Nellie Grace Fenwick
It never entered young Nellie Fenwick’s mind that her family was poor, even though she was a pastor's daughter during the deep Depression years. The small Midwestern town's parishioners had little or no money to place in the offering plates, so of course the pastor's family lived on the same nothingness as the people they served. Yet there was contentment in the parsonage. Nellie's parents lived out their faith and optimism and always found ways to help others who were facing hard times.
Nellie grew up believing that faith and loving relationships were more valuable than material possessions. So at the age of twenty-four, it was not a difficult choice for her to move with her husband into the low-income, inner-city area of East Los Angeles. There they raised their own four children and ministered for over forty years to inner-city families in a Latino church and Christian school.
Nellie found that her young students enjoyed being whisked away from the crowded noise and fears of the city into the "kinder, gentler" times of their teacher's childhood stories. Though they lived in a much different time and place, they related to the same kinds of moral dilemmas. Somehow the faith and love of that long-ago family gave them hope that life could be good if they also chose God's Great Ten.
In addition to teaching, Nellie often wrote and directed the annual all-school, musical dramas. She authored the book, I Am A Promise, wrote grant proposals and the monthly letters that served to raise funds for student scholarships. Because of her writings, hundreds of inner-city children benefited from a solid, Christian education that empowered them to become productive citizens and influential leaders.
The plea, "Mrs. Fenwick, please write your stories in a book for us to keep" kept ringing in Nellie's heart. Realizing that today's children still need a spiritual and moral Guiding Star, she finally penned the book Gracie and God's Great Ten. (Port Hole Publishing – 2012)
Wanda Gallimore loves to interact with nouns, i.e. people, places and things. Her book, A Wish Called Wanda (Port Hole Publishing, 2014), tells the story of her first great adventure and how her love of travel began. She says, "Meeting people from different countries and cultures is high on my priority list. I long to see, sense, and experience places. I'm a spin the globe kind of a girl. Wherever my finger touches, as the globe comes to a stop, (hopefully on land) is a place I want to go. I like to interact with things such as touching history, smelling exotic aromas, and seeing rugged landscapes that are beyond my imagination."
Wanda is a sought after speaker, leader and event planner. She is frequently invited to area schools to read her first published work, Lions in the Moonlight. Her article, A Time Piece, used in her many speeches, was recently published in The Story Teller, a magazine for writers. She is an experiential writer, and maintains a blog of her mission and exploration travels with her husband of nearly 50 years. She remains active post retirement, and loves to live life with frivolous ferociousness. Visit: http://awishcalledwanda.com
When Burney Garelick turned 70, she realized it wasn't over. There was more to explore. A lifelong arts aficionado, she decided it was time to rethink her aversion to the art of opera. Seeing opera on a big screen at the same time it was performed on stage at the Met in the Big Apple did the trick, resulting in It's Not Over: Mornings at the MET - Fantastical Opera Reviews (Port Hole Publishing, 2014).
A longtime writer and editor, Burney created several music publications in California and wrote reviews of countless concerts and theater productions in Florence, Oregon, published in its local newspaper where she was employed. She has edited a number of books for Port Hole Publications. Burney has a couple of degrees from the University of Michigan and continues to enjoy the performing and visual arts. She lives in Florence with her cat who rules.
Carol Gunderson's talents as a poet are showcased in The Morning Porch - Poems and Reflections from a Quiet Heart (Port Hole Publishing, 2011), and her gift for teaching is proven in Gramma's Guided Tour of the World's Greatest Library (Port Hole, 2015), a simple and fun introduction to the Bible, the Book of Books.
Carol graduated at the top of her class at Watsonville Union High School, Watsonville, CA, in 1943. She was the librarian for Bible Standard College (later Eugene Bible College and now New Hope College) in Eugene, Oregon. She was trained in bookkeeping at Eugene Business College, served as bookkeeper at First Baptist Church in Eugene, and Great Life Camps of Waitts Lake, WA.
Carol worked for several years in her daughter's bookstore, Port Hole Books, in Florence, Oregon and Polson, Montana, greeting the public and doing data entry.
Carol compiled a history of Great Life Camps, and wrote a children’s bible survey for her grandsons. She assisted her husband, Herb, for many years as a professor’s wife and co-teacher of Bible classes.
Carol spends countless hours working advanced crossword puzzles and acrostics, keeping her skills with spelling and language sharp and up-to-date.
Ned is also the Publicist for Port Hole Publishing.
Jaro (short for Jaroslav and pronounced “Yaro”) Lupinek was born in 1930 in Kolin, Czechoslovakia. After the Soviet “Liberation,” Mr. Lupinek and his family moved to the United States in August, 1969. After retiring from Boeing, he moved to Florence, Oregon.
Mr. Lupinek has a variety of hobbies: reading, singing, cooking and hiking. He is an award winning artist, and his illustrations grace the pages of his book, Bobin Mahron and the People of the White Bat (Port Hole Publishing, 2012).
Almost seven decades ago, he decided to write something “better than he had ever read.” In between his aeronautics career, family obligations and other activities, he pursued his writing dream to the end.
“Hope never dies,” he says.
Carolyn Lockwood Nordahl
Carolyn, who has lived in Florence since 1952, has enjoyed art and design since childhood. She studied art throughout her school years and took formal classes at Lane Community College, the University or Oregon, and Portland State College. She taught tole painting for many years and then moved on to oils. She is presently interested in watercolor and displays her work at the Siuslaw News lobby in Florence.
Carolyn has worked as a graphic artist and page designer for the Siuslaw News for 35 years and does the page finish work. She is the cover designer for Port Hole Publishing and enjoys the technical issues that are involved in the book publishing process.
Carolyn owns Echo Graphics where she does composition and graphic arts for both off-set and web press operations. She is also the Editor/Publisher for the Siuslaw Alumni Association Newsletter.
Carolyn's first book Grandma's Windowshade: Memories and Recipes from a Northwest Childhood, (Port Hole Publishing July, 2013), is based on her growing up years. Her book is illustrated in full color with her own watercolor paintings.
Tom Preuss was born in a small town in Minnesota in 1933. His parents relocated the family to Arizona in 1948. He graduated from high school in 1951 and joined the U.S. Air Force a few months later. His air force specialty was Aircraft electrical and electronics.
At the end of his four year enlistment he attended college in Phoenix, majoring in engineering, and worked in the aircraft industry in Arizona and California.
He married in 1959 and soon moved to Alaska where he worked in a pulp mill as a chemist and later as a camp manager for a marine construction firm. Meanwhile he purchased a commercial fishing boat from which he fished for halibut and salmon. He eventually sold the boat and purchased a small wholesale food and beverage company. He operated this company for over 15 years, sold it and his other Alaska property and retired to Oregon. He now lives with his wife near Creswell, Oregon.
During his time in the Air Force he developed an abiding interest in military aircraft. He later built and flew his own scaled WW2 fighter. He's a life time member of the Replica Fighters Association where he developed and edited their magazine Replica Fighters. (See www.replicafighters.com )
Soon after he retired he took notice of what he considers a major threat to the United States and Western civilization: Islam. As an exercise he wrote an essay warning of the danger. Over the next few months this was expanded into a full length novel, The Last Caliphate (Port Hole Publishing - 2013). He is currently developing a sequel which should be available soon.
Brett Royer has facilitated Health and Wellness classes at his church in Canton, Michigan, for several years, and does private tutoring in exercise and nutrition.
Growing up in Detroit, he developed a love for bodybuilding and overall health while in high school. A graduate of Madonna University, with degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology, Brett also served in the US Army.
Upon leaving the military, he committed his life to the Lord. He met and married the love of his life, Jolene, and has two sons.
Brett is a Product Design Programmer at Chrysler Tech Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
He felt prompted by the Spirit to write The Consecrated Diet - Bringing God to Your Table and Gym (Port Hole Publishing - 2011) for those people struggling with adverse food habits and poor fitness lifestyles.
Aaron is married and has one child. Aaron is the son of Ellen Traylor.
David is a working professional director, actor, writer, visual artist and educator. He has directed over twenty-five plays and musicals and over two hundred television commercials. As an actor he has appeared in over 85 plays, musicals and television programs including Candid Camera, Jake and the Fat Man, Blood and Orchids, The Yeagers, Tour of Duty, Island Son, numerous episodes of Magnum, P.I. and Volcano Rescue for the BBC and Discovery Channel.
Traylor is an accomplished playwright, with over a dozen of his plays and musicals having been produced. He also wrote and toured internationally with his one-man performance of Simon Peter.
In addition to The Culture Warrior (Port Hole Publishing, 2002), his other original works include the plays Arctic Fox; Morning Star (written with Ken Smith); Becoming Hawaii; DAVID: Shepherd, Poet, Warrior, King; Once Upon One Hawaiian Time and The Promise, as well as the fantasy trilogy Quest for the Kingdom.
Traylor has been the acting teacher for the Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy, a member of the Board of Directors and the acting teacher for the Hawaii Academy of the Performing Arts. He was a theatre consultant, director and acting teacher for the Hawaii Department of Education for ten years. While a director with the Department of Education, his original production of It Just Takes One received the President's Youth Environmental Regional Award and the George Washington Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He has also worked through the Hawaii Artists in the Schools Program and served on the Governor of Hawaii's Commission on Performance Standards in Education: Fine Arts Division.
David’s paintings have been represented in Hawaii at the Merrill-Chase Gallery at the Ala Moana Center and the Manoa Gallery. He has participated in numerous group and one-man shows including the juried exhibition Sacred Arts XVII at the Billy Graham Center Museum in Wheaton, IL. His paintings reside in private collections in Asia, Europe, Hawaii and the mainland United States.
David Traylor is married and has two sons. (He is not related to his publisher, Ellen Traylor.)
Ron Valiquette’s life is full of true stories that are "turn-the-page breathtaking." His first book, Dancing with Celia: Surviving a Pacific Coast Hurricane (Port Hole Publishing - 2012), recounts one of his most harrowing experiences.
Valiquette is a professional builder and land developer. His hobbies include boating, flying, skiing, and auto restoration. He has made 20 round trips in private yachts from Puget Sound to SE Alaska, navigating without modern equipment, using the stars and time and distance measurements, only. He says, “I can depend upon what is real and there for my use, but equipment can be wrong and that can lead to fatal mistakes.”
Ron knows that GOD holds his hand in the journey through life, drawing confidence, tenacity, courage and leadership from the Lord’s teachings.
Dancing with Celia took 28 years to create, as he had to relive the agony of the event. Realizing that he owed the US Coast Guard more than a thank you, he commissioned a granite monument inscribed with the names of Guardsmen who have saved mariners at sea. This monument stands at the Tillamook Bay USCG Station.
Ron and his wife, Val, have been married over 50 years.
Charles was born in Texas in 1928 and spent most of his younger years with his family on the large Federal construction projects throughout the west. As a teenager, he collected scrap for the World War II war effort, worked at a shipyard and studied as a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Army and saw service in the Far East, as a member of the 25th division in postwar Japan.
During his time in Japan, he was mentored by a native poet in the Japanese poetry form of haiku, and developed a deep love for its discipline and simplicity.
Upon discharge from military service, he attended college then continued the family tradition of doing heavy construction. He holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and served as a chaplain to workers on a major construction project. Today, he continues in ministry as a personal counselor.
Having a lifelong interest in writing, he has published several articles for newspapers and small magazines, but it was not until age 82 that he saw his first book published (Haiku and High Timber - Port Hole Publishing, 2010). A prolific writer of short stories and poetry, he has also written one novel and is currently working on additional projects.
When asked about his writing, he urges all aspiring writers not to waste time waiting for inspiration. "It is difficult to make up minutes when you’ve wasted years,” he says. “Do it now! Writers write. Authors publish."
Tami J. Whitmore
She knew she wanted to write at any early age and always had a card table set-up in the corner of the living room with scraps of paper, notebooks, pencils and used workbooks that her teachers gave her at the end of the school year. This love of workbooks lead to homeschooling their children K-12 and watching them both embark on successful careers. She still has workbooks on the shelf for the grandchildren to use when they visit, plus a library of over 3,000 books and videos.
Tami enjoys speaking to women's literary and church groups and has held seminars at home school conventions around Washington state. She has owned a children’s bookstore, and is now an online bookseller. She is looking forward to many more publishing and writing adventures.
Amaliya Mikolyants was born and raised in Russia, and received a scholarship as an exchange student to a Montana high school. She graduated from a Russian university and returned to America where she adopted two dogs. It is their adventures, as well as the adventures of other wonderful animals who came to live with her, that inspired the Charlie story.
Amaliya believes that every abandoned animal deserves another chance. She hopes that Charlie’s story raises awareness and saves the lives of other shelter pets.
Charlie the Shar-Pei and the Neighborhood Mysteries (Port Hole Publishing - 2015) is based on true adventures the author has shared with her beloved animals. Drop by and visit Amaliya at:
Amaliya lives in Las Vegas, NV.
Yvonne Morris was born in Dublin, Ireland. She has loved reading and storytelling as long as she can remember. Yvonne was inspired to write this bedtime story while visiting a good friend in Florence Oregon. In Old Town Florence there is a sweet little bookstore that also sells teddy bears and other toys.
Yvonne lives in the central California town of Fresno. She can be contacted at WebsterBearStories@gmail.com.
THE BEAR IN THE BOOKSTORE – Webster Finds a Friend (Port Hole Publishing - 2015) is Yvonne's first collaboration with Jesse de la Cour, an artist from Cork, Ireland, now living in Oldenburg, Germany. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Diana sometimes felt she’d been born with a pen in her hand. Writing was her passion, and as a young teen, she rushed home from school, in Mission Viejo, CA, to fill spiral notebooks with story after story. Shy by nature, she nearly failed English because she never asked questions. The course work felt too easy, so she figured she had misunderstood the directions, and didn’t complete assignments! Her grades jumped off the chart once Diana’s mother realized the problem and showed the English teacher all of Diana’s writings. The teacher immediately gave so much extra credit to Diana that she neared the top of her class.
Diana’s passion for writing carried on even as she entered Youth With A Mission, a Christian missionary organization with which she volunteered for 13 years. Instead of stories, Diana now filled volumes of journals, and then began creating Princess Pumpersnump stories to lull her children to sleep at night.
Leaving the mission field at the age of 32, Diana set herself to pursue a gainful career, and put herself through night school (while working a day job), and after four years she became a certified court reporter. She now holds court reporting licenses both nationally and locally in the states of California and Idaho.
Diana’s first real literary effort, WHAT SOME MEANT FOR EVIL - But God Meant for Good (Port Hole Publishing, 2016) stemmed from an extremely difficult sequence of events in her own life, events involving herself, her second husband, and her community - events allowed by God as He shaped both her and her husband’s character and growth. This is a book of life stories, some tremendous lows, which are followed by a wonderful outcome only God could have orchestrated.
Diana has now turned her attention to fiction, and will bring the secretive world of legal proceedings into a world of intrigue, steno-sleuthing, and humor! And who knows! Perhaps Princess Pumpersnump will make her debut one day in the world of children’s books!
Diana lives in Idaho with her husband, Larry, and two devoted dogs.
Dorothea Wollin Null
Dorothea's story is captured in SURVIVING UNCLE HITLER - A German Girl's Journey (Port Hole - 2016).
Dorothea Wollin was just a young girl when American bombs demolished her German town. Uprooted overnight, she and her family found themselves on a journey of survival across Europe. Like many German families, they had little understanding of the topsy-turvy world into which they had been thrown, or the atrocities which precipitated it.
Looking back, Dorothea came to realize that she was not only a war survivor, but that she had survived "Uncle Hitler," the term of endearment with which her parents ignorantly referred to the Fuhrer.
This is a story of adventure, bravery and challenges that could have destroyed weaker souls. Dorothea's experiences gave her a thirst for freedom, which led her to America. It is also a story of the quest for meaning in a dark world, a quest that led Dorothea to faith in Christ, and to a freedom bigger than that of country or politics.
Today, Dorothea lives happily on the shores of a forested lake on the Oregon Coast, with her husband Larry, enjoying frequent visits from her large family.
Michael MacIntosh had seen and done it all, from UFO-watching in a drug induced haze, to incarceration in the mental ward of the Orange County Medical Center. He was a free spirit, a product of the 60s. He couldn't have been more miserable. By 1970, his desire to follow the lifestyle of the Beatles had led him nowhere, and on his twenty-sixth birthday, MacIntosh found his true Savior, Jesus Christ. Two years later he was ordained, his marriage was restored and, in 1974, he started teaching a Bible study in San Diego at the insistence of friends. Twelve people were in the original group. Today over one hundred churches, Horizon Christian Academy and Horizon University have started from the original group, and tens of thousands are being reached directly through Mike's ministries.
Mike's life story, captured in For the Love of Mike , by Sherwood Wirt (reissued 2017 by Port Hole Publishing), is the classic and iconic story of the Jesus Movement. Mike has published several other books of hope and encouragement for the Christian life, to be reissued by Port Hole.
After 41 years as lead pastor of Horizon Christian Fellowship, San Diego, on June 7, 2015 Mike passed the baton to his son Phillip, who now fills that role. Over one-hundred churches and para-church organizations have grown out of this congregation worldwide, as well as Horizon Christian Academy, a preschool through high school educational system, and Horizon University, which currently enrolls over 1,000 students.
The passing of the pastoral baton does not mean Mike has left the ministry. In fact, he is busier today than he has ever been. Having the heart of an evangelist, Mike has sensed God shifting his calling from his local pastoral role to a much broader global platform. His passion is to equip and strengthen pastors around the nation through encouraging, mentoring, and supporting them in their own ministries. He continues to speak at churches and city outreaches, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ; he has a growing ministry on radio and internet platforms, and is continuing to development his writing skills, with plans for more books.
With a deep commitment to the law-enforcement and first-responder communities, Mike serves as a Chaplain for the San Diego Police Department, the Newport Beach Police Department, and the American Red Cross. He is a member of the California Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST). As a certified trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Mike has facilitated many critical incident stress management debriefings, and has provided training to first responders across the US and in Mexico. Through this agency and the Disaster Medical Assistance Team under the Department of Health and Human Services, he has served during crisis events such as Ground Zero, Sandy Hook, the Oklahoma City bombing, and even across the globe to counsel Yazidis women in Northern Iraq who were rescued from ISIS.
Deeply committed to education, Mike oversaw the development of Horizon Academy, but he did not stop there, serving as Founder and Chairman of the Board for Horizon University. Mike has been a personal example of scholarship, pursuing ongoing education all this adult life. He holds Master of Arts, Master of Religion, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, and the author of several books, including When Your World Falls Apart, drawn from his experiences as a Chaplain responding to the New York World Trade Center disaster.
With six children, twenty grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, Mike finds one of his greatest honors is being the patriarch of his family. He and Sandy have been happily married for 50 years.
Mike plans to keep following his Lord in ministry, whenever and wherever he is needed.
Billy, Franklin and Ruth Graham
Sherwood Eliot Wirt
The Grahams hardly need an introduction. Billy Graham is the most well-known evangelist of his time, and his son Franklin is the founder of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. Ruth, the lifelong partner and matriarch of the Graham family, is a well-known writer in her own right.
The Grahams are published by Port Hole via the works of Mike MacIntosh. They provided the Forewords for several of his books, one of which was published in 2017, and others of which will be forthcoming.
Sherwood Wirt is the "As Told To" author of Mike MacIntosh's book, For the Love of Mike (Port Hole Publishing, 2017). Wirt was the founding editor of Decision Magazine, the publication of the Billy Graham organization.
Ken Olson, author of The Boy in the Mountains (Port Hole Publishing, 2017), a children’s fantasy adventure story, lives on a five-acre parcel near Eugene, Oregon, where his wife and his younger son help him raise Christmas trees. Although he was born and raised in the Seattle suburbs, he has lived on these five acres for 35 years.
Ken likes to hike mountain trails in the national forests and has seen the spectacular snow-capped ranges from the peaks of Grizzly Mountain in Montana, Diamond Peak in Nevada, Maxwell Butte in Oregon, and many other heights.
Ken was a school teacher in Washington, Montana, Illinois, and Oregon. He also taught in the Philippine Islands, and Japan, and in Oregon's Correctional Institutions. He has two sons.