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Barnard’s Law No. 1
The greatest need of humans is not food, shelter, or even sex. It’s the need to rewrite what another has written.
Barnard’s Law No. 2
It’s not the idea. It’s the execution.
Barnard’s Law No. 3
Dinosaurs never see it coming.
Barnard’s Law No. 4
The responsibility to communicate is upon the communicator, not the listener.
Barnard’s Law No. 5
The job of children is to play. The job of teens is to deceive their parents. The job of adults is to slay their demons.
Barnard’s Law No. 6
Clarity is the soul of communication.
Barnard’s Law No. 7
Life is full of grand plans that suddenly need to be fixed with duct tape, and that’s okay.
Barnard’s Law No. 8
Be succinct. A short PowerPoint slide with just ten bullet points was good enough for God.
Barnard’s Law No. 9
In any group, the majority will misunderstand much of what you’re sure they understand.
Barnard’s Law No. 10
Hysteria breeds where context is ignored. Looking at results of history without knowledge of history leads to poor judgment and prejudice.
Barnard’s Law No. 11
The Internet demands of everyone that they be outraged by everything. It then amplifies it.
Barnard’s Law No. 12
Everyone else’s mess is far worse than our own mess. Roommates, especially.
Barnard’s Law No. 13
Heroes run in the opposite direction than the rest of us.
NATE AND KELLY is a love story from a century ago, about today.
The novel has a strong, interesting narrative structure (essential for all media and what audiences now want). It is an interesting combination of fiction and non-fiction that works well with both the broad subjects of historical significance and its very specific, illuminating love story.
- By NaomiA: “…a well-written book”
- By CurtisB: “…captured my interest from the very beginning!”
- By Mouse: “A story of hope, betrayal, survival, and love…shocking truth about evil and prejudice.”
- By Phyllis L. Hinkle: “So well penned…makes you ponder the problems of society we live in today.”
NATE AND KELLY is a striking story of the type that has waned from our memories, the type of story destined for a massive resurgence –- a new take on old stories.
A businessman and a prostitute find love.
United States of America
faced incomprehensible horror one day shortly after
the turn of the century.
There was shock, destruction, and death. War loomed. Americans veered toward either hopelessness, fear, and hate or toward vision, faith, and rebuilding.
They asked, “Could life in America ever be great again?” Some said, “No, let’s retreat to the past.” Others said, “Yes, let’s move forward.” Demagogues exploited fear, painting easy-to-identify groups as enemies to blame. There was amazing technological progress in communication, commerce, industry, and travel that disturbed some people and thrilled others. There were drastic shifts in the way people earned their living.
In the midst of these distressing times, Nate started his career. He left his home in Baltimore, Maryland to become a manager of the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California. It was there that criminals framed him for their theft of gold coins from the Expo.
Nate fled the criminals and the corrupt police.
Kelly fled the people who murdered her mother.
When Nate and Kelly run into each other in a small town in Central California at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, their lives become entangled with each other and with the horrible realities of hatred and evil.
They discover, as everyone does eventually, that the meaning of life is all about starting over.
Author Michael R. Barnard grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, then moved to Hollywood and New York City to write scripts for film and TV. “NATE and KELLY” is his first novel. It is a love story intricately woven into historical facts.
NATE AND KELLY
Available in paperback and as an ebook.
NATE and KELLY is an accurate historical fiction novel about the USA in the most fascinating year 1915
• Social Science > Violence in Society
• Social Science > Discrimination & Race Relations
• Drama > American
• Fiction > Historical
• Political Science > Civics & Citizenship