Gibby and Olivia
Gibby and Olivia is a story about two lovers who are separated for seventeen years. During their absence from one another there are marriages, children, careers, divorce, and even death. Yet they never truly forget about one another throughout the seventeen years of their separation. God always has a plan. Each of them experiences heartache and change; each does their best to honor their marriages, raise their children, enhance professional careers, and honor their lives by the Word of God. Author Lee Kronert shares a message of hope, health, redemption, and triumph as Gibby and Olivia takes the reader through a gamut of emotions until all is apparently resolved by a highly unlikely reunion. This story is not only entertaining but uplifting and filled with vital health information and a philosophy of life which reminds us that God is always in the driver’s seat.
Don’t Blame the Messenger
The resounding swing of the judge’s gavel signaled the final breath of Lenny’s twenty-one years of marriage. He never wanted it to end this way, but Janine had been trying less and less over the last two decades. Follow Lenny’s story as he reminisces about the struggles of a difficult marriage, the torture of a vindictive divorce, and the shattered dreams of an idealistic teenager. Educated and successful, Lenny was a chiropractor and math teacher who seemed to have it all. But despite his success in certain areas, his marriage was in shambles. With no holds barred, Lee Kronert shares a man’s view of an unwilling divorce and the possibility of loving again. In this raw and painfully exposing story, Lenny takes readers through his experiences in life that led to marrying Janine, the birth of the three children he would give anything for, and ultimately the woman of his dreams, proving love can heal all wounds.
The public education system in New York is in turmoil. Is this because of leadership in Albany, the No Child Left Behind Act, parents who fail in their effort to raise children properly, or is it just the fault of kids who show little to no respect for authority, peers, or themselves? Or should we accept the most popular place of blame? The teacher is the problem.
The former world, where teachers were revered, looked up to by children and parents, and respected because of the crucial role they played, is all but a forgotten memory. Today, parents and school administrators often demonize teachers and are openly critical of the tenure system, which protects their positions seemingly forever.
Riverton School District has lots of issues. There is rampant bullying and peer intimidation. Some kids are even afraid to come to school. The disrespect and outrageous behavior runs not only unchecked, but leadership in Albany wants to see even less discipline and consequences for the young perpetrators.
Brendan Moss teaches eighth-grade math at Riverton. As a widower and devoted father of three, he does his best to assist young people, but the school superintendent wants to use the veteran math teacher as a test case to overturn the right to lifetime tenure. Don’t Blame the Messenger addresses school policies, State Department of Education leadership, bullying, and why a teacher’s tenure should be maintained and viewed as something good for kids and the process of learning.
The author works in the trenches, where truth and reality collide. Opinions on what is wrong with public education vary. Don’t Blame the Messenger is written by a teacher who knows how it really is.