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Annapolis Authors Emphasize the Simple Pleasures

Nov 10, 2010 04:22PM ● By Anonymous

The story is crafted to be read aloud and while the storyline is not unique or exotic, the message is straightforward—nature and children add up to a good time.Local Annapolis area resident Jonathon Peery wrote the book for and about his two sons; Jonathon “Jack” Lucas and Eli Thomas. It is illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire is available at . Softcover is $12.95 and hardcover is $17.95.

A Beachcomber's Odyssey,Vol.1; by S. Deacon Ritterbush, Ph.D. ("Dr. Beachcomb") is a 160 page book you’ll want to place on your coffee table and refer to often, if you love to collect treasures on the beach. It features photographs by Megan Elyse Lloyd and includes an introductory photo by Celia Pearson—famous for her beach glass photos.

As Ritterbush expresses on her website, her book shares a personal journey, “One day I realized how integral an activity beachcombing had been in my life no matter the location, the weather, the mood or the circumstances, I beachcomb and the hobby never fails to provide me with a fascinating array of artifacts; an inexpensive way to achieve better mental, emotional and physical health; and a spiritual means to weather life’s many moods and challenges. An hour or two of beach exploring always cheers me up, calms me down, lends perspective, recharges my batteries and provides me with an entertaining, healthful way to spend time with my children,” she writes.

Beautiful photographs handsomely display some of the treasures Ritterbush has acquired in her years of beach exploration. Practical advice for beachcombers exploring different regions of the world, encountering a variety of physical environments and cultures are all part of the text of this book which is only volume one in a series which Annapolis author Ritterbush intends to continue. The book is one of several enterprises Ritterbush has launched in connection with her dedication to beachcombing. She teaches workshops on the subject and is organizing an international society of beachcombers. The book sells for $39.95 and is available online at and