A Changing Face of Sex by: Wayne Anderson, Ph.D.

Paperback: 220 pages

Publisher: AKA-Publishing

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-1-936688-13-5


Non-Fiction Psychology Human sexuality
Non-Fiction Memoir


Wayne Anderson, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has been writing a travel column and feature articles for many years for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He has three blog sites and his web site, and welcomes your visits.

When asked to review a book written by a friend and fellow journalist, one becomes a bit nervous not wanting to be too easy or too hard. This was especially true when my friend Yolanda suggested that I review The Changing Face of Sex by my friend Wayne Anderson.

Knowing Wayne’s background and his esteem position at the University of Missouri, I was more curious about the writing than the content. After all, we all know about sex and what has happened in the last century. But this turned out to be more than just the history of the sexual revolution.

The Changing Face of Sex is a memoir of the Dr. Anderson’s experiences though years of research and teaching human sexuality at the University of Missouri. This is his observations and comments as to the evolution of the American attitude concerning sex as achieved during his years teaching and counseling.

From the Victorian era of male ownership of women to the sexual revolution of the 1960’s to today’s teens and young adults attending college, Dr. Anderson attends to the history as if he were nurturing his own children. Each chapter is quietly gathered with comments, opinions and facts, including remarks from students concerning their sexuality, sex and relationships; hetero- and homosexual.

Anderson also speaks to issues that will make some uncomfortable; homosexuality and rape. It was in this section where some of the more insightful stories are told and Anderson’s relationship with sexuality seems to mature.

This section, titled “The need for therapists who don’t get all shook up” is as much a personal glimpse of a therapist coming of age as it is a look at the intimacy of the therapist/patient relationship. His discussions concerning not only the rape victim but the rapist himself is something I believe should be included in the preparation of future psychotherapists.

The other chapter I found most interesting is “Marriage and Divorce.” Again, once the reader gets to the facts, studies and comments, you will find a great deal of good information concerning the human need for personal relationships, especially the growth, leveling and death of “love.”

Is this a book for the general public? Not really, but it is a book for those who wish to understand the growth of the women’s liberation and LBGT movements. Or for those who know Anderson and his wife Carla.

Does this book have its short comings? Yes and no. Once the reader gets beyond the format of the personal memoir (of which I am also guilty in my writings), then the information is fascinating and quite revealing. More so, I believe that every parent of a teenaged child or newly minted college student needs to read – to be prepared for the fact that their kid is having sex.

I was expecting a dry, academic discourse concerning the life and times of human sexuality. What I received was an enjoyable discussion wrapped in the writer’s personal experience.


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Sith the snake by: Stefany Alexander

Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 17, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1461132428
ISBN-13: 978-1461132424
Genres: Fiction; Youth 9 – 12

Sith is a snake. Not just any snake, mind you, Sith is an anaconda from Brazil. Not just any anaconda, but a 17-foot and extremely handsome anaconda and we begin with the fact that Sith is hungry and a black panther is his target for a wonderful meal.

However, others have eyes on this beautiful black cat as well and Sith is captured along with the panther, stuffed into a box and shipped from his Amazon home to Montreal, Canada.

With the help of some mice and a cat, Sith escapes from his captors and makes a grand attempt to return to his beloved Brazil. But the cat has different plans and the ship Sith is put on is not headed for South America, but for Africa. And thus begins Sith’s great adventure, world travels, fortunes and misfortunes and, of course, his understanding of the importance of true friends.

This is also a story about longing for home, and, most important, that things do not always go the way one plans or expects. Life is made of potholes and sometimes you have to deal with the unexpected. It also shows how a bit of humor goes a long way to resolving one’s woes.

Stefany Alexander does a very good job on this, her first book. And it is a children’s book, which had this reviewer in a slight tizzy being more use to reviewing adult fiction and nonfiction works of politics, religion and science. Yet once the imagination was allowed to run free and questions dispensed with (like how does a Brazilian anaconda know about African lions?), this was quite enjoyable and one I would recommend to my grandkids.

Alexander does an excellent job of putting our anaconda into predicaments that a younger child could imagine and at which to laugh. There are the feigned friendships, misinformation, and misdirection as adults we all experience in life. More important, there are friends to lean on, and to fight with, as the villain Gork the lion, is introduced to the reader with his quest for revenge.

This is not a picture book or one of simplified language, but well written with the idea that new words will expand the mind of the young reader. It also introduces situations that a child would not question, while still questioning the motives of a wild dog named Lyon and a forgetful elephant named Pluff.

Oh, yes, there are the occasional puns, humor and twists that will keep the young reader occupied.

The opening, however, reads a bit disjointed and moved extremely fast from the seeking of a meal to Sith’s arrival in Montreal, to getting on the boat back home. But once the reader learns that Sith is not returning to the continent of his birth, the story smoothes out nicely.

For a first book, this was very well done. For a children’s book, Sith the snake is a wonderful introduction to the world outside the protected walls of the home and how to choose wisely.

Stefany Alexander:

Born in France from Spanish descent, Stefany Alexander lived in France until she was fourteen years old, when she moved to Spain with her family. Living in the United States for a year to learn English, she graduated from West Monroe High School in Louisiana. She then earned a professional degree in tourism in France and a management degree from HEC Montreal in Canada, where she now lives with her husband and their two sons. A frequent traveler, she loves to melt with a culture, live with the local people, and see different traditions. She speaks French, Spanish, and English fluently. Sith the snake is her first book.

Reviewer David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker, and college instructor in Communication, Ethics, Business and Politics. His new book, “A Christian Nation? An objective evaluation of objective evidence is due for release in October, 2011.

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PhD [alternative] Career Clinic

By: Jane Y. Chin, PhD

Reviewer: David Rosman

Jane ChinThere are a lot of fallacies and myths concerning academics moving from the university setting to corporate senior management. Jane Y. Chin’s PhD [alternative] Career Clinic provides a comprehensive and practical guide as to what the newly minted Masters and PhD graduates should expect in the “real world.” To what is real and what is legend.

Dr. Chin’s book is not is a guide to writing resumes and cover letter, the nuts and bolts of the laborious job of the job search, or how to perform at a job interview. She is asking the reader to take a deep look at him or herself to determine what they want to do when they grow up, what needs to be done on a personal level as one begin the process, and my personal favorite, getting to know one’s self.

This is written on an academic level, which is the audience Chin wants to attract. Chin does not attempt to lighten the hard parts of changing careers paths, of seeking a corporate career under the pressures of your advisors and department chair, or the harder questions about one’s intent of going to the “dark side” of a corporate career and possibly being “over qualified.”

With my own experience teaching career search techniques and counseling, I liked what Dr. Chin has produced, though I would suggest that you read the chapters in a different order. She opens with the discussion by speaking to the “Academic Business Enterprise,” explaining to the reader what is really going on behind the scenes in to two sides of continuum.

From here, I would suggest moving directly to Chapter Six, “PhD Career Professional, Know Thyself,” and Chapter Seven, “What I Wish I learned in Graduate School.” These two chapters will force the reader to look deep inside and determine if one has the moxie to move from the confines of a college campus to a corporate campus. It will also let you know that only a select few will be in a senior position just out of the gate.

Once one makes it through these three chapters, return to Chapter Two, “Build Your Mental Toughness,” and the last three chapters discussing the process of getting notifications of career openings and being noticed. What is especially true here is the importance of networking both on the Internet and in real, person-to-person situations. Chin does not speak to the “elevator speech,” which has become passé in the last decade, but to real life interactions.

You may also find that Chin speaks too much about her own experiences, including time spent in an theater improvisation class. This appears to be a bit of self-ego boosting and can interfere to the main message of each section. There is no reason to believe what the author experienced will be the same as the reader’s. However, there are good lessons to be learned and it is suggested not to discount these stories.

Dr. Chin has a number of good, some important and some extremely important points in her work. PhD [alternative] Career Clinic is exactly what the doctor ordered for those moving from the Ivy Halls to the Glass-walled buildings.

Just bring your good reading classes; the paperback appears to be in 8-point type.

Book details:

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: 9Pillars Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9755072-1-6
  • Currently available as a Kindle Book.

Genres: Nonfiction – Business/Marketing – Career Development


Jane Y. Chin, Ph.D. grew up in 3 continents spanning the East, Middle East, and the West. Jane is founder of 9Pillars, a consultancy focused on creating personal and social significance. Chin was founder and President of Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Institute, and founding publisher of MSL Quarterly, the first MSL management journal. Jane is creator of “Jane’s Mental Health Source Page”, one of the internet’s oldest personal websites on depression and emotional abuse. Jane has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) and a doctorate degree in biochemistry from University of Buffalo at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, New York). She lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, son, and an old royal ball python named Budette.


David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, keynote speaker, and college instructor in Communication, Ethics, Business and Politics. His new book, A Christian Nation? An objective evaluation of objective evidence is due for release in October, 2011.

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Red Roger, A novel by Ben Capshaw

John Knight is a Washington D.C. homicide detective. His long time partner is Alex Stewart. They make a wonderful pair; Knight comfortable in his $99.00 suits and Stewart wanting to be on a cover of an Armani’s catalog. You get the general picture.

Elaine Field is a budding ballet dancer with a lot of potential and just so happens to live across the way from Knight. She was murdered, her throat slashed and her stomach cut open. This is the first murder of many and Knight is the assigned detective. Living in close proximity, Knight has a deeper interest.

From here you add to the list of characters. Richard and Stephanie Ford, wealthy and the owners of the ballet company for whom Elaine danced. Richard’s adult son Eric is a weapons engineer and Stephanie’s step-son. Richard has one very open eye on very young women. Stephanie is also a bit loose in the sex department. The reader is not too sure about Eric. The three together equal a very wealth dysfunctional family.

The supposed murderer, “Red” Roger Medvell, has a history of violence and was recently released from a state mental hospital.

The prerequisite hard-nosed, no holds barred crime reporter Carol Brumley may be the only real mystery in the book. Will she be the hero with Knight, a pawn in the game, or a victim?

The additional prerequisite is Knight’s dysfunctional captain and the Metro police chief who seem to have a political and public relations motive to finding Red Roger. After all, this is Washington, D.C. “Be a team player or get out” is their motto.

Finally, there is the love interest, Leslie Decker, another ballerina and Elaine’s roommate. She is wealthy, has a drinking problem, was the mistress of Richard Ford (key word is “was”), and knows Eric Ford. Capshaw creates a mystery about her that lingers throughout the story. Like Brumley, what is her part in the tale?

Here the plot unfolds. John Knight is not convinced that Red Roger is the murderer. However, his bosses do and order him to be a “team member.” Knight is declared persona non-grata when he opens his mouth once too often and is removed from the case.

This is a fun read, especially after grading student papers, speeches, and reviewing nonfiction work. Capshaw does a nice job setting up the story and keeping the characters in character, including the evolution of the killer. This is also a very predictable story in need of a better “surprise” ending. But that is exactly why this was a fun read; no real surprises.

It is the basic “who is going to bed with whom” mystery, with our hero being kicked off the biggest case in D.C. since Watergate, counting eight murders in all. The villain is described as “D.C.’s Jack the Ripper” for his ability to filet the victims, who range for a homeless man to a U.S. Representative. To say that Red Roger incorporates all of the plots and sub-plots of the Mystery genre may be an understatement, along with one too many clichés. But that is what makes the story fun.

With the exception of Brumley and Decker, you will have most of the mystery figured out by the time you hit the half-way point. The killer is revealed early, but in this case, that is not a bad thing. It helps the story move.

Capshaw knows the Washington metro area well from his time in the Navy, describing Northern Virginia and the nation’s capital in enough detail to be recognized, but not so much that you need to be a native of the D.C. communities.

I truly enjoyed Red Roger. In fact, if Capshaw is planning a series, I would welcome the next murder, to find out what happened to Knight after the Red Roger murders are solved, to see if the love interest remains part of the scene, and to find out if Knight returns to his birth home in Arkansas.

This is a good summer read, providing a mystery with sex, money, deceit, a crazy family and a format allowing the reader to travel in the worlds of the killer and detective.

Fiction Mystery/Thriller Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hard Cover
HT Communications Group
(314) 402-0764
414 pages
ISBN: 978-0-615041855-1
Format: Kindle Edition
Language: English

Author’s Biography:

Ben Capshaw is the sixth of seven children raised in the small town of Chaffee, Missouri. He attended Catholic schools before receiving a B.A. and a J.D. at the University of Missouri. He is a retired officer of the United States Navy and is currently a criminal defense attorney living in St. Louis with his dogs, Ranger and Riley.

Reviewer David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker, and college instructor in Communication, Ethics, Business and Politics.

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The Heming Way by: Marty Beckerman

How to unleash the booze-inhaling, animal-slaughtering, war-glorifying, hair chested, retro-sexual legend within… Just like Papa!

By: Marty Beckerman 
Paperback: 90 pages
Publisher: Infected Press (May 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097006294X
ISBN-13: 978-0970062949
Available through: www.thehemingwaybook.com, Amazon and Barnes and Noble  online.

“The parody is the last refuge of the frustrated writer. … The greater the work of literature, the easier the parody. The step up from writing parodies is writing on the wall above the urinal.” Ernest Hemmingway

And thus we enter into the worlds of smokin, drinkin, warrin, huntin and womanizin. The Hemming Way is a tool to reintroduce a form of masculinity that has been lost since Papa’s death in 1961. That is Marty Beckerman’s vision of a post emasculate world that exists today and what it should really look like. Bigger than Tim Allen.

Within the liberal (usage not political) use of Hemmingway quotes, Beckerman takes the reader through the maze of “how to be a real man” from the joys of hunting womanizing and drinking to the true purpose of the book, masculinity itself. This is all done with tongue-in-cheek, bad jokes, worse commentary and a quality of writing of which Ernest might have approve. Then again…

The Hemming Way is not meant to be serious about anything, but there are some bits of bad taste sprinkled throughout. In his chapter “Men without women (… but with men?),” a lively discussion of the rightful place of a woman in a man’s life, Beckerman, exclaims,

[Women are] not made of sugar, spice, and everything nice; more like subterfuge, spite, and everything nightmarish. Your choice isn’t between psycho women and sane women (the latter don’t exist) but instead: how much psycho can you handle?

To illustrate his point, Beckerman inserts a picture of the destroyed World Trade Center with the caption “Almost as destructive as PMS.” To many, including this reviewer, this is rude and obscene comparison. But it is somehow redeemed with the idea that if Hemmingway was on one of the four hijacked jets on 9-11, the terrorist would have lost. Again, this is a “no-holds barred” type of book and sentiment, if men have any at all, is not permitted within its pixels. I am over it.

There is a glorification of death and one’s personal end. Hemmingway did take his own life at the business end of a shotgun. But there is also an important point about living life to its fullest. Beckerman writes:

What’s the point of withering away in a bleach-scented retirement home, playing endless card games of Go Fish and Bridge instead of going fishing like Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea or detonating explosives under bridges like Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls?… Legacy is more important than longevity; you must plunge into the Abyss, not let it swallow you.

Here I totally agree with both authors. Life is not a “beach,” but a mountain to climb.  Beckerman continues:

We are numbed in our high-def, Wi-Fi cocoons, eager for materialistic possessions—the newest, fastest, shiniest gadgets—instead of a fitting end to a life well-lived. If Papa hadn’t killed himself out of despair in 1961, he would kill himself out of disgust today.

So true and so sad.

This book is not for the faint hearted. This book is not for the wishy-washy.  This book is for the manly-man who enjoys an occasional glass of white wine because he doesn’t give a sh#& about what others think. The reader is reminded of this in Beckerman’s very first line (after the Hemmingway quote, of course), “Men have a problem. We know in our hearts, in our DNA, that we are mindless, reckless, pleasure-seeking violent slobs.” And your problem is?

Sometime it is hard to remember this is a parody, that it contains more facts than fiction, but the fiction is there, and despite its over the top misogynist, carnivorous and alcohol-induced nature, this really is a fun book to read. Short, silly and seriously masculine.

 Author  Marty Beckerman, America’s Luscious Beacon of Truth, has written for Esquire (where he served as an editor), Playboy, Salon, Discover, Gawker, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, and every other worthwhile publication of our time. He has been quoted by the New York Times,the Washington Post, the Atlantic, MSNBC, ABC News, and Fox News, all of which mistook him for a serious pundit.
Aside from The Heming Way, Beckerman’s literary masterpieces include Generation S.L.U.T. (MTV Books / Simon & Schuster) andDumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots (The Disinformation Company).
You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. And you can find shirtless pictures of him at www.martybeckerman.com

Reviewer David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker, and college instructor in Communication, Ethics, Business and Politics. He also is a commentator for the Columbia Missourian and InkandVoice.com, and writes reviews for the New York Journal of Books.

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Preview – Citizen Journalist

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For Release – November 10, 2010

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Citizen Journalist Are Professional Journalists

Richard Klicki, Senior Editor/Online for the DailyHerald.com, posted an interesting query to the LinkedIn.com’s Newspaper Professional Group. “Given the state and average salaries of the news industry today, is a journalism degree still worth the investment? Are journalist better trained (and financially served) by working through apprenticeships, like the building trades?”

The question is one that all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major, must ask themselves, “What will be my return on this education investment?” Part of that answer concerns a great intangible – How will I love my career?

Debra Paul, owner of Nutfield Publishing operating five hyper-local newspapers in New Hampshire, was succinct in her answer. “It would all depend on whether you’re doing it for money or the greater good.” And she is right, bringing the conversation to the next level.

Given the increasing costs of an undergraduate and graduate education, a good apprenticeship may not be a bad idea in journalism. In fact, many of the responders admitted that they learned the majority of their trade after they started working. Over the years, I have found this true in many professions, including law and medicine. Journalism should require an apprenticeship to become a journeyman.

Many news outlets, the Missourian included, rely on “citizen journalist,” men and women who are not paid for their columns and reporting, but are held to the same high standards as their paid counterparts.

This led to a second question posed to the same group, how we define a “professional.” Being paid seems to be the consensus.

It is my contention, however, that regular unpaid contributors, the citizen journalists, should also be considered a “professionals” if she meets that standards required by recognized news organizations. Many reject this idea, using Oxford American Dictionary’s definition that one must be paid to be a professional. Merriam-Webster, though in agreement, also suggests that, when used as an adjective, a professional is “characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession.”

Maude Campbell, a freelance medical editor and writer from Cleveland Ohio, took some time to research the question and wrote a well thought out treatise, making an interesting point referring to Jay Rosen’s award winning Press Think blog.

She wrote, “[Rosen’s] more recent posts and links… [that] even Wiki defining citizen journalism as… journalism done by professionals/news ‘organizations.’”

Rosen also wrote a short manifesto, The People formerly Known As Readers. He wrote, “We graduate from wanting media when we want it, to wanting it without the filler, to wanting media to be way better than it is, to publishing and broadcasting ourselves when it meets a need or sounds like fun.”

Back to the standard of being “paid.” In a standard sense, “paid” means receiving compensation for work preformed, traditionally as a paycheck from an employer or customer, or the give and take of the barter system. Sometimes not.

Even defining “paid” has come under some scrutiny. Does being “paid” also include the blogger who is making money from his site from selling advertising? He is being paid, but not directly for his writing. Is this close enough?

English is a “living” language, one that grows and evolves. Grammar, spelling and meanings change over time. As I correlated the definitions and comments, I find myself revisiting the terms citizen and civic journalist as well as professional. As journalism examines the new lands of citizens as journalists, the term professional may have to change.

The civic journalist is writing on behalf of the citizens. This is usually raw material, not well documented if at all, and does not the criteria required by news media.

The Missourian’s citizen journalists like J. Karl Miller, Rose Nolen, Gene Robertson and others who write for this paper and our cross-town rivals without receiving a paycheck are professionals. We write because of our love of language and wanting to inform the public. We write to start a conversation on issues that may otherwise not receive a fair discussion. Our remuneration is your response.

Though some complain that we are not paid for our efforts, we take great pride in our columns. We hold ourselves to the ethical and production standards of the industry, We all thank you for your reading and responding to our thoughts.


David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at InkandVoice.com and New York Journal of Books.com.


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Developing an accurate survey tool

I just finished a survey on SurveyMonkey.com. It was not a bad survey, but it most likely did not get the important information in the limited 10-question freebie. Teaching research and survey development, I have learned a few tricks. Here are four.

1) K.I.S.S. No, it is not exactly what you think. Try “Keep It Short and Simple.” Convoluted or complex questions are hard to decipher.  Simple is always better.

2) When using a scale response, use an even number of responses (plus N/A). That way the respondent cannot answer in the natural center.

3) Do not overlap responses. If response one is “1-50” then your next needs to be “51-100.” If you end and start with the same number, you will have false data.  In addition, do not use “1-50” and “40–100.” This just creates confusion.

4) Demographics are good, but is it the information you really need? Too many believe that gender or education is always part of the mix. They are not. Nor is age. Years experience, professional designations and size of company may give you better information.

It is always important to recognize before you test your survey for accuracy to ask yourself one question: Am I getting the information I need or is this just fluff.

One more thing. Always use spelzchek.

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