Nothing of any significance ever occurs or is ever built without someone first dreaming about it.

~Shawn McAllister

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Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations … Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.

~Henry David Thoreau

Southern Bridges/Northern Lights


includes an essay on Spirit and a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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The poet is often referred to as a “seer.” He may have a different vision, but he doesn’t really “see” the world differently than everyone else nor does he have any special capacity of knowing, understanding, or answering its complexities. The poet uses language like an artist uses a brush to add a little color in pinpointing moments just enough to let it be known that all human traits are universal. Besides, we are all poets. A few of us simply take the time to transfer our poetry to the written word.

The Poetry

For full samples of Shawn's poems click here

[free verse]

So small, so infinitesimal the time of love

that even on our tombstones between two dates

a dash will represent our life

the only chance we have to love

and feed the growth of universal Man and Woman



Once Hemingway

sat across this bay

and touched the endless sea


The gulf-stretched sun

guides everyone

who dreams the dreams like he

The Essay

I’ve often wondered about the spiritual force behind the creative process. What is that motivating force that drives some of us beyond normal levels of endurance to challenge the unknown and/or to create?

We are not all creators and only a small percentage of us are obsessed with our creativity beyond normal social acceptance.  Therefore, the driving force behind the creative mind apparently is not universal enough to be attributed solely to instinct. Or is it? Is it the ...

The Tribute

To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spirit is the powerhouse of imagination. It is the driving force that motivates us to communicate experiences and ideas to future generations. Imagination fuels dreams and dreams are the gateway to the future. No one understood the power of a dream more than Martin Luther King Jr.



Copyright 2008

6x9, 76 pages

Special Numbered Limited Hardbound Edition Price: $25.00 +$2.50 s&h

Paperback Price: $15.00 +$2.50 s&h

Hibel: The Life & Art of Edna Hibel

Edna Hibel is one of America’s most prominent colorists, known primarily for her “Mother & Child” images. She is the only female artist since the 16th century and one of only a handful of artists throughout history to produce paintings in nine consecutive decades. In 2001 she became the second woman, as well as the second American, to receive the prestigious Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts. Respected as much for her gentle, loving spirit as she is for her art, Edna has traveled the globe with her paintbrush and easel capturing images on her canvas that have endeared her to a multitude of adoring fans for the better part of a century. She has met royalty, celebrities, and common people from all walks of life along the way. Her genuine affection for people is not filtered through a barometer of class, culture, economics, or stature. She treats everyone the same and views their diversity as unique brush strokes.

This is her story. This authorized biography is based on her recollections with a concerted effort to capture her personality and character. This is the personal side of a very popular artist.

Copyright 2006

87/8 x 11¼, 284 pages, ISBN-10: 1-884886-84-1    ISBN-13: 978-1-884886-84-3

more than 600 photos of her art & family photos

Price: $75.00 +$4.50 s&h


Surrender the Jealous Mistress

an autobiographical look at life in the theatre

Book Description
Constantin Stanislavaski, father of the Method School of Acting at the Moscow Art Theatre in the Nineteenth Century, described the theatre as a jealous mistress. By that he meant that once she seduces you, she will dominate you, and demand 110 percent of your attention and devotion with no guarantees in return. Surrender the Jealous Mistress is the autobiographical story of Shawn McAllister's theatrical life.

Personal Note from the Author
My reason for writing about my acting career was that I came to realize it was the most effective way I had of helping to preserve my heritage. This heritage thing became important to me when my grandchildren responded to seeing one of my movies, expressing amazement that their grandpa was an actor, because I suddenly realized that I had no idea what my grandfathers (who both died before I was born), and their fathers before them, did for a living. I have no journals, or documents, or letters from my ancestors that would allow me to glimpse into their minds. I wanted to make sure that my descendants had access to that which I was denied. Therefore, I set about to document the story of my life as an actor, complete with the hows and whys I chose such a path. I encourage everyone to tell their life's story through the written word. It's the most precious gift you can give those you love.

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Price: $24.95 +$3.00 s&h

Copyright 1999

LIMITED SUPPLY: Second Edition due in late Fall 2008




Other Book Credits:

Ghostwritten books:

Celebrating America– StarGroup International

The Republican Party – StarGroup International

The Democratic Party– StarGroup International

Creating Harmony – Bonnie Goodman, M.S., L.M.H.C.

Forget the Customer – Larry Hill

Give Your Wealth to Your Family Not the IRS – Jerome T. Butwin

How to Buy A Forklift – John Böhmer

Just the Two of Us – Alicia Blodgett

Loose Nuts Under the Hood & Behind the WheelStarGroup International

A Nun’s Story – Nancy Hogan

OSTV Operating System: The Next Wave of InformationAlexious Fiero



Adults Only: For People Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party by Sid Dinerstein

Amazing Smiles Through Cosmetic Dentistry by Albert J. Kurpis, DDS

The Best Little Town in Florida by Tom Mills

Dreams Upon The Stars (original edit)  by Jarmila Pachl

Jilianne’s Quest by Kathryn Eptaminitis Gilmore

101 Reasons Why You Should Eat Fast Food by Adam Clatsoff

A Passion For Life by Princess Pamela



Turning Points – 4 vols – StarGroup International, Templeton Foundation, Northwood University


My advice to anyone who wants to write is to stay flexible. Be serious about writing, but don't take your writing seriously. Never think that the words you compose are biblical in nature. The magic of the creative mind is that it is constantly willing to massage, manipulate, and mold ideas. For the writer, that means having the ability and willingness to play with words. We are, after all, called wordsmiths.

~Shawn McAllister

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