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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Vaughn House Publishing (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098386960X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983869603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,048,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the county hospital in French Camp, California, Valerie 's childhood started out normally. Her father was becoming a CPA, her mother, a stay-at-home Mom. But within a few short years, the family, her mother 7-months pregnant, boarded a plane to Munich, Germany. They embarked on what was to become a life of travel, eventually living in Germany, Japan, Italy, and both coasts of America. It was the perfect childhood for an imaginative, curious, little girl.

Anticipating every new house, apartment and back yard, she always expected to find secret compartments or hidden passageways. The creek behind her home in Virginia led to many excursions rife with water moccasins and painted turtles, including one particularly dangerous encounter raiding the neighborhood boys' tree house. The clearly marked "NO GIRLS ALLOWED!" seemed like an open invitation to her 12-year-old self.

Always preferring to work outside with her dad, rather than do housework indoors with her mother and sister on a sunny, Saturday afternoon, when it came time to get a job in high school, she opted for anything other than one stuck behind a desk. So, in spite of the fact that she'd never taken swimming lessons, she flailed her way through the lifeguard qualification tests and became one of the first female lifeguards ever hired in town.

The next year, when she went away to college, and needed a little more money than waitressing provided, she applied for the job of manager at a pizza place nearby. When the owner told her he was thinking of paying "a man with a family" $700 a month, she said, "That will be fine, I'll take it." She was, again, the first female ever hired for that job. Years later, a dance studio wanted her to sign a contract stating if she got pregnant in the first year of employment she'd have to pay a $2,000 fine. A newlywed, she promptly quit and proceeded to get pregnant with her first son.

A self-admitted book addict, Valerie was the kid with the flashlight under her pillow, reading in bed long after lights out. Her exposure to different cultures led to a pervasive interest in people, with degrees & teaching credentials in Cultural Anthropology & English.

From freelance magazine articles to computer manuals, Valerie has always found a way to write. Her first book, Tilting Windmills, was a collection of poems. Her 2012 book, Saturday Salon: Bringing Community & Conversation Back Into Our Lives, evolved out of a unique salon she created and hosted for over 10 years. It includes great potluck recipes, and the sometimes, wicked history of French, Ancient Greek, and Harlem salons, and received top reviews including the Midwest Book Review.

SHATTERED Logan Book One, the first in her great, new mystery series, just came out, and you should stop reading this bio and BUY IT IMMEDIATELY! She's already busy working on Book Two, with the support, distraction and love of her husband and ever-expanding family of six, plus spouses, children, dogs and a lovely lemon tree on the patio.

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By Oski65 on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Saturday Salon is a place where people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and circumstances can come together to share their thoughts and experiences in a non-confrontational setting. The topics can range from the sublime (Is there a God?) to the mundane (Is there a proper way to load a dishwasher?), and any topic can generate a lively, thoughtful, and humorous discussion.
Valerie's book begins with a description of the Saturday Salon and why it's important, then lays out suggestions for planning and conducting a Salon for various groups. She moves on to the history of salons and ends with sections on favorite potluck meals. For those who have never attended a salon coming up with a topic for discussion can be daunting and Valerie ends here book with a large section of possible topics in several categories.
This book is writtent in a light, easy to read style and will serve as a clear, concise guide to anyone wishing to create a place for sharing.
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By Dennis A. Fleming on October 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
The concept of having a civilized conversation seems ancient, especially with this election year, but Valerie nails it in her blueprint. Am eagerly looking forward to trying it soon. Very well-done!
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By Ron Fleming on April 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
In a world where many of us don't even know our next door neighbor's name, this book gave me the tools to connect with others in a truly meaningful way. I was amazed at how much I learned by simply sharing thoughts, ideas and opinions with a small group of people. Learning how much everyday people understand about our world and how much they have to offer is very encouraging and enlightening.

The book's step-by-step instructions make it very easy to facilitate salons. I was amazed at how much I gained from so little effort. Everyone had a great time. What a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I predict these salons will become very popular, very quickly.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Clearly in today's climate communication skills need improvement. What better way to hone these skills than getting together with friends, family, neighbors and new aquaintances over a beverage of your choice. Salons are the perfect vehicle. As I rush through my busy days and nights I find that many times I cannot remember most of what was said to me. My listening skills are in poor condition. Leave it to a new and exciting author to bring us a comfortable environment (our own living rooms) to improve these skulls

Ms. Davisson leads us through the history of "the Salon" and teaches us how to adapt the Salon to our lives. Such simple steps and so much fun! I hold my Salon during the daylight hours (some shouldn't be driving at night. We are all retired ladies who enjoy talking, expressing our opinions and love being listened to! I thank you Ms. Davisson for writing and sharing such and enlightening book. And, thank you for dedicating your time and skills teaching our children.
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By Pattee on October 31, 2011
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BUY this book right now !! It is excellent. It inspires. It encourages communication and interaction with others. We live such isolated lives. This book helps and guides people in the dynamic of salons. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book.
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