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Third book published by local writer will benefit Scouts

SCHUYLER FALLS A collection of zippy one-liners and inspirational sayings has added up to the latest book by local author James P. Hewitt. Mr. Hewitt said he has always been told he has a great sense of humor, so it was with those words of encouragement he decided to put a few of his quirky sayings on paper. With that, Ramblings was born. People have often told me that I make them laugh, said Mr. Hewitt, who is a registered nurse. A laugh lightens peoples mood and the atmosphere in a room. I can often inject into a tense conversation a word or two to deflate the tension and calm it all down. Some excerpts of ramblings from Mr. Hewitts book include Children are lifes true innocents. It truly takes an adult to screw them up. Mr. Hewitt stated children are not born lying or hating, but learn their bad behaviors from an older person. Another, What you are saying doesnt pass the smell test, is a phrase Mr. Hewitts father often said to him during his teenage years. One of Mr. Hewitts personal favorites is I am not fat. I am simply a nutritional overachiever, as he admits he is always trying to lose weight. Some of the quotes in Mr. Hewitts book are admittedly not ones he calls Jim-isms, but are ones he has heard in the past that have stuck with him and compelled him enough to share them. Ramblings is my way to simply put a smile on a persons face and make them laugh, said Mr. Hewitt. This is the third book in Mr. Hewitts collection of self-published writings. His previous two books are Sick Building Syndrome and The Christmas Tree. His latest work took little more than six months to complete. Mr. Hewitt has been writing professionally since he was in high school. He had his first poem, Ghosts, published when he worked as a staff writer on his school newspaper at John Jay High School in Cross River. He went on to become assistant editor for his college newspaper at Westchester Community College. Writing is my ability to share my thoughts and concerns with people, said Mr. Hewitt. Having my books published gives me a sense of accomplishment. Proceeds from the sale of his latest book will benefit Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Mr. Hewitt has held a fondness for Scouting since he joined Katonah Scout Troop 1 in Westchester County as a child nearly 30 years ago. Today, he remains a member and serves as an assistant Scoutmaster. The Boy Scouts have been a big part of my life, said Mr. Hewitt. Being able to donate the proceeds has been ingrained through my parents both my mother and father always gave to ill, needy and less fortunate people. With Ramblings added to his collection of published works, Mr. Hewitt is now working on a book of a different sort a cookbook. He is currently soliciting recipes from restaurants in the Adirondack region which will be compiled into an easy reference guide. Proceeds from the sale of that book will be donated to environmental projects within the Adirondack National Park. Restaurants that would like to be included may contact Mr. Hewitt via e-mail to jimhewittwriting@aol.com. Ramblings is available on-line at www.lulu.com and may also be ordered through Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com.

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