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Michael Staples holds dual licenses in Radiation Therapy and Depth Psychotherapy. He is the author of over twenty journal articles in these fields, and has worked in both large academic institutions (University of California at San Francisco, Stanford Medical Center), and in a number of private clinics and community based hospitals. In the 1970s, Michael was one of the primer U.S. writers in the martial arts field, his area of focus being Chinese martial arts. He was the author of four books; White Crane Gung-Fu (the first book about the White Crane style in English), Hop-Gar Kung-Fu (the first book about the Hop-Gar in English),Tibetan Kung-Fu, and Wushu of China (the first book about the Compulsory routine in China called Chang-Chuan, or ...more

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Michael P. Staples There are times while writing when I feel as if I am hearing music -- the kind of music that captures your soul, and brings you to your knees in tears…moreThere are times while writing when I feel as if I am hearing music -- the kind of music that captures your soul, and brings you to your knees in tears of emotion. There are times when I feet precisely this, while writing, and later often wonder who wrote those passages -- that it could not have been me... that I couldn't have written that. These are times when writing is like playing music, where the ebb and flow of what happens on paper is magic... and I wonder how anything could possibly compare. (less)
Michael P. Staples I'm not working on anything. Completing this book took a total of some nine years of obsessive soul-searching, getting up in the middle of the night…moreI'm not working on anything. Completing this book took a total of some nine years of obsessive soul-searching, getting up in the middle of the night to get something down on paper that popped up in a dream, and being able to think about very little else. It's funny that the book turned out to be so short after all that. But at the moment, I need a break.(less)
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Standing on the Edge

Ever been eighteen and in charge of making sure bombs don't go off? 


 


I was standing at an edge. I don’t think anyone in EOD had


ever been court marshaled. It just wasn’t done. But then EOD never


had stupid eighteen-year-old lance corporals to deal with. I would


probably be the first ever to get the axe, if for no other reason than


to send the message to the higher-ups that letting lower-ra...

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