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Butter on Table 7 By don the waiter
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Impressionistic sketches of a young waiter's reaction to life in the late 1970s - musings on existence, politics, and the restaurant business. Handwritten while high on 'shrooms and naked for all the... More > world to see. An attempt to find meaning in a culture dominated by celebrities and materialism. Seen thru' the prism of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Tarot Cards, the Bible and the Bistro, the European restaurant at which he worked. Some of the themes; Work is good, Become yourself, Face the Void, Align with the Divine by listening to the Little Voice< Less
Citronelle's Rise & Fall: 2. Rising to Power By don lehman jr.
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Chef Felicien craves a real Maitre’d to ensure that his food-art and Guests are served properly. Instead Corporate provides him with a series of managers that regularly violate the basic tenets... More > of the Fine Dining Experience. Burned out from the abuse, Felicien retreats into his Kitchen. Underestimating his power, Don the Waiter feels there is nothing that he can do to protect Service. Although Brain continues to spread his web of misconceptions, the Universe places Don face-to-face with Reality. Heart’s chains break and Body stands up for herself. Rising to Power is the second book in the trilogy, Citronelle’s Rise & Fall. The trio of books chronicles the real trials and tribulations of Citronelle, a popular gourmet restaurant in Santa Barbara. The author has worked as a waiter in Santa Barbara's Fine Dining scene for over thirty years. He has written many other books, including Butter on Table 7 and The Divine Breakdown.< Less
The Divine Breakdown By don lehman jr.
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This book chronicles the Author's emotional, physical, and psychic breakdown and then his difficult and tumultuous recovery.
Colonialism to Independence: Southeast Asia (1511-2014) By don lehman jr.
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This volume recounts Southeast Asian history for the last half millennium (1511-2014). It begins by tracing the path of Western colonialism as it gradually infects the entire region. The work... More > continues by narrating each country's route to independence from foreign domination. It finishes up by comparing Southeast Asia's global metrics with the other nations in the world. Cultures, countries and companies speak for themselves in this tale. As such, the work could be characterized as historical fiction.< Less
Citronelle's Rise & Fall: 3. Embracing Change By don lehman jr.
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Despite a new Maitre’d, the manager wars continue unabated at Citronelle, a nationally acclaimed Fine Dining restaurant located in Santa Barbara. After an excellent 10-year relationship with... More > Chef Felicien, Corporate forces him out and brings in another chef, whose execution is fatally flawed. A new owner takes over with the intent of moving Citronelle downstairs despite her third story location overlooking the ocean. Despite the bleakness of the situation, the Floor Staff show their love for the restaurant by valiantly fighting for her survival against all odds. Embracing Change the third book of the Citronelle trilogy, chronicles the drama and humor associated with the fall of this popular restaurant. The author has worked as a waiter for over thirty years. He has written many other books, including 2 more restaurant novels Butter on Table 7 and The Divine Breakdown.< Less
Citronelle's Rise & Fall: 1. When Idea & Reality Collide By don lehman jr.
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The Universe blesses Felicien by making him Chef of Citronelle, a gourmet restaurant set up in Santa Barbara by Michel Richard. Simultaneously, he curses Felicien with Peter, a restaurant manager,... More > who is determined to force his Ideas upon an uncooperative Reality. Visions of power, prestige and promotion corrupt Peter and his accomplices. These Ideas threaten to erode Citronelle's Fine Dining Experience. Simultaneously Brain deludes Don the Waiter with Eastern philosophies of detachment - dissuading him from taking action to protect the restaurant. Luckily the Universe arranges circumstances to awaken his Heart and get him involved. When Idea and Reality Collide is the first book of the restaurant trilogy, Citronelle’s Rise and Fall. The trilogy chronicles and celebrates Citronelle's tragic life in the Fine Dining spotlight, beginning with her rise to national acclaim and ending with her fall into obscurity and death.< Less
The Rise & Fall of Southeast Asia's Empires By don lehman jr.
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The Author treats Southeast Asia as a unified and distinct cultural entity. The narrative begins with her tectonic development and ends with the arrival of the Europeans circa 1500 CE.
Master Ni's Principles By don lehman jr.
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Principles for Tai Chi and Life contains direct quotations from Master Ni's 30 years of instruction. It includes 3 parts: his 12 stages of Tai Chi, yin-yang theory, and snippets (brief quotations).... More > While addressed to his many Tai Chi students, his sayings provide deep insights into the alchemical quest for mastery.< Less
Tai Chi Classics & Wu Tang Sword Methods By don lehman jr.
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This work contains excerpts from the TAi CHi Classics and Wudang Sword Methods.
What is a Mountain? By Don Lehman Jr.
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Backpacking in the Eastern Sierras, I encountered perplexing land formations I’d never seen before. Curious about their nature I began constructing a sculpture based upon a topography map of... More > the region. This led to an exploration into the unique geography of Central California, which piqued origination questions. Delving deeper I learned about the discovery of glaciers, ice ages, continental drift, ocean spreading & tectonic planes, as all of these mechanisms are at the heart of mountain formation. The desire to dispel the rigid mindsets that block the direct perception of reality drove the research and topo sculpture that is at the base of this work. As such I finished the book with an exploration of personal mountains – what it takes to achieve mastery - how to distinguish mountains from molehills - and what a mountain can teach us concerning the quest for self-realization.< Less