Leslie Compton

Leslie spent her life as a professional musician, elementary school teacher, music teacher, childbirth educator, quilter for children in need, fabric artist and writer. She loves to share and bring new insights to others and her books provide a path for that. She enjoys giving talks about Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, her first book, and creating situations to discuss issues during a terminal illness, based on her second book.

Leslie moved to Southern Oregon in 2001.  She has two wonderful, talented grown sons living outside of Oregon.

She is currently working on her fourth book.

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Website: www.LeslieCompton.com 

This is a memoir detailing the journey my father and I traveled as he battled prostate cancer while weaving through memories of happier times.  The physical, emotional and medical experiences we both encountered are played out in detail.

This memoir was written for those who have lost a loved one, those who are caregivers, and those who are training to be caregivers.

At the conclusion are discussion suggestions to be used in a group situation to prepare readers for the journey ahead.

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This is a wonderfully accurate portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt’s 43,000-mile, 14-month goodwill tour seldom told in depth in history books. Extrapolated from and including over 200 actual (collectible) postcards sent home to “Dearest Minnie,” this book is an engaging narrative as seen through the eyes of an enlisted sailor aboard the USS Virginia.

On 12 December 1907, over one hundred years ago, Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet sailed into the history books. Comprised of sixteen battleships and manned by 14,000 sailors and marines under the command of Rear Admiral Robley “Fighting Bob” Evans, the American fleet set out from Hampton Roads, Virginia to visit 20 ports on six continents before returning to Hampton Roads, Virginia on 22 February 1909.

Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story, is an engaging written and pictorial narrative about the battleships, the political climate, the animals aboard ship, the various cultures, the entertainment, the unexpected mishaps as well as the budding romance between a Virginia sailor and his “Dearest Minnie.” The full-color collectible postcard images follow the fleet as it sails to each port. Included in the book is a detailed description of each card and photo.
Considered as one of the greatest peacetime achievements in US Navy history, Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story, offers something for everyone: postcard collectors, history enthusiasts, and
romantics. You only need a love for history and a desire to learn something new.

Much of the evidence of women’s struggle for recognition in the arts has disappeared and so have those who have taken part in them.  Now in the 21st Century with women as 50% of the professional artists, we cannot afford to neglect the achievement of this segment of the population.

This book introduces one of those women, her Great-Aunt, Evylena Nunn Miller through her book,  The Forgotten Artist.

Evylena Nunn Miller, was born on July 4, 1888, in Mayfield, Kansas relocating to Santa Ana, California with her family in 1903.  Maturing as an accomplished painter, she became a leader among her contemporaries, eager to help artists by establishing scholarships, creating new venues for exhibitions, lecturing, teaching and lending impetus to women’s organizations so they would be recognized among the male dominated artistic community. Evylena among her many achievements became the youngest artist to have a painting accepted by the Smithsonian Institute.

Evylena’s landscapes were her view of the world. Her life force was her faith and her paintings were acts of faith as can be seen through the many photographs of her art in The Forgotten Artist.

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Leslie and a friend at a SF Postcard Club Mtg book signing and talk

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