Books by Others

Salty, a hilarious book about working at sea.

SALTY: The Colorful Adventures of a Well-Seasoned Seadog

By Lon Calloway (Jill Loree’s cousin)

I had so much fun collaborating with my cousin Lon Calloway to publish his sea stories. I first became aware of them when I found them in a binder at my parents’ cabin in Northern Wisconsin. My dad, whose sister is Lon’s mom, was especially enamored with them and highly encouraged all of us to read them. “They are just so good,” he said.

One of the things I love about this is that my parents are in their eighties and both lifelong devout Lutherans. And yet there is so much heart in these fascinating stories—along with a ton of humor and touch of salt—that it makes our own hearts sing when we read them. At least mine did.

In my book, this is the essence of what it means to be spiritual: to uncover our inner light and let it shine out into the world. Nicely done, Cuz.

– Jill Loree


For me, it was always about the motion. Not just the gentle rocking of a ship that made sleep such a pleasure, nor the heart-pumping thrill of going weightless in my rack as we tossed our way across some deep body of water. It was the fact I was on the move. That’s always been the best part. Going to sleep in one place and waking up in another was like being on a magic carpet.

It’s true, I dodged some shit with this way of life. Or as one early girlfriend put it, “Getting back on that boat is pretty damn convenient for you, isn’t it?” I admit, I wasn’t always there for those who stayed behind. But this has been my life, and over the decades I have become better and better at living it.

Through all the ups and downs, I’ve managed to live the most colorful life I could have imagined for myself, and I’m delighted to share some of the highlights with you. I hope you’ll be OK with the language. Truth be told, cursing is what made the ships go. So here it is: shipboard authentic and salty as hell. I could not tell these tales any other way.

– Captain Lon Calloway

From the Back Cover

When you’re out “on the salt,” the work is rough and the storms have no mercy. Yet the sun never fails to reemerge from behind the clouds, and if you look hard, a chuckle can be found.

Through this remarkable collection of stories—built from over 40 years working on the water—Lon captures the thrill of the action, the pain of the struggle, and the power of a good laugh. Because whether working as mate, quartermaster or captain, humor was always close by when Lon was on deck.

Salty takes you into this world filled with terror and triumph, and delivers a taste of an unfathomable life, working at sea.

Praise for Salty

“These are the stories Lonnie would tell on dark nights in the wheelhouse that would keep us in stitches. Prepare to be highly entertained!”
– Captain Eric Treece (“E.T.”)
S.S. Wilfred Sykes (Present)
S.S. Edward L. Ryerson (2006-2009)

“Chapter after chapter, I found myself hanging on every word. Batten down the hatches and settle in for a wild, highly entertaining ride!”
– Roger LeLievre
Author/Editor of Know Your Ships: Guide to Boats & Boatwatching on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway

“Working with Lon has always been an adventure. The weirdest situations arise and strangest people always seem to appear in his everyday life. If these tales don’t surprise and entertain you then you might want to reflect a little because you may have been one of his encounters.”
– Captain Garth J. Law (“Sharkey”)
Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry Line

Press for Salty

Where to Buy

Available in ebook and paperback on Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes&Noble.

NEAR NONSENSE: Playful Poetry for Children Over 40

By Ed Thompson (Jill Loree’s Dad)

When my dad, at the spry age of 81, asked me to help him publish a book of his original poems, I jumped at the chance. Once we got rolling, I went looking for pictures that would bring his work to life. Scrolling through images on Pixabay, using “quirky” for my search term, I came across some illustrations by Edward Lear that had potential.

So then I searched to find more illustrations by Edward Lear and, lo and behold, found a huge array of odd drawings that fit remarkably well with the theme of each of my dad’s poems. As in, fit like a glove.

We paid a tidy little donation for the use of these unique pieces of art, and by the time the book was finished had landed on an apt title for his book: “Near Nonsense.” We were both just delighted with how it turned out.

Six months later, on a whim, I Googled Edward Lear and discovered he was born in England in 1812 and lived there until his death in 1888. During his life, he was a prolific creator of quirky poems and illustrations, and is now considered a cultural classic. Much of his timeless work has been collected into books, many of which have the word “nonsense” in the title. Hence, they are referred to as the Nonsense Series.

For generations, children have been delighting in these books. In the same way, it has been a true delight to make my father’s strikingly similar poetry and prose available in this colorful collection that will tickle people from every generation.

– Jill Loree

About the Author

Ed Thompson is a lover of life, a giver of good humor, and a deeply proud Norwegian. Now, as he launches into his 80th decade, he offers this clever collection of 24 original poems and prose reflecting his quirky take on life.

Ed was born and raised in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin, where he mastered the art of self-preservation by learning to shovel at a young age. He is now a professor emeritus of UW-Barron County and lives pleasantly along the banks of the Red Cedar River with his wife of more than four decades, Marla.

Where to Buy

Available in paperback on Amazon.

THE GIRL, THE FOX, AND THE SUNFLOWER: The Courage to Create Union

By Patricia Paula (Jill Loree’s Translator for Portuguese Books & Website)

Illustrations: Claudia Duarte

The Girl, the Fox and the Sunflower is a delightful tale about the perils of not tending to the daily task of relationship. For every day, couples fall into the trap of distancing themselves, just when the blush of love was starting to bloom.

In this short, heartwarming story, a new couple discovers they must grow towards each other if they want to enjoy a happy ending.

Let yourself be inspired by Claudia’s charming illustrations and Patricia’s sweet voice. Any relationship can rekindle its connection!

A prefect engagement gift!


I wrote this story for Christmas 2015, inspired by the dream of bonding and creating union. And also by the hope of learning how to prune the baobabs of the heart before they become giants that prevent the meeting of the Real Self and, consequently, connecting with another.

May this fable be a seed of sunflower and union in your life.

– Patricia Paula

Where to Buy

Available in ebook and paperback on Amazon:
English ( | The Girl, the Fox, and the Sunflower: The Courage to Create Union
• French ( | La Fille, le Renard et le Tournesol: Le Courage de Créer des Liens
• Portuguese ( | A Menina, a Raposa e o Girassol: A Coragem de Criar Laços
Spanish ( | La Niña, el Zorro y el Girasol: La Valentía de Crear Vínculos

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