Resolution

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iUniverse, Nov 15, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 256 pages
Harry Henson had good reason for his normally sanguine disposition. He had financial independence, stability, and control of his comfortable, well insulated life, until the day his world was upended. He'd paid little attention to any vulnerability, confident that scientific progress was the battlefield in the leaky dike of mortality. The information age is sometimes imperfect in its delivery system, however. In a psychololgical sense, learning experiences may be analogous to immunizations, increasing a person's tolerance for exposure to uncertainty. Single adults, unexposed to the scrapes, bruises, and tumult of the typical family may be destined for the greatest impacts when inevitable events catch up with them. Is it up to each of us to brew up our own medicine when destiny threatens this mortal coil? Did Henson have time and ability to apply tactics from his competitive experiences to control this situation? Resolution is packed with powerful characters, intriguing situations, and poignant lessons. When the reader comes away, he will have knowledge that he did not have before reading the book.
 

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Contents

ONE
1
TWO
7
THREE
15
FOUR
21
FIVE
27
SIX
33
SEVEN
43
EIGHT
49
TWELVE
99
THIRTEEN
117
FOURTEEN
136
FIFTEEN
146
SIXTEEN
183
SEVENTEEN
197
EIGHTEEN
212
NINETEEN
228

NINE
64
TEN
69
ELEVEN
83
Epilogue
243
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Ev Stephenson studied mechanical engineering, business management, and industrial forestry at Auburn University, The University of Tennessee, West Virginia State College, and Virginia Tech... twice. The only explanation he gives is that he kept searching for somewhere that the faculty more or less agreed with his notions about these subjects.


After designing and building a hardwood sawmill in West Virginia between degrees, he began working as an equipment specialist in the forest products industry focusing on mechanization of timber harvesting, processing, and transportation. Much of the equipment in which he was involved in designing, developing, and testing is still operating across the country and the world today. Among these are light weight tractor-trailer rigs with on-board air or electronic scales for in-wood weighing of loads, and a proprietary rail car capable of transporting tree length or log length timber interchangeably. He developed novel load securement devices which allowed this rail car to be safely coupled to tank cars and other cars with restricted application. He also traveled to South Africa to assist in the introduction of a unique tricycle tractor, which became a success when adapted as a mechanized feller buncher saw or shear for timber harvesting. His cooperative work with an Oregon company led to successful in-woods chipping equipment for production of bark-free, clean pulp chips.


As that technical arena matured in the 1990's, he capitalized on his equipment development experience by moving into an emerging allied forest products field, adaptation of high technology to grow wood fiber faster, cheaper, and more useful for specialty products, ie. designer trees. Development of this technology was becoming critical to private and industrial landowners in the USA, in order to compete internationally with sources having lower cost land, labor, and infrastructure.


This involved simultaneous interactive research, development, and implementation scale-up of both sexual and asexual reproduction for reforestation stock, in other words, seedlings as well as clones. The combined endeavor included biotechnology advances in tissue culture labs, growth chambers or acclimatrons, greenhouses, seed orchards, and hedge orchards, design and prototyping a high production hedge harvesting implement and automated processing machine for rooted cuttings, enhanced mechanization of seedling nurseries, and non-destructive sampling systems for analyzing wood quality from high value trees. More detail on some of these can be found on the uspto.gov web site, by navigating to search, patents, and entering the inventor name in the pull-down menu.


Throughout the collegiate postpartum part of his career, he was fortunate to have an employer, Union Camp Corp. (now International Paper Co.) which provided his time and financial support, with seed money and consistent guidance from management, plus cooperation and collaboration from numerous industrial manufacturers. To them all, he offers his thanks and gratitude, they helped him define the meanings of resolve.

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