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The Death of Amelia Booth

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2015 at 12:28 am


Collaboration in the research community is a truly wonderful thing. I would wager that the best books on any subject share one common trait: a lengthy acknowledgements section. When your subject is as vast and as multifaceted as the Lincoln assassination, it’s impossible to truly go it alone.  Thanks to the internet, connections are made between people and facts all the time, expanding our collective knowledge in ways we never thought possible.  Some of my proudest moments have been when this blog has able to facilitate a discussion that has changed our understanding of event (like when we determined that conspirator George Atzerodt is NOT buried under the name “Gottlieb Taubert” in St. Paul’s Cemetery as was previously thought).  Therefore it is always a highlight to receive an email out of the blue from someone who has found a valuable piece of information and wants to share it.

Amelia Portia Adelaide…

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Editions and Ordering

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Print Edition

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2009, as well as two Nautilus Book Awards.



eBook Edition

The PDF e-Book edition will be sent to you as an attachment to an e-mail as soon as we receive your order. It requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other PDF file format compatible reader.



MP3 Edition

Read by the author, Ric Morgan, with music by Dr. Eric J. Littleton, and additional vocal artistry by Robin Goldsmith. The recordings are divided into chapters and are unabridged versions of the book. A link to download the files will be sent tp you by e-mail with simple  to follow instructions.

Ric Morgan

Dr. Eric J. Littleton

Robin Goldsmith



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Call (865) 394-6198

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738-3116

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I Want to Teach You How to KISS!

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm


“Ric has condensed the Wisdom of the Ages into an easy to read book with a lot of clarity. The amount of Wisdom is astonishing.”

John Fleming – Radio Talk-Show Host


Are you one of the 9 out of 10 people who sabotage themselves?
If so, then you need to read…



Stop being your own worst enemy and start being the person you were meant to be, with the 2009 Pulitzer-nominated book , Keep It Simple and Smart. Anyone who longs for a smarter, simpler, saner existence will want to read this book as it explains how to avoid the pitfalls and overcome the obstacles we all face. Hint: It’s a lot easier than you think!


“Whatever that elusive ‘it’ might be we collectively seek, Ric Morgan has found ‘it’. I am amazed at his ability to take complex roadblocks to success and offer simple, easy to understand solutions that can be implemented easily and immediately. Ric offers an easy, step-by-step approach. He is a consummate public speaker, motivator and teacher whose ability is to communicate to his listeners the simple keys of life. Pay attention to this man…”

Don McCauley – Business Executive and Radio Host


Keep It Simple and Smart is a dynamic 80-page, power-packed, life-changing book that teaches readers how to unlock their personal power. The book’s fresh, easy-to-read and understand, straight-forward approach makes for entertaining and informative reading that is perfect for today’s tough times, and long into the future as well. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 and Nautilus Book Awards in two categories, reading Keep It Simple and Smart will teach you: 

  • The importance of living simply.
  • How to live and work smarter.
  • The three major keys to a simpler, saner and smarter life…thought, choice and action.
  • The value of the Secret little key in the whole scheme.
  • The life-lessons to help create a new and better you.
  • The 5 biggest mistakes to avoid.
  • How to distinguish the two types of truth.
  • The  three powerful words that will change your thinking and your life…INSTANTLY!


“Your book is full of good information that comes from the heart, not at all written from the intellect, like so many of these books.”

Helena Steiner-Hornsteyn – International Speaker, Author and Radio Host




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Reader’s Comments

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Please feel free to add your comments about Keep It Simple and Smart at the bottom of this page.

(Your book is) “positively wonderful.” – Asia Asia, a 14-year old girl

“So many of the motivational/inspiration books out there are so much the same but, Keep It Simple and Smart is different because it takes a very complicated set of topics and distills them down to their simplest, easy to understand, best. The book is only 80 pages long, but is very full of the kinds of information you need that really do inspire and motivate you to want to make changes in your life. And because of its size it is very easy to carry around so you can refer to it to give you a boost and as a reminder. Ric uses something he calls the K.I.S.S. system that stands for Keep It Simple and Smart. This philosophy is taught through three major keys (thought, choice and action) and what he calls the secret fourth key (I won’t spoil it and reveal it here) that lead to a more enriching, fulfilling life. Then he follows up the chapters on the keys with a section of Lessons that make it even more compelling. You follow what he teaches here and your life will change for the BETTER. Ric pulls no punches and tells no lies…he tells the reader just like it is, and it is the basics; there is no fill or fluff. When I saw this book I laughed because I thought how much could there be in something so small? Advice: don’t judge the book by the cover or size. I was greatly surprised by its concise writing style. There is no wasted space, so it won’t waste your time. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It will be one of the best investments you ever make in your life.” – Harry Douglas, Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host and Entrepreneur, Knoxville, Tennessee

“…destined to become a classic.” James Garrison, Artist, Corbin, Kentucky

Through the years I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on motivational, inspirational and self-help books, thousands of dollars traveling around the country to hear well-known speakers, and then I get your little 80-page book, for which I paid $12, and I finally GET IT! I have donated of all of my other ‘motivational’ materials to a charity bookstore and kept this book. It’s all I need.” Anonymous, Banker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

(Keep It Simple and Smart) “…stirred up some basic parts of my soul, and I spent a lot of quiet time—thinking. Two questions in raw form keep coming to me: Can I be more than I am? Is this the right thing for me to do? The first question forces me to examine and decide who I am. The second, forces me to examine and identify my value system to know what ‘right for me’ is.” Alyce Tyson, Retired Educator, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“It says it all. Be your own person; don’t be influenced by what people think of you, live a satisfying life! Most of what is written is good common sense and you would think most people could intuit that for themselves, but it is worthwhile having someone write it down for you to help you get back on the path. Sort of like a compass.” Lee Witten, Retired Biology Professor, Ogden, Utah

Keep It Simple and Smart is a thoroughly professional piece of writing…” Ric Morgan, Entertainer, broadcaster, writer and politician, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England

“I can’t think of a person I know who wouldn’t benefit from reading this book.” Marilyn Stegall, Executive Secretary, Louisville, Kentucky

“This is an excellent back-of-the-toilet book…simple to read and refer to frequently, and get something new from every time you read it.” Anonymous, Psychologist, New York, New York

“I wept when I read Keep It Simple and Smart the first time because I realized how little of my potential I had used, and how much more I could have gotten out of life if I just realized the Truth earlier.” Eloise Stone, Full-Time Housewife and Mother, Portland, Oregon

“As the author of five books and thousands of newspaper columns over 25 years, I think I know good writing when I see it. Nice job.” Jack Ebling, Talk Show Host, WILS, Lansing, Michigan “Tab each key thought in this book and read the tabs every morning for 30 days–you’ll then live it!” Kate Nasser, President, Smart People Skills, Somerville, New Jersey

“When I saw Keep It Simple and Smart for the first time I kept going by it and not picking it up, but something kept me wanting to go back to it. And am I ever glad I did. So many books out there “promise” to change your life, and once you’ve read them, and gone a few days on the high from them, you have a tendency to go back to your old ways. Not with Keep It Simple and Smart. Because it is so simple and straightforward you easily remember what it says, and because it is so small and easy to carry, you pick it up frequently and thumb through it, find some place that strikes you, and it is just exactly what you need to read or hear for that moment. The KISS system works, the keys work, and the lessons make you want to change because you learn how to become the person you know you are really capable of being and want to. If there is any flaw in this book it is that you want more when you are finished. But there is no more, and that aids in its simplicity. It changed my thinking about simple. And now I understand what it means to live, work and play smart. Buy this book, keep it handy, and I promise you it will change your life.” – Katina Lane, Nashville, Tennessee

“Keep It Simple and Smart is an easy to understand and apply book on making the best of one’s life. It un-complicates our every day choices for thought and action. Ric has taken a subject that is usually overstated and bloated and made it simple. A skill that is rare indeed. He has given us the keys to a better life NOW. It is clear to me that he teaches from the truth of a life well lived. Dig deeper into the author and you will be amazed at how he practices what he preaches.” Kevin Pakos, Phoenix, Arizona


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Amazon Review – There is something to be said for the ability to distill life-changing information into a succinct guide for conscious living that still accurately reflects the truth. At about 80 pages in total, I was intrigued by the size of the book–but the real surprise was the practical, but powerful truths captured between its pages. The reality of self-help today is that while there are very many authors who write in this genre, it sometimes is difficult to distinguish the real message hidden between the pages of a book. Not so with Keep It Simple and Smart. It is packed with dynamic, core information from an author who clearly has been on the path of self-discovery for a long time, and who has found a vibrant way to communicate life altering information in simple, understandable terms. The true charm of the presentation is its lack of fuss or pretense. If you really want to make a change in your life, it will be difficult to find excuses for not doing so, after reading this book. Ric moves effortlessly from “the keys” (theory) to “the lessons” (application) and demonstrates his understanding and insight into the process of life as extraordinaire. This is the kind of book that should be carried around as a constant point of reference. It encapsulates a beautiful and dynamic reality of our world; that life is as we make it. With Keep It Simple and Smart we may unlock brilliant opportunities for ourselves and enjoy unlimited success. The choice is ultimately ours.” – Elfreda PretoriusBest selling author: Stop Struggling and Start Living. The Rules of the Game, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Amazon Review – Ric Morgan’s book should be required reading for all students in middle and high schools. He lays out the ways for individuals to become successful. Great job, Dr. Morgan. No wonder this book has been nominated for Pulitzer Prize. – Martha Woodward – Journalist and Author, Teacher and Community Activist, Knoxville, Tennessee