Padman: A Dad's Guide to Buying...Those and Other Tales [NOOK Book]

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In this collection of short essays based on personal experiences, Mark Elswick offers humorous episodes about being a man and father. Whether it’s his daughter sending him to the store to buy those…well, things that transforms him into “Padman”; his realization that at forty-two, he is slowly turning into an old man; or his reaction to his middle school aged daughter dating a “man” two years older than her, readers—male and female alike—will find themselves cracking smiles when ...
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Padman: A Dad's Guide to Buying...Those and Other Tales

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In this collection of short essays based on personal experiences, Mark Elswick offers humorous episodes about being a man and father. Whether it’s his daughter sending him to the store to buy those…well, things that transforms him into “Padman”; his realization that at forty-two, he is slowly turning into an old man; or his reaction to his middle school aged daughter dating a “man” two years older than her, readers—male and female alike—will find themselves cracking smiles when they aren’t busy laughing out loud.
Elswick also has a serious side to him. Interspersed with the comical tales are heartfelt looks into the lives of people who experience a Traumatic Brain Incident (TBI) injury, including his own story of being in a life-threatening car accident that left doctors predicting he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. With compassion and insight, while retaining his sense of humor, Elswick writes to raise awareness about TBI; a portion of Padman: A Dad’s Guide to Buying…Those, and Other Tales’ proceeds will go to TBI research.

* Readers will laugh out loud at the comical real-life humor
* Women will marvel in amusement at male misperceptions
* Men will shyly smile imagining themselves in these predicaments
* You will understand the capabilities of a Traumatic Brain Injury
* Indirectly donate to the Brain Injury Association of America

Learn more at www.MarkElswick.com

From the Reflections of America series at Modern History Press
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Editorial Reviews

Volkman - Victor R. Volkman
"Mark Elswick is a fresh, new voice with the panache to make him the next Dave Barry"
-- Victor R. Volkman, Senior Editor, Modern History Press
Tichelaar - Tyler R. Tichelaar
“Mark Elswick’s style of humor will be appreciated by any male reader as he pokes fun at himself and the feminine world that he often perceives to be threatening his masculinity. Plus, what’s better than helping a good cause (Traumatic Brain Injury research) while getting some laughs!”
— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of the award-winning Narrow Lives
Yurt - Joseph Yurt
"Elswick writes in his preface that he hopes to '...entertain you with humorous stories taken from my life, but also to sprinkle in some more serious stories about my traumatic brain injury incident and other survivor stories.' His aim is true; he hits the mark! ... I like Mark Elswick's book a lot. My own personal commitment to being of good humor every day is buoyed by these stories."
-- Joseph Yurt, Reader Views
Tyler R. Tichelaar
“Mark Elswick’s style of humor will be appreciated by any male reader as he pokes fun at himself and the feminine world that he often perceives to be threatening his masculinity. Plus, what’s better than helping a good cause (Traumatic Brain Injury research) while getting some laughs!”
— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of the award-winning Narrow Lives
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013157538
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2011
  • Series: Reflections of America , #7
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 933,525
  • File size: 488 KB

Meet the Author

“Mr. and Mrs. Elswick, if he has any brothers or sisters, get them up here. He won’t make it through the day.”

That was the news that greeted Mark E. Elswick’s parents upon arrival at the hospital following their only son’s September 9, 1992, automobile accident. After the initial prognosis was reported in a small, quiet, closet-like waiting room, the comatose author-to-be’s parents were told that if he ever regained consciousness from what turned out to be a month-long coma, Mark would be a vegetable.

Surprisingly, he has defied that immediate “death sentence” and vegetative prediction. Today, Elswick has not only survived, but he has exceeded any possible expectations for a severely brain-injured patient. In addition to retraining his brain to think, eat, walk, and talk, he returned to college, where he had completed his sophomore year before the accident. Against all odds, he went on to earn his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan—Flint and Central Michigan University, respectively.

As an author, Elswick is giving back to the injury which nearly killed him, one book at a time. A percentage of the proceeds from every sale of this book will be donated to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research.
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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    A must read!

    PADMAN! I can only imagine Mr. Elswick standing in the hygiene isle trying to decide which pad to purchase or standing in front of the dryer staring at a "shoelace"! I loved reading about Mark beating all odds to be able to write a book about some of his most HORRIFIC "dad" moments! You can also feel the passion Mark has for all TBI survivors. May God bless them all.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    New Book Offers Dad-Style Humor to Benefit TBI Survivors

    Mark Elswick, aka "Padman," has overcome the hurdles of fatherhood and lived to write about them in this humorous collection of short stories based on his own experiences as a man dealing with women, especially his daughter. Whether it's having to go to the store to buy those.um, feminine hygiene products for his daughter, worrying over the older man his daughter wants to date, or just accepting that he's reached middle-age and is becoming an old man, readers will smile with familiarity at the incidents, sympathizing with Elswick's feelings and admiring his pluck to keep going in the face of what often threatens his manhood or at least his masculine self-esteem.

    Nor is Elswick above poking fun at himself. While he may be amazed and stunned by the things the women around him do, he ultimately laughs at his own reactions to events and the expectations women have of him. When he tries to outsmart women such as by "multi-tasking" (watching the game while changing his daughter's diaper), his efforts have a tendency to backfire, ultimately to his and the reader's amusement.

    As if having to deal with a teenage daughter growing up were not enough, Elswick has had to overcome some other very serious hurdles in his life. While the bulk of "Padman" is composed of humorous stories, sprinkled throughout are a few quite serious stories and essays. The most dramatic story is that of Elswick himself, who survived a bizarre car accident that left him with a traumatic brain incident (TBI) injury. The doctors told Elswick's parents that he was unlikely to live, and if he did, he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. Against all odds, Elswick not only survived but has gone on to live a relatively normal life, although his TBI continues to affect him.

    Elswick does not dwell at great length or with negativity on his trials, but he does want this book to raise awareness of TBI and appreciation for how precious life is. He provides many laughs in these pages with a little education tossed in for good measure.

    - Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of the award-winning "Narrow Lives"

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    "A Must Read" for those who love to laugh!!

    Mark Elswick takes you on a ride of laughter through his heroic adventure, using a Dads point of view, when having to purchase "those" for his teenage daughter for the first time... The author continues to keep us entertained with his great writing style in several other short stories! "A Must Read" for all those wanting to read "Something Real from the Heart of a Man"! Looking forward to many other stories in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Great Read

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