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With fifty years experience, West offers online education programs to audiences worldwide. Most of ike’s seminars are open to the public. In addition, she speaks at conferences and events in Europe, North America, and online everywhere. 


Under her formal name, Eileen “ike” West authored two full length novels. Her latest, Another Giant World (UK 2018) and her first, Away From Hannah’s Castle (USA and NL 2006) place spiritual adventure in the reader’s hands. In August 2023, a film script adaptation of Away From Hannah’s Castle is underway. In November 2023, Motion Flick Studios presents the script to investors for potential filming in 2024.


In America and Europe, ike West articles have been published in English, and translated into many languages. The enclosed list of articles and the magazine, journal, and newspaper in which they were published, provides an overview of ike’s writing through the years.


Today, the way to capture the speed at which the world revolves is to note what can be locked into poetic form. That’s exactly what ike has done in  her latest book,

Whistler of Petty Crimes


Please buy a copy and follow the ‘Read More’ link below to find a sample of West’s poetic musings, and comments on the joyously thought-provoking, Whistler of Petty Crimes

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While living on remote ranch land in West Texas, ike West penned rudimentary cartoons to share with friends and family in the form of a calendar, showing a cartoon theme each month. Now, years later, the cartoons serve as an endearing reminder of ike’s 1980’s worldview.


ike West has a number of works in progress: first, birthing volume one of her poetry, Whistler of Petty Crimes. At the same time she’s drafting the second volume of her poetry collection; then there’s a non-fiction book outlined and ready to flush out. Busy, busy.

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ike West supports Native American families and organizations, serving the Dakota and others. Other volunteer endeavors include assisting in the development of innovative service programs to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of women. 

About ike West

As a child in the 1960’s, ike played teacher and writer, her first opinion page published

in a Girl Scout magazine at the ripe old age of twelve. At sixteen years, her first writing

contest submittal won her top prize of $50. Only, years later, while in graduate school,

did ike begin teaching full-time. Her writing never stopped; magazine and journal

articles appearing both in North America and Europe. These days, semi-retired, ike

continues work in both professions, teaching when possible and writing a lot.

News and Views

News and Views


The following six song titles make for easily banked together quasi-Haiku. Please, lyrical reader, merely look down the list of titles, and you’ll see it is so. (Ah, poetry. It shows up everywhere.)...

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Whistler of Petty Crimes is my third published book, and each manuscript ends up handled by three distinct publishing companies, and a grand variety of pro’s. In my experience every publishing outlet proves unique in the ways they ask authors to wrestle with the enigma of publication...

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Jan & Feb Online Gatherings: Solar & Lunar Astro-Weather Forecasts for 2024

Solar Year Outlook Sunday, 7 January 2024                                              1-4p CST US Lunar Year Perspective Sunday, 4 February 2024                                            1-4p CST US What a year ahead! The excitement of BIG changes is like a fever that spreads across the world, all of us hot and bothered at the same time! For further  details, see Lectures…...

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I started so young. While my grade school friends play school teacher and/or hospital nurse, I imagine myself writer and editor. My fantasy job involves dissecting letters to the editor out of American Girl Magazine, and re-writing the boring bits. My PRETEND years of education and experience lead me to believe I can best any official editor’s work...

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Sure, I love my book cover at first sight. Wow! The colors! A full rainbow of them. And, how about that lovely little lady who’s taking ‘a flying leap’ over what seems to be a stairway of rolling hills, each mound a hue of its own. Take a closer look. There’s more going on here.…...

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Years ago, I learn from my web designer son, an important marketing strategy regarding book titles and product names. It’s this: make certain the first word of any title/name begins with the letter ‘A’. This puts the titled book/named item on the first page of any alphabetized list compiled by commercial outlets and/or public service…...

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Whistler Gets Another Two Thumbs Up

Here's yet ANOTHER PROFESSIONAL REVIEW for Whistler of Petty Crimes This one by Rae Longest - Originally posted on the website blog page of LITERACY & ME, June11, 2023...I thoroughly enjoyed this little volume, and indeed, it gave me a lot to think about and meditate upon...

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Two Thumbs Up For Whistler, AGAIN!

Book Reviewer Angel says: “Whistler of Petty Crimes is more than's a reflective journey that is easy to follow and love. I really enjoy when a poetry collection intertwines the way this one, Whistler of Petty Crimes, does and gives a full picture. I especially love the format of having a series of poems, within the collection, each with its own special insight...

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Wisdom Keepers Speak

Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.                                      ― Tom Robbins Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.                                        – Coco Chanel Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their…...

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