Plain English Publications
Jeff Michaels started
Plain English Publications in 2000 as a way to preserve his writings, especially planned works on his family history. Since then, he has completed three genealogical works, along with a book about his hiking experiences and a set of materials designed to teach children about God’s Word, the Bible.
Why the term Plain English? Two meanings. First, when Jeff was a child, he was frequently in trouble and when he was confronted by his mother, he would try to explain his actions. Mom would simply state, “Give it to me in plain English!” Second, Jeff has always had a high level of respect and appreciation for the English language, being articulate and focused in communication, whether spoken or written. Always in Plain English!
Descriptions of Jeff’s published works are below, along with prices.
Anvil of the Blacksmith (2024)
A novel of historical fiction based on four generations of the Phelps family after their arrival in Geneva, New York in 1829, with a focus on Andrew Phelps and other family members, who lived in Geneva during the mid 1800s. Complicated family relationships and challenging social issues during the mid-1800s are explored. The first edition was printed on January 12, 2024, the 200th birthday of Andrew Phelps.
$40.00 postage paid
Tale of the Tenderfoot (2017)
Jeff describes seven life lessons learned from the trail, based on his many years hiking and backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Taken from the hikers journal he maintained from 1986-2016, there are detailed descriptions of his experiences and favorite places. In addition, he includes thoughts on the events that made these times such a significant part of his life.
$35.00 postage paid
God’s Wonderful Book (2016)
Teaching material developed and tested by Jeff and Dee Michaels
in children’s school-based Bible Club and church ministries. God’s Wonderful Book was written and designed to be a supplement to curriculum already in use by the teacher. An investment of just 5-7 minutes each week will help elementary age children to memorize essential facts about the Bible. With weekly practice, children gain confidence in the Bible as the very best guide in life. The material is beautifully illustrated with eight full-color flashcards by Noelle Okolowicz, a gifted artist and regular contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries.
$25.00 postage paid (Quantity discounts available on request)
Taconic Tales (2002)
The family history of the Michaels and Burnick lines through three generations. After exhaustive research, the book was published on the 150th anniversary of Martin Michaels’ arrival in New York City from Germany in 1852. Short vignettes tell the story, providing insight into three generations of Michaels and Burnick ancestry.
$35.00 postage paid
Numbered But Not Remembered (2000)
The book presents three generations of Jeff’s maternal Lindsey lines including the Coe, Hawkins, Cutter, Phelps, and Harris families who lived in Chemung County, New York as far back as 1805. Along with factual information, short stories are included that describe life and events in the early 1800s.
Currently out of print
Most publications are printed using quality 32 lb paper with an ink-jet printer and placed in three-ring binders that allows for the addition of personal notes and other documents. God’s Wonderful book is printed and placed in a pocket folder for easy use. Anvil of the Blacksmith will be professionally printed as a soft cover volume.
Inquiries or Orders:
By email: ThePlainEnglish@gmail.com