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Kevin James Shay - Writer, Journalist, Author, Father


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Latest news, articles, etc.

Touring America’s longest north-south highway, Mapquest, Aug. 2016

Some of the quirkiest places in America, Mapquest, June 2016

Media's digital divide: Newspaper industry's saving grace could be readers wanting 'something real', The Baltimore Sun, Jan. 19, 2016
Column reprinted by Newsday here.

Shay road trip detailed in Mad, Mad Trip book makes Guinness Book of World Records page, Nov. 2015

Top Ten Great American Road Trips - Gasoline is down near $2 a gallon. It's a great time to hit the road. Yahoo, updated Nov. 17, 2015

California leads US in recycling, Oklahoma at the bottom, LinkedIn, Nov. 17, 2015
Also on Buzzfeed here.

New York frustrates visitors with parking tickets, towed vehicles, but also provides magical experiences, The Gazette, June 11, 2015

Books



It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Trip: On the Road of the Longest Two-Week Family Road Trip in History, published by Lulu Press, Raleigh, N.C., 2014
Also at Barnes & Noble here.

Walking through the Wall, published by Lulu Press, Raleigh, N.C., 2012
Also at Barnes & Noble here.

A Parent's Guide to Dallas/Fort Worth , published by Mars Publishing/Parent's Guide Press, Los Angeles, Calif., 2003

And Justice For All: The Untold History of Dallas, published by CGS Communications, Fort Worth, Tx., 2000

Sex, Lies & Newsprint: Tales from a North Dallas Police Blotter, published by The Register, Addison, Tx., 1991

NOTE: For many of his ebooks and printed books, Kevin used just his middle initial. Following the death of his father in 2008, he started using his full middle name, James, as a tribute to his dad, whose first name was James.



Shay Enterprises - Writing, Publishing, Authentication Services, Photography, and more

The kids - Preston and McKenna

Dad's memorial page

The dogs - Jackson and Spike





Community work

Kevin has been a den leader of his son's Cub Scout den in Pack 1758 in Rockville, Md., and supports his daughter's Girl Scout Troop 2886 in Rockville. He has coached his son's and daughter's basketball teams, and helped coach his son's baseball team. He also has helped with his kids' science projects and related school activities.

He is a longtime member of the Sierra Club and has served on the board of organizations such as Rainbow Bridge, a youth advocacy group in Dallas, and the Dallas chapter of the ACLU. He has written about and participated in projects that advocate for issues related to human rights, justice, the environment, world peace, and other causes. As one of his heroes, 19th-century writer, naturalist, and activist Henry David Thoreau, said, "How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."

In 1984-85, Kevin stood up and walked more than 5,000 miles across the U.S. and Europe with a group of people to call for an end to the Cold War with the former Soviet Union. A Wikipedia page on that project is here.

Kevin considers such work nonpartisan and is not active in party politics. Some have called him liberal, while others have called him conservative, especially related to fiscal issues.


Environmental project uses Letterman set piece to raise awareness for recycling

Despite the increase in recycling campaigns in recent years, the U.S. recycling rate is still only 35 percent, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
That is significantly below countries such as Austria [63%], Germany [62%], Belgium [58%], and Holland and Switzerland [51%], according to the European Environment Agengy. The U.S. is fairly close to the UK [39%] and tied with France.
To help increase that rate, we are using a large railing piece we obtained outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City in May 2015 to create art and memorabilia cards to raise awareness for recycling. After talk-show host David Letterman’s last show in May, CBS crew members trashed the large majority of items from the set. Railing pieces from bridges and bandstands, seat cushions, wooden platforms, and more were placed in large dumpsters, rather than with a museum or auction house, outside the Ed Sullivan Theater on West 53rd Street.
Knowing there was a good chance those items would end up in landfills, we asked crew members if we could salvage some pieces. We were only given a six-foot long metal railing piece that was likely from the show’s bridge or bandstand.
“This project can educate even veteran environmentalists like me,” Shay said. “I did not realize before I started researching how relatively little we are still recycling. We are doing better than 10 or 20 years ago, but we still have a long way to go to really solve this problem. And I see I can do more like finally setting up a composting system.”
Nationwide, more than 80 percent of the 250 million tons of waste that U.S. households discard annually can be recycled or deposited at sites for proper disposal that keep the trash out of landfills. But Americans only recycle or compost about 35 percent of their trash, according to the EPA. Another 12 percent is burned, which causes air pollution and other problems, while more than 50 percent end up in landfills. To purchase a piece of the Letterman set, go to our eBay site here.
If that does not show the piece, you can do a search on eBay for Letterman certified railing set piece. Don't use quote marks for best results.


Food for thought

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine

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