Founding Author

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Paul Handover is a child of the post-war era in Great Britain having been born in London a few months before the end of WWII.  After a rather shaky attempt at being educated, including 2 years studying for a Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Paul’s first job was as a commercial apprentice at the British Aircraft Corporation. He then joined the sales desk of British Visqueen, a polythene film and products manufacturer located in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, and part of ICI Plastics Division.  In 1968, he travelled out to Sydney, Australia and became part of the sales team at ICIANZ’s Inorganic Chemicals Division.

Upon returning  to the UK, Paul signed up with IBM UK, Office Products division, as a field salesman and spent 8 very happy years with them.  But the lure of starting a business was too strong and he left IBM to start his own company, Dataview Ltd.  Dataview became the 8th Commodore PC dealer in the UK and later the 8th IBM PC dealer.  The company also became famous for producing and globally distributing a British-made word processing program: Wordcraft.

During this exciting period Paul became much more aware of the importance of marketing strategy and the raft of competencies that deliver entrepreneurial success.  After Dataview was sold, he used these experiences to act successfully as a sales and marketing consultant for small and large organisations.  Paul has also been a visiting teacher at both an English and French business school and continues to provide coaching and mentoring to entrepreneurs both sides of the ‘pond’  He lives in Merlin, Oregon, USA with his wife, Jean, also born a Londoner, where he attempts the life of a struggling writer!  Fuller bio on Linked-In.

All opinions expressed here are those of the author alone, including guest authors from time to time, and not necessarily those of the organizations with which they are affiliated or any other organization or person.

90 thoughts on “Founding Author

  1. Love this Blog……….thought I was the only one left that is grieved over the loss of honesty and integrity in society. Like the aspect of “helping each other thru these difficult times.” Look forward to contribute and read what other bloggers will put forth.

    And, will put a blip in my column in MEXICO LIVING MAGAZINE, which is also dedicated to helping businesses in Mexico and the economy.

    Lynn Prince
    The Guide to the Good Life!


    1. Dear Gerean, how wonderful to make the connection between us. Thank you for calling by and leaving your thoughts. Not sure if you also realise that we are not that many miles apart. Jean and I live a short distance away from Merlin, Oregon, not far from Grants Pass. Hope we can stay in touch, Paul


      1. Paul ~ Yes! I read on your blog that you are in Merlin. I love discovering blogs that are in Southern Oregon. Do you have a corresponding Facebook page to your blog? If so, will connect with you there too. Will definitely keep watch for your posts here. Blessings on you for your love and care for the precious animal spirits. ~Gerean


  2. Glad I came across the Founding Author! I always like to know where Struggling Writers come from. I’m in the same Struggling Writer category. I love your blog site, being a dog owner and dog lover. Yes, we learn a lot from dogs if we only listen and partner with them in their short lives. Look for ward to reading more of your blogs. The photographs alone are awesome to see.


    1. Christine, what a wonderful new comment from yourself and thank you for your kind words. Love it when we make connections across this enormous ‘virtual’ world. Feel free to republish anything you like and, even better, do offer the readers a guest post from your goodself.


      1. Thanks Paul for responding. I’ll certainly keep looking at your blog site for new posts. All my family in the state of WA are dog owners and dog lovers! They would love to see some of your dog photos and captions. They could relate!


    1. Thanks Raj, I’ve just been lucky. All I would add, and I know you will appreciate what I am about to say, is that there is a saying lifted from the game of cricket: “Always play with a straight bat as bent bats are practically useless!”


  3. Dear Paul Handover,
    Please be advised that The Institute for Spiritual Research, Inc. dba Veritas Publishing (The Institute) is the owner of exclusive rights protected under copyright law and other intellectual property rights in many books, videos, audio programs, and associated materials and programs, authored by Dr. David R. Hawkins, including the title listed below (Property). These materials are sold on The Institute’s website at The Institute diligently enforces its rights in the Properties.
    The Property that is the subject of this notice is the printed chart entitled the “Map of Consciousness” published in 2004. The Institute has reserved all rights in the “Map of Consciousness”. The Property appears on our website at the following URL:
    It has come to our attention that you are using the above work to which The Institute owns the copyright and trademark. The format and name of the work involved is described above. It appears on a site operated by you at
    From that URL listed above, you have engaged in unauthorized copying and distribution of the Property listed above.
    Your copying and or use of The Institute’s Property, which appear at the link above, is unauthorized. You neither asked for nor received permission to use the Property nor to make or distribute copies of them in the manner you have. Therefore, I believe you have willfully infringed The Institute’s rights under 17 USC §101, et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $100,000. Further, such copyright infringement is a direct violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and International Copyright Law. This unauthorized copying and distribution constitutes copyright infringement under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

    On behalf of The Institute, I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of The Institute’s Property and all copies of it, that you remove any further works you may have stolen and that you desist from this or any other infringement of The Institute’s rights in the future.
    The undersigned has a good faith belief that use of The Institute’s Property in the manner described herein is not authorized by The Institute, its agent or the law. The information contained in this notification is accurate. Under penalty of perjury, the undersigned is authorized to act on behalf of The Institute with respect to this matter.

    If I have not received proof of compliance from you within 72 hours, I shall consider taking the full legal remedies available to rectify this situation.

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    My contact information is as follows:

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    Susan Hawkins

    President of Institute for Spiritual Research dba Veritas Publishing


  4. Hi Paul, Glad to hear from you. I was in London a number of years ago with my husband who worked for a large company. We lived there for several years. I lived in Hampstead Heath. I loved London and the surrounding areas. I still have friends there. Thank you understanding my tardiness. Karen 🙂


  5. Hello Paul! Thank you for following my blog and for your nice message. I’m going to enjoy reading yours and I’m sure I’ll learn a lot along the way.
    Tess from Greyhounds In Charge 🐾


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