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World Traveler and Explorer of ideas! Adventure Seeker! "I cannot rest from travel; I will drink life to the lees..."


Melvin Hathorn, BA, MA, is a nationally recognized facilitator who has presented workshops around the country. He is a former educator, behavioral therapist, and college instructor and has over 20 years experience in the training field.

Melvin Charles Hathorn was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He is currently an instructor at Albertus Magnus College and is a historic Interpreter at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. He has traveled through many countries including Greece, Europe, and Uzbekistan.

It was here that he survived a bout of E-Coli in Samarkand, Central Asia. Included in his travels was the former Soviet Union, where he was almost arrested in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg,) for a minor traffic offense. He also just missed being pulled off the train at the Soviet-Finnish border by Soviet passport control. He has also piloted planes, and has earned a certificate in small vessel sailing.

His career included teaching on a variety of levels from elementary school through college. As a former training officer for the State of Connecticut, he has developed several training courses for juvenile correction staff. His publications are many, including three novels, several short stories and articles that are on his website, www.authorsden.com/mel.

Throughout his life, Hathorn has shown a passion for justice. He has spoken out on many occasions for improving the lives of the disadvantaged. His latest novel, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, continues that pattern. It is an attempt to bridge the gap between an old corrupt system and the new one that is yet to come.

His areas of expertise and special programs include:
Critical Thinking For Better Decision-Making,
Advanced Critical Thinking For Dealing With Change,
Achieving Greater Productivity By Understanding Learning Styles,
Leadership And Learning Styles,
Organizational Ethics,

Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Mel has in his varied career taught literature and history, piloted planes, and traveled extensively across the United States, Europe, Greece, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia.

In addition to several book reviews, he has published the following:

Hathorn, Melvin. "Critical Thinking" Juvenile Justice Training Notes. Winter, 1995.

Hathorn, Melvin. "Critical Thinking in The Criminal Justice Community." The Journal of Correctional Training. Spring, 1992.

Hathorn, Melvin. "Critical Thinking at Long Lane School." Common Ground. November, 1992.

A former educator, behavioral therapist, and teacher, he has worked in the staff development field for over 20 years.


Accomplishments: Certified in Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) by the National Institute of Corrections Training Academy, August, 1993.

Certified in the 4MAT Teaching System by the About Learning Corporation, July, 1997.

Recipient of the NEAL WILLEMSE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for outstanding contributions to the field of Juvenile Justice Training, October, 1996.

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION from the National Institute of Corrections Training Academy for three years service as a Regional Field Coordinator, October, 1994.


The Prisoner's Dilemma by Mel Hathorn
Ordinary Americans take on a powerful corporation and change everything....

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Celts and Kings by Mel Hathorn
Celts and Kings: The story behind the mystifying disappearance of the Celtic Earls in 1607. The story of a lost love and Celtic Spirituality. The story of a forbidden love going back 400 years. The story steeped in Irish history, Celtic lore, and Irish tradition....

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The Castlereagh Connection by Mel Hathorn
A fast-paced adventure about globalization, murder, the Vatican, a mysterious operation known as Jericho ancient manuscripts, and an ancient feud that continues into our times....

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Short Stories

Spanking Plato: Prologue - Chapter 3
 by Mel Hathorn
Introduction Below are the final revisions of the Spanking Plato series. I have included the first two chapters, Do not Piss Off the Pythian and Wesley's Problem. Alfred North ...

Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Oliver Wight Tavern in Old Sturbridge Village
 by Mel Hathorn
This past Thanksgiving I looked forward to Thanksgiving Dinner at the Oliver Wight Tavern. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving Dinner was a disaster. ...

Sticking it to the Man
 by Mel Hathorn
A few weeks ago, Arbitron, the broadcast rating service, sent me a letter asking if my household would be willing to participate in their rating program. Since I donít watch much TV except for quality...

Hartford PGA Tour: Going to the Dogs?
 by Mel Hathorn
The Hartford PGA Tour was almost a non-event. Maybe after this experience it should have been....

Women in White: Parts 1-6
 by Mel Hathorn
This story replaces the several parts of the previous Women in White with one story. A followup to Men In Black, this describes my further adventures with Connecticut Transit. See Men in Black below a...

The Corporation Who Mistook Itself for a Person
 by Mel Hathorn
Are corporations people? With the recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, declaring that corporations have the same rights to free speech as we do, I decided to ...

Men In Black
 by Mel Hathorn
This satire is reflects the information found below in the article titled, "An Open Letter to Connecticut Transit....


Georgie Porgie
 by Mel Hathorn
Following the example of a giant, Mark Twain (see Battle Hymn of the Republic, Updated below) I have composed the following little song to a familar tune....

Lament for Lost Liberties
 by Mel Hathorn
Some thoughts to think about regarding our constitutional rights. (Sung to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town) ...

The Battle Hymn of the Republic Updated" contributed
 by Mel Hathorn
The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Updated was written in 1901 by Mark Twain, as a parody of American imperialism, in the wake of the Philippine-American War. It is written in the same tune and cadence ...


How To Eliminate Corporate Personhood; Part I (Updated)
 by Mel Hathorn
POSSIBLE SUPREME COURT BRIEF ENDING CORPORATE PERSONHOOD AS WELL AS CITIZENS UNITED. Below is a revised Writ of Certiorari demonstrating that the Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Railroad deci...

Stages in the development of Social Change
 by Mel Hathorn
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement appears to be a major social change. According to E. J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, social change occurs in three stages. The first is momentum bui...

But Who's Going To Clean The Toilets?
 by Mel Hathorn
The question recently came up as to whether or not a capitalistic system requires an impoverished class to work. Science suggests that it does....

George Will's Unanswered Questions
 by Mel Hathorn
George Will wrote the following questions in an op-ed article a few weeks ago, that he hopes the Senate Judiciary Committee will ask Supreme Court Nominee, Elena Kagan....

Letter to World Leaders
 by Mel Hathorn
I have sent the following letter to Ambassador Zhang Yesui Chinese Embassy Washington, DC Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Prime Minister Vladimir Putin President Nicholas Sarkozy

The People's Fund
 by Mel Hathorn
I would like to toss out an idea for public discussion and debate. If you are so inclined, please respond or forward this to your friends....

An Open Letter to Connecticut Transit
 by Mel Hathorn
My adventures with the Connecticut Transit that is the main publiic transportation system in Connecticut. It leaves the rider in suspense, wondering if they will ever get home again....


A New Business!
 by Mel Hathorn
Cursive Curses offers a new service for aggrieved individuals; we will write out a curse for you to deliver to the bank, insurance company, utility, etc of your choice. ...

Spanking Plato
 by Mel Hathorn
A new novel, satirical, funny, and irreverant. ...

Nobel Prize Nomination
 by Mel Hathorn
I have received a wonderful honor and feel a little humble at the same time. I was asked by a third party if I would make a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature for a writer I do not know. I a...

The First Crack in the Wall
 by Mel Hathorn
Congresswoman Donna Edwards introduces Constitutional Amendment to undo corporate free speech....

Are the predictions I made in The Prisoner’s Dilemma happening?
 by Mel Hathorn
In my recently released book, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, I described how corporate personhood came about, and what a group of American citizens did about it. It now looks as if my cry for eliminati...

Get The Prisoner's Dilemma free!
 by Mel Hathorn
Hi everybody! Now you can get The Prisoner's Dilemma free by solving the puzzle below. The first ten persons with the correct answers to the puzzle will get a free copy of the Pri...

An Open Letter To Ted Turner, Rupert Murdock and Other Media Moguls
 by Mel Hathorn
This is argument stating that it makes no difference what the outcome of the FCC decision regarding relaxation of the rules of media ownership is....

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Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Mel has in his varied career taught literature and history, piloted planes, and traveled extensively across the United States, Europe, Greece, the former Soviet Union, and Central Asia.

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