Inside Issues

A look at some of the people who bring you the written word in this or past Issues...

David Leonhardt

The “Happy Guy” is a writer, reviewer, humorist and lecturer from Canada. His book reviews and humorous stories on family and life (such as What's so Real About Reality TV this month in Features), have graced our Entertainment, Lifestyles and Features sections over the last few years.

In addition to energizing conferences, he trains others to improve their presentation skills. He earned the top "Distinguished Toastmaster" designation in 2001. His speeches have been published in "Vital Speeches of the Day" and "Great Canadian Speeches."

After a decade and a half as the spokesman for CAA Ontario (an affiliate of the American Automobile Association), he has been called Canada's highest profile consumer advocate. As a visible and vocal consumer advocate, he’s picked up a thing or two about getting good media coverage. Some years he’s conducted over 600 media interviews. He has lobbied the Canadian Ministers of Transportation and Finance.

David writes book reviews for Library Journal, among other publications (including past Issues) and is the author of the self-help book Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness.

He resides in the wide open Canadian rural with his wife and daughters where he enjoys the sound of the birds, sights of the lightning bugs, camping, canoeing and sharing his lunch with wildlife.

You can visit him at:

Michael Levy

Michael has contributed to both our Features and Issues department over the last few years.

Born in Manchester England on the 6th of March 1945. The second world war was drawing to a close and folks were just beginning to pick up the remnants of five hard years of conflict.

He recalls the early days of his childhood; they were exciting times. Every day was an adventure on the streets of the inner city community. Nobody had any spare money. Even candy was on ration until 1950 but nobody ever informed Michael he was poor. He just knew there were only so many hours in each day and he was here to enjoy them. He was a little mischievous in a kindly way and brought a lot of Joy into many peoples lives. He always went around with a big smile on his face and nobody was able to wipe it away.

Throughout Michael's life many negative situations have come his way but they did not knock him of the path of Joy for more than a day or two at most.

Michael's poetry and essays now grace well over 1000 web sites, Journals and Magazines. He is a renowned guest speaker on Finance, Wellness and Inspiration. He has appeared on TV in the USA and UK and hundreds of radio stations throughout the world, including the Howard Stern Show, BBC, ITV4, NBC, C-Span and ABC.. The Royal College of Psychiatry has recently published two of his works. He has recently become a host on the Point Of Life Show at Voice America.

He now resides in Florida and you can find him at:

Munayem Mayenin

An occasional contributor to our Issues Section writing on political topics.

Born, brought up and educated in Bangladesh, he now makes England his home.

He studied Bangla and World Literature including the great classical and modern European, African and Latin American literature and poetry, including of course, English at his “mad university days” as he would like to put it.

At First Prague International Poetry Festival (left to right): Munayem Mayenin (UK), Oystein Hague (Norway), Gaby Bila-Gunather (Germany/Australia) and Leah Gold (USA).

His first collection of English poems, Command the Moon, was published in London in 1993. Some of his philosophical works have been published on the Philosophy Pathways journal of the International Society for Philosophers. He co-edited Slivers: An Anthology of South Asian Poetry in Britain, which was published in London in 1997. Mayenin's second collection The Son of Eternity has been released by Publish America, April 2004. His poetry has received international awards.

Mayenin worked as a freelance journalist for many years, written for many newspapers both in England and in the sub continent and also worked in government service for the UK in the field of education.

He is a member of:

The English Centre of PEN
The Poetry Society
International Society For Philosophers
The Philosophical Society of England
Authors Den

He is married and a father of two young children, he lives and writes in London.

You can find him at:


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