Author and Columnist
James L. Donahue
is a retired newspaper reporter, editor and columnist with more than 40 years of experience in professional writing.
He is the published author of five books, all dealing with
Michigan history, several magazine articles, and he has two other books in production. He currently produces an estimated
five articles weekly for this web site.
Jim and his wife spent three years in Arizona, from 1996 to
1999, where they studied the beliefs and ways of the American Indian tribes of the Southwest. They spent a winter living with
a Navajo medicine man and his wife near the Four Corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
The Donahues also made friends with a Hopi two-horned priest,
who opened personal visits to sacred places and events among the Hopi. During the time they lived in Arizona with their
daughter, Jennifer Sharpe, and had the privilege of seeing first hand many of the sacred religious rituals and dances of both
While working as a bureau reporter for The Times Herald, a
Gannett-owned daily newspaper in Port Huron, Michigan, Donahue began writing and marketing a syndicated column dealing with
Great Lake's shipwrecks. He has written and published four books on this subject and is considered an authority on Great Lakes
Donahue collaborated the Judge James H. Lincoln of Harbor
Beach, Michigan, in the book Fiery Trial, a historic account of a forest fire that swept three counties of Michigan in 1881.
Fiery Trial was published by the Historical Society of Michigan.
In 1990, Donahue created Anchor Publications, and became the
publisher of his own book, Steaming Through Smoke and Fire 1871. The book is a record of events on the Great Lakes during
the year 1871, the year of the great Chicago fire and a forest fire that swept the states of Wisconsin, Northern Illinois,
Michigan and Northern Ohio on the same day.
His other books include Schooners in Peril, Terrifying Steamboat
Stories, and Steamboats in Ice.
Donahue's most recent work involves explorations in the esoteric
realm, and studies of right brain functioning. He is completing an extensive study of Liber AL vel Legis, an occult document
more commonly identified as The Book of the Law. It was reportedly dictated to Aleister Crowley by a shadowy visitor from
the past identified as Aiwass in 1904. The contemporary work by Donahue, the first complete examination of Liber Legis since
Crowley's nearly a century ago, is offered for public reading on this web site.