Video: Mr. Shell performs percussion on djembe along to the Steve Vai backing track for Mr. Vai's song Juice

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A PassionHero is an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances who exudes a

passion for life even amidst great odds and tries to make the lives of those surrounding them

a better place because they're in it... as true nobility is trying to be superior to your former self.

Realize that those who live lives filled with daily creativity are often the happiest people you will encounter.


Mr. Brian Shell is an author and musician who likes to dabble with drawing and other artistic media.

He started writing in 1993 while working as an electrical engineer who worked with satellite antennas.

That initial writing made him want to write full-time. Brian's published books: www.amazon.com/author/brianshell


When asked what kind of books he writes, Brian likes to live a chapter of life and report back on what he's learned.


Also, try Brian's many Spotify playlists - https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Fi5HXYRBtPzDPowTwLjdy?si=tox2ekWXQKGS9ti_Xv8Tbg


For professional inquiries, please contact Mr. Shell via LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/briankshell



https://www.amazon.com/dp/149043643X - Single Mom Daily Devotions


This book contains 366 short daily inspirations.


Having been raised by a single mother, its author dedicated it to his Mom.


Also after years of writing, it was the first book that finally got Brian Shell published.


This sci-fi novella imagines an AI that becomes Aware and starts causing random power outages.


"Attack of the Electronic Dust Bunnies" starts with Isaac Asimov's '3 Laws of Robotics'


It takes on a dual identity as "The Cosmic Dustbunny" and "Electrifying Mojo."


Artificial Intelligence with random number generator sarcasm hijinx ensues.


Available for Kindle and paprbook...

Brian Shell's published paperback books: 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09S66MW5Y - Erane Jefferson Success Story


https://www.amazon.com/dp/149043643X - Single Mom Daily Devotions


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1517382629 - Daily Common Cents


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1505215919 - Gratitude Miles


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1507828349 - Cubicle Cardio


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1484109902 - Dessert First Diet


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1519785151 - From Student to Engineer


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1518679641 Crossing through Career Crossroads


https://www.amazon.com/dp/1986162397 Student Study Cave: A Guide to Get Great Grades


Brian Shell's song mentioned October 2018 on The Tonight Show:


Eat Some Vegetables


song's origin:  In 2012, Brian worked for the first time as an election inspector.  It was

at an Ann Arbor elementary school and in their cafeteria.  There, at lunchtime, a 5th 

grader served his fellow students broccoli and cauliflower with fun and flair.

Each time, he'd serve a scoop, he'd dance and sing, "Eat Some Veggie-tables."

It was the way he said it that made people laugh.  I said to myself, "That's a song hook"


Eat Some Vegetables on iTunes


Video: Brian Shell plays Eat Some Vegetables Live at The Ark


Brian Shell explains Eat Some Vegetables and its film references

 He does so while strolling through Matthaei Botanical Garden in Ann Arbor, Michigan - 9:00 video


Cover image to ESV is at the northern-most point of Lake Michigan in Michigan's Upper Peninsula!



 Dessert First Diet  

Savor the food you crave the most when you are hungriest

so it tastes best and then get back to work eating healthy.


Kindle eBook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006E0T3VC


Dessert First Diet Paperback book




"Erane Jefferson Success Story"



Published by Brian Shell in February 2022, this is a fictional coming-of-age story about an African-American young lady who grows up in South Central Los Angeles but moves to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Erane Jefferson is her name, and she possesses an amazingly inquisitive mind.  This is her story of overcoming tough odds.


The paperback book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09S66MW5Y


Brian Shell at The Ark in Ann Arbor 4/10/2024


https://youtu.be/bY9RKlk_ICE?si=Q4DaKTx1SDX5xJ0t - "The Zen of Music"


Recorded 3/15/2024 in Ann Arbor's CTN Studio for their "Soapbox" series

Brian Shell discusses musical tips, concepts, and ideas because:

"A mind once-stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension."


"You don't need an instrument to practice." - Ndugu Chancler


3/16/2023 - Enjoy the song single release by Brian Shell - 3:10 duration


Forgive Let Go - this mp3 is available on all digital music platforms such as on Spotify.


song origins: Early in 2022, Brian's father passed away.  During that first week of grief, he read a

quote, "to forgive is to let go."  Later that day, he was listening to "Eminence Front" by The Who and

started singing "to forgive is to let go" to that particular Who song.  Its lyrics fit!


For Brian, recording this song was so cathartic, and it helped him get over his Grief.


Forgive Let Go on iTunes 


(During the song, he also plays piano, congas recorded in a cathedral, and 3 layers of ukulele with a glass slide.) 



Filmed 12/1/2023 - "The Zen of Sports" - 5 minute CTN cable TV video




"The score is merely a time-keeping device."




https://youtu.be/mSScE63IpxU - Brian Shell explains his "Addiction Theory" (habits and resolutions) in this 6-minute cable access TV 'Soapbox' video about replacing bad habits with good ones - which was recorded Friday 1/13/2023 in Ann Arbor's CTN studios.


Student Study Cave - A Guide to Get Great Grades 



Paperback Book Printed Version: Student Study Cave



Contains tips & ideas to enjoy education, doing homework, and studying.


Good education teaches the great student to learn how to learn.



Daily Common Cents 

366 daily inspirations present tips and tricks to make your $$$ last longer.

Pinch your pennies so that your dollars add up. 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015G2AZ5G - Kindle eBook


This book's manuscript was hand-written in a day-journal so

that the page's-length kept each daily inspiration concise.

Transcribing that journal to Word was its first edit.


Daily Common Cents Paperback book


Cubicle Cardio


Instead of one 60-minute workout, consider 60 1-minute workouts.

This exercise philosophy keeps your metabolism's

windmill spinning all throughout the day. 


Squats are an excellent and efficient choice for working out wherever you are.

Use the stairs rather than taking an elevator helps too.   Each extra activity counts.  Each adds up.

Isometric flexing of your abs from side-to-side works if you happen to be seated.  Dance in your seat too.  Smile! 


Cubicle Cardio Kindle eBook

Cubicle Cardio Paperback book




From Student to Engineer   


This textbook creates a freshman college course that presents "The Journey of the Engineer."

Describes the "decision-tree" freshmen might make as they progress in their engineering education. 

Weekly topics include undergrad, graduate work, teaching, intellectual property,

money concerns, corporate engineering, mid-sized firms, & start-ups.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0196XBM3U - Kindle eBook


FSTE Paperback book - print version of "From Student to Engineer"


"To forgive is to let go"


5-minute video filmed on Friday 4/14/2023


https://youtu.be/YEKGIPn-uKI - Ann Arbor cable-access CTN "Soapbox" given by

Brian Shell on forgiveness, letting go, and harboring no grudge.



Crossing through Career Crossroads

Engineer a Path to Your Destiny and

Aviod Living a Life of Quiet Desperation


Re-calibrate to re-appreciate the crossroads Life

tends to send along the path of least regret.



Crossing thru Career Crossroads - the paperback book


On Friday August 11th, 2023 this 6:38 duration video was filmed at Ann Arbor's CTN studio:

In this video, Brian Shell talks about Mental Health and its Perspectives.





Flashback 10 years - Gratitude Miles videos filmed in February 2014


1) Taking the snowy scenic route north of Elko, Nevada

2) Wyoming and Exit 89 - a tunnel is at the 2 minute mark 

3) Windy Idaho plains sleet - 2/16/2014 bucket list state

4) Idaho free range cows - 30 miles north of Nevada

5) Pony Express and its first post office - Nebraska 2/18/2014

6) Indiana-Michigan border and gratitude - 2/19/2014


7) Cadillac Hotel Venice Beach Boardwalk memories - 2/8/2014




Gratitide Miles - 8000 Miles of Gratitude


On this 2014 8000-mile 20-day road diary, Brian gives gratitude to all of his former mentors. 


Going across the country to give them gratitude while silll alive, in person, only offers no regrets now.


This journaling journalist's road trip spans giving gratitude: 1/31/2014 - 2/19/2014. 


Gratitude Miles Paperback book


Brian"s "Gratitude Miles" soundtrack - "music along the way" playlist on Spotify




Texas Hold’em Tournament Tactics 


Tips & tricks Mr. Shell used to win numerous poker tournaments.

It strictly covers the changing strategies of tournament play. 






NOOK eBook

"Faith" - by Brian Shell 1998 - Venice, CA


Brian Shell discussed his screenplay, "Distortions," on Oct. 21, 1997 in Seattle, WA


https://youtu.be/pRps96rKAOQ - this 15 minute video shows his unique writing style.



The whole premise of this movie script idea was using mirrors as a dimensional portal.


This divine intelligence then intervenes in the lives of four characters - Distortions

"Hope" by Brian Shell 1998 - Pacific Palisades, CA
"Love" - by Brian Shell 1999 - Ypsilanti, MI
December 1999 drawing by Brian Shell titled "Id-eas"



Pre-Celebrity Jesus: The Man Beyond the Messiah 


Written after Brian's "22 Short Stories about Teenage Jesus" screenplay,

this book ponders and hypothesizes possible scenarios Jesus Christ may have lived

during his unknown years in order to proclaim his gospel parables years later.


It asks many questions which explore who he was as a Human Being... 


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004D4Y66S - Kindle eBook link



Start My Heart Art


A photo eBook of all the art Brian Shell created with flavorful details

and colorful commentary about the origin and inspiration for each piece. 


It was inspired by a 2012 visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts

and wondering "what if the artists gave the backstory behind each piece of their work???"




Cover photo taken within Michigan's "The Grand Hotel"..."Somewhere in Time" 


"Faith HOPE Love" - a mural proposal by Brian Shell 1998 for St. Clement Church - Venice Beach, CA
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