While some of the individuals involved with LALO Publishing, Inc. have been in and around conflict and resolution for many years, the Company itself is new. Formed in late 2019, LALO Publishing grew out of the concept of “Let Art Live On"–but with a new focus on writing rather than fine or visual arts.


The new company was started by Charles and Bryane Lickson with the support of Jennifer Nicholson, a Director of the Company and successful business person in the Front Royal, Virginia area. The Licksons have been involved with alternative dispute resolution for over a quarter of a century. Charles Lickson (known by many as “Chips”) is a former practicing attorney who decided many years ago to turn to non-traditional conflict resolution and become a mediator before he met his wife Bryane. She was an artist and business woman living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia at the time the couple met in Charlottesville, VA.


Chips also had a background in writing–as well as law. The first edition of Ironing It Out: Seven Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict was published in 1992. Chips Lickson also wrote the Use of ADR to Resolve Technology or Innovation Disputes for the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, a division of Thomson Legal Publishing, Inc. in 1993.

Bryane Miller Lickson, had written several articles and the book, Dignified Departure–in 1994. This book, “A Complete National Outline for Preparing All Necessary Documents to Control Your Death or That of a Loved One,” was well received and was a ground-breaking publication on living wills and durable powers of attorney.


Both Licksons are also fine visual artists. Their paintings are in many collections and online (at The Licksons enrolled Jennifer Nicholson into their “Let Art Live On” (“LALO”) internet and physical art services and support firm. A number of other artists joined the Licksons in the LALO concept. Nicholson liked the philosophical concept of art living on–and became a founding director.


With the Pandemic of 2020 coming soon, it quickly became apparent that art galleries would suffer and the Licksons and Nicholson decided to place the art side inactive–until the market might become more viable. 


The “written word” was always near and dear to both Chips and Bryane Lickson, as multi-published authors.


In late 2018 and through most of 2019, Chips Lickson was busy writing his first fact-based fiction book, A WARRIOR OF MANY FACES. It also became clear that there was room for a publisher dedicated to the field of conflict resolution and who was willing to take on other titles.


By 2020, Chips Lickson was engaged in revising and updating his earlier book, Ironing It Out. This book had sold thousands of copies world-wide and certain foreign rites had been sold.


LALO Publishing (LPI) was now under-way. Carol Cable, an experienced and well-regarded professional artist and book designer had done a wonderful cover for Warrior. she asked to become Manager of Arts and Design for LPI and agreed. Now, LPI needed someone to head its marketing outreach effort.


Jorge Amselle was a multi-published author, very familiar with internet capability, who had a background somewhat similar to Chips (Political Science and Law) and was intrigued by the concept of non-traditional conflict resolution.


In May, 2020, Jorge joined LPI as Vice President–Marketing and Communications.

“We are so delighted to have him be part of Lalo Publishing because he brings so much to our table,” said founder Bryane Lickson, Chairman of the new company’s Board of Directors.


Amselle, who also teaches, has designed and manages the Lalo Publishing website ( and  conceptualized the Ironing It Out series of books for LPI. In fact, Amselle is at work, along with LPI Staff on a new book involving resolving disputes which might arise from working remotely. The new book is expected by late Fall or early Winter, 2020.


This new “blog-letter” (not an original term) is very timely. “We’ll try to look at conflict and resolution in a new way,” said Chips Lickson author of both the updated Ironing It Out and the new Pocket Guide to Ironing It Out, from LPI. He added: “I’m looking forward to Jorge’s helping with marketing all of our new books and to work with him. I also hope to hear from other people who might have something to say in this blog-letter and even a book proposal for our firm.”




As this little blog launches in July, 2020, the world – and especially the United States - finds itself in a rare, and unwanted position. We are Number 1 on a hit parade that we’d rather not be on at all. Doesn’t matter too much at this point, whether we call this crisis (Covid-19)  the “China Virus” or whatever, what we all must do is deal with it. And I mean dealing with it from the literal top (i.e. The President) on down to us – as individuals.


Why is the Pandemic the subject of my first blog newsletter if this new outlet is about conflict?


First of all, conflict can be helpful –even seen as necessary, although it is usually taken in its negative form.  Second, the Pandemic has taken the spotlight in almost whatever happens anywhere. It has become in the U.S. – political issue no.1. It has stimulated other extremely significant issues – social as racial reconciliation and a careful re-look at our system of justice and incarceration.


The Pandemic has made most us edgy and hyper sensitive and remote and even often removed. It has pointed out the geographical and background differences among our people wherever they are located in this huge country – and the same things for others not located in the U.S. but elsewhere in the even huger world.


It is a very hot Summer of Pandemic Year 2020. My wife and I are now in Day 128 and cannot avoid discussing the Pandemic even though this is supposed to be a blog about conflict and resolution.


As I’ve said in my many mediation/conflict resolution trainings all over the world and my books on conflict and negotiation: IF YOU DON’T DEAL WITH CONFLICT, IT WILL DEAL WITH YOU.


Dealing with conflict, in many ways, is personal. On occasion, it may need the help of an outside resource. Could be as simple as a book or tape and it may be as complex as needing an expert. But, it has to be dealt with. Like not letting the Virus get you, we hope the negative aspects of conflict don’t get you down.


We welcome the interchange of ideas here. The only thing we ask – same as our in person trainings or facilitations: Have respect for the other person and please respect this “open idea” space.


Charles “Chips” Lickson

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Conflict Resolution – 101:

There is a lesson here

July 21, 2020

The good news for me is that my little book: Ironing It Out: Seven Simple Steps for Resolving Conflict has been updated and is available again through Amazon and the publisher: The bad news is that the writer, me – someone who is supposedly knowledgeable about conflict and resolution – happens to live in an area that is rife with conflict and lawsuits and legal fees and court expenses, etc. Personally, I have come to peace with the fact that there are some disputes which just cannot be resolved peaceably. There are some disputes where the parties have to be told what to do (by a judge or jury). I guess these pending civil cases which dominate our legal system cannot be fairly settled.

Fortunately, not everybody or every firm or every government organization at all levels agrees that conflicts cannot be resolved without the expense and the trauma that litigation brings. My little book on conflict resolution has sold thousands of copies worldwide – as reasonable people seem to want an alternative way of making troublesome problems go away. The first published edition of Ironing it Out was dated 1992. The most recent, fully updated edition (the 5th) came out in June and is dated 2020.

And, wow, do we have conflict rampant among many crises now facing the world (and our region). Litigation doesn’t seem that important when compared to life and death. I don’t presume that I am qualified to do too much about the Pandemic, or fairness in law enforcement or fairness in the administration of justice, but I do feel qualified to help lessen unnecessary conflict (destructive in its own way) lessen.

Sometimes I wish folks would follow the seven simple steps: “Remove their masks, identify the real problem(s), give up a “must-win” attitude, develop possible options for resolution, select one, powerfully communicate, and finally acknowledge and preserve the value in the relationship”.

It might work here. It has worked most of the time it has been tried. It sure doesn’t cost much to try it.

I hope we can all be safe and, while we worry about getting sick, maybe we can worry a bit less about the conflict.

Charles P. Lickson
Front Royal, Virginia


By: Dick Walker

Rather than talking about the pandemic, I want to recognize an upcoming milestone that is a significant achievement for all mankind. It is also something that I and many others have dedicated most of our adult life to create and maintain such a significant achievement. 


It is Nuclear Deterrence!


On 9 August 1945, the “Fat Man” atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki and led to the fall of Imperial Japan. From that day until now no nuclear weapon has been exploded to destroy any enemy target. Instead, we have seen a build-up of nuclear arsenals to serve as the mutual deterrent against any aggressive actions by countries that also have obtained nuclear capability.  


The current situation is one that has relied on the principal of Mutual Assured Destruction.


I consider Mutual Assured Destruction as a “Positive Madness.” In other words, nuclear powers must be aware of the madness of starting a nuclear engagement that will likely lead to both sides losing more than they can afford to lose, not to speak of the impact on the rest of the world. In my opinion, Mutual Assured Destruction is Positive Madness, meaning it keeps two opponents from attempting to destroying each other. 


However, we see many other dangers throughout the world, such as the pandemic, global warming, starvation and other concerns such as racial and income inequalities.


I now believe we have Mutual Assured Destruction in a reasonable stand-off position as witnessed by the past 75 years. I am hopeful that the pandemic will be resolved but, probably not without a substantial price being paid in lives.


Whatever else there may be, I will hope that we all can deal with what we know now and be in a state of mind that will let us conquer whatever rises up over the horizon.  


Dr. Richard “Dick” Walker is a retired full Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Walker is a System Engineer/General Scientist (Information Systems Design) involved in strategic warfighting, arms control, weapon systems analysis and technical assessment of weapon effects and target response. He has extensive experience over the past 55 years in strategic arms control and nuclear warfighting theory, capability, and analysis for both offensive and defensive forces. Dr. Walker is a member of the LALO Publishing Editorial Review Committee.


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