Back Pocket Coach By Diane Brennan & Alexandra Ross Blog Tour

Back Pocket Coach provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others.

I have NOT tried all 33 strategies, mainly because I don’t need them. This is mostly for folks who have to deal with a lot of different people or those who are in charge of lots of people. Some of the strategies can be used in personal relationships too. After all what works for your boss will probably work for your spouse, and what works for your team members might work for your kids.

If you are a manager or a leader of any sort then this book could be very helpful. Especially if you haven’t had a lot of training in communicating effectively.

There are sections for one-on-one conversations, on-the-fly conversations, and meetings. There is an entire section for specific situations and issues.

They you lots of good tips and strategies for dealing with the most common situations.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve the way they communicate, and get along with, co-workers and even family.

Book Details:

Book Title: Back Pocket Coach: 33 Effective Communication Strategies for Work & Life
Authors: Diane Brennan and Alexandra Ross
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 104 pages
Genre: Communication, Self-help
Publisher: New View Press
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 16, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Have you ever been in a situation that was emotionally charged and the stakes were high? And it was difficult to find the right words? Back Pocket Coach provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others. These just-in-time strategies will help you move through conversations masterfully –whether you’re engaging with one person or a team of people.

You’ll learn how to:
— Provide difficult feedback to everyone from your boss to mother-in-law — improving your relationships in the process.
— Effectively renegotiate any agreement.
— Say no to a request that would leave you stretched too thing — and do so from a place of strength.
— Get unproductive meetings back on track — even if you’re not the meeting organizer.
— Safely speak your truth.
— Increase your self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
— Use appreciation authentically — the secret sauce for thriving relationships.

 

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Meet the Authors:

Alexandra Ross is an executive coach, team builder and author. With a Masters degree in Organizational Communication, she helps leaders and teams sharpen their leadership skills and exceed prior levels of performance. Alexandra is internationally certified as a Master Certified Coach. She coaches executives and leaders in the fields of aerospace, engineering, high technology, medical, financial and more. She is also passionate about coaching women in leadership. Contact Alexandra at CoachAlexandraRoss@gmail.comDiane Brennan is a consultant, coach, author and speaker. She is passionate about leadership in all types of organizations. She enjoys working with leaders and teams in the fields of healthcare, aerospace, engineering, science, academics and business. Diane’s expertise in organizations includes strategic thinking, navigating change and creating a learning culture. Diane holds a Doctorate in Behavioral Health, an MBA and is a Master Certified Coach. She brings calm to the chaos in organizations and life. Contact Diane at Diane@DianeBrennan.com

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Author Interview:

How would you describe your book?

This book is an elegantly simple resource with just-in-time communication strategies to help you move through conversations masterfully—whether engaging with one person or a team of people at work or in your personal life.

What made you write a book about communication strategies?

We’ve heard our clients challenged by many daily interactions that don’t always go as they hope or even plan. We wanted to create a resource that helps people have better conversations and outcomes with their boss, team members, customers, colleagues, family and friends.

How did you come up with the idea for Back Pocket Coach?

We were inspired by a team we were working with a while back. Alexandra was coaching the leader of the organization, who was well-intentioned but perceived as a bully boss. His direct reports were afraid of him. Diane was coaching one of the individuals who was terrified of engaging with him. She and Diane joked about how great it would be to have flashcards to communicate with him. We did create flashcards but ended up using them to get feedback on the strategies we created that make up the book as you now see it. The book turned out to be a better way to make the information useable.

How did you research for your book?

The strategies in this book were developed and fine-tuned over the more than 15 years that Diane and Alexandra have been coaching. We’ve used them with our clients over and over through the years, and they have a successful track record. We field tested the strategies while they were in a flashcard format, and we used the feedback from our testers as we completed the book.

There are many books out there about communication. What makes yours different?

The great thing about this book is that it is astonishingly simple. You can flip open to any page and immediately find a strategy to try out in your professional or personal life. We also provide an index of common situations and issues, along with suggestions for strategies to consider using. The book is really a reference book—something to be used over and over. That said, if all you wanted to do was spend an hour reading it cover to cover, you would walk away with strategies that would help you create more satisfying conversations and outcomes right now.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

We are both leadership and executive coaches with a collective total of more than 20,000 hours of coaching conversations over our 15+ years of experience. We work with individuals and teams in many different types of organizations. We actually met while working on a coaching assignment with NASA.

How do you find collaborating as writers?

We really enjoy writing together. The Back Pocket Coach strategies came from our reflections on what we learned in the thousands of coaching conversations we had over the past 15 years. Creating this book was so much fun! We kept a rigorous schedule, and we also had a lightness in our approach to the writing process that made our work together something we both look forward to and continue today.

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June 5 – Take It Personel-ly – review / guest post / giveaway
June 6 – Simple Wyrdings – review / author interview / giveaway
June 7 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
June 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
June 9 – NorthernMsw – review
June 12 – Books for Books – review
June 13 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
June 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
June 15 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
June 16 – Notes from Farrah – review / giveaway
June 16 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway
June 16 – Seaside Book Nook – review / giveaway
June 16 – Reading Authors – review / giveaway

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After the Miracle: The Cody Parmer Story Book Blast

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After the Miracle: The Cody Parmer Story

In the summer of 1999, doctors raced against the clock to save Cody Parmer’s life after a terrible car accident on a rural Idaho road. His parents, Brenda and Kreg Parmer, prayed that God would save him, and received their miracle. Months after his recovery a mysterious new discovery threatened to take Cody’s life once more, but this time the doctors couldn’t fix it. As Cody fought for his life, his mother searched for answers. Why would God let this happen? Would God save her son, just to let him die a short time later? Even if Cody lived, could the family handle his injuries and limitations? Even after receiving a miracle, the strength to accept God’s will would be the greatest blessing they could ever ask for.

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Praise for the Book
“Such an amazing story! I read this book cover to cover all in one day. I could not put it down! It is very well-written, and you feel as if you are right there with the family experiencing every part of their incredible journey first hand. I cried through a lot of it but found parts that made me laugh too. When a book can make you do both of those things, you know you’ve found a good one.” Shannon Dooley, Amazon Review

“This is a book about amazing resiliency in the face of the kind of trauma every parent dreads. It’s told with incredible honesty and transparency. But, it’s also a story about struggling faith that grows into a deep belief in the goodness of God even in the face of adversity…” MarSue, Amazon Review

“This book was an inspiring read. Very well written, and a page turner. Cody’s family made it through some impossible odds. You really feel the struggles that they go through as they try everything to get the best results for their son.” Nora, Goodreads Review

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Chapter 16 –
I turned to Cody and he truly looked lost. The charts didn’t lie, Dr. Pike had done the tests again and again. It was done. Finished. Cody was gone and he wasn’t coming back. No amount of wishing or hoping or praying was going to fix it. And instead of him just dying naturally, we had to be the ones to flip the switch and cut off his air, his food, his medication. It was cruel. It was torture. It was too much.
Kreg was trying to be strong for me but I knew he felt it too. I could see it in his eyes. The pain, the struggle of the impossible choice, the burden of our whole family’s emotions on his back. It was too much for him to bear as well, though he had to maintain some sense of composure for all our sakes.
I gave up trying to make decisions and buried my head in my hands. Then, in the middle of our solemn and painful silence, came a knock on the door.

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Promo picture of the Parmer family.About the Authors
Brenda and Kreg Parmer met in high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and fell in love on the night of graduation. Brenda graduated from cosmetology school and Kreg went to work for a farm equipment company, and soon married. They had one son, Cody, and three beautiful daughters. Since the accident in 1999, a major part of Brenda and Kreg’s lives have been devoted to caring for Cody, who still suffers from major limitations. They love being with family, enjoying the beautiful Idaho scenery, and visiting their grandchildren. Along with their family, their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important thing in their lives.

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My First Home By Shashank Shekhar Review

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Are you dreaming of owning your own home? Would you like to avoid the pitfalls of buying a home? Before you do anything else read My First Home: A step-by-step guide to achieving the ultimate American dream by Shashank Shekhar with Richa Sarin.

Reading this book could save you a lot of time and trouble.

The author walks you through the process of buying a home from being sure you are ready to buy a home, finding a Home Buying Team, and getting Pre-Approved, all the way to living in your house and making it a home.

There is a lot of good advice in this book. The author recommends getting out of debt, and saving up for a deposit, before you do anything else. That does make it lots easier.

Chapters include information on how to start looking for a house, knowing what kind of home you want, some things to look out for, getting a mortgage, home inspections and appraisals, how to hold titles, and tips on saving money on utilities.

The book is well written and easy to understand without making you feel like he is talking down to you. I like that.

You can buy a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Excerpts:

 First time home buying is a special occasion in everyone’s life. But because of the complexities around it, most people approach it with a mix of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. I wrote this book with the sole purpose of making the process easier and more predictable.

This book first helps you in deciding whether you are ready to buy or not and then gives a step-by-step instruction on what you can expect along the process should you decide to buy. The book takes it a step further and even advises you on steps you can take to remain a happy homeowner.

Few things have greater impact on net worth than owning a home. In a comparison of renters versus homeowners, the Federal Reserve Board of Consumer Finance found that the average net worth of renters was just $4,000 compared to homeowners at $184,400.

Homeowners create positive environments for families. Children of homeowners are 59% more likely to become homeowners. Their children are also 25% more likely to graduate from high school and 116% more likely to graduate from college. (Source – Rossi and Weber National Survey of Families.)

There can be no other benefit that can beat the emotional satisfaction of home ownership. Whether it’s having the nicest lawn on the block, or having your own backyard and garage or being able to color the walls the way you want, it is so much more fun than renting.

Remaining in one neighborhood for several years lets you and your family establish lasting friendships, and offers your children the benefit of educational continuity.

A home often symbolizes family, rest and security — it’s not just four walls and a room. Because of this, home buying and selling can be an emotional undertaking and a personal milestone.

Just a few simple steps before you write that purchase offer can turn your fortune and have other would-be buyers wondering – what are they doing that I’m not?

After all, even though we pretend to look logical, most of our decisions are based on emotions.

Establishing a good credit history has never been as important as it is today. It’s not just that you’ll need good credit to get decent rates when you’re ready to buy a home or a car. Your credit history can determine whether you get a good job, a decent apartment or reasonable rates on insurance. It’s a classic Catch-22: You’ve got to have credit to get credit. So where do you start?

To get the best credit score, you need a mix of different credit types including revolving accounts (credit cards, lines of credit) and installment accounts (auto loans, personal loans, mortgages).

About the Author:

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Shashank Shekhar is the founder and CEO of Arcus Lending, which has grown over 1000% in the last three years by helping thousands of families secure better financing for their homes. He is a well-known writer and blogger in his field, and has been featured in Yahoo! News, FOX, The Washington Post, Bankrate.com, Huffington Post and several other media outlets for his expertise.

Shekhar is the Amazon.com best-selling author of  First Time Home Buying 101, Real Estate Unleashed, and the much anticipated My First Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving the Ultimate American Dream. He is the host of the TV and radio show, “Mortgage Matters,” and was interviewed by Emmy Award-winning director Nick Nanton on his TV show.

His awards include: “Top 40 Under 40′′ most influential mortgage professionals in the country for 2012, 2013 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine; “Hot 100′′ movers and shakers in the country by Mortgage Professional America (MPA) for 2014, 2015, 2016; “Top 200 loan officers in the country” (ranked by production volume) by Origination News – 2014, 2015, 2016; “Top 25 most connected mortgage professionals in the country” in 2011 and 2014 by National Mortgage Professional Magazine; Scotsman Guide Top Originators – 2015, 2016; Nominated for “Entrepreneur of the Year” award at Silicon Valley Awards, 2013.

Shashank has an MBA in marketing, and before founding Arcus Lending, worked for GE Money in mid-level management and worked for a start-up mortgage origination company as Director of Product Management.  He credits the success of Arcus Lending to legendary customer service and an unrelenting focus on education. Shashank lives and breathes the mantra “We are in the customer service and education business; we just happen to do mortgages.”

Shashank sits on the board of Give India, a non-profit that works for fundraising for Indian charities. He is a homeowner in Saratoga, CA with his wife Smita and two daughters, Anishka and Anya. When he is not busy growing his company, he can be seen skydiving from 15,000 feet or learning biohacking techniques.

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Crossroads Book Blast Giveaway

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I love to read books in a series. I like going back to visit the same world and finding out what happened to the characters I fell in love with. It is great when you find a new series that already has several books printed too, because that means you don’t have to wait to read the next one.

Crossroads by Mary Ting

Can two worlds collide in dreams?

Protecting her from the fallen was his duty.
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
Loving her was forbidden.
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity.

Claudia Emerson’s life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia’s dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim–half angel, half human. Now that she’s been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.

 

Praise for Crossroads

“Crossroads by Mary Ting has it all: danger, romance, suspense, incredible characters and an original plot that is sure to thrill. The action never stops as good and evil battle to the death. This well written and fascinating love story will keep readers entranced.”
~ReadersFavorite.com

“Love is in question. Trust is debatable. No one is safe. Between by Mary Ting is an enchanting, nail-biter that will leave you breathless from the exquisite cover to the thrilling end.”
~Gabby, Nashville Young Adult Fiction Examiner/What’s Beyond Forks

“Crossroads is an exciting debut book with a rich paranormal mythology, unique angel-lore, forbidden romance, action, suspense and plot twists. With her detailed writing and a plot that flow wells, Mary created a world I enjoyed visiting, and a story that was hard to put down.”
~Katie with Mundie Moms

“Beyond is an extraordinary story with unforgettable characters, passionately written by an author who clearly understands the true identity of love. Compelling and exciting; this is a must-read for all hardcore fans of the paranormal romance genre.”
~Angie Edwards @ Books4Tomorrow

“Reading the Crossroads Saga has always put me in a very ethereal place while turning its pages. In BEYOND, Mary Ting takes it to another level and I embrace the new darkness with open wings just like Michael would with his heart-shaped wings”
~Yara, Once Upon A Twilight

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Bestselling/award-winning author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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15 Best Restaurants In Portland By Doug Pitassi


Cover of 15 Best Restaurants in Portland by Doug Pitassi.This is a very nice list of the 15 Best Restaurants in Portland by Doug Pitassi.

Mr. Pitassi says, in the forward, that picking the top 15 restaurants was not easy. He says there are hundreds of restaurants in the Portland area that are worthy of being included.

He says that there is a restaurant in Portland for even the most obscure meal options.  Those range from traditional American fare, to Scandinavian dishes normally only found in Stockholm.

He says every restaurant that made this list provides consistently outstanding food.

His descriptions made me want to go to Portland just to eat.  He describes the food at each restaurant, the decor, and the prices.

I would love to check out The Tin Shed Garden Café, partly because you can take your dog there on “Doggie Love Night”. The Broder Nord also sounds interesting, mainly because I have never tried real Scandinavian food, and it sounds delicious.

Some of the other restaurants on his list include a Sushi place, a Barbecue joint, a Pizza place, and of course Italian.

If you are going to be traveling in the North West, you might want to make a point to stop over in Portland just to visit one of these great restaurants.

If you happen to live in Portland, there might be one or two on this list you didn’t know about.

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Embracing The Wild In Your Dog By Bryan Bailey Review

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Having a problem with your dog? Read this book. Your friend having a problem with his dog? Tell him to read this book.

Why? Because this book will help you understand your dog. You will understand why your dog does what he does.

The author grew up in Alaska where he got to see how wolves live. He has also spent a lot of time learning about dogs, and currently runs a training program for dogs.

Reading this book could save you a whole lot of trouble. If you can handle it.

I know some people who can’t handle it. They insist their dogs are pretty much the same as people. My grandmother did that. Her dogs never did get potty trained because she couldn’t/wouldn’t do it, nor would she let anyone else do it. She got upset with me if I made the dogs mind.

I learned why my big dog keeps going after my guineas. Me. That’s why. Partly anyway. The dogs know not to go in the chicken yard, and they won’t go in there even if the gate is open. BUT, if the guineas or chickens get inside the regular yard, the dogs think they are fair game. Unless I’m out there. If I am there they will leave them alone, unless I’m silly enough to make them think I’m hunting. I will say the dogs are much better at getting the fowl back in the yard than I am. The chickens don’t like it though, and tend not to lay well after the dogs chase them.

Now I just have to figure out what to do about it, and if I actually have the will to do it.

The book has some stories about growing up in Alaska, that are interesting. He used to go on twenty mile hikes in the snow. Very different from growing up in Arkansas. For us town folks anyway.

Good read.

You can buy a copy at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

About the book (from back cover):

The ontogeny of anthropomorphism, where we attach our human traits to our pets, is the most damaging and paralytic problem associated with dog ownership today. Believing in a fairy tale world where dogs possess the same moral consciousness and a sense of altruism as attributed to humans has led to consequences that include a drastic increase maladjusted dogs, more rigorous curbs on dog owners and attacks occurring at historical levels.

This book is not a dog obedience book. Rather, it is about developing a deep understanding of the authors of your dog’s behavior; nature and the wolf. For all that man has done to carve the wolf from the wild to create a biological doll, today’s dog is still a wolf at heart and the accompanying instincts borne from such ancestry defines how the dog approaches its world.

In this book, you will come to know the wolf in your dog and the tools that nature gave it to survive and coexist in both the mountains and in your home. You will learn how activating and deactivating the natural wolf impulses and mechanisms in your dog will lead to the harmonious existence and the control you always dreamed of. Most of all, you will come to embrace the wild in your dog and the grace and the peace that is breathed into its acceptance.

About the Author:

Picture of author Bryan Bailey.Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bryan Bailey grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. In particular, he developed a fondness for the gray wolves that roamed the vast mountain ranges and forests near his home. Under the guidance of a Special Forces Survival Instructor, he spent years studying the social interactions of wolves in their packs and discovered that, beyond obvious physical similarities, there were also behavioral similarities between the wolves and the sled dogs that were his family’s pets.

Bryan has traveled to over thirty countries in Europe, Africa, the jungles of southeast Asia and the remote regions above the arctic circle in his pursuit of learning the behaviors of hyenas, lions, tigers and the gray wolf, with an emphasis on how instinct, passed from the gray wolf, has affected the behavior of our domestic dogs.

Bryan is currently busy writing his second book, “The Hammer – Understanding Canine Aggression.” He hopes the book will educate readers about the most dominant tool in the wolf and dog’s bag of survival equipment – Aggression (The Hammer). This tool has allowed for ingestion, digestion, reproduction and survival by wolves for thousands of years in a very hostile and competitive world and it was passed to our dogs. Its use by our dogs is often misinterpreted and misunderstood and this has led to an increase in avoidable attacks to dog owners and their children.

Check out the books website for more information. If you want information on dog training check out ProTrain Memphis. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Goodreads.

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No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond Book Blast

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I know how hard it can be to function out in the world without hearing, and actually getting out in front of people and doing a gymnastics program, must be really tough.

This is sure to be a very inspiring story. Especially for the deaf and hard of hearing.

No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond by Adam U. Kempler

No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond traces the gymnastics career of a girl born deaf and blind in one eye. Despite challenge after challenge and setback after setback, Aimee rose in the gymnastics world to compete for UCLA and BYU and at the level of International Elite—a feat no athlete with comparable disabilities has accomplished in the history of the sport. This biography describes how Aimee overcame her health struggles, learned American Sign Language, succeeded in gymnastic, enjoyed social activities, acted in movies, traveled to Hawaii and Russia, worked hard in school, competed in college, and found romance. Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, said, “Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.” Valorie Kondos Field, head women’s gymnastics coach at UCLA and winner of six NCAA National Championships, said, “Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”

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“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now,” says one Chinese proverb. When I started this project, I had no idea that it would take thirteen yearsto complete and involve about eighty interviews with Aimee’sfamily, friends, mentors, and coaches. Why did it take so long? When I first met Aimee, I was an English professor, and she was in the middle of her career. No one knew how long her career would take or where it would take her; however, I could see that her story was significant and had to be told, so I approached Aimee about writing her story. We then agreed to work together on this project—although at the time we didn’t fully understand the place her story would take in the gymnastics world and in disability literature.

Helen Keller said, “Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people.” Most of us don’t have much experience with blindness, deafness, or other disabilities. When I was working my way through college, the only job I could get was working with severely handicapped students as an instructional aide at a high school, which I reluctantly accepted out of financial desperation. I worked with a young man who had been a popular running back on the school’s football team but had been hit head-on by a drunk driver, placing him in the severely handicapped program. When I first saw him, he was drooling in a wheelchair, and I felt sick to my stomach. After four years of working together, he became one of my best friends. Through that experience and many others like it, I gained a better understanding of some of the struggles that others face, and it prepared me to see the significance of Aimee’s story when I first heard about it.

After twenty-seven years in prison, Nelson Mandela said, “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” People with disabilities are imprisoned by their bodies, and most of them are never set free in this life. I taught a class in a juvenile detention facility for five years, and I had a student who stopped me outside of class one day. She looked across the grass at the tall fence at the end of the field. It was wrapped with razor wire at the top. She said, “I can’t take it in here. I’ve got nine months left, and I can’t handle being away from my family.” Being incarcerated can change us, and by teaching in detention camps, I gained a better understanding of the need that we all have for hope, especially the disenfranchised. I hope that readers of Aimee’s biography will gain a better understanding of the world of people with disabilities and encourage others to feel hopeful.

 

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Praise for the Book:
“Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”
Valorie Kondos Field—Head Women’s Gymnastics Coach at UCLA who won six NCAA National Championships

“Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.”
Bruno Grandi—President of the International Gymnastics Federation

“As a parent, devoted gymnastics fan . . . and one who views success in terms of personal growth, not medals or titles won, this is a story that inspires me.”
Kathy Johnson Clarke—1984 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Captain who won a team Silver medal and an individual Bronze medal on the balance beam.

 

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Adam U. Kempler is an English professor and author in southern California. He has worked extensively with students with disabilities, including those in high schools, colleges, and detention facilities. He enjoys spending his free time surfing locally and fly-fishing in the backcountry of Yosemite. Adam and Jennifer have six children: Jesse, Stephen, Rachel, Rebekah, Timothy, and Ruth.

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The Man Who Listens To Horses Giveaway

The Man Who Listens To Horses by Monty Roberts.I’m giving away a used copy(I read it – excellent condition) of Monty Roberts book The Man Who Listens To Horses – The Story of a real-life Horse Whisperer.

If you are a horse person, or just want to learn more about horses, you will love this book. Monty Roberts is one of the best known horse trainers in the world, and there is a lot of information about horses in this book.

This is open to US entrants only, because I have to ship it myself. Ends January 29th. Winner will be emailed and will have 24 hours to reply before a new winner is picked.

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Secrets Of A Closet Millionaire By Michele Ashby

Secrets of a Closet Millionaire by Michele Ashby.If you have read a lot of books about money management, and budgeting, but still don’t “get it”, Secrets of a Closet Millionaire could be the book for you.

The author says she read a lot of books, and knew a lot about finance, but didn’t really “get it” herself at first.

Then she met a man who helped figure out a “get well plan”, and she was on her way to becoming the master of her money.

In this book she tells how she did it, and gives you some ideas of how you can do it too.

I like the way she presents the information in this book. I have read a few books about finances, and getting out of debt, so I was already familiar with most of the concepts, but haven’t ever managed to actually put them into practice on a consistent basis.

Some of the advice in this book helped with that. I think (not absolutely sure YET) that I actually “get it” now.

About the book :

Secrets of a Closet Millionaire offers step-by-step guidance so you can take charge of your money and your life. Part how-to and part memoir, Michele teaches you about getting real with your money–to fully understand it and get it to behave how you want. Secrets of a Closet Millionaire helps you answer questions such as:

* How can I clear my debt AND save for my future?
* How do I pay myself first when I owe everyone else?
* How can I live without credit cards?
* How can I relieve my money worries?
* How much money will I need for my retirement?

Financial expert, Michele Ashby, will help you put together your Get Well Plan and guide you to fulfill it. Through the art of money mastery, you can be freed from financial stress and worry to live the life of your dreams.

About the Author:

Picture of Author Michele Ashby.Michele Ashby has three decades of experience working as a stockbroker, holistic financial guide and international business consultant. She became a well-known mining analyst and parlayed her expertise of the mining industry into a successful trade association for the gold mining business and their largest institutional investors.

Ashby is also founder and president of Dani’s Foundation, a non-profit organization created in memory of Michele’s daughter, Dani Stell, who passed away in 1999 from Ewing’s Sarcoma.

 

I received a free book to review.

Want To Know Where A Word Came From?

Cover of Wordcatcher by Phil Cousineau.In Wordcatcher Phil Cousineau tells us all about words.  He talks a bit about words in general but mostly about particular words.

This book reads almost like a set of short stories. The section on each word is fairly short, and it sounds like he is telling you what an old friend has been up to, instead of trying to teach you something.

So you end up learning something just because he makes it seem so interesting.

The words he chooses are pretty neat too. Abracadabra starts it off, and he tells us where the word came from, what it has done, and what is so neat about it. Then we learn about absurd, argonaut, boondocks, Canada, canoodle, flizzen, lagniappe, skedaddle, urchin, and zemblanity, and many more.

That’s a whole lot of words. And a lot of history. And some fun reading.

I enjoyed it. I’m gonna keep it as a reference too. You never know when you might need a weird word.

About the Book:

Who knew that the great country of Canada is named for a mistake? How about “bedswerver,” the best Elizabethan insult to hurl at a cheating boyfriend? Author Phil Cousineau explores the obscure territory of word origins with great erudition and endearing curiosity. The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class for 20 students. Two hundred applied to study with him. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. So too, with this book—it takes a special wordcatcher to create a treasure chest of remarkable words and their origins, and any word lover will relish the stories that Cousineau has discovered.

About the Author:

PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, independent scholar and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. His fascination with art, literature, and the history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.”

This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Crafting Calm, Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.

 

I received a free book to review.

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