The Definitive Parenting Handbook for Gay Dads

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Anytime you decide to have a child, it is a major decision that impacts every aspect of your life and that of your children. For gay parents, this is not just an act of love but it is also a political decision in a fast-changing world. You are part of the gay community, certainly, but you also will become a member of the PTA, the school shuttles and will often find yourself at bake sales, dance recitals and after-school sports with soccer moms. So, where do you turn to advice for these every day moments for which there is NO etiquette guide and very few neighborhood resources? Authors Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have all the answers in their book The Definitive Parenting Handbook for Gay Dads, everything a gay man needs to know about the art of parenting.

The Definitive Parenting Handbook for Gay Dads focuses on the lives of gay men with children, a fast-growing demographic. This guide covers everything from deciding to start a family, having kids, coming out as a gay dad, getting married with kids present, being older dads, living in a transracial family, the merry-go-round of play dates and birthday parties, the truths and lies of children’s books, negotiating the tricky territory of telling kids where they came from, and much, much more. Chapters include The Gay Birds, the Egg Donor and the Surrogate Bees in which authors Brian and Ferd take readers on a journey through the many avenues gay dads travel on the way to becoming parents.

Drawing from their own experiences as two gay dads and also from readers’ questions and comments to their highly popular blog, Ferd and Brian go over all the choices and options for gay parenting whether it’s bringing in a surrogate or adopting through the foster care system, as well as other creative solutions. Although these are serious and complicated topics, they approach them with their trademark sense of fun and personality along with helpful, practical recommendations. As leading voices in gay parenting, Brian and Ferd don’t shy away from the tough stuff and share what it means “to have to come out constantly at their kids’ school, at the doctor’s office and when they meet other parents.” A crucial topic is the perspective of the children and how this affects kids, who are also forced to “come out” over and over again when introducing their parents. Even the terrain of naming is discussed fully and with great sensitivity. What’s in a name? Much more than you might think, according to Brian and Ferd who speak to the many options available when it comes to last names for the kids. Should they take the surname of one parent or the other? Or, should the family create a unique surname for everyone?

In their warm, witty and oh-so-smart manner, the authors discuss leaving certain aspects of the gay lifestyle behind and what has to change when you make the big decision to be a dad. For example, fancy, high-end furnishings and bespoke suits don’t exactly go with rambunctious, messy toddlers. As Brian puts it, “Gay fathers share all the universal truths and challenges of parenting that are experienced by dads and parents everywhere, but we also face many that are uniquely our own, like dealing with homophobia, guiding daughters through puberty, and coming out. We have also traveled many different paths in order to become dads.” Drawing from the experiences and thoughts of other gay dads and gay dads-to-be and even gay grandpas, this is the definitive handbook on the top of LGBTQ fatherhood.

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Prayers for Hard Times

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As recent scientific research shows, the simple act of praying can be emotionally, spiritually, and even physically healing. With Prayers for Hard Times, author Becca Anderson offers solace in bringing together the wisdom of great thinkers, spiritual leaders and writers who have faced difficulty and learned from it. Organized in daybook form, the book draws from sacred sources such as the Bible, the Torah, Buddhist and Native American texts, as well as the writings of Joan Didion, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, Rumi, Mark Nepo, Harriet Tubman, Dave Eggars, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Morrow Lindberg, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others. Together, these wise words create a tapestry of consolation and renewal for those times when it all seems “too much.” In a world that feels increasingly fragile and, at times, fractured, people need answers and prayers. Becca Anderson’s collection focuses on prayers for a wide range of life challenges, from the personal to the global. Prayers for Hard Times covers issues facing individuals such as loss of loved ones, illness, anxiety, divorce, depression and addiction, as well as those challenges communities face in natural disasters and violence. The writers in Anderson’s devotional address the world at large, as well, with words of hope and help for global poverty, hunger, war and the environmental. Prayers for Hard Times offer readers solace, comfort, and support, drawing from the wisdom of every era, every major faith and tradition, and the important voices of those who have lived through such experiences themselves.

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Mission Entrepreneur

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Career military? Leaving the military for civilian life? Either way, you can leverage your experience into some great new business startup ideas. 

Military spouses can face serious challenges when trying to develop a career while part of the military life, or equally serious challenges when they transition to civilian life. But, help is on the way in Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Great Startup Ideas!

Finding startup ideas that can make you a business success: Are you trying to find your niche in our modern world of underemployment and the self-employed, where many are looking for great startup ideas and the opportunity to build wealth and find happiness and fulfillment? Some of the best startup ideas are yet to be discovered and Mission Entrepreneur will guide you through Jen E. Griswold's journey toward realizing her personal dream of becoming one of the successful women entrepreneurs. Experiencing underemployment as a military spouse, she learns how to turn her military experience into business success.

The underemployment problem: Being a military spouse comes with sacrifices. Spouses give up college degrees, careers and put other plans on hold due to military relocations. The country feels the effects. Reports show that 90% of female spouses face underemployment and countless income tax dollars are lost. As both a spouse and veteran for 20 years, Jen E. Griswold witnessed many spouses trying to keep a career going through their first few assignments. After multiple failed attempts and the addition of kids, they often gave up, deciding their efforts were futile. Their confidence waned and they began to question their self-worth.

Women entrepreneurs: Ironically, these same people have the perfect set of skills needed to become successful women entrepreneurs: work ethic, vision, passion, and resilience. These are the exact same skills that have helped them endure a life of sacrifice in the military. But, in most cases, they have given up on their own personal big visions to change the world. Using a lifetime of experience, military trained veterans entering the job force know how to manage the bumpy journey to becoming men and women entrepreneurs and finding those great startup ideas.

Mission Entrepreneur: From her extensive training in the Air Force and experience coaching women over the past several years, Griswold discovered that by giving back to her military community, she could change the world a little bit every day. America needs more men and women entrepreneurs who pay it forward and here is where we’ll start. Welcome to Mission Entrepreneur.

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Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life

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Do you want to be known as a tremendous talent...or a lazy, unfocused slacker? The choice is really yours! Take it from a guy who—without a college degree—morphed from a temp answering phones to a top PR executive, simply because he had a will to get out of his own way and a fearless, take- charge spirit ready to embrace success. And now, YOU can too! Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to life is an in-your-face, funny and no-nonsense handbook for anyone who is coming of age or ready to kick the bucket! The book will inspire you to do whatever it takes to live your life to the max so that your final "sum-you-up statement" is one you can be proud of. With candor, lots of hope, and a big dose of reality, author Justin Loeber reveals the twists and turns of his life so that each reader can embrace their own definition of greatness. (Justin morphed from a waiter to an 80s “techno pop star” discovered by Gary Numan, then an unstoppable survivor in corporate publishing—and finally—the founder of Mouth Public Relations, a high-profile boutique PR firm in NYC.) By honing in on Twitter-like epitaphs of 140 characters or less that are peppered throughout the book, you’ll learn survival skills captured in Justin's real-life one-liners, which will inspire you to celebrate your strengths and extinguish your weaknesses.

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Notoriously Dapper

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Being a true gentleman and a genuine class act is increasingly rare. It is also more important now than ever before. What worked for the Rat Pack and the Brat Pack won’t work for you and truth be told, it won’t work for anyone because that is old school. Being a real man in the modern era is worth learning about and the dividends will pay off for a lifetime. Not only will you bring joy to all those around you, you’ll be happier, too. Once you master this, you’ll live the good life. No one in the world is better suited than Kelvin Davis, (we’re talking really nice suits, too) to provide the ultimate guide to being a modern gentleman. A fresh voice in style, attitude, manners and body confidence for men, Kelvin is a model and major Instagram influencer who has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan and much more. Davis is also a leading light in the body confidence movement for men, offering empowerment and esteem-boosting wisdom. In his words, “You can choose to be great; clothing has sizes but style does not.” This book is a treasury of information covering all the bases from how to date (Hint, pulling up and waiting for her in your car is wrong, you’re not freaking Uber!) to social skills to etiquette for all occasions, even including counsel on improving your character. Whether you are at a weekend wedding with your friends, courting a new lady, being a great colleague at work or becoming a dad, Notoriously Dapper provides practical information and inspiration for every area of your life. You'll learn the life skills all modern men should know, including these secrets to eternal style and class: Tie your own damn tie Be the perfect wedding guest Treat your women right, from ages 8 to 80 Get along with pretty much anybody Ask for a woman's hand in marriage First-time fatherhood The art of self-care and body con Modeling good behavior The Bro Code Live, laugh and love your life

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The Quiet Rise of Introverts

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Introverts loving and living

Many introverts in our world: More and more, people are identifying as introverts. Studies show that at least one-third of the people we encounter in our lives are introverts. 

Introverts and Relationships: The Quiet Rise of Introverts: 8 Practices for Loving and Living in a Noisy World is a guide to help tenderhearted and introverted individuals grow and nurture their peace, purpose, and relationships. 

Many types of introverts: There are many facets to being an introvert and many variations to each type. But as you peel back the layers to all these you quickly learn that introverts make up 50% of the world’s population. 

Introverts and sensitivity: Author, speaker and life coach Brenda Knowles presents 8 unique practices to help readers learn that they are not alone or flawed in their sensitivity and introversion. Certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner, she has been writing and guiding introverts for six years on space2live and has been trained in family mediation.

Incorporating the 8 Practices into your life yields:
• A calmer sense of self
• A deeper understanding of mental and physical self-care
• An embracing of positive conflict
• Growth in responsiveness
• The secret to healing every day

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Love the Sh!t Out of Yourself

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The world is changing all around us with increasing speed, making most of us feel we have no control. We are so busy doing and being productive and bullet journaling our way through life that we might be riding on the back of our own bus. Positive Living and affirmation queen Zoey Arielle Poulsen has been to the edge of overwhelm and back again. While on her journey, she gathered a lot of wisdom and here is her big takeaway:
If you affirm yourself everyday, you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard. 
Through the art of daily self-affirmation, you can take control of your own destiny and create your ideal life. If it sounds easy, it can be but it does require the discipline that you reflect upon a positive affirmation each day. These affirmations are a mindfulness practice that will strengthen your self-esteem. Like a muscle, the more you do it, the stronger your confidence and sense of self will be. Love the Sh*t Out of Yourself is the ultimate motivating, encouraging, and uplifting book to enjoy and share. These very wise words and affirmative sayings have the power to touch our hearts, make us laugh, alleviate our stress, while realizing the vast potential life has to offer. Grouped together, these quips, quotes, and "power thoughts" can help you deal with everything life throws at you with élan. Simply put, you’ll be too blessed to be stressed!

From the book:
"If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and drained by the busyness of life with too many demands, you need to stop in your tracks and do an attitude adjustment, or more specifically a “gratitude adjustment.” Whenever you have gotten to this point, you have need some “me TLC” and a dose of radical self-care. Chances are, your very wonderfulness might have led you to give and give and give and give. Now, you need to give and give and give to yourself. You need to soak up the glory of your very being and remember that you are an amazing, awesome person and deserving of all good things!"

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Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked

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Looking for trivia books filled with fun facts and trivia questions and answers? Answers to Questions You've Never Asked will entertain you for hours

Fun facts for kids of all ages: When you take the most absurd parts of history, science, economics and geography, you end up with a pretty confusing picture of humanity. Why do we have borders, what’s the furthest you can get from the ocean, how do you qualify as a country and why did Vikings wear those silly helmets? These are just a few of the strange questions that bounce around the head of YouTube sensation Joseph Pisenti, aka Real Life Lore.

Trivia questions and answers: In his channel, Pisenti presents illogical truths in a logical manner. In his debut book, Pisenti builds on this nonsensical humor of the universe with in-depth analysis of empires, economies, and ecosystems as he helps answer the ridiculous. Why, you ask? Because someone has to. Using line drawings, graphs and charts, Pisenti not only details the absurd, but he also provides explanations on why things are…and why they aren’t. Answers to:

• Where can I move to so that I’m never tempted by McDonalds again?
• How far into the Pacific does Trump’s wall stretch?
• If Plato came back to life, what would he think of modern democracy?
• Why do all empires fail?
• Who decides what countries are allowed to participate in the Olympics?
• What makes Finland so great?

Witty, thought-provoking and occasionally snarky, Answers to Questions You’ve Never Asked is for anyone who beams with curiosity and has a belly-button.

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Cannabis Cuisine

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Much more than just a pot cookbook, Cannabis Cuisine elevates marijuana to a fine cuisine. Chef Andrea Drummer is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and co-owner of Elevation VIP Co-op, a Los Angeles–based company that caters high-end, intimate dinner parties ─ AND, she is a world class marijuana chef. Cooking with marijuana: In her debut cookbook, chef and author Andrea Drummer guides home cooks through an adventure of the palette. Chef Drummer is a firm believer that the food always comes first. Cannabis Cuisine is about the art of marijuana as an ingredient. It's more than a cannabis cookbook. Like a fine wine, cannabis is meant to be paired according to its unique profile. With every dish, she looks to the textures, flavors and scents of the bud before masterfully pairing it with ingredients that transcend the dish. The culinary arts and science of responsible dosage are presented in a way that treats cannabis as one of the best ingredients in the world to cook with. Every item she prepares incorporates the flavor profile of the strain that she is using with what is being prepared, thus the cannabis is just as important as any other ingredient. Filled with recipes, but more than a marijuana cookbook, Cannabis Cuisine elevates marijuana to the highest levels of cuisine. Never before have recipes been presented like this. From the comforts of southern kitchens to the upscale stoves of Michelin star restaurants, each recipe is carefully crafted to elevate both the dish and the cook. In this book, you'll learn: • The Basics of Pairing Buds • How to Create Unique Butters and Oils to Incorporate in Every Meal • Tips for Elevating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner • The Secret of Marijuana as a Flavor Powerhouse • How to Properly Dose Cannabis Infused Cuisine.

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How to be Heard

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Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five time TED speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen – and how to listen so that people feel heard. As this leading sound expert demonstrates via interviews with world-class speakers, professional performers and CEOs atop their field, the secret lies in developing simple habits that can transform our power in communication, the quality of our relationships and our impact in the world. Including never-before-seen exercises that are as effective at home as in the boardroom or conference call, Treasure offers an inspiring vision for a sonorous world of effective speaking, listening and understanding.

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Lusitania Lost

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Lusitania spy thriller

Lusitania Lost: The author of the Conan the Barbarian series turns his novelistic eye to real-life history of World War 1 in a “Titanic meets the Guns of August” spy thriller.

A Lusitania spy thriller: History, romance, action. This is the final voyage of the Lusitania, the world's fastest luxury liner torpedoed by a German U-boat in the first year of the Great War. The story is told above and below decks, in the capitals and battlefields of Europe. We meet world leaders, the swank Broadway party set on shipboard, and the relentless submarine crew who fired the torpedo that launched America into war.

Romance, intrigue and murder: Alma Brady is on the run from a New York mob boss. Desperate to escape Big Jim Hogan and his murderous gang, she joins a group of nurses bound for the Great War in Europe. Their ship is the Lusitania, the most celebrated luxury liner of 1915, with a passenger list of Broadway and Continental celebrities headed for certain doom. Aboard the Lusitania she meets Matthew Vane, a war correspondent who wants to find out what secret weapons may be hidden in the Lusitania cargo hold. During the one-week voyage, the characters are drawn into romance, intrigue and murder, culminating in a disaster whose full harrowing details have never been revealed in history or fiction.

Lusitania horror and hope: Even with the threat of German U-boats and the too-recent Titanic disaster, who can guess that the passengers aboard Lusitania face dangers more horrifying than any on the war-torn battlefields across the Atlantic? Nor does Alma realize how relentlessly her past will pursue her. And, the lover she meets is a daredevil reporter intent on probing the Lusitania’s innermost secrets. His quest may lead them both into even greater peril, or give rise… just possibly… to hope.

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Backwards and in Heels

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"BACKWARDS AND IN HEELS" ─ WOMEN IN FILM AND THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINS BIAS “…but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he (Fred Astaire) did, backwards and in high heels." - Bob Thaves WOMEN IN FILM: When it comes to early Hollywood and the women who worked in it, it can be tough to sort out the exact truth. That’s where film reporter and critic Alicia Malone comes in. In her book," Backwards and in Heels", Malone builds on her experience within the industry to examine the torturous road that has led to the uneasy Hollywood climate of today. Wage gaps and bias in selecting leading roles are only some of the issues faced by women in film. BIAS AGAINST WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD: Throughout the history of Hollywood, women have been at the forefront of its success. Starting with Nickelodeons and moving into feature films, crossing between silent flicks to summer blockbusters, women in Hollywood have done it all. Female writers, actors, and women directors and producers were essential in the booming success of the industry during the 20s and 30s. Yet, they’ve never received the respect they deserve. This story of gender inequality is all too familiar. And it needs to end! THOUSANDS OF WOMEN IN FILM ARE STANDING UP TO HOLLYWOOD INJUSTICE: Join Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past, present and future in the hopes of leveling out the field. Some of the women in film who are standing up to Hollywood injustice include: • Jennifer Lawrence • Emma Watson • Mila Kunis • Emmy Rossum • Jessica Chastain • and, Lena Dunham

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Deep Breaths

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Millennial moms: You've survived maternity motherhood and now you have a newborn baby and you're entering your first year of newborn care.

What's next? Deep Breaths: The New Mom's Handbook to Your Baby's First Year is Michelle Pearson's debut book.

This is her newborn baby book, this YouTube mom of 3 details:

● what to expect during pregnancy or maternity motherhood

● what to expect during the first year of motherhood

● the importance of finding your mother tribe

● how to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs

● how to continue managing your career

● how to continue your social life

This isn't your grandma's parenting book. YouTube parenting vlogger, Michelle Pearson, brings her inspiring and motivating parenting stories, tips and tricks for the modern millennial mom. From what to expect as the pregnancy develops to the milestones within the first 12 months, Michelle knows that the journey will have highs, lows and the occasional unexpected surprise on social media.

 

-Reading Michelle's journey as both a mom and a millennial woman, with hopes and admirations of her own, I couldn't help but feel like I was sitting down to coffee with a close friend, sharing some of our hardest and most beautiful struggles. Michelle's depiction of both the blessings and the challenges that every millennial mom faces, is raw, refreshing, and shows truly how unique the millennial generation is. Sharing her high moments, as well as the low- you get an intimate look into her life as both a young woman and also a mom who is passionate about everything she does. Millennials have both the advantage and the curse of social media, and Michelle so candidly speaks life and hope into a generation of moms who just want someone to tell them they're doing it -right-. Jaimie Kight YouTube Vlogger 

 

Key elements of Deep Breaths include: 

● How to become the mom you want to be

● The good, the bad, the ugly

● Embracing/finding/defining the mother within

● Delicate balance

● A day in the life of a millennial mom

● iMom

● Pamper yourself

● My favorite recipes for the millennial mom.

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Geek Sweets

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Looking for unique theme party ideas ─ for easy baking recipes that appeal to an unusual sweet tooth clientele?

Geek Sweets is the ultimate guide to creating 60 confections for the legions of fans in Geekdom, from Star Wars to Game of Thrones to Harry Potter and much more!

Theme party ideas: A baking cookbook for the 'truly geeky', filled with recipes for cookies, cupcakes recipes, and that special cake pops recipe, as well as theme party ideas with fantasy-adventure themes. Big, beautiful photographs, easy baking recipes, and step-by-step how-to's for every adventurer ─ from the squire just starting a journey, to a well-worn dragon slayer looking for a challenge. The cookbook also includes theme party ideas with cocktail recipes and a companion website with printables to enhance all of your geeky gatherings including your Game of Thrones viewing parties.

The book represents a wide variety of geeky interests including:

• Minecraft
• Pokémon
• Dungeons & Dragons
• Zelda
• Dr. Who

Easy baking recipes: Geek Sweets is organized so even a beginning baker can have success. As the reader "levels up" from section to section, the recipes become more difficult.

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Happy Healthy You

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Happy Healthy YOU is a multidisciplinary approach to reclaiming ultimate wellness. We are all so busy nowadays and tackling all those to-do lists can leave us drained, worn down, and lacking energy. When you take a deeper look inside, you will also discover patterns, old habits, and past events blocking self-growth. Life coach extraordinaire, KJ Landis helps identify how, why, and where we got stuck in the first place, and how we can utilize past trauma and drama as a springboard to becoming our most authentic, vibrant selves. As one of KJ's students enthuses, "She has taught me several tangible strategies to cope with stress...I am using KJ's simple techniques to achieve my lifelong health goals.'"

Learn to lose the baggage and blame once and for all and step into your better self. 

KJ Landis herself is an exemplar of the practices she espouses. In her early career as a model, she masked years of abuse behind the beauty. Her journey to health and happiness is remarkable and truly inspiring. So, many of us bury pieces of ourselves, never daring to become whole. Landis work offers a path to wholeness for all. The variety of healing therapies and practices makes this book unique in its contribution to the self-help and wellness world. Each day, we are faced with an immense amount of daily stress. Over time, those stressors may build up to a really big deal in our lives, causing us to go into survival mode. When you are only surviving, you are not thriving. In addition to the day-to-day sources of stress, many of us are exposed to major issues such as neglect, loneliness, abandonment issues, sexual abuse, grieving after loss, breakups, workplace challenges, environmental disasters, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. KJ Landis tackles all the blocks to wellness with excellent practical tools for overcoming and recovering,
nside this book you will learn:

-the origin of how we remain "stuck" in our lives

-how to use The Negative Thought Pot to rid ourselves from self deprecating beliefs

-how hormones and epigenetics affect mental and physical wellness

-the role of nutrition in every aspect of our health

-therapeutic movement as a modality in healing 

-the power of self-care through restorative practices

and much, much more!

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Saigon Kids

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Looking for unusual coming of age books? Follow the coming of age adventures of a U.S. military brat during the early Vietnam war years in Saigon

The early Vietnam war years through the eyes of a U.S. military brat: In May of 1962, Naval Chief Petty Officer Bryant Arbuckle flew to Saigon to establish a new Armed Forces radio station. Next to follow were his wife and three boys, Leslie among them. Saigon Kids is the candid, recondite slice of fourteen-year-old military brat Les Arbuckle’s experience at the American Community School (ACS) during the critical months of the Vietnam War when events would, quite literally, ignite in downtown Saigon. In 1963, Saigon was beautiful, violent, and dirty – and the most exciting place a fourteen-year-old American boy could live. Saigon offered a rich array of activities, and much to the consternation of their parents and teachers, Les and his fellow military brats explored the dangers with reckless abandon running from machine gun fire, watching a Buddhist monk burn to death, visiting brothels late at night or, trading currency on the black market

Coming of age in the streets of Vietnam War torn Saigon: When Les first arrives in Vietnam, he is a stranger in a strange land, expecting boredom in a country he doesn’t know. But the American social scene is more vibrant than he expected. The American Community School is a blend of kids from all over the globe who arrived in Saigon as the fuse on Saigon was about to ignite. As the ACS students continue their American lifestyle behind barbed wire, Saigon unravels in chaos and destruction. In spite of this ugliness – an ever-present feature of everyday life -- Les tells his story of teenage angst with humor and precocity. 

Coming of age tale with a twist:The events leading up to the Vietnam War provide an unusual backdrop for this coming-of-age tale with a twist. Saigon Kids will also make a perfect companion to the documentary film (sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts) currently in production. The film chronicles the lives of “military brats” living in Saigon in the volatile years from 1958 to 1964.

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The Booklovers' Guide to Wine

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Learn why great wines and great writers are a wonderful blend. The pleasures of great wine and great writers. Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. He has raised his own children in many of the world’s great wine growing regions, from Bordeaux and Piedmont in Europe to the Santa Cruz mountains of California while researching and writing his definitive guide to the novels of Marcel Proust. History of wine and some of the best wines. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklover’s Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world's great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, the differences between Old World and New World wines and explains why England, a small island with almost no vineyards, is such a dominant force in the world of wine. The book also shows the relationship between: • Charles Dickens with Cabernet Sauvignon • Jane Austin with Chardonnay • Shakespeare with Sherry • and, J.R.R. Tolkien with Albariño This fact-filled, jargon free guide to wine, bursting with entertaining anecdotes, literary quotes and compelling humor will teach you everything you always wanted to learn about wine but were too scared to ask. Patrick Alexander originally developed the Wine Appreciation program when he worked at the University of Miami as Director of the Office of Professional Advancement. In the summer of 2011, after Patrick had left UM in order to focus on writing, Mitchell Kaplan suggested he offer his program at Books & Books during the quiet summer months. “It seems a pity to waste all that research” Mitchell said “and you never know; our book customers might want to learn about wine while enjoying great writers .” Six years, twenty-three sold-out classes, and four-hundred satisfied students later, Patrick Alexander's Wine Appreciation Program has become one of the highlights of Books & Books event programming. Patrick is also a published author and his writings include "Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time" and "The Nigerian Letter." Now, by reading The Booklovers' Guide To Wine you can also experience what Patrick's students have come to love and appreciate about great wines and great writers.

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Banish Your Inner Critic

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Banish Your Inner Critic and unleash the creative ideas and extreme productivity within you. Open up a world of creative ideas. Denise Jacobs is a Speaker, Author and Creativity Evangelist who speaks at web conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide. As the Founder and Chief Creativity Evangelist of "The Creative Dose", she teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid, methods for making work environments more conducive to creative productivity, and practices for sparking innovation. Now, in her book, Banish Your Inner Critic, Denise Jacobs shows you how to defeat those barriers that are holding you back and achieve success through a positive mental attitude. Banish Your Inner Critic shows you how to move beyond those mental blocks to creative ideas: • perfectionism • rationalization • self doubt • self sabotage • self criticism Achieve success through a positive mental attitude. We all have an Inner Critic who says you’re just faking it, that others have more talent, that you’ll never be a success. In Banish Your Inner Critic, widely respected keynote speaker Denise Jacobs uncovers the subconscious deterrents or creative blocks that stand between the seeds of great creative ideas and a successful you. Jacob’s guidebook shows you how to clear out mental clutter so that your brilliant and creative ideas can shine through. Perfectionism and rationalization. Does your Inner Critic show up as a fear of being judged, perfectionism, self doubt, self sabotage, or other blocks to success? The trick is to recognize the Inner Critic and the different ways it manifests, and then have specific tools to deal with each negative inner critic resistance to success. How to make the latest in neuroscience work for you. Say goodbye to creative blocks and deadline panic with practical, effective tools you can start using immediately! Drawing on the latest in neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and productivity research; these game-changing exercises help you overcome self doubt, get into the creative zone, and reach new levels of success. Extreme productivity is our goal. It’s time to dismiss your Inner Critic and do the kick-ass work you’re capable of doing. In this book you will learn how to • Identify and quiet the negative voice in your head (aka your Inner Critic) • Disarm perfectionism • Conquer Imposter Syndrome • Free yourself from anxiety and the feeling of being overwhelmed • Overcome self sabotage • Make the creative process more productive and fun again

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