Cartoons from Florida Man

Upon awarding the prestigious Herblock Prize to Jim Morin in 2007, Harry Katz, the Herb Block Foundation curator, praised this two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his "impressive, unrelenting barrage of cartoons and caricatures displaying artistry, courage and conviction." Morin should also be praised for his wit and timely wry sense of humor, which has been a staple of the Miami Herald since 1978. Cartoons From Florida Man is a collection of some of the best creations by this gifted artist and commentator on our times.

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11 Seconds to Success

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The next time you are sitting in a long, boring meeting and your mind starts to wander might be the very moment you find your destiny. That is exactly what happened to Cyreneq who began doodling on Snapchat during a particularly snoozy conference room session. Soon after, she went on to rule that burgeoning social media platform. Cyrene Quiamco has become a prominent personality on a social media platform that is designed to make content disappear. Since joining Snapchat, Quiamco (who goes by "CyreneQ" across most social media) has amassed a following for her whimsical art ― from celebrity portraits to collages of Disney characters ― and interactive snaps. She engages her community with her highly imaginative and appealing art, quizzes, games and questions, transforming a series of short-lived snaps into a conversation. She's also the creator of The11thSecond.com, a blog and community for Snapchat artists to share their work off the platform. Cyreneq is also amassing awards, nominated for the Shorty Award, which recognizes the best in social media.


This modern fairy tale story (complete with Disney Princess self-portraits of the artist) starts in the Philippines where her family comes from. Cyrene gets her moxie, drive, spirit of self-invention and incredible work ethic from her mom whom she counts as a main inspiration to be fearless and go for your dreams. As she puts it, “I've always been an artist ever since elementary school, but I didn't really know how to apply that to the real world.” How she applied her artistry and originality to the modern world of social media is a fantastic story of 21st century success that will have readers dusting off their dreams. Cyreneq reminds us all of the power of our own imagination. Unleash that and nothing can stop you!

What you’ll learn inside this book:
• How to harness your personal creativity and apply it to the real world
• What Cyreneq really means in her motto “No excuses for starving artists!”
• How to “do what you love and the money will follow.
• Up your social media IQ and your earning quotient, too!

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Nourished

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How many of us would love to have a psychology of eating expert to explain why we head for the cheese doodles every time we get stressed? Well, now you do with Pamela Wasabi who not only helps us understand favorite food habits, urges and cravings but also the underlying reasons for it all in Nourished. Decades ago, Jon Robbins started the vegetarian food revolution with Diet For a New America, outlining the negative impacts of meat and sugar and the ethical issues of industrial food. While Robbins incited millions to become vegetarian and vegan in his polemic, the mind, body, spirit connection was left out. Picking up where Jon Robbins left off, Wasabi’s Nourished supplies the missing link with a thorough understanding of the spiritual aspect of food and how it impacts every aspect of wellness, both physical and emotional.

In her debut book, renowned farm-to-table chef Pamela Wasabi invites readers to discover a new love for cooking. For her, this isn’t about following recipes or some restrictive diet. It’s about appreciating the beauty of creating something to nourish yourself from the best nature has to offer. Anyone who’s ever felt frustrated in the kitchen or who relies on the microwave or daily takeout will learn how to easy it is to choose ingredients and make a satisfying meal all on your own. Pamela shows readers how learning to cook helped her to overcome medical challenges and put her on the path to becoming a plant-based chef. Organized in accordance with the life-cycle of a plant, from seed to plant to the nourishment on the table, Wasabi shares her passion for cooking healthy meals for loved ones. In the Roots section of the book, she explains what her life was like before she learned to cook or even knew what it meant to be vegan, and how getting pregnant and contending with a medical issue led her to educate herself about nutrition and change careers. The Kitchen section details about her decision to become a chef. She also explains the importance of cooking with quality ingredients. The Table portion examines the psychology of eating, why we like what we like and all the benefits we gain from cooking for ourselves. Finally, the Harmony section provides an overview of the role of cooking serves in family life and in our society, in general. What is the effect of losing our culinary traditions, and how can we restore them?

If you have ever dreamed of having a personal chef to provide you and your loved ones with hearty healthy food paced with ingredients for an optimal diet, look no further. Noted natural foods chef has created an inspirational guide that will please any palate and improve every reader’s health and wellbeing.

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Purposeful Retirement

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You’ve had a successful life and career by almost all measures. Now, you’re retiring. You are definitely not a couch potato and need something meaningful and inspiring for your second act. Is there a way to make intelligent choices? Can you learn from the lives and experiences of people who have chosen a purposeful retirement? Award winning author, distinguished speaker, and successful businessman Hyrum W. Smith offers tested and actionable approaches to finding that perfect retirement niche. In this book, Hyrum enables you to map the step-by-step route to a retirement that is not just enjoyable but is also deeply fulfilling on a personal level. Author Hyrum W. Smith shares a life-time of wisdom into this encouraging guide to discovering your true passion, re-imagining your life, and trying out new possibilities.

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Gay South Florida

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Steve Rothaus began covering the gay community for the Miami Herald in 1997 as was one of the first reporters at a mainstream newspaper anywhere in the country to cover gay issues as a regular news beat. “It was a different world.” “We wanted people to know that I was a real person so they would feel more comfortable having their name in the paper, knowing that they were talking to someone who was in the paper and who also was gay.” The rest is history. For nearly 20 years, Steve has been a major voice on LGBT pain, pride, and progress. “He’s really the authority on LGBT issues,” says Rick Hirsch, the Herald’s managing editor. “This is a region with a very significant LGBT community. Covering it well and intelligently really has value to our readers.”

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American Prep

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“THE BEST BOOK ON PREP SCHOOLS EVER WRITTEN” U.S. boarding schools offer a superb preparation for college bound students. American Prep is the only comprehensive guide for parents and students interested in investigating, applying to, and succeeding at these great schools. Meticulously researched and thoughtfully written, American Prep is an essential guide through the world of U.S. boarding schools – their history and culture, their resources and support systems, their opportunities and challenges – and the only book that leads you through the entire prep experience: *Why boarding schools are increasingly valuable in the 21st century *How to select a school that is right for your student and your family *Navigating the admission process – detailed insider advice *How to secure generous financial aid for prep school *The emotional challenges of prep school for students and families – what to expect and when *Student success on campus – getting in is only the first step Award winning writer/critic Ronald Mangravite has multiple perspectives on the American prep school world. An alumnus of the Lawrenceville School, he is a current prep school parent, an alumni class officer, and an admissions volunteer. His extensive teaching experience includes universities and private schools, with service on admissions and curricula committees. He holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA.

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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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Banish Your Inner Critic

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We all have one: the 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, respected keynote speaker Denise Jacobs uncovers the subconscious deterrents that stand between the seeds of great ideas and the fruits of achievement. Jacob’s guidebook shows you how to clear out your mental clutter so that your brilliant ideas can shine through.

Does your Inner Critic show up as a fear of being judged, perfectionism or procrastination, or all of the above? The trick is to recognize the Inner Critic and the different ways it manifests, and then have specific tools to deal with each guise according to the Creative Dose founder. 

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. It’s time to fire your Inner Critic and do the kick-ass work you’re capable of.

You will learn how to:
-Identify and quiet the negative voice in your head (aka your Inner Critic)
-Disarm the evil twins of perfectionism and procrastination
-Conquer Imposter Syndrome
-Free yourself from anxiety, overwhelm, and self-sabotage
-Make the creative process more productive and fun again

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GUTS

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"GUTS is an attempt to help people understand the difference between their head, heart and gut and to use them in a way to make better decisions. Hopefully, GUTS will help you find your unique and powerful purpose to live with joy, passion and success." - Sam Bracken


In this modern era, we tap an app on our smartphone and anything you can imagine is delivered to you- maybe even by drone. We live in an age of convenience and ease; personal butlers are back in fashion and everyone has a chauffeur on call thanks to Uber. When was the last time you really “went for it?” Does anyone even have to try anymore? 

Sam Bracken answers that question with an emphatic YES. Now, more than ever, is the time to go for the gusto. In his book GUTS, Bracken explains why we all need to dig deep and do soul-searching to see what lights the fire within to bring forth your VERY best. Bracken’s backstory would make Dr. Phil turn tail and run. His childhood and upbringing are unimaginably tough with years of abuse, even to the point where a relative set him on fire. What didn’t kill Sam Bracken made him stronger and he is on a mission to empower others to live a gutsy life. 

When we say something takes guts, we usually mean it takes courage to do it. It takes guts to go skydiving or to run a marathon or to try out for the school play. We call it luck or stamina or intestinal fortitude in conquering the hard, albeit exciting, things in life. Look back at the great personalities who made a difference in the pages of history. What did they all have in common? Determination and tenacity. In short, GUTS!

They might have had talent too, but without guts they would have gone nowhere. Science now tells us that lots of talented individuals produce great stuff, but very few produce a lot of great stuff―and even fewer produce a lot of great stuff over a long career. What do these few highly productive people have in common? Grit and a large helping of self-belief. 

This book is about actually getting there. You’ll have to push past failure again and again. And it is also about beating the odds no matter how high they are stacked against you. To be a true leader, you have to start with yourself.

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Cheap Movie Tricks

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Filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Nick Belardes are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere. Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds. At the same time, many aspiring filmmakers are running into their share of problems. Not enough money for crews? You’re probably over budget and more than likely making the wrong movie. Can’t get the attention of an indie studio? You probably should have started with a short film to gain attention. Film school numbers aren’t down. They’re increasing at more than 2,600 film-related courses worldwide. You probably didn’t even realize 48% of all film schools are in the U.S. and U.K. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are literally learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, as well as the craft of making movies, from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. They’re totally DIY and the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California operation that is building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online throughout the world. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games. What you’ll learn inside this book: - How can planning and shooting a short film today lead to a feature-length project tomorrow? Find out! - Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget. - Get tips on how to find locations and not get arrested. - Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes! - Sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry. Including puppetry! - Screenings, promotions and juicy tips on film festival strategy.

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Cooking, Baking, and Making

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From the creative mind of the Harried Housewife blog, comes a beautifully packaged one-stop-shop bursting with projects and recipes for the entire year! Cooking, Baking and Making - 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons includes 60 recipes with bonus designs and 40 D.I.Y projects that tie your home together for 365 days. Cynthia O’Hara presents incredibly user-friendly projects and dishes which are accompanied by beautiful photography that make replicating her flavors and designs as natural as the changing of the seasons. The Harried Housewife has written articles and developed recipes in a wide variety of areas which reflect a simpler time and are ideal for budget-conscious families. Author Cynthia O'Hara's "Harried Housewife's Recipe Box" column is syndicated nationally in regional newspapers.

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Optimum Drive

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Greatness is as hard to quantify or explain as it is to achieve…probably not a coincidence. Optimum Drive deconstructs greatness in a way that allows the reader to holistically understand what greatness actually is. It provides a system and a process that if honestly adhered to can allow the reader to fully unlock their potential. Driving has been explained many times in many books, racing drivers, engineers and phycologists have all had their say and truth be told most of what needs to be said has been put to paper but it’s fragmented and since it’s scattered amongst several resources written from inevitably different perspectives it is virtually impossible to put this complex puzzle together. The author Paul Gerrard has experience in all facets of driving and his singular voice provides the drivers perspective on the system of driving that can clearly lead the reader on the path to unlock the greatness that resides in all of us.

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Unconditional

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In seventh grade, my now 20-year-old daughter came to my husband and I and said that she, “might like girls.” Unlike made-for-television movies, I hadn’t known or secretly suspected that she was gay. Even though I have many family and friends who are gay, including my sister who identifies as lesbian and my niece who identifies as bisexual, I still was taken by surprise and had immediate concerns and questions about parenting a child who was “different.” This book is a combination of our story, other parents’ stories and research as well as anecdotal evidence showing the strong need for familial support for LGBTQ children to be successful and emotionally healthy in our still very biased world.

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I'm So Full of Happy Today

Is there anything more likely to make you laugh or put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? Such remarks are not only endless, but often an endless source of joy, like these hilarious quotes: • Dylan, age 5, "Mom, did it hurt much when you gave birth to Daddy?" • Keira, age 8, "Being in love is like having a birthday in your stomach." • Miley, age 3, "When I grow up, I want to be pregnant. Or a princess." • Jayden, age 5, "Mom, how old were you when you were my age?" I Am So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children, aged two to ten years. All of the stories have a very real and personal feel, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning and laughing long after you’ve turned the last page. More from the book- Round and Round it Goes Samuel, age 4: “Mom, does the Earth ever get dizzy?” Insightful Abigail, age 4: “Mommy, do you know why it snows?” Mother: “Hmm no, why?” Abigail: “It’s because the clouds wants to give the kids something funny to play with.” Astrology for Beginners 3 girls, age 4, during nursery school lunch-break discuss zodiac signs: Jessica: “I’m a Capricorn.” Taylor: “I’m a Virgo.” Ashley: “I’m a Princess.” Jurassic Dad Sydney, age 7: “Dad, you’re so old you must remember what the dinosaurs looked like?”

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Marijuana Miracles

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While the legalization debate rages on, the discovery that marijuana may have the medical potential to cure people from debilitating illnesses, as the following inspirational stories suggest, may prove to be the most convincing argument yet. Marijuana Miracles shares the heart-felt triumphs of those who claim medical marijuana miraculously saved their lives. People suffering from Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, brain seizures, advanced type-2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and many cancers. Cannabis and the unique chemical compounds produced by the plant, called cannabinoids, have been at the center of one of the most exciting—and underreported—developments in modern science. Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of a molecular signaling system in the human brain and body, the endocannabinoid system, which plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes: hunger, sleep, inflammation, stress, blood pressure, body temperature, glucose metabolism, bone density, intestinal fortitude, reproductive fertility, circadian rhythms, mood and much more. Under the radar, a healing revolution is taking place for people whose doctor’s told them they were terminal with no options for further treatment. Documentary filmmaker Daniel Morii has gather these stories of miraculus healings and people literally brought back from death’s door in Marijuana Miracles, working with a team of heroic physicians and medical professionals. From Jimmy Carter to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Montel Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, senior citizens and sick children, cannabanoids are quickly becoming the answer to many people’s prayers. From the Author: "Over the past four years I have been interviewing and filming medical marijuana patients and key stakeholders in the industry throughout the 25 states that have legalized marijuana as a medicine. This manuscript will feature those stories with important background material on the historical use of marijuana as a medicine, it’s demonization and current renaissance. Stories include patients from age 6 through 93, who have struggled with cancer, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, AIDs and HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, seizure disorders, autism, PTSD, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, depression, sleep disorders, anorexia, opioid abuse, alcoholism, psoriasis, and glaucoma. It also features an interview with co-author of California proposition 215, the compassionate use act that passed in 1996, with images and stories about the first medical marijuana dispensary in the U.S. the “San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club.” Additional stories will include physicians, pharmacists, cultivators, formulary medicine makers, dispensary owners, and nonprofit agencies advocating for their patients."

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Real Life Organizing

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Cas Aarssen is a professional organizer. She spends her time organizing other peoples homes, teaching college workshops on organization and creating weekly YouTube videos and blog posts offering tips. The secret to her success? She’s a giant mess on the inside. In her debut book, Real Life Organizing, Cas walks you through the steps you need to create a beautiful, organized and almost self-cleaning home. You do not have to get rid of all of your things, you do not have to be a yoga loving minimalist and you do not have to radically change your lifestyle or personality in order to have an organized home. The truth is that you do not need to be an organized person to live like an organized person. Through her years of experience as an industry expert, Cas has uncovered easy and inexpensive tips, tricks and solutions that allow her to have a clean, organized and functional home with minimal effort to maintain it. After you’re done with Real Life Organizing, you too will be able to live a more organized life without having to give up your sanity.

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Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

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Our pace of life has increased exponentially in the last few decades. We are often too busy or preoccupied to attend to our emotions until they hit with the strength of a tornado. When anxiety and panic appear, they ravage our lives, our dreams and our spirit. Stop Anxiety From Stopping You shows the reader a framework to manage both anxiety and panic in a simple to implement six-step framework. It is possible to stop anxiety from stopping us in our tracks. In this book Dr. Odessky shows the reader how to understand the process of anxiety, and how to arm themselves with strategies that work. Dr. Odessky draws on her fifteen years of clinical experience to guide the reader through the process of not only reducing anxiety, but also enriching their life. Dr. Odessky is the right person to write this book and this is the right time. She writes with optimism and passion, as she has truly utilized her experience and knowledge to develop a system that shows the reader the tools they need to address their panic and anxiety. Stop Anxiety From Stopping You is a compelling and optimistic guide to moving the reader from difficulty to hope in reducing their anxiety and empowering themselves. Dr. Odessky shows the reader the steps to do this.

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The New Cuba

On December 17, 2014, US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced the beginning of a process of normalizing relations between the two countries – “the Cuban Thaw”. On July 20, 2015, diplomatic relations that were severed during the Cold War in 1961 were restored. In The New Cuba, Miami Herald Books explores the historic changes underway in Cuba and the Caribbean resulting from these momentous events.

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