Random Kinds of Factness

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This latest romp through history, politics, religion, and science from the dyno-duo Barrett and Mingo is sure to tickle the fancy of trivia buffs everywhere. Amuse your date, impress your boss, bore your kids, or be the 6th caller to win a pair of tickets to the nose-flute band concert All because you know that a Twinkie in the microwave will explode in 45 seconds, that you have a 1 in 3,448,276 chance of dying from a snake bite, that 342 cases of tea were tossed into the "hahbah" during the Boston Tea Party or that white rhinoceroses are not actually white but grey (you'll have to read the book to discover why). Barrett and Mingo, partners in life and crime (er, writing) can do a thing or two with random facts, and this book ranks right up there. From the time the Wallace family made famous books of lists of one kind or another, readers have found fascination--or maybe just food for their obsessions--in books like Random Kinds of Factness.
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Morning Notes

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Begin Each Day in the Right State of Mind

These morning meditations by author Hugh Prather are just what you need to start your day right. His words will put you on the path to living a more loving and fulfilling life.

Daily reflections to kickstart your day. Start each morning this year with the words of bestselling author, counselor, and minister Hugh Prather. Prather asks readers to consider the holistic nature of our lives—noting that how we start our day affects everything, from our mind and spirit to our family and work. If we start in an agitated mood, we face the day with a combative spirit. But when we begin in a peaceful mood, we open the door to welcome in more opportunities and graces.

Renew your determination to become a better person. With each page of this spiritual book, you are invited to live as if you think our world and the people in it are worth caring about and worth making time for. Because when we realize that they are, and that we are all united in a unique relationship (ourselves, others, and God), we wake up to our own responsibility for what happens to us. These daily meditations ask us to reflect on the spiritual task ahead of us.

Learn more about:

  • The benefits of beginning each day with a peaceful mindset and a spiritual goal in mind
  • Mindfulness meditations that awaken the mind and replenish the spirit
  • How to start over and become a better person

If you enjoyed books like Power Thoughts DevotionalGood Days Start with GratitudeSacred Rhythms, or Little Book of Mindfulness, then you’ll love Morning Notes.

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365 Energy Boosters

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In 365 Energy Boosters, Seton and Kornblatt provide us with a daily guide for putting an end to the madness, embracing a new and improved life experience, and getting a big dose of energy to boot. You'll find energizing one-minute exercises and foods for a quick pick-me-up and learn ways to track your natural energy cycles, get organized, sleep better, and wake yourself up whenever your energy takes a nosedive.
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The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life

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With a light heart and in the nicest, most insightful way, Joann Davis invites us to stop running around in circles. If we stop working for the cheese at the end of the maze, for the biggest toys at the end of the day, who knows what we could accomplish or how we might feel? This little book is nothing less than a game plan for creating a life that counts.

In the tradition of Robert Fulghum, "The Little Secret That Can Change Your Life"* is a collection of short inspirational essays designed to help readers discover the path to a more meaningful life, one that is less about running the modern rat race of workaholism, consumerism, debt, and frustration. The book suggests that a more rewarding way of living comes when we realize that beneath the surface of life is a spiritual economy made up of virtues and values. Money and material things matter, but they aren't everything. We must be careful not to gain the world and lose our souls.

"Our inner world is ours to make of what we choose. Magnificent changes can radiate out of every human heart if we so desire. So then, if you are open, brave, and willing to take the challenge, read on. See if you don't agree that there's much more to life than winning the rat race."

If every person who reads this book chooses one way to leave the rat race and passes the idea to just one other person, in no time at all our national priorities could change. Children could become more important than money. Virtue could become its own reward. Corporate greed could become passe.

There are rules for rats -- Bite off more than you can chew. Act as if enough isn't -- ever. View life as part of work, instead of work as a part of life. Follow them all, win the race, and you'll still be -- a rat

There are rules for mice -- No fighting, no biting. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. If you can't fight 'em, lick 'em.

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The Workplace Revolution

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From the Enron debacle to the Martha Stewart scandal, trust in business practices and in corporate leaders has been seriously jeopardized, hitting an all-time low. According to Matthew Gilbert in his latest book, The Workplace Revolution, the problem stems from a relentless work ethic, the tireless pursuit of profit, and the conflict between business values and human values. Today more than ever, people are waking up to the fact that they are not getting back what they give to their employers. While they are dedicating an inordinate amount of themselves to their work, their jobs offer little to meet their needs for community, self-expression, and service, and many have simply abandoned the possibility that self-serving, profit-driven companies can offer more than a paycheck. Gilbert assures us that the problem is not hopeless. In The Workplace Revolution, he provides both personal strategies and corporate methodologies for improving overall health in the workplace and restoring trust and goodwill between business leaders and their employees. With statistics and commentary from a wide range of sources and examples of companies such as Hewlett-Packard that are already balancing economic and human concerns, he demonstrates to worker and CEO alike that they can turn the experience of work into a spiritual, ideal-based, life-enhancing adventure for all concerned and still meet corporate goals. Revolutionary concepts for today's corporations and the health of their employees.
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Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen

The kitchen really is the heart of the home. It's the first place family and friends gather, not only to prepare and eat food, but to chat, sip tea, snack on home-baked cookies, unwind after a tough day, and reconnect with loved ones.

The latest in the Simple Pleasures series of books, Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen captures the essence of the kitchen. It offers a cornucopia of recipes, food-based crafts, and family activities, as well as stories from kitchens around the world. Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen is a book—and a gift—sure to warm anyone's heart, no matter what the weather.

Organized by season, the book offers:

  • Spring Flings
  • The Savor of Summer
  • Autumn's Abundance
  • Cozying Up in Winter

Susannah Seton's Simple Pleasures books continually delight readers with their down-home, heart-warming recipes, crafts, and activities that bring the whole family together.

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The Woman's Book of Resilience

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Beginning years ago with her work with women in grief, Beth Miller has helped hundreds of people in her therapeutic practice to learn to be resilient and survive life crises to become deeper, more powerful, and authentic human beings. Packed with information and exercises, The Woman's Book of Resilience is a smart, often funny, book that can help any woman thrive amid life's ups and downs. When we cultivate resilience, we mine the awful, or merely annoying, experiences in life to find meaning and purpose.

The Woman's Book of Resilience is an accessible, practical guide to bouncing back. "We know that resiliency reigns because we survive to tell our tales of misfortune, trauma, abuse. Indeed, we are built to be able to go to the edge of life and come back with heart and soul elevated... We are built to be resilient, to be able to take sure and steady steps over rocky terrain."

Miller offers 12 qualities that help women develop and learn resilience.

Readers learn to:

    1. Admit and embrace vulnerability
  • 2. Practice and increase the ability to connect
  • 3. Find manageable parts of the problem
  • 4. Discover their needs and get them met
  • 5. Recognize their gifts and talents
  • 6. Develop the ability to say no and set limits and boundaries
  • 7. Practice transforming resentment and forgiving
  • 8. Use their sense of humor
  • 9. Use the power of staying and leaving
  • 10. Find meaning in crisis
  • 11. Endure suffering through crisis
  • 12. Stand alone

Each of the twelve is a chapter with case histories, stories, and plenty of try this, this, or thisexercises to turn to again and again. With a foreword by June Singer.

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Dream Big

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When author Lisa Hammond followed her passion, she founded her own company, Femail Creations a womanoriented catalog company that grew into a huge success. Lisa loved shopping, thus the mailorder catalog. Because she's passionate about women making their way in the world, Femail Creations features only items crafted by women artisans. In Dream Big Hammond details how she and her sister entrepreneurs followed their dreams and managed their fears to become happy and successful. Lisa shares the lessons they learned, the mistakes they made, and the fulfillment they attained. Dream Big reflects Lisa's inspirational personality and drive, as well as her belief in the power of women connecting with women from the artists whose products appear in Femail Creations to the women who buy those products. Dream Big is a virtual meeting place for women who want to live and work their dreams. By sharing parts of their stories and tips, the women who've done it lend a hand to those who still dream that "maybe someday..." Readers will find inspiration, as well as hardnosed advice, about how to pursue their passion whether for business, creativity, family, or anything else in spite of fear and inevitable missteps. Chapters include: "Permission to Dream," "Facing Fears," "Attempting the Impossible," "Owning Our Power," "Trusting Our Guts," "Persistence is Omnipotent," and "Never Too Late." Dream Big shows women that the first step isn't writing a business plan it's listening to yourself and taking your turn/ it's managing your life from the heart with a "femail" touch. Hammond, who's known to her thousands of customers, friends, and family as the Barefoot CEO, didn't do things conventionally. That makes for hilarious stories, heartstopping inspiration, and rollupyour sleeves tips a blueprint in action for their dreams.
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Wild Irish Roses

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Forget the myth of the sweet Irish Colleen. Real Irish women were no creampuff debs. From the ancient warrior queens Marrigan, Macha, and Badbh to the labormovement maven Mother Jones, Irish women have backbones of steel. Wild Irish Roses is a fascinating look at wild Irish women throughout history/ serious information imparted in Trina Robbins' trademark style, with verve and humor.

The women in Wild Irish Roses are not always nice girls or even good girls, but they are women who know how to get things done, whether on the battlefield or in the bedroom. These are women who preserved and handed down the old stories. They are women who fought in revolutions with either gun or pen, wrote books, starred in books others wrote, and stormed heaven itself.

Author Trina Robbins is an impeccable researcher whose knack for telling stories and embellishing them with engaging illustrations and photos, brings each of these Wild Irish Roses to life, including:

  • Maeve and six other warrior queens
  • Grania and Deirdre, who ran away from kings for the love of younger men
  • Five women who turned themselves into birds to get the job done right
  • Saint Brigit and the saintly Kathleen O'Shea
  • Cultural revivalist Maude Gonne and friends
  • IrishAmerican beauty roses, including Scarlett O'Hara
  • And warriors in their own right, such as Mother Jones and company

Wild Irish Roses is a celebration of tough, independent, beautiful Irish women from myth to modernity. It's a book that is sure to entertain, inform, and inspire readers of every background to find the Irish rose in themselvesto discover what they want and have the courage to go out and get it.

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Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth

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Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth is the modern version of the treatise The Way of Wealth by Richard Saunders, one of Ben Franklin's many pseudonyms. Franklin practiced what he preached in the treatise, and it made him rich enough to have a full life, travel extensively, and follow his intellectual musings, which in turn led him to become an accomplished scientist, inventor, political activist, diplomat, and writer. Franklin wasn't born rich. He built his legacy using his intelligence, curiosity, natural good sense, and proclivity for thrift and hard work. When he died, he left a fortune. Barrett and Mingo bring practicing what Franklin preached up to date for today's busy lifestyles. It's time to get back to financial basics. It's time to think about what "rich" really means. It might mean not hiring someone to do lawn work, saving some money, and sharing time spent together as a family. It's time to look for guidance from America's original financial guru, Ben Franklin.

Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth shows readers how to apply Franklin's financial wisdom to their own lives. Quotes from the original treatise such as "If you have something to do tomorrow, do it today" and "Leisure is time for doing something useful," are followed by the authors' downtoearth commentary. Barrett and Mingo--history and trivia buffs--offer their own sage advice on a range of financial basics, including debt, thrift, the value of work and business, developing financial responsibility, money and time, and preparing for the future. As the authors attest in the Introduction, we should listen to the way of Ben Franklin because "it works." A clever, wise, and fun book, the financial advice in Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth works as well today as it did 250 years ago.

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Shining Through

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Start Your Day with a Dose of Happiness

This 30-day course composed of insightful thoughts and reflections will give you the encouragement you need to find happiness and inner peace.

A guide to happiness. On our journey to a happy life, sometimes we need a little help. Author Hugh Prather steps in to take the role of our compassionate and thoughtful guide in this course for finding happiness. He spent his life not only as an author but as a minister and counselor, and so lends the wisdom and comfort that he provided in those roles to readers of this inspirational book.

Quiet power in unsettled times. Prather’s signature way of writing makes this book a potent and refreshing source of truth amidst the troubles we face in our daily lives. His reflections on how to be happy are rooted in human experience, and call on us to consider our connection with others. His words call on the spiritual and yet remain relatable to all people seeking personal growth, particularly as it relates to our happiness.

Open up Hugh Prather’s Shining Through. Switch on your life, ground yourself in happiness and learn more about:

  • Reflections on Prather’s own pain, observations, and ways of coping with modern life
  • The art of happiness and how we can find it
  • Life-changing practices that can shift how we face tragedies and fears

If you enjoyed books like A Short Guide to a Happy LifeHow Happiness HappensGetting to Good, or Lovingkindness then you’ll love Shining Through.

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Wild Women Talk Back

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The Meaning of Life as Told by Wild and Brave Women

Wild Women Talk Back is for any women out there looking for inspiration, empowerment, or even just a laugh. The iconic women quoted in this book are sassy, full of wisdom, wickedly funny, and just what you need to remind you that girls run the world.

Motivational words from the greats. These women—movie stars, politicians, musicians, and writers—remind us to be unapologetically ourselves. Their power-packed words cut to the truth of femininity and reveal what being a woman in this world looks like, not shying away from the harsh realities as well as the joys and pleasures. The inspirational women quoted here offer their own brash brand of counsel and commentary on themes common to women's lives and act as a guide, comic relief, and a source of empowerment for all women.

Rejoice in your wild side. This book is more than a compilation of inspirational quotes for women—it’s an invitation to embrace and live out your wild and beautiful feminine self. Not only will these empowering quotes lift your spirits, but they will make you stop and think about the meaning of life and women’s invaluable role in the world. Wild Women author Autumn Stephens introduces each section, shedding contemporary light on the collection of quotes from awe-inspiring and unforgettable women such as Madonna, Lucille Ball, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Open up this book packed with quotes about being a woman and learn more about:

  • Insight into everything from sex to motherhood, physical appearance to self-esteem, and coping with a career to finding wisdom
  • The hilariously and shockingly relatable experiences of women throughout the ages
  • The timeless wit and wisdom that women have to offer

Readers of books such as Badass AffirmationsIn the Company of WomenThat’s What She Said, and Great Quotes from Great Women will love Wild Women Talk Back by Autumn Stephens.

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Mama Says

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Mama Says is a delightful, funny, and very wise book of over 400 sayings from mothers from around the world that represent a lineage of mothers' wisdom. The sayings are not always kind, not always useful, but always true to the intention of teaching young ones how to survive in the world. Many times, it's clear that these sayings are inherited wisdom, received from their mothers who learned it from theirs back into the untraceable past:

    "Nobody said life was fair.""You don't have anything to lose by asking."
  • "From your mouth to God's ears."
  • "Men only want one thing."

Many times, what mama had to say was simply outrageous:

    "When faced with a room full of horse shit, look for the horse."
  • "There's always something to come along to shorten the tail of the rabbit."
  • "Whatever situation you find yourself in, think of what the Virgin Mary would do and do the same."

Mama Says will make anybody laugh out loud remembering what Mom used to say, or smile recognizing how often we end up with the exact same words coming out of our own mouths. After all, "sooner or later, we all quote our mothers."

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Loving Yourself

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All the self-help books and advice, all the therapy and support groups, even the most fabulous, successful career in the world won't really help at all--until we learn to love ourselves. In Loving Yourself, Daphne Kingma claims that until we practice loving ourselvesand it takes a lot of practicewe will never be able to love others fully and completely. She writes, "When we haven't learned how to love ourselves well, we keep getting stuck on this simple first rung of the laddernot knowing how or how well to treat others, having problems with what we call boundaries, stumbling in the swamps of low self-esteem and thickets of self-loathing that derail us in our efforts to 'love others as we love ourselves'." For so many of us, loving ourselves is our greatest emotional problem. Kingma points out that selflove is not narcissism, egotism, greed, self-righteousness, self-involvement, stubbornness, or conceit--all of which have given genuine selflove a bad name. "Rather, it is the singing spring from which we become who we were--each one of usmost truly meant to be."

Reading Loving Yourself, the reader takes a journey to their selves--a journey of how they lost their selves, and thereby their ability to love their selves. Kingma names six life themes including abandonment, neglect, and abuse that help readers identify themes in their lives and decide what to do with these themes as they discover them.

No matter what the reader's wound or life story is, Kingma shows--with gentle patience and intelligent advice--how each of us can start to love ourselves through a simple fourstep process:

  1. Speaking out of our heart's desires
  2. Acting out to meet them
  3. Clearing out old patterns
  4. Setting out on a new path

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The Best Things Parents Do

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A "Best Practices" Book That Parents Will Turn To Again And Again

A kind of Mr. Rogers for parents of children of any age who hope to find relief and words of encouragement in the roller coaster of parenting.

Parents are doing a better job than they think they are. Author Susan Kohl has been a parent watcher for more than 30 years, and she knows what parents do well. Whether you are experiencing the first steps of motherhood or fatherhood or simply looking for wise words in your child-rearing adventures, you’ll find tips on how to raise your child the best way possible.

Channel your child’s energy. Kohl uses her personal experiences and includes relevant statistics, psychological truths, and proven strategies to construct positive behavior and discourage negative behavior. The Best Things Parents Do is divided into four simple yet powerful chapters:

  • The Best Attitudes Parents Hold
  • The Best Things Parents Do
  • The Best Things Parents Do for Themselves
  • The Best Things Parents Do for Each Other

Learn the best parenting styles for raising your little ones successfully.

If you enjoyed parenting books like The Danish Way of ParentingParenting from the Inside Out, or Simplicity Parenting, then you’ll love The Best Things Parents Do.

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Food That Rocks

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Everybody loves food. Everybody loves music. Put the two together and you have a sumptuous, one-of-a kind cookbook guaranteed to stir the senses and tickle the taste buds. 'Kitchen Goddess' Margie Lapanja and rocker Cindy Coverdale have cooked up sheer delight where everybody gets a front row seat, a backstage pass, and dinner (actual interviews) with the band.

Cleverly organized like a concert, Lapanja and Coverdale start with 'Opening Acts.' Taste Patti LaBelle's 'Potato Salad' and David Coverdale's 'Soulful Shrimp Soup' before trying the 'Amped-up Appetizers.' 'Electrifying Entrees' zing the page with Ted Nugent's 'Bubble Bean Piranha' la Colorado Moose.' Desserts worthy of a standing ovation -- such as Sarah McLachlan's 'Current Cake' -- also belt out from these pages.

Guaranteed to satisfy every taste, Food That Rocks also spotlights musician-owned restaurants, musical cookbooks, and songs about food, writers who rock, and chefs who jam. Meet the real Rolling Stone's Ben Fong Torres of Almost Famous, and Rock Bottom Remainders literary band of Amy Tan and Stephen King, led by Kathy Goldmark. Food That Rocks heats up the kitchen with red-hot rock, outstanding food, and recipes you will not find anywhere else.

Foodie-author Margie Lapanja and Cindy Coverdale, wife of David Coverdale, bring backstage access right up to the kitchen table with a smorgasbord of music stars and their favorite recipes: Patti LaBelle, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan, Ted Nugent, Bob Weir, Joe Satriani, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, and more. More than just a cookbook, these stories about the stars and their recipes pepper the pages and keep reading red hot.

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Nothing's Wrong

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Too many guys of all ages have only about half the information they need to live successful professional and personal lives. Most men are terrific with their thinking halfthe part that deals with facts, figures, and information. Nothing's Wrong helps men find the half that's missingthe emotional half.

Men have long been conditioned to conceal a full range of emotions, including sadness, anxiety, and worry. Author David Kundtz shows men how to identify and express whatever they're feeling in a healthy way and to learn to be comfortable with the feelings of others. He provides the tools and language with which men can access and express deep, vibrant, emotional lives. Written for males, from teenagers to grandfathers, Nothing's Wrong liberates men so that their jobs and relationships can flourish and they can find new, lasting success in life, in the ways that really count.

Kundtz helps men become skilled and confident with the emotional part of life with a variety of stories, simpletodo exercises, and a threestep, daily practice for emotional fitness:

  1. 1. Notice the feeling and stay with it.
  2. 2. Name the feeling.
  3. 3. Express the feeling to the outside world.

Written in a matteroffact, nontouchyfeely style, Nothing's Wrong helps men manage their feelings to build rich, emotional lives and find more satisfying relationships, improved health, and successful careers. Try itthe results can be amazing

Here's a book that truly acknowledges the bewildering effects strong emotions have on men and how men can learn to deal with them. Its plain language and examples are far from the touchyfeely tone of so many other titles in this category.

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