Planking for Pizza

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A PERSONAL JOURNEY ─ OVERCOMING LOW SELF ESTEEM AND BUILDING SELF CONFIDENCE BANISHING LOW SELF ESTEEM ─ BUILDING PHYSICAL HEALTH "Planking for Pizza" started with an epiphany. Jessica Pack decided to “start where she was,” and share her true self as the first step in a journey to self acceptance and rejection of low self esteem. To her great surprise, her Instagram selfie posts and blog made her a social media star with followers praising her revelatory approach to becoming whole by accepting every part of herself. She has inspired a throng of fans and readers to follow her example of self love, self expression, and self empowerment and her writing, photos, and honest posts are an inspiration sensation. As a result, "Planking for Pizza" went on to become a series of valuable life lessons on: • avoiding the perfectionism trap • overcoming low self esteem • building a feeling of self empowerment • getting body positive • improving physical health • building self confidence • and, creating super mental strength BUILDING SELF CONFIDENCE ─ FINDING SELF EMPOWERMENT ─ GETTING BODY POSITIVE In Planking for Pizza, Jessica teaches us how to avoid the trap of perfectionism and that exercise is 10% physical and 90% mental. You can overcome trepidation and embarrassment at the gym by embracing the fear and using it. Get body positive! And, along the way, eating a slice of pizza won’t make you unhealthy. With Jess’s encouraging voice cheering you along (and convincing you to become your own cheerleader, too) you’ll discover what ignites your inner being and what creates mental strength and emotional balance. As you banish low self esteem you will step onto a pathway to building self confidence ─ onto a road to self empowerment. TOOLS FOR SELF EMPOWERMENT Author Jessica Pack’s audience expands far beyond her fellow millennials; she is inspiring people from all walks of life, age groups, shapes and sizes. "Planking for Pizza" is an exploration into how to live life with meaning and mental strength. What is so winning about Jess is her regular girl relatability; the book reads like she is your new best friend and, as she says, “If I can do it, you can do it!” She also goes deep into a conversation with you on how to deal with wobbly, low self-esteem and offers tools to ditch negative self-talk and replace it with tools for self empowerment. She shares tips, influences, motivation, advice, and ruminations she developed on her journey to fitness and physical health. Jess approaches serous topics with a sense of fun and the belief that what worked for her can help you to live a life of: • mental strength • physical health • happiness • and, self empowerment
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The Responsive Chord

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The essential guide to how media shape our lives. By the creator of the most talked about political ad in television history.

Tony Schwartz, the man the New York Times called the "king of sound," drew on his unrivaled wealth of experience in the communications industry, to give us The Responsive Chord, an engaging read and one of the seminal books on media. Through his decades of work, Schwartz came to understand that most advertisers, politicians, and educators—in fact, most all of us—use a model of communication long outmoded by the coming of electronic media. In The Responsive Chord, he shows us how this model has made us blind to many of the inner workings of modern communication. He explains how audio and visual material can be used to create “resonance” with an audience. His “resonance principle” explains that the meaning of an ad (or any other stimulus) is not present in the ad itself but rather in how the ad relates to the vast array knowledge and associations—both factual and emotional—already held in the mind of the viewer. Thus, audience members do not merely digest a message; they are an essential force in creating it.

The implications for anyone looking to impart a message or influence decisions are enormous.

And with so many people these days getting their information through social media and "fake news" sites, it is crucial that we understand the strong forces by which these outlets act upon us and, yes, manipulate our ideas and actions. The Responsive Chord reveals these forces in a captivating and eye-opening read.

 

“I read The Responsive Chord as a freshman in college and it affected everything I’ve ever made since. Its message is practical and deep. I’d recommend it to anyone.”

— Ira Glass, Creator & Host of NPR’s This American Life

“Tony Schwartz was a genius in his understanding of the communications revolution of the 20th century. My interview with him was one of my favorites and one of the most important of my own long career in broadcast journalism.”

— Bill Moyers, Journalist, Political Commentator and White House Press Secretary

“Tony Schwartz was not only an original theorist but a master persuader whose must-read book is brimming with indispensable insight about how humans construct meaning through media.”

— Prof. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center

“Here's the still-true story about how a media environment can shape our thoughts, our purchases and, yes, our votes. It's not just the content that influences us; if only it were that simple. No, it's the media themselves, the political economy driving them, and the atomizing impact of their targeted messaging. Maybe reading this book will prepare us to think more critically about the way social media is used on, and against us today.”

— Douglas Rushkoff, author, Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“The Responsive Chord had a profound impact on me when I first read it as a teenager, and it sparked a lifelong interest in the impact of media and technology in education. Re-reading it today, Tony Schwartz's observations about education in a media-saturated environment are deeply prescient and more relevant than ever.”

— Luyen Chou, Chief Product Officer, Pearson Education

"I keep talking to Tony, learning from Tony, practically every day. Radio and audio are Tony’s World. We just live in it.”

 Christopher Lydon, Radio Host of The Connection and Open Source, former New York Times Journalist

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Zero Down Your Debt

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Getting into debt is a piece of cake, but getting out? That’s the hard part. Fortunately, award-winning authors Holly Porter Johnson and Greg Johnson offer actionable tips and advice on doing exactly that with their new book, Zero Down Your Debt. With just a pen and a piece of paper in your arsenal, you’ll learn how to implement a zero-sum budget and become debt-free – once and for all. All you need is the know-how, some willpower, and a positive attitude to transform your financial situation. Let Holly and Greg Johnson show you how.

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Every Day Thankful

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Prayers and blessings for each day of the year on the topic of gratitude and giving thanks. This lovely book can be used as book of graces to share over the evening meal, as a hostess gift or for daily reflection. In today's frenetic world, the common experience of sharing the evening meal can restore a sense of community and humanity to society. More important, the blessing of the meal fosters in us a sense of gratitude for the gifts we have been given. This collection of 365 blessings-ranging from the words of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and Abraham Lincoln to Maya Angelou and Oprah will bring joy to the shared experience of breaking bread. Becca Anderson’s curated collection of the world’s wisdom traditions celebrates the connections between grace and gratitude.

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José Fernández

 In August 2016, José Fernández’s girlfriend, Maria Arias, presented him with a special cake at a family dinner to celebrate that they were going to have a baby. For Fernandez, becoming a father marked a new milestone in a young life that had already been brimming with milestones: fleeing Cuba multiple times before making it to freedom in the United States; drafted by the Miami Marlins in the first round in 2011; making the 2013 and 2016 All-Star teams; winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and becoming a U.S. citizen last year. Suddenly, early in the morning of September 25, his life came to a tragic end in a boating crash that left his family, friends, and the baseball world devastated. This book is a Miami Herald tribute to baseball’s unforgettable young pitching sensation and lover of life.

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Beer School

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BEER SCHOOL ─ AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S GREATEST DRINK THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CRAFT BEERS: Since its invention 6,000 years ago, beer has come a long way. The legends of the craft beers industry have made sure everyone's within reach of great beer. But, how do you make sure you get your hands on the right brew? BEERS OF THE WORLD: Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, we define and detail the finest artisan crafts, including: • Ales • Lagers • Porters • Stouts • IPA beers CRAFT BEERS CRASH COURSE: With the lowdown on everything from hop varieties and barrel ageing, to serving temperatures and glassware, Beer School helps you get the best from every sip. You will learn about the: • Grain • Mash • Water • Hops • Boil • Yeast • Fermentation And, • Serving • Storing • Pouring • Tasting

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Colour My Canada

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Colour your journey through the provinces and territories stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and up to the Arctic. Colour elaborately hand-drawn pen and ink illustrations of some of the most iconic destinations in the True North—from Wasaga Beach, down through Yonge Street and across to the Hudson Bay, enjoy all the treasures Canada has to offer. Each page contains facts about the beaver country, so regardless if you’re from Vancouver or have never been to Alberta or are a first-time visitor to L’Anse aux Meadows, you'll have your own relaxing colouring experience for years to come.

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LaToya's Life

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LaToya Forever ─ Life, love and laughter with a great YouTube star

YouTube star: LaToya "LaToya Forever" Ali has been putting a smile on people’s faces since 2009 when she first picked up a video camera and started sharing her fascinating thoughts, hilarious stories and moments from her life. She soon became one of the great YouTube stars. A hugely successful black woman as well as great YouTube star, LaToya continues to capture the hearts of millions with her playful, quirky, and inspirational vlog (and with the help of her adorable daughter and loving husband).

How she became LaToya Forever: However, LaToya didn’t always fit in. In this no-hold-barred inspirational memoir, she carefully looks back on her journey from friendless to “internet famous,” and her step-by-step journey from self-consciousness to self-loving. In her words, “Just being able to connect with people from all walks of life. My videos have made an impact…I feel like I’m making a positive change in the world.”

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Tea-spiration

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Looking for unique gifts for women? Tea-spiration, the tea lovers book may be just what you're looking for! The tea lovers book: Tea-spiration aims to create a quiet movement where one can experience devotions, comfort, inspiration and the simple joys of life. Tea drinkers know that tea, the wonderful drink, can help them slow down and savor life's moments. Unique gifts for women: In her debut book, Lu Ann Pannunzio (http://theteacupoflife.com/), uplifts and inspires readers in a way that does more than just telling them a story about tea and its history. As in life, tea is about the little things we need to experience (devotions, inspiration, reflection, comfort). Each page of Tea-spiration is filled with feelings and moments (big or small) that tea enhances; simple joys that not everyone may notice or take the time to savor. Sometimes all you really need is a cup, water and some leaves to create your own wonderful cup of tea experience. So, take pleasure in this tea lovers book, along with that special cup of tea, and stop and appreciate the simple joys of life!

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Terrorism in Europe

Europe is facing an unprecedented and growing terror threat as homegrown extremists inspired by jihadis and an Islamic State squeezed by the West are desperate to attack outside the ‘caliphate’. Terrorism in Europe: In the Crosshairs, examines this extreme threat to Europe through a collection of articles by journalists of The Independent.

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The ABC's of LGBT+

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Hello and welcome to The ABC’s of LGBT+. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+. Along with in-depth written definitions, personal anecdotes, helpful infographics, links to online videos, and more, Mardell aims to provide a friendly voice to a community looking for information. Beyond those searching for a label, this book is also for allies and LGBT+ people simply looking to pack in some extra knowledge! Knowledge is a critical part of acceptance, learning about new identities broadens our understanding of humanity, heightens our empathy, and allows us different, valuable perspectives. These words also provide greater precision when describing attractions and identities. There is never anything wrong with having and efficient, expansive vocabulary!

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Racism in America

Bestselling author and syndicated columnist on issues of race in the U.S., Leonard Pitts has received death threats and been subjected to harassment by neo-Nazis. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004, he has authored hundreds of articles addressing the charged subject of race. In Racism in America, the best of Leonard Pitts is presented in a collection of Miami Herald articles.

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Eclectic Wicca

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More and more people are straying from mainstream religion because they dislike its dogmatic structure. And, in turn, many of them are looking to Paganism, particularly eclectic Paganism. Eclectic Wicca details the history of this belief system and the path Wiccans can take in the 21st century. This book is for anyone who has a personal desire to take control of their lives, connect with nature and understand why they do the things they do. See shows the reader how they can customize their own effective and sacred form of religion, their own brand of Wicca. Eclectic Wicca does not strive to convert anyone. Instead, this book seeks to teach readers about a faith that many see as taboo.

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Zen Kittens

The Tao of Meow 

Is it time to “paws and reflect?” Cats are mysterious and even enigmatic, one of the indicators they hold the keys to great wisdom. Is your cat really meditating when staring off into space? Perhaps your kitten is sleeping or maybe they are deeply contemplating the very meaning of life. In every cat’s clear-eyed gaze lies a hint of secrets only they know. Cats will only come to you when they are ready but kittens are always ready for companionship and a good cuddle. These adorable furballs embody the precepts of Zen Buddhism - harmony of body and mind and living fully in the present moment. Kittens exemplify the Power of Meow with their simplicity, grace and blissful Buddha-nature. Each feline Zen Master in this lovely volume will get you one step closer to enlightenment as you follow the Four-Pawed Path. If you are looking for calm, clarity and insight into the teachings of Buddha, this is the purrrrfect book for you!

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TRUCK NUTS

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All Trucks All The Time! Your truck is your career, your office, your passion. But which truck is the truck for you? Truck Nuts, the debut book by Kent "Mr. Truck" Sundling, takes on the challenge of breaking down all the ins and outs of trucks. With the help of Andre Smirnov from The Fast Lane Trucks, this book embarks on a journey of four wheels, endless horsepower and a matching attitude.

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FINS AT 50

Take a trip down memory lane, Dolfans. The Perfect Season. Dan Marino. The “clock” play. Don Shula. The hook and lateral. Larry Csonka. Beating the ’85 Bears. The No-Name Defense. The Marks Brothers. The Killer B’s. Garo’s kick winning the longest playoff game. Paul Warfield, Larry Little and the rest of the Hall of Famers. This scrapbook of pictures, stories, stats and more from the sports pages of the Miami Herald will conjure fond memories for Dolphins fans everywhere.  

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Behind the Cape

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The Last Son of Krypton, Kal-El, Clark Kent, the Man of Steel...Superman. The most iconic character to come from the pages of comic books has a tremendously detailed history that has never been explained like this. In his debut book, Rob Jefferson of Comic Explained assembles Superman’s entire publication history - breaking down every facet from the time period of his creation, its impact on his creators to the subsequent success and birth of the superhero genre. From paper to the big screen, Superman has transcended multiple generation, inspiring millions of readers and viewers along the way. This is his story, explained by one of the leading voices of comics from the world of YouTube.

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Coloring Outside the Lines

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Taking the coloring craze by storm, teen illustrator Malika Anjali, turns the tables on the phenomenon by offering up the first coloring book for adults by a kid. Malika presents the unique beauty of hand-drawn imperfections as she details what the world looks like through the eyes of a 13 year-old girl. Taking inspirations from the jungle growing in her backyard with its lovely leafy trees and blossoming flowers as well as friends from the animal world, Malika's pages present a unique spin on art that you won't necessarily find in secret gardens or enchanted forests. Her work reminds us all of our own artistic aspirations and that, more often than not, happiness can be found right in your own backyard.

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