Anything that alienates and divides us leaves us weak and exposed to disaster. Simple human compassion is more essential to our national resilience and strength than most of us recognize. Shallow values won’t suffice as the foundation
of our social and cultural infrastructure. With anecdotes and unexpected stories about growing up during the 60s and 70s
in Los Angeles and from her work in disaster recovery, Diane Burden Cox illustrates the importance of our relationships with each other to our national resilience. If we want a resilient built infrastructure as a nation–clean water supply, buildings, bridges, roads, energy grids, health and education systems–we need to recognize it rests on the strength of our interactions with each other.
Resilience isn’t just one more thing to put on our national to-do list, it’s something we can actually enjoy and have fun cultivating together.
For nearly 30 years, Vicki Wind ran a business yet “never worked a day in her life.” This feeling of being where you belong and doing what you are meant to be doing is her wish for all of us.
In My Mother, the Gorilla, Vicki invites us to share her memories of hilarious escapades in the singing telegram business as—yes — a gorilla, but also a chicken, a 7-foot banana, Midnight Mary the Bag Lady, Surly Shirley the Waitress from Hell, and the dreaded Sister Mary Constipation, among countless other characters.
What started out as a collection of true stories to share with her grandkids has become this laugh-out-loud, inspiring memoir to share with the world. My Mother, the Gorilla reminds us, all at once, that finding your own voice is essential to a happy life, that possibilities are endless at any age, and that everyone has a story to tell.
Raised in a chocolate factory, educated in Catholic school, and trained as a radiation chemist, Vicki finally found her true self in a gorilla suit. Now retired and living in Evergreen Colorado, Vicki finds great joy living a mile and a half above sea level, communing with the wildlife she loves, and having the perfect backdrop to finally get down on paper stories about her own WILD LIFE.
Discover a new creative framework to help you transform your biggest ideas from imagination to reality, fusing the practicality of engineering design methodology with the magic of alchemy.
Spiral is an epic weaving of threads from engineering, design thinking, spirituality, business, and physics that will empower you as both a business builder and as a human. Rather than a step-by-step process for success that can feel like fighting the tide, this book acts as a guide to building your business on your own terms, in harmony with your own natural rhythms.
Based on her personal experience as a spacecraft systems architect, a serial entrepreneur, and a business strategy coach, Amy Simpkins offers simple-yet-powerful tools to approach the creative process as a whole person. Whether you are creating disruptively innovative solutions, a world-changing business, or a life that lights you up, Spiral helps you integrate all of the random, varied parts of yourself so that you are free to shine your brightest.
These Are They is a collection of inspirational stories that reflect the lives of our community’s finest citizens. We call them RAK-tivists. These stories of hope, overcoming, and encouragement are bound to inspire many to reach out and touch someone in a special way. By sharing their random acts of kindness stories and experiences, readers learn new and improved ways to positively impact the lives of others by extending genuine, kind and caring random acts of kindness to friends, family and even strangers. At the end of the day, after reading These Are They, we hope that you will agree that it’s not what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. Rather, it is about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better and what you’ve given back. After all, service to others is the rent we pay for being on this earth and an excellent way to pay it forward.
Launched September 2018
Sara B. Hart
The Upside of Downsizing:Getting to Enough
How can you make a significant downsizing less painful and exhausting? Sara invites you to focus on getting to enough, which is just sufficient. The book focuses on the emotional side of downsizing; how it FEELS to get rid of years of personal and family treasures. She also shares her sense of relief and of lightness as she gets closer to realizing she has just enough; that all the stuff is completely unnecessary for her sense of sufficiency and of joy. As you read about her emotional journey, you will know you’re not alone during yours.
Impact Founder: Inspirational stories of entrepreneurs who risk everything for what they believe in
After there were two suicides of startup founders and the sudden death of a third, Kristin Darga created Impact Founder to do whatever she could to help alleviate the feelings of inadequacy, isolation, stress, depression and suicide among founders by sharing real stories of real entrepreneurs’ struggles and successes. Through Impact Founder, she is on a mission to make sure another entrepreneur isn’t lost due to isolation, feelings of inadequacy, failure, or for any other reason. Self-doubt is part of life and sometimes entrepreneurs face the issue alone and lose their perspective. This book tells real stories of entrepreneurs to help all of us understand that we are not alone with the challenges.
The Gratitude Connection: Embrace the positive power of thanks
Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. Gratitude is a high-energy emotion; once you start feeling it, it seeps into everything in your life, like air. Pretty soon it becomes a lifestyle and transforms you in subtle ways: You smile at someone you disagree with. You wake up in a good mood. You hug your loved ones and leave your fear and worry behind. You notice the beauty in nature. You shake off fear and face new situations with confidence.
When John Alexander was diagnosed with a degenerative disease, he decided to take control of his health and mindset by finding ways to motivate himself and others with Parkinson’s. John became a distance cyclist and triathlete after discovering that staying active is one of the best ways to combat the effects of the disease. John maintains his upbeat attitude by seeking inspiration from the Parkinson’s community. He stays involved in helping transform other peoples’ lives as a dedicated ambassador for numerous organizations and a sought-after inspirational speaker.
Amazon Best Seller!!
Dr. Stacy Goresko
The Social Diet: The 7 Essential Ingredients for Raising Socially Connected, Well-Balanced and Caring Kids (Especially Those with Social Learning Challenges)
Dr. Goresko is a true visionary. She understands that our children don’t just need to learn skills. They also need to learn how to become social, well-rounded contributors. Stacy helps families create connections that open up possibilities and a brighter future. Meaningful relationships are what it’s all about! If you are tired of hearing what your child can’t do, then take Stacy’s fresh approach to heart! There’s hope!
-Melissa B. (Parent)
Amazon Best Seller!!
Awakening Your Feminine Spirit: Finding Balance, Purpose, and Strength
A guidepost for women through healing, self-discovery and finding balance, purpose and strength, this book is a portal into a three step process of 1.Sacred Surrender (letting go of your guilt, story, blocks and resistance to what is holding you back from reaching your best life), 2. Sacred Embodiment (learning to feel and process through your body, becoming present, understanding energy and healing), and 3. Sacred Expansion (opening to miracles, synchronicities and your life’s purpose).
Suffering from severe spinal and head injuries after being run over on her bike, she knew she was dying.
Rynes, a scientist and confirmed skeptic, was shown the wonders of Heaven, experiencing joy, love, and beauty on such a grand scale that she wept at its magnitude.
In Awakenings from the Light, Rynes recounts the amazing sights of Heaven, and explains the remarkable insights into life she returned with to share with others. She was gifted with a second chance—a precious opportunity to bring a little bit of Heaven into her life on Earth. The wisdom she passes on could change your life as well.
Amazon Best Seller!!
Bridging True Love Connection & Healing Between You and Your Animals: Holistic Healing For Your Cats, Dogs, Horses and You
For many years Vicki has been helping people and their animals connect more deeply, “bridging true love connection and healing” to live healthier, happier lives. She is now teaching you the proven powerful techniques so you can have this connection with the animals you love and work with.
“This book will work magic. It will not only help you be able to understand and resolve many issues with your animals but it will heal you in that process. What a gift indeed. Enjoy the journey…” Martha Norwalk, Animal behaviorist, trainer and host of Martha Norwalk’s Animal World
Dancing on The Edge: Clearly I have Issues
“Reading these poems is a lot like eating jalapenos; they all look the same, but some are a lot stronger than others. Your eyes water, your nose runs and your throat burns… But it’s oddly satisfying and leaves you wanting more. After you recover, you promise yourself you’re going to be more careful… Then, the desire for a jalapeno sneaks up on you. You find yourself once again dipping into the unknown with trepidation and fascination. This book is for all who need a little jalapeno for their soul.” Carol Jacobson
Rethinking Retirement: How to Create the Life You Want Without Waiting to Retire
Most of us dream of retirement as the time in our lives when we’ll finally be able to do what we’ve always wanted to do – but why do you have to wait? Rethinking Retirement helps you create the life you want now. By challenging traditional notions of how our lives are “supposed” to go, former financial adviser Keith Weber offers a new path for creating freedom, balance, purpose and passion in your life.
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Why “Can’t” is a Four-Letter Word:
“Can’t” is not stopping author Lauren Danielle. Just because a dream seems unlikely or unreachable doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Take Lauren’s life for example. Through multiple traumas, Lauren came to believe she couldn’t be safe, have good relationships, or succeed financially. But her determination to understand herself and break through the barriers in her way have paved the way to happiness and great personal and professional success. Let Lauren show you how to make your own transformation from “I can’t” to “I CAN!”
(Working Title) Open Book
Through the years of working with celebrity clients and creating her super successful Beach Body Slim-in-Six Series and other programs, fitness guru Debbie Siebers makes it look easy and glamorous. But once you read her story, you’ll realize the immense obstacles this amazing woman has overcome. Positivity runs through Debbie’s veins and shows up powerfully in this narrative about her reinvention from an overweight small-town girl with every conceivable insecurity to the gracious, poised, funny, and inspirational trainer and speaker she is today.
In Open Book, Debbie shares her painful secrets as well as what it took for her to become a trainer and friend of stars such as Amy Irving, Penny Marshall, Barry Gordy, and many others. Now the owner of her own international fitness company, Livati, Debbie is still inspiring millions to recreate themselves and their lives.
Our Favorite Movies: How films affect our mental health
This book is about my struggles with serious mental health issues and how I’ve used watching movies as a way to cope with my symptoms. It’s about how I connect with my fellow film fans. It’s about how researchers and mental health workers have found that watching movies can soothe people and help them learn more about themselves.
I hope that reading about my mental health journey will help you with any psychological issues you may have, even if you aren’t diagnosed with anything; that you might choose watching movies to be one of your coping skills; that you might think about how to choose to watch movies that will help you the most on your journey; and that reading about these twelve movies will help you and persuade you to watch or rewatch them. Enjoy!
Brenda wondered why Glenn was so late coming home from his bike ride. Hours later she found him in a local hospital, barely hanging on…
Coccoon Chronicles is the story of how Glenn came back from a severe brain injury. Brenda’s love and strength was his constant support as he moved through each step of the slow recovery process. Glenn’s positive outlook and sense of humor shines through this story too. The funny quips Glenn comes up with along the way show his progress. Now a trusted professional speaker, Glenn guides teams to take back their power and unlock their greatest potential with thought-provoking and humorous presentations.
The Family Business Playbook (Series)
The Family Business Playbook discusses how family business is different from Corporate America and government work. It is unlike any other career journey. Throughout the book I look at how the family and the business are a reflection of each other. The values, experience, education, and financial intelligence of the family mirrors that of the business. This codependency creates both comfort and conflict; it allows for full exposure between work and family; and it can include the best and worst experiences. Many times, those who have never been part of a family business do not understand the complexity of mixing home and business.
This book takes a different approach. I tell funny stories and describe crazy events and different work complexities. My direct approach of how to confront complex family and business problems reduces the feeling of isolation of working in a family business. For your learning experience and to improve your business, I share how I improved, grew, and succeeded in family business by relating the concepts, strategies, and even the real-life stories of the ups and downs of my family business.
Reverend Eugene Cason
Eugene Cason had come a long way from his childhood in poverty. With a family and beautiful home, his life was on track. But after a heartbreaking divorce and losing his home he spiraled downward into depression and homelessness. This is his story of healing and the power of a positive outlook and spiritual faith.
Now remarried to the love of his life, Reverend Cason’s book inspires with the positive affirmations and belief in the strength of the human spirit that keep him spreading joy to everyone he meets.
The Clinical Guide to Fertility, Motherhood and Eating Disorders: From Shame to Self-Acceptance
“My body is broken; I am broken.” “I don’t want this child.” “Am I worthy enough to be a parent?” These are the voices of eating disorders, shame, and infertility. Research has shown that 20.7% of patients struggling with infertility have had an eating disorder. Psychotherapy with this population can reveal shame rooted in unexpected difficulties in conception, pregnancy or early motherhood. The lack of open discussion around these topics increases internalized judgment and self-criticism. This book will focus on issues arising from challenges conceiving, sustaining a healthy pregnancy, and mother-child bonding in women who have had or currently have an eating disorder. Kate, who has been through an eating disorder and infertility herself, will share her story as well as the stories of many other women who have experienced these issues. She weaves a theme of resiliency and hope through the book to foster healing and self-acceptance and provides tools and resources to help clients in this population.
Websites For People
The first quarter of the 21st century will go down in the history books as the very first technology boom. Before the millennial generation entered the workforce the Internet did not have a significant impact on the way businesses operated. Today, whether it’s improving an internal business process or improving the way a business or organization communicates and serves their community, the Internet has become the new face to face. Websites For People takes you through Heath’s journey as a self-taught programmer and in-between millennial and leaves you with a new optimistic outlook and vision for how businesses, organizations, cities, and your local community can implement faith-driven principles to form stronger, more meaningful relationships using technology.
“My parents didn’t send their daughter to college so I could become a nanny. None of my Anthropology degree required changing diapers, folding laundry, or how to navigate awkward conversations with Dads, but if I want to move out of my parents house before I turn 30, I have to get creative…”
Through a series of adventures from the beaches of California to styrofoam cups in Mississippi, Audrey meanders through her 20’s as a nanny for 10 families of various status, structure, and stability. Resorting to a timeless domestic role to cope with high unemployment rates and even higher rent prices, Generation Nanny highlights an experience shared by many millennial women in America. This seemingly current experience also transcends time- dedicated to her mother’s nanny who raised her in the deep South, Audrey tells a story about Women of all generations, races, and walks of life and their will to care for others. In an age where women are using their voice to ignite change, this book reveals a universal truth that when women bind together to support each other’s families, careers, and lives, anything is possible.
Got Purpose? A Practical Guide to Align Business with Humanity
Finding purpose is a hot commodity these days. Almost, as popular as gaming videos, life coaches, and motivational speeches. Coming soon, a book that fills your mind with the tools to make real change in evolving EVERY person to a happier and purpose-filled existence by aligning business and humanity.