Saturday, October 10, 2015

Featured Book: My Bike Tour in France Remembered by Wayne Slingluff

In 1968, a college junior hates school, thinks he wants to be an artist, and is resigned to being drafted for the Vietnam War once he graduates.

That summer, Wayne bicycles alone over 2000 kilometers in France, staying in hostels and campgrounds on a shoestring budget.

He views ancient countryside, visits cities and towns for several days each and observes in amazement the depth of history, beauty of art, and ways of life.

He converses frequently with other European "jeunesse," all filled with questions and hopes of social reform in that revolutionary year.

He worries about his own life, what he should do, and what he might want to accomplish.

I tell his story to my grandson as I remember it, and consider how those lessons influenced my later outlooks and desires.

A series of adventures with meditations on meaning, beauty, art and history occur across northern, western, and southern France. Adolescents, those who remember being young, and anyone who likes the travelogues of Mark Twain should enjoy these stories.

About the author:

Wayne Slingluff is a retired software engineer who lives with his wife of almost forty years on Long Island. Although he no longer paints, he continues to observe the world "as an artist." He believes his long-ago trip to France was one of the most important steps in his development of a productive and happy life.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Featured Book: Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones

About the book:

Embrace your inner Jane and find a new way of life in thrift!

Jane Austen knew that wealth and grandeur had little to do with happiness, and that fashionable new dresses and reticules to impress Mr. Darcy simply were not the path to fulfillment—especially when one accrues debt in the process. It’s as true today as it was then . . .

Whether you have a fortune or not, you’re well advised to make the most of your income—and save for your future. Now, using the timeless wisdom and example of Jane Austen’s memorable heroines, this book offers everything the modern lady needs to know about:

*Clever investing

*Keeping up appearances on a budget

*Giving and receiving graciously

*Finding treasures at flea markets and church rummage sales

*Planning a party that only looks extravagant

*And more

Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift shows how to make your circumstances significantly less reduced, and how to live a life of elegent economy and joyful generosity—whether you’ve as much as Emma Woodhouse or as little as Miss Bates.

About the authors:

Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones have published essays in Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal and numerous other academic and creative journals. They are both professors of English and members of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Featured Book: Wanted: Eight Critical Skills You Need to Succeed by Charles Cranston Jett

About the book:
WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need to Succeed Achieving success for yourself and your children has never been more difficult in this highly competitive world. WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need to Succeed reveals the eight critical skills needed to do just that. Based on extensive research of real-world hiring practices, the book, by corporate expert Charles Cranston Jett, challenges you to ask yourself: • What skills make people successful in their careers? • How do these skills fit into my personal career management strategy? • What can I do to cultivate these skills? • How are these skills taught in our schools, if at all? • How is the mastery of these skills measured? • What skills do I need to contribute to my company’s success? • How can I determine the critical skills for my company? WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need to Succeed answers these questions for individuals pursuing career success, as well as students seeking the tools they need to be competitive in the real world, business leaders looking to build a talented team, and teachers preparing students for real-world productivity and success. The easy-to-follow guide clearly defines how to develop critical thinking, communication, production, information, analysis, interpersonal, time management and continued education skills.

About the author:
Mr. Jett is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He served in the United States Naval Nuclear Submarine Force where he created the nuclear attack submarine (SSN) predeployment training program for covert submarine operations, the tactical doctrine for the nuclear submarine electronic surveillance system (AN/WLR-6), and is the creator of the geographic plot (Geo Plot) for covert tracking of Soviet submarines from the SSN platform. He has had 15 years experience in the management consulting and executive recruiting world where he participated in strategic planning, marketing, and organizational development engagements, and CEO and Board of Directors searches. He has worked with corporate organizations in the area of critical skills identification and skill profiling to assist them in their corporate development programs as well as enabling them to target specific skill profiles for recruitment for entry level management positions. He created the career management tool known as the "Doom Loop" which has become popularized as a highly useful tool for anticipating and addressing various "career crises" as well as enabling organizations and executive search professionals to assess the skill capabilities, potentials, and current situations of individuals in corporate environments. He is the author of several publications including the magazine articles "Whatever Happened to Corporate Loyalty?" and "Critical Skills and the CEO" - both of which were published by Chief Executive Magazine and have become widely popular articles in the reprint world. He is also the author of two new books: "Wanted: Critical Skills!!" and "Career Crises and the Doom Loop." He is an accomplished speaker on the subject of Critical Skills having been featured by many of the nation's top business schools (Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Northwestern, Chicago, Michigan, etc.) and the American Psychological Association. He focused on skill development at the high school level and was featured in the US Department of Labor's publication, "Teaching the SCANS Competencies" which was distributed nationwide. To facilitate high schools' and training organizations' ability to create and manage work-based learning programs to teach critical skills and the SCANS competencies, he created the software management tool known as "Coop2000®" and served as a national school-to-work technical assistance provider as well as a national workforce investment act technical assistance provider. He is the author of WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need To Succeed, The Doom Loop, and Field Studies - all published by OutskirtsPress.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Featured Book: Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

About the book:
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it. 

In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Featured Book: Unbridled by Barbara McNally

About the book:
Everyone believed Barbara was living the American Dream. She married her college sweetheart, sustained him on his rise to success, and seemed to have the perfect marriage, the perfect family, the perfect home. But when she strayed and her matrimonial cookie crumbled, Barbara realized that to be more than a just a wife... she’d have to get a life. 

Following the lead of her adventurous late grandmother, she set off to overcome her fears and find her independence. While exploring Ireland, the land of her ancestors, she danced with horsemen and communed with priestesses. 

Somewhere along the way, she discovered parts of herself that had been missing from her life. Something she’d longed for without knowing it. She tasted freedom and wanted more.

About the author:
Barbara McNally is an Author, Activist, Mother, Lover, Fighter and Sage. Barbara lives in San Diego, California where she supports organizations like Armed Services YMCA and sponsors activities that help women explore their potential for freedom and individuality. To further this cause, she started a foundation called Mother Lover Fighter Sage. Open to receive and ready to give, Barbara continues her own journey to freedom with a daily zest for living large. If you have an inspirational story you would like to share with Barbara McNally's audience, or a burning question you would like to ask, please reach out to Barbara directly, she would love to hear from you!

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Featured Book: Deconstructing the Food Pyramid by Frank J. Ferrin, MD

About the book:

BALANCE AND MODERATION should be the guiding theme in any wellness and weight management program. DECONSTRUCTING THE FOOD PYRAMID, addresses the valuation of the different food groups according to their nutritional and caloric contributions, and presents a serious consideration of physiologic, social and economic factors in connection with our present day concerns with obesity as a world-wide epidemic. Realization of goals and expectations, need to align with individual characteristics. There is always an alternative approach to achieve such balance and moderation by making the better choices.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Featured Book: Green Beans and Ice Cream by Bill Sims Jr.

About the book:
Green Beans and Ice Cream? At first glance, they don’t sound like they go together. But this groundbreaking new book from author Bill Sims, Jr. will change forever the way you deal with your family, customers, coworkers, students, and yes, even your spouse! In Bill’s thirty year history, he has helped design more than one thousand behavior change systems that have produced tremendous gains in performance and profits at America’s top companies including Disney, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, General Motors, and Dupont. Hidden in this book you will find Bill’s “secret sauce”, and the recipe for rapid, sustainable behavior change and engagement--Positive Reinforcement (PR+) The book explains why positive reinforcement is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Use it wisely, and performance moves off the chart. Use it poorly, and the results can be disastrous. Green Beans & Ice Cream analyzes over 100 years of research in the field of human behavioral science, and compares it to “real world, in the trenches” true stories that Sims recounts. It points out clearly that the thing we need the most, is the thing we often receive the least—positive reinforcement and feedback from those around us. Using the techniques outlined in this book, you can master the remarkable power of positive reinforcement, and make a real difference in the world around you. This book is for everyone who must lead others. Whether in the family, the school, or the workplace, it is a “must read” for anyone who wants to improve the performance of their team. With this first book, Sims has dropped a stone in the still pond of leadership. The waves will only get bigger.

About the author:
Bill Sims, Jr., is President of The Bill Sims Company, Inc. For nearly 30 years, Sims has created behavior-based recognition programs that have helped large and small firms to deliver positive reinforcement to inspire better performance from employees and increase bottom line profits. A sought-after speaker, he has delivered leadership workshops and keynote speeches around the globe and has built more than 1,000 positive reinforcement systems at firms including DuPont, Siemens VDO, Coca-Cola, and Disney.

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