The Art of Professional Connections is the first in a series of four books intended for readers pursuing careers in which business communication is vital and for readers simply interested in presenting themselves better in work and social settings. This book, Seven Steps to Impressive Greetings and Confident Interactions, serves as a guide to upgrading the quality of your interactions with others and as the foundation for the next three titles. The entire series will cover mixing, mingling, and networking; dining decorum from casual to formal venues; and planning and attending professional and social events.
About the Author Gloria Petersen is president and founder of Global Protocol, Inc., a premier resource for developing a dynamic business culture. Gloria energizes audiences with her down-to-earth style and inspires them to take control of their careers and to serve as role models for others. Her customized programs have a twenty-five-year proven track record for teaching individuals how to develop the social intelligence necessary to inspire, lead, and succeed.
Credentialed as a certified protocol professional and a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington and the Professional Image Institute, her accomplishments include directing and hosting her own FOX network television show, Image of Success, serving as an etiquette judge on The Learning Channel, and authoring articles for numerous publications. She keeps current by conducting surveys, attending frequent symposiums, and monitoring the business climate for emerging issues.
Are you 100% certain that the retirement planning path that you are currently on is going to lead you to a great and worry-free retirement? Or do you have some doubts?
If you DO have some doubts about your future retirement, this book can help provide you with a simple and solid road map to a long and secure retirement. Don't just download it, read it!
This book will show you exactly how you can get 25%-40% MORE after-tax, spendable retirement income while slashing your investment risks while saving for retirement and especially while enjoying retirement. Hence the title: "Stress-Free Retirement Planning".
Retirement planning is the most talked about subjects in personal finance. As a Certified Financial Planner since 2000, Mr. Orr says it is always the most frequent query that he gets from prospective clients across the USA.
It can be read in about an hour. It's easy-to-understand and comes with helpful 4-color graphics. (for USA citizens/residents ONLY as he is not familiar with investment/tax laws in other countries).
This compelling book is very different than 97% of the books about investing, building wealth and planning for retirement. It does NOT offer the same old, tired and failed advice of: work hard, live well below your means, save more money, diversify and buy "5 star" mutual funds. It is NOT about buy, hold... and keep praying.
No... this interesting book describes a foundational retirement strategy which provides many other important personal finance benefits – while saving for retirement and then during retirement.
These great benefits include liquidity, tax-free and penalty-free access to your savings, safety of principle, good potential annual returns without stock, bond, real estate or commodity market risks - and a TAX-FREE retirement income stream in the future. You CAN plan to retire with real confidence and put this Crucial planning on cruise control.
These proven financial strategies offer a safe & simple methods for building wealth over time. It's not a get-rich quick scheme nor does it involve taking unreasonable risks. The strategy is completely recession-proof which is very important since an economic recession occurs about every 5 years in the USA.
So depending upon how many years you have until your own retirement date, you’ll likely go through a few recessions while you are accumulating money to retire on. And once you are retired, you’ll likely experience another 5-7 of them while taking income distributions if you live to average life-expectancy.
The book also shatters five big retirement “myths”, providing some thought-provoking facts which should change the way you’ve thought about traditional retirement planning and building wealth. This information alone is worth the price of the book, but the simple "alternative" retirement planning road map and unique strategies are written in later chapters are incredible.
You will learn how to easily avoid stock market risks and gain nice profits during stock market rebounds. You will also learn how to use your non-qualified retirement savings as your “personal bank” so that you can self-finance your own car purchases, children’s college education expenses and re-capture 100% of every single monthly car payment that you make.
You can safely enjoy tax-free retirement income with this powerful ROTH IRA alternative strategy and avoid so much stress.
This personal finance strategy has been safely used by many Fortune 500 companies, small business owners and the wealthy for decades. Now it's your turn to enjoy the same planning benefits that remove much of the risks and emotional stress out of planning for a long & prosperous retirement.
If you are looking for a safe, solid personal financial plan for both today and tomorrow, one that will give you the confidence to stick with it, read this book. The strategies can improve your financial life right now and remove many fears or frustrations that you may have about your financial future.
About the Author Mark J. Orr has been a Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Advisor since 2000. He has been in the financial services industry since 1997 and has given many financial seminars and sold 1,000's of copies of various financial e-books that he has written over the years. Mark has clients in many states and enjoys helping people make the most of their financial future - while ensuring they do not neglect their present. He does NOT write about financial subjects the way most financial authors do or mainstream magazines. It's not the same old (and he would argue failed advice) of work hard, save more, live below your means, diversify and buy mutual funds. Mark does not see himself as a writer, but as a practicing financial planner who helps real people truly change their financial lives with a safe, real game-plan for reaching their goals. When he is not advising clients, he works out regularly in the gym and loves to travel to warm and sunny beaches.
Are you at lost wondering why your lectures are not memorable as you would like them to be?
* How come you see such great presentation on TED but your own does not leave the impression you wanted to get?
* do you want to be perceived as the best speaker in your organization?
“How to open a presentation” is a practical guide to become a perfect presenter.
If it’s a lecture, a speech, a training session or a TED talk, the most important point that defines you success is the beginning of the presentation. A good first impression is the secret of great presentations. This book will introduce useful concepts and ideas that you can put into practice at your very next presentation. Presentation skills and public speaking abilities are essential and key subjects to learn in the 21st century.
About the author
Avi Salmon, is an engineering manager in a large international high tech company. Avi has more than 20 years of experience giving different kind of lectures and workshops including “leadership”, “innovation”, “constrictive confrontation”, “Kid programming” and more. Avi has taught “presentation skills” inside his organization and externally to different forums. He is coaching individuals for effective presentation for technical conferences and general presentations. Many of his students and co-workers have found his methods effective. They have become more effective and efficient in presenting their topic and keeping their audience on the edges of their seat.
The Motivation Myth: the simple yet powerful key to unlock human potential and create inspired performance and achievement Most people believe praise, appreciation, and compliments are great ways to motivate and inspire people. Many think these communication tools are good people skills and are useful everywhere ~ from parenting to the boardroom, from friendship to leadership, from relationships to coaching.
People mistakenly believe these tools are the keys to unlock human potential. That is a myth, says Mattison Grey and Jonathan Manske. Praise, compliments, and appreciation do not do what people think they do. They do not unlock human potential. In this provocative and compelling book, Grey and Manske debunk the myth that performance, achievement, confidence, and connection ~ at work, at school, and at home ~ are improved by these communication tools.
Fortunately, there is an alternative, acknowledgement. This communication tool is the cure for underperformance, lack of self-confidence, and ineffective motivation techniques. Grey and Manske have seen it over and over again ~ acknowledgement changes lives! Acknowledgement effectively produces the results ~ increased performance, motivation and inspiration, and improved self-confidence ~ these other communication tools try to accomplish but do not. The Motivation Myth draws on scientific research, anecdotal stories from interesting people, and thirty-five plus years of combined experience in using and teaching the tool of acknowledgement. Grey and Manske reveal the simple yet effective communication tool of acknowledgment and how to work with it to motivate and inspire with integrity and grace.
Acknowledgement is the invisible language of results!
Table of Contents 1 ~ Introduction 2 ~ Why I Wrote This Book 3 ~ The Myth 4 ~ Compliments, Praise, And Appreciation Do Not Work 5 ~ Acknowledgement ~ What It Is And What It Is Not 6 ~ How To Acknowledge 7 ~ Acknowledgement As Feedback 8 ~ Self-Acknowledgement 9 ~ Using Acknowledgement In Team Meetings 10 ~ Acknowledgement In Leadership 11 ~ Acknowledgement In Sports 12 ~ Acknowledgement In Parenting 13 ~ Acknowledgement In Relationships 14 ~ Acknowledgement In Sales 15 ~ Acknowledgement In Peak Performance 16 ~ Because You Can
Mattison Grey, M.Ed. is a Leadership and Performance Specialist and the world’s foremost authority on acknowledgement and communication. Since 1997, Mattison has been coaching teams and individuals and consulting in organizations in the areas of leadership, communication, sales, team work, and high performance. Mattison is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and speaks about leadership, performance, and developing the skills necessary to bring out the best in others. Her audiences enjoy her innovative views on human performance and her courage to be provocative in ways that challenges the status quo. As a professionally-certified business Coach, Mattison has helped thousands of people create extraordinary lives and businesses. She is fascinated by the gap between high and low performers and what it takes to go from mediocre to masterful in a chosen endeavor.
Jonathan Manske is the world’s only Cerebral Sanitation Engineer. Since 1993, he has been working with individuals and organizations to upgrade the quality of their lives, relationships, health, businesses and careers. Jonathan has created his own body of work that assists people to get clear about what they really want. Then he works with them to remove the self-imposed obstacles that are in their way ~ like: fear, limiting beliefs and perspectives, lack of confidence, poor self-image and other head trash. His passion is to work with people to create happiness, fulfillment, prosperity, and wealth. Jonathan is a professional speaker and trainer.
Working in a rewarding job is one of life's greatest joys. Contributing in a meaningful way to something you care about and being compensated fairly for your efforts generates a wonderful sense of satisfaction and happiness in your life. This book steers young professionals through all parts of the job search process. "From Ramen to Riches: Finding a Job in Your 20s" first guides the reader through a self-assessment to figure out what kind of work really resonates. It then covers in detail all the aspects of a successful search: creating a compelling resume, networking, informational and formal job interviewing, negotiating an offer, and dealing with those first few months on the job. With practical, real-world advice from current and former managers, executives, and other experts, "From Ramen to Riches" provides a roadmap to a more productive and successful job search.
About the Author LAUREN TANNY is founder and CEO of The Tannywood Group, Inc., a consulting company focused on sparking company growth through leadership development, work force reinvigoration, and innovative new strategies. In addition to her own company, Lauren has run a venture-backed start-up and a business unit of a $200-million publicly traded software company. With an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, she is also a magna cum laude graduate of the third class of women at Dartmouth College.
JIM WOOD is a 25-year veteran of the high-tech industry, having held software engineering, information technology management, and business strategy management positions. His first book, "From Ramen to Riches: Building Wealth in Your 20s," is a popular guide for 20-somethings who are looking to get a grip on managing their money. Jim has appeared on numerous local and national media programs, including PBS television's Nightly Business Report. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University and also holds a master's degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Get the Project Management Job You Deserve in 7 Easy Steps
Don’t waste time memorizing an exhaustive list of interview questions...
...Learn a simple 7 step process for finding, preparing and passing your next interview.
Why you need to read this book
If you are a business professional seeking your first project manager opportunity or you are an experienced project manager looking more senior roles, this book will help you prepare for a successful project management interview.
If you are a project manager looking to interview junior project managers, then this text will help you ask meaningful questions that demonstrate experience in addition to project management competency.
By following the 7 step interview process, you’ll be well prepared for your next interview as well as have a list of job opportunities to pursue.
Interview Strategies … Not Just Questions
Many of the books on the market today simply provide a list of project management questions and suggested answers. Providing a list of questions and responses to memorize and regurgitate is unrealistic and ineffective at best.
This text takes a different approach and provides an interview strategy using a step-by-step approach to identify opportunities, prepare for an interview and successfully pass an interview without memorizing.
Learn how to prepare, find opportunities and pass the interview process
This book will teach you how to prepare your resume, find the right opportunity, pass the initial phone screen and prepare you for your on-site interview and the stages afterward. After following this step-by-step process, you will also have a list of additional job opportunities to pursue in addition to your next interview.
Free interview question templates included
As part of your purchase, you can download a set of interview templates that will help you identify job opportunities and prepare for technical and management related interview questions.
Additional bonus questions included
In compiling this book, I consulted with several project management experts to provide current and meaningful project management interview questions. These questions align with the 7 step process taught in the book.
Would You Like To Know More?
Get started right away and learn the easy 7 step process for successful project management interviews.
About the Author Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager with delivery experience across projects, programs and portfolios in Automotive, Financial Management and Consulting industries. He is an enthusiastic leader who effectively translates project management theory into practical application. In addition to his IT management role, he is an author, instructor, and lecturer on a range of project management topics including effective Microsoft Project techniques, program management, PMO startup and earned value management. He frequently publishes on Techrepublic, Gantthead.com and ProjectsAtWork.com. He is also an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University. When he isn't working, writing, or teaching, he's found entertaining with his kids and learning the occasional card trick or two. He can be reached at email@example.com
Have you ever wanted your life to run more smoothly? Have you ever felt you were missing an easier, more effective way to navigate life?
Have you ever wished for help in figuring out your life?
Clearly, my life coaching clients over the past 40 years have wanted to figure out their lives. You want to figure out your life; I want it, too.
The fact that you're reading this means that you are ready to put your wishing into action by seeking help. And you know you can make whatever changes in your life that you wish.
Moreover, you certainly want to stop doing things you know don’t work, things that ruin your life. You want to quit self-sabotage. You know what I mean, don't you?
OK. I’ll give away the store now:
Here’s the life coaching prescription for making your life work –
Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
Yes, I know. Obvious. Right?
But do more of what works and less of what doesn’t and your life will blossom.
• You’ll feel aligned in your life.
• You’ll feel at home, in your life.
• You’ll enjoy healthy relationships.
• You’ll be healthy.
• In short, you’ll feel happier.
But There’s A Trick
Clearly, there’s a trick. I feel sure you’ll uncover it with just a moment’s reflection – what works and doesn’t work isn’t always so easy to determine. And that is the point of this book.
I will help you to figure out what’s working in your life so you can do more of it, and what’s not working so you can do less of it.
These ideas need to be where-the-rubber-meets-the-road practical. If the changes only live in your mind and don’t show up in your actions, your life won’t blossom. Right?
Certainly, you will need to act on your insights. Change requires action. Failure to act is the first, most fundamental item that doesn’t work for you or anyone else. OK?
First, I’ll provide some simple yet potent strategies to help you clearly discern what works and what doesn’t work.
Then in chapter after chapter I’ll supply you with tips and tricks that work for other people.
At the end I’ll provide you a list of things that most likely won’t work for you because they don’t work for anyone else either. This list will act as a reminder of many things you already know, but certainly, some things on the list will surprise you.
Imagine. When you read the book, you quickly…
• Learn to know and trust when something works. Don't believe me, believe yourself!
• Find out what the wise ones say about you. You’ll love this.
• Find out how playing helps you. You’ll smile.
• Uncover, discover, or recover the things you love, truly love to do.
• Discover flow – what it is and how to get more of it.
• Find out how you can live more freely by ignoring what others think of you. And stay safe at the same time. Check it out yourself.
• Find out how to use bumper stickers and ancient wisdom to uncover more of what works.
• Discover what miracles happen when you consider toast. Yes, toast. Simply unbelievable!
• Find out how to use a simple trick to leverage your new life. Fast. I can't wait ‘til you try this strategy!
• Discover the hidden power of pilgrimage to transform your life. Pilgrimages work.
• Find some fast and simple tricks to make your life hum. Can the tail wag the dog?
Picture yourself five years from now, having applied these ideas and insights in your life. Do you like what you see?
If this resonates, get the book. You will have taken big steps on the journey to figuring out your life. You’ll like it.
In other words, do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
Maybe you've asked yourself: Where can I find happiness? Or perhaps you've wondered: How can I be more creative?
What if the answer to both questions is intertwined?
What if happiness awaits you if you choose to be creative? What if you discover a creative passion that forever changes your life for the better? In Happiness Rehab: 8 Creative Steps to a More Joyful Life, experts Jennifer Archer and Mary Schramski guide readers through an innovative yet practical workshop to discover their creativity/happiness connection. This fun and challenging program asks participants to trust in their innate ability to reclaim their childhood imagination, curiosity and enthusiasm for life, and answers the questions: What is innovation? Can it help me find happiness? Artists, writers and virtually anyone wanting to tap into their imaginative power will benefit from this step-by-step journey toward inspired fulfillment:
Step 1: Understanding How the Creative Mind Works Step 2: Reconnecting With Your Creativity Step 3: Reengaging With Your Happy, Creative World Step 4: Deepening Your Creative Happiness Step 5: Group Creativity Step 6: Conquering Creative Challenges Step 7: Creativity When Crisis Strikes Step 8: Continuing Your Creative Life
About the Author Mary Schramski, Ph.D., is the author of fourteen published novels, among them "Jason:Gatsby, A Novel," and one non-fiction book, "Love Letters." She has developed numerous creative writing courses and workshops, including Poetry for Adolescents, Group Dynamics, and Sensory Creative Diving (SCD). As a thirty year professor, Teacher of the Year and thoughtful creative Coach, she enjoys watching people’s creativity blossom. Mary is dedicated to helping others enhance their lives with joy. She lives in Nevada where she writes and conducts creative workshops. Jennifer Archer is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works. Her novels have been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Rita Award, Romantic Times Bookclub’s Reviewer’s Choice Award, and the Texas Library Association selected her as a featured author for their first Spirit of Texas Reading Program for her young adult novel "Through Her Eyes." A true believer in the creativity/happiness connection, Jennifer enjoys teaching creativity and creative writing workshops and blogging at her website jenniferarcher.com. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs.
My experience as a boy growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s was overshadowed by fear. This memoir is my recollection of how I managed to navigate the abuse inflicted upon my siblings and me by our first stepfather. As early as age four, the three of us were taught to accept daily teachings from a man who instilled in us a deep fear of the world and of our own abilities. Through imagination, escape, and the ultimate realization that I had the power within me, I learned to manage my environment.
Young, poor and disillusioned, a reporter is enticed to do a series of articles about Paul, an unconventional philosopher and motivational speaker. In exchange, he gets to travel to Roatan, arguably one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Through a series of interviews, the reporter gets to know Paul’s innermost philosophies. He learns an alternate way of living from a man who strives to perfect handstands on a dock and practices the art of happiness.
When the author realized his children were leaving home to begin their own life’s journeys, he wrote this story for them. He developed it as a guide to help them through life, in a way that would allow them to enjoy the journey. Drawing on wildly diverse disciplines including stoicism, neuroscience, skepticism, behavioral economics and spirituality, the reader is taken on a journey that exposes the author’s philosophy of life. He shows that happiness is indeed a choice.
All places detailed on Roatan exist and are more beautiful than described Color Photos (if supported) are by kind permission of Shawn Jackson.
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Could there be a separate thread for all free Kindle books that do not deal with human motivation/pop psychology?
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larrymoencurly said: Could there be a separate thread for all free Kindle books that do not deal with human motivation/pop psychology?
I'm sure there "could" be but this method allows for ALL free books in one place and I think that's the whole point of this thread. If folks want to find freebies in a particular genre they can just go to Amazon.com and look for them there. This is a CONSOLIDATION thread.
During her career as a mortician in the early 1900's, Violet had to bury countless numbers of babies and small children, as well as rough-and-tumble characters who were streaming north to make their fortunes in the early 1900's: miners, prospectors and trappers. She had to thaw one of them out in her kitchen. She was trapped under the body of another until help arrived hours later. She was witness to a chilling crime that took place in the morgue. You will read about a famous Alaskan dog sledder who died along with his dogs in the most gruesome manner. And the flying aces who crashed their planes on the street of her little town, one of them falling out of the cockpit while barnstorming with a child aboard; her own children's school friend. Then there were all those homesteaders coming from England... people like herself, with high hopes for the future -- a future that didn't materialize.
Violet loses her husband in 1918 to the Spanish Flu pandemic, leaving her penniless with five small children. The youngest is not yet one year old, and now she is expecting the sixth. Violet and her family have settled in a remote, isolated northern area that is booming and filled with optimistic homesteaders—most of them from England. She too, has immigrated from Britain, having just arrived in Canada a few years earlier, also with high hopes for the future. The area is developing at a rapid rate; some say it will be bigger than Chicago, which is the impetus for the growth and development of the railroad. But now her husband -- the undertaker -- is dead. With her hopes dashed, she sets to work to build a life for herself and her five remaining children after miscarrying a second baby. Temporarily leaving her family, she goes south to learn the trade of embalming, laying out the dead and operating a funeral home at a time when it is unseemly for a woman to be in business. And particularly, not this kind of business! To make matters even worse, she lives on the side of the town with no running water or sewer. In addition to that, the coroner and others are trying to drive her out of business.
The stories you will read in this book are stranger than fiction. Violet’s perseverance and resilience is demonstrated many times as she endures trials and harassment, but she soldiers on for twenty years under the most unimaginable conditions and tests of her character. In spite of the slightly macabre subject of this book, you will find there are times you will chuckle and find yourself feeling inspired by her life and her children's lives and experiences in the far north in the early 1900's. Violet was the first woman in Canada and possibly in North America to earn a license to practice embalming and operate a funeral home. This is a pioneer story of the most unusual kind... you may never forget Violet Guymer.
I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn’t a neighbor, a Coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet, bucolic, suburban neighborhoods of Lincoln, Rhode Island.
I was able to identify the guy and the car he was driving. Although he was arrested that night and indicted a few months later, he never went to trial. His trial never took place because he was brutally beaten to death in Providence before his court date. 34 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime.
In the time between the night of my assault and the night he was murdered, I lived in fear. I was afraid he was still around town. Afraid he was looking for me. Afraid he would track me down and kill me. The fear didn’t go away when he was murdered. Although he was no longer a threat, the simple life and innocence of a 14-year-old boy was gone forever. Carefree childhood thoughts replaced with the unrelenting realization that my world wasn’t a safe place. My peace shattered by a horrific criminal act of xxxxxx violence.
Over the past 34 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams–nightmares actually–dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling-in-my-sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or xxx crime. I don’t watch America’s Most Wanted or Law and Order SVU, because the stories are a catalyst, triggering long suppressed emotions, feelings, memories, fear and horror. Real life horror stories rip painful suppressed memories out from where they hide, from that recessed place in my brain that stores dark, dangerous, horrible memories. It happened when William Bonin confessed to abducting, raping and murdering 14 boys in California; when Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered Megan Kanka in New Jersey; when Ben Ownby, missing for four days, and Shawn Hornbeck, missing for four years, were recovered in Missouri.
Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens of more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them.
Out of fear, shame and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, sharing with very few people the story of what happened to me. No more. The silence has to end. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male xxxxxx assault, to let other victims know that they’re not alone and to help victims of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience. For those who suffer in silence, I hope my story brings some comfort, strength, peace and hope.
Keith Smith was born in Rhode Island and graduated from Providence College. A Wall Street veteran and Fortune 500 executive, he sits on the Board of Trustees of a non-profit agency that provides crisis intervention counseling to child victims of xxxxxx assault.
Missing the Big Picture is an autobiographical coming of age story about one man’s struggle with mental illness and suicidal thoughts, his eventual college graduation, and his career as a comedian. Comedian Luke G. Donovan is the product of a single parent home with a mentally ill grandmother. Bullied and abused by classmates and faced with inappropriate and unprofessional faculty members in high school, he finally has a great first year of college, but continues to hear voices and have suicidal thoughts. But through it all he perseveres to earn his degree, work as a registered nurse, and become an award winning stand-up comedy performer. A story as harrowing as it is hopeful, Donovan delivers it all with a humbling dose of self-confidence and humor that is enthralling and inspirational.
For Luke G. Donovan, life in Albany is, as Erma Bombeck famously said, “like a bowl of cherries”—and he is indeed in the pits. After being a product of an estranged household, and finding his home life stigmatizing in his Catholic military high school, he is the recipient of bullying from classmates and inappropriate and unprofessional faculty members. Ultimately he transfers to a public school, but only continues to have difficulty relating to classmates. A people pleaser by nature, he is consistently taken advantage of, picked on, and unhappy with whom he is and how he looks.
From the age of eighteen through his graduation from college, Donovan hears voices in his mind, voices that lead to thoughts of suicide. Through perseverance and courage, however, he is able to emerge from these trying times as a registered nurse. And as he continues to grow as a person, he begins to understand what he calls the big picture: self-confidence, compassion for others, and a positive, realistic attitude. And instead of letting anger at his treatment consume him, he uses it to help heal himself and others with laughter.
Shining light on a litany of taboo subjects, Donovan illuminates the profound truth that relationships, friendships, peer pressure, and body image are not gender issues—rather they are human issues. A powerful, inspirational coming of age journey, Missing the Big Picture shatters stereotypes as it teaches tolerance and acceptance.
#1 Paganini Book on Amazon (June 2012, August 2012)
PAGANINI'S FIRE is the story of history’s most celebrated violinist and composer, Niccolo Paganini. His meteoric rise from favorite musician in the corrupt court of Napoleon’s sister to Europe’s first celebrity performer is punctuated by nocturnal trysts with a real or imagined Dark Mistress. His remarkable musical feats and bizarre appearance cause many to suspect that Paganini has entered into a satanic pact.
A notorious rake, reckless gambler and callous lover who father’s a child, Paganini achieves fame, glory and wealth even though scandal and imprisonment haunt his career. Defying the odds in life, Paganini returns triumphantly time and again to the stage, but in death, scandal plagues him to the grave and he is denied a Christian burial, the ultimate scandal of all.
Did his demonic mistress collect her due or is Paganini's love for his son the real answer to the lingering mystery of his true life and death?
Ann Abelson was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for her writing.
Join Brian, as he tries to woo the girl that works in the local shop, will passing out face down in super glue while trying to make her a gift hinder his chances of getting her to go out with him?
Will Father Frederick, an alcoholic vicar who has a slight issue with stalking be able to win back the heart of a woman he loved a long time ago?
And will Ethel, who thinks that throwing hard rice instead of confetti in a Bride Groom's face is an acceptable form of sport, be able to catch whichever one of these two losers in love with her trick as they step out of the church on the happy day?
Written entirely in the form of product reviews, we guarantee you’ve never read a book quite like this before. Hilarious and wholly original, The Village Idiot Reviews pokes gentle fun at the more obscure corners of your favourite e-commerce sites – and introduces the most bonkers set of countryside dwellers since The Vicar of Dibley.
Life is Good at Bingham's Bagel Deli. The loathed customers are dealt the poor treatment they seem to deserve, bad rap music is played loudly, and The Rat is killed often enough to stem his immortality. And the insane homeless regulars -- like drunken Little Johnny Redbeard -- keep life interesting.
But when a rival tricks the crew into thinking that the deli's closure is imminent, they do the only logical thing: instead of giving up, they decide to go out in a blaze of glory, handing their customers the humiliation and abuse that the pesky social contract had previously forbidden. But as insults turn to assaults and snide remarks turn to harassment and pro wrestling moves, a strange thing happens. Business goes up -- way up -- as people come back in droves, begging for more.
But the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and as pop-culture welcomes the parody musical group "The Bialy Pimps" and its frivolous merchandising machine -- and as the crew pushes to see how much bad behavior society will accept -- the violent road to fame begins to feel like a runaway train, out of control and headed for destruction…
The Bialy Pimps is a tale that could only be spun by the twisted, vaguely profane mind of outspoken blogger Johnny B. Truant. Combining hilarity with questions about conformity and whether the tail or the dog is the one doing the wagging, this story can't help but raise a question for the reader: If the rest of your friends decided to submit to the Face-Kicking Machine, would you do it too?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Johnny B. Truant is a regular contributor to premier business blogs Copyblogger and Problogger, the director and MC of the Virtual Ticket program for Blogworld, the world’s preeminent blogging and new media conference, and the creator of The Badass Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating excuses and profiling people with disabilities who make most so-called “able-bodied” people look like total wimps.
What if the best advice you ever got was to “screw your life’s purpose”?
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Note: This book also has a Companion Workbook with exercises to help you make the most of the material. It will be e-mailed to you free of charge after downloading the ebook.
FrugalFreak said: no cookbooks today, but thanks archena
really short on time today so not able to post as many books
posted: May. 4, 2013 @ 11:39p
some interesting finds today, thanks archena!
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thank you for all the free books.
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posted: May. 5, 2013 @ 10:18a
As always, thanks!
posted: May. 5, 2013 @ 12:23p
archena said: Sorry late start today. Please follow below for today's FREE kindle books. These may or may not be FREE tomorrow or even later today- these can only be guaranteed FREE at time of posting. I always appreciate what you do here. Thanks......
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This is one page I visit every day, thanks.
StadiumRocks said: archena said: Sorry late start today. Please follow below for today's FREE kindle books. These may or may not be FREE tomorrow or even later today- these can only be guaranteed FREE at time of posting. I always appreciate what you do here. Thanks......
Why I oughta...
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bugsie said: larrymoencurly said: Could there be a separate thread for all free Kindle books that do not deal with human motivation/pop psychology?I'm sure there "could" be but this method allows for ALL free books in one place and I think that's the whole point of this thread. If folks want to find freebies in a particular genre they can just go to Amazon.com and look for them there. This is a CONSOLIDATION thread. It consolidates the good and the guaranteed 100% really, really bad.
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posted: May. 6, 2013 @ 1:29a
larrymoencurly said: bugsie said: larrymoencurly said: Could there be a separate thread for all free Kindle books that do not deal with human motivation/pop psychology?I'm sure there "could" be but this method allows for ALL free books in one place and I think that's the whole point of this thread. If folks want to find freebies in a particular genre they can just go to Amazon.com and look for them there. This is a CONSOLIDATION thread. It consolidates the good and the guaranteed 100% really, really bad.
As it should. Let the FW reader decide for themselves. Ahh...FREEdom!
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