Author, Nancy Washburn introduces us to her experience-based book about raising teens, “You and Me Kid”:
“I remember the day I became a parent of a teenager. He was my child one day and the next he was telling me he wanted to meet a girl at the movie theater. All of a sudden he wanted a girlfriend; he was 13. A whole new territory of decisions and feelings opened up before us as a whole new set of emotions and decisions was presenting themselves to him! What to do?
“You and Me Kid answers the practical side of this transition as well as a solid background of understanding of what is happening in the young person. The ‘3 Messages’ your child needs to receive from you to be emotionally healthy and to build a lasting, respectful bond between you and your child are clearly described in scenario and story.
“The ‘Three Messages’ are more than a 'text message' but clear ways of talking and interacting with your child that will empower you to know how to meet the task of providing your child with what they really need, your most heartfelt desire!”
IN THIS BOOK, YOU WILL FIND:
Tips to save parents and teens a lot of pain!
Engaging stories with simple lessons for parenting your teen
Advice from an experienced Parent Educator and Child Development Professor
Ways to learn to foster your teen’s success in life and build a lasting parent-child bond
Ideas on how to help your teen grow up emotionally healthy
Simple messages that every teen needs to hear
New practical help for living your desire of being an effective parent for your teen.
Information that the average educated person does not know about teenagers.
Messages teens need, made easy for parents
Knowledge of what all teens are experiencing developmentally
When teens hear these messages they always say, “I wish my parents knew this.”
How to shift from conflict with your teen into responsiveness and enduring connection
Feel competent as a parent of a teenager.
Discover key information about adolescent development that the average parent does not know
Advice on how to navigate important and difficult conversations with your teen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nancy Washburn, M.A., is a Professor and Vice-Chair of Child and Family Studies at LA City College.
For the past twenty years, Nancy Washburn has taught Child Development classes to thousands of young adults across the greater Los Angeles area. Her goal as a professor has been to inspire new teachers and parents to go forward, and use their knowledge to help children and families to be the best together, and for society. Prior to teaching college Ms. Washburn was a Parent Educator for 16 years with families of children from birth through adolescence. Ms. Washburn has taught a variety of workshops on Parenting, Conflict Resolution, and Guidance. One of her favorite jobs has been raising three children of her own into productive human beings.
Throughout her career she has been spurred on by her own confusion and lack of confidence as an adolescent and the desire to help young people and their parents have a smoother ride. In writing this book she enlightens parents and gives them the knowledge and messages they need to have a positive relationship with their children and help them to be secure within themselves and in the world.
I really enjoyed this book. I was reminded of my own floundering and stumbling around as a teenager, trying to fit in and measure up. What a crazy time! This is one thing that I really love about this book. Nancy really respects and understands the turbulence of the time in a young person’s life. For a lot of people that time stretches well past the teen years.
Nancy’s clear and honest writing is very encouraging. Every teen needs to hear that they are exactly where they need to be, they are on schedule, in the process of maturing into an adult.
A lot in this book can apply to any person struggling with issues from their childhood, no matter their age.
I give “You and Me Kid” a score of 4.9 stars!
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Tags: parenting, teenagers, teens, family, education, counseling
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Multi-volume author, Wayne Kerr, introduces us to his latest mystery involving Reggie Swann, "A Pinot Noir to Die For":
Wine… Rock ‘n Roll… Murder! The morning after a huge party at his opulent Okanagan winery, legendary Rock ‘n Roll icon Milo Getz is found face down in a large tank of Zipper Ripper Red, one of his extremely popular wines. The police rule his death as accidental, but the grieving widow doesn’t agree. She believes her husband was murdered and hires Reggie Swann to investigate. Who would want to harm the successful celebrity? Reggie quickly discovers that the controversial rock star has almost as many enemies as fans. From his offensive song lyrics to the raunchy wine labels that outraged the traditional winemakers in the region, the dead singer managed to stir up contention wherever he went. Lust, hate, greed and jealousy are just some of the motives Reggie uncovers as she delves deep into the latest: Black Swann Investigation
This story and Wayne’s writing is so good! I was sorry to read the last page.
I wanted more! More of Reggie and her survival instincts, more of her growing crew that surround her with love and respect.
I wanted more of the plotting that Wayne is so good at. The scene-setting is easy to visualize, the action is clear and the dialogue is quite humorous at times. Reggie and the supporting cast come across as quite real.
This is such an enjoyable read; I award 4.9 stars to “A Pinot Noir to Die For”.
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Tags: private investigator, woman, sleuth, mystery, procedural, police
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Multi-volume author, George Newman, introduces us to his fabulous book, “How to Survive in an Upside Down Economy”:
Every month, 1.7 million Americans lose their jobs. Although many of those jobs are replaced with new ones, most are lower-paying, often falling below the poverty line.
If you’re over 40 and finding yourself out of a job, you might very well be among the vanishing middle class and likely worrying how you’re going to keep your house and your health insurance plus make payments on your SUV.
The answer, says George Newman, author of How to Survive in an Upside Down Economy, is to hire yourself — start your own business and be your own boss. Being out of a job doesn’t mean being out of work.
You don’t need a lot of money to do this, according to Newman. In fact, almost none at all. Newman, an award-winning journalist turned small-business owner, details how to build a successful business on a shoestring.
Unemployed at the age of 50, he decided to take a chance on himself instead of searching for another job. Using no startup capital and operating with virtually no overhead, he began by providing services that are always in demand and found ways to offer them at low cost.
As he went along, Newman found that as he reduced his expenses and steadily increased his income, he discovered the critical factors needed for survival. He worked long hours, he bought only necessities and never carried a balance except for his home mortgage. His money-saving tips are included in the book.
The book also addresses the low self-esteem and sense of hopelessness and depression that often accompany being unemployed.
Choosing self-employment calls for a self-starter with above-average commitment, says Newman. It requires a major downsizing in lifestyle. It means learning how to exist and live on the cheap.
Stay focused and you can succeed, Newman says. And if you succeed, you will never again need to place your earning potential in the hands of anyone except yourself.
This book is so much more than what the title suggests! George lays out a system for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur. While the book was written in the midst of economic upheaval, the lessons and advice apply in any economy. Websites may come and go; the advice is rock solid!
If you want to be your own boss, follow this plan, it will be hard work, there is no magic wand that George waves. Dig in and have fun.
I give “How to Survive in an Upside Down Economy” a score of 5 stars!
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How to Evolve During the Trump Experience Whether Humanity Joins You or Not By Scott Kalechstein Grace
Multi-volume author, Scott Grace, introduces us to his book “How to Evolve During the Trump Experience Whether Humanity Joins You or Not”:
There is a poem on the back cover that sums up what this book is about:
Donald Trump’s not a problem to be solved.
He’s an in-your-face wake-up call, a calling to evolve.
As this book assists you to do some inner work,
Trump may still be acting like an insensitive jerk;
But he won’t continue to jerk your chain
‘Cause you'll have discovered how to remain
In your peaceful, powerful, and playful center
Where love, joy, and immigrants can enter.
This book is for anyone who has been having trouble with Trump. It is for anyone feeling that your heart is aching and maybe even breaking over what’s going on in the USA, and beyond. It is for anyone who cares not just about making America great again, but about the entire world, the air, the water, and all the children on the planet that are inheriting a future here on earth.
There is wisdom here that with soothe and comfort you, and even parts that will lighten you up, bringing some humor where it is much needed.
Sometimes it will help you shed some tears that may have been waiting for permission to release. That’s a good thing, don’t you think?
It also helps dry your tears. And put a smile on your face in the very next chapter.
It contains twelve new steps of recovering your power during the Trump Experience (not at all just for twelve-steppers).
It is twelve steps to take you up the ladder of emotional well-being, not just for surviving, but thriving—that’s right, thriving through this Trump experience, using it to grow and using it to flourish.
But, a gentle warning: This book does ask of you that you do some inner work. Those twelve steps are practical practices that you are asked not just to read and enjoy, but to, well, put into practice. The book holds your hand and guides you gently through that work. It helps you reframe what’s going on out there in the world so that what’s going on in your heart and mind isn’t pain and powerlessness, but it is actual hope and optimism, trust and faith, right in the midst of the chaos.
This book will give you a faith-lift.
It is scrumptious and healthy mental food that will help you more consciously choose your mood so your daily internal attitude is not shaped by a world so crude and rude.
Scott has some good ideas for dealing with stress in your life. There are many kinds of stress: political, economic, educational, familial, relationship and many others. We all have stress in our lives.
Scott is a talented man, using music, humor and wisdom from different sources to help people regain their center and perspective. We each have to find that place from which to live our lives without being overly impacted by the circumstances we are in. Scott helps to show a path to regain your focus to live your life out loud and alive.
I give “How to Evolve During the Trump Experience Whether Humanity Joins You or Not” a score of 4.7 stars.
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Multi-volume author, Mercedes Rochelle, introduces us to the first volume of her series, The Plantagenet Legacy, A King Under Siege:
Richard II found himself under siege not once, but twice in his minority. Crowned king at age ten, he was only fourteen when the Peasants' Revolt terrorized London. But he proved himself every bit the Plantagenet successor, facing Wat Tyler and the rebels when all seemed lost. Alas, his triumph was short-lived, and for the next ten years he struggled to assert himself against his uncles and increasingly hostile nobles. Just like in the days of his great-grandfather Edward II, vengeful magnates strove to separate him from his friends and advisors, and even threatened to depose him if he refused to do their bidding. The Lords Appellant, as they came to be known, purged the royal household with the help of the Merciless Parliament. They murdered his closest allies, leaving the King alone and defenseless. He would never forget his humiliation at the hands of his subjects. Richard's inability to protect his adherents would haunt him for the rest of his life, and he vowed that next time, retribution would be his.
What a great talent author Mercedes Rochelle has! She has taken some dusty, dry old bits of history and crafted a wonderful and exciting story! I was on the edge of my seat. Such a pleasure to read.
King reads just like a modern-day, political thriller. Plots and scheming abound in the castle and in many other centers of power. Intrusions by foreign governments and secret military actions occur regularly.
Exquisite scene-setting, intricate plotting, wonderful dialogue and realistic characters at so many levels. The extensive research Mercedes has done makes this story come alive!
I give A King Under Siege a score of 4.9 stars!
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