Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Newest Release!

Talk to Me! Listen to Me! 

Keys to Improve Communication and Questions to Deepen Relationships 

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The majority of people's problems are caused by 
the fact that they are disconnected with the rest of creation. 
C.S. Lewis          
When thoughts and feelings are expressed during deep levels of communication, true intimacy is established and attachments are formed that are virtually unbreakable. Today, we see more and more people interacting electronically rather than enjoying face-to-face or side-by-side conversations. As a result, rather than feeling more connected, people often feel more disconnected than ever.

Talk to Me! Listen To Me! is as a tool to help turn things around. Although this book is a short read, it will take days, to weeks, to possibly months to implement, since the latter questions take time to emerge, develop, and unfold. The more thought-provoking questions may also run into chats that last for hours, either because of the time it takes to reveal the answer, or because the answer may lead to even more questions and deeper discussions.

The questions can be chosen cafeteria style from the light and fun, to the more weighty and serious.  They can be used during one-on-one situations or in groups such as classroom settings, college dorms, orientations, sorority and fraternity interviews, and even in corporate team-building meetings.

They may also be used as a quiz type game, or as an icebreaker at parties, or as a “get to know you” handbook while dating or making new friends. They can be worked through with a companion, a relative, or a spouse to deepen existing relationships. A couple may also choose a few of the more provocative questions to answer while on a weekend retreat.

Talk to Me! Listen to Me! is an excerpt from the full-length book, I'm Hungry! I'm Bored! This special edition contains the entire chapter, “Deepen Your Relationships,” with additional information and over fifty more questions than the original. 

 “Communication to a relationship is like oxygen to life. Without it, it dies,” Unknown

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Friday, August 15, 2014

It's Here!

I'm Hungry! provides the what, why, and how-to of nutrition and weight loss by defining the problems, offering solutions, and then presenting guidelines to carry them through. 

I'm Bored! offers hundreds of  suggestions and links to fun and educational activities, questions to ask, jobs to perform, and services to volunteer, all-of-which develop the intellect, confidence, and feelings of fulfillment. These activities may also deter the hand-to-mouth eating habit that often accompanies boredom.

      
WARNING! Reading this book and following these instructions may cause significant changes to your health and life. Adhering to the nutritional guidelines and participating in the suggested activities on a regular basis may cause long-term weight loss and feelings of well-being. Common side-effects may include, but are not limited to, increased amounts of energy, confidence, and clarity of mind; frequent feelings of joy, happiness, and fulfillment; frequent feelings of purpose, meaning, and significance; increased episodes of love, laughter and inspiration, followed by a sudden awareness that people want to be near you. Additional effects may also include loss of desire for inferior food and fewer bouts of depression, anxiety, and illness. If at any time these effects wane or do not fully occur, repeat the behaviors until the desired results become evident.

Carol McCormick is a certified personal trainer and a certified health coach through the American Council on Exercise, one of the top fitness organizations in the world. I'M HUNGRY! I'M BORED! was born out of her great concern for children and adults who struggle with weight-related personal and social issues. Overweight children are falling prey to a host of “adult” diseases, and many are taunted, teased, and bullied because of their appearance. Adults are not immune to this discrimination, as they are also “sized-up” when searching for a date or seeking a career. These painful emotions often cause both children and adults, not only to feel sad or upset, but also inferior and insecure. As these physical, emotional, and social problems intensify, feelings of unhappiness may also increase.

Habits instilled in your children now often follow them into their future. In helping them, you will be helping yourself, because what works for them will work for you too, if you need a nudge in this direction. I’M HUNGRY! I’M BORED! provides the blueprints needed to lay a strong foundation and create new behaviors that lead to better health, a leaner physique, and a happier life! 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
I’M HUNGRY!

PRE-GAME WARM-UP
Kids Just Want to Have Fun
From Crazy Daze to Happy Days
Don’t Make Food a Reward or Entertainment
Weight is Just a Numbers Game
Keeping Score
Know Your ABCs
Mining for Minerals
Home Run! The Healing Power of Whole Food
The Real Deal versus Faux Food
The Old Switcheroo

THE OPPONENTS
     OPPONENT 1: THE SUGAR BABES
Food with Attitude
Pop Flies and Line Drives
The Bases are Loaded
Strike One! Soda, Punch, and Other Soft Drinks
Strike Two! Candy, Cakes, Cookies and Pies
Strike Three! Cereal and Granola Bars
You’re the Coach so You’re in Charge
How to Cream the Sugar Babes

     OPPONENT 2: THE FAT CATS
The Skinny on Fat
The Fat Cat Stats
Don’t Let Trans Fat up to Bat
The Grand Slam: All Wood is Not Created Equal
How to Beat the Fat Cats

     OPPONENT 3: THE SALTY DOGS
Keep Passing the Salt
Where do the Salty Dogs Romp?
How to Shake the Salty Dogs

     OPPONENT 4: THE GOOEY GUYS
Why are the Gooey Guys so Bad?
How to Whip the Gooey Guys

THE PLAYOFFS
The Top Playing Fields in America
First Out - Keep it Fun!
Second Out - Keep it Clean!
Third Out - Keep it Natural!

THE ALL STARS
Teammate 1 - Fabulous Fiber
Teammate 2 - Superstar Grains
Teammate 3 - The Best Veggie Tales
Teammate 4 - The True Fruit Snacks
Teammate 5 - Super Legumes
Teammate 6 - Lean Protein
Teammate 7 - Necessary Dairy
Teammate 8 - Wonderful Water

THE WINNING STRATEGIES
Strategy 1 - The Real Deal
Strategy 2 - The Right Time
Strategy 3 - The Precise Size
Strategy 4 - The Active Interactive Plan

I’M BORED!

DIRECT YOUR THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS
True Hunger versus Boredom
Misbehavior is Often Due to Boredom
How to Rein in Overeating

DISCOVER YOUR INNER CHILD
Little Tykes
Make it Fun and Learning Will Come
Whistle While You Work

DESIGN YOUR ADVENTURES
Activities of Chase, Race, and Pace
Crafty Kids
Activities, Organizations and Clubs
Make One Day a Week Funday

DEVELOP YOUR INTELLIGENCE
Do Something New
Learn Something New
Read To Feed Your Brain
Dim the Lights for Movie Night

DEEPEN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
The Buddy System
Wading Off Shore
Playing in the Waves
Swimming in the Deep
Life Preservers

DEDICATE YOUR TIME
Volunteer Your Time, Energy, and Talent
No Allowance Allowed
Experiment and Invent
Get a Job and Get Paid
Be a Good Deed Doer
Know Thyself

DISPENSE YOUR AFFECTION
Kudos
Endnotes
Resources
More Books

250 PAGES






Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Your Special Gift, A Preteen Primer to the Facts of Life

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Having “the talk” can sometimes be an awkward experience for both parent and child. Even so, I didn’t want to wait until my children’s hormones kicked in, and I didn’t want to be caught off guard when they had questions, but most of all, I didn’t want them growing up with misconceptions concerning sex. I wanted my children to be informed about the facts of life, yet without being too sexually explicit in the process, because some of the facts weren’t good such as pornography, diseases, and predators, but these subjects needed to be addressed as well.

 As a result, I told them what I have written in Your Special Gift, by using the analogy of a gift, a lock, and a key to define commonly used sexual terms, and to caution them about possible consequences, and to warn them of potential predators. I also used Scripture as the basis of defining true love. The simplicity of the gift analogy opens the door of communication between parent and child in an effective straightforward, and yet sensitive way, so that any question concerning sex can be answered by using this method.

 Your Special Gift is well-suited for children in the 6-to-12 year-old range.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Power

If you've ever seen The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie, this reminds me of the portrayal of God as the Lion (of Judah). Unflinching courage and strength that doesn't back down, but goes forward instead.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

1st Place Gold Winner

I feel so blessed that The Missing Piece won the 1st Place gold medal in the Readers' Favorite Award Contest for Christian romance!