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Grandmother Mountain

Grandmother Mountain by James “Bud” Bottoms

Her name is Grandmother Mountain, and all the critters who live there are her family, and she is their home. A heartwarming story of nature’s resilience after intrusive destruction.

ISBN: 978-0-9824870-9-9

Price: $19.95

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I Have Autism and That’s Okay

I Have Autism and That’s Okay by Kristin Arniotis; illustrated by John Arniotis

Description:

Autism is a scary word. Let’s face it. We don’t know where it comes from and there is currently no “cure.”  As parents, we want to have all of the answers for our children. We want to make everything better, perfect even, for them. But autism and the mystery surrounding it doesn’t allow for that. When our son, Billy, was diagnosed at age 2, there were a ton of unanswered questions and a great amount of uncertainty about what the future would hold for him.  We felt a little helpless. We didn’t have the answers. We didn’t have the certainty. What we did have and what we were certain of was our unconditional love for and devotion to our son. So, rather than focus and dwell on the uncertainty, we decided to focus on the things that were certain. Much like every other child, Billy loved to run. He loved to draw pictures. He loved to….love! And we loved him. So this book is about all of the certainties, the positives, the love. And, as an afterthought, Billy has autism. And, for us, that’s okay!

Part of the proceeds of this book to the Autism Speaks Foundation and to A Miracle For Debbie Foundation.

Price: $21.99

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Journey to Health

Journey to Health by Cheryl Landress

Description:

From Creator Cheryl Landress:

My first year of college, I had an English teacher who gave the class a writing assignment as a final exam. That assignment was to go to a quiet place of our choosing, take out a pen and piece of paper, and truly reflect on ourselves. He asked that we just start writing and proceeded to tell us that we would discover new and insightful things about ourselves that we would have never suspected. Well, feeling at the time that I was very much in touch with my inner self, I felt like this would be a huge waste of my time. But nevertheless, I had to do the assignment.

I found myself perched on a huge rock bordering a slowly running creek, and began to write.  The experience was life-changing.  I’ve been writing in journals ever since, and refer back to them as life’s challenges present themselves. I forget the teacher’s name, and I never thanked him, but I still think of him today.

I wanted to create a library of journals specifically targeted to the “phases” of our lives to help organize these writings so they can be reflected back on, and even possibly passed on to friends and family. I hope that these journals help you and your loved ones figure out this thing we call life.

Price: $19.99

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Journey to Love

Journey to Love by Cheryl Landress

Description:

From Creator Cheryl Landress:

My first year of college, I had an English teacher who gave the class a writing assignment as a final exam. That assignment was to go to a quiet place of our choosing, take out a pen and piece of paper, and truly reflect on ourselves. He asked that we just start writing and proceeded to tell us that we would discover new and insightful things about ourselves that we would have never suspected. Well, feeling at the time that I was very much in touch with my inner self, I felt like this would be a huge waste of my time. But nevertheless, I had to do the assignment.

I found myself perched on a huge rock bordering a slowly running creek, and began to write.  The experience was life-changing.  I’ve been writing in journals ever since, and refer back to them as life’s challenges present themselves. I forget the teacher’s name, and I never thanked him, but I still think of him today.

I wanted to create a library of journals specifically targeted to the “phases” of our lives to help organize these writings so they can be reflected back on, and even possibly passed on to friends and family. I hope that these journals help you and your loved ones figure out this thing we call life.

Price: $19.99

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Journey to Self

Journey to Self by Cheryl Landress

Description:

From Creator Cheryl Landress:

My first year of college, I had an English teacher who gave the class a writing assignment as a final exam. That assignment was to go to a quiet place of our choosing, take out a pen and piece of paper, and truly reflect on ourselves. He asked that we just start writing and proceeded to tell us that we would discover new and insightful things about ourselves that we would have never suspected. Well, feeling at the time that I was very much in touch with my inner self, I felt like this would be a huge waste of my time. But nevertheless, I had to do the assignment.

I found myself perched on a huge rock bordering a slowly running creek, and began to write. The experience was life-changing.  I’ve been writing in journals ever since, and refer back to them as life’s challenges present themselves. I forget the teacher’s name, and I never thanked him, but I still think of him today.

I wanted to create a library of journals specifically targeted to the “phases” of our lives to help organize these writings so they can be reflected back on, and even possibly passed on to friends and family. I hope that these journals help you and your loved ones figure out this thing we call life.

Price: $19.99

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Lucky Me

Lucky Me
by Christi Dunlap

“Lucky Me”, narrated by a rescued dog named Rocky, provides a guide to children and parents looking to add an animal companion to their family. Illustrated with full color photographs by the author, Rocky and his friends walk us through what a humane society can offer to animals, and what every animal guardian should know about caring for and keeping their new family member safe.

“Lucky Me” is an important resource for elementary educators teaching compassion and responsibility skills to students or for those with children who are considering adding an animal to their family. Told in the voice of the adorable dog Rocky, this book teaches kids how to identify and react to animal feelings, what a pet needs to be a safe, happy part of a human family and the role of the humane society in helping animals find safe homes. It even has a pledge page so a child can formally agree to give food, water, shelter and love to their new animal friend! The crisp photos beautifully illustrate the book’s points and lovingly draw children into the world of joy that animals can bring to our families and lives.

Liliana Manzone, Elementary Educator and Learning Specialist

ISBN: 9780979544491

Price: $14.95

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Mermaid Out of Water

Mermaid Out of Water
By Randy Gross

Mermaid Out of Water vividly chronicles the many obstacles faced by a mother and her teenaged daughter when an unimaginable tragedy occurs. Every mother discovers the normal day-to-day upheavals of parenting, but nothing could compare to the pain and suffering a mother experiences when her child becomes desperately ill. Giving up cannot be an option even when all the dreams a mother has for her child shatter and fall apart. Randy and Emily must learn together that beauty exists in every form and they would both need to face and embrace whatever life handed them.

ISBN: 978-0-9824870-6-8

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Price: $16.95

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OLD: Stories of Aging and Reflections on Caregiving

OLD: Stories of Aging and Reflections on Caregiving by Rich Grimes

Description:

If you wish to travel back in time and experience first-hand the lives of a group of most interesting seniors, then reading Old – Stories of Aging and Reflections on Caregiving is your ticket.  The individuals I interviewed share tales that provide descriptive historical references, personal struggles, good times and bad, and a humanity that will stir an emotional connection with the readers.  A chapter on caregiving acknowledges and celebrates those who devote their time and energy balancing the care of a loved one with their own needs.  A quick and colorful read, the contents will be of great interest to baby boomers, caregivers, or people at any stage of life.

Price: $16.95

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Poems and Stories From the Lucky Life of Seymour Lehrer

Poems and Stories From the Lucky Life of Seymour Lehrer by Seymour Lehrer

This book “Poems and Stories from the Lucky Life of Seymour Lehrer” has taken up five precious years of time. and is why I have no free time. I find poetry to be an interesting and challenging subject. At times I get a spark, work on it off and on for months and years and finally get it right, or sometimes give it. up. These are my best Poems. The balance of the book are stories that I like, several are nonfiction.

Now some would say, “Seymour what in hell is so lucky about your life” Well I’ll tell ya, #1 I was lucky that I had people that taught me by example what not to do, kind of weird but better than nothing. I had a few positive examples of what to do. I met my Shirley, that was lucky, her family taught me what it means to be a good husband and father and what it takes to be a business owner. #2 I was lucky that we had two good kids that most of the time were not giving us gut aches’, they married good guys that we love, even though they all moved here. #3 That my business that was going broke decided it wasn’t. As a matter of fact it learned how to be a success. #4 That by and large we haven’t had much in the way of health problems, except for an occasional hiccup. And #5, that we moved and love it in Santa Barbara: a paradise. If that ain’t enough good luck, you tell me.

ISBN: 9780989112130

 

Price: $15.00

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Remember Not to Forget and Other Poems

Remember Not to Forget and Other Poems by Christina Pages

Description:

Christina Pagès’s second collection of poetry begins with her roots and her wondering “Who am I?” as she breathes in England ’s air “soaked with dew.” Her poems take us from England , through various countries in Europe, through Israel , Japan , and Mexico , settling back in Ojai , California , where she ponders the small and large mysteries of love and loss, the miracles in the surrounding landscape and her garden, the destruction and rebirth in California fires. Her last poems are elegies to her partner and soul-mate who died suddenly during the San Miguel Poetry Week, San Miguel de Allende, in 2012, where she has been a participant for the last seven years.

ISBN: 978-0-9891121-7-8

Price: $14.95

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