Stories that Make a Difference is a compilation of stories that are heart-warming, humorous, inspirational, motivational, and loving. In each instance, as the reader, you have probably been involved or witnessed a similar situation throughout the course of your life. This book will show you how to make a difference in the lives of others through your words and actions. Remember, it only takes a few seconds to make a person’s day a little bit better. Enjoy!
Wayne Soares is an actor, inspirational speaker, comic, and author. Last year, the former ESPN Radio Broadcaster starred in two films; the crime drama “Snitches” and the mob comedy “The Curse of Don Scarducci” with Alec Baldwin. Wayne devotes a great deal of time to entertaining our troops both home and abroad and has brought laughter to our military men and women in Afghanistan, Iraq, London, South Korea, and Germany. Wayne is an immensely proud father of three children and a huge supporter of Special Olympics, The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and The American Cancer Society.
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The Relevance of Reason: The Hard Facts and Real Data About the State of Current America – Society and Culture
About the Book:
The Facts of the Matter
Our country remains a remarkable, unparalleled, bountiful nation, but many Americans have become grumpy and entitled; mistrusting and cynical; exhausted and withdrawn. And certain aspects of American life have become both baffling and disappointing. There are many reasons for this, one being that we are a simply a large, diverse and complicated nation. Our citizens hold widely varying understandings about the nature and state of our country. Diluting both our sense of commonality and community, we hold widely varying perspectives due in large part to the reality that we have not had access to the “facts.”
We have tons of google-wiki information, about everything aspect of our American society and culture. However such information is too often scatter-presented with spin, bias and agenda, and the information is perceived through our own disparate filters such as those of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and experience. It is time for us to once again embrace our sense of perspective, our spirit, our confidence, and above all, our sense of humor.
Standing on a solid foundation of education and experience, author Mack W. Borgen, presents fascinating, unvarnished data. He doesn’t twist the facts, control the data, or push a position. Instead, he simply presents facts and data from a wide range of sources and allows us to determine what they mean. He suggests that having access to an objective and shared reality so that we can — working together — make a difference.
Borgen’s book is a treasure trove of solid, fun, and at times even fascinating information we, as a people, can put to good use.
You are invited to also review Mack W. Borgen’s companion book, The Relevance of Reason – Business and Politics.
The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain by Bud Bottoms
“The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain” is the true account of how the famous fountain was conceived and then built, step by step. Filled with wonderful color photos taken throughout the process, sculptor Bud Bottoms also relates how the tremendous influence of the local Chumash Indians and their culture contributed to this endeavor. A beautiful keepsake book, “The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain” will have a special place in the historical documentation of this wonderful beach side community, of which the dolphin fountain is the central landmark.
James “Bud” Bottoms is an author, internationally famous sculptor, environmental activist, and native Californian who has lived in Santa Barbara since 1948. His children’s books, “Kid Ethics: From A to Z,” “Kid Ethics 2: From A to Z,” “Davey and the GOM (Giant Oil Monster)” and “Grandmother Mountain” are inspired by his desire to pass along his life experiences as an elder and as his responsibility being a part of the great web of existence. His newest book, “The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain,” describes how the famous fountain came about — from initial inspiration through the actual steps taken to build the sculpture itself. Before becoming a children’s book author, Bottoms was already internationally famous for his environmental activism during and after the 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil blowout, and his sculptures in the form of fountains and monuments around the world. He has four actor sons: Timothy, Joseph, Samuel, and Benjamin.
Praise from John Ruiz, Chumash Elder, Santa Barbara, California
I first met Bud Bottoms in the early 80’s when he came to my mother’s house to talk to us about putting a dolphin fountain at the entrance to Stearns Wharf. From that day many of theChumash and the elders, including my mother Madeline Hall,supported Bud on the fountain project. He has gained our respectand has never said no when we ask him for something. This book tells the real story of how the dolphin fountain came to be and what it means.
Selected Writings by Patsy Garlan
An anxious writer braves the verdict of an austere IRS auditor. A corpse reveals our common humanity. A lonely old lady, shares her bittersweet last hours. Fall leaves fall, dogs bound, cats stroll through these lively selections from Patsy Garlan’s 60-year writing career.
In pithy poems, evocative stories, and telling essays, Garlan’s light touch draws the reader of The Thing Is into the world all human beings share and together create. Love, loss, birth, death and the hereafter, are among her wide-ranging themes. She writes of coming to terms with the daunting computer, of succumbing to the charms of the ever-present cellphone, of reveling in the joys and challenges of the natural world. And on every page of The Thing Is, what shines through is the celebration of life.
FROM REVIEWS OF THE AUTHOR’S NOVEL SEA CHANGE
“Patsy Garlan’s flowing literary style hooks us readers immediately.”
“I’ve just finished reading Sea Change and I think it is spectacular.“
“The dialogue is funny and clever and very revealing of the characters.”
“All in all a wonderful story.”
by Gina La Monica, Ed.D.
Tid Bits is an easy to read picture book of 26 healthy snacks for children. Parents can prepare these snacks in less than 5 minutes. There is even a grocery list at the back of the book to make shopping for these snacks that much easier. The author, a health professor and exercise physiologist, provides parents with educational information along with useful websites. With the childhood obesity epidemic on the rise, this is a must read for all parents.