Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.
Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. It’s been a little quiet on your end.
Joe: It just seems that way. I have been busy.
Calliope: Doing what?
Joe: I have been tweaking my website as well as my blogs on Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life as well as Making the Best of Your Teen Years. I have added some links, posted related articles and excepts from my books.
Calliope: Anything else?
Joe: I found someone at Facebook willing to help me get started with Facebook advertising which I had not considered. I think I will have a go at it for my books.
Calliope: I guess You have been busy. Is that it?
Joe: Not quite. I am looking for some reviewers for Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It. I would especially like to have some teens review it. If anyone is interested, let me know and I can send you a free PDF copy to review. I guess that’s about it for now.
Here’s a secret that’s been silent too long. Nobody’s perfect.
No person is perfect. No job is perfect. No organization is perfect. No group of friends is perfect. No church is perfect. No family is perfect. No school is perfect. No marriage is perfect. No civic or social setting is perfect. Plain and simple, nobody’s perfect, and that’s perfectly okay.
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Joe: Good morning Calliope.
Calliope: Good morning Joe. Have you been busy with your writing?
Joe: All except for a great James Taylor concert last night in Canandaigua. It was a wonderful walk down memory lane. James is as good as ever and was surrounded by excellent singers and musicians, including Stevie Gadd. It was a nice break from my frenzy of writing and publishing activity.
Calliope: Glad to hear you are having a little fun in life. How is the writing coming?
Joe: Most of my time since the teen book was published Friday has been taken up with publicity and developing a blog for my book called Make the Best of Your Teen Years. I am working on a radio show and looking for connections for distribution of the book. So far, so good. Talk with you later.
Joe: Good morning Calliope.
Calliope: Good Morning Joe. How goes the publication work?
Joe: I was happy to find that my new book, How to Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It, is now available from Amazon in paperback and as an Ebook.
Calliope: Did you find the process difficult?
Joe: I can’t say it was simple, but this is my sixth book an I am getting familiar with the process.
Calliope: What was the process?
Joe: I started writing the book about nine years ago when I found some teens to complete a questionnaire about their lives and who also agreed to be interviewed. I put this together and also wrote a couple stories for the book. I guess I wasn’t in the mood then to write any more stories and put the book on the shelf. In November, I started thinking about it again and went as far as a final draft. I had two adults, Linda Lathan and Mike Iten. as well as two teens, Cassidy Caccamise and Emily Leone read it. Based on their input, I made significant changes and wrote stories for each of the chapters. In light of all the changes, I submitted a new cover and text to CreateSpace. After combing over the digital proof, I made several more changes. I first wrote the book in Word 2003, moved it to Scrivener for the editing and back to Word for final formatting. I had to use separate formatting for the paperback and Ebook editions. I also wrote some marketing copy for my Amazon listing. And voila! It’s for sale through Amazon. Now on to more marketing.
Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.
Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. It seems you have news.
Joe: Indeed I do. After years of development, my book for teens is finally finished.
Calliope:Tell me about the book.
Joe: A number of years ago I found some teens willing to fill out questionnaires about their lives and allow me to interview them about their answers. I worked on it for a while and then realized I needed stories for each of the chapters. I didn’t get around to writing them and put the book aside. A few months ago I picked up the manuscript and finished the text. I had a few teens read the book. Their comments made me realize that the stories were essential. I went back to work and wrote them. I had a couple proofreaders review my writing for this book. Now it’s done.
Calliope: Is it ready for publication?
Joe: I submitted the files this morning for a CreateSpace paperback and Kindle Direct Ebook. Both have been processed and accepted. I am just waiting now for them to appear on Amazon.
Calliope: Great news. Let me know when they are available.
Joe: Will do. Talk with you later
Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery
to be contemplated with gladness and praise.
We as Americans like to think of ourselves as a world leader among nations. We are leaders in the areas of power and technology. We had a large part in winning critical wars in the past century. We also put the first man on the moon. But are power and technology enough to make us a great nation? Perhaps not. We have a few things to fix about our society before we can brag about it.
Let’s start with our federal government. A Gallup poll in mid-June of 2015 shows a 30 % confidence level in the supreme court, a 29% confidence in the presidency and 7% confidence level in congress. We elected most of the people in whom we now have so little confidence. The others were appointed by those we elected. What does that say about us as voters? We have given up control of our elections and placed people in power who have the money to support their campaigns and cajole us into electing them.
Another issue is our lack of reverence for life. Of the 195 countries affiliated with the United Nations, only 36 retain the death penalty. Of these countries, we have the fifth highest rate of execution. We may feel better taking revenge on individuals guilty of the most serious crimes, yet states with no death penalty have no higher crime rates that states which do. What does a national policy of executing its citizens say about our reverence for life? What example do we set for those among us intent on violence?
With all our talk about sacredness of the family, we are the only country in the western hemisphere with no national maternity leave policy. A few countries have started offering paternity leave for new fathers. We are among the many nations with no such policy. Early studies show that fathers do a better job fathering when they have time after childbirth to bond with their children.
After our start as a country accepting slavery, we fought a civil war largely over this issue and passed a series of laws over the years outlawing slavery and its effects. Yet racism is still at the core of the beliefs many of us still hold and operate by. We banished the Native Americans to reservations and denigrated each new wave of immigrants whether they came here willingly or as slaves.
These are a few examples. It seems we are not as civilized as we thought we were and still have some work to do. We need to find ways of working together rather than against each other. It’s not an easy task or we might have done it by now. Start asking questions of yourself and of your fellow citizens.
Life Lab Lessons
- Look into your heart.
- Is there room for anyone else besides you?
- What are you willing to do to make this “our” rather than “your” country?
- Find out how you can take responsibility.
- See yourself as a shepherd rather than a sheep.
(Re-posted from http://www.slidingotter.com)