Stress, Violence, Anger and Peace


Joe: Good afternoon Calliope.

Calliope: Good afternoon Joe. Congratulations on the release of your new book, From Violence to Peace.

Joe: Thanks. It has been a long time coming. I started working on it about a year and a half ago.

Calliope: What prompted you to write it?

Joe: The world including our country was becoming gradually more violent back then. The pace has only quickened since then.

Calliope: What’s the book about?

Joe: As you might guess, it’s about violence. I wondered about why people were so violent, how they got that way, what it means to be peaceful rather than violent and how we get there. The book is about all these questions. It’s about the process of moving from a world of violence to one of peace starting with yourself.

Calliope: Sounds timely. So now what?

Joe: I have been working on a companion book to Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life and From Violence to Peace. It is called Transform Your Anger and Find Peace.

Calliope: Can’t wait to see it.

Joe: You won’t have to wait long. It will be released soon. Talk with you later.


Book Release- From Violence to Peace

I just released my new book, From Violence to Peace, on Amazon. Here is some information about it:



Why is there so much violence in the world and what you can do about it?

 Violent incidents appear in the news on a daily basis. Different kinds of violence surround us in our communities and throughout the world. It has likely touched you or someone you know in one way or another. It’s easy to fret about violence or become angry at those you see as responsible for it. Can you do more than look on as the world unravels? Yes you can. This book will help you understand violence, see where it comes from and what you can do to reduce it. Here is what you will discover:

  • The many faces of violence–Find out what violence is and explore theories which explain it. See how violence fits in with human emotions. Put violence in perspective.
  • How we got to this point–Learn about the process of becoming angry. Consider a short history of human violence. See the various kinds of violence. See how violence can arise within you. See why people resort to violence. Learn how your family, community and government can encourage violence.
  • How religion fits in–Consider religion across the ages, some of the main religious traditions and how violence and terrorism relate to religion.
  • How you can find peace–Learn how you can find peace within yourself. Find out how to have more peaceful relationships with others. Explore how you can find peace with God and the Universe.
  • A closer look at the worst problems– Consider the problems of domestic violence, sexual violence, school violence, criminal justice contributions, terrorism, random violence and contributions of the media.
  • Some tools to use in doing your part–consider earth’s needs, what legacy you will leave your children, and the various levels on which you can contribute to the process of peace.

None of these challenges are easy to engage in. But playing your part is not just for your benefit.  Everyone you know or care about has a stake in the conflict between violence and peace. So does the future of your children and of Earth. Would you like to know more about the path which lies ahead?

Go to the Amazon page for From Violence to Peace. Click on “Look Inside” to read the first part of the book (free) and start your journey.



Here’s the thing about writing: everyone starts at the bottom. Some work their way up to the middle. A select few manage to climb to the very top. That’s how it is with any profession. You have no idea what you’re doing. You start to figure it out. At some point you probably come to a crossroads, where you decide how much of a priority you want writing to be in your life. Do you want to advance – or are you happy at the level you stand on now?

To move from the very bottom to the very top – a beginner, all the way to a expert – every writer moves through a series of phases. Like riding a bike, they start out wobbly and terrified. They start to get the hang of it. Maybe eventually they start teaching other people how to ride bikes. It’s a process. A long, frustrating process.

How does this work? Let’s break down the phases, starting with the copycat phase.

(Excerpt from Meg Dowell’s post on A writers’ path- Read more)

Writing Down To My Soul


For many years writing has allowed me to support myself financially, but most importantly writing had stirred my soul and made my entire life more meaningful. With Spring’s “Rebirth” energy I get excited about sowing new seeds for the next phase of my creative work so I can feel that I am living up to my potential as an artistic person.

After 17 years of writing nostalgia columns I am enthusiastic about exploring fresh themes and developing innovative topics. For one thing writing about the past too much can keep me locked in my history and sometimes prevents me from moving forward into a more satisfying future. Ultimately my intention is to live in the present while sharing ideas and implementing strategies for generating a fulfilling life.

(Excerpt from Alexsandra Lett’s post in The Daily Record- Read more)


Truly inspired creative projects have a strange kind of “magic” to them. You might not realise that you’re making something that you’ll always remember fondly when you’re actually making it. But, after you’ve finished one of these amazing, inspired creative projects, then you can sometimes feel a sense of loss. A sense of forlorn nostalgia for the time when you were still making it.

It’s a sense that there was a beautiful moment, but now it has passed into the mists of time. There’s a sense that if you made the same project again, you wouldn’t quite be able to recapture the same sense of fascination, joy and effortless inspiration that you felt when you made it for the first time.

So, how do you deal with this feeling of loss? Here are a few tips:

(Excerpt from Theryan Lantz’s article in A Writer’s Path)

How to Get Reviews For Your Book (Without Begging, Bribing or Resorting to Subterfuge)


So you wrote a book.

And it’s truly a thing of beauty.

Prose polished to perfection, you’ve lovingly crafted your masterpiece in the stolen moments around an impossible schedule.

You’ve commissioned the most beguiling of covers, invested in an ace editor and painstakingly tweaked the interior formatting to ensure the delicate sensibilities of your reader will not be unexpectedly jarred by a rogue font pairing or flubbed folios.

It’s time.

Time to share your creation with the world.

Time to receive the glowing appraisals and positive feedback from your appreciative fans and the top book reviewers in the industry.

But hold up a minute. You know your book is the cutest, smartest, most precocious book in the world–obviously–but, how will top reviewers or your adoring fans know, unless they read it? And how will they know to read it, if there are currently no reviews encouraging them to do so?

Gnarly catch 22.

How on earth do you get reviews for your book (so you can sell more books, so you can get more reviews to sell more books)?

(Excerpt from Kimberly Grabas’s post- read more)

How to post a book review on Amazon.


I’ve always assumed that anyone who has an Amazon account automatically knows how to leave a product review, but my assumption is wrong. This past weekend someone asked me how they would go about rating a product and leaving a review on Amazon? After taking a few minutes to explain the procedure, I realized that maybe it would be a good idea to post that information on this blog.

So, if you already know how to leave a book review on Amazon, then please ignore this post. If you’d like know how leave a review, then please follow along and I’ll show you how easy it is.

(Excerpt from article posted on by read more.)