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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Cure for Stupidity by Eric M. Bailey

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info and giveaway, free of charge, for blog review purposes on this blog, from RABT Book tours. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

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Every day you’re driven nuts by the people around you making common sense errors and irrational decisions. Imagine what life would look like if you didn’t have to waste time and energy dealing with stubborn, clueless, argumentative, defensive, or apathetic coworkers! Thank goodness Eric Bailey translates decades of brain science research into every-day language, helping you break through common communication barriers that will improve every relationship in your life. Whether you work in the executive suite or on the front-line, this book will teach you how to cure the stupidity all around you

Date Published: 6/12/19
Publisher: Peacock Proud Press

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About the Author

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Eric M. Bailey is the President of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group, one of the fastest-growing communication consulting firms in the United States. Eric has a diverse set of experiences that includes helping an NFL player pet a rhinoceros, doing barrel rolls in an F-16, and chatting with LL Cool J on the campus of Harvard University.

Eric's unique style blends fact and emotion and finds ways to appeal to analytical thinkers, emotional feelers, and everyone in between. Eric has been featured on Huffington Post, Forbes, the Like a Real Boss Podcast and has helped leaders and teams across North America see common problems from new and different perspectives. Eric works with Google Inc., the US Air Force, Los Angeles County, Phoenix PD and many more.

Eric holds a Master's Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Saint Louis University and is a lifetime learner of human and organizational behavior. When not working or researching, you can find Eric and his wife, Jamie racing on their road bikes, being cheered on by their three children.

Contact Eric on social media: Twitter and Facebook , as well as LinkedIn and his  Website  


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Love Painting Thanks to Painting with Bob Ross!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book from Quarto group, via EdelweissPlus, free of charge, for blog review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own

Painting with Bob Ross introduces aspiring artists and Bob Ross fans to the basics of painting landscapes with his specially formulated oil paints. The artwork in this book, which was created by Bob Ross himself, makes this challenging subject matter accessible and enjoyable for artists of all skill levels.

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“All you need is the desire to make beautiful things happen on canvas…” —Bob Ross

In 1982, The Joy of Painting made its debut on public television. The unrehearsed, unedited show soon became a favorite among aspiring artists and painters. Almost 40 years and 403 episodes after his on-air debut, and decades after his untimely passing, Bob Ross still has enormous global popularity as a beloved painter, affable TV personality, and cultural icon.

With this guide, you can learn to paint a happy tree in seconds, just like Bob Ross! Painting with Bob Ross introduces you to the tools and materials you need to paint beautiful landscapes, as well as basic painting techniques, such as how to load your brush and how to paint with a knife.

Following the introduction are 16 painting projects, each with a complete list of tools and materials needed and instructions for preparing the canvas. Jump into painting with step one, then follow the full-color painting progressions and clearly written instructions until you’ve reached the final step—and your new, joyful work of art! This is the only Bob Ross book with all-color images.

Even if you’re brand new to painting, remember that Bob said, “Talent is nothing more than a pursued interest. All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” Throughout this book, Bob’s quotes encourage you to keep going.

So grab your copy of Painting with Bob Ross, relax and unwind, and paint a Bob Ross-inspired landscape! You can paint graceful mountains, ocean waves crashing onto rocks, a winter cabin, a lakeside path, a deep forest river, and many more breathtaking views. And don’t forget to sign each of your masterpieces once you’ve completed the last step!

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if you grew up in the 70's, you KNOW Bob! You know his 'witicisms' and his laid back approach. Good news, it's ALL still here, just in writing! As you can see, you work your way through multiple projects, learning the basics as you go, and then Bob builds up your confidence and gives you more to add to the painting. I have to admit, I've taken MULTIPLE art courses, but when I make trees? Yup, Bob is in my head, leading my paintbrush! And really 'happy little accidents' is really a great way to look at mistakes, right?

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Just in time for the holidays, this book is perfect to give to kids, who are interested in painting, to give them an easy to approach lesson guide! Miss Grace is already addicted and is zooming through all the videos she can find, so she can 'hear Bob in her head too!" , LOL, you have to think Bob would be pretty proud of another generation taking his lessons! Add some brushes, paints and paper, and you have a great set to give this holiday season!

About the Author:

You’ve seen him before. He’s the soft-spoken guy painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees in about 26 television minutes, using big house-painting-type brushes and cooing soothing “you can do its” to his audience. Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting program is the most recognized, most watched TV art show in history. Millions of viewers of all ages and from around the globe still relax and unwind with Bob’s gentle manner and encouraging words, captivated by the magic that takes place on canvas.

Bob Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, on October 29, 1942. He grew up in Orlando with his father, Jack, a carpenter, and his mother, Ollie, who had the largest influence on him. She taught him to love wildlife. “I think when I was a kid, I must have had every kind of pet imaginable,” Bob said. At 18, Bob joined the Air Force, and after a couple of years was transferred to Alaska. Having been born and raised in Florida, Bob Ross was 21 years old when he saw snow for the first time. And yet that breathtaking Alaskan scenery, and the sights of nature in the years following, would serve as his ultimate inspiration on canvas.

For more than 35 years, Bob Ross has transformed TV viewers into canvas champions. Folks who never thought to pick up a paintbrush before decided to paint because of Bob Ross. Bob was always proud of the fact that while art has traditionally been accessible to only a select few, his technique brings everyone to the table. “Talent is nothing more than a pursued interest,” he would often say. “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.”

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Book review: Gilmore Girls A Cultural History by Lara C. Stache and Rachel Davidson

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Rowan & Littlefield, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

If you've read this blog for any period of time, then you know I can be found sprinkling 'Gilmorei-ism' throughout posts at any given time.

So I was uber- thrilled to be able to review this latest book about the show!

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Airing from 2000–2007, Gilmore Girls focused on the relationship between thirty-something single mom Lorelai and her teenage daughter, Rory. While exploring themes of family, romantic love, friendship, and life’s choices, this quirky show featured fast-paced dialogue, funny quips, and a steady stream of pop-culture references. Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Gilmore Girls served as a launching pad for the careers of its stars—including Lauren Graham, Melissa McCarthy, Alexis Bledel, Jared Padalecki, and Milo Ventimiglia. The series’ popularity was so enduring that ten years after its initial run, a revival season was released on Netflix. 

In Gilmore Girls: A Cultural History, Lara C. Stache and Rachel Davidson offer an engaging analysis of the popular series. The authors examine how the show serves as a representation of American culture and politics, reflects complexity within multiple mother-daughter dynamics, and employed literature, movies, and music to drive the dialogue and plot. They also explore how the choices made in the series reflect social values of the time, reinforce and challenge traditional ideas of gender and feminism, and unpack the cultural significance of this endearing series. As both a mirror and a construction of contemporary American culture, the series achieved critical accolades and became a cult classic, at once both unassuming and dynamic. 

This book offers new ways for fans to appreciate the appeal and value of this binge-worthy favorite as part of the larger culture in which it exists. Gilmore Girls: A Cultural History will be of interest to fans of the show as well as to scholars and students of television, media, and American popular culture

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 The Gilmore Girls was a show that my mother and I finally found our connection, after a turbulent period, and found our way back to being besties, just not as crazy as 'the girls'. The show kept both of us on our toes, with so many cultural references, that we ended up with movie nights for movies we hadn't seen (though Mom passed on the music sampling, LOL). 

In this book, the authors LITERALLY went through all the shows, and found the commonalities,and offer different essays on them. You might just be surprised at HOW well rounded the series was, and how the central themes of writing were always there (well except for that last regular series year, we all want to forget THAT one)- love, family, upset, recovery, and success. The authors really give the fan, a reason to say proudly, "Yes, I love Gilmore Girls, and I'll tell anyone!". The episode breakdown is also very helpful, if you're tying to remember WHICH DVD to pull out/ episode to select on streaming, that you want to show someone else! The book is literally the book fans need and have truly wanted. And just in time for the holiday season, it has arrived!

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About the Authors:

Lara C. Stache is an assistant professor in the Division of Communication, Visual, and Performing Arts at Governors State University and writes about gender, rhetoric and popular culture. She is the author of Breaking Bad: A Cultural History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

Rachel D. Davidson is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Hanover College. Her research broadly addresses rhetoric and popular culture with interests in motherhood, caregiving, and social advocacy.

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