New Publishings

Hey Friends. Here are three new Chicken Soup for the Soul books featuring stories of mine. One is in stores (online and off) now and two will be available soon. They are:

The Dog Really Did That? – 101 Stories of Miracles, Mischief and Magical Moments. (In stores now.)

My story in this one is about my dog Charlie, a German Shepard mix we rescued so we could have a “guard dog” but who turned out to be so sweet, he wouldn’t hurt a fly (which is the title of the story.) We’ve learned a lot about tolerance and patience from Charlie, especially after adopting a second dog, a vastly smaller Morkie who spends the better part of most days chewing on some part of Charlie’s anatomy. He could end the torment any time he wants with one snap, but he doesn’t. He loves the little monster. She’s the mob boss and he’s the dopey bodyguard. 

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My Kind (of) America – Stories About the True Spirit of Our Country. (Available October 3rd.)

My story The American Team is about a Physical Education teacher in 7th grade who took a few minutes to reveal to all us kids, very artfully, how unique America is in the world. 

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone – Stories about Trying New Things, Overcoming Fears, and Broadening Your World. (Available October 31st)

I feel a sense of providence at being included in this book because I once paraglided over the Swiss alps exactly like the person on the cover is doing. My story More Kindness Than Danger is about how we’re all just a little poisoned by entertainment, which is necessarily rife with conflict between people, and how that skewed reality can make us nervous about venturing out into the world. But once we get out there, even on the extremities, we find mostly what we have inside and what we give to others. Except for rare and extreme circumstances, the world is as open and loving as we allow ourselves to be. 

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If you’d like a signed copy of any of these books, please message me here. (The Dog Really Did That is sold out. Sorry!)

Here’s a favorite poem of mine that perfectly illustrates the message in my story in Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

The Right Kind of People
by Edwin Markham

Gone is the city, gone the day,
Yet still the story and the meaning stay:
Once where a prophet in the palm shade basked
A traveler chanced at noon to rest his miles.
“What sort of people may they be,” he asked,
“In this proud city on the plains o’erspread?”
“Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?”
“What sort?” the packman scowled;
“Why, knaves and fools.”
“You’ll find the people here the same,” the wise man said.

Another stranger in the dusk drew near,
And pausing, cried, “What sort of people here
In your bright city where yon towers arise?”
“Well, friend, what sort of people whence you came?”
“What sort?” The pilgrim smiled,
“Good, true, and wise.”
“You’ll find the people here the same,” the wise man said.

 

Twitter Launch Party and Podcast for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s New Book!

Dog Really Did that Twitter Chat V1
Friends and fellow dog lovers,
Amy Newmark, publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, is having a Twitter launch party for this book on August 8th. Anyone can attend. It’s like a cocktail party conversation online.
My story “He Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly” is in this book, and will be 1 of 4 stories featured on the podcast. I may also be interviewed about that story in another 15-minute podcast later.
I hope you can make one or both of these events! See info below on how to listen if you’re new to podcasts.
Some useful information from Chicken Soup’s email to me –
 
We are excited to let you know your story He Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly which appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Really Did That? will be featured on the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast.
 
A new podcast will be available each weekday and they can be downloaded for free the same way that you get other podcasts.
 
There is a theme for each day of the week. Your story will be shared on 8/23/17 and will continue to be available on the app once it airs.
 
If you are new to podcasts you may be surprised to learn you already have a podcast button on your smartphone. You can listen to podcasts on your phone, your computer, or your iPad or other tablet.
 
To find the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast, search within iTunes or your particular podcast app, or click here for podcast – http://chickensoup.podbean.com
 
If you need a little technical assistance or detailed instructions on how to download and listen to the podcast, then please click here for easy instructions – http://chickensoup.podbean.com/p/first-time-here/
 
The podcasts are about six or seven minutes long Monday-Thursday and they provide entertaining stories as well as great advice and easy-to-implement tips to improve your life. On Fridays, Amy Newmark will ask one of our four authors to join her for a longer podcast—about fifteen minutes.
 
We hope you will listen and enjoy!
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