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Self-help

Personal Development, Self-help

NOV 20: How to Survive Your Childhood with Ira Israel & Supernormal with Dr. Meg Jay, PhD

Okay, so you’re all grown up, but are the stories you learned as a child still getting in the way? You know the ones we mean: You’re not enough. Not smart enough. Talented enough. Pretty enough.

You fluctuate between self-confidence and self-doubt. And those conflicting feelings can leave you depressed or anxious or both.

Blending eastern and western philosophies, licensed psychotherapist and relationship counselor, Ira Israel, will share how to transcend childhood-assumed-realities in How to Survive Your Childhood: Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening.

Later, whether it is bullying, the loss of a loved one, domestic violence, neglect, or emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, early adversities are experienced by nearly 75% of us.  

In Supernormal, TED speaker and author, Meg Jay, PhD, combines cutting edge research with two decades of experience.  We’ll discuss how “supernormal” adults have overcome adversity to change our world, and share skills and tools we can use to build resilience.

Dr. Jay is a clinical psychologist and narrative nonfiction writer.  Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA TodayPsychology Today, and on the BBC, NPR, and TED.

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Personal Development, Self-help

NOV 13: Perceptual Intelligence with Dr. Boxer Wachler & Mindfulness for Emerging Adults with Donna Torney

Brian Boxer Wachler, MD describes Perception Intelligence (PI) as how we see what we see and why this affects every aspect of our life.

We’ll explore how we can improve our PI to see past illusion and self-deception. How to reverse self-delusion. Why we feel obliged to return a favor. And why some folks see Jesus in their cornflakes, or the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Dr. Boxer Wachler is a leading authority on kerataconus and refractive surgery. His latest book Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain’s Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception, and Self-Deception.

Also today, licensed psychotherapist Donna Torney combines Eastern philosophies with modern neuroscience to aid millennials in facing the stresses and challenges of “adulting” in Mindfulness for Emerging Adults: Finding Balance, Belonging and Meaning in the Digital Age.

Donna is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, with a focus on emerging and established adults who are struggling to live in our fast-paced society.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

OCT 30: Reclaim Your Body Now & Be A Force for Change with Fierce Kindness

An insult at the age of 11 can stay with you forever, much as a scar from a car wreck, or other tragedy that marks you physically. Suzanne Scurlock-Durana has discovered a way to reconnect to your body’s intrinsic wisdom and begin the healing process from within in Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom.

After decades of perfecting her methods of awakening the body’s innate wisdom, Suzanne created the comprehensive Healing From the Core training curriculum in 1994. Today it includes a robust selection of international workshops, webinars, speaking engagements and audio programs.

When was the last time you shone a little light in the world while simultaneously making your own life better?

In Fierce Kindness: Be A Positive Force for Change, Melanie Salvatore-August provides an easy to follow recipe to combine compassion and courage into an elixir of uplifting action.

Melanie is an experienced life coach, yoga teacher, and Reiki healer who travels the country, speaking about creating a movement of positivity.

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Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

OCT 23: A Life in Novels with Kathleen Hill & Life is a Musical with Tim Ferdele

When books come to you at the just the right time, they can change your life. Kathleen Hill’s new memoir, She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels, explores defining moments of a life illuminated by novels.

Kathleen is a noted author who teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her first two books have received critical acclaim and her stories have appeared in numerous collections.

Everything Tim Federle knows about life he learned from doing theater – think Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Jazz Hands. Life is Like a Musical: How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star is designed for anyone who wants to find and live by their own song, whatever that means to them.

Tim is a Broadway dancer-turned-author who won awards for his Young Adult books and pun-tastic cocktail novels, and works with Fox Animation in developing new projects.

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Inspirational, Personal Development, Self-help

Sep 11: Big Love & Two Minute Mornings

Scott Stabile parents were murdered when he was 14 years old. His brother died of a heroin overdose when he was 23. Rudderless, Scott found temporary refuge in a cult that dominated his life for 13 years, until he knew he had to escape.

Scott shares his journey in Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart.  A frequent Huffington Post contributor, Scott has a huge social media following for his inspirational posts and videos, and conducts personal empowerment workshops around the globe.  Scott will be appearing at Third Place Book in Lake Forest on October 4, at 7PM.

Can you “win” your day, overcoming adversity before it even begins, in just two minutes every morning

NYT bestseller Neil Pasricha lays out the strategy to jump starting each day with a positive impact in Two Minute Mornings: A Journal to Win Your Day Every Day.  Neil is a Harvard MBA and is the Director of the Institute for Global Happiness, and has one of the most watched Ted Talks of all time.

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Health & Wellness, Self-help

Jul 24: The Trauma Heart & The Fearless Path

The power of healing is one of the greatest forces in overcoming traumatic experiences.  Trauma therapist and author Judy Crane blends scientific research, case studies, and her own insights into a The Trauma Heart:  We Are Not Bad People Trying to Be Good, We Are Wounded People Trying to Heal – Stories of Survival, Hope, and Healinga book designed to help you focus on your own healing while empowering those around you.

Let it go.  Stock advice that is so prevalent it was even made into a smash hit song, so it can’t be wrong, can it?  Healer and inspiration speaker Leah Guy says it is.  In The Fearless Path: A Radical Awakening To Emotional Healing and Inner Peace, she contends attachment, not detachment, is the better path and that there is no healing in separation.

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Lifestyle, Self-help

May 08: It Takes One to Tango & The Truth Behind Canadaland

It takes two to Tango, right?  No, says Winifred M. Reilly, you can decide at any time to take action and make positive change, and by doing so, your spouse is likely to change too.  In It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help From My Spouse-And You Can Too we’ll address questions such as: What if my partner won’t get on board? When is hope, false hope? And why you must learn to think differently and stop looking for “fair” or “equal”.

Winifred Reilly, MA, MFT is a psychotherapist specializing in marital and relationship issues.  She has 35 years of clinical experience treating hundreds of couples on the brink of divorce.

Also today, what do you really know about our neighbors to the North?  Like most Americans you probably view Canada as a benign and peaceful country with a moose around every corner, and a citizenry as rabid about their hockey as we are about football.  You may have even said “Eh” in an affectionately mocking way.

But as the great tundra to the North approaches their sesquicentennial anniversary, award-winning journalist and native Canuck Jesse Brown unveils the truth behind that carefully crafted image in his new book, The Canadaland Guide to Canada.  Now you’ll know what ‘sorry’ really means!  Jesse Brown is the creator of the Canadian podcast, Canadaland, and has won awards for humor and investigative reporting.

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Personal Development, Self-help

Mar 27: 1] Reversing Harmful Moods 2] You Cheated on Your Spouse, Now What?

Sinking into a bad mood is easy and feelings can quickly escalate, pushing you into a deep black funk.  Joseph Cardillo, PhD, returns to tell us how to control of our energy and reverse harmful moods before they take hold.

Dr. Cardillo is an inspirational speaker and expert on energy teachings. His latest book is  Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, and he’s written numerous other bestselling books on health, mind-body-spirit, and psychology. He’s also co-written several books for Harvard Health Publications.

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S,  is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert and author, specializing in infidelity and addictions. His latest book, Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating, is a “Learn it or lose her!” primer for me n caught cheating.

Consider it, says Weiss, a “roadmap for rebuilding trust, restoring intimacy, and salvaging a damaged relationship.”  Today he’ll addresses how men think about sex, cheating, and relationship intimacy. And we’ll share healing techniques for the partner who was cheated on.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

Mar 20: 1] The Education of Will 2] Chuck Wendig’s Thunderbird

Sometimes it takes the convergence of extraordinary circumstances to make us face our own demons. For many years, Dr. Patricia B. McConnell grappled privately with intense fear, shame, anxiety, and guilt.

In her latest book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog, McConnell takes an unflinching look at her own trauma and how a problem dog helped her grow beyond it, ultimately healing both dog and owner.

Dr. McConnell is a Zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. For more than 25 years she’s specialized in canine aggression, consulting with pet owners on serious animal behavioral problems.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, graphic comic writer, screenwriter, and game designer.

He talks “… a lot about writing. And food. And pop culture. And his kid. [And] uses lots of naughty language.” Best know for his New York Times Bestselling Star Wars: Aftermath series, Wendig’s latest book is Thunderbird, the fourth installment in the continuing saga of Miriam Black.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Self-help

Mar 13: 1] Will Your Way Back 2] To Pixar and Beyond

There’s adversity, and there’s extreme adversity. Most of us can handle life’s daily ups and downs. But how do you cope when doctors tell you there’s a good chance you’ll never walk again? What goes through your mind? How do you wrap your head around a forever changed life?

Will Your Way Back: How One Man Overcame Tragedy with a Winning Mindset chronicles James H. Osborne’s inspirational 9-year recovery from a road cycling accident, which rendered him quadriplegic. James said he had three choices, give up, accept it or … choose to fight. He chose to fight.

To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History is the never-before-told story of Pixar’s improbable success.

It’s the story of an animation company that was $50 million in the red, until Steve Jobs called Lawrence Levy one day, and made him the offer of a lifetime.

Working daily with Jobs, Levy became CFO of Pixar and implemented a plan that transformed the Toy Story company into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories — it made Jobs a billionaire and resulted in a $6 billion sale to Disney. Levy shares his journey and how the ancient Buddhist philosophy, The Middle Way, played into his personal and business success.

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