Rick Dapp tells of all the things NOT to do when you find yourself unemployed

ktr_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Keep Turning Right: You’ll Get There Eventually, Rick Dapp’s humorous “how-not-to” book about life in the unemployment line.

Laid off? Let go? Down-sized? Right-sized? Made redundant? Author Rick Dapp relates his personal experiences dealing with unemployment at an inopportune time — near the end of his career. Dapp does this with modesty and good humor, enlightening us all along the way about what is most important in life.

FROM THE AUTHOR:
It was an experience with my dad that provided the title for this book. Once, when I was hopelessly lost in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, (a city of seemingly all one-way streets) I called him from a pay phone and expressed my frustration at ever finding my way out of my predicament. His reply was, “Keep turning right, you’ll get there eventually.” Those words stayed with me and, despite a variety of wrong turns in life, I always fell back upon the simple logic of his statement.

The book is not intended as a solution to the problem of unemployment, as many “how-to” books profess, but is, rather, a “how-not-to” volume from someone who has lived the experience.

rick_profile_bw_headshotEXCERPT:
Sudden unemployment and the removal from the mainstream often lends itself to experimentation in facial hair if you are a man—a perfect time to grow a beard if you haven’t done so in a while. If you can get past the itchy stage, and if you have the ability to grow a good one, you should indulge yourself. Unlike the beard or moustache you attempt during vacation, the one that good sense tells you to shave off on Monday morning before you return to work, facial hair allows you to exude a ruddy sense of individualism. It’s a great time to experiment with your new-found freedom. Besides, if you decide it’s just not “you,” it can be shaved off at a later date. Other experiments in personal freedom, like tattoos, can be more problematic as you transition back into the working world since they aren’t as easily removed. If going with a tattoo, get one that can be obscured by clothing during the interview. Since you can’t foretell who will be interviewing you for the next position, the ability to return to “normal” mode is critical.

Keep Turning Right: You’ll Get There Eventually
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
152 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066102
ISBN-10: 1620066106
BISAC: Business & Economics / Careers / Job Hunting

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Paul Argentini’s fly fishing book now available in hardcover

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Paul Argentini’s latest book, “A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly,” which advises fly fishermen of all levels of experience how to enjoy their craft and to be more successful at it.

About the book:
totaocaf_pubDo you want to learn how to cast a fly? Read this book.

Do you want to know why your casts end up looking like eagle’s nests? Read this book.

Do you want to make longer casts? Read this book.

Do you want to start having fun fly-fishing? Read this book.

The key to unlocking the magnificent sporting world of fly-fishing is the cast. Casting is the key to acquiring this life-long enjoyment. It is so important it is 40-48the reason I focus just on casting the fly. Certainly there is so much, much more to fly-fishing. The beauty of fly-fishing is that one need take on only what is desired and comfortable. No need to learn how to make 60-foot casts if one just fishes in brooks. Just as there’s no need to dress flies if buying them fills the creel. One can spend a fortune on all sorts of plain and fancy fishing equipment, but I had my best fly-fishing fun wading in jeans and sneaks with a box of favorite flies in my shirt pocket.

What really makes this “Treatise” special is the gifted and meticulous art work of my bride, Vera Claire, in the renditions of fishes and all forms of artificial flies and lures. Her precise entomological drawings may clue the waterside fisherman on what the fishes may be eating, and increase the luck by using a similar imitation fly. The renderings are a validation of the art and skill needed to dress the vast variety of artificial flies and lures, actual and invented. They belong in a museum but work better at the end of a fly-line.

Contents:

  • Fly fishing
  • Equipment
  • The cast line
  • The ribbon method
  • More on casting
  • Line control
  • Leverage
  • Rule No. 1
  • Fly the line
  • Back casting technique
  • Rod dynamics
  • Shooting the line
  • The cast fly
  • The roll cast
  • Leaders, tippets, and knots
  • Entomology
  • The flies in this treatise
  • Compromise and adjustment

About the Author:
Paul Argentini is a Random House best-selling author  and prize-winning playwright. He lives in Florida and has two grown daughters, Lisa and Mona.

About the Illustrator:
Vera Argentini’s work is in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. A prize-winning watercolorist, she illustrated The Berkshire Flower Watch by C.E. Clark, and the weekly Flower Watch column, by C.E. Clark in the Berkshire Record.

A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly
Authored by Paul Argentini, Illustrated by Vera C Argentini
List Price: $29.95
8.5″ x 8.5″ (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
86 pages  hardcover
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065594
ISBN-10: 1620065594
BISAC: Sports & Recreation / Fishing

Contains 16 plates including over 70 drawings.

The zen of the false cast, the science of fly selection, the religion of the rod itself–it’s all here for both the wannabe angler and the wader-clad stream veteran who’s caught it all. — Ken Ringle, author of “Fly Fishing for Alligators and Other Tales”

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New Year’s resolution: Achieve peace of mind!

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the the self-help mindfulness book  How to Achieve Peace of Mind – A Practical Guide by Jerry Dorsman and Bob Davis.

htapom_fcAbout the Book:
Stressed out? Losing your temper or sedating yourself may offer short-term relief but will ultimately backfire. Instead, look within. You have the power to change your life.

How to Achieve Peace of Mind contains over 140 ways to help you find this power. With it you can learn to calm yourself, relax at will, improve your outlook and your relationships with others, and even add years to your life. If you want to acquire these skills, this book is for you.

The authors have studied and practiced hundreds of methods for attaining inner peace and have collected, in one volume, the most effective, practical, and easy-to-use methods. The techniques vary from bodywork to meditation, visualizing to breathing, humor to prayer, and many more in between. Regardless of the source of your stress, there is a technique here that will work for you.

Achieving peace of mind leads to a more abundant life. By incorporating these techniques into your day-to-day life, you too can attain a true sense of calm.

Contents:
PART ONE: PHYSICAL PEACE

Chapter 1: Our Bodies in Motion
Celebrating the Body
Moving to a Beat
Slow Motion Movement
Kneading the Body
Acupuncture for Inner Calm
Balancing and Movement Techniques
From Outer Motion to Inner Peace

Chapter 2: Our Bodies at Rest
The Music of the Breath
Letting Go
Creating a Peaceful Environment

Chapter 3: Nourishing Our Bodies
Eating Consciously
Foods that Promote Peace of Mind
Herbal Peace
Thankfulness for Your Food

PART TWO: MENTAL PEACE

Chapter 4: Freeing Yourself from Thought
You Are Not What You Think
Watching the Breath
Life as a Movie
Witnessing
Technology-Assisted Peace
Breaking Logic

Chapter 5: Involving Yourself in Thought
Affirming Personal Peace
Visualizing Serenity
Sensing Wholeness
Awakening the Memory
Claiming Your Presence
The Juggling Act of the Universe

Chapter 6: Using Your Senses to Deepen Serenity
Listening
From Soundfulness to Inner Peace
See the World Afresh
Gazing
Shifting Focus: From the Outside In

Chapter 7: Time
Boom Is the Shock of Each New Instant
When Time Doesn’t Matter
Becoming One with Change
Recalling a Pleasant Moment

PART THREE: EMOTIONAL PEACE

Chapter 8: Making Connections
Asserting Yourself
Sensing with the Heart
The Song of Yourself
The Ever-Living Presence of the Cosmos
Imagine Embracing Everyone You Meet
Emanate Peace with Others
The Creative Touch
Finding Peace through Work

Chapter 9: Breaking Connections
Starting to Stop
Detachment
Dropping Negative Desires
Dropping into Silence
Letting Yourself Go Crazy
Just Say No to the Media
Breaking Your Cultural Conditioning

Chapter 10: Humor
Are You Missing the Greatest Comedy in Life?
Smiling

Chapter 11: Love
Opening the Heart
Allowing Love to Enter
From Self to Others

PART FOUR: SPIRITUAL PEACE

Chapter 12: Connecting with God
Heaven Within
Finding Your Own Personal God
God with a Face
God Without a Face

Chapter 13: Sex
Your Lover as the Beloved
Become the Energy

Chapter 14: Acceptance
Accepting the World as It Is
Accepting Death in Life
Saying Yes to Life
Compassion

Chapter 15: Gratitude
Prayer
Praise
Thankfulness for Life

About the Authors:
Jerry Dorsman
is a mental health and addictions counselor who works in Maryland. His first book, How to Quit Drinking Without AA, is a recovery bestseller, having sold more than 125,000 copies. He is also the author of How to Quit Drugs for Good and the contributing author of Live Longer while Feeling Younger: A Guide to Health and Happiness as We Age.

An expert on addiction treatment and stress-management techniques, Jerry has appeared on more than 130 radio shows in the U.S. and Canada and on seven TV shows. His numerous articles on stress management, addiction treatment, and mental health topics have appeared in local newspapers and various magazines with national circulations. Positive reviews of his books as well as articles about his addiction treatment program have appeared in USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Your Healthmagazine (cover story), and Natural Health magazine.

Bob Davis, M.A., has taught yoga in north Delaware since 1971. He has worked as a stress management therapist with chronically mentally ill adults and sexually abused teenagers.

Bob has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and received three Delaware Division of the Arts grants for his writing. He was a fiction semifinalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Contest in 2002 and 2012, and a creative nonfiction winner in 2013. His writing has appeared in Yoga Journal, The Sun, Santa Monica Review, and elsewhere. Bob helps direct the Delaware Literary Connection, a nonprofit serving writers in Delaware and surrounding areas. He is a member of the Delaware Artist Roster, and has given writing workshops and readings in the Mid-Atlantic States. Bob was the editor of the first edition of How to Quit Drinking Without AA.

How to Achieve Peace of Mind: A Practical Guide
Authored by Jerry Dorsman and Bob Davis
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
216 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065297
ISBN-10: 1620065290
BISAC: Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation

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”What to Do about Mama”- Book Review

by Matthew J. Gallardo, BASW, CCP

Everyone is a potential caregiver – BGM & BTB

We have not done a book review in quite a while on the blog page. However, What to Do about Mama is categorically worth the read. It should not only capture the attention of previous and current caregivers, but it can also provide a potential glimpse into the future for nearly all of us. As the book states, “everyone is a potential caregiver” either for an aging parent, spouse, sibling as well as a disabled child, client, friend, or neighbor. The role of caregiver could be as short as a few weeks or for others it could last decades. Nonetheless, very few of us will ever be devoid of this altruistic and challenging role.

Featured Image -- 820Co-authors Barbara G. Matthews and Barbara Trainin Blank open their hearts and bear their souls to share their challenging, heart wrenching, and insightful journeys as caregivers. Their personal stories, along with a host of other caregiving contributors, give detailed perspective on this physical, mental, and emotional roller coaster that it entails. Readers should heed the warning of how expectations, sharing responsibility, and the relationship between other family members can really deteriorate and/or shift. Furthermore, it highlights many of the unexpected realities of caregiving such as dealing with financial, legal, and medical issues of the care recipient.

Affirmation is also a big part of this book, particularly for those who served as a caregiver in the past. The relatable experiences can provide some absolution from the feelings of guilt, resentment, or remorse while “in the trenches.” If someone felt inadequate or felt guilty, What to Do about Mama shows that they are human and they should be proud of the job they did. For some of the contributors, I think the book was also a way to get those negative feelings off their chest without feeling judged. It helped them move beyond those difficult memories and to remember more of the joyful ones spent with their loved one.

For current caregivers, this is must read. As the authors express, this is not a caregiving manual, and it is not written by “caregiving experts” but rather a collection of experiences and insights for caregivers by caregivers. It provides real world scenarios, anecdotes, and support to those in the position of caregiver. It tells the tale of what to do, what not to do, what did or didn’t work for them or what could work for you. They also reference funding sources as well as other resources to help your loved one age in place.

Lastly, the book also goes beyond caregiving in the here and now. It examines the residual effects of caregiving even after the loved one has passed, including the emotional aspect, relationships between survivors, and some of the legal and financial issues that can linger.

I recommend What to Do about Mama for anyone faced with the sometimes rewarding and sometimes unenviable task of caregiving for which most of us will encounter at some point in our lives. If you would like to learn more about this book as well as other resources to help caregivers manage and embrace the role along with avoiding caregiver burnout, please call the Messiah Lifeways Coaching office at 717.591.7225 or email coach@messiahlifeways.org.

Matthew J. Gallardo, BASW, CCP
Director of Community Engagement and Coaching

100 Mt. Allen Drive Mechanicsburg PA 17055
Direct: 717.591.7225 | Fax: 717.795.7695
mgallardo@messiahlifeways.org | MessiahLifeways.org

J. R. gives you all of the inside information about dining in high-end restaurants

NEW YORKSunbury Press has released J. R. Hipsky’s A Guide to Finer Dining. The author is a former waiter in New York City.

agtfd_fcAbout the Book:
High-end Dining from the Pro Server’s Perspective

Working in the restaurant industry for almost two decades gave J R Hipsky more than enough material to produce a practical and honest, yet humorous guide created to improve the higher end of the industry for both consumers and employees alike. His passion to excel in ballroom dancing, with plans for opening his own studio in the future, led him to move to NYC and spend six years acquiring some of the best training the country had to offer. While in training, he used his many years of experience as a server  to acquire positions in fine dining locations, taking advantage of the industry’s flexible scheduling and high earning potential. He soon became equally as passionate towards trying to improve the high end restaurant industry, for he believed most of the problems that occur between consumers and employees stem simply from a lack of communication and misunderstandings. During his last two years as a professional server he created A Guide to Finer Dining, his attempt at bringing everyone to the same page so to speak. J,R. has recently retired completely from his career as a waiter, and now enjoys a successful career as a ballroom dance instructor.

A Guide to Finer Dining is a brutally honest, yet hilarious look into the high end restaurant industry. After spending nearly two decades of his life in a restaurant of some sort, J.R. Hipsky has pretty much seen it all. He used his real experiences and knowhow of the industry to create a book that attempts to improve the industry by bringing consumers and employees together towards a better mutual understanding, and also to provide a source for better communication. Though his book was designed primarily as a guide to help ensure consumers enjoy fantastic dining experiences, he also provides useful information and insight for those interested in a career in fine dining. Included is a behind-the-scenes look into the business of wine, a reference of restaurant jargon, a section on Restaurant Week, a taste of health inspections, and much more.

Excerpt:
(From the chapter on Wine) … When we are ready to open your selection, there are specific ways suggested for us to cut the foil, keep the label facing the guest, placing the cork here or there, etc. You shouldn’t really do anything with the cork, unless you like to collect them. Look at it and put it down if its handed to you. I pull the cork and immediately pour a taste so that you can begin examining your wine while I twist the cork back off my wine key. I only hand it to you if you ask for it. You are to smell the wine, not the cork. I have heard so many dumb things said by guests about the corks pertaining to the wine. If the cork breaks, it’s usually because we are trying to open it too quickly and it snaps. We can still get it out, and this doesn’t mean anything is wrong with the wine necessarily.

Please, simply swirl, smell, and taste, then let me know to pour or not. I need to get moving. I’m really not concerned with what you smell in the beginning, or what you think of the tannins, or how it will be better when it opens up. Have that conversation with your guests. There is no reason for you to keep me around while you act as if you are at a blind tasting, trying to determine what you are drinking and from where it was grown. All the information you need is on the bottle for you.

I had a good friend ask me if it would be poor etiquette to ask his server to simply open and pour away, because he finds it a bit awkward to swirl and taste and such and really doesn’t care anyway. The answer is please do, because we don’t really care either. I can’t tell you how many times I have been the victim of some douche bag’s cold, hard stare as he swishes a taste through his mouth, only to give me a tough-guy nod when he approves.

How I hold a towel or hold the bottle really doesn’t matter. What does matter is that ladies are first, and the host or whomever ordered it is last, male or female. I have heard that it is proper to start with the oldest among the females of a party, but I have found anything dealing with women and age can lead to serious trouble, so I avoid this. After serving the ladies we then move counter clockwise around the table to the men. I suggest that everyone avoid forcing unnecessary comments about the wine due again to peer pressure and just enjoy it. Also we servers are not too often concerned with what fabulous wines you have at home in your cellar, in case you felt like filling us in.

A Guide to Finer Dining
Authored by J. R. Hipsky
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
244 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065020
ISBN-10: 1620065029
BISAC: Reference / Etiquette

Also available on Kindle.

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What to Do about Mama?- Book Review

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Book Review- What to Do about Mama? By Barbara G. Mathews and Barbara Trainin Blank

What I like about this book is the different perspectives on caregiving as there are many contributors. This provides any individual or professional reading the book with different scenarios, which include common situations and feelings.

The authors also describe their own care giving experiences. For Barbara Matthews, she became a caregiver for her mother-in-law. Ten years after her father-in-law died, her mother-in-law came to live in her hometown. At first, the response was no, but as health problems began to appear, the move happened. A family meeting with all helped “seal the deal” for her to relocate and be closer to family to have assistance as needed.

Another health crisis occurred creating a cycle of hospitalizations and rehabilitations. She then moved in with Barbara and her husband on the first floor of their house. Increasing…

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Poor Will’s Almanack is a traditional guide to living in harmony with the Earth

YELLOW SPRINGS, OhioSunbury Press has released Bill Felker’s 2015 edition of Poor Will’s Almanack, since 1984, a traditional guide to living in harmony with the Earth.

pw2015_fcAbout the Book:
Contents of the 2015 Edition:
Using the Floating Calendar for the Twelve Moveable Seasons
A Note on the Beginning of the Natural Year
The Weather in Poor Will’s Almanack
The Almanack as a Fishing, Hunting and Dieting Guide
About the S.A.D. Index
Farming and Gardening with the Almanack
A Note about Almanack Literature
Contents of the Monthly Chapters
Time of Day in Poor Will’s Almanack
Index of Seasonal Essays by Bill Felker
Index of Almanac Literature
A Floating Calendar of Bloom for Selected Wildflowers, Weeds, Garden Perennials, Shrubs and Trees
Markers for the Progress of Spring at Average Elevations along the 40th Parallel
An Incomplete Chronology of Leafturn Along the 40th Parallel During Early and Middle Fall in an Average Year

Monthly Almanack Chapters:
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015

Excerpt:
Throughout the continental United States and Canada, the seasons follow the standard calendar less than they do the dictates of elevation and latitude. Although almost all deciduous trees between Maine and Florida have lost their leaves by January 1, the variation in temperature between the northern and southern states at the beginning of the year can be more than fifty degrees. Within that broad geographical context, the advance of the seasons is highly varied; nevertheless, certain patterns are visible that are applicable to much of the country.

One way to delineate these patterns is to characterize them by what is going on in nature. Under this kind of organization, a season such as early spring has certain traits, may occur in Louisiana in January but take place in northern Minnesota as late as the beginning of May. A floating calendar, one that is generally applicable to events rather than to specific dates, allows the observer to identify the season by what is actually going on in the local habitat rather than by the standard Gregorian calendar.

Under such a floating system, the seasons truly are moveable in that they advance at different rates in different parts of the country. And within the broad guidelines sketched here, the Almanack traveler can watch not only the landscape change with the passage of the miles, but the time of year and seasons, too.

In Poor Will’s Almanack for 2015, I have divided the year into twelve seasons and have noted how they take place in different ways and at different times in the different parts of the country. Although I have kept the basic monthly sequence in the organization of information, I have noted the months during which a specific season might be likely to occur in different regions. These are broad strokes of the phenological pen, but they allow Almanack readers to not only see what is going on in their area but in other areas, as well.

FelkerAbout the Author:
Bill Felker has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003. His organization of weather patterns and phenology (what happens when in nature) offers a unique structure for understanding the repeating rhythms of the year.

Exploring everything from animal husbandry to phenology, Felker has become well known to farmers as well as urban readers throughout the country.  He is an occasional speaker on the environment at nature centers, churches and universities, and he has presented papers related to almanacking at academic conferences, as well. Felker has received three awards for his almanac writing from the Ohio Newspaper Association. “Better writing cannot be found in America’s biggest papers,” stated the judge on the occasion of Felker’s award in 2000.

Currently, Bill Felker lives with his wife in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He has two daughters, Jeni, who is a psychologist in Portland, Oregon, and Neysa, a photographer in Spoleto, Italy.

Poor Will’s Almanack 2015: Since 1984, a Traditional Guide to Living in Harmony with the Earth
Authored by Bill Felker
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
148 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064924
ISBN-10: 1620064928
BISAC: Reference / Almanacs

For more information, please see: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Poor-Wills-Almanack-2015…