Laura McHale Holland & Elaine Webster - Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood

With Karen Benke, Claire Blotter, and Ruth Stotter

Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood reveals the core of female hearts, divulges secrets, and captures poignant, compelling, complex relationships. This vibrant collection of work from across the globe isn’t only about blood sisters or women who like each other. Sisters can bond over movie nights, stuff snails down each other’s throats, steal each other’s clothes—and lovers, scrounge for food together, tell stories together, work magic together—even kill together. Seventy-six gifted writers explore all of this and more is in the memoirs, short stories, essays and poems that form this book.

Laura McHale Holland is editor of the forthcoming Sisters Born, Sisters Found anthology. She has published the flash fiction collection, The Ice Cream Vendor's Song, and the award-winning memoir, Reversible Skirt.

A writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and poetry, Elaine Webster sits on the Board of Directors for the Marin Branch of the California Writers Club and is the Central Board Representative for the group. She is also Web Editor and Social Media expert for CWC’s The NorCal Group Regional Division.

 

 

 

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Leslie Patten - The Wild Excellence

For over a century, Yellowstone National Park has been considered the model for parks all over the world. Biologists, national leaders, and scholars world-wide come to the area to study the ecosystem. The area is a flagship site among conservation groups that promote ecosystem management. Yet of the millions of tourists who visit Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding environs every year, few know about the difficult local issues involving wolves, bears, bison, elk and other imperiled species; the very real and important environmental conflicts—in the gateway communities, with ranchers and hunters, with motorized vehicle use, with oil and gas—that compromise the continuation of the last of these iconic wildlife species. And while there are plenty of scientific papers and books written about these issues, they write in a language filled with terms like trophic cascades, trait-mediated indirect interactions, or adaptive management. The Wild Excellence is not only accessible but also personal—providing the lens through which others can gain a greater understanding.

For 9 years Leslie Patten has lived in some of the wildest country in North America—the Absaroka mountains adjacent to Yellowstone National Park.

 

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The Wild Excellence (Paperback)

$20.00
ISBN-13: 9780983027546
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Published: Wordsworth, 8/2014

Class: Cynthia Pepper- From Short Story to Short Film

01/17/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 17 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60
 
 
 
 
Advance registration required.

Cynthia Pepper’s short films have won Emmy Awards and are distributed worldwide. She has worked on over 90 films with budgets of every size. This class reviews all the elements of translating a short personal story into a film. Topics include creating a simple treatment or script, drawing shooting boards, casting, location scouting, simple directing techniques, producing, editing, and scoring a short film. Students are encouraged to send a three sentence synopsis prior to the class (instructions available upon registration).
 
 
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Simon Desmarais-Zalob - First, I'd Like to Thank God

 Do you ever wonder why athletes always seem to thank God, first and foremost, in post-game interviews? Or why they point to the heavens following a home run or a touchdown? First, I'd Like to Thank God takes a look at the relationship between top athletes and religiosity (or spirituality) in a number of different ways. It aims to address the issues of when sport and religion began to merge, whether professional athletes are, in fact, more religious than the rest of the population, how a spiritual mindset might (or might not) benefit athletes, and why wearing the same underwear during a winning streak has anything to do with religious faith. These questions are confronted by looking at psychological and sociological studies, conducting original research, and examining exclusive interviews with professional athletes.

Simon Desmarais-Zalob was born in 1986 in San Francisco and raised in nearby Mill Valley. He received his bachelor of arts, majoring in psychology and political science, from McGill University in Montréal, and his master of social work from Fordham University in New York City. He is currently working as a high school counselor in the East Bay, where he lives by himself (happily). He spends his days loyally following the Giants, Warriors, and 49ers, and although he passionately celebrated the Giants' 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series victories, he does not spend his time pondering the greater meaning of it all. He is half-Canadian.

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$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781491724583
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Published: iUniverse, 2/2014

Barbara V. Anderson - Letters from the Way

Barbara V. Anderson's new book, Letters from the Way takes readers on her solo walk that covered 600 miles on the GR 653, from Arles, France to Puente la Reina, Spain. This was not Barbara's first long distance walk and like she did before, she wrote weekly letters to her family. As these letters were shared, she found herself writing to more than fifty friends who then shared the letters with their friends. Photographs by Barbara and others she met along the trail provide a visual accompaniment to her quirky observations. The letters are her musings about fellow pilgrims, vultures and butterflies, the endless rain, lessons to learn, and spiritual questions to answer. Her often humorous and always honest reflections make a good and relatable resource for anyone wondering what it would be like to set out on their own very long journey.

Barbara V. Anderson is an artist, writer, and walker. Her journeys are long walks that slow a busy life and provide space for explorations beyond the minutia of everyday existence. Sharing what she learns is as much a part of her as is the walking itself. 

 

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Levi Ben-Shmuel - Living Wisely

Tai Chi and Kabbalah teacher Levi Ben-Shmuel’s new book, Living Wisely, provides inspiration and keys to live a wise and balanced life based on his experience of two of the world’s great wisdom traditions – Judaism’s mystical Kabbalah and Taoism. Written in graceful, everyday language, it is a modern guidebook, which uniquely blends this ancient wisdom to help people get the most out of every moment. No prior knowledge of Tai Chi, Kabbalah or Taoism is required to benefit deeply from the book.

Levi studied Tai Chi intensively while living in the Boston area. After earning a master’s degree in economic development from M.I.T., he moved to Israel in 1991 where he began teaching the Chinese martial art. Levi lived in Israel for ten years. His studies with his Kabbalah teacher in Jerusalem inspired him to embrace what she called the divine romance: living an intimate relationship with the Divine, rooted in unconditional love. Levi is also a singer-songwriter, a featured blogger on The Huffington Post, and is a contributor to the book How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, a collection of 101 insightful essays that encourage people to focus on positive change and improving their quality of life.

 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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94925
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United States

Living Wisely (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781935604570
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Published: Gaon Books, 7/2014



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