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Finalists for the 20th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards Announced!
Click here for event details and the list of finalists.

"...The concept for Books for a Better Life was born twenty years ago in 1995 with the intention of recognizing self-improvement authors, a genre impacting the last hundred years more than any other...BFBL has honored more than 650 authors and has now raised over $2.2 million to speed our progress toward achieving a world free of MS thanks to the support of the publishing industry." -The New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society

Expect the Unexpected
Bringing Peace, Healing and Hope from the Other Side
by Bill Philipps

Years ago, when the president of the United States would hold a press conference in the White House, all the members of the media in the room would stand up and raise their hands while shouting "Mr. President! Mr. President!"

It was their way of trying to get an edge over one another in an attempt to get him to call on them for the next question. Many movies today still portray White House press conferences that way to add a dramatic effect.

Welcome to the world in my head all day and every day. The spirits often "speak" at once, throwing images or words at me, one after another, as they try to direct me to their loved ones... continued

Sunrise, Sunset
52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude
Photography by Kim Weiss

Our days begin and end the same way
with the rising and setting of the sun.
Sometimes brilliant and intense
other times subdued and shrouded in clouds -
like life itself - the perspective may change
even when the vantage point does not... continued

The Wiley Fox and Crazy Wabbit
The Basically Brooklyn Series
by Jon Simonds

Unbeknownst to many, Bernie Sanders has something in common with Bugs Bunny.

Both came to be in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Folklore has the very liberal and always politically incorrect rabbit, born in a warren on July 27th, 1940 underneath the pitcher's mound of Ebbets Field, where the old Brooklyn Dodgers used to play.

Bernie was born just a stone's throw away on September 8th, 1941. Bugs is 75 years old. Bernie is 74. continued

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 Welcoming Talkette from the Editor. An audio hello.

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  • Author Ben Bryant quotes Vonnegut (actually Vonnegut's uncle, Alex).
  • Parenting humor from Jon Simonds (14 secs)
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