A successful guide to maintaining one’s passion, peace, and happiness in a demanding environment.




A debut nonfiction guide to surviving the modern corporate lifestyle that offers a strong set of guiding principles and stress-relieving practices.

Barrett, an acupuncturist and scholar of Chinese medicine, knows that busy corporate lifestyles and tight schedules can lead to illness, stress, sedentary habits, and a plethora of negative emotions. However, he argues that humans, despite their primal instincts, don’t have to be held hostage by ever changing work environments or the anxieties of traffic, family obligations, and a hectic work life. The book outlines his strategies to help readers become more aware of stressors, time-wasters, and familiar ruts that lead to bad habits. For example, he points out that deadlines and warnings at work are often designed to instill fear in order to encourage efficiency and focus. However, this can cause a fight-or-flight response, which he says can “compromise your health” if left uncontrolled. Barrett explains the various parts of the nervous system and how they work together to read one’s environment and send signals to the brain to react. He suggests daily practices that he says can result in calm, focused decision-making as well as ways to minimize stress through diet and various exercises. These practices, he says, are key to navigating an inevitably stressful world. Throughout the book, Barrett effectively emphasizes that a sense of peace is crucial to maintaining one’s focus and well-being. In one section, for example, Barrett suggests the “PAD” approach: naming a “Problem,” formulating an “Action” in response, and setting a “Date” or time span to complete that action. In this way, he says, a person can feel relief by taking a step toward resolution, thus reducing stress. Overall, the book is well-organized and conversational in tone, making it almost effortless to understand the theories and practices at hand. Whether readers have corporate positions or demanding roles as caregivers, this manual will offer them practical ways to work toward inner peace.

A successful guide to maintaining one’s passion, peace, and happiness in a demanding environment.

Pub Date: June 26, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9987823-1-7

Page Count: 236

Publisher: TAWC, Inc.

Review Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2017

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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