The Night the Bridge Collapsed

A True Story This non-fiction novella relates the story of what happened to the Spokane Street Bridge in Post Falls, Idaho in 1971. All proceeds are donated to the local museum.

Meet N. A. Nation

I’m retired and love writing about fiction. This story affected me as I grew and lived in this town. As a result I now write nonfiction occurring in my life. This is one of them.

Past Poetry

PAST POETRY is a collection of poems about history, nature, art, politics, music, and religion as written by a female who has traveled the world. Readers will mentally travel from the Neolithic age to the modern era. Download it now while it’s free!

Meet krista marson

Krista Marson loves the written word and enjoys stringing sentences together so they flow like a river. She is passionate about history and art and is fascinated with how the past influences the modern age. She recently published her first full-length novel Memory Road Trip, but poetry has always been her writing foundation.

Communication Skills Training: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Social Intelligence, Presentation, Persuasion and Public Speaking

Do You Know How To Communicate With People Effectively, Avoid Conflicts and Get What You Want From Life? 

…It’s not only about what you say, but also about WHEN, WHY and HOW you say it.

Do The Things You Usually Say Help You, Or Maybe Hold You Back?

Dear Friends,

Have you ever considered how many times you intuitively felt that maybe you lost something important or crucial, simply because you unwittingly said or did something, which put somebody off?

Maybe it was an unfortunate word, bad formulation, inappropriate joke, forgotten name, huge misinterpretation, an awkward conversation or a strange tone of your voice? 

Maybe you assumed that you knew exactly what a particular concept meant for another person and you stopped asking questions?

Maybe you could not listen carefully or could not stay silent for a moment? How many times have you wanted to achieve something, negotiate better terms, or ask for a promotion and failed miserably?

It’s time to put that to an end with the help of this book!

Lack of communication skills is exactly what ruins most peoples’ lives.

If you don’t know how to communicate properly, you are going to have problems both in your intimate and family relationships.

You are going to be ineffective in work and business situations. It’s going to be troublesome managing employees or getting what you want from your boss or your clients on a daily basis.

Overall, effective communication is like an engine oil that makes your life run smoothly, getting you wherever you want to be. There are very few areas in life in which you can succeed in the long run without this crucial skill.

What Will You Learn With This Book?

✅  What Are The Most Common Communication ObstaclesBetween People And How To Avoid Them

✅  How To Express Anger And Avoid Conflicts

✅  What Are The Most 8 Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself If You Want To Be An Effective Communicator?

✅  5 Most Basic and Crucial Conversational Fixes

✅  How To Deal With Difficult and Toxic People

✅  Phrases to Purge from Your Dictionary (And What to Substitute Them With)

✅  The Subtle Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

✅  Rapport, the Art of Excellent Communication

✅  How to Use Metaphors to Communicate Better And Connect With People

✅  What Metaprograms and Meta Models Are and How Exactly To Make Use of Them To Become A Polished Communicator

✅  How To Read Faces and How to Effectively Predict Future Behaviors

✅  How to Finally Start Remembering Names

✅  How to Have a Great Public Presentation

✅  How To Create Your Own Unique Personality in Business (and Everyday Life) 

✅  Effective Networking

You do not need a Kindle to read this e-book. Available for immediate reading with your Amazon virtual cloud reader.

Scroll to the top of the page and click the orange buy button to instantly download this book to your PC, Mac or Kindle!


My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City)

The very concept of New York City conjures up a wealth of emotions in many people. For writer Joanie Strulowitz, it has always been a place of magic: an enticing playground, a cascade of art, a wonderland of fascinating characters, a youth serum to keep her feeling forever young.

Believing herself to be a New Yorker who just happened to be born in Iowa, Strulowitz felt the tantalizing call of Manhattan from the time she was four, and eventually made her home there. In this love song to the City, she pays adoring tribute to the essence of Manhattan from its intense pace and the pounding excitement in the air to the funky charm and even the glittering pavement that provides a stage on which it all unfolds.

The City is her laboratory, her art studio, and the extraordinary inspiration for this collection of captivating vignettes. In each short but sublime piece, Strulowitz evokes the luminous ambiance that has lured artists and adventure seekers to the island metropolis for generations: enthralling chance encounters, the slightly terrifying exhilaration of first subway rides, the soothing clink of silverware in a favorite sidewalk cafe, the urge to break into song when discovering a perfect little boutique.

Anyone who has lived in New York City, played tourist there, or just dreamed of paying a visit will find something to love in this transcendent appreciation of the jewel-encrusted celebration of life and art that is Manhattan.


Meet Joanie Strulowitz

ALTHOUGH JOANIE STRULOWITZ is seasoned in numerous aspects of the arts and business, writing has always been her baby. While raising her two daughters in Iowa, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Years later, after finding her first apartment in Los Angeles, she discovered that–magnetically–the SCBWI offices were two blocks from her front door.
Originally from Iowa and later Chicago, Strulowitz moved to New York because, as she explains in My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City), “My soul has always lived there, and my body needs to catch up.”
With a memory that is largely emotive, she recalls almost every square inch of how she felt growing up. As an observer who always thought something was wrong with her because she didn’t fit in, she discovered that writing books, and being involved with all of the arts, help to make sense of life.
Now she seeks to be the voice she searched for, so the lessons she learned can help others to find the gifts in their differences–and to believe in themselves and their dreams.
Today you can find her (and her black turtleneck) in Los Angeles, writing a chapter on her grocery bag while walking home, or completing her YA fantasy novel during Pilates sessions.

Rebel’s Guide to Spirituality: What Does it Mean to Find Yourself as a Lost 20 Year Old – Spirituality for Badasses while Healing Your Inner Being

Have you ever felt lost? Like you’re not where you belong? All you know is that you’re not there. Don’t worry.

Even if you feel like you’re too old to change, it’s never too late. The life you really want is closer than you think! You just need to reconnect with yourself and your purpose…

In this new book, “Rebel’s Guide To Spirituality – What Does it Mean to Find Yourself as a Lost 20 Year Old – Spirituality For Badasses While Healing Your Inner Being,” you’ll go on a journey from lost 20-year-old to a spiritual powerhouse, able to manifest the life you love! No matter what age you are or where you’re at in you life.  

This book will also help you with:

  • Getting through hard times with gratitude
  • Healing your inner child to unlock your ability to manifest
  • Discovering the answer to the question: “what does it mean to find yourself?”
  • Understanding the impact meditation and chakras have on our lives

“Rebel’s Guide to Spirituality” isn’t just a simple self-discovery or trauma healing book. It’s written for you!
Think of it as your guide to healing your inner being, so happiness becomes you.

Meet Your Guide To Yourself
Hi, My name is Ania Halama, and for the past several years, I’ve been teaching spirituality, marketing, and self-love for women just like me.  

In that time, I’ve worked with many women (men too) struggling to feel like they’re where they want to be. Dragging themselves to a 9 to 5 job they hate, struggling to figure out where they belong in life. All of them wishing for the life they dreamed of.  

That’s why I’m sharing my journey in “Rebel’s Guide To Spirituality.”

See, no one starts out where they want to be in life… We don’t ask for the daily life we’re living. Or the pain, frustration, and stress that comes with it. Yet, we still drag ourselves through it every day, desperately holding onto limiting beliefs that hold us all back.

The truth is… The life you dream of is easier to get than you’ve ever imagined.  

All you have to do is manifest it! And you’re already manifesting everyday… Even if you don’t realize it. The life you’re living now is one you’ve attracted. It’s not your fault though. You probably didn’t even realize you had that power. The truth is that you’re living in the results of the affirmations and mantras you repeat every day.  

We’ve all learned these mantras from different parts of our everyday life… Parents… Teachers… Bosses… They all care and think they’re helping us by sharing “their wisdom.” But they’re actually helping you hold yourself back.

Inside you’ll discover how to:

  • Stop withholding true happiness from yourself
  • Prioritize your happiness without feeling selfish
  • Use your subconscious to unlock what you truly want
  • Meet and beat the biggest obstacle in your life
  • Turn negative thoughts into positive outcomes
  • Overcome deep-seated anxiety, depression, and doubt
  • Unleash your hidden potential to change your life forever
  • Quit looking for happiness to find it
  • Destroy your inner blocks and unlock your ability to manifest
  • Learn self-love for women
  • Use the manifest journal to create the life you want

This is only a small part of what you’ll accomplish with the “Rebel’s Guide To Spirituality.” 
Because this book gives you so much more than just lessons…

You’re Getting Abundance
Have you ever read a book and felt like you only got enough information to need more help? I think we all have.  

Honestly, it takes more than just words to make a change. It takes action!  

To take action, you need the tools to do it right. So “Rebel’s Guide To Spirituality” is packed full of the exercises that will motivate you to put these lessons to work in your life every day!  

At the end of every chapter, you’ll find exactly what you need to put the lesson to work in your life immediately.

To get “Rebel’s Guide To Spirituality,” scroll up and select the ‘BUY’ button!


Meet Ania Halama

Ania Halama is a world traveler who has helped thousands of people attract money, wealth, perfect health, perfect love, mental health, and spiritual wealth.

Ania started out working a corporate job that left her living paycheck to paycheck. Exhausted and worn out, she was limited to her dreams of a better life. Ania longed for the freedom to live life on her terms and time to enjoy life to the fullest.

One day she decided to take a leap of faith, quit her job, and begin a journey of self-discovery. The journey has taken Ania all over the world and helped her create businesses learning new skills and sharing them along the way.

Ania is a #MillenialManifestor, Spiritual Business Coach, and Intuitive Healer. She is a Certified Reiki Master, Angel Healer, EFT Certified Coach, Certified Ho’oponopono master, Angel Card Intuitive, Graphic Designer, Law of Attraction, and Business coach.

Her passion is to use her knowledge and love for self-discovery and healing to impact as many lives as possible!

Better Online Meetings: How to Facilitate Virtual Team Meetings in Easy Steps

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Learn how to facilitate your Zoom meetings more effectively.

This is a super-short book (will take you less than 30 minutes to read) that covers a step-by-step approach to running your meetings. 

It also includes downloadable templates and scripts that will help save you time.

Note: This book is technology-agnostic. This means that it doesn’t matter if you use Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting, Skype, or any other meeting tool. The concepts focus more on process and communication best practices as opposed to technical guidelines. 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The one question to ask yourself before scheduling a meeting
  • How to draft an effective agenda (and include a simple phrase to save you time)
  • When to schedule meetings to minimize the number of interruptions (batching techniques)
  • How to take helpful meeting minutes (note-taking strategies that save you time)
  • How to schedule online meetings for team members in different time zones

Resolve the Two Main Issues with Meetings

There are two main problems with meetings. First, there’s a quantity problem (too many meetings), and second, there’s a quality problem (too many bad meetings).

After reading this short book, you’ll learn how to address both those problems. You will learn how to have fewer meetings, how to have better meetings, and how to get the most out of your meetings to get things done. You’ll benefit by saving your team and yourself some time, and you’ll end up with more successful meetings. 

The book is divided into three sections: 

Section I: Before Your Online Meeting

  • Decide on a Need and an Objective 
  • Determine the Attendees and Draft an Agenda
  • Define the Remote Logistics
  • Send the Invite, Agenda, and Reminders

Section II: During Your Online Meeting

  • Join Early and Cover the Ground Rules
  • Run Through the Agenda
  • Capture the Meeting Minutes
  • Close with a Review

Section III: After Your Online Meeting

  • Distribute the Meeting Minutes
  • Follow Up on Action Items

Note: The subject of meetings can be really boring, and you’ve probably heard most of the common-sense advice about meetings before, so there’s nothing earth-shattering about the material in this book. However, if you follow all the steps to the letter, then this will be the only book you’re ever going to need about managing your virtual teams effectively, guaranteed.

Free Bonus

As a free bonus for purchasing this book, you’ll get a free Meeting Minutes Template and a free Meeting Agenda Template (MS Word format) that you can copy and paste and use with your own team.

Would you like to learn more?

Download Better Online Meetings now to get started.

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Heroic Potential: Bringing Your True Self to Work for Higher Earnings, Increased Satisfaction, and Greater Well-being

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Within each of us lies the hero we’ve all been waiting for and want to become—our true self. Bringing this hero to work unleashes our greatest potential, resulting in higher earnings, increased satisfaction, and greater well-being. This book serves to help the struggling professional, executive, or entrepreneur in discovering their Inner Hero—which emerges with the convergence of heightened awareness, stronger boundaries, and improved communication.

Through his words and work, Clint Barr hopes to put an end to advice and mantras along the lines of “be like them,” “play the part,” and “fake it until you make it.” These concepts are often part of what we’re told to do. Such mindsets ultimately lead to lower performance output, displeasure with chosen profession, and higher stress levels from all things career and employment.

For too long, we continue sacrificing our sense of self and our happiness, never receiving what we want while pretending to be something we’re not. Heroic Potential offers a new paradigm from which to approach our lives, both professionally and personally. Through Clint’s knowledge of The Birkman Method, compelling case studies, and personal experiences, this book walks through five levels of self-work that lead to a greater understanding of who we are and the purpose for which each of us were created.

Experiencing Surrogacy: Perspective and Advice from a Surrogate’s and Intended Parent’s Pregnancy Journey Together

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If you can make it through this book without feeling a shred of emotion or shedding a tear of sorrow or joy, then please check yourself for a pulse…

EXPERIENCING SURROGACY is the true story of how a beautiful girl named Ava arrived in our world through a years-long collaboration of patience, determination, love, friendship, and professionalism between two couples, their families, and a host of professionals. The story is told, step by step, from the respective perspectives of the book’s authors: Melissa, the gestational surrogate who carried and gave birth to Ava, and Emily, Ava’s intended parent and mother. In telling the story, the authors provide the reader with a unique look into and candid advice about every step in the surrogacy process from the two most important sides of the surrogacy experience.

Surrogacy is a unique, beautiful, and challenging way to have a baby. Whether you are looking into surrogacy as an intended parent or surrogate, are a professional in a related field, or are simply curious about surrogacy and want to know more, the authors hope that through you reading about their experiences and hearing their advice, you will feel more informed about the surrogacy process. No matter your level of existing knowledge or reason for interest, if you choose to read this book, then you are guaranteed to learn something new about surrogacy. And you will be treated to a beautiful story, that is both fascinating and joyous, along the way.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

EMILY DUBIN FIELD is a mom thanks to IVF and surrogacy. It was a long, hard, and emotional road for her to finally become a mom. She is very open about her fertility journey and feels that, when you go through something difficult in life, who better than you to do something about it for others? She has her MBA in nonprofit management and has dedicated her career to making a difference in the world. Emily and her husband Gregg started Field Fertility in 2016, which is a legal and consulting business working with intended parents, surrogates, egg donors, sperm donors, and embryo donors. Field Fertility is a member of the Society of Ethics of Egg Donation and Surrogacy, American Bar Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Resolve, Men Having Babies, and Family Equality and is a supporter of Feit 4 Kidz Fertility Fund by JFLA and Baby Quest Foundation. Emily may be contacted at: [email protected] and at www.fieldfertility.com.

MELISSA FLECK currently spends her time as a mom to two very active kids, is a wife to a hardworking law enforcement officer, and is an active member of the surrogacy community. She has been working at the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc. since 2016, where she is a surrogate case manager. Having been a surrogate herself, she gets to pay it forward by interviewing and guiding potential surrogates on their surrogacy journey, working for the same agency that brought her and her intended parent and coauthor, Emily, together. Melissa also enjoys working out at her local boot camp-style gym, watching her kids play sports, attending Dodgers games, spending time with friends and extended family, and watching as many movies as she can.