Enid Author Fest 2017

 

I am honored to be invited as an Oklahoma author to celebrate books at the Enid Public Library on  Rescheduled for March 4, 2017  10 a.m – 4 p.m

 You will be able to meet more than thirty Oklahoma Authors.

I grew up about one mile east of the library. My younger brother and I would stop at the library during the summer to cool off from riding our bikes in the hot mid-west sun. It was our little bit of heaven. A cold water fountain and the clean bathrooms was the first thing on our minds. The business of reading was second. The books let us escape our chaos.

We didn’t have goggle or the internet. We had microfiche machines.

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If you wanted to learn something you read an encyclopedia at home or you went to the local library.

I remember learning about the dewey decimal system and what fiction and non fiction books meant. I felt in control of my learning for the first time in the Enid Public Library. I would walk up to the wooden drawers called card catalogs. If I knew the name of an author or subject I would give the metal holder a tug and finger through the cards. The card would have a numbers. I took a small pencil and a piece of  scratch paper and scribbled the secret code.

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I traveled shelf to shelf  book searching with my younger brother in tow. He was mischievous little kid. He liked animal books of any kind. I would often find him a couple books first and sit him on the rug with the rest of the children. When I felt comfortable he would stay and read. I would search for my books.

The Enid Public Library was always a safe place for me and many other children.

In a world where 2/3 students can’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade we need libraries.

Reports show that the rate of low literacy in the United States directly costs the healthcare system millions of dollars every year.

For the reasons above, read to your children every day. When they start reading make it a routine in your household to have reading time.

Reading made my life easier as a child and an adult.

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Enid Public Library

120 West Maine St.

Enid, OK

Please visit their website by clicking below

http://www.enid.okpls.org

Here is list of my favorite books as a kid.

  1. Summer of the Monkeys
  2. Where the Red Fern Grows
  3. Sounder
  4. How to Eat Fried Worms
  5. Blubber
  6. Outsiders
  7. Super Fudge
  8. Flowers in the Attic
  9. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  10. Boxcar Children

I challenge you to make a list of your favorite book when you were young teen.

You are invited to 

Enid Author Fest 2017 is March 4th 10 a.m – 4 p.m

Free Admission

Book Signing, Readings and Selling

I will be signing and selling

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SOULPATH

Big News…
We would love your help in spreading the word SoulPath! We are asking bloggers, readers, friends and family to help promote our new book.
This is the first printing of this book.
SoulPath is a yearlong journal offering monthly practices as a guide for Self discovery and personal growth. This is a yearlong invitation bringing transformation through monthly practice to help unearth and create. You will explore relationships, money, gratitude, communication, dreams, forgiveness and much more. Each month is a new mission to be the architect of your own destiny. This is your invitation to peek inside.

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$29.95 Journal + $2.70 sales tax + $3.95 shipping total $36.60


January
Mindfulness and Awareness
“See if you can approach your own practice with a healthy combination of mindfulness, playfulness, precision and curiosity”
Cyndi Lee
“Be Curious not Judgmental”
Walt Whitman

We are all told from a young age to be mindful of what we are doing, where we are going and whom we are around. But what exactly does it mean to be mindful?

We live in a world that glorifies “busy”. Our ‘Go-culture’ makes us forget the importance of slowing down so as to become aware in the present moment. We eat our meals in front of a television, computer or phone, never tasting our food. So often we rush from one moment to the next never stopping to acknowledge how an interaction or event made us feel or how our actions affect the people around us.
Mindfulness is the practice of observing the present moment, without judgment, and without trying to change it.

The practice of mindfulness will allow you to gain insight into your thoughts, feeling and reactions. Awareness of these new insights will create the ability to respond and choose your path, instead of reacting impulsively. Juliet Adams, Director and founder of Mindfulnet.org has developed the simple ABC’s of a mindfulness practice:

A is for awareness – Becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing- what’s going on in your mind and body.
B is for “just Being” with your experience. Avoiding the tendency to respond on auto-pilot and feed problems by creating your own story.
C is for seeing things and responding more wisely. By creating a gap between the experience and our reaction to it, we can make wiser choices.

This month is about building your inner self as an observer through the practices of curious mindfulness. Pay attention to your world from a nonjudgmental perspective and see what you notice.
Mindfulness requires focus. Meditation is one way to build your ability to witness as you learn to focus your attention. In meditation the mind will wander. The task of meditation is to observe when your mind begins to wander and to bring it back to focus.

Practice Now: Bring your body into a comfortable seated posture. Close your eyes and focus your attention on observing your breath as it moves in and out through your nasal passages. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Repeat. Simply observe the flow of your breath as it comes in filling the body. Notice how your body expands and contracts as air moves in and out? Notice the pace of your respiration? Notice when you become distracted? Is there mind chatter?

Recorded Meditations by Karen Harris

http://www.karunapd.com/soulpath-journal.php

 

Try this practice for as little as 3 minutes.

As you become more comfortable and at ease with your quiet mind increase the length of your breathing meditation each day.
Meditation is a practice. When you notice your mind wandering, you have experienced the first step of awareness. As Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said, “Do your practice and all is coming.”
If mediation is not your thing, there are fun ways of building awareness by simply observing. Remember mindfulness is merely the practice of acknowledging what you are doing as you are doing it!

WEEKLY PRACTICES
Week one: This first week is a start to understanding how to use your daily life as a point of self-awareness and mindfulness. Every day this week observe your daily self care habits. Log how many hours you sleep, how much water you drink, and daily showering and grooming habits. Note any observation. The questions below are to help you observe.
Are you well-rested when you wake? What does it feel like as you drink water? What do you think about during your morning routine? Are they positive or negative thoughts? How does it feel to shower or run a brush through your hair? Do you take your time or are you rushed?
Take time to journal your observations. There is space provided at the end of the month in the section, Journaling Pages.
Week Two: Challenge yourself to taste every bite of your meal. How many times have you eaten only to look down at your plate and realize there is only one bite left? Notice every detail of the flavors in your food. When do you quit noticing? Do you like what you are eating? The texture? Would you eat it again? List emotions that are attached to the food.
Week Three: Take a walk each day, even a short one, and notice what you hear, what you smell and what you feel. Do you like where you are? Are you comfortable? Can you feel your clothes against your skin? A breeze on your face? The sun soaking into your skin? Are you hot or cold? Write down your observations. Be detailed.
Week Four: For our final week of mindfulness, when in a discussion with the various people in your life, observe yourself and your actions. Do you listen? Or are you waiting for your turn to speak? Do you like talking to them? How does your body respond? Tightness, ease? (Turning away or leaning in?) Do you speak kindly? Do you talk fast or slow? How do you feel once the conversation has ended?
This practice is used to focus the attention with the purpose of observing in a nonjudgmental way. Stay open and kind to yourself in the spirit of exploration and compassion. This may be the first time you have ever had an opportunity to learn about your Self. Your brain will observe and evaluate, notice these observations and evaluations as they happen. Live through and feel your emotional discoveries by inviting curiosity and opening your heart and mind. This is when you are most likely to learn about your internal world.

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