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The book that impacted Serena Williams’ life: ‘It’s about change and I’m not good with change’ – CNBC

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In 1998, at the age of 17, Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam match and it catapulted her into the spotlight.

That same year, self-help book "Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life" by the late Spencer Johnson, M.D., was published.

A teenage Williams, dealing with a huge shift in her fame and career, read the book and it had a profound effect on her.

"[The book] was very impactful in my life. It meant a lot to me," Williams tells CNBC Make It. "It's about change and I'm not good with change."

From the time Williams was a child, her life had been very regimented thanks to tennis.

"I remember in the summer, we would train from, I think it was from like 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.," Williams, now 38, told "And then on Saturdays, we would train from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and then we would have Sundays off."

So Williams, who was home-schooled along with her sister Venus to accommodate their tennis practice and tournaments, struggled at times to adapt to her new reality.

"I like a routine sometimes and do the same thing," Williams says."I like things the way they are and I don't like to change them. So ["Who Moved my Cheese"] talks about that and it was really good for me to read."

In the book, four characters are in a maze in search of cheese. The cheese is a metaphor for whatever you want to find in life, whether its a job, money or happiness. After finding a spot in the maze with abundant cheese, the characters develop routines around that cheese. But when the cheese runs out, the characters have to find new cheese. ("Who moved my cheese?" one character asks.) Those who venture out into the maze and learn to adapt along the way find new cheese, and those who are scared and angry and refuse to go further into the maze do not.

"It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze. If the same old routines worked. If they'd just stop moving 'The Cheese.' But things keep changing," the book says. In other words, dealing with change is inevitable, but how you handle it is up to you.

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5 self-care products that help you relax and unwind – The Media Hq

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Today is National Wear Red Day and we join millions of women across the country to raise awareness of womens heart health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for African-American women in the United States. Fortunately, we can reduce our risk by finding healthy ways to deal with stress.

Activities such as exercise, eating well-balanced meals and getting a lot of rest are a few great ways to overcome the stress factors in our lives, but my favorite way to muddle through madness is to enjoy a little self-care.

Pulling a hot bubble bath, putting on a sheet mask and letting my jade roll slide down my skin is my favorite way to relax at the end of the day. And to help you create a beauty ritual to keep stress away, I have collected five of my favorite self-care items that you should try.


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Post Super Bowl, What Are You Watching And Streaming? – Forbes

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Ordinary people love entertainment. Extraordinary people adore education.

It is estimated 102 million people watched Super Bowl 54 last Sunday. Now that the NFL season has ended, the winter sports drought leaves fans with extra time on their hands. While many sports enthusiasts wait for March Madness or the Major League Baseball season to start, theres an abundance of old and new content streams available.

Armin van Buuren stars in the Forbes8 Original Series Titans on the Rocks

But one may ask if theres a better way to spend that time? Can business professionals fill the void with programming that educates and entertains?

Brian Tracy, an author, entrepreneur and self-made millionaire coined the phrase EvE Ratio - the amount of time and money one spends on Entertainment vs Education. His research shows the average American spends 50 minutes on entertainment for every one minute of education... a 50:1 ratio.

That seems like a great business opportunity... and its estimated the online educational industry now exceeds $1 Billion each day! As an avid fan of self-help books and courses, Im happy to invest my money, time and energy into my growth and career. Lets face it, the world is changing quickly and most people need help staying up-to-speed.

Darren Hardy, a success coach and entrepreneur talks about the EvE Ratio in his Insane Productivity course. He does the math: if a week has 168 total hours and most people sleep for 50 hours and work for 40-50 hours, that leaves most people with 60-70 hours for everything else. His point, what one chooses to do with those hours can be the difference between ordinary and extraordinary life results.

Rachel Zoe, Entrepreneur and Writer

Forbes introduced Forbes8 last year - a streaming video service designed to help entrepreneurs become better business professionals. It engages audiences with business video programming to educate, inspire and impact its global audience.

Forbes8 is premiering new shows all through the first quarter of 2020. One show titled Titans on the Rocks from Miller/Datri Entertainment pairs entrepreneurial titans with up-and-coming talent to share stories of success, failure, advice and specific industry insights in a casual setting (over drinks). Its like being a fly on the wall as fashion mogul, blogger and social media influencer Rachel Zoe and Rocky Barnes talk biz or DJs Armin van Buuren and Estiva go deep on the business of music and entertainment. And there is also an episode with Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield discussing comedy, TV and doing business collaborations with friends. The learnings are real and transferable across industries and yes, the series is quite entertaining. The show production team includes Colby Reed Miller and James Edmund Datri (Executive Producers), Anna Marie Pitman (Series Producer) and Andres Rovira (Director).

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So, if youre like many American sports fans you have some extra time now and have lots of choices. If you want to increase your wealth, be inspired, launch, grow and have impact with a new business, check out Forbes8. There is a free seven-day trial and lots of new shows.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary may be five letters... or it may be a few minutes feeding your mind with intentional activities to fuel your growth.

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New in Paperback: Bad Blood and Lost Children Archive – The New York Times

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BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou. (Vintage, 341 pp., $16.95.) Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, recounts how Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and C.E.O. of Theranos, hoodwinked investors, employees and the public into believing in the $9 billion companys faulty technology for testing blood. The book tells the story virtually to perfection, Roger Lowenstein wrote here.

LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE, by Valeria Luiselli. (Vintage, 361 pp., $16.95.) In this fourth novel by the Mexican-born Luiselli, an unhappily married couple travel to Arizona for work, bringing their two children along. There, they search for a friends young daughters, who are undocumented and have gone missing. Our reviewer, Gaiutra Bahadur, called the book a virtuosic, erudite performance.

ARISTOTLES WAY: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life, by Edith Hall. (Penguin, 254 pp., $17.) Hall, a professor of classics at Kings College London, makes the case that practicing the virtue and moderation central to the philosophy of Aristotle is the key to lasting happiness in the modern world. It sounds platitudinous enough, but it isnt, thanks to Halls tight yet modest prose, our reviewer, John Kaag, wrote.

WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals, by Saidiya Hartman. (Norton, 441 pp., $17.95.) Hartman, a MacArthur fellow, explores the lives of young black women at the beginning of the 20th century who found new ways to live independently. The Timess Parul Sehgal called the book exhilarating social history.

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Ridgefield Thrift Shop offers a variety of books to browse or purchase – The Ridgefield Press

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Published 1:00pm EST, Friday, February 7, 2020

The title in the pile of book donations immediately caught my eye: A Little Look at Bottoms. Opening it up, I saw adorable pictures accompanied by humorous text: Bumblebees have buzzy bottoms. Elephants have HUGE bottoms. Snails have slimy bottoms. I laughed hard, and shared the pictures with others back in our donation room. It was a fun way to start our work day.

The thrift shop regularly receives wonderful book donations, and we have shelves upon shelves of books for our patrons to browse. Childrens books many new, or like new! are put out on low shelves so kids can look too. They are priced to sell, and we often get teachers stockpiling new selections for their classrooms every year.

Adult books are categorized by type: young adult, fiction, gardening, cooking, biographies, self-help, etc. Again, many of these books look like theyve never even been opened! We have beautiful coffee table books too: National Geographic, Martha Stewart Weddings, and an Ansel Adams photo book are just a few recent examples.

We just added a separate vintage book area, as well. These books may not be in pristine condition some of them date back to the early 1800s! but they are fascinating to look at, and fun to read. Recent acquisitions include a series of Joseph Conrad books from 1916, some of the always-popular Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, old childrens Golden Books, and a rhyming dictionary from 1936!

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3 things to do this weekend in Chandler, Feb. 7-8 – Community Impact Newspaper

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Feb. 7

Celebrate black history in Chandler

The year 2020 marks the sesquicentennial of the 15th Amendment and the right of black men to vote after the Civil War. The theme of the historical celebration this year is rooted in African Americans making their voices heard at the ballot box. The event is put on by the South Chandler Self-Help Foundation in cooperation with the city. 5 p.m. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. 480-782-2680.

Feb. 8

Attend the Chandler Science Spectacular

The Chandler Science Spectacular showcases the businesses, artists, students and innovators in the community as Chandler participates in the statewide Arizona SciTech Festival. The event offers opportunities for attendees to explore the discoveries of science created in their own city. 10 a.m. Downtown Chandler, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave. 480-782-2000.

Feb. 8

Go to the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Luncheon

Celebrate the athletic accomplishments of seven athletes at the 16th annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon. 11 a.m. $15. Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler.

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Speak Your Mind: Northwestern University students and faculty on seasonal affective disorder, white light therapy – Daily Northwestern

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SAMMI BOAS: From the Daily Northwestern, Im Sammi Boas.

ANIKA MITTU: Im Anika Mittu.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: And Im Olivia Demetriades. Welcome to Speak Your Mind, a weekly podcast dedicated to discussing mental health and self-care on Northwesterns campus. Our goal is to facilitate a conversation about mental health that goes in-depth about what students are really experiencing and try to shatter the stigma surrounding mental health.

SAMMI BOAS: Were well into the Midwestern winter, and although the days are getting longer, we have a while to go before spring is here. Along with constant midterms and the dreary weather, some students on campus face seasonal affective disorder, or SAD for short. Though this disorder is often dismissed as the winter blues, its symptoms are comparable to those of clinical depression. SAD typically starts affecting people in the fall and continues to manifest throughout the winter.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: We spoke to sophomore transfer student Cole Sias about her personal experiences with seasonal affective disorder.

COLE SIAS: Hi, Im Cole Sias. My major is psychology and Im from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: Can you give a little bit of background about your experiences with seasonal affective disorder?

COLE SIAS: So last year, I went to school in Maine, and it was a lot worse there because the sun set at 4 p.m. and I was like, Oh, Im straight up not having a good time. And then this year, I started seeing my counselor and shes like, yeah, that sounds like seasonal affective disorder, and its definitely hit this year too. Its been awful. I bought the HappyLight. I bought the diffuser. I bought all this stuff and it wasnt working, so now Im on drugs which are helping.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: The HappyLight is a light box that mimics daylight. Daylight stimulates hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin which improves mood and happiness. After trying these coping strategies, Sias decided to seek help from the university.

COLE SIAS: So I went to CAPS, and they recommended me to an outside therapist. Her name is Christine. Shes great. I see her every other week. The winter hit and I was like, Im feeling amotivated; I dont want to get out of bed. Shes like, well, it sounds like you have seasonal affective disorder, but I cant diagnose you. So then she sent me to my pediatrician at home, who was the one who actually gave me the drugs that I needed. It was a process, and they wont prescribe it to you here at all, but were here now. We got them. We got the refills.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: Thats good. Do you have any other specific coping mechanisms that help you when youre feeling particularly down?

COLE SIAS: I spent a lot of time working out, and I also am definitely the needy friend, a little bit. I really hate being alone. But Ive gotten really good at reaching out to people because last year I was really isolated, which made it a lot worse. So yeah, I spend a lot of time with as many people as I possibly can.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: Do you think that theres a sort of stigma surrounding seasonal affective disorder? If so, do you think its comparable to stigma surrounding other disorders?

COLE SIAS: So I feel like seasonal affective disorder is weird because it feels like fake depression. I mean as far as I know, Im not depressed year-round. And so it feels like, oh, am I just like doing this for attention? Am I just as sad as everyone else because the weathers bad? And honestly, I feel like the stigma around mental illness in general is kind of decreasing, but maybe thats because I have a lot of friends who are mentally ill, so we just talk about it a lot. Its definitely a weird thing to talk about, especially for me personally, because sometimes I feel like Im faking it which, like obviously, Im not. But like overall, its not bad. Everyone Ive told is just like, cool. Let me know if you need anything.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: Do you think that Northwestern has the proper resources available to help students deal with seasonal affective disorder?

COLE SIAS: No, because Northwestern will not prescribe you antidepressants. And I think that that would be an important thing for the school to be able to do, especially because a lot of people here are not super happy. I think that theyre doing a good job with the fun stuff. Theyre like, oh, we bring in dogs for finals week, and we have white lights, which are all good, but at some point, sometimes you just need the drugs. And if they wont give those to you, I think thats a problem.

OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: Students like Cole join the estimated 10 million Americans who suffer from SAD, according to Psychology Today.

SAMMI BOAS: Seasonal affective disorder tends to affect women more than men, as about four out of five people who have SAD are female. SAD tends to develop in people between ages 18 to 30. College students are also at a heightened risk of experiencing SAD, as they tend to wake up and go to sleep later, limiting their exposure to sunlight.

ANIKA MITTU: We also spoke to the Northwestern Recreation associate director of fitness and wellness, Nancy Tierney, about white light therapy, which is currently available in the wellness suite at SPAC. Northwestern started offering white light therapy in 2018.

NANCY TIERNEY: Early in that year, it was brought to my attention that Purdue was offering this, and it intrigued me because I know a lot of people that had benefited from lightboxes. And so I looked into it. They shared with us what their setup was. I initially just thought this would be a really great free service. All I had to purchase the boxes, and then we created the space. And you dont have to be somebody whos suffering from seasonal affective disorder. I think we can all benefit from this. I think we all know what it feels like to go several days where it might have been rainy or gloomy. And then we have a bright sunny blue sky day and everybody just feels a little better.

So we got all this in place, decided to launch it in the fall of 2018. We started in October and test-piloted. We opened it up to students, our members and our massage clients and kind of wanted to see what the demand would be. And eventually we opened it up to everyone, so its really free and available for students, faculty, staff, alumni, the public, our facility members. Its a great way to not only help people, but get people here in the door that might not have otherwise ever come to the wellness suite. As a department, weve really focused on mental health on campus, and I think this just kind of plays into everything else were doing.

ANIKA MITTU: Do you have, or interact with, any students who come here regularly?

NANCY TIERNEY: We probably serve Northwestern students the most as far as population. Theyre about two-thirds of everyone thats coming in. The rest are probably a mix of members and massage clients, maybe a few faculty and staff. We get regulars who come in two, three, four times a week. So, anyone that comes the first time, we give them the handout; we have them sign a waiver. And then each time thereafter, they just sign in, and then can come on back. We try to make this a safe place, a place where people feel very comfortable to just come and do whatever. They might be on their phone, they might be on their laptop, maybe reading a book. Its so easy, you literally sit and it enters in through your eyes. You can pretty much do anything other than close your eyes and go to sleep. So we want people to be able to come and feel that they can just come back and do whatever they want and not feel like anyones watching them. And I think people do feel very comfortable.

ANIKA MITTU: After talking to Nancy, I decided to try out white light therapy for myself. I sat on this huge beanbag chair and went through emails on my phone while the white light box shined directly in my face. The whole experience was pretty nice, and I did leave feeling a bit more energetic. I can definitely see how having time to just sit could be relaxing, in addition to the benefits of receiving white light therapy. But, even if youre busy, it may be worth it to come by and try out the therapy. You just might feel the benefits and feel glad that you came in.

NANCY TIERNEY: This morning a young man came in for the first time. And you know, he was all excited. Didnt know if he had enough time, but said he was going to come back. So he left. He was back within a few minutes. Hes like, you know what, I think Im going to try to squeeze this in before my class. He came back, sat here for 15 minutes and just said, that was amazing.

SAMMI BOAS: Though we cant control Midwestern winters, we can try to seek out support that helps make us feel a bit happier and more energetic. Thats all we have for today on Speak Your Mind. Im Sammi Boas,

ANIKA MITTU: Im Anika Mittu. OLIVIA DEMETRIADES: And Im Olivia Demetriades. Thanks for listening!

SAMMI BOAS: This episode was reported and produced by me, Sammi Boas, Olivia Demetriades, and Anika Mittu. It was edited by Kalen Luciano and Heena Srivastava. The editor in chief of The Daily Northwestern is Troy Closson.


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Elizabeth A. Stanley, Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma (Avery/Penguin Random House, 2019).

Most of us have been there: You are working 100-hour weeks or more in one of the agencies and or departments that work on national security, feeling depleted at best, near broken at worst. Youve deployed to war zones, seen horrors, and worked ungodly hours. Looking back, you are not sure how you survived. You have worked hard to project a demeanor of success that does not match your inner self: trails of unkept promises to friends and family, broken relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, or other hidden shames. Stress and trauma imbue our national security enterprise.

For many in our field, long work weeks, the stakes, and where we are stationed create prolonged stressors. Anne-Marie Slaughter famously wrote about the long hours at her job as director of policy planning at the State Department and the havoc this created in her personal life. A study of the National Security Agencys cyber operators found that lengthy hours and high stakes created levels of stress that often led to cognitive overload among other issues. Although the sakes of decision-making can obviously be higher in military contexts, the overarching national security culture retains a pervasive norm of stressful high stakes. Whether a decision-maker at the U.S. Agency of International Development puts money into one village or another can have life or death consequences for the individuals involved. Whether directly involved in combat or not, war zone environments create hypervigilance in individuals, so much so that the State Department created a new Center of Excellence in Foreign Affairs Resilience in October 2016 to help those with high stress levels deployed to troubled places.

Trauma happens when our survival brain feels powerless and lacks control during a stressful experience, and can triggered by different events for each individual: a horrible situation at work, a car accident, or being exposed to a combat environment. Trauma is well-documented in military personnel, including that which induces post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and even suicide. Sadly, 2018 was a record year for active duty military suicides, tied with the next highest year, 2012 (we do not yet have last years figures). What is less known is that 89 percent of U.S. adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. The percentage of men who develop PTSD is between 4 and 6 percent. For women, it is 10 to 13 percent. The rates are three times higher for men exposed to combat or women who are sexually victimized. For U.S. government civilians working in war zones, the rates of trauma and potential PTSD are higher than for the general civilian population, although solid statistics are difficult to obtain and getting these civilians help is still a struggle. A 2007 State Department report indicated that seventeen percent of foreign services officers in Iraq displayed PTSD symptoms. And the cycle of broken individuals in our field is self-perpetuating: Many foreign service officers, for instance, do not seek help, fearing for their security clearances since PTSD is seen as taboo.

This chronic stress and trauma affect not only the individuals involved, but also our institutions; and, accordingly, our ability to achieve national security objectives. According to the American Psychological Association Center for Organizational Excellence, more than one-third of U.S. employees report chronic work stress, with the American Institute of Stress estimating that stress costs U.S. employers over $300 billion per year in lost days, retention problems, reduced productivity, and so on. For a variety of reasons, but clearly including long hours, stress, and time away from family, the average political appointee lasts only about two years (although numbers are hard to come by, as no one agency has oversight responsibilities for tracking such numbers). Turnover amongst the civil service workforce is also high, with the State Department losing 9 percent of its civil service and 20 percent of its staff with five to nine years of service in just two years (2016 to 2018). The Office of the Secretary of Defense saw a 24 percent drop in staff with the same experience level during the same time period. And among those who stay in, decision-making is impaired in high stress environments, as a study on military decision making showed.

Luckily, there is a way out of this stress and trauma toxicity. It is brought to us by Elizabeth A. Stanley in a new book, Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recovery from Trauma. Stanley is one of us: an Army veteran and international security professor who used her own experience with stress and trauma to create a training regimen for people to re-regulate themselves even in toxic environments. I value her findings so highly that I got involved: I served on the board of a non-profit she founded to teach these techniques in high-stress settings. The books title refers to our window of tolerance to stress arousal, which is unique to each of us and adversely affected by chronic stress and trauma without enough recovery. Unfortunately, if we try to get any help for our overstressed or traumatized selves at all, we tend to focus on thinking-brain-dominant interventions like cognitive therapy or positive reframing. These top-down techniques start with our conscious thinking. But, as Stanley explains, recovery after stress and trauma are not controlled by the thinking brain, but by the survival brain, which means these common strategies are incomplete. For this reason, she argues that we need to use bottom-up strategies that include our survival brain and target the nervous system and body.

This groundbreaking book is presented in three parts. The first part explains the culture that underpins our suck it up and drive on mentality, which ultimately disconnects our thinking brain from our survival brain, nervous system, and body. Its this disconnect that perpetuates so many of our coping strategies for stress and trauma, which are ultimately ineffective. The second part presents the science behind the window: how we initially wire it, how it can be narrowed over time, and why widening the window is necessary. Part two is critical for our thinking brains to appreciate the third part of the book, which explores the training practices for widening the window itself.

Explaining the problem (part one) and the science behind her problem diagnosis and solution (part two) will resonate with national security professionals. Although making it clear that she is not a clinician or a neuroscientist, the author dives into empirical and experimental research from a variety of fields. That said, she does so using her personal stories, to include making herself physically ill and even going blind for a period of time trying to maintain high performance after many traumatic events, including a near-death experience while deployed to Bosnia, sexual assault, and being deployed to combat zones. She also tells us the stories of the men and women shes trained. By combining her deep understanding of this wide-ranging literature on stress, trauma, resilience, decision-making, and performance enhancement with many relatable anecdotes, she helps the reader stay engaged rather than overwhelmed.

Stanleys resilience training program, the subject of much of the third part of the book, is as much about optimizing performance as dealing effectively with stress and trauma. Through a variety of accessible practices, and the context to understand how and why these practices work, Stanley points the way for national security professionals to thrive as much internally as they do externally in their professional lives. As Stanley points out throughout the book, there is no quick fix to our inner war, but there is a path towards training ourselves to feel more whole and better able to make good decisions in suboptimal conditions.

The importance of working on ourselves, even in a time-compressed environment, is stressed in the books final chapter, which also lays out why senior leaders (or anyone involved in complex decision-making) need to make the time for training their mind and body. Without prioritizing self-care, a leaders decision-making ability suffers. More importantly, perhaps, when leaders become dysregulated, their stress and emotions get conveyed to everyone around them, making the entire group less effective. The cumulative effect leads to less effective decisions that undermine our national security interests.

This book should be read by all national security professionals desiring a sustainable, productive career in a high-octane environment. Indeed, Stanley has trained some of the top national security professionals using some of the same techniques laid out in this book. Rarely does a book come along that is readable, yet grounded in scientific research, that has the ability to literally change lives; not only of national security leaders, but of those for whom they make decisions. This is one such book.

Dr. Tammy S. Schultz (@TammySSchultz) is a professor of strategic studies and the director of national security at the Marine Corps War College. The views expressed are the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense or the Marine Corps.

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PLA 2020: Landing Religion Books In Libraries – Publishers Weekly

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Nashville is as much Music City U.S.A. as it is a literary hub that plays host to dozens of publishers, including Christian houses. Devin Maddox, v-p of publishing at B&H in Nashville, became aware of both the literary and musical forces within the city at an early agehis father first worked for Thomas Nelson before becoming an attorney on Music Row.

When I think about my hometown, Maddox says, I think about both kinds of publishing that drive our influence as a citymusic publishing and book publishing.

The thriving metropolis is not immune to national trends, however, including the loss of bookstores. Tennessee alone had nine LifeWay Christian Storesall of which closed by the end of 2019. As Christian bookstores disappear and shelf space decreases, libraries have become key places for readers to discover new books.

The Nashville Public Library system has 21 branches serving more than 1.5 million peopleand according to statistics released in 2019, there were 3.3 million library visits, 6.9 million items borrowed, and 32,000 new library cards issued in the past year. Diversity and inclusion are among a librarians top priorities when it comes to collection development, and religious books are no exception.

Creating a varied collection is the key to survival for libraries, and librarians work diligently to provide information, says Rita Shacklett, director of libraries for the Rutherford County Library System, which is located within Nashvilles metropolitan area. As a public library, we dont censor, she notes. We try to have a broad view of everything, which is so important because were serving a community that is diverse.

Librarians strive to provide not only pleasure-reading material but also textbooks, journals, historical documents, plus the Bible and the Koran.

Public libraries have a duty, literally, to offer all viewpoints, to connect to all our customers, and not just the majority, says Noel Rutherford, material services manager at the NPL. We are more educational than the public knows. You can check out anythingno one is stopping you. Its really the most democratic institution.

Nevertheless, librarians often struggle with budget cuts and understaffing, leaving little money or time to stay on top of upcoming titles and new authors. They need easy access to news about religion titles. Some of the ways librarians access this information is through reviews, galleys, or bestseller and awards lists, but preferences vary widely. Many librarians look for monthly or quarterly newsletters from publishers, while others complain about the deluge of mailings. And more and more, they rely on algorithms and other data about the most requested and most used book at each branch for stocking library shelves.

Its a mixed bag, Shacklett says. Ten years ago, [representatives from publishing houses] used to come to us and show us the newest books and whats available, but we dont have time for that anymore.

In order to gain an audience with librarians, several religion publishers use newsletters, webcasts, and galleys. Exhibiting at library conferencesPLA, ALA, and regional meetingsalso fosters a connection to the library market.

Whether our team is able to attend PLA or not, says Jenaye White, senior publicist at B&H, we work with Baker & Taylor to ensure B&H has a presence there and is doing everything we can to serve librarians in attendance.

Additionally, B&H uses NetGalley, which reaches over 18,000 librarians, as well as media outlets that circulate to librarians, such as BookPage, Christian Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly.

Some of HarperCollins Christian Publishings library outreach includes e-newsletters, trade shows, social media, and distributor publications. We understand that librarians, much like all readers, are paying attention to multiple channels to find content that their constituents will enjoy, says Kathleen Dietz, manager of library sales for HCCP.

Publisher engagement with public and school libraries often takes the form of author visits as well. Meet-and-greets, readings, and other events help authors connect with library staff and library patronsincluding teachers, parents, and readers of all ages.

The face-to-face meeting offers a connection and camaraderie thats not possible with any other form of communication, says a representative from Worthy Kids, an imprint of Hachette Nashville. The time authors spend actually inside the library creates stronger relationships with our library partnerswe arent just marketing to them; we are investing the time to really get to know them and work alongside them.

Book Selection

So how do librarians actually pick which books theyre going to buy? Among other factors, content directors take special consideration of local authors, demand, quality, and a books contribution to the scope of the collection.

There is a lot of nuance, says NPLs Rutherford. I get far more requests than I can afford to say yes to. Just because [a book] is well written doesnt mean theres a demand, and it may not be the best written, but there is a large demand.

Some of the most popular religious genres for Nashville area library patrons are childrens books, fiction, and self-help, according librarians in the region.

Christian romances fly off the shelves, Rutherford notes. Self-help touches on everything, from decorating to the workplace. Ive seen a pretty successful integration of a lot of different self-help topics from a faith perspective.

Library adoption has several benefits to publishers. When patrons like what they read, they often decide to buy. And while bookstores and other retailers serve customers in order to make a sale, librarians interact strictly to serve a patrons interestsa role that provides a unique perspective.

More than most gatekeepers, libraries invest in meeting, knowing, and understanding their patrons, the Worthy Kids representative says. A librarian can take the time to understand a patrons needs and to connect them with the right books and authors. As a result of that time investment and achieved knowledge, they can offer publishers invaluable insight into our customers that is difficult to find elsewhere.

Recognizing that heightened visibility in libraries has both short- and long-term benefits to their businesses, several religion houses are prioritizing the library market today. Libraries are good partners for launching new authors, supporting the backlist for existing authors, and making new ideas available to everyone in the community, says HCCPs Dietz. With a library card, readers can access a world of knowledge, adventure, and entertainment, and we want to be a big part of that experience.

Though sometimes relationships between publishers and libraries are fraught, the partnership between religion publishers and librarians appears to be on steady ground, with room only for growth. Rutherford Countys Shacklett recommends that publishers supply fiction and nonfiction pairings, since a novel can pique the interest of a reader who then searches for factual material on the same topic. For instance, Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan, a novel about C.S. Lewis and his wife, Joy, might lead readers to another Thomas Nelson title, Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis by Terry Lindvall. Additionally, publishers can contact the state library association and get on listserves that reach across the region. And catalogues from publishers, though fewer and further between, are still helpful as well, Shacklett says.

For her part, Rutherford of the NPL says, Were getting everything we need from publishers.

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A version of this article appeared in the 02/10/2020 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: Landing Religion Books in Libraries

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It might be impossible to think that someone who has broken your heart has helped you in your journey but in their own way, theyhave.

There is a reason some of the most beautiful songs and pieces of poetry are written in times of heartbreak, and why so many people write their most inner thoughts while dealing with the loss of a relationship. Heartbreak is life altering. Breakups open your soul, split you in two, and leave you in a state of overwhelming nothingness. Voluminous vacancy. Deafening silence.

Breakups are physically and emotionally devastating because love is all-consuming. It can't not be it's love. Breakups mark the end of an era. They signify that the life you once knew is no more. And it's agonizing. When it happens, you feel like there is nothing else to live for at least, that's how I've felt when I've had my heart broken.

Heartbreak is not just a state of mind. When coping with a breakup, people may experience physical symptoms like a change in appetite, headaches, body pains, and an overall sense of unwell, Jennifer Kelman, licensed clinical social worker, told Healthline.

So how are the physical side effects of a broken heart possible? A 2011 study conducted by neuroscientist Edward Smith (and colleagues) at Columbia University explains the heartbreak phenomenon. By using fMRI scans of participants who had ended a relationship within the last six months, results demonstrated that physical pain and the end of romantic relationships are related when it comes to how the brain perceives them. When participants were shown a picture of their former partner, scans of the brain showed activity in the same area that lights up when we are in physical pain.

Knowing this, it makes perfect sense that a broken heart can put us in defense mode. The brain is, after all, telling us that the pain we feel after a breakup is not just in our heads. It is absolutely warranted, which proves the point even more that we must be gracious and patient with ourselves when trying to cope with the end of a romantic relationship.

While in the deepest and lowest points of heartbreak, I've tried to read motivational quotes and inspirational stories about "moving on after a breakup," and I haven't been able to see the silver lining not while the wound is still fresh.

In 1850, Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." It's a popular piece of poetry for a reason, and it raises the question among the heartbroken:Is it really better to have loved and lost than to have never loved atall?

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