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Planning to Write book and checklist for sale in Kindle Store

My newest book is for sale in the Kindle Store at The link is below.

This is a short eBook that details how to use a Writing Plan Checklist to help plan and organize any type of writing project for any type of writer including new writers or more seasoned writers.

Books about Horses and So Much More

Why does a review post about books on horses belong on a business book review blog? Readers will be amazed at how horses are being used to teach leadership and communications skills these days.

I've been reading three books in particular in this first go around. They are not new books but they are representative of how horses are used to teach horse sense to humans.

Horses have played major roles around the world for centuries. They were a vital form of transportation until the invention of automobiles. Horses have fought in battles and wars and they carried people from the east coast to the west and southern coastlines to help build populations across the U.S.

Today, horse handlers are finding the characteristics of horses can teach humans many valuable lessons.

The three books I'm currently reading include:

Horses Don't Lie - What Horses Teach Us About Our Natural Capacity for Awareness, Confidence, Courage and Trust by Chris Irwin with Bob WeberDancing with your Dark Hor…

Celebrate National Paperback Book Day

Take note that July 30 is National Paperback Book Day and hopefully you'll go buy or borrow a favorite paperback book and take some time throughout the day to read it. 
The day was created, according to, to celebrate the first day that Penguin Books began printing paperback versions of their books, July 30, 1935.
It's just another way to make reading books special to new and not so new readers. Where would we be without paperback books. They work for reading on the beach, they fit in carry-on luggage when flying and they can take getting read over and over again. 
And, admit it, you needed a reason to celebrate something as the middle summer month comes to an end.

Summer Reading Programs

Summer is a great time to read! Take a book to the beach or sit on the deck and read. Reading is exciting and relaxing all at the same time. Many libraries across the U.S. offer summer reading programs for the kids and teenagers and some offer adult reading programs. Check out your local library for summer reading programs or book clubs, it's a great way to get excited about reading.

You should also heck out all of the great summer reading lists at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or at your local library. And, remember audio books make great entertainment for long car rides on the way to vacation destinations or on the airplane!

There are plenty of new business books available for reading over the summer along with all those biographies that you wanted to read last winter and of course you have to read a few mysteries or love stories just for the entertainment factor.

Here are some links to a few summer reading book lists including lists of books for the kids in your life:


Work/Life Books by Working Women

A short list of work/life advice books was published in the April, 2013 of The Atlantic magazine. The list was included as a sidebar to an article about Miss Education Why women's success in higher education hasn't led to more female leaders by Garance Franke-Ruta.

The article compares the success rates of women earning degrees  including master's and doctoral degrees to the low percentage of Fortune 500 CEOs that are women. A staggering low 4.2 percent of CEOs are women. The other end of the spectrum shows the majority of people over the age of 25 with college degrees are women.

Four highly successful women including the COO of Facebook, a radio talk show co-host, a former magazine editor and a former Hearst Magazines chair have written books with savvy advice for the working woman who wants to be successful both in their work and family and life outside of work.

The book list included the following:

Lean In Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO

Two Organizations that Promote Reading

There a number of great organizations that promote reading to children and adults. Two longtime organizations include Get Caught Reading and First book. I've included links to both below.

The Get Caught Reading program has been around for over a decade. I've implemented Get Caught Reading campaigns at past places of employment and it is a fun and encouraging activity for the workplace. Let your imagination run a bit and consider finding a way to implement a campaign at the office, the school where you teach or work, at a non-profit or a medical facility.

You will be surprised by how much people really want to share what they are reading with others.

The second organization promoting reading is also doing a great job of getting the word out about the benefits of reading. The website says they have distributed over 100 million books in the United States and Canada. I've been involved with literacy groups in the past and it always amazed me how…

The Golden Age of American Book Design

Keeping track of appointments is meaningful in a number of ways. First, the obvious reason is to make sure you get where you are supposed to be and get there on time. Second, recording appointments can end up as a journal of your professional life.

I keep two appointment schedules. One is a digital schedule on my smartphone and the second is a written format in a datebook. It takes a bit of extra time to enter appointments in both but it works for me and I really don't mind the extra work. At the end of each year, I store the datebook in a filing cabinet and move onto the new year with a new datebook.

The purpose of writing about this personal practice is that my latest datebook contains colorful reprints of book covers from books published over two centuries. Every other page includes a picture of one of the artful book covers with details of who (those that are known) created the artwork on the covers. The covers presented are from the 1880s and early 1990s and include book titl…