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Movies. Affiliates. Holiday Shopping.

Enjoying @Cherbloggin and want to holiday shop for products listed from an article from a few months ago but you can’t quite remember which article it was? Here is a list of all of the movies from the articles that have been shared on Cherbloggin.com so far! Shop from the original article page or from this compiled list. Affiliate Amazon subscriptions are also available for select movies.

Here’s how it works: Click on links to movies, and shop Amazon. A proceed of each purchase goes to funding @Cherbloggin! You can also shop #affiliate links from any page on this blog.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS OF MOVIE CATEGORIES

Homelessness | Etiquette | Security | Privacy | Bullying | Abuse | Dating | Communication Volunteering | COVID-19 | Behavior & Training | Music | Animation | Cooking | Travel

Blindside
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Jackie’s Journey

Chocolat
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Respect the Box of Chocolates

The Circle
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega
Related article: Rape Part II: Stealing Someone’s Life, The Pertinence of Privacy and Permission

Miss Congeniality
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt
Related article: Etiquette to Please

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano
Related article: Etiquette to Please

Cyberbully (DVD)
Starring: Emily Osment (Actor), Kay Panabaker (Actor), Charles Binam (Director)
Related article: The Sick of Social Impolite

Forrest Gump
Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Respect the Box of Chocolates

Hitch
Starring: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James
Rated: PG-13
Related article: Dating: A Question of Dignity and Respect

Homeless
Starring: Christine Lahti, Jeff Daniels 
Rated: Unrated
Related article: Jackie’s Journey

Jexi
Starring: Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Peña
Rated: R
Read a product recommendation: Jexi

Paddington
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Michael Gambon
Rating: PG
Related article: Cher-Reading List

Turner and Hooch
Starring: Tom Hanks
Rated: PG
Related article: You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Salvation Army  
Starring: Said Mrini, Karim Ait M’Hand
Rated: Unrated
Related article: Jackie’s Journey

Trafficked 
Starring: Ashley Judd, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery
Rating:R-Rating (parents be advised)
Related articles: Sex Trafficking Lite

Christian Movies
Christmas Movies

Documentaries
A Courtship
Starring: Kelly Boggus, Ron Wright, Dawn Wright
Related articles: How Dating Has Changed PODCAST

Shouting Fire: Stories From The Edge Of Free Speech
Director: Liz Garbus
Documentary
Rating: NR
Related articles: The Signs of Communication

Anniversary Special Edition
We are the World – The Story Behind the Song (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
Starring: Jane Fonda, Michael Jackson
Related articles: Introspect on Respect

How-To DVDs
The Volunteer’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis: A DVD Study
4-session, video-based study
Starring: Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock
Related article: Spring Into Kindness: Cross Country

Paul Owens, The Original Dog Whisperer presents Welcome Home! Ultimate Training Guide For All Newly-Adopted Puppies and Dogs
Directed by: Lana Von Haught
Starring: Paul Owens
Rating: NR
Related article: You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Children’s Animated Movies
How to Train Your Dragon
Directed by: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

Rating: PG
Watch with Amazon Prime Membership, Buy or Rent
Related article: You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Tangled
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard 
Rating: PG
Format: DVD
This 2010 Disney, computer-animated, musical fantasy film is based on the story of Rapunzel, who has magical long-hair with powers to glow and heal. She lives in a castle secluded from the world with her stepmother. After befriending a runaway thief named Flynn in the castle, she convinces him to help her escape and see the world which leads her to her parents. A bright, light-hearted movie for any age!
Related article: Cher-Reading List

Sing
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane 
Director: Garth Jennings
Rating: PG
Format: DVD
This 2016, light-hearted, computer-animated, movie produced by Illumination released by Universal Pictures, is filled with music and funny scenes that are sure to make you laugh. Singing animals, each with their own personality, showcase their talents in a singing competition which results in saving their favorite theater. If you love music and animated films—this is one you won’t want to miss.
Related article: Cher-Reading List

Online Episodes – Amazon Prime
Bonkers Burgers
8 episodes
From golden buns to the world’s cheesiest cheeseburgers, INSIDER has seen some truly bonkers burgers! Watch these shows by worldwide chefs!
Related article: Order to Go

Make Your Own Jam
An online cooking class with techniques of how-to can jam. Learn about jam, choosing the right fruits, and how to prepare and cook fruit before canning it.
Related article: Cox Berry Farm’s Fresh Fruit Farmers Market

Places to Go – Your Passport to the World
Host Matt Griffith gives a guided tour to countries around the world in Season 2 with these twenty episodes. 2019. Rating: TV-14 | CC
Related article: Luxury Travel PremiumAir Worldwide

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Finding Warmth this Holiday Season

In today’s culture, there is a lack of respect and kindness. It is acceptable to speak on any topic, reveal any information to anyone publicly disgracing anyone, misuse retail stores to spread propaganda, delve into Church teachings and practices to become experts just to not live it and destroy human dignity in others in all ways feasible, and make sure that anyone who is not a cookie cutter of what they believe is “right” shall be shunned by the planet and not even treated as a 5th class citizen—if you aren’t their mold, you must cease to exist entirely. It isn’t poverty. It is disgrace just for the sake of sport with a closed mindset and an obsession to control other humans. It becomes a war effort. These have short tunnel vision, with a warfare mindset, of ultimate destruction as the only option. They gain momentum by gathering others on board to help join the chant of hate and segregation. The culture of negativity which is already prevalent in society is fertilized with more of the same. They seek to squelch any motivation and ambition, destroy all morale and morals, and make sure any daily joy is extinct. There are no possibilities of any new paths, and if any arise, they are smashed to a million pieces. They trample on any privacy—everything is exposed. Sex is God. Hate is King of the World. Bad wins and good loses. Even letting time pass by nothing changes. The culture of society is inspired to a higher degree of corruptness and hate. No one bulks. Everyone listens to those they think are in authority, just because they have “authority sounding voices”, enticing others to hate. Not questioning it, just joining in.

Why isn’t anyone realizing this? For a country based on faith, very few of those who practice any faith stop this. Texas which was not too long ago seen as the “Bible belt” has had no problem swaying to verbal stoning, privacy invasion, and segregation. Good words and practices are pretty much gone from society entirely.

For the last 1.5 years I have written on inspiring kindness and respect. This has been countered by these people. They thrive on spreading hate and teaching others how to hate. So much so, as to significantly add digression and evil to an already deteriorated culture.

Find warmth by buying a coffee maker and spend time setting goals for next year of how to change the world.


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Syrups
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Gift Baskets
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Gourmet Coffee Gift Set – Coffee Gift Basket
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Value of Life

The end of December is a popular time for couples to get engaged. There is pressure to find the perfect diamond ring that signifies the value of the women’s life to the man. While the ring is representative of the value of the love in the relationship, nothing can replace the value of the life of the person, or both people, for that matter. Even for those who are not engaged or married, knowing that the value of their human life is given by God, not by any human person, helps put the world into perspective and God who created it—God who is over the world, everyone on Earth, and all the stars and planets in the entire universe.

In December, Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth. His life was primarily here for that purpose to let us know that each of us is important and loved by God. The value of human life is important in that God sent Jesus so that humans could be worthy of God’s forgiveness and have eternal life with Him in heaven. Humankind could never make reparation for our sin on our own to God. Jesus had to make up the difference. He makes our contriteness perfect and our thanksgiving worthy to God. The value of life in the one baby of Jesus was of immense, divine value. His life was for the value of all of humankind.

When you are shopping for gifts this holiday season, step back and think about more than the obligation to find a present. See the beauty in the person you are giving the gift for and what you appreciate about them. We all are gifts, and oftentimes we don’t recognize all the good qualities in others. You might consider buying a gift to give such as a painting or jewelry, that captures the heart of the beauty and value of the person. Or you might make a gift giving from the heart. Whatever you do, remember that the value of each life is priceless and God’s love invaluable.


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Books. Affiliates. Holiday Shopping.



Enjoy reading article topics @Cherbloggin?
Here is a list of all of the books from the articles that have been shared on Cherbloggin.com so far! Shop from the original article page or from this compiled list. Affiliate Amazon subscriptions are also available for e-books and audio book formats.

Here’s how it works: Find a topic category you are interested in reading more about, select it from the Table of Contents, then search your browser page to jump to the category in the list. Click on the link to the book, shop Amazon. A proceed of each purchase goes to funding @Cherbloggin! You can also shop #affiliate links from any page on this blog.

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Happy holidays!

Cheryl




TABLE OF CONTENTS OF BOOK CATEGORIES
(Highlight a category then search to jump to the category in the list)

Discrimination & Diversity | Online Dating & Dating | Singles

Human Dignity & Relationships | Behaviors in Humans and Animals/Psychology |
Learning Styles | Classroom | Interactive Learning

Freedom of Speech | Civility & Etiquette

Successful Communication
(Phrases, Workplace, Interpersonal Communication, Freedom of Speech, Communication Vices, Healing Communication, Cellular Communication, Compliments) | Presentations

Verbal Abuse | Cyberbullying

Artificial Intelligence | Surveillance | Privacy Concerns/Right to Privacy & Legislation

Gifting | Parenting | Family | Children’s Books on Kindness | Kindness/Empathy – Daily Living, Inspirational, Business

Digital Marketing | Blogging | Software

Business Team Building | Customer Service

Southern Culture and Civility | Recipes | Canning Preserves

Non-Profit/Volunteer | Employment | Homelessness | Sex Education/Sex Trafficking | COVID / Coronavirus

Self-Improvement | Encouragement | Catholic | Christian Inspiration

Poetry | Fitness | Film Industry | Plays | Holiday Books | Travel


Discrimination & Diversity
Eliminating stereotypes helps discard prejudices that causes exclusion, disparity, and hate. Often discrimination is thought of as being racial. Countering prejudices brings back an appreciation of the diverse melting pot of cultures and beliefs our country was founded on.

Related articles:
Easy Attacks, Introspect on Respect,
Cultivation of Empathy, Respect the Box of Chocolates

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD

Discrimination and Disparities
by Thomas Sowell

The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free
by Mike Gonzalez

Taking on Diversity: How We Can Move from Anxiety to Respect
by Rupert W. Nacoste

Diversity and Inclusion The Submarine Way:
What Life Underwater Taught Me About Inclusion

by John Gregory Vincent and Deborah Cake Fortin


COVID / Coronavirus
Read inspirational stories about how people have
reached out to others during the pandemic.

Related articles:
Go Viral: Clean Up, COVID-19 and Sporting Kindness
Artificial Intelligence and Education, Dating Online: Spooked or In for a Treat?
Social Wishes, Volunteer Services

What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19
by Erin Silver 

People of Faith: Rising Above COVID-19 (Kindle Version)
by All Faiths Network UK All Faiths Network UK 

Volunteers During Covid-19 (Community Helpers During Covid-19)
by Robin Johnson

Making Your Own Face Mask at Home: DIY Face Mask
by Elizabeth Clarke


Singles
Single and happy, or feeling singled out and needing encouragement?
It can be a challenge to be a single in a couple’s world. Here are books on
how to enjoy the single life and be happy living life.

Related articles:
Encourage a Single, The Single Scoop: Encouragement for Singles

Dating Online or In for a Treat?

Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living
by Elyakim Kislev

How to Be Single and Happy: Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate
by Jennifer Taitz

Thrive: The Single Life as God Intended
by Lina AbuJamra

How to Be Single and Happy:
Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate

by Jennifer Taitz

Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent
by Judy Ford

Living Alone and Loving It
by Barbara Feldon


Online Dating & Dating
Interested in learning tips for dating online during COVID, searching on social networks for that special someone, and using text, video, and emojis properly to meet and date? Dive into the history of dating, learn how to establish boundaries, be reminded of good manners and etiquette, and how to build quality relationships for successful dating online and in person.

Related articles:
Dating: A Question of Dignity and Respect, Dating: How to Ask,
Dating: Dignity Deserved, How Dating has Changed PODCAST
,
Dating Online or In for a Treat?

Virtual Dating: Your Guide to a Relationship in a Socially Distanced World
by Aleeza Ben Shalom

The Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating:
Lessons Learned While Swiping Right, Snapping Selfies, and Analyzing Emojis
by Margot Starbuck

Love is in the Mouse: Online Dating for Women: Crush your Rivals and Start Dating Extraordinary Men (Relationship and Dating Advice for Women)
by Gregg Michaelsen

The Online Dating Guide for Men:
How to Get a Girlfriend, Text, Meet, & Talk to Women on the Internet
by Brett Andrews

Online Dating Journal: Dating Dinner Cover-Book
Tracking & Recorder Dating Journal
by Lawrence Fara

The Ultimate Online Dating Manual:
Fill Your Calendar with Dates with the Women You Want to Meet (Audiobook)
by Blackdragon (Author, Narrator), DCS International (Publisher)

The Curious History of Dating: From Jane Austen to Tinder
by Nichi Hodgson   

Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why
by Peter Post

Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships
by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Dating for Dummies
by Joy Browne

Dating Guru’s Dating Etiquette Guide:
The Expert Guide to the Dos and Dont’s of Dating – Kindle

by James Preece

Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction
and Discover the Power of Intimacy
by Ken Page


Human Dignity & Relationships
In a culture where respect has been redefined, human dignity also starts to slip. Be reminded of respect for others and the value of each human life. Read about dignity and learn how to build stronger relationships and interactions with people.

Related articles:
Leading a Restoration of Dignity, Introspect on Respect,
Eyes Seeing You Camera Invasion, The Pertinence of Privacy and Permission,
Rape Part I: Physical Sexual Assault, Rape Part II: Stealing Someone’s Life

Dignity: Its Essential Role in Resolving Conflict
by Donna Hicks, PhD

Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People
by Donna Hicks, PhD

My Path from Doormat to Dignity: A Personal Story 
by Jane Bartelmes

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
by Tim S. Lane 

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition:
When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life

by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

A Young Woman’s Guide to Setting Boundaries:
Six Steps to Help Teens *Make Smart Choices *Cope with Stress *
Untangle Mixed-Up Emotions

by Allison Bottke

Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust
by Maya Hu-Chan

Human(Kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together
by Ashlee Eiland and Danielle Strickland

Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and Talk
by Timothy M. Shorey

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
by Francis Fukuyama, P. J. Ochlan, et al.

The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God’s Rich Vision for Humanity
by Daniel Darling and christianaudio.com

Breaking Ranks: Dignity For All (Audible audiobook)
by Robert Fuller, Michael Toms

Male vs. Man:
How to Honor Women, Teach Children,
and Elevate Men to Change the World
by Dondré T. Whitfield

How to Look Elegant Every Day!:
Colors, Makeup, Clothing, Skin & Hair, Posture and More

by Virginia Li


Behaviors in Humans and Animals/Psychology
Interested in psychology? Find out more about human behavior, the stages of psychosocial development, correctional services and therapy available to get deviated behavior back on track. If you have a pet you might want to read how humans and animals learn behavior in similar ways, and discover how conditioning causes similar results. Or if in the mood for a fiction book, read a thought-provoking novel that will leave you considering
what happens when behavior is controlled to extremes so as to dictate how to live that changes the course of mankind.

Related articles:
Learning Behavioral Patterns, From the View of Private I,
You Know I’m Bad—for Some Moore…

Research Methods in Psychology: Investigating Human Behavior
by Paul G. Nestor (Author), and Russel K. Schutt (Author)

Human-Canine Behavior Connection
by Marissa Martino

Psychiatric Services in Correctional Facilities
by American Psychiatric Association (Author)

The ABCs of Human Behavior: Behavioral Principles for the Practicing Clinician
by Jonas Ramnero PhD (Author), Niklas Törneke MD (Author)

The Stages of Psychosocial Development According to Erik H. Erikson
by Stephanie Scheck 

Patterns of Behavior:
Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Founding of Ethology

by Richard W. Burkhardt Jr.

Learning Cognitive-behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide
(Core Competencies in Psychotherapy)

by Dr Jesse H Wright MD PhD (Author), Gregory K Brown (Author),
Michael E Thase M D (Author), Monica Ramirez Basco PH D (Author), Glen O Gabbard (Editor)

1984
by George Orwell


Learning Styles
Knowing how the brain learns can help transform your life. Different learning styles and environments can affect how a person learns. Understanding this can help you learn faster and retain information better. Likewise, instructors can develop curriculum to meet different learning styles of students for greater success in the classroom.

Related articles:
How Learning Styles Differ Between Adults and Children,
How the Brain Learns, LeClaude Learning Center

Understanding Learning Styles (Professional Resources)
by Jeanna Sheve, Kelli Allen, Vicki Nieter

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style:
Children Learn in Unique Ways – Here’s the Key to Every Child’s Learning Success

by Mariaemma Willis, Victoria Kindle Hodson

How You Learn Is How You Live: Using Nine Ways of Learning to Transform Your Life
by Kay Peterson and David A. Kolb

Adult Learning Basics
by William J. Rothwell

How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures (Informal Learning)
by and Medicine National Academies of Sciences, Engineering (Author), Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (Author), Board on Science Education (Author), and Sensory Sciences Board on Behavioral, Cognitive (Author), & 1 more Committee on How People Learn II: The Science and Practice of Learning (Author)

How the Brain Learns
by David A. Sousa

How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine
by Stanislas Dehaene

How the Gifted Brain Learns
by David A. Sousa

Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power
by Lisa Mosconi PhD

Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster,
and Unlock Your Exceptional Life
by Jim Kwik

Complete Learning Center Book
by Rebecca Isbell

Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning:
Preschool Through Fourth Grade

by Joan Packer Isenberg and Mary Renck Jalongo

Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age Eight (3rd Edition)
by Julie Bullard

Creative Learning in Higher Education
by Linda S. Watts and Patrick Blessinger

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas:
500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids
Ages 3-12 (Prima Home Learning Library)
by Linda Dobson


Classroom
Are you a teacher? Learn ways to incorporate empathy and compassion into the classroom. Understanding diversity and the needs of students helps bridge the gap to create a welcoming classroom environment.

Related article: Cultivation of Empathy in the Classroom

Teaching with Compassion
by Peter Kaufman, Janine Schipper

Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice (Hack Learning Series)
by Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein

There Is No Problem You Can’t Make Worse: Nine Rules For Kindness, Empathy And A Value Added Classroom From A Mentor Teacher
by Antonio J. Hopson

Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms
by H. Richard Milner IV and Gloria Ladson-Billing


Interactive Learning
The dynamics which interactive learning brings to students is now not a commodity but a standard. Learn strategies of how to incorporate interactive learning as part of curriculum.

Read article: Interactive Children’s Media, Media Kit

Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning
by Doug Buehl

Michael Allen’s Guide to e-Learning:
Building Interactive, Fun, and Effective Learning Programs for Any Company

by Michael W. Allen and Tony Bingham

Interaction Online:
Creative Activities for Blended Learning

(Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers)
by Lindsay Clandfield and Jill Hadfield


Artificial Intelligence
Learn how artificial intelligence is being used within education to redefine the classroom today and how it will continue to be an integral part education and training programs in the future. With the ability to customize learning paths for students, students are able to advance at their own pace. Whether used to supplement teacher in-classroom instruction, or as a means for remote online learning, students and teachers both benefit from the contributions of AI.

Artificial Intelligence In Education:
Promises and Implications for Teaching and Learning
by Charles Fadel

Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (The MIT Press)
by Joseph E. Aoun

Artificial Intelligence, Mixed Reality, and the Redefinition of the Classroom
(The Futures Series on Community Colleges)

by Scott M. Martin (Author) and Christopher Jennings (Contributor)


Surveillance
Who is watching? Check out this book to read up on surveillance which is such a big part of today’s environment. See how cameras have been used in the past for surveillance.

Related articles:
Learning Behavioral Patterns, From the View of Private I
Eyes Seeing You: Camera Invasion

Handbook of Surveillance Technologies: History & Applications
by J.K. Petersen 


Freedom of Speech
Learn more about the historical background of the First Amendment of the Constitution, why it was created, and what it includes. Having the Freedom of Speech as a right and liberty is fairly free but there are still parameters which can be brought to court in a civil lawsuit. Read more about the laws and norms regarding free speech and censorship in the United States. Find out what is protected, unprotected, restricted and regulated.

Related articles:
The Signs of Communication, SAY…WHAT!?! About Speech

Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties under the Law (America’s Freedoms)
by Ken I. Kersch

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World
by Timothy Garton Ash

Free Speech and Censorship: Examining the Facts (Contemporary Debates)
by Harold L. Pohlman


Successful Communication
Communication is such an essential part of today’s world. Whether it is for business, personal, in person, or online using social media, how you communicate is a reflection of you and is your reputation. Delve into these books to learn more about the art of how to phrase what you communicate more effectively, build interpersonal skills by the way you speak at work, how to have more successful conversations with clarity, overcoming negative communication habits, and electronic communication vices and essentials.

Related articles:
Words & Phrases: How To Phrase It, Random Acts of Kindness: Speech Workout,
Rolling Out Rude. Rebutting Rudeness, The Sick of Social Impolite,
The Power of Encouragement at Work, Goals for Speech,
Tips for Preparing for a Good Presentation, How-To Say I Love You PODCAST,
Choo It… Express Kind!, What Is Considered Rude Speech?,
How-To Phrase It: And You Can Quote Me PODCAST, Swearing Not My Type,
SAY…WHAT!?! About Speech, Linguistic Linguine: The Multi-Conversationalists,
Tongue Tied: How To Lick the Rudeness by Using Better Etiquette PODCAST,
The Signs of Communication, Movie Review: Jexi

PHRASES

How to Say It, Third Edition:
Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences, and Paragraphs for Every Situation

by Rosalie Maggio

Key Phrases For Powerful Communications: A Guide of over 3,500 Phrases for Business, Professional and Personal Success
by James E. Neal, Jr.

Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People: Over 325 Ready-to-Use Words and Phrases for Working with Challenging Personalities
by Renee Evenson

Perfect Phrases for Building Strong Teams: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Fostering Collaboration, Encouraging Communication, and Growing a Winning Team (Perfect Phrases Series)
by Linda Eve Diamond

WORKPLACE

The Million Dollar Greeting:
Today’s Best Practices for Profit, Customer Retention, and a Happy Workplace

by Dan Sachs and Janet Scott

Ninety-Nine Activities and Greetings:
Great for Morning Meeting…and Other Meetings Too!

by Melissa Correa-Connolly

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication 
by Ronald B. Rosenfeld, Lawrence B. Rosenfeld, Russell F. Proctor II

Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters
by Julia T. Wood

Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication
by Ronald Adle, Lawrence Rosenfeld, Russell Proctor II

Business English Vocabulary Builder:
Powerful Idioms, Sayings and Expressions to Make You Sound Smarter in Business!

by Lingo Mastery

The Magic of Communication Styles: Understanding Yourself And Those Around You
by Paul Endress

That’s Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships
by Deborah Tannen

Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond
by Jay Sullivan

Communication Skills: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Social Intelligence, Presentation, Persuasion and Public Speaking (Positive Psychology Coaching Series Book) (Volume 9)
by Ian Tuhovsky

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
by Leil Lowndes

Conversationally Speaking:
Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness

by Alan Garner

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World
by Timothy Garton Ash

Speak If Thou Dare:
An Absolutist Defence of the Freedom of Speech in the Age of Enforced Silence

by Michael Tapakoudes

COMMUNICATION VICES

Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue
by Matthew C. Mitchell and Edward T. Welch

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue:
What You Say (and Don’t Say) Will Improve Your Relationships

by Deborah Smith Pegues

Toxic to Transformed 100 Words of Life to Renew the Mind:
A Verbal & Emotional Abuse Recovery Devotional

by Donna L. Lewis

I Hear You: The Surprisingly Simple Skill Behind Extraordinary Relationships
by Michael S. Sorenson 

Lose Your Slang
by Perry Mark Stratychuk

Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies
by Diana Senechal

Successful Women Speak Differently:
9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence

by Valorie Burton

Speak Life: Creating Your World With Your Words
by Katherine Ruonala and James W Goll 

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It
by Shad Helmstetter

HEALING COMMUNICATION

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World
by Vivek H. Murthy, MD

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides
Part of: Nonviolent Communication Guides (10 Books)
by Marshall B. Rosenberg and Deepak Choprac

How Do You Say I Love You?
by Hannah Eliot and Shirley Ng-Benitez

Ways to Say I Love You: To Those You Love the Most  
by Stephen Arterburn, Carl Dreizler, and Jan Dargatz

4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication in Love, Life, Work–Anywhere!:
Including the “12-Day Communication Challenge!”

by Bento C. Leal III

CELLULAR COMMUNICATION

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
by Catherine Price 

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You
by Tony Reinkeand John Piper

Communication Works
by Teri K Gamble and Michael Gamble

COMPLIMENTS

Speaking Kind Words: Improve your relationship with heartfelt words
by Janelle and Rob Alex, Rob Alex

Simply Charming: Compliments and Kindness for All Occasions
by Christie Matheson

The Art of the Compliment: Using Kind Words with Grace and Style
by Christie Matheson

The Compliment Quotient:
Boost Your Spirits, Spark Your Relationships and Uplift the World

by Monica Strobel

Emergency Compliment
by Megs Senk

The Compliment Quotient:
Boost Your Spirits, Spark Your Relationships and Uplift the World

by Monica Strobel


Presentations
Giving a presentation in person or virtually is more effective if you are able to speak with confidence and are able to engage your audience. Master how to master communication as a presenter. Capture your audience’s attention, educating them while being able to meet your goal for delivery. Incorporate techniques for becoming a better speaker after being inspired by the secrets you discover in these books.

Speak With Confidence:
Powerful Presentations That Inform, Inspire and Persuade
by Dianna Booher

Obama’s Secrets:
How to Speak and Communicate with Power and a Little Magic
by Gil Peretz and Nili Peretz 

Improve Your Virtual Meetings: How to Communicate from Anywhere, Master Video and Conference Calls, and Collaborate Like a Pro
by John Arthur

Rule the Room: A Unique, Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Making a Successful Presentation
by Jason Teteak 

Speak So Your Audience Will Listen:
7 steps to Confident and Authentic Public Speaking
by Robin Kermode (Author, Narrator)

Public Speaking for Success: The Complete Program, Revised and Updated
by Dale Carnegie


Verbal Abuse
Misuse of communication can be abusive and destroy relationships. Read about the emotional effects verbal abuse can cause and learn how to recognize and respond to it by reading stories from survivors.

Related article: Swearing Not My Type

The Verbally Abusive Relationship,
Expanded Third Edition: How to recognize it and how to respond
by Patricia Evan

Verbal and Emotional Abuse
[June Hunt Hope for the Heart Series]
by June Hunt

Verbal Abuse:
Survivors Speak Out on Relationship and Recovery
by Patricia Evan


Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is a form of abuse from misuse of communication online. As a form of bullying, cyberbullying can be just as harmful causing damage to the victim through texted hate speech, sharing of harmful videos, posting insults and threats, and revealing unnecessary information online about another person as public information. Learn more about cyberbullying and how to respond to it to protect yourself and your children online.

Related article: The Sick of Social Impolite

Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Every Educator Needs to Know
by Elizabeth Kandel Englander

How to protect your kids of cyberbullying (Bullying: What to do)
by Nora Smith


Civility & Etiquette
Reacting to rudeness can be challenging. Choosing to maintain pose and responding with respect and etiquette are a sign of good manners and etiquette. In today’s culture, civility and etiquette seem to be slipping away. These books provide reminders of what good manners are for correct behavior in any situation and every day life.

Related articles:
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Tongue Tied: How To Lick the Rudeness by Using Better Etiquette PODCAST,

Goals for Etiquette and Manners, Choo It… Express Kind!,
A Short Play on Etiquette: Goals for Etiquette and Manners in the Workplace,
Business Matters, The Sick of Social Impolite,
Taboo Topics, Fathers As Role Models,

Choosing Civility
by P.M. Forni

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude
by P.M. Forni

The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It
by Os Guinness

Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration
by Teresa M. Bejan

Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company and Conversation
by George Washington and Tony Darnel

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
by Daniel Coyle

Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated)
by Judith Marty and Gloria Kamen

The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette, 50th Anniversary Edition
by Nancy Tuckerman and Nancy Dunnan

50 Essential Etiquette Lessons: How to Eat Lunch with Your Boss, Handle Happy Hour Like a Pro, and Write a Thank You Note in the Age of Texting and Tweeting
by Katherine Flannery

Emily Post’s Etiquette
by Emily Posts

The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving
by Dawn Bryan

Social Skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules
by Natasha Daniels

Dude, That’s Rude!: (Get Some Manners) (Laugh & Learn®)
by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick 

The Power of Silence: Silent Communication in Daily Life
by Colum Kenny

Manners That Matter Most:
The Easy Guide to Etiquette At Home and In the World (Little Book. Big Idea.)

by June Eding

365 Manners Kids Should Know:
Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children and Teens Learn Etiquette

by Sheryl Eberly

Bendon Mind Your Manners, Kathy Ireland,
A Big Kid Learning Activity 3-Book Set Learning Toy

by Bendon

Manners for Children: How to Teach Kids Manners and Raise a Polite Child (Children Etiquette, Etiquette Lessons, Manners for Kids, Manners for Boys, Manners Made Easy, Children Etiquette) – Kindle Edition
by Amy L.

The School of Life Guide to Modern Manners 
by The School of Life

Being Nice to Others: A Book about Rudeness (Growing God’s Kids)
by Carolyn Larsen

Business Etiquette for Dummies
by Sue Fox

Dating Guru’s Dating Etiquette Guide:
The Expert Guide to the Dos and Dont’s of Dating – Kindle

by James Preece

A Modern Guide to Social Media Etiquette
by Max McPherson

101 Ways to Say Thank You, Kids and Teens: All-Occasion Thank-You Note Templates, Social Media Etiquette & Gratitude Guide
by Kelly Browne

Kill Reply All:
A Modern Guide to Online Etiquette, from Social Media to Work to Love
by Victoria Turk

F You Very Much:
Understanding the Culture of Rudeness – and What We Can Do About It
by Danny Wallace

Talk to the Hand:
The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons

to Stay Home and Bolt the Door
by Lynne Truss

The Wrong of Rudeness:
Learning Modern Civility from Ancient Chinese Philosophy
by Amy Olberding

Vagina Problems:
Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics
by Lara Parker

True Ladies and Proper Gentlemen: Victorian Etiquette for Modern-Day Mothers and Fathers, Husbands and Wives, Boys and Girls, Teachers and Students, and More
by Sarah A. Chrisman

George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior
in Company and Conversation
(Little Books of Wisdom)

by George Washington


Gifting
Giving a gift is an art. Read more about personal gift giving and the etiquette of giving gifts in the workplace as part of business. Or, gift one of these books!

Related article:
A How-To Holiday Guide Special Edition Article: Preparing for the Gift

The Art of Gift Giving
by Shereen Elise Noon

Giftology: The Art and Science of Using Gifts to Cut Through the Noise, Increase Referrals, and Strengthen Retention
by John Ruhlin

The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving
by Dawn Bryan


Parenting
There is not a manual for raising children, but parents can find reassurance by finding insight in books on parenting. These books share ways to raise children with solid guidance for all stages of a child’s development.

Related articles:
Kindness for Kids through Belief and Involvement, Positively Disciplined to Be a Kind Kid,
Bo Mom Knows, Fathers As Role Models, Children’s Hospital, Building Steem

Handbook of Father Involvement
by Natasha J. Cabrera and Catherine S. Tamis-Lemonda

Parenting by The Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child
by John Rosemond

Child Development: A Cultural Approach (2nd Edition)
by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ashley Maynard

What Young Children Need You to Know:
How to see them so you know what to do for them

by Bridgett Miller

The Love Dare for Parents Bible Study: Group Curriculum
by Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

Hopeful Parenting: Encouragement for Raising Kids Who Love God
by David Jeremiah

To My Daughter: Love and Encouragement to Carry with You on Your Journey Through Life, by Marci & the Children of the Inner Light | Blue Mountain Arts Gift Book | Sweet Keepsake from a Proud Parent
by Marci

Bringing Up Girls:
Practical Advice and Encouragement for

Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women
by James C. Dobson

Bringing Up Boys
by James C. Dobson

Dad Rules: A Simple Manual for a Complex Job
by Treion Muller

Husbands and Fathers: Rediscover the Creator’s Purpose for Men

by Derek Prince

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be
by Jennifer Ash and Armin A. Brott 

Kid Confidence:
Help Your Child Make Friends, Build Resilience, and Develop Real Self-Esteem

by Eileen Kennedy-Moore PhD and Michele Borba EdD

Building Self-Esteem in Children
by Patricia H. Berne and Louis M. Savary

Kid Confidence – A Parent’s Guide:
How to Build Resilience and Develop Self-Esteem in Your Child

by Susan Garcia

Toddler Discipline for Every Age and Stage: Effective Strategies to Tame Tantrums, Overcome Challenges, and Help Your Child Grow
by Aubrey Hargis and Breana Sylvester PhD

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen:
A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
by Joanna Faber and Julie King

1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting
by Thomas Phelan Ph.D.

Discipline That Connects With Your Child’s Heart: Building Faith, Wisdom, and Character in the Messes of Daily Life
by Jim Jackson and Lynne Jackson

How to Raise Kind Kids:
And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain
by Thomas Lickona

Caring for the Hospitalized Child: A Handbook of Inpatient Pediatrics
by American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine, Jeffrey C. Gershel MD FAAP, et al.

The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development
by Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, et al.


Privacy Concerns/Right to Privacy & Legislation
Protecting the right to privacy is an escalating concern in the United States despite legislation. Technology can offer top security to protect data and still the most advanced systems can be hacked into. Likewise, advanced surveillance technologies have the ability to access anyone anywhere. Read more about privacy concerns of today which exist, privacy law, and current technological advances that are threats to the right to privacy.

Related articles:
The Pertinence of Privacy and Permission, Eyes Seeing You: Camera Invasion,
Learning Behavioral Patterns, From the View of Private I

Invasion of Privacy and the Law Paperback
by Ron Hankin

Information Privacy Law (Aspen Casebook) 6th Edition
by Daniel J. Solove (Author), Paul M. Schwartz (Author)

Protection of Information and the Right to Privacy – A New Equilibrium? (Law, Governance and Technology Series (17)) 2014th Edition
by Luciano Floridi

Spying with Maps: Surveillance Technologies and the Future of Privacy
by Mark Monmonier

Drones: The Brilliant, the Bad and the Beautiful (Society Now) 
by Andy Miah 

Life after Privacy: Reclaiming Democracy in a Surveillance Society  
by Firmin DeBrabander

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy
by Bruce A. Arrigo 

The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens
by Bernard E. Harcourt

Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All
by Arthur Holland Michel

Invasion of Privacy: How to Protect Yourself in the Digital Age
by Michael Hyatt

Privacy in the Age of Big Data:
Recognizing Threats,  Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family

by Theresa Payton


Customer Service
Grow your business and increase sales with an improved customer service approach. These books offer ways to motivate employees to be customer-focused, solutions to rejuvenate the company’s culture, and inspire teams to put customers first to radically improve the buyer’s experience for greater sales, customer retention and brand loyalty.

Related articles: Business Matters, Order to Go

The Service Culture Handbook:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Employees Obsessed with Customer Service

by Jeff Toister

The Customer Service Revolution:
Overthrow Conventional Business, Inspire Employees, and Change the World

by John R. Dijulius III  

Customer Culture:
How Fedex and Other Great Companies Put the Customer First Every Day

by Michael D. Basch


Family
Engage the family by spending time studying Scripture together and create lifelong memories. Whether your family embarks upon a journey through the Bible or spends time on a family adventure that is unique and memorable, these books will enrich your family time together.

Related article: Family Facetime

The Family Bible Devotional:
Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture

by Sarah M. Wells

52 Uncommon Family Adventures:
Simple and Creative Ideas for Making Lifelong Memories

by Randy Southern and Gary Chapman


Children’s Books on Kindness
Learning how to be kind is a life-long lesson that begins at an early age. Children learn from those they interact with at home and at school. Here are several children books help children understand how to be kind to others.

Related articles:
Positively Disciplined to Be a Kind Kid, Introspect on Respect,

Goals for Kindness

Be Kind
by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill

Humble and Kind: A Children’s Picture Book (LyricPop)
Part of: LyricPop (9 Books)

by Lori McKenna and Katherine Blackmore

Teach Your Dragon About Diversity: Train Your Dragon To Respect Diversity. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Diversity and Differences. (My Dragon Books)
by Steve Herman

One Drop of Kindness
by Jeff Kubiak, Liliana Mora

Kindness Starts With You
by Jacquelyn Stagg

Kindness Starts With You – At School
by Jacquelyn Stagg


Kindness/Empathy – Daily Living, Inspirational, Business
Practicing kindness and empathy toward others is rewarding. It improves personal and business relationships, brings unity instead of division, and spreads love where there is hate and hopelessness. In today’s society where many are self-absorbed, and could careless, you can make a difference bringing humanity to a fizzled out compassionate world. Be inspired with these books which point out examples of how kindness and empathy can change the world.

Related articles:
Kindness at Work: Extending Beyond the Work Cube, Cultivation of Empathy,
Respect the Box of Chocolates, Loving Kind: Putting Others First, Goals for Kindness,
It’s Sensitive Man, Faith and Kindness, and Checking It Twice Expresso,
How to Respond to a Compliment, Compliments—a Spoken Gift of Kindness,
Random Acts of Kindness: Speech Workout

Do the KIND Thing:
Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
by Daniel Lubetzky

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World
by Jamil Zaki

The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People And Things as They Are
by Daniel A. Miller

Appreciate People!:
The Path to Understanding, Acceptance, Compassion, Respect and Love

by Miriam Adahan

HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time
by Brad Aronson

Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving
by Angela Santomero and Deepak Chopra

Random Acts of Kindness Then & Now:
The 20th Anniversary of a Simple Idea That Changes Lives

by M.J. Ryan

Your Hidden Superpower:
The Kindness That Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone

by Adrienne Bankert

Cultivating Compassion:
Practical Advice as You Walk a Friend through a Season Loss 
by Lynne Hoeksema

The Empathy Effect: Seven Neuroscience-Based Keys for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and Connect Across Differences
by Helen Riess MD, Liz Neporent

Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership
by Michael Ventura

The Power of Kindness:
The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life–Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Piero Ferrucci and Dalai Lama

The Hidden Power of Kindness:
A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World,
One Deed at a Time
by Lawrence G. Lovasik

Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue
by Barry H. Corey

God of Miracles: Ordinary People Extraordinary Stories
by Jeff Barnhardt

The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
by Mike McIntyre and Chris Brinkle

The Kindness Effect: Experience the Power of Irrational Giving
by Jill Donovan

Simply Charming: Compliments and Kindness for All Occasions
by Christie Matheson

The Art of the Compliment: Using Kind Words with Grace and Style
by Christie Matheson

The Compliment Quotient:
Boost Your Spirits, Spark Your Relationships and Uplift the World

by Monica Strobel

Emergency Compliment
by Megs Senk

Speaking Kind Words: Improve your relationship with heartfelt words
by Janelle and Rob Alex


Poetry
Enjoy shorter literary pieces that capture thoughts and emotions of life. These books are perfect to enjoy at home reflecting upon a few quiet moments at a time, to give as a gift, or to buy as a keepsake to add to a collection.

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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson: Slip-cased Edition
by Emily Dickinson

I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
by Hafiz and Daniel Ladinsky

Expressions of Poetry: A Memoir Poetry Collection: Love, Life & Tragedy
by Montice L. Harmon

All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living
by Morgan Harper Nichols


Fitness
Workout even better with these training guides. These books include a series of exercises that will hlep you meet your fitness goals in 4 weeks. Whether you are losing weight, want to build muscle, or stay fit, these books can help!

The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises:
Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!

BodyBoss Ultimate Body Fitness Workout Guide.
Includes Bonus 4-Week Pre-Training Program


Film Industry
If you are passionate about learning more about film, these books are a reel good buy. Learn how to understand film and analyze movies and media. For aspiring film writers, learn techniques of how to write your own dialogue!

How to Read a Film: Movies, Media, and Beyond – 4th Edition
by James Monaco

How To Write Awesome Dialogue! For Fiction, Film and Theatre:
Techniques from a published author and theatre guy

by Tom Leveen (Author)

Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (Second Edition) Second Edition
by Jeffrey Geiger, R. L. Rutsky


Plays
Ever thought about reading play dialogues? As a compilation of short plays each book has it’s own collections of dramas to enjoy. These are perfect if you are looking for a unique gift for someone who enjoys theater.

Sam Shepard : Seven Plays (Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, The Tooth of Crime, La Turista, Tongues, Savage Love, True West)
by Sam Shepard (Author), Richard Gilman

Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2019
by True Acting Institute


Digital Education
Social media is a key part of the way we communicate today, learn about products, engage with businesses, and share information on a personal level to virtually anyone globally. Whether you are interested in starting a blog, promoting your brand by leveraging sales online campaigns, or are looking for career advancement with continued learning, these books offer vital information for digital gurus of any level. Learn more about digital marketing, content development, affiliate marketing, and use of social media.

SOFTWARE

Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book 2020
by Andrew Faulkner and Conrad Chavez
This book has easy to follow lessons for the most recent version of Photoshop with exercises to follow and a review at the end of each chapter. The book includes a link to download exercise files for each chapter. Additional resources are available in the back of the book including a visual chart for tools and quick keys.

BLOGGING

Blogging a 6 Figure Business Strategy in 2020: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide on How to Make a Profit and Passive Income Online for a Living, Using Social Media, Seo, and Affiliate Marketing Secrets
by Brandon Blueprints

How To Make Money Blogging:
How I Replaced My Day-Job and How You Can Start A Blog Today

by Bob Lotich

How to Start a Blog: Make Money Online in 2020.
A Step by Step Guide to Promote Your Business

by Sarah Miller and Vanessa Manson

How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers (Kindle Version)
by Steve Scott

CONTENT

The Profitable Content System:
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating Wildly Profitable Content Without Burnout

by Meera Kothand

Content Machine:
Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-figure Business With Zero Advertising

by Dan Norris

DIGITAL MARKETING

Dynamic Digital Marketing:
Master the World of Online and Social Media Marketing to Grow Your Business
Dawn McGruer

Becoming A Digital Marketer:
Gaining the Hard & Soft Skills for a Tech-Driven Marketing Career

by Gil Gildner and Anya Gildner

Social Media Marketing 2020: Discover the Newest Online Business Strategies Using YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Online Marketing, and Advertising
by Andrew Higdon

The 15 Steps To Profitable YouTube Marketing:
The Proven Method For Building Money-Making YouTube Ad Campaigns

by Daniel Rose

The Complete Guide to Facebook Advertising
by Brian Meert

Google Ads (AdWords) Workbook:
Advertising on Google Ads, YouTube, & the Display Network (2020 Edition)

by Jason McDonald

Affiliate Marketing:
How to Become a Seven Figure Affiliate Marketer in Today’s Digital World

by K.M., Kasim


Business Team Building
Having a team that works well together is key to successful project management and having a good work environment. These books offer strategies for creating strong teams with team-building activities. Learn ideas of how to gel teams within the office and virtually. Read tips of how to resolve conflict, and practices to improve work environments with respect, better communication and less toxicity.

Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers:
50 Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

by Brian Miller

Big Book of Virtual Teambuilding Games: Quick, Effective Activities to Build Communication, Trust and Collaboration from Anywhere! (Big Book Series)
by Mary Scannell, Michael Abrams, Mike Mulvihill

Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance 5th Edition
by W. Gibb Dyer Jr, Jeffrey H. Dyer, and William G. Dyer

The Power of a Positive Team:
Proven Principles and Practices that Make Great Teams 
by Jon Gordon

The Best Place to Work:
The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
by Ron Friedman, PhD

Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment:
Your Power Is Your Purpose
by T.D. Jakes

How to Talk to Anyone at Work:
72 Little Tricks for Big Success Communicating on the Job

by Leil Lowndes, Joyce Bean

Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job
by Kenneth Cloke, Joan Goldsmith 

Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
by Daniel Lubetzky

Toxicity in the Workplace: Coping with Difficult People on the Job
by Shonda Lackey PhD

Empathetic Leadership: 47 Practical Tips for Leading with Kindness, Courage, and Confidence in an Age of Disruption
by Michael Brisciana

Business Etiquette for Dummies
by Sue Fox

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work:
Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT

by Paul L. Marciano

Play Nice: Playground Rules for Respect in the Workplace (The Sandbox)
by Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik JD and J. R. Tomlinson

Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace
by Christine Porath

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
by Ron Friedman PhD

Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance
by W. Gibb Dyer Jr., Jeffrey H. Dyer, et al.

Business and Professional Communication:
KEYS for Workplace Excellence 4th Edition
by Kelly M. Quintanilla, Shawn T. Wahl

The Etiquette Advantage in Business:
Personal Skills for Professional Success
by Emily Post


Southern Culture and Civility
If you cherish memories of Texas and the southern part of the United States known for it’s warm hospitality, western dress, and colloquial expressions, you will enjoy reading about the heritage of southern culture and civility. These books reference southern manners and customs that have changed considerably as areas of the south have expanded with urban growth and evolved to a culture of modern and digital impact.

How to Be a Texan: The Manual
by Andrea Valdez

Southern Culture: An Introduction
by John Beck

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 4: Myth, Manners, and Memory (The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (4)) (v. 4)
by Charles Reagan Wilson

Manners and Southern History
by Ted Ownby


Recipes
If you enjoy baking this book has a collection of Martha Stewart’s classic recipes! Make delicious pies and tarts with this book filled with photos of favorite recipes. This book also makes a nice gift to give to your favorite cook.

Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts:
150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites: A Baking Book

by Martha Stewart Living Magazine 


Canning Preserves
Preserve fruit and make jam, pickle vegetables, or store vegetable and fruit for later. These books teach how to grow fruits and vegetables for canning and recipes of how-to can and preserve. Learn the art of canning preserves and then give these homemade gifts to your friends and neighbors to enjoy.

Jean Anderson’s Preserving Guide: How to Pickle and Preserve, Can and Freeze, Dry and Store Vegetables and Fruits
by Jean Anderson

How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine
by John Jeavons and Alice Waters

Beginner’s Guide to Canning: 90 Easy Recipes to Can, Savor, and Gift 
by Diane Devereaux

Canning and Preserving For Dummies
by Amelia Jeanroy and Karen Ward


Employment
Here are tips of how to improve your resume to get more interviews and jump start your job search. For those looking for a new career, discover your purpose by reflecting on what inspires you most. Find ways to encourage those you know who have been searching for work to bring them hope.

Chin Up Chin Out Job Search:
49 Ideas for Finding Work Faster and Easier
by Shary Raske

Knock ’em Dead Resumes:
A Killer Resume Gets MORE Job Interviews!
by Martin Yate CPC

Encouragement:
The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up
by Larry Crabb and Dan B. Allender PLLC

I See Your Dream Job:
A Career Intuitive Shows You How to Discover What You Were Put on Earth to Do

by Sue Frederick


Non-Profit/Volunteer
Have an inspirational idea? Make a difference in the world by starting a non-profit. Read more about how to take your idea and turn it into a non-profit organization. These books are valuable resources of information for anyone starting a non-profit. For those who are interested in volunteering, read more about international and leadership opportunities.

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money
by Kivi Leroux Miller

Becoming an International Humanitarian Aid Worker
by Chen Reis and Tania Bernath

How to Be a Global Nonprofit: Legal and Practical Guidance for International Activities (Wiley Nonprofit Authority) – Kindle Edition
by Lisa Norton

Management of International Institutions and NGOs:
Frameworks, practices and challenges

by Eduardo Missoni, Daniele Alesani

Volunteer Engagement 2.0:
Ideas and Insights Changing the World 1st Edition
by Robert J. Rosenthal with an introduction by Greg Baldwin 

101 Wisdom Tips for Volunteer Leaders – Kindle Edition
by Patricia Naylor Thomas


Homelessness
Living without a home is a difficult experience most people cannot understand. Read about the homeless problem in the United States, how to help,
and how to help alleviate homelessness in our country.

Helping the Homeless
by T. M. Babcock

Ending Homelessness: Why We Haven’t, How We Can (Points of View)
by Donald W. Burnes and David L. DiLeo

Journeys out of Homelessness: The Voices of Lived Experience
by Jamie Rife and Donald W. Burnes

Homelessness In the States
by Lee Walker


Self-Improvement
Find motivation to reach personal self-improvement goals. These books provide solutions of how-to improve areas that you want to focus on. Whether it is taking a negative vice and turning it around to a more positive approach, or setting goals to meet ambitions, there are a variety of books to choose from.

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Best Self: Be You, Only Better
by Mike Bayer

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It
by Shad Helmstetter

The Power of Self Improvement: A Little Change Can Go A Long Way
by ZeeDan CH

How to Make an Examination of Conscience
by Redemptorist Pastoral Publication

Examination of Conscience for Adults: A Comprehensive Examination Of Conscience Based On Twelve Virtues For The Twelve Months Of The Year
by Rev Donald Miller CSSR

Let’s Go Win: The Keys To Living Your Best Life
by JM Ryerson

Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think
by Tasha Eurich

Goal Setting Success: The Blueprint To Setting Goals & Achieving Them (Manifest Success, Motivational, Positive Thinking, Habit Building, Transformation, Abundance)
by Oscar Monfort

The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
by Joel Osteen

Exceptional You!: 7 Ways to Live Encouraged, Empowered, and Intentional
by Victoria Osteen

Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day
Joel Osteen

A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love and Inspire Others
by Lisa Barrickman

How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
by Catherine Price 

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue:
What You Say (and Don’t Say) Will Improve Your Relationships

by Deborah Smith Pegues

The Self-Care Solution:
A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter–One Month at a Time

by Jennifer Ashton MD

The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person:
A Workbook to Harness Your Strengths in Every Part of Life 

by Amanda Cassil PhD

Self-Care Check-In: A Guided Journal to Build Healthy Habits and Devote Time to You
by GG Renee Hill

Life’s Healing Choices Revised and Updated:
Freedom From Your Hurts, Hang-ups, and Habits

by John Baker and Rick Warren

Deliver Me From Negative Self Talk: A Guide To Speaking Faith-filled Words
by Lynn R Davis

Speak Life: Creating Your World With Your Words
by Katherine Ruonala and James W Goll 

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It
by Shad Helmstetter

The Gifts of Imperfection:
Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be
and Embrace Who You Are

by Brené Brown

How to Overcome Fear of Flying
A Practical Guide to Change the Way You Think about Airplanes, Fear and Flying: Learn to Manage Takeoff, Turbulence, Flying over Water, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
by Capt Ron Nielsen and Doug Parker


Encouragement
Looking for encouragement in everyday life? These books show the power of encouragement and how to be a source of encouragement to others. Regardless of the situation, these truths and phrases are gems to hold on to and whip out.

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Encouragement:
The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up
by Larry Crabb and Dan B. Allender PLLC

Perfect Phrases for Building Strong Teams: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Fostering Collaboration, Encouraging Communication, and Growing a Winning Team (Perfect Phrases Series)
by Linda Eve Diamond

Taking God to Work: The Keys to Ultimate Success
by David L Winters and Steve Reynolds

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days: 52 Encouraging Truths to Hold On Top
by Holley Gerth

Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up
by Larry Crabb and Dan B. Allender PLLC

Encouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living
by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer

Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be Blessed
by John C. Maxwell


Catholic
Are you Catholic or looking for religious and moral direction? These books provide an in depth exploration of church doctrine and teachings from the Bible. Whether you are looking for spiritual guidance or are just curious to learn more, these books dive into specific topics of Jesus, Mary, the Eucharist, virtues, prayer, and finding peace with yourself and others.

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The Holy Longing:
The Search for a Christian Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book explains Christian spirituality and the universal struggle for love and integration
of spirit explaining God and the Church for a world that more often than not
doubts the credibility of both.

Seeking Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find out Christian spirituality is and why we struggle with it. He gives practical advice on how to build a spirituality for today and for the next century.

Our One Great Act of Fidelity:
Waiting for Christ in the Eucharist
by Ronald Rolheiser
Delve into the history and meaning of this sacred tradition with this explanation of the Eucharist.

The Shattered Lantern:
Rediscovering a Felt Presence of God
by Ronald Rolheiser
Rediscover how faith makes sense and the real presence of God.

Living in the Sacred: Spirituality for Everyday Life
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn how to live spirituality in everyday life as disciples of Christ and stay true to commitments living selflessly for others.

Prayer: Our Deepest Longing
by Ronald Rolheiser
Learn the importance of prayer and how to pray, using examples from daily life, Scripture, and contemporary writers.

A Christian Guide to Spirituality:
Foundations for Disciples (Christian Spirituality Book 1)

by Ronald Rolheiser
This guide includes 50 daily devotions. Each topic is treated with a scriptural reference, reflection, prayer, and questions for discussion.

The Passion and the Cross
by Ronald Rolheiser
These meditations on the Passion and the Cross invites you to a new understanding of redemption and offers insight into the meaning of your own loss and suffering.

The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness
by Ronald Rolheiser
Connectiveness has changed in the modern world of cell phones and instant messaging. This book discusses the different types of loneliness and the dangers and opportunities they represent in our lives.

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book shows us God’s love is unconditional and the importance of forgiveness.

Sacred Fire:
A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
by Ronald Rolheiser
Be inspired on a journey of Christian maturity in pursuit of the most holy of all passions—a deep and lasting intimacy with God.

Wrestling with God:
Finding Hope and Meaning in Our Daily Struggles to Be Human
by Ronald Rolheiser
Find hope and meaning in daily struggles, finding a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, and a rhythm within which to walk that path.

Bruised And Wounded:
Struggling To Understand Suicide
by Ronald Rolheiser
Work through the grief associated with the trauma of experiencing a loss from suicide.

THE EUCHARIST

The Key the Doctrine of the Eucharist
by Abbot Vonier, foreword Peter Kreeft and Aiden Nichols
The richness of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the biblical meaning behind the tradition of the sacrifice at the Mass is explained in this book. I enjoyed this book so much, I read it twice.

MARY

Walking with Mary:
A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross
by Edward Sri
Mary was obedient to God’s will, continuing to say yes even under the most difficult circumstances always trusting and believing in humbleness and obedience. This book takes a journey through Mary’s life and shows how she lives her life, filled with faith, with examples that can be applied to our own journey.

JESUS

Jesus, The Way, the Truth and The Life
by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
If you have ever struggled with reading the Bible, this book pieces the stories and books of the Bible together with clarity using everyday language. There are interesting historical tidbits and facts included which enrich a person’s understanding of the Bible and the time in history in which Jesus lived.

VIRTUES

The Power of Humility
by Fr. Candice Bourke
This book explains what being humble means in relation to God, other people, and in the way a person views themself. The power of humility changes a person to live a more virtuous life.

PRAYER

15 Days of Prayer with Thomas Merton
by Andre Gozier, O.S.B.
Thomas Merton, a Cistercian monk, draws from classic and monastic spirituality with daily suggestions of how to pray to have a stronger relationship with God.

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE

Thank You for Being Such a Pain.
Spiritual Guidance for Dealing with Difficult People.
by Mark I. Rosen, PhD
This book provides spiritual guidance on how to deal with people who can be challenging and advice on how to work through troublesome relationships. There are several enlightening quotes and stories throughout this book to enjoy and learn from as gems of inspiration.


Christian Inspiration
Be inspired by these Christian authors. These books provide hope
and knowledge that God is present during struggles, of His incredible love for each of us,
and His ability to make the impossible possible.

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Joel Osteen’s Books & Media
Victoria Osteen’s Books & Media
Books by Joyce Meyer

Wake Up to Hope: Devotional
by Joel and Victoria Osteen 

The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
by Joel Osteen

Exceptional You!: 7 Ways to Live Encouraged, Empowered, and Intentional
by Victoria Osteen

Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day
Joel Osteen

Facing Your Giants: God Still Does the Impossible
by Max Lucado

You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
by Max Lucado

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World
by Max Lucado

Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer
by Beth Moore

Hope for Today Bible
by Joel Osteen

Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue
by Barry H. Corey

Wake Up Smiling: 40 Devotions for a Hope-Filled Life
by Audrey Meisner

Letters from God
by Ivan Tait

His Princess: Love Letters from Your King
by Sheri Rose Shepherd


Travel
Research some of the world’s best places to travel to, best places to stay, and how to overcome flying. Travelers will enjoy exploring the world with these books for travel solutions.

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How to Overcome Fear of Flying:
A Practical Guide to Change the Way You Think about Airplanes, Fear and Flying: Learn to Manage Takeoff, Turbulence, Flying over Water, Anxiety and Panic Attacks
by Capt Ron Nielsen and Doug Parker

Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips
by National Geographic

A Wealth of Insight:
The World’s Best Luxury Hoteliers on
Leadership, Management, and the Future of 5-Star Hospitality
by Rahim B. Kanani


Holiday Books
Read about the history of Halloween! Learn more about where “trick-or-treat” originated from. Prepare for Advent and Christmas with daily reflections.

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Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween [Hardcover] 
by Lisa Morton

Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas
by Ronald Rolheiser
This book shows us God’s love is unconditional and the importance of forgiveness.


Sex Education/Sex Trafficking
Sex trafficking is a concern in the United States as well as internationally. With sex education, there can be an awareness of this modern-day slavery. Teaching true love and healthy sexual interactions can also help prevent youth from becoming involved in sex trafficking as a way out of seemingly desperate situations. Sex trafficking comes in many forms online and offline. Lessen the exploitation by being informed.

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Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
by Siddharth Kara

Teaching True Love to a Sex-at-13 Generation
by Eric Ludy

Consent: The New Rules of Sex Education: Every Teen’s Guide to Healthy Sexual Relationships
by Jennifer Lang MD

Sex Trafficking in the United States: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice
by Andrea Nichols

Social Work Practice with Survivors of Sex Trafficking and
Commercial Sexual Exploitation

by Andrea Nichols, Tonya Edmond Ph.D., Erin Heil Ph.D. (Editors)

Camming
by Angela Jones

Sex Trafficking of Children in the United States:
Overview and Issues for Congress (CRS Reports)

by Congressional Research Service

Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States: A Guide for the Health Care Sector
by Institute of Medicine (Author), National Research Council (Author)

Child Welfare and Child Support:
The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthenin (CRS Reports)

by Congressional Research Service

Preventing Child Trafficking: A Public Health Approach 1st Edition
by Jonathan Todres and Angela Diaz

Resurrection After Rape:
A guide to transforming from victim to survivor
by Matt Atkinson   

Writing Ourselves Whole:
Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma (Help for Rape Victims, Trauma and Recovery, Abuse Self-Help)
by Jennifer Cross

Cognitive Processing Therapy for Rape Victims:
A Treatment Manual (Interpersonal Violence: The Practice Series)

by Patricia A. Resick and Monica K. Schnicke

What Happened to Me?!:
Healing for Sex Trafficking Survivors 1st Edition
by Toni McKinley


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Dating Online: Spooked or In for a Treat?

Are you scared to meet someone online? For many, online dating seems to be a safe and efficient way to meet someone. You can scroll through profiles, connect with those you like, and put forth your best image of yourself without spending much time or effort. With social distancing practices this year, online dating has been a way to continue to meet other singles without leaving home. Virtual dating can be a tricky way to build quality relationships, but for some, it can be the treat of meeting the love of their life.

There is next to no obligation involved with meeting someone online. Very little time is needed to prep for an online date. All a person needs to do is find a location with good lighting and a background for a video meeting and schedule a time for a virtual meeting. Conversations start with initial emails and continue to a “virtual date”. Virtual dates, which have become popular, are held remotely through live video meetings and consist of chatting with one another or doing an event together separately such as eating, cooking, art, or watching a movie. Virtual dates have become even more popular with COVID-19. Even groups of singles who typically would enjoy meeting at a restaurant or pub are hosting video events online. Members are invited to bring their meal or drink to enjoy virtually and engage in discussions remotely. Screening potential matches online saves money for those on a budget. As a low risk option to meeting someone, online dating gives parties involved the chance to get to know each other without spending much money or feeling any sexual expectation that might be assumed in person. The ability to engage remotely without these expectations helps screen through people to find a better match while first building a friendship. Couples can enter into conversations on issues that may be deal breakers, before getting more seriously involved, lessening the chance for needless heartaches and wasted time.

Striking a match for one person may fizzle out for the other if the person misrepresents him or herself online. Likewise, a potential relationship can never truly grow if it doesn’t eventually move offline. Anyone can look boo-tiful online and there are plenty of spooks out there who can be hard to identify. Profiles can be setup using fake names, pictures and information. A person can connect with another person and share many details of their life, without the person actually being in the market to date but online for other reasons. For someone who feels they have found a confidant online it may be hard for them to identify deception in the other person, a fake profile, or someone who is online only for entertainment. The online space makes it easy for shy people to reveal information perceiving it to be a safer environment “behind the screen”. It can be easy to misconstrue a remote or online relationship with reality. An in-person meeting between two people needs to happen relatively quickly after initially starting to converse. A person could end up confiding their life through e-mails and chat sessions to someone who just disappears with all of the recorded information. Meeting someone in-person is invaluable to getting to know the other person. Until a meeting is set, there is a greater chance of making assumptions about a person’s personality, features, and the meaning behind what is said. Unless a relationship is substantiated with a physical presence, the relationship can never truly blossom and it is likely it will never go anywhere or become destructive because one person saw it as potential and the other a time filler.

Consideration needs to be given as to how much of a relationship is sacrificed by spending time remotely. We are not androids after all but human people who need to express ourselves in person and have tactical touch. As humans we are composed of spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional parts to our existence. Online dating caters to the emotional and mental aspects of the human condition, but it doesn’t do much for the physical and spiritual sides. While humans may share information visually of their physical and spiritual characteristics, these facets are better learned about and experienced in person. When any of these areas are withheld in a relationship, the relationship is hindered. For a relationship to grow, especially in a romantic relationship, a person needs to bring all of these to a relationship to be learned about. This is something that a strictly online relationship cannot offer. Likewise, a person who knows everything they can find about someone, without actually knowing them in person, also strips the person of their human value. The two parties need to be on equal ground, open to sharing in these areas, and grow the relationship offline, in-person. Without this, in one person’s mind there is potential for a relationship, and in the other person’s mind as entertainment at the expense of another with no intent. People who meet online need to have the goal of taking the relationship offline after an initial screening or else keep searching.  

With virtual dating becoming more popular, one has to wonder how mainstream this will become as a way to develop relationships. As a supplement to a relationship, it can be beneficial in certain situations. If a date in-person is set and a person became sick, the other person might still be able to keep the date virtually. The same thoughtfulness of wanting to be there can apply to other unexpected situations which come up. However, when two people make virtual dating the central way of spending time, time spent in person will lack in all areas until they become accustomed to spending time together. The physical presence is a necessary component of any relationship.

If you are screaming because another year is getting ready to end, and you are looking for a match for the holidays or something more long-term—just remember that online dating could be an option for you. Several online dating websites have affordable memberships and many are catered to specific interests such as religion, politics, or locations. Once a member, profiles can be filtered through by age, hobbies, occupation, and other demographics. Online services such as Facebook also offers free dating sections to their website. Meetup.com offers speed dating events which are currently online due to COVID-19. Facetime, Messenger, Zoom, Skype are also good services to use for video meetings. There are many ways to meet people the trick is to find the one you want to treat and come to their door. No costume required, just be your genuine self!


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Halloween, the Trick of Treating for 2020, and Top Candy Selections

The History of Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Spooks and goblins, or trick or treating, goes back to the 7th or 8th century BC. The change of season from summer to winter was celebrated by the Celts with the Samhain festival, a pagan worship celebration marking the change in the season from summer to winter. The Celts paid worship to pagan gods by giving thanks and sacrifice. Out of fear of the power of the gods, the worshipers wore disguises and masks to remain unidentifiable hoping to chase away spirits and avoid any trickery the gods might inflict upon them. As it was believed that the souls of the dead roamed the earth during this time of the year, the Celts left food for them hoping to appease them and keep them from haunting the living. In the 8th century AD, All Saint’s Day which was celebrated by Christians was merged with the observance of Samhain to create one holiday. Protestants opposed the holiday believing it was too pagan, while the Irish immigrants to the United States in the 19th century contributed to culture with their enthusiasm for wearing costumes to celebrate. Today Halloween has evolved into a secular tradition filled with costumes, decorations, themes of horror and death, spirits, cute and scary pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and parties for all ages. For the more spiritual, those who attend church recognize Halloween as a “hallowed eve”, or a holy night before the celebration of the remembrance of the dead. All Soul’s Day on November 1, to remember those who have died, and All Saints Day, on November 2 to honor the saints in heaven.

The Halloween holiday has evolved the last century to one of giving treats rather than one of trickery. Observing the practice of giving treats or tricking people started as early as the 1920’s in the United States. Children in disguises went in groups door-to-door asking for a trick or a treat. Tricking a homeowner would mean the group of children would do a prank on the homeowner’s property or rob the homeowner. If the homeowner chose not to be tricked, the children received a treat. The goal was to end the evening having received many treats. By the 1950’s trick-or-treating became an established custom for children to dress up and go door-to-door asking for tricks or treats. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the phrase ‘trick-or-treat’ became official. Today children still go door-to-door in safe neighborhoods, while many local children’s events offer group venues for children to safely go trick-or-treating. The tricks associated with the holiday can now be found at haunted houses and house parties with scary moments and surprises. For the most part, the holiday is one of dressing up in creative costumes and giving treats of candy and simple toy gifts to children. Adults also look forward to dressing up for holiday Halloween parties where they too can celebrate and enjoy food, candy, and spirited drinks.

As you get your costume together for you or your children this Halloween, don’t forget to wear your mask and bring your hand sanitizer! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that standard costume masks may not be thick enough for COVID-19 disease control. It is also advised not to wear a mask under or over a costume mask as it could be too thick for breathing. The trick is taking time to adjust costume masks to comply with COVID-19 precautions to ensure it does not overly restrict breathing. Those planning to hand out candy should consider drive-by, drive-way tables where cars can line up to gather candy from. Outdoor scavenger hunts or other activities which maintain 6 feet of social distancing are also recommended. Don’t be scared! Enjoy gobblin’ candy and Happy Halloween!


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CHOCOLATE
If you are looking for fun, creative options for Halloween chocolate candy and packaging, take a look at this list. Hershey’s has bulk chocolate candies in a variety of shapes, flavors, and packaging perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters or to fill a candy bowl at your Halloween party!

Hershey’s Glow in the Dark Halloween Chocolate Candy
Glow in the Dark Snack Size Halloween Chocolate Candy
Assortment 3 Pack
Includes: Kit Kat (9.8 oz), Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (9.45 oz), Reese’s (9.35 oz)

Glow in the Dark Wrapped Variety Mix
150 count assortment pieces
43.28 oz bag of Hershey’s, Kit Kat, and Reese’s

Hershey’s Chocolate Pumpkins, White Chocolate Ghosts, and Chocolate Bats
Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Candy
Chocolate Pumpkins, White Chocolate Ghosts, and Chocolate Bats
10.2 oz each snack candy bags
Includes: 1 White Chocolate Reeses Peanut Butter Ghosts (10.2 oz),
1 Reeses Chocolate Pumpkins (10.2 oz), 1 Reeses Chocolate Bats (10.2 oz)

Hershey’s Kit Kat Decorated Foil Halloween Candy
Kit Kat Halloween Miniatures
Kit Kat Halloween Chocolate Candy, Spooky Miniatures
36 oz bulk candy
36 oz bag of individually wrapped Kit Kat Miniatures
Crispy wafers covered in smooth milk chocolate
Specially wrapped in Halloween-themed ghost, skeleton, and sheriff foils

Hershey’s Miniature Assortment Bulk Bags
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Miniature Bars
Includes: Dark chocolate
3 lb bag

Hershey’s Miniatures Chocolate Candy Snack Size Assortment
Includes: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Krackel, and Mr. Goodbar
56 oz bag

Hershey’ Nuggets Halloween Candy, Assorted Chocolate
Includes: Milk chocolate, Milk chocolate with almonds,
Special dark, mildly sweet chocolate with almonds, Extra creamy milk chocolate
with toffee and almonds
31.5 oz bag


CANDY CORN
Candy corn—an all time favorite classic candy of Halloween is available in a variety of flavors. Try seasonal flavors of caramel apple, apple pie, pumpkin pie or select from non-traditional candy corn colors to add color variety to match party themes!

Candy Retailer Caramel Apple Candy Corn
Color: red, white, and brown
Carmel apple flavor
1 lb bag

Zachary Patriotic Candy Corn
Color: red, white, and blue
Raspberry lemonade flavor
1 lb bag

Brach’s Apple Pie & Pumpkin Pie Flavored Halloween/Fall Candy
Color: Orange and white, brown and white
Apple pie and pumpkin flavor mixed bag
5 oz bag

Indian Candy Corn
Color: brown, orange, white
1 lb bag

Candy Retailer Candy Corn
Color: yellow, orange and white
Traditional candy corn
1 lb bag

Autumn Mix Mellocreme Mix Fall Halloween Candy Mix
Mix of traditional candy corn, Indian candy corn and pumpkin candy
1 lb bag


HALLOWEEN MARSHMALLOWS
Marshmallows for Halloween? Send chills up your neighbors’ spines with how creative you are! These snackable flavors of marshmallows are a healthier option than many candy bars and are a unique treat to hand out.

SmashMallow Fun Size Variety Pack
30 Individual Treats
30 individually-wrapped snackable Marshmallows Assorted Flavors
Flavors: Cinnamon Churro, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberries & Cream, Cookie Dough
Non-GMO, Organic Cane Sugar
25 calories each


HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS
Show your thoughtfulness and creativeness by offering healthy Halloween treats as an alternative to candy. Pretzels, chips, or other snack options are perfect for those with special dietary needs.

Utz Halloween Shaped Pretzel Treat Barrels
70 count, 35 oz (2 lb 3 oz) individual 0.5 oz bags
Snack-sized individually packaged pretzels shaped as pumpkins and bats

Halloween Garden Veggie Ghost and Bat Chips
40 count, 20 individual 0.75 oz bags
Sea salt, garden veggie chip shapes of ghosts and bats
Made with garden-grown potatoes and vegetables
Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, no artificial flavors, colors or additives



HEALTHY TREATS
More Halloween Snack Options
Fruit snacks, rice crisps, organic lollipops and gummi bears, crackers, and healthy food bars
Dairy-free, organic, and non-GMO options

Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Berries ‘n Cherries
40 count, 0.9 oz bags
Gluten free

YumEarth Gluten Free Gummy Bears, Assorted Flavors
43 pack, 0.7 oz bags
Allergy friendly, non-GMO, no artificial flavors, organic ingredients

Quaker Popped Gluten Free Rice Crisps Variety Packs
30 count, 0.67 oz bags
Gluten free, Made with corn and whole grain brown rice
Flavors: Sweet BBQ, Cheddar, Buttermilk Ranch

YumEarth Organic Lollipops, Variety Pack
50 lollipops, 10.9 oz
Organic, allergy friendly, non-GMO, gluten Free, vegan
Flavors: Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-Face Watermelon, Strawberry Smash, Googly Grape,
Very Very Cherry, Perfectly Peach, Razzmatazz Berry, Mango Tango

Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears Candy
65 count, 0.8 oz bag
Organic, gluten-free, fat-free

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Classic Mix Crackers
30 count bags
Flavors: Goldfish Colors, Goldfish Cheddar, Goldfish Pretzel
10 single-serving packs of Goldfish Colors (0.9 oz bag),
12 packs of Goldfish Cheddar (1 oz bags) and 8 packs of Goldfish Pretzel (1 oz bags)

Annie’s Organic Halloween Bunny Grahams
22 count, 0.4 oz individual bags
Orange and brown Halloween bunny grahams
Organic wheat flour, non-GMO,
No artificial flavors, synthetic colors or synthetic preservatives,
No high-fructose corn syrup

CraveBox Healthy Care Package
30 count
Natural Food Bars Nuts Fruit Health Nutritious Snacks
Variety Gift Box Pack Assortment Basket Bundle Mix Sampler
Sweet and savory selections of nuts, fruit chews, bars, popcorn, veggie chips


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SAY…WHAT!?! About Speech

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If you think Freedom of Speech means the freedom to say anything, think again. Defamation and other speech can be civil offenses. On the 4th of July we celebrate our country’s independence and the freedoms we have as Americans. The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech but how are many turning this into the liberty of hate speech? Learn more about defamation, slander, and effective communication. The content below shares valuable information on communication and the different between good speech and traps that we fall in with our tongue. View the infographic and read or listen to the podcast here!

Download the Infographic: How-To Communication with Etiquette SAY…WHAT!?!

What you says matters and speaking well of others is where winners are at. Join Clean Up Dallas with Culture and Kindness for the podcast: How To Phrase It and You Can Quote Me. This podcast talks about how what you say matters especially when Freedom of Speech is taken too far. Learn ways to improve your relationships and how you speak by listening to the podcasts this month and joining this month’s online book discussions. Reach for a higher standard when it comes to communication. Be Cultured. Be Kind.

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A How-To Holiday Guide Special Edition Article: Preparing for the Gift

Make your gifts special this year adding a little extra thought and pizzazz. Here are some options of how to give a gift to someone!

Option 1:
The first is taking a gift you have purchased and just handing it to someone. After all, the thought is in the actual present isn’t it? This seems a little too efficient and a little dull, as if the gift was just handed off. While there will most likely be appreciation, there is not much thoughtfulness with this option.

Option 2:
The second, more common option, is wrapping a gift—and not just wrapping a gift but finding just the right wrapping paper. There are all sorts of ways to wrap a present. In the olden days, before wrapping paper, there was newspaper. A person would sort through the newspaper for the comic section and use it to wrap a gift. A special, news section, might be preferred, or the sports section if the person was a sports fanatic. For those with children, mothers instruct children how to disassemble a paper bag to use to wrap a gift and then decorate it. As specialty designed wrapping paper created with love, a child’s artwork on the wrapping paper is a way to add a nice extra touch which family members can cherish. For adults who are wrapping paper connoisseurs, with a flair for the hunt of the perfect paper, there are a variety of designs to choose such as reindeer, snow, trees, seasonal words, religious art, Santa, candy canes, swirls and stars, trendy holiday printable patterns and colors, and red, green, blue, white, as well as shiny silver, and gold. Wrapping paper can cost anywhere from $1 at a dollar store to $20 per roll or more. Wrapping a gift with wrapping paper is a talent in itself by carefully folding the ends just right and and taping the gift seamlessly with nimble fingers of tape. For others, services are available to hire someone to wrap the gift professionally for you. [Have you ever seen an ad hiring for a gift wrapper asking for your resume of experience? More real than Santa’s elves, job postings like this actually exist.] Then of course there are boxes and bags of all sizes, to-from labels, ribbons and tissue paper with just about as many varieties as wrapping paper, and to make it a hallmark gift, don’t forget to include a special card. You could potentially spend a fortune making this gift special all to be disposed. And what is so intriguing about that? The anticipation. You are paying for anticipation and thoughtfulness but it is fairly important as part of the presentation. As an added benefit to the fun, part of preparing the gift is the giddiness that comes from having a secret surprise for someone. With the hope to bring them honor and happiness with it, gift givers at the very least hope the gift is seen as a token of their thoughtfulness and love. The process of preparing a gift causes joy to the giver because of the thought and effort is for another and for their happiness, and as the saying goes “it is in giving that we also receive”.

Option 3:
Option three, is the gold package option when it comes to thoughtfulness and extra effort to make the gift special. One way is accessorizing the main gift with a series of presents to be opened all wrapped as one. Another way to make the gift unique, could be creating accessories to adorn the gift maybe with a customized ribbon which is braided, or a bookmark as a gift tag, or a USB drive as a to-you from-me hang tag with family photos loaded on it, or perhaps the present has been blessed especially if it is a gift where this is appropriate. What other creative ideas do you have? One unique gift I received once had miniature ornaments tied to the ribbon, which was both adorable and functional as it could be hung on my tree. These were kept as an unforgettable keepsake and the all the thoughtfulness that was put into the present was remembered for its uniqueness.

Part of the gold package option is not just the presentation of the gift but the presentation of how it is given. Often taken for granted is the presentation of making the gift special, beyond the wrapping paper. Reflect for a moment right now on how you give gifts. Do you hand it off with a big smile? Are you enthused cooing with words “I think you’ll just love this”, or do you just sort of nudge it with your finger across the table and make excuses like “I didn’t know what to get you”. Now, spend some time considering how you receive gifts. Do you open the gift with an expressionless facial expression in a placid manner with all lackluster? Or do you squeal? Without realizing it, more times than not, we respond as a response to the emotions of another person. It is a form of empathy and can be contagious. With the enthusiasm and happiness of gift giving, it can be rewarding for the gift giver to see that the gift is appreciated.

In Preparation and Anticipation
With gift giving, the way the gift is presented, the way it is wrapped, the thoughtfulness and the experience opening it, all are for the delight of the recipient adding up to the grand finale of finally discovering what is inside. All of this creates anticipation setting the stage for what is to come. Maybe it is a special gift which you have anticipated and are nervous about receiving. The giver can add a lot to the moment with how they present a gift setting the stage and mood either with enthusiasm, warmth, environment, or words indicating it is a very special gift.

Anticipation ties in with hope. It causes a person to hold their breath in a sense knowing something is to come. The same is with Christmas and Christ’s birth. We spend these last few weeks before Christmas in preparation for what is to come. It’s how you set the stage and prepare in anticipation for that ‘special moment’. Think of how you prepare for the gift and make that part of the present, both with the presents you are giving and preparing spiritually for Christmas.

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As Easy As Pie

Acts of Hospitable Kindness

As we march into July, it is a perfect time to practice random acts of kindness while being neighborly and hospitable. Although it may not be as common now, it wasn’t long ago that neighbors brought food to one another out of thoughtfulness. The gift was sharing the latest recipe that was a success, or a sample of the latest batch of cookies, hot out of the oven, still warm. It was a good excuse to go next door, or across the street and say, “Howdy”. Texas spirit in full-swing, always with a warm welcome, a positive greeting, and some of the funniest phrases on the planet, to spread some love.

With 4th of July approaching, traditionally there are parades, picnics, and of course, early lawn seating for the spectacular fireworks. The festive celebration of independence is an ideal time to congregate with friends and meet new people. It’s an energized time of excitement and an outburst of friendliness as friends get together to celebrate. This year is much different with cancellations to all the major celebrations. With COVID-19 restrictions still in affect, the 4th of July is one of independence rather than togetherness.As you plan for your own unique 4th of July event, think of others who may be by themselves this holiday. Try extending an invitation ahead of time for someone who may be alone to join you. Even if you are planning to have a simple 4th of July, watching the fireworks on TV or online, you might consider having a few people over and hosting a fireworks viewing get-together in your backyard. If you are already planning to attend an event, see how you can offer to help by bringing a dish or lending an extra hand with setting up. Remember to practice social distancing, while still be social!I challenge you to the “Oh, Say Can You See, Challenge”, of seeking out ways to be randomly kind this 4th of July, by extending hospitality and kindness to those you don’t know. Dish out an extra bit of kindness to those around you! Being welcoming and friendly is part of our country’s culture and heritage. Take the liberty this 4th of July of being extra kind.

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