Words of Wisdom & Food for Thought - The Melting Pot
Some people do spring-cleaning. Over the years, I’ve realized that I do an annual fall nesting. I know, I know, technically summer isn’t quite over yet…but fall is most definitely in the air which means I’m deep in thought. What did I accomplish this year? What will I do over the coming holidays? What are my plans for next year? Am I truly living life or just ‘getting through’ life? Am I who I want to be?
Just like in my day job, when I start to ponder the answers to these questions I look to subject matter experts for insights. More often than not I end up with more questions. In the end, I’m thankful for the pause and the quiet space created by simply taking the time to think not just about the activities of life, but also about the substance of living.
Let’s add some savory wisdom and zest for life to the melting pot!
What I Know for Sure is a text that should be sipped and savored like a fine wine or a great cup of chocolate. I am STILL working my way through this potent little book! Ms. O drops some heavy knowledge on you like a bomb filled with lavender and chai loveliness. One of my favorite quotes is on the back of the book: “I know for sure: Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.” These are truly words to live by, for sure.
As a creative force, student of the human heart and soul, and champion of living the life you want, Oprah Winfrey stands alone. Over the years, she has made history with a legendary talk show - the highest-rated program of its kind, launched her own television network, become the nation's only African-American billionaire, and been awarded both an honorary degree by Harvard University and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. From all her experiences, she has gleaned life lessons--which, for fourteen years, she's shared in O, The Oprah Magazine's widely popular "What I Know For Sure" column, a monthly source of inspiration and revelation.
Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme--joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power--these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women--while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.
If you haven’t heard of Kid President, then you are a missing a real treat. Here is his Open Letter to Moms
and his Pep Talk to Teachers and Students
What I love most about this book is its zest for life and the fun loving relationship between Robby Novak and his brother-in-law Brad Montague. For example, when they visited President Obama at The White House, they licked the walls. LOL! They licked them because when would they ever get the opportunity to lick The White House walls again? I mean, really, how many folks can say that they licked the walls of The White House? I dare you to read this book and NOT smile or be inspired to share your own brand of joy with the world.
"This is LIFE, people! You've got air coming through your nose! You've got a heartbeat! That means it's time to do something!" announces Kid President in his book, Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome. From YouTube sensation (75 million views and counting!) to Hub Network summer series star, Kid President—ten-year-old Robby Novak—and his videos have inspired millions to dance more, to celebrate life, and to throw spontaneous parades.
In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends (he has interviewed Beyoncé!), and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer. Grab a corn dog and settle in to your favorite comfy chair. Pretend it's your birthday! (In fact, treat everyone like it's THEIR birthday!) Kid President is here with a 240-page, full-color Guide to Being Awesome that'll spread love and inspire the world.
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
I have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.
My stories feature strong women, who know how to wield their minds like weapons. Their men are smart and often controlling….but, rest assured, my female leads give them a run for their money. They strive to follow their hearts and dreams for the betterment of themselves and their loved ones. Like my life, all of my stories feature a diverse cast of characters.
With my business partner, Therese Patrick, I work to demystify marketing principles for my author friends. Our first book, Author Marketing 101 Guide & Journal, was published by Gazebo Gardens Publishing and released in October 2013.
Steampunk, futurist, blerd, artist, author, and marketing maven…a real creative force of nature – that’s me in a nutshell.