[excerpt] Relationship Ready: How I Stopped Fucking Randos and Started Cupcaking My Soulmate

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The following is the Introduction from Heidi Busche’s new book, Relationship Ready: How I Stopped Fucking Randos and Started Cupcaking My Soulmate, available now on Amazon.com! If you’re still interested in casually dating, friends with benefit-ing, or fucking randos,  then you really aren’t ready for this book. You know that wobbly table you’ve got? For now, put this book under the short leg of that table to steady the wobble. Put it on a shelf, bury it in your closet, use it as a coaster. But keep it around for that moment when you realize that you want a relationship and […]

Lori Eberly: Fighting Fuckery, One Executive at a Time

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I recently had the privilege of sitting down with hospice social worker-turned- badass executive coach, Lori Eberly.  Her well-received book Fuckery, discusses the perils of rudimentary habits that damage trust within the workplace and offers advice on how to change the behaviors that create this toxic environment. She currently is the founder of Radius ECD, an executive coaching and development firm located in Portland Oregon.  Now before I dive into the interview, I felt I should add this in as a full disclosure. Sitting down with Eberly was somewhat nerve-wracking due to this being my rookie debut into the world […]

Culture Feature: 50 Contemporary Women Artists

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50 Contemporary Women Artists is a one-of-a-kind compendium that features a selection of women artists and architects who have made groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art. Profiling an international cross-section of artists, 50 Contemporary Women Artists presents fresh perspectives on feminism and notions of cultural power. Using a variety of mediums, the artists in this book address themes of social, cultural, political, environmental, and psychological issues. Heather Zises, Pregame Magazine art editor, created this book with John Gosslee three years ago. The idea came from a special Women’s Edition that John’s magazine Fjords Review ran in 2014 where Heather served as guest curator. […]

Book Brief: Lessons From the Pack

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Lessons From the Pack Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier 2017, National Geographic Partners The Idea In this book, celebrated dog behaviorist Cesar Millan shares his story and the eight major lessons he has learned from dogs. Part autobiography and part life value book, “Lessons from the Pack”s, is interspersed with celebrity client insights and childhood stories to reveal the lessons we can all learn from our four-legged friends. Recommended For Someone looking for an inspirational self-help book, but doesn’t want the heavy lifting required from true self-help gurus. The Pros The story flows well. There is a formula to […]

May 2019: Arts & Culture

Perfect Baby Showroom, 2014
Mixed media installation of baby dolls, acrylic, wallpaper, electrical, metal, LED lights, neon,
foam, cotton, cereal
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I have a confession to make. I only read nonfiction. Seriously. Over the past five years, I can only recall one fiction book I’ve read, and that was on vacation. Even biographies seem laborious. I am so hungry to learn, so dedicated to continuous evolution, that time spent in a printed story seems wasted. (Somehow I forget to apply this logic to my Netflix queue.) Of course, I’m completely wrong. Stories are the language of our humanity. They communicate deeper meaning more effectively than any literal description ever could. Stories are how we persuade, how we remember valuable lessons, how […]

Book Brief: “On Fire” by John O’Leary

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On Fire John O’Leary 2016, Gallery Books The Idea This book is a combination of autobiography and motivational tome. As a nine year-old, John O’Leary was burned over 100% of his body. He wasn’t expected to make it through the night, but yet here he is today as an adult, sharing seven life views on how to live a “radically inspired life”. As the book sleeve states, “Once expected to die, John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live.” Recommended For Anyone who feels stuck in a rut, appreciates positivity or who simply needs a half full vs. half […]

Book Brief: Unsubscribe by Josh Korda

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Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune In to Truth by Josh Korda 2017, Wisdom Publications A three-step guide to recovering from the modern addiction to consumerism, social withdrawal, and emotional inauthenticity — from life as you thought it had to be. The Idea If you’ve ever felt like there must be more than the rat race, or that the modern American definition of success might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Recommended For Those of us who are searching for more depth and meaning beyond the mainstream American approach to life and fulfillment. The Author Since 2005 Josh Korda been the guiding teacher […]

A Life of Purpose

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The purpose of life is a life of purpose. —Robert Byrne How do we keep going in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds? How do we overcome the dark forces of self-doubt and self-criticism which can sometimes cripple our ability to create our best, most purposeful lives? How do we rise above the sometimes ungenerous, unkind stories we tell ourselves as we go about our lives? Sitting around the table at our morning coaching session, teas and coffees in hand, these were some of the questions we explored. Three of us—all creative solopreneurs, writers and designers—shared our fears and doubts, goals […]

Past Present Podcast: DACA, Louise Hay, and an All-Female Lord of the Flies

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In this episode of Past Present, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate the White House’s announcement to end DACA, the death of New Age guru and publisher Louise Hay, and the prospect of an all-female Lord of the Flies remake. DACA We discussed the recent history of DACA and its unique policy history; we all found this Vox article by Dara Lind helpful. Louise Hay New Age pioneer Louise Hay died last week, leaving millions of her readers and followers bereft. We discussed how her strain of positive thinking has shaped the self-help genre, as Boris Kachka argues in New York, […]

Past Present Podcast: The AHCA, Children’s Sleep, and Planets

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In this week’s episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate the fate of the American Health Care Act, the constructed nature of children’s sleep, and Pluto’s place among the planets.     The AHCA We discussed why Donald Trump’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare failed and the longer history of health care reform in the U.S. Children’s Sleep A recent Los Angeles Times oped wondered why parents insist their children sleep alone. We discussed the history of sleep, including Natalia’s comments on how famous pediatricians like Dr. Spock and Dr. Ferber recommended children be trained to sleep. […]