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Filling Her Shoes by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

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Filling Her Shoes – A Memoir of an Inherited Family  by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder.

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On the day that she decided to marry a widower—also a long-time friend—Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn’t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son. Unlike many stepmothers, Betsy didn’t have to struggle with an ex, or court battles, or the weekend shuffle between houses—but she did have to navigate living in the shadow of a young mother taken too soon, to honor the memory of her son’s first mother, and to become the kind of parent and partner she herself wanted to be. Over time this family would learn how love’s roots were formed in their shared losses, and how the new family love and joy they created together would become the richest kind of inheritance.




A Word from the Author

author betsy Graziani Fasbinder picture_Filling Her Shoes was not originally written to be a book. When Betsy Graziani Fasbinder was about to become a mother for the first time she did what she’d always done to find understand her new endeavor: she went to the bookstore. But when all of the books either had to do with caring for babies or sharing custody with an ex, she found no information to help in her circumstances. She was marrying a widower—who happened to be a long-time friend—with a seven-year-old son, stepping into the shoes of a young mother taken too soon. There’d be no nursery to decorate. There’d be no custody battles or jealousy. There’d be no ex, just a man and a boy who had already suffered a most tragic loss and the desire to create a safe and loving family where all of them could heal together. To understand her own experiences, and since she found no help in the pages of other books, Betsy started writing about the moments of their becoming a family, and the experience of becoming a mother in the wake of loss. Filling Her Shoes is a sweet-bitter, happy ending story of grief and gratitude living side by side and the healing powers of love and family.

(Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, July 2017)

 

 

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Curiosity killed the Craving by Raj Fernandes

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Curiosity Killed the Craving is a self-help book by Raj Fernandes.
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Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be intimidating.
Having smoked for over 40 years, I had tried all sorts of methods of quitting. But no matter what I tried, the cravings would always return to haunt me. All attempts to overcome cravings failed until I discovered a simple technique that helped me get the better of them. The secret turned out to be my own mind. So I practiced observing the onset of cravings in a curious, mindful way. This helped me acknowledge the presence of cravings rather than struggle with them.

In my new no-nonsense quit smoking book CURIOSITY KILLED THE CRAVING., I share what has worked for me and guide you through the process from preparing to quit, to the realities of the first few days without nicotine, to making positive lifestyle changes going forward. It is full of practical tips and personal experiences. Quitting is never easy, but trust me, if I can do it anyone can.

So say goodbye to Nicotine (or Mr. Nic as I know him) today!




A Word from the Author

Author Raj Fernandes picture 2Having smoked cigarettes for well over 40 years the thought that I should ‘pack it in’ hit me hard one night. At 11pm on that eventful night I happily dumped three packets of cigarettes, my legendary glass ashtray, and four lighters. That was me giving Mr Nicotine the push – I never wanted to see him again. I quit smoking for two reasons – to live a healthier life and secondly spread the word out there by sharing my story.

Since then my quit journey has been fascinating. Fascinating because it has made me discover the wonders and power of my own mind. I’ve been watching my mind with mind, so to speak. It taught me to use curiosity in a positive way. Hence the title of the book CURIOSITY KILLED THE CRAVING.

To be honest I would not have achieved this without my strong efforts to read up on the subject of addictions, take advice and get the support of a quit smoking community. Today I feel new. I feel clean. I feel energetic. I feel in control. More than anything, I feel proud of myself. If a weak-willed person like me can do it, so can you.
Writing a book has always been on my bucket list and I am proud to have pulled this off. But hey, I could not have done this without the assistance of my publishers. They have been amazing. What’s more it enlightened and educated me on the writing process; right from the first manuscript right down to editing, proofreading, structuring etc. It proved to me that learning is an enjoyable life long process.

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CRAVING is different in the sense that it approached smoking addiction in a curious, mindful way. Then again it is a bite-sized, easily digestible book (just 58 pages) and it’s packed with practical tips from preparing to quit to lifestyle changes. My mission is to truly, honestly see more people stop this disgusting and deadly habit!

(Raj Fernandes, July 2017)

 

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Nature Cures by N. H. Hawes

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Nature Cures – Let Food be your medicine … the A to Z of Ailments and Natural Foods by N. H. Hawes

 

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Nat H Hawes SNHS Dip (advanced and sports nutrition) has been researching the relationship between food, nutritional science and health since 2003. Originally prompted to do so by her father’s and friend’s health problems, her research rapidly broadened to embrace all aspects of nutritional health. Her sources range from a lifetime of experience travelling abroad to research via libraries and university websites and include a vast range of scientific papers which she has analysed and summarised in everyday language. She reviews both the health problems that can be helped by nutritional interventions and the healing properties and nutrients of the full spectrum of natural (as opposed to processed) foods and drinks.




A Word from the Author

author-n-h-hawes-pictureI began researching natural ways to recover from the health disorders my father was suffering from in 2003. He was on so many medications at the time and experiencing such unbearable side-effects I wanted to see if natural foods could help him get off any of these drugs. I found that there was no one place on the internet to find everything you needed to know about foods and their nutrients and many websites had biased opinions or were just too complicated to find what you were looking for. I set up the website naturecures.co.uk and began systematically adding information to it gleaned from scientific papers and other genuine sources. Friends began to ask me to research natural medicines for their various ailments and the website began to grow. By 2013 it had reached almost 1 million visitors and was getting 3000 a day and Hammersmith Health books agreed to publish my book ‘Nature Cures’. It took three years to edit this book which ended up being a 1130 paged encyclopaedia of the A-Z of natural foods, nutrients and hazards to human health. It was published in 2015 and in February 2016 the website reached 2.5 million visitors. There is a new series of Nature Cures pocketbooks about to be published of more in-depth details about each subject covered in the main book and on the website.

New books in the Nature Cures series due out soon:

  •  Let Roots be Your Medicine
  • Nature’s Colour Codes
  • Air-purifying House Plants (and healthy housekeeping)
  • Natural Performers and Sports Nutrition
  • Nature Cures Diabetes
  • Recovery from Injury, Surgery and Infection
  • Natural Relief for Pain and Inflammation
  • Eliminate Parasites Naturally
  • Natural Ways to Thin the Blood

(N. H. Hawes, November 2016)

 

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