Look for My Story in This New Chicken Soup for the Soul Book!

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Brooke Burke-Charvet was on Good Morning America recently promoting the new Chicken Soup for the Soul book, The Joy of Less. A humor poem of mine titled “Slightly Bent Flugelhorn, Best Offer” is in it.

This is the 11th Chicken Soup for the Soul book I have contributed to. I’m always proud to be a part of their wholesome and inspirational books.

The Joy of Less is a fun, helpful book about decluttering our lives and minds. Not just curing “hoarding” but also eliminating unnecessary activity that distracts us from larger dreams/goals, and even people who aren’t truly in our corner.

For many people, including myself too often, life sometimes feels like trying to run but being held back, as if we’re running through a briar patch but the thorns keep snagging us. It’s a frustrating feeling, and a hole that months and years fall into. The only cure is removing the unnecessary clutter from our lives and minds, and focusing on what matters most.

Here’s a link to the Good Morning America segment – http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/brooke-burke-charvet-de-cluttering-life-soul-38528160\

Here’s a song about decluttering the mind by my favorite singer/songwriter, David Wilcox – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl6YdzuVb9I

You can pick up a copy of The Joy of Less online or at all major bookstores.

New Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast!


Amy Newmark, the publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, has started a series of inspirational podcasts. Each one will highlight a different Chicken Soup for the Soul book and story. A new podcast will be available each weekday starting February 22nd and they can be downloaded for free the same way that you get other podcasts.

If you are new to podcasts, you may be surprised to learn you already have a podcast button on your smartphone. You can listen to podcasts on your phone, your computer, or your iPad or other tablet. To find the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast, just search within iTunes or your particular podcast app.

The podcasts are about six or seven minutes long, Monday–Thursday, and they provide entertaining stories as well as great advice and easy-to-implement tips to improve your life. On Fridays, publisher Amy Newmark will ask one of our co-authors or contributors to join her for a longer podcast — about fifteen minutes.

Here’s the rundown of the first week of the podcast:


Be Kind of Yourself

[story by Sara Matson]
TIP TUESDAY A Smile Is a Boomerang [story by Cristy Trandahl]

Impossible Love

[story by Sharon Graham]
THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY From Dumpster Dog to Service Dog [story by Kathryn Bales]

Supermodel EMME Joins Amy to Talk Self-Esteem, Body Image, and Curvy Women


Happy Listening!

You’re Invited! “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams and Premonitions” Virtual Book Launch, on Tuesday, 9/22/15

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Join me at 12 PM for a live, one-hour TweetChat to celebrate the launch of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s new book, Dreams and Premonitions. (My story “The Warning” is in it.)

It will be hosted by co-author Kelly Sullivan Walden.

If you or anyone you know finds dreams fascinating and mysterious, please invite them by sharing this message and the hashtag #DreamsPremonitions 

Further details are below. 

When: Tuesday, September 22nd (Book Launch Day), from 12-1pm PST (3-4pm EST)

Where: Twitter. The best way to see and participate is to go to http://twubs.com/DreamsPremonitions (and create your own account).

What is a Tweetchat? A live moderated Twitter event that’s focused around a general topic. Our topic is Dreams and Premonitions. To filter all the chatter on Twitter into a single conversation we will be using the hashtag, #DreamsPremonitions, on every tweet.

I hope to see you there!  🙂