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The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum, Micheal Lane

Micheal has been so very gracious to offer FIVE copies of his wonderful book, The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum for our giveaway contest.

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The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum ~ An old New Orleans jazz musician and a secret that will harmonize your life, The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum blends memoirs and inspirational writing with a spicy mix of New Orleans jazz, cuisine, and history. It is a story about relationships, self-discovery, finding balance, setting priorities, and finding the courage to change.

Perfect for Starting a New Year!

Yawdy Rum

YAWDY’S WISDOM (excerpt) ~ The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum shares concepts from easy-to-understand music theory and common-sense thinking to illustrate seven basic principles that can teach anyone, in any situation, how to harness the power of paying attention.

I.    LARGO ~ Slow down so you can pay attention.
II.   D.C. AL FINE ~ Go back to the beginning. Play it through in your mind. THINK.
III.  DYNAMICS & TEMPO ~ Pay attention to your senses.
IV.  THE SCORE ~  Write out a description of a successful outcome.
V.   REPEAT ~ Repeat goal centered actions and behaviors.
VI.  REST ~  Take time to rest.
VII. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF ~ and don’t hesitate to ask the Band-leader for help.

Carrie’s Conversation with Micheal Lane:

Carrie: Why did you write The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum?
Micheal:
 I’ve had a goal for many years to write and speak professionally. And I simply came to a point in my life where I realized if I was going to achieve that goal, I needed to take action. For years I’ve been a great fan of authors like Og Mandino, Richard Bach, and Mitch Albom. I think simple, motivational stories move us at a deep level; staying with us and providing critical guidance. I decided to write a story in that same fashion. 

Carrie: What is The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum about?
Micheal:
  The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum is about traditional New Orleans jazz, corporate politics, and hurricanes — both real and emotional. A senior marketing executive meets Yawdy Rum, an old New Orleans jazzman who turns out to be a sage. The story focuses on their friendship and the wisdom Yawdy has acquired through his life as a musician, and on the danger facing New Orleans from the threat of a gulf hurricane. The story offers insights into the life of a successful executive wrestling with the demands of corporate politics, an exhausting travel schedule, and the challenge of balancing work with the needs of a family trying to raise an autistic child.Lane

Carrie: Where did you find your inspiration?
Micheal:
 In Feb. 2005, I was walking back to my hotel in New Orleans after a late-night business meeting. I stopped under the awning of Reverend Zombie’s Voodoo shop on Saint Peter Street in the French Quarter. Historic Preservation Hall stood directly across the street from me. I could hear the beat of the traditional New Orleans jazz radiating from the building. Standing there, staring through the drizzle at the weathered old facade, I suddenly felt the presence of an old jazzman. His energy, his grace, and his wisdom were almost palpable and I instantly felt a connection between my personal situation and the lessons that I could potentially learn from someone who had the kind of life experience as this imaginary jazzman. Out of this, I created the fictional character Yawdy Rum to convey a message of wisdom and hope in the face of change. 

Debbie Gisonni, author of The Goddess of Happiness (audio author interview)

2007 Debbie GisonniDebbie Gisonni, author of The Goddess of Happiness–a perfect inspirational “girlfriend gift” book.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Debbie Gisonni about her journey through tragic family loss to finding the meaning of happiness in intentional living and balance. She is a delight and her sincerity shines through in the joy in which she conveys her life philosophy and her mission to share happiness with others. Debbie’s book provides practical tips and affirmations on living a more authentically happy life.

Check out Debbie’s website at www.goddessofhappiness.com where you can take a Happiness quiz and find a link to her blog. You can also read her memoir, Vita’s Will.

Please leave your comments below. If you’d like to enter a drawing to win a free copy of Debbie’s books, email Carrie@WordsToMouth.com and put either “Vita’s Will” or “Goddess of Happiness” in the subject heading.

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