Books for Building and Re-Building


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Architecture:  I don’t think a lot about it unless I’m watching an HGTV show. “Load bearing walls,” the hosts keep repeating as they consider their remodel options. But now, my husband’s business is in the process of remodeling a commercial building. And we find ourselves constantly discussing client flow, tripping hazards, sight lines, privacy, flooring options and leaky ceiling tiles. All the things architects consider every day as they build or remodel a project.

architect-200x300Architecture has been Karen Otis’s passion for more than 25 years. It infiltrates every part of her life . . . it molds her perceptions as it has become a way of thinking and seeing the world with a unique perspective. Having created and built hundreds of amazingly beautiful buildings, she knows the creative Architectural Method (AM) inside and out.

Years after enduring a painful divorce that left her life and that of her kids in shambles, Karen found the courage and insight to take what she knew best—architecture—and apply the same creative AM to rebuilding her life. That inspired idea changed everything. By rebuilding her life, she found clarity, inspiration, and a newly defined purposed. She built for herself a life inspired. Soon, she was sharing the process she had gone through with others who weren’t architects and finding that it worked for them as well. Motivated by her newfound insight and purpose, Karen began to change people’s lives, working with clients as a life coach, creating transformational workshops, and writing the book Be the Architect of Your Life: Design, Build, and Start Living a Life Inspired.

Watch this inspirational interview with Otis:


All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available on Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.

Job Seeking for Seniors


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My neighbor is retiring next week after working for the same company for more than thirty years. Something that just doesn’t happen frequently with the younger generation. His loyalty and work ethic are traits of his age bracket as well as his personality.

His first retirement plan is to sleep in later and then to start hiking and bowling again. Sounds great, but he also realizes even with his retirement income, he’ll need to work part-time for a few more years. I worry about how he will find the ideal job in this day and age. He doesn’t use social media, uses a computer only to answer emails, and is a pretty shy individual – networking probably doesn’t come naturally to him.

There are two books I would like to give him for a retirement present. The first is one about Colorado’s hiking trails. The second is Over 50 and Motivated – A Job Search Book for Job Seekers over 50 by Brian E. Howard. When he’s ready, this book will help prepare him for today’s job market and show him how to prove his worth to hiring managers.

About the book: Over 50 and Motivated – A Job Search Book for Job Seekers over 50

over50-196x300It happened. It may have been a surprise, or it could have been anticipated, but at this point, what does it matter? You lost your job. Or, the frustrations at your current job have hit the boiling point. You just can’t take it anymore!

In either case, change is inevitable. But, you’re over the age of 50 and intellectually or intuitively you know your age could be a factor in your job search. . .and, you are right. There are age-related biases that exist in the job market that will work against you. According to government statistics, job seekers over 50 encounter more difficulty in getting new jobs and suffer notably longer unemployment than their younger counterparts. But these statistics do not have to apply to you!

First, immediately stop with the worry and negative thinking. You’re in a better position than you think. There are employers out there that not only will hire you, they are looking for you! The key is to find them, sell them on you, and get them to hire you. It’s not as hard as you may think.

In the Over 50 and Motivated book, Brian Howard will teach you a systematic approach for conducting a real-world job search based on years of frontline recruiting experience helping thousands of tenured job seekers just like you. He will teach you how to effectively conduct a job search in today’s job market and techniques to successfully combat age biases. He will show you how to get job offers and your next fulfilling career position!

Author Brian E. Howard has more than 23 years  of real world recruiting experience,
and has received various accolades and international acclaim for his recruiting ability. His other books, all relevant to job searchers (of any age) include:

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All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available from Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.

Books for Kids after an Epilepsy Diagnosis


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One of my daughter’s friends was recently diagnosed with Epilepsy. It is a condition of the brain which causes seizures. They are still completing testing and trying medications to control the seizures, and as you can guess, they have many questions. Most of the resources that are available to them are for adults. They contain scientifically researched and valuable information, but it is eons above the reading and comprehension level of an elementary school student.

I was very happy to be able to recommend Karen’s Epilepsy to this family. At an age appropriate level, it answers questions in a reassuring way as the main character moves to a new town and school and begins making friends.

Currently more than 2 million people in the United States and 65 million people around the world live with Epilepsy. More than 150,000 will be diagnosed every year in the US alone. Learn more from the Epilepsy Foundation.

If you know a child who has Epilepsy, this is a wonderful book written by an author whose own Epilepsy was diagnosed when she was 12. At that age, she couldn’t find any books that pertained to her class of seizures, so she wrote her own. Later, she attended medical school and became a primary care physician. Learn more about author Elizabeth Baltaro here.

karen-480x600Karen’s Epilepsy by Elizabeth Baltaro:

Written and illustrated by a high school student with epilepsy, Karen’s Epilepsy is a 28-page story about a girl with complex-partial seizures. When Karen’s family moves to a new city, she wonders if her new classmates will befriend her despite her differences. Karen struggles with her own self-acceptance until something unexpected happens. Written with elementary school students in mind, this heart-warming story speaks to both children and adults. With reassuring words and pictures Baltaro communicates a hopeful message of friendship, confidence, and determination.


All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available on Amazon and B&N or can be ordered from yoru favorite local bookstore.