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RAVENNA - Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World by Joel and Michelle Levey

Oct 25 2014 7:00 pm



As our world grows increasingly more complex and stressful, developing
our capacity for dynamic balance in our lives, work, and relationships
becomes more and more vital. Based on the ancient wisdom traditions and
the insights of indigenous cultures throughout our world, Living in
Balance shows that, in each moment, we have the capacity to be mindful
of whether our thoughts and actions are moving toward harmony and
balance or away from it. Through this awareness we can make a conscious
choice to continue on the path we are on or to change our attitude and
direction. Living in Balance offers a rare synthesis of ancient wisdom
traditions with cutting-edge research on peak human performance that
points toward mindfulness as being truly the key to living in balance.

Joel & Michelle Levey are internationally recognized speakers, authors, educators, and consultants. Founders of WisdomAtWork.com, the enduring benefits of their pioneering work in mind fitness, change
resilience, collective intelligence and innovation have inspired leaders
in hundreds of organizations around the globe including: Google, NASA,
Intel, Hewlett Packard, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Microsoft, World
Bank, Washington Athletic Club, NOAA, MIT, SportsMind, SRI
International, Forest Ethics, EarthSave, U.S. Surgeon General’s Office,
U.S. Special Forces, The Art Monastery Project, and The Clinton Global

"You [Joel and Michelle Levey]
are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the
inner sciences of human development and transformation to a very wide
section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into
contact with these teachings."
- The Dalai Lama

book, like its luminous authors, brings refreshment to mind and heart.
It invites us to open to our own inner wisdom, and brings us tools,
visions, and whispered counsel that restore the blessed balance we each
— Joanna Macy

“Rarely do we
find a book that satisfies both practical and inspirational needs
— Living in Balance does! This is a compelling and excellent resource
for restoring balance within one’s nature and life.”
— Roshi Joan Halifax




ISBN-13: 9781611250299
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Divine Arts, 8/2014

RAVENNA - Book Club Meeting

Oct 29 2014 7:00 pm

Every last Wednesday of the month our book club meets to discuss a book and eat cookies. Each month the selected title is 20% off for all, and everyone is welcome to attend the discussion. 

Harvest (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780307278975
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 11/2013

RAVENNA - Look Up!  Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window By Woody Wheeler

Nov 5 2014 7:00 pm

You don’t have to travel around the
world or spend a ton of money to enjoy the wonders of nature. "Look
Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window" is
a series of well-researched nature essays (many that take place here
in Ravenna!) that will inspire readers to experience the outdoors in
an affordable, accessible and joyful way. The essays encourage
backyard and local bird watching, native plant landscaping and
restoration, practical energy conservation and land conservation.
They also explore how we can derive psychological benefits from these
activities—how nature can help us live happier, more fulfilled and
rewarding lives."

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RAVENNA - My Fluorescent God by Joe Guppy

Nov 6 2014 7:00 pm




Joe Guppy's life derailed in 1979. The
23-year-old was dealing with a bad breakup and existential angst, but
it was a few stomach pills he took in Mexico that pushed him over the
edge into paranoid psychosis... and straight into the mental ward of
Seattle's Providence Hospital or, as he perceived it, Hell. In the
ensuing six months, he battled his real-life demons, jumped out a
second-story window, and encountered God in a fluorescent light
fixture. In this raw, often wryly comic memoir, Guppy invites readers
into his haunted, 23-year-old head... and the experience is
electrifying. Recreated from journal entries and the notes of
mental-health professionals, the story of the author's struggle to
rebuild his sanity is a gripping spiritual and psychological

Check out his book trailer here: http://joeguppywriter.com/



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RAVENNA - Pajama Party w/ Wendy Wahman & Bonny Becker

Nov 7 2014 7:00 pm

Dress up in your coziest pajamas, grab a free scoop of gelato, and settle in for our first Pajama Party Storytime! Local, award-winning authors Bonny Becker (of the Mouse and Bear series) and Wendy Wahman (Don't Lick the Dog, A Cat Like That) will read from their favorite picture books. All ages welcome! 

Wendy Wahman lives
in Washington State with big poodles, old cats, and a husband named Joe. She’s
won many awards for illustration, but her greatest joy is loving the two-,
three-, and four-legged animals she has known. She is author and illustrator of
the picture books Don't Lick the Dog and A Cat Like

Bonny Becker is an award-winning children’s author and the
creator of the Mouse and Bear series—something, she says, that just popped into
her head one day. She teaches at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in an
MFA program for writing children’s literature. She lives in Seattle. 

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RAVENNA - The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy Fox

Nov 8 2014 7:00 pm



The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories in the first
winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Carol Guess, author of Darling
Endangered, says, "What happens when a still life speaks? Wendy J. Fox
invites us to eavesdrop. These beautiful, lyrical stories describe ordinary
lives: speckled eggshells, creeping vines. Here's the threat of fire out east
and endless rain when the map meets Seattle. Here are characters so real you
know them already. They've misplaced your keys and borrowed your car."


For more information, visit Wendy J. Fox's website: http://www.wendyjfox.com/ 

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