Home Grown Legacy: Embodying the Apron in the Kickass World of Retail

I have the pleasure of collaborating with Erik Dardas on his forthcoming book, Home Grown Legacy: Embodying the Apron in the Kickass World of Retail, scheduled for release in late 2018/early 2019:

How does a “hard-charger” who once got himself demoted recover to achieve remarkable success with the world’s most iconic home improvement retailer? In Home Grown Legacy: Embodying the Apron in the Kickass World of Retail, 33-year Home Depot veteran Erik Dardas offers readers a no-holds-barred account of his own screw-ups, successes and learnings. Struggling with the daily pressure to honor the legacy of his own father as well as company founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, the Mike Rowe of the retail industry boldly shares the down, dirty, and often shocking details of dealing with the public, managing employees, and controlling one’s own behavior.

Along with merchandise, human nature is on full display for better or for worse, but as Dardas relates from his own experience, you have a choice in both retail and life: you can either allow its complexities to break you or build you into a better human being. In the tradition of Built from Scratch: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew the Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion, this motivational book celebrates the timeless values of work ethic, integrity, and leadership – qualities that, in today’s rapidly evolving business climate, all participants – whether new to the workforce or seasoned members of management – could greatly benefit from.

Many thanks to cover designer Matt Margolis of Logotecture.com for the excellent design and to Erik for entrusting me to help him write his story. Stay tuned for details about the book’s release as we move through the many stages of ghostwriting.

Do you need help with writing and publishing your story? Contact me to set up your free, no-obligation coaching call.

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The Kitchen Chemist: How I Became a Food Scientist So My Kids Could Thrive with Anaphylactic Allergies

For the past several months, I’ve been involved in an excellent collaboration with author Frances Castelli, whose compelling real-life story will offer hope and information to concerned parents. If you’re navigating the complexities of broad-spectrum anaphlyactic food allergies in your children, this book is for you. Featuring input from family and friends, including husband Ralph and children Anthony, Hope, and Natale, The Kitchen Chemist will offer practical guidance, based on the author’s personal experience, on how to accommodate your children’s allergies and help them develop into thriving, productive, and happy adults — even if they never outgrow them.

The second half of The Kitchen Chemist will be devoted to 30 mouth-watering, yet allergy-safe recipes created by the author herself. Having had the pleasure of getting to know Frances as we bring the book to fruition, she is one of the strongest, most inspiring people I have ever met. Thanks to her unrelenting pursuit of knowledge, her commitment to her kids’ well-being, and her ability to alter and create savory recipes, all three — now young adults — are fully equipped to take care of themselves and handle every situation with ease and wisdom.

It’s been a joy to discover the Castelli family’s story and interview everyone involved, especially Ralph, Anthony, Hope, and Natale, who bring their own unique perspectives to The Kitchen Chemist.

From the book description:

It is said that children don’t come with an instruction manual. Imagine standing by helplessly as your baby gasps for air and clutches her throat on the floor, unable to communicate, or breaks out in hives when a relative gives him a hug and a kiss at a holiday gathering. While most parents juggle school and work schedules, quality family time, and extracurricular activities, feeding their children is rarely a matter of life or death.

For Frances Castelli, such traumatic events were common; the adage took on an entirely new meaning when she discovered all three of her children had multiple anaphylactic food allergies.

In the Castelli household, even food we consider “healthy” could be fatal.

What would you do?

In The Kitchen Chemist, author Frances Castelli recounts her unanticipated journey into the world of broad spectrum anaphylactic allergies with humor, grace, and honesty. From consultations with endless medical specialists to in-depth research into the composition and interaction of food, you’ll discover how this devoted mother transformed from distraught parent to confident kitchen chemist. She debunks the myths, offers practical advice for parents and kids, and shares 30 safe, delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes (yes, even desserts!). Now grown-ups with lives of their own, her children, Anthony, Hope, and Nat prove that life with food allergies can be full and enjoyable, even if they never go away. They are passionately living their dreams and want others to know they can too.

Stay tuned for updates on the 2018 release. Follow @KitchnChemistBK on Twitter and like The Kitchen Chemist Facebook Page.

Thank you, Frances, for entrusting your incredible story to me.

 

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The Writestream Welcomes Jeannie Longacre, Author of ‘A Driven Soul’

The Writestream Welcomes Jeannie Longacre, Author of ‘A Driven Soul’

On Wednesday, July 19 at 11 AM Eastern, I welcome Writestream author Jeannie Longacre to The Writestream with Daria Anne to discuss her compelling memoir, A Driven Soul:

Like many lost souls, Jeannie’s was on the wrong path. Stricken with addiction and heartache, negativity had become a way of life. As if from beyond the grave, the love from her father changed everything. With a new outlook, Jeannie managed to turn her life around. Now she shares this miracle of love with you. This is a story of hope.

To listen to the live interview, click on The Writestream Welcomes Jeannie Longacre, Author of ‘A Driven Soul’ on Wednesday, July 19 at 11 AM Eastern. Call in with your questions at (347) 945-7246 and press “1” if you would like to ask Jeannie a question.

Preview and purchase the book on Amazon.com.

UPDATE: Did you miss the live show? Click to listen to an inspiring interview.

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