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Founder of the Personal Policy Institute. Jeff is a possibility advocate and rebel with a cause to help others lead their best life. Armed with endless curiosity he has studied psychology, philosophy, theology, physics, mindfulness, spirituality and more in search of modern answers to timeless questions. His unique approach to personal growth shares practical ideas on awareness, acceptance, priorities, transitions, purpose, gratitude and more. He lives in Northern California.

Putting Wisdom to Work: Practical Mindfulness for Maximal Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692774663
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Published: Jeff Hotchkiss - September 1st, 2016

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Patricia Cavanaugh directs the 3rd Act, a life coaching and retirement planning organization. She has a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley and Sebastopol.

A Basket of Words: Twenty Years of Writing Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990589402
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Published: Driftword Press, Berkeley, CA - December 2nd, 2014

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Dave Mrus is a recent Student at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. An Artist of multiple mediums, Monotasker and Visual Synthesizer who lives in Capitola, California. A propagator of rare and endangered California Native plants who rediscovered the Cut Leaf Chinquapin, Chrysolepis chrysophylla laciniata in 2006. He continues the elusive challenge of Chinquapin cultivation. “California’s greatest horticultural failure.” - James B. Roof, Founder of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.

The Hook, the Hill and Lilly Too !: Sunrise and Sunset in Capitola, California. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991336906
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Published: David Mrus - June 28th, 2016

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Luisa has studied meditation and mindfulness since 2002 and taught since 2008. Although American, she spent many summers in a highland Mayan town in Guatamala, and was recognized there as an iyoom, or sacred Mayan midwife. She also has degrees in Human Biology and Latin American Studies from Stanford.

Enlightened Pregnancy: Connecting with Your Baby Spiritually Cover Image
ISBN: 9781518794919
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 22nd, 2015

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Diana Moll holds a BA in Art from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. She has been drawing since she could hold a crayon. As  a middle aged Chinese medicine student she drew herbs and created colorful median maps as study aids. In recent times the two arts have overlapped again producing this coloring book and an up coming table top card game. 

Herb Apothecary a Coloring Book of 54 Chinese Herbs Cover Image
ISBN: 9870692685761
Availability: Special Order
Published: Qi Papers Publishing - May 20th, 2016

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Ralph Abraham, editor, has been Professor of Mathematics at UCSC since 1968.

Hip Santa Cruz: First-Person Accounts of the Hip Culture of Santa Cruz, California in the 1960s Cover Image
By Ralph H. Abraham (Editor)
ISBN: 9781944037383
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Published: Epigraph Publishing - June 17th, 2016

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:  Jessica Ress is chief formulator, founder, and CEO at Angel Face Botanicals, a Green Certified organic skincare company. Her luxurious natural products incorporate aromatherapy for beautiful skin and overall health in mind, body, and spirit. Jessica holds certifications in aromatherapy, Reiki Levels I & II, and Reiki Crystal Healing. Angel Face Botanicals has been featured in numerous national publications, including Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, and Huffington Post.

100 Organic Skincare Recipes: Make Your Own Fresh and Fabulous Organic Beauty Products Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440570070
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Published: Adams Media Corporation - February 18th, 2014

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I live in Central California with my cat and have recently retired from my work as a personal chef. I love to cook, having learned from my mother. Some of my happiest memories are spending time with her in the kitchen as a child and later as an adult. Paradoxically, she and I had great battles over my weight.  I have a long history of dieting and varying degrees of struggle with weight and self esteem issues. Currently, I am at peace with my diet. I eat extremely well, mostly organic nutrient dense food, locally grown, sustainable and ethically raised and processed.

Through the Fire: Cooking Our Way Into a New Relationship with Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504352123
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Published: Balboa Press - April 7th, 2016

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John is author, philanthropist, musician, and supporter of non-profit groups. John is known as both VCDX-001 and as an enabler of infrastructure design architects, and is currently Sr. Consultant Technologist in the EMC Office of the CTO. This is the sixth book that John has worked on and is also the first in the IT Architect series by IT Architect Resource, LLC. John has served as Vice President of the USENIX Association Board of Directors for 3 terms (6 years), and is co-chair for the USENIX LISA'16 conference.

It Architect: Foundation in the Art of Infrastructure Design: A Practical Guide for It Architects Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996647700
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Published: It Architect Resource, LLC - March 20th, 2012



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