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Pink Prep

Denise Ryan
Description:

Not only do we have to be prepared for what might happen on Main Street, we have to be prepared in our own lives.

 

Did you know:

  • 80 percent of women will outlive their spouses, yet most don’t feel confident making major financial decisions

  • 91 percent of us live in areas prone to some type of natural disaster, but few of us have emergency kits

  • We’re concerned about crime, but don’t practice simple steps to avoid it

 

No more guessing or standing by helplessly after a divorce, health issue, house fire, hurricane, or burglary.  Pink Prep provides valuable tools to help you  assess more than twenty-five risks to identify areas to strengthen. You’ll be ready for a wide range of challenges impacting your relationships, your money, your health, your travels, and your home. Preparation is power.

 

What you’ll learn and more—

  • Critical red flags that can indicate a potential abuser

  • The household danger greater than fire

  • Priority items to put in your Bug-Out Bag

  • Mental and physical tips for surviving any challenge

  • Where to get money for your emergency fund

  • Items you should always have in your vehicle

  • The first thing to do if there is an active shooter in your workplace

 

Do you want to be ready? Or not?"

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This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are

Melody Warnick
Description:

The average restless American will move 11.7 times in a lifetime. For Melody Warnick, it was move #6, from Austin, Texas, to Blacksburg, Virginia, that threaten to unhinge her. In the lonely aftermath of unpacking, she wondered: How does the place we live become the place we want to stay? Rather than hold her breath and hope this new town would be her family's perfect fit, she decided she would figure out how to fall in love with it—no matter what. How we come to feel at home in our towns and cities is what Warnick sets out to discover in This Is Where You Belong. She dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that binds some of us to our cities and increases our physical and emotional well-being—then travels to towns across America to see it in action. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of Love Where You Live experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected. Dining with her neighbors. Shopping Small Business Saturday. Marching in the town Christmas parade. What Warnick learns will inspire you to embrace your own imperfect community—and perhaps discover that the place where you live right now . . . is home.

 

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Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity and Well-Being

Thomas Mayes
Description:

Why Old Places Matter is the only book that explores the reasons that old places matter to people. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they don’t have the words to express why. This book brings these ideas together in evocative language and with illustrative images for a broad audience.

The book reveals the fundamentally important yet under-recognized role old places play in our lives. While many people feel a deep-seated connection to old places -- from those who love old houses, to the millions of tourists who are drawn to historic cities, to the pilgrims who flock to ancient sites throughout the world -- few can articulate why. The book explores these deep attachments people have with old places –the feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as the more traditional reasons that old places have been deemed by society to be important, such as history, national identity, and architecture.

This book will be appealing to anyone who has ever loved an old place. But more importantly, it will be an useful resource to articulate why old places are meaningful to people and their communities. This book will help people understand that the feeling many have for old places is supported by a wide variety of fields, and that the continued existence of these old places is good. It will give people the words and phrases to understand and express why old places matter.