Happy SkillBites’ Anniversary!

Happy SkillBites’ Anniversary!

February ‘20 Newsletter Eight years ago this month, I launched SkillBites to help business owners and others get their books published.  Having been through the grueling, frustrating process of self-publishing my book, I knew there had to be a better way.  It is hard enough for business owners to get their book written, much less... Read more

Brainstorms

Brainstorms

Brainstorms[1] January 2020 I’ve been listening to a course recently on outsmarting your brain, and have learned some interesting tips.  Here are a few of them.  When in a noisy environment, if you want to talk to the person next to you, speak into their right ear.  They will be more likely to hear and... Read more

Reaching Your Goals

Reaching Your Goals

December 2019 Whether it’s New Year Resolutions or goals for your business, most people do not succeed in achieving their goals.  Studies have shown that the vast majority of people who set a goal of losing weight put back all the weight they have lost within 3 to 5 years.  Likewise, people who seek to... Read more

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

November 2019  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for many of us, that brings a time of family gatherings, delicious food and reflection on the things we’re thankful for. Identifying things we are thankful for is something that we ought to do much more frequently than once a year on Thanksgiving.  Scientific research has shown... Read more

Community

Community

October 2019 I love this time of year.  The weather is still warm and it is always amazing to watch the leaves on the trees change color.  It’s also a time when I re-engage with friends and acquaintances, as my family attends the Jewish High Holiday services.  The services offer an opportunity for reflection, to think back on... Read more

Life is Short

Life is Short

September 2019 There’s nothing quite like tragedy to put things in perspective.  Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas on September 1 with winds of 185 mph, causing catastrophic destruction of thousands of homes and the loss of at least 3500 people.  When compared to the devastation facing the survivors in the Bahamas, none of the problems I am... Read more

Furthering Dialog

Furthering Dialog

August 2019 Recently, I’ve been listening to a podcast that I am finding very meaningful, called On Being, by Krista Tippett.  The mission of the podcast is “pursuing deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.”  In particular, I am finding it beneficial for learning how to...... Read more

Summer time!

Summer time!

July 2019 It’s summer time – a time when things slow down, people take time off and get outside more.  I live near Valley Forge National Park, and drive through the park every day.  At this time of the year, there are many more people biking, running and walking on the trails through the park – I... Read more

Remember

Remember

June 2019 I was writing this newsletter on June 6, the 75th anniversary of D Day, when Americans, together with our allies from Britain, Canada and free French forces, invaded the German positions at Normandy, June 6, 1944.  Last month we celebrated Memorial Day, we will soon be celebrating flag day on June 14 and next month... Read more

Achieving More

Achieving More

May 2019 I am an avid reader of the comics.  I get a few laughs and start the day in a good mood after reading them. The other day I was struck by the comic strip called Baldo. The family was celebrating the birthday of Gracie, the super smart sister of Baldo, and encouraging her to make a... Read more

Put Your Book Sales on Auto-Pilot

Put Your Book Sales on Auto-Pilot

April 2019 One of the biggest struggles that authors face after they’ve published their book is getting book sales.  The average author sells only about 100 copies of their book.  Marketing can be overwhelming.  What if you could put book marketing on auto-pilot, and have money rolling in from book sales without a lot of effort?  We have a... Read more

March Forward!

March Forward!

March 2019 March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is Women’s Day.  According to holidayscalendar.com, Women’s Day was originally organized in 1909 to commemorate and honor the women who took part in the 1908 International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Strike.  It has grown to a day of appreciation and respect for all the social, economic...... Read more

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Anniversary!

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Anniversary!

February 2019 This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day (as well as President’s Day, Black History Month and other occasions).  According to Wikipedia, Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus.  Today it is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial...... Read more

A Special Month

A Special Month

January 2019 Happy New Year!  I want to share a quote I read recently in the Self-Improvement Newsletter:  “When the Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him the most he said: ‘Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.’”  Don’t sacrifice your health to make more money; your...... Read more

It’s the most wonderful time …

It’s the most wonderful time …

December 2018 Season’s Greetings!  Getting together to celebrate with friends and family, enjoying good food and drink, listening to holiday music, giving presents and getting presents – these are just some of the things that make this such a wonderful time of the year. Speaking of giving, for the members of the loyal SkillBites community, I...... Read more

Thanks!

Thanks!

November 2018 I am grateful for many things in my life, including my SkillBites community.  I appreciate your loyalty and support, and as a token of my appreciation, I am offering 2 gifts to help those who are struggling to write a book and those wanting to get their book published.  Read below for more information. Recently,... Read more

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 2018 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers to affect women, but men are also at risk, albeit a much smaller one.   According to BreastCancer.org, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over their lifetime. However, even without the BRCA gene, the statistics show that... Read more

Interesting Tidbits

Interesting Tidbits

September 2018 I love coming across interesting tidbits.  Recently, I’ve come across a few that I thought I would share.  I’m reading the biography of Ulysses S. Grant, which is an excellent book.  Do you know what the S stands for?  No one does, because he wasn’t given a middle name beginning with S.  In fact, Ulyssess was his middle... Read more

It’s Summertime!

It’s Summertime!

July 2018 Summer is a great time for reading, especially for kids out of school.  Libraries usually have enticing programs for kids, with incentives for reading books.  My siblings and I were in our local library’s program when we were young, and my son was in one as well.  We also discovered that the local Commerce Bank, since... Read more

A Proud Moment

A Proud Moment

June 2018  In just a few days, we will be attending the Court of Honor for my son’s boy scout troop, where we will watch David be honored as an Eagle Scout.  Over the 10 years since he started as a Tiger Scout in cub scouts, he has learned so much.  Not only can he pitch a... Read more

It’s May!

It’s May!

May 2018  It’s finally Spring!  The weather is beautiful, the leaves are unfurling, the cherry trees, magnolias and red bud trees are in full bloom, as well as azaleas and other flowers.  It’s golf season.  The Kentucky Derby this year fell on the same day a Cinco de Mayo.  My husband and I threw a great Derby/Cinco de Mayo... Read more

Open Up

Open Up

April 2018 I recently learned that the name April comes from the Latin Aprilis, the etymology of which is most likely from aperire, meaning ‘to open’, alluding to the month when trees start getting leaves again and flowers begin to open.  After a long, cold winter, April always feels like rejuvenation to me, with the temperature climbing, the...... Read more

Perspective

Perspective

March 2018  Last week, we had a blizzard that knocked out power for over 500,000 people, including my family.  We were without power for 5 days.  Power came back on at 7 pm on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, we got another snow storm.  A tree fell on the same power lines that had been fixed the night before,... Read more

Yeah, Eagles!

Yeah, Eagles!

February 2018 We’re celebrating in Philadelphia the first Super Bowl win in the Eagles’ history!  What a game!  Both teams played well, and it was a nail-biter all the way to the end.  Quarterback Nick Foles was a class act in his post-game interview.  He referred to his being only one component of the package that led to the... Read more

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

January 2018 Happy New Year!  January is a special month in my family.  My husband’s birthday, my birthday and my son’s birthday all fall in January, as well as the birthday of my twin sister.  In celebration of our birthdays, I am offering the members of the SkillBites community two valuable gifts, worth $150 each!  See below for more... Read more