SMALL: THE LITTLE WE NEED FOR HAPPINESS
(Shanti Arts Publishing, 2018) Known as someone who worried about every little thing, always anticipated the worst possible outcome, and generally allowed her thoughts to get far ahead of life’s actual circumstance, author Jane Anne Staw was one day inspired to think small. Over time, thinking small developed into a central practice in Staw’s life, and what followed was life-changing. In all facets of her life, she experienced a shift away from anger, depression, overwhelm, and loneliness to affection, calm, and connection. These short and insightful essays about some of life’s most common occurrences are meditations and exercises in thinking small and discovering a life of profound contentment and wellbeing. Read more about Small on the book page.
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UNSTUCK: A SUPPORTIVE AND PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WORKING THROUGH
(St. Martin’s, 2003) No one is immune to writer’s block. From well-known novelists to students writing term papers, and associates in business and law firms, most anyone who writes has experienced brief moments or longer periods when the words simply won’t come.Based on her experience as a writing coach and instructor-and before that, as a blocked writer-Jane Anne Staw provides practical, effective strategies for overcoming this common yet vexing problem.Unstuck uncovers the reasons why writers of all levels get blocked-from practical to emotional-and offers concrete ways to get writing again, and to find an even deeper connection and more productivity on the page. Excerpts : Insights
PARSNIPS IN THE SNOW: TALKS WITH MIDWESTERN GARDENERS
(with Mary Swander, University of Iowa Press, 1990)
Through conversations with twelve vastly different gardeners-among them a Trappist monk, a retired mailman, and an advertising copywriter-this enchanting volume captures the spirit of Midwestern gardeners. Illustrated throughout it is the wholesale dedication of Midwesterners to their gardens-despite drought, heat, disabilities, and other challenges. Anyone who delights in gardening, the Midwest, or human triumph will enjoy this book.