| Frientimacy™ - Ten
Ways to Improve Your Friendships and Deepen Your Life
By Shasta Nelson
At a time when our Facebook friend count is growing rapidly, so is our loneliness.
Our loneliness, largely unacknowledged, isn't so much from not knowing enough people as much as it is from not feeling known by a few people. With frequent moves, constant job changes, and significant life changes like marriage, motherhood, and divorce shifting our friendships, we are lacking the deep, meaningful, and intimate friendships we crave.
Frientimacy highlights the common experience of loneliness due to friendships lacking depth and establishes the metaphor of our relationships as the gyms for where we do our most significant personal growth for the purpose of having deeper and more fulfilling friendships. Exploring the ten most common complaints and conflicts facing female friendships today, Shasta Nelson, invites women to move closer to each other instead of heeding the popular advice of pulling away from any friendship that isn't instantly and constantly gratifying. As we lean in, before pulling away, we do the personal growth that can only be done in relationship.
In her first book Friendships Don't Just Happen! the author taught women to become initiators to start new friendships as adults; now she teaches them how to transform the superficial into the intimate, the shallow into the deep, and the unhealthy into the healthy.
About The Author
Shasta Nelson, M.Div., friendship expert and CEO of www.GirlFriendCircles.com (a female friendship matching site in 50 cities across the U.S and Canada), blogs weekly at Shasta's Friendship Blog to over 40,000 subscribers.
A few of the TV shows she's been on include The Today Show, Katie Couric's Show, The Early Show, and Fox Business. She's relied upon by writers and reporters from such magazines as Cosmopolitan, Essence, Parents, More, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and Glamour, and has been highlighted in such newspapers as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle.
| Stalked and Ambushed
The True Story of the Hellish "Astronaut Love Triangle"
By Colleen Shipman with William Oefelein
Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman escaped what could have been a gruesome death after she was attacked by married NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak, who was obsessed with Shipman's boyfriend, Space Shuttle Pilot William Oefelein. Rejected by Oefelein, Nowak was unable to accept that an illicit affair would not develop, and she snapped into a psychotic rage. On February 3, 2007, after weeks of tedious planning, a jealous Nowak embarked on a mission to kidnap, terrorize and (perhaps) kill Colleen Shipman.
Jaws dropped worldwide when the news hit. Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut sat in jail, charged with attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, burglary and assault. Nowak, a Navy Captain and married mother of three, abandoned her family and prestigious career and took several weeks to plan her mission to confront Shipman. Driving eleven hours from Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida, her plan was to intercept Shipman.
Lurking in the shadows of the Orlando International Airport, in the middle of the night, the most unlikely criminal of our time watched Shipman and waited for the opportune moment to strike in a dark parking lot. In her possession was a "murder kit"-a 4-inch buck knife, a BB gun, rubber tubing, a steel drilling hammer, latex gloves and garbage bags. Nowak chased Shipman to her car and blasted her with pepper spray before Shipman, blinded, choking and flailing, could speed away. Nowak was later found by police as she tried to toss her grim collection of weapons.
unfortunate for Nowak in her journey to attack Shipman was her choice
to not stop to use the toilet along her route, choosing instead to urinate
into diapers. In fact, police found two used diapers in her car, along
with a supply of clean ones.
This story reveals the months-long lead up to the crime, the emotional
toll on all three parties, and the high price Colleen Shipman paid for
telling the truth. An array of powerful forces pressured her to tilt
the story in directions of their choosing, but Shipman stuck to the
facts. Here she will not only present them all in this grimly ironic
love story-a fairy tale romance that landed Shipman in the crosshairs
of danger, provoked Nowak's psychotic episode, and left William Oefelein
grasping for explanations of Nowak's behavior-she will add the emotional
and personal details that courts may not need, but readers do.
Colleen and Bill married August 14, 2010, and now reside in Alaska.
| It Only Takes One
By Jack Andraka with Matthew Lysiak
The inspirational teen memoir of young scientist Jack Andraka who recently discovered an early detection test for several different types of cancer.
sitting in his high school biology class one day, Jack Andraka sparked
an idea for a test that could potentially detect pancreatic cancer early
on. After the death of a family friend who had recently died of the
disease, Jack recognized the need for inexpensive early detection methods.
At the age of fifteen, Jack came up with a detection test that costs
only three cents to run and has an accuracy rate higher than 90 percent.
The test has the ability to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer
in its earliest stages.
Watch: Jack Andraka TED Talk