A Bridge at Crossroads
There are so many discouraging words these days that people sometimes just need to hear, “It’s going to be all right. You can do this. You can make it through.” Life is better lived when you search for the light and not the dark. Here are 101 encouragements for when you’re about to embark on a new adventure, when you’re wrestling with doubt, when you could use a gentle push, or all of the above.
Refuse to be Afraid
Tired of the fear mongers? Ready to plow through the nagging doubts and outright fears of various sizes and shapes that are keeping you from living your best life? Eager to take the leap into that new job, start that new business, or meet that person you’d really like to know better? What’s keeping you back?
This is the challenge before you: Faced with a scary reality, to navigate past the anxiety, refuse to be afraid, and free yourself to move on to your dreams.
The Imaginary Revolution
The people of Sirius 4 tried to overcome tyranny the old-fashioned way: by force. It turned out to be an imaginary revolution, replacing one violent regime with another. Raymond Douglas Kaliber suggested another way: that free people living by a spirit of non-aggression could live in peace and prosperity with one another. Before he could launch that bold experiment, however, he had to defeat the greatest tyrant of them all: his best friend.
Set in the same universe as the interstellar romp The Imaginary Bomb, this novel sets a different tone, told in the voice of the man who led a planet to true freedom.
A Scream of Consciousness
Here’s the thing: You’ve been wondering if there’s more to life than this. The whole deal has to be something more than dragging yourself to work every morning, putting in your time at something that may or may not be important, and dragging yourself home and wondering where all the time went.
There has to be something more to life than moving through a haze. And every now and then, you just want to wake up, smile at God and the universe and shout: I’m alive! I’m here! I’m ready to make a difference!
That’s a scream of consciousness.
This book is about getting conscious and staying alive, moment by moment.
The Imaginary Bomb
Scientists have harnessed the power of the imagination as a source of energy. Of course, whenever a new power source is discovered, some idiot finds a way to create a weapon with it. Bob Whelan and Pete Wong are independent interstellar truckers caught in the middle between those who have developed a bomb based on the principles of imaginary physics — and those who want to stop them. Along the way they find a new friend, an old friend and a small pile of adversaries.
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Resistance to Civil Government
by Henry David Thoreau with an introduction by Warren Bluhm
Resistance to Civil Government by Henry David Thoreau, most commonly called “Civil Disobedience,” is a very short read that is most often packaged with Walden to produce a book of some heft, but it deserves its own, albeit slim volume. It has inspired quiet revolutions with its simple philosophy that government must earn the individual’s support and people of conscience must be willing to withdraw that support no matter the consequences.
Letters to the Citizens of the United States
By Thomas Paine with introductory essays by Warren Bluhm
These Letters to the Citizens of the United States, by Thomas Paine, contain a strong message that was necessary to repeat even when he wrote them, barely 15 years after the Constitution reorganized and established the U.S. government as we more or less know it today: The USA is not a monarchy, and its elected leaders do not belong on a pedestal of privilege and/or entitlement.
Paine argues for morality and peace over religion and war, and for the wisdom of individuals who think for themselves. In words that are still relevant more than 200 years into the American experiment, Paine advocates for peace, moderate taxes and moderate government, and he abhors “the little barkings of scribbling and witless curs” that advocate otherwise.