Tuesday, September 19, 2023

How to Respond to a Cancer Diagnosis of your Child and Survive

How does any parent cope when the doctors tell you that your daughter has an eight percent chance of surviving more than five years?

HOPE is a Way to Escape Your Fear

Michael Schnabel heard that devastating news that left him weak and defenseless – until he formed a support group to move forward to save her life.

In each person's life, some events forever change their course. Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie experienced two of these events in fourteen days; the birth of her only child and the discovery that she only had an eight percent chance of living.

She is haunted by the thought that this baby will only know her through pictures and she makes that mental image her motivation to survive.

Michael Schnabel is the author of Daddy’s Girl: A Father, His Daughter, and the Deadly Battle She Won. Michael is a graduate of Northern State University who developed his passion for writing and storytelling during his thirty-year career at Bristol-Meyers Squibb. 

Michael chronicles the powerful story of his daughter's fight to survive her cancer diagnosis to live life with her newborn son and the author's grandson. She became a warrior and provided hope for others. 

Listen to this fantastic story of one family facing the most daunting circumstances and how three generations of a family respond to the crisis. This story illuminates a range of emotions and delivers them with humor, love -- and some miracles!

Michael Schnabel

For only 99 cents pick up your survival guide for anyone struggling through a crisis with a family member 

How does a young mother overcome an eight percent chance of living to raise her newborn son? She becomes a warrior and provides hope for others. Daddy's Girl is the story of a father, his daughter, and the deadly battle she won.

In each person's life, some events forever change their course. Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie experienced two of these events in fourteen days; the birth of her only child and the discovery that she has an eight percent chance of living. She is haunted by the thought that this baby will only know her through pictures until she makes that thought her motivation to survive.

This is a story of one family facing the most daunting of circumstances, at once celebration and devastation. Michael Schnabel, Stephanie's father tells the story of survival and how three generations of a family respond to crisis. Stephanie's courage is fueled by her son's deep brown eyes and unconditional love. Her faith comes from the belief that something greater than us provides what we need - when we need it. Daddy's Girl illuminates a range of emotions and delivers them with humor, love--and some miracles.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

How Do You Move Past the Pain of Life's Curve Balls?

When your life is thrown a curve ball and you lose your husband at 47 years old -- what then? What about your future? How do you cope?

Kim met tall, dark, and handsome Steve Sorrelle who proposed ten days later.  It was a love story written in the heavens. They raised five children -- life was good. 

Kim Sorrelle began journaling after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2009. Four months later, her husband Steve was told he had pancreatic cancer. Six weeks later, Kim held him as he took his last breath.

Kim is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, director of a humanitarian organization, activist, mother, grandmother, lover of all people, and.....black licorice.

Kim's story will make you laugh....and cry. She is a master at sharing life's tragedies mixed with laughter. 

Kim's entrepreneurial journey included commercial real estate, a golf course, catering, a grocery store, and more. Besides building businesses into multi-million-dollar companies, Kim is proud to have weathered the pandemic storm in the food industry, keeping staff employed, and seeing the company's sales grow beyond pre-pandemic numbers. 

Kim is the director of Rays of Hope International, a partnering organization that works with people in their country who have a passion, a vision, and a mission to help people through business plans, fundraising, sustainability, planning, supplies, and building. Working in countries like Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Burkina Faso, Rays of Hope has enjoyed relationships with hundreds of organizations that are working to help the underserved and vulnerable population. 

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"Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs"

There are so many things that we do not have control over, things that we would not ever choose: cancer, losing a spouse, tragic accidents. But we can choose how we will handle these things. Joy is a choice that anyone can make but not everyone knows how. Facing cancer, becoming a widow, and losing the future, as the author saw it, made her recognize that she had to choose a way to deal with the present.

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Engage with a love that transcends social experiments and leads to a radically transformed life

"Love is patient, love is kind, love is . . ." The words are so familiar they almost lack meaning, a Christianese version of "live, laugh, love." Even non-Christians are familiar with the Love chapter of 1 Corinthians, read at weddings, painted on decorative signs, and preached regularly from the pulpit. But what happens when these verses are taken seriously? What would it take for someone to live out the Love chapter as literally as possible?

That was the question Kim Sorrelle set out to answer during her yearlong experiment. Using 1 Corinthians 13 as a road map, she focused on one phrase at a time, seeking to understand its true meaning and how it could motivate every daily action. She also looked at the ones we do not think too deeply about: love does not boast, does not dishonor others, doesn't keep a record of wrongs, and more.

In her attempts to live the Love chapter to the letter, Kim journeyed all the way to Haiti, where she met people who both tested and displayed love to its limits. From irritating employees to sexist short-term missionaries to curse-wielding women to the profoundly kind nuns, her encounters are filled with rueful self-reflection and comical commentary, as well as a new understanding of the nuances and power of true love in action.

Kim's transformation into someone who truly loves like Jesus will challenge readers to think more deeply about how they can manifest love in their own lives and will reveal the power of Christlike devotion that is unwearied and humble, contented and forgiving. Her exploration is an incredible encounter with the filling, strengthening love of God -- a love that truly never fails.








Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Do You Know One of Medical Profession's Most Horrific Dirty Little Secrets?

ATTENTION: Anyone with back issues in need of surgery MUST read this first. 

Dr. Ardavan Aslie is a board-certified spine surgeon who received his undergraduate
education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he double-majored in
physiology and genetics. He earned his MD from New York Medical College and
completed his residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City while working with
some of the world's most renowned scoliosis surgeons. He received his spine surgery
fellowship training at Harvard University. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Aslie
has been active in researching and developing cutting-edge treatments for
osteoporotic and aging spines. 

Dr Ardavan Aslie

Dr. Aslie's new hard-hitting exposé CORPORATE SPINE: How Spinal Surgery Went
Off Track and How We Put it Right reveals eye-opening new research into the
surprisingly common practice of using pedicle screws in spine surgery and despite
overwhelming evidence that they are practically useless and cause harm down the

Seeing the money, the funding, and the support to cover up this dirty secret made me question if this was right – but I knew I had to write a book about uncovering the truth.

Dr Aslie


Each year, an estimated half-million people will undergo spinal fusion surgery in the US alone.
In most cases, surgeons will implant rods and screws into a patient’s fused vertebrae as part of the procedure. There’s just one (enormous) problem: according to the published medical literature, the screws provide little to no benefit for patients. They do, however, provide billions in profit for a handful of medical device companies.

In this meticulously researched and hard-hitting exposé, veteran California spine surgeon Ardavan Aslie, MD, sounds the alarm on this all-too-common but unproven standard of care. Despite overwhelming evidence that pedicle screws often do more harm than good, device manufacturers continue to push profits over patients. The failure of spine surgery to develop and utilize more effective surgical options has, sadly, led it to a dead end.

It doesn’t have to be this way. In 
Corporate Spine, Dr. Aslie explains how spinal surgery got to this low point, how patients can protect themselves, and how spinal surgery can get back on track to help, not hurt, the estimated 16 million Americans suffering from chronic back pain. Whether this describes you or someone you know, Corporate Spine offers an illuminating report from the frontlines that will both astound and empower.





Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Are You Viewing Your World From a Human Perspective....Or?

Michaell Magrutsche is an Austrian/Californian multidisciplinary artist, awareness/creativity educator, speaker, and author of five books related to art. He is an advocate for helping understand neurodiversity.

Michaell's dyslexia and dysgraphia (hand-eye coordination) forced him to develop an awareness of seeing the world purely from a human perspective. Creating art completed his awareness of what it is to be human, our habitat nature, and how to be the steward for OUR habitat and the next generations.

Michaell’s talent is recognizing awareness to seed a new consciousness that allows us to unveil the untapped superpowers of human limitlessness, art/creativity, healthy discourse, and adaptability to make all humans fit within our human tapestry.

As a child, Michaell's dyslexia and dysgraphia (hand-eye coordination) he could only navigate in very few systems. Michaell was forced to find his salvation in art. Interacting and creating art outside of systems helped him feel humane and got him through life. 

Michaell is completely self-taught. Art allowed him to experience life with other humans and five books later Michaell produced with Robert Evans and became a City Arts Commissioner.

He discovered that creating art is humans' greatest inherent superpower, followed by healthy dialogue and adaptability. These superpowers are applicable to everything from creativity, leadership, business, education, relationships, and what else humans focus on.

Michaell keeps unveiling the limitations of all man-made systems like technology, 
science, economy, and generalized knowledge to change systems to be more human-adaptable instead of humans keep forcing themselves to be system adaptive.

This work raises our human potential instead of making us blinder and ignoring our human worth for system values. We are wasting too much life force and energy on system navigation to achieve limited system value.

Michaell’s mission is to show us something very different. We are in an unconsciousness crisis. We don’t see that all our ever-growing (financial principles)creations led us to a pivotal point of diminishing returns.

Today, we have such an overabundance of goods and services that we have become incapable of consuming. We all keep creating and marketing but besides money we don’t even have the time to sort through them, let alone the time to use or consume all those offerings that we all keep creating more and more of.

Time has become humans' most valuable thing, not money and systems that we give our life force to function. Work and tinkering can enrich our human experience to live more fulfilled lives but we unconsciously deprive ourselves of living a human life through systems, our metaverse.

This is why we have to become conscious. Humans have relinquished so much to systems, which demand more systems and more system work that our passion for human tinkering/creating has become work for money and now work to survive.

Michaell’s truth compass is our humans’ limitlessness and nature’s sense of balance. The awareness and wisdom of this focus continuously reveal our eternal knowledge of humankind and the recognition of our human potential.

That’s why there is nothing more to do but to be aware and become conscious. Understand what it means to be human, our habitat nature, and how to be the steward for OUR habitat and the next generations. When conscious, change will happen automatically.

His interview will challenge and inspire you to become the best YOU that you can be for YOURSELF.

“We could heal the world and others by being the best YOU that each can be for YOURSELF to contribute with each uniqueness seamlessly to the whole of humanity.”

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Saturday, July 29, 2023

Your Dreams May Be Free But Getting There Demands a Price

When Ron Worley was homeless in 2003 he felt hopeless. He was drinking himself to a coward’s death. He had lost everyone and everything that meant anything to him. He called himself a disgusting human being, who looked for his next high rather than find a path to his children.

Ron is a successful business owner, real estate investor, mentor, and self-made millionaire who follows his own code – the Worley Way.

Ditches to Riches
From homeless, addicted, and alone to a multimillionaire, Ron Worley wants you to discover the values that let him commit to personal bravery and take purposeful risks that could be your path to the business and life you have always wanted.

Failure. Addiction. Abuse. Circumstances can overshadow a life of purpose. Choosing bravery and making hard choices can seem impossible. Yet, you do not have to accept mediocrity. Your growth is your choice.

Ron's life changed more than anyone could have imagined when he decided to BELIEVE he would achieve. He made up his mind, set the goal, and knew he would get there. Your dreams may be free but getting there demands a price.

Ron shares life lessons that inspire countless entrepreneurs, thinkers, and those wanting lasting change. His systems guide wealth and well-being. 

A true story of vulnerability, grit, and personal ethics for long-term success, wealth, and exceptional relationships. Your dreams may be free, but getting there demands a price.

Homeless. Addicted. Alone. 

Ron Worley hit rock bottom but climbed his way back into money, a successful business, and fulfillment. Now, he is helping others do the same. 

Negative circumstances can overshadow a life of purpose. Making brave hard choices can seem impossible. Yet, you don’t have to accept mediocrity. Your growth is your choice. If trauma and failure have set you adrift, it’s time to step up with Ditches to Riches

Unlock potent strategies to revolutionize your well-being, create personal wealth, and build a prosperous business! Worley’s inspiring true success story teaches you to overcome feeling defeated, directionless, and driven to the edge. Give yourself the chance you deserve. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Do You Feel Frustrated in your Career and NEED to Change Direction?

Sara McElroy felt helpless and hopeless in her job. She felt trapped running on the hamster wheel in her CMO role. Even though it was taking a massive toll on her health and well-being, it was everything she thought she ever wanted.  But, she was in for a surprise.

Sara McElroy is a former hustle culture devotee, ex-chief marketing officer, the Wall Street Journal’s poster girl for pandemic career burnout, and a two-time member of the Great Resignation: class of 2021 and 2022. 

Sara McElroy

Following a stress-induced shingles diagnosis in early 2021, Sara decided to hit the reset button on her life; she quit her hard-won CMO job and trekked to Peru to reset her frayed nervous system. When she returned, she relocated from the buzzy metropolis of Atlanta to the beach in South Florida for a new job and a fresh start. But she once again encountered deeply ingrained cultural issues in her new role, and ultimately, she walked away again. 

Raze to Rise

Finding herself in the company of millions of other women who also set unfulfilling jobs ablaze during the Great Resignation, she returned to her journalism roots and began to explore the stories, breaking points, and defining moments that led women to seek greater opportunity mid-pandemic. These conversations became the genesis of Raze to Rise – an organization created to amplify women’s voices from the Great Resignation and inspire others to blaze new trails in their own careers.

If you feel stuck or frustrated with your current career and need the courage to change direction -- Sara shares the steps in her interview:




Saturday, July 8, 2023

Do You Know How To Change Your Life - and Change Your World

Kevin Palmieri remembers the pain when opening his final pay stub of the year. Did he accomplish his goal of six figures? Yes, he did. But nothing changed. 

He was laying in bed that night and had this thought, “Your car doesn’t matter, your house doesn’t matter, your wallet doesn’t matter… your thoughts matter more than anything.”

And that’s how Kevin’s life dramatically changed. You, too, can change your world. 

The Biggest Difference between who you are today 

and who you want to be .....are your habits!

Kevin Palmieri

Some people find rock bottom. Kevin found out that rock bottom has a basement. In his mid-20s Kevin had it all.  A beautiful girlfriend, a high-paying job, a sports car, and more. Yet, he ended up sitting on the edge of a bed debating suicide -- several times.

Kevin's podcast, Next Level University, was birthed out of curiosity. Why do people think the way they do? Why do they act the way they do?

What would happen if they changed the way they thought and acted? What would happen? 

Currently, Keven hosts a podcast with hundreds of thousands of downloads in over 120 countries. His podcast has grown into a multi-six-figure business with over 900 episodes. 

Kevin Palimieri

In Kevin's interview, he will share how your world can change to fulfill your dreams. He explores many topics including consistency, commitment, habits, mindset, confidence, fear, relationships, and limiting beliefs. 

The Biggest Difference between who you are today 

and who you want to be .....are your habits!



Next Level University is a Global Top 100 Self-Improvement Podcast with 1,250+ Episodes, 750K+ Listens, 150+ Countries.

Hosts Kevin Palmieri and Alan Lazaros bring a heart-driven but no-BS approach to holistic self-improvement for dream chasers!

We bring you 7 episodes per week so you can work on getting to your next level 7 days per week

We also are blessed to have amazing guests like David Meltzer, Steven Kotler, Dean Graziosi, Evan Carmichael, Charlie Jabaley, Lori Harder, Jairek Robbins, Anthony Trucks, Dr. Jen Esquer, Mark Metry, Phil M Jones and so many more!





Sunday, July 2, 2023

Are You Thick-skinned and Independent But Need Help?

Tez Brooks is a multiple award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, journalist, and author who understands the pain of sexual abuse, bullying in middle school, and then unfaithfulness and divorce.

As a former law enforcement officer and police chaplain Tez knows that the stressful position of first responders is often scary, unpredictable, and infuriating. Where do you go to refresh and refocus when the world expects you to be thick-skinned and independent?

As a multiple award-winning author, filmmaker, and international speaker,
 Tez Brooks’ work appears in Guideposts, Power for Living, The Upper Room, CBN.com, Clubhouse, Focus on the Family, Cru.org and more. His editorials are featured regularly and seen by over 30k readers each month. He is the president of two chapters for Word Weavers International.

First responders have one of the highest percentages of addiction, divorce, and suicide. As a police chaplain, Tez experienced the trauma of first responders and the need for hope. Tez' story is an encouragement for anyone and especially those who work as first responders. 

Tez Brooks

Debriefing: Meditations of Hope for Those Who Protect and Serve is a collection of real-life experiences helping cops, correction officers, chaplains, and others to see God’s hand in all they do, so they can better understand His loving care for those working the challenging and dangerous job of first responder.

It’s time to debrief.

The stressful position of first responders is often scary, unpredictable, and infuriating. Where do you go to refresh and refocus when the world expects you to be thick-skinned and independent? It can be difficult to balance your physical, emotional, and spiritual health, along with your social and family life, as you focus on your role to protect the public. It’s easy to forget the bigger purpose God has for you.

Single Dad Detour

Conventional wisdom holds that fathers have few parenting skills and that mothers always know best. The single father is often considered a mythical creature, found only in sitcoms as an object of humor or pity. Where does that leave real single dads? Too often, it makes them susceptible to overcompensation or apathy. 

Tez Brooks knows those feelings all too well. He's traveled that road with his own children after an unexpected divorce. The Single Dad Detour is the result of his journey and the lessons he learned along the way. It is a guidebook for the rocky road of single fatherhood, extending encouragement, confidence, and challenges, using specific examples from dads who have survived parenting and have hope to offer. 

There are no unreachable requirements for perfect fatherhood here and no twisty theological mysteries - just authentic, down-to-earth wisdom from one dad to another.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

How Do I Cope with the Guilt of Working Mom Burnout?

Have you – or someone you know – had ‘working mother’ burnout? 

Dr. Susan Landers is a neonatologist who worked full-time in the NICU for over 30 years and raised three children. She achieved many academic and professional accomplishments, and she encountered challenges along the way, both in her career and in her mothering.

She achieved many academic and professional accomplishments, and she encountered challenges along the way, both in her career and in her mothering. Susan suffered through one difficult period during her midlife, after the birth of her third child, that propelled her to make specific choices and a career change.    

Working Mom Burnout

She loves to share stories that reassure younger mothers to know that they, too, can become  “good enough mothers” even if they work full-time. She supports mothers with her social media posts, her blog, and her newsletter.

Are you trying to be a "Super Mom" or a good mother? During her interview, Dr. Landers shares how to identify and recover from working mother burnout:

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Working mother burnout

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So Many Babies describes one overworked physician-mother as she journeys through medicine and motherhood raising three children.

While practicing medicine in the NICU full time for over thirty years, Susan Landers, MD met and managed many trials raising her three children, trials typical for many working mothers, such as breastfeeding, sibling rivalry, bedwetting, dyslexia, a gifted child, ADHD, a dog bite, and an adolescent eating disorder. The challenges of full-time practice and many twenty-four-hour shifts in the high-stress NICU always complicated issues with Susan’s children but also provided her the privilege of caring for thousands of critically ill newborn infants.

Susan always felt that her career and accomplishments in medicine were equally as rewarding as raising three children. It was the constant attempt to balance these two worlds – physician and mother - that was so daunting a task. Susan believes that most, if not all, working mothers are similarly challenged as they attempt to manage their work and being a good mother. So Many Babies describes Susan’s experiences of finding resilience and endurance throughout her career as a physician and mother. It is an entertaining and reassuring story for working mothers.



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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Are You Feeling Stuck, Overweight, or Burnt Out and Want to Give Up?

Byron Morrison was stuck, overweight, burnt out, and in a job that was killing him. He was lost and HE was the biggest stumbling block in the way of success.

Why do most people never achieve their goals, why do we sabotage ourselves? What does it really take to get out of your own way and take control of your life?

Have you felt that way? You do not want to miss Byron’s interview today.

You are One Decision Away From A Different Life

After years of being his own worst enemy, Byron Morrison knows exactly how frustrating the never-ending cycle of hard work, expectation, and minimal results can be. Maybe You Should Give Up is Morrison’s answer to the question: how can anyone achieve their dreams if hard work isn’t enough?

It seems like every self-help book and personal development program is the same these days, preaching that if someone just does more and pushes harder, they can achieve the life of their dreams. This expectation doesn’t often work with long-term results, which leaves many people to face the unfortunate reality of never reaching their goals.

Why? Because despite their good intentions, they get in their own way, sabotaging themselves and becoming the biggest stumbling block in the way of their success.

Tired of going ‘round in circles, Byron Morrison realized he needed to do something different. He gave up—not on his goals and dreams, accepting a life of mediocrity lying on the couch—but on being controlled by fear. He gave up living in the past. He gave up comparing himself to others. He gave up on being so hard on himself. And he gave up putting off his happiness.


Byron Morrison

And it worked. He was able to get out of his own way and finally take control of his life.

Maybe You Should Give Up explains how to throw out the rule book, break the mold and do something different. Byron Morrison’s approach helps readers identify seven areas of their life that cause them to get in their own way and keep them stuck in a self-destructive cycle; he models how to give up on what holds a person back—to finally take control of the life they want and deserve.







Thursday, May 25, 2023

Do You Feel Invisible, Unnoticed? Of Little Value to Others?

Have you felt lonely? Left out? Less than?  Have you ever wanted to blend in with the wallpaper so you were not noticed? Do you know how to connect with other people who fill your heart rather than drain your soul?

Cheri Strange

If yes to any of these questions - Then you will relate with Cheri Strange who turned that loneliness into helping over 700,000 women redefine their worth.

Cheri is a published author, national speaker, a visionary of She Yearns Ministries and a mom to eight children.

Everyone wants to belong and feel loved. But what happens when we get passed over, left out, or seem invisible? How do you make new friends, navigate drama, and enjoy authentic connections?

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Start enjoying the woman God created you to be and leave the invisible you behind

What Cheri thought was a problem for her is currently impacting half the population and on some points, a  majority. Her journey which spans a decade, will give you a plan to save yourself from detours, derailments, and missteps.

Cheri shares some exciting ways to help you realize your self-worth, thrive in your community and enhance the world around you. 

Cheri Strange

Can You See Me Now? reveals how you were handpicked by God to express love, thrive in the community, and enhance the world around you. Cheri Strange’s scriptural approach combined with captivating stories will show you how to:

• Cultivate the courage to connect with others
• Find people who fill your heart rather than drain your soul
• Counter the nay-sayers who prefer you remain quiet
• Kiss goodbye to the old tendencies to blend into the wallpaper


Thursday, May 18, 2023

How Could A Father be Transformed by the Life of a Child?

As a parent, how would you respond when told that your young son had severe hearing loss along with other symptoms eliminating his quality of life?

When Jeff Seitzer was younger, he thought he was struck with bad luck. He had encephalitis at age four leaving him with major residual effects. At ten years old he was in an accident that left him partially disabled and as a teenager was diagnosed with a congenital nerve disease that put him into leg braces. Did it stop there? No.

His son was born with major internal organ defects and severe hearing loss and was tragically killed in an accident. 

Later in life, he began to see how responding to such life challenges helped him grow as a person. Hyperactivity from encephalitis prompted him to be very active, which made him not prone to depression despite many life setbacks. The mental and physical disciplines he developed in response to encephalitis and the degenerative condition helped him not only achieve a lot personally and professionally but made him an effective caregiver for his son's special needs.

The Fun Master

As a caregiver and stay-at-home dad, Jeff learned how to put others' needs ahead of his own.
Accounts of Jeff's on-the-job training as a caregiver and stay-at-home dad have appeared in the Omaha World-Herald, Adoptive Families Magazine, and many others.

As an award-winning teacher, he has authored a number of books on law and philosophy and now teaches at Roosevelt and Loyola Universities.

His interview is compelling, heart-warming (and heart-wrenching), and encouraging for anyone who has been a caregiver.

"Our son Ethan and I shared a special moment just before he underwent emergency surgery as a newborn. Standing at his bedside, feeling helpless, I prattled on about some issue in German philosophy while he held one of my fingers tightly in his only free hand.  
When someone arrived to conduct a preoperative test on his heart, I stepped out for a moment but was called back almost immediately. Ethan had become so agitated, they could not continue. He calmed right down again when I placed my finger in his wee hand and resumed my monologue. At that moment, I felt like he had chosen me to take care of him. I will be forever grateful to him that in my hour of need, he chose me."
Jeff Seitzer



Compassionate new memoir proves kids are our best teachers

Stay-at-home dad shares the powerful story of how

his special needs son changed his outlook on life – for the better

A self-involved academic struggling to cope with his own neurological problems, Jeff could hardly take care of himself, let alone a child with special needs, when his son, Ethan, was born. But despite multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, serious breathing and swallowing problems, hearing loss, and a challenging social environment in his first months of life, Ethan thrived—all the while teaching Jeff to take things as they came. And eight years later, the arrival from China of adopted baby sister Penelope took Jeff's on-the-job training to a whole new level.

Ethan's instinct for fun proved the perfect complement to Jeff's determination to live life fully. He died too young, but not before he, Penelope, and their mother, Janet, taught Jeff that the true path to happiness was putting other people's needs before his own—and living in the moment rather than trying to control it.

“About coping, self-sacrifice, and loss, The Fun Master is a moving memoir by a father who was transformed by his love for his child” –Foreword Clarion Reviews