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Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Training Tour

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Date Published: Feb 19th, 2021

Are you struggling to train your dog? This book can help!

Written by a certified Dog Trainer this book is designed to offer general dog training troubleshooting. The intent is to identify and address things you might unknowingly be doing that can sabotage your best training efforts and hinder your beloved companion’s progress.

The author, Tammy L. Hein brings up the specific issues she’s found to be the most common over her decade of dog training experience.

Every point is explained to help you see the downfalls of your methods from your dog’s perspective. With this book, you’ll gain deeper understanding why your dog behaves the way he does, where you’re falling short as a trainer, and best practices that’ll get you on the right track in no time! Don’t give up—get this book and get started!

Excerpt

Back when Rosie was two years old we started training for an Excellent title in Canadian Rally Obedience. This meant that we got to work with jumps, tunnels, and weave poles. 

When I first started, I lured her to go through the weave poles. She caught on quickly, and we thought we were making progress. 

Then I removed the lure, and she got lost. This caused both Rosie and I to get frustrated. 

About The Author

Tammy L. Hein


Tammy L. Hein gained her certification through Animal Behavior College Dog as a trainer and has ten years of experience training dogs. Her goal is to help dog owners better understand their four-legged companions and in doing so, help them better co-exist. She’s a firm believer that no dog is untrainable and that with the right tools, any owner can remedy their pet’s issues.

When she’s not writing books that will help dog owners, she’s training dogs, reading, or spending quality time with the people near and dear her heart—family and friends. Tammy lives in Saskatchewan, Canada and she’s married to a patient, loving husband. Together, they have two kids that are wilder than the craziest dogs she’s met; but she loves every moment.

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A Proven Leadership Playbook for Continuous Business Success

Non-fiction, Business Leadership, Corporate Marketing, Careers

Date Published: November 10, 2020

Publisher: Elite Online Publishing

 

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As a leader, you don’t know everything . . . and you never will.

As you level-up in your leadership trajectory, you’re going to have to release some old stuff, even if you think that old stuff is what got you to where you are. Every new leadership opportunity you face—whether leading a new company or department, starting your own enterprise, or flexing your leadership muscles—is a chance to grow as a leader and as a human being.

This book outlines a world-class approach to leading a business, any business, to exceptional and sustained success. These are the same principles that we have used at the Houston Texans since inception, for more than twenty years. Through trial, error, and adjustment, these guiding principles have helped us deliver breakthrough financial results for our partners, a rewarding workplace experience for our teammates, tremendous customer loyalty, and a reputation as a committed caretaker of our community.

What you’ll learn is that challenges are to be welcomed; they are the impetus for change, learning, and growth. But you must learn from the challenges. Follow the guidelines in this playbook and you’ll have a reliable set of resources to meet each challenge head on.

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About the Author

Jamey‎ Rootes has served as President of the Houston Texans since the team’s inception. Under his continued leadership the Texans have consistently been recognized as one of the most valuable professional sports franchises both in the NFL and globally, as measured by a variety of business publications.

Under Rootes’ Management, the Texans extended their sellout game streak to 185 consecutive home games – a Houston NFL record. A testament to his development and dedication to the team’s highly acclaimed customer service strategy and fan experience on game day.

Rootes’ hands-on approach to all business functions of the club, including securing stadium-naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club’s successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, led the creation and launch of the team’s identity.

During Rootes tenure, the Texans have earned many distinctions, including numerous “Crystal Awards” and most recently two American Business Awards for marketing excellence. J.D. Power & Associates recognized the team for providing the best fan experience in the NFL and even featured the Texans as a service success story in their book entitled “Satisfaction.” The Texans were also recognized with Sports Business Journal’s PRISM Award, which is given annually to the top major professional sports team based on business excellence criteria.

He also serves as President of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE), a sports management agency associated with the Texans. LSSE has been a catalyst for some of Houston’s most significant sporting events. LSSE created and now manages the Texas Bowl, Houston’s annual college football bowl game, as well as the Texas Kickoff, an annual college football game. In addition to college football games, Rootes also oversees the production of many soccer games put on by LSSE such as COPA America in 2016, the Manchester Derby in 2017 and an International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in 2019.

Rootes has been one of Houston’s leading executives for more than two decades. Sports Business Journal twice selected Rootes as a member of its distinguished “Forty Under 40” list of leading sports executives, and in 2014 Rootes was named a finalist for Executive of the Year by the Stadium Business Awards. In 2019, Rootes was selected as one of Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs and was selected in 2016 as the first-ever Houston Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year after serving as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. Rootes served on the Super Bowl Host Committees in 2004 and 2017 and was also appointed deputy chairman of two public boards for Super Bowl LI. Rootes led the efforts in securing the Texans appearance on Monday Night Football in Mexico for the first time in NFL history and elevated Houston’s visibility on an international scale.

Rootes maintains an active role in the community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and the United Way of Greater Houston. He also oversees the activities of the Houston Texans Foundation, whose mission is to be “Champions for Youth,” which has donated more than $35 million since its inception in 2002 through annual fundraising events, disaster response programs, the team’s United Way campaign and partnerships with nonprofit organizations on gameday.

Rootes has consistently been at the forefront of disaster recovery, most recently in response to COVID-19. Rootes is co-chairing the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund, a first-ever partnership between the United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The fund has raised over $14 million to support the most vulnerable families and individuals in the community. In 2017 following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Rootes worked with the league office, NFL teams, the United Way and others to raise funds for those affected by the storm. In total, all NFL-related entities donated over $50 million for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Prior to joining the Texans, Rootes helped to launch Major League Soccer as the president and general manager of the Columbus Crew. During his tenure, the Crew was consistently among the league’s strongest teams both on and off the field, and Rootes was recognized as MLS’s Executive of the Year in 1996 and Marketing Executive of the Year in 1999. Rootes helped lead the construction of Crew Stadium in 1999, which was the first stadium of its type in the United States. This facility earned distinction as America’s Foremost Sports Facility of the Year and led to the development of numerous soccer-specific stadiums across the United States over the past decade, including BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

A native of Stone Mountain, GA, Rootes graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. While attending Clemson, Rootes was a member of the Tigers’ soccer team that captured two NCAA titles and he served as Student Body President. While earning a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with honors at Indiana University, he served as an assistant soccer coach for the Hoosiers. Rootes previously held positions at IBM and Procter & Gamble before entering sports. He lives in West University with his wife, Melissa, and their children, Chris and Caroline.

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I Love You Always Tour

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One Family’s Alzheimer’s/Dementia Journey and the Lessons Learned Along the
Way 

Non Fiction

Date Published: July 10, 2020 

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“I Love You Always” introduces you to Lottie Mae Polk Berry, am self-proclaimed badass who battles Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia for years, hoping to make it to age 90. Her daughter, LaBena, gives a detailed account of Lottie’s life from her teenage years, through diagnosis and beyond. 

“I Love You Always” will have you on an emotional roller-coaster as Lottie’s wit and antics send you into hysterical laughter one moment and leave you silently sobbing the next. Calm, turbulence, and laughter are recurring themes throughout. 

Her children struggle to see that she receives the best medical care while hoping, in spite of her condition, that she makes it to her 90th birthday. LaBena shares valuable caregiver tips she’s learned, in the form of “lessons” throughout the book as well as messages of faith in the form of beloved biblical passages. Believers and non-believers alike can benefit from reading this story. 

 

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Preface

I am no one special. I am simply the daughter of a mother who was diagnosed with dementia. I’d had the privilege of working with a hospice provider for several years prior to my mom’s diagnosis, and it was during that time that I learned about dementia.

Sitting in our team meetings, I would hear about disease progression, caregiver tips, etc., and I was afforded the opportunity to receive special training on the basics of dementia that prepared me to educate community members who were caring for loved ones with the disease. Once I began caring for my mom, however, everything I thought I knew went right out of the window. It’s one thing to learn about dementia, but it’s totally different when you live it.

This book holds my truth: the good, the bad, and the ugly. My prayer is that you will be able to learn from my experiences, that you will look for light in the darkness, and that you will see and take advantage of the beautiful moments that present themselves during the journey. More importantly, I pray that you hold on to faith. It is faith that sustained me when I felt I couldn’t go on for one more moment. God didn’t promise that we wouldn’t go through storms, but we can find comfort in knowing that He is right there with us through it all.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Author’s note: All biblical quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

About the Author

LaBena Fleming was born in Detroit, Michigan, raised in Ravenna, Ohio, and presently resides in Richmond Heights, Ohio with her husband. LaBena received her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development from Notre Dame College of Ohio. She went on to earn master’s degrees in Education and Educational Administration from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. A former insurance industry professional, school teacher/administrator, and community education and outreach coordinator for an organ and tissue procurement organization, LaBena retired from her position as Provider Relations Manager/Community Outreach and Education Coordinator with Hospice of the Western Reserve in 2017. Retiring afforded LaBena the opportunity to serve as one of the caregivers for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia.
LaBena currently enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and granddaughter, public speaking, gardening, cooking, traveling, reading, and of course writing. Although she has always “dabbled” in writing; having written multiple poems and freelancing for a few greeting card companies, I Love You Always is her first book. 

 

 

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Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Chronic Pain

Date Published: 4/21/20

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This book is a must-read for anyone who lives with Lyme Disease, chronic
pain, and illness and is still seeking answers and support.

In 2015, Wendi’s life drastically changed when she was diagnosed with
Lyme disease and other life-threatening infections. She was once a
competitive athlete, enjoyed the flexibility and freedom of her life to
being bedridden. She shares her struggles along with her celebrations of
living with Lyme disease and chronic pain.

As you read this book, Wendi guides you through each chapter taking you
from theory to practice learning alternative healing tools and engaging in
experiential exercises to start implementing a new way of thinking, living
and finding your “new normal” and hope again.

If you are struggling with Lyme Disease, chronic illness, and pain, you
will learn to forge a new relationship with your body, mind, and soul and
learn new tools to optimize your life despite your limitations.

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Introduction

I discovered how strong I was when my body was at its weakest. My physical and mental body could no longer think, move, or function properly.  My life and health were abruptly rerouted on a path that was scary and unknown. 

 

Eventually, I knew I had to make a choice. Who was going to be in control of my future health and life, Lyme disease, or me? 

 

I chose me. 

 

I chose to trust and listen to my body so I could continue to thrive, learn, teach, and live a life of purpose. 

 

I chose to view my life from a new perspective to create my place in this new world of chronic pain and Lyme disease. 

 

Within this new view of living with multiple diagnoses, symptoms, and pain, I practiced the alternative healing tools and methods in this

book so that I could reclaim my health and start creating a life I was in love with again. 

I want the same for you.

I was able to embrace and change my experience and relationship with Lyme disease and other co-infections to help me release my fears, heal, and transform them into a story of purpose. That is what I am sharing on these pages. I wrote this book to connect people and remind all of us that we are not alone. We are on this healing journey together.  

 

I am not an authority on treating, diagnosing, and/or treating Lyme disease or any other chronic disease and illness. I am however an authority on living with chronic pain and the symptoms of this disease and my other related diagnoses. I also have a master’s degree in public health. 

 

Please note that Lyme disease and other diseases/illnesses/symptoms are profoundly serious and could be life-threatening. They require proper medical attention and care from a qualified healthcare provider or team. 

 

This book is not to be used as a substitute for your medical care and attention. Your life and health are important and seeking proper medical care is a priority. This book is a guide to provide you with alternative healing tools and activities to learn, practice, and empower yourself to become your own advocate to help you think better, feel better and live better in mind, body, and spirit as a whole. 

We were born to live our highest potential even with our chronic illnesses, diagnoses, and symptoms. Sure, it was easier to plan our future dreams and goals when we had the energy, focus, and felt well. Even though our path has been temporarily derailed, it does not mean we stop believing, stop having hope, and stop having a purpose. 

It only means we need to look at and approach our health and live our best lives differently. Sometimes all we need is a simple reminder, some guidance to gently nudge us and give us permission to start envisioning, creating, and living new dreams and achieving new goals.

My story focuses on my experience with Lyme disease and my personal healing process, but this could easily be your story too. 

 

This book was written for everyone who lives with any type of chronic pain, symptoms, and illness. This book is for those who are still seeking answers and support. The message in these pages will provide you with hope when you experience the ups and downs in your personal healing journey. 

There will be moments and days where you feel like you are succeeding and moving forward. There will be days where you feel like your health took a huge step backward. You may question your life, your purpose, and more. This is where hope comes in, the key ingredient that saved me and keeps me going. 

 


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Wendi M. Lindenmuth BS, MPH, is an Author, Energy Medicine and Alternative
Healing Specialist and an Intuitive Healing Artist. With over 25 years of
experience in teaching, medical and public health, and healing, she helps
people suffering from Lyme Disease, chronic illness and pain find relief
from their symptoms and limitations and start creating a life of hope,
strength and purpose again. She lives in Dresser, Wisconsin with her husband
and 2 dogs surrounded in the tranquility of Wisconsin Interstate park.

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Non-fiction, Health, Dentistry, Addiction/Substance Abuse,
Drugs, Medical, Well-being, Self-help
Date Published: 6/4/2020
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“Doctor, your exam patient is ready in operatory #1”! But are you ready when your patient opens his mouth to reveal teeth blackened, broken, and rotted with decay?  At first glance, you might think the decay is from poor oral hygiene, candy or your patient’s soda consumption. But could it be from methamphetamine, a drug that causes severe tooth decay? Before you pick up your anesthetic syringe or dental drill, pick up and read “A State of Decay”: Your Dental Guide to Understanding and Treating Meth Mouth. With step-by-step advice and her outspoken style, Dr. Brown, walks you through how to Recognize, Communicate and Treat patients who have “meth mouth”. In these pages you’ll learn:
•       What methamphetamine is and why it causes rapid tooth decay
•       How to recognize patients in your practice who are using methamphetamine
•       Effective strategies to treat your patients with “meth mouth”
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Often by the time a patient presents to our dental

offices with teeth that are blackened, broken, rotted,

and crumbling from their methamphetamine use, they

are embarrassed by their unattractive smiles and overwhelmed

with dental pain. Similarly, as dentists, we

are often equally overwhelmed by the magnitude of

decay and uncertain about which aspects of treatment

(preventive, restorative, surgical, or prosthetic) to prioritize

and initiate. We may mistakenly develop treatment

plans that do not take into account the decreased

salivary flow, increased oral acidity, increased plaque

levels, increased bruxism, and increased sugar consumption

associated with methamphetamine use, and

subsequently provide treatment that has no real chance

of reversing the cycle of poor oral health for these

patients. Our treatment plans may also be a mismatch

for our patient’s precarious financial situation, which

may include unemployment, homelessness, and a lack

of insurance. We may be so focused on saving that one

tooth with a root canal, crown lengthening, build-up

and crown, that we have depleted the patient’s finances

to address the other 31 teeth which are also blackened,

broken, and rotted! We may even put on our superhero

costumes, hidden underneath our surgical scrubs, and

develop heroic treatment plans that include full-mouth

reconstruction with bone grafts, sinus lifts, implants,

and crowns that shortly succumb to peri-implantitis,

periodontitis, and recurrent caries. Our treatment

plans may also not take into account the most important

factor that drives success or failure: the patient!

We may place implants in patients who go for days

without brushing, or who “nourish” themselves with

energy drinks, caffeinated sodas, and candy bars. As

a result, our best laid plans fail, and our patients’ oral

conditions remain in a state of disrepair and disease.

Therefore, we must approach treatment for our patients

with meth mouth both cautiously and realistically, and

utilize preventive, restorative, surgical, and pain management

strategies to address the myriad of problems

facing both the patient and the dentist

About the Author
Dr. Ronni Brown is a dentist, researcher, speaker and author who bridges the gap between dentistry, public health and substance abuse. Her work treating patients with “meth mouth” at a medium-security jail, research on the oral effects of methamphetamine, and courses at the world’s top dental conferences positions her as a leading expert on “meth mouth”. When not treating, speaking, or writing, Ronni can be found hiking, baking and visiting zoos across the world.
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