LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Leaning Into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers with Stan Goldberg, Ph.D. Saturday, March 10, 2012 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr.Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com We’d like to invite all those who live in the San Francisco Bay Area to join us in celebrating the release of Stan Goldberg’s new book Leaning Into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers. The party, sponsored by Left Coast Writers®, will be at one of the Bay Area’s premier bookstores, Book Passages in Corte Madera on March 10th at 7:00pm. There will be a conversation about caregiving with generous amounts of champagne and wine, very appealing home-made appetizers, and if he practices enough, some Native American flute and Shakahachi (Japanese bamboo flute) interludes entwined within caregiving stories. And of course, a little bit of reading from the book and some conversation with Stan. Anybody who is a caregiver now will greatly benefit from attending, and those who are not will learn what to do should they become one. Stan is a cancer survivor, hospice volunteer Pathways Home Care and Hospice, husband, father, Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University, and devotee of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and Native American Flute. In 2009 he was named by the Hospice Volunteer Association “Volunteer of the Year.” For more than 25 years Stan taught, provided therapy, researched, and published in the areas of learning, change, loss, and end of life issues. He has published seven books, written numerous articles and delivered more than 100 lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Latin America, Canada, and Asia. His last book Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Courage at the End of Life, received six national and international awards. His books have been translated into Chinese, Indonesian, and Portuguese. Currently, He writes, consults on issues of change, and offers training to hospices and caregiver groups. “Statistics show that at least once in almost everyone’s life, they will become a caregiver. Though an estimated 35 million currently provide care for someone terminally or chronically ill, those who accept this responsibility often feel as alone as if they were in a frightening foreign land. Whether visiting occasionally or caregiving 24/7, they are brushing up against life’s sharpest point.” —Stan Goldberg, Leaning Into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers Stan has received glowing endorsements for his new book Leaning Into Sharp Points: Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers from Diane Gray of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, Andy Miller of Livestrong, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, and Gloria C. Horsley of the Open To Hope Foundation.
On the day after the night before, we are sharing, as promised, Susan West’s 10 Tips for Launching (most anything). It was an outstanding evening with a large turnout for the first salon of the year and a great many newcomers. It was a special treat to see noted photographer Bob Holmes in the audience and to have a chance to give Stan Goldberg a big hand for his recent award (see the prior post). We’d also like to thank those—like Jasmine Darznik, whose book “The Good Daughter” comes out later this year and Rebecca Evans, who’ll be reading at Book Passage at the Ferry Plaza on Monday, January 11th—who were visiting from their new east coast residences. Finally we want t congratulate the many, many members
In 2009 The London Book Festival gave awards for outstanding books in 20 different categories. From the 20 categories a Grand Prize winner was chosen. It was Stan Goldberg’s Lessons for the Living: Stories of Forgiveness, Gratitude,and Courage at the End of Life. The
LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Stan Goldberg, author of Lessons for the Living, an evening of laughter, tears, music and wine Saturday, October 10, 2009 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Lessons for the Living by Stan Goldberg is that rare self-help book that actually lives up to its title. Goldberg was living a high-stress academic life in the Bay Area when he was found to have prostate cancer. While not immediately life threatening, the cancer diagnosis and treatment threw him completely off his game physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Following various failed attempts to regain his equilibrium, Goldberg found himself volunteering for hospice where by simply being present, listening, and doing whatever needed to be done, he helped others come to terms with the lives they would soon be leaving. In so doing, he also found himself coming back to life. Engaging and enlightening, but never pedantic, Goldberg imparts basic life lessons on the importance of giving, communicating, loving, and forgiving. It took a lethal disease and time spent as a hospice volunteer caring for persons he came to know and love for Goldberg to learn these important truths. Unfortunately, many other persons do not learn them until the end of life approaches, if at all. Readers of Lessons for the Living are fortunate that Goldberg has learned and lived these lessons and can share them so ably.