List of Books that have Inspired us over the years and give-a-ways because we want YOU to be inspired too.

May 3, 2010:

We are giving away another book .

We are well under way with Project Chiang Mai.    Along with this project, we’ve had to do a LOT OF HOUSE CLEANING.  When we say cleaning, we mean selling on eBay, Craig’s list, moving sales, recycling, freecycling and donations.

We have collected many books over the years and it’s time to pass on some of these books to those who might find them useful and inspiring also.

Tell us in the comments below  how you will use it to do good and serve those in need.  We will announce the winner in two weeks- say around May 17th.

Thanks so much for your participation.  Here’s the book we are giving away this time “Who Moved My Cheese!”

Lisa @LadyWanderLust is the  winner of

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch courtesy of Julie Schwietert Collazo.   Julie is known on Twitter as @Collazoprojects.  Julie is a Managing Editor of MatadorNetwork. You can also find Julie’s beautiful writing at Cuaderno Inedito.  BIG THANKS to Julie for her generosity!

Congrats Lisa! (Feb 2010)

Be sure to visit Lisa’s The Power of Only ONE site for more inspiration.


Click on the book title and it will take you to the respective sites.

We don’t particularly care for the title of this book, but it does have excellent content.

Always Looking Up


The Audacity of Hope



The Tipping Point


Pay it Forward

From Me to We

Generosity Factor

Interview with Michael Pollan, Author of In Defense of Food


Omnivore’s Dilmma

Don’t Eat This Book

The Element

The Last Lecture

Just Who Will You Be

What Should I Do With My Life

Who Moved My Cheese

You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader

Interview with Pam Slim, Author of Escape from Cubicle Nation


13 thoughts on “BOOKS THAT MADE US GO “HMMMM”

  1. I’ve read The Last Lecture and Freakonomics – and really enjoyed both of them. Omnivore’s Dilemma is next on my reading list!

  2. I’ve always wanted to read Blink and Escape from Cubicle Nation. and I have just finished Obama’s book which I found inspiring. I think any book that points out that we are seriously well off in life compared with most in the past and nearly all in the world today getspeople to be calmer and more fulfilled in their own lives and stops us from fretting over the small stuff. Anonymous donations are one of the most fulfilling things that you can do in your life to assist others to be healthier, educated or make their life easier.

  3. Thanks to you all for leaving such wonderful comments. With Aye leaving for Thailand, we missed our Valentine’s day give away, but Lisa B will receive a copy of “The Last Lecture” courtesy of Julie at Matador Network!

  4. Thanks to you all for leaving such wonderful comments. With A leaving for Thailand, we missed our Valentine’s day give away, but Lisa B will receive a copy of “The Last Lecture” courtesy of Julie at Matador Network!

  5. Thanks for sharing your stories about life lessons, whether it’s from a book, or a life experience. We feel that we need to be more than just inspired, but inspired into action, and living fully as well. Kudos!

  6. Waiting For Godot. It may be a play, but it continues to provide the push I need when I get in a repetitive cycle.

    Actually just wrote a whole post on it:


    One theme that spoke to me, as indicated by the title, is that of waiting. Godot is the tale of two men who never act and never change. They while away their days and years waiting for a man who never arrives. They aren’t sure who he is, when he’s coming or even why they’re waiting.

    Waiting sucks. Waiting holds us back. Waiting stalls our life. Waiting is in the title of a crappy Richard Marx song. Although honestly, the only thing Richard Marx should have stopped waiting for was a trip to the barber.

    By far, the #1 most hated thing about going to theme parks is waiting. Yet when it comes to our lives, we always find reasons to wait. We wait until we have more money, we wait until we have vacation time saved up. We wait until the kids are grown, the house is paid off, we retire. As I’ve mentioned, I waited with the hopes that I would get laid off from my job and I waited for a severance check that never came.

    Estragon: Don’t let’s do anything. It’s safer.
    Vladimir: Let’s wait and see what he says.
    Estragon: Who?
    Vladimir: Godot.

    The tragedy of Vladimir and Estragon is that they never do anything. For over 50 years, they follow the same routine. Their lives are on auto pilot to such an extent that they barely remember yesterday, because every day is the same. During the whirlwind of travel and adventure, time may run together and you might mix up what you did and when, but you’re never lacking in memories.

    There are always reasons to wait. Inertia is incredibly powerful, but the nice thing about inertia is that once you get that object moving, it tends to keep moving. What does that mean to me? It means that going with the flow has had me going in circles, so it’s again time to hop into a new flow.

  7. Probably the person I learned the best lesson was from a former student. I taught at a rural school about an hour from the Mexican-American border. Poverty was common in our area, with 85% of our students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Boys joined gangs and young girls were moms before they graduated, if they graduated at all. One year I taught US History to freshman. There was one boy in one of my classes who absolutely delighted in pushing my buttons and giving me hell. I tried to encourage him. I tried to help him. I pushed him. He would have none of it. He failed my class and moved onto the second year of high school, where he took US History a second time with another teacher…and failed again. His third year at high school he took US History for the third time and he finally passed. During his second and third years at the high school, I would see him. I would say hi, but nothing out of the ordinary. Flash foward to what should have been his senior year. I found out that he had indeed turned things around his junior year and had a shot of passing with all of his friends on time.

    This was a student who I thought hated me and had no respect for me. He told me otherwise. He told me I made a difference, even though his grade did not show it the first year with me, or even the second year with another teacher. He told me he liked my class and he thanked me. What could I have possibly given him other than a failing grade and grief. It was then I realized that we are not always aware of the seeds we are planting. Something I said or did that year stuck with him, stuck with him to the point that he was willing to share his graduation success with me. Even now as I write this, I see his face, his smile, and have tears. What I do matters, even when I don’t reach them that first year.

    Over the years, I have seen this same cycle repeat itself. It seems that the students I push to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered but who opt to fail are the ones who keep coming back. They tell me they love me, they miss my class, and they continually try to reconnect with me.

    I now understand that I might be the only person in that child’s life that hugs them, encourages them, spends times with them, believes in them, or sees a future for them. I am planting invisible seeds of some of the mightiest oaks or most beautiful blooms to ever emerge. My words. My actions. My smile. My encouragement. My push to succeed. It all matters. Thank Isaias for helping to see that. Thank you for giving me a gift that will last me a lifetime.


  8. So funny! I’m reading The Last Lecture as we speak! It’s sitting right next to me on the bed; just finished reading the World Book Encyclopedia chapter. My dad sent me this book for Christmas.

    To your list, I’d add any book by SARK. I discovered her books when I was in high school, I guess, and found that they were so validating with respect to living a life of creativity–living life as creativity.

    Any book of poetry by Mary Oliver, whose words inspire reverence not just for language, but also for the natural world.

    And for more books of poetry that inspire, Garrison Keillor’s anthology, Good Poems for Hard Times, and another anthology, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times.

    Raymond Carver’s poem “Gravy,” which can be found in the book A New Path to the Waterfall.

    Pablo Neruda’s poems– especially the odes (in Spanish and in English), which, like Oliver’s poems, inspire reverence for words and life, though in a totally different way.

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