FOUR (4) AWESOME FOREWORDS! ~ December 6, 2014

“A Breast Cancer Journey to GREATER Joy!  Taking the fear and mystery out of a breast cancer diagnosis!”

Breast Cancer Cover 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

60 pages; $12.99 – available at www.GoodShortBooks.com

Here are the four awesome forewords written by my doctors for this book:

 

FOREWORD #1

It is my pleasure to write this foreword for Joyce Fields. Joyce has been on a breast cancer journey, not of her own choice, for the past several years. She is doing remarkably well and remains cancer free. Joyce has a wonderful attitude, great love and support from family and friends as well as outstanding support and treatment from extraordinary professionals, namely Dr. Stanley Tu (Internal Medicine), Dr. Dawn Hills (Surgery) and Dr. Helen Chen (Radiation Oncology). Joyce has taken charge of this cancer challenge and remains an inspiration to all of us. Her spirit shines through this wonderful memoir.

Mark V. McNamara, MD
Hematology/Oncology

 

FOREWORD #2

Mrs. Fields’ memoir recounting her experience with cancer is an honest look at the trials and tribulations that cancer patients endure. Her battle with cancer has ended in success. She is doing very well. I am honored to have been part of the team of physicians that helped her through this tough part of her life. It has been a pleasure getting to know Mrs. Fields through the years. She has a great outlook on life and has taught me a thing or two about courage and positive thinking. I look forward to our visits in the office and being greeted with a great big smile and hug.

Stanley S. Tu, MD
Internal Medicine

 

FOREWORD #3

I had the pleasure of caring for Joyce Fields during her radiation treatment in 2011. I recall her at that time being a woman with a uniquely positive attitude.

Joyce writes an extremely straightforward and easy-to-read book, with everything explained in lay terms. I believe that her personal recollection of the details of undergoing breast cancer treatment and the decision making involved offers great support to other patients because they are able to essentially relive her experience through reading this book.

Details regarding the emotions she went through, interactions with family members, scheduling appointments, reactions to big machines like radiation machines and PET/CT scanners are vividly recounted. Treatment involves visits to so many different physicians and undergoing so many tests.

Reading Joyce’s book ahead of time would greatly prepare patients regarding what to expect. Early-stage breast cancer is generally a highly-curable disease. However, the word “cancer” is extremely stressful, and Joyce takes the mystery out of treatment of early-stage breast cancer.

Anyone anxious following a diagnosis of early-stage breast cancer (and who isn’t?!) should read this book. It will greatly help them prepare for the road ahead.

Finally, having a positive attitude like Joyce’s is actually immensely helpful in meeting the challenges of breast cancer treatment among other life’s challenges.

Helen Chen, MD
Radiation Oncology

 

FOREWORD #4

I have the privilege of writing a foreword for this account of one woman’s journey through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. I was fortunate to have been the breast surgeon for Joyce Fields. Her positive attitude during and after surgery provided the optimum scenario for healing of both body and spirit. Through this book she provides a path of hope for women beginning a similar, unwelcome journey. I encourage them to find inspiration and hope through her example.

Dawn M. Hills, M.D.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

EXCERPT 2: “The Best Way to Keep a Man is to Let Him Go (among other things)”

The Best Way  to Keep a Man Cover  060214Rasul Griffin says this is the best relationship book he’s ever read! Get yours today at http://www.goodshortbooks.com/!

Check out this excerpt:

FANTASY VS. REALITY

Romance novels and magazines taught us that men are knights in shining armor. We can expect them to be sensitive, romantic, suave, punctual, attentive, patient, unselfish, observant. A passage might go something like this:
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Mary had spent the whole day preparing for Tom’s return from work. His shirts were washed and ironed, the house was clean, and dinner was ready. It was 5:22 when she heard Tom’s key in the door. He was always home before 6:00. She rushed to the door to greet him.

When he opened the door and saw her, his face lit up into a big, bright smile. He wrapped her in a tender embrace and kissed her passionately. When he let her go, she was heavenly breathless. “Hi, sweetheart. I’m home a little early. I hope that doesn’t upset your schedule. New dress? You look gorgeous! Man, I’m a lucky guy!! The house looks wonderful. What are you cooking? It smells delicious. I hope we’re having dinner by candlelight. You look even more beautiful in candlelight!”
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

That’s what we read, and that’s what we fantasized on.

Men don’t read romance novels or magazines. Most of them don’t have a clue about what’s in those pages. So, they don’t know how to act like that. And that can destroy a lot of fantasies!

Men don’t have “date-book” or “calendar” minds. They tend to forget anniversaries, appointments, birthdays (sometimes, even their own!), and other celebration-type events. As females, it would warm our hearts tremendously if they were more like us and remembered everything—if they were more like the romance novels and magazines told us they were. But that is usually not the case, so we have to brush off disappointment and keep on going. Of course, we can always remind them. (And then, later [before or after the date] remind them that we reminded them!)

Females can be tidy, prim, and proper to a fault. It’s not a federal offense because he takes off his underwear and leaves it on the floor, doesn’t put the top back on the toothpaste. As little girls, we learned that dirty underwear is supposed to be in the hamper or down the chute. Little boys learned it too, but most of them didn’t care or focus on that. As little girls, we learned that you’re supposed to put the top back on the toothpaste so that the exposed toothpaste doesn’t dry up. Little boys learned that too, but dried-up toothpaste didn’t bother them at all.

Our fantasy tells us that they’ll get better. They’ll become more like us and remember to do all the things we wish they would do. Reality contradicts that.

*****************************************************************
Only $9.99, plus shipping; 64 pages, including 21 pages of recipes! Order today at http://www.goodshortbooks.com! Get your copy today!!

GOING TO A BRIDAL SHOWER?

THIS BOOK MAKES AN EXCELLENT ADDITION TO A BRIDAL SHOWER GIFT, TOO!!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

EXCERPT – Mother’s Dozen: An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!

Mother's Dozen - English 060214FOREWORD
“Mother’s Dozen” is a handbook of excellence in raising children. It systematizes the rules passed from generation to generation
regarding preparing children for the world to come.

It involves tough love; it encompasses touchy-feely; it establishes fences that keep the wolf out and the sheep safe. It is common
sense, the most uncommon thing in the world, particularly in this present age of negative imaging and self-raised “rug rats.”

The quest is not for something “new,” but for something substantial.
It is here. Every line brings an “aha!” experience. The head nods
“yes.” The will prods action.

Well done, well done!

Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray
First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles
(Retired)

 

INTRODUCTION
I’m very grateful to all the excellent teachers I had, especially my
mother, my aunts, and other female relatives, friends, and neighbors.

I was born in a time (1944) when raising children seemed to be the
most important responsibility females had. Their homes were run
with rules, order, and organization. They had strong, sound
philosophies that taught children to love, honor, and respect
themselves; thereby teaching the children to love, honor, and respect
others. They were on a mission: to teach their children to stand
proudly on their own two feet. Virtually all of them were excellent
teachers. I watched, I listened, and I learned.

When I gave birth to my son, I started using those same rules and
philosophies to raise him. To this day, I am frequently complimented,
especially by elders, on how well my son turned out.

I wanted to write this book because of the negative, unhealthy mother/child interactions I regularly see and hear in malls, supermarkets, schools, parks, stores—practically everywhere.

It’s not easy raising children, but, as mothers, we can do a lot to help
ourselves and our children.

Looking back, I think the most important “ingredients” can be put into
twelve categories:

1. Start from infancy
2. Manners
3. Love for learning
4. Responsibility
5. Rules, order, and organization
6. Independence
7. Spirituality (Higher Power)
8. Affection
9. Discipline/Self-Control
10. Feed interests
11. Obedience
12. Patience

Mother’s Dozen:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids! is available at http://www.goodshortbooks.com – 48 pages; $7.99.  eBook is $2.99.

INVEST IN YOUR READING PLEASURE AND ORDER TODAY.

This book makes an excellent addition to a baby shower gift!!

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

EXCERPT: “The Best Way to Keep a Man is to Let Him Go (among other things)”

LADIES!! (Men are ordering it, too!!)

Invest in your relationship and get “The Best Way to Keep a Man is to Let Him Go (among other things).”

Here’s an excerpt:

The Best Way  to Keep a Man Cover  060214BE WILLING AND READY TO PAY YOUR DUES

God put the onus on men that they must be willing to die for their women. So, I figured that, if I were a man, I would not be willing to die for a woman who could not show me that she was DEFINITELY in MY corner. In most long-term relationships where the couple is in their 70’s, or 80’s, or 90’s, the man seems content to sit back and relax and let his wife be the assertive one. Why? Probably because, in virtually all situations, she has proven that she will say and do the right thing. He knows that he can trust her judgment. That did not happen overnight. It also did not happen without a lot of tears shed by the female, a lot of unlearning undertaken by the female, a lot of “heated discussions,” and a lot of other stuff.

My cousins Millail and Henrietta Jackson were married for over 60 years (he has passed on). A young lady asked Henrietta for the secret to staying married that long. Henrietta replied, “You have to take a lot of s**t.” Amen!

In order for a relationship to last 25 or more years, the female has to be able to deal effectively with negative forces. Anybody can hang in
there when the forces are positive. What really counts is hanging in there when the forces are negative. That’s what strengthens the bond between a man and his woman. When the woman can do that, she shows her man that she is worth coming home to; she is worth his willingness to die for her.

One of the biggest negative forces is a negative female who nags too much, starts too many arguments, finds fault too much, etc. Would you want to be around someone who was constantly nagging or complaining? Probably not. So why inflict that on another person?

****************************************************

Only $9.99, plus shipping; 64 pages, including 21 pages of recipes! Order today at www.goodshortbooks.com!

MAKES AN EXCELLENT ADDITION TO A BRIDAL SHOWER GIFT, TOO!!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Simple Quotes to Live By – Week of July 20, 2014

“EDUCATION SHOULD BE FREE–IT PROVIDES BENEFITS TO ALL OF SOCIETY” ~ Joyce Fields

 

My Simple Quotes - GSB - Amazon(excerpted from “My Simple Quotes to Live By” – available at http://www.amazon.com [available on Kindle, too!] and http://www.GoodShortBooks.com)

 

 

For “lower education,”–elementary school, middle school, and high school–it’s all free, or at least paid for by the taxes that we all pay.

But when it comes to college or “higher education,” that costs a bundle and can send a family into the “poor house.”

It stands to reason that, like “lower education,” “higher education” should also be free. All of society benefits when the entire population is well educated.

It lowers the level of ignorance. And, God knows, the world could sure use a lower level of ignorance!

******************************************************************************
“EDUCATION SHOULD BE FREE–IT PROVIDES BENEFITS TO ALL OF SOCIETY” – Another simple quote that you can live by!

My 70th birthday - February 4, 2014

My 70th birthday – February 4, 2014

“I write books that inspire people on their journey to make the world a better place.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Simple Quotes to Live By – Week of June 29, 2014

“IF YOU’RE NOT THE PERFECT MAN, STOP LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT WOMAN.  IF YOU’RE NOT THE PERFECT WOMAN, STOP LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MAN.” ~ Joyce Fields

 

My Simple Quotes - GSB - Amazon(excerpted from “My Simple Quotes to Live By” – available at http://www.amazon.com [available on Kindle, too!] and http://www.GoodShortBooks.com)

 

You often hear men speaking of what they consider to be the “perfect” woman.  She doesn’t exist.  It’s a figment of their imaginations.  Whatever woman a man gets, she will have faults, weaknesses, idiosyncrasies, etc.

You often hear women speaking of what they consider to be the “perfect” man.  He doesn’t exist.  It’s a figment of their imaginations.  Whatever man a woman gets, he will have faults, weaknesses, idiosyncrasies, etc.

******************************************************************************
“IF YOU’RE NOT THE PERFECT MAN, STOP LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT WOMAN.  IF YOU’RE NOT THE PERFECT WOMAN, STOP LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MAN.” – Another simple quote that you can live by!

 

My 70th birthday - February 4, 2014

My 70th birthday – February 4, 2014

“I write books that inspire people on their journey to make the world a better place.”

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Simple Quotes to Live By – Week of June 22, 2014

“LEARN TO BE HAPPY NOW, NOT ‘WHEN. . .’” ~ Joyce Fields

 

My Simple Quotes - GSB - Amazon(excerpted from “My Simple Quotes to Live By” – available at http://www.amazon.com [available on Kindle, too!] and http://www.GoodShortBooks.com)

 

 

A lot of people say things, such as:

• “I’ll be happy ‘when I get a new job.'”
• “I’ll be happy ‘when I get married.'”
• “I’ll be happy ‘when I get a new house.'”
• “I’ll be happy ‘when I get divorced.'”
• “I’ll be happy ‘when my ship comes in.'”
• “I’ll be happy ‘when I hit the lottery.'”

They have not learned that happiness is not a destination. It is a state of mind; an attitude. It comes from within. Most people who have peace of mind, are happy, positive people. They are grateful people.

They are already happy–regardless of their circumstances!

We should all go about the business of learning that!

******************************************************************************
“LEARN TO BE HAPPY NOW, NOT ‘WHEN. . .’” – Another simple quote that you can live by!

My 70th birthday - February 4, 2014

My 70th birthday – February 4, 2014

“I write books that inspire people on their journey to make the world a better place.”

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment