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Take a breath. The rest of the chorus will sing.

AmericanNewsX reports here that this was actually posted on Facebook by Aimee Van Ausdall before going viral

You’ve probably seen the post-election post about pacing the conversation for the long haul. Sometimes it’s attributed to Michael Moore, or Madonna, or others. But it was actually written by Aimee van Ausdall, a mother, feminist, and most recently, activist who says, “I realized that we could all drag each other down, or lift each other up, and that I wanted to be lifted and to help with the heavy lifting.”

A few months ago, I reviewed author Rich Marcello’s book, The Beauty of the Fallhere. He’s back today as guest blogger, and has an incredibly generous offer. Rich writes,

Hi there,

My name is Rich Marcello and I’m the author of three novels––The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and The Beauty of the Fall. 

When The Beauty of the Fall came out, Barb Taub wrote a wonderful review of the book that you can read posted here.

As Barb’s review indicates, The Beauty of the Fall is, in part, about having meaningful conversations in a polarized world and turning those conversations into real change.  The two main examples I use in the book are climate change and domestic violence.

In light of Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, I’ve decided to give away 1000 copies of the book at my expense. Some of these books will be given away through Goodreads, but I’ve decided  to offer bloggers who’ve written a positive review of TBOTF the opportunity to give them away to their readers.  That’s why I’m posting as a guest blogger on Barb’s site.

Here’s the deal.  In the States, I can send a reader a physical copy or an ebook.  In the rest of the world, I can offer an ebook gift certificate through Amazon.  All I ask in return is that readers help spread the word if they like the novel (through reviews or word of mouth or both). If you are interested, just send your address or your email to rich.marcello@gmail.com, and I’ll get a book out to you. 

Thank you for your consideration. 
You can check out more about my work here:

The Beauty of the Fall by Rich Marcello


Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. When Dan’s longtime friend and boss fires Dan from RadioRadio, the company that he helped create, he crashes and isolates himself.

Willow, a poet and domestic violence survivor, helps Dan regain his footing. With her support, Dan ventures on a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting Fortune 500 companies to flesh out a software start-up idea. He then recruits three former RadioRadio colleagues and starts Conversationworks, a company he believes will be at the vanguard of social change.

Guided by Dan’s leadership, Conversationworks enjoys some early successes, but its existence is soon threatened on multiple fronts. Will Dan survive the ensuing corporate battles and realize the potential of his company? Or will he be defeated by his enemies and consumed by his grief?

I hope you’ll take Rich up on his incredibly generous offer. To get your free copy of The Beauty of the Fall, email: rich.marcello@gmail.com

And most of all—

Breathe. Read. Share. Talk. It’s going to be a long conversation. I hope you’ll be part of it!