What is success? What does it mean? How is it that we all look for this thing we call "success" while each having our own idea about what it could be? Is there one definition for success? And why does the dictionary get it wrong? Find out in Climbing Maya.
I recently opened up my chest of childhood memories, faced a decade I had long since forgotten, and wrote these words: "It was the hippest of times. It was the funkiest of times. It was the 1970s." And I grew up right there in the middle of it. I won talent shows. I went to camp. I fought the school bully for the honor of the girl I loved. I lost my father. But having just turned 50, I decided the time had come to take an honest look at those years without the tinted lens of nostalgia, which allowed me to remember so much more.
The World's Worst Backpacker is for anyone who has gone on a day hike, picked up a backpack, or walked for a few days in the middle of nowhere. Ken's stories are not just cautionary tales; they're the kind of tales all backpackers (and would-be backpackers) acquire if they don't stop soon enough. They're the kind of tales that leave you wondering, "Am I the worst person at this?" when you start and thankful you're not when the story ends.
In September 2002, Ken left his home and drove to the Grand Canyon to kill himself. The only life he'd ever known was little more than a shambles. He'd lost his wife and now he realized that he really couldn't live without her. His choices were to either continue facing it with self-destruction, drugs, and booze, or...a running start and a jump over the edge to end it all. Ken's story is filled with dysfunctional families, love found and lost, breakups, breakdowns, and remarkable hope. It's the true story of a man without love and too destroyed to think he deserves love.
"What a loser"
Take a journey unlike any you've taken before with Illiturature Books. When has a book ever showed you the view from the top of Mount Everest or accompanied you to the moon or picked up lunch? But you'll find all of that and much more in the first title by Illiturature Books: The Most Amazing Book You've Ever Heard in Your Entire Life...just make sure you're worth it.
Nine states. Two control freaks. One steering wheel. What could possibly go wrong? It may be that a marriage ends not with a whimper but with the slam of a car door on a deserted stretch of highway. Most married couples know better than to put themselves in each other's way, but in Ken La Salle's first autobiographical monologue, he tells about how he and his wife of eight years did just that on a road trip that probably should never have happened.
On the morning after the 2012 presidential election, Hal wakes up in his 10-year-old body to find himself somewhere in the future. His only answers come from his drugged-out, delusional, and damned 75-year-old self. But the answers aren't good enough. Why is America in ruins? How did global climate change really come to pass? And why does his elder self have this disgusting taste for dog?
This audiobook is sent out into the world, addressed to a dreamer. It was written during a three-year period of my life, one that started at a time when I didn’t really believe in dreams and ended with me knowing unshakably the power that dreams have to make our lives better.
In the early ‘70s, in the middle of the night, on a dried out lawn in a broken down neighborhood in the Southern Californian community of Santa Ana, Nate Brewer’s mother held him as they watched his father leave them to an uncertain future. After that, it was every man for himself. At least, that’s how Nate and his brother, Ira, saw it. Now, Nate is 45 years old. He’s losing his wife. He lost his career. His mom is losing that same home in Santa Ana and Nate thinks he may be losing his mind.
Fun To Grow On presents the very first book in the series, Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World! When a cookie gets herpes, he decides to ask God for a cure. Can he find God in time? Someone fed a chocolate chip cookie equal parts of blinding self-awareness, cranberry vodka, and shrooms and asked him to tell his story. Here it is, with all the pageantry you would expect from a cookie…which is probably a whole lot less than you would desire.
"great book with lots of humor.grab some milk/malt"
Dreaming with Open Eyes is Ken La Salle's third collection of essays from the pages of Recovering the Self. As he shares his journey in the pursuit of his dreams, he spotlights the dangers and opportunities in the journey ahead of all of us. Only when we open our eyes can we see the truth of our lives. Dreaming with Open Eyes shows us just what riches our dreams and our lives can hold.
At the close of A Grand Canyon, Ken La Salle and his beloved Vicky drive off into the sunset. It’s a fairy-tale ending, providing your idea of a fairy tale includes suicide attempts, hallucinations, and crippling self-doubt. Now, in The Day We Said Goodbye, it’s time to live the dream. Vicky and Ken get married, travel the world, and embrace the warm light of love. Or so Ken wanted to believe....
Jackson is just a Wal-Mart worker from Los Angeles, far too caught up in the apathy of modern life to believe in anything. After spending one night with the daughter of a wood nymph and the man who surrendered his arm for the woman he loved, the lithesome beauty named Mari, Jackson knows he believes. And he knows he'll do anything to find her again. He follows her up the coast of California and a polar bear drives the taxi. Into the forest and through frozen mountains, he talks to God and creatures of faerie alike but the final confrontation is with the mother whose people have been wiped out by mankind.
Dreams make us better, happier, healthier people. They help us achieve our greatest potential. They help us become the person we want to be. With In Our Selves, Ken La Salle brings another collection of essays from the pages of Recovering the Self. Not only does he share his journey but he also provides the reader with tips and clues and signposts to help them along the way. Dreams are the best parts of all of us. We should never forget they lie not in the stars but In Our Selves…
These works by Ken La Salle range from the bizarre to the morbid and even further beyond still. In Death Misses and Other Tales of Death, Ken La Salle treats you to a dozen deadly tales to keep you up at night. You’ll find out exactly what happens when Death misses and what lengths he’ll go to fix that. You’ll meet a scientist who has overcome death, though it might overcome him. You’ll encounter a man who can hear souls no matter where they are imprisoned.
The works of Ken La Salle range from the bizarre to the whimsical and even further beyond still. In Blue Food and other menu items, Ken La Salle treats you to a dozen tales, hilarious and deeply strange.
Write an essay every month about pursuing your dreams? Heck, it was a struggle every day just for me to keep believing in mine. And yet, that is how this audiobook began. I began writing an essay every month about pursuing your dreams for the fine folk at Recovering The Self (www.recoveringtheself.com) and an amazing thing happened: I felt it help me pursue mine! I hope the essays in this audiobook, encompassing the first year of essays in Recovering The Self (along with a little bonus material), help you get a little closer to yours.