Advocating change with balance
In several books, for various different audiences, we bring forth an insight into how nature works to create alignment and balance. We apply the natural order to relationships to show how parts make for wholeness in our interactions and relationships. We extend the approach to show how to create balance in our processes and systems.
Comics With a Cause combine the playful side of life with the more serious side, each side, however, inspiring creative and constructive growth and change. The comics bring artists and writers together to encourage, while offering thought-provoking messages.
Super Star Cards feature superheroes and superstars, some fictional and some real life. The idea is to inspire people to do more by highlighting the extraordinary acts of everyday people. The animated characters also add a little playfulness and encouragement.
FIve Star Care magazine brings articles about life, liberty, happiness and equality to readers looking for insight into how we can create a more balanced world. These ideals are often in tension. Learning to balance that tension opens up a whole new world.
Learning about change
It's less about us, and more about what we do. Sure, we probably should share a little about us. Cathy has a master's degree in elementary education and Chris has a law degree and is an attorney. We, both, have spent years together writing and drawing. To really understand us, it helps to explain what we write about.
Underlying our approach to creating positive and constructive change is an insight into how systems work in balance. The insight relates to behavior and it relates to functioning. It's an insight which guides much of the writing. Of course, there are many possible ways to present a breakthrough, or an insight. One possibility is with a scholarly writing. And we have done that. Another is to write for the general public and we've done that. Beyond that, we believe it's important to reach children and so, we've written and illustrated many books for children, books that slowly, gradually introduce them to the insight.
REACHING ADULTS AND CHILDREN
More than twenty non-fiction books for adults and forty-five children's books
We’ve written dozens of books, all which center around a recognition that there is in nature a formula for harmonizing. Of course, that’s a pretty big assertion. There is a formula for harmonizing. That alone is a large assertion. But also, that the formula can be discerned from nature, that too is a large assertion.[…]
Creating Harmony: Alignment, balance, harmony, each of these words could describe a goal that many of us might want. And perhaps we have a way to achieve it in our own lives. Yet, clearly, the world is full of misalignments, imbalance and disharmony. This book describes a fascinating discovery about how we might create more[…]
Sharing Values: What if there was an underlying organization to balance and harmony? And what if we could apply that organization to our relationships? And what if the organization also related to creating more peace and prosperity in the world? The word organization holds a clue to how we can create harmony. Organization, with the[…]
A System for Harmony: “The system is broken,” or “the system is fine,” regardless of your view, each reflect the idea that there is a system. And yet, what exactly is the system? And is it actually organized? This book looks at what it would mean to organize our system. For what purpose? For harmony,[…]
Your Company Is a Princess If there are parts to the harmonious behaviors of an individual, then perhaps there are parts to the harmonious behavior of a company and organization. When we look at a company as a princess, we get a better sense for exactly what it might take to act royally. And at[…]
Life, liberty, happiness and equality, these ideals we strive for. While we have the right to them, we must strive to bring them about. Doing so takes a better understanding of how they relate to our daily lives. And so, HOPE FOR ALL tells a simple story to help us relate to them in our[…]
A theorem is a short pithy – sometimes – statement that describes a big idea. In this case, the big idea is that we can understand how law works in a single sentence or two. And having a very concrete way to understand how law works, we can actually use that knowledge to make law[…]
The Anatomy of Our Behavior: What makes for harmonious behavior? By way of a metaphor to the body, consider the possibility that there are essential behaviors for harmony and fulfillment. Loving. One can be in their relations what a heart is for the body. As a pump, we give and receive nourishing resources for balanced[…]
A discovery, isn’t that what we really need? Don’t we need a breakthrough discovery, of a law of nature to allow us to dramatically improve the world and lives? Well, that’s a question that we can ask with the hindsight of knowing that one has been made. It’s hard for people in this day[…]
We have many books for children. There are essentially five series of books. Save the World Dog and the Ucadoo Crew (pronounced you ca doo). Save the World Cat and the Icadoo Crew The All You Can Be and Do Crew The Life is Good series In addition to the children’s books, we have a[…]
Ucadoo Kangaroo’s motto is, “You can do anything you set your heart to do.” Children follow along with this story which tells them what’s fun and loving to do while introducing them to a lovable kangaroo. Hop, hop hopping along, this character and story flow from beginning to end making children feel more and more comfortable[…]
Well, butterflies can fly, but so can children when they listen to Ucafly Butterfly tell them how to use their imagination to take them to faraway places. Children travel to planets with Ucafly Butterfly whose motto empowers them. She tells them, “You can fly anywhere you want to fly, even to outer space, a very[…]
This story brings the bee, kangaroo, and butterfly together with Save the World Dog, to form a powerful superhero series. The crew goes on three missions, one to put out a forest fire, one to save a whale that’s beached on the shore, and a third to stop an asteroid. All three engage the children[…]
Save the World Cat Is About to Shout, “Icadoo Colors!” Join cat and her Icadoo Crew as they learn to do colors, teaching your child all the while which colors are what. Red, green, and bluish grey hues… all these and more, your child will learn with this great superhero cat. She’s joined by Icahop[…]
Ucalove Dove carries the message that you can touch lives when you share with love. There are many ways we can touch lives. Learn how to touch a life with love as Ucalove Dove takes children in a very rhythmic way through examples of how to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Not[…]
This series of books includes several books each featuring one or more great behaviors.
Earthly Actions Who better to tell the story of how to take care of the earth than a character named Earthly Actions, the Earth itself. If the earth could talk, what might it say? We find out when Earthly takes children on a journey to relate to concepts like recycling, reusing, and reducing, and other[…]
Individuality Bear Meets Integrity Hare, Make-A-Wish Fish, & What’s-the-Good-Word Bird This is a story about a bear who learns a little bit about the power of a wish and the power of care. About the power of being the best that he can be, and living with integrity. It’s a story with fun and hope[…]
The Sensitive Sensible Bee and Lady Bug Serenity Join Bee and Lady Bug Serenity to see what they can see when they act sensitively, caring about how others feel on a fun-filled journey. Meet friendly characters, as Bee and Bug set out to see, hear and feel what makes life fun, full and real –[…]
Meaningful Mouse Meaningful Mouse is going on a journey far away, far away from the house, after he thinks his life is a bit too boring… The same old toys, the same girls and boys. It all seems so dull. Until…. Something happens in playing a video game. From then on, things for Mouse will[…]
Empathy, it’s about walking in someone else’s shoes. Of course, that’s something that all kids like to do. How many children have tried on their parents shoes? Well, a dialogue between Elly and Cheetah provides just the right fit to entertain and teach the idea that we can learn to see what others see[…]
HOPE FOR ALL Safe, happy, equal and free… by the time you and your child are done with this hopeful story, you will have each other singing those four words. And your child will have a better sense for how the ideals of life, liberty, happiness and equality matter in their everyday life. It’s a[…]
The cafe series is a continuation of the Save the World Dog series, though the message elevates with the introduction of the characters Save the World Lady and Save the World Guy. The idea of a series for the cafe is that while books can be sold at bookstores, both brick and mortar and online,[…]
Save the World Dog Drives a Car and Goes Really Far: With the power of imagination, there is no telling where you can go. Save the World Dog takes readers on a journey to imagine being able to do fun and exciting things, things which are purposeful and caring. Learning to save the world involves,[…]
You’ll see it when you believe it turns “I’ll believe it when I see it” on its head. Join Save the World Dog and Save the World Guy as they take a trip to find out what the power of belief can do. This book inspires children with an uplifting, you have to believe it[…]
Star Cups Café, It’s theOnly Way: It’s the only way? Well, at least that is what the crew has to say. See why they say, “Star Cups Café, it’s the only way, and it’s a great way to start a world-saving day.” And share in the fun of making a better world as you enjoy[…]
You Ca Be Just Good Ole You: Star Cups and you. It, saving the world, cannot be done without you. This fun and entertaining book inspires one and all to embrace their unique individuality. Save the World Dog and his crew admit that there are some things that they cannot do… Join them to see[…]
It’s All About You and What You Can Do: Maybe you’ve heard, it’s all about you. Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s also about what you can do. It’s about what you can do to make this world a better place. It’s about what you can do and say to make things and the[…]
Coolgle Schoolgle: It’s a cool school, this Google. A googol is a number. It’s a one with one hundred zeros. Like a googol, there’s Google, which is a place that can take you to a gazillion or a googol of great places – so, let’s gooooooo…. It’s time to find out how coolgle this Google[…]
You’re Amazing: You, well, you’re amazing. And it’s an amazing world. Come join this journey to see all that’s amazing to see in the amazing universe, made for, and by, you and me. In this story, you’ll see wildlife and birds in pictures and words. You’ll see scenes of great beauty, places and things truly wonderful to see. You’ll see what’s truly amazing in the world,[…]
Startup Star Cup is a story about the importance of embracing start ups. And it’s the story of a particular startup, you guessed it: Star Cups. It’s the story about how for creativity and growth, we, as individuals and society, have to embrace the artistic and creative side of life and of individuals. If we[…]
Different Dog: Sometimes being different is the only way to be. When for example, you see something that no one else can see. Or, for example, when being different helps you to be the best that you can be. Of course, we all see things differently, now and again, but then, some of us see[…]
Step Up to the Plate, It’s Great: It’s about stepping up to do something great! There’s nothing like creating a hit. We can create a hit in so many ways, with great works and great plays, with great ideas for making great lives, great seasons and great days. It’s about how you can create a[…]
Love Your Fabler: Be abler. Love thy fabler. Sure, we know that it’s important to love thy neighbor, but do you know why it’s so important to love thy fabler? What’s a fabler? Well, it’s time to find out. It has to do with writing and particularly loving-good writing. Writing that’s outta sighting. Writing that[…]
It’s hard to be a superhero. Sometimes it seems nothing goes the right way. That’s when it’s time to head to the café. Really, any time is a good time to head to the café, particularly as a part of a world-saving day. Whether you’re a superhero with everyday powers, or a superhero with supernatural[…]
Because, that’s why. Because it’s there. Because we can. Because we want to. Because, because, because, because of the wonderful things he does. Maybe, we should start over. Why what? Why do we want to make a better world – that is the question. That is the question addressed by this journey into why,[…]
Grace together. It’s about moving beyond the rat race to bring about human grace. Human grace is about bringing about loving grace, elegance, and refinement of movement in our one world race. So, c’mon, make some space for grace to happen, make a place for great things to happen. Reading about grace together, you’ll[…]
The Reaching Out series consists of several book-length letters to various people who have the distribution outlets of the platform to bring this special message to the world. Though the series describes the efforts Cathy and Chris have made to reach out to those who could help bring this message to the world, the books[…]
Blank Over Coffee: What goes on over coffee? Well, perhaps, more than you think. This is a story of what went on in the lives of two people who wrote several books, dozens, over coffee. And they’re not writers. They discovered an interesting way to look at the world and their lives. They discovered that[…]
Cafe Superheroes?: Starbucks has the power to change the world in a way that few other entities can. Every day millions of people enter its doors, day in, day out. It has been described as the “third place” besides home and work. People go and spend hours there, making connections with others in a way[…]
A Legal Framework: This second letter takes the reader on a journey to learn how we, as individuals, and we, as a society, can better realize the objectives of life, liberty, happiness and equality. The work of one of the founders of law and economics, the Honorable Guido Calabresi, famous within legal circles, has tremendous[…]
Being Loving… Ohhh!: “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” These words of wisdom from Oprah are one of a multitude, words we might expect from someone who has interviewed and associated with many of the great leaders of our time. And someone who herself has modeled in many ways[…]
Loving Inclusion: You may not know who Nick Hanauer is, but he’s in the process of making himself and his cause known. He made his way onto the national, and world stage, by announcing as a billionaire his concern that things have gotten out of hand. He, in a Ted Talk, expressed his concern that[…]
Guns, Gals and Guys: Abigail Disney is a filmmaker with a mission, or several missions, all which can be summed up as being about trying to make a better world. What better person to reach out to to share an insight into how to bring about more peace, more loving behavior and more harmony. Beyond[…]
Equal Justice: How many authors can say they’ve had their book offered at Starbucks? How many people can say they’ve worked on death row? How many people can say that they’ve met individuals who spent years in prison, sometimes solitary confinement waiting for their death to be executed by the state only to be exonerated[…]
Reaching out to the Top: “Revolution…” the Bob Marley song plays overhead, as I begin to write the back cover of this book completed last week. Revolution, a fitting song to synchronistically play, as only twelve hours ago, Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Presidential race. We, Cathy and I, write about an[…]
Good Advice: Peter Thiel has been at the forefront of leading edge development and thought. He is particularly interested in fostering breakthrough thinking and understanding. And for this reason, we write to him to make an appeal to help us bring to the world, a breakthrough new discovery about how nature works as pertains to[…]
This is five books in one. Let’s start at the end and work our way to the beginning. The last book included in it is Creating Harmony. Creating Harmony explains how there is a discovery of a law of nature. It turns out that nature has an order to it that pertains to harmonizing, harmonizing[…]
Martin Reeves, for those who don’t know, is a leader with the Henderson Institute and BCG, Boston Consulting Group, a premier consultant to businesses. He has a TED Talk in which he recommends that a business take some “direction” from the model of the human body’s immune system. Well, Cathy and I have been writing[…]
“Every cloud has a silver lining” is said to imply that even something not so good has a good side. This story takes the message further to show the value of a cloud, helping children to see the deeper value of something they might not otherwise give much thought to or appreciate.
While we generally don’t think that being goofy is a good thing, this story speaks directly to that goose among us that sometimes needs to know when is the right time and when is the right place. Done playfully, this story makes a child feel good while they learn a little about how important it[…]
Altruisme. Attitudes, behavior and character traits, each of several traits are poetically described to inspire and educate readers to demonstrate the traits. With a separate section on attitudes, behaviors and character traits, all tied to an acronym, altruisme, according to the French spelling, children learn about these three different facets of one’s overall personality.
Beauty is on the inside, so they say. But then, the they that says that is the highest among us. The everyday signs point to the value of beauty on the outside. Wear this, wear that, do this, do that and you’ll be more beautiful – ads and messages all suggesting outer beauty is[…]
Happiness in schools, What makes school fun? Cool school rules. It’s about maxims, or rules, for making life and school fun and rewarding. Do unto others, and fear not what you shouldn’t fear. Look at what you should look at and listen to what’s important to hear. One by one, learning maxims makes school[…]
A formula for happiness. This plus this, plus this leads to doing becoming. And doing becoming is about becoming happy.We aren’t just happy. We become happy. And we become happy by be having. Not be having but behaving. It’s complicated math, but learn the formula and you’re on you’re way to being happy.
This is two stories in one, Ucabelieve, Ucan Toucan and Ucanfly, Ucan Toucan. A colorful Toucan delivers the message that believing you can is essential . In Ucabelieve, you can believe in yourself, you can believe in ideas… and explore many other things you can believe in. In Ucan Toucan, Toucan takes children to[…]