Sunday, June 29, 2014

Colossal Community Flea Market

Stepping Stones Books and Gifts
is hosting our third Flea Market

Saturday, August 2nd
8 am to 2 pm

Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

Got stuff to sell?  Want to donate it to us to sell?
If you want to sell it yourself, we will rent you space and you keep 90% of the sales.  The Center gets 10% commission.  You rent space from us.  See the space prices below.  You will need to fill out the Colossal Flea Market Agreement at the Center and pay for space(s) by cash or check.  Reserve by Sunday, July 20, for best prices.

If you want to donate it, we will handle the sales.  Bring clothing, books, equipment, decorative items—anything that might be someone else's treasure.  All proceeds go to the Center.  Plan to drop donated goods off at the Center between 4 pm and 7 pm on Friday August 1.
There will be refreshments available for purchase and a booth for computer and electronic recycling.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Sunday, June 29
8:30 am to 1:00 pm

On the sidewalk at 
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

It's that time again for our Annual Used Book Sale at the Center. Hundreds of used books on all subjects at ridiculously low prices. Paperbacks, hardcover, big, little and everything in-between.

We have been collecting books for this sale all year and now it's time to give them new homes.  Come and browse the tables and find the ones you have been waiting for.

Sponsored by Stepping Stones Books and Gifts

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review: Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable
Transforms the Way We Live,
Love, Parent and Lead

by Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW

In her book, Daring Greatly, Brene Brown takes us through the process of opening to our vulnerability. Brown, who has become known through her Ted talks, brings to light the importance of expressing authentically, by dropping our armoring and allowing ourselves to feel. She uses not only her extensive research, but also her own personal healing work to bring clarity, humor and inspiration to this journey so often avoided. She humanizes our shame and all that we do to cover it and then takes us through the steps to develop what she calls, shame resilience. Her book addresses the value of this work for our personal lives and as parents, teachers and leaders; supporting life altering healing for all of us and for our world.

Review by Rev. Ruth Barnharta staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa.

Daring Greatly is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Book Review: Forgiveness — The Greatest Healer of All

by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.

The practice of forgiveness is never-ending. Because of this, I find it very useful to be immersed within some writing concerning this subject. Therefore, I was very grateful to have Forgiveness — The Greatest Healer Of All, by Gerald Jampolsky, show up in my life. His words, as Rev. Edward said, are a healing balm. He takes us through the steps of forgiveness, interlaced with personal stories and testimonials. Then throughout the book, Jampolsky inserts words of wisdom from The Course in Miracles. This little book is a perfect addition to anyone’s library, available to read over and over again.

Review written by Rev. Ruth Barnhart, a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

Forgiveness — The Greatest Healer of All is available at Stepping Stones Books and Gifts

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Free Event: The Spiritual & Shamanic Essence of Amazing Feng Shui

A Stepping Stones Books and Gifts Free Event

an evening with
Gayla Yates-Gordon and Barry Gordon

Date:   Friday, June 27
Time:  7 pm
Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa
2075 Occidental Road

This event is a continuation of our theme of eliminating Clutter.  Gayla is talking on June 20 about an Intuitive Way to Eliminate Clutter and she is joined on June 27 by Barry to discuss the role Feng Shui can play in moving Qi and emotional blocks in your life and home.  Gayla and Barry have both been Feng Shui masters for over 20 years and are well equipped to demonstrate how Feng Shui can improve your well being.

Please join us for a fun and informative evening.  To learn more about this event, click here.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Clearing Clutter

I’m an organizing junkie, a neat freak. I thrive in neat and tidy environments. I get cranky, sluggish, and unproductive when things are messy and cluttered. I like being organized and it is easy for me. I have lots of friends who do not operate this way; it does not come easily to them and they are befuddled by the concept.

I will share some of my techniques with you in the hopes of inspiring you to clear the clutter and experience some of the fabulous benefits of being organized and clutter- free.

Paper seems to create the biggest problem. We are bombarded with bills, solicitations, receipts, coupons, newspaper, and magazines.  I do not believe in in-boxes. In boxes get full very fast, generally faster than they get emptied. The scary part is what is at the bottom of the in-box? Any type of container that holds a large quantity of papers is a potential risk for overwhelm. Touch each sheet of paper once. The rule of thumb is:  handle it and file it or toss it. Filing cabinets are essential. A common fear is throwing something away and then needing to refer to it later. Just file it. At the end of each year, thin out the files. Plastic bins work well for storing favorite photos, cards, and letters.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. I suggest starting small. Set aside 20 minutes each day. Focus on one area at a time. Set a timer and get to work.  When the timer goes off, stop. Then begin again the next day.

Clutter is just stuff that has accumulated over time creating a sense of chaos. It helps to have designated places for such things as incoming mail, car keys, wallet or purse, jackets, and lunch bags. As you walk in the door, everything goes in its designated spot. This helps keep counters, tables, and floors clear and minimizes time wasted searching for lost items.

Once a month, take a bag of clothes or unused items to Goodwill. This helps those in need and helps to create extra space in the home.

Spaciousness is one of the wonderful benefits of a clutter free environment. Clutter free spaces nourish the soul and free the mind.  Tidy spaces help create an atmosphere of peace and calm.

Martha Salazar

If you are interested in Clearing Clutter, Stepping Stones Books and Gifts has some additional resources available to help.

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