Corte Madera Events

Maureen Theresa Smith - Your Moontime Magic (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 11:00am

In conversation with Beth Hossfeld

While it may no longer be commonly referred to as "the curse," menstruation is still at best, hush-hush, and at worst, the subject of demeaning PMS jokes. Instead of honoring this facet of the awesome power to procreate, girls are often embarrassed and confused, their changing bodies a cause not for wonder and pride but worry and self-criticism. Your Moontime Magic ushers in a new day. Author Maureen Theresa Smith, the mother of a daughter, understands the many ways that starting to menstruate rocks a girl's world. She dispels fear with easy-to-understand biological facts, soothes shame and isolation with stories about other young women around the world, and creates a sense of pride through ways to engage with age-old wisdom connecting women to nature and the cycles of the moon. Smith doesn't skirt the fact that getting one's period can involve physical or emotional discomfort and some inconvenience, but she addresses these with lifestyle tips, physical practices, and spiritual techniques that empower. But mostly, Your Moontime Magic is celebratory and fun. Recipes, crafts, journaling prompts, affirmations, aromatherapy, and even beauty treatments redefine "that time of the month" in ways that mothers, grandmothers, and aunties will wish they had had and that they will be thrilled to share with the

Maureen Theresa Smith is a writer, activist, and communications professional. She offers visionary coaching to girls and women in times of transition and facilitates Girls Circles for tween girls.

Beth Hossfeld is a therapist and the founder of the One Circle Foundation. She is a national leader on gender-responsive group programs for youth, the co-developer and trainer of the Girls Circle model, the Girls Circle Facilitator Training and The Council for Boys and Young Men Facilitator Training.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sunny McMillan - Soul Digger

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Sunday, February 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm $150

You know you have a purpose…but you are not totally clear on what that is. You feel called to more…but you aren’t sure how to get there. You know your soul has a plan for you…but you want to hear its guidance more clearly. Sound familiar? It can be so easy to forget that you are, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it, a spiritual being having a human experience. And it can be frustrating and overwhelming to feel called to something greater, but not know where to begin. The good news is that the spiritual being inside, your soul, contains the map to your best destiny, as well as everything you will need to follow it. You just have to learn how to hear it - and how to act on it, even when what you are called to do or be scares you.

Enter Soul Digger™: An engaging, experiential workshop where we will cover:

  • How to hear the voice of your soul
  • How to recognize your true purpose
  • How to bravely take your purpose into the world and live a soul-driven life

Weather permitting, we will be doing a short hike - with coconuts - but more on that later!

Sunny Joy McMillan, JD, is a recovering attorney, a practicing master life coach, and the author of Unhitched: Unlock Your Courage and Clarity to Unstick Your Bad Marriage. As the host of Sunny in Seattle, a weekly live radio show that airs on Fridays from 9-10am Pacific on Alternative Talk 1150AM KKNW in Seattle and 103.3FM KPCA in Petaluma, Sunny has conducted over 200 live radio interviews with leaders in the field of science, spirituality, and mind/body/spirit wellness. Her work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Best Self Magazine, as well as Anita Moorjani’s Hay House Radio show, Explore the Extraordinary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gish Jen - The Resisters (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

The time: not so long from now. The place: AutoAmerica. The land: half under water. The Internet: one part artificial intelligence, one part surveillance technology, and oddly human--even funny. The people: Divided. The angel-fair "Netted" have jobs, and literally occupy the high ground. The "Surplus" live on swampland if they're lucky, on water if they're not.

The story: To a Surplus couple--he once a professor, she still a lawyer--is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm. At two, Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by ten, she can hit whatever target she likes. Her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league.

When AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, though--with a special eye on beating ChinRussia--Gwen attracts interest. Soon she finds herself playing ball with the Netted even as her mother challenges the very foundations of this divided society.

A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value--as well as their very existence.

Extraordinary and ordinary, charming and electrifying, this is Gish Jen at her most irresistible.

Gish Jen is the author of four previous novels, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction, the latest of which was The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She teaches from time to time in China, and otherwise lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Fergus M. Bordewich - Congress at War (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War--a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict.

This brilliantly argued new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory and gives us a vivid account of the essential role Congress played in winning the war.

Building a riveting narrative around four influential members of Congress--Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and the pro-slavery Clement Vallandigham--Fergus Bordewich shows us how a newly empowered Republican party shaped one of the most dynamic and consequential periods in American history. From reinventing the nation's financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy, in the process laying the foundation for a strong central government that came fully into being in the twentieth century. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, Congress at War is also one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict.

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of seven nonfiction books, including The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the GovernmentAmerica's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union; and Washington: The Making of the American Capital. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jean Parvin Bordewich.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Joshua Hammer - The Falcon Thief (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

On May 3, 2010, an Irish national named Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain’s Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales.

So begins a tale almost too bizarre to believe, following the parallel lives of a globetrotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors for royals in the United Arab Emirates—where falcon races have multimillion-dollar purses and a champion bird might just be worth risking prison for—and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom’s National Wildlife Crime Unit, who’s determined to protect the world’s birds of prey from one of the most irrepressible predators of our time.

The Falcon Thief whisks readers from the volcanoes of Patagonia to Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park, and from the frigid tundra near the Arctic Circle to luxurious aviaries in the deserts of Dubai, all in pursuit of a man who is reckless, arrogant, and gripped by a destructive compulsion to make the most beautiful creatures in nature his own. It’s a story that’s part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure—and wholly unputdownable until the very last page.

Joshua Hammer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and Outside. He lives in Berlin.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Madeline Levine - Ready or Not (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

In The Price of Privilege, respected clinician, Madeline Levine was the first to correctly identify the deficits created by parents giving kids of privilege too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things. Continuing to address the mistaken notions about what children need to thrive in Teach Your Children Well, Levine tore down the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame. In Ready or Not, she continues the discussion, showing how these same parenting practices, combined with a desperate need to shelter children from discomfort and anxiety, are setting future generations up to fail spectacularly.

Increasingly, the world we know has become disturbing, unfamiliar, and even threatening. In the wake of uncertainty and rapid change, adults are doubling-down on the pressure-filled parenting style that pushes children to excel. Yet these daunting expectations, combined with the stress parents feel and unwittingly project onto their children, are leading to a generation of young people who are overwhelmed, exhausted, distressed—and unprepared for the future that awaits them. While these damaging effects are known, the world into which these children are coming of age is not. And continuing to focus primarily on grades and performance are leaving kids more ill-prepared than ever to navigate the challenges to come.

But there is hope. Using the latest developments in neuroscience and epigenetics (the intersection of genetics and environment), as well as extensive research gleaned from captains of industry, entrepreneurs, military leaders, scientists, academics, and futurists, Levine identifies the skills that children need to succeed in a tumultuous future: adaptability, mental agility, curiosity, collaboration, tolerance for failure, resilience, and optimism. Most important, Levine offers day-to-day solutions parents can use to raise kids who are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to face an unknown future with confidence and optimism.

Madeline Levine, PhD, is a clinician, consultant, and educator; the author of the New York Times bestseller The Price of Privilege; and a cofounder of Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford School of Education that addresses education reform, student well-being,and parent education. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband and is the proud mother of three grown sons and a newly minted granddaughter.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Esti Skloot - Uprooted: A Memoir of a Marriage (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Uprooted is the story of Esther—a young, pregnant, adventurous, British-born Israeli—who follows her new husband, Steve, to America, and soon realizes that she has no idea what she's getting herself into. Even before their baby is born, Esther discovers the dark side of her charming film production manager husband, and learns that she must cope with his moodiness and domineering personality. Left alone day after day in a high-rise apartment in Queens, Esther struggles with culture shock, homesickness, and adapting to her husband's whims—like the baby goat he brings home to their eighth-floor apartment to keep as a pet. Ten years and two more children later, thirty-four-year-old Steve is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Despite aggressive treatments, he succumbs to the disease, leaving Esther to care for their three children alone. Esther at first feels lost and bewildered; as time goes on, however, she discovers that there is a freedom in her new situation—and that she has a greater inner strength than she ever before realized.

Esti Skloot is an adjunct professor of Hebrew at the University of San Francisco. She was born in England to Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi Germany.  She grew up in Israel where she received her teaching credentials from the Hebrew Teachers’ Seminary in Jerusalem. Esti served in the IDF as a singer in an army entertainment troupe. She married an American whom she met while working on a ZIM line ship and immigrated to New York. After moving to California, she received her BA in music at Sonoma State University and her MFA in creative writing at the University of San Francisco.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ann Harleman - Tell Me, Signora (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

Kate Hagesfeld, grieving the death of her husband, travels to Italy just after 9/11 to re-start her career as an archaeologist. Caught up in efforts to aid refugees from the Kosovo War, Tell Me, Signora follows her journey as she's faced with the choice of a lifetime.

Ann Harleman is the author of Happiness, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, Bitter Lake, Thoreau's Laundry, and The Year She Disappeared. Among her awards are Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the Berlin Prize in Literature, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and the O. Henry Award. In an earlier life, Ann was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Princeton, and she has lived and worked in Italy. Having taught for two decades at the Rhode Island School of Design, she is now on the faculty of Brown University. She makes her home within sight of San Francisco Bay.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Maria Ross - The Empathy Edge (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

Being empathetic at work means seeing the situation from another’s perspective, and using that vantage point to shape your leadership style, workplace culture, and branding strategy. Pairing her knowledge as a branding expert with proven research and fascinating stories from executives, change-makers and community leaders, Maria Ross reveals exactly how empathy makes brands and organizations stronger and more successful.

Ross shows why your business needs to cultivate more empathy now, and shares the habits and traits of empathetic leaders who foster more productivity and loyalty. She gives practical tips, big and small, for how to align your mission and values and hire the right people, cultivating a more empathetic―and innovative―workplace culture. Finally, she gives you the goods on building your empathetic brand in an authentic and proactive way, and shows how doing so results in happier customers, innovative work cultures and increased profits.

In The Empathy Edge, a practical playbook for businesses of all types, Maria Ross proves that empathy is not just good for society―it’s great for business, and may transform you at a personal level, too.

Maria Ross is the founder of Red Slice, a consultancy that advises entrepreneurs, startups, and fast-growth businesses on how to build an irresistible brand story and authentically connect with customers. She is a keynote speaker who regularly speaks to audiences on marketing and building an engaging brand story that drives growth and impact. She is the author of Branding Basics for Small Business and the Juicy Guides ebook series for entrepreneurs. Maria started her career as a management consultant with Accenture and went on to build marketing and brand strategies for multiple companies, including Discovery Communications, Monster.com, BusinessObjects (now SAP), and many other startups and technology leaders, before starting her own business. As a brand strategist, she has worked with brands such as Microsoft, Dropbox, Alteryx, and GSK, as well as many smaller leaders in niche industries. Maria has been featured in and written for numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, Entrepreneur magazine, Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Maria understands the power of empathy at both a brand and personal level: in 2008, six months after launching her business, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that almost killed her. Her humorous and heartfelt memoir about surviving this health crisis, Rebooting My Brain, has received worldwide praise. Maria lives with her husband, young son, and precocious black lab mutt in the San Francisco Bay Area.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Wynn Burkett - The Power of Mindful Parenting (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 1:00pm

Are you baffled by the surly tween who has replaced your sweet loving child? Are you wondering how you're going to guide your teen safely to young adulthood? Are you not sure you'll survive the teen years with all the eye rolling, attitude, and arguing? Do you find yourself raising your voice more but being heard less? You're not alone. Parenting teenagers is hard work.

The Power of Mindful Parenting offers concrete strategies to stay calm in the face of challenging teen behavior. Successful parenting workshop leader Wynn Burkett explores the stages of teen development to explain why they act the way they do. (Spoiler alert: it's not because you're a bad parent.) She teaches simple mindfulness skills, meditation exercises, and practical tools to help parents take a more positive approach that reduces conflict and improves communication. This book will help you feel more optimistic about your relationship with your teen and result in more love, compassion, and connection at home.

Wynn Burkett is a certified executive coach and leadership consultant who has been coaching individuals and teams and facilitating workshops for nearly twenty years. With psychotherapist Ann Arora, MFT, she created the workshop How to Tame Your Teen by Taming Yourself First: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Parenting, which provides education and tools to help parents stay calm and connected to their teens during the challenging adolescent years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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