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Coach McQuary shares memories in book

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ed McQuary, former football coach at Lakeridge and Riverdale high schools, has published 100 Yards of Memories: Memorable Players and People of an Old Coach.

Lake Oswego resident and coach Ed McQuary has published “100 Yards of Memories: Memorable Players and People of an Old Coach.” The book is a collection of 50 character sketches of players and people who affected McQuary during his 47 years of coaching high school football in the area.

A retired teacher, McQuary served as a counselor at Lakeridge and Riverdale high schools and coached football teams at both schools.

“Twenty-five of the players in this book played for me at Lakeridge and Riverdale,” McQuary said. “They all are very special in their own way. Some were stars, and some never cracked the starting line-up, but all of them possess something very special to me.”

During his coaching career, McQuary was named Oregon Football Coach of the Year in 1973, led a team to a state championship and had an overall record of winning 325 games in 47 seasons.

“My idea is to make this a nightstand type of book, where one may read two or three segments of the book each night before going off to sleep,” said McQuary. “I have a down-home style of writing that has been well received in the past.”

“100 Yards of Memories” is available on Amazon.com and Kindle. It is also available at Powell’s Books and Barnes and Noble bookstores for $23.95.

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Lake Oswego resident and longtime career counselor Monica H. Schneider has published “Where Is My Coffee Cup?” a workbook to help people find satisfying jobs.

“Having lost a job due to job-setting circumstances, I wanted to find answers to my questions,” said Schneider. “I was in need of some way to make sense of the loss and wanted to make different choices when I looked for another job. Through my research I found ways to recognize my preferences and communicate those to others in my work search.”

“Where Is My Coffee Cup?” is designed to help job seekers clarify their preferences of work environment or job setting and guides one through a process of bringing together who you are and what you want in terms of job opportunities. Based on her 20 years of experience as a career counselor and educator in career development, Schneider said the process boosts the odds of finding a job that truly fits the individual.

“’Hazy goals produce hazy results.’ When I first heard that short quote, it had a profound impact on me,” said Schneider. “Describing preferences and desires might seem like an ill-afforded luxury, especially when feeling worried, stretched for cash and intimidated before the beast called Job Hunt. Even in prosperous times, detailing the best case scenario may seem to make sense for only those who have nothing to lose by defining their job wish list. In either case, it’s easy to presume we are lucky to get a job - yet alone one we want. You are about to learn that identifying your preferences and desires are not a luxury.”

Schneider has been a career counselor in private practice and an instructor in Life Career Planning for more than 25 years. She has studied the composition of job selection and job search and has designed and delivered numerous workshops on career development for Drake Beam Morin, an outplacement firm, and the University of California Irvine Graduate School of Management, as an educator for Marylhurst University Career and Life Planning Studies and as a consultant in her own training company.

She is currently an instructor of psychology at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus. She has a doctorate degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the United States International University.”Where Is My Coffee Cup?” is available online at xlibris.com, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com for $31.99.

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Kelly Williams Brown, writer, doodler, girl on the go and Lakeridge High alumna, has published “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.”

The book was released last spring to rave reviews throughout the United States and is currently enjoying success around the globe. The book is a guide for 20-somethings, a way for young people to learn how to become an adult or recognize when they’ve hit the milestone.

Brown studied journalism at Loyola University New Orleans and has enjoyed a successful writing career since graduating in 2006. She said the idea for the advice book came to her when she was working as a newspaper columnist.

“I was coming up on a birthday and decided to post a question to readers on Facebook about what skills/abilities/possessions one should acquire by age 30 — not the amorphous ‘Forgive yourself! Accept others as they are!’ kind of tips, but rather the actionable ‘Have both a flat- and a Phillips-head screwdriver’ sort. I got a ton of responses, most of which were things I would never have thought of but seem obvious once somebody else said them.”

The book is separated into categories so the reader can pick and choose topics they wish to work on. Step 31 in the section on domesticity states that if you are really terrible at cleaning, it may be worth it to hire a cleaner and ask if he or she can tutor you while cleaning. The money section includes many tips on budgeting, including Step 100: Stick to your budget not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it gives you an out.

“The book covers things like how bleach works, what one says in a condolence note and how not to sleep with your co-workers,” said Brown.

The book is available online at kellywilliamsbrown.com or through the major booksellers in stores and online.

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Michael Heyn of Lake Oswego has published “In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor.”

In his book, Heyn shares what he experienced and learned living in 15 countries over 50 years, from two years in a Peruvian village, to civil war in Liberia, to the ousting of dictators from Malawi to Yemen, to the indifference to soaring inequality in America. It was always the dominance of privileged elites and the limited opportunities, despair and poverty for all of the rest. Heyn sets out a practical partnership for rich and poor to change this.

From an unsettling childhood to his lifelong support of the struggle for equal opportunity and wages, Heyn grasps the unique moment we have to renew one’s values and reform the way we govern ourselves. His is a gripping and inspiring tale of what is possible if we no longer underestimate what we can achieve together.

Heyn spent his early days in California. He graduated from Stanford University and the London School of Economics. He was in the Peace Corps from 1964 to 1966 and lived and worked across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe in various representative capacities of the United Nations from 1967 to 2011.

“In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor” is available for $22.95 from troubadour.co.uk/matador.




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