Take the Stairs

In his new book, Take the Stairs, Seven Steps to Achieving True Success (Perigee Trade, $23), author and motivational speaker Rory Vaden reminds us that self-discipline is the key to achieving success in all aspects of our lives. Procrastination, lack of focus, acceptance of the “average” and incomplete commitment are all enemies of self-discipline that get in the way of our creating our best selves. This book is a quick read and an inspiring reminder that what seems to be the easy way in the short term can end up being harder in the long term. 

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The Secret World of Arrietty

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The Secret World of Arrietty

By Tribune Media Services

This latest film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli brings the Mary Norton novel The Borrowers into animation. Arrietty, 14, lives under the floorboards of a house with her equally miniature parents. While dodging the house cat, they “borrow” what they need to survive. When a full-scale teenager discovers Arrietty, the wee family is threatened. A wonderfully rendered story in hand-drawn animation, the film is a welcome ride next to most frenetic American toons.

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