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Mindfulness and Meaningful Work cover picture.Mindfulness & Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood. Parallax Press, 1994.

If you have the greatest job in the world, read this book. If you're unemployed, read this book. If you question the value of your work, read this book. You'll learn about yourself and about different ways of approaching not just your work, but your life."

—Mountain Record

This anthology explores the integration of mindfulness and ethics in the workplace. In these pages some of the leading thinkers and doers of our time -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Sam Keen, E.E Schumacher, Gary Snyder, Shakti Gawain, Shunryu Suzuki, Robert Aitken, Tarthang Tulku, Marsha Sinetar, Rick Fields, Ellen Langer, and many others &mdahs; share their insights on the practice and value of working and of finding work that is meaningful, life-affirming, and non-exploitative.

Running a One-Person Business cover picture.Running A One-Person Business. Ten Speed Press, 1994 (2nd Edition).

"... will rank with the top ten business books of this decade in importance and usefulness."

Paul Hawken, author of Growing a Business and
Natural Capital

"... a fabulous testament to creating a rewarding lifestyle through your work, whether gardener, physicist, or dressmaker. It's also a no-nonsense, one step-at-a-time primer to getting there from here ... I wish I'd had it ... when I wiggled out of the corporate cocoon."

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence and
Re-Imagine: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age

Running A One-Person Business provides a comprehensive approach to the needs of the solo entrepreneur, with or without employees. With interviews of many successful entrepreneurs who have struck out on their own and stuck with it, this book is brimming with practical information needed by those currently in business for themselves or those who are planning to be.

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Harding BooksSome wonderful books are out of print, and even Amazon can't always find them. Our friend Douglas Harding and his daughter Cheryl and son Kevin, operate Maine's largest used and rare bookstore. Our own library is full of extraordinary volumes culled from their bountiful shelves, including many books on business, careers, self-development, and learning.
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