There are so many cool scenes in the book that make you think, and today's scene is one of my favorites. While Chase returns to his first day of eight grade, still unclear of his past, his principal lays it to him straight, that he has an oppor
For the longest time, my wife had said she wanted to go to Disney World when the kids were five and eight. Well, they're five and eight! We came down the day after Thanksgiving and have been enjoying the most magical place on Earth. As this is
Today you'll meet Shoshanna Weber, whose brother Joel had to transfer schools as a result of Chase's bullying. You'll also learn a little bit more about Chase and his local status, as well as that of his father, which Shoshanna believes, as wel
When Chase Ambrose falls from his roof, he loses his memory. He is soon to find out he was/is the school bully. Restart is about the opportunity to redirect your life. This is a fiction book for middle grade readers, but it's lessons apply acro
We finish the week with a cliffhanger that will (hopefully) make you go out and get this book. Johnny's choices have led to consequences. Life is different now. There is no going back. Was it worth it? Yes? No? Yes and no? ... To support The Sp
"Life is not fair." Johnny's words and perspective drive him to do something that could cost him his future. How far would you go to protect/provide for someone you love? We always have a choice, right? ... To support The Spaniard Show: Get thi
This episode goes up on Thanksgiving 2021, and Spanny expresses gratitude against the unique backdrop of his work life. COVID continues to variously shape protocols in schools where he presents, and Spanny continues to try to shape his business
Today you'll get a glimpse of Jessica, Johnny's love interest. She's another example of how Jocko paints a very vivid picture of Johnny's inner thoughts and life situation. We also learn about the fate of the laundromat, Arty's center of life a
I recently presented to a group of student athletes at the EPC Student Athlete Character Council. Following the presentation, the students worked together to develop questions that relate to sports, adversity, academics and more. Due to the num
The language and dialogue, both internal and external, is one of my favorite parts of the book. Jocko does a great job at painting a picture of main character Johnny's reality, a dead end job and life. Today's episode highlights some of that di
We're bringing in some fiction this week as we dive into Jocko Willinck's new novel about a young man who's willing to risk his own life/safety/future for his brother. This is a story that will make you think about your own life and future, and
I've evolved since reading this book (wink, wink) and hope you enjoy today's sendoff episode. We cap off the week with some finishing touches and takeaways that can help you better navigate this extremely fast-changing world. ... To support The
One of the things I took most from this book is the importance of learning how to think for yourself. It takes work, and once you vet and learn and ask questions, you can't unlearn what you've acquired. Today's episode is about making decisions
Recent years have exploded awareness of the intense pressure faced by word-class athletes, and more sports stars are announcing their struggles, protecting their mental health and urging all of us to do the same. That includes this episode’s gu
One of the coolest aspects of this book is the big picture view it presents about the history of time and evolution of species. It provides some awesome, mind-blowing realities of how we (and everything else) came to be. In today's episode, we
Another great book from the "A Biography for New Readers" series, this week's book takes a look Mister Rogers and his incredible life, career and impact on young people. I find personal inspiration from Mister Rogers' impact, and I'm sure you w
Today's episode highlights a few concepts that directly relate to evolution and our species' ability to survive. ... To support The Spaniard Show: Get this book here: A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century Purchase all your books here: S
Our world changes at a rapid pace, and we have a hard time keeping pace with that change. This week's book takes a look at that reality through en evolutionary lens. Enjoy today's introduction. ... To support The Spaniard Show: Get this book he
While he's happy to be known as "that guy from Nirvana," Dave is the frontman of the Foo Fighters and has had innumerable musical experiences and ties to all-time greats. His love of family, forging and embracing a unique path in life and his l
Today's episode is all about Nirvana. ... To support The Spaniard Show: Get this book here: The Storyteller Purchase all your books here: Spaniard Show Reading List For speaking information, click here: Spaniard Website
Spanny met Dima Shine in Cincinnati and came to learn how he made his way from Russia to his current home in Las Vegas. It began with recognition of Dima's potential in acrobat sports, ultimately fulfilled with dozens of world championship meda
One of my favorite takeaways from this book is how Dave Grohl was always dedicating himself and practicing his music, such that when opportunities arose, he was ready. And not only was he ready, he excelled. He put himself in a position to win.
My son came home from school one day talking about how great this "creepy underpants" book was. I immediately looked it up and found what he was talking about. This week's book is a fun and spooky look at fear, growing up, underpants and more.
Early in his life, Dave hit a crossroads. Fueled by his passion and love for music and the support of his mom, he was able to make the decision to pursue music. Looking back, we say the rest is history. At the time, though, he was taking a risk
This is one of those books. If you were coming of age in the early 90's, you're going to enjoy this look back at some of the most impactful music of our formative years. This is Dave Grohl's story, from his NOVA upbringing, to his punk roots, t
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