Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Announcing the release of The Sense of Humor

April is National Humor Month. And why not? It kicks off with April Fool’s Day right at the beginning.

During these uncertain times, what people need most is a good laugh. Imagine what would happen if we understood there is an untapped force, contained within us, that has the power to totally change our lives. And what if we discovered, all we had to do in order to unlock this secret, is to simply start using it?

The Sense of Humor - Let Humor Fast Track You to Healthier, Happier Living, by Max Elliot Anderson, is a new book just released by Elk Lake Publishing. Distribution soon available through Ingram and Spring Arbor.  ISBN: 9781942513971 | ASIN: 1942513976

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People are hungry for meaning in their lives. Who doesn’t desire to be healthier?  War against depression is being waged every day. Research demonstrates the sense that humor can make in the life of anyone who is willing to use it.

The Sense of Humor focuses on the benefits of using humor in health, education, work, ministry, family, and relationships. The first part of this book covers these important topics and more. The second part contains hundreds of jokes and funny stories related to the earlier chapter subjects.

The Sense of Humor will be useful for parents, pastors, medical professionals, counselors, public speakers, teachers, in the workplace, in our relationships, plus many more applications. And in all of these areas, the book makes a great gift.

Attempting to understand the benefits of humor in our lives has hit the main stream media in television and radio news reports, magazines, newspapers, and more. It was said when the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart on re-entry, and again after 9/11, that people need humor to cope in times of trouble.  With the threat of terrorist activity all around us, a cabinet office for Homeland Security, and the current economic uncertainties, people need humor now more than ever before.

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Bio for The Sense of Humor

Max Elliot Anderson has spent most of his life in the production of documentary and dramatic films, client videos, and television commercials. Most of his previous writing includes adventures and mysteries that bring the same visual excitement, and heart-pounding action from those productions into his many books for middle grade readers 8 and up.
While producing video programs and commercials for clients, he observed the important role humor played in many different situations. The Sense of Humor is a culmination of those experiences and observations, and is intended to help people understand the power a positive sense of humor offers.
Mr. Anderson is listed in Who’s Who in America and his productions have won multiple Telly Awards, He and his wife Claudia have two children and four grandchildren.

Friday, March 11, 2016

In Honor of Ronald and Nancy Reagan

As we mark the passing of Nancy Reagan, I'm transported back to a day during the fall of 1990. At that time I had the unique opportunity to spend much of a day with him as he visited his boyhood home in Dixon, Illinois. This turned out to be the last time he would visit there.
The original video is now housed at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. The following pictures were shot off of my TV screen from a VHS copy of the original material so the quality is diminished.

Along with the rest of the video crew, we were given Secret Service clearance for the day and shadowed him where ever he went.
We began at the river where, as a lifeguard, he saved many lives. There he skipped stones on the river and talked about his experiences.
We walked up to the third floor gym where he had played basketball. Mr. Reagan took a few shots from the free-throw line.

We covered him with video cameras as crowds pushed toward him and made the Secret Service people nervous. For most of the day I was never more than inches or a few feet from one of the greatest men I believe this country has ever had as its leader.
A group of schoolchildren recited the Pledge of Allegiance as he stood out in front of the house. He went to the garage in the back of the house and then on to the statute of himself.
Mr. Reagan spoke to a full house that had gathered in the high school gym. There he was presented with a letter jacket. He proceeded to the football field and threw passes to some of the team.

The most unique experience came when we traveled to the actual house. There we set up for the only video interview that he gave that day. I was able to ask him a number of personal questions about growing up in that house.

After the interview, President Reagan was kind enough to send me a personal letter of thanks.