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Beth Cox Report: March 2016

Dear Loyal Readers, Authors, and Publishers,

I must keep this Beth Cox Report brief, due to a perfect storm of demands on my schedule.

There is a lifesaving cause that I wish to temporarily step away from the writing/publishing business to advocate. It's donating blood to the Red Cross. The Red Cross is not a flawless organization; a quick Google search can and will uncover significant criticism about some of their decisions.

Yet every two months, I visit a blood donation site, go through a screening process that they endeavor to make as hassle-free as possible while remaining effective, and have a little blood taken from me with a painless needle. The entire process takes thirty to sixty minutes.

Then, a few days to a few weeks later, I receive a postcard or an email informing me of what city my blood was sent to, in order to aid patients in need.

There is an ongoing shortage of donated blood in America. Blood donations help save the lives accident victims; assault victims; heroes in the line of duty; and the desperately ill.

So if you're eligible, please consider it. The Link of the Month is the American Red Cross

It can be used to schedule blood donation appointments in advance, or find a donation site near where you live.

Now for the Book of the Month, yet another "occupational hazard" title that compelled me to browse it from cover to cover:

The Art of Risk
Kayt Sukel
National Geographic Press
1145 17th Street N.W., Washington, DC, 20036-4688
9781426214721 $26.00

Science journalist and author Kayt Sukel presents The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution & Chance, a combination psychological and behavioral study, and helpful guide to how people can use risk-taking to their advantage - from professional poker players to military commanders to business entrepreneurs and more. Art of Risk isn't only for high-stakes gamblers; it's also for ordinary people seeking to balance the advantages of opening themselves up to new things against the consequences of potential failure. How can risk be effectively managed in a sensible way? What is the difference between helpful and harmful risk-taking? "When faced with a risk, take a step back and, as objectively as possible, consider how your social connections [i.e. friends, family, co-workers, and "peer pressure"] may be driving your focus. Are they helping you consider all the elements of a risky decision? Or are they stuck on certain variables that may lead you astray?" Thoroughly accessible to readers of all backgrounds, The Art of Risk is highly recommended.

That's all for the March 2016 Beth Cox Report. Let's help make the world a better place, together.

Bethany Cox
Managing Editor
The Midwest Book Review

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
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Oregon, WI 53575-1129
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