Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Educate Your Brain Wins Award!

Dear Brain Gym friends,

I’ve entered the blogosphere, and this is my first blog post! As you can see from the image above, my goal is to use this space for sharing thoughts on topics relating to movement, learning, and more, under a new header: Whole-Brain Living and Learning. More on all this in future entries. 

But first -- what better way to celebrate this new beginning than by announcing that Educate Your Brain is now an award-winning book!

I wrote Educate Your Brain to introduce people to the concept of learning through movement, and especially to support their exploration of the Brain Gym® program. As the publisher of my own book (I created Balance Point Publishing LLC for this purpose), I became a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). The IBPA holds annual “Benjamin Franklin” awards, honoring various aspects of book creation.

I entered my book in four categories, and was a finalist in one: Interior Design, 1-2 Colors. The Awards program was May 29 in at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in the heart of Times Square in New York City – and that was all the excuse my husband and I needed to pack our bags and fly there. We had a fabulous time!
As a finalist, my book was already a Silver Award winner in its category. Unfortunately, it didn’t win the Gold Award – but I now have very cool Silver Award stickers to put on all my copies of Educate Your Brain, declaring its Finalist status! They look like this —

Here's a little tour of the Awards event itself:

Guests looking at the display of
170 Finalist books in 55 categories from

business and humor to poetry, cookbooks,
mystery/suspense, and teen fiction!

Standing with my book

Chatting with outgoing IBPA president,
Florrie Binford Kichler

Holding Educate Your Brain and 
an image of the silver Finalist award

Now – because we had so much fun in New York City, I can’t help but add in a few photos from the rest of our stay.

Here’s the marquee from one of the Broadway shows we enjoyed, “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” starring Matthew Broderick. I thought this was a revival, but it’s a totally new show, with a 1920’s story, filled with fun, dancing, and Gershwin tunes.
.... 'S Wonderful!

The Manhattan Skyline from our Circle Line tour boat. 

The tower to the left is the new World Trade Center building. Perspective makes it look shorter than its incredible 1776-foot height, measured at the top of its spire. 

The Statue of Liberty. Did you know her real name is "Liberty Enlightening the World"? 

The island took quite a hit during Superstorm Sandy, but it's now re-opened for visitors. Lady Liberty herself was not damaged by the storm. 

It takes a lot of UP to see the top of the Empire State Building! 

This is the view from the rooftop patio of our hotel, which is two blocks from the ESB. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the largest museums in the world. 

Imagine - a whole room full of Rembrandts, and another full of Degas sculptures! Not to mention the Vermeers... I need a whole week in here!

If you drop a tip into the box, these "statues" come to life and move around like wind-up toys - then freeze again!

Just two of a zillion performers we saw on the streets - and down here in the subway. 

The constant energy of Times Square at night...

...where it's almost as bright as day. I had a ball recording it all!

The horses of the Mounted Police were a sea of calm in the midst of all this frenetic energy in Times Square.

(I grew up around horses, so they're a total Kathy-magnet :-)

Tired but happy, on the subway after a full day of sightseeing!

And so much more. Thanks, New York City! We’ll be back!

Dear Brain Gym friends – thanks for sharing this NYC fun with me! Now that my blog is launched in such a celebratory way, I’ll be on to more Brain Gym-like topics in my next entries.

Think of me back home, resting up, and putting silver Finalist Award stickers on all my books!

Want one to put on your copy? Let me know!

With warm regards,

Kathy Brown, M.Ed.
Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor/Consultant
Author, Educate Your Brain
Owner, Balance Point Publishing LLC

Click here to order your own copy of Educate Your Brain

Header photographs Copyright© Laird Brown Photography

Copyright 2013 by Kathy Brown. All rights reserved.

Brain Gym® is a registered trademark of Brain Gym® International, Ventura, California www.braingym.org

1 comment:

  1. Awesome information Kathy! Thanks for sharing! I had couple of these balances done over the weekend at the seminar you hosted with Claire Hockings teaching! I was blown away at how quickly results happen! I am really excited to apply these techniques with my chiropractic patients on Monday morning!