An Evening with Paul Williams and Tracey JacksonThursday Oct 19 2017 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
Discussing and signing Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life (Blue Rider Press).
Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Williams is an alcoholic. Successful screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson is not.
Together, these two close friends have written a book that applies the principles of the recovery movement to help countless individuals who are not addicts yet seek effective help with their difficulties — credit card debt, anger issues, a victim mentality — and pain. Williams and Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on Six Affirmations of Personal Freedom, to guide readers toward conquering their vices, addressing personal dysfunction, and starting to brighten the darkest moods, to find contentment and happiness.
Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter (“Rainbow Connection,” “Evergreen,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”) and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a major public force in the recovery movement, a graduate of UCLA’s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program, and has served as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and counselor for the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), now the treatment wing of MusiCares. He has been a passionate public advocate for the recovery movement for the past twenty-four years.
Tracey Jackson wrote the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Guru, and The Other End of the Line, among others. She has also written twelve TV pilots, and created the series “Babes” for Fox TV. Tracey wrote, directed, and starred in the controversial documentary Lucky Ducks, which can be seen on Amazon, Journeyman Docs, and pay per view. Her first book, Between a Rock and Hot Place: Why Fifty is Not the New Thirty, came out in 2011 and was optioned for a TV movie by Lifetime. Tracey blogs online, and has blogged for Huffington Post, WOWOWOW, Society for Drug Free America, Tiny Buddha, and various other sites. She runs GratitudeandTrust.com with Paul Williams.
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Paul Williams is an alcoholic.
Tracey Jackson is not.
But together, these two close friends have written Gratitude and Trust, a book designed to apply the principles of the recovery movement to the countless people who are not addicts but nevertheless need effective help with their difficulties and pain.
Williams, the award-winning songwriter, actor, and performer, has embraced a traditional alcoholism recovery plan for more than two decades of sobriety. Jackson, a well-known TV and film writer--and veteran of many years of traditional therapy--has never been a drunk or a drug abuser, but she realized that many of the tenets of Williams's program could apply to her. In Gratitude and Trust, Williams and Jackson ask: What happens to those who struggle with vexing problems yet are not full-blown addicts? Are there any lessons to be learned from the foundational and time-tested principles of the recovery movement?
Whether you're tethered to your phone or you turn to food for comfort; whether you're a perfectionist and can't let things go or are too afraid to fail to even try; whether you can find intimacy only on the Internet or you've been involved in a string of nasty relationships--the first step toward feeling better about yourself and your life is the realization that you are what's standing in your way. Williams and Jackson have designed a new, positive program, based on a half-dozen new affirmations, that can help conquer your vices, address personal dysfunction, and start to brighten the darkest moods. Gratitude and Trust is an essential, inspirational, and uplifting guide to identifying and changing maladaptive behaviors in order to uncover your most productive, healthiest self.