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Anne Hill
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I interview Kate Adams, Bart J. Koet, and Barbara Koning about their new book on dreams in pastoral counseling.

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From Boston to Chicago to Berkeley, "The Religion of Democracy" re-creates the liberal conversation from the 18th century to the 20th by tracing the lived connections among seven thinkers. My conversation with author and professor Amy Kittelstrom will explore the American traditions of religion and politics, liberal and conservative, past and present.

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Here's an interesting as for the paperback edition of Daniel James Brown's bestselling book. After originally being published by Viking, it is now branded with the Penguin logo, a move that could be good for book sales since Penguin works hard for brand recognition in bookstores.

The thing that interested me most was the link in the bottom corner for the book's Facebook page. Note the clever use of the F logo in place of that cluttered, confusing http:// and www. business.

The Facebook page itself is a great example of homegrown author presence done right. It was set up by Brown before the book was released, and has been maintained by him with steady if not regular posts ever since. Visitors will find links to interviews and book reviews, pictures of Brown with fans and some of the subjects in his book, and most importantly a prominent link to his website, which shows his current and upcoming appearance schedule.

The page has some 2146 likes. That is not a lot, but because it has grown organically (I am guessing), that number represents actual people interested in the book and/or its author--an engaged audience, in social media parlance. It is obvious that Brown likes or at least feels comfortable with posting to his page, since he averages several posts per month. This page serves its primary purpose very well: it allows readers a way to connect with the author, and allows the author to easily reach many more people than are represented in his actual page numbers.

Do not believe it when an agent or publisher tells you that the only way to have a New York Times bestseller is by having astronomical numbers of social media followers! Instead, be passionate about your subject, stay in it for the long haul, and when you go out week after week doing readings and book signings (like Brown), use your social media channel to capture your connections with individuals who share your passion. 
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I've got a great interview planned for later today - will be talking to author and dream researcher +Ryan Hurd about his new book, Big Dreams! Our Google Hangout will start around 5 pm PST, I will post a link in the comments below to watch in real time!

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Hello, New Orleans! We're going to have a great All Saint's dream event on Sat. Nov 1, from 6-8pm. Come on down and join the fun!

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I am a guest speaker along with +Nina Amir in this great new class on Social Media, through the UC Berkeley Extension on Saturday, Oct. 25. Join us and register now! 

Is anyone else getting sick of Chrome constantly adding the little notification icon to your menu bar in Mac OS? I go into chrome://flags every time and find that the "enable rich notifications" is disabled, just like I left it. But Chrome makes me reset it to disabled and relaunch the program before it actually hides the stupid icon.

I find the message threads on the Chrome support site are filled with hundreds of unhappy Chrome users, and have been for over a year, but still no fix? Gah!

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Climate change comes to the Bay Area: "“In the simplest terms, I think it’s reasonable to assume the Los Angeles Basin will move up here–not literally, but in terms of climate.”
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