Dave Ruch


Dave was born and raised in southern Ontario and recently has been dividing his time between there and Texas, where his fiancee is from. A graduate of University of Toronto, he's held a number of different jobs in the past couple of decades, from hotel night manager to photo-lab operator to member of a mobile store setup crew. These varied jobs have made him rich- in experience and stories! His writing has been seen in newspapers including the Toronto Sun and Oshawa This Week as well as regional magazines and his photo art has been featured at exhibits in both Ontario and Texas. In his spare time you'll usually find Dave spending time in nature, listening to 70s and 80s music or watching baseball, patiently waiting for his beloved Toronto Blue Jays to win another World Series. His belief that an optimistic outlook is the key to a full and happy life inspired his newest book, "Thank Goodness! 101 Things to Be Grateful For Today", a collection of personal accounts of good things often unnoticed, from a firefly at night to how sports unites a community to the wonder of foods from all around the world available at our local store...and many more. It follows "The Mockingbird Speaks" published in 2014 dealing with two things of importance to him: appreciating wildlife and in particular birds, and looking at things in a positive light.

Smashwords Interview

What inspired you to write your new book ?
I'm not always an overly optimistic person by nature but I began finding that negativity weighed me down. So some years back I started a list of things I was thankful for. I'd add something each day. That got to be a long list and after a while I started seeing there was a whole lot of good in my life and that made me feel better about the stresses and few bad things I have to deal with. It occurred to me that others could benefit if they shared in not only some of my observations, but the outlook and perhaps did the same with their lives. Thus "Thank Goodness- 101 Things to Be Grateful for Today" was born...
Is the timing of "Thank Goodness" important?
Yes, I think so. Now, people can ALWAYS do well by thinking about the good in life and appreciating what they have, but in 2016 it seems even more relevant. The animosity we've seen in the political arena this year has been unprecedented and there seems to be an emphasis out there on finding differences between people and capitalizing on that, no matter what the cost. So, the more anger and hatred there is, the more important it is to have some positive messages going out too.
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Where to find Dave Ruch online


Thank Goodness! 101 Things To Be Grateful For Today
Price: $2.69 USD. Words: 16,640. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
"Thank Goodness- 101 Things To Be Grateful For Today" is a collection of thoughts about how good things and little miracles surround us every day if we just take time to look for them. A collection of 101 short essays and questions for the reader to ponder and, it's hoped, help brighten their day and outlook on life.
The Mockingbird Speaks
Price: $2.69 USD. Words: 13,440. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology
THE MOCKINGBIRD SPEAKS tells of how I came to reconnect with my real self and change my mindset for the better by watching neighborhood birds and extracting truisms from their behavior. I learned to overcome some deep-rooted fears, to understand the need to constantly adapt and to throw away stereotypes and in the book I illustrate these lessons with case studies of inspirational people.

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