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LOVE YOUR ELF!  The 5th book in the FULL-FILLMENT series of children's books.  This book tells the story of what happens when a guy walks in from work one evening and finds that his "elf" had fallen from a high place onto the floor.  Unlike Humpty D, this Elf is not in pieces, but he gives his "person" some poetic pieces from his imagination to consider.   This is a story for the child and the child-in-us.  This title should be available by mid-September.   CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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While on MISSION 2020 telling The Little Bucket story in a Tallahassee School - please click to read the Media Center Specialist's comments...



...on hold for now for Face to Face meetings, but VIRTUAL ADULT storytelling is in the works!


 - Anne Marie, Melbourne, FL

This was, for me, a truly magical experience! Jeff’s voices brought the story to life for me. It is so refreshing, in the age of the screen, to allow my mind to show me the story and wander, as it will, to new feelings and places.


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TO my web site for all things "FULL FILLMENT!"  From my children's books to my life coaching  - I am asking "what is full-fillment!?"  What does it mean to be full-filled as a human being?  I am always thinking about this...and experiencing my own sense of full-fillment.  I'm interested in transmitting my ideas through stories.  I have published 4 children's books. Each has to do with a similar theme, each to do with what I call "FULL" Fillment.

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The Sequel!

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THE LITTLE BUCKET -  From Amazon - "As a beginning place for self-awareness, children learn to set healthy boundaries, identify their feelings (mad, sad, glad, afraid) and learn to safely express all of their feelings appropriately, and even be a good listener in the process. We also learn in the Full-Fillment series that there is a pernicious "hole" in our bucket that seeks to get other children and other people to fill us up."


...tells the story of what happened after TLB found his missing ingredient!  A dream takes him to the distant galaxy to explore a strange world inhabited by "dry, dusty, and dirty mop heads!"  Hm...what could happen!? CLICK the COVER to find it on Amazon!  Teaches kids to trust, imagine and dream!

A poetic "wonderment" ...what if the world was populated by zombies? What if it was hard to tell what they were just by how they looked, but only by how they acted!  The zombie keeps "swallowing and swallowing and never gets enough."  Must read this book for an antidote to the apocalyptic illness of "AFFLUENTza" before it's too late!  GULP!


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"The Little Caterpillar" is the fourth book in a collection of books aimed at heightening awareness in children and adolescents. This book follows TLC (The Little Caterpillar) on a day like he could not have anticipated. We get to witness the happenings of his day as if we were TLC himself. The illustrations lure your mind into the space where "transformation" seems plausible, even necessary, in the messed up world of bugs who are only and always competing with each other on a branch.  



Jeffrey Bates (BA, MDIV, CLC), is an expert at creating listening and story telling environments. Small business and large business can benefit hugely from creating these "kinds of spaces." Jeff says. If story telling is to mean anything to us, we must, "start learning to listen again. Telling a story is only half the equation." Jeff says.  Most of post-modern Westerners have only learned to listen to what we hear outside of ourselves.  Jeff thinks we need to learn to listen to the "inside of ourselves." He recently received his certification as a

life coach (UDEMY, AUG 2019) and is building his "FULL-FILLMENT LIFE COACHING" business along with his story telling ventures.  He is a poet, author, social visionary, musician, member of The Mankind Project. He has two teenage children. His son recently joined the Navy.  He lives in Florida on Cocoa Beach where he enjoys the beach and riding his bike to Starbucks.


What people have said about The Little Bucket

As a therapeutic adoptive parent, having tools to illustrate what internal resources are available to a child in the long process of healing trauma is essential. The Little Bucket is such a resource."

Boysen Hodgson,

The Mankind Project International - Foster Parent, Amazon Review

I think it is really an inspiring book that will help children learn to think for themselves, think better of themselves, interact in a healthy way with others, and learn how to trust themselves in a confusing world."

 Hope Wood, 

Amazon Review

The Little Bucket presents such a profound lesson in a way that children can understand and begin to utilize themselves.
The author visited the school where I teach 4-5yr old preschoolers, and their ability to understand and comprehend the book's meaning was amazing. A great learning tool for both home and school!"

Sara Gilkerson

Pre-School Teacher

Amazon Review


Audio Blog

January 2020

My reflections on the challenge of creating a community based on NON-REACTIVITY. To become conscious of our reactions is to become curious about our depths.  To "know one's self" initiates change.

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