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FARMINGTON – After 28 years of helping people work through conflict, Farmington resident Ron Price believes he has developed a formula to help colleagues resolve disputes.

Price's new ebook — "P.L.A.Y. N.I.C.E. in Your Sandbox at Work" — was released Friday on Amazon.com. The book's title includes this formula for conflict resolution — push the pause button; list 10 positive qualities; assume good intent; yield; negotiate with, not against, the other person; identify key underlying issues and interests; cooperate to reach a mutually beneficial agreement; and explore options.

The title also comes from childhood experiences playing in the sandbox. Price said children often work together to build sand structures in the sandbox.

"I think all of life is a sandbox," he said on Thursday.

Farmington business owner Randy Large wrote the forward for the book. Large, who owns a photography studio and a consulting business, describes the book as "empowering."

"I liked the fact that it's putting information out there for people to resolve issues themselves," Large told The Daily Times.

The book is the first book in a series that will include "P.L.A.Y. N.I.C.E. in Your Sandbox at School," "P.L.A.Y. N.I.C.E. in Your Sandbox at Church" and "P.L.A.Y. N.I.C.E. in Your Sandbox at Home." He also hopes to publish a "toolbox" to go along with his books.

"It's very common sense, but common sense is not always common," Price said.

As he does in the weekly marriage columns he writes for The Daily Times, Price tries to keep the tone of the book light. He says laughter is an important part of conflict resolution.

"A day without laughter is a wasted day," he said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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