Knowing one's child becomes more challenging during the years of adolescence, that awkward stage between childhood and adulthood. During the teen years, kids spend more time away from home, pursuing after-school activities, playing sports, hanging out with friends and exercising their growing independence. After Wendy's son, Neil, died of brain cancer at age 20, she began sorting through the memorabilia he had accumulated in the boxes, drawers and book shelves of his bedroom - artwork, notepads, notebooks, journals, personal letters and magic notes. What emerged from this process is a “coming of age” collection of stories unlike any other.
Halfway through high school, Neil began to dream of inspiring other young people to move from hopelessness to helpfulness and to find the path that leads from loneliness and inertia to friendship and difference making. He loved engaging with others in problem solving. As an engineering student in college, he was intrigued with rain forest medicine, hydroponic growing, urban farming system design, waste recycling management and other forward thinking. He continues to inspire others through these stories. His life ended far too soon, but left a legacy in the form of this narrative. Both parents and teens will appreciate this book's messages of resilience, faith and love that are sprinkled throughout. The eBook can be downloaded to a cell phone or computer.
An environmental journalist and educator, Wendy hosts the Story Walking Radio Hour on the Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network, and she writes for Natural Awakenings Magazine's Boston/Rhode Island edition and Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network's Sustainable Living News platform. In addition, she researches, writes and co-teaches Nature Drawing curriculum for The Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Popular with elementary students, these virtual drawing programs teach about the world's endangered species and Rhode Island's Species of Greatest Conservation Need, as well as sharing actions youth can take to assist in their survival. Learn more at storywalking.com.
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