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.
In this uplifting tale, a child is enchanted by a delicate white heart-shaped flower. She picks a single heart and peels away its curiously shaped petals, discovering clues God has hidden under each layer. Each clue is a piece to a larger message, and each imaginatively conceived page offers a new surprise, as the story blends rhythm and rhyme, color and form, metaphorr and meaning, word play and finger play. Email Wendy for a pdf copy of the parent's reading guide to enrich the reading experience.
Grief Coach Susan Lataille celebrates the release of Volume Two of the Shining a Light on Grief series at Stillwater Books located in Pawtucket, RI on June 8, 6-8pm. Wendy is one of ten authors sharing their stories of love and loss to offer hope, inspiration, and comfort, written for those who are grieving the loss of someone they love deeply and those who are nearing the moment of a loved one's passing. This book anthology series will help the bereaved:
- discover how their grief journey is unique
- know that there’s no right or wrong way to grieve
- tap into their emotions to move forward through the healing process
- realize self care is of utmost importance
- see how a dark subject can be brought out into the light
- become inspired to take action
In a world where people tend to be uncomfortable having conversations around topics of death and grief, it is important to bring real heartfelt stories out into the open. Grief affects everyone differently – emotionally, spiritually and physically. Yet grief, like death, is a natural and normal part of everyone's life. It is an integral part of the complete human experience. True healing allows for the feeling and processing of all the emotions, which lead one through the very heart of grief, as demonstrated through these writings.
Come meet the authors on June 8, 6-8pm, at Stillwater Books, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI Or order a signed copy at http://shiningalightongrief.com
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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