Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jean!

Well, it is not quite my birthday yet; it just feels like it. Although it doesn't arrive until March 11th, I am looking forward to it with anticipation. I already know 2 wonderful gifts that I will be receiving. The first is the gift of light! Daylight Savings Time will begin that night. 

The second piece of good news arrived yesterday. The publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Family Caregivers, sent me a letter saying that the book with my Chapter, Dry Her Tears will be out on the shelves on March 13th. This is 3 weeks earlier than projected. This story describes how my ex-husband. Lou and I took care of Dani, our 23-year-old daughter when she had the unfortunate accident of breaking both of her arms. Our family worked together in a sacred time of crisis and although he is not mentioned in the book, Warner, my son, was the first one to offer to jump on a plane and bring his sister home from Florida.

I received an e-mail from my friend, Kathy Wheeler with the subject title, "I made it." She also submitted a chapter, and it will also be featured in this book. How amazing that out of 101 stories, 2 are written by Springfield people. Kathy's story is called, Changing My Expectations, about her mother with Alzheimers.

Kathy and I share a bond in that we both wrote books about our Mothers and our experiences concerning their care. Kathy has a wonderful blog and if you would like to read it just click this link.http://broughttomysenses.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/my-story-chicken-soup-for-the-soul-family-caregivers/

My birthday is more than a month away. I wonder what other surprises will come my way!


  1. Jean you are such a great writer. I am so happy you are in another Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Looking forward to reading it!

    1. Thanks Candess. I have been enjoying your videos.