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058 Vanya Erickson

Vanya Erickson used to photograph and haul horses for a living. For the last 25 years she has been mentoring teachers while teaching writing and public speaking in the oldest, continuously used schoolhouse in California. She loves hiking in the High Sierras as well as dramatically reading aloud to children. Vanya holds a BA in Comparative Literature as well as a Teaching Credential, both from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and in the book, The Magic of Memoir. Her book, Boot Language, will be out this summer.

http://vanyaerickson.com/

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057 Michelle Cox

Michelle Cox holds a B.A. in English literature from Mundelein College, Chicago, and is the author of the award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series, as well as the weekly “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. 
Cox lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three children and is currently hard at work on Book 5 of the series. In her vast free time, she also sits on the Board of the prestigious Society of Midland Authors and is a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books.

http://michellecoxauthor.com/

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056 Carlyn Montes De Oca

After Carlyn’s divorce, she experienced insomnia, anxiety and depression. Initially, her affair with “Ben & Jerry” (as in the ice cream) helped her deal with it. It was actually her strong and deep relationship with her pets that helped her cope, deal, recover and heal. Carlyn is one of the leading experts on animal human health connections. Her advice to those experiencing a loss: become mindful and express gratitude. Carlyn shares this wisdom to pet owners: let’s adjust our mindset to we are the guardians of these animals, our companion animals are so much more than pets, they can be our best health and wellness allies, helping us be more mindful and improve/transform our lives.

CARLYN MONTES DE OCA is an author, speaker, acupuncturist and plant-based nutritional consultant. A former film editor on such movies as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Three Men and a Little Lady, Carlyn holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in communication arts and a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College. She is also certified in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University. Montes De Oca was voted PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 and has been a spokesperson for the Guardian Campaign at In Defense of Animals. Today, she is also the founder of The Animal-Human Health Connection, whose focus is to bring awareness to the many powerful ways that animals enhance human health, happiness, and longevity. Montes De Oca lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Ken, an award-winning sound editor, and her beloved rescue animals.

http://animalhumanhealth.com/ 

cmdo@animalhumanhealth.com 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qajxH_OQw_o&feature=youtu.be

https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Doctor-Cat-Nurse-Extraordinary/dp/1631521861/

 

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055 Dr. Virginia A. Simpson

Dr. Ginni’s father passed, when she was 12. This loss completely altered her life. Having lost loved ones, she has dedicated her life to bring hope and healing for grieving children and their families. She wrote “A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life”, which she found incredibly healing. Dr. Ginni shares the following wisdom: talk about death while your loved ones are still alive, when two people communicate with each other, love will win in the end, put yourself in others’ shoes, practice forgiveness, ask for help, choose to be happy about the small things, have fun, be kind and be loving.
Virginia A. Simpson, Ph.D. FT, is a Bereavement Care Specialist with more than 30 years experience working with the dying and grieving. She holds a Fellowship in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education & Counseling (ADEC), and is the Executive Counseling Director for hundreds of funeral homes throughout the United States and Canada. Simpson’s articles have appeared in publications throughout the world.
In an effort to create meaning out of the sudden death of her beautiful stepson, Douglas William (Doug) Simpson in 1991, Dr. Simpson founded The Mourning Star Center, a place of hope and healing for grieving children and their families in Palm Desert, California in 1995. For ten years, she trained all grief facilitators and led every support group for grieving children, teens, parents, and spouses.
Dr. Simpson is the author of the multi-award winning first book, The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life published by She Writes Press in April 2016.

http://www.drvirginiasimpson.com/ 
https://virginiaasimpson.com/ 
https://twitter.com/drginni12?lang=en 
https://www.amazon.com/Space-Between-Memoir-Mother-Daughter-Love/dp/1631520490/ 

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054 Patti Clark

Patti was raised in a dysfunctional family. She found herself surrounded by alcohol, drugs and the loss of her mom. Her life seemed focused on destruction. All she wanted was to be loved and cared for. Patti feels that her decision to travel with Jeff (then boyfriend, now spouse) saved her life. It felt like divine intervention. Patti turned her life around. She didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of her mom and wanted to be completely present. Patti shares the following wisdom: you don’t have the relive your past mistakes, you are not stuck, you have choices and you can break free. She suggests expressing gratitude daily, reading good books and practicing meditation.

Patti Clark is an award winning, international best-selling author, accomplished speaker and workshop leader dedicated to helping people through various life transitions on their journey to an extraordinary life. For more than 30 years, and over several continents, Patti has been sharing her knowledge and wisdom with others. Patti’s work has been featured in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Mindful Word and is a frequent contributor to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. Patti travels worldwide facilitating workshops, and runs several interactive courses online. Patti spends part of her time in the United States, and part of her time in New Zealand. This Way Up is the Winner of International Excellence Self-Help Book of the Year.

Patti and her business partner Deb Brock offer glorious retreats around the globe! For more information – contact Patti or go to the Rejuvenate Spa Retreat page to read about upcoming retreats.

http://www.thiswayupbook.com/ 

patti@thiswayupbook.com 
https://patticlark.org/ 

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053 Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Betsy married a gentleman, who was a widow with a young child.  She loved her new family, but saw they may need time/space to heal from their loss.  Betsy realized that “love and loss live side by side”.  She also lost 3 loved ones, due to suicide.  This taught Betsy that new things can grow even after a loss, such as a more affectionate family.  Her “platinum rule” is to do unto others what they want done.  Betsy also reminds us to:  seek a trusted confidant/advisor, don’t try to figure it all out on your own, learn from others, get wiser and read books.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second mother to her first son when she married his widowed dad. Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family is a series of snapshots of the moments of becoming a second mother to a little boy whose first had been taken. This is a sweet-bitter, happy-ending story of family, revealing that love and loss, grief and gratitude are not opposites, but co-habitants in any family and that patterns of past family abuse can be broken. Betsy is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Fire & Water, and has been a licensed psychotherapist in California since 1992.

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http://www.betsygrazianifasbinder.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BetsyGFAuthor/ 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1631524631/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/filling-her-shoes-betsy-fasbinder/1124577413

https://www.amazon.com/Filling-Her-Shoes-Memoir-Inherited-ebook/dp/B06VWW91K9/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1535272810&sr=1-1&keywords=Filling+Her+Shoes%3A+A+Memoir+of+an+Inherited+Family+kindle&dpID=61%252Bnn%252B7gX1L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Water-Suspense-filled-Passion-Madness/dp/193831414X 

https://www.bookpassage.com/book/9781938314148

 

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052 Barbara Santarelli

As a child, Barbara felt like an outsider, didn’t belong, lacked self esteem, had misguided goals, felt empty and was competing with everyone for everything. She had an AHA moment: we buy things that we can’t afford to impress people that we don’t care about. At 50, she needed to flee her life. So, she signed up for 300mi bike ride, which became the vehicle that enabled part 2 of her life. Barbara reminds us to be true to ourselves, to make small changes if we are unhappy, to belong to ourselves and to something bigger than ourselves. Each day, we have an opportunity to try something new, pursue new interests that are exciting and create an opportunity to share with others. 

Barbara Santarelli. R.N., B.S.H.C.A has been an actively employed nurse more than four decades. She has authored articles on sex education for tweens as well as articles for a local newsletter , Senior Voice. She credits her long nursing career for a cryptic sense of humor and persistent optimism.  A lifelong resident of New York, she currently lives in North Salem, New York with her second husband and mini daschund. An avid cyclist, reader and grandmother of five. Barbara is the author of “Everything I Never Wanted: A Memoir of Excess”.

www.everythingineverwanted.com 
https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Never-Wanted-Memoir-Excess/dp/1631522582 
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everything-i-never-wanted-barbara-santarelli/1125527262 

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