My neighbor Kathleen Bowers is also an author, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with her and chat about her book. She actually said that she had no intention of writing a book until she knew she had to tell her unique story.
What lead her to discovering that she had a unique story was a unique series of events in itself. One day, she happened to email Oprah about her friend who inspires her because Oprah’s website asked for people to share that with them. The producer of the show contacted her and invited Kathleen and her friend to attend the show, which would be the twenty-fifth and final Favorite Things show.
Everyone who attended the show was gifted a Caribbean cruise! On the cruise, though, Kathleen noticed that several people had issues with their documentation. Even her husband ran into a problem when the image that popped up in the ship’s system for his ID wasn’t him. “When we got home, we started talking about what our next trip would be. I wanted to make sure our travel documents were in order, so we wouldn’t have any issues.”
Kathleen contacted the State’s Department of Vital Records for their original birth certificates. “This is when I found out that my birth record was sealed. I was 55 at the time, and I was surprised.” Phone calls to several other offices yielded the same answer. Even worse, no one was allowed to tell her why it was sealed. This led Kathleen on a journey to discover why the answer. “I had unearthed a buried family secret.” Continue reading
I met Joanne Jamis Cain through the Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind, of which we are both members. She’s a wedding planner who specializes in handling the coordination of weddings exactly as the bride envisions her day. I’ve never been to a wedding handled by Joanne, but I’ve seen images, especially of the lovely barns that she transforms into magical venues for the happy couple, and they are certainly gorgeous.
Joanne is also the author of Ordinary is Extraordinary: Reframing my Life in Purpose and Gratitude, a book for those seeking peace and serenity in their lives. The book description says that “Through her stories of grace, love, and parking spaces, she tells us how reframing our experiences helps us recognize the blessings in our lives. Embracing a life of purpose and gratitude is a game changer.” Continue reading
Author Lillie Leonardi has been writing since she was 16, but rather than a piece she intended for publication, a journal she began as part of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eventually became her first published book.
At the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, Lillie was a responder for the FBI, Pittsburgh Division, and she was among the first to reach the scene of the Flight 93 plane crash in Shanksville, Pa. When she arrived, she witnessed a legion of angels encircling the site. “You would think seeing that would alleviate the stress from the event,” she said, “but it actually made it worse.” She and many of the other responders became afflicted with PTSD. Continue reading
My friend Jess Branas is a dating coach who recently released her second book, Zero to Ninety, which focuses on the first ninety days of a dating relationship. Jess’s book outlines ways to stay authentic when embarking on a new relationship, something that I’m sure many of us didn’t think about when we were dating. She examines dating from a psychological perspective. If teenagers can do it, then does it really need to be thoroughly studied? Do we need books about this? Absolutely! I dated for 15 years (minus the years I was married the first time), and I’m certain that I wasn’t focusing on myself and what’s best for me the whole way through. Books like this help people cut through the trial and error by listening to an experienced dater share her secrets. Continue reading
As a member of the Global Sisterhood, I have been privileged this year to meet so many inspiring women who are changing the world for the better. One of these women is Kristie Knights, the vice president of the Sisterhood, who is a psychotherapist in the Pittsburgh area, as well as a new author with her first book to be released on December 14.
Her writing journey is based on her passion, so I wanted to share it with you, especially the coaches, experts, and those with inspiring stories who want to write a book. The impetus for her book—and the resulting non-profit—was unusual. It began with a Facebook post. Continue reading