She Writes Press - Courageous Pursuits Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 4:00pm

Courageous Pursuits: Four Authors Share Their Stories of Courage and Discovery

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Floundering in her second career, the one she’s always wanted, forty-eight year old Cheryl Suchors resolves that, despite a fear of heights, her mid-life success depends on hiking the highest of the grueling White Mountains in New Hampshire. All forty-eight of them. She endures injuries, novice mistakes, and the heartbreaking loss of a best friend. When breast cancer threatens her own life, she seeks solace and recovery in the wild. Her quest takes ten years. Regardless of the need since childhood to feel successful and in control, climbing teaches her mastery isn’t enough and control is often an illusion.
 
Connecting with friends and with nature, Suchors redefines success: she discovers a source of spiritual nourishment, spaces powerful enough to absorb her grief, and joy in the persistence of love and beauty. 48 Peaks inspires us to believe that, no matter what obstacles we face, we too can attain our summits.

Cheryl Suchors began writing at age six when she wrote a play starring her sister and herself. She continued to write poetry until she took a twenty-year detour through the business world. She holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Smith College. Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Limestone, The Distillery, RE:AL, and HerSports magazine as well as in the anthology My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends. In her business career, she co-authored the book Own Your Own Cable System. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and a plethora of plants. In her spare time she visits their daughter, travels, and engages in political activism. She continues to hike every chance she gets, most recently in Poland and Canada.

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Our world is in the midst of an epidemic of incivility, but we have the power to counter that rudeness by claiming the superpower of kindness.

Most of us aspire to be kind. But being kind isn’t always easy. Our best intentions often fade when the realities of daily life intrude: traffic, telemarketers, crowded spaces, time constraints, and our own ineptness. Being kind when we don’t feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that’s also when it’s most needed.

In A Year of Living Kindly, you’ll see how committing to kindness will improve your life in countless ways, and ultimately can be world-changing.

Though she lives in Seattle now, Donna Cameron grew up in Marin County (Greenbrae). She went to Redwood High School and Sonoma State University. Donna has spent her career working with nonprofit organizations and causes, where she has seen kindness in action and been awed by its power to transform. While she considered herself a reasonably nice person (with occasional lapses into bitchiness), she knew that true kindness was a step above. When she committed to A Year of Living Kindly, she learned that it takes practice, patience, and understanding...and a sense of humor helps, too. Award-winning author of numerous articles, and coauthor of the 2011 book, One Hill, Many Voices: Stories of Hope and Healing, Donna believes that if enough of us exert our strength to choose kindness, we will change the world.

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Medicinal herbs hanging from rafters. People of color dancing in Congo Square. Creoles and their code of honor. A pirate’s gift to a young nation. Gators, swamps, saints and loas. All would be the invaders’ after an easy rout. They had the leadership, experience, manpower, and superior weaponry. Of course they would prevail.

But three women got in their way, along with Andrew Jackson.

1814: It’s the third year of the United States second War of Independence. The British are on the verge of capturing the strategically important port of New Orleans. In the midst of the Americans’ chaotic preparations for battle, three women play key roles in the defense of the city: Catherine, a free woman of color, voodoo priestess, and noted healer personally summoned by General Andrew Jackson; Marguerite, a pampered Creole plantation mistress prone to out-of-body experiences; and Millie, a plucky, patriotic prostitute inspired by her pirate lover to serve in the most dangerous capacity of all. These three women’s lives and fates become intertwined as they join forces to defend their country.

Inspired by the contributions of real-life women during the Battle of New Orleans, The Cards Don’t Lie is a story of love, rebellion, intimacy, betrayal, and heroism in the face of terror and barbaric brutality.

Sue Ingalls Finan is a graduate of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Loyola University Chicago. She has taught creative writing and American history in Chicago, IL, Pittsburgh, PA, and Sonoma County, CA, and her stories have appeared in textbooks, anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. Now living in Sonoma County with her husband Jim, she writes for her local newspaper and volunteers at hospitals and libraries with Duffy, her Irish wolfhound therapy dog.

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Winter’s Graces is filled with unexpected good news about growing older and highlights eleven qualities that ripen with age—including audacious authenticity, courageous ingenuity, necessary fierceness, self-transcending generosity, and a growing capacity to savor life and to ride its ups and downs with humor and grace.

Decades of research have established that the catastrophic conditions often associated with late life, such as severe dementia and debilitating frailty, are the exception, not the rule. Still, the mistaken idea that aging equals devastating decline persists, causing enormous suffering, especially for women.

Weaving together recent research, ancient stories, elders’ experience, and insights from the social sciences and the world’s spiritual traditions, Dr. Susan Stewart presents a balanced and heartening view of aging and reveals the developmental trends, attitudes, and behaviors that help make the winter of life a richly rewarding season. She draws on decades of experience as an educator and therapist and includes a wealth of tools and practices for nurturing the graces of later life and navigating its challenges.

Susan Stewart, PhD, is an emerita professor of psychology, a retired psychotherapist, and a Bay Area native who lives in Petaluma. She is blessed with two grown sons and four grandchildren, and has been part of a women's group that has been meeting since 1970. Susan is also a singer and a cellist and loves to dance.

 

 

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48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631524738
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Published: She Writes Press - September 11th, 2018

Floundering in her second career, the one she's always wanted, forty-eight year old Cheryl Suchors resolves that, despite a fear of heights, her mid-life success depends on hiking the highest of the grueling White Mountains in New Hampshire. All forty-eight of them. She endures injuries, novice mistakes, and the heartbreaking loss of a best friend.


A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631524790
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Published: She Writes Press - September 25th, 2018

Being kind is something most of us do when it's easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don't feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that's also when it's most needed; that's when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions.


The Cards Don't Lie Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631524516
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Published: She Writes Press a Booksparks Imprint - October 9th, 2018

1814: It's the third year of the United States second War of Independence. The British are on the verge of capturing the strategically important port of New Orleans.