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About Holly Pitas
As a professional care-provider since last century, Holly has a lot to share. Her first book "Don't Get Caught Naked; Tips for the Adult Family Home Caregiver" tells of her trials and tribulations with owning and operating a licensed foster care home for adults. The path to opening the doors originally and the techniques to sustain a successful home care-giving business. If you are a professional caregiver, or a family member who finds yourself a caregiver, you will appreciate this book.
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The gifts of gratitude described inside include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one case, mushrooms. We also list our favorite causes we support.
And we are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating gratitude: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you and give appreciation.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—gratitude!
Contributors include Martin Salama, Holly R. Fitzpatrick, Rich Liotta, Crystal Rector, LaVerne M. Byrd, Katherine Cobb, Carol Brusegar, Irena Kay, Rick Binder, Rebecca Brown, Patti Smith, Jen DG, Linda Bittle, Shona Battersby, Ruth McGarry, Uranchimeg (Urna) Belanger, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Kerri McManus, and Asha Khalil.
Also Judi G. Reid, Gwyn Goodrow, Joe Raab, Veronica Hollingsworth, Nikki Brown, Anne M. Skinner, Susan P. Sloan, Daphne Bach Greer, Fiona-Louise, Grace Kusta Nasralla, Merwyn Evans, Lisa S. Campbell, Dr. Ola B. Madsen, Carol Trant Dean, Connie Ragen Green, and Heidi Miller-Ford.
Also Marcelle della Faille, Carol Stockall, Michelle Francik, Michelle Barrial, Mary Anne Strange, Paula S. Webb, Norma Bonner Elmore, Ruben J. Rocha, Linda Faulk, Leasha West, Maxiann Forbes, Shari-Jayne Boda, Ellen Watts, Diana Bianchi, and Lorrie M. Nixon.
Also Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash, Carol Caffey, Barbara Watson, Nancy J. Haberstich, Mary Duggan, Rachel A. Kowalski, Joel Bloom, Carla Parvin, LC Plaunt, Steve Sponseller, Diane Kurzava, Holly Pitas, Corynne Stickley, Tara Kachaturoff, Mary Choo, Letitia Hicks, Karen Hannon, Susan Hayes, Debbie Bolton, Metka Lebar, Rocky Henriques, Donna Mogan, Bonita Bandaries, and Maria E Davis.
Also Gregory Hoffmaster, La Wanna G. Parker, Alberta Fredricksen, Dawn Rafferty, Margy Lang, Robyn MacKillop, Audrey Berry, Caroline Ravelo, Brenda Lanigan, Taeko Hayatsu, Clay Morgan, Ingrid Cook, Peggy Lee Hanson, Donna Burgher, LuWanda Ford, Tonia Sample, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Kit Rosato, and Cherry-Ann Carew.
Also Adrienne Dupree, Anne Domagala, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Ruth Strebe, Katie De Souza, Gabby De Souza, Suzanne Cousins, Melissa Ellen Penn, J. Russell Burck, Louise Lavergne, and Katrina Oko-Odoi.
PAWSOME FRIENDS describes some of the most precious relationships we have in life—those with our pets.
We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The pieces range from the hilarious to the poignant. If you have loved a pet, you're sure to love this book.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—our pets!
Contributing authors include Gregory Paul Hoffmaster, Teresa A. Castleman, Jewelle Colwell Boldt, Patti Bakewell, Bridget McQueen, Diana Bianchi, Joy Harris, Rich Liotta, Ph.D., Donna Burgher, Darlene Frank, Beth Munro, Mary Alice Long and Nancy J. Haberstich.
Also Tina Nies, Teresa Christian, Barbara A. Johnson, Robyn MacKillop, Don Wall, Dona C. Murphy, Lauren A. Ebbecke, Kathryn Jingling, Chineme Noke, Holly Pitas, Mary Choo, Susan J Walklate, Sarah-Jane Watson, Carol Anne Cooper, Laura Ostrem, Nikki Brown, Donna L Martin, Morgine Jurdan, Lorrie M. Nixon, Maria Falcon, Crystal Rector, Ron Forte, Dragana Dj. Jeremic, John Goodrow, Joe Raab, Elicia Jenson, Angela Boothroyd, Lizbeth Thomas, Mari Kennedy, and Georgia R. Day.
Also Susan Shatzer, Carol Stockall MD, Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff, Marti L. Berger, Roseanney Liu, Margy Lang, Dr. Robert Roper, Anne Elizabeth Perez, Pamela James, Michael E. Bourland, Jerri Shankler, Michelle Barrial, Dawn Eileen Field, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Desiree Wright, Sheryl Ann Wilson, Daphne Bach Greer, LC Plaunt, Diane Kurzava, Dixie L. Thompson, Thom Thomas, Heidi Miller-Ford, Alma B. Apostol, Karen Leeds, Delia Messing, Ruth McGarry, Shari-Jayne Boda, Lori R Winslow, Melanie G Robinson, Tammy Ennis, Leasha West, Mary Linda Bittle, Tracy Delegarde, Shona Battersby, Michelle D. Lee, Cindy Nolte, and Gwyn Goodrow.
Also Melissa Ellen Penn, Shirley J. Noah, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, P. Jean Rogers, Debbie Bolton, Mary Anne Strange, Asha Khalil, Lori Sweet, Pam Murphy, Sergey Skudaev, Marie A. Levy, Kristine G. Bottone, Barbara Cole, Ph.D., Audrey Humaciu, Geneva L. Carter, Yvonne B Garris, Sharon G. Teed, Shari J Goodwin, Carma Spence, Paula S Webb, Beth Adkins, Cheryl A Major, Melody Heath-Smith, SJ. Clarke, Racquel Dawn, Pat Moore, Danielle Guerin, Michelle Francik, Eileen Joyce Donovan, Holly R Fitzpatrick, Connie Ragen Green, Peggy Lee Hanson, Heather Ritchie, Krystina Kellingley, Faithe F Thomas, Cal A Penn, Angela I. Schutz, Gina-Dianne Harding, Stefanie Jolicoeur, Patti May, Katie De Souza, and Ellen Watts.
That was the prompt for this edition of The Community Book Project. A group of 100+ contributing authors answered this question in 200 words or less. Their entries are gathered here. This book includes stories about living out loud (and on your own). There are tales of friends and flags and even one about online dating.
Take them in and think about this question, too: What does independence mean to you?
Thank you to our contributing authors, listed below:
Paula S. Webb
Ruben J. Rocha
Carol Anne Cooper
Marcelle della Faille
John A. Williams
Cody Dakota Wooten
Donna L. Martin
Jason Wright Downs
Connie Ragen Green
Harold K. Thompkins
Marie A. Levy
Melissa Ellen Penn
Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff
Irena Kay, MD
Christine L. Cunningham
Holly R. Fitzpatrick
Angela I Schutz
Lorrie M. Nixon
Carol Stockall MD
Lori R. Winslow
Dixie L. Thompson
Michael Bimbo Ojelabi
Warren L. Henderson, Jr.
Cheryl A Major
Norma Bonner Elmore
Daphne Bach Greer
Susan J Walklate
Judi G. Reid
Shirley J. Noah
Melanie G. Robinson
Sharon G Teed
Eszter Molnar Mills
Nancy Lee Bentley
Charlisa E. Delancy
Melisse L Campbell
Joanna Lynn Faulk
Peggy Lee Hanson
Phillip D. Woolfolk
Katie De Souza
Mary Alice Long
Michael E. Bourland
WHAT WE LOVE describes relationships with children, spouses, pets, nature, travel and more.
We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you that's ready for love from you.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—what we love!
Danielle Guerin; Nancy Moorhouse; Susan Shatzer; Holly R Fitzpatrick; Connie Ragen Green; Nicole Bissett; Katie De Souza; Cody Dakota Wooten; Martin Salama; Lori Sweet; Dr. Irena Kay; Diane Kurzava; Kim Forthofer; LaVerne M. Byrd; Michelle Francik; Marcelle della Faille; Jen DG; Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff; Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash; Chineme Noke; Paula S Webb; Carol Stockall; Cheryl A Major; Lorrie M. Nixon; Carma Spence; Sylvio Roy; Carol Brusegar; Ruben J. Rocha; Heidi Miller-Ford; Asha Khalil; Warren L. Henderson; LC Plaunt; Margy Lang; Alberta Fredricksen; Shona Battersby; Crystal Rector; Mary Anne Strange; Bill McCarthy; Stewart Forthofer; Pamela James; Julaina Kleist-Corwin; Taeko Hayatsu; Colin Bird; Melissa Ellen Penn; Robyn Campbell; Patti Smith; Joyce Blue; Melanie Day; Merwyn Evans; Shirley J. Noah; Diana Bianchi; Ruth McGarry; Roberta Gold; Barbara Cole; LuWanda Ford; Robyn MacKillop; Fiona-Louise; Norma Bonner Elmore; Kerri McManus; Sharon G. Teed; Suzy Taylor Oakley; Judi G. Reid; Mary Choo; Francis Heran; Metka Lebar; Mike Myers; Gwyn Goodrow; Daphne Bach Greer; Joe Raab; Nikki Brown; Donna M. Mogan; Dixie L. Thompson; Sergey Skudaev; Holly Pitas; Rebecca Brown; Letitia Hicks; Patrice Porter; Lori R Winslow; Karen Hannon; Barbara Watson; Carol Caffey; Donna Burgher; Nancy Haberstich; Dona C. Murphy; Tina Nies; Susan J Walklate; Beth Munro; Debbie Bolton; Joy Harris; Michelle Denier; Angela Boothroyd; Leasha West; Renee A. Moses; Gregory Paul Hoffmaster; Melinda J. Kelly; Benjamin M. Boyle; Suzanne S. Farmer; Corinne McKeown; Michael E. Bourland; Nancy Haberstich; Anitra S. White; Dawn Eileen; Megan Saint-Marie; Nancy Haberstich; Diane L. Haworth; Michelle Barrial; Nicole Toomey Davis; Ginger Wellspring; Peggy S. Lynn; Agata Szkiela; Maria Falcon; Tonia Sample; Ruth Strebe; Jewelle Colwell Boldt; Marius Bill; Danielle Guerin.
Foreword: Pamela Toussaint
Many people are candid, yet shy, about sharing their life with the world. But what often happens is that they can no longer keep that knowledge, that message, inside of them.
When the stress becomes too much for the size of the bud, there is no other choice but to let go and allow the expansion of what no longer wishes to be kept hidden.
Anaïs Nin says it best: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
This is often, and not unlikely, in every case, when the Maya Angelous, the Oprah Winfreys, the Arthur Millers, the Steven Spielbergs, the Johann Sebastian Bachs, or those who run for the high-profile elected offices can no longer play small, as the message of what’s buried inside of them, needs to be shared with the world! And the sooner the better!
Oh, the beauty of the bloom!
Peggy Lee Hanson in her book, Courage Under Siege: Adversity to Victory, shares 11 such stories of women who can no longer be silent. They personally tell of their struggles and trials endured, which were the turning points, the catalysts, necessary to be broken wide open and released from their chains and shackles.
You will read about Julia and how she lost her job, only to continue with her passion of helping teens become wealthy, healthy, and happy adults.
Tammy shares the story of when her son was diagnosed with Autism, and how living off-grid has helped him to become a thriving young adult.
Leigh tells two stories of girls involved in human sex trafficking and how they wanted to share their story because the world needs to hear what they have to say.
Susan G. talks about how she went from $200,000 in debt down to zero debt all on her own.
You will read other stories, no less important, of what truly is the cause of obesity, taking risks in a strange and unfamiliar place, surviving the cancer death sentence, going from ready to file bankruptcy to making over $7,000 in just one weekend, and much more.
Do you have your own story to tell?
You may think that courage was not involved during that horrific time of hardship and strife. But, oh, let me be the first one to tell you how brave you were to continue day in and day out until you came out of the throes of bad times. Many don’t have the strength you showed, getting up each morning to face God-only-knows-what.
But you did make it through!
You experienced some awfully hard and difficult circumstances and events. There is no doubt about that. But you also experienced joy from them. Seriously, there is no gain without pain. There is no joy without the lowest of the lowest moments. God or whoever is your Spiritual Source, with his or her or its Infinite Wisdom planned that all who suffer will have peace; and after discovering that peace, you realized you acquired the tools and the knowledge to share your story in order to lessen the pain and hurt someone else is feeling.
As I speak with my colleagues in coaching and writing, they, too, have come to this very same conclusion: we are here on this earth to help our neighbor.
And that is the exact reason these 11 women share their story.