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Chicken Soup for the Soul

I have had a copy of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul‘ (2nd Edition) for years.

The books are a collection of true stories with a feel good factor, empathy or message, but one story has always lived with me. Being a teacher I was struck with an end of year story of a tutor who was saying good bye to his students of that year. To some he congratulated them; others he wishes them luck in their new ventures, but to one student he gave a tiny box. When the student opened the box there was a pearl nestled inside.

The message of this gesture remained with me and in a way it worked on me over the years, just like the oyster covering the tiny piece of grit or shell, until I had the idea for a small gift book.

I wrote ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’ back in 2014 and, at the time, I was taking voluntary redundancy from my work at college. If I had not done so I would have been competing with colleagues, who were dear friends too, for the few jobs remaining. Two thirds of our department left or had to leave that year.

Recently I was remined of this draft manuscript and so I metaphorically dusted down the files and worked on them. After that, I asked several folks for their feedback (my beta readers) and amended it accordingly before publishing it through Eventispress.

If you need a bit of positivity, a feel good factor in your life, or you just need to read how others are coping with similar situations to yourself, then I really recommend the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. They now do books for Teens and areas like Dementia, but personally I just love the original mix of stories.

www.chickensoup.com

or the original version on Amazon.co.uk on their 20th anniversary.

I gained permission to mention the 2nd edition in ‘Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself’, a gift book for young adults ~ inspiration, motivation and encouragement.

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“Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself”

“Search for the Pearl Inside Yourself

A Special Book of Encouragement for Young People”

will be launched on 25th June 2021

 

Do you know a young person, young adult, school leaver, college leaver who needs some help right now in believing in themselves?

You may be a friend, parent, aunt, grandparent or even a teacher or social worker. You may see the potential in a young person but not be able to find the words to say.

This little book of encouragement will be released at the end of the month. One of Diana’s ‘Motivational and Inspirational Series.’

(I apologize for the delay of this book launch. My Mum passed away at the beginning of March too (my Dad passed away in January) and I am finding it hard to get my head around it all at the moment)

 

 

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#Amwriting

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Today’s written words flow falteringly.

Tomorrow’s touch smooths to seamless sentences.

Next year’s polish births a new novel,

Until released to readers and a life of its own.

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Poem from the author of ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’ which holds poetry, prose, fantasy, history and memoir between its leaves ~ an encouragement to writers everywhere!

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