NEW RELEASE! A Little Boy’s World

by Editor on December 7, 2016

A Little Boy’s World, by Melissa Staehli, is filled with many things every little boy loves to do as he is growing, learning, exploring nature, and most of all, having fun!

 

To Purchase: A Little Boy’s World

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Purple’s New Meaning

by Editor on November 28, 2016

p1090676Guest blog written by, Ellen A. Leamon, M.A., Art Therapy

On September 5, 2016 my father passed from the final stages of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I was exhausted, numb, and emotionally drained from the journey he and our family experienced for the previous 8 years. Our journey took many twists and turns along the way. The most crushing blow was in April 2016, when I took my mother to be evaluated by a neurologist. I sat in disbelief as the doctor diagnosed her with early-stage Alzheimer’s. Unreal. At the same moment we were coming to the end of my father’s trek, we were beginning a similar journey with my mother. Evaluating this reality was a luxury I could not afford. I had to put all thoughts aside about her diagnosis and focus on my father’s life ending.

After his passing, I found myself asking, how was it that my mother came to this point and diagnosis? She had been carrying the heavy burden of being the sole caretaker of my father, refusing outside help to come in and lessen her burden. At that moment, I came to a shattering realization. In looking at my mother, I saw myself trying to carry all burdens on my shoulders. I saw myself burning the candle at both ends. I was trying to manage raising 3 kids, keep a household afloat, a marriage healthy, and also have a life, all while taking care of big decisions for my mother. I was depleted.

My moment of hope came to me while investigating why the Alzheimer’s Association has chosen purple
as its symbolic color. I decided to research the psychology and meaning of purple and discovered that
purple has many rich meanings. Purple is associated with magic, mystery, spirituality, creativity, dignity,
humanity, and harmony.

As a worn-out caregiver, who continues to learn the complexities of Alzheimer’s while learning to also
take care of myself, the color purple has become a beacon of hope for me. Finding balance, peace, and
stability is what I need to incorporate into my new normal. The beauty of purple is that is has meaning
associated with peace and mediation. I saw my mother’s mistake, of not caring for herself, as a nudge for
me to start practicing yoga and meditation. Her neglect of self also taught me that I needed to stop feeling
guilty. The guilt I had let seep into my life had sapped me of energy and love, and eventually lead to being
stuck and angry with the person I love.

Alzheimer’s has given me the color of purple to hold on to, and remind me that this disease morphs our
loved ones into a persons who lose his or her ability to think, eat, live, and talk. Purple reminds me to
care, give dignity, love, and tap into my faith during the hard times. Purple also reminds me to take care
of myself and to nurture the very harmony between the mind and our emotions that this disease
undermines.

The author of one of our recent releases, Words From a Friend, is donating a portion of all book sales to The Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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NEW RELEASE! Charlie’s Gingerbread House

November 21, 2016

Charlie’s Gingerbread House by, Melissa Staehli, has arrived just in time for the holidays. It is a cute little tale of a mouse, and his fortune of finding a gingerbread house.  Read along as he indulges in all of its delights. It’s sure to become a Christmas favorite. To Purchase: Charlie’s Gingerbread House

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New Release! I Love You to the Moon

November 18, 2016

I Love you to the Moon by, Melissa Ivey Staehli, was written out of the love for Melissa’s adopted son, Caleb.  It is a heartwarming and beautifully illustrated story, sure to be a bedtime favorite. I Love You to the Moon is so dear, with its expression of love for a child, that no parent […]

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NEW RELEASE | Words From a Friend

October 18, 2016

We are deeply honored and excited to announce the release of Words From a Friend by Marty Keary.  This book, which began as a Facebook blog, is now a daily guide that invites readers to reflect on their life, in order to live it consciously and with intention. From Marty’s Introduction: “I am just like you. […]

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COMING SOON | Words From a Friend

October 3, 2016

From the back cover:  “I am just like you. No different. No higher and no lower. I am just a guy who heard the truth and listened. It’s easy to think that wisdom only comes from sages, doctors, holier-than-thou authorities, and people we consider to be professionals. I am none of these. I am just […]

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JUST RELEASED | Everybody Has a Present

August 24, 2016

New author, and Sunny Day Publishing “sister”, Mari Porrata made her publishing debut this week! EVERYBODY HAS A PRESENT is comprised of a collection of soulful life reflections and inspirational quotes. The book is a thoughtful resource for anyone undergoing any kind of life transition, dealing with illness, loss, or grief. The book is available […]

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Everybody Has a Present

August 11, 2016

COMING SOON! The life, that became the blog, that became the book! EVERYBODY HAS A PRESENT is comprised of a collection of brief and deeply personal reflections. The book was written for anyone seeking support in embracing the troubled and sorrowful, yet equally loving and joyful parts of their life, with an open heart. The […]

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NEW BOOK RELEASED! The Island

August 2, 2016

  The Island, written by Copley, Ohio high-school student, Caroline Kimberly, is the latest release from our imprint 321 PRESS. 321 Press was created to encourage creativity and story-telling as a means to promote literacy and health. This sweet and soulful story was written when Caroline was only in the 8th grade! The illustrations, including this […]

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Count Your Blessings

June 10, 2016

Who doesn’t like a sunny, summer day when everything’s going your way? Well, how do you feel when it’s cloudy, cold, and/or raining? Probably not so good. How can one overcome the melancholy of a “not-so-perfect” kind of day? The key is to be grateful. Count your blessings. Be mindful of your thoughts and actions. […]

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