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Already we’re into September, kids are back at school, roads are once again busy and memories are once again brought back to bright sunny September 11, 2001.
The question “Where were you when the twin towers fell” is like a modern day “Where were you when JFK was shot”, it is a moment in time, when everybody remembers.
My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” Pauline L Hawkins started writing her book as her own way of coping with the trauma she still felt within her relating to 9/11.
She sat down in 2002, in a desire to come to grips with her own feelings; her expectation was simply to put a few words down on paper to work through the needed grieving process.
Like many others Pauline found putting her own feelings and thoughts on paper whatever the emotion helps her. Though she has always been interested in writing or rather telling stories she never intended to write a book. However the more she wrote, it was like the floodgates of her emotions opened and all the memories came back for her to share with the readers in her debut book Ashes to Ashes – The Twins Fall Down.
About “Ashes to Ashes – The Twins Fall Down” (In Pauline’s own words)
As I sat there recounting my memories of that bright sunny September day, I soon realized that while everyone talked about what happened in New York, at the Pentagon, and in the field in Pennsylvania, very little had been said about how that day affected those of us outside of those areas. An entire country, and world, was affected on that day. Lives were changed, security lost, and our story, my story, should and needed to be shared as well.
The book shares where Pauline was and what she was doing when she heard this horrible news. She tells us of how she felt throughout her day after the attacks and then some. She gives us details of the attacks, she has really done her research, statistics, quotes from the President and his response after the attacks, her research on Bin Laden and who he was, her feelings on terrorism, and so much more. As one reviewer put it.
This book is such a therapeutic read that I highly recommend it to everyone! It is so personal as the author shares her feelings, and own experiences with regard to the events of 9/11.
Pauline also shared with us about her next book “Always and Forever” about reconnecting after 28 years after breaking up with her High School sweetheart on Facebook, and how her life has changed along with many other views into g\her life… Can’t wait for that one!
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Pauline L Hawkins
Barry
Direct link to the show A Book and a Chat with Pauline L Hawkins
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You can find out more about my guest at: “Pauline L Hawkins – Ashes Ashes – The Twins Fall Down”
Barry Eva (Storyheart)
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Here are those people in this world whose aim in life is to help people, to make the lives of others better and no matter what is thrown at them, they take the negative, turn it around and use it to aid others. As Eric Idle sang those who “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is one of those people, who though she had enough suffering and turmoil in her own life, took time and made it her aim to help others.
Rustie MacDonald had this overwhelming desire to help others from an early age. Growing up in the 1980’s she had personal  knowledge of queuing up at the Salvation Army for food, yet even at the age of four she had already begun to save food to help the local Salvation Army “feed that long line of people who are hungry.”
Throughout her childhood this compassion and need to help others showed in many ways despite her own life being far from uncomplicated and without its own issues. She began to volunteer for various organizations including Big Brother Big Sister.
In 1996 came a pivotal moment in her life when she  was invited by the State Of Vermont’s Children Services (DHS) to Speak at a Foster Care Conference in 1996. She spoke about the difficulty of attending college as a foster child. Her motivational speech was made in front of Legislators, DHS employees and 100 foster youth. Her speech helped to create opportunities for foster children to attend college. That was the moment she took the first steps on her path as a coach, mentor and lifelong advocate.
In 2005 Rustie was diagnosed with Celiac disease a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is primarily found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. People with Celiac disease who eat foods containing gluten experience an immune reaction in their small intestines, causing damage to the inner surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients.
Shocked to find that there was little support,  that her insurance did not cover the nutritionist, whom she so desperately needed and the general lack of information  to understand how to live with this disease. Instead of giving in Rustie began to fight learning more about the illness sharing with others starting web sites and groups to share her knowledge.
As I started of on the blog, she is a person who was born to help others and her work, radio programs, web sites and teaching do just that.
Soon you will be able to find out more about Rustie and her fascinating life as she has written a book called “Having tea with my Skeletons” , in which she shares some of the darkest moments of her life  with her many fans.
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Rustie MacDonald
Barry
Direct link to the show A Book and a Chat with Rustie MacDonald
or you can download the mp3 file of the show from “Rustie MacDonald”
You can find out more about my guest at: “Rustie MacDonald”
Barry Eva (Storyheart)
My Blogs:
Book Information and Things UK Including my Olympic Blog – Across the Pond
Book and a Chat Radio Show Guests – A Book and a Chat
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How does a playground peace maker, who went on to become a Correctional Officer use her communication, and conflict resolution experience to help children?

Charmaine Hammond’s first career was as a Correctional Officer, after which she pursued her passion for conflict management, specializing as a dispute resolution expert

Now as the President of Hammond International Inc., Charmaine helps individuals, teams, businesses, government departments, and corporations improve resilience, and inspired performance.

When she and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever who proved to be a holy terror, little did she know what Toby would also bring and how he would take Charmaine almost full circle and lead her down a literary path that would become almost a cult following.

About “On Toby’s Terms: (Taken from Amazon)

When Charmaine and her husband adopted Toby, a five-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever, they figured he might need some adjusting time, but they certainly didn’t count on what he’d do in the meantime. Soon after he entered their lives and home, Toby proved to be a holy terror who routinely opened and emptied the hall closet, turned on water taps, pulled and ate things from the bookshelves, sat for hours on end in the sink, and spent his days rampaging through the house.

Oddest of all was his penchant for locking himself in the bathroom, and then pushing the lid of the toilet off the tank, smashing it to pieces. After a particularly disastrous encounter with the knife- block in the kitchen-and when the couple discovered Toby’s bloody paw prints on the phone-they decided Toby needed professional help. Little did they know what they would discover about this dog.
On Toby’s Terms is an endearing story of a beguiling creature who teaches his owners that, despite their trying to teach him how to be the dog they want, he is the one to lay out the terms of being the dog he needs to be. This insight would change their lives forever.

This book became an Amazon number one best seller and will soon be made into a major motion picture. It also enable Charmaine to raise a large amount for charity.

As ‘Jen Panteluk Director of Development Ronald McDonald House® Northern Alberta wrote…

On Toby’s Terms is a wonderful book and Charmaine Hammond has done an amazing job sharing their story of Toby. I completely admire what they have done with Toby – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll walk away with some great life lessons. I highly recommend this read!’

Charmaine did not stop writing for her other job and has produced several help books as well as a follow up to “On Toby’s Terms”. “Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends”. This second Toby book beautifully illustrated by a lifelong friend of Charmaine’s, follows Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy and forget that they are sick and away from home.

With a new Toby book about bullying on the way and further TV and radio follow up the name of Charmaine Hammond will continue to be to follow, showing how lessons learned in the business world can also relate to the lives of children.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Charmaine Hammond

Barry

Direct link to the show
A Book and a Chat with Charmaine Hammond

or you can download the mp3 file of the show from
“Charmaine Hammond”

You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
“Charmaine Hammond – On Toby’s Terms”

Barry Eva (Storyheart)

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