MEETING LOUISE PENNY IN PERSON!!!

Earlier in one of my blogs I talked about how excited I was to hear Louise Penny in person! I e-mailed ahead to ask for front seats for my friend Edlyn Theiss and me, because there were almost 500 people and I knew I would not be able to hear. The Cuyahoga County Library System is one of the best in the country and they were amazing! They had a loop ready for me to use with my hearing aids and took me right down to the front row center in front of Louise. Because I made the reservations early, I was one of 100 people asked to stay and get my book personalized! She had autographed a book with her name for every person there. When I reached her, a library employee offered to take my picture. I whispered in her ear that I was the one writing articles based on her book for Cure Today. She knew all about it! When I got home and looked at my book she had put “thank you for your kindness!” I cried and was so happy! She is not only a fantastic author but a class act.

I also made the number one of all the articles published in Cure Today for November - see the video on the video page.

Finally I heard from Cure that they are considering one of my articles for a print version which goes to every oncologist’’s office in the country - more on that later.

I am struggling as a new writer and all of these events encourage me so much! Thank you all for your support and following my journey with me!

  LOUISE PENNY AND ME!  SHE IS AUTOGRAPHING MY BOOK!!!

LOUISE PENNY AND ME! SHE IS AUTOGRAPHING MY BOOK!!!

THE FUN OF MEETING OTHER AUTHORS

I have truly found I enjoy writing and it is almost like breathing to me. Much as I love to socialize and get out with people, I really enjoy just writing and putting down my thoughts. I also love hearing other authors speak!

I am going to hear Louise Penny on December 4th and am very excited. I had friends and relatives recommend her books for years. Once I got started reading her series because of a book club I belong to, I am hooked! I took a Canadian cruise this summer and we embarked from Montreal. I want to go back to this fascinating and diverse city, since I did not spend enough time there. This is where the books take place in a fictional village called Three Pines.”

What I did not expect was to get ideas for the blogs I write on a regular basis for Cure Today magazine. This informative and well - known magazine welcomes contributions from people who have cancer and stories of their cancer journey. The first book Still Lives inspired me to write the blog Still Lives and Cancer. The second book Fatal Grace inspired me to write an article titled Shining through the Cracks of Cancer. I am presently reading the third book and am sure I will get some more ideas! Both articles are here on the website.

I have contacted Louise Penny and she has an employee from Scotland (I love the global aspect) who responds to the e-mails and has assured me that Louise enjoys the articles. Imagine how wonderful it will be to meet her!

While on the subject of writing, I need to write down my articles in pen before I type them up. I know some authors tell me they do everything on a laptop - it is just a difference in style. But somehow the transfer from the brain to the pen to the typing helps me. There has been a new Starbucks opened near my apartment. I go there several times a week to write with my wonderful hearing ear dog partner, Sita. The staff loves her and gives her a “pup cup” cup full of whipped cream. Here she is just sitting and watching me and the other people while I write away. It just dsoes’t get any better than this!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Be grateful - we all have so much to be grateful for and need a day to remember that. But it is also something we should remember all year! Blessings to all!

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MY FAVORITE STORY ABOUT SITA!!!

Yesterday I was asked to attend an Author’s Fair at the Massillon Public Library. I had been there the year before and enjoyed it. This was a great chance to mingle with other authors, hear them talk about their writing journey and buy some books! Plus we had great refreshments!

I was asked to speak first. I showcased all three of my books but the favorite story came from Paw prints on my soul:Lessons of a service dog. Sita is one of the most sensitive and intelligent dogs I have ever seen. For 7 years she went with me to appointments in the private practice where I worked as a Professional Clinical Counselor.

I have many stories about how her gentle nature impacted my clients but my favorite story is this one. I was sitting on a chair facing my clinet who was on the couch talking to me. Neither one of us was paying any attention to Sita, who appeared to be asleep under my desk. My client was sobbing as she described her terrible childhood.

Suddenly Sita came out from underneath the desk. She reached on the top and pulled a tissue out of the box lying there. Then, she trotted over and handed the tissue to my client with her mouth.

My mouth dropped to the floor in amazement. My client started laughing and said “Sita you just made my day! “ I chuckled and told her that she should pay Sita and not me for the session! But the wonderful thing about this was that she had never been taught to do this. She had been observing me and knew that when someone cried I handed them a tissue. So she did my job for me. What a fantastic dog! If people would spend more time observing and less time talking think what we could accomplish! This and other heartwarming stories are available in my book.

I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING MY BRAND NEW WEBSITE!!!

HI everybody!!

I have had a website for several years but did not keep it updated and it looked worn out to me! I also had only written one book Here to bump and bump to hear which is a picture book on my hearing ear dog, Sita..

I decided to completely overhaul and change the website. I have written two more books since then. The first one is titled Paw prints on my soul: lessons of a service dog and is a devotional on my beloved hearing ear dog, Sita and everything that she has taught me. In 2010 I was diagnosed with cancer and the second book is title Life is short - eat the donut: Insights on my cancer journey.

This book was started as a series of articles I wrote for Cure Today magazine blog. You can enjoy this informative and wonderful website yourself at http://curetoday.com

I began to write article after article and when people both with and without cancer commented how much these articles helped them I decided to combine them into a book. I have written over 50 more since then and love to do my writing.

Presently I am continuing to blog for Cure today and working on aniother book. When I taught at a community college for 10 years, my students were fascinated by my stories about growing up hard of hearing without the benefit of interpreters, note takers, assistive listening devices, a service dog, or captioning. They were horrified that I got my hands slapped for not listening buy a first grade teacher because I was not listening and no one knew I was partially deaf. People were interested when I became profoundly deaf from the chemo I was on to help me with my cancer. I am writing a book on growing up and being both def and hard of hearing. Stay posted!

I welcome any and all comments on my website and can be reached at Jane.M.Biehl@gmail.com. I hope you benefit from reading this as much as I have developing and writing it!