Where’s Red Flyer now? Thanks to everyone who has shared our posts with their FB friends; we are GRATEFUL. Here is the fourth post for the OK Now What book cover’s Vintage Bike. The first person to guess the correct location each week wins a signed copy of the book and a coupon for Dunkin Donuts. It is, after all, a relax-with-a-cup-of-coffee book — like sitting with a friend, who has the answers to your current dilemma.
And look for us at the Baltimore Book Festival Friday September 23rd through Sunday September 25th. We’ll be selling OK Now What? A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters as well as other Head to Wind Publishing books, including Woman in The Wheelhouse and A Love Like No Other, Abigail and John Adams, A Modern Love Story and Nancy’s award-winning novel, Course of The Waterman (River City Publishing). And we’ll have free (!whoo hoo!) bookmarks (they’re useful as well as pretty) and handout tips. And, of course, we’ll be there to greet you with our shining faces.
Sometimes, when we send our selves out into the world via the written word it’s hard to gauge the impact.
Sales, yes, those are great (and very helpful on many levels), but when you put something out that’s intended to offer the kind of encouragement and practical solutions for people that OK Now What? A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters is intended to convey,the value of the work is not measured in dollars alone.The human rewards are the real bottom line. Did we really help people? Did the book make a positive difference to someone’s life?
We’ve been lucky to have had a number of people let us know in a variety of ways that it has, which is a huge reward for us — a gift that encourages us to keep going. I was reminded how much a simple, ‘You really helped me’ meant yesterday when I ran into a friend who had read the book. Her husband has been diagnosed with dementia, and the progression of the disease has been very hard on her. When she saw me, she came over and threw her arms around me for a long hug.
“Thanks so much!” she said. (At first I was not quite sure what I was being thanked for, but it came in the next sentence). “What kept coming back to me in the book was your reminding me to breathe. I realized I had been almost holding my breath for such a long time, and discovered that consciously taking deep breaths is a big help. So simple. But it really helps to calm me. I even found a rock that said ‘breathe’ so I bought it and keep it as a reminder.”
This kind of human connection – and that fact that it encourages us all – is what really matters.
Hooray! Our book, Ok Now What? A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters, has been listed in the Caregiver.com website’s Caregiver Bookclub as a recommended read to caregivers. Caregiver.com, whose print magazine reaches 100,000 readers, is a premier resource for caregivers nationwide. Gary Barg, CEO and editor-in-chief of Caregiver.com and Today’s Caregiver Magazine, has made meeting the needs of caregivers his life work. His Fearless Caregiver Conferences, available throughout the nation and designed for the specific state and area in which they are held, offer support, guidance, resources and the latest information on caregiving for caregiver. Nancy and I know from experience that these conferences are a wonderful way to obtain information from local organizations and meet other caregivers in your area. We encourage all to check out his website and conference locations as well. We’re thrilled to have our book in such terrific company. Check it out: http://www.caregiver.com/bookclub/index.htm