Spring 2012

Seen and Heard

Book coverThe Power of Wagging Tails:
A Doctor’s Guide to Dog Therapy and Healing
Dawn A. Marcus, M.D. ’82   
(Demos Health, 2011)

Dawn A. Marcus, M.D. ’82 has written an essential resource for dog owners, dog lovers, and people wondering how to help family and friends cope with chronic illnesses through the use of therapy dogs. As someone who has trained her two wheaten golden terriers to be therapy dogs, Dr. Marcus showcases the wide range of therapeutic and healing benefits that therapy dogs have on people of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. The book features in-depth research, first-person accounts from service dog trainers and people who have experienced dog therapy, advice, and practical tips on effective ways to implement a therapy dog into one’s everyday life. Dr. Marcus is a neurologist and professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. She has written thirteen books, including Fit as Fido: Follow Your Dog to Better Health. For more information or to order, go to the author’s website (www.dawnmarcusmd.com) or the publisher’s website (www.demoshealth.com).

Book CoverThe Little Weed Flower
(La Florecita De La Maleza; bilingual)
Illustrated by Pamela Barcita  ’98     
(Raven Tree Press, September 2010)

Have you ever felt unsure about where you belong? Little Weed Flower is growing in a weed patch, but secretly longs to be in the beautiful garden tended by the loving gardener. With the help of a new friend, her wish comes true, and she is able to share positive lessons with other garden flowers. The reader also learns that no matter where we come from, everything has its own beauty and a special purpose in the garden of life. Illustrator Pamela Barcita chose to work with pastel pencils for this story. She felt the brilliant colors suited the garden flowers and the soft technique suited the gentle nature of the characters. She used a combination of real life models, photographs, and imagination to create the compositions. This is her third book with Raven Tree Press. Ms. Barcita lives in Chesapeake, Virginia. In addition to illustrating children’s books, she teaches illustration at The Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College. See more of her work at barcita.com. The book can be ordered through online booksellers.

Book coverTo Sip Darjeeling at Dawn
Donna Pucciani, Ph.D. ’70
(Virtual Artists Collective, February 2011)

To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn is an intriguing poetic journey through diverse existential moments: returning to the city of one’s youth, playing a musical instrument, waiting for lightning, mourning a parent, anticipating one’s own death. Whether in a Manhattan art gallery or an old amusement park in New Orleans, Pucciani reveals intimate moments of her own life while inviting the reader to share in those moments. Her poetry, which has been published on four continents and translated into Italian and Chinese, invokes universal themes of love and loss, nostalgia and grief, and the joys of the present moment. More importantly, her poems explore the human condition with depth, sensitivity, and compassion. The poet has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council and The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, among others. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and currently serves as Vice President of the Poets’ Club of Chicago. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois, and travels abroad whenever time and funds permit. You can find her work on the Web at donnapuccianipoet.wordpress.com. For ordering information, visit the publisher’s website, http://vacpoetry.org/tosipdarjeeling.htm.

Book coverThe Cancer Odyssey:
Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness
Margaret Brennan Bermel ’75, MBA
(Xlibris, March 2011)

In this book, Margaret Bermel, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Music from Marywood in 1975, chronicles her journey, searching both for truth about the cancer industry and for inspiration about the purpose of life. This is a blueprint to help others overcome the fear of cancer and return to wellness. It offers an approach to dealing with cancer from a new viewpoint; it empowers people to challenge the medical advice of chemotherapy, which most people have unquestioningly accepted as the only option. The Cancer Odyssey encourages people to question and research, and to take their healthcare decisions into their own hands, because survival depends upon making the right decision. Ordering information is available at www.thecancerodyssey.com and the publisher’s website (www.Xlibris.com). The book also may be ordered through online booksellers, such as Amazon.com.

Book coverThe Season of Lost Children
Karen Blomain ’75
(Pearlsong Press, June 2011)

The second novel by Karen Blomain ’75, The Season of Lost Children, has been published by Pearlsong Press. The story explores the question of what constitutes family and finds that the answer is often closer than we think, if only we look with and within our hearts. Although The Season of Lost Children can be enjoyed on its own, it is the second volume in author’s planned trilogy. The series traces 50 years of the interwoven lives and friendship of three women in a bucolic Pennsylvania college town. The Season of Lost Children focuses on the life of the eccentric former nun, Eleanor Roderi. The first book of the series, A Trick of Light, was published by Toby Press (2010) and optioned by Streisand’s Barwood Films. A play Ms. Blomain co-authored with Michael Downend, An American Wife, was published by Heartland Plays and will be the mainstage presentation at Wellesley College in April 2012.  Ms. Blomain has another play in development, The Birds Bazaar, co-authored with Mark Zeller, which has had a reading at the off-Broadway Drilling Company and at the Boutique Theatre in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At present, she is writing part three of The Fenston Trilogy, tentatively called FROM: OZ. The book may be ordered from the publisher’s website (www.pearlsong.com/theseasonoflostchildren.htm) or through online booksellers.

If you are a Marywood graduate with a new work—book, music, film, video, art—that has recently been published, produced, performed, or exhibited, let us know! Write to “Seen & Heard,” Marywood Magazine, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509,  or MarywoodMag@marywood.edu (subject line: “Seen & Heard”). Because of the overwhelming popularity of this section, a waiting period of two to three issues following your initial submission is typical.

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