My Parents’ Pet"
Author: Tom Ryan
young son, Abe, couldn’t quite figure it out. He kept hearing about
his parents’ "pet peeve." But this pet named Peeve was a
puzzler. All Abe knew was that Peeve seemed to be following him
around. Peeve must have had something to do with those chocolate
fingerprints on the piano and the crumbs on the couch and the crayon
drawings on the wall of his home in Glendale.
Abe’s Peeve story to friends and co-workers at Miller-Coors, Ryan
kept hearing, "Hey, that would be a great book." So he wrote
it. Illustrator Kenny Durkin brought the story to life. Once he got
started, Ryan says "it wasn’t hard to keep coming up with pet
Abe, 7, is
getting a big kick out of the project, Ryan says, and truly enjoyed a
book signing for "Peeve" at Janke Book Store in Wausau. So
now Abe is counting up his very own pet peeves — could a sequel be
Are Dying To Be Heard: A guide to listening for a lifetime of
With a media
career spanning 30-plus years, many as a talk show host on Wisconsin
Public Radio, Ben Merens has learned that you can have a profound
effect on people by actively listening to their stories.
our lives in moments…if you’re not paying attention to who’s in
front of you and what they’re saying to you, you miss those moments
and you don’t get them back," he says.
He makes a
practice of listening to strangers, like the woman he met on a
When he asked
her how long she’d be in Florida, she said,
"Indefinitely." Merens, who had planned to work on his book
during the flight, decided he could either write the book or live it.
He packed his notebook away. He thought they’d talk for a few
minutes. More than three hours later, he felt the plane descending.
gone, most of our lives disappear with us," Merens says.
"So, sharing our stories, I think, means a lot to people’s
recent eight-month residency at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the
Arts in Brookfield, Bay View artist Sue Lawton conjured up a fairy
surrounding wetlands and the Fox River Valley inspired her to write
and illustrate the story of Nora, a little girl living in Brookfield
during the 19th century. When Nora follows her cat into the woods, she
discovers a world populated by strange talking animals, an orchestra,
drummers and dancers. Nora’s task is to bring the fire for a magical
Lawton says she
wanted to create a book she could read with her two children, and the
center’s performing arts focus, combined with its lively landscape,
sparked her imagination. With meticulously detailed illustrations,
Lawton’s debut book is a visual treat to linger over, for both
children and adults.
Keepers" is the first book (other than catalogues) ever published
by the Wilson Center.
more than 45,000 hours of work as a licensed marriage and family
therapist and an Episcopal minister, Scott Stoner of Shorewood wants
to help people keep their lives on course.
to develop a program focused on prevention and wellness, helping
people pay attention to the early warning signs of things getting out
of balance," Stoner says. "This book helps people set their
bearings long before they’re lost."
Living Compass" is written as a self-guided retreat, focusing on
what Stoner calls the "True North" core values of honesty,
generosity, patience and love. The book guides the reader through 40
days of reflection and meditation, with self-assessments in eight
areas of wellness.
"One of the
mantras of the book is whatever we pay attention to is what will
grow," says Stoner. "So if we pay attention to our families,
our physical wellness and what we eat, we will grow. It’s as simple
as that and as hard as that."
The seed of the
story that the Town of Delafield’s Sandy Goldsworthy would grow into
her first young adult novel, "Aftermath," came to her in a
vivid dream of a train derailment. In that dream, she saw two
survivors pulling souls out of deceased passengers and "helping
them up to heaven."
Though she had
dabbled in writing, Goldsworthy was suddenly moved to write short
stories inspired by her "strange, scary dream." The stories
became the basis of "Aftermath," which is also categorized
as a paranormal romance.
foundation of it is past lives, true loves and soul mates
reconnecting," she says. The story is written from the viewpoints
of its two main characters, a 17-year-old girl and a man who loved her
in a past life and now has come back to earth to find her.
also published a novella, "Aftershock," which is the bridge
between "Aftermath" and a second book that she is currently