Opposites in Education

This past week, I took part in two enlightening, educational events. They could not have been from more opposite ends of the spectrum. The first was a reading and speaking engagement with the Pikes Peak Hospice volunteers. It was an educational seminar and I know that I came away learning more than any of those who came to hear me. The selfless, caring volunteers I met have such wonderful stories for us to learn from as we face caring for our aging parents and aging ourselves. We had a great discussion on the topic of books to help children with grieving and illness in the family.

The second adventure was an opportunity to mentor a second-grader from Palmer Lake Elementary. She has decided she wants to be an author. She came armed with thoughtful questions and unlimited curiosity about my craft. It was a delightful afternoon and over far too soon. My hat is off to the teachers who came up with this program and who’s efforts and hard work turn out such wonderful young people.

Six months has passed since Dean passed away. I still see signs of my kids struggling with their grief. That is only natural, I know, and something that our old nemesis – time – will help, but it is still hard for a mom not to be able to fix things for her kids. Patience. 

“Wait Here, Wait There” released this past Monday and I have been on a roller coaster ever since. There is so much to learn!  Please go to the Wait Here, Wait There fan page on fb and click like. It helps!

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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