"Seventy-six trombones led the big parade
With a hundred and ten cornets right behind ..."
Seventy Six Trombones from The Music Man
Can you hear it? Can you hear me tooting my own horn like a whole brass band? Today I received my first royalty check for "Saying Goodbye." (See sidebar). It wasn't a large check, only $ 10.79, but it lifted my spirits pretty high off the ground. I am now, whether I want to claim it or not, a writer ... a paid writer. How cool is that?
An interesting note came in the email that announced my earnings. Saying Goodbye is being used in a course on "The Psychology of Grief" at the College of Idaho.
The anthology has received praise from reviewers and other readers, and it is being used in the classroom at the College of Idaho as part of a course on “The Psychology of Grief.”
Here's what Professor Jan Adams had to say:
“This is a book that meets a need for teachers of death and dying classes. Most of the books currently available are either directed at people who are going through a grief process due to the loss of someone important to them or are fairly dry academic type books that focus on the physiological (and some psychological) aspects of dying. This book gets to the heart of what I have been focusing on in my course – that life is filled with loss of all kinds and we can learn from each one and ultimately experience life more fully. The stories in this book do a wonderful job of showing that out of loss there are new beginnings. I recommend it for any teacher of death and dying classes. I also recommend it for anyone who is struggling with a loss – no matter what kind.”So there you have it, horn-tooting and advertising all in one blog!
Today I'm grateful for unexpected gifts, for friends and family who have walked this road with me and encouraged me along the way, and for an "I told you so" from the Divine Compass who has been pointing me in the direction I didn't even know I wanted to go.
Wishing for you the opportunity to follow your rainbow AND find your pot of gold.