seals and dolphins in this story need to be given as big a voice as possible!"
Los Gatos, California
"A Tale of Serendipity is a warm and
whimsical tale of the adventures of Rutt, Ruff, Raul, Reck, and Rup a young
family of seals and their dolphin friends. Through their adventures we learn about
facing fears, finding friendships, and fostering fun!
Rosy's story gives us a
chance to explore, through both fact and fiction, our relationship with the
world around us helping us examine how to make the world a better place for all
Mary Ruth Coleman, PhD
FPG Child Development
Institute, University of North Carolina,
"A Tale Of Serendipity is a tribute to the depth of love
that intelligent creatures have for their families and what determined friends
can accomplish when working effectively together
In the end, the take
home message is that the lives of seals and dolphins should be considered extremely
valuable and protected, just as we view every human life."
Alex Kalk, MD
Physician -- Austin, Texas
Tale of Serendipity is the most amazing, intimate portal.
I feel not only
welcomed into the scenes, but beckoned, called and led into the heart of the
characters' experiences. I am swirling and swimming and rolling and breathing
the lives of these beautiful creatures.
I can already tell that the book is too
short! What will happen? What will happen?"
Rachel Walker, MFT
Performance Artist -- Berkeley, CA
writes playfully, entertainingly
from a place of mystery, ecology and deep wisdom.
When you read
A Tale of
it feels like she is holding your hand while taking a
and funny walk together into a realm usually reserved
for the sages.
reveals the unique
beauty marks on our soul in such a loving way that
it made me wish I could be a child again to have her story impact and guide me
from the very beginning."
Karin von Daler
Psychologist, Expressive Arts Therapist -- Copenhagen, Denmark
"It is an interesting biological fact
that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from whence we came."
- John F. Kennedy
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."
- Jacques Cousteau
"When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
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MORE BOOK READINGS AT LOCAL
Giving book readings to 4th and 5th graders at local schools is proving to be more fun than I ever imagined.
If you are in the Bay Area and know of a group of kids
(in a school, library, independent
book store, etc.)
who might like a visit from a local author, please let me know!
A Tale of Serendipity
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GOOD WISHES &
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FOR RECEIVING OR GIVING A COPY OF THIS BOOK
FOR WRITING THOUGHTFUL, LOVING TESTIMONIALS
FOR CARING ABOUT KIDS AND OUR PLANET
Ever since I began writing A Tale of Serendipity, back in 1992, I have sincerely pondered over two questions:
Why was I writing a story about a family of ocean-dwelling seals and their dolphin friends? As mentioned before, I "received" this story in a vivid dream during my early twenties. Though I certainly had a soft spot for animals and cared about our environment at the time, I certainly was no expert on either subject (nor am I now). I grew up in the midwest, nowhere near an ocean. And if I was anything, I was a healer/therapist/artist in-the-making, not a marine biologist or an environmental activist.
And, why on earth was this tale taking SO LONG to be 'born'? Over the years, I couldn't help but feel that the ridiculously long gestation period this tale seemed to require was reflecting something other than my own fear of "coming out of the creative closet." Something more than self-doubt, procrastination or general life-busyness was at work... But what?
Now I know that nothing less than SERENDIPITY was at work. This story has been waiting for its right time. That synchronistic moment when my personal readiness to "get out of my own way" met the world's need to face, feel and deal with what's happening to our oceans, to all of the creatures with whom we share this precious planet -- ourselves included.
It's impossible to pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV these days without reading about the "growing plumes of oil" consuming our Gulf Coast, threatening much of the Eastern Seaboard, and beyond. Whether we hear about an oil spill or global warming, whether we feel the threat of mass extinction or witness the dolphin massacre in Japan (as potently depicted by The Cove), our hearts can't help but pound with fear, break with sorrow, or shut down from overwhelm. We humans seem to be wreaking havoc on our planet, treating each other as callously and "inhumanely" as we're treating our fellow creatures.
No doubt, we're in the midst of a mass Wake-Up call, and each of us has an essential role to play in our shared awakening process.
* * *
This brings me to another realization: that A Tale of Serendipity hasn't only been waiting for its right time, but for its right audience. It wasn't until 2004, many many hundreds of pages into the project, that I made the brave decision (thanks to the encouragement of my highly intuitive writing coach/midwife, Renate Stendhal) to transform what was intended to be a mythic tale for adults into a transformative adventure story for children. Now more than ever, as the mother of a young daughter, I am grateful for this decision.
True activism begins
in the heart of a child who cares!
A Tale of Serendipity is
more than an adventure story. It is a tale about the deep
interconnectedness that exists between all living beings. It is about
respect, empathy, compassion, dignity, integrity, honesty and
collaboration. It illuminates the highest potential in humanity, as
well as our deepest wounds. It is here to help our children grow
up with the self-love, sense of empowerment and planetary compassion
they're going to need as they discover and embrace their unique roles
in our shared evolution.
this unfolding tale is for the open-minded, open-hearted child in each
of us, who still believes in (and is counting on!) a future where
diversity is celebrated, conflicts are resolved peacefully, and our
earth -- and all of her creatures -- are respected, protected and allowed to thrive.
"Thank you SOOOOO much for the book! : )
I've finished it for the 5th time!"
Yvonne (12 years-old)
- Hong Kong
What We Can Do - MOVIES, ARTICLES, ACTION
(Scroll all the way down to see some
ocean-Inspired paintings/collages by Rosy)
SOME INSPIRING and POWERFUL MOVIES
This recently released movie by DisneyNature offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful motion picture. My 7 year-old daughter and her friend Zoe loved it, though there were some disturbing moments. Learn more.
This documentary film began when the renowned oceans expert, journalist, filmmaker and National Geographic explorer, Jon Bowermaster, traveled to southern Louisiana with a film crew to "document the interconnectedness of people and the plentiful bodies of water that surround them." Just when finishing up production on the film, "a massive explosion on an oil rig 50 miles south of Louisiana's coastline" took place. Read about the film and listen to a five-part interview series addressing the human impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Cove, an Academy Award winning documentary "follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action." Learn how you can take part in the worldwide Social Action Campaign for The Cove. "All
over the world, animal and plant species are disappearing at an
unprecedented and alarming rate. Experts predict that half of all
species on Earth may become extinct within the next 50 to 100 years. No
one can know for sure what this will mean for humanity, but the
implications are shocking - and difficult to accept." The mission of Species Alliance (a non-profit organization formed in 2005) is to raise public awareness
of the impending mass extinction and the threat to Earth's life support
systems due to this loss of biodiversity. Through their films (i.e. CALL of LIFE) and other media, website, and outreach, they seek to ignite a new sense
of community empowerment and purpose, in order to stimulate creative
and effective changes in public policies and human behavior that will
assure a healthy future for all life on Earth. A Sea Change
follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world's oceans. A Sea Change
is also a touching portrait of Sven's relationship with his grandchild Elias. As Sven keeps a correspondence with the little boy, he mulls over the world that he is leaving for future generations.
ARTICLES AND ACTION!
Kids Making a Difference
Save the Bay! "More than 2,000 miles from Mobile Bay, California schoolchildren are putting their heads together and raising money to donate to oil spill cleanup efforts..."Read More Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect,
restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion since
1961, Save The Bay protects the Bay from pollution and inappropriate
shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and
wildlife.Things All of Us Can Do
Wisdom from our Grandmothers
The Grandmothers' Council is a group of 13 indigenous Grandmothers from all 7 continents and all 4 of the worlds' races. They have been gathering for the past few years to pray for the earth and for the people. Recently, they sent a message out to the world, asking all of us to join them in offering prayers for the HEALING OF THE WATERS OF THE EARTH. Read a recent article about the Council here._________________________________________________
SOME OCEAN/SEA-LIFE INSPIRED PAINTINGS AND COLLAGES
(by Rosy)Dolphin Dreams