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Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Seaside Photographic Journey

If you could spend a day at the beach and name it with a dance, what dance would it be? That is a question answered by Sheree and Russell Nielsen in a beautiful coffee table book titled Folly Beach Dances-The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore.

Sheree, an award-winning photographer, was diagnosed with lymphoma is 2012. During her road to remission, she was inspired to create a book that would serve as a "healing" volume for people diagnosed with blood cancers as well as for those with other types of medical problems.

Sheree and her husband, Russell, painstakingly combed through hundreds of photographs taken by the couple at Folly Beach to select the perfect images. And when Sheree decided to include a brief literary reflection for each photograph, she reached out to five award-winning women writers (and friends) who jumped at the chance to collaborate with her on the project. In addition to reflections written by Sheree and Russell, contributors include Mary Horner, Dr. Patt Pickett, Marcia Gaye, and Tina Solomon. I'm proud to say four of my poem/prose pieces are included in the book. Selfishly, I grabbed all the dog-on-beach photos for my inspiration. Thankfully, no one complained.

The book launch party on May 4 was a resounding success. Each contributing writer was invited to sign books, eat, and celebrate with Sheree and Russell.

Yes, I'm the one sipping a diet soda. Thankfully the photographer didn't catch me minutes earlier shoving delicious appetizers in my face. I love delicious appetizers.

I also love the soothing colors on the Folly Beach cover. The cover is so beautiful it's hard for me to stop looking at it. I even bought a book as a Mother's Day gift for my mother-in-law. She's house-bound these days, but now can visit the seashore every time she turns the pages of the book.

If you love the ocean, if you want to feel good, or if you need a great gift, consider buying a copy of Folly Beach-The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore. Click here for ordering information or to read more about Sheree and Russell's labor of love.

The couple is donating 10% of all book sales to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Meanwhile, we hope you have something swell planned for Sunday. Here's wishing all Moms (whether of two-leggers, four-leggers, or both) a glorious Mother's Day.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Pat. So glad you are a part of our book. Wonderful post. Remember to dance.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a beautiful book and we wish her well with it.
Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Ann Summerville said...

I can almost hear the waves in the picture. What a lovely idea especially for those far away from the coast.

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a cool book
Lily & Edward

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

You had me at "Seaside." Anything beach related catches me, every time. This sounds like a lovely book.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Pat--Congratulations on yet another publishing credit. I'm sure your pieces are just as inspiring as the photos.

Tammy said...

Sounds like an awe-inspiring book. Happy Mother's Day, Pat!

BECKY said...

Hi Pat! Congratulations on having some of your beautiful writing included. Ever since I first saw the book cover, I've just loved it. Can't wait to buy one and read and see everything inside. I'm so sorry I missed the party. Family matters seem to keep getting in the way. Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day!

Mary Horner said...

Glad to be included with so many talented writers, and I'm glad I got to catch up with you last Sunday. I just love "Circle Dog Dance"!

Lynn said...

Congratulations Pat! Looks like a beautiful book.

Dianna Graveman said...

It is a lovely book! Congrats to all involved.

Ryker said...

Congratulations again! Your writings are getting around!
I would have to chose the Caribbean Calypso! It goes so well with sand and surf!

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

I just found your blog and wanted to congratulate you! We have writing and dogs in common, so I'm looking forward to getting to know you better! Vickie