My pastor has been urging us to find a way to serve God through our church. At this moment, I stand one person's effort and good will away from being home bound. This is not where I expected or wanted to end up at the age of 49, but between realizing that I was no longer a safe driver and some other mobility problems from my Parkinson's, I have had to come to rely on my husband for transportation ( I live in a town without a bus line). I also cannot rely on the strength of my voice like I used to. Last Sunday I spoke with my pastor. I asked where can I serve? I do not really belong. He answered quickly that I could best work through Facebook. That's really a continuation of what my Facebook has been. I realized that I have this blog, which I haven't written for since September. So I'm repurposing the blog today. Now it will be for personal as well as authoring purposes. I think that is the way God works - our independence becomes interdependence and our professional becomes personal, so that when we confess our weakness, God transforms it to strength and uses us.
Yesterday I went to the Walthall County Library in Tylertown, MS. I spoke for about 30 minutes on my life has an author and person with Parkinson's disease. I read some from Face It. Three very good parts of this day included: my voice kept on working and my vocal folds did not spasm, a very kind man from the audience came up to me. He said he had been a speech teacher. If a speaker is anxious about their voice, nearly always relaxes after a few minutes and the listeners (who I must remember are nearly always rooting for the speaker) understand their manner of speaking better and better as the talk goes on. The third very good part was I got to know Mr. Thornhill better during the car ride there and back. Besides keeping a tree farm in Walthall County; Mr. Thornhill works all the time. He drove to Clinton, took me to Tylertown, brought me back home to Clinton, and without coming in, headed back down the road to Tylertown. If that is not enough, this is a gentleman who decided to Hike the Appalachian Trail, by sections when he was 66 years old, more than ten years ago! Let me tell you, I am impressed like crazy. I think that my new person to model myself after is Mr. John Thornhill. Thank you Mr. Thornhill.
How do you know when you've reached über geek status about your own books? When the Tylertown Friends of the Library invites you to speak and you are (I am) so excited that you never realize how much more sense it would make to speak during April, Parkinson's Awareness Month, until you've already accepted for March. Thank you to Mr. John Thornhill (Amy's dad, Martha's husband)for managing to get me invited. I'm really looking forward to it!
Church libraries are one of the places I have seen be able to put my books to their best use. If you are in the Jackson or Clinton area and think your church would use them, I would give a set of all three books to your church library. Please speak to me about this on Friday September 5 at my book signing party at 4:30 p.m. at the Cascades Swim and Racquet Club or at Thomas R. Ruffin's Book Launch and Big Ol' Party at 7:30 p.m. If you cannot be there Friday, write to me. I hope many people, of all ages, will come at 4:30 p.m.
UPS tells me that copies of all three of my books will arrive today for next Friday's Book Signing Party!
A week from Friday, on September 5th, please come to the Cascades Swim and Racquet Club at 4:30 for my book signing party. I will be there to meet girls and boys, parents, grandparents and anyone else who is interested. I will answer questions about writing and illustrating books, and about Parkinson's disease. My dear friend, Victoria Lyn Little Waters, will read "Face It" to us. Copies of "Face It," and my other two books, will be available for sale starting at 3:30. I will begin signing books at 4:30. A little later, we will assess the weather. If necessary, we will move into the clubhouse for our storytime. We will stay outside otherwise, so be sure to bring lawn chairs.
At 7:30 pm I will be back to attend Thomas R. Ruffin's Precious Indignity Book Launch and Big Ol'Party. Randy Ruffin, Jen Mulvihill, Richard McGahey, Jerry File, Jr. and I will all be there to sign books, meet readers, and have a good time. The 7:30 signing is for adults and is BYOB. Let me just say I'm THRILLED to be invited and I look forward to seeing you there.
www.thewordverve.com and www.adelehensley.com present
A party to sign copies and celebrate
release of Clinton, Mississippi author,
Adele Pfrimmer Hensley’s third book.
Cascades Swim and Tennis Club
60 Cascades Cir W
September 5, 2014
Mrs. Hensley will be present at 4:30 to sign books, and to answer questions about writing and publishing books, and about Parkinson’s disease. She will also be present at 7:30 to participate in Thomas R. Ruffin’s Precious Indignity Launch Event and Big Ol’ Party, which is geared toward adults.
Mrs. Hensley is in her tenth year of living with Parkinson’s disease. That whole time, she has also been a mother. She has written her first three books to help children deal with the range if feelings they may feel when chronic illness strikes an adult they love. She has invited a friend to read Face It because her speech often becomes hard to understand.
Copies of Face It will be for sale at the Signing Party, and from Mrs. Hensley’s publisher, thewordverve.com, for $ 15. Sets of all three of her books can be bought for the special Signing Party price of $40 (list price $50).
Who Is Invited? Children, Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, School Counselors, School Librarians, Church Librarians, and other adults are all invited to this event. Admission is free. All are Welcome.
Here is a title slide show to show you what Face It is about…
My third book came out this week. It is a picture book about dealing with one's fear. A mother, named Michelle, tells her son, Mark, about how she used to love to be afraid. She tells him how her relationship to fear now is very different. She becomes afraid much more easily than she used to. She has Parkinson's disease. She has also been afraid of the disease that has changed her life so much. Mark learns ways he helps her face the fears that have been part of their lives.
I wrote this book because I have Parkinson's disease, and like thirty percent of the people who have Parkinson's disease, I am often anxious or afraid. I first learned I had the disease when I was thirty-eight years old and my own son was three-and-a-half. Children whose parents or grandparents live with a chronic illness can become more resilient when the disease is causing troubles if they know it is okay to talk about it, to ask questions, and specific ways they can help.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to buy a book, please visit my publisher's website. http://www.thewordverve.com/face-it/