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Tanya J. Peterson

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With credentials as a Nationally Certified Counselor and personal experience with mental health care, novelist and columnist Tanya J. Peterson uses writing to increase understanding of and compassion for people living with mental illness. Her most recent work, Twenty-Four Shadows (Apprentice House, 2016) has received a Recommended rating by The US Review of Books. My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel (Inkwater Press, 2014) was awarded a Kirkus Star, an honor given by Kirkus Reviews “to books of remarkable merit.” Further, Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014. The novel also received a coveted “Recommended” rating from The US Review of Books. Her novel Leave of Absence (Inkwater Press, 2013) was ...more

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Tanya J. Peterson I step away from the specific story but not from the main characters. I keep them with me always; they shop with me, cook and clean with me, drive…moreI step away from the specific story but not from the main characters. I keep them with me always; they shop with me, cook and clean with me, drive with me, exercise with me, etc. I think about them loosely and stay connected wit them emotionally. When my mind returns to the story, I'm able to pick up where I left off because the character has remained real and taken on new life. (less)
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Leave of Absence

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My Life in a Nutshell

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Losing Elizabeth

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Mindfulness. What, exactly, is it? We hear the term often, yet there is much about mindfulness that remains a mystery. Beyond living in the present moment, what is this practice we call mindfulness?


May 15th, the middle of Mental Health Awareness Month, is the first day that the physical copy of The Mindfulness Workbook for Anxiety is available. Whether you’re catching this on the launch day o...

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“THOUGHTS AND REALITY You’ve probably heard of Plato’s allegory of the cave. It’s a story narrated by Socrates in Plato’s Republic, a long work published in Greece almost 2,500 years ago. In the story, prisoners in a cave are chained up in such a way that they have nothing to look at but the cave’s blank wall. But a fire is burning behind them, and when other people hold objects up in front of the fire, the shadows of those objects are projected onto the wall, where the prisoners can see them. The prisoners’ contact with these shadows, and their own thoughts about the shadows, are all they know of reality. Eventually the prisoners are freed. Only then do they discover that the world is bigger, more complex, and much more nuanced than the flickering shadows they took for reality.”
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“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Each substance of a grief has twenty shadows.”
William Shakespeare, Richard II

“I want to sling a stone, a small rock into a pool, see it ripple. I want to shake a tree, create a small storm..”
Suzy Davies, Johari's Window

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“We have a no-assholes policy,” Aunt Tillie said. “You don’t pass muster.”
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