Soar! A Graduation Book Giveaway



I love graduations!

I love thinking about all those minds, made even more marvelous by lectures and labs and research and readings and conversations until three a.m.

The scholar above is our niece Becky Younger, waiting to step onto the stage to receive her Master of Science. She studied athletic training and conditioning. She plans to specialize in baseball injuries and rehabilitation. Go Becky!

I gave her a copy of Soar: Follow Your Dreams (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2014), June Cotner’s new anthology.


This tiny book packs a punch with its upbeat poems, quotations, and short prose.

Here’s one of my favorites, written by Susan Landon:

Wild Places

Becky, who blogs, seemed especially pleased the book features short quotes she can use in blog posts. A runner who just ran the Boston Marathon for the first time, our niece knows plenty about inspiration.  Soar!

If you’ve got a graduate on your list, consider this clever, lively volume!



(And the book isn’t just for graduates. It’s for you or anyone. Soar makes a great gift for a midlifer doing some reinventing).

Giveaway: June Cotner and the publisher have offered a copy of Soar to a Friend for the Ride reader. For a chance to win, leave a comment by May 30 saying you’d like to be the winner. Thanks!

June Cotner is the author of more than two dozen books. SOAR! Follow Your Dreams was published in March by Andrews McMeel Publishing and Garden Blessings  (post coming up!) was published in May by Viva Editions.

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Menopause, Periods

A Blast from Your Menstruation Past

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a film you may have seen many years ago:

This film, produced by Disney in 1946 and underwritten by Kotex, was shown in elementary schools into the sixties.  Listen again to hear all about that nasty lining and what it does. Also hear about the marvels of a girl becoming a woman.

Way cool, Walt Disney.  Actually, it kind of makes me sad that you knew about periods though. I like to think you were as pure as your friend Snow White.

And how about you Friend for the Ride readers. Did you see this movie, or another one, when you were in fifth or sixth grade?  Do tell!