2014-01-08 / Arts & Entertainment News

Florida Weekly writer published in four-book series

STETSON STETSON Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly’s arts and entertainment writer/critic, has had her work anthologized in a quartet of books that examine the various seasons in women’s lives.

Two of her essays and two poems appear in the “Tending Your Inner Garden” series of books, all published by GoldenTree Communications, a small independent publisher.

Her essay, “Giving Thanks on the Shoulder,” about getting a flat tire while driving across Alligator Alley, appears in the last book in the series, “Fall: Women’s Stories and Poems for the Season of Wisdom and Gratitude,” which was published in September 2013. The other books in the series in which her work also appears are: “Winter: Women’s Stories, Poems and Inspiration for the Season of Rest and Renewal,” “Spring: Women’s Inspiration for the Season of Hope and New Beginnings” and “Summer: Women’s Writings for the Season of Beauty and Resilience.”

ENGLE ENGLE “Tending Your Inner Garden is a program of personal and spiritual growth for women that uses the seasons as a model for change and transformation,” says Deb Landwehr Engle, the program’s co-founder. “Through the program, women develop skills of listening to their inner wisdom by connecting to their creativity, their intuition and the seeds of potential within them that may have been dormant for a long time.”

“Tending Your Inner Garden” is headquartered in Iowa but has an international following, including women from Canada, Turkey, Mexico and the Republic of Singapore. Diane Glass and Ms. Engle created “Tending Your Inner Garden” in 2002, when both women were going through periods of change and significant transitions in their own lives. They wanted to explore the ways women could emotionally support themselves and each other.

GLASS GLASS Ms. Engle is the author of “Grace From the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time” ($19.95, Rodale Publishing), which was positively reviewed in O The Oprah Magazine, and the upcoming “The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind.” The latter book will be published by Hampton Roads in September and features a foreword by the Dalai Lama.

Ms. Glass is a former marketing vice president for The Des Moines Register. The four-book series was conceived to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Tending Your Inner Garden.”

The books, available through Amazon or the “Tending Your Inner Garden” website at www.tendingyourinnergarden.com, also contain questions for journaling and reflection, which can be used by individuals or by book clubs, women’s groups or church groups. ¦

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