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Return to India, and new Book Review!

Shelley with the kids in India, March 2009

Tomorrow morning I board a plane headed for South Asia (first stop: Thailand), and I couldn’t be more excited. My boyfriend, Keith, and I are going to spend more than two months in Asia, including of course India, as well as Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. We will arrive in Calcutta, India on October 21, and from there take the train down to Orissa to spend four days with my darling, beautiful children of the Sishu Sadan orphanage outside Cuttack. It’s been a year and a half since I’ve seen them, and my soul is already rushing out for Daina, Pinky, Salu, Babina, Rashikanta, Rohit and the other kids who stole my heart over five years ago, and started the entire journey of this book.

Sooch Village, The Miracle Foundation

After that, we will meet up with the Miracle Foundation volunteer group at Sooch Village, to spend a few days with the kids who are living in that wonderful children’s village full of individual cottage homes, a school, and a great lunch-and-learn program for the children in the surrounding village. I will stay on with Caroline Boudreaux for several days after that, at Sooch and at Rourkela, where many familiar faces will greet me such as Amir and Sumitra.

I will certainly be posting from India, and updating you on the children as well as sharing photographs taken during the visit. So please come back to see how they are doing and how much they’ve grown!

Before I go, I also wanted to let you know about some recent exciting happenings with The Weight of Silence. On September 23 I was featured as a return guest on Conversations Live radio show. I appeared on the show last summer, after the book’s release, and host Cyrus Webb invited me to return to discuss the issues of invisible children, and what’s been going on with the book over the last year. It was a great interview, and you can listen here if you’d like! (15 minutes).

A great new review of The Weight of Silence was also published on Luxury Reading. In part the review reads:

Author, Shelley Seale, takes us on an emotional journey, showing us the lives of children living in poverty, toiling as child laborers, and those struck with diseases such as AIDS. In the modern world, children are subconsciously taught to take for granted many basic things. Children in the slums of India truly see some of these basic things as privileges and luxuries. This book is likely to evoke feelings of heartbreak and tears of sadness, but is ultimately one of hope.”

Thank you!

So bon voyage, and the next time you hear from me will be from India.

Namaste,

Shelley

The Author Show features Shelley

Please listen in today to The Author Show, a great radio show featuring various author’s who discuss their books. Today, I am the guest author on the show, talking about the invisible children of India and The Weight of Silence book with host Don McCauley. Please listen in online to this 12 minute interview!

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The Smallest Sacrifices

Listen to the show by clicking above

Listen to the show by clicking above

For today’s Good News Wednesday segment, I first want to highlight some exciting news. I will be on Peter Greenberg‘s nationally syndicated “Worldwide Travel” radio show this Saturday, October 10!

The show begins at 9 am Central Time, and you can listen to it online by clicking the Listen Now button on the right-hand side of the page.

Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist.He is Travel Editor for CBS News, and appears on The Early Show and across many CBS broadcast platforms.

An Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter was named one of the most influential people in travel by Travel Weekly, along with Al Gore, Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. Peter is also host of the nationally syndicated Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show, broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. He is heard on more than 150 stations, Sirius/XM radio and Armed Forces Radio.

His other current titles include Travel Editor at Large for AARP, Contributing Editor for Men’s Health magazine, and contributor to Parade, ForbesTraveler.com and MSN.com. He has been a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Larry King Live.

I am very honored to be a guest on his show! Bookmark and Share

In other Good News, a few weeks ago I had a message from a reader, Lynn McKenna, who said this:

“Reviewing my Amex bill and noticed my Starbucks spend last month: $60. Decided to give up lattes for 30 days and instead donate $60 to the Miracle Foundation. That modest donation / unimaginably small sacrifice will allow the Foundation to provide: medical care, nutrition, a bed, and loving care to one infant in India for one month. BTW, this organization has great credibility…I became aware of them by reading a terrific, inspiring, educational book – The Weight of Silence…written by FB friend Shelley Seale.”

Thank you so much, Lynn – both for your own creative way to improve the lives and futures of these children, and by demonstrating just how easily we can find ways that we spend small amounts of money – money that could easily go toward a bigger cause and never missed by us, but which makes a HUGE difference in the life of a child. You have no idea how far $60 will go for these kids in India! It’s truly amazing.

Thanks, Lynn, for being an inspiration to motivate me, and I hope others, in ways we can all make a difference, places we all spend small amounts of money that would have such a great impact when donated. For my part, I’ve decided to make one day per week a “Spend Nothing” day – I spend NO money that day, I mean nothing, not one penny. Then I figure I typically spend about $20 a day on average, whether that’s on food or a movie rental or gas or whatever…and I donate that money.

So my challenge to all the readers today is:

What is that one thing YOU can do? What creative way in your life, can you think of to carve out $5, $20, $100 to help improve the lives of children?

If you want to write and share your idea and donation, I’d love to hear it! As always, thank you so much to everyone for your support of these kids and their rights. Together we can help make a brighter future for them!

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Today writer Mara Gorman features a book review of The Weight of Silence on her site, The Mother of all Trips, geared toward traveling with children. Mara writes the review for her “Mondays are for Dreaming” segment – and she has pledged to donate $5 to the Miracle Foundation for every comment posted on the article (up to $250)!!

So please – go to The Mother of All Trips today and read the review, and post a comment – and help empower these children with a simple click of the mouse! Mara writes, “The strength of the book is that even as she reveals her own internal struggles with despair, the overwhelming message is one of hope. By offering many concrete examples of how individuals can make a difference, Seale inspires her readers to look the problem square in the eyes and bring whatever resources they have to bear, just as she herself has done.”

“Therefore, as a tribute to the faith and optimism shown within the pages of The Weight of Silence, I’d like to make my own small contribution to the cause. For every comment that is made on this post I will donate 5 dollars to the Miracle Foundation, up to a total sum of $250. It’s a drop in the bucket, I know, but one thing this book has shown me is that small gestures do make a difference. As Seale says, quoting Mother Teresa, ‘If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.’”

In other recent coverage, The Weight of Silence has been reviewed on AOL’s Gadlingread it here. Except for being called a yuppie (ugh!), it’s a nice review. Writer Sean McLachlan says, “Besides her personal story, two things really set this book apart from the ‘see the horrible things happening in the Third World’ genre. Firstly, it takes a mostly positive spin. While Seale doesn’t flinch from the uglier side of Indian life, she focuses on the children’s resilience and dreams. They don’t come off as poor victims waiting for rich peoples’ help. Her main point is that these kids aren’t in need of handouts, but the basic human right of a childhood.

The second strong point is that the book is well grounded in fact, skillfully interwoven with the narrative so that it never slows down the writing. The Weight of Silence is part travelogue, part expose, and gripping reading. The fact that this book shows deep respect for India’s people while not ignoring their faults sets this book apart.”

I was also quoted on the Conscious Discussions blog, from my guest appearance on the Conscious Discussions radio show on July 14. On the blog, Lillian Brummet has posted comments I made about what people can do to make a difference for “invisible” children around the world, from small steps to big. You can also listen to the original radio show on the player below:

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