Monthly Archives: August 2009

Shelley on NPR and other fun stuff!

Last week, Austin’s KUT Radio featured an interview with me on the August 17 “Morning Edition” show. You can click here to listen to the 5-minute interview – the page also features some beautiful photos of the children.

In addition, a number of NPR affiliate stations around the country picked up the story and broadcast it as well!

You may be interested in reading a couple of articles I have contributed to other websites in the past week:

India Chose Me – on Troubadour 21, a literary site, about how India wrapped itself around me and refused to let go. I fell in love with the country and her children, and they will always be a part of me.

Slumdog Millionaire: The Story Hollywood Left Behind – on Your Life is a Trip, a terrific travel website whose founders believe that there is no division between your travels, your life and your soul; and who would like to inspire people to be a traveler rather than a tourist in their own life. I wrote this story for their new Opinions section, about the everyday reality of millions of kids such as the fairytale movie portrays.

Kim with son Ian, left, and his brother Eric

Kim with sons Ian, left, and Eric

On another note, I received a very touching email from a new fan. Kimberly sent me a message saying that she related to my book because she had adopted her son from an orphanage in India in 2005. I would like to share a bit of Kimberly’s story with you:

“Today, Ian Harshad is 7 years old and is a delightful and clever boy.  He is still in the process of recovering from severe malnutrition and maternal deprivation and has years of therapy ahead.  He bears many emotional and physical scars from his first three years and worries almost daily about his birth parents.  His mother was a teenager who we pray is still alive and thriving.  Thank you for your great effort in researching and writing on this difficult subject.  I hope you will continue to follow the story of the children you met in India and provide your readership with a follow-up on their lives.”

Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing your story with me, and my other readers. You and your beautiful son are an inspiration!

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India Abroad Feature Article!

This week’s India Abroad magazine (August 7 issue) ran a 3-page feature article about The Weight of Silence, the children, and my journey with them and the issues affecting them.

I believe it may be one of the best articles or reviews done so far on the book – author Prem Panicker interviewed me extensively over several weeks, which resulted in a magazine feature that is warm and thoughtful, filled with humanity and care for these kids. Prem’s compassionate writing style tells the stories of the kids and the book, with a sidebar featuring Sumitra, the miracle baby; and another sidebar about my journey to India with daughter Chandler.

I do hope that you will check it out, and pass it on to whomever might be at all interested:

Download the pdf file here!

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Donate $5 to Miracle Foundation with a Click!

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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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