Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Man's Best Friend - Limey Boy

Ever since our Life in the FASlane Teen Adult Camp for persons with FASDs (August 3-6, 2007) a young adult with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders has been working with Knarlwoods to develop a Psychiatric Service Dog Program for FASDs.

Today is day two of introduction to PSD (Psychiatric Service Dog) training for Limey and his new handler. Yesterday we spent time being a part of the community.

Saturday, October 13, 2007


Life for the Yurcek's has never been easy, but two years ago October the Yurcek family faced a crossroads and Ann Yurcek decided it was time to pull out all her journals and snippets of paper and finally write "that book!" Many people had encouraged her, yet with 11 children who could find energy or time to write a 470 page memoire?

Afterall she was "just" a mom.
But "just a mom" had a story that needed to be told.

Then the struggles began.

Ann fought for her story with the same tenacity she founght for medical and mental health provisioning for her children. It was crucial to her that the whole story - three complete separate stories - remained intact. It was vital that it was written in "just a mom" vernacular and script. It was pertinent that no embellishment of truth happen. Afterall this was simply an American family with and extraordinary life experience. A life so complex that for many it would be easier to believe it was fiction. But Ann had armloads of proof to prove every bit was true.

Themission of the Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) is to recognize authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts to create quality family-friendly media, products and services. Tiny Titan by Ann Yurcek publishd by Better Endings New Beginnings has brought smiles and laughter, hope and encouragement to all who read it.

"We're delighted with the outstanding works represented in this very special group of recipients," said Tara Peterson, founder of the Mom's Choice Awards.

FINALIST IN YOUR HEART OUR HANDS (for philanthropic spirit)

Recipients are profiled in a special limited edition of Entro produced exclusively for the Mom's Choice Awards. The publication is available by special order from major retailers nationwide, via the online retailer and from the MCA website.

Congratulations Yurcek Family You represent America at its BEST!!!!
We're glad we resisted all those edits and you stuck to your strategy!

Jodee Kulp, Publsiher
Better Endings New Beginnings

Monday, October 1, 2007

Parenting Isn't Pretty: The book that kept me reading all weekend

Parenting Isn't Pretty: The book that kept me reading all weekend

We really appreciate Terry Mauro who gave us the boost of getting the word out about Tiny Titan by Ann Yurcek. Ann and I both took a leap of faith when we joined hands to produce this. What an accomplishment. Read Terry's great review.....

Today we learned we won Best Adult Non-Fiction by the Mom's Choice Awards - Best Adult Non Fiction...The Yurcek family's complex life experiences are shared so that others will have hope.

Congratulations Ann!