Louise Hart: Author, Poet and Photojournalist
Bullying and School Violence are headlines today worldwide. Long before the current media attention, both existed. Moreover, this author has been writing about both problems for decades. "The Ashley Stories" written for preschoolers, kindergarten and primary grades students addresses these problems through the adventures of the iconic character, Ashley, the Persian Cat. At first glance, Ashley by behavior may seem to be an ordinary cat, but as young fans have come to enjoy and understand, Ashley was never just any cat; Ashley was Ashley and that was that!<>
Based on real life events, "Rosie's Rule" follows a young reluctant heroine as she faces the issue of bullies and school violence in primary middle school and junior high. A teacher who used the book with her classes, called "Rosie's Ruie", the most perfect book on the subject.<>
In discussions about school violence, much has been made about conflict avoidance and resolution. The author's chapter book, "Star of Peace", too, was called the most perfect book on these timely topics. Like this author's other books, "Star" contains valid supplementary curricula material and is suitable for classroom, library and at home family reading. <>
The revised edition of Grandma's Book of Recipes and Helpful Hints (ISBN 1-4116-4075-6), published by Amherst Press, is available through Amazon.
Amherst Press has also published the new expanded edition of "Haunted House Diary" and "Grandpa's Gift". A hefty 304 pages, the new print edition of HHD is both entertaining and educational with references to the first women astronauts in the United States (and they are not whom readers may think they are), the Underground Railroad and the first woman prime minister of Ireland.
A chapter book perfect for giving and reading, Grandpa's Gift addresses issues of personal values, social responsibility, loss, sharing and recovery.
The author is currently completing "Pet Angels" and "Invincible Spirits". A collection of short stories about some extraordinary animal companions, Pet Angels finds that animals, too, may be good or evil and whichever they choose, they face the consequences of their actions.
"Invincible Spirits" is much more than the biography of two extraordinary women from Maine, it is a must read for any who have ever wondered about the meaning of our lives.
These works and others by this author remind readers that joy and pain balance in patterns that like the universe prove the symmetry of all life. The symmetry of the universe is written throughout the heavens as it is in the shape of a single tree. The symmetry of the life is experienced both within and without. In our lives, we experience it without in our challenges, successes and failures and within through our joys, happiness, loss, grief and sorrows.
Like her readers, the author has known both in her life. She has experienced the joy that comes from achievements and recognition of her work and felt the pain and grief that accompanies the death of those we know and love. The brave new campaign management plan she devised for the 1980 Presidential campaign which was considered determinative to the success of the Reagan for President campaign was recognized by its archiving by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Such honor was tempered by the sorrow she, like millions of people around the world, felt upon the passing of the late President. The library preserves the late President's work. Its staff works to promote his ideals. The library also serves as the late President's last resting place on this earth. The author urges all Americans to support the library and to visit it if the opportunity arises.
While the author has written of the lives of others in her works, a portion of her life's story, too, is being preserved. Her personal history, papers and work on behalf of Massachusetts Chapter 766 (equality of educational opportunity for students with disabilities) within the Commonwealth's archives at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Of course, those works do not include her works purloined by a teacher of English at a Vermont college. As noted here, the teacher purloined one of her stories for a book now part of Houghton Mifflin's publications. Upon being confronted, the plagarizing college teacher admitted that he had illegally copied and used the author's story and that the story was hers. Houghton Mifflin, the publisher of educational textbooks and materials used to teach our children, however, responded as too many large corporations in the U.S. have and continue to do, without apology and without any real amends for the harm so wrongfully inflicted on the author.
In spite of that wrong, the author undauntedly continues in her work. Her works to date include:
As noted above, Rosie's Rule, a novel that gives voice to young people on the issue of school violence was reviewed in the New York Times upon its release by Publish America, also publisher of The Gift of Love, a collection of short stories that highlight the extraordinary experiences of "ordinary" people. Like "Gift", Rosie's Rule is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waldenbooks, other books stores and, of course, the publisher. The novel that follows the experiences of a young student in urban schools is set in the city where the events upon which the novel is based occurred. The author has been invited to visit the classes of a Middle School in Western Massachusetts to discuss the writing of and issues raised by the novel with the students. The author has accepted the invitation.
The Gift of Love is among the author's works also available through a national organization seeking to end violence against women.
New poems focusing on peace and man's place in the cosmos were featured on Poet's Against the War and included in a publication issued in honor of the birthday of M. Ghandi, father of India. The author has established a "blog" featuring essays and other creative writings at http://www.fromtheheart.motime.com.
Last year, the author responded to a request to donate some of her poems from Mill Girls and Their Dauthers to a new work focusing on the lives of the historic Lowell Mill Girls. Watch here for notice of the new publication. As a poet, she also participated in a poetry reading held at Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover, MA in celebration of Poetry Month. Copies of her works were made available to library patrons throughout the month. Stay tuned for more information about the filming of her works.A special multimedia edition of "The Haunted House Diary" is available through Sirius Publications which also released "Grandma's Book of Recipes and Helpful Hints", "The Boy Who Knew and Other Stories", "Holiday Stories," "The Illustrated Book of Trees," Vols. I and II, and "Prayers for the Temple Within". Contact Sirius Publications on the net to obtain copies of these works.
ebooksonthe.net published The Ashley Stories and Mill Girls and Their Daughters. Check the publisher's website for their availability.
In addition to pages devoted to new works, works in process, samples of her photography and poetry, this site now includes a new page dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to the conflicts that we face in this very troubled, war weary world.
Rosie's Rule, The Star of Peace, A Rusty Snowflake, Grandpa's Gift and The Racer's Edge are the first of a series of interactive books written by the author for use as supplemental reading in education as well as general reading by families and children. A Warning: The endings of each of these books are unpredictable. They may leave readers not only feeling good about the story and themselves, but also wondering.
"What Does a Tick Sound Like?" the first in a series of books for children with special needs.
The Sewer Books, one for pre-K through primary (Monsters in the Woods) and one for middle elementary students (Down the Drain) are among the chapter books for young readers being completed by the author. The books will be interactive and fully referenced. As with all of her books meant to be used to supplement classroom or individual curricula, the books contain suggestions for classroom projects.
New Poems: Conflict and Resolution explores the origins of conflict and nonviolent approaches to problem solving. Letters from the Prison and Yard, Tomorrow Today and Essays and Stories of U.S. are also in process.
For those who favor one or more of the author's poems, books or characters, new framed editions, coffee or tea mugs, t-shirts and other items are available designed and autographed by the author as a keepsake or gift. To purchase or inquire, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for stopping by to learn about Louise Hart's published works. Some of the background and perspective that gave rise to each work is provided on this site for those interested in knowing what the author intended. Her published works now range from illustrated, multimedia, imagistic, metaphysical and narrative poetry to humor, essays, non-fiction, cookbooks to short stories. Excerpts and photographic illustrations from her works can be found on this site.
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