Teresa LeYung-Ryan’s Blog Post 3 of 3

How Dr. Norman Doidge’s Books Help Me and My Chinese Papa Who Has Parkinson’s

 

I am not fluent in Cantonese.

When I was a new immigrant from Hong Kong in the 1960s, San Francisco public schools did not have ESL (English as a Second Language) classes.  Classmate’s snickering compelled me to learn my new language with urgency. By fourth grade, you couldn’t shut me up.  Then our parents (actually, probably just our father) insisted that my siblings and I go to Chinese School (classes in Chinatown everyday after regular school was let out).  One year of misery. Thank goodness our mother spoke up to our father (in Cantonese) – “Let our children succeed in English school first.”

Fast forward to 2017. Parkinson’s Disease has caused what Papa would say with his Cantonese accent “a lot of problem.”

[ According to http://www.parkinson.org/understanding-parkinsons/what-is-parkinsons/ Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people … a person’s brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate their movements, body and emotions.]

Papa and Teresa chuckle at the last part of speech exercises taught by Terri Snyder from Self Help for the Elderly - photo by Wen Hsu, translator extraordinaire

While I lack the vocabulary to tell my father that I sympathize, I do know how to encourage and praise with sincerity.  When he frowns at my prompting to do the exercises (taught by the dear professionals from Self Help for the Elderly) or Sit and Be Fit™  (recommended by NP Heloise Lim), or to pick up his feet when those darn rubber mats at grocery stores and restaurants seem to ambush him and his walker… I say to him: “You win! Do NOT let Parkinson’s win. You win!”

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Through the engaging stories in this book – The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge, M.D. – I have learned that our wonderful brains are forever changing, growing and healing. That knowledge gives me the vocabulary to ask the right questions as an advocate for my father. Dear friend Wen Hsu ordered the traditional Chinese edition of Dr. Doidge’s book through a bookseller in Taiwan. Papa has the book near his dining table; next to the Chinese edition is the English edition; both books are there for Papa’s helpers and friends to read.

As for my being an advocate/daughter who is not fluent in her parent’s native tongue, I know how to find people who excel in their work. In the past three weeks, Wen Hsu (translator extraordinaire) has translated my multiple letters (written in English) into Chinese for Papa’s Caregivers/Helpers.

I salute Papa’s caregivers/helpers, his caring friends, my caring friends, wise mentors, supportive spouse, dear sister, MaMah, Papa’s spunk, the doctors, nurses, administration staffs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, interpreters, dear folks at Self Help for the Elderly, South Market Senior Health Clinic, UCSF Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center, E.R. staffs, staffs at U.C. Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital, SFGH Orthotics and Prosthetic Center, the dear staff members at the building where my papa lives, and Dr. Norman Doidge for writing his book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.

Mr. Leung with traditional Chinese edition, Teresa LeYung-Ryan with English edition of the book THE BRAIN'S WAY OF HEALING: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge, M.D. - photo by Wen Hsu, translator extraordinaire

 

Special thanks to the dear folks at Self Help for the Elderly – Nurse Valerie Chan, Nurse Chiu Li, Physical Therapist Jenny Chiu, Occupational Therapist Tom Wong, Speech Therapist Terri Snyder, Translator Albie Wong, and of course the administrative staff, and all the nurses and therapists who have helped my father in the past and shall in the future.

 

Knowledge that leads to health and wellness – this is my wish for everyone.

Sincerely,

Teresa, advocate/daughter to my Chinese papa

P.S.  I am rereading Dr. Norman Doidge’s books

Teresa LeYung-Ryan, photo by Britt


Teresa LeYung-Ryan is

author of:

  • Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook);
  • Love Made of Heart: a Daughter Finds Herself through Witnessing Her Mother’s Mental Illness (novel used in college classes, recommended by the California School Library Association and the California Reading Association, and archived at the San Francisco History Center);
  • “Talking to My Dead Mom” Monologues (the first monologue received an award from Redwood 10-Minute Play Contest and was staged at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA);
  • Coach Teresa’s Blog  http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog (which attracts thousands of writers) helps writers build their platforms before and after publication
  • “For Themes’ Sake” and “Heroes, Tricksters and Villains” and “Where Are You On Your Writer’s Journey?” and other workshop material

creator of “Immigrant Experience Writing Contest” and

owner of trademark

 and proponent of public libraries, public schools, and excellent public healthcare for ALL!

The link to this blog post #3 of 3 in this series:

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/teresa-leyung-ryans-blog-post-3-of-3-how-dr-norman-doidges-books-help-me-and-my-chinese-papa-who-has-parkinsons/

Blog post #2 of 3 in this series:

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/teresa-leyung-ryans-blog-post-2-of-3-how-dr-norman-doidges-books-help-me-help-my-papa/

Blog post #1 of 3 in this series:

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/theme-consultant-teresa-leyung-ryans-blog-post-1-of-3-what-i-learned-about-the-brain-from-dr-norman-doidges-2-books/

 

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Dear Folks who have been, are, or will be advocates and/or caregivers to a family member who has Parkinson’s,

I salute YOU!  If I didn’t have caring friends, wise mentors, supportive spouse, dear sister, MaMah, and the information from Dr. Norman Doidge‘s book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity, I would be in need of advocates and caregivers myself.

Last month, Papa fell again.  No broken bones. No kidney damage. He sure is a lucky fellow.  After his first fall earlier this year, the doctors and nurses explained to him (in Cantonese) and to me that when someone falls and cannot get up and is on the floor for hours, the muscles release a material into the bloodstream that could cause kidney damage. So, what did the doctor and interpreter at the hospital say this time?  “Your father was dehydrated and weak. He needs to eat well, eat more. Encourage him. To eat more. To drink plenty of water.”

Aah, the word “encourage” contains the word “courage”.

Parkinson’s Disease has discouraged Papa – the disease has made Papa’s movement “smaller” – small steps, small voice, small hand-writing.

Encourage my father to do this, to do that? Sounds simple enough.  Then why do I feel discouraged myself?  Whatever happens, I must take good care of my own brain.

I am not fluent in Cantonese, Papa is not fluent in English -

At least twice in the past month, he got upset when I said something about myself (he thought I was talking about him). “Teresa, keep your cool,” I tell myself. (Thank you, mentor Lynn!)

 I do not understand why Papa seems to be evasive when answering questions -

“Papa, when did you last eat?” I’d ask.

“I ate a lot,” he replies.

“What time?” I ask.

“A little while ago,” he says.

“What time?  Six o’clock? Ten o’clock? Two?  It’s two-thirty now. What time did you eat?”

“Eight.”

“Eight o’clock! That’s not a little while ago.” I can hear the irritation in my voice.

“Teresa, encourage him, not grill him.”  (Thank you, NP Lim!)

I cringe just thinking about entering his apartment and getting blasted by the television volume set at 84 or the thermostat set at 80 degrees -

What can I do?  I supposed . . . instead of asking (accusing) him “Is your hearing going?” and “Are you cold because you’re ill?” I could just turn down the two dials and engage him in conversation. (Thank you, dear Sasa!)

I, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, daughter of a father who has Parkinson’s, thank everyone who has helped my papa and Dr. Norman Doidge for writing his wonder-full book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.

Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, administration staffs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, interpreters, everyone at Self Help for the Elderly, folks in UCSF Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center,  E.R. staffs, folks at St. Mary’s Hospital, SFGH Orthotics and Prosthetic Center, and the dear staff at the building where my papa lives.

Knowledge that leads to health and wellness – this is my wish for everyone.

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Teresa LeYung-Ryan, advocate for my Chinese papa

Please visit http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog and http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  for resources.

If you’d like to read Blog Post 1 of 3 in this series: http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/theme-consultant-teresa-leyung-ryans-blog-post-1-of-3-what-i-learned-about-the-brain-from-dr-norman-doidges-2-books/

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Advocate/Author/Theme Consultant Teresa LeYung-Ryan here, wishing everyone safety, comfort, joy.

I think about my mom often. October is a bittersweet month for me -  it is the anniversary of my mother-daughter novel Love Made of Heart and Breast Cancer Awareness Month (my own mom died of metastasized breast cancer in 2000). This October (and every month) is cause for action for everyone who want to be involved in Gina L. Mulligan’s foundation Girls Love Mail and Gina’s beautiful gift book DEAR FRIEND: Letters of Encouragement, Humor and Love for Women with Breast Cancer (published by Chronicle Books).

3 ways to participate and honor AWARENESS, Girls Love Mail foundation, and letter-writing.

Gina L. Mulligan's new book DEAR FRIEND: Letters of Encouragement, Humor and Love for Women with Breast Cancer

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3 ways to participate and honor Awareness, Girls Love Mail foundation, and letter-writing.

Gina L. Mulligan is author of the gift book DEAR FRIEND: Letters of Encouragement, Humor and Love for Women with Breast Cancer AND the founder of Girls Love Mail

1.  A hand-written letter has the special power to heal. Girls Love Mail collects your hand-written letters of encouragement, bundles them, and sends them, via the caring staff at cancer centers, to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Every letter is a gift from you to a woman going through a difficult time. http://www.girlslovemail.com/faqs/

Total Letters Since 2011 is…110,000! That’s 110,000 women encouraged!

Be part of the 2017 MILES OF MAIL campaign to collect 26,000 letters this year. Plus stay connected and read responses from letter recipients!

2.  Gina L. Mulligan’s book DEAR FRIEND: Letters of Encouragement, Humor and Love for Women with Breast Cancer is available anywhere books are sold.

Please support your favorite bookseller, especially the first week of October) http://www.girlslovemail.com/store-donate/  Also, when you purchase from http://www.chroniclebooks.com/dear-friend.html , they’ll donate 25% of the retail price to Houston’s Susan G. Komen (Breast Cancer Foundation).

3.  Please join author Gina Mulligan and letter writers Margie Yee Webb and Teresa LeYung Ryan (whose letters are in the book) on:

Tues, Sept. 26, 2017, 7PM – 9 PM at Gina Mulligan’s book launch of DEAR FRIEND. Barnes & Noble, 280 Palladio Parkway Building 913, Folsom, CA

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Wed, Oct. 4, 2017, 7:00pm-8:30pm Gina Mulligan’s book party of DEAR FRIEND. Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco.

https://www.facebook.com/GirlsLoveMail/

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Margie Yee Webb and Teresa LeYung-Ryan celebrate Gina L. Mulligan and Gina's beautiful gift book DEAR FRIEND: Letters of Encouragement, Humor and Love for Women with Breast Cancer.

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung-Ryan,
Theme Consultant and Writers’ Platform-Building Coach
Please visit http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog and http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  for resources.

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“What I Learned About the Brain from Dr. Norman Doidge’s 2 Books”

I thank Norman Doidge, M.D. and everyone who contributed to his two books.  http://www.normandoidge.com/

  • * The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science  (March 2007 hardcover; December 2007 paperback)
  • * The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity (January 2015 hardcover; January 2016 paperback)

On October 21, 2015, I had published my blog post entitled “The Brain’s Way of Healing – Chapter Titles and Index in Book Spark Hope and Motivation to Ask Physicians the Right Questions  As my family members and friends know, what I had learned from Dr. Doidge’s books helped me help my papa.

While loved ones who are ill or have diseases and do not have the energy to read and process the valuable information, WE do, and WE can help them and ourselves.

Knowledge that leads to health and wellness – this is my wish for everyone.

Dr. Doidge’s books are most engaging- I learned from the stories – I did NOT have to look up medical terms; the footnotes were equally engaging.

You have friends who have had . . . Strokes?  Chronic pain?  Suffering from symptoms of MS?  Cerebral Palsy?  Muscular Dystrophy?  Alzheimer’s?  Parkinson’s?  Head injury? Balance problems? Vision problems? Depression?

Dear friend and colleague Elisa Sasa Southard was the one who taught me about hooking attention with no more than 3 talking points in a speech.  Here are mine for this post. I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) learned that the awesome brain refreshes itself which leads to healing… with a little help from us:

* LIGHT – sit in direct natural light (approximately 20 minutes a day).  Florence Nightingale who established the first professional training school for nurses, Sister J. Ward  who was in charge of preemies in a hospital in Essex, England, Soranus of Ephesus (physician in imperial Rome) – they knew about the healing power of natural light. The Romans had a law “right to light” which guaranteed people’s access to the sun in their homes.

* SELF IMAGE – look at a photograph of yourself (a photo reminiscent of a time when you felt vital) OR create that picture in your mind’s eyes – athletes and musicians know the benefits of visualization as a way of training

* SOUND – sing the songs from your past (a time when you felt vital)  Sara Davidson’s April 23, 2009 article “The Songs They Can’t Forget” for The New York Times – The New Old Age – Caring and Coping Blog inspired me to publish my blog post of July 2 (with a P.S. on July 18), 2017  Dementia. Alzheimer’s. Losing Memory. Losing Joy. Songs from the Past. Experience Joy Again.

Our amazing brains! Help our brains “rewire” (I say “refresh”) to enjoy life. Help the people we care about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Theme Consultant/Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who teaches my clients (writers and artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication –

* identify themes in your manuscripts so that you can rewrite with ease;

* identify themes in your intellectual properties and create scripts for your websites/blogs, pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog posts.

Please visit http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog and http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  for resources.

Coach Teresa’s motto:  “Reach out, not stress out. Help your fans find you BEFORE & AFTER publication”

Teresa’s workbook:
Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW – print edition available at http://www.laurelbookstore.com in Oakland, CA  and on Amazon – print edition and Kindle edition!

Teresa’s novel:

Love Made of Heart: a daughter–mother love story (used in colleges; recommended by the California School Library Association and the California Reading Association)

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 Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan a Big Fan of Volunteers at EBRPD and Regional Parks Botanic Garden

 In March 2017, I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) retired from East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). My last post with the District was at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden  (aka “a living museum” ) as half-time Senior Office Assistant.  Another title would be “Email Pusher” (in my early career, that was called “paper pusher”). Honestly, so much of my work was communicating online, and creating and distributing documents electronically. Interacting with coworkers (at the Garden and District-wide), assisting visitors and callers, and working with volunteers had brought me joy to last a lifetime. I thank each person who has been kind to me.

Today August 5, 2017 at “the living museum” Volunteers will be recognized for their dedication helping Regional Parks Botanic Garden staff accomplish their annual goals and commitments. The Superstar Volunteers during the last 10 years of my career at the Botanic Garden include Ron Clendenen, Rosemary Clendenen, Sue Rosenthal, John Rusk – these folks had received special recognition from East Bay Regional Park District. I had the privilege of working with these four and many other superstar volunteers.  The beloved volunteers who are now angels watching over the Garden include Jenny Fleming, Es Anderson, Jock Anderson, Pat Eckhardt, Carrie Sprague, Miriam Pollock, Wayne Roderick (as you might know, Wayne was Steve Edwards’s predecessor as Botanic Garden Director). By the way, Steve has happily retired too; his successor is Bart O’Brien.

Volunteers, I celebrate you all!

I advise everyone to get a copy of this book – the book that has helped me help my father and my friends and their friends and families. I am NOT a medical student.; this book is for everyday people. Through the stories in Dr. Doidge’s books, I am able to implement changes and find more resources for my parent and friends.

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity -  the second book by Norman Doidge, M.D.

 

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I am Theme Consultant/Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who teaches my clients (writers and artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication –

* identify themes in your manuscripts so that you can rewrite with ease;

* identify themes in your intellectual properties and create scripts for your websites/blogs, pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog posts.

Please visit http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog and http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  for resources.

Coach Teresa’s motto:  “Reach out, not stress out. Help your fans find you BEFORE & AFTER publication”

 

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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Sacramento Suburban Writers’ mission statement and behavior‘To foster, encourage, and educate writers and independent publishers…’exemplify dedication.”

SSWC’s website:   http://www.sactowriters.org

"Use Your Name and Your Themes to Advance Your Writer’s Platform-Building Journey" Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan with dynamic Sacramento Suburban Writers - photo by Margie Yee Webb

Scroll down this page to see more photos and highlights of Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan‘s interactive presentation.

On Monday July 10, 2017 Theme Consultant and Writers’ Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan thanked Tammy Andrews, President Westley Turner, officers, chairs, and all members of Sacramento Suburban Writers Club, as well as friends from Gold Country Writers, California Writers Club and Women’s National Book Association… for showing up.

Special thanks to authors Susan Osborn, Nanci Lee Woody, Steve Liddick, Joy Hemp and author/photographer Margie Yee Webb!

Authors Susan Osborn, Nanci Lee Woody, Steve Liddick and Joy Hemp with Writers' Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan (center, wearing medallion belt) - photo by author Margie Yee Webb

“Use Your Name and Your Themes to Advance Your Writer’s Platform-Building Journey”

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan asks:  “The word ‘PLATFORM’ – what is that?”

  • PLATFORM  = What your name stands FOR!  What you care about! The themes you write about!

“Your writer’s platform statement is simply knowing how to articulate the themes you write about and linking those themes to your name.”

Why build and fortify your writer’s platform?   To attract more attention BEFORE & AFTER publication, with ease.

How? By:

  • * creating your PLATFORM STATEMENT
  • * showcasing it – from your email signature block … to your website/blog’s description/taglines… to press releases and talking points, etc. etc.
  • * training other people to broadcast your name and platform statements.

 Scroll down this page to see more photos and more highlights of Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan‘s interactive presentation.

CALL TO ACTION!

1.  Email Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan at:  WritingCoachTeresa@gmail.com

  • show her your platform statement in your email signature block!

  • tell her where else you’re showing your platform statement

2.  If  you already have Coach Teresa’s workbook, have fun with the 22-day program.

3.  Tell writers you care about that Coach Teresa gives one-on-one as well as group-coaching

4.  Tell writers you care about that Coach Teresa can help them identify themes in their manuscripts so that they can rewrite with ease

5.  Celebrate your own writer’s journey by “reaching out, not stressing out!”

Scroll down this page to see more photos Sacramento Suburban Writers and more highlights of Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan‘s interactive presentation.

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan cheers for Sacramento Suburban Writers and their platform statements!

“Make your name stand for something—to attract target consumers who are likely to buy what you have to sell.”  (Day 10 of Coach Teresa’s workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days)

What is the “something”? THEMES/SUBJECT MATTERS IN YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY  

Who are “target consumers”?  READERS WHO CARE ABOUT THE THEMES/SUBJECT MATTERS YOU CARE ABOUT

Examples: (for fiction and nonfiction and for your services)

“I am Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Through my novel Love Made of Heart, I encourage adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas.”

“I am Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Through my monologues, I help survivors of family violence find their own voices.

“I am Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Through my coaching services and my workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, I show fiction and nonfiction writers how to attract attention before and after publication.

“I am Theme Consultant Teresa LeYung-RyanI teach writers of fiction and nonfiction how to identify themes in their manuscripts so that they can rewrite with ease.”

Scroll down this page to see more photos and more highlights of Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan‘s interactive presentation.

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan teaches Sacramento Suburban Writers how to create platform statements to attract attention. Here are Jeannie S. Turner, Christine Stein and David Stein about to speak theirs! - photo by Margie Yee Webb

 

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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan teaches Sacramento Suburban Writers how to create platform statements to attract attention. Author Brittany Lord will be using Coach Teresa's workbook Build Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days ! - photo by Margie Yee Webb

Gisela Butler is author of My Flight to Freedom (from East Berlin's Iron Curtain) - photo by Writers' Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan teaches Sacramento Suburban Writers how to create platform statements to attract attention. Here is author Loraine Holden speaking hers! Don’t Get Thin, Get Healthy - photo by Margie Yee Webb

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Cathy McGreevy and Mary Lou Anderson show fellow writers Hero Archetypes - photo by Theme Consultant and Writers' Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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Barbara Jodry about to articulate her platform statement as Writers' Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan uses hats to show writers who the players are in traditional publishing arena - photo by Margie Yee Webb

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Author Walt Speelman will use Coach Teresa's workbook Build Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days - photo by author Margie Yee Webb

Author Joy Hemp is on Day 6 of Coach Teresa's workbook Build Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days - photo by author Margie Yee Webb

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Author Don Sheagley will use Coach Teresa's workbook Build Your Writer's Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days - photo by author Margie Yee Webb

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Writers' Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan with dynamic Sacramento Suburban Writers Mary Jo Anderson, Tammy Andrews, President Westley Turner and Gold Country Writers/award-winning authors Nanci Lee Woody and Margie Yee Webb- photo by TLR

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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan with Karen Sepahmansour and colleagues at Sacramento Suburban Writers - photo by Margie Yee Webb

author Margie Yee Webb with dynamic Sacramento Suburban Writers - photo by Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Kathy "Kanika" Marshall and fellow members of Sacramento Suburban Writers - photo by Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Robin E.D. Robinson and dynamic Sacramento Suburban Writers with Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan - photo by Margie Yee Webb

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Theme Consultant and Writers' Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan - photo by Sasa Southard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who teaches my clients (writers and artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication –

* identify themes in your manuscripts so that you can rewrite with ease;

* identify themes in your intellectual properties and create scripts for your websites/blogs, pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog posts.

Please visit http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog and http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  for resources.

Coach Teresa’s motto:  “Reach out, not stress out. Help your fans find you BEFORE & AFTER publication”

 

 

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P.S. July 18, 2017 Angels everywhere!

Theme Consultant/Writers’ Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to say: “Angels everywhere!  I found a source for songs to gift to my friends who have dementia or Alzheimer’s.  Five days ago, I opened an email from Patrick von Wiegandt announcing his new CD SWANKY AT ABBEY ROAD.  Seeing Patrick’s name brought back delightful memories of when Elisa Sasa Southard and I were morning presenters (teaching writers how to attract attention from agents, acquisition editors, and anyone who could be a fan) at the San Francisco Writers Conference (founded by Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada).  Over the 3-day conference, Patrick and his team would orchestrate the recordings of 100+ sessions.  Friday and Saturday evenings at the conference, Patrick’s band entertained hundreds of writers.

“What joy to know that his music is for sale.  On his website, Patrick von Wiegandt says: ‘Swanky is a fresh take on some of the most elegant, engaging and absolutely wonderful songs ever composed. This is my loving musical tour of the Jazz Age – 1920′s to 1940′s. My pal, mentor and Legendary Producer/Engineer/Mixer Al Schmitt supervised the recording at Capitol Studios, Hollywood. I want to thank all of the terrific musicians, engineers and all of the creative and hard working folks who helped make this dream come true. I could not  - would not have done this without you.’

“So, I ordered 6 CDs.  And, I asked Patrick if his press releases and other PR material talks about how his CDs (songs from 1920′s to 1940‘s) help folks who are battling memory loss. He replied with heartwarming news. I cheer for Patrick and encourage him to add his news (see below) and photos to his website/blog/social media. Patrick, please help more fans find you. Please blog at least once a month, and add a photo or a 30-second video (of your audience, could be backs of their heads) each time you publish a blog post. You do good work in the community and that ought to be broadcast.  I teach my clients the importance of understanding what fans can do.  Well, I am your fan and I applaud you and I tag your name, your CD titles, and the words “songs from 1920′s to 1940‘s” in this blog post and shouting out . . . 

Patrick von Wiegandt says: “We have been playing in retirement homes and Alzheimer’s facilities in L.A  and Hawaii  – and it’s been an amazing experience.  A real joy  to see people light up when we play these songs from 1920′s to 1940‘s.”   http://www.patrickvon.com/

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

July 2, 2017

Dementia. Alzheimer’s. Losing Memory. Losing Joy. Songs from the Past. Experience Joy Again.

How can family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers help the person suffering from affliction?

Recently I visited one of my dear mentors – author Lynn Scott who had brought joy to her clients (suffering from Alzheimer’s disease) by singing songs from  her clients’ past.  So, when I was talking to another dear mentor (she and her husband had just moved into an apartment in an assisted living community and now her husband is moved to the “memory care unit” which is in another part of the building), I told this mentor about Lynn Scott; also I asked if their son could get CDs of songs that she and her husband listened to when they were a young couple. This morning, I was awakened by memories of conversations with both mentors. I Googled the words [ Dementia, Alzheimer's, songs from the past ] and found the insightful article written by Sara Davidson:

The Songs They Can’t Forget – The New Old Age Blog – The New York …

Apr 23, 2009 – Familiar songs can help people with dementia relate to others, …. My dad passed away five years ago after a long, sad battle with Alzheimer’s.

The New York Times – The New Old Age – Caring and Coping Blog

“The Songs They Can’t Forget” by Sara Davidson April 23, 2009

Excerpts from Ms. Davidson’s article:

Tom was a wanderer. When his wife, Elsie, came to visit him at a care unit for patients with dementia, he would give her a perfunctory kiss, then wander off through the rooms and stare out the window. Elsie tried to walk with him and hold hands, but he would shake her off, leaving her heartsick.

A music therapist at the facility, Alicia Clair, was searching for ways to help couples like Elsie and Tom connect.
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Researchers and clinicians are finding that when all other means of communication have shut down, people remember and respond to music. Familiar songs can help people with dementia relate to others, move more easily and experience joy.
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Not just any music will do, though. The trick is finding out what music was popular when the patient was a teen and young adult. Ms. Kate Gfeller said those years are such a powerful time in developing autonomy — a time of first love, learning to drive, getting the first home of one’s own — that people will play the music they heard during those years all their lives, and recall it the longest.
Thank you, Ms. Davidson!

Sara Davidson’s website is saradavidson.com

Lynn Scott’s memoir is  A Joyful Encounter: My Mother, My Alzheimer Clients, and Me

Lynn Scott’s blog https://lynnscott.wordpress.com/

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who teaches my clients (writers, artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication — identify themes in your manuscripts so that you can rewrite with ease; identify themes in your intellectual properties and create scripts for pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog. Please visit http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  and http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog for resources.

 

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In California . . . Remember the book festival staged at the Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco? And, there was the Oakland Literature Expo produced by Kim McMillon and the Sonoma County Book Festival!

This weekend  June 3 and 4, 2017 in Berkeley, California is the Bay Area Book Festival!

Cherilyn Parsons is Founder and Executive Director!

https://www.baybookfest.org

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Look for these authors:

Margie Yee Webb, Barbara Santos, Michael Larsen et al at the San Francisco Writers Conference booth.

Rita Lakin (Sunday 11:30am – 1:00pm) and her colleagues at the Sisters In Crime booth.

Nanci Lee Woody, Elise Frances Miller, Laurel Anne Hill, Audrey Kalman,  James Hanna, Tory Hartmann et al from Sand Hill Review Press https://www.sandhillreviewpress.com  And, congratulations to Margaret Davis and Bardi Rosman Koodrin whose novels will be released soon!

Cheers to all authors, publishers, editors, book sellers, readers, artists, City of Berkeley, San Francisco Chronicle, Cherilyn Parsons and her super team, all participants, sponsors, well wishers!

Cheers to AAUW, AAWAA, CLA, CWC, Gold Country Writers, SFWC,  SF Writing For Change, WNBA

Yours truly Teresa LeYung-Ryan has fond memories of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (adventures with Elisa Sasa Southard) and the Arizona Book Festival (thank you to friends and book sellers in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe)!

Programs for writers! June 10-17, 2017

presented by California Writers Club members http://cwc-peninsula.org/

and the San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage https://sanmateocountyfair.com/literary-arts

San Mateo County Fair website:  https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/98-entertainment-stages/171-fine-arts-galleria

Map of Fair Grounds:   https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/visit/fair-info/grounds-map

http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/programs-for-writers-june-10-17-2017-june-11-mini-conference-literary-stage-at-san-mateo-county-fair-california-writers-club/

“Book Festivals, Fairs – Labor of Love, Writing, Reading,” says Writing Coach / Theme Consultant Teresa LeYung-Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who teaches my clients (writers, artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication — identify themes in their intellectual properties and create scripts for pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog. Please visit http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  and http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog for resources.

The workbook:
Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW – print edition available at Laurel Book Store http://www.laurelbookstore.com in Oakland, CA and on Amazon – print edition and Kindle edition!

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Programs for writers! June 10-17, 2017

presented by California Writers Club members http://cwc-peninsula.org/

and the San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage https://sanmateocountyfair.com/literary-arts

 

Programs on the Literary Stage are FREE. Cheers to Bardi Rosman Koodrin & Super Team!

Admission prices to the fair https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/visit/admission/admission-pricing  Special promotions https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/visit/admission/special-promotions

Parking prices https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/about-us/faq-s

Map of San Mateo County Fair Grounds:   https://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/visit/fair-info/grounds-map

 

2017 SAN MATEO COUNTY FAIR (SMCF)

Look for LITERARY STAGE in FINE ARTS GALLERIA, EXPO HALL

https://sanmateocountyfair.com/literary-arts

 

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 12:00-7:00pm 

First day of events for writers and readers at San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Stage in Fine Arts Galleria, Expo Hall.
Programs on the Literary Stage are FREE. Cheers to Bardi Rosman Koodrin & Super Team!

Celebrate Bardi Rosman Koodrin’s book launch of NOVELMANIA 4:30-5:30pm!

Bardi Rosman Koodrin welcomes audience to Literary Arts stage at San Mateo County Fair

 

Sunday, June 11, 2017 Mini Writers’ Conference

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2017 SMCF LITERARY CONTESTANTS

12:30-1:00 pm  Contest Entrants read. Participants to be Announced.

SPOTLIGHT ON MENTORING

1:00-2:00 pm  “Use Core Themes to Rewrite Your Manuscript and Pitches” with

Theme Consultant and Writers’ Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Coach Teresa’s workbook will be available – Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

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2:00-3:00 pm WANT TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S BOOK? And Get It Published? Award-winning authors Jill Diamond, Eric Lindstrom, JoAnne Stewart Wetzel and Caryn Yacowitz talk about picture books, middle grade novels & YA novels they have written and give tips on writing your own. Their publishers include Scholastic, Alfred A. Knopf, Little, Brown, plus Farrar Straus and Giroux. The authors’ books will be available.

3:00-4:00 pm Nora Profit, Founder of      Everything You Learned About Writing is a Lie: Here’s the Truth.

 

4:00-5:00 pm Ask the Editors: Nora Profit, Lisa Meltzer Penn, Laurel Anne Hill, Tory Hartmann and Audrey Kalman.

 

5:00-6:00 pm Private  Writing Consultations: Nora Profit, Lisa Meltzer Penn, Laurel Anne Hill, Tory Hartmann, Audrey Kalman, & Teresa LeYung-Ryan.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE 2017 SMCF LITERARY CONTESTANTS

6:00-7:00 pm  Panel of Contest Entrants. Participants to be Announced.

Well-known author and speaker Margie Yee Webb will serve as this panel’s moderator.  https://www.facebook.com/MargieYeeWebb

7:00-7:30 pm   Contest Entrants read. Participants to be Announced.

SEE YOU THERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who teaches my clients (writers, artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication — identify themes in their intellectual properties and create scripts for pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog. Please visit http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  and http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com/blog for resources.

The workbook:
Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW – print edition available at Laurel Book Store http://www.laurelbookstore.com in Oakland, CA and on Amazon – print edition and Kindle edition!

 

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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who says “Reach out, not stress out!” will present “Use Your Name and Your Themes to Advance Your Writer’s Platform-Building Journey” on Monday July 10, 2017, 7pm-9pm  at  Sacramento Suburban Writers Club http://www.sactowriters.org/   5501 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks, CA (in the Fellowship hall, (straight back from the road, through the gate in the white fence).  Sacramento Suburban Writers welcome visitors.

What is platform-building and fanbase-building and how you can make yours prosperous. I, Theme Consultant and Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan, thank Catharine Bramkamp for interviewing me as  Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter  Featured Member this month. Thank you, Simona Carini, for publishing and for your kindness. Thank you to all Women’s National Book Association colleagues!

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Teresa LeYung-Ryan has been helping authors with their platforms for years: Her own platform – reach out, not stress out – speaks to her focus on authors and how to make their promotion, their sales and even their conversations more productive and natural.

Writers’ Platform and Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says:

“When I was an aspiring writer, playwright Kim McMillon would invite me to literary parties. ‘Make connections,’ Kim said to me. ‘Have fun.’ I was too stressed out to have fun. I’d introduce myself by my first name only, and, I didn’t know how to articulate what I was writing about. Then, I would go home, dreading the next networking event. Kim did not give up on me. She even put me in the line-up at her open mic events. True friends are your biggest fans.

“Through watching Kim’s plays, I discovered what makes a performance/story memorable. Those recurring themes! What is theme? The subject matter/topic/issue discussed repeatedly in a piece of writing. Theme answers the question ‘What’s your point?’ Whether you are writing fiction (as in novels), narrative nonfiction (as in memoirs) or prescriptive nonfiction (as in workbooks/how-to books), theme is the thread with which you weave your chapters. For example:

  • In E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web (fiction/classic children’s book), the core themes are: true friendship; cycles of life; believing in one’s self.
  • In Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior (narrative nonfiction), the core themes are: Chinese myths; being a Chinese-American youth in California; losing and gaining one’s own voice.
  • In Angie Choi’s My Dreams: A Simple Guide to Dream Interpretation (prescriptive nonfiction), the core themes are: understanding personal dream symbols; solving problems; transformation

“So, the platform statements I would create for these brilliant authors would be:

  • Through his children’s books, E.B. White teaches young readers how to be a real friend.
  • Through her memoirs and novels, Maxine Hong Kingston inspires us to reclaim our voices.
  • Through her book My Dreams, Angie Choi shows us how to interpret personal dream symbols and transform our waking worlds.

“Side note: The Woman Warrior was the book that inspired me to write my first book Love Made of Heart. Thank you, Maxine Hong Kingston!

“To writers, I say: ‘Make your name stand for something—to attract target consumers—who are likely to buy what you have to sell.’

  • The something = themes you write about
  • Target consumers = readers who read about the themes you write about
  • What you have to sell = your intellectual properties

“Your platform statements will attract attention before and after publication, whether you’re going to self-publish or sell rights to a publisher.

“When I teach ‘For Theme’s Sake: Edit Your Own Manuscript Before Pitching to Agents OR Self-Publishing’ the first assignment I give is: Reread one of your favorite books (especially a classic children’s book). What is the author’s point? What are the topics /subject matters/issues running through the entire story? Then, tackle your own story! Knowing how to weave core themes makes rewriting enjoyable.

“Authors of fiction need to work doubly hard building their platforms. With more than 3 million titles in the Literature/Fiction category for readers to choose from, how will they find you if you aren’t already an award-winning author, bestselling author or celebrity? My first book Love Made of Heart is a novel. I was a newbie. My agent believed in me. However, I had to demonstrate to Kensington Publishing in New York my platform statements:

  • Teresa LeYung-Ryan encourages adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas.
  • Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps survivors of family violence find their own voices.

“It is challenging to enter the fiercely competitive bookselling arena. The other players include authors with proven track records / established platforms / big fanbases / celebrity status and authors who are also seasoned publishers or promoters. That said, ‘Don’t worry, be happy’. Yes, you can transform challenges into opportunities that feel right for you. And turn off the noise in the brain. I recommend Elisa Sasa Southard’s book Break Through the Noise: 9 Tools to Propel Your Marketing Message. Elisa has taught me well.

“The Internet helps your fans find you. They find you when you broadcast your platform statement on cyberspace. After all, where do we go when we need to find something or someone? My workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW shows you how to create and broadcast your platform statement / how to reach out, not stress out. Some best practices from this workbook:

  • Who are you? Not a year ago. Who are you today? If you want others to notice you, you need to notice yourself.
  • What are tags? Tags are keywords and phrases. Understand the function of tags on cyberspace (especially in your blog/website) and you will rejoice over your name and platform statements.
  • Celebrities reach out. Organizations reach out. You reach out.

“Here are a few excellent platform statements because each one fulfills the definition from my workbook – Make your name stand for something—to attract target consumers—who are likely to buy what you have to sell.

  • Writing Coach & Chief Storytelling Officer Catharine Bramkamp helps small business owners tell their stories on social media platforms to attract more clients/customers.
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  • Through her books, Margie Yee Webb promotes pet awareness and encourages people to make a difference in the lives of cats and other companion animals.
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  • Linda Lee of Askmepc-Webdesign says: Whether you are a novice or veteran Internet user, I can help you optimize and monetize your website.
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  • Mary E. Knippel (Your Writing Mentor and founder of The Unleashed Homemaker) is fiercely committed to guiding women—who have been silent too long—to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine.
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  • Travel writer and professional Tour Director Elisa Sasa Southard turns student travelers into explorers.
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  • Author and art teacher Connie Smith Siegel says: ‘You do not have to be an artist to reclaim your unique creative language. Drawing and the use of color is for everyone.’
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  • Author Jo Chandler uses her novel This Side of Forever to shed light on a teenager’s alcohol addiction and what she discovers on her surprising journey.

“Enjoy the benefits of being a WNBA member. I have had the privilege of working on the board and committees, co-presenting, and connecting with members of the San Francisco Chapter (by the way, many members are also colleagues through California Writers Club and San Francisco Writers Conference). I have served WNBA by doing what was enjoyable for me – using my organization skills, knack for taking pictures, and platform/fanbase-building expertise. Get to know other WNBA members by attending mixers and other WNBA events, and subscribing to the weekly blog posts.”

WNBA-SF Member Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan teaches her clients (writers, artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication — identify themes in their intellectual properties and create scripts for pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog. Visit http://WritingCoachTeresa.com and http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/ for more resources. Teresa’s upcoming speaking events are listed on this page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:00pm-7:00pm

Annual Writers Mini Conference at San Mateo County Fair Literary Stage, San Mateo, CA https://sanmateocountyfair.com/pdf/2017/literary_17.pdf

1:00-2:00pm  “Use Core Themes to Rewrite Your Story and Query Letters” with Theme Consultant and Writers’ Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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 Monday, July 10, 2017, 7:00pm—9:00pm

for Sacramento Suburban Writers Club  http://www.sactowriters.org/

at Crossroads Fellowship Christian Church, 5501 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks, CA

 

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