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Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorial - By Dawn McKay

I wrote Sticks and Stones... be­cause guid­ance of our chil­dren seems to be lack­ing and we are the ones re­spon­si­ble. It is a tool book to help guide those, es­pe­cially teens and young adults, who are hav­ing a hard time fit­ting in with oth­ers, let alone into their own skins.

The ques­tions help them sort through and dis­cover so­lu­tions to their own prob­lems. In truth, the reader com­pletes the book them­selves and chooses to share it or not. It is theirs to do with as they wish. Shar­ing the ques­tions and per­sonal an­swers helped Tammy's friends and oth­ers get through it all. Tammy was my step-daugh­ter's school­mate who hung her­self at age four­teen. Kids were deeply af­fected and did not know what to do with the emo­tions Tammy's death caused. I wrote ninety-two ques­tions, made copies which my daugh­ter handed out to friends and ac­quain­tances. In about a month, a stack of an­swers came back.

I cried a lot at the read­ings, learned so much about which I did not have a clue, and kept my prom­ise to the kids. They asked me to burn them af­ter I read them. I had told them I would show their an­swers to no one. But I have al­ways re­mem­bered. Af­ter I read them, and many were signed as many were not, I burned them as most had asked me. There was a lot of fear go­ing on in their young be­ings. Be­lieve me, what they wrote was burned into my heart. Many told me that an­swer­ing those ques­tions had helped more than I would ever know. Things that they told me and that I ex­pe­ri­enced my­self are in the pages of the book. Those who bully oth­ers to make them­selves im­por­tant, those who do not lis­ten to another's story, those who do not take the time to act when it may be in­con­ve­nient are all those who hurt so many; that is another rea­son I wrote this book and have another on its way. Hope­fully the next is a book will stand by it­self. I want to help those who want and need help, too. I think this book can make a pos­i­tive ap­peal to them. Maybe we can all help each other be the best of our­selves.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Dawn or her books con­tact Dawn at dawn­three­p­etals@earth­link.ne, 575-7722585.

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