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“I have been honored to witness Vanita’s amazing growth as a writer. Her children’s books have won a dedicated nationwide following. Silent Is The Magpie is, by turns, touching and thrilling and, finally, inspiring. To women of a certain age, they will read this and when finished say, ‘I want to meet Jamie Barlow!’
“They will also realize that we truly never stop growing and learning, and then saying to the world with both feet firmly planted on the ground: ‘This is who I am.’ Hurrah for Jamie! Hurrah for us!”
Carolyn S. Brodie, PhD
Reinberger Children’s Library Center & Marantz Picturebook Collection Director
Virginia Hamilton Conference Director
Our stories do not stop at one generation. Silent is the Magpie is the debut novel from Vanita Oelschlager, who is a proven and popular children's author. Following the journey of Jamie Barlow as she takes on what means to be a woman, Silent is the Magpie is a read that will glue readers to the page and keep the pages turning.
James A. Cox
Small Press Bookwatch: May 2012
Midwest Book Review
When I first read the poems of Air Mask, I was taken by their simple, plainspoken, sometimes brutal, honesty. Vanita has been many people in her life... daughter, woman, wife, mother, teacher, friend, benefactor and, here, caregiver. It is in this latter capacity you see all the others brought forward and introduced through her poetry.
Air Mask is particularly fitting as the title poem. The caregiver must indeed make sure she or he is getting enough oxygen before trying to help anyone else.
Vanita asks us to understand a little more about the life of a caregiver. The burden of trying to provide for another’s most basic human needs often leaves many of them gasping for air. Yet most forge ahead, putting on a brave face - a mask - for the rest of the world to see, including the one needing, and getting, the care.
Vanita has lifted the mask. With the strength that perhaps only others who have experienced life as she has known. The strength of an overarching love transcending the pains, illnesses, fears and sheer weariness that often define the life of a caregiver.
We can only be thankful that she has.
"A moving and elegantly simple testimonial to the beauty of the human spirit transformed through adversity and hope."
Joseph D. Varley M.D. DFAPA
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry Program Director, Summa/NEOMED Psychiatry Residency Program
"From the thoughtful appointments and surprises, to the support and challenge, Signposts on the Road to Wellville feels good in your hands. Each page holds words of uncluttered wisdom and evocative imagery. It shows the simple wisdom of giving your self the time and the space to grow and the nourishment to heal. Signposts stands alone, thoughtfully assembled and beautifully rendered. This journal can help you find the beauty of the day; of each day lived going forward, not going back."
RN, LMT and Reiki Master and Trainer
"What a beautiful journal. Each photo is a work of art and the phrases that accompany each photo are words that can lift you up and crack you open. Read through this beautiful book over and over. I really believe even if you write everyday, you will find insight for life."
Librarian NetGalley Reviewer
"Signposts on the Road to Wellville by Vanita Oelschlager is a journal that helps one on the road to recovery. This journal is filled with wonderful quotes and pictures. It will help you with your recovery and give you personal insight.
I think this is a good little book and recommend it. I think it could be useful to use in recovery from many things both physical and emotional. I don’t think I would purchase the ebook of this as being it’s a journal it’s probably better to have a hard copy to write in."