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Stories From The Heart, Vol. 2 Paperback – January 5, 2005

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André van Zijl’s writing 'grips me by the throat.' -- Maxwell Yerger, Reading and Science Teacher, NYC

Makes me want to sit down and try to capture my own thoughts and stories. -- Makes me want to sit down and try to capture my own thoughts and stories.

There’s something in here for everyone -- so many different backgrounds, and the stories are all so entertaining! -- M. Norello, Architect/Designer, Los Angeles, CA

These are rich tales told in very different styles, from very different people. Fascinating. -- Gerry S., Los Angeles

These stories are amazing -- each person has such a different voice! -- Barbara Hecht, Los Angeles

This book is so good, and beautiful. Pawprints writing groups create communities, places people can tell their stories, lacking today. -- Diane Slade, artist and therapist, Napa, CA

From the Publisher

Working with these memorable and fascinating writers has been a privilege. Some had never written before, others had been writing for years, mainly for their drawers. When they finally started working in our Pawprints Writing Class, and got their material into more coherent form, not only were they happy, so were all who read their tales.

These folks have performed at Pawprints Spoken Word with Music Shows, and audience members tell me, "They positively glow as they read. You can see how good they feel about having written their stories. And they're all so interesting!"

More About the Author

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ina and her late brother Conrad, former jazz critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Swing Journal of Japan, spent half their kidhood; living in Los Angeles after their parents' divorce. Bi-coastal living wasn't half bad, they decided; Burma Shave signs on Route 66 alone were a treat. At age 21, Ina graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (an anthropology major), and then ran away from both sets of parents to attend graduate school in New Orleans, at Tulane. She married in the French Quarter, and soon moved to Manhattan with husband Barry, a lawyer, and Rapscallion P. Cat. At J. Walter Thompson in New York City, Hillebrandt became a qualitative researcher. Later she became an independent strategic planning consultant to companies including Citicorp, VISA SEARS, IBM and CBS, and non-profits such as The Rockefeller Foundation.

Her life work has evolved so that today she is an author, motivational and writing coach, and publisher. And, she is very excited that her class's talents have led to a new path...video. Look for a new series with warm and very funny moments, to appear online in the coming months.

Before recent developments, Ina had several epiphanies. Divorced for several years, she moved with daughter Nicole, two cats and Handsome, The World's Best Dog, back to California. In Carmel, she turned her attention full time to writing. But writing can be lonely, and she missed working with groups of people. Thus began her Un-Workshops (TM)-- a series of interactive seminars based on Ina's work and life experience. Comic Release (TM) and Idea Magic (TM) are two of her most popular offerings; they help 2-legged creatures de-stress, and add humor, creativity and harmony to their professional and personal lives. Since returning to the West Coast, Ina has written, edited and contributed to a number of books, journals and newsletters, and has created a literacy program for youngsters and seniors, Pawprints Literacy Plus (TM). Some examples of books she wrote include: Amazon. com bestseller "Pawprints"; "How to Write Your Memoirs...Fun Prompts that Make Writing --and Reading -- Your Life Stories A Pleasure"; "The Student Prints...Educators' Guide to Pawprints Literacy Plus'"; "Diving Boards: Jump-Starts for Stories -- OR -- If You See a Man Alone on the Beach, It Means His Wife is Upstairs Throwing up in the Room." She is editor/publisher of the Amazon.com bestseller "Stories From The Heart, Vol. 2" (Collections from her students, 4th vol. pending).

Helping her prepare for her current roles as video performer and producer, Ina has also performed a variety of roles in creating audio and video programs: associate producer on the Jaco Pastorius NPR special hosted by Branford Marsalis, script doctor for a Kansas City Jazz live TV special co-hosted by Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover, and photo archivist for a live and videotaped series on Ethnic Arts, featuring the Chuck Davis Dance Group, produced by the Foundation for Urban Cultural Development, underwritten by the New York Department of Education, writer/producer/on camera person for variety of industrial clients. She has been interviewed by The New York Times and other journals, and has appeared live and on tape on radio and television.

A biographee in Who's Who, Ina speaks a bit of French, loves to dance, hike, ride horses, sail, laugh, cook and travel. Her foundation works with many animal rights groups such as the Jane Goodall Institute. She's proud of daughter Nicole, who is a talented actress, avid traveler, newly practicing gourmet cook, and a good person. Ina currently lives in Brentwood with her two cats -- Tamba and Pixelle -- and their friends who drop in for dinner on occasion; personally she prefers it when they are not on the menu.

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