- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Seal Press (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580055575
- ISBN-13: 978-1580055574
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience Paperback – April 28, 2015
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The development of Blended calls on her experience as a stepparent, a family therapist, and a teacher of classes and workshops on parenting and child development. She has received awards for her nonfiction writing from the Oregon Writers Colony and Willamette Writers, and was the Grand Prize winner of the Redbook/Cup of Comfort Love Story contest.
Waltz has extensive editorial experience. She taught English composition for fourteen years, and has been in critique groups of professional writers for 18 years. Currently she teaches "Tell 'Em and Sell 'Em" workshops on writing and selling the personal story, and has worked with hundreds of workshop participants to craft excellent pieces.
Her early writing is under the names Samellyn Jones and Samellyn Wood.
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Families are assembled and disassembled in a variety of ways. Each set of circumstances is unique. This collection of heartfelt stories shines a bright light on what it really means to be a part of a step family. No one asks to be part of one, the ebbs and flows of life lead some of us there.
I happen to know a little something about step families. I recently supported my step mother of 50 years through her end of life challenges. I have a host of nieces and nephews who came into my life through my sister's second marriage. Even though I have never given birth to a child, my granddaughter called me today. She's 16 and I'm helping her navigate the world of college admissions. The combinations that make up a step family are endless.
One thing is for certain, no two families are alike. The stories in Blended teach us that. Whether you are part of a step family or would just like some insight into the strength of the human spirit, Blended will take you there. It will make you laugh and cry and face head on every emotion in between. Life no matter how it is handed to us, is the life we are meant to live.
Those brought along without choice into a new family structure (children, in-laws, ex-laws, etc) might react poorly. I found the variety fascinating as well as the similarities. With great patience and determination on behalf of some members to love those who are unwilling, or perhaps willing but cautious about loving a newcomer ~ this book covers it. The challenges of identity (what names mean), traditions and custody exchanges are there. Having power and using it unfairly or not having power and dealing with it, are addressed. Many stories were fascinating in the manner that people adapted and grew and learned to love or accept not being loved.
This book gave me a greater appreciation for my dad's second wife's effort to blend with us. I would recommend "Blended" to anyone contemplating marrying ~ whether first marriage or otherwise. Relationships, adjustments and a desire to succeed in love are the universal human element.
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