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Dandelion: The Extraordinary Life of a Misfit Hardcover – August 1, 2004
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Sheelagh Mawe put her own life experiences and the theories of various metaphysical writers into story form.
A Special Message from the Author
Jambo Fellow Adventurer!
Dandelion didn't come easily into this world! There were times when I was writing her story that the paper stayed blank all day. Other times I'd have three legal pads going at once, none of them making much sense. And I quit my real-world job to do this!
And then, when her story was written, nobody wanted to publish her. I mean, nobody. "What is it?" they wanted to know, "Adult or children? Fact or fiction? What, what, what?" And I thought, "Well, if I'm going to have to 'draw pictures' for them to understand her, just never mind!" And I decided to publish her myself. Only thing was, I didn't have any money.
Time passed. A lot of time.
Nine years, in fact. But it wasn't wasted time. For in those years my son the CPA, and my son the Artist, and I, the unknown Author, put our heads together and started our own company, TUT, which later came to represent Totally Unique Thoughts. And gradually, as we grew from selling our T-shirts in the heat and the cold out of a pushcart on a sidewalk, to real stores with a real warehouse and computers and all that 'stuff,' Dandelion came back to haunt me and I thought.
Why not? Let's get her out of that cardboard box on that dusty shelf and give her her head, and see what happens... Today, 12 years later, Dandelion is a very happy, well-traveled horse. She gets shipped to places I've never heard of, receives her own fan mail, is in her 10th printing, and from what people write me, is actually making a difference. Good thing I quit that job, huh?
Sheelagh Mawe, June 2011
Dandelion: The Extraordinary Life of a Misfit
In Dandelion, Sheelagh Mawe tells the story of a lowly, mis-bred Irish farm horse. As is true of all creatures, she begins her life with a grand sense of her own worth. But little by little, the opinions of others and the 'circumstances' of her life erode that belief and, lonely and dispirited, she gives up on her dreams. Nevertheless, given a chance at freedom, she has wits enough left to pursue it, only to find that 'freedom' was not quite what she had bargained for. Dandelion's subsequent journey leads her to her true destination - herself!
Dandelion is an uplifting tale for every age that will have you hopelessly guessing at what becomes of this lost, rebellious soul, until you breathe a sigh of relief, shed a tear of joy, and remember that trusting 'life' is half the secret. This adventurous little horse makes a stunning success of her life with a little perseverance, patience, and faith. A horse with a gift, and her life's puzzle is to uncover it.
An Excerpt from the Book
A feeling of warmth it was that brought Dandelion back from wherever it was her spirit roamed. The kind of warmth she had known as a foal when at dawn her mother wakened her, her warm breath drifting across Dandelion's small back, setting her scrambling to her feet for milk before Daisy left for her day's work.
She wasn't so far gone as to think her mother back at her side, yet, weak and dizzy, in a series of clumsy lurches, she staggered to her feet.
With her senses returning, she had to blink hard to believe what she saw. Before her stood the oldest, dirtiest horse she had ever beheld. Like a fool she stared at him, her eyes as wavering and unsteady as her legs, wondering if he was really there or if he was a phantom she had brought back with her from a dream.
"One of my all-time favorite books... You don't have to be a horse person to enjoy this book. Full of life lessons and HOPE. Sheelagh Mawe is a wonderful writer with a terrific sense of humor. Read it yourself. Read it to your kids. And keep it on your bookshelf. You'll probably read it again and again (and again!)" - Reader
"I have just finished reading Dandelion. Wow, how I cried, and how it touched my very soul. I couldn't put it down." - Reader
"Dandelion is a wonderfully wise story. There's something amazingly compelling about such information being presented in story form." - Reader
"I recently read Dandelion. It put all the TUT material in character-driven form, made it 3 dimensional, and I can draw parallels to my own life." - Reader
About the Author
- Publisher : Totally Unique Thoughts; First Edition (August 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 162 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0964216892
- ISBN-13 : 978-0964216891
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
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Basically, you are enough, and you have all you need to succeed.
It's a quick read, and the parable form makes the message a little easier to swallow than a straightforward self-help book. If therapy is an endless crutch for you, this is a story of someone changing their negative worldview and self-view and coming to a new level of maturity and independence. Despite my qualms about the writing style and sometimes overwrought language, I found it inspiring and a bit of a wakeup call.
If horse stories are not your thing, I also recommend Falling Awake by Dave Ellis. A similar message in more of a workbook format.
Dandelion? Worth the time to read. Recommended!
Is it a feelgood story.... OH YES, though more coming with it.
You will enjoy reading about the adventures of Dandelion, a horse growing up, learning... if you wanna see it you will see the message given by the writer. Though even when not interested in the deeper message, it is sharing lovely, sweet and heartfelt adventures ...leading to freedom and wisdom. Gotta love it.
Buy it and keep it with you, carry it with you when moving homes. Once you read it , you probably know. I am afraid you will love it.