A Six Week Writing Workshop at the Oakmont Carnegie Library

Wednesday Evenings
July 9th – August 16th, 2014
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Do you have thoughts and emotions that are waiting to be expressed? Is there a bit of creativity trapped inside, just waiting for the fitting moment to be set free?

If so, then the Oakmont Carnegie Library has some news to share!

The Journal to Book workshop sessions with Lillie Leonardi will provide the participant with the chance to engage in journaling through a series of presentations, exercises and chats with Pittsburgh authors who have been successful in their writing endeavors.  Guest authors include Charles (Chip) Bell, Leah Pileggi, Connie Anne Valenti, and Raymond Vennare.

For more information, please visit the Oakmont Carnegie Library Events page:

We are proud to announce that the trade paper edition of In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming has been released by Hay House Publishing!  Order the book now — and share in Lillie’s journey — at HayHouse.com, Amazon.com, BN.com, BooksAMillion.com, and IndieBound.org.

The possibilities of a universe connected.
Each of us singular in design.
Yet, each of us is connected as one.
We are all one in the same.
Dare to believe…
Dare to explore…
Dare to endeavor…
Dare to witness and share the story…

Lillie Leonardi served for over 25 years as a law enforcement professional.  During her tenure she was employed as a municipal police officer, a chief of police, and a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pittsburgh Division.

Post retirement, Lillie endeavors to pursue her lifelong passion of writing.  In doing so, she is developing her many life stories into the chapters of her books.


Debut Book Cover

In her first book, In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir about Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming, Lillie shares the story of what she witnessed at the Flight 93 crash site on 9/11.  The pages penned provide a personal account of her 13 days at Shanksville – including the tale of angelic visitations before, during, and after 9/11 – revealed through her subsequent treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This first-hand account describes the spiritual experience Lillie encountered while serving in her professional capacity as the Community Outreach Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Pittsburgh Division.  Her observations are a personal interpretation of the events preceding and following 9/11 and, in particular, the Flight 93 crash.  The book also details her on-going journey of personal healing and recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following her experiences that day.

To make a tax-deductible donation to support the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit:  www.honorflight93.org/donate.

(The Flight 93 National Memorial is a project of the National Park Foundation. The Foundation is the non-profit charitable partner of America’s national parks.)

To read Lillie’s series of blogs for The Huffington Post, visit:  The Huffington Post

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Lillie’s regional bookseller, Journeys of Life, is located in Shadyside, PA.  Journeys of Life, an independent business for 24 years, is not your average book and gift store. You’ll find a comprehensive collection of products including feng shui, Tibetan statuary, crystals and gemstones, and 12-Step Recovery gifts to empower people along the journey we call life.  The diverse collection of books includes psychology, self help, spirituality, health & wellness, and books by local authors, including In the Shadow of a Badge.  Phone orders welcome at 412-681-8755.

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