Passages & Prose 2016: A Gathering of Authors & Their Books

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cooper-Siegel Community Library


Event Schedule

Caruso2Tonia Caruso, Passages & Prose 2016 Emcee


  • 10:00 a.m.

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Judith Bannon (Morning Bookend)

Judy Bannon is the executive director and the founder of Cribs for Kids®, which started out in 1998 as a campaign to launch a national infant safe-sleep movement and turned into a multimillion-dollar nonprofit that saves thousands of babies’ lives each year.

In addition to being a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, she has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including the Making a Difference Award from the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Death, the Pittsburgh Business Times Top Women in Business Award, the Consumer Products Safety Commission Chairman’s Commendation Award, and the Distinguished Educator Award from the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death. She lives in Elizabeth Township with her husband, Dick.

Judy coauthored her memoir entitled, Five Ladies and A Forklift: Cribs for Kids’ Quest to Help Every Baby Sleep Safer with the invaluable help of her daughter, Jennifer Bannon.

  • 11:00 a.m.

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J.D. Wylde is the author of sweet and sexy romance.

She writes stories with strong heroines, sexy heroes and happy endings. And a fair amount of laughter thrown in along the way. She has a line of sexy contemporary romances, as well as a line of sweet inspirational romances (real stories of inspiration for today’s Christian). She lives in Western Pennsylvania with the man of her dreams, who just happens to be her very own superhero. (How cool is that?) Together they have raised three handsome sons, all worthy of their own romance novels. And what stories they’d be!

For more information, visit

  • 11:30 a.m.

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Julie Long was born in Fairfield, Iowa, a typical Midwestern town that just happened to become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement, causing Oprah to dub it “America’s most unusual town”—and inspiring Julie to set a fictional story there. ROOVILLE is about a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), midwestern-ness and mindfulness, and the TV weatherman who gets caught in the middle. (On which side would you belong?)

Though hailing from Iowa, for the past 25 years Julie has lived on a farm north of Pittsburgh and considers this city home. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years before turning to book writing. She is the coauthor of the humor book BABY: An Owner’s Manual, the eater’s guide A Mouthful of Truth, and the business parable Fat, Dumb & Lazy. ROOVILLE is her first novel. When she’s not writing, Julie curates calm through yoga, meditation and energy work, and shares what she’s learning along the way. (Ask her about the wonders of stillness!)

Visit her at

  • Noon

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Dr. Shellie Hipsky inspires, educates, and entertains internationally. She is the Executive Director of the new non-profit 501 (c) (3) the Global Sisterhood which guides and supports women and girls towards their dreams and goals. She was deemed “Inspirational Woman of the Month” in Inspirational Woman Magazine and a “Luminary Author” for Inspire Me Today.

She earned “Entrepreneur of the Year in Inspiration and Empowerment” and “VIP Woman of the Year” in 2015 for her Inspiring Lives, LLC and her TV show Inspiring Lives with Dr. Shellie. As a former professor of the Global Perspective at the Ph.D. Level for over a decade she is a proven expert on what she teaches. She keynotes events around the globe. The latest of her 10 published books, the internationally best selling Common Threads trilogy, provides

Inspiration, Empowerment, and Balancebased on 100 amazing interviews from her Empowering Women Radio.

Learn more at

  • 1:00 p.m.

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Rebecca Drake’s latest psychological thriller, ONLY EVER YOU, will be released by St. Martin’s Press in 2016.

Her debut novel, DON’T BE AFRAID, was a lead title for Kensington in 2006. THE NEXT KILLING followed in 2007 and was selected by four national book clubs including The Literary Guild. THE DEAD PLACE came out in 2008 and was an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) bestseller. In 2011 “Loaded” appeared in PITTSBURGH NOIR, one of Akashic Books’ award-winning collection of noir anthologies. A graduate of Penn State, Rebecca is an instructor in Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.

More about Rebecca can be found at or find her on Facebook at And Twitter @AuthorRDrake.

  • 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Rosemary Hanrahan WhenDreamsTouch  RosemaryHanrahan

Dr. Rosemary Hanrahan knows how powerfully dreams can touch lives and bring people together, as they do in her first novel, When Dreams Touch.

The mother of two adult sons, Dr. Hanrahan currently lives in Western Pennsylvania, where she fulfills practices medicine as an independent consultant for anatomic and clinical pathology practices. When she is not practicing her medical profession, Dr. Hanrahan enjoys outdoor activities, travel, competing in triathlons and writing.

For more information visit,

  • 2:00 p.m.

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Ann K. Howley is the author of the award-winning memoir, Confessions of a Do-Gooder G
one Bad
. A regular contributor to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine, her articles and essays about the inevitable surprise and hilarity in life appear in publications nationwide, including Skirt Magazine, Bicycle Times, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette and others. She has conducted workshops in cities across the country, and teaches memoir writing for CCAC’s Community Education Program. A popular speaker, Ann loves to convince people that their lives are worth writing about.

To learn more visit,

  • 2:30 p.m.

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Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child with Inkspell Publishing includes; The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, The Star Catcher, The Last Protector, and A Faerie Wedding. In addition, her short story, The Boy In The Trees, was released as part of the Blood In The Shadows anthology, [November 2015].

The Star Catcher took first place in the 2014 Dante Rossetti Young Adult Novel Awards—Mythological Category. The Star Child was a finalist in the 2015 BTS Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards. Keyes was also selected as 2015 Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature mentee. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Stephanie is a seasoned educator and writes young adult novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who believes magic truly does exist.

Learn more at

  • 3:00 p.m.

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Philip Beard is a recovering attorney and award-winning author of Dear Zoe, which was a Borders “Original Voices” Selection, a “Book Sense” Pick, and was named by the American Library Association as one of its Ten Best First Novels of the Year. Dear Zoe is currently in development as a feature film.

His third novel, SWING, was awarded the 2016 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Contemporary Fiction. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he still practices law part-time with his brother, Beau, at The Stonecipher Firm.

He lives in Aspinwall with his wife, Traci, and their three daughters.

Learn more about Philip at




  • All CHIT CHAT SERIES guests will be available on the first floor from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Charles L. “Chip” Bell, Jr., lives in the City of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Linda, is the father of two daughters, Jennifer and Jessica, and is a practicing attorney specializing in personal injury litigation, with his main office in Arnold, Pennsylvania.

He is the author of the Jake Sullivan series of novels, the first of which, Come Monday, was published in June of 2011, and the second, Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season, in October 2011.  His third novel, Havana Daydreamin’, was released in April 2012.  The fourth novel, A Pirate Looks at Forty, was published in May 2014, and the fifth, One Particular Harbour, in November 2014. The sixth novel in the series, Son of A Son of A Sailor, was published in May of 2015 and the seventh, Jamaica Mistaica, was published in October 2015.  The eighth novel, Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes, was just released in May 2016.

To learn more, visit

Joshua David Bellin is the author of the two-part Young Adult science fiction series that includes SURVIVAL COLONY 9 (2014) and SCAVENGER OF SOULS (2016). His third novel, the YA deep space adventure/romance FREEFALL, is due out in 2017.

Josh has been writing novels since the age of eight (though his first few were admittedly very short). His short stories and works of creative nonfiction have appeared in such journals as The Lindenwood Review, Snowy Egret, and Permafrost. A Pittsburgh native, Josh teaches English at La Roche College and enjoys watching monster movies and taking long hikes in the woods with his wife and two children.

To find out more about Josh, visit or connect with him via Facebook at or Twitter @TheYAGuy.

While planning to visit her son in the Peace Corps, Donna Billings confronted her own fears as well as the demands of her husband and her boss, traveling alone to Nicaragua. The experience awoke in her a desire to question the assumptions and roles that kept her from realizing her dreams. This is the story of how she pursued her passion while remaining faithful to a chronically ill and curmudgeonly husband 19 years older.

Learn more at,


Kathleen’s fascination in the written word was sparked at an early age when she tagged along with her two older sisters on summertime walks to the neighborhood library.

After graduating from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, she devoted over thirty years as an elementary and special educator to promoting the joy of reading to her students, as well as to her two sons.

Since releasing her inspirational memoir, Sacred Silence, Kathleen has delved into writing for the children’s audience.  Presently, she embraces her lifelong passions of writing, genealogical research, and travel. Kathleen and her husband reside in Washington, Pennsylvania.

To learn more visit,

Joanne Jamis Cain has always loved to write and shares her stories on her blog, Katherine’s Daughter. She is the author of Ordinary IS Extraordinary published in March of 2016. The Grandmother of two, mother of two, and loving partner to Jim for thirty five years, Joanne loves to write about ordinary things that for her are symbols of grace. A recovering perfectionist, she encourages simplicity and mindful living instead of worry and impatience. Embracing a life of purpose and gratitude is a game changer. Joanne’s inspirational book will motivate you to look inward to find meaning and purpose in your life.

Learn more at Joanne’s blog:

Janet Carlisle focuses her expressive and creative energy to produce fanciful and innovative collage constructions with imaginary creatures using fibers, papers, and paint.

Descended from four Lithuanian immigrants she lived the first part of her life in Springdale, Pennsylvania.  Janet studied art at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, and Chatham University.  She holds a masters degree in Art Therapy from Seton Hill University and is a Registered – Board Certified Art Therapist.  Janet is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and the Western Pennsylvania Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

While serving as chairperson of the Lithuanian Nationality Room at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, she is currently illustrating a coloring book that will encompass motifs from all thirty-two nationality rooms.  Janet has established and directs the Open Art Studio at the Springdale United Presbyterian Church where she leads free art expression groups weekly, for children and adults. She facilitates a weekly “Mindfulness and Art Therapy” group at the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery located in Pittsburgh.  Janet is currently working on a children’s book which she has written and illustrated, using gouache, water color, colored pencil and ink.  She has exhibited and sold her work throughout the United States and in England and works out of her studio at home in Verona where she lives with her husband David and cat Frieda.

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE, published by Henery Press, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and for the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014. LOST LEGACY, was released in September 2014 followed in April 2015 by BRIDGES BURNED, which was nominated for the Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel.

WITH A VENGEANCE, the fourth in the series, was released in May.

Her short fiction includes a 2007 Derringer Award nominee featuring the same characters as her novels. Annette is vice president and past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She served on Pennwriters’ board of directors for over ten years, as well as belonging to Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Annette and her husband live on part of what used to be her grandfather’s dairy farm in southwestern Pennsylvania with one very spoiled cat.

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Frederic S. Durbin grew up in rural central Illinois, where he spent his childhood avoiding shoes, climbing trees, reading, writing, and playing in a ramshackle barn.

He graduated summa cum laude from Concordia College, River Forest, where he studied classical languages, mythology, and English literature. For two decades he taught English and creative writing at Niigata University in Japan. Dwelling with his wife among the wooded hills of western Pennsylvania, he is a frequent presenter of writing workshops. His published work includes the fantasy novels DRAGONFLYTHE STAR SHARD, and A GREEN AND ANCIENT LIGHT, as well as numerous stories for CRICKET, CICADA, FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, and BLACK GATE.

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Dana Faletti is the author of The Whisper Trilogy, a young adult paranormal romance.

Her debut women’s fiction novel, Beautiful Secret, is set mostly in Italy and France. The sweeping drama of family secrets and forbidden romance is set to be released by Pandamoon Publishing in Summer of 2016.

Dana blogs about whatever inspires her at, writes poetry as a survival skill and loves to connect with other writers both online and in person. When she’s not writing, Dana can be found reading on her kindle, cooking something delicious, or daydreaming about her upcoming travel destinations. She lives in in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her husband, three young daughters, and a hypo-allergenic Siberian Forest cat named Fluffy G.

Check out her website, for more information about Dana and her books.

Stacy Innerst is an award-winning artist and the illustrator of many books for children.

He has worked with many outstanding authors such as Kathleen Krull, Tony Johnston and Jonah Winter. His picture books have received many awards and honors including: The 2016 Golden Kite Honor (SCBWI), a BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award, A Smithsonian Notable Book citation, a Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, as well as being selected for recognition by the NY Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibition, the Junior Library Guild, and the New York Public Library (100 Titles for Reading and Sharing) among many others.

M is for Music, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and Levi Strauss
Gets a Bright Idea, HMH, and Best Book of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. In addition to his picture books, his illustration clients have included the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, PBS, American Airlines, IBM, NFL and Major League Baseball. His paintings and Prints have been exhibited in Galleries and Museums throughout the US and abroad, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of American Illustration in New York and the California Center for the Arts.

He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Learn more at:

Margee Kerr has a PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches and conducts research on fear, with a focus on how and why people engage with frightening or thrilling material and activities like haunted houses, the paranormal, and thrill rides.

Dr. Kerr is the co-investigator on a first-of-its-kind study measuring fear in the real world by collecting
psychophysiology data measuring how the brain and body respond in real-life threatening situations.

She is the author of SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, named as a must read by the Washington Post. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Parade, Atlantic Monthly, and NPR’s Science Friday, among other places.

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Maggie Leffler is the author of three novels, THE DIAGNOSIS OF LOVE and THE GOODBYE COUSINS, published by Bantam Books, and THE SECRETS OF FLIGHT, published by William Morrow.

A native of Columbia, Maryland, Leffler graduated from University of Delaware before attending St. George’s University School of Medicine.  She completed her residency in family practice at UPMC St. Margaret.  In 2011, she received a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Alumni from University of Delaware.

She writes and practices medicine in Pittsburgh, where she lives with her husband and sons.

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Karen Malena comes from a close-knit Italian family which has given her the inspiration to breathe life into stories, some humorous, others, a bit thought-provoking. She’s active in her community encouraging new writers through local library programs and one-on-one mentoring.

She’s a compassionate animal lover with a biting sense of humor which you may see on her Facebook cat page, Piggy and by a novel of the same name. Karen is a member of a monthly writers group, Pittsburgh East Scribes. She has written several other novels, mostly inspirational fiction and one futuristic sci-fi.

You can find her at her website: or her heartfelt blog, The Finch’s Nest,

Her story, Piggy: The Claw Machine Cat was chosen for the acclaimed Rescued Cat Series: The Stories of Twelve Cats Through Their Eyes, Part II. Karen debuts her newest book, Love Finds a Way, Book II later this month in the historic town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Debbie Mancini, aka Dear Mama Deb, is the internationally acclaimed best-­selling author of, Color My World as well as co-­creator and author of the newest holiday sensation, Ambassador Bunny ~ The Hopping Helper. She is the Parenting and Family Creativity Expert for several morning shows, the featured guest on countless recurring radio segments worldwide, and featured writer for parenting and children related magazines (both in print and online). She also starred in, and helped format segments for the television show, Building Dreams which aired for two seasons.

As a Certified Self-­Esteem and Parenting Coach, Debbie helps parents/children/teens/families stay true to their authentic selves while maintaining open communication skills through fun exercises. Debbie has worked with the Miss Teen Pennsylvania Pageant (part of the Miss America organization), and is a professional speaker, workshop leader and entrepreneur; however, her favorite role is as Mom to her two children.

Join DearMamaDeb’s fan page on Facebook to ask parenting questions and to stay current on her latest Parenting Tips ‘n Tools, or email her at Debbie’s websites: and

Nadette Rae Rodgers lives in Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of Quigley Catholic High School. Her passion for writing developed at a very young age. Her interest in dream analysis was the basis for this book. She hopes this book will inspire others to achieve their goals in life.

Illusion is her first published work. It is the first book of the Illusion Trilogy.

Ellen A. Roth is the author of Ten Fingers Touching, a beautifully illustrated fairy tale for grown-ups. Her award winning book, received the Benjamin Franklin Digital Silver Award for exceptional content, design and use of technology (June, 2016). It was also named the Travel Size Good Read of the Month by the Fairytale Traveler (July 2015).

As a child, Roth was enchanted by fairytales and spent countless hours reading and dreaming. Her creative impulses inspired her to major in art and art history at Goucher College where she received her BA. After getting an MFA from Syracuse University, Roth moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she worked as a registered art therapist. Subsequently, she earned her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1991, Roth co-founded Getting to the Point, Inc., a premier relocation consulting firm. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, and speaks on “Finding your happily ever after: Lessons learned from fairy tales.” During her career, Roth has received many awards and was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in Pennsylvania.

Learn more at:  Watch the book trailer here.

Dorit Sasson is the founder of Giving Voice to Your Courage  podcast and website.

Through this mentorship practice, she supports heart-centered business owners and authors to be more courageous in the way they build their brands and business. In addition to business writing and regular contributions to The Huffington Post and The Writer, Dorit’s groundbreaking memoir of courage, the first in a trilogy, known as Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces was a finalist for the Santa Fe Literary Awards and in the military category for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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Scott Schafer was born in Pennsylvania in 1979. Ever since he could hold a pencil, he wasdrawing different characters and cartoons. It wasn’t until his early 20s, that he decided to take a stab at writing and wrote a story for his young son, and sketched some illustrations. At the same time, he grew a fondness for acting and writing sketch comedy, putting his early ambitions of publishing his story aside.

14 YEARS later, Scott published that story, Furry Weather and a Storm of Feathers, his first book. His enjoyment of writing and illustrating made him decide to pursue this as a career. THE DEViOUS MR. MISCHIEViOUS is his second book, and there will be many more books to follow.

Learn more at,


Activities for youth will include:

  • a kick-off performance from Pittsburgh PuppetWorks;
  • a special appearance from The Queen of Hearts (Characters by Kim);
  • and Chit-Chat Series children and teen authors: Joshua David Bellin, Dana Faletti, Stacy Innerst, Stephanie Keyes, Debbie Mancini, and Nadette Rae Rodgers.

In collaboration with WQED, winners of its annual Writers Contest will read their stories aloud for a special story time at the following times:

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Charlize Donaldson, Beautiful Bella
  • Ella McConville, Panda’s Colorful Wish
11:30 – Noon
  • Caraline Sommer, Friendship
Noon – 12:30 p.m.
  • Melanie Brown, Zoo Buddies
  • Malkin Smith, Tim and the Magic Typewriter
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Isabella Nickola, Julie C. and The Magic Dress
  • Ryan Watterson, The Lonely Leaf
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Maeve Kotula, Pierogies on Parade
  • Colby Zimmer, The Menacing Apple
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sarah White, Where the Flowers Bloom
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Isabella Bolduc, The Journey: Into the Black Hole
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Elly Strittmatter, Wispy’s Wait
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Raya Merritt, Animal’s Day Out
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Piper Stock, Princess Penelope and the 4 Troubles


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mandala Art Meditation Workshop
Mara Carlini, Mindful Living Wellness Center

Registration is limited 10 people and RSVPs will be taken at the event. The Workshop includes:

  • guided meditation;
  • learning to draw Mandalas;
  • all supplies;
  • exploring mindfulness meditation with Art;
  • and taking home your own Mandala!
The mandala creation process is a mindfulness meditation. When making mandalas with a positive intention, they transmit positive energies to those who view them. Mandalas also increase concentration and promote balance in the body when viewing or meditating on the finished product. This workshop explores the process of art as a meditation and also shares the deeper meaning of mandala art in cultures around the world. We enjoy the process of this art form using paint or colored pencils to create beautiful wheels of various shapes and colors. Templates or blank pages will be provided for all levels of artistic ability.

Cooper-Siegel Community Library

Eric Cooper and Naomi Siegel made a naming gift to the Library to honor their family’s love of books and learning as well as their commitment to community resources that enrich the lives of all residents in our service area. Naomi eloquently explains the importance of libraries in her essay that begins with the intriguing quote “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” She also goes on to humorously explain that, “Every time I decide to defer buying a book in favor of checking it out of the library to see if I really want it, I vow to make a contribution to the library in an amount equivalent to the amount I’ve saved. After almost 25 years of promising this, we’re finally doing it. I think we’ll still owe the library.” From 1986 – 2011 the predecessor of our library operated on Powers Run Road in the former Boyd Elementary School as Lauri Ann West Memorial Library. A student at Boyd Elementary School, Lauri Ann died unexpectedly as a child. Her family honored her love of books by making a naming gift to build a library as an addition onto the Elementary School. When the school closed, the Lauri Ann West Memorial Library re-opened as a public community library. Continuing her legacy, the children’s room at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library is named the Lauri Ann West Children’s Room.

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Branches of Healing 

A magazine dedicated to changing the ordinary life into an extraordinary journey by focusing on the needs of the individual mentally, physically, and spiritually through the use of products and services that promote healing, wellness, and conservation.


Cribs For Kids

Embroidery from the Heart

Teresa Stitt started her business in 2010 with a desire for creativity and brand marketing in apparel for her community and school district. Her husband, Keith, a high school basketball coach, was ordering merchandise for his team and finding mediocre designs and slow service. Over the past five years, school and community pride have blossomed with spirit wear and school merchandise being worn around town and purchased by alumni near and far. In addition to embroidery services, Teresa also carries many products Made in the USA and created by other small business owners.


Mindful Living Wellness Center

Brent Carlini:

Brenton Carlini DC LMT has a wide background in alternative health, and has studied, and licensed in, subjects such as, chiropractic, massage therapy, Reiki and yoga.  Brent has a passion for combining all of these healing modalities into one cohesive treatment.  Each treatment is tailored to the needs of each specific person.

Brent is currently practicing in two locations in Wexford, the Mindful Living Wellness Center, and the Brain Health Center (BHC).  The BHC is an integrative wellness practice consisting of many different modalities.  It also offers regular health and wellness workshops, and yoga classes.

Mara Carlini:

Mara Carlini L. Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) began her journey of Chinese medicine when she explored the balance of Yin and Yang through art. The Yin and Yang theme represents balance of physical and spiritual aspects. While exploring the balance, she also studied Yin and Yang through the practice of yoga and meditation.  As yoga helps deepen the mind-body connection, Mara was drawn to this discipline and in turn began to balance stresses in life that seemed to affect her health and digestion.

By exploring yoga, dietary nutrition, and Chinese medicine philosophies, Mara thus began her journey of Chinese medicine at the Finger Lakes School for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) where she received her Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM).  Mara now practices using acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy, tuina Chinese massage, and qigong/meditation techniques.

Mara also continues to create art, including mandalas, and offers Mandala painting workshops around the Pittsburgh area.


Mara and Brent are married and reside in Cranberry Township where they practice at Mindful Living Wellness Center and Brain Health Center.  They offer free meditations and free-service “happy hours” at the BHC located in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit:

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The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) is a federated library system of 46 public libraries delivering service in more than 70 locations. Member Libraries include the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which has 19 locations, and 45 other libraries and their branches located outside the City of Pittsburgh throughout Allegheny County. Each library is independent and has its own board of directors; as a consortium they share a countywide catalog, jointly offer downloadable books, audios, and videos as well as online databases, and provide a diverse calendar of programming events. The eiNetwork supports the automated library operations, Internet access, and free Wi-Fi services available at all county libraries. Through its coordination, ACLA expands the resources of local libraries beyond what they could accomplish individually.

Kim Adley

Characters by Kim


RADical Days

RADical Days is an annual event celebrating the assets with free admission, musical and dance performances and family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and regional attractions that are funded by RAD.

Pittsburgh PuppetWorks


Shaler North Hills Library

The Shaler North Hills Library opened its doors on September 26, 1942 with 3000 books. Today, SNHL offers free access to over 125,000 items including books, movies, high-speed internet access, quality programming and knowledgeable staff. SNHL thanks our wonderful community for its constant support. Please visit us on the web at or stop in to see us! We can’t wait to see you!

Springdale Free Public Library

Springdale Free Public Library is located at 331 School Street, Springdale, PA.  It is adjacent to the Springdale Borough Building with street parking available. The building is “handicap accessible.” The Library is located in the center of town and is convenient for everyone, including walkers.  Free children and adult programs are offered, as well as, special events.

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Mix ‘n’ Mingle 2016

The Mix ‘n’ Mingle is an opportunity for authors, writers, journalists, and bibliophiles alike to meet each other and learn more about Passages & Prose 2016. This year’s guest authors include Nancy Martin (Blackbird Sisters Mysteries) and Kathleen Shoop (After the Fog). The Mix ‘n’ Mingle is made possible with generous support from Branches of Healing Magazine with food and beverage prepared by Ladles.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cooper-Siegel Community Library

Nancy MartinMissRufflesInheritsEverything

Nancy Martin is the author of nearly fifty popular fiction novels in four genres—mystery, historical, romance and suspense. She is best known for her bestselling, award-winning Blackbird Sisters Mysteries, often described as “stories that feel as if Jessica Fletcher wandered onto the set of Sex and the City.” The Blackbirds, along with her Pittsburgh-set Roxy Abruzzo series, propelled Nancy to the 2009 Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Mystery Writing.

Nancy’s most recent books are MISS RUFFLES INHERITS EVERYTHING, a Texas-based mystery described as “boot-scootin’ fun,” published by St Martins Press in 2015, and A LITTLE NIGHT MURDER, the tenth Blackbird Sisters Mystery, published in 2014 by Penguin. During her thirty-five year career in publishing, Nancy has also served on the national board of Sisters in Crime, as president of the Mary Roberts Rinehart chapter of Sisters in Crime, and she is a founding member of Pennwriters, a Pennsylvania-based organization for writers of all stripes. Nancy lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, although she spends considerable time traveling to visit her grandchildren.

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Kathleen Shoop

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom.

She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and the San Francisco Book Festival.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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