A Social Movement Rooted in Love

Updated: Dec 1, 2019

Aaron + Koala at Moonlit Sanctuary Park

My book, Bird’s Eye View, brought us to Australia on the tip of its wings. I’m writing this on the plane coming home to Canada. Mike, Aaron and I are returning from a three week trip to Oz. Here is my great Australian round up.

Now Bird’s Eye View is independently published. This trip down under to launch the book was entirely self-funded. There’s no publisher paying my way. Instead, this adventure was built wholly on relationships. I do get by with a little help from my friends.

My editor Michelle Phillips is in Melbourne. She lives there with her husband and baby son Deakin, who was born while she was editing this book. Ben Phillips provided the publishing consulting to help the book come to life. It was wonderful to meet them in person, to give them a big hug, to take them out for dinner to celebrate our collective achievement.

Grand Rounds in Tasmania

Catherine Crock was the driver behind why I ended up in Australia for my book launch. She is a physician working at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, founder of the HUSH Foundation and she is a force to be reckoned with. I first met her a decade ago when I was introduced to her by the fine folks at the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care in Maryland. Cath and I Skyped and she encouraged me to submit an abstract for an upcoming Australian conference. I did, it was accepted and I went to Melbourne for the first time 8 years ago. Cath generously billeted me in her home with her big family. I promised I’d return with my husband and son and that I did.

Cath has been encouraging me to finish my book. I began it three years ago, but stalled when I got cancer. After my treatment was done, Cath emailed me to say: How’s that book going along? She offered to host a book launch at the Gathering of Kindness events that are held every November.