: Cleone Lyvonne Reed, MSE, earned a BA in Social Work and a Master’s Degrees in Education/Community Counseling at the University of Wisconsin. In 1996, after over a decade in each profession (social work and counseling), she left her life in Wisconsin to pursue her dream “to be a writer living by the ocean.” She has had about 500 hours of clown training and has taught numerous clown workshops. So far, 166 people have become clowns (at least for a day) as a result of her work, many becoming caring clowns and some even clown teachers. In addition to clowning and writing, she also edits books, oversees book production, designs book covers and promos in her husband's publishing business; travels, and walks on the most beautiful beach on the Pacific Coast! Her husband is also her publisher, Robert D. Reed of Robert D. Reed Publishers of Bandon, OR.
THE SACRED ART OF CLOWNING... AND LIFE!by Cleone Reed
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Not all clowns are nasty, scary, and mean. Many are beautiful, caring, enlightening, loving and—according to Cleone Lyvonne Reed—sacred! This book is more than just a peek into the mind, heart, and soul of a woman who while a mental health counselor became a caring clown and went on a journey into the clown world that transformed her life. Clowning became a vehicle for her to break out of an abusive marriage (while in her forties), heal her wounds, learn her real capacity for giving and receiving love, and for meeting her husband/publisher while in clown.
This extraordinary in-depth exploration of Cleone's journey as a clown and clown teacher not only introduces a new paradigm about clowns, but it also unveils the author’s depth of consciousness in a daringly honest way. Not only did she discover the sacredness of clowning, but of life as well, hence THE SACRED ART OF CLOWNING… and LIFE! was born.
In this book, you will learn a lot about the different types of clowns, what kinds of things caring clowns do, and get a real feel for what it is like to be a clown as Cleone tells her story and her philosophy. There are 67 photos complimenting the many elements of this book. There is also a section of clown illustrations of the twelve universal powers created by Richard Vergara, which Cleone responded to. And a list of 258 clown names.
Cleone has walked in about 30 parades, including The Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee, attended Clown Camp at the University of Wisconsin, and many Clown Conventions/Confabulations. She has had about 500 hours of clown training and has taught numerous clown workshops. So far, 166 people have become clowns (at least for a day) as a result of her work, many becoming caring clowns and some even clown teachers.
As much as anything, though, this book is really about love. Cleone was given the message while in her forties that she did not know how to love. She rebuked that it is very challenging to love someone who is abusive, that the abuse resulted in her doubting her capacity to love, as well as other destructive messages to her self-image. Clowning became a therapeutic vehicle to break out of this marriage and create a whole new life.
When she met her husband Bob for the first time, she was dressed as Chloe the Clown, and they immediately discovered they both knew Patch Adams. Cleone met Patch at a conference and Bob published his book, HOUSE CALLS: HOW WE CAN ALL HEAL THE WORLD ONE VISIT AT A TIME.
Shortly after meeting Bob, and after 10 years of serving as a caring clown and teaching others to be caring clowns, she one day realized that she didn't need to be a clown anymore: she discovered what it was all about. Love. She knew she was good at both giving and receiving love. She had actually created the new life she set out to create. She quit clowning for six years.
Then in 2010, clowning chose her: an opportunity to clown for a cause and then later to put family members into clown was the double invitation she needed to pick up her love of clowning again... and publish this book.
National Clown Week—the first seven days of August—was signed into law on August 2, 1971 (the year Cleone's son was born) by President Nixon and has since grown to be International Clown Week. August 1 is also the anniversary date of Cleone's first date with her husband. Therefore, the launch date of THE SACRED ART OF CLOWNING... and LIFE! for the electronic edition is August 1, 2011. The soft-cover print edition is to follow.
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