Pearls and Knots: Dancing on a String from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

Pearls and Knots: Dancing on a String from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

by Sarah Ray Schwarcz
Pearls and Knots: Dancing on a String from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

Pearls and Knots: Dancing on a String from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

by Sarah Ray Schwarcz


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Pearls and Knots is a grandmother's story about her family, her life's magical moments, and her never-too-late writing journey. Sometimes gripping, sometimes lyrical, always current and humorous, Sarah Schwarcz's tales will hook your imagination and heart. With one foot in the real world and one foot in fantasy throughout her life, Sarah brings the two worlds together as she shapes meaning from moments, gaining insights to living--in the best of times, and some of the worst of times.

Growing up in Dubuque, Iowa, Sarah crosses the Mississippi on the Julien Dubuque Bridge to live in several cities, before settling in the Chicago area to teach and raise her family. As she separates problems from blessings, she realizes we learn from both, and seeks to share that insight.

Sarah encourages readers to cross their own bridges, one tear and one laugh at a time, to reach their 'aha' moments, gaining truths and faith in their own voices and choices. Warning: just be sure not to cross your bridges during summer fishfly season--read her memoir to find out why! Take the time to write a few of your stories to share with family and friends.

Reflection and resilience are the two buoys that steady her as she leaps from pearl to pearl on her way through life's challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734196801
Publisher: Hyphen8 Publishing Co.
Publication date: 05/04/2020
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

After a long career as a Teacher and Principal in the Chicago Public Schools, and Teacher and Public Relations Coordinator in Diamond Lake Schools in Mundelein, Illinois, Sarah Schwarcz traded in her chalk to write and share a few of her life stories in her memoir, Pearls and Knots. One of Sarah's highest honors is a student's comment on how to survive her class: "Stay focused, and above all-laugh at her jokes!"

For many years Sarah directed her side-gig writing interests to education projects. With her daughter, Leigha Kinnear, she co-authored a national PTA trainer workshop to increase parent involvement. Sarah designed and directed Kids Convention, one of the earliest computer- interactive children's programs of fifty-two Chicagoland schools, for the Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview, Illinois.
She previously served as Publicity/Communications Coordinator for the weekly O Campus Writers Workshop (oldest continuously running writing workshop in the U.S.) sessions in Winnetka, Illinois, where she continues to have valuable access to outstanding authors, agents and publishing information.
Picking 'just one' of anything has always been a challenge for Sarah, so her writing endeavors include memoir, middle-grade fantasy (watch for her new one this coming year) and poetry. She intends to chocolate- brownie-bribe all her grandchildren-Baila, Adam, Aryeh, Zachary, Tuvia, Rebecca, Samantha, Maximilian, and Maya- and her great- grands-Rivka, Zevy, Shaya, and Talia-to read her books, if they don't pick them up on their own.

Some summers Sarah helps her daughter, Michelle, keep adorable, wriggly newborn Rhodesian Ridgebacks in clean laundry and cuddles. Winston, Sarah's ten-pound Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund, commands the home fort when Sarah wanders out. (Shush! Please don't tell Winston he's not a Great Dane!)

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