Slipped Away: A memoir about a gentle soul who gave so much love and joy to others in spite of his own depression.

Slipped Away: A memoir about a gentle soul who gave so much love and joy to others in spite of his own depression.


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This is a memoir about a gentle soul who gave so much love and joy to others in spite of his own depression. Steve Tarpinian took his own life on March 15, 2015. He was a beloved coach, swimmer, entrepreneur, friend and companion. His vision established the landscape for triathlon on Long Island. Steve's true legacy is the lives that he positively impacted while on his journey. Slipped Away exemplifies Steve's journey and the lives he touched along the way. It include tributes from his soul mate of 33 years, his colleagues, his students, the triathlon community as well as his own writings. The intention of this book is to have Steve's depth of spirit and compassion live on and continue to have a positive impact on the lives of others. All book proceeds donated to, a non profit organization of veterans helping other veterans through PTSD and depression by providing outlets in the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692539811
Publisher: jean mellano
Publication date: 10/26/2015
Pages: 126
Sales rank: 792,457
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Jean Mellano retired in 2010 from a 37-year career in the Information Technology industry. After so many years in the computer industry using the analytical side of her brain, she decided the time was right to exercise the more visual and perceptual side of her brain. Graphic design was a natural next step. Jean began to do the creative work for the event business of her 33+ year soul mate, Steve Tarpinian, designing event logos and promotional print work.

Graphic design seemed to make sense, but she never envisioned herself as a creative writer. Her primary writing experience was related to creating computer-related documentation and developing contractual statements of work related to network and phone-system deployments.

When Steve took his own life on March 15, 2015, her world changed dramatically and her life was turned upside down. Jean began to take solace in writing about Steve and found purpose in trying to bring more awareness to mental health by telling Steve's story. In addition to her goals of keeping Steve's legacy alive and inspiring conversation about mental illness and suicide, she is donating the majority of the profits from Slipped Away to a non- profit organization that is focused on supporting veterans suffering from PTSD and depression.

Steve's writings can be found in Chapter 5 of Slipped Away, including his short story: "A Mouse in the House". Steve was the president of Total Training, Inc., a fitness consulting company specializing in swim, bike, run, and triathlon workshops. He was a member of the USAT National Coaching Committee and a certified USAT level II coach.

Steve Dansereau is an artist and illustrator. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Mary, and his children Julie and Wes.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD (by Joe Friel) INTRODUCTION (Dedication, my goals for writing this memoir) CHAPTER 1: Through my Eyes (Background on Steve and myself; how his illness manifested itself) CHAPTER 2: Through the Eyes of a Coach (Musings from Steve's head swim coach on Steve's illness and his impact on her life) CHAPTER 3: Through the Eyes of a Student (A short thesis written while Steve was still alive by one of the young students Steve had coached; articulating the great impact Steve had on his life) CHAPTER 4: Through the Eyes of the Community (A collection of quotes from people across the country, athletes of all levels that show how Steve had positively changed many of their lives in powerful ways) CHAPTER 5: Through his Eyes (Some of Steve's poetry, excerpts from his published and unpublished writings and a short story that he wrote entitled A Mouse in the House) CHAPTER 6: Through the Lens (Photos of my life with Steve and anecdotes of our life together and the positive impact he had on the lives of so many) EPILOGUE (I say goodbye to Steve and end with a poignant quote from Robin Williams)

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