Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Features

February 21, 2014

Best seller written by former Batesville teacher

(Continued)

Pressure, then relaxation: Due to the incredible response of my book, I have experienced increased expectations and demands. I have had national and local media interviews, book signing events, additional writing assignments and travels. My media tour wraps up in mid-March after a trip to Canada, where I will be appearing on all the national morning programs there. While these activities are important when promoting a new book, I look forward to going back to my simple, quiet life where I write my stories and experience hands free moments with my family.

Next book: My initial book deal with Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing was for two books. I have written six of the 12 chapters of my second book, “Hands Free Life,” which is expected to be published in fall 2015.

Education: Grades K-12, Burris Laboratory School, Muncie; bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Hanover College; master’s degree in special education, Ball State University

Local teaching career: Batesville High School and Batesville Primary School, 1994-95 (a half day at each); Batesville Primary 1995-2001

Batesville memories: I think of all the BHS and BPS teachers and administrators who took me under their wings as a new teacher fresh out of college. I think of every student I was blessed to teach – students who taught me so much about being a present and loving mother. I think of the blue roof of the elementary school that housed people who became family to me and where lifelong memories were made.

Best pastimes: I love to read, take long walks, bake with my daughters and go to Hilton Head Island with my family.

Ways to transform a tech-obsessed family into a hands free family • Turn off notifications on the cellphone and place it out of reach while driving. • Allow yourself 60 extra seconds for an unrushed, undivided, loving goodbye. If you only make one small effort to let go of distraction and grasp what matters in a day, do this! • Establish do-nothing moments with no agenda and no itinerary. • Create and maintain one daily ritual where time with your loved one is protected from all other distraction and interruptions. Examples: morning snuggles, nightly tuck-ins, walking the dog together, prayer, afterschool snack time. • Consistently invite your family to engage in activities that do not involve electronic devices. Try cooking, board games, nature walks, bike rides, arts and crafts, sports or science experiments. Info: www.handsfreemama.com or www.facebook.com/TheHandsFreeRevolution.

Text Only
Features
  • nws - bv072914 - kids kick drugs (new) 'You can say no' to drugs About 50 youngsters participated in the Southeastern Indiana YMCA’s Kids Kick Drugs program July 26. Master George Dwenger (a person receives the title of Master after completing the 4th Degree Black Belt) told the youngsters, “First and most importa

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - muething RAA gave theater founder his start When John Leo Muething was 5 and living in Batesville, his three older siblings and parents, Dr. Steve and Meg Muething, starred in the Rural Alliance for the Arts production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but, much to his dismay,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - jeffers West Point graduation Jeffers savors West Point experience Tom Jeffers, a 2010 Batesville High School graduate, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Fort Sill, Oklahoma, resident is the son of former Batesville residents Tom and Kathleen Jeffers, Alexandria, Virginia,

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv062714 - STEM - sara bauer Students learn valuable STEM skills Two area students attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Workshop June 2-5.Alexandra Cottingham, Batesville, daughter of Rebecca Krieger Cottingham and Michael Cottingham,

    June 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv062014 - Eckstein family Cancer hits home for local family Cancer survivors and those who have lost their fight with the disease will be honored during the June 21-22 Ripley County Relay for Life. One local individual who will be remembered is Mark Eckstein, Batesville, who worked for the Batesville Water an

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv061314 - Wilson, Alex Wilson explores CIA and Ukraine Next month in Chicago, Alex Wilson will start working as an investment banking analyst at Bank of Montreal (BMO), doing financial analysis and modeling for a group within the Capital Markets division. The 2010 Batesville High School graduate just ear

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv060614 - Betts in Scotland Student helps mastermind museum exhibit Tomorrow Alex Betts, a 2009 Batesville High School graduate, will be standing at a museum door in England, welcoming his family (parents Bill and George Ann Betts and brothers Jairus, 19, and Arno, 14) to an exhibit he helped create. "Diving into Dur

    June 6, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv051614 - McDonough speaking Detective recalls working with Princess Diana BROOKVILLE - Rich McDonough has had an exciting career as a private detective, working for various celebrities and political figures. He told the story about one of his most memorable clients, the late Princess Diana of Wales, on April 16 as part of

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv050214 - Kreinhop, Bertha with book Cancer battle recounted in book

    May 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041814 - Harley, Bill (entertaining) Students sing along with Harley

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook