Maren O. Mitchell to Participate in Panel Discussion on Publishing

Maren O. Mitchell, along with Glenda C. Beall, Kathryn Magendie and Nadine Justice, will take part in a question and answer panel discussion, “Prepare to Publish – What Beginning Authors Need to Know,” Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 2:30 – 4:00 pm at the Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson St., Hayesville, NC.

For more information, call Moss Memorial Library at (828) 389-8401.

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Talk by Maren O. Mitchell at Brasstown Manor, Hiawassee, GA

Maren O. Mitchell, author of Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide, will present a program based on her book at Brasstown Manor, a retirement community, 102 Church Street, Hiawassee, Georgia, on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.

For more information about the program, contact Lori McClure, Director of Marketing, Brasstown Manor, at (706) 896-4285.

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Interview by Glenda Beall with Maren O. Mitchell on Her Life and Her Book

Glenda Beall, past Program Coordinator of North Carolina Network West, author, and promoter, interviewed Maren O. Mitchell on The Netwest Writers’ Blogspot on November 19, 2013.

Link: http://netwestwriters.blogspot.com/

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“234” Journal of Essays Re-prints Selection from Chapter 2 of “Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide”

The online journal of essays, 234, has re-printed an excerpt from Chapter 2, “First Steps to Survival; Sharing and Laughter” in their June, 2013, issue. Read here: http://234journal.wordpress.com/ Comments are so welcome!

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Book Review by Scott Owens, Editor of “Wild Goose Poetry Review”

Wild Goose Poetry Review
Book Review by Scott Owens

Wild Goose Poetry Review is a poetry journal, so why would I include, much less write, a review of a nonfiction, self-help book called Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide? Because it is written by a poet, because it contains poetry (15 of them, to be precise, more than many chapbooks of poetry I’ve seen), because I found it remarkably helpful in my ability to understand those who suffer chronic pain and in thinking about my own relatively pain-free life, and because my favorite part of the book is a poem, specifically, the poem reprinted below, which exemplifies the quality of the work in this book, and which I hope will convince would-be readers to say Yes to this book.

The First Word I Said and Where It Led Me

Maybe I should have said: Maybe.
To hedge against all decisions,
weighing them for years.
Or: No. Insulation against everything out there.

I said: Yes.

Yes to sound: My breath in.
Yes to hearing the breath of others
pant of terror and exhaustion
sigh of relief
intake of surprise
tap dance of laughter
expectancy of touch.
Yes to the tiny grit grasp of birds who stay through winter,
to their warm-weather overlapping conversations
of hunger, fighting, passion, pairing: music.
Yes to my mate’s voice, calling, naming, telling: my music.

Yes to sight: Claiming all I see as mine.
Yes to the body light of fireflies, the glow of ocean’s lanterns.
Yes to the immeasurable, inevitable increase of light after night,
each day recreated, hints edging into definitions,
teasing shades springing into watercolors.
Yes to the growth and contours of my planet
that house more creatures than we will ever know.
Yes to looks, actions, thoughts, being of my Heart: my sun.
Yes to the coming night, window through the Milky Way, to out.

Yes to smell: Flesh of family and friends,
oscillating aromas of plants as they grow,
the blatant strength of their true natures released
as we harvest to eat, burn, cook, decorate.

Yes to touch: Air that almost acknowledges us
as it oozes, blusters, idles
around our clothed, hairy forms.
Yes to the protection of plants,
woven into caressing tee-shirts, quilt caves.
Yes to the silk of animals who musk us as their own,
the forever and daily holding of loves, their hold of me.
Yes to the essential slide of liquid down throats,
crunchy carrots talking the language of rocks,
the subtle slice of bread with butter comfort.

Yes to taste: Just-picked tart blueberries under sun,
taut neutral skins enclosing nips of sweet freedom.
Sour of the tropics, come-hither lull of key lime,
sparking the soul to believe in eternal youth.
Salt of sweat, anchor to earth.
The bitter of knowing we all leave, we leave all,
at the mercy of time,
time, the only mercy.

—Maren O. Mitchell

 

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Maren O. Mitchell To Be Featured Reader at “Writers’ Night Out”

Maren O. Mitchell will be the featured reader at Writers’ Night Out, Friday, September 13, 2013. A poet, she has had her work published in The Classical Outlook, Southern Humanities Review, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Appalachian Journal, Town Creek Poetry, Pirene’s Fountain, the anthologies The Southern Poetry Anthology, V: Georgia, Sunrise from Blue Thunder, and elsewhere. Poems are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika and Wild Goose Poetry Review.

A three-year-old venue for writers, Writers’ Night Out has hosted prose and poetry writers, and artists from North Carolina, Georgia, and other states. It is open to the public, and held monthly in the top floor of Brothers Willow Ranch Restaurant, 6223 Hwy. 76 West, Young Harris, Georgia.

Full menu is available beginning at 6:00 pm, with the program starting at 7:00 pm. Open mic follows the featured reader.

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Review by the Midwest Book Review

Author Maren O. Mitchell has learned how to cope with chronic pain from spinal cord damage, over the course of twenty-five years. Maren’s book Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide, shows techniques for alleviating pain and improving quality of life without relying on drugs or other expensive treatments. The focus is upon mastering pain through mastering one’s mind, from the values of exercise to counter depression, to the value of experiencing simple daylight, to mental techniques such as self-hypnosis, prayer, or meditation, and much more. “One of our main barriers to feeling better is excuses. I can always find reasons to not exercise, to not rest, and to not socialize, even though I know I will feel better afterwards.” Beat Chronic Pain is highly recommended as a valuable, supplemental advice guide for anyone who suffers from chronic pain – or as an eye-opening, tell-it-like-it-is experience for friends and relatives of such individuals.

                                                                                        —The Midwest Book Review

Maren O. Mitchell’s nonfiction Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide has been reviewed by The Midwest Book Review, and is featured in the July 2013 issue of their book review publication “Small Press Bookwatch,” on the Health/Medicine Shelf. The review is also posted with the Cengage Learning, Gale interactive CD-ROM series “Book Review Index,” which is published quarterly for academic, corporate, and library systems.http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/jul_13.htm#Health/Medicine

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Program on “Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide” at Hayesville, NC, Library

Maren O. Mitchell, author of Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide,
(Line of Site Press, 2012), will present a talk based on her book, at the Moss
Memorial Library in Hayesville, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at
2:00 p.m. For information about the program, contact the Moss Memorial Library at (828) 389-8401.

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Third Radio Interview with Author of “Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide”

RADIO INTERVIEW THIS WEEKEND

WITH MAREN O. MITCHELL,

AUTHOR OF BEAT CHRONIC PAIN, AN INSIDER’S GUIDE

 

This coming weekend, Saturday, May 4, 2013, and Sunday, May 5, 2013, Maren O. Mitchell will be interviewed by Robin Watts of Regency Hospice in Hiawassee, Georgia, on WJRB FM, 95.1, during the Silver Linings Show. The subject is dealing with chronic pain, and methods other than drugs that can be used to cope with pain.

The broadcast times for the Silver Linings shows have changed, and are now aired on WJRB FM, 95.1. They are: Saturday: 6:30 am; 8:00 pm, and 10:30 pm. Sunday: 6:30 am.

All shows are available on podcast during the broadcast on the website of WJRB (see below). On the Home Page in the upper right corner, click on “Weekends” for the schedule and the live podcast. Click on “Listen Live WJRB” in the upper right corner to activate the LIVE podcast. The interview is not archived online and has to be heard online at the times of airing.

Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide is available directly through Amazon, and through Line of Sight Press, http://www.lineofsightpress.com/.

WJRB FM website, http://www.wjulradio.com/.

 

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Maren O. Mitchell Interviewed on WJUL 97.5 FM

FOUR MONTHLY RADIO INTERVIEWS

WITH MAREN O. MITCHELL,

AUTHOR OF BEAT CHRONIC PAIN, AN INSIDER’S GUIDE

 

This coming weekend, Saturday, April 6, 2013, and Sunday, April 7, 2013, Maren O. Mitchell will be interviewed by Robin Watts of Regency Hospice in Hiawassee, Georgia, on WJUL FM, 97.5, during the Silver Linings Show. The first show aired March 23th and 24th. There will be a series of programs over the next three months, all airing on weekends, discussing chronic pain, and methods other than drugs that can be used to cope with pain.

The broadcast times for all the Silver Linings shows are: Saturdays: 6:30 am; 10:00 am; 12:30 pm; 8:00 pm, 10:30 pm. Sundays: 6:30 am; 10:00 am. All shows are available on podcast on the website of WJUL (see below). On the Home Page click on “Weekends” for the schedule and the live podcast. Click on “WJUL Live” to activate the podcast. Each show will address different problems and solutions.

Beat Chronic Pain, An Insider’s Guide is available on Amazon through Line of Sight Press, http://www.lineofsightpress.com/.

For confirmation of air times, check online with WJUL at their website, http://www.wjulradio.com/.

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