Inspiring Hope One Story at a Time

Inspiring Hope One Story at a Time

Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson

There’s a town just south of Calgary, Canada, called High River, population 13,000.

Hollywood loves High River. It became Smallville in Superman III and doubled as High River, Montana in Caitlin’s Way, a Nickelodeon series. It’s currently the home of Heartland, a popular CBC offering.

Except for that tenuous entertainment industry link, High River couldn’t be further from Los Angeles, my hometown—small vs. big, charming vs. sprawling, seasonal vs. season-less.

Last year’s seasonal floods devastated the entire Alberta region, but hit High River particularly hard.

You might recall one story out of High River—Momo the Maine Coon jumped from his owner Kevan’s arms as Kevan’s truck sank, and led them both to safer shores.

Momo the cat inspiring hope at LaterBloomer.com

High River’s still recovering. They’ve declared March “Inspiring Hope” month, after an anthology their town councillor contributed to:

Residents are invited to stop by Pixie Hollow and join local author and town councillor Bruce Masterman for the High River launch of the book Inspiring Hope: One Story at a Time on Friday, March 7.

…Mr. Masterman will review the genesis of the book, speak about hope and share one or both of his stories that have been included in this global, heartfelt literary collection.

Despite the distance and thanks to the magic of the Interwebs, in reality, zero degrees of separation exist between High River and me.

I’m honored to have a few stories in that anthology with Mr. Masterson and forty other writers from around the world.

All net proceeds from Inspiring Hope will be donated to the Asturias Academy Library in Xela, Guatemala—a private, non-profit Pre K-12 school dedicated to helping the most vulnerable students in the community.

The world is small. Hope is big. What gives you hope?

You can buy Inspiring Hope at Amazon USAmazon UK, and Amazon Canada.

  • For more about High River, click here.
  • For more about the Asturias Academy, click here.
  • For more about how Gary Doi conceived Inspiring Hopeclick here.
  • And to find out how Kevan and Momo are doing, click here.

22 Responses

  1. Florence Fois
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    Debra, it’s wonderful to catch a glimpse of what you do when you are not inspiring us with this blog … you inspire with your stories and the stories of others.

    There is a special place in my heart for the library and to help one in a place where the world of books can open up the minds of so many. I am sure that like myself, many of your readers and anyone else who hears of this collection of stories, will be happy to add their support. Thanks so much 🙂

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Thank you, Florence! Your support means so much to me. This was a labor of love by all the authors involved. All credit goes to Gary Doi, who brought us together.

  2. Lindsay Edmunds
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    I’ve been given hope by acts of kindness great and small. The right word at the right time can work wonders. It says someone is out there who cares.

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Lindsay, I used to be a huge cynic, but such small kindnesses have transformed me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized cynicism is so overrated.

  3. Patricia
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    I always love your posts, Debra. This one is especially lovely. I hope the book proceeds are monumental.

    Thanks for sharing the stories and video.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Thanks so much, Patricia. I’ve heard sales are going well, But in Guatemala, it’s astonishing how so little money can go so far.

  4. Marcia Richards
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    High River sounds like an inspiring place to live! Good luck with sales of the anthology to help the school children. Checking out High River now, thanks for the links.

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Thanks, Marcia! We’re closer to everything going on in the world than we realize.

  5. Elena Aitken
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    Debra,
    It’s awesome to see that you’ve contributed to the anthology. I live in Okotoks, which is just 10 minutes North of High River. Our towns are tight and the floods this past spring were simply devastating. That’s actually putting a much too easy label on it. There are no words to describe what happened to our sister town.
    But the strength of the people of High River is amazing, and they are pulling it through it, and rising above.
    Congratulations on being part of this very special project!

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Oh my gosh, Elena, I can’t even imagine what your region went through. We’re in a drought here now. It’s such a lovely area and I hope I can visit some time. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Sandra Pawula
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    Debra,

    I’m so inspired by the story of the Maine Coon leading his human friend to safety. Recognizing that everything is impermanent and depends upon how we perceive, gives me hope. And seeing the kindness of all these authors doubles that hope.

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      I have a pair of Maine Coons, one 20 lbs and the other 26 (yes 26!) lbs, so I too found that story touching. Kevan said if Momo hadn’t jumped he might have not gotten out in time. He went in after Momo, thinking he was saving the cat. Turns out it was the other way around. I feel extremely honored to be included here, especially since Gary Doi, the editor, found me. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Chris Edgar
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    Great stuff, Debra — is this your fiction work? I haven’t seen it on this blog and am excited to check it out.

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      No Chris, it’s just reprints I’ve already published here and gave permission for the editors to use. My fiction’s still on the backburner. Thanks for asking, though!

  8. Darlene Foster
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    Thanks for posting this Debra. I’m from Alberta originally and was near High River visiting family a week after this flood. I am happy to see that Momo is doing well.

    Gary Doi has done an amazing job of compiling these stories of hope and I would encourage everyone to pick up a couple of copies of Inspiring Hope, one for themselves and one for a gift.

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Hi Darlene, I totally forgot you’re from there. I think all of High River inspires hope, but we have a special place in our hearts for our pets, like Momo. I’m so impressed with Gary’s efforts too and very proud to be a part of the book.

  9. Lee Jenna Tyler
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    Hi Debra,
    This is such a touching tribute to a beautiful town and two (three) lucky survivors. In the midst of news in Washington, the stories pull harder at my heart. I so wish I could contribute; I’m still under the medical crunch. I imagine that one of those stories is from your hands and heart and it is nice to see such a beautiful community.
    I was in the midst of the floods of ’93 (while wearing the hat of general contractor for a 20 unit apt complex reconstruction). Devestation is all the runs through the mind, even while trying to rebuild.
    I send my heart and prayers out to all and to you especially.
    Lee

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Thank you, Lee. Take your time. I understand that medical crunch and the best thing you can do is be kind to yourself, especially in the midst of so much universal tragedy. I really appreciate your support and updates.

  10. Laura Best
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    I just realized that we both have work in this anthology. I didn’t realize that until I saw the book cover on your blog. Small world, I’d say. 🙂

    • Debra Eve | @DebraEve
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      Wow, it is! I haven’t had a chance to read through all the essays yet, so I didn’t see you either. Gary Doi did such a great job of pulling that project together.

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