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WHAT IS IT ABOUT STONES?

Aunt Mary Lou's stones

What is it about stones?  So many of us are drawn to them.

The accompanying photo illustrates this phenomenon.  It shows a collection of pebbles picked up over a lifetime of travel around the world.  It belonged to my Aunt Mary Lou.   In one stone she etched “Greece, 1979.”  In another “Syracusa, Sicily.” Other stones are from Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Russia, China, Egypt, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and places I don’t remember.

Why, like so many people around the world, did Mary Lou stoop to pick up stones when she walked on Earth?

An obscure Eastern European fable offers an explanation. In The Thirteenth Gift we

learn about a kingdom that was suffering as a result of growing fears. One night the inhabitants of that kingdom entered a deep sleep, visited the dream realm together, and shared a vision: Everyone saw how all creation breathes together in the heart of Love.  In the morning, rousing from sleep, everyone held a shimmering stone.  Like the details of the dream, each stone faded and disappeared within moments.  Yet each stone had remained in hand long enough to anchor the vision. According to the story, that is why people are drawn to stones. Stones urge us to hold on to the truth of who we are.  We pick them up because we yearn to remember who we are, to see the world with wonder, and to experience the truth of the dream that lives in the consciousness of all humanity.

THE THIRTEENTH GIFT

March 1st, is the release date for The Thirteenth Gift, my latest book.

Ever since writing the first version of The Twelve Gifts of Birth for my daughters, I mused about a situation described in that book:

“…the wise women came to understand that the twelve royal gifts of birth belong to every child, born anywhere, at any time. They yearned to proclaim the gifts to all children, but the customs of the land did not allow that.”

I wondered, What did those godmothers do? And what happened as a result?

The Thirteenth Gift reveals the answers to this these questions–and others–when the book’s main character, Claire, a U.S. journalist on assignment in Eastern Europe, stoops to pick up a stone and meets Baba. The old woman explains to Claire why so many people throughout the world find stones alluring. The legend told by Baba has a profound healing effect on Claire.

I hope that this story will renew your sense of wonder…as it did for Claire…as it did for me.