Hello! I’m glad you found me.
Winter is finally flirting with packing up and going home. It was a long one here in Northern Michigan. I won’t believe it’s spring until the ice melts on the lake.
So much has happened since my book came out. Because of readers like you, I have been traveling across the country giving lectures about Alzheimer’s, creative caregiving, and the healing power of music. I love talking about my book and all the gifts I have received since I made the choice to leave my job to come home to help my mother take care of my father. After I won the Michigan Notable Book Award. I toured libraries throughout the state of Michigan and met so many wonderful people. I have come to believe that people who love books are a special lot; a cut above. I want to thank you for your interest in my book. (Click here if you are interested in bringing me to your city.)
I am currently working on a second book (details to come), writing for Traverse Magazine and MyNorth.com, and reporting for Interlochen Public Radio. And – something I know my father would love – I am singing again with a wonderful jazz guitar player named Phil Tarczon.
As many of you know, my father died last spring. (Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, “The Woody Geist Memorial Fund,” to develop music programs for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Please make checks payable to the Alzheimer’s Association, 20300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 1000, Southfield, Michigan, 48076.) I had been unable to write about my father after he died – until now. An essay called “Washing Off Winter” appears in the April issue of Traverse Magazine.
Thank you for your interest in my book and please keep in touch with me via this website.
Mary Ellen Geist
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Publisher: Springboard Press
Pub. Date: August 6, 2009
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Are you interested in making the world a better place by spreading the word and getting involved in the healing power of music, especially when it can help people living with Alzheimer's disease? Are you a musician, and in particular, an a cappella singer? For published references on music therapy most likely to engage people living with Alzheimer's, sources of vocal groups near you, ideas on getting started, etc., please contact Bart at with 'Alz' in the subject line.
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