The winner of a copy of “Piper’s Someday” is Jeanne Barrett. And yes, in honor of Ruth and River, my dog Taylor did the drawing. That is, I put the names in a canvas bag, shook ’em up, shook ’em up again, and then again, and then tossed the names out of the bag onto the floor. Taylor came over, walked around through the paper scraps, stopped, and Jeanne’s is the name she sniffed. So Jeanne, congrats!
And thanks everyone for stopping by.
Hi, folks. Today, author Ruth Perkinson is joining us here at Women and Words with something that’s dear to her heart. And it’s something that I can relate to, as well. As many of you know, I personally have an animal in my life–my dog Taylor. She’s pretty special, and she’s brought a lot of joy to my days.
So when I found out about Ruth and her dog, River, and the journey they’ve been forced to embark upon together, I of course cried like a baby first, and then when I was able to read the blog she set up for River and what she’s trying to accomplish after River’s leg was amputated because of cancer, well, I wanted her to stop by and let more people know what she’s up to. It hit a nerve with me, because Taylor is a shepherd mix and a cancer survivor. Taylor was lucky, in that her tumor was removed with little invasive surgery, but it was scary, so River’s story really has some extra meaning for me.
Ruth and River’s story deals quite a bit with a book Ruth wrote that has, in some ways, ended up being prescient to her own life. Keep in mind Ruth wrote Piper’s Someday years before River was diagnosed, years before River’s leg was amputated. Read on and you’ll see what I’m talking about in the brief synopsis below.
BUT FIRST. I’ll set one person up with one copy of Piper’s Someday in a drawing today. If you’d like your name entered, please leave a comment on the blog and please specify that you’d like to enter the drawing. I know some of you may want to just comment about Ruth’s work and River, without entering the drawing. So if you want to enter the drawing, make sure to say that in the comment. And please include an email address at the comment prompt. It won’t be shown publicly. I’ll do the drawing tonight, 10 PM EST.
Back to Ruth.
Ruth isn’t new to “causes” and working for what she believes is right. She taught for years in Virginia’s public school system. But she’s branched out, though she remains committed to advocacy. She’s taking her message of equality outside the schools, especially for young adults. Through her book writing and advocacy efforts, she is trying to raise the awareness and consciousness of people everywhere. One of her main issues is the belief that the teaching of GLBT sex education in the public classroom’s time has come.
She says, “Localities and local school boards need to recognize the urgent need to teach this subject as it will help end bullying, help end stereotypes, and help give young GLBT youth a chance to have a voice and be recognized.”
Ruth has written four books, but the book that Ruth is going to talk about here is called Piper’s Someday. A girl, Piper, her three-legged dog Someday, and a terrible tragedy send Piper and Someday to live with her boozed-up, abusive grandfather in a run-down apartment complex. Piper doesn’t find much hope, but she does find trouble. And then two women–a postal worker and a grad student–move in a few doors down and they forge an unlikely bond, despite Piper’s grandfather’s warnings to stay away from the women. And, indeed, all hell breaks loose. Can Piper find her way? What will she learn about love, loyalty, and life from a dog and the people who have come into her life?
I personally have learned a lot from my dog about life. How to live each day in the moment, how to be grateful for the small things, how to offer comfort when it’s needed, and how to ask for help when that’s needed, too. So let me turn this over to Ruth.
RUTH PERKINSON and RIVER
It’s been quite the journey for me and my eight-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd mix. She’s the talker, I’m just the writer.Here’s a bit of our story:
Her name is River and one month ago, she had her rear left leg removed and part of her pelvis. Today, we returned to the doctor and she is doing very well. She had a few more staples removed but her nature and spirit are that of “Lance Armstrong,” said my very sweet surgeon.
Chemo starts soon to make sure they got all of it. We were not expecting this news but know it is necessary.
So, I started my own blog about River’s journey to me and to the book that I wrote several years ago called Piper’s Someday. It is about a young heroine (very adroit) and her, ironically, three-legged dog, named “Someday.” It is about the incredible journey they undergo in search of each other, home, and what it means to lose faith and then find it again.
River just recently lived up to all of those soulful expressions. She does this by teaching me (her mom) what it means to be brave every day. The book is a prophetic one, indeed.
What our new journey is begins with you, the reader. Neither River nor I wanted her to get the kind of cancer that took her leg – that nearly took her life. She wants her story and the story of Piper’s Someday to make it to the big screen. Yes, a movie. Not out of ego but out of a sense of authenticity to our animals and their struggle with cancer. I know some of you reading this have been affected by canine or even feline cancer.
What River wants readers to know is that while she’s happy with three legs, she would have rather been quite satisfied keeping a useful fourth leg – that way she could hop fences and jump into mom’s vehicle.
She wants to raise awareness to the plight of dogs everywhere through the book that foreshadowed her future.
Now, to the present. If you want to read more about River, her journey, and how we can make Piper’s Someday into a movie, then please go to the following site: www.ruthperkinson.blogspot.com
Please forward this information to people you may know who could benefit from the story or even people who might be able to help.
Here’s to a great 2011.
Ruth and River
Andi here. And please read some of Ruth’s work. I guarantee her stories will suck you right in. If you’re interested in finding out more about her and her books, you can visit her at her website here. Ruth is published through Spinsters Ink. You can find them here. Her latest book, a follow-up to Piper’s Someday titled Breaking Spirit Bridge, has just been released.
And now, if you’d like to be entered in the drawing for Piper’s Someday, comment here and this time, make sure to let me know that you want to be entered. Thanks. And thanks, Ruth, for stopping by.