Sally's memoir, FROM SCRATCH, is published and doing well. It tells the story of building her own home while rebuilding her life, after a sexual assault and a thirty-five year marriage ending in divorce.
She is also the author of two stories in the multiple award-winning, A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales, a published article in 11:11 Magazine, an Honorable Mention, Inspirational Catagory, in the 78th Writer's Digest Competition, and a finalist in the Salem Writing Contest. As a spiritual counselor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she works from her beloved writing cabin in the woods, built with her own hands.
Sally W. Paradysz has an essay, Tool-Belt Spirituality, in the book, 65 Things to Do When You Retire: 65 Notable Achievers on How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life. It appears alongside essays from such well-known authors as Jimmy Carter and Gloria Steinem. And an essay in the book: 70 Things To Do When You Turn 70.
There is a silence just before dawn. It happens without our input, our knowledge, or our understanding. If you arrive at this place alone it fills your heart entirely. If you share its beauty with someone who cares you both will feel the hush of its strength.
Within this silence comes an honesty and clarity that we may never find again as the day moves forward. It's almost as if the world stops in its beauty, for just a moment. It is there for us to see and feel, make right again what we long to know. Or want to give. I must follow this moment and let it carry me away to that place in my heart where beauty, love, and peacefullness rests.
I hope you start your day with me in this very special way...just before dawn. It is a time to give thanks for each day's morning light, and for our strength and life. A small miracle every day.