A highlight from Terry Helwig discusses her new book, 'Shifting Shorelines'


Eight interviewing terry hill wing our you today. I'm ali i'm great. Thanks for having me on. I appreciate it. Thank you so much for coming on. I'm really excited shops you today. So can you tell me about what you've read yes My book is a nonfiction book. Called shifting shorelines messages from wiser self. Now i call it. An ode to nature the passage of time in the ripening of wisdom and i think what is unique about the book is that after every chapter. I talked to my younger self. I set up the book. And i imagine in the beginning. I've been walking this beach that the shoreline for the last forty years in the shoreline has changed. I have changed in. I thought my goodness. I could almost picture myself as a woman forty years ago. Walking this speech and i i would see her there and then i thought oh if i could go up and put my arm around her. What would i tell her. When we're a few things i would tell to my younger self and so each chapter ends with a paragraph or two as a message today younger self i. I love that at so much. Because i feel like it connects with Connect with so many people. I know this book certainly connected with me and reading it too. I felt like. I wanna read this again when i'm older to kind of look back and have that perspective on it I i really like to hear that. Because i was definitely talking to my younger self but then i have a daughter and you know like you and i wanted that to also seek to her in basically to try to stay you get to this other side you get to where i am and the more you can enjoy the journey along the way the better. It's going to be because that's what you'll feel like when you're on this looking back yes totally. So how did you know that you wanted to write this book at have it kind of almost like a companion to your other bright moonlight linoleum with the coming of age memoir and a lot of people have said what you know what happened after that. What happened after moonlight. And i thought it's not so much about the story of the day to day in year to year but it was more of like what happened on the inner shoreline of mine lies. Would i came to appreciate what. I came to realize in certain things that i had to come to deal with and work with as well and my sister is dedicated to my sister nancy. She died of pantry at pancreatic cancer about five years ago. So will thank. Thank you. And i knew i was going to write a book. I wasn't exactly sure what kind of book. But as i was deciding to write this book. I knew this would be a book. Nancy would lab. She would love this book. I love that while thanks anything. That kind of opens the heart in his inspiration. All and connects us is something that would be right at nancy's alley that is so special to like knowing that book was written for. This is vic person like this person's memory in mind that puts it like in a whole new context for meaning banks on. So how did you get to the place. We felt comfortable putting your story out there for moonlight on when only in later to mountain. More your internal story with shifting shorelines is kind of a conundrum because i sit in this office all by myself close step. It seems very private. I'm an introverted person. And i'm really You know i am kind of a private for some believe it or not and so when i sit here in right it doesn't seem like i'm writing for my story out there. It just seems like. I'm writing my thoughts and my feelings and Things that happen in. it's all very interior kind of process and then right now my book comes out in a few days and then i start getting nervous like oh my goodness what did i do. I'm putting this story out there. So but i've always been. I think i'm a pretty candidate person in telling telling the story with hopes that me telling my story inspires other people if they've had hard times or if they think about certain things in life you know to know that there's somebody this come through childhood like i did and it doesn't define you. Yes that's that's really awesome So when you were writing this book the way that it's formatted set an audience can now is like in three separate times. And how did you know you wanted to have it. Be based around like the shoreline talking about like the tons of life will again. I said i've been walking this beach for forty years in. I tend to be very introspective. At that time in as i walked the beach i realize there were some years when storms came in and took part of the shoreline away. Move the sand down to the south part of the island and other years it would come in and take it to the north part and i thought this has been in outflow of so many years and then i thought in that the landscape inside of me it's been in outflow. It's so in rhythm with the tides. So ebb tide is when the tide's go out in for me that was be you know in. Sometimes it leaves a shell stranded starfish. You're stranded Conch shells are stranded. And i thought there are times in life when the tide goes out we have lost. We have grief. We have sadness and we feel a bit stranded and but the thing is that does not last because there will be a rhythm you know the tide starts to come in

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