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A Twist of Hope: Rhymes of Healing, Caring, and Love: Tietbohl PhD, Phillip Jeffrey, Tietbohl, Nathan Moore: 9781733134422: Books 

October 19, 2022: Nurture yourself with words of comfort and encouragement. This collection furthers personal growth and discovery in a life-enhancing way. Part I consists of 11 themed chapters, each ending with a set of writing prompts that can be used as springboards for deeper understanding. Insights about what’s going well, what needs attention, or what needs changing may awaken as you journey along in this book. The large-page format provides space to personalize the pieces in a way that works for you. Part II contains poems written by various groups during interactive performances. After listening to a mix of rhyming poetry, the group brainstormed on a theme and collaboratively, created a poem. These selections were written by children, teenagers, adults, and elders, providing insights into their wisdoms, understandings, and values, reflecting pieces of them, as artworks tend to do. These additional stories of hope, caring, and love, remind us we are all connected. This book makes a perfect gift for someone who needs a lift with affirmations to be remembered and shared.


Book Reviews/Comments, A Twist of Hope:

“I wrote a book on invalidation. This is a book on validation. Contemplation of the good things in the world.” Best Selling Author of Nasty People, Dr. Jay Carter

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Sailing to Calencia: and Other Poems of Kindness, Understanding, and Love Paperback – August 23, 2019

by Phillip Jeffrey Tietbohl, PhD, (Author) and Isabelle Grace Tietbohl (Illustrator) including an 8-poem mini-series about an island in the Calencian Sea, where kindness is the answer, creating what might be.  Themes of racial equality and acceptance with 10 additional ballads and tales of hope.  30 color illustrations/photographs with 5 black and white drawings.  Kindle Direct Publishing, 2019, paperback edition, 51-pages.

Book Reviews/Comments, Sailing to Calencia:

“Doctor T cleverly combines humor and puns that bring laughter and inspiration,” said Joseph Amprey, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Kutztown University and Publisher of The Drum, a newspaper that provides African American news to Berks County, PA and Producer/Host of Diversity: The Wider Vision, a monthly program of Berks Community Television.

“Dad loved it,” said Velma Charlene Evers-Kreel, who read the book in early 2020 to her father Charles Evers, first American of African descent since the Reconstruction Era, to be elected mayor of Fayette, Mississippi in 1969, and brother of Medgar Evers, slain Civil Rights Leader, assassinated in 1963 because someone hated him for the color of his skin.

“I love it.  It’s gentle, whimsical, and profound all at once,” said Kathleen Godwin, Local Actor and Theater Colleague.

“I read the “Sailing to Calencia” and it as if I took a beautiful fulfilling trip without having to pack.  It was a place of such peace and tranquility.  A place that I wished could exist in the here and now.  If I could imagine what heaven would be like this would be it . . . Your poems touched my heart, I loved them all so all I can say is Thank you ever so much and know I will pick up your poems often when I need to find a peaceful place,” said Lyra Talarico, Local Activist for Democracy and Equal Rights.



A portion of proceeds from sales of Sailing to Calencia is donated to the NAACP.