EMPTY NEST by Curt Swarm

McCormick pens new kids' book


Drawing on her experience as an educator and motivational speaker, and her love of children, animals and the farm, Denise McCormick is about to announce the publication of her second children's book, “Polly the Talking Collie, I am Taking 100% Responsibility!”  Here are a few excerpts:
I don't remember the day very well.  I was just a puppy when my new parents came to take me to their Iowa farm.  We drove along a gravel road to their big, white farmhouse surrounded by corn and bean fields. 
I had a game I played when a car or truck came up the road.  I ran alongside my invisible fence to see if I could outrun the vehicle.  It was so  much fun!  Also, all my barking let my Mom and Dad know someone was in our area.  Barking to protect the farm was one of my responsibilities. 
My name is Polly, and everyone calls me Polly the talking Collie. That's because my barking always gets their attention.
As a puppy growing up, I had so many life lessons to learn and so many responsibilities on the farm.  At first, I didn't understand what responsibility meant.  Responsibility means taking care of my jobs and duties.  Taking one hundred percent responsibility means I did what needed to be done, and I took ownership of my actions.  
I'm an old doggy now, and I have a new responsibility.  I am a service dog.  I stay by my farmer's side every day and love him unconditionally.
Denise McCormick's goals with her new book are to (1) Teach children what it means to take 100% responsibility; (2) Highlight a modern Iowa farm with modern machinery; and (3) show how important a dog can be as a farm dog and then as a service dog.
Denise McCormick's first children's book, “Never Mind the Monkey Mind” was an international number one best seller.  Look for her second book to be the same, especially since she was recently named to the “Who's Who of Distinguished Leaders: 2024 Honorees.”  Co-authored and featured in “Women Who Shine,” she is a Certified Canfield Trainer in the Success Principles, a Success Mindset Coach, inspirational speaker, and creator of the Facebook group, “The Educator's Edge.” 
She is about to depart for West Africa where she will be the Marketing and Fundraising Director for the Not-for-Profit, Links Across Borders, an international organization that co-creates libraries, facilitates training programs, supports teacher training and girl empowerment programs, etc., in Ghana.  Donations can be made at www.linksacrossborders.org.   
Denise was recently notified that she will be on the Cover of “T.I.P. Magazine” which will include a 4 – 6 page feature about Denise.  T.I.P. (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine promotes high ranking industry professionals.  
Her new book, “Polly the Talking Collie” illustrated by Julie Bousum, will be released sometime this year.  Denise will be doing book signings, and is available for public speaking engagements. 
BTW: Polly is not fictional.  She is a real collie, owned and loved by Denise and John McCormick, on their farm in Canaan Township, north of Mt. Pleasant. 
Have a good story? Call or text Curt Swarm in Mt. Pleasant at 319-217-0526, or email him curtswarm@yahoo.com.  Curt is available for public speaking.  

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