Last Friday, my mentor and friend, Helen Sands PH.D, received boxes of her long-awaited book, “Nail That Job: The Climb of Your Life”. Today, I’d like to share with you the fascinating details of our relationship as well as her book story.
I first met Professor Sands in 1991-92 while attending the University of Southern Indiana. I took a couple of classes from her in interpersonal communications. She was an absolutely amazing, interactive instructor. We learned by doing. I looked forward to this class every week because a) I learned so much and b) it was fun!
Then in 1992 I became widowed. Making a pre-death promise to my late husband that I would continue my education, I struggled through that entire semester in a fog. My proffs were so very understanding and compassionate with my grief. However, I felt Dr. Sands and I had a special bond. Only years later did I learn that several years prior, she and her husband Bill had lost their young adult son in an auto accident.
When it came time to flesh-out my book, I decided to interview her. She had recently retired and as a result, had the time for me. We entered into a mentor and friend relationship that was and is, beyond all my expectations.
Helen is the consummate communicator. She is kind, compassionate, brilliant, thoughtful and a great listener. She has poise, grace, sophistication and is always very physically presentable. Her total image says it all (as it should be).
I soon learned that she had started her own book some 20 years earlier. I asked to see what she had written. Upon reading it, both my husband and I believed it should be published. I turned her over to my awesome editor, Marilyn Woodard http://mizwoodysplace.blogspot.com/. Although it took two years, and was a God-thing all the way, my new friend Autumn Lagenour snapped it up for publishing!