The Missing Kennedy Author Elizabeth’s Koehler-Pentacoff is Today’s Honoree for Wednesday November 25th, 2015

MissingKennedyBookWho was Rosie Kennedy?

Rosie was the first daughter of a wealthy Bostonian couple who would become known as the patriarch and matriarch of America’s most famous and celebrated family. Elizabeth was the first and only child of a struggling Wisconsin farm family. When they bonded, Rosie was forty-four and Elizabeth a child of only four.

What, besides their religion, did these two very different Catholic women have in common?

One person really: Stella Koehler, a charismatic woman of the cloth who became Sister Paulus Koehler after taking her vows with the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. Sister Paulus was Elizabeth’s aunt who became Rosemary’s caregiver for thirty-five years.

“The Missing Kennedy” chronicles Rosie’s life…

along with that of the author’s aunt, and delves into the similarities between the two families. It includes many never-before-seen private photos, Kennedy quotes from the author’s interviews, and anecdotes about Rosemary and her famous family.

Tragically, a caregiver  had become necessary after Rosie, a slow learner prone to emotional outbursts, underwent one of America’s first lobotomies―an operation Joseph Kennedy was assured would normalize Rosie’s life. It did not. Rosie’s condition became decidedly worse.

After the procedure, Joe and Rose Kennedy sent Rosie to rural Wisconsin and Saint Coletta, a Catholic-run home for the mentally disabled. For the next two decades, she never saw her siblings, her parents, or any other relative, the doctors having issued stern instructions that even the occasional family visit would be emotionally disruptive to Rosie.

Following Joseph Kennedy’s stroke in 1961, the Kennedy family, led by mother Rose and sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, resumed face to face contact with Rosie.

An insightful, poignant, and important memoir

Elizabeth’s Koehler-Pentacoff’s work is based in part on Sister Paulus’ private notes and augmented by dozens of never-before-seen photos. She recalls the many happy and memorable times spent with Rosie – “the Missing Kennedy.”

Based on independent research and interviews with the Shriver family, the author tries to come to grips with Joseph Kennedy’s well-intended decision to submit his eldest daughter to a still experimental medical procedure, and his later decision to keep Rosie almost entirely out of public view.  She looks at the many parallels between Rosie’s post-operative life, her own, and those of the two families.

Elizabeth’s Koehler-Pentacoff traces how, entirely because of Rosie, the Kennedy and Shriver families embarked on an exceedingly consequential campaign advancing the cause of the developmentally disabled―a campaign that continues to this day.

About The Author:Elizabeth

The author of ten books, including a Writer’s Digest Selection for The ABCs of Writing for Children, and her memoir, The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff is a former columnist for Byline Magazine. She wrote frequent humor pieces for the San Francisco Examiner as well as hundreds of articles and essays in newspapers and magazines such as Parents Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and Parenting.

With degrees in Liberal Studies and Theater Arts/Children’s Theater and two teaching credentials, she’s directed plays and taught elementary and middle school students, as well as teachers. A speaker for international and state conferences, she presents assemblies and workshops for schools and libraries.

Born in rural Wisconsin, Liz moved to California for all of her college and post-graduate education, and has lived most of her adult life in the San Francisco area. She is married and has one grown child.

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Author Amanda Farmer is Today’s Honoree for Tuesday November 24th, 2015

AmandaFarmerNo Longer A Child of Promise details the continuation and outcome of the personally distinctive story of one Mennonite lady, who’s leaving the farm was portrayed in her first memoir, If You Leave This Farm … The Dream Is Destroyed.

This sequel chronicles the adventures of this young Mennonite lady who at age 29 is now free to make her own choices as an adult. But that freedom and joy are tainted by the intertwined and overpowering story of the continued disintegration of the relationships in her family of origin, not only amongst themselves but within the Mennonite community as well.

This is one story of what can happen when one’s priorities in life are sadly misplaced. In addition, favoritism of the one child who stays on the farm while others leave to begin a different life leads to unspoken, unrecognized, and unresolved conflicts that tear the family apart.

Amanda Farmer, grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and moved to Minnesota at age 16. She worked together with her family on a large dairy farm there until the age of 29. At the age of 29 Amanda was ready to discover life outside of the Mennonite culture she was raised in. In her memoir, “No Longer a Child of Promise,” Author Amanda Farmer shares her story of escaping the tight reign of her father and wrestles with facing the rejection and betrayal that follows.

Through trying to make amends with her family Amanda has learned hard life lessons about the inner workings of family relationships and the importance of addressing family issues before they can get passed down to future generations.

Amanda now lives with her husband on a hobby farm in the Southeastern, Mn area. They have one grown daughter. Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia and is employed in that field. She has been writing her memoirs in her spare time.

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High Dive Heart members Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy are Today’s Honoree

HighDiveHeartHigh Dive Heart (HDH) is a pop duo composed of multi-platinum award winning singer/songwriter Jason Reeves (collaborations with Colbie Caillat, Lenka, Katharine McPhee, Angel Taylor, etc) and Nelly Joy, one-half of the ACM nominated country duo the JaneDear girls. Jason is an ASCAP award wining iTunes Indie Songwriter of the Year, 2007. His album ‘The Lovesick’ debuted at #5 on the Pop iTunes charts as an indie artist, 2011. Jason has toured with Colbie Caillat and OneRepublic, and more. Nelly has toured with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and more.

Together Jason and Nelly are spreading the message of love, peace and happiness through their upbeat, acoustic pop melodies that some describe as a ‘Romantic Comedy on Tape’.

Produced by the Grammy-winning Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban), “Vintage” is the first single from the project. High Dive Heart plans to roll out new music all year long.

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Author Pamela D. Wilson is Today’s Honoree for Friday November 20th, 2015

PamelaDWilsonCaregiving Educator, Pamela D. Wilson CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG, who is also author of the new book, The Caregiving Trap can provides audiences with help and advice for avoiding a toxic family dynamic this holiday season, as a result of a few story issues:

  • heading home to find a parent who is slowing down and unable to maintain their lifestyle
  • a caregiver who has too much on their plate and needs help finding an emotional balance
  • the fear of showing up and asking for help
  • tipping the scales of power and marginalization
  • sibling care rivalry

As a long-time caregiving advocate, care navigator, and caregiving educator, Wilson has personally helped thousands of family and professional caregivers. Her new book, The Caregiving Trap arms caregivers with the knowledge to advocate on behalf of their loved one and provides advice on how the caregiver can maintain a healthy lifestyle, too. There are many articles and resources on her website ( that provides unique tips; including the advice in the byline below.

About Pamela D. Wilson:

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Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA, Certified Senior Advisor specializes in working with family and professional caregivers to navigate healthcare and aging concerns. Wilson, an expert in the field of caregiving, has personally helped thousands of family and professional caregivers since 2000 in her career as an advocate, a care navigator, and an educator.

Through her company, The Care Navigator, she is an advocate and service provider in the roles of guardian, power of attorney, care manager, and transition specialist. She was producer and host of The Caring Generation®, from 2009 to 2011, an educational radio program for caregivers on 630 KHOW-AM.

CaregivingTrapIn addition to her work at the Care Navigator, Pamela gives back to the community by serving as chairperson of the Community Ethics Committee in Denver, Colorado.

Her new book, The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes, is available through all major bookstores as well as on  You can find her on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

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International Mental Health Expert Lynette Louise (aka The Brain Broad) is Today’s Honoree for Thursday November 19th, 2015

mom and brainLynette Louise has a tireless love of people, regardless of their race, gender, culture, ability, sexual orientation, or financial situation. Lynette visits and helps people around the globe who are from every walk of life. Sometimes she works in a mansion, sometimes she works in a one-room hut with no electricity, but always she works playfully, deeply, and with a love and understanding for every person in every situation.

Because her tools for helping people balance their brains and live healthy, happy lives are effective in every environment, she has created a docu-series that shows and teaches the world how to help themselves. Unlike most health workers, her desire is to give away her knowledge so that she can stop working and play, instead, with her own family!

FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD: Five families, five countries, five brain dysfunctions, five days

Season One: Uganda of Fix it in Five is now available for rent or purchase digitally. Season two: USA is almost completely edited and will air on The Autism Channel early next year. Season Three: Israel has been filmed and will be edited by the end of next year. Lynette Louise hopes that by the time all five seasons are complete she’ll have shown the world how to connect, grow healthy, and gain skills regardless of their personal environments and histories.

Lynette’s unique ability to understand behavior, the brain, and personal challenges mixed with her playful nature and performance skills, put her in a position to truly help via writing, video, personal consultations, intimate work in the home, music, comedy, and professional speaking. A position she has accepted with love, grace, and a global vision.

MiraclesAreMadeLynette’s Bio:

Lynette Louise aka The Brain Broad is an international mental health and parenting expert, specializing in autism. She is a speaker, author, performer, popular podcast host, neurofeedback & autism expert, and creator/host/therapist for the international reality series FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD, now showing on The Autism Channel.

Her one woman show, Crazy to Sane, about mental health and abuse, invites laughter, learning, and toe tapping fun globally FREE every year in April (Autism Awareness Month). She is also the single mother of eight now grown children; Six were adopted and four were on the autism spectrum. Only one of her sons retains his label and remains dependent. She hosts the popular podcast A New Spin on Autism: Answers! and her latest radio show, The Brain Broad Builds a Brain, highlights challenges such as sleep disorders, Parkinson’s, depression, brain tumors, autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and more. It’s a fun way to talk brain science for folks who are hoping to have a hand in healing themselves.

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Award Winning Musician and Poet Katherine Hoover is Today’s Honoree for Wednesday November 18th, 2015

KatherineRecipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Academy Award in Composition and the National Flute Associations’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Katherine Hoover has established a name for herself in the music industry.

Taking her pen off the sheet music, Hoover switches gears to poetry in her new book, “This Way About.” Pulling from her music background as well as life experiences, Hoover’s book is Broken into four sections and filled with heartfelt, humorous poems of a wide variety that will be sure to interest a diverse audience.

“Poetry is personal,” Hoover said. “Very few readers like the same ones. As a composer I was always pleased when different people liked different movements of a piece of mine. This is similar.”

With rhythmic patterns, assonances, and internal and end rhymes, Hoover’s words flow effortlessly like her music.

About the author:

Katherine Hoover was born in West Virginia and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music with honors. After further study in Philadelphia, she moved to New York, where she taught flute in the Juilliard Preparatory Division and later music theory at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1990, Hoover established her own publishing business Papagena Press, which is distributed by Theodore Presser Company. She has won numerous honors, and more than 30 CDs of her work are available. Hoover lives in New York with her husband.

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Music Producer James A. Worthy is Today’s Honoree for Tuesday November 17th, 2015

JamesWorthyResiding in Atlanta, GA as an established music producer and songwriter, James has found his own sound to be a mixture between melodic hip hop/rnb, neo soul, and urban music. With his favorite all time artist being Michael Jackson, he is also known to be versatile in having experience in all genre’s of music.

Accompanying his musical flexibility, James has also worked with various artists such as: Truth Hurts, Jovan Dais, Bobby Brown Jr, Yung Berg, Arrested Development, Dave Tolliver of Men At Large, and many others.

With artists and their fan base, Producer James Worthy is on the rise to an even brighter future. From being in the studio to proactively working next to his team, DreammusikGroup, there is no room for sleep when it comes to creating music. As a producer and songwriter, he takes on a wider entrepreneurial role as a rewarding display of talent.

James may easily be described as a combination of creativity, hard work, and dedication. Music is more than just a notion, well stated by a favorite quote of his “Music are Emotions”

Founded DreammusikGroup, A Production Company With Clients Including Acts Like:

Men At Large
Truth Hurts
Bobby Brown Jr
Yung Berg
Mucho Deniro
Headkrack (Ricky Smiley Morning Show) & Many More!

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