Michele Tamaren, M.A. is a writer, presenter, spiritual mentor, and life coach. She lectures widely on spirituality, healing, and happiness, as well as compassionate care and spiritual growth at the end of life. Michele engages audiences of medical personnel, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, clergy, spiritual mentors, and professional and family caregivers.
For more than twenty-five years Tamaren taught special education, working with youngsters challenged by physical, learning, social, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She presented self-esteem and anti-bullying workshops throughout the United States and Canada.
Tamaren is the founder of the multi-faith Council for Spiritual Connection that brings together those of all traditions to celebrate our shared humanity. In 2010 she was presented with the Anti-Defamation League’s Leonard P. Zakim Humanitarian Award for fostering interfaith harmony.
Mike Wittner graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in sociology and taught in underserved schools as a part of the City Year Americorps Program. He likes to read, write, think about politics, and take long walks, preferably all at the same time.
"Shattering, haunting, humbling and ultimately triumphant, this poetic memoir takes us deep into a damaged brain and the courageous crawl back to a reclaimed life," says Kathleen Adams, LPC, director of the Center for Journal Therapy & Therapeutic Writing Institute. "Language, once lost, returns to shimmer on the page, each poem and altar to the angel's promise that in trauma there is transformation. This collection will surely provide hope, identification, and voice for those who struggle with TBI, and those who love and serve them. It is a brilliant and urgently needed addition to the literature in therapeutic writing."
Love is the Thread centers on the friendship between two women, one snared in a life-long struggle with bipolar disorder, the other reweaving her life after an abusive relationship. Spirituality, encounters with nature, and vacations on the Delaware shore form the threads of a friendship as varied and closely knit as the stitches in a handmade sweater.
From the discovery of hidden colors in fresh snow to the satisfaction of teaching a young nephew to knit, Love is the Thread savors life's small glories, ultimate challenges, and all the moments of humor and tenderness in between.