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Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up

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Written from a life lived on the edge of society, Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself, by author Tsara Shelton, offers an insightful and powerfully uplifting collection of ideas and stories. She shares writings on a range of subjects spanning several stages of her life with topics including women’s issues, marriage, prejudice, abuse, mixed-race relationships, equality, culture, and more. Shelton—a mother of four—opens up about the difficult elements in her past, but offers a positive, realistic perspective on those events. As the oldest of eight children, she discusses in detail her childhood in Toronto, Ontario, and how she learned to live thanks to her brothers and her mother—all on the autism spectrum. Shelton reveals how she dealt with being a pregnant teenager and how her beliefs help guide her parenting. As Shelton progresses through life’s stages of growing up, she shares the importance and validity of each stage, always with an eye for answers and an infectious joy in the never ending journey that is growing up.
Reviews
BookOrBust: with Linda Della Donna

"...That by adopting the habit of learning from ourselves, remembering things we used to believe and the people we used to be, we can create a culture of passionately discovering rights, sharing truths and encouraging freedom."--Tsara Shelton

From first page to last, "Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself," will draw the reader in and hold him/her captive, teaching a universal lesson that self-love can conquer all.
 

Inspirational and filled with hope, "Spinning in Circles..." leaves a reader wearing a wide smile and a glad-all-over feeling secure in the knowledge that however big a problem he/she thinks they are experiencing, he/she is normal, whatever normal is.

Special Needs Book Review

I just finished reading Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up by Tsara Shelton. This book is not like most of the other books we write about but Tsara Shelton’s collection of stories will give you lots to think about. This author is my daughter’s age but she seems to be wise beyond her years. Her life experiences are are so different than anything I can ever imagine. However Tsara emplains it beautifully when she wrote, “Remember, it takes all kinds of personalities to make up a functional and exciting world! Just because we don’t understand one doesn’t make it wrong or bad, just different.” - See more at: http://www.specialneedsbookreview.com/2015/06/17/spinning-in-circles-and-learning-from-myself-a-collection-of-stories-that-slowly-grow-up-by-tsara-shelton/#sthash.3BRnm6HG.dpuf

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04/08/2015
Spinning In Circles and Learning From Myself—New Book Offers Unique Narrative

Tsara Shelton's new book is a delightful compilation of her popular articles and stories that have been published over the past ten years. With thoughts about autism, poverty, abuse, and prejudice the author remains continuously hopeful and positive, encouraging the reader to do the same.

Teague, TX, April 8, 2015 (Newswire) - Storytellers are powerful and we are all storytellers,” suggests Tsara Shelton, author of the new book Spinning in Circles And Learning From Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up. In this book the author has collected mostly true stories that she’s written and published over the past ten years. With depth, candor, and a positive passion she explores issues such as poverty, prejudice, autism, and sexual abuse, searching for answers in the ways they’ve touched her life.

Tsara Shelton is the oldest daughter of international mental health expert Lynette Louise, aka The Brain Broad. Having grown up in a home overflowing with out of the box characters and a ferocious love for family, she was in a unique position to observe culture and society. Tsara was born with a typical brain and typical tendencies that were consistently and beautifully challenged by a not so typical family and lifestyle.

“The stories we tell—in our minds or to our friends or in social media updates—create the world we live in. So I encourage myself, my children, and my friends to tell our stories with intention,” says the author, adding, “and I suggest we start now. Because the truth is, we are always telling our story, so finding a voice or narrative we’re comfortable with needs to happen sooner, not later.”

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05/29/2015
Talk About Everyday Experiences In A Powerful Way With Intentional Storyteller T

Narrative and stories are thrown at people from all directions. It's easy to accept them and forget the power that they have. Yet with simple shifts Tsara Shelton suggests people can take advantage of that power by telling stories with purpose. Practicing intentional storytelling can make individuals and whole families happier and smarter.

Whether telling a spouse about the day, chatting with co-workers about politics, or sharing ideas with kids at the dinner table, everyone is a storyteller. Tsara Shelton, author of Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up, suggests that by telling stories with purpose lives can be changed. 

"The difference between telling a friend why the day was horrible vs telling that friend what was learned from a rough day, seems small at first. But it's huge. The entire mood and conversation is given a new trajectory. From a possible pity party or competition for 'worst day' to an adventurous hunt for answers or laughs in a rough situation." According to Tsara, this is only the beginning.

"People experience their days in the way they tell them. As intentional storytelling becomes a habit—assuming the intentions are healthy ones—individuals and families grow happier and smarter. Which, in turn, encourages those close to them to do the same."

"There is so much room for diversity in this!" Tsara continues. "Not just regarding cultures and beliefs, but in style and mood as well. A 'bubbly' or 'upbeat' attitude isn't necessary. Strong, quiet, silly, passionate, and intense storytellers are welcome and necessary. Each person has a valuable and unique style."

People are never not growing up or telling stories. There is so much power and possibility when insisting on doing it with purpose and intention.

"Storytellers are powerful, and everyone is a storyteller."

07/10/2015
Tsara Shelton: The Trials and Triumphs of a Life Lived on the Edge of Society

Who wants to fit the criteria for being well standardized? Yes, Tsara would not fit the standardized productions of corporations such as McDonalds and Burger King. Her taste and presentation are not stifled. Rather, she shouts out the essence of her Being or Nature in every step she takes. She sings aloud her own music as she walks.

Thus one of Tsara's writings is titled: Learning From Myself: A Collection of Stories That Slowly Grow Up. No "teach to the test" mentality inherent in the likes of George Bush JR! Since God's name in Hebrew is I AM and in Hindu, the Self, or Brahmin, then who else are we to listen if not the Self? Who is the Self or Yahweh or Nature if not us in our deepest nudity? I AM that I AM. In our Being we are Nature.

May we all become strippers in revealing who we truly are!

Perhaps Tsara is like me and has never grown up and refuses to be grown up? "Be ye like an infant" Jesus Christ says in unison with Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Tsara's stories speak to ideas and struggles she has encountered in parenting, autism, sex abuse, mixed-race relationships, and poverty. She writes with a goal of revealing to herself and manifesting in the world her own answers.

Yet, she doesn't mean that in a Burger King kind of way. Not having pickles and onions on one's sandwich is not a statement reflecting a true sense of diversity. Diversity and being of one's taste is NOT in a standardized farming practice that often embraces genetic engineering and mechanical ways of raising animals and plants, as in monoculture cropping and genetic engineering.

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