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the boy who spoke to the earth

The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth is a tale about a young boy who asks the Earth where he can find happiness. 

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The Earth responds and sends the boy on a journey to some of the landscapes that make the Earth most proud. In the end, the boy learns that happiness is harder to find than he expected.

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The Boy Who Spoke to the Earth won the IPPY gold medal for children's book of the year in 2015. The book is ​for sale on Amazon. It is a collaboration between Dreamling Books, David McClellan, and Chris Burkard.

My role on this project was as the ghostwriter and creative director. Working with the team to realize such a special storytelling project was a miracle. Something bigger than us made this book.

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As I reflect on the story 10 years after it was first created, I am struck by how poignant the message still feels. The importance of pause has only increased as I have gotten older. I don't know that there is a more meaningful message we could share with rising generations than to practice a contemplative gaze.

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