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Remembering to Dance is a fictionalized account based on events that occurred during the author's travels in Guatemala some twenty years ago. The tone is set by personal losses that precede the unexpected solitary journey by the author. Spirit guides and loved ones in Spirit provide guidance and encouragement. The first chapters immerse the reader in interactions with children who live a life of uncertainty and adversity on the streets of the capital city. In stark contrast to this is the idyllic life twelve months later in a beautiful primitive jungle village far above the Rio Dulce. The travels of the villagers to the city to participate in selling hand crafted goods at the market set in motion an adventure that carries the reader through the web of intrigue of the theft and sale of babies and small children that was prevalent at that time. Helping hands reach out from Central America all the way north, through Sanctuary cities, to the State of Maine and move the fast paced story forward to its exciting conclusion.
Barbara H Mullen Reed grew up in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She was awarded a BS degree by the State University of New York and received permanent certification as a teacher. As a Research Associate at Cornell University, she was part of the initial studies that resulted in the formation of the national programs known as Home Start and Head Start. As a teacher and the mother of four, she studied at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania and received an MS in Religious Studies. As her teaching career advanced, Reed operated a school for disabled pre-school children and received an EdD degree from the University of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida. As a Chaplain at Cornell University and as a Pastoral Associate at a Catholic parish, she periodically led small groups of students in visits to examine social justice issues in Guatemala and Haiti.. She is presently retired and living in Arizona where, as a member of Amnesty International, she is a volunteer participant on the team of the PACT project at Arizona State University that is seeking to develop transcultural interactions in the area of transborder matters.