If you are in Bar Harbor this Friday, stop by Sherman's (3 to 4 p.m.) to see Lisa. A good book and a good cause in many ways. Here are some of the details:
Maine-native Lisa Belisle will visit Sherman's Books in Bar Harbor this Friday to sign
copies of her inspirational book, "Our Daily Tread," following a visit to College of the Atlantic where she will speak to a class developing an online marketing program for the book.
"Our Daily Tread" features daily inspirational and thought-provoking quotes (presented within the framework of a perpetual calendar) that are grouped by themes such as hope, courage, opportunity, and gratitude. Belisle, who operates a medical practice in Yarmouth, hopes using the book daily and incorporating it into a regular routine will help inspire people to live with joy and share of themselves to make a difference in their family, in their town, or around the globe.
The book, a collaborative effort spearheaded by Belisle, serves a dual purpose.
In addition to its inspirational quotes, the book features personal essays, photographs, and children's artwork submitted by the volunteers and supporters of Safe Passage, a Maine-based non-profit organization. Safe Passage is dedicated to helping the poorest, at-risk children of families who work in the Guatemala City garbage dump by offering programs that foster hope, good health, and education. Sales of "Our Daily Tread" benefit Safe Passage, which was founded by Hanley Denning. Denning, a Maine native, died in a car accident in January 2007. She was 36.
Paul Hawkin, author of "Blessed Unrest," said, "Our Daily Tread is an homage to the extraordinary people amongst us who serve the world in new and brilliant ways. Hanley Denning represents the millions of individuals and groups who serve the future by addressing the suffering and needs of the present. This book is a daily reminder that there are no inconsequential acts, only consequential inaction."
Before visiting Sherman's, Belisle will speak to an e-marketing class that is part of the College of the Atlantic’s Green and Socially Responsible Business Program. This spring, half the class will work to develop an online marketing plan for “Our Daily Tread.”
COA faculty member Jay Friedlander, who holds the college’s Sharpe/McNally Chair in Green and Socially Responsible Business, chose Safe Passage for this e-marketing class for several reasons, including—its Maine connection, the powerful work it does in Guatemala, and the fact that Denning was not that far out of college when she started the organization.
Friedlander said, “Social entrepreneurship is about looking for new ways to solve problems, applying entrepreneurial thinking to social issues”—which is what this book is doing.