Writings

To Mend a Broken Web Written & Illustrated by Maia Heissler

 

To Mend a Broken Web is a tale of courage and hope, with appeal for all ages.DSCN7871
The Web. The beautiful, though fragile, delicately woven Web of Life has been broken. Broken by people in high places, and by people who will not see. To the bottom of his heart, to the depths of his soul, twelve-year-old Caleb feels the pain and the suffering of a land he has grown to cherish. Although he would love to flee from this nightmare, he knows he must stay to speak, to act, for those who have no voice. With Caleb’s child-wisdom, tiny Tago’s guidance, and their combined strengths, the boy and the Forest Friend elder lead the way to a powerful solution.

 

 

Wild Things for the Soul Written & Illustrated by Maia Heissler

“Wild Things For The Soul” takes the random, unsculpted beauty of nature and makes it deep, personal, and extraordinarily meaningful when seen through the creative eyes of author Maia Heissler. More than a how-to, more than a collection of reflective essays and experiences, this book yields unique insights on the infinite ways nature can be a playground and a “soulground” for us all. It helps us celebrate, in natural ways, bonds with nature that only someone with true inner wisdom can offer.

Maril Crabtree, Author, Mission, KS Sacred Feathers: The Power of One Feather to Change Your Life and other anthologies

 

legend of the forest friends

“The Legend Of The Forest Friends” is a short (1300-word) account of the Forest Friend presence in North America. It begins at a time when the little people enjoyed a peaceful co-existence with plants and animals. The coming of “the giants” who called themselves “The People” made them wary initially, but it soon became apparent that the two races could live happily together. The problems began, however, when lighter-skinned giants who called themselves “Civilized” (and whom the Forest Friends soon referred to as “the Depleters”) appeared in the land.

The legend does end on a hopeful note:

“There are those among the Civilized Ones who are not Depleters, who also recognize the land as teacher, friend and provider, not as a thing to be ravaged or enslaved. They give hope that the Forest Friends will remain and come to thrive once more … and perhaps make themselves known, so to bring magic and simplicity back to what can once more be a wondrous place.”

 

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* All posters are printed on 130 lb Supreme Gloss cover stock.  They are packaged in crystal clear protective artwork bags, and the story behind the poster is included.

SAVE M.E. (Save Mother Earth) T-SHIRT

 

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THE STORY BEHIND THE SHOE PRINT

 

When I was writing To Mend a Broken Web, a novel with a strong environmental message, I wanted to drive home the impact of thoughtless actions fuelled by greed or convenience. So I created a nightmare“There are those among the Civilized Ones who are not Depleters, who also recognize the land as teacher, friend and provider, not as a thing to be ravaged or enslaved. They give hope that the Forest Friends will remain and come to thrive once more … and perhaps make themselves known, so to bring magic and simplicity back to what can once more be a wondrous place.” for twelve-year-old Caleb, the hero of the story. In the nightmare Caleb’s world is plunged into darkness as an enormous boot descends upon him, a situation made even more terrifying by the moving skeleton forming the tread. As the story unfolded, this tread needed to be resolved:

… the boot melted, changed form, became a pair of shoes walking on the road into the forest. Curious now, Caleb followed the path of the disembodied feet. It led everywhere trees had been cut, plants crushed, garbage dumped. Something was different, though, as if invisible fingers were pointing, trying to catch his attention. Something about the prints. The outlines appeared normal, but… but…. Then he caught sight of a letter. And another and another. There appeared to be a message on each print! He crouched down to take a closer look.

On each shoe print there was a circle surrounded by stars. Earth. Underneath, words read “Save M.E.” Save me? he wondered. Save whom? Okay, the woods, obviously. But why the M.E.? And then it hit him. The message was not “Save me,” it was “Save Mother Earth!”

It was important to get this message from a page in a book into more visible form. The doors to making this happen with the use of local talent and facilities flew open, and the first results have taken form in T-shirts and water bottles. It is our hope the message finds open ears, open eyes, and open hearts.

(An application to register the shoe print as a trademark has been filed.)

 

Maia’s books can be ordered by contacting her; they are also available in

Belleville, at Greenleys Book Store Campbellford, at Kerr’s Corner Books Cobourg, at Avid Reader Grafton, at St. John’s Books Kingston, at Novel Idea Lindsay, at Kent Book Store Ormsby, at Old Hastings Gallery* Picton, at Books and Company Port Hope, at Peaceful Arts Stirling, at West Wings Tweed, at the Unconventional Moose* (Hwy 7, north of Tweed)
* also carry other of Maia’s creations