Snippets Issue 2

“The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is … to help man endure by lifting his heart.”
—William Faulkner

Reading enriches our lives by showing us our better side and what we can achieve. Who hasn’t at one time read a book, a poem, an article, a quote that spoke to him or her at exactly the right time. Whether it was fiction or nonfiction, someone’s written word has made the journey a little easier, expanded our vision, helped us realize our potential.

Writing a book is a noble endeavor (and takes some effort) and when you are finished, your words could change lives. After I wrote my poetry book in the 1970s, a reader contacted me to tell me that one of the poems she read helped her to see that we shared a feeling she didn’t think anyone else had experienced and that she realized she was not alone. That letter showed me how important my effort was.

Realization Press is proud to announce the upcoming release of Grandfather Poplar by Diana Henderson. This young adult novel is for all who love a great story. Melissa Kincaid has a secret that she shares with no one—something that makes her different from everyone else in her life. She communicates with trees and with one elder poplar whom she calls Grandfather. Grandfather Poplar is available as of December 16, 2015. Click here to order Grandfather Poplar on

Remember that Casey’s Christmas is also available from Amazon at