Friday, January 30, 2015

Author in Review: Cheryl Paton aka CherylsArt

For several years, I have been reading articles written by Cheryl Paton, but I did not realize she had published a book until I interviewed her for Review This!

Funny how you think you know someone well after reading their articles, only to discover even more to admire and appreciate about them during an interview.  
 

Author of The Phonics Guide 

 

As a literacy tutor, Cheryl discovered a real need for a literacy reference guide for adults.  Instead of grumbling or complaining, Cheryl stepped out on her own and met that need by publishing The Phonics Guide, which is a quick resource handbook that lists common spelling patterns and/or letter combinations, alphabetically.  According to Cheryl, it can be used by both tutors and intermediate readers.  

I think we all understand how time consuming it can be to have to search several resources for information when we need to be spending our valuable time actually focusing on teaching and learning.  There are few things more valuable to a teacher than a well written reference guide by an experienced professional.



Cheryl Paton


I found Cheryl to be very open and candid in her interview.   Cheryl shared that her proudest achievement was when she started her art business, but I was personally touched when she stated "the most important thing was that I overcame old childhood beliefs about what I could or couldn’t be."

I was intrigued when she told me that her favorite movie is "Saint Ralph" and went on to explain that it is a story about a teen boy whose mother goes into a coma. Ralph is in a Catholic school and comes to believe that he must do something of significance in order for his mother to come out of the coma. He decides to run in the Boston Marathon.  There are funny spots in this movie too, and it ends with one of the best renditions of Hallelujah she has ever heard.

Cheryl's favorite book is No Attachments No Aversions by Lester Levenson which she personally reviewed.  I encourage you to read it today by simply clicking on the book title link above.  

I began to see a strong thread in the tapestry of Cheryl's life.  Her choice in books and movies, her work to help adults overcome illiteracy, as well as her own determination to discard childhood insecurities, are examples of her belief in success over complacency and a zeal to move beyond adversity.   


CherylsArt on Zazzle

http://www.zazzle.com/CherylsArt*

Cheryl offers her custom designs for weddings, birthdays, holidays, and more on Zazzle.  She has over 7000 items currently listed.









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10 comments:

  1. This is a fascinating interview. I've known Cheryl's online persona for quite some time, but it was most enjoyable to learn more about her many areas of expertise (journalistic, artistic and some personal background). Very interesting.

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  2. Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to interview me. I'm intrigued to read about me through another person's perspective.

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  3. E cellent interview. I enjoyed getting ti know a bit more about Cheryl

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  4. Enjoyed your interview! I hadn't realized your background Cheryl or that you had written 'The Phonics Guide' - wonderful to get to know you better!

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  5. I'm enjoying reading, and appreciating everyone's comments.

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  6. What a great review of CherylsArt and Chery Paton. It's nice to find out new things about artists we know.

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  7. Cheryl, so great to know a little more about you. Sylvestermouse, great idea! I'm glad you did this interview. And I love the quote: feeling good, feeling great, what can I appreciate? Wonderful.

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  8. So nice to learn more about Cheryl! Pinning this to my People and Places board.

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  9. So nice to learn more about Cheryl! Pinning this to my People and Places board.

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  10. Cynthia, what a wonderful idea to help us get to know more about excellent authors like Cheryl Paton! Cheryl has a wonderful, inspiring, can-do attitude and the quote she shared is just terrific. I loved this first installment in your Author in Review series and look forward to reading your future posts in this series!

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