Write a blog, they said. It will be fun, they said. It will help connect our customers with our company and maybe find new friends who have not yet found us. Of course, that’s easy for everyone else because THEY ARE NOT WRITING THE BLOG. And, could you have something done by the end of the week? Sure!
So, this is blog number 1 in who knows how many. Why? Because we believe that InSight Books is a unique and special company and we believe we offer some of the best resources on the market dealing with the difficult transitions in life. Because we want you to know that as well. Because we think we might have something interesting or, at least, amusing to say. And, we want you to buy our books. How’s that for transparency?
A brief intro to our company: Founder and President, Doug Manning, began his career as a Southern Baptist minister in Oklahoma. He and his wife, Barbara, raised four adorable and talented girls, as he pastored in Weatherford OK and Tulsa OK, and Hereford TX.
While in Tulsa, he had developed an interest in the concepts of grief and the process of walking that tough road. So, in 1979, he wrote a book called Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me. He self-published and sold his books out of his garage, trying to find a market. In 1982, he wrote his first book in the elder care arena, When Love Gets Tough: Making the Nursing Home Decision. He decided that writing was his calling, left the pulpit and started writing, established InSight Books as his publishing company, and began speaking all over the country in the areas of grief and elder care. So that’s our origin story.
Fast-forward thirty-five years. Doug moved his company to Oklahoma City so three of his adorable and talented daughters (see above) Glenda, Kathy and Cindy could run the company. He has authored over 35 resources and has traveled the world speaking and training. So we are a local, homegrown family-owned and operated business. One of us will answer the phone when you call, one of us will ship your order, one of us will deposit your check. We are family, I’ve got my sisters with me.
We rely on our website, our catalog, and a lot of good will and word of mouth. Someone receives one of our books after a death, it meant a lot to them, so they order one to give to another friend, etc. Our customers are individuals, hospices, hospitals, funeral homes, care facilities, churches, schools. Any place where people are—there is usually some kind of life transition happening that we have a book for.
Which brings us to this blog. I’ve been appointed by the other sisters to occasionally write about things. I travel a great deal and make my living as a speaker and trainer and observer of life. So, most of my musings will be about things I’ve seen, pondered, questioned, or agonized about. There will be no politics or religion or world affairs. Promise.
This month’s installment has to do with March being National Women’s History Month. Being a woman, working in a company run completely by women, having two young women as daughters, this is kind of a big month. But before we get too puffed up with the importance of women, we must recognize that it is also:
National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Celery Month
National Cheerleading Safety Month
National Craft Month
National Credit Education Month
National Flour Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Noodle Month
National Nutrition Month
National Peanut Month
National Sauce Month
Who thinks up these things? I want that job.
No matter, to honor National Women’s History month, we would like to recognize three of our female authors and their contributions.
Kathy Burns, my sister, wrote Memories Too Few honoring her son, Isaac, who was born too early and lived only 34 hours. She has special insights into the feelings and agonies of miscarriage and stillbirths.
Connie Manning (not a daughter) is a hospice nurse in Toronto Canada. She understood the difficulties of explaining death to young children and created a beautiful coloring book titled I Know Someone Who Died, with a wonderful little butterfly guy who guides kids through those questions.
Our latest addition is an adult coloring book—yes they are a thing these days. This artist, Galadriel A.L. Thompson, produced hand drawn illustrations and invites you to color the uplifting and intricate messages in her creation Inspired.
So, honor a woman in your life, or yourself, and go to our website and check out one of our amazing books by amazing women.
Until next time. . .