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Questing Marilyn

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Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem M.Ed., is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and consultant to families in business. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from The University of Toronto, Mississauga and a Master's Degree in Adult Education and Counselling Psychology from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She has a private practice in Burlington, ON, Canada. She has done post graduate work through the University of Guelph in Family Studies. Marilyn has a clinical membership in the Ontario Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Marilyn speaks and writes on issues related to personal growth through travel.


"The spirit of the book is powerful. Readers will be captivated by the profound clarity and hard in-your-face questions that are at once alarming and growth-producing. The author presents a striking sense of Self that is unsettling, provocative and authentic. Always relentless, sometimes painful and never absent is an undeniable yet implicit theme of being true to Self. A constant attempt at winning the clash between Self and the roles that threaten the Self's needs, beliefs and values makes navigating the clash the essence of the journey. Questing Marilyn is an excellent resource for courses in Women's Studies. Indeed, the author lays claim on the general through a focus on the specific. Issues applicable to every woman are in plain view. Belleghem is to be congratulated for transporting the reader into her soul. Inviting, interesting and invaluable are qualities that make this work a rare gem. I encourage holding it up to the light of informed discussion." Karen L. Westbrooks, Ph.D. is a former Professor of Graduate Studies, licensed marriage & family therapist, author of Overcoming Dysfunction, Low-Income Families: Activating Strengths and co-author of Oral Histories of Non-Traditional Women Students: A Study of Unconventional Strengths. "Questing Marilyn is a memoir of one woman's journey to seek the ever-illusive "SELF." Marilyn shares her journey from Canada to England, Wales and Ireland as she visits known places of self discovery-Stonehenge, Chalice Well, Glastonbury Abbey and Tintagel. We move with her through her confusion, her anger and her realization that her life is not what it seems. We listen to her arguments in an effort to regain her composure based on years of training and discipline only to watch it crumble at her feet. Finally she emerges a stronger, wiser woman full of "Self." The location descriptions are vivid giving the reader a true sense of being there. Armchair travelers will love the imaginary feeling of the drizzle settling on their faces as they gaze at thousand- year- old structures. The author mentions in one chapter that she would like to become a good storyteller as she listens to a local woman describe the beauty and superstition surrounding her hometown. This reviewer feels that she has achieved this and Questing Marilyn is an excellent example of her story telling skill. Each one of us is on our own personal quest to find our life's purpose, our "soul", if you will. This book will give readers some insight into one person's search and the conclusions she draws. It will stimulate readers to look with earnest, travel farther and dig deeper to find their own "Holy Grail." Recommended to anyone on a quest." Allbooks Reviews "Shirley Roe" (Canada) Literary Page "Questing Marilyn is a multidimensional book about the author's travel experience to Britain and Ireland. The book begins as the stressed out author realizes that despite her overachiever attempts to have the perfect life (a loving family, a successful counselling career, and a sturdy religious foundation) that something is missing causing her to feel disconnected and ill content. In an attempt to reconnect and find herself, the author joins a group of colleagues and acquaintances on a tour of Britain and Ireland's sacred sites. On this tour, the author is scheduled to visit sites such as Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge, Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury Abbey, Avebury, Tintagel, Bath, Kilkenny Castle, and New Grange. Furthermore, as part of this organized expedition, group tours, hikes, and self-development rituals are to be undertaken at many of these locations. This book relays detailed information on the mythological, historical, and spiritual significance of each stop of the tour while providing unique insight into the accommodations, dining, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities are available near these sites. As much of the author's tour is specially organized, this information contains a good deal of insight not commonly found in most tour guides of Britain and Ireland. Another important aspect of this book is that the author candidly discusses the pros and cons of group tours by detailing her experiences during this vacation. The reader can then use this information to decide if he or she would be more suited to directed group travel or more flexible individualized travel. The most important message of this book, however, is the introduction of travel as a tool towards self-exploration and self-acceptance. Often, due to the busyness and chaos of daily life, individuals don't have the luxury or time to truly understand who they are and what they want from life. However, during a vacation, normal routines and responsibilities can be temporarily forgotten. Thus, vacation time is the perfect time to reflect on these very personalized aspects of one's life, how he or she feels about that life, and what they need to do to make his or herself happy. Moreover, this analysis need not take place in Britain or Ireland. In fact, where the reader's quest starts and ends is completely unique to that individual. Questing Marilyn: In Search of My Holy Grail, Personal Growth Through Travel is a great book for both those individuals interested in visiting the sacred sites of the United Kingdom and those individuals searching for self-exploration and self-acceptance. This book will make an excellent gift to yourself, to your best friend, to your sister, to your daughter, or to your mother." Author: Tami Brady M.A., Co-Dean of the School of Religion and Spirituality, archaeological consultant, freelance writer Calgary Alberta.

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