Susan Allison --you may know her as the highly successful author of Conscious Divorce and Empowered Healer-- never believed in love at first sight-until it happened to her.
Then on a full-moon night in June 1994, she met Thomas Hickenbottom--already the author of five books of poetry, and eventually, the award winning novel Local Tribes and a history of surfing in Santa Cruz--at a writer's group, and had tea with him afterward. Then the magic began. Star-struck, they each went home, stayed up all night and wrote full-moon poems to share at the next group. Their poems had the same title and similar message!
They continued to write love poems through three separations caused by fear over the intensity of their feelings, and wrote poetry to celebrate their wedding at the summer solstice in Santa Cruz, California. They celebrated their love with three re-commitment ceremonies, and kept writing poems to each other during their blissful 17-year marriage as true Soul Mates. Susan even wrote poignant poetry about her husband's cancer and eventual death in August of 2013. In the darkest times, their love continued to light the way.
Before Thomas' transition, he and Susan agreed they would tell their story through their love poems as an inspiration for others longing for the same kind of deep, enduring love. They wanted their poetry and their love to show that finding one's Soul Mate IS possible. They wanted to model for readers how to live and love in a soul-mated union by creating a dialogue, with a poem of Thomas' and one of Susan's facing each other like love letters being exchanged. Read in order, their poetry tells the story of their love over nineteen years. http://www.empoweredhealer.com/
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