A chat with author Penny Wagner

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Three cheers from this Jersey Girl who grew up to love the Bible, baseball, and the Beatles.  Teacher and advocate of children, Penny Wagner earned the knowledge that no two children are alike and they all possess the inert ability to "make the world a better place."
 
  As a teacher of thirty years she encouraged  and inspired a few of her students into a world of travel and adventure, the dream of the house at the sea, and an infinite chance to make this world a better place.
   

Penny resigned from her 30 year teaching career to be with her mother. Even though her mother suffered from COPD she fought valiantly and refused to be defined by her illness nor limited by it.   She found pathways around it.   She was a real star and pursued “life” to the end.

During that time Penny began to journal about their days together.  The result is her new book,  “Two Elephants in a bathtub  Taking Care of Mom.”  It’s about her and her mother and their family’s dynamics during her care.  It relays to the readers that this time of “terminal, ”when her mom was still hanging on to all her hopes, was meant to be, and it truly was for them, not a time of loss.  It was a time of love.  It was not a time of a step down, but a time of a step up.

She joins us today to talk about her experience and what she hopes people will take away from it.

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