The Sacred Art of Clowning… and Life! Paperback – January 8, 2012
by Cleone Lyvonne Reed (Author)
How does one move out of an abusive marriage and transform her thinking so that she can manifest a wonderful marriage based on love, mutuality, and respect? That is the journey that Cleone took, starting with her debut as Chloe the Clown in 1994. Through her six clown characters (she calls herself a multiple personality of a deliberate kind), she sees each clown as representing different ages/stages of her life. And that each moment of our life is sacred, something to honor and accept. As a Caring Clown (versus a Circus Clown), she spread love and joy to countless people in hospitals, nursing homes, parade routes, workshops, putting loved ones into clown, etc. But what she found was the recognition of her own self-love and appreciation! She decided she didn’t need to be a clown anymore and quit in 2004. What made her return to clowning in 2010? How is clowning a SACRED ART? How does that relate to life? Answers to these accompanied by 109 pictures and illustrations tell her story.
About the Author
Reed was a mental health counselor when she became a clown in 1994, thus calls herself a clownselor. So far, 166 people have been a clown at least a day in response to her work. Reed has six clown characters, each representing a different stage of her life. She attributes her clown journey as a vehicle to transform her life from one of emotional pain to one of bliss.
Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Robert Reed Publishers; 1 edition (January 8, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,856,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I, Cleone Reed, am the author of several books including “The Sacred Art of Clowning… and Life!” Some are very little books, such as “I Am Mrs. Santa Claus” and “The ABC’s of Alliteration: All Amusing Allegories in Tongue-Twister Tales to Stimulate Speaking Success.” My latest book, written in response to a 24 X 36-inch poster (fits in a standard frame) called “The Path to Healthy Relationships” produced by Robert D. Reed Publishers, is called “The Path to Healthy Relationships: It All Begins With You.”
In addition to writing books over the years, I work in my husband’s publishing business (www.rdrpublishers.com) overseeing production of our books. I often design book covers, sometimes edit the books, create promotional materials, and launch the books on our distributor’s website, our website, Amazon Kindle, etc.
Careers before this: I was a social worker for thirteen years, a licensed mental health counselor for ten years, and a professional clown for twenty years (the clown work overlapping my years as a therapist and as a writer). I have a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin and about 500 hours of training in clowning. I last clowned as LuLu in La Paz, Mexico for children in a neighborhood with no running water and no electricity through a non-profit organization called Care for Kids La Paz One of the most delightful things about being in the publishing business is that my husband and I can create friendships with our authors and have fun. There are no professional ethics about being friends with authors as there was with clients when I was a therapist. We lead a very full life, traveling and working from the road, and often meeting authors in our travels.
ByShelleyon January 18, 2012
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Read the book the day I got it. Loved it! Really enjoyed how the author described caring clowns and the work that goes into clowning , creativity, empathy,enthusiasm! Also loved the pictures. Hope all care givers read it, laughter is the best medicine!