Born in Center Square near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, life has taken her on a wondrous journey through years as a military wife experiencing vistas that have widened with her travels and vision.
At age 20, she contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome which left her paralyzed for months. While in the emergency room, Shirley had a near-death experience that changed her life.
For 32 years Shirley followed her husband around the world as they moved from duty station to duty station. During her time in Israel, she was the director of the American Embassy Women’s Group Preschool in Kfar Shmaryahu.
Beyond military retirement, life has led to Okinawa, Japan, and Australia where she was president of the British Charity, the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation, in Canberra.
While in Canberra, she also organized Women in Healing Arts as a local community of women recognizing their skills as traditional healers.
She has called her practice Reiki without Borders that has taken her all over the world as a Reiki Master-Teacher.
She lived among the aborigine, the Pitanjara, and the opal miners of the Outback, South Australia.
Between 2000-2010, she made trips to East Timor (Timor Leste) as a volunteer working with an American doctor at the Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili. She worked closely with lepers, those suffering from tropical diseases, tuberculosis, malaria, AIDS and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)
She does extensive traveling these days while enjoying the magic on each new path she discovers.
This is her fifth book.
Stirling Crebbs has been a freelance artist for over 25 years. She has illustrated numerous books, created mosaic walls, educational posters, t-shirts and much more, as well as designing greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings since 1997.
Stirling also teaches Pilates full-time and has been for the past 9 years.
She was thrilled to have the opportunity to get back to her art and illustrate for The Come Walk With Me Series. When she’s not teaching or illustrating she loves spending time with her two grandchildren Asher and Hadley.
THE COME WALK WITH ME SERIES
Connor Furr is a Tucson-based artist and a second generation Tucsonan, who has been surrounded by the desert since childhood. Connor was academically trained in Printmaking at the University of Arizona.
Using watercolor and ink allowed Connor the freedom and palette to recreate the desert as Aundi viewed and experienced it.
This is his first book illustration and he is looking forward to working on the upcoming books in the Come Walk With Me Series.