Welcome to the Sweet Pea Project's Blog, part of the Sweet Pea Project's effort to create a supportive and compassionate community for those of us affected by the death of a child. Here you will find updates on the Sweet Pea Project, as well as anything going on in the world that relates to childloss. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see discussed here, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you stop by the official website, www.sweetpeaproject.org and feel free to email me for any reason at anytime at Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
peace, Stephanie Cole (Madeline's Mom)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Still Standing Magazine, People & Perspective, & More!

We are excited to share with you that an essay about E.E. Cummings and the cells of our sweet babies, written by Sweet Pea Project's own Stephanie Paige Cole, was published today in Still Standing Magazine.  You can click here to read the essay: http://stillstandingmag.com/2014/02/changed/ and please feel free to hop over to the magazine's facebook page to share your thoughts on the piece.
This is also a very exciting week for us over here at Sweet Pea Project.  Stephanie and Catherine Bayly, the editors of to linger on hot coals, were on the People & Perspectives radio show this morning for a 20 minute long interview on the book, Sweet Pea Project, and the ways in which we continue to parent our children.  The segment was broadcasted on 4 stations, but if you missed it you can listen now at http://chirb.it/9I8tDp.  Stephanie will also be interviewed on live TV on Good Day PA tomorrow!  We'll be posting a link to that interview on the In The News  page on our website, so check back soon for that.
And last, we want to remind you that it is now just 2 weeks until Sweet Pea Project's Poetic Gathering, presented by OBGYN of Lancaster, at Mulberry Art Studios on March 8.  Food For Thought Catering will be putting together a delicious spread of food, and we want to be sure we have enough for everyone, so please click on the link at www.sweetpeaproject.org/poetrywww.sweetpeaproject.org/poetry and let us know if you plan to attend this beautiful, free event.

We hope you are all having a peaceful weekend.

Friday, February 14, 2014

to linger on hot coals poetic gathering

Hi friends! We are so excited about our next community event- Sweet Pea Project's to linger on hot coals poetic gathering presented by OBGYN of Lancaster. We are just 3 weeks away from this lovely little gathering and want to make sure we have enough books and refreshments, so please click over to https://hotcoalspoetry.wufoo.com/forms/to-linger-on-hot-coals-poetic-gathering/ and let us know if you plan to attend. 

We hope you will join us at 1pm on Saturday, March 8 at the beautiful Mulberry Art Studios in downtown Lancaster for an afternoon of poetry, music, and community in a candle-lit art gallery. From 1pm-2pm you can mingle and relax with a glass of wine and a plate of delicious hors d'oeuvres served by Food For Thought Catering, while listening to the gently strummed guitar of singer/songwriter Bobbi Carmitchell.  156 candles, each with the name of a deeply loved and missed child handwritten on it, will be lighting the gallery.  Copies of to linger on hot coals will be available, and several of the contributors will be signing books and chatting with guests.

At 2pm, Dr Joanne Cacciatore- founder of the MISS Foundation and Center For Loss & Trauma- will open with a short presentation via video about her involvement in to linger on hot coals. The poetry reading will immediately follow and will include pieces from each of the to linger on hot coals contributors. Angie Yingst, Devany LeDrew, Catherine Bayly and Stephanie Paige Cole will read live in the gallery and, since they live much too far away to attend in person, Kara LC Jones, Sherokee Ilse, Laura Seftel, Carly Dudley, Tara Hart, Beth Morey, Amy McCarter, Hannah Logan Morris and Anne Morris will share their poems with us via video projected on the gallery wall.

Learn more about to linger on hot coals, which was released a few weeks ago and is already receiving some amazing reviews from high profile members of our community, at www.tolingeronhotcoals.com.

Thank you to our event sponsors: OBGYN of Lancaster, Food For Thought Catering, Mulberry Art Studios, Loving Memories Photography & Continental Inn!

(PS... Think warm thoughts and save the date for our next community event: 4th Annual Sweet Pea Sisters & Brothers Picnic at Lititz Springs Park on June 7!)