Two Westport authors share their ways to for coping with stress. Stephanie Bass turned to humor during the pandemic and Denise Zack provides proven ways to move around negativity and both will discuss their books with Kerstin Rao.
Ripple Affect is an 8-step workbook filled with readings, reflections, activities and meditations Denise uses to help clients gain insights into negative thought patterns to make lasting changes. Her therapeutic approach helps her clients to identify their damaging patterns and then positively alter them to improve emotional balance and decrease stress.
DRIVEWAY SHOWCASE: My Blackboard Diary: A Comedian's Year in Lockdown shares some of the inspirational sayings, funny observations and uplifting statements collected on a chalkboard Stephanie wrote during the pandemic for her neighbors to read.
Kerstin Rao's mission is to spread creativity and joy, whether through her art and stationery business, CuppaCards, or through her coaching service, Curate Your Mate. For 22 years, Kerstin was a teacher with the Westport Schools and is forever proud of all her former students. She and her husband Vijay live in a cozy cape in Westport, nurturing a garden of native plants and loads of local friendships.
Denise Zack, MS, RYT is a Certified Life Coach, Meditation Instructor, and yoga teacher, who worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for Southern Connecticut State University for 20 years, as a clinical therapist. She’s also done private, wellness-based consulting, meditation, mindfulness and yoga for individuals and businesses alike.
Diagnosed with ADD at age 47, Stephanie Bass had breezed through many professions: publishing; marketing; teaching; cashier; corporate wife – secretly feeling she was the only one who hadn’t been issued an owner’s manual. At 70, Stephanie embarked on one more career: taking her greatest strength – making people laugh – she started formal training in standup comedy. She was just getting warmed up when a plague closed all the clubs. Undaunted, she invented a new venue: blackboard postings in her driveway, and her first book was born.