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‘Messages From the Heart’

Cassie Pence
Special to the Daily/Karin Weber Local Karin Weber will sign her book, "Postcards From Grandma: Messages From the Heart" today at the Minturn Market and Sunday at the Vail Farmers' Market. The book weaves travel images taken by Weber with her personal life philosophies. This photo is taken in Bhutan and reads: "Appreciating both ourselves and others."

“Understanding ourselves is both the first and the last step on life’s journey,” local Karin Weber writes in her new book “Postcards from Grandma: Messages From the Heart.”When earning her master’s degree in spiritual psychology, Weber was required to do “something she otherwise might not do” in life for a class project. A fairly vast assignment, Weber thought she would create a book using her many travel photographs to illustrate the psychological principles she was learning about. Her teachers, however, told her to dig deeper.What resulted was a book filled with original life philosophies paired with photographs taken around the world by Weber. Weber also pulled quotes from books and favorite authors to substantiate the point she was trying to communicate.”It was really scary because I am a private person,” Weber said. “Putting somethin out there and not knowing how it’s going to be perceived is really the the growth experience.”

One of her favorite images in the book depicts a classroom of kids in Bhutan. The text says: “… supporting others rather than trying to resolve their issues for them.””In Bhutan, kids are taught in English age appropriate stuff in a school that looks like little house on a praririe,” Weber said, adding the country, which is wedged between China and India, is one of her favorite places to visit. She said education is big part of the country’s philosophy.Weber will sign the book at the Minturn Market today from 9-2 p.m. and Sunday at the Vail Farmers’ market from 9:30 to 3 p.m. Part of the proceeds benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp that Weber and a handful of other volunteers are starting locally for Colorado kids. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, started by Paul Newman, provides children with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions a camping experience of the highest quality, while extending year-round support to their families and health care providers. Weber recently visited one in California.”It left you speechless,” Weber said.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 748-2938, or cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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