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FYI Friday: Did YOU know? The first draft of this book sat in storage for...20 years!?

I wrote "Different is Good" in 2003 as an assignment for a class in the Social Service Worker program at Fanshawe College. In this class, we had to share our story. I chose to tell my story by way of an over-sized children's book (bristol board size).

...and then it sat in storage for 20 years. You can see the water damage on the book (in the picture on the left) from when my basement flooded!

Growing up, I loved reading and especially loved the oversized books that elementary school teachers would read during story time. I wanted to be selected as story time helper to turn the large sized pages! I also loved books that taught simple, yet powerful life lessons and values. I wanted to tell my story with all these things in mind.

This book tells of the impactful experiences in my life up until 2003.

These experiences still shape my daily interactions—whether it be in the classroom, get togethers with friends, or strangers that pass in the moment.

Different is Good aims to remind YOU--the reader, that we all have something that will make us "feel different," BUT it is how we embrace that difference that counts. My book presents themes of race, class, gender, ability, bullying, body acceptance, forgiveness, generosity, courage, and bravery.

After our book launch last week on June 21st, 2023, and with YOUR support, Different is Good is a #1 Hot New Release in three categories on Amazon and a #15 bestseller in the Prejudice & Racism category.

Wow. Not a bad way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this book AND hey, here's a friendly reminder... check your closets for old assignments, YOU might have something the world would like to see!


We are averaging book sales of 10 copies per day.


Thank you for helping me turn over a new leaf.

How will YOU turn over a new leaf today?



Daisy-Mae Hamelinck

Your New Leaf Founder, College/University Professor, Author & Video Host

OCT, M.A, B.Ed, B.A (Hons), SSWD

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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