Author's book describes how ordinary people found their calling


March 10, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FINDING YOUR calling can be a major key to happiness, according to Eldersburg author Deborah Dasch.

Dasch is the author of a new book, "Find Your Calling, Love Your Life -- Paths to Your Truest Self in Life and Work," published this month by Simon and Schuster.

"This is not a 'how to' book," said Dasch. "This is 20 profiles of people from all walks of life who have found and are living their calling."

Dasch believes that "a calling is a sum total of not only who you are, but your unique set of talents and gifts." Her book is predicated on the belief that every individual is put on Earth for a purpose.

Along with friend and co-author Martha Finney, Dasch sought out ordinary people in diverse jobs and with a wide variety of backgrounds and ages to learn their secrets of living happily and successfully.

"I found that many of these people had a lot in common in that they had learned some important lessons along the way, and they shared characteristics like patience, drive, faith, and learning from past mistakes. Most also had strong support around them," Dasch said.

Researching and writing the book became something of a calling for Dasch herself. Her writing experience includes corporate newsletters, magazine articles, video scripts and pieces for nonprofit organizations.

Dasch has recently extended her own creative calling to producing television programs seen locally on Carroll Community Television, channel 19. She began as a volunteer there and is looking forward to covering events and activities of interest to Carroll County.

"I love the visual form of storytelling that television enables," she said.

Those of us who have not yet found our calling may want to read Dasch's book.

Wax museum

There are some traditions that just seemed to be a beloved part of the school experience. So it is with the Wax Museum at Freedom Elementary School.

Each March for nearly a decade, third-graders at the school have concluded their study of biographies with an event known as the Wax Museum. The students dress in costumes and pose as wax figures waiting eagerly to tell family and friends about the historical person they studied.

It's an event that is almost regarded as a rite of passage among parents at the school. Phyllis Miller visited the Wax Museum with her son, David, a second-grader at the school.

"We wanted to see what the wax museum is like and what kinds of things people do for it," said Miller. "I want to be prepard for it next year."

There were plenty of intriguing characters portrayed in the areas science, sports, the arts and American history.

"We were pleased to see a lot of different figures this year," said Karen Dulany, a third-grade teacher at Freedom. "The kids chose some really interesting characters."

Karrah Maskell, 8, really took to heart the time and place of her character, Abbie Burgess, who served as a lighthouse keeper during two severe storms off the coast of Maine in the 1850s. Karrah's props included a realistic-looking lighthouse with working lights and recorded sounds of ocean waves.

In addition to the costumed characters, a parade of decorated floats drew visitors into the library, where shadow boxes and pop-up books created by the students were also display.

Benefit carnival

Bring the kids and head for Carrolltown Center Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Freedom Park Benefit Carnival.

Games for the young and young at heart, including soccer kick, baseball throw and hockey shot, along with face-painting and a duck pond, promise something for everybody. Games tickets are just 50 cents, or 12 for $5.

Entertainment throughout the day will feature area dance troupes, majorettes and Keyote, mascot of the Frederick Keys. A variety of food will be available.

Proceeds from the carnival will be used to make improvements at Freedom Park.

Middle school and high students are needed to help at the event. Students can receive community service hours for their participation.

Call Pam Short at 410-549-6296.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday.

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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