I have no words to express how excited I am to announce the first of a series of adult coloring books intended to relieve stress and anxiety and to give joy to those who either buy them or receive them as a gift. The book is now avaialable on Amazon.com. “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy – Joy is in the Journey” is LIVE.

This being my first foray into publishing, I want you to know that this has been an awesome experience.  I want to thank all of those who have been instrumental in helping me get to this point.


When we dream…when we plan…when we conceive of a project, it’s all in our mind, percolating and growing and beginning to take form. As we proceed to create a plan, to assemble our tools and materials and to begin fleshing out the framework for the finished project, it sometimes feels like achieving that goal seems really far away.

That’s the journey I have been on with creating the very first book in a series: “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy – Joy is in the Journey”  A mindful approach to stress and anxiety relief.

So when the delivery guy showed up with a slender box from Create Space, i admit to feeling like a kid at Christmas time.  However, I didn’t just rip it open.  I had promised the fam that I would open it in their presence when it arrived and I had promised my friends and family who could not be there that I would video-tape the unboxing event.

So here it is.  The video of the beginning of my career as a published author.  Without further ado….Drum Roll Please!!!!



We are pleased and excited to announce that our first in the series “Peaceful Patterns Coloring Theapy” books, “Joy is in the Journey” will be published on Amazon.com later this month (September 2016).

This is a huge milestone for Peaceful Patterns Coloring Therapy.  This has truly been a joyful journey, learning a new skill and exploring the world of coloring books for adults.   I admit to intense nostalgia as I wrote the dedication, noting the impactful teaching and mentoring of my grandmother, Juanita H. Tussey.

The essence of this book is “A Mindful Approach to Anxiety and Stress Relief”.  Below each mandala is a quote from names you will recognize relating to the idea of joy.  The idea is to read the quote before you start coloring and ponder it’s meaning and relate in a positive way to your life.  The mindfulness of this approach creates a sense of well-being, relaxation and peace that will give you all the benefits research has shown that coloring can achieve.

Seeing the book cover mock up for the first time gave me a feeling I am at a loss to describe, a mixture of joy, gratitude, shock and awe that this dream was quickly becoming a reality.  The test copy of the book will be arriving on Monday, September 15.  It feels like waiting for Christmas morning.  When it comes, I will do a video “unboxing” of the finished product and, of course, I will present it here for all of you who have been following my journey up until now.

Even as we speak I am in the process of creating the next book in the series, “An Attitude of Gratitude”, which follows the same pattern of this first book.  Also, after the test book arrives, assuming everything is as it should be, we will be allowing pre-orders here on our Coloring Books page, so stay tuned.


Wow, of all the things I ever thought I would do in my life, authoring coloring books was never on the list. But now I’m hooked.

It all started when my daughter-in-law, Jennifer, asked for a coloring book for Christmas. Then I got a really cool coloring book on my birthday from my friend, Vickie. As I sat there coloring I felt a range of emotions. I felt a little foolish. After all, coloring is for kids, right? As I continued, I got into a rhythm of picking colors and coloring spaces, totally focused on the task at hand.

I found as I continued my coloring sessions that playing happy or calming music as I colored further enhanced the coloring experience. I found myself browsing the aisles of stores looking for coloring supplies, pencil holders, pencil sharpeners, different kinds of colored pencils with a larger range of colors. I bought a clipboard to use as I started coloring in waiting rooms, etc. The clipboard gave me a compact, portable, hard surface to color on.

I started taking coloring breaks instead of playing Candy Crush or some such other mindless game online. I noticed after a coloring session I felt refreshed and while I was coloring, I was able to think deep thoughts. The sensation of the pencil on paper was soothing and the rhythm of my coloring strokes calmed my mind and made me able to think more clearly.

Now when I hit an obstacle as I am working, I pull out my coloring sheets and pencils and zen into my coloring break. Aftwards I always feel like I can focus more accurately and it opens my creative mind to be able to see possibilities I hadn’t considered before.

Try it yourself the next time you seem to hit a creative dead end or that knotty little problem you’ve been trying to work out just won’t click. It is a great way to get unstuck and move forward.

I am not an artist, far from it. But I have been told I have a good sense of color and design. There are some exquisite adult coloring books out there by very gifted artists. I will be reviewing some of them on this site over time. That being said, Peaceful Patterns has a different focus. The true purpose of my coloring pages is to relax the mind. There are no pictures on the pages, so there are no rules. There is no sky to be painted blue, no grass to be painted green, no dandelions to be painted yellow. These books are mandalas and patterns whose sole purpose is to give you ultimate freedom to choose the colors you want, the medium that gives you the most joy and the peace of knowing that there are no right or wrong ways to color in Peaceful Patterns, only coloring bliss to give you hours of satisfying and relaxing, drifting, contemplative bliss.

It is my fervent hope that all of my coloring friends will enjoy my “color shavings”, little thoughts on the magical world of coloring and how it can benefit each of us. Color on.