Norma Heyser to share 'Little Body Book'
Longtime Lake Oswego resident and author Norma Heyser will be the featured speaker at the Third Tuesday Author presentation June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.
She will present her book "Little Body Book: Every Human Body is a Work of Art." The program is free and open to all.
"As a fourth generation resident of Oswego, I attended the Oswego Elementary School which is now Lakewood Center," she said. "After attending the University of Oregon and graduating from the Museum Art School in 1953, I became identified as an Oregon Modernist artist. In fact, my award-winning 'Centennial Painting' from 1959 hangs in the Hallie Ford Museum in Seattle for which I feel pride and gratitude for a long life of creative output."
She married Ron Peterson in 1957 and the couple raised sons Abbo and Heinka in the First Addition Neighborhood.
"We were prominent in Lake Oswego citizen action for several decades, initiating the First Addition Neighbors Association (FAN), in 1975 and Lake Oswego Neighborhood Coalition (LONAC) in the late 1980s," Heyser said. "We were later divorced and remain best friends."
Heyser said that over the past 50 years she has accumulated "endless files of journaling about the world I see — outside from inside." The idea for the book came to her in the 1980s, when she was a training as a massage therapist.
"I would notice how incredible the body is and how little PR it gets about its wonders and what it was teaching me. The 'Little Body Book' was conceived when my inner artist me my inner medical scientist," she said. "That's when I became convinced of the human body's wisdom, language and remarkable design, providing the simple thrill of seeing, hearing, touching, feeling, talking, thinking, moving and being alive."
The book includes Heyser's writings and illustrations, and gives the reader opportunities to reflect on what is presented and how it applies to their own life. Worksheets are included in the book so that readers can capture their responses to the exercises. Heyser intends the book to help readers know themselves in body, mind and spirit.
"It would be wonderful to exchange these worksheets and learn other people's views," she said.
Heyser says friends share their reactions to the book but she would like to hear reactions from other readers of the book. To promote conversations inspired by the book she aims to develop a facilitation agenda for conversational group learning on the workbook features found in "Little Body Book."
Heyser is preparing for the second printing of "Little Body Book," which will be spiral bound to make it easier to write responses on the book's worksheets.