Soulight Publishing Releases Dr. Kathryn Seifert's New Guided Imagery CD and Journal set, "Healing From Losses" and Jim Hyde's soul searching book, "Up the Hill Backwards" at International Book Signing in NYC September 9, 2005

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Soulight, an independent, artist-centered publishing company, is releasing its first full length book, "Up the Hill Backwards," by Jim Hyde and Dr. Kathryn Seifert's latest guided imagery CD and journal set, "Healing From Losses," at an international book signing at the Telephone Bar and Grill in NYC on September 9, 2005.

Soulight Publishing will release "Up the Hill Backwards" by Jim Hyde and "Healing From Losses" by Kathryn Seifert, at an international book signing at the Telephone Bar and Grill in NYC on September 9, 2005.

Jim Hyde is a 24-year survivor of AIDS. His life is laid bare in his book of poetry and journal entries: his struggles, soul searching, ups and downs, problems, joys, disappointments, anguish and fears. It is all there for the whole world to see. Readers will be changed by this book.

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Jim by author and reviewer, Josh Aterovis:

Q: How did you become an AIDS activist?

"Nearly as soon as I received my diagnosis, I began to educate myself about AIDS. I have a way of confronting my trials and this was what I would do with AIDS. The more I learned, and the more I saw the way people with AIDS were being treated, the more I knew I had to go out and talk about it, put a face on it, if you will. One of the hardest things to deal with about HIV has always been the stigma attached to it. I had to live a life of being beat up and abused by my less-than-evolved community for being gay. I wasn't about to be put back in another closet with HIV.

"I am not going to win many friends with this next statement, but I feel that hiding your status is like telling yourself you have something to be ashamed of, and it feeds into the stigma that HIV/AIDS is a dirty little secret. The only way it will ever change, and it has not in many ways, is to come out about it. If every person with HIV declared that they had it, the world would see what we're really dealing with. I often say, everyone knows someone with HIV, they just aren't aware of it."

Jim is a member of the online community of bowienet.com. Many of those who know and correspond with him through bowienet are supporting Jim and will be attending the book signing and reading. The title, "Up the Hill Backwards" has been used with permission from David Bowie. The book signing is timed to follow the NY appearance of David Bowie at Fashion Rocks. It will take place at the Telephone Bar and Grill which is located at 149 Second Ave. in New York City (http://www.telebar.com/index.html). Festivities begin at 6 PM. Jim will read from and sign his book.

Soulight is also releasing Dr. Kathryn Seifert's latest guided imagery CD and Journal set, Healing From Losses." Losses is the second in a series of guided imagery and journal sets by Dr. Kathryn Seifert, a well respected author and psychotherapist. This exciting new concept in in self-help,combines the benefits of guided imagery, relaxation techniques, music, introspection,and journaling. Everyone has losses at some time. The unique combination of a relaxation/guided imagery/music CD and a guided journal helps you heal from your losses, learn from them and go on. Vinnie Hazeltine provides the soothing music. Production was skillfully provided by Suzanna Mallow of Red Letter Day. Susan Beverly, "The Voice", is the reader on the CD. Lisa Ali is the graphic artist. Additional poetry by Jim Hyde graces the valuable little interactive journal.

Dr. Kathryn Seifert is an expert on the issues of attachment, interpersonal violence, and stress management. She has written many articles and she lectures at national and international conferences on these topics. Dr. Seifert also created the "CARE: Child and Adolescent Risk for Violence," a tool to assess the treatment needs of youth at risk for violence.

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