Read an excerpt from the book

Cover of Kissed by a Fox by Priscilla StuckeyI am thrilled to offer the first chapter of Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature. Click here to download.

Hope you enjoy!

Please feel free to share any comments you might have about the chapter. Is it what you were expecting? Any surprises? Have you had any similar experiences?

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7 Responses to Read an excerpt from the book

  1. Linda says:August 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Dear Priscilla,

    I’ve been trying to calm myself down before writing to you, but I just can’t seem to. I am beside myself. With joy! You’ve really done it with this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of it. Any chance I could buy a copy from you now?

    Your voice is impeccable. It shines through with intellect and love. The writing is just beautiful and easy to breathe in. Your message couldn’t be more important and is terribly needed in our world. I applaud your courage and willingness to be misinterpreted as “new agey.” Huge congratulations!

    On a personal (and professional) level, I feel vindicated and that I have a new ally… your book. I will share it with as many people as I can… friends, clients, other professionals…

    I think you can relax and not worry about anything with regard to publicizing. If you just follow along on whatever pathways present themselves, this book will quickly develop a life of its own and get into the right hands. If I can be of any more help to you in this area, let me know. I’m not horribly busy right now and so could probably find the time.

    love and blessings,
    Linda

    • Priscilla Stuckey, PhD says:August 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Thank you, Linda, for your wonderful words! As you well know, releasing a book into the world can stimulate a whole range of feelings and questions, so thanks for the reminder from experience that things have a way of working out. Often, people connect with the book because they’ve had similar experiences of being seen or heard by an animal or being met by the land in a personal way. If you or anyone else wants to share an experience like this, please feel free. Part of what the book may do is normalize these experiences of friendship and kinship so that we can all talk about them more freely.

  2. Pat Baca says:August 16, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Yes. Very enjoyable. My sentiments, exactly. I spent this morning harvesting flower seeds from some Rocky Mountain wild flowers I planted three year ago. Then I got on my knees and pulled weeds and cleared a border along the driveway and furrowed out the ground and planted the seeds. I often commune with the seeds and the earth when I plant something. It is a primitive feeling I have of the necessity of giving thanks for the abundance of every seed. I will touch a recently planted tree or shrub or garden plant and express my love for its beauty and fruit.

    Recently, I applied my EFT training on our dog, Slice (The orange one). She has always been extremely fearful of fireworks and lightning and thunder. We were have a good thunderstorm the other evening. I brought them in and she assumed her panicked nature of hyperventilating, shivering as if she were freezing and generally scared out of her wits. I sat down next to her and held her head still with one hand and gently tapped on the top and back of her head with the other. within minutes, she stopped all her vibrations, looked up at me, then lay down on the rug and went to sleep. Thunder and lightning went on unnoticed by her.

    I have used this technique with birds that have collided with one of our windows and otherwise usually expire. A hummingbird did this out on our patio a while back. I swore it was gone, kaput. But I picked it up and stroked its back and tapped on its head and spoke to it. I told it that even though it did not see the window, it would be alright and it was loved. I then placed its still, inert little body on the top of a fence post on the patio. I went back to reading my book out there. A few minutes later, it stirred, turned and looked at me, then stood up and looked around and then buzzed out of there. It came back and hung around whenever I would be outside and let me know he was doing just fine.

    Thanks for sharing this excerpt.

    Pat

    • Priscilla Stuckey, PhD says:August 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Yes, giving thanks for every seed. Showing appreciation for the plants’ and animals’ gifts is one good way to give back to them. I too try to revive birds who collide with the glass. Sometimes they recover, sometimes they don’t. We lose a horrific number of birds through colliding with windows. Some estimates run up to a billion birds lost every year worldwide. It’s a problem that needs some creative minds working on it.

  3. Robert Hill says:August 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I just got around to reading your prologue. Your writing is impeccable which is no surprise. I will be looking for your book. I don’t own very many actual books as I have converted to a Kindle. Yours will be an exception. Take care and hope to see you soon, somewhere on the trail.

    • Priscilla Stuckey, PhD says:August 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! The ebook version is out too, if you prefer that. I’m a tactile person, so I like to hold a book and turn pages, but everyone’s got their preferences.

  4. Priscilla, based on this first chapter, you’ve written a very radical but important book. I can’t thank you enough. I’ve had my own experiences with nature, so I can appreciate what you’re saying. The implications of us being part of nature are scary, of course, as climate change starts to unravel that fabric. My only hope is that enough people read your book and take your message seriously. Thank you again, and I’ll hope for amazing success for you.