Author Ina Albert & Illustrator Bret Schlesinger



 Listen-Louder-bio-1Granny Greeny Says Listen Louder, author Ina Albert’s storybook for all ages, teaches us how to truly listen to one another. It is her answer to our attention deficit society. (140 characters)  For author Ina Albert, truly listening is the solution to our attention deficit society. Granny Greeny Says…Listen Louder, an intergenerational storybook, tells how it’s done. With 40 years in healthcare and interpersonal communications, co-author, Write Your Self Well…Journal Your Self to Health, and numerous stories and articles, Ina’s earned her For credentials. (50 words) For author Ina Albert, truly listening is an answer to our attention deficit society. Granny Greeny Says…Listen Louder, a storybook for all ages, tells how it’s done. With 40 years in healthcare communications, as co-author, Write Your Self Well…Journal Your Self to Health, and numerous stories and articles, Ina’s earned her credentials. An Age-ing to Sage-ing® seminar leader and college instructor, Ina shares 79 years of life experience with in Montana Woman Magazine and 406 Woman. Published articles include in Second Journey, Belief Net, Jewish Magazine, Elder Woman Newsletter, a chapter in The Art of Grief edited by J. Earl Rogers for Routledge Press and was selected by University of Portsmouth, UK, for their anthology, Borderlines. Ina’s chapter in Disquiet Times, will appear in October, 2014. She lives in Whitefish, Montana with her husband, Rabbi Allen Secher, and their dog Kugel.

Illustrator Bret Schlesinger

Capture-001Granny Greeny illustrator, Bret Schlesinger, always carries a sketchpad to chronicle life in a painterly style. His drawings transmit the gentle atmosphere of Granny’s story. A teacher, administrator, adjunct professor and artist, his work has shown in universities, galleries and museums in major U.S. cities and in private collections. Bret never goes anywhere without a sketchpad and paints.  He chronicles life and culture around him in a painterly style that depicts his quiet and gentle world. A New York City high school teacher and administrator for 33 years, he taught at Pace and Fordham Universities as an adjunct professor. He is currently a member of the International Network of Productive Schools. Bret’s works have been shown in diverse collections including Ambassador and Mrs. Maxwell Gluck, Dmitri Nabokov, and former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch.  His illustrations have been published by Random House and Athenaeum and he has exhibited at Brandeis and New York Universities, and various galleries in major U.S. cities, Museum of Natural History, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Bronx Zoo, Five Uptown Independent Artists, Magus Studio for the Creative Arts and Mamaroneck Artists’ Guild.  Bret is a frequent contributor to, and authored a young adult novel, Roam the Wild Country for Athenaeum.  His drawings have also appeared in The New York Times Book Review.   Ina and Bret graduated Brandeis University together and Bret went on to receive his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from New York University.  He lives in New York City and Mamaroneck, New York with his wife Susan

Ina Albert


Author Credits

 Author Biography

Ina Albert is co-author of the book Write Your Self Well…Journal Your Self to Health, a journal/workbook written for people suffering from illness and stress based on research demonstrating the health benefits of expressive writing.  As a healthcare public relations professional, trainer, workshop facilitator and consultant, Ina has written numerous articles for healthcare publications during her 40 year career.  Her work is included in The Art of Grief (Routledge Press) and her short stories for children and adults have appeared in various publications including Chicago Parent NewsMagazine.  The author lives and writes in Whitefish, Montana.


Publishing Credits

Write Yourself Well…Journal Your Self to Health, Mountain Greenery Press, 2003

Monthly columnmon aging in Montana Woman Magazine for past 4 years.

Bi-monthly column in 406 Woman Magazine: Watching Love Happen.

Chapter in anthology, Disquiet Time, a book of essays to be released in September, 2014.

Certified Seminar Leader and Adjunct Instructor, Age-ing to Sage-ing, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana.Montana Kids and Family Magazine, Winter 2006 (“Jolly Judah the Holiday Elf”)Group Profile, Academy for Health Services Marketing, April, 1994 (“Marketing in the Year 2000: Back to High Tech/High Touch”)Elderwoman Newsletter, September 2007 (“Qualities for Eldering”)Jewish Magazine, September 2007 (“Healing for the Holidays”)Edge Life: A Holistic Journal (“Qualities for Eldering”), September 2007 (“Healing for the Holidays”)Sacred Journey: The Journal of Fellowship in Prayer, Feb/Mar 2008 (“Qualities for Eldering”)Inner Tapestry Journal (“Qualities for Eldering”) Feb/Mar 2008Chicago Parent NewsMagazine: October, 1991 (“Summers at the Jersey Shore”)Hudson Valley Magazine, November, 1992 (“Rite of Autumn”)Story Circle Journal, December, 2005, (“Healing for the Holidays”)Montana Family Magazine, Summer, 2006 (“Are We There Yet?”)Montana Family Magazine, Fall, 2006, (“Visions of a city Grandma”)Montana Kids Magazine, Spring, 2005 (“Beware of Impulses”)Montana Family Magazine, Spring, 2006 (“Generations Speak: the Ghosts of Chico Hot Springs”)Conscious Choice, March/April, 1995 (“On the Healing Path: Trading Corporate Culture for Work in the Healing Arts”)Chicago Parent NewsMagazine, November, 1991 (“Designing A Future: One Family Takes the Reins”)Strategic Health Card Marketing, February, 1997 (“Review: The Healing Art of Storytelling” by Richard Stone)The Art of Grief: the Use of Expressive Arts in a Grief Support Group, 2007, edited by J. Earl Rogers, Ph.D,, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York and London, (“Reach Out and Touch Someone”)Strategic Health Care Marketing, November 2000, (“Marketer Challenges Colleagues to Become Coaches and Trainers: A Different Perspective on Satisfaction and Loyalty”)


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