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Intermediate School Music Teacher and Jersey Shore Native Releases Intriguing New Book about the Invisible Wounds of TBI, PTSD, and Trauma

originally published: 05/30/2015

 Intermediate School Music Teacher and Jersey Shore Native Releases Intriguing New Book about the Invisible Wounds of TBI, PTSD, and Trauma(Forked River, NJ) -- “TBI, PTSD, and trauma may very well not be the breaking down of a human being, but the evolution of a human being,” says Guckin. “Growing from our experiences whether they are perceived as good or bad is all part of living our lives.” I’ve taken what seemed like a devastating event in my life and turned it around with the on-going support and interaction of the soldiers who helped me to understand the true meaning of courage and recovery. They have encouraged me to share what I know because they believe it has the ability to help others. TBI, PTSD, and trauma do not discriminate. They are equal opportunity conditions that could impact anyone at any time.They do not just come from war. We have an entire brotherhood and sisterhood of people suffering from these invisible wounds, not just in our country, but around the world. We have the power to learn from each other and to help each other heal when we have the courage to walk in the light of our experiences.

Susie Guckin is an intermediate school music teacher in Hunterdon County, NJ, as well as, a “Warriors At Ease” certified meditation teacher with advanced training and certification in military combat stress, post-traumatic stress, trauma, and resiliency. She is also a “McLean Meditation Institute S.E.E.D© Certified Meditation Teacher with training in stress management and stress reduction. She is the owner of “Peaceful Warriors” in Forked River, NJ, offering trauma-sensitive meditation, Reiki, and Simple Easy Every Day© meditation. Visit for resources on traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and trauma. Resource links and articles are posted for military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and civilians alike.

“The Camouflaged Heart” was inspired by the process of recovery that Guckin went through over a period of 14 years and came into being after she was invited to be a guest speaker for the wounded warriors of the local Warrior Transition Unit. Her presentation in March 2014 for “Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month” was so well-received that she was asked to return for two more presentations; these presentations became the inspired outline for her book.

Guckin’s book was chosen by Litfire Publishing of Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in Book Expo America (BEA) as part of the Publisher’s Discovery Zone, taking place at the Jacob K. Javit’s Center in Manhattan. Guckin will attend the event having an opportunity to sign books and meet other authors and publishers in the industry. BEA is a prominent event for book publishers in North America and will take place on May 27-29, 2015. Visit

“The Camouflaged Heart” is available at the following online retailers: Balboa Press   Barnes and Noble    Amazon


John Keene Wins MacArthur Genius Grant for Challenging and Expanding Our Views on American History
(NEWARK, NJ) -- Author, translator, artist, historian, professor. These are just a few of John Keene’s titles. He is also the chair of the Department of African-American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N), as well as the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and most recently, the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction for Counternarratives. On October 4th, he joined the 2018 class of MacArthur Fellows, commonly known as “genius grants.”

Reading Between The Lines: Der Vang And Whitehead @ Newark
Last week saw the continuation of the year-long academic showcase Writers at Newark Reading Series, hosted by Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing program. On Tuesday, February 6, students, professors and Brick City residents welcomed Walt Whitman award-winning poet Mai Der Vang and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead to the Express Newark’s lecture hall on Halsey Street.
An Interview With Meagan Brothers
Meagan Brothers is the author of the young adult novels Supergirl Mixtapes, which was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination; Debbie Harry Sings in French, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, won a GLBT Round Table ALA Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; and her latest, Weird Girl and What’s his name.
The Pork Roll Cookbook
With summer coming to a close, we thought it was a good time to tell you about a cookbook with dozens of recipes to help you enjoy New Jersey’s favorite sandwich — pork roll. While traditionally eaten on a hard roll with an egg and cheese for breakfast, a cookbook published earlier in the year offers ways to expand the food’s recipe range.

Event calendar
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018


DiTrani Bros: Folk, Swing, Jazz, Ragtime!! @ Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen - 7:00pm

Jazz Guitarist Abe Ovadia @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Gypsy Jazz Brunch with Pyrenesia and Max Hansen Buffet @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

Dryden Ensemble: Bach Cantata Fest @ Miller Chapel (Princeton), Princeton - 3:00pm

Suzzanne Douglas @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 7:30pm


The Ghost Princess @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 3:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 3:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 7:00pm

Black Coffee by Agatha Christie @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 2:00pm


DRACULA - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 4:00pm


A conversation with John Cusack Following a screening of Say Anything @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:00pm


Summit Farmers Market Pumpkin Painting @ Summit Farmers Market, Summit - 10:00am


The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


HAUNTED ILLUSIONS LIVE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

THE MAGIC OF BILL BLAGG LIVE! @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm

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