Meet Marcy and Her Friends, a children’s book that navigates the journey of building self-esteem and learning about peaceful conflict resolution. N.E.C. Iankowitz – author, editor, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and professor of nursing, spent a decade of devoted listening to elementary school teachers, students and parents from several elementary schools throughout Putnam, Westchester and Dutchess County before completing her collection of stories. Over 30 stories were requested and written. The most popular 24 stories make up the book, Marcy and Her Friends. Dr. Iankowitz has been invited to publish her work in The Silence Within, Letters from the Soul and The Sound of Poetry. Her writing has been published in Creations, Pace Literary Magazine and The Gannett Suburban Newspaper. The first Marcy story was written to help her own second grader confront issues surrounding disorganization. The second story helped her daughter deal with a classroom bully. The author read the two stories to her daughter’s class and they received such an enthusiastic response that she wrote twenty more to address the requests. Marcy and Her Friends is the best of the collection. This children’s book helps youngsters between ages of 7-9 as well as their families understand and cope effectively with growing pains, tackle fears and frustrations, and to develop skills including peaceful conflict resolution and healthy boundary setting. Marcy, the main character, shares experiences that deal with concerns, challenges, wishes and the dreams of those upon whom the stories echo. Each story stands on its own without illustration. This is by design to stimulate the imagination of the listener and reader. Students are encouraged to visualize Marcy throughout her daily experiences, as she handles common and oftentimes unsettling situations. Children delight in predicting what Marcy will say and do. This approach creates a safe environment for student to share their own concerns as they guess what happens next. Marcy takes her accumulated experiences over several years, and shares lessons learned. The self-reflective questions, posed at the end of each story, enhance the uniquely interactive nature of each character and situation.
N.E.C. Iankowitz is an ANCC Board Certified Advanced Practice Nurse, motivational speaker, second degree Reiki Practitioner, former Director of Care Management at UHP, former research coordinator of the Longevity Genes Project at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and founder of Universe’Secretary. In April 2015, Dr. Iankowitz opened the doors to her private practice, and is the Director of Holistic and Integrative Healing LLC. Dr. Iankowitz graduated from Pace University in 1981 with a B.A. in Psychology/ Human Relations, in 1983 with an M.S. (concentration in nursing), and in 2012 with a doctorate in nursing practice. She is a holistic health & stress management consultant, author of three books (Marcy and Her Friends, Tales of The Soil, and Conversations With Our Daughters), and offers workshops on a variety of topics including stress management, time management, and self-healing. She lives with her husband in a quiet rural setting along the Adirondack trail.