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May 2017 Issue

Hey there —

This is your good friend Danny. As always – thanks for checking out the newsletter. I hope you’re having a wonderful and splendid spring. The Rhododendron bushes are in full bloom here in West Virginia (the mountain state).


Articles at our Blog

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Interviews with Rec Therapists that put the “RT” in HEART 


Thank you for your patience. This book project is wrapping up.

I’m still working on putting together this booklet: Interviews with RTs. 

My deadline is to release the .pdf file before midnight May 31st, 2017.

Readers can point out errors and I’ll mail out printed copies to backers before end of June 2017.


The NEW 2017 Book Project

Rec Therapy for the Mind, Body, & Soul 


Chicken Soup for the Soul has made it clear that they are not going to publish a book of stories about Recreational Therapy outcomes. I had started a petition, sent fun gift packs with messages, and our team sent over 5,000 postcards to Amy Newmark, the current owners of the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand from September 2016 until April 2017. In April 2017, we quit pestering Amy Newmark.


However, all is not lost. Maybe perhaps, a better publisher is suited for our book project.

I attended two trainings (Chicago 2016) and (Philadelphia April 2017) with Jack Canfield (a fellow West Virginian) who had originally co-created the Chicken Soup for the Soul book. He has been very encouraging. He told me to submit the book project to another publisher besides the current owners of Chicken Soup. Jack shared that he has submitted Chicken Soup for the Soul to 144 publishers before someone published it.


I am also going to Patty Aubry’s house in June 2017 for a one-day workshop/ retreat. She is the President of Jack Canfield’s company, author of several best-selling Chicken Soup books. She is amazing. I just love her.




3d_culture_bookThe 2017 Culture Book is available for download


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ATRA Section 

Please note that I, Danny Pettry am not an elected representative of ATRA. I’m not hired to represent ATRA.


My expeirence with ATRA includes:

  • First joined ATRA in 1999.
  • Now a“Lifetime Member” of the association.
  • Won the 2004 Peg Connolly Scholarship
  • Won the 2005 ATRA Advocate of the Year.
  • Trained the Peg Connolly Students at the 2009 ATRA conference in Minneapolis!
  • Reviewed Peg Connolly scholarship applications in the past,  but I am not doing so this year.
  • Presented at three different ATRA conferences: Pittsburgh, PA, Rockville, MD, and Chicago, IL.
  • Written a few articles for their newsletter.

I love ATRA and I wanted to point out a few of their web-site links:


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May 2017  Book Recommendation

Oola for Women

If you haven’t heard of the ‘Oola phenomenon’ yet, it’s time to catch up. First, though, you need to understand what it is: Oola is that state of awesomeness you experience when your life is balanced and growing in all the key areas of health and well-being. It can be a noun or a verb. It can be a destination or a feeling. It can be as complex as a life growing and balanced in fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends, and fun (the 7 F’s of Oola), or as simple as a sunset, a quiet book on the beach, or a special moment with a child. It is that place we all shoot for in life. That feeling we experience and that we celebrate in our successes along the way. In short, Oola is cool.




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Danny Pettry and his mother on Mother’s Day


Alyssa and Danny (for you to smile about)

  • Television: I’m currently watching “Anne with an E” on netflix. I watched episode one last night and loved it.
  • Movies: I’m excited about Wonderwoman, Spiderman, Justic League, Star Wars 8.



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Best Wishes,

Your friend and partner in rec therapy,


Danny W. Pettry II, M.Ed., M.S., LPC, NCC, CTRS

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