From Plain to Plane Tagline:
A wholly compelling memoir about unraveling the ties that bind, and coming home to one’s own knowing and wisdom
From Plain to Plane
Patty Bear grew up among the “Plain People” amidst bountiful farmlands, black bonnets, and black cars. It was a world unto itself, both bucolic and beastly, with traditions and beliefs from the old world deeply rooted in the fertile soil of Central Pennsylvania.
Insulated by a culture that steadfastly kept its distance from outsiders and the march of progress, as a little girl she anticipated following in her mother’s footsteps. But in 1972, at the age of eight, her father sparked religious controversy and ignited a scandal rare in the Mennonite community. Abruptly subjected to the chaos that surrounded the ritual practice of shunning, Patty, her mother, and five siblings were swept into a tornado of absurd accusations and public humiliation, forced to hide and endure publicity that headlined prominent national newspapers for almost a decade.
With her childhood and adolescence overshadowed by domestic violence and her father’s abusive rhetoric, as well as persistent teaching by the Church that women were designed for subjugation and obedience, Patty’s assumed image of her future gradually shifted—leading her to heed the call of her wild soul and the whispers of her Guides toward a bold quest for freedom she never imagined possible.
Patty Bear Short Bio
Patty Bear is a retired international airline captain, life coach, self-certified master multitasker, garden and interior design whiz, and voracious reader and self-learner. She is the author of the memoir, From Plain to Plane, and coauthor of House of the Sun: A Visionary Guide for Parenting in a Complex World.
Patty Bear Full Bio
Patty Bear is a retired international airline captain, life coach, self-certified master multitasker, garden and interior design whiz, voracious reader and self-learner, and author of the memoir, From Plain to Plane: My Mennonite Childhood, a National Scandal, and an Unconventional Soar to Freedom. A pioneer rising out of a childhood in the insular and male-dominated world of the “Plain People,” she became one of the early female Air Force pilots during the first decade women graduated from pilot training. She has spent over thirty years dedicated to the study of defying gravity: escaping conditioning, walking the transformational journey, and the practice of following the call of the wild soul. She is a Certified Caroline Myss Sacred Contracts Archetypal Consultant, as well as a Certified Medical Qigong practitioner. In 2016, she coauthored House of the Sun: A Visionary Guide for Parenting in a Complex World with Pat Shannon.
Patty lives on the east coast with her family.
House of the Sun Tagline:
Want to defy the gravity of your upbringing, or build a bridge between yours and your partner’s different parenting styles?
House of the Sun
Parenting is a calling of the highest order. A humble job, it’s also the most honorable and important work in life. Yet you are given so little training to become the kind of parent you long to be. Frazzled by the dizzying changes of today’s complex world, bombarded by countless “shoulds,” and torn between the experts and your heart’s knowing, you watch your best intentions get overrun. What’s more, you are expected to simply be a good parent, regardless of the quality of parenting you received. House of the Sun takes a fresh approach . . .
It suggests that deep within you is a well of natural wisdom that’s the key to being a superb parent for your child. Gently, you come to understand why you sometimes parent in ways you wish you didn’t—and how to shift, whether your children are four or forty. Guided by a metaphor from Nature, you’ll discover the best in you so that you can bring out the best in your child by:
• inviting your natural wisdom to bloom
• building your parenting skills no matter your history
• applying timeless guidance to every age and stage
• calling on a memorable framework even when life is stressful
Whether you long to reverse dysfunctional family patterns or merely refine your current parenting style, House of the Sun is a companion and guide to nurturing the well-being of each person in the family, as well as for the development of the “Unique Gift” your child has brought to bless the world.