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Lake Oswego mom releases book to inspire imagination in children of all ages.

COURTESY PHOTOS:  - Lake Oswegan Tracy Weldon has released My Blank Page, The Power of Imagination, which encourages all ages to exercise their creative muscles.

When you have a blank piece of paper, the possibilities are endless.

That's Lake Oswego author Tracy Weldon's philosophy. She credits her imaginative play as a child with her success as an adult.

"My fondest childhood memories centered around the countless imaginative games and activities my siblings and I played for hours on end," she said. "From Lava Monster to Statue Maker, to sketching our dream homes that consisted of trampoline hallways and candy rooms, we were never bored and always busy. We were encouraged to use our minds to build our own fun and I truly believe these skills help me thrive to this day in both my personal and professional lives."

Weldon started a medical marketing company in 2006, specializing in working with physicians and healthcare companies. For more than a decade she offered clients innovative and creative ways to present patient information.

"Most every session with my clients began with a blank sheet of paper," she said. Over the next decade she discovered that many adults had forgotten how to tap into their imaginations but by engaging in a few creative exercises — much like children do at play — they could unlock bold new solutions to everyday problems.

When Weldon was pregnant with her son Ryan, she was inspired to create a fun, entertaining and engaging way to show him the "limitless power of his own mind." That was the origin of her book "My Blank Page, The Power of Imagination."

"After the concept came to me I grabbed a stack of paper and started to fold, twist and create, just like the boy in the story does," she said. "As my imagination transformed the pieces of paper, the words came to me and the little boy's journey began to unfold."

"My Blank Book" focuses on creativity and encourages imaginative play in children. "It is the story of a young boy who is bored with seemingly nothing to do," Weldon said. "As he allows his mind to wander his imagination transports him beyond the walls of his room on an unforgettable pirate adventure. He uses blank pieces of paper to shape and create the tools he needs to thrive in the fictitious pirate world."

The book is intended for all ages, particularly early readers, and will have all readers asking themselves "What can I do with a blank piece of paper?"

Weldon says creative play helps children develop socially and emotionally.

"My hope is that this book can spark at least one creative thought in the minds of the children in your life," she said. "Whether they finish the story and want to draw, make paper airplanes or embark on their own pirate adventure, my wish is that this book can interrupt a TV show or video game long enough to encourage children everywhere to exercise their creative muscles and dream."

The book is illustrated by Marcus Cutler of Ontario, Canada.

"My Blank Page, The Power of Imagination" can be purchased online at HYPERLINK "www.myblankpagebook.com" www.myblankpagebook.com. for $17.99.

Weldon will announce signings and other events as they are scheduled.

My Blank Page, The Power of Imagination can be ordered online from myblankpagebook.com. Illustrations are by Marcus Cutler.


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