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A part of Helen Digges Spivey’s life has always been rooted in her love for the Florida she knew and loved as a child, along with her devoted companion, a bird dog named Rex. Through the Boom, Panic and Bust of Florida they learned to cope with whatever came their way within the confines of a loving, oft times humorous, creative family.
It helped Helen develop an abiding love for animals, where they live, and the need to sustain their habitat. She was elected Co-Chair of Save the Manatee Club in 2000 and still holds that office, and also currently serves as President of the Florida League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. She is on the Board of the National Greyhound Foundation, and has served on the Crystal River Florida City Council and in the Florida House of Representatives,
She sees hope that the tide is turning with people finally being able to use solar power economically, and electric cars (fed by solar power of course) helping us finally wean away from oil, and people understanding the need for recycling everything or refrain from getting it to begin with, and conserving water. Long an advocate for composting toilets, she is hoping that too will someday become an item for everyday use.
Helen was married to a career Navy Chief Petty Officer for over 47 years when he passed away in 1997. Together they had four children.
Helen has donated half of the proceeds from her eBook, "Tepee the Manatee" to Save the Manatee Club at www.savethemanatee.org
on April 07, 2015 :
Another Bravo for Miss Helen Spivey!! Rex is a family pet but was Miss Helens best friend, although I'm sure she would agree Rex was above and beyond being just a pet This is a wonderful book for readers of all ages. The young will learn how the way life was in what I call "much simpler times". The not so young readers will get " a stroll down memory lane". Most all of us, young & not as young,lol, grew up with our beloved Pal, our Comrade, our "snuggle bunny" when we maybe got a lil frightened ...Rex is that friend we all loved and miss. Miss Helen has a way of making us stepping right into the story, feeling like we were right there with her and the ever so sweet Rex As I said, Bravo Miss Helen and high fives and puppy kisses to you Rex, "The Amazing Pointer"!! Thanks for the memories to you both 😍
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2015 :
Helen took me back to my younger days with a well written delivery of her early days in a challenging Florida. A "person's best friend" is epitomized by her dog Rex. And, she made me recall the fondest of memories of my first dog ... Snowball!
Great book Helen!!!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on Dec. 27, 2014 :
Wonderful, warm, engaging story. Good for all ages, no matter where you live or are from.... Florida, New York, the Midwest... You will pine for an earlier tIme when life was simpler and best friends had four legs and gave abundant doggie kisses.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
on Nov. 18, 2014 :
Even though it depicted a Florida a bit before as I recall it, she certainly did take me back to my childhood before so much change.. So well written and enjoyed.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Dec. 08, 2011 :
A beautiful storie filled with laughter and tears..
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2011 :
A Very Good Read. Rex must have been quite the dog - mischevious without a doubt but lovable. Made me think of my dog whom I lost a few years ago - but the book wasn't sad. It was, rather, a recollection of the happy memories that the author had while with him more than 70 years.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)