Helen Digges Spivey


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

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
They are people like me who love manatees and want their children to know all about them, their special needs, their gentleness and in this modern fast world their shrinking habitat that needs protection.
What are you working on next?
An eBook where Tepee and his Mummy and all their friends get Three Sisters Springs. But might do an eBook on Three Sisters Springs and its astounding beauty with a photographer friend of mine.
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Where to find Helen Digges Spivey online


Tepee the Manatee's Christmas Wish
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
A delightful book for children and adults, filled with many actual underwater photographs of manatees to help tell the story of a little manatee, Tepee, and his adventurers finding a home to make his Mummy happy. Manatees, an endangered species need winter waters 72 degrees or warmer in the winter to survive. You'll cheer him along while he finds the place and wonder at the love he finds too.
A Florida Bird Dog ~ Rex
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 15,790. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
This short non-fiction eBook is a snapshot of the late 1920’s - 30’s in Florida through its Boom, Panic and Bust. It is entwined with a child’s love of a bird dog who loves to hunt quail. From a ruined Easter feast, brought on by the book's hero, Rex, to losing their home and starting over in the woods without running water, they faced each situation with a "can do" innovative attitude.
Tepee the Manatee
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 6,080. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
A story for the curious, the young and those who are young at heart --- with photos. It follows the underwater adventures of a little manatee calf, what it must learn about itself, and where it must live. Or as Tepee would put it, “live as an ‘in-danger’ species.” A glimpse of a life cycle that might be all but gone before you have a chance to read this book to the next generation.

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Smashwords book reviews by Helen Digges Spivey

  • The Diary of Moses Jenkins on Sep. 25, 2011

    Good short story that kept my interest to the very surprising and interesting end. Really liked it and am sure others will.