Author and illustrator R. S. Markel was for many years a professional engineer and scientist until, with the help of his avid book-loving daughter and a clutch of feathered and furry characters, he returned to a long-held passion for writing and illustrating. Soon after completing his second novel he was struck down for nearly four years by a devastating illness. As a result of these experiences Mr. Markel has developed an inspiring presentation titled “The Wisdom of Ducklings” about the unexpected twists and turns we experience on the journey through life, and how to stay true to our gifts and passions. The story includes the lessons he learned with Lillybeth and Hinsberth’s help: to seek out and discover those unique gifts we all possess, to remember to never give up those gifts or take them for granted no matter what challenges life may bring, and to use our gifts and the energy and creativity they provide when put into the service of others to pursue our dreams. Although R. S. Markel is never short on words, the presentation is adorned with penciled and painted illustrations for the visually inclined.
It is Mr. Markel’s wish to share these lessons, especially with those who, as he experienced at a young age, may be drawn away from the discovery and expression of their true gifts. With this dream in mind he enjoys presenting at schools, but certainly we adults who are still searching may welcome his message about following your dreams, and just might find an inspiration or two in the wisdom of ducklings.
Please contact us if you are interested in having R. S. Markel speak at your next engagement.