Ianna Hondros-McCarthy will share her thoughts on mindfulness at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Oct. 17. Hondros-McCarthy is the author of “Sticker Rice, Clearer Purpose,” a book about her experiences studying Buddhism in Thailand and what followed after she returned to the U.S. PHOTO COURTESY OF IANNA HONDROS-MCCARTHY

Author to share insights into mindfulness



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Ianna Hondros-McCarthy, author of “Stickier Rice, Clearer Purpose: An Introduction to Mindfulness from a Traveling Student,” will talk about her book and what she learned while living in Thailand at the Southwest Harbor Public Library, Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m.

The book begins as a chronicle of her travels in Thailand, where she studied Buddhism at two temples. It meanders through existential inquiry, religious comparisons and what lies at the interface of Eastern and Western ideologies. The book also follows how she later incorporated the mindfulness practices she had learned in Thailand with her life in a master’s program in peace and conflict studies, rowing on a collegiate team, traveling throughout the country and relating to friends and family who had not studied Buddhism or meditation.

Jon Wilde of Everyday Mindfulness says, “Hondros-McCarthy is one of the newest and most distinctive voices in the mindfulness field, and her book is already being hailed a modern classic.”

Hondros-McCarthy grew up in Lowell, Mass., and spent summers in Acadia, where she grew to love spending time on mountains so much that she worked for trail crews in Yosemite and Acadia. Before her master’s work in peace and conflict studies, she earned degrees in English and psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. After spending time working for an Active Nonviolent Education Center in Dharamshala, India, she started medical school at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, where she is currently a second-year medical student.

There will be time for questions. Books will be available for sale and signing. Call the library at 244-7065.

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