Balancing Act

by Meade Saeedi
Illyria Publishing

© 2009 Illyria Publishing
260 pages

978-0-615-25423-4 (paperback)

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From the Back Cover --

Recently widowed, Sabrina Olensky returns to her home in Ohio, where she seeks solace from the peaceful lake setting of her childhood as she confronts issues that have destroyed relationships with both her surviving children. Told partly through flashbacks by both Sabrina and her college sweetheart Francisco, Balancing Act is a tale beginning with Sabrinaís well meaning but overprotective mother whose forced involvement in her adult childís life results in a horror which Sabrina hides for forty years. Underlying the story is Franciscoís unwavering though bewildered devotion as Sabrina deserts him and ultimately marries someone else. Balancing Act is a novel about both lifeís cruelties and times of joy, and how the balancing of the good with the bad ultimately leads to an unanticipated new level of relationship. Meade Goodenow Saeedi grew up in northern Ohio. She worked for thirty-five years as a rehabilitation counselor for the State of Maryland and the D.C. Department of Veterans Affairs. Now retired, Meade and her husband Leon live half the year in Maryland, and the other half of the year in Puerto Rico. Their daughter Akiba lives in New York City. You are welcome to visit Meade at

Author biography --

Recently retired, Meade Goodenow Saeedi worked for more than thirty years as a Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Maryland and a Counseling Psychologist for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.  A polio survivor from the 1950ís, Meade grew up in Ohio and earned a Bachelors degree with Distinction in Political Science from Ohio State University.  After serving as a VISTA volunteer at a Job Corps Center in North Carolina, she moved to the District of Columbia, where she completed a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at The George Washington University.  Later, Meade completed her Ph.D. in Public Administration and International Relations at the University of Maryland, and she continues her lifelong quest for learning by listening to college lectures on DVD, where she gets to Ďstudy all the stuff I really wanted to know but couldnít cram into my overcrowded schedulesí. 

Meade and her husband of more than thirty-five years, Leon, continue to live in suburban Washington DC, and they now enjoy spending their winters in Puerto Rico.  In Maryland, Meade is part of a group of women who are active in weekly activities such as tubing down the Potomac River, meeting at a coffee shop to chat, or just doing whatever someone in the group comes up with week to week.  She also works out daily at a gym to maintain her health and spends the summer boating on the Chesapeake Bay.  In Puerto Rico, Meade participates in a yoga class three days a week, shares her DVDís with friends, and enjoys cruising around nearby islands on the weekends.  She and Leon travel throughout the world as much as they can, and Meade had been to Leonís native home of Iran twice.   

Meade and Leon have one daughter who lives in New York.


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