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Static so likes to see its colleagues succeed – especially when Fort Worth Weekly helped give them a little push along the road. The colleague in this case is freelance writer Wendy Lyons Sunshine, who in 2007 co-authored a book called The Connected Child.

Inspired in part by a cover story Sunshine did for the Weekly two years earlier, the book, written with TCU researchers Dr. David Cross and Dr. Karyn Purvis, helps families deal with troubled adopted children. (Cross and Purvis’ groundbreaking work on brain chemistry and therapy techniques deals with deeply disturbed, often violent children.)

Latest word is that Connected Child has won a national award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, in the category of self-help books, to be presented next month in New York City. It’s doing great in the bookstores, too – and there may be a second book on similar topics down the road.

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Purvis, Cross, Sunshine, and others associated with their project are some of the hardest-working people around. Of course, good things happening to good people somewhat shatters Static’s cynical worldview, but worse things have happened. And will – mark my words.

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