About the Author

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Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 37+ years and is the author of 35 books. She has a BS from Wheelock College in Boston, MA and an MA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN campus. Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support. In addition, she is a Contributing Writer for the Caregiver Space website, Open to Hope Foundation website, and The Grief Toolbox website. She has appeared on more than 185 talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, she has given presentation at caregiving, public health, Alzheimer’s, and bereavement conferences. Her work is cited in Who’s Who of American Women, World Who’s Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories. Harriet lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband, John. 

Education

  • BS Early Childhood Education, With Honors, Wheelock College
  • MA Art Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Certificate in Management, American Management Association, in conjunction with Winona State University
  • University of Minnesota, 10 additional graduate credits

Honors

  • Who’s Who of American Women
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Wheelock College Making a Difference Service Award for improving “the quality of life for children and their families.”
  • Olmsted County Healthy Community Award “in recognition for leadership in helping solve public health problems through work and service.”

PUBLISHED BOOKS

Author

  • The Family Caregiver's Guide: How to Care for a Loved One at Home, WriteLife Publishing
  • Affirmations for Family Caregivers, WriteLife Publishing
  • Journal for Family Caregivers, WriteLife Publishing
  • The Family Caregiver's Cookbook, WriteLife Publishing
  • Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss, Centering Corporation in cooperation with WriteLife Publishing
  • The Spiritual Woman: Quotes to Refresh and Sustain Your Soul
  • Writing to Recover: The Journey from Loss and Grief to a New Life
  • Writing to Recover Journal Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief, Lois Krahn, MD, Co-Author
  • 101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey: Words of Comfort, Words of Hope.
  • Cracking the Health Words Code: A Game Book for Kids, Minnesota Medical Association Alliance, 2005
  • Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief, Lois Krahn, MD, Co-author, BookSurge 2005
  • Catching the Exercise Thief: A Game Book for Kids, Minnesota Medical Association Alliance, 2004
  • Good Samaritan Dental Clinic: Community Cooperation in Action (booklet), Olmsted County Public Health Services and the Salvation Army, 2004
  • Food Label Detective: An Activity Book, Minnesota Medical Association Alliance, 2002
  • Smart Aging: Taking Charge of Your Physical and Emotional Health, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999
  • The Alzheimer’s Caregiver: Dealing With the Realities of Dementia, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998
  • Alzheimer’s, Finding the Words: A Communication Guide for Those Who Care, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1995 and reprinted in 2002
  • Heart Surgery and You: An Activity Book for Preschoolers, Mayo Press, 1994
  • Heart Surgery and You: An Activity Book for Gradeschoolers, Mayo Press, 1994
  • Heart Surgery and You: A Guide for Teens, Mayo Press, 1994
  • Powerplays: How Teens Can Pull the Plug on Sexual Harassment, Fairview Press, 1993
  • Powerplays Leader’s Guide, Fairview Press, 1993
  • When You Love a Child: For the Times When Caring for Kids is Difficult, Fairview Press, 1992
  • Rochester: City of the Prairie, Windsor Publications, 1989
  • Parents Recover Too: When Your Child Comes Home From Treatment, The Hazelden Foundation, 1988
  • Contraptions, Monday Morning Books, 1987
  • My First Fourth of July Book, The Child’s World, 1987
  • A Parent’s Survival Guide: How to Cope When Your Kid is Using Drugs, Harper/Hazelden, 1986
  • Toyworks, Monday Morning Books, 1986 (a MacMillan Early Learning Book Club Selection)
  • Gameworks, Monday Morning Books, 1986 (a MacMillan Early Learning Book Club Selection)
  • Artworks, Monday Morning Books, 1986 (a MacMillan Early Learning Book Club Selection)
  • E is for Energy, M is for Me, Minnesota State Department of Education, 1980
  • “I Made It Myself!”, Warner Books, 1979 (a Scholastic Book Club Selection)
  • Just for You, Aldrich Memorial Nursery School, 1978

Contributing Writer

  • Talking With Alzheimer’s Patients,” Activities Directors’ Quarterly for Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Patients, Spring 2004
  • American Medical Association Alliance Communication Guide
  • Minnesota Medicine
  • Minnesota Medical Association Alliance Media Kit, 2004 Buy propecia online from our cheapest online pharmacy.
  • Tobacco Smoke is No Joke, health facts card on the effects of smoking, published by the Minnesota Medical Association Alliance, 2003
  • Facts on Fizz, health facts card on the effects of soda pop, published by the Minnesota Medical Association Alliance, 2004
  • Minnesota Medical Association Alliance membership brochure, 2004
  • Communication Chair, Reelect Jean Michaels Campaign (to Olmsted County MN Board)
  • Epotec, Inc. health information web site, 2000
  • Special features articles for the Rochester Post-Bulletin
  • Mayo Clinic 1996 Annual Report
  • Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year, Chapter 41,”Sisters and Brothers,” Mayo/Morrow, 1994
  • Designer/Editor/Writer of The CardioVision 20/20 Newsletter
  • Manuscript revision, My Weight Control Handbook, Mayo Press
  • Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, monthly column, 1995-1996, 1998-1999
  • Food writer for the former Rochester Magazine
  • Writer/Editor, Metafile Systems Marketing Department
  • Womanwords: A Journal for Myself, The Hazelden Foundation
  • Minnesota Part-Time Professionals Newsletter