Lainie Belcastro holds many titles in the arts, but her most treasured title is mom to her daughter Nika. Together they created the trademarked storytellers, Mrs. Terra Cotta Pots & Twig® who “plant dreams for children” via their live and televised shows, while helping heal little hearts through their Patching Hearts™ programs. Inspired by the children they entertained in hospice, their first children’s book, Harriet’s Heartbroken Heart, was published worldwide by Guardian Angel Publishing. Their programs were embraced throughout NY, NJ and PA via health networks, hospice organizations, corporations, schools, daycare centers, libraries, and various associations. As a published author, many of her stories can be found in the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul series books and other publishing venues. She is recognized as a poet for children and adults, focusing on women’s emotional journeys as well as her own which has opened venues to create her own journals for writers and blogs for social media. She also was an opinion contributor for major papers in the Northeast. As a vocalist, Lainie performed as a contemporary, musical theater and classical artist while contributing over 30 years in a corporate environment. She is the recipient of numerous awards, recognitions and endorsements. She is a motivational speaker, encouraging audiences of all ages to keep the child in their hearts alive. Lainie believes in “no endings only new beginnings” confirming her mantra for the launch of her new business, We Plant Dreams, LLC, partnered with her daughter, to bring Mrs. Terra Cotta Pots & Twig® to a whole new audience and generation. At 75, Lainie is living her “happily ever after!” She invites you to visit her personal website at www.lainiebelcastro.com to read her own “once upon a time!”
My many inspirational stories published by Chicken Soup for the Soul
Many of Lainie's true stories can be found in the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul books! She's been published 9 times in 8 titles, hopefully more to come!