Book notes: Book notes: Reflections on a monks life

Daniel Hertz, a counselor at Wellstone International High School, has released a new book about Swami Hari — a Himalayan forest monk he met will traveling in India.

Hertz, a internationally certified yoga and meditation instructor, has been with Minneapolis Public Schools for 26 years.

When he returned from a leave in 1998 to travel in India, he took a job as a counselor at Wellstone International High School.

“My ability to relate and connect to international and immigrant students improved immensely from my experience living abroad,” Hertz said. “I saw first-hand the difficulties that many of my students encountered in their home countries. It is a challenge and adventure to learn about and understand another culture.”

In his book, “Swami Hari: I am a simple forest monk,” he reflects on the lessons he learned from a Himalayan meditation master he met in Rishikesh, India.

Hari is the founder of the Swami Rama Nishkama Karma Yoga Trust — a public school for impoverished villagers of the Garhwal Himalayas.

“The most important lesson I learned from Swami Hari was perseverance — the ability to stick with your goal even in the most difficult and challenging times,” Hertz said. “He inspired me to carry this message forward to the students I work with every day, many of whom have undergone great challenges in their lives to make it this far.”

Hertz plans to donate 100 percent of his book’s profits to the Swami Rama Institute of Vocational Education & Research, Malethi — a nonprofit serving remote Himalayan communities. The book went on sale at on Feb. 23.

A trip back to the ’20s

Local history writer Peg Meier takes readers on a trip to 1920s-era St. Paul in her new book “Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl’s Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age.”

The book is based on the teenage diary of Clotilde “Coco” Irvine who wrote about her life growing up in a mansion on Summit Avenue.

Meier, a former Star Tribune reporter and author of several books, will discuss “Through No Fault of My Own” at Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., on April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Irvine got a diary at the age of 12 for Christmas. Many of her entries started with the following admission: “I’m in deep trouble through no fault of my own.”

The diary chronicles her adventures, romances and troubles. According to a promotional piece on the book: “Whether sneaking out to a dance hall in her mother’s clothes or getting in trouble for telling an off-color joke, Coco and her escapades will captivate and delight preteen readers as well as their mothers and grandmothers.”

Tips on perennials

Attention Southwest-area green thumbs: the authors of “Growing Perennials in Cold Climates” will be having a book signing and reception April 28, 6–8 p.m., at Bachman’s Heritage Room, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S.

The revised and updated book has tips for both novice and more advanced gardeners.

The authors are Debbie Lonnee of Bailey Nurseries in Newport, Mike Heger, co-owner of Ambergate Gardens in Chaska and John Whitman, a garden writer and photographer.

The event is $15 for Horticultural Society members and $25 for nonmembers. To register, call 651-643-3601.