What do Czech orphanages, a Bohemian kingdom, your Mama's junk drawer and Westport, Connecticut have in common? A heroine, that's what.
Two heroines, actually. One real, one born from the imagination and ingenuity of the first.
The Adventures of Jordanka is the story of a plucky, Bohemian orphan who saves her orphanage and kingdom from destruction. The story was written by a plucky, determined and enviably entrepreneurial Westporter, Jordan Teske. Teske has quite a story of her own (which you can find in detail on my little hometown's best blog 06880). But the crux of it is that she has let her creativity and compassion guide her. She's an MBA with a penchant for international travel who cleaned toilets for a time at the Ritz-Carlton to keep her electricity flowing.
Through her travels, Teske encountered both beauty and despair. Incredibly, she's found a way to combat the latter by promoting the former. Her book, The Adventures of Jordanka, filled with her original, recycled artwork--made from the best stuff you'd find "at the bottom of your mother's junk drawer"--doesn't just weave a fairytale of an Eastern European orphan in lush and vivid detail; 10 percent of the proceeds from the sales of the book will benefit orphaned, impoverished and institutionalized children in the Czech Republic.
It's enough to make you finally sit down and get to work on that book idea that's been bouncing around in your head for a year, isn't it? After all, none of us needs to try to change the whole world. A tiny, little, orphaned corner of it is the perfect place to start.