Pen & Ink Communications

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Quotes "Thank you so much for the draft for the eulogy. My brothers, sister, and I are sincerely grateful. You've provided an awesome recap of dad's life at a time when we are having trouble forming a sentence. My thanks." Tom Salonek Quotes
Tom Salonek
family member

Quotes It has been great having you come into our lives, Mary. It was quite the timing. Quotes
Jean Salonek
satisfied customer of a family story

Quotes Dear Mary, Thanks so much for the wonderful memory books! We delivered them to Mel and Celia and they had their noses buried immediately. What terrific keepsakes! Thanks again for all your hard work and patience. Quotes
Jill Heggestad
satisfied customer of a family story

Quotes My parents loved the book you wrote about them, as did so many relatives. I wanted to write you sooner, but am just now getting to it. My father passed away two months ago, but Mom is doing fine. There's not a day that goes by that we aren't grateful for having gotten both of their stories documented while Dad was still living. Again, thank you! Quotes
Jayne Dietz
satisfied customer of a family story

Quotes Dear Mary, I am delighted with the family story you helped me develop to pass on to my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You are a skilled interviewer and your relaxed, comfortable demeanor is an essential element to make people feel at ease while documenting their life's highs and lows. This easy questioning in no way detracts from the professional process. I'm so happy to have taken care of this important phase of my life so that those after me will be amused, amazed and proud of Grandma/Great Grandma! I recommend others to do their life stories while they can still recall events of past times; the important times when children and grandchildren were growing up to make our lives more purposeful. Don't put it off. Do it while you're able. You won't regret it. Quotes
Mrs. Gloria Budik
satisfied customer of a family story

Quotes Mary was very organized and I liked her from the start. Her questions were well phrased and I felt at ease talking with her. Our conversations were recorded and all the special events of my life were accurately documented and well written. Reflections of My Past turned out to be a great hit with my family, and they now have their own copy to enjoy. My wife (deceased) and I had six children and, thanks to Mary Coons, they now have a permanent and accurate record of our past. Quotes
Roger "Pete" Schmidt
satisfied customer of a family story

Quotes I have worked with Mary Coons for about two years. She has edited a monthly article and one book during that time. Mary is exceptionally proficient, timely beyond requirement, and very cost effective. I have paid more than twice the price for half the service. Mary makes me look like the expert in my field that I want to be. Quotes
Gerry Rose
President of Integrity Networking

Quotes Mary is a consummate professional who knows her craft and is wonderful to work with. She's able to draw out the best of who you are, and what you want to read in her writing. And when you need a final look at what you have written, she is the best! Quotes
Mark LeBlanc
author of Growing Your Business

Presentation Testimonials

"This was the most rewarding educational interaction I've had with a group of students, EVER! Honestly, very eyeopening for them, as NONE of them have ever been outside the U.S. You have inspired them to think bigger and past the limits of American mainstream culture. What a perfect way to promote a country and learn firsthand about the complex fabric that intertwines culture and religion. Thank you."

Brenda Butterfield, MSW, instructor

Marriages & Families Worldwide

University of Minnesota-Duluth

"You clearly helped to promote a greater understanding of these two cultures through your well-illustrated and clearly presented PowerPoint program. We at the Alworth Institute appreciate the work that you are doing to enhance both Arab and American understanding of the other. This is so important at a time when simple ignorance can exacerbate political tensions."

Cindy Christian, PhD

Program Associate

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies

University of Minnesota-Duluth

"To have you and Ms. al Sheroogi both on campus to discuss both Ms. Coons' excellent book and the larger issues of truth and perception between our communities was a powerful experience for all who attended. As you said, the future of relations between all sorts of groups and individuals depends on their ability to see each other without preconceived ideas and assmptions. The truth, in many ways, shall set us free."

Marcellus Davis, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Michael Wall, Director of Alumni Relations

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Coon Rapids, Minnesota

"I enjoyed the human application of what education can do to bring people together. I think it's so important to have these presentations for people with inaccurate assumptions of the Arab culture and Muslim religion."

Anonymous audience member

Rasmussen College

"I would definitely recommend the speaker. Although Indoc gives us information about the Arab culture, the speaker had more overall information with more cultural information. Indoc needs to include her to help prepare Americans coming to the Middle East to know more about the culture here."

Anonymous military soldier

NSA Bahrain

Kingdom of Bahrain

"Schools should be busting down doors to have her speak. Cultural awareness should be part of every school's curriculum through all grades!"

Anonymous audience participant

Buffalo Unitarian Church

Buffalo, Minnesota

"This lecture was one of the most interesting lectures I have ever attended. It made more sense when Mary told us that Arab was a culture and Islam was a religion, and that culture could rank higher in some cases over the religion."


University of Minnesota - Duluth


"Mary, thank you so much for  hosting our Modern Knowledge School staff here in Bahrain and providing an exceptional presentation. Your footprints are changing the lives of our future and promoting peace." 


Dr. Cynthia Gessling, Director of Curriculum

Modern Knowledge School, Juffair, Kingdom of Bahrain


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