Book – A Path Worn Smooth - Celebrates 21st Century Heritage

Glen Allen based The Wright Scoop – consultant, lecturer, & wordsmith Sylvia Hoehns Wright a freelance columnist and features writer, in celebration of her heritage – Quaker, has launched the publication of a collection of her articles, columns and poetry – A Path Worn Smooth, the story of a millennium woman’s heritage.

Richmond, VA, February 20, 2009 --( Publication Details – In draft format, Wright’s book - A Path Worn Smooth, received the 2006 Writer’s Connection VA Book Competition Award. For details of 2009 publication, link to LuLu Press at, select review and then page through preview.

Wright’s Colleagues Share Words of Praise for her Work -

“Wright’s writing is thrilling, to tell the truth. She really nails it. I’ve laughed and loved her articles and columns. Wright’s words remind me why I love to work in the earth in the first place.”
-- Gigi Amateau, author of the acclaimed young adult novel Claiming Georgia Tate

“Sylvia's understanding and compassion for the every day ordinary, makes her writing extraordinary!”
-- Susie Galvez, author, speaker & beauty Industry expert

Wright’s Heritage -
“Although three generations removed from a Quaker heritage,” says Wright, “there is still one central guideline – there is that of God in everyone – that continues to influence family legacy. Creating a future that holds a unique opportunity: the opportunity not to simply be a caretaker but a person who cares! To be the person who sets a Climate, not merely adjusts to a preexisting one; creates an encouraging Attitude, not practices ambivalence; is Receptive to people without losing sight of personal needs; and demonstrates Empathy for others while keeping problems in perspective. Whether in a business or civic community, be the person that 'cares'!”

Aware this legacy not only influenced her caretaker perspective but all aspects of life experience, Wright resides on family 7th generational property located in Glen Allen, Virginia. As a means to ensure her family’s generational environmental commitment, Wright placed a portion of her property under a protective ‘scenic easement’.

In her book – A Path Worn Smooth which is dedicated to the people of Laurel Historic District, Wright invites readers to walk on a path worn smooth by generational expectation. Savor nostalgia for the places that are near and dear to her heart, recall family traditions and more importantly, renew experiences. Challenging all to celebrate heritage because heritage is more than a possession, it is a gift: the birthright of our children.

Project Background -
The descendant recipient of family pictures and documents, Wright first approached ownership of these documents from a geology perspective. But when the opportunity to restore her family’s grave site occurred, she research its history and recorded the research with Henrico County’s historic places department which result in the placement of a historical marker. Solicited by the County, Wright recently helped create a documentary - No Stone Unturned: Cemetery Identification in Henrico.

The County selected the Bolton/Hoehns/Sheppard cemetery because it is presently the only private cemetery designated historic through the County's historic places program. In the documentary, Wright discusses the influence of Lincoln's Legacy as it affect her family history and encourages other families to seek historic designation for their cemeteries, too.

Filmed in October 2008, the documentary was broadcast on HCTV channel 17,, the week of January 26th. DVD copies are available by contacting Ryan Eubank, Senior Television Producer / Director, HCTV 17, County of Henrico, 804-501-7267,

Wright also shared her family history in a newly published Lincoln Legacy anthology, Solicited by the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), as part of their project endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, Wright says, “As the descendant of one affected family, I question if Lincoln truly understood the rippling impact of his decisions. When I recall the image of a great-grandmother small of physical statue, I recall a person that stood tall in the face difficulty: abandoned by a husband placed in a Confederate work camp; yet risking family security to participate in an act of humanity, the sharing of her family’s grave site with soldiers of both blue and gray.

Career History –
Recognized as a contributing writer and communications instructor, Wright provides speeches and workshops for national and international conferences, corporate departments and business association meetings, and has taught communications for the VA Community College system. Her workshops, well-known for strategies related to self assessment, emphasize appropriate professional image, effective verbal and written communications, assertive listening; and more importantly, valued-added work ethics.

Recognized for her communications ability by the Greater Richmond Area, Wright is a featured speaker for Richmond organizations such as the PR Society, International Association of Business Communicators and the Association of Virginia Press Women.

Locally, she contributes writing to the Richmond edition of HouseTrends and Richmond the City magazines, the Times Dispatch newspaper, Fifty Plus, GRA Work Magazine and Presently, her provides a ‘green tips’ column for Richmond’s Style Home magazine and volunteers as PR for the Virginia Green Industry Council’s Go Green project. Her writer and landscape/garden workshops are available through Henrico County Adult Ed,

Committed to the welfare of civic and business communities, Wright is a founding Director involved in the establishment of Laurel as a Historic District and was recognized by Innsbrook Today magazine for her ongoing community contributions as an ‘Innsbrook Hero’. Detail of Wright’s business, communication or environmental activities, is available at web site or contact or call 804-672-6007.

As the recipient of the 2008 Turn America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic Award, Wright challenges all to move from eco-weak to eco-chic – ‘green’ life’s garden, one scoop at a time!

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