Leave Your Light On

the musical mantra left behind by an illuminating spirit


"After seven rounds of chemo, I lost my hair,

but not my love of livin' life..."

Singer and songwriter Ryder Buck was a young man with an unstoppable dream to lift people up through his music. But a threatening cancer diagnosis showed that life had other plans. While the disease should have beaten him, Ryder rose above it all to live from a place of passion. Then fate stepped in.

"Leave Your Light On" is the song Ryder wrote that became his mantra. In this uplifting and powerful story, you'll meet an unforgettable character determined to accept his own quirks and flaws with humor. You'll see a parent-child relationship tested by an unrelenting disease. And you'll get a guide for sharing your light, no matter what life or death throws your way.

Co-authors Shelley Buck and Kathy Curtis talk with Tom Zuba to share the story of how destiny worked its way through their lifetime friendship to prepare them to bring this book to life.

grief, death, loss, death of mother, cancer, writing through grief, mother daughter relationship, creative grief

Invisible Ink: The Journey Beyond Words

This book is a literal love letter to my mom, whose short battle with cancer left me with too many unspoken words. Writing to her after her death helped me process my grief. Allowing her to write back was the most healing thing I could have done. It built a bridge from my spirit to hers and back, and changed how I think about death. Take that journey with us, so you can build a bridge to your loved one's spirit, too.




"You have touched on a profound mystery with this book."


grief, death, loss, healing from grief, writing through grief, relief from grief, grief meditations, how to heal from grief

Healing Haiku for the Grieving Soul

This little book of haikus will speak to your grief in unusual ways, prompting your own insights into the most mysterious journey we ever take as human beings. Come into it with openness, and it will fill your empty spaces with beauty and awe.


"Instructions for living a life: Pay attention.

Be astonished. Tell about it.”


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