The Extraordinary Life of a Misfit

An inspiring story that will have you hopelessly guessing at what becomes of this lost, rebellious soul… until you shed a tear of joy, remembering that trusting life is half the secret!


About the Book

An uplifting tale for every age that will have you hopelessly guessing at what becomes of this lost, rebellious soul, until you breathe a sigh of relief, shed a tear of joy, and remember that trusting 'life' is half the secret.

This adventurous little horse will no doubt remind you of yourself who, with a little perseverance, patience, and faith, makes a stunning success of her life. A horse with a gift, and her life's puzzle is to uncover it.

Sheelagh Mawe, Mike Dooley’s mom

Dandelion didn't come easily into this world! There were times when I was writing her story that the paper stayed blank all day. Other times I'd have three legal pads going at once, none of them making much sense. And I quit my real-world job to do this!

And then, when her story was written, nobody wanted to publish her. I mean, nobody. "What is it?" they wanted to know, "Adult or children? Fact or fiction? What, what, what?" And I thought, "Well, if I'm going to have to 'draw pictures' for them to understand her, just never mind!" And I decided to publish her myself. Only thing was, I didn't have any money...

Time passed. A lot of time.

Nine years, in fact. But it wasn't wasted time. For in those years my son the CPA, and my son the ARTIST, and I, the unknown AUTHOR, put our heads together and started our own company, TUT®, which later came to represent Totally Unique Thoughts®. And gradually, as we grew from selling our T-shirts in the heat and the cold out of a pushcart on a sidewalk, to real stores with a real warehouse and computers and all that "stuff," Dandelion came back to haunt me and I thought... Why not? Let's get her out of that cardboard box on that dusty shelf and give her her head, and see what happens...

Today, 12 years later, Dandelion is a very happy, well-traveled horse. She gets shipped to places I've never heard of, receives her own fan mail, is in her 10th printing, and from what people write me, is actually making a difference. Good thing I quit that job, huh...?

June 2011

Rave Reviews

"Dandelion is a marvelous story of the triumph of spirit." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

"I have just finished reading Dandelion. Wow how I cried, and how it touched my very soul. I couldn't put it down."

"Dandelion is a wonderfully wise story. There's something amazingly compelling about such information being presented in story form."

"I recently read Dandelion. It put all the TUT material in character driven form, made it 3 dimensional, and I can draw parallels to my own life."