Dr. Tyra Manning’s story is both unique and universal, as it demonstrates the pervasive devastation of loss while demonstrating how courage and love can triumph. Tyra’s husband was shot down over the Laotian jungle while flying a top-secret mission during the Vietnam War. She learned of his death while she was hospitalized at the Menninger Clinic, where she was being treated for depression. Tyra’s worst fear had come true.
Determined to fulfill the rest of the dreams and promises she and her husband had made to one another, that she get well and become a teacher, Tyra persevered through the darkest of times. Ultimately, Tyra earned a doctorate in education from the University of Kansas, becoming one of the nation’s top school superintendents.
She has devoted her forty-year career to helping children achieve their highest potential. Since retiring in 2004, Dr. Manning’s mission has been to share her personal journey of hope with people who are experiencing depression, addiction, and loss.
Though she travels around the country delivering the messages and lessons in her new book, Where the Water Meets the Sand, Dr. Manning is a born and bred Texan. She currently resides in the Texas Hill Country.
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After Larry left for Vietnam, my psychiatrist in Lubbock, Texas, told me I could get better faster if I went to The Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. When he discharged me from the Psychiatric Unit at Methodist, Hospital in Lubbock, I moved to Seminole to live with Mother until a room was available at Menninger. […]
Where the Water Meets the Sand Wins Gold in Prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards San Antonio, April 20, 2017 — Where the Water Meets the Sand, by Dr. Tyra Manning was selected as winner of the Gold Award for best memoir in the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards™. Administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the Benjamin […]
The last few weeks have been full of teaching, learning, and enjoying life’s small and sweet successes. 1. Last Thursday the wonderful staff at The Twig Bookshop in San Antonio (located at the famous Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson) hosted one of my first Writing to Heal Workshops. I truly enjoyed the writers who attended […]