The Book

This book is about coming to awareness:, about the conscious use and integration of resources we all have. Further, It suggests that we try on for size a paradigmatic shift and explore our own journey through our personal lives and our work, by building a relationship of understanding and trust with ourselves first. That we listen to and hear through the intuitive process first. For isn’t that how our best ideas and insights often arrive?

Each chapter that follows is part of a series of essays and commentaries based upon the author’s subjective, personal discoveries, inspirations, and ideas. Stories are told here as the examples of life and the lives around us, which can not only impact and shape our own lives, but can continue to shape our conscious awareness and perspective: encouraging our own growth if we allow ourselves to be open to deeper insights and vision.


Author Alice Hoffman is famous for her quip: “Once you know some things, you can’t unknow them. It’s a burden that can never be given away.” Danute Debney Shaw’s “Tin Man” takes Hoffman’s “burden” and turns it into an asset for use in our personal and professional lives. With a superb story-telling approach Ms. Debney Shaw walks the Tin Man through self-discovery, leading us to a process for decision making with family, friends, and colleagues.

Hers is a process not for survival, but to thrive…Keep reading, because it unfolds a strategy that sees the end first, then guides in thinking through the process(es) to get there. It gets better as you go… Read Tin Man and you will see how awareness and forethought can help you save time, energy and mental pain; to act from a position of strength, formed from information and insight, and influenced by wisdom. Use her ideas for broadening conscious awareness; they will serve as rust solvent on your rusting tin man parts.

– Arthur Humphries
Former Navy Commander, US government advisor,
business executive, consultant, and community leader

The content is excellent, extremely relevant, and timeless And left me wanting more!

– Betty Ann Canney, RNC, Gerontological Grief Specialist
Trained under and influenced by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
and the Kubler-Ross grief model

“How The Tin Man Found His Brain”
Page 70:

“It can be very challenging to hold our own power in the midst of the crowd, worse yet if we don’t actually understand the crowd, or entirely agree with it. If we have not determined where and how we fit, or do not fit-in with the crowd and why, how are we really a part of it?”

I find this to be a very interesting topic with many roads that lead to many different places. At the end of the roads the difference is not fearing versus not caring. Do people understand what I am saying? Do I change what I am saying so people understand me? Do I worry that they agree with me? Am I really authentic? If you can’t be honest with yourself, you can’t be honest with others. What road do you WANT to go down? Great points and a great chapter.

– Chris Allaire, President of Averity, a technology recruiting company. New York, New York

ISBN 13 (SOFT): 9781982241148

ISBN 13 (HARD): 9781982241131

ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781982241124


You may also find the book at the following locations.

Public Libraries:

  • San Francisco, CA, Public Library system
  • Los Angeles, CA, Public Library system
  • Santa Fe, NM, Public Library system
  • Albuquerque, NM, Public Library system
  • Milwaukee Public Library, WI, Public Library System

Private Collections:

  • Marquette University Library, Milwaukee, WI (available for public access )
  • Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, Washington DC (available for public access)