I began entertaining children as Hilly the Clown 33 years ago whlle teaching preschool. I composed my CD with the same feeling of singing for a small group at circle time or at a birthday party, and especially with my own children at bedtime. In later years I acted in local theatrical productions and expanded to entertaining for all ages:
Working in social services for many years taught me to deal with stress in healthy ways, especially using humor to cope with many of life's challenges. I share these stress buster techniques with you in "Laughing in the Rain: Self-Care for the Storms of Life."
It is my hope that the CD, booklet and book "Laughing in the Rain" will bring a smile to your face and a peaceful joy to your heart.
Hillary Saffran has always had a passion for entertaining others and making them smile. From performing for private and corporate functions to presenting workshops, Hillary has always been dedicated to bringing joy to others.
“Hillary and Friends performed at our preschool library program. Hillary’s performance of singing, puppetry, and storytelling was riveting for both children and parents. Not only did she entertain but provided a strong message about the value of reading and libraries.” Karen Davis, Youth Services – Wasilla Meta Rose Public Library
“Thank you for serving at our recent fundraising dinner as a ventriloquist. You brought fun and humor to the dinner program. Thank you for helping highlight the opportunities that people have to serve on work teams through your skit…” Brian Headdings, Executive Director
“I’ve been reading your book during my lunchtimes and getting some hearty laughs from your comments…I listened to your children’s CD and love it – it is so soothing. I love the songs you selected and the background music is wonderful…The CD would be perfect for a young child to listen to before bedtime. I’m going to be sending it to our great grandchild in TX for her April 14th birthday – she will be 4 years old. I was a little stressed out Saturday night and listened to some of the songs to try and calm down…” Arliss Marshall, Women’s Connection Luncheon
Laughing in the Rain - Self Care for the Storms of Life by Hillary Saffran offers a practical and inspiring approach to dealing with life’s most challenging moments. The book provides individuals with concrete action steps to find joy in the mundane and become the role model their children, partners, co-workers, friends and family members deserve.
With a sprinkling of humorous and relevant quotes and graphics, Saffran covers a myriad of topics including parenting, relationships, health, wealth, aging, and more. She provides actionable self-care tips necessary to steer clear of good, but ultimately unhelpful, intentions. With a range of personal anecdotes and helpful exercises, she helps individuals narrow down the specifics of where common issues lie to help eliminate troublesome issues with ease.
A clear head and calm attitude are essential for any person forging ahead in a world of uncertainty, stress and unprecedented change. This book provides actionable steps to help individuals recognize their worth, develop good self-care habits and leave the world of “should-having” behind. What truly makes this book stand out is Saffran’s reason for writing it in the first place. As a Workforce Development Specialist, Saffran assisted over 56,000 unemployed people during the recession and developed key mechanisms for coping with high-stress environments in a positive, profound manner. Overall, Saffran’s advice is akin to a warm hug on a cold day; this is a pleasurable, much needed book for today’s challenging and uncertain times. – Review by Book Excellence (bookexcellence.com)
“Thanks so much for entertaining us at our Church of God Ladies Purse Party. You were totally awesome!” Janette Riehle – audience member
“Hillary Saffran was a guest presenter at the Valley Performing Arts Theater Camp I directed. She brought several different kinds of puppets and introduced the children to the art of ventriloquism. With an age span of 6 to 16 year olds, Hillary captured their attention, had them laughing, taught them some tricks of the trade, and even brought along a little cheat sheet to help them learn to say certain sounds without moving their lips. A great time was had by all!” Kai West, Music Teacher-Shaw Elementary, Director of the Matsu Youth Orchestra, Teacher – VPA Summer Youth Camp