This is a heart- and soul-felt story

capturing nuance, humor, and joy

guided by the Light

...and promise of God, ritual, nation, family

proud heritage

... links generations worldwide to the common human experience

of hope in the shadow of adversity

Throughout Loretta’s career, she has made presentations and speeches to a wide range of audiences. Among those are: non-government organizations, women’s service organizations, small business professional organizations, international, and government agencies. Topics include public policy, economic development, leadership, and women entrepreneurship. When Loretta was the Deputy Director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, The Women’s Center in Vienna, Virginia awarded Loretta their 2002 Leadership Award.

Today, Loretta finds herself speaking about her book “Piece of Soul through the Heart…a Soul’s Journey” to listening audiences throughout the country. She has been interviewed over 20 times where she tells her story about meeting someone from her past. She tells listeners that often something is right in front of us but we are not “tuned in” to recognize the power of a chance meeting. Whenever Loretta is interviewed, the interviewer always wants her to “tell me more” and she does. Her story is unlike any other story.

Loretta loves sharing her story and the road she followed to rise to the top of her career - especially, with groups and organizations that are not looking for text book speeches.

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“Piece of Soul through the Heart:   a souls journey”

This is a heart- and soul-felt story, capturing nuance, humor, and joy -- guided by the Light and promise of God, ritual, nation, family and proud heritage that links generations worldwide to the common human experience of hope in the shadow of adversity.



Thank you very much for giving me a copy of your wonderful book last night. I read it this morning in one sitting--couldn't put it down. Your narrative made me almost feel what you were going through during each stage of your journey with your father, Rick and Zura. Long before the end, I reached the conclusion that although you call Zura friend, I think he is also the son your and Rick chose.

~Sheri R.

Beautifully Written:

Piece of Soul Through the Heart is a beautifully written book that allows us to see more clearly our ability to connect with others. I whole-heartedly enjoyed reading about the author's travel to The Republic of Georgia and the emotions associated with the absence of a loved one - in this case, a young immigrant returning home after years away. Loretta Herrington has truly captured the beauty of human relationships through stories of loss, family and the hope of a young man trying to achieve his American dream.

~Theresa M


I read the book in two seatings, followed your and Zura's journey with interest and emotion. My eyes swelled with tears as I closed the book. Not only is the book well written, the authenticity in narrative is just striking. I felt you were telling me the story in person. I feel happy for you and Zura that your path reconnected in this time dimension. Looking forward to hear / read more about it as the journey continues.

~Caterina A.

So much I could relate to!

There were so many things in the book that I could relate to, such as helping a parent through illness and preparation for their passing, and also finding a soul that you knew from before. Having gone through a similar experience with my father and trying to make him comfortable and also helping him prepare for the next phase of life, I could easily relate to the pain and sadness, as well as the joy in knowing he wasn't ever alone.

The story of Zura, his selfless giving during a family's most difficult hour, and all of the emotions he was holding within during this timeframe - missing his family, wanting to establish himself in his new country, and the worry over the immigration issues - were so similar to someone I have known for many years. Like Zura, all things worked out for the best, but getting there was a rocky path.

Thank you, Ms Herrington, for sharing your experiences with us and for showing us that all things are possible when we have faith and compassion for others.
~DS Francoon

Admirable book by an admirable woman

"A Piece of Soul through the Heart" provides a revealing look by a strong woman at a once in a lifetime experience. This is a beautifully written story about what can happen when you are open to love in many forms, and having the courage to recognize when life offers you a gift in the midst of a difficult time. I admire Loretta and her family so much for the way they took care of their Dad, and for what they continued to do in helping Zura. I look forward to more adventures by Loretta and Zura. This tale of selflessness rewarded was very satisfying. This is a moving memoir by my dear cousin, about my beloved uncle and the special spirit that is Zura. Enjoy!
~Donna Janel Wallaceon

Grown-Up Spirituality

This is a lovely little book. There are so many "spiritual awakening" books, but not many "spiritual maturing" books. This is a book that will aid the person aspiring for more knowledge and more understanding of life and its mysteries. The author traces her spiritual, mental, and emotional growth from a terrible low (the death of a beloved father) to a new level of belief and awareness, with the added benefit of a new member of her emotional family.

Ms. Herrington's father - on his deathbed - needs Hospice help, and the worker that Hospice sends is a young artist from the country of Georgia. As her father - a sailor of The Greatest Generation - dies, she comes to understand and appreciate a fellow human being from a strange, almost unknown part of the world, and to accept him into her closely bonded Irish American / Polish mixed family.

The author then traces the help that she and her husband give to this young man - to allow him to acclimate and integrate into American culture. There are many rewards and a few heartbreaks, but she shows how faith, hard work, and persistence can ultimately pay off. The spiritual and emotional growth depicted in this book is not the result of a lightening bolt or an instantaneous conversion, but rather the result of good, old fashioned, hard work. This is almost certainly the way that most people achieve spiritual and emotional maturity.

The book also traces the efforts involved in helping a person immigrate to the United States and become a naturalized citizen. It's not the cakewalk that many politicians would have the public believe.

This is a book that can be read in a couple of hours, but to completely savor it and to get all of the benefits from it will take a re-reading or two and the marking of passages for review and pondering. It's well worth the effort.
~John D.

Journey Across Time

Loretta's brief story of her father's final days on earth touches deeply. It has the feel of one finding a soul mate across time where the connection ignites quickly through a bond of understanding and the intent to complete an important mission -- making the patient as comfortable as possible on his journey home. Little did Loretta know that when her family scheduled Hospice care the social worker would find a capable healthcare worker named Zura from the country of Georgia. This young immigrant bonded immediately with the family and with the patient known fondly as "Mr. Bill." My favorite part of the book is the soul connection. So touched was Loretta by Zura and his stories of life in Georgia and adventures in the U.S. that she soon felt like she was experiencing a reunion with someone she had known before who had come to help out in her time of need. Within a few weeks her Dad was gone yet the connection with Zura continues to influence her life. Find out how she and her husband came to sponsor Zura's U.S. citizenship and how this growing bond has changed the course of their lives. You'll finish the book feeling that the adventures for the second half of their lives are just beginning.

Touching Story

The author reveals her thoughts, fears and feelings throughout the journey of her father's later stages of life and his death. It is both reflective and honest. She treats her father and this process with dignity and respect. In doing so, she connects with a new soul needing the same nurturing. She elegantly moves through the thoughtful, loving steps of helping her father prepare for his own passing to helping a young man who also needs her help in building a new life in America. Her bond with Zura forged through the passing of her father develops into a deeply touching story that goes far beyond her original intentions. I would love to see more photographs of the Georgian countryside as the cover of the book looks almost mythical.
~Dana Ron

About Me!


Loretta M. Herrington has over 25 years of government, corporate and non-profit experience in:

• Business & Organizational Leadership
• Business Development & Corporate Outreach
• Human Capital Management
• Government Affairs & Relations
• Project Management

Business Administration Degree (B.A.)
California State University,
Fullerton, CA

Associate Certificate
• Project Management Principles.


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Co-Founder American Georgian Travel Group (AGTG)
Rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle

Loretta Herrington is the wife of a retired Marine Corps Colonel, a former government executive, small business owner, and an old soul with a youthful spirit.


She had the good fortune to live in Japan and to travel abroad extensively. Her work with diverse cultures in the United States, and overseas has gifted her with life experiences unlike any others – that she views with a global lens.


Loretta develops deep emotional bonds with her friends and gravitates toward people who share her values. Loretta believes life is not arbitrary and everything happens for a reason – on many levels that may not be clear at the time.

~Loretta M. Herrington


Loretta and her husband Rick live in the City of Fairfax, Virginia, near Washington, DC, with their family dog a rescued Chow and Black Labrador mix named Milo.  Loretta’s favorite sport is riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the open roads. She takes every opportunity to meet Americans living in small towns and farms when she and Rick take to the open road and rediscover the basics of life.

After the September 11th attacks, Loretta wanted to help her wounded nation to rise up and heal. She applied for a position with the Bush Administration and in October 2001, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve within the Executive Branch. For eight years she worked in his Administration in a number of executive level positions that combined her love of country, respect of public policy and belief in the American Dream for everyone, including women, and civilians and veterans with disabilities. Her most memorable moment was witnessing President Bush sign the Afghan Women and Children Relief Act providing educational and health care assistance for Afghan women and children.

As co-founder of AGTG, LLC Tours, Loretta plans to escort tours to the country of Georgia, sharing her love of the country, with those who are yet to discover the pride of the Georgian people, their culture and rich heritage.

Loretta believes life is not arbitrary and everything happens for a reason – on many levels that may not be clear at the time. In “Piece of Soul Through the Heart,” Loretta invites you into a personal journey with her family through pride, sadness and the gift of friendship that rises from the ashes of tragedy.

wid: World Institute on Disability – a global organization

Loretta is currently employed with the World Institute on Disability – a global organization – that envisions a world where people with disabilities live fully integrated lives economically and socially.

She is based in Washington, DC and leads WID’s International Consultancy Program and is WID’s liaison to Capitol Hill and federal agencies.

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Never did I think I would write a book! My book Piece of Soul…A Soul’s Journey had to be written. My inner voice kept telling me write the book – you need to enlighten others. When speaking to groups I leave them with this thought.. the power of saying yes is liberating… someone is right in front of you waiting for you to say yes.

Book excerpt: The fulfillment of knowing that I am forever connected to Zura, his country, and his bright future in America is at times overwhelming. I’ve learned to take it one step at a time.

Say Yes!

~Loretta Herrington
Author: Piece of Soul through the Heart – a Soul’s Journey

2018-08-15 10:06:13

Chance Meetings

In my book “Piece of Soul through the Heart a Soul’s Journey” I wrote about a chance encounter that Zura had while sitting in front of his apartment building in Tbilisi, Georgia. This brief encounter with a stranger put his life in a new direction that took him to the United States and to me nine years ago. Did you ever have a chance meeting - like Zura did - that changed your thinking? Souls are sent to us for a reason…open up, allow them to enter your life, learn from them.

Even chance meetings are the result of karma… Things in life are fated by our previous lives. That even in the smallest events there’s no such thing as coincidence.

~Haruki Murakami

~Loretta Herrington
Author: Piece of Soul through the Heart – a Soul’s Journey

2018-08-02 05:34:22


Towards the end of my book, I write about how souls can recognize each other from past lives. For Zura (the main character) and me, that recognition is a scar. We both have burn scars on our right hands between the thumb and forefinger. According to Dr. Brian L. Weiss, MD, a prominent psychiatrist in past-life therapy, scars are a way of recognizing a soul from the past. I am forever connected to someone from my past because I chose to be.

~Loretta Herrington
Author: Piece of Soul through the Heart – a Soul’s Journey

2018-07-30 09:02:12

Call to Duty

My book tells the story of a call to duty. My father, a WWII veteran, required 24/7 caregiving at the end of his life – a duty that I was not prepared to do. Little did I know that taking care of my father would bring to me someone from my past. My world was rocked! My duty now is to guide this soul in this lifetime so that he can advance and bring others along. This is what old souls do.

~Loretta Herrington
Author: Piece of Soul through the Heart – a Soul’s Journey


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Where does my inspiration come from?

People who read my book ask me this question again and again - where did I find the inspiration to write a personal story about family and someone who entered my life from a past life when I least expected it? Inspiration can come from anywhere or anyone. It could be a single word, prayer, book, person or image. When you will feel its pull, trust your gut and go with it. Inspire others…take them along with you and watch them light up.

~Loretta Herrington
Author: Piece of Soul through the Heart – a Soul’s Journey

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Date: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 7:23 am

Trust Your Intuition

Date: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 7:23 am

It is said we bring our “whole selves to work.” Life’s experiences are the very fabric of who we are and what we bring to the world of profit and loss. Each of us are unique and many of us have charted a career path. I didn’t. I said “yes” to jobs I thought were below my skills. Little did I know, those very experiences proved invaluable later in life. Trust in yourself and take a chance with trusting others. My book is a testimony to trusting my intuition in my professional and personal life.

I use the aha expression in many of the radio interviews.

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Published on Jul 18, 2018

Mentor – Someone You Learn From

Date: Tue, Jul 17, 2018 8:18 am

Early in my career when I was working in an entry level position, I had the good fortune to be mentored by a senior manager in my organization. I will always remember Mr. Lewis, who took me aside one day and said “You need to get a college education – start now.” I enrolled as a night student in Business Administration and continued to work full time. I am the first women in my family to graduate with a degree. One sentence, one manager, who recognized my ability changed everything for me. My book tells the story of how one person who unexpectedly entered my life years later changed everything.

Goals and Objectives

Date: Sun, Jul 15, 2018 8:31 am

A typical approach to any project whether in a corporate setting or in government or for that matter in life. As a certified Program Manager whenever I start a new project, this is how I begin…identifying goals and objectives. My life took a turn that defies all that I experienced in my professional career. My book is a testament beyond goals, objectives, and metrics - I found a new purpose in life.

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Published on Jul 12, 2018

Why Not?

Date: Tue, Jul 10, 2018 10:32 am

The question why not? comes up a few times in my book. I find asking this question opens new thinking and approaches. Just imagine if corporate leaders, small business owners, inventors, and thought leaders never asked themselves or others this question. Limitless possibilities await us.

The Bottom Line

Date: Mon, Jul 09, 2018 2:38 pm

The phrase “bottom line” is defined as the final total of an account, balance sheet, or other financial document. Profit, net gain, and earnings are heard in the corridors of business. Is your bottom line defined by a paycheck, number of products sold, or services rendered? Or is your bottom line defined by a sense of self-worth? When was the last time you looked inward at what you value?

What More is There?

Date: Mon, Jul 09, 2018 7:49 am

I was a military wife for over 21 years and found myself working in jobs slightly above minimum wage and moving a lot! I longed for the job where I was paid six figures – that was my goal. I reached that goal then asked myself where do I go from here? When I left government service, I was unemployed for a very long time because of the great recession. I questioned my self-worth. My book talks about what happened to me after I left government service. A job does not define us.


Date: Fri, Jul 06, 2018 8:32 am

There are no coincidences in life and I know my soul has crossed path with Zura’s (the main character in my book). Read my story to know why Zura will be the last person I will see when I leave this earth. intuition

I Know You From Somewhere

Date: Fri, Jul 06, 2018 8:25 am

I know you from somewhere – but where? I feel like I’ve met you before, but I just can’t place you. Do you know me? I know I know you. Have you met someone from your past? My book looks into this phenomenon. Déjà vu

True friends are everything

Date: Thu, Jul 05, 2018 12:13 pm

CUTVNews: Press Release!

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2017 / -- Our soul path is the iterations of our soul through the centuries: where we’ve been; what we’ve learned; and what we’ve come back to do. It’s how we navigate our soul’s physical journey.

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Book signing:Tbilisi, Georgia