Jane Seymour Opens Her Heart

"My inspiration for this collection was a woman named Mieke Frankenberg," says Seymour. She always used to say, 'If you think life is insurmountable and times are tough, go help someone else. It takes you out of yourself and ultimately helps you.' If your heart is broken and you close it off, you can't let the negativity out, and you can't let new love in." The lessons from Frankenburg—Seymour's mother—were born of firsthand experience with tough life. Born in Holland to a stern, Victorian, police-chief father and a mother who suffered from mental illness, at age 21 she married a man who later proved to be abusive, and moved to Indonesia with him. She escaped her marriage by hiding in a jungle, but when World War II broke out, she was captured and placed in a Japanese internment camp. To augment the starvation rations allowed by the Japanese, Frankenberg ate snakes and bugs. She es
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