The Ordinary Miracle of a Purple Balloon is based on a true story. The author’s life was changed forever on the evening she found a purple balloon on her lawn in July. It had traveled 150 miles from New City, New York, over the Hudson River before landing at her home in Woodstock, Connecticut. After having researched the balloon’s journey, Patty Langer found that the balloon had originated from a graduation at Clarkstown High School North. So high, so far away. Within each sunrise we experience, the music of our travels can be heard within the harmony of our souls. During the following year, Patty exchanged visits with Dr. Harry Leonardatos, principal of Clarkstown High School North, and learned a great deal about his school. She attended the graduation the following year. This book is the result of Patty’s experience. The lesson learned is never to let the smallest of things pass you by or go unnoticed.