Share Your Story!

20 08 2014

 

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A Mother’s Choice

6 08 2012

Now and then I read a story so intense that it takes me a few weeks to shake the thought of it.  The Color of Love by Gene Cheek is such a story.

Gene is a mid fifties white male with an extremely rare story of being caught in the middle of his Caucasian mother and his African American Step father’s relationship in the Jim Crow south.  Yes, there were multiracial relationships during the 50’s and 60’s, but Gene’s story is unique.  After much horrific abuse  by her white husband, she left and started a secret affair with a black man. This secret was well kept until his mother got pregnant and gave birth to a baby that was obviously black. This affair changed Gene’s life forever.  His mother was taken to court and charged with neglect – based solely on the relationship.  Although the charges were brought by her ex-husband and his family, they did not want custody of Gene – they simply wanted him taken away from his mother.  They were successful in getting Gene  torn away and thrown (literally) into the foster care system.

Sometimes I think we tire of reading stories of racial abuse that took place during the 50’s and 60’s. There was so much hate and abuse. They are hard to read because I tend to suffer with the victims every time.  But when I met the author and listened to him tell his story – I actually wanted to read the book again.  His wisdom coupled with his philosophy on race is amazing. He has put  everything into a prospective that levels the playing field for all the players, both good and evil. Most important, he has come to terms with his past.  And that, in and of itself, is not easily achieved by many people.  Mr. Cheek states, “The past has a way of interfering with the future whether we want it to or not”.   That is a profound statement.  It is how we handle the fallout from our past that matters.

I am happy to add this book to my collection. For more information or to purchase this book, it is listed on several sites including Barnes and Nobel.Com and Amazon or contact the author at gene3251@yahoo.com.





Are You Brave Enough to Tell?

6 05 2012

As a writer and publisher, I often meet people with amazing stories to tell. I often end the conversation by saying “That is some story…you need to write a book”. Many times I walk away admiring their strength, their stupidity or both. In either case, I have always wanted to pass those stories on to others. People can and should learn from the experience of others. The problem is that many of the people with the most compelling stories do not write books and many choose to keep their crash landing to themselves.  They do not want to look like failures or be judged by others. But those are the stories that need to be read. We need to hear about the one thing that changed the direction of your life. If there is a young person contemplating quitting school, or a woman living in domestic violence; or someone who doesn’t trust their own judgment about a situation that can be life changing. Your story can  inspire others to reassess their circumstances, make decisions and move forward.

Since starting radio interviews I have been overwhelmed by the  stories of struggle and victory.  Some people are just happy to be here, to be alive, regardless of their current circumstance – life is better than it was when they were going through.  Others  want to help by telling their stories as they acknowledge missed opportunities  and errors in judgement that sent them in the wrong direction. Truly, they all are heroes.  I am always excited to hear the next story.

So what is holding you back?  What is your story and who will it help? You never know – you may be surprised! Start writing today…





2011 in review

23 02 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.





A New Year

21 02 2012

Wow! I have been on hiatus for the last few months, but it is great to be inspired again.  Although I have not been writing on the blog, I have finished writing my new book,  You Need To Write A Book! Everybody has a Story – What’s Yours? I have read several very good books as well.  Check out my reading list for the latest updates.

During my absence I have been to the beach several times for R&R; continued to nurse my mother thru two additional hospital stays; threw her a successful birthday party; attended my 42-year-old next door neighbors’ funeral and somehow made it thru the holiday season as a graceful hostess.  It has been wild!

I have so much to share with you each week and it is really exciting to unload on you again…





Start Writing Your Story!

14 09 2011

As a writer and publisher, I often meet people with amazing stories to tell. I often end the conversation by saying “That is some story…you need to write a book”. Many times I walk away admiring their strength, their stupidity or both. In either case, I have always wanted to pass those stories on to others. People can and should learn from the experience of others. The problem is that many of the people with the most compelling stories do not write books and many choose to keep their crash landing to themselves.  They do not want to look like failures or be judged by others. But those are the stories that need to be read. We need to hear about the one thing that changed the direction of your life. If there is a young person contemplating quitting school, or a woman living in domestic violence; or someone who doesn’t trust their own judgment about a situation that can be life changing. Your story can  inspire others to reassess their circumstances, make decisions and move forward.

So what is holding you back?  What is your story and who will it help? You never know – you may be surprised! Start writing today…





Before the Stroke…

28 08 2011

I prepared a mammoth like breakfast to take my mother last Saturday.  She absolutely loves it when I come through the door with a plate of hot grits, bacon eggs and biscuits.  She eats every bit and I feel really good about my efforts.  Afterwards, we sometimes head for the park and walk for a little while.  She can barely walk more than twenty steps before returning to the bench to smoke another cigarette.  For her it is the best part of a Saturday morning out.  Sitting under the picnic shed, in the fresh air, smoking and talking to one of her three adult children.  One of us is always there running in and out of her house.

Physically, she was pretty much the same before the stroke.  An attractive woman about six feet tall, well read and in touch with every thing going on in the world. Before the stroke she had strong opinions about politics, sports and what she did and did not like about her life and ours.  She taught us to respect her wishes; follow her instructions and live in a way that let everyone know she was the mother of three extraordinary children.  She did her job and we did ours, as well.  Before the stroke, we would laugh at her contentious conversation and demand for perfection then go home to our separate lives.

But one day- we walked in on a stranger.  She looked at my sister and I without recognizing either of us.  She was standing at the end of the hall staring at the door, haphazardly dressed and confused. A stroke does not always land a person on the floor or in the hospital. She is a diabetic so we thought maybe she had taken too much insulin.  We immediately started a game plan to get someone there to help everyday. After years of finding her with low blood sugars and calling 911 we were conditioned to think every episode was related to her diabetes.

As time progressed she could not finish sentences, shunned reading as well as sports and slept all day. During a visit to the Ophthalmologist, the doctor noticed eye ground changes and the fact that she could not understand how to put her chin on the examining bar.  He looked at me,regretfully, and said “this is  not a problem with insulin –I think she has had a stroke”. I was stunned.  We immediately went to get an MRI.  He was right – she had experienced three to  four mini strokes over a period of time. We hoped it was a reaction to her insulin, because that could have been reversible – a stroke is a stroke. It cannot be  reversed.

That was more than a year ago. Although she knows and loves us, her contention has taken on a different meaning.  We now understand that it is frustration over the loss of control and the sometimes unfair changes that life has forced upon her.  At age seventy six, she has been a Type 1 Diabetic since age 17.  She gave herself two shots a day before disposable needles were available. She boiled and reused her needles until they became dull.  It was a tough life for a woman who served as a domestic or “the help” for one family for many years.  She never complained about the job, but she was always frustrated over the shots.

One thing I know for sure is the attitude, belief systems, faith and temperament inside a person before a life changing illness is what remains in them afterwards. Therefore, we must feed our minds with positive energy, peace and joy while we are in full control of our faculties.  Learn to pray and build a spiritual  foundation while in good health, for if those seeds are planted inside you – they will remain there for your calling in times of crisis.  As with many illnesses, it is extremely difficult to absorb new things after a stroke. So live life with purpose, a pure heart and healthy habits as much as possible – before the stroke.








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