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My Writing Journey

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After twenty-six years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and five years as a forensic expert on work-place disability, I figured I’d paid my dues and “retirement” would be my next step in life. Then, the opportunity to start writing my memoir, From Tears to Triumph presented itself, so instead of retiring and perfecting my ever elusive golf swing, and working tirelessly on intricate West Coast Swing and Line Dance moves, I spent three years writing the memoir and then thought it was time to retire. However, writing and publishing a book, I discovered, is like giving birth and there’s much to be done once the book pops into the world. So…for the last thirteen months I have been on the book promotion/marketing/speaking turnpike. From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope is selling, lives are being touched and the message of God’s grace and mercy is being...
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 Someone recently asked me about my “mission.” At first I thought, “I’m not involved in any mission work now,” but after thinking and musing and praying about the question for a few days, a light bulb came on. I’m a Christian. Of course I have a mission. I have a mission and you have a mission, too. Yes, during the days of The House of Hope, as described in my memoir, From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope, I had a well-defined “mission.” I directed a halfway house and advocated for street girls, runaways and underage prostitutes in Costa Rica. I was a bona-fide “missionary.” But when I returned to the United States, I became a “civilian” as it was—an ordinary go-to-church-believe-in-Christ Christian. I devoted my life to my family and also to my clients when I began work as a counselor. Was that my “mission?” I...
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I walked into my formative teen years with several "issues." I was clueless they were issues so had no way to deal with them, nor was I mature enough to find help for the issues I didn't know existed. Does that make sense? How many young people today are in that same boat? We look at these young people from an adult perspective and can quicly identify that they are "troubled."  Maybe we need to look at them and realize that although WE know they are troubled, they don't, and if they do know that "something's not right," few know where to turn for help. Here is a list of the issues I had accumulated by the age of eighteen and wore inside my being: Obesity driven by an eating disorder; Low self-esteem resulting in self-image problems; Little self-value - therefore looking to men to validate me as a person; Co-dependent; Being...
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After three years of writing, re-writing, editing, polishing and publishing, From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope has popped into the book world! It's a story with a strong message of hope and faith. Have you or someone you know made bad choices in life and wondered if life would ever be “normal” again? Have you had your heart torn out and your shattered dreams lying in your young hands and wondered if life was even worth living? Maybe you’ve wondered what it would be like to leave your sorry past behind and join a group of peaceful hippies, promising peace and love? Is there triumph beyond the tears? Is there hope in the midst of despair? Join me on my journey to hope      Travel with me through the moment when life wasn’t worth living and then into life in a radical religious commune.  Accompany me to...
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       So, here’s where we stand. From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope is in the INTERIOR DESIGN stage. “What’s that,” You ask?        That is where an interior book designer takes the fully edited manuscript and makes it look pretty! He/she formats the pages, justifies the text right and left, adds page numbers, chooses a font style and font size, adds page numbers (upper right hand corner of page? Middle bottom of page) and headers…while making sure there are no “widows or orphans.” “Widows or orphans???”   It’s a tedious process. Who knew?        Not me. I’m still not sure what widows and orphans are!       I’ve been blessed that Ted Witt, President of the Northern California Authors and Publishers Association (NCPA) and owner of Pretty Road Press offered to do the interior design work at no charge!...
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