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About Me, The Author
I guess you could say my love for storytelling started very young. My twin and I got our first Barbies when we were about six, and whenever we could, we'd "play dolls” as we called it. But we didn’t play like other little girls, who’d shake their doll, changes her clothes then remove them and put a new outfit on…that was it!!! That was it??? That was it.
That’s how our neighborhood girlfriend played with her Barbie…today, I’d call that a very boring book! My twin and I weren’t about boring, no, no, no…we created a storyline, with a buildup and a Climax. Remember, when I was young James Bond 007 and Elvis were the popular movies, so our Barbies were involved in a lot of hot, sexy, spy stuff! After all, Venus and Champagne were heroines!
Years later I overheard my mother telling her friend how she missed sneaking over to our bedroom door to eavesdrop on our “playing dolls”. She told her friend how creative we’d been in our stories and missed the tales we weaved.
So that was my beginning into story telling…and through the years to weave a good tale has never left me. As I grew older my love of science, history and my personal experiences with the paranormal has left me well versed in the study of many things that give inspiration to my novels…I tend to write with a unique voice in my out of the box kind of style of storytelling. My first submission was a short story about my personal situation with an Out Of Body experience. It was published in a Tampa Literary Magazine.
I’m a PRO member of RWA and its affiliate chapter, Tampa Area Romance Authors. Off and On though my membership with TARA I’ve held an extended chair position. I am actively pursuing my craft in what I intend to make a lifelong career as a published author.
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room. The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom.
Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to show you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006.
Please consider telling others about this message...tell them to come here to read and ponder then pass along, so none of us will ever forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.
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