The Rural Setting Thesaurus A Writer s Guide to Personal and Natural Places

(K.M. Weiland) Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel will teach you how to mine the heart of your plot, characters, themes, and so much more. If you want to write a book that targets the heart of ...

Author: Becca Puglisi

Publisher: JADD Publishing

ISBN: 9780989772570

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Within the pages of a book exists a world drawn from a writer’s deepest imaginings, one that has the ability to pull readers in on a visceral level. But the audience’s fascination will only last if the writer can describe this vibrant realm and its inhabitants well. The setting achieves this by offering readers a unique sensory experience. So much more than stage dressing, the setting can build mood, convey meaning through symbolism, drive the plot by creating challenges that force the hero to fight for what he wants, and trigger his emotions to reveal his most intimate feelings, fears, and desires. Inside this volume you will find: • A list of the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds for over 100 settings revolving around school, home, and nature • Possible sources of conflict for each location to help you brainstorm ways to naturally complicate matters for your characters • Advice on the many effective ways to build mood, helping you steer both the character’s and readers’ emotions in every scene • Information on how the setting directly influences the plot by acting as a tuning fork for what a character needs most and by testing his dedication to his goals • A tutorial on figurative language and how different descriptive techniques can bring settings alive for readers while conveying a symbolic message or deeper meaning • A review of the challenges that arise when writing description, as well as special considerations that apply specifically to rural and personal settings The Rural Setting Thesaurus takes “show-don’t-tell” to new heights. It offers writers a roadmap to creating fresh setting imagery that impacts the story on multiple levels and keeps readers engaged from the first page to the last.

Your Story

In this book she has created a menu of encouraging possibilities on how to overcome our fears and dig deep into our souls, so that our true voice can emerge.

Author: Joanne Fedler

Publisher: Hay House

ISBN: 9781401954314

Category: SELF-HELP

Page: 245

View: 989


We either think our lives are so special that everyone should be interested in what's happened to us, or so ordinary that we can't imagine anyone would care. The truth lies somewhere in between: yes, we are all special, and no, people will notcare--unless we write with them in mind. Joanne Fedler, a beloved writing teacher and mentor, has written Your Story to help all people, even those who don't necessarily identify as writers, value their life stories and write them in such a way that they transcend the personal and speak into a universal story. This book shows how to write from your life, but for the benefit of others. Each human life is unique, and the meaning we each make from our joys and suffering can, if written with a reader in mind, be an act of generosity and sharing. Filled with practical wisdom and tools, the book tackles: -mindset issues that prevent us from writing -ways to develop trust (in yourself, the process, the mystery) -triggers or prompts to elicit our own stories -Joanne's original techniques for lifewriting developed over a decade of teaching and mentoring -and much more Joanne understands the writer's loneliness, says one such writer whose life she's touched, the award-winning Israeli author Nava Semel. In this book she has created a menu of encouraging possibilities on how to overcome our fears and dig deep into our souls, so that our true voice can emerge.

The Voice of the Muse

so, Allow at least 35 minutes for this meditation and for the writing experience that flows from it. ... In your heart? Is it a story that you feel you already know? Is it a story you are only beginning to sense, as though through a ...

Author: Mark David Gerson

Publisher: MDG Media International

ISBN: 9781950189144

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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Unleash the Power of Your Creative Potential...with this New, Expanded Edition of an Award-Winning Classic! • Learn practical, fun techniques guaranteed to get your stories on paper • Weave worlds of wonder beyond your conscious imagining • Discover how to write naturally, eloquently and powerfully without struggle Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just starting out, whatever your form or genre, Mark David Gerson’s The Voice of the Muse will awaken you to new skills, new stories and a renewed confidence in your innate gifts. You’ll Never Feel the Same About Writing Again! “The words lie within you. They hover in the shadows, longing to be noticed, yearning to be heard. Together, through this book, you and I will give them voice.” The Ultimate Writer’s Guide from the Ultimate Writing Coach! "A highly recommended guide from one of the most creative people around." – William C. Reichard, author of This Album Full of Angles "Whenever I feel blocked, I open this book, read a couple of pages and feel inspired again." – Anna Blagoslavova, Moscow, Russia "Mark David Gerson's The Voice of the Muse saved my languishing novel!" – Katie Thomas, Lynchburg, VA "Mark David Gerson is the best friend a writer ever had!" – Luke Yankee, author, playwright, screenwriter; Los Angeles, CA Works well in conjunction with The Voice of the Muse Companion: Guided Meditations for Writers, a recording that includes the author's recording of ten of the guided meditations in the book. Download it today from Google Play.

Your Story

Brimming with candor, wit, and surefire advice, Your Story by Joanne Fedler is a rich and juicy guide to writing the memoir you've been longing to liberate from your heart. She lays it all out with practicality and leads us within in ...

Author: Joanne Fedler

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401954321

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

View: 727


We either think our lives are so special that everyone should be interested in what’s happened to us, or so ordinary that we can’t imagine anyone would care. The truth lies somewhere in between: yes, we are all special, and no, people will not care —unless we write with them in mind. Joanne Fedler, a beloved writing teacher and mentor, has written Your Story to help all people, even those who don’t necessarily identify as “writers,” value their life stories and write them in such a way that they transcend the personal and speak into a universal story. She shows how to write from your life, but for the benefit of others. Filled with practical wisdom and tools, this book tackles: • mind-set issues that prevent us from writing • ways to develop trust (in yourself, the process, the mystery) • triggers or prompts to elicit our own stories • Joanne’s original techniques for “lifewriting,” developed over a decade of teaching and mentoring • and much more “Joanne understands the writer’s loneliness,” says one such writer whose life she’s touched, the award-winning author Nava Semel. “In this book she has created a menu of encouraging possibilities on how to overcome our fears and dig deep into our souls, so that our true voice can emerge.”

Your Story Matters

Finding, Writing, and Living the Truth of Your Life Leslie Leyland Fields. earth be done. ... In some stories, you're answering the question that lies at the heart of your quest. Most of life is too complex to answer with a straight yes ...

Author: Leslie Leyland Fields

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 9781641582216

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Your Story Matters presents a dynamic and spiritually formative process for understanding and redeeming the past in order to live well in the present and into the future. Leslie Leyland Fields has used and taught this practical and inspiring writing process for decades, helping people from all walks of life to access memory and sift through the truth of their stories. This is not just a book for writers. Each one of us has a story, and understanding God’s work in our stories is a vital part of our faith. Through the spiritual practice of writing, we can “remember” his acts among us, “declare his glory among the nations,” and pass on to others what we have witnessed of God in this life: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, the ordinary. With a companion video curriculum from RightNow Media, this is a “why not” book as opposed to a “how to” book. Leslie asks each of us an important question: “Why not learn to tell your story, in the context of the grander story of God?”

Writing The Sacred Journey

Contemporary readers ( and writers ) have a tendency to like fastpaced stories and have a low tolerance for elaborate descriptions . ... If you're writing about a shamanic drum journey and your story's heart is the link ...


Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

ISBN: 1558965769

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Writing the Sacred Journey shows readers how to write about spirituality and the interior life with heart and flair. It helps readers get motivated, generate materials, move swiftly through drafts, and gain confidence and ease in their writing. Writing the Sacred Journey helps readers to uncover and honor the sacred within their own life stories. Elizabeth Andrew, an experienced writing instructor and spiritual director, gently guides readers through the spiritual writing process from concept to finished manuscript. She identifies some of the initial hurdles writers face in describing the interior, spiritual life and offers practical tips about how to overcome them. Writing the Sacred Journey also explores themes that commonly appear in spiritual memoir, as well as the all-important issue of writing as craft. Readers will learn new and practical skills for every stage of the writing process. Sprinkled throughout the book, these thoughtful activities teach readers new writing techniques and avenues into the creative process.

You Can Trust God to Write Your Story

Master storyteller and bestselling novelist Steven James's pithy advice for would-be writers also applies to the story God is writing in our lives. As James puts it: At its heart, a story is about a person dealing with tension, ...

Author: Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 9780802498144

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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WHAT’S GOD DOING IN YOUR STORY? Our kids beg us for stories at bedtime or while we drive; we gather around firepits and dinner tables to tell and retell our favorite tales—the more dramatic the better. But when it comes to our actual lives, we prefer something less sensational, even boring—sunny skies and smooth sailing, please and thank you. We want our own stories to be predictable, safe, controllable, and catastrophe-free. When plans fall apart, jobs are lost, kids wander off, doctors give bad reports, we often wonder, "What are you doing, God? Are you sure you have this under control? It doesn’t really seem like it right now." God is the master Storyteller. He’s writing your story and it’s a part of His bigger, grander, eternal Story. But we’re still in the middle. We haven’t gotten to the happy ending yet, and it can be hard to trust Him in the thick of our struggles. That’s why Robert and Nancy share their own story, friends’ stories, and the stories of people in the Bible who have faced life-altering challenges, but, in the end, have found God to be faithful. Learn why you really can trust God to write your story—no matter what plot twists you may encounter along the way. "This is a unique and charming book, integrating stories of God’s providence from His people and His Word. Nancy and Robert write personally and beautifully, infusing readers with a Christ-centered vision, hope, and trust for the future." -Randy Alcorn, author of Heaven, Giving is the Good Life, and Deception "You Can Trust God to Write Your Story is an amazing book whose title says it all. For if you are a follower of Jesus, every day of your life—whether you feel like it or not—is weighted with kingdom purpose, eternal significance, and a royal destiny filled with joy and contentment. Let my dear friends, Robert and Nancy, help you embrace the mysteries of the Lord’s Providence. For when it comes to happy endings, you can’t find a better Author than the God of the Bible. Happy endings are His forte—turn the page, trust Him, and discover it for yourself." -Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

Writing Fiction For Dummies

Matter of fact, you never even got to the cool part of your story, which is that the guy who drives the bus is having dreams ... Rewind that movie halfway and play the last bit of it again: The door chings shut and you feel your heart ...

Author: Randy Ingermanson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470585238

Category: Education

Page: 384

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A complete guide to writing and selling your novel So you want to write a novel? Great! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: Strategic Planning: Pinpoint where you are on the roadmap to publication; discover what every reader desperately wants from a story; home in on a marketable category; choose from among the four most common creative styles; and learn the self-management methods of professional writers. Writing Powerful Fiction: Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. Self-Editing Your Novel: Psychoanalyze your characters to bring them fully to life; edit your story structure from the top down; fix broken scenes; and polish your action and dialogue. Finding An Agent and Getting Published: Write a query letter, a synopsis, and a proposal; pitch your work to agents and editors without fear. Writing Fiction For Dummies takes you from being a writer to being an author. It can happen—if you have the talent and persistence to do what you need to do.

Raindance Writers Lab

Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay Elliot Grove ... But theme is the glue that binds the story together, and is what your story is really about. This is often the basic mistake new writers make when they talk about their story.

Author: Elliot Grove

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136055690

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 655


If you're looking for a straightforward, practical, no-nonsense guide to scriptwriting that will hold your hand right the way through the process, read on! The Raindance Writers' Lab guides you through the tools that enable you to execute a strong treatment for a feature and be well on the way to the first draft of your script. Written by the creator of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove uses a hands-on approach to screenwriting based on his many years of experience teaching the subject for Raindance training. He uses step-by-step processes illustrated with diagrams and charts to lend a visual structure to the teaching. Techniques are related to real-life examples throughout, from low budget to blockbuster films. The Companion Website contains interviews with British writers and directors as well as a handy series of legal contracts, video clips and writing exercises. In this brand new 2nd edition, Grove expands on his story structure theory, as well as how to write for the internet and short films. The website also contains sample scripts and legal contracts, a writing exercise illustrated with a video clip, a folder full of useful hyperlinks for research, and a demo version of Final Draft screenwriting software.

Writing Down Your Soul

Brian and Lisa Berman have a unique, intimate knowledge of the healing power of telling your story. They are facilitators for the Compassionate Listening Project, a nonprofit organization that teaches heart-based speaking and reflective ...

Author: Janet Conner

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 9781642504767

Category: Self-Help

Page: 268

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Write to Explore Your Deep Spiritual Soul “…if you think this book is not for you because you are a writer and don’t need another writing book, think again!” —Sherry Richert Belul, author of Say it Now #1 Best Seller in New Age & Spirituality, Graphology, Parapsychology “I am a writer. Today I write.” These are the opening lines in the Writing Blessing that author Janet Conner has spoken daily since 2007. Journal-writing and divine dialogue. Janet Conner is a writer, poet, and spiritual field guide, but first and always a deep spiritual soul explorer. Since she discovered how to activate a divine Voice by slipping into the theta brain wave state (the border between the conscious and the subconscious) while writing, Janet has dedicated herself to exploring and sharing what it means to live at the vibrant intersection of the visible and the invisible. Your healing inner voice. After hitting rock bottom while escaping domestic abuse, Janet’s inner voice told her to start writing. As she wrote, she gained clarity and strength, and felt an incredible connection to the divine. Miracles began to happen. Today, research scientists are providing peeks into consciousness and how it works. Their findings give intriguing clues about what is happening in and through our bodies, minds, and spirits as we roll pen across paper. Writing Down Your Soul explores this research and instructs how to access the power and beauty of our deepest selves. Life-changing power of writing. Of all the ways to get in touch with God, why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just below your conscious awareness, write. Write every day, at approximately the same time, with passion, honesty, and the intention of speaking with and listening to the voice within. You liked Expressive Writing, Opening Up by Writing It Down, or Writing as a Path to Awakening? You’ll love Writing Down Your Soul!

Children s Writers Artists Yearbook 2021

Bloomsbury Publishing. learn the most about myself as a writer, and about what I want this story to do, and what I want a reader to take from it. ... Only by editing can you find the heart of your story, and make it sing.

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472968173

Category: Reference

Page: 480

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Packed full of inspirational articles from successful writers, illustrators and publishing experts, the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook once again serves up the best independent advice to writers for children of all ages. Covering all aspects of the publishing process, across the full range of formats and genres, it will appeal to self-published writers as well as those seeking an agent-publisher or crowdfunded deal. Inside are up-to-date contact details for literary agents, publishers, prizes and grant-giving bodies, societies and creative organisations that support writers and illustrators. Universally recognised as the first port of call for all writers wanting to improve their work and their chances of getting published, this Yearbook contains an 'impressive raft of advice and notes on every aspect of the business' (Quentin Blake).

How Writing Touches

Only becomings are secrets: the secret has a becoming.” (Deleuze and Guattari, 2004, p. 317) So here I am writing about “Petra”: your story, your writing, your heart on the page, your sadness spilling over, touched, immanence, flow, ...

Author: Ken Gale

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443836722

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 195

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Five scholars met as writers at a workshop at the 2007 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry and made a commitment to write over the following year to, for and with each other. It became an experiment in the craft of autoethnography, exploring questions of intimacy and connection manifested through collaborative writing. Each year since then, the authors have returned to the Congress to read a small anthology of the year’s writing—and to decide whether or not to continue. This book covers the first two years of that writing, offering stories of how writing touches, how it writes bodies into being and in between. It is an affecting, radical work, exploring love and intimacy as scholarly, messy, complex methodology—writing that often affirms and sometimes disturbs.

Writers Block Unblocked Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow

Or, “This story has already been told better by someone else.” Or, “This book has been written before. ... Remember: If you do your best to write freely and easily from your heart, what emerges onto the page is always good enough.

Author: Mark David Gerson

Publisher: MDG Media International

ISBN: 9781494761110

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

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You don't have to experience writer's block. Ever! You don’t have to sweat over a blank page. You don’t have to wonder where your next word is coming from. You can write -- naturally, eloquently and flowingly. Become one of Mark David's many writer's-block success stories: Free up your creative flow today! "Whatever brought you to this page, chances are that you're not writing, that you're not writing what you want to be writing, or that you're not writing with the discipline and commitment that leads to completion. It’s time to change all that. It’s time to journey into the heart of your passion and creativity. It's time write naturally, effortlessly and flowingly." Free Up Your Writing & Creative Flow Today! Working with Mark David was amazing. It broke my writer’s block! – Michele Quinn, Marlton, NJ I can’t believe how easy Mark David has made it. No more writer’s block! – Azurel Efron, Sedona, AZ


Learn something new from every story you write so that you're constantly improving and growing as a writer. ... to you and your heart agrees, try them out, then wait a day or two and reread your story to see if it actually is better.

Author: Melissa Darnell

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9780373210350

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 432

View: 915


Although Savannah has been warned by her family to stay away from any members of the Clann, and Tristan has been forbidden to speak to Savannah, they both feel an irresistible mutual attraction to each other.

Health Education Creating Strategies for School Community Health

Develop a clear outline based on your objective and practice telling the story prior to delivery. ... the learners will trace the circulation of blood through the heart by writing a story— to be read aloud — that describes the events in ...

Author: Glen G. Gilbert

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 9781449654580

Category: Education

Page: 431

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The skills necessary to plan and deliver efficient health education programs are fundamentally the same, whether it's in a classroom, workplace, hospital, or community. Health Education: Creating Strategies for School & Community Health, Third Edition provides the tools to make appropriate programming decisions based on the needs of the clients and the educational settings. It encourages the systematic development of sound, effective, and appropriate presentation methods and demonstrates the evolving state of health education. The philosophy presented in this text is based on the premise that the core of health education is the process of health education. It is a must-have resource for health education methods courses. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images or content found in the physical edition.

How to Write and Publish Your Family Story in Ten Easy Steps

However, it has at its heart a challenge familiar to most writers: how to rein in and shape a coherent story out of the overabundance of collected data now residing on our desks, in our computers and even under our beds!

Author: Noeline Kyle

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 9781742240558

Category: Reference

Page: 96

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This easy-to-use reference book draws on successful professional experience writing and publishing family histories to create a universal method for novices and seasoned genealogists alike. Demystifying the process of writing and publishing a family history, this book guides future authors beyond their research using 10 basic steps to help them shape the story, develop a narrative, and establish characters. It also aids in writing biographies, constructing chapters, editing text, utilizing technology, and, ultimately, explains how to publish and promote the finished product so that it reaches the widest number of readers possible.

Heart on a Shoestring

Still had an extra red shoe string in my purse, so I looped it through a hole in the heart and handed it to Derek. ... The story we'd write side-by-side until the moon no longer glowed on our faces, but lit our names on neighboring ...

Author: Marilyn Grey

Publisher: Winslet Press

ISBN: 9780985723545

Category: Fiction

Page: 180

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Not sure? Take the quiz on to find out if the Unspoken Series is right for you! Books 1 - 5 of the Unspoken Series are also available as a discounted box set! A quirky romance about two broken hearts melting into one beautiful story of self-discovery and overcoming the past.... "Dreaming of the person you want to be is wasting the person you already are." Kurt Cobain The Unspoken Series is a 10 book series. Books 1-5 are available now. Best when read in order. What Readers Are Saying "Heartbreakingly beautiful story with a slightly whimsical romance." "Don't know how its possible but this series just keeps getting better! And I guess I shouldn't say better because I fall in love with every single character, so better wouldn't be the right word!" "I love how the characters from the previous books make appearances in each of the newer books keeping you updated with the happenings surrounding them and weaving their stories into the current main characters." "This book is deep and heartwarming. It is my favorite book so far [in the series] and also the most sincere and heartbreaking." These stories are so different from most of the other romance books I read. The characters always pull me in. I got this book yesterday and couldn't put it down until I was done reading it. Book 4 in the Unspoken Series Rebelling against a life of black and white, Miranda Ryan paints the world in a technicolor fever. She spends her free time on park benches, analyzing people from the outside in and creating whimsical stories about their lives. Unbridled and full of life, her ever-changing heart is a revolving door no man can figure out. And she likes it that way. But when Derek Rhodes enters her life, he stubbornly challenges her every move. As she unsuccessfully avoids this opinionated prankster her colors fade to gray and she is forced into a choice . . . to lose the self she knows or the self she has never been. Derek Rhodes wears the same shade of brown every day and avoids eye contact with strangers, until Miranda walks into his life and splashes his world with streaks of colors he swore he’d never touch. Drawn to her imaginative personality, he finds himself questioning his own cynical nature and flat-lined ideals, only to fall in love and realize the only woman he’s ever let into his heart has no plans of letting a man into hers. Follow them both as they poke and prod and test each others limits on a journey of discovery.

The Ramped Up Read Aloud

On the other hand, if you prefer to write and illustrate a story of your own, you're the boss! ... Mr. Ratburn helps Arthur understand the importance of writing about ideas that are close to his heart. The Best Story (Spinelli, ...

Author: Maria Walther

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9781506380056

Category: Education

Page: 304

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In this remarkable resource, Maria Walther shares two-page read-aloud experiences for 101 picture books that tune you into what to notice, say, and wonder in order to bolster students’ literacy exponentially. A first-grade teacher for decades, Maria is a master of “strategic savoring.” Her lesson design efficiently sparks instructional conversations around each book’s cover illustration, enriching vocabulary words, literary language, and the ideas and themes vital to young learners. Teachers, schools, and districts looking to energize your core reading and writing program, search no further: The Ramped-Up Read Aloud delivers a formula for literacy development and a springboard to joy in equal parts.

Write Your Stress Away

When he had his heart attack, he started using Write to Be Well to set a direction and learn to be accountable to himself and ... Prompt Two: Write Your Own Story Write your story from the “I” perspective (first person), describing your ...

Author: Diane Hartingh Price

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538117996

Category: Self-Help

Page: 244

View: 803


Write Your Stress Away and ease the tension in your life! Learn about the impact of stress on your health and how in four easy steps, with paper, pen, or keyboard, you can: identify what is bugging you, what really matters in your life, create an action plan, and implement it to address your stress and improve your health. It’s that easy!

Po White Trash Lint Heads

Writing Is Healing Therefore, my friend, When your heart aches, write about it. When your heart glows, ... Though painful, Write your story. Allow your story to guide you through the muck and the mire, Through the flood and the fire.

Author: Rebecca Kennedy

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781728332482

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 354

View: 640


Rebecca Kennedy’s childhood and teenage experiences could have socialized her to become an extreme far-right Christian, a racist, a self-hating homophobe, and a bitter child abuse victim. The trauma her mentally ill father perpetrated upon her, along with her having little support for her eventual career, did not deter her from standing out as the “different one,” who determined to be Christ’s love for marginalized people. Her 1950 through 1964 accounts of a Southern cotton mill culture depict an oppressive and violent Jim Crow era, ultra-fundamentalist Christianity’s complicity in maintaining an Old South social order. Her community’s White people lamented the Civil War’s Lost Cause and longed for the rise of the Old South’s Glorious Confederacy. Her memoir relates her eye-witness stories of Poor White Trash families contrasted with her Lint Head family’s poverty existence. Her parents’ dilemma of her being a smart kid in a poor family highlights Rebecca’s zeal and determination for an education she perceived as her hope to freedom. She not only received education through formal schooling but also through her relationship with Aunt Maddie and encounters with African American individuals, a gay man and two lesbians, and several therapists. Her memoir includes a profound one-day soul-to-soul meeting with Mr. Beau LeMonde, a former slave, during her family’s visit to an Old South themed museum. Rebecca reveals the night her father’s mental illness exploded into physical, spiritual, and psychological destruction. Rebecca’s unique observations of events, that others deemed “that’s the way God intends it to be,” compelled her to look around and ask, “Why? Why is it that way? That’s not Christ’s way.” Rebecca approaches her youth with poignant descriptions infused with her humor.