Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Tell Your Own Story"

I am enjoying teaching my elective class at St. Michael's Catholic School. The students listen and are responsive. We are currently reading my book; later in the semester the students will be using Photo Story (a free software program) to create their own story about someone special in their lives.
This photo was taken of students working on a classification exercise to prepare to read the book.

Monday, September 20, 2010

April Speaking Engagement in New Orleans

I received word that I will be presenting at the 108th NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) convention and exposition that will be held in New Orleans in April! The session will be co-presented with Lonnell Battle (the English department chair) from Paul VI High School in Virginia. This Catholic high school has my book as required reading for incoming freshmen. We will share our project using "Last To Leave Home" that led students to a better understanding of those with special needs.I think my brother Mark is helping me get the word out about his life, bringing more acceptance for those with special needs.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Honoring my Mother---priceless!

This photo was taken at the 35th anniversary of CTR. The pictured was captured at the book signing after my speech. Before I spoke, Lisa Reynolds (the director) called my mother up front and complimented her---she praised Mom and Dad for keeping Mark at home when the doctors told them to put him in an institution. Mark thrived in our home. Mom has never heard me speak and she so enjoyed being there.
I also was thrilled that my sister, Dianna, came and listened to my speech. It was great to have the people that are dear to me (the book is dedicated to my parents and my sister) and who were so loved by my brother present at the CTR celebration.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Special Weekend in Virginia

This past Saturday, Sept. 11, I had the fortune to speak at St. Luke's Methodist Church to the folks involved with CTR--a Christian organization that ministers to those with special needs. CTR is celebrating their 35th anniversary and they actually worked with my brother Mark.
I enjoyed meeting all the wonderful people and Lisa (their director) was so kind and full of such a happy spirit.
Thanks to Marianne Jones who helped to make this happen.
After my talk we enjoyed a lovely lunch and I had time to sign books. In this photo I am speaking with one of the founders of the organization.
I hope that more Danville area people consider volunteering to help with this giving organization.