My Memoir. My Life

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This is my story of how I overcame adversity and found my new life.

Read my memoir from beginning to end in this blog’s memoir category.

I so enjoy the weekly excerpts Brian. Your writing style is smooth and and easy to read. Thank you for sharing. – Judy Lepinsky McGee

Brian you have a real gift. Your words move me. From the first time we met I knew there was more to you than meets the eye! I wish I could have met your father, he sounds like the Dad I deamt of having.  – Shawn Maroney, Boss Entertainment

You write with such honesty Brian, I felt like I was there. – Judy Lepinsky McGee

My friend Brian Spare is an amazing writer! His words always move me and his journey in life has been about love and strength. I am so proud to call him my friend. – Shawn Maroney, Boss Entertainment

Your life and all its challenges are an inspiration to all your friends – Earl Smith

Brian, I wait with anticipation every week to read your latest installments – Alan Wade

You have done an amazing job of life Brian. You are truly an inspiration and thank you for sharing. – Judy Lepinsky McGee

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Thought for Today

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We need to live Christmas all year round.

Espirational: A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy, happiness and peace to the world.” — Norman Vincent Peale

 

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… and my life is mine.

Espirational: A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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“My Life is My Message”Mahatma Gandhi

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Should writers read, read, read?

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When you write you have to read lots of things and not just what you are writing about for it enriches your writing to see and experience how other authors compose their work. I read many genres. However, when I was writing my memoir I read many memoirs to grasp a feel of what I needed to do to write my memoir in a compelling way.

Writing in the House of Dreams: Creative Dreaming, Creative Writing

A participant on one of my recent writing workshops told us that she’d got stalled with the book she was working on, possibly because she had grown disheartened after reading several particularly wonderful books in the same genre.

It made me think about the advice most authors give new writers, to learn from the best and read, read, read.

I realised that although I do read a lot, it’s never in the same genre as I’m currently writing. When I was a new graduate working in a public library, I gorged myself on children’s fiction, catching up on all the books I’d missed as a non-reading child, but when I started writing children’s fiction in my late thirties, I  moved away from reading children’s books and immersed myself in adults’ books about self-help and popular psychology.

By the time I started writing self-help for children in my forties, I’d stopped reading…

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“I Am” – A 10-Year Old Boy’s Poem About Aspergers

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Benjamin’s poem speaks with such truth and honesty expressing his deepest feelings. Is he odd or just different? I think the latter. We as a society need to see difference as a good thing that takes us away from the small, comfortable world we create for ourselves being part of the norm.

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“My 10-year-old son with Asperger’s was asked to write a poem for school titled ‘I Am’. He was given the first 2 words in every sentence. This is what he wrote.”

10-Year Old Boy's Poem About AspergersSince it was first posted on Facebook April 10, the poem written by Benjamin Giroux has gone viral.

Another parent commented;

“So beautiful made me cry. I’m a single dad. My 14 year old son is autistic with Asperger’s. Reading this made me feel like I almost got to look into my son’s head.”

Having his son express so much emotion was something new for Benjamin’s father, Sonny Giroux.

He told Today.com;

“At first, we felt sad and hurt that he feels isolated, alone, misunderstood and odd at school. As the poem went on, we realized that he understands that he’s odd and that so is everyone else in their own way, which is what Ben wants everyone to…

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Is your life story yours to tell?

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Writing your memoir can be as life-changing as the changes in your life you write about. Go for it Jenny and good luck.

Writing in the House of Dreams: Creative Dreaming, Creative Writing

I’ve always suffered from this odd inconsistency as a writer: I love reading memoirs and I  have lots of creative ideas for writing one myself, but it’s never felt acceptable to me to go there because you can’t tell your own story without involving other people.

I got round this in the memoir sections ofWriting in the House of Dreams by focusing on my inner life and barely mentioning anyone in my day-to-day except my older sister, who had been dead for forty years, but it was a struggle and meant I had to leave out some of my most powerful dream experiences because they involved other family members and close friends.

I only realised this week that I’ve probably been put off writing autobiographically by a particular kind of memoir that seems to dominate the market, even having its own section in many bookshops – so-called inspirational lives, or more commonly, misery memoirs.

I’ve…

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An Entire Neighbourhood Secretly Learned Sign Language To Surprise Their Deaf Neighbor

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This is truly a community that cares. Beautiful!

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Muharrem, a deaf man living in Istanbul, received a huge surprise. one morning, everyone he bumped into in his neighborhood responded to him with sign language!

A team of people from Samsung and the Leo Burnett ad agency spent a month setting up cameras and teaching people throughout his neighborhood sign language. On the appointed day, Ozlem went for a walk with her deaf brother, who was stunned to meet so many signing people in a world where those who can communicate in sign are often few and far between.

The ad was designed to raise awareness about Samsung’s new call center for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Turkey. It’s nice to see advertisements that can both raise awareness and make the world a better place.

Muharrem’s neighbors spent a month secretly learning sign language

Muharrem’s neighbors spent a month secretly learning sign language Hidden cameras were placed throughout his neighborhood One day, Muharrem, a deaf man living in Istanbul, and his sister Ozlem headed out for a walk… …and were greeted with an unexpected “good morning” – in sign language! The local baker was in on it too, offering bagels in sign language This man at the grocer’s dropped his oranges and when Muharrem and Ozlem picked them up for him… …he offers them each an apple – in sign language Muharrem’s confused – why is everyone signing? Et tu, taxi driver? This man is confused, but his sister knows what’s up As they head to the town square, the team prepares for the finale He’s surrounded by his signing neighbors! His reaction says it all! This goes to show how important it is to break down communication barriers… …and how meaningful that can be for people who experience those barriers every dayMuharrem’s neighbors spent a month secretly learning sign language Hidden cameras were placed throughout his neighborhood One day, Muharrem, a deaf man living in Istanbul, and his sister Ozlem headed out for a walk… …and were greeted with an unexpected “good morning” – in sign language! The local baker was in on it too, offering bagels in sign language This man at the grocer’s dropped his oranges and when Muharrem and Ozlem picked them up for him… …he offers them each an apple – in sign language Muharrem’s confused – why is everyone signing? Et tu, taxi driver? This man is confused, but his sister knows what’s up As they head to the town square, the team prepares for the finale He’s surrounded by his signing neighbors! His reaction says it all! This goes to show how important it is to break down communication barriers… …and how meaningful that can be for people who experience those barriers every day

Hidden cameras were placed throughout his neighborhood

Muharrem’s neighbors spent a month secretly learning sign language Hidden cameras were placed throughout his neighborhood One day, Muharrem, a deaf man living in Istanbul, and his sister Ozlem headed out for a walk… …and were greeted with an unexpected “good morning” – in sign language! The local baker was in on it too, offering bagels in sign language This man at the grocer’s dropped his oranges and when Muharrem and Ozlem picked them up for him… …he offers them each an apple – in sign language Muharrem’s confused – why is everyone signing? Et tu, taxi driver? This man is confused, but his sister knows what’s up As they head to the town square, the team prepares for the finale He’s surrounded by his signing neighbors! His reaction says it all! This goes to show how important it is to break down communication barriers… …and how meaningful that can be for people who experience those barriers every day

One day, Muharrem, a deaf man living in Istanbul, and…

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