Who stands beside us in life’s unbridgeable moments? Who will help us transcend as the internal voices echo, “I was there…when you were picked last for the team…when you waited by the phone for the call that never came…when you felt alone and unloved.”
Each of us inhabits an invisible kingdom. It is the secret life landscaped by loneliness and neglect. It is the home of our resident ghosts and our indwelling wounds. It is the cryptic code etched inside a heart of sorrow that no one else can see.
This is an entryway into that world, inspired by letters and emails of teens who have written to me in an attempt to share their pain and doubt on such divererse topics as eating disorders, self-mutilation, drug and alcohol abuse, sex, death, and broken parts. One-part love letter, one-part guide, this book bears witness to each of our secret lives.
As one teen describes,“I want to steal the sun from the sky so everyone else can feel this darkness.” In the words of another, “I wish I could realign the stars so I can change who I am and be something more for others to love.” And finally, “Dear Scott, please write back, ’cause I have nowhere else to turn.”
Here is my reply.
“Whenever I feel like life is too much and I just want to go into the bathroom and swallow anything I can find, I read your book. You have no idea how helpful it has been to me. It doesn’t make my problems go away but by the time I am done reading, I am too inspired to hurt myself. You have saved my life many times, and you don’t even know who I am.”
—An Anonymous Teen
This collection of poetry is definitely dark but you will find no ghouls, goblins, or vampires hiding out. These poems come alive from the depths of the binding darkness that is found in all of us. Travel down the spiral to visit the barren heart of depression and the scattered mind.
The dry humor of these mostly biographical tales of sorrow, contradiction, twisted relationships, split personalities, along with unique views on love, marriage, and death will have you unsure whether to laugh or cry. Sadness can be paralyzing, madness can be hilarious and together, they will be inspiring.
Resuelve tus problemas y toma la ruta que te llevará al amor, la felicidad, la riqueza y la vida de tus sueños.
¿Cuándo obtendrás todo lo que deseas?
¿Sabes qué es lo que está en tu camino para alcanzar tus sueños en tu vida? En una palabra, Tú! Pero espera, no es tu culpa. La vida fue diseñada para ser fácil, si tú sabes como. Ahí es dónde se aplican los principios de El Camino Más Fácil.
El Camino Más Fácil es una guía práctica de principios espirituales que permiten superar las barreras y obtener lo que uno desea en la vida. Basada en el Ho’oponopono, un antiguo arte de la cultura hawaiana, su premisa es que la vida es fácil. Nosotros somos los que la hacemos difícil, y podemos aprender a dejar de ser los obstáculos de nuestra propia felicidad.
In English: ISBN 0-9748820-1-1, $15.00
For many years, Shelton Parker has been a respected community barber in San Francisco. But his life completely changes one day when two police detectives enter his shop and force him to help solve a dangerous case. Once involving clippers and razors, his life now revolves around guns and sex. It’s a wild and dangerous ride for Shelton, but he does it with style.
African American Heritage Pictures, Puzzles, and Word Games by Glenda Jenkins Simmons is a combination textbook, workbook, and puzzle book. This book is versatile, and the information is timeless. It is appropriate for the classroom, for after-school programs, or for the waiting room in your dentist’s office. For individuals twelve years and older, this book offers a wealth of knowledge on subjects of African American heritage.
If you are looking for a captivating and different approach to learning black history, you will find it in African American Heritage Pictures, Puzzles, and Word Games.