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Two Weeks with My 99-Year-Old Grandmother

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99-Year-Old Martha Starner on a Day Trip

It has become a tradition for our family to travel to Sarasota for my grandmother’s birthday. The older she gets the more people come down to visit. This year was just a little different as she requested that there be no big hoopla or parties. The main reason is she fell off a chair she stood on 3 weeks earlier to get down a piece of Tupperware.

The only thing different with Martha this year is that she has a wound on her leg and a pain in her back. When I took her to the doctor’s office I offered to fill out the medical sheet. I knew most of the answers, no cancer, no aids etc. I would ask typical questions one might think of an “older” person…arthritis? No. High blood pressure? No. Hospitalization? Only for 3 births. It was incredible. She is all there (she let the doctor have it for not talking to her directly “I am not an imbecile” – probably not what he was thinking…hope he will have better manners next time he encounters a 99-year-old.

We have been catching up on stories I will never forget, she took up golfing in the 30’s to catch a doctor. Given the choice she actually chose my grandfather (so grateful for that) and continued playing golf way into her nineties and made 2 holes in one which very few people even knew.

It has been an honor and more a birthday present to me to be here with her while she opens the newspaper daily to the obituary with the same line – “I’m still here”.

Text You the name of the oldest person you love and call them today to ask for just one story about their life you don’t know. It will mean the world to both of you.

After 2 Years and Stage 4 Cancer – It’s Time to Get Going Again

25 KA TwitterLuckily, twenty-five percent, can be a wonderfully large number. When I was faced with cancer again, and the doctor said stage 4. I asked, “What are my chances?” – he said 25% and I thought – OK – I’ll take it. And here I am. Maybe not that easy – I do have to thank all the truly caring people at Georgia’s Cancer Treatment Centers of America, that take on people like me and don’t bat an eye. It’s true love like you’ve never seen behind the doors of a hospital.

It all happened so quickly that I can hardly remember all the details. Mainly it was like a “bad hair day” that lasted 2 years Read the rest of this entry »

What are Teens Going to do Without You?

Teens need YOU more than ever and here is why – and how you can make an impact…

  • Every 9 seconds a teenager drops out of school
  •  1 out of 5 teens will experience teen age depression before they reach adulthood
  • 1 out of 4 teens are Bullied.
  • 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school and online.
  •  As many as 160,000 students stay home on any given day because they are afraid of being bullied.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old.

Around the world, teens, share many of these same problems.

Text You for Teens is the second book in the Text You series, it removes this and many other “horrific” situations from “texting teen’s” lives.

On average, teens send over 100 text messages a day, some send and receive as many as 300. We want to put those nimble thumbs to use, to actually help these teens make it through their “hardest” years.

Text You shares with them some pretty “cool” ways to text themselves, to improve their lives, and keep track of what’s going on.

•They can record dates of important events – projects, homework assignments, concerts or parties.

•They can use this as a memo board – important addresses for parties, the name and number of someone who could tutor them or even the names of new classmates.

•They can be their own cheerleader and send themselves encouraging messages such as: “You’ll do better next time – don’t give up now” when they do poorly on a test.

There are light topics in the book about “fun” ways to use texting and then a few heavier topics.

Today, more than ever, teens need as much positive support as possible – even if they must be their only source of inspiration. They need to know that somewhere – somehow, things are going to get better.

Many teens often face some type of life altering decision on a regular basis – whether it involves drinking or drugs, committing to someone, or just simply skipping school – many of these decisions can completely alter the “rest of their lives” in a way they had not intended.

Text You for Teens re-creates and reprograms the way teenagers think of themselves. Giving them hope – and helping them to understand that life does get better and that although teenage years are at times, difficult, there is so much worth living for in life. It is an interactive book, a quick read, which helps teens address many of their issues by texting themselves the same advice they would give a friend.

I need your help… This is a huge undertaking and I can use all the involvement I can get, not only is your financial backing greatly needed (You can donate as little as $1), but it is highly imperative that you pass the information about Text You for Teens on to anyone you feel could use it… parents, teachers, and definitely every teen you know!

When you make a donation you get some great rewards in return, signed books, your favorite teen mentioned in the book or even a signed copy sent to someone who impacted your life when you were a teen – don’t you know someone who would like a gift like that? Help us make a difference in all of our future together.

Click on Text You for Teens anywhere on this page and it will take you to the fundraiser page.

Thank you,

The Once-in-a-Lifetime “Text You for Teens Campaign” has just Started and I Need Your Help

Did you ever walk into class, while everyone else was clearing off their desk to take a test? AND then this queasy feeling hits you right in the stomach – just as panic takes over every cell in your body and your inner voices SCREAMS  “Today’s the test – I thought it was next week?”

Text You for Teens is the second book in the Text You series, it removes this and many other “horrific” situations from “texting teen’s” lives.

On average, teens send over 100 text messages a day, some send and receive as many as 300. We want to put those nimble thumbs to use, to actually help these teens make it through their “hardest” years.

Text You shares with them some pretty “cool” ways to text themselves, to improve their lives, and keep track of what’s going on.

•They can record dates of important events – projects, homework assignments, concerts or parties.

•They can use this as a memo board – important addresses for parties, the name and number of someone who could tutor them or even the names of new classmates.

•They can be their own cheerleader and send themselves encouraging messages such as: “You’ll do better next time – don’t give up now” when they do poorly on a test.

There are light topics in the book about “fun” ways to use texting and then a few heavier topics.

Today, more than ever, teens need as much positive support as possible – even if they must be their only source of inspiration.

They need to know that somewhere – somehow, things are going to get better.

Many teens often face some type of life altering decision on a regular basis – whether it involves drinking or drugs, committing to someone, or just simply skipping school – many of these decisions can completely alter the “rest of their lives” in a way they had not intended.

Text You for Teens re-creates and reprograms the way teenagers think of themselves. Giving them hope – and helping them to understand that life does get better and that although teenage years are at times, difficult, there is so much worth living for in life.

It is an interactive book, a quick read, which helps teens address many of their issues by texting themselves the same advice they would give a friend.

I need your help…

This is a huge undertaking and I can use all the involvement I can get,  not only is your financial backing greatly needed (You can donate as little as $1), but it is highly imperative that you pass the information about Text You for Teens on to anyone you feel could use it… parents, teachers, and definitely every teen you know!

When you make a donation you get some great rewards in return, signed books, your favorite teen mentioned in the book or even a signed copy sent to someone who impacted your life when you were a teen – don’t you know someone who would like a gift like that?

Help us make a difference in all of our future together.

Click on Text You for Teens anywhere on this page and it will take you to the fundraiser page.

Thank you,

Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson – Find Out Why Tyler Perry and Jane Fonda Support His Cause So Strongly

People Magazine’s “Hero Among Us”

I get to meet some really interesting people in my author’s group. One person that I have just fallen in love with is the most wonderful representation of humanity I have met in a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Echoing in Your Head

My wonderful and awe-inspiring friend, Vicki, posted this on her Facebook this week…

Love this my friend – so true.

Check out TEXT YOU, a new book my friend Kellie Acosta has created.

Then learn how to text yourself those powerful words – use TEXT YOU as your ECHO! Read the rest of this entry »

“Save the Teens” Video Project

Many of us have been moved by the various causes created around our mammal friends, the whales and dolphins, and even various other “Save the _____ ” (fill in the blank) campaigns. We feel socially and morally inclined to support these crusades because they are in need of our help.
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