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5.0 out of 5 stars Failure Was Never An Option, July 15, 2010
By W. Day “firstname.lastname@example.org” (Fairfax, SC USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option (na) (Kindle Edition)
This heartfelt book follows the life history of a very special little boy and a very special family. This true story started in an era when public help was nonexistent, and persons with disabilities were not accepted. The work of the family and very supportive neighbors turn what could have been a sad story into a success story. Emotions and family love are expressed throughout this book, as many hurdles were flattened so that one life could touch so many others. This story will touch your life as you share the events that unfolded through the years. Failure was not an option and not accepted. Here we learn the value of setting a goal and aiming for that goal in spite of what others think. Caution: humor included- read sitting down.
Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option and Brilliant Insanity are Both on Amazon Kindle’s Best Seller List
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Dream Catcher by Yvonne Mason
A story of triumph, love, persistence, endurance and more
There is no such thing as a child who cannot learn. There is no reason why anyone should be shunned or considered an outcast because he or she is challenged academically or in any other way. But, for a child to succeed he or she needs the support, guidance and love of a family. In this story you will meet a remarkable and unique family who not only proved the unimaginable and the unthinkable about a special young man, but engaged the help and love of friends too. Born with a serious illness, Yvonne Mason’s brother Stan proved beyond a shadow of doubt that he was going to show the world that he is here and that he will definitely succeed.
Not able to speak, not able to walk, and not able to do the things that other kids could do at first, he taught himself how to maneuver and crawl when faced with a challenge before the age of one. Born with 2 clubfeet and faced with wearing heavy plaster casts on his feet, Stan, Yvonne’s brother learned to overcome this and managed to move around. But, that is not all, with the help of his brother Barry, sister Yvonne and lots of friends and cousins he managed to learn to walk, take care of his own physical needs, attend school, graduate, help play practical jokes with his sister and cousins, take a bus to his Work Training Program and much more. But, what he had to learn after all of this is not much different from what we had to learn: Lessons of Life and Lessons of bigotry and prejudice not only toward people of different color or races but toward people who are different. Stan learned that not everyone is who he or she appears to be. Stan soon learns people can be cruel and underhanded. People take advantage of you when they think you are less knowledgeable than them. This holds for everyone, not just Stan.
His love of bowling, the first time he went to an Atlanta Braves game and his courage to forge ahead against all adversity makes you wonder why young people today give up so fast and try and take the easy way out.
Stan is truly a person to be admired. Nominated for the Toby Nobis award, which recognizes business, and employees who are challenged helped to give him a sense of pride but to his family too. Although he did not win this did not deter him. This was a man who was not supposed to be able “to do the simple things in life. How amazing the brain works,” as the author puts aptly puts it. Where others would whine and complain when Stan was faced with a problem he would handle it head on.
Flying by himself, dealing with a broken television set and adversity at work, he is truly an inspiration for all those who take defeat so easily and readily. Imagine trying to explain to someone the difference between 9-pin bowling and the regular method. As a bowler I do know the difference and when Yvonne describes the incident where Stan was trying to explain why he and his knew friend Lisa changed to a different bowling alley I remembered my brother trying to teach me to bowl without toppling over and throwing my arm cross alley. This story brought back some great memories. But, some lessons are difficult to learn and this time when Lisa proved herself to be a user and conniver his mother stepped in and thwarted Lisa’s scam. Others do not only learn by those who are challenged but these lessons of life too. You can never be too careful when it comes to lending money to a friend, especially when it appears that money is a primary reason for the friendship.
With their Abbot and Costello routines and their many funny high jinks Yvonne, Stan her mother and her family learned that you could do anything if you want to and don’t ever give up.
Everyone looks up to their parents and wants to emulate or follow in their footsteps. Stan loved his father and spending quality time with him and imitating some of his mannerisms and daily routines cemented their bond even more.
You need to read the last chapter written by Yvonne’s mother and presented at West Georgia for everyone to hear. Yvonne’s mother is truly amazing and someone who did what most mother’s should do but might not have the wherewithal or the stamina to do: SHE WOULD NOT ACCEPT FAILURE AS AN OPTION!
Stan is an example of what people must do in order to be happy. He accepted who he is and what his limitations and capabilities are. He would not blame the world for his problems and accepts people for who they are not bigoted or prejudice or hurtful to anyone.
Stan: I have a nephew that was born deaf. No one knew this until he was about a year old. The doctors told his mother and father he would never stand, sit up, walk, and drive a car or more. Then, he entered Lexington School for the Deaf and his mother and father would not let this diagnosis hamper him. He is now the father of a beautiful little girl and a web designer for a major hotel chain and more. Never give up on who you are. Never think that just because a doctor says it that it is written in stone.
Your influence on others will remain in their hearts and mind just by reading your story now and forever. Educators need to follow the example of those who cared enough about Stan and her caring enough to help him learn to read, speak and more. For those educators who teach Special Education you need to remember that kids learn at their own pace and as with Stan they will often surprise you and overcome insurmountable odds. Never give up and never say never.
You need to read this book and give it to every educator, doctor and parent to know that knowledge if powerful and love and family can help you through anything. Stan’s life is message to all of us that everyone can succeed no matter what if they want to.
This book deserves more than just five stars. Fran Lewis: reviewer
was a killer. Its passing destroyed not only homes and cars and boats, but it took a good chunk out of as well. Battering their hopes, shattering their dreams, drowning their already shaky security.
Cherisse Bernard’s family had been lucky. The storm that swept so violently through the south had missed their homes completely. Wind damage was minimal, flooding was nearly nonexistent, the death toll was at zero and unlikely to increase. But how long would that—could that—good fortune possibly last?
Now was the perfect time for Cherisse to make her move. She had three weeks in which to drive down to Louisiana , pack up her widowed mother and sister and get them safely ensconced in her Kansas City town-home before the next big storm blew in.
What Cherisse hadn’t planned on during those next three weeks was falling in love. And not just with a man, for Lonnie Gaspard, Jr. was all that and more, but she also falls in love again with her birthplace. Cherisse learns that her hometown isn’t simply a spot on a map. It’s a people, her people, and the struggle to survive life’s storms is what keeps communities like hers alive and thriving despite the difficulties of living in hurricane country.
D.C. Jennings, Author
Contemporary Fiction with a Conscience
D.C. Jennings loves a good story. So much so that she walked away from a career as a licensed optician to pursue publishing her dreams. An avid reader of romance, this happily married mother of five spends her free time reading, traveling and caring for the animals that live on her Northern Missouri farm.
Kurt’s life has been one dead end after another since he was convicted of attempted rape thirty years ago.
Inspired by a dream, he thinks he’s finally found the way to Easy St. and it starts with kidnapping Vicky, the woman who had him arrested all those years ago.
Surely Vicky’s husband, wealthy investment consultant Jimmy, would pay handsomely for the safe return of his wife.
But Kurt soon learns that even Easy Street has its share of pot holes.
After the road trip from Hell, Kurt arrives in Florida to learn that Jimmy is planning to leave Vicky and may not be interested in saving her. On top of that Jimmy’s mysterious mistress wants her own piece of the action.
To make matters worse, Kurt gets on the wrong side of a biker, a bookie and an ex-Navy SEAL who seem determined to make the rest of his life as painful as possible.
Meanwhile, Danny Putnam is enjoying life in Florida. He owns a successful dive shop and has a very comfortable lifestyle until he starts having bizarre dreams about his murdered wife and a beautiful woman he has never met. Suddenly his comfortable life becomes very complicated.
In the first novel by Tim Baker the lives of four people will meet at a crossroads where love, hate, betrayal and honesty converge for some very surprising results.
Living the Dream
Dog Ear Publishing (2009)
Reviewed by Rebeccasreads.com (07/09)
“Living the Dream” by Tim Baker starts out with Kurt reminiscing about an event that took place thirty years ago. He had met a girl named Vicky at a Doobie Brothers concert. When he and his friend tried to get her and her friend to leave with them, Kurt got a little overzealous and grabbed her and tried to kiss her. She defended herself by kneeing him in the groin and kicking him in the ribs. Then came a moment that would change his life forever; she screamed which got a patrolman’s attention, and when the cop came over she told him that Kurt had tried to rape her. For this incident, he ended up serving six months and got two years of probation.
The reason that this event is brought back into focus is because of a dream that Kurt has about Vicky. With these memories in the forefront, he decides to embark on a journey from Rhode Island down to Florida, where Vicky lives, to kidnap her and try to extort a large amount of ransom money from Vicky’s rich husband Jimmy. What follows is an experience wrought with disaster for Kurt.
The story starts off with the individual chapters each focusing on the different characters and then slowly their lives start to intertwine and intersect. I truly enjoyed this aspect of the book and Baker did a great job of neatly tying everyone together.
My favorite part of the book was Kurt’s adventurous drive down to Florida. I loved reading about all of his mishaps and bad luck. It was one thing after another which made for a fast-paced read that will definitely hold your attention.
Overall, “Living the Dream” is a humorous crime novel with a cast of very interesting characters. Baker does an excellent job with the character development and his descriptive writing allows the reader to vividly picture all of the scenes taking place. I look forward to reading more of Baker’s novels in the future
Tim Baker was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island.
After graduating from The Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1980 he embarked on a career in Architecture and Engineering. Along the way he has also worked in the natural gas industry, construction and ice cream sales.
In his spare time he enjoys a wide variety of activities including sports of all kinds, music, photography, model building and, of course, writing.
An avid dog lover, Tim was a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, raising and socializing potential guide dogs.
He has also studied and taught martial arts.
Inspired by his interest in Karma and the unexplained forces of the universe, he made his first serious attempt at writing in 1988 when he began writing a novel entitled Full Circle, a story about the far reaching effects that one man’s actions can have on people he has never even met.
Unfortunately without the use of a computer or even a typewriter he shelved the project due to the difficulties of trying to construct a novel completely by hand.
Even though Living the Dream is his first published novel he plans on completing Full Circle once his next novel Water Hazard is published.
Currently, Tim is enjoying life in Palm Coast, Florida.
To contact Tim or find out about upcoming works please visit his website at www.blindoggbooks.com