READER'S ROCK LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE VOL 2 ISSUE 4 NOVEMBER 2014 Vol. 1 Issue 3 September 2013 - Page 47

REFLECTIONS OF MAMIE A STORY OF SURVIVAL dream of writing my first book became a reality in 2011.‘Extraordinary Dreams of An Ireland Traveler’ is an invaluable account of our personal travels throughout Ireland, com- plete with a wealth of historic detail and an in-depth guide to savings for the tourist. The rest is history. I gained I am a mother, wife, sister and a friend to many people. tremendous insight into the fraught with vast voids that I was In addition, I have, with the world of publishing and the unable to fill. It didn’t help that courage to help of my husband and my Mother’s abuse continued to daughter, organized and complete ‘Reflections of the end of her life, leaving my established an American Mamie’ which had been self-confidence in tat- ters. As I sixteen years in the making. Diabetes Association write this, her words still echo in Chapter in our state and my ears, “Mamie, you’re too advocated for Diabetics This, my second book, will be stupid to get anywhere with your worldwide. distributed by summer 2013. writing.” Now that Mother has was my past has given up the last of its secrets and I am no longer held prisoner by it. I am free at last to live my life fully, unencumbered by sad memories. Now, if I can help at least one person with my story, it will all have been worth it. passed on to wherever A story I wrote about how she ended up, I chose to write my my family and friends had story anyway. impacted my life led to My dear friends, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to read my winning a trip to Washington memoirs, and share an What a wonderful surprise it was inside account of the abuse I DC for myself and my to discover that music could free suffered behind closed husband. There, in the my soul to get my words onto presence of several leaders doors. My fondest wish is paper. I had met Charles Suniga, in the US government, I was that other abuse victims will the pianist and composer