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About Carol Brusegar
Carol Brusegar has worked in the non-profit, faith community, and local government sectors and is now a writer and entrepreneur. After spending 40 years of her adult life in Minnesota, she has relocated 3 times in 13 years, including 10 years in Nashville, Tennessee. She now resides in Cypress, California.
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The Miracle of the Christmas Ship – a true story from the past. You may never have heard of it.
In 1914, World War I was raging in Europe. One woman, Lilian Bell, desperately wanted to do something for Christmas for the children impacted by the loss or injury of their fathers. She had a brainstorm, an idea, a vision of what could happen one day in late August.
This is the story of how tens of thousands of individuals and hundreds of groups and organizations rallied to create and purchase gifts of toys, clothing and food – all in just ten weeks. Companies donated transportation and other support to make it possible for the ship to sail on November 14 in time to reach four ports of Europe before Christmas.
You will be inspired and amazed by this story. It’s one to share and discuss. A new Christmas classic.
The gifts of gratitude described inside include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one case, mushrooms. We also list our favorite causes we support.
And we are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating gratitude: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you and give appreciation.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—gratitude!
Contributors include Martin Salama, Holly R. Fitzpatrick, Rich Liotta, Crystal Rector, LaVerne M. Byrd, Katherine Cobb, Carol Brusegar, Irena Kay, Rick Binder, Rebecca Brown, Patti Smith, Jen DG, Linda Bittle, Shona Battersby, Ruth McGarry, Uranchimeg (Urna) Belanger, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Kerri McManus, and Asha Khalil.
Also Judi G. Reid, Gwyn Goodrow, Joe Raab, Veronica Hollingsworth, Nikki Brown, Anne M. Skinner, Susan P. Sloan, Daphne Bach Greer, Fiona-Louise, Grace Kusta Nasralla, Merwyn Evans, Lisa S. Campbell, Dr. Ola B. Madsen, Carol Trant Dean, Connie Ragen Green, and Heidi Miller-Ford.
Also Marcelle della Faille, Carol Stockall, Michelle Francik, Michelle Barrial, Mary Anne Strange, Paula S. Webb, Norma Bonner Elmore, Ruben J. Rocha, Linda Faulk, Leasha West, Maxiann Forbes, Shari-Jayne Boda, Ellen Watts, Diana Bianchi, and Lorrie M. Nixon.
Also Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash, Carol Caffey, Barbara Watson, Nancy J. Haberstich, Mary Duggan, Rachel A. Kowalski, Joel Bloom, Carla Parvin, LC Plaunt, Steve Sponseller, Diane Kurzava, Holly Pitas, Corynne Stickley, Tara Kachaturoff, Mary Choo, Letitia Hicks, Karen Hannon, Susan Hayes, Debbie Bolton, Metka Lebar, Rocky Henriques, Donna Mogan, Bonita Bandaries, and Maria E Davis.
Also Gregory Hoffmaster, La Wanna G. Parker, Alberta Fredricksen, Dawn Rafferty, Margy Lang, Robyn MacKillop, Audrey Berry, Caroline Ravelo, Brenda Lanigan, Taeko Hayatsu, Clay Morgan, Ingrid Cook, Peggy Lee Hanson, Donna Burgher, LuWanda Ford, Tonia Sample, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Kit Rosato, and Cherry-Ann Carew.
Also Adrienne Dupree, Anne Domagala, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Ruth Strebe, Katie De Souza, Gabby De Souza, Suzanne Cousins, Melissa Ellen Penn, J. Russell Burck, Louise Lavergne, and Katrina Oko-Odoi.
That was the prompt for this edition of The Community Book Project. A group of 100+ contributing authors answered this question in 200 words or less. Their entries are gathered here. This book includes stories about living out loud (and on your own). There are tales of friends and flags and even one about online dating.
Take them in and think about this question, too: What does independence mean to you?
Thank you to our contributing authors, listed below:
Paula S. Webb
Ruben J. Rocha
Carol Anne Cooper
Marcelle della Faille
John A. Williams
Cody Dakota Wooten
Donna L. Martin
Jason Wright Downs
Connie Ragen Green
Harold K. Thompkins
Marie A. Levy
Melissa Ellen Penn
Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff
Irena Kay, MD
Christine L. Cunningham
Holly R. Fitzpatrick
Angela I Schutz
Lorrie M. Nixon
Carol Stockall MD
Lori R. Winslow
Dixie L. Thompson
Michael Bimbo Ojelabi
Warren L. Henderson, Jr.
Cheryl A Major
Norma Bonner Elmore
Daphne Bach Greer
Susan J Walklate
Judi G. Reid
Shirley J. Noah
Melanie G. Robinson
Sharon G Teed
Eszter Molnar Mills
Nancy Lee Bentley
Charlisa E. Delancy
Melisse L Campbell
Joanna Lynn Faulk
Peggy Lee Hanson
Phillip D. Woolfolk
Katie De Souza
Mary Alice Long
Michael E. Bourland
WHAT WE LOVE describes relationships with children, spouses, pets, nature, travel and more.
We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you that's ready for love from you.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—what we love!
Danielle Guerin; Nancy Moorhouse; Susan Shatzer; Holly R Fitzpatrick; Connie Ragen Green; Nicole Bissett; Katie De Souza; Cody Dakota Wooten; Martin Salama; Lori Sweet; Dr. Irena Kay; Diane Kurzava; Kim Forthofer; LaVerne M. Byrd; Michelle Francik; Marcelle della Faille; Jen DG; Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff; Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash; Chineme Noke; Paula S Webb; Carol Stockall; Cheryl A Major; Lorrie M. Nixon; Carma Spence; Sylvio Roy; Carol Brusegar; Ruben J. Rocha; Heidi Miller-Ford; Asha Khalil; Warren L. Henderson; LC Plaunt; Margy Lang; Alberta Fredricksen; Shona Battersby; Crystal Rector; Mary Anne Strange; Bill McCarthy; Stewart Forthofer; Pamela James; Julaina Kleist-Corwin; Taeko Hayatsu; Colin Bird; Melissa Ellen Penn; Robyn Campbell; Patti Smith; Joyce Blue; Melanie Day; Merwyn Evans; Shirley J. Noah; Diana Bianchi; Ruth McGarry; Roberta Gold; Barbara Cole; LuWanda Ford; Robyn MacKillop; Fiona-Louise; Norma Bonner Elmore; Kerri McManus; Sharon G. Teed; Suzy Taylor Oakley; Judi G. Reid; Mary Choo; Francis Heran; Metka Lebar; Mike Myers; Gwyn Goodrow; Daphne Bach Greer; Joe Raab; Nikki Brown; Donna M. Mogan; Dixie L. Thompson; Sergey Skudaev; Holly Pitas; Rebecca Brown; Letitia Hicks; Patrice Porter; Lori R Winslow; Karen Hannon; Barbara Watson; Carol Caffey; Donna Burgher; Nancy Haberstich; Dona C. Murphy; Tina Nies; Susan J Walklate; Beth Munro; Debbie Bolton; Joy Harris; Michelle Denier; Angela Boothroyd; Leasha West; Renee A. Moses; Gregory Paul Hoffmaster; Melinda J. Kelly; Benjamin M. Boyle; Suzanne S. Farmer; Corinne McKeown; Michael E. Bourland; Nancy Haberstich; Anitra S. White; Dawn Eileen; Megan Saint-Marie; Nancy Haberstich; Diane L. Haworth; Michelle Barrial; Nicole Toomey Davis; Ginger Wellspring; Peggy S. Lynn; Agata Szkiela; Maria Falcon; Tonia Sample; Ruth Strebe; Jewelle Colwell Boldt; Marius Bill; Danielle Guerin.
During the process I experienced:
+ Letting go of possessions
+ Transitioning relationships
+ Leaving and settling with great restrictions
+ Putting my experiences into a larger context
+ Considering what I want to be different in the future
I hope it will inspire you to embrace big endeavors regardless of the situation. May you take the opportunity of this unique time in our common history to reflect and create a post-pandemic life based on what you have experienced and learned.
6 Steps to Transform Your Life After Age 50 provides a way for the reader to begin thinking about and planning for those years that comprise what is called a Third Age. The 6 Steps described are: 1. Reflect on What You Bring to Your Third Age, 2. Identify Treasures From the Past to Create New Dreams, 3. Shift Your Mindset and Attitudes Toward the Future, 4. Take Control of Various Aspects of Your Future Life, 5. Contribute to Others in New Ways, 6. Invite Change and Transformation Into Your Life.
This brief book introduces an approach and process that will be expanded upon in a more extensive book and workbook.