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About LaVerne M.Byrd
LaVerne M. Byrd has contributed to and authored essays in the following publications:
*The Community Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude, 2022 Edition
*The Community Book Project: A Celebration of Personal Heroes (2021)
*The Community Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude, 2021 Edition
*A Gift of Gratitude A Community Book Project (2019)
*What We Love (2019)
*Success is Yours! 70+ stories of Success in Life, Relationships + Money (2018)
*Everyday Joy (2018)
*The Gratitude Book Project, Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude (2010)
LaVerne is a caregiver advocate and also the author of the soon to be released book, “Heal My Pain, A Journal for Grieving Mothers.”
You can find some of LaVerne's writings on her blog; The Journey of Grief. You can contact her at: email@example.com
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Editor's Note: Ten years ago we were ten years removed from 9-11 and my Done for You Book Publishing company was looking for a way to give my subscribers a way to mark the occasion. We produced “The Gratitude Book Project: A Celebration of Personal Heroes.” It marked a milestone since that September day no one will forget--one of time and distance and, for most, healing. Now it’s ten years after that. I wanted to revisit the theme of personal heroes once again and feel that although the time and distance from 9-11 has helped more with that healing, other things have caused more strife and tears in the fabric of our country and the world. It seems like it’s time once again not to look at those who bring us down and tell them what’s wrong, but instead focus on those who lift us up, no matter the circumstances, and help us see what’s right.
It’s time to put the attention--and the praise--on our personal heroes.
All new for 2022!
The Community Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude People from all walks of life join together in this thought-of-the-day collection of essays. This book brims with appreciation without crossing the line to sappy or too “woo-woo.” Instead you will find evidence that harnessing the power of gratitude can be a life-changing force. Inside are stories about the things, people, circumstances, and events the contributors that bring gratitude to everyday life.
These “gratitude-in-real-life” stories are about more than the polite "thank yous" we casually exchange every day. They're testimonials to the people and things we often take for granted. Join us in this growing movement of people from around the world who have committed to asking themselves this simple yet profound question every day of the week--what am I grateful for? Lead editor Donna Kozik is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author.
Find out how to be included in the next Community Book Project at www.TheCommunityBookProject.com.
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.
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.
together to submit essays on a particular theme. In a weekend.
The everyday joys described include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one
These authors are examples of everyday joy, too. And so are our readers.
Now we share with you the results of that weekend: the inspirational essays, narratives and
insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to be a more joyful being.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—everyday joy!
EVERYDAY JOY contributors include:
Diane Kurzava, Holly Fitzpatrick, Norma Bonner Elmore, Michael E. Bourland, Terri Stovall, Marcelle della Faille, Lindy Schneider, Heidi MillerFord, Paula S Webb, Susie Jumper, Megan SaintMarie, Melissa Ellen Penn, Nicki Steinberger, Michelle Barrial, Angie Mangino, Michell Pulliam, Daphne Bach Greer, Rev. Christopher L. Smith, and Suzanne Alba.
Also, Shona Battersby, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Leasha West, Ayesha Hilton, Dr. Marilyn Joyce, Ruth McGarry, Graham Wade, Gwyn Goodrow, Kimberly Schramm, David A. Chaumette, Cheryl Major, Sheri Graubert, Cody Wooten, Karen Hannon, Florence R. De Silva, Joyce Blue, Veronica Hollingsworth, Tracy Glass, Judy Morton, Lori R. Winslow, Teresa Miller, Konstantine Kundanis, Sarah-Jane Watson, Debbie Bolton, Gloria HowardSmith, and Andy Anderson.
Also, Judi G. Reid, Jen DG, Margy Lang, Rich Liotta, Kit Rosato, Ruben J. Rocha, Brittany N. Smith, Larisa Sharipova, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Linda Faulk, LaVerne M. Byrd, Rebecca Brown, Dan Klatt, Shari-Jayne Boda, Michelle Francik, Bonnie Ebsen Jackson, Susan Shatzer, Connie Ragen Green, Lee Startegies, and LuWanda Ford.
Also, Gregory Paul Hoffmaster, Bill McCarthy, Frances O. Thomas, Asha Khalil, Moira Shepard, Alana Mander, Steve Sponseller, Tara Myers, Nicholas Yakima, Courtney Berry, Robyn MacKillop, Nancy J. Haberstich, Donna Burgher, Sally White, Fiona Louise, Katie Weiser, Martin Salama, S. Newman and Michelle Denier.
Also, Mary Anne Strange, Adrienne Dupree, Trina M. Bailey, Kristi Dement, Anne M. Skinner, JoAn Richardson, Helen Leighton Phelps, Lorrie M. Nixon, Tanya McGill Freeman, Jeanine Byers, Elandra Kirsten Meredith, Katie De Souza, Rev J Russell Burck, and Shanley Weston.
If there were 20 people contributing, the editor would be happy. More than 70 did.
They worked with the suggested themes of career, finances and relationships—and were asked to keep entries to 200 words or less. (More difficult than it sounds.) They embraced the challenge to provide readers with mini-doses of inspiration—whether read in one sitting or one before bed each night.
They submitted their pieces within a tight timeline. They took part in a two-hour editing marathon and watched as their writing was reviewed and polished to shine brighter.
They cheered with every update and marveled at their own ability.
These authors are success stories in themselves.
Now we share with you the results of that weekend: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights about success in relationships, career, finances and life. Our intention is this book will empower and uplift you, too, to be your better self and let your success shine.
Contributing authors include Dan Murray; Norma Bonner Elmore, Ed.D.; Dr. Klara Gubacs-Collins; John A. Williams, MSc; Carol Stockall, MD; Shona Battersby; Bonnie D. Hilberer, DTM; Michelle Weidenbenner; Marcelle della Faille; Paula Webb; LaVerne M. Byrd; Viki Stanley-Hutchison; Jennifer Murphy; Hobby Parent; Trisha Faye; Nancy J. Haberstich, RN; Debbie Bolton; Julaina Kleist-Corwin; Janice Henslee; SharonAnn Hamilton; Elandra Kirsten Meredith; Chipo Shambare; Leasha West; and Teresa Abram.
Also contributing are Kimberley Wiggins; Margy Lang; Linda Easthouse; Jacques Soine; Tammy Atchley; Tim C. Star; Natalie Endsley; Peter Wallin; Michelle Denier; Soochen Low;
Sarah-Jane Watson; Fiona-Louise; Anne M. Skinner; Bill McCarthy; Shelly O'Donovan; Donna Burgher; Robyn MacKillop, Ph.D.; Jeanine Byers; Metka Lebar; Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.; Irena Kay, M.D.; Donna M. Mogan, Ph.D.; Myrna L. Hill, M.A. LMFT; and Warren L. Henderson, Jr.
Also taking part are Sawsan Abubaker; Karen K. Lowry; Shawn Carroll Morris; Connie Ragen Green; Kelly A. Johnson; Bonnie Ebsen Jackson; Frances O. Thomas, M. Ed.; Peggy Lee Hanson; Lee Startegies; Doria Musaga; Mary Anne Strange; Ellen McNeill; Neil Peet; Katie De Souza; Dr. Joanna Faulk; Veronica Hollingsworth; Kaye Blahak;
Daphne Bach Greer ; Tara Alexandra; Gregory Paul Hoffmaster; Asha Khalil; Yvonne B. Garris; and Howard Bush.