I thank my God upon every remembrance of you
Today is Thanksgiving Day 2019, and this blog is the last segment of my 4-Part series on giving thanks.
On today I am giving thanks to the two men that God used over this last decade to not only propel me into my purpose, but also move me into a new career path. Let me explain.
In 2002 when I left Verizon in pursuit of my dream to become a published author. I wrote "Memoirs With Seniors" in a journal I had with all of my plans for the next chapter of my life, and put the notebook away. This turned out to be a prime example of that often-quoted scripture in Psalm 37:4, “He will give you the desires of your heart.” First, God gave my heart what to desire, then He gave that desire to me.
Nine years later, I received an invitation to a senior living facility through my Uncle Sonny (Felix Nicholson pictured here) shortly after the publication of my first book of poetry, A Time To Write. I was invited to conduct a poetry reading on Wednesday August 31, 2011 at Elm Terrace Gardens Retirement Community in Lansdale PA.
Ever the poetic historian, to the surprise of several of the attendees, I mixed in some readings by Early American and Modern Poets like Helen Steiner Rice, Ben Burroughs, Maya Angelou, and Frances Ridley Havergal. The evening was a total success, but as much as I enjoyed reading poetry to the seniors that day, I was very hesitant to seek out another, closer facility, or even to contact that same facility again. After that night in Lansdale, I taught a poetry workshop at a recreation center for inner city youth and I recited poetry at several open mic events, but it would be another two years before I would find myself working with senior citizens again, this time by way of another invitation.
On March 6, 2013, I received an email from a close acquaintance of mine named Frank Falzone. At the time he was the Enrichment Coordinator at Yardley Commons Senior Living & Retirement Community in Voorhees, N.J. He was looking for programming ideas for the residents and invited me to conduct a book signing and lecture. I spoke on the topic "My Life in Rhyme: Nine Writers Who Moved My Heart and Pen." Needless to say, the event was a success, and I was asked to come back quarterly to continue reading poetry to seniors.
Over the next three years my presentations transitioned from quarterly poetry readings to a monthly poetry writing class. Then, in 2016, Frank asked if me could teach a memoir writing class. I said yes right away and on June 23, 2016, fourteen years after I wrote it down in my journal, Memoirs With Seniors was born.
This blog is a huge “Thank You” to my Uncle Sonny and my friend Frank Falzone. God used both of them to help me achieve something that began as a dream back in 2002 and is still going strong today. Because from those two invitations, God moved me into a new career as a book editor. To date I have assisted in the publication over one dozen memoirs, poetry collections and short stories mostly written by senior citizens. (Click on the Books/Current Titles tab for more information).
This was a fulfillment of the scripture that says, "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." (Habakkuk 2:3)
As I close out this series on Giving Thanks, I encourage you take time out to thank the people behind the scenes in your life that God used to help you accomplish your goals, realize your dreams, and propel you into your purpose. They deserve it.