Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Breaking it down for the young ones... (words of wisdom from my dad)

It occurred to me last night that there is a larger audience for my work as an author than I had first thought. After being sent a message from a teenage girl who lives in my building telling me that she was reading my novel and couldn’t put it down my first immediate action was to feel elated, satisfied and very much content with where I was as author. After all I have a daughter myself who is in her early teens and I am well aware of our young people’s high expectations when it comes to the information they pick and choose to focus their attention on. They may at first glance appear to be taken in by trends and multimedia high-jinks but I have known more than one teen to drop a favourite artist and never look back if they think that the artist is misrepresenting or not standing up for the message that the artist first came out with. I have also had long discussions with young people about the misuse and abuse of the power of those in positions of fame; bluntly put our young people seem to feel that their role models have a responsibility to show them through their actions a better more successful path to a healthy happy life. If you pay close attention to the messages in the music from some of the top artists of today you will notice the artists themselves have picked up on this idea and are doing their best to set a positive example by way of their chosen career and they are all painfully aware at the fickleness of fame so they act in accordance with working to maintain the image that first won them their position in the social eye. Knowing all this I considered it to be one of the highest compliments to have ever been paid, for a young woman to approve of my writing was for me a confirmation that I was well on my way to success; in fact to me it very much felt as if I had already succeeded.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Growing up With MOM...

The following piece of writing is to be part of a project to raise awareness about the effects of abuse...
please check out the following link as the author is currently looking for those who are willing to share their stories - also be aware this is a no holds barrred blog - If you are sensitive to issues such as abuse then perhaps it might be best to skip this one...

A quick note from the author who has launched this incredible project and then on with the story...

I am a survivor of childhood abuse which spiraled into a long term relationship with a man who introduced me to a life filled with domestic violence, and unfortunately I also became a non-offending mother of a sexually abused child. I am developing two books.

“Shadows of Silence: Book 1” gives readers a front row seat to what transpired in my life.

“Shadows of Silence: Book 2” This is an anthology e-book, with entries from professionals as well as both male and female survivors from most age brackets, from many walks of life and from many parts of the world.

As a sign of my appreciation for being a part of my e-book, you will receive a copy of the e-book "Shadows of Silence: Book 2" naturally free of charge (there is no selling price for this e-book)

Once I am published I will be presenting something that is rather unique gift. Most authors sell their book alone with nothing extra. I am giving the second e-book to those who purchase it. The second book will contain no less than 500 entries and no more than 1000. I am able to give it because I am paying a one -time fee for the temp plates.

Here's a link that will allow you to read some of my testimony and other articles that I have authored so that you can learn my writing style.

I want to thank you in advance for caring enough to check out what I am doing. I really hope you will join me in my efforts to spread awareness about an issue that affects more than half of this world. If you are interested in adding your voice or if you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me at
I look forward to hearing from you.

Sherry Clyburn

Growing up with MOM...
Today may mark the beginning of some extremely painful suffering and sorrow, or it may mark the beginning of some very powerful and potent healing. I can’t predict as I sit here to write out this tale which way this is going to go, yet something in my heart tells me it is an important step in the right direction so without thinking much on consequences I boldly stroke the keys of my computer in the interest of sharing a bit more of me with you in the hopes that it may lead both you and I to a place of acceptance and forgiveness.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Sometimes you see something and it just sticks with you, for hours, days, even months – sometimes you live through something and it haunts you for the rest of your life. I think that is how the soldiers who have come home from war overseas must feel and as much as I have prayed often for their safety I admit I did not give much thought to how I could help the cause. I guess we all have our thing, our gift that we offer up to others in this movement for peace, we all have our talents and our skills and our message to share. I write about peace often and share my stories and ideas with others but after seeing a very powerful video today about an organization in the USA I have to question whether it is enough. How long have we stood idly by as citizens of our respective nations (Canada and US) and bitched, whined and chewed about the cost of war, how long have we cried over the loss of family and friends and lamented the fact that this war should never have begun. How long have we waited for those in power to decide to pull our troops from other lands across the oceans, how long have we waited in vain?