On Friday, January 30,
while I was waiting for the bus after school, I
writing in a blank notebook the poem "Comes the Dawn"
by Veronica A.
Shoffstall as printed in Ann Landers'
advice column. This notebook was
to help me through what I still consider to be the most profound change
of my life - even more significant than going off to college or
marrying. I entitled the book
Inspiration and included a
of contents for easy reference.
Ironically, two days later tragedy
struck when a classmate
in a car crash. My book helped me and assisted me in helping others
with the loss. On my eighteenth birthday (August 28,
1987; you do the math), the day I
consider to be the
most perfect day in my life, I purchased a blank hardcover book from
Shakti, my favorite State Street
bookstore, and began transferring the materials from "softcover" to
"hardcover" just after I went off to college. I wasn't to write in the
book again for nearly five years, but I did refer to it often
throughout college, and I even loaned it to someone: my now husband. In the summer of 1992, I was under
great duress. My husband and I
moved to Milwaukee where I had a difficult time finding a decent job.
job I did find for a while was working for a very verbally abusive man
a print shop. I started writing in Inspiration
again because I needed
inner strength and support it offered me back in early 1987. Since that time, I have shared some
the writings with others whom
I see have a need for that same kind of moral support. Sometimes I do
this anonymously. Inspiration contains
writings that vary from popular
and poems in our culture and history to songs written by a close
Casey Day, to my own personal poetry that I've written
This book also reaffirms my belief in God as is signified by the
written on the opening leaf:
Once, when I
was little, a friend
"Do you know what moves the clouds?"
"No," I replied.
"My mom told me it's the power of God."
And I was