Things that could have changed your life…

A while back while doing an interview for the LA Times about the issue with pedophiles in the Boy Scouts, I had the opportunity to review a lot of documentation about my father. One of the things I noted was that in 1983, one of the mothers of one of the scouts had filed a report with the local police department about my father molesting her son.

Recently, I reunited with a couple of the people I was in scouts with, and one of them told me it was his mother that made the report, but nothing ever came of it.  I had always wondered who that scout was, but never thought about it too much.  But I had always known my father had approached this boy (who was probably 11 or so at the time) but never put two and two together.

it is unfortunate that the police did nothing.  I was 15 at the time and really not sure how much it would have changed my life.  Well, that’s not true.  Had they come and arrested my father it would have changed things a lot.  But whether it would have been for the better I couldn’t really say.  I would guess ‘probably’, but I guess we never know what the overall impact would have been for things that could have happened in the past.  I DO believe it would have changed my sisters life for the better, and I think would have changed this boys life most definitely (he felt nobody believed him and that had a profound impact on his life as it would anybody).  But for me?  It’s an interesting question.

Not one I choose to dwell on though – after all, we can’t change the past, we can only shape our future.  But it is interesting to think about…

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Award Winning #WLM Authors

2014 seems to have been a great year for the authors of the Facebook group We Love Memoirs.  Many of us won awards throughout the year (although technically, I’m not sure if I won an “award” yet.. the email I received said “You’ve won an award”, but I am only a finalist for the 2015 awards.  To me, that’s not winning but I’ve included myself on the list anyway).  Regardless, here are some awesome memoirs you should check out in 2015!

Susan Joyce
The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening
GOLD – 2014 Readers Favorite – Non-Fiction Travel
Honorable Mention – 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes

Victoria Twead
Two Old Fools on a Camel: From Spain to Bahrain and back again
#14 New York Times Best Seller List

Linda Kovic-Skow
French Illusions: My Story as an American Au Pair in the Loire Valley
BRONZE – 2014 Readers Favorite – Non-Fiction Travel

Julie Freed
*NAKED*: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina
BRONZE – 2014 Readers Favorite – Memoir
FINALIST – USA Best Books (in 2 categories)
Memoir Staff Pick – Parnassus Books

Steven Whitacre
My Father’s Prostitute: Story of a Stolen Childhood
FINALIST – 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes

Gisela Hausmann
Naked Determination: 41 Stories About Overcoming Fear
GOLD – 2014 Readers Favorite – Non-Fiction – Motivational

Dale Baker
More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving
BRONZE – 2014 Living Now Book Awards – Caregiving
FINALIST – 2014 USA Best Book Awards – Health: Death & Dying

Sonia Marsh
Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of gutsy Living on a Tropical Island
GOLD – 2014 Readers Favorite – Memoirs

Charlotte Smith
Paw Prints in Oman
#3 New York Times Best Seller List (Animals)

Cherie Magnus
The Church of Tango
GOLD – Wishing Shelf Awards – Adult Non-Fiction
*First Chapter also selected to be included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Reboot Your Life anthology