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Road Trip: Are we there yet? Even when we complain, God is good! (His Encouragement #29)

This post is part of the weekly series, "His Encouragement: Thursday Thoughts to Strengthen Your Soul."  Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever  -Psalm 106.1   Sometimes it is tempting to complain... This Saturday, Jeff and I will be taking a road trip to Ohio in order to attend a… Continue reading Road Trip: Are we there yet? Even when we complain, God is good! (His Encouragement #29)

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Book Review: Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities by the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities

Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities is a book that is full of both heartbreak and hope. This book is compilation of personal testimonies from people serving in ministry, all of whom are living with some type of disability.

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3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman

3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner As a Visually Impaired Woman By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed. &  M.Div. (Originally published in the March edition of CAPTIVATING! Magazine) Several weeks ago, I was sitting in my office when I received an e-mail. It read simply:  “I would like to ask you a… Continue reading 3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman

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How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage

HAPPY ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AWARENESS MONTH!
I’m smiling today because my article, “How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage,” was published in Captivating Magazine ! CAPTIVATING is a magazine that seeks to empower people with disabilities. The goal of the magazine is to show that people with disabilities, such as sight loss, can continue to live full and complete lives. I’m so happy to be included in this project.

In this article, I share about how writing my first chapbook helped to give me the confidence to write my first novel. The things that make us different are what can give us unique voices as writers. I hope you will check it out!

I have reblogged it here for your convenience but you will have to click the “read more tab,” to see the entire article.  The article includes image descriptions. There is also an option to have the article read aloud to you by an electronic voice.

 

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By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed.  & M.Div.

Rebecca wears a red coat and poses outside a restaurant at Niagara Falls her father, aunt, and little brother. Rebecca is half-Filipino and half white.
Rebecca & Family At Niagra Falls

I was in my junior year of college when I experienced an encounter with racism that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One of my classmates took my journal and read it without my permission. When I demanded that he return it to me, he responded, “I don’t see how you think you can be a writer when you don’t even speak English.”

“What do you mean?” I replied. “I’m an English major!”

“English isn’t your first language. Although I have to admit, you speak it surprisingly well for someone who’s not even an American.”

“I was born in Virginia! English is the only language I speak!”

“That doesn’t matter,” he said as he looked directly into my eyes. “It’s not your language. Your language is- what is it they…

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Image shows the cover of the The Bright Side of Darkness by J.E. Pinto.The cover shows a figure in silhouette sitting with their head in their hands inside a room with a barred window. 
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Book Review & Author Interview: The Bright Side of Darkness by J.E. Pinto

The Bright Side of Darkness by Jo Elizabeth Pinto is one of the best books that I have read so far this year. It is deeply moving and inspiring. It also includes one of the best depiction of a character with a disability that I have ever seen in literature.