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Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option on Amazon Kindle’s Bestseller List

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option is still on Amazon Kindle’s best seller list. This book is very close to my heart for many reasons. One this is about my brother Stan who is challenged and was never supposed to succeed, second this book took me 34 years to publish. I was rejected so many times that I lost count. I finally decided that I was in charge of my own destiny. I have never looked back. Third this book is the reason I say I am successful contrary to the naysayers and the ones who are jealous because they refuse to live their dream.

Stan is my yardstick. He has done things that he was never supposed to do. He has never given up and he keeps on getting up when he is knocked down. This man has touched so many lives it amazes me. He has spent 15 years at Publix Grocery store and just received his evaluation he received the highest he could receive – which was 168 points-

So when I hear someone say they can’t or they can’t find a job or they want to just draw a check I want to smack them. One time I asked Stan if he wanted to draw SSI which he qualified for his comment was “No, I don’t want to live off the government, I will make my own money.” This was a man who was not supposed to be able to reason- and yet he has excellent reasoning skills.

So if this man who has brain damage understands there is no pride in living off the government that pride comes in hard work and honest work why can’t others? The answer is simple- he understands that nothing is free. He understands that in order to have pride and a sense of success one must work no matter the job- if it janitorial- digging ditches – washing dishes or whatever it takes to earn a living even if one has to work two jobs which he has done. He also understands that when one lives off someone else be it the government or someone else they own you. They determine your future and your present. They tell you what to do and how to do it.

If Stan who is brain damaged understands this why don’t those who are “normal” get it? The reason is simple- they choose to take the easy path they allow others to make those decisions for them- they like being owned.

Stan refuses to be owned as he is always telling the children “I am a full grown man, I can take care of myself.” Those who live off others can and should take lessons from a man who was never supposed to succeed failure was his only option- but yet he beat those options.

This book is available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, audio books including itunes download with enhanced version with photos, and nook as well as Lulu

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

 

Stan on Graduation Day

June 27, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ask Yourself What Does Father’s Day Really Mean to You

As I was sitting here going through facebook and thinking about all the things people have written about fathers and mothers and the one day that is set aside to honor them I thought of my own parents. They have been together for 64 years. My mother fell in love with my Dad when she was 13 years old riding a school bus. They lived a mile and a half from each other. She has loved him all of her life. He has loved her all of his life. Together they have raised five children and buried one. They have lost siblings and parents. They have been through ups and downs and bumps in the road. They both have survived cancer for 13 years. They raised a son who is challenged and he became a productive member of society. They have been blessed with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Their life has not been perfect but their love has. They taught their children how to love each other and how to make a marriage work. (Though some of ours didn’t) They taught us unconditional love and that people are not perfect. They taught us that even those who are challenged have a place in this world. They believed in us even when we didn’t.

The greatest gift our father gave his children is that he loves our mother- He is only happy when she is happy. He lives to take care of her and enhance her happiness. He has told me time and time again that the best part of his work day was coming home to his family.

No we are not a TV family. No we are not perfect, no my parents are not perfect (even though for years I thought they were) no the world is not perfect- but their love for each other and their children- grandchildren and great grandchildren if perfect. They love unconditionally.

If you would like an insight into just how perfect their love is how they raised us to love in that same vein how they taught that everyone has a place then you want to read Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option.

My mother and Dadn never gives up- She never gave up on my brother who is challenged. He is a success because of that.

Dream Catcher new Cover for Kindle

June 16, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option is Now Available in Audio!!!!!

Dream Catcher new Cover for Kindle

 

After so many months of waiting Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option has been released as an audio book by Brook Forest Voices. Now you can enjoy this wonderful true story of love, inspiration and success in your car, on your computer, your kindle audible your ipod or ipad. To add to the beauty of this you can also enjoy it through the enhanced ebook with sounds- photos etc through itunes Connect for ibooks. This will be available in about three weeks.
“Starting Monday, it will be uploaded to Audible.com, audiobooks.com, and iTunes for the audiobook.  Next week the enhanced ebook (with sound, pictures, etc.) will also be uploaded and delivered to iTunes Connect for iBooks.  I wouldn’t expect to see anything online for about 2-3 weeks. (Audible usually takes 3+ weeks especially at this time of year.)”

This is my second book in audio. This book is a must have especially if you have a child or family member who has challenges. This book is full of inspiration- love and success at a time when failure was the only option.

Stan on Graduation Day

 

This is the story of Stan who was never ever supposed to succeed in any shape or form. This is his gift to the world. To let people know that all of us are here for a purpose- we all have a place and we all deserve to be here. The story can also be purchased in book for and on kindle and nook. IF you want signed copies to give for the holidays you can go to http://thebookattic.ecrater.com I will see that you get them before that big day.

December 1, 2012 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option!!!!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Failure Was Never An Option,July 15, 2010
This review is from: Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option (na) (Kindle Edition)

This heartfelt book follows the life history of a very special little boy and a very special family. This true story started in an era when public help was nonexistent, and persons with disabilities were not accepted. The work of the family and very supportive neighbors turn what could have been a sad story into a success story. Emotions and family love are expressed throughout this book, as many hurdles were flattened so that one life could touch so many others. This story will touch your life as you share the events that unfolded through the years. Failure was not an option and not accepted. Here we learn the value of setting a goal and aiming for that goal in spite of what others think. Caution: humor included- read sitting down.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Catcher by Yvonne Mason,April 14, 2012
This review is from: Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option (na) (Kindle Edition)

I read this book with great interest from an author who I admire and enjoy reading. The fact that this is a true story was a bit of a deterrent at first because I enjoy escaping into a world of imagination when I select a book, yet the subject matter was one I could not put aside and ignore.

The story, written by his sister, Yvonne Mason, is about the successful life built by a man who was born with a failure label stamped on his head by society at large..packaged, bookmarked and placed on a shelf to be regarded with little interest and/or caring by the general populace. His decision to jump into living and take the reins had been fueled and championed by his loving family..Stanley grew up believing that he was just like everyone else and could do whatever he chose and wanted to do.
His choices were many and as he sought out and found honest labor and earned all his own money to make his lifestyle possible. He succeeded throughout the years because the thought of giving up just wasn’t in his personal dictionary..failure was not an option and would never be considered.

Stan became a revered adult, loved by many friends and enjoyed the respect that he so well deserved by anyone who was lucky enough to come into his life. A great teacher of those around him, he taught others to never stop reaching for your dreams, no matter what your circumstances, real or imagined.

This book is a must read for those who entertain the idea of just giving up, which we all may do from time to time and for those who could learn a lesson from someone who was deemed mentally retarded in an age when institutionalization followed on the next breath. His strong and wise mother spit out that word and raised her son along with his father, to be someone any parents would be more than proud of and Stan never ceased to amaze his family and still does in every way~
You will be amazed as your read of his strong will and stubborn attitude to succeed and build a wonderful life~

April 17, 2012 Posted by | videos | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Imperfect Children in a “Perfect” World

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

I have watched and listened with a couple of emotions and thoughts as the pundits and those who have no clue discuss the birth control/abortion argument yet again. The fact of whether or not “imperfect” children belong in a “perfect” world. It has begun to transcend the fact that unemployment is at an all time high, the fact that we don’t need to be in Afghanistan anymore and other important issues in our country. Be that as it may let me just tell you a story.

In my family there is an “imperfect” child. In fact there were five of us. However, the one who stands out is Stan who was born in 1952. He was born at a time when that “imperfect” child was shunned by society, much like most of them are still shunned today. Stan contracted the flu when he was six months old and to add insult to injury he got an inflammation on the lining of his brain, which left him brain damaged. The part of his brain which controls his speech and motor skills were damaged and the doctors said he would never amount to anything but a vegetable.

The doctors recommendation was an institution or asylum. You see he was to “imperfect” to be useful to society. He has no place in the “Perfect” world. He had nothing to offer, to contribute to leave as a legacy.

Fortunately my mother didn’t listen to the naysayers. She understood that he did have a place, that there is always a reason for everything in life. He has taught all of us more than we can ever teach him. He taught us unconditional love, forgiveness, tenacity, belief that dreams do come true, loyalty, faith and so many other life’s lessons that we might not have learned had it not been for the blessing in our lives.

Is there a master plan? Indeed. Do we always know what that master plan is? No we do not! Do we really live in a “Perfect” world. No we do not. None of us are perfect. We all have “imperfections”. We all have something that is wrong with us. I live in a right handed world- I am left handed. I am less than five feet tall. And no I am past the age of 30 which most people believe is the magic age of wisdom. It isn’t.

Those children whose lives are snuffed out before they even breathe a breath outside the womb are a part of our future that will never be known. Stan has helped form my future. Had it not been for me I would probably never written the first book after my creative ability was squelched as a child. I would have probably gone through my life frustrated because I felt I wasn’t good enough. I would have never known the love, the kindness and the humbleness I have learned by having him as my “imperfect” brother in this “perfect” world.

Read his story then you too will understand the depth of my feeling about the joy, need and ability these “imperfect” children offer our “perfect” world

February 26, 2012 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review For Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

 This is the latest Review for Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option. The true and inspiring story of a man who was not ever supposed to be socialbly accepted.

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

  • This is actually my first book review.  Here is the copy, but see my wall.

  • I just finished a book written in love, “DREAM CATCHER: failure was never an option”.  This was the first book written by Yvonne Mason, Russell graduate.  Yvonne writes with compassion and admiration of her amazing brother and his life long quest to prove the experts do not always get it right.  You smile as you cry, reading how Stan never gave up, and always found his own solutions, as he worked out his own unique methods of achieving the life he wanted to live.  Setbacks never stopped him.   While his entire family, his loving siblings and wonderful father, always were supportive and helped him reach his goals, it is their mother who is extraordinary in her refusal to accept a restricted life for Stan.  She confronts doctors and schools to help her son. Stan himself, his personality, his sweetness, his quiet courage,  will make you laugh with him, and cheer for him.  Yvonne’s love and admiration for her brother is on every page.  Just keep the tissues handy.   First, you will cry, then you will laugh at Stan’s  exploits until you are crying again … as his indomitable spirit struggles , and triumphs.  I promise, you will love this man before you finish the book.

February 13, 2012 Posted by | Inspirational Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I am a Full Grown Man!

“I am a Full Grown Man.” That statement has been uttered by my brother on more than one occasion. It would not be such an outstanding statement if he were not challenged. Stan was not supposed to be a full grown man or anything else for that matter. He was just supposed to be a vegetable stuck away in an asylum in the dark – while continually pumped with drugs to keep him compliant.

You see Stan is challenged both physically and mentally. He was also born in 1952 when the challenged were hidden away because they brought shame and disgrace on the family. There were hundreds of thousands of challenged individuals locked away from the prying eyes of the public for many years. They were called “idiots, slow, evil, stupid”, those were the nice names. They were laughed at, abused mentally, physically, emotionally and sexually. They were left to rot in a strange place with strange people who not only didn’t love them, they didn’t like them. These care givers believed that these unique individuals were there simply for their own enjoyment and twisted fun.

They were not taught any life skills, not survival skills and when they did try to speak out they were abused even more. They lived most of their life in solitary – both emotionally and verbally. Locked in a world they could never escape from. Hitler used them as lab rats to perform his sadistic rituals of testing. They have been used a court jesters, a source of cheap amusement for those who should know better.

“I am a Full Grown Man.” Those words are such a source of pride to Stan who was born into a family who was able to see past his handicap. Who were able to see the human with a heart, a soul and love in his face. A family who circled the wagons when the threat of abuse tried to enter his life.

Stan was never supposed to be able to reason, much less grown into a “full grown man.” He was never supposed to go to school much less feed himself, dress himself, wipe his butt after using the bathroom. As a matter of fact he was never even supposed to know when he had to go to the bathroom. But he learned.

He learned because he was loved at a time when the handicap was hated. He learned because he had a mother and father who would walk through through the fires of hell to help him succeed. He learned because inside of him was the tenacity to learn.

Was it easy? No! Absolutely not! Was there heartache, pain and detours? You bet! Did that stop Stan from reaching toward his goal of success? Hardly.

You see inside most of us there is that desire, an obsession almost to be somebody. To be better than the world thinks we should be. Stan had more than a healthy dose of it. He was over flowing with it. He believed therefore he achieved. He refused to allow anyone or anything undermine his dreams.

You might say well, he was never told he was “Retarded”. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. He has known since he was a child that he had brain damage and it retarded part of his brain. He understands this and will tell anyone who asks that he has a challenge. But he doesn’t care. He knows who he is inside and he is okay with “Stan”.

But you might ask “Doesn’t he get discouraged?” The answer is sure he does. But on the other hand we all do at one time or the other. You might ask isn’t he dependent on someone else to take care of him? My answer is “Are you kidding me?” This full grown man has been taught by his siblings and his mother that he can be independent.

He can work a full time job and make his own money. He can travel and enjoy his vacations. “Well,” you might ask, “Can he manage his own finances?” My answer is he has someone who does that for him. Many of us “normal” people do. So that is not big deal. You might ask “Can he draw a check from the government?” My answer to that question is “If anyone ever entertains that thought out loud to him, he will tell you right quick, “I want to make my own money. I don’t want to live off the Government.”

“I am a full Grown Man.” – When anyone attempts to baby him – that is the statement he gives. He makes mistakes, he has been hurt, and he has been used. But so have we all at one time or the other. He also has a great capacity to love, loyalty and generosity.

In 60 years he has taught me his oldest sister more than I could ever teach him. He has been my yardstick to success. He doesn’t give up and he is happy by not how much he makes but because he can make that money, no matter how many times they shuffle him around. He has worked at jobs that most of us would turn our nose up at because we felt we were to good to do them. He has worked long hard hours for little money simply because he can. He has been treated with disrespect, and dishonor because he is “different”. But he forgives and goes on. He harbors no grudges and he believes – “it will be alright”.

He knows when he is being teased in such away that is becomes abuse and he knows it makes him angry. He also taught himself how to control that anger. He didn’t go to therapy, he didn’t have a professional help him understand the source of his anger. He didn’t have to buy a gun and kill someone. He didn’t have to beat someone up because he was “angry.” He walks away. He takes deep breathes and he forgives. Simple as that.

All this he learned and he is “Retarded.” Yes, that is the name for his affliction. It is what it is. But then all of us are retarded in some way or another. If we say we aren’t we are lying to ourselves.

Stan is a teaching tool. He is a success story at a time when failure was his only option. His story is one that each person on this planet should read, should give to children – teachers and businesses. His story is one that can change the way we think about life, work, relationships, money, loyalty, and even our future.

No one not even the government owes us anything. We owe ourselves to be the best we can be. We owe society the best we are. Stan is a prime example of playing the cards he has been dealt. Of taking them and making a Royal Flush – of being successful simply because he has a moral compass and he uses it daily.

Read his story, Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option. It is available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Nook Book, Lulu .com and my online store at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

You will be a better person for having done so. How many of us can really say “I am a full grown man or woman?” Really say it and mean it. Age does not make us grown. Only Wisdom and the use of it to better ourselves and others. Stan has it!

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option

November 8, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A New Offering for Those of You Who Buy My Books

Gift Certificates

For those of you who have no clue what that special person likes to read, but you know they would interested in my books I am now offering Gift Certificates. They are available on my online store at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com they come in $20.00, $40.00 and $50.00 prices. IF you need a different price you can let me know and I can set it up on the store site.
This is just another way for my readers and potential readers to be able to get my books easily. These little ditties make great stocking stuffers and the books when they are received will be signed by me.

It is getting that time of year when we run around all over town looking for that perfect gift. Let this year be different. Go to my online store and order books, or gift certificates for that special someone.

As a reminder all of my books can also be ordered on Lulu.com – Amazon Kindle and Nook book, some of them can be ordered on Amazon. But why would you not want a signed copy?

October 27, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Christmas Present Quandry

Every year there is someone on your Christmas list that you have no clue what to buy them. Every year you wonder through the stores, the mail order catalogs and the online stores scratching your head and mumbling to yourself wondering what you are going to get the person who has everything. Well, this year, fear not, your problem is solved. This is the year books are vogue. This is the year that books can be read on some many devices. This is year you can be a hero.
There are so many indie authors out there who have books just begging to be read, wonderful authors who write everything from inspiration to romance, to murder mystery to vampires to you name it – it is out there.
With so many of our favorite traditional authors dying off isn’t it time to try something new? Isn’t it time to try and indie author.
For those of you who have no clue what an Indie author is – indulge me a moment of your time. We are those authors who have chosen to publish and market our own work. We are those authors who are tired of being rejected by traditional agents and publishers who think our voice is not good enough. We are those authors who believe that what we have to offer is just as good if not better. We are not hampered by conditions set by traditional publishers. We don’t have to sell our soul in order to be published. WE have control of our book, our cover and our marketing. We can do what we want to – go to any event we want to and sign what we want to. We don’t have our books slashed to pieces by some unknown entity just because they want a certain word count. We write what we want to when we want to. We don’t have to mass produce dribble just because of a contract. We can take our time and produce quality work and a great story.
So that being said, back to Christmas. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. You can order our books from places like, Lulu.com, amazon.com, Barnes and noble and yes even nookbook and amazon kindle. Some of us even have our own online bookstores, such as http://thebookattic.ecrater.com
We can be found on facebook and other places. All you have to do is contact us and we are more than happy to respond. We don’t respond through an agent or other entity. When you hear from us it is real. If you want the book personally autographed to a loved one we do that to.
I am working on gift certificates so that your purchases can be made easier. I take credit cards at all my events.
We are the up and coming thing in books. Give us a try, I know you will like us. Check out http://yvonnemason.wordpress.com you will see many book reviews – these books are all written by indie authors.
Give something different for Christmas this year- give a book by an indie author.
Support free enterprise.

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DreamCatcher, Failure Was Never an Option

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option

How many of us go through life saying, “Some day, I will make my dream happen.” Or I wish I could do so and so. Or if only things were different I could do this. Or if I could only get a break, or If only someone would help me.

Well, let me tell you a story about a man who was dealt a hand in life that he couldn’t change, he didn’t get breaks and he wasn’t supposed to be able to do anything, not even walk. This man was born at a time when the challenged and he was challenged was put away in asylums, forgotten and let alone in the darkness of their minds. They were the forgotten ones.
Stan wasn’t forgotten. He wasn’t put away and he never ever said, “if only”. He accepted the hand he was dealt, he played the hand he was dealt and he used his handicap for good. He never complained about the hand he had been dealt, for one thing it couldn’t be changed so it did no good to complain. He never pitied himself because he was different and he never felt sorry for himself. He accepted his handicap and used it to become a better person.
Stan was born in 1952 when the challenged was put away because they would “be a burden” to the family. That is what the doctors told my mother to do with him. The logic was that he would be to much to deal with and she already had one child and would have more. It was a though Stan was just a piece of yesterday’s newspaper to be tossed out because it was no longer useful.
Mother refused to listen. Even though the resources for looking after the challenged was non-existent she found all she could on brain damage and she taught herself how to care for him and how to expand his brain to make it work. She listened to her instincts as a mother. She believed that the brain which is a muscle could be taught to work against all odds. And the odds of Stan being anything but a vegetable were slim and none.
Stan was told he would never be able to go to public school- He didn’t believe it and neither did mother, so he proved them wrong. Stan was told he would never learn to talk, he proved them wrong. He was told he could never learn to read, he proved them wrong. He was told he could never go to high school again he proved them wrong. He was told he could never work in the public sector, again he proved them wrong. He has been working since he was sixteen years old.
Stan has been dealt some pretty hard blows, he has been cruelly teased, taken advantage of, laid off because of his disability and treated as if he only had half a brain. He has also touched lives, been loved without condition and grown into a wonderful caring, loving, son, brother and friend.
He has refused to allow defining negative moments in his life define who he is. He has refused to allow his handicap to define who he is or define how he lives his dream. He has refused to allow society to define who he is or what he does. He refuses to live with regret.
Stan takes each day as it comes. He lives each day as if it were his last, he loves himself for who he is not what he as. He loves his job not for the amount of money he makes but because he is able to make that money. He doesn’t draw any government assistance. He has always said he would work for his money. He does’t believe that he should have that which he has not worked for.
He lives his life to the fullest everyday.
Those of you who live in the shadows who truly believe that you are owed something just because you are on this earth- or because life has dealt you a lousy hand- or you were born into circumstances that were in your mind less than kind to you- read this book- there are lessons that Stan can teach you.
For those of you who have someone in your life who is handicapped and you ask yourselves why me read this book, it will help you to understand that we play the hand we are dealt with humor, tears and love.

For those of you who don’t believe you can live your dream read this book- it will give you the strength and will to strive to fly with the eagles. He is my yardstick.

For those of you who have spent your entire life bullying, abusing and generally being an ass when it comes to those who are different and teaching your children the same nasty traits, read this book- it is very humbling maybe it will give you a change of heart. Maybe you will be able to see into your dark soul and understand that your attitude is because of you and the way you see yourself.

Dream Catcher, Failure was never an Option will inspire you to aspire- it will give you the reader a look into not only the life of one who has struggles, dreams and detours, but it will also teach you that even though all those things were factors, they didn’t become the factor of his life- they became stepping stones for him to reach his dream. Failure was never an option because Stan made the choice for it not to be. He never allowed the negative to keep him down, he turned it around to make it work for him.

He never felt sorry for himself he always without fail made things work out not matter what. Stan who is handicapped believes in himself, his family and his God. He has faith and with that faith comes success on many levels. He continues to work toward impossible goals because he can – not because he thinks he will reach them but because he can.

Dream Catcher, Failure was never an Option is indeed a book that will make the reader stop and think. It will make the reader wonder why the pity party is not over. There is no room for a handout in Stan’s life, only a hand up. And he is usually the one reaching down to give that hand up.

October 17, 2011 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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