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Adding a new Podcast

As most of you know I am always evolving. I do not like to become stagnate. Today I have launched a new podcast – the podcast is for inspiration. It can be found at Inspirational Musings

the purpose of this podcast is to inspire, and encourage each of you to live your dream. To reach for your goal no matter how the wheel turns. I am planning to add other podcasts to this site – there are many things in my life that I wish to share- some may not be your cup of tea- however if you chose to listen please listen with an open mind. I hope to bring you informative and fun things. I might even throw in a bit of comedy. Yes, believe it or not I can be funny. So please join me and follow me.
I still have my podcast on sound cloud and will continue to post there as well. You can also find me on itunes.
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March 1, 2016 Posted by | Podcasts | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

Today this review appeared on Dream Catcher – When I wrote the book my goal was twofold the first goal was to leave something behind about Stan after we were all gone. The second goal was to help at least one person either make a dream come true or to help a family who a family member who is challenged. This review tells me that is happening.  The is book is full of inspiration and hope for families who live with the challenged and for people who are not challenged who has dreams.

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Families of Children with “Challenges” June 17, 2013

By M. Paschall
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is the story of a remarkable family. It chronicles their struggles and joys as they work to give their beloved son the best possible life. I am not sure that many of us realize what a different world it was in the mid to late 20th century for people with “challenges”. Ms Mason has given us a glimpse into that world. Like Temple Grandin’s family, they were ahead of the times. It is an inspiration to read of Stan’s determination and kindness. As the mother and grandmother of children with autism, severe ADHD, and depression issues, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.

June 17, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option now on Audio at Audiobooks.com

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

I am pleased to announce that Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option is now available at http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/dream-catcher/156150 it will soon be available on Amazon as both a download and an audio tape in mp3 formate.  This book is close to my heart because it is the true story of my brother who is challenged – He was born at a time when the challenged were not accepted instead they were put in asylums and back rooms and forgotten this did not happen to Stan. He has caught his dreams and become successful. This book is indeed a tissue holding eye wiping book.

December 7, 2012 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rewards of Never Giving Up in this Industry

As I sat and pondered the events of the last week after winning the first place award at the CIPA EVVY Awards presentation for my audio book A Voice From the Grave, I began reflecting the road I have been walking.

I have been at this for over 30 years. I wrote my first book in the early 1970’s when my children were small. It started out just as a journal for those who would come after us to have so someone would remember Stan and the impact he has had on his family and those who have crossed his path of life. My children were small and I worked on it when I had the time. I wrote the entire book with pen and paper and then transferred it to the typewriter.  I had no computer no internet and no resources. I went to the library and pulled publishers from a borrowed book and sent off query letters and manuscripts. The only replies I received back were rejections. They didn’t have time, weren’t interested and didn’t care.

I set the book aside thinking that I would just leave it for the future. Sure it hurt that no one considered a story of success by a retarded man worthy of their high and mighty publishing house. Sure it hurt that they didn’t think he was worthy of their time – especially when he had overcome things he was not supposed to.

Life continued and the book sat. Then the children were grown, with children of their own, relationships came and went but the book still sat. I watched as Stan became more accomplished more independent and left his mark on more who came into his life.

In 2006 I moved to Florida. It was a transformation for me on more than one level. I had finished getting my degree in Criminal Justice after not being in school since 1969 and had gone through a very nasty divorce. But the book still sat.

2007 there was an article in our local paper about a young man who had Downs who had just graduated from high school and was upset because he could not go to college. When I read the article I knew it was time to try again to get Stan’s life out there. This time I made the internet my friend. I found a publisher who would publish the book and that was all they would do. I didn’t care. So I went with them and the rest is history. Since 2007 I have self published eight books two are true crimes. I have published a short story and A Voice From the Grave my historical fiction which is now at first place award winner.

Was it easy? No it wasn’t. Were things handed to me? Absolutely not. Did I have to find my own way? You bet I did.

However, the things that could have made me quit only caused me to succeed more. The rejections from traditional publishers, the rejections from agents, the rejections from people who said I didn’t belong. I found a way to do it in spite of them. I found like minded people who encouraged me, walked with me and helped me succeed. I believe therfore I succeed.

Who would have ever thought that a self published author who has complete control of her books from printing, to marketing, to book cover design would ever in a million years win such a prestigious award?  Certainly not those who turned me down, certainly not those who write nasty reviews simply because they are either jealous or stupid and certainly not those who said I couldn’t do it.

You see I have a mentor and that mentor is Stan. His attitude of believing that he can do anything even though he is challenged made me step back and look at myself, really look at myself. He has never given up on anything he set out to do. He has never said he couldn’t. So of he who is challenged believes then who am I not to.

Yes, I am successful, yes, I am a best selling indie author and no I answer to no one except my readers and the voices in my head. Yes this industry is tough, it is dog eat dog for the most part. It one where you have to scratch and claw your way to your destination. It is one filled with rejections – but it is so worth it.

I don’t write to get rich I write simply for the love of putting words to paper. If I make some money at it that is just the icing on the cake   – Winning an award or two is the ice cream that goes with it.

Indie Authors are not going back in the closet- we are out and we are staying out. We have learned how to publish- market and get our work out there. It would behoove you as a reader to give us a try. You have no idea what wonderful stories you will find.

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

 

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option to be released on Audio in 2012

May 23, 2012 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 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

Another Five Star Review for Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

 

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~

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Catcher-Failure-Option-ebook/dp/B002GU6GK0/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334443086&sr=1-3

April 14, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 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

My Grammer School Nightmares in Reading and Writing.

I have been reading since before I went to school. My mother taught me to read and write when I was five years old. Before that she read to me. When I was in first and second grade the lady who ran the library at school used to try to keep me locked into those one word books, “Run, Jane.” See Jane run.” I was bored. So I went to the next level and she almost didn’t let me check them out. She told me they were to old for me to understand. Seriously!

When we sat in a reading group I would be finished with the book before the group was through reading out loud. To say I was bored is an understatement. I had a teacher one time tell me that I had not finished a book and that if I had I didn’t understand what I had read. I had to tell her what was in the book.

When I had to write something I wrote above the heads of most of the kids in the class and the teachers didn’t believe I wrote it. To say that they never believed that I was so advanced in reading and writing is an understatement. The reason they didn’t believe it – I was not very bright in math. I hated it. Sure it was logical but it made no sense to me. So they tried to retard my other accomplishments. Which in turn made me feel stupid and under accomplished I was never given credit for the things I did right. The creative talent of writing. The creative talents of the arts. For years I hated them for that.

My words meant nothing to anyone and after a time they meant nothing to me. So I pushed it aside and the inner child, the voices in my head that created wonderful stories left. They hid for years. I became what was expected of me. I became what others wanted me to be. I became respectable. I still hated math, but I managed.

I succeeded at what I did but I didn’t feel successful. There was always something missing. I felt repressed and stifled. I needed to write. I needed to be able to express myself.

Had I been encouraged in my writing, had someone said, “I believe you can do this.” my writing career might have started off sooner than it did. Had there been an appreciation for the fact that I had a gift who knows where I might be today.

The point of this is- within all of us there are stories, within all of us there are creative juices which should be allowed to emerge and grow. No on should ever be allowed to destroy that without our permission. On the flip side of that coin we should never try to destroy someone else’s dream either. We should encourage them, walk with them and help them on their journey.

We are losing wordsmiths everyday to mortality. It is way past time to help the new ones up that ladder. Be a mentor- be a trailblazer- be a writer- Don’t be afraid to be unique! Don’t be afraid to let the inner child come out and play!

November 14, 2011 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , | 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

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