Natural Destiny …

Letter to Sherry Dixon from President Barack Obama dated May 2, 2013I received this letter from the White House. Thank you to Guam Governor’s Office in Washington, DC for posting an official request for my book to be read by the White House.

Natural Destiny is dedicated to my mother, Bernie, and the thousands of other Guamanians who suffered under the Japanese occupation during World War II. Eight-year-old Bernie spends three of her precious childhood years as a prisoner in a concentration camp on the island of Guam during World War II. Cry with her when she sees her home village of Sumay burn to the ground. Share her fear when she sees her first execution. Laugh with her when she sees the Japanese soldiers’ reaction to the Taotaomo’na. Share her elation when after three years of captivity, the American soldiers liberate her island. Based on a true story, follow Bernie as she picks up the pieces of a broken life and learns what real faith and courage is all about.

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The Writing Place

I dedicate the following poem to all writers … like me, they also know all about “The Writing Place”.

The Writing Place

by Sherry Dixon

I go to this place to find peace and purpose

                to find myself.

I go to this place by invitation only

                an invitation from my soul.

I cannot enter this place when my mind demands

                it is my heart that is the gatekeeper.

I become silent to enter, enveloped in a thick soft blanket of silence

                I no longer feel my heart beating.

I arrive at this place anywhere and at any time

                when my heart and soul are in harmony.

I do not realize the loveliness of this place when I am there

                and yet after, I remember it vividly.

I remember the serenity, the completeness

                the totality of being.

I know when I am there but I do not know

                at what point I leave.

But I remember … I am still … I am silent

                and I am there again, I am me again.

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William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

I will be submitting my book, Natural Destiny,  in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.  The competition is open for entries; the original deadline was April 1, 2011 but it has been extended to May 1, 2011.   All writers take note.  Go to the competition website for more details:  http://www.wordsandmusic.org/ .  Don’t miss the deadline?

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Mom’s Big Secret …

My mom and I have always been close. All through life I told her everything. She knew me well and I thought I knew her too. One day we were visiting, talking about nothing in particular. She was standing at the kitchen sink and just stared out the window. She looked like she was in another place. “You looked like you were somewhere else, Mom.” She turned to look at me and then she said, “I was somewhere else. I was back in the war.” “What war?” I asked. Then, she told me her secret. “I was eight years old when the Japanese captured my island of Guam during World War II and I was a prisoner for almost three years in a concentration camp.” That was the beginning of many conversations she and I had about her captivity. That was also the beginning of Natural Destiny. In about two weeks, you will be able to read all about Mom’s experiences during that challenging time.

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