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For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong…Wednesday, December 25th, 2019
For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning on the front lawn of their old elementary school in White Rock. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong. After the final game in 2009, Dallas reporter John Anders noted:
“They arrived on walkers and in iron lungs…Grandchildren would drop them off andperhaps stay behind to serve as stretcher-bearers following the conflict.”
Now, six decades later, team captains Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are sharing this beautiful story of friendship and Texas football in the new book,The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story, which releases this month.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In 1960, on the front lawn of Martha Turner Reilly Elementary, a tradition was born. A group of seventh-grade boys captured the free time before Thanksgiving dinner to engage in a game of touch football. It was a good day to play. So good, in fact, that the game would resume each year at the same time in the same place. Through the ebb and flow of lives, loves, and responsibilities, the Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational continued for five decades. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story offers a first-hand glimpse into an era long past and captures the essence of tradition, friendship, life lessons, history, culture, the ups and downs, happiness, and sadness for those lost,over decades.
Today, Alzheimer’s has touched most of the 22 members and a portion of the book proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s research. The book releases November 2019
This coming-of-age book is a must-read for anyone with nostalgic heartstrings. One of the most beautiful things about this book is that it is interactive. Though it is available in hard copy, the book is best consumed digitally because the story is supplemented with artifacts and details (videos, links, newspaper clippings, and photos) that preserve an era in American history long past. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story is a readable account of the personal and cultural experiences of a group of friends that tells a story about all of us.
“(This Book) captures the era of growing up in the 50s and 60s with sensitivity and
humor.”- Neilia West (Reviewer)
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Dallas natives, Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are life-long friends and the co-authors of The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story. Brent Parrott is a writer, former technology executive, and teacher, who currently serves as Board Chairman for the charter schools of Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy.Bryan Renfro graduated in 1970 from the University of Texas at Arlington and was drafted into the Army the following year during the Viet Nam war. He was the editor and sports writer for Sound Off, the base’s newspaper in Fort Meade, Maryland. For five decades, he served as the organizer and “Commissioner” of theannual Thanksgiving touch football game known locally as the Turkey Bowl that is chronicled in the book.
and can be purchased on the book’s website and on Amazon.
Enigma Series Book 8
Charles V. Breakfield & Roxanne E. Burkey
and BurkeyÂ started
writing non-fictional papers and books, but it wasn’t nearly as fun
as writing fictional stories.They found it interesting to use the
aspects of technology that people are incorporating into their daily
lives more and more as a perfect way to create a good guy/bad guy
story with elements of travel to the various places they have
visited, either professionally and personally, humor, romance,
intrigue,suspense, and a spirited way to remember people who have
crossed paths with them. They love to talk about their stories with
private and public book readings. Burkey is also conducting regular
radio interviews with other authors,which is interesting. Her first
interview was, wait for it, Breakfield. You can often find them at
local book fairs or other family oriented events.Â
original series is based on a family organization called R-Group.
Recently they have spawned a subgroup that contains some of the
original characters as the Cyber Assassins Technology Services (CATS)
team. The authors have ideas for continuing the series in both of
these tracks. They track the more than 150 characters on a
spreadsheet, with a hidden avenue for the future coined The Enigma
Chronicles tagged in some portions of the stories. Fan reviews seem to
frequently suggest that these would make good television or movie
stories, so the possibilities appear endless, just like their ideas
for new stories.
for each of the stories,which can be viewed on YouTube, Amazon’s
Authors page, or on their website,Â enigmabookseries.com.
Their website is routinely updated with new interviews, answers to
readers’ questions, book trailers, and contests. You may also find it
fascinating to check out the fun acronyms they create for the stories
but summarize on their website.
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!
The Book Synopsis:
“Heartbreak, Humor and, ultimately, Hope
Thatâ€™s the message that comes through loud and clear in My Pineapples Went to Houston, Lee Gaitanâ€™s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss. The â€œshock and awfulnessâ€ began in 2002 when her father died, her mother teetered on the brink of a coma and her husband of 22 years secretly lost all their money and ran off with a stripper. And it was all downhill from there!
Then one day in the midst of all the chaosâ€”somewhere between loud cursing and cryingâ€”she recalled an amusing anecdote sheâ€™d heard about pineapples that spoke to her circumstances in such an unexpectedly humorous way that she couldnâ€™t help but laugh out loud. â€œThat moment of laughter was a small epiphany for me. I realized that I had allowed my sense of humor, which had always mitigated the bad breaks in my life and enhanced the good ones, to fall victim to the machete my ex-husband had taken to my life. I determined right then and there that I could no longer permit that. I instinctively knew that humor was the most potent, and just about the only, protection I had at my disposal to survive the crises unfolding around me, and I vowed to keep it alive.â€
Told with honesty and insightâ€”and, of course, humorâ€”My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers and offers hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own â€œplans gone outrageously awry.â€
Lee Gaitan is a wife, mother, teacher, author and speaker, but above all she is passionately committed to overcoming lifeâ€™s obstacles, surviving sometimes by the skin of her teeth, but always with humor and optimism. She shares her experience with anyone who will listen with the intent to encourage others to use humor to their benefit.
In the past twelve years Lee has had to deal with more than a healthy helpingÂ of â€œare you kidding me?â€ moments. In 2002, she hit rock bottom. It was so bad shelovingly refers to it as a year of â€œshock and awfulness.â€ That year her father died,her mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and her husband of 22 years lost every penny of their money BEFORE running off to Arizona with his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper.
That was just the beginning. She spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career.
My Pineapples went to Houston URL Links
Official Facebook Event page:
Book Buy Links:
Amazon Universal Link : http://ow.ly/5JoW300JtzT
B & N Universal Link: http://ow.ly/B6Bm300JtJC
Author Social Media Links:
FB page for my book: https://www.facebook.com/mypineappleswenttohouston
Stumble Upon:Â http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/lgaitan7
Characters tell your tale; if they are boring, flat, or common your story will be, too.
- Characters need personality (thus the designation character) and a name that will cause that your readers to remember and relate to them throughout the book.
a.Â Â Â Â The way your character dresses also adds personality and can make him/her very distinctive in the readerâ€™s mind. A personal eccentricity or oddity or a mysterious quality is also a good personality trait.
b.Â Â Â Â Some sort of skill or power, a special experience, a history or past, humor or the lack thereof adds character.
c.Â Â Â Â These characteristics could also be mannerisms or physical traits. Examples: (more…)