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Sharon O'Donnell is the author of the humor book, House of Testosterone -- One Mom's Survival in a Houseful of Males (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), which was named a notable book by Booksense. For 12 years, she wrote an award-winning newspaper column for The Cary News. She's also written for Good Housekeeping and Better Homes & Gardens. Sharon has taught writing courses in elementary and middle school as a Writer-in-Residence in over 25 schools. She also works on public relations projects and does public speaking about various topics, including promoting more uplifting literature in high schools. Sharon lives in Cary, NC with her family; she and her husband have three sons. Since she had her youngest son in her late 30s, she blogs for the most popular website for 'older' moms, motherhoodlater.com
She has completed two more humor manuscripts, Please Don't Let Me be the Oldest Mom in the PTA! (to be published in July, 2018, see sharonodonnellauthor.com website for more info) and The Guy Zone, as well as a coming-of-age novel manuscript, Hand-Me-Downs, and a children's book manuscript, Pancake Jake in Waffle Land. In addition, she's also working on a screenplay based on her published book, House of Testosterone.
I wanted to share with you a few things I've written over the years that I wrote with the intention of giving hope to readers. Of course, my momsofboys.org site has some of my humorous writing. But here I've added some of my other writings below.
Good Housekeeping magazine article about a bone marrow transplant. Click link & zoom in to read:
This is an article I wrote about my young nephew's diagnosis of a rare leukemia, his bone marrow transplant, and some of the experiences we had along the way to finding his bone marrow donor. His bone marrow transplant was in 1993, and this article was published in Good Housekeeping in August of 1999. He is now married to a wonderful young woman, is a college graduate from NC State, has a great job in Research Triangle Park -- and is cancer-free. He is our miracle. I will never forget the role that hope played in his journey.
"Here I Am, Lord," the song that is mentioned in this article, is a beautiful and inspiring song, and I'm linking it here for so you can listen.
Bluebirds Fly -- News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) feature in the Sunday Reader, 2002. Click link to zoom in and read.
Bluebirds Fly is a short story I wrote based on the experience of my mother growing up in the North Carolina tobacco fields in 1939, trying to keep her dreams alive -- with the help of the movie, The Wizard of Oz. Part of this is also used as a coming of age novel I've written called Hand-Me-Downs. I always think of my mother when I hear Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Newspaper column about Inspiring High School English teacher; written for The Cary News, 2003 - Click link below to read.
This is an article I wrote about my high school English teacher, Muriel Waters Allison. Other than my parents, she was the most influential person I encountered in my high school years. In addition to teaching us grammar and about comma splices and semicolon use, she taught us about ideas and putting them down on paper in an effective way. We did read some bleak or depressing novels, but Mrs. Allison presented them in a way that wasn't depressing; she always talked about hope and how people could make a difference. If characters in these novels made made choices, she let us know they were bad choices and didn't glamorize them or their bad choices. She found a way to put tragic events into a broader context so that these events did stand by themselves, they didn't haunt us.
If we were discussing a particularly depressing part of a book, she would lighten it with humor. She humanized these novels through her personal comments. Mrs. Allison allowed her students to know HER, to know her soul - not to just know her as teacher presenting a novel for an assignment. That made all the difference. I will never forget that night our class went to a dinner theater and tears streamed down Mrs. Allison's face as she watched the young boy in the play shout, "Camelot!" as King Arthur encouraged him to "Run, boy" and tell everyone there was once a such a bright and shining place. And that someday it can exist again. Check out this clip from a national touring company performance of Camelot -- the last scene with the boy. I did have the movie version with Richard Harris here, but the video link stopped working. This scene means more to me because I saw what it meant to my teacher that night.
King Arthur quote: "One of what we all are, Pelly. Less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea. But it seems some of the drops sparkle, Pelly. Some of them do sparkle! Run, boy!"
In the article, I also write about the Robert Browning quote that Mrs. Allison wrote in my yearbook my senior year and how many times I've contemplated it over the years: 'Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,Or what's a heaven for?' . . . This song reminds me of that quote and Mrs. Allison.