Author Jeffery Martin has written 10 books and contributed poetry to 7 anthologies. “Weapon of Choice” won the 2008 New Jersey Beach Book Festival ‘Best Book of Poetry’ and honorable mention in both the New York Book Festival and London Book Festival. Mr. Martin, a storyteller, has also used stories to inspire classrooms and youth groups in both New York and California. While living in Rochester New York he founded the BEHOLD Theater group (he hopes to kick start this again) which introduced to youth to various disciplines within the arts, ranging from Poetry to Fencing. Recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District he plans on taking poetry, drumming and storytelling on the road to reach a broader audience. He is currently writing a film script with hopes of releasing it sometime in 2018. His most recent book is “Jus Sayin’ “ released in June 2017 is a myriad of thoughts he has shared over social media over the past few years.
Here are a few excerpts from Jeffery’s latest book Jus Sayin’
November 22, 2013
“Damn man, why you don’t watch television?”
Answer: “Because watching others fulfill their dream isn’t my idea of a good time. And besides, when was the last time television assisted you in bringing forth YOUR gifts?”
December 10, 2013
Imagine having acres and acres of barren land given to you and looking at the surface you curse the person who has given it to you. Stating emphatically, “what the hell am I supposed to do with this? You call this a gift? Give it to someone else, I don’t want it.”
Unbeknownst to you just twelve inches below its surface this land is diamond-rich. You spit every day on your personal treasure because you haven’t taken the time to look closer. Your gifts and talents are the same way. They wait for your acknowledgment.
Don’t overlook your treasures, they are the magic you bring to the planet.
December 19, 2013
During this time of year families gather, children beam in anticipation and images parade across our televisions at breakneck speed. But let us remember that sharing kindness isn’t just a family affair, nor should children be the only ones anticipating something wonderful.
This planet is better with every gesture of goodwill. Putting belief aside be more caring, not because the season calls for it, but because Mother Earth and all her inhabitants deserve it.
June 27, 2014
Walking amongst the people of Santa Rosa, Colombia I felt I was in the presence of lives reminded daily that life is a struggle. But within that struggle, they were just stubborn enough to find something to smile about. I sense that it is a different kind of hard, therefore it is a different kind of smile.
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