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’
June 30, 2014
I don’t see traveling as just a sightseeing experience. It asks things of you when you listen.
More is required because circumstances have attempted to broaden your scope. The story encompasses more and you have no choice but to share it.
As you begin to connect the dots you realize we are one people trying to make the best of life and the petty differences are political ploys, not insurmountable obstacles.
July 1, 2014
All that time wasted in Spanish class being a clown when I should have been paying attention. I regret it now when it could really expand my horizons. Taking things for granted can haunt you sometimes. Never again!
July 1, 2014
I was considered “hard headed” (stubborn) when I was growing up. But if I hadn’t been and listened to all the things I would NEVER become, my world would have been just a 5 mile radius with no dreams.
Thank God for hardheadedness! It’s not about proving people wrong, it’s about treating your aspirations right.
September 10, 2014
Was just discussing having to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a few days. A piece of cake. A real blessing as far as I’m concerned. It got me thinking about how rare a carton of juice or a full refrigerator was when my kids were small. Two jobs wasn’t enough. Going to the food bank once a month wasn’t enough. The struggle was real and present every day. Too fucking proud to ask for food stamps. We ate what we had and forgot about what we didn’t. Use ta complain about the hardships. Say life wasn’t fair. Wanted juice for the little ones every morning but it was just a dream. But we endured and laughed and played through it. Turned into warriors without even realizing it. Grew strong without the pushups. Became appreciative of the small things. So, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in tough times ain’t shit. Bring it on, I got this!
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