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 “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’
May 19, 2015
I always say I’m from another planet and on that planet television and sports don’t mean shit. The problem is I can’t find that flight back. In the meantime, I guess I’ll just keep reading.
July 6, 2015
I write because I believe with time writing heals. Whatever has bothered me in the past has ended up written down somewhere. At those times when I felt there was no one to turn to the universe gave me a pen and notebook. Not being a trusting person I knew talking to a stranger would never heal what needed healing in me so writing became the paint that eventually colored my world beautiful. It took some time but not one second was wasted.
July 17, 2015
This journey more than any other has brought me face to face with my own ignorance. Blinded by my North American concerns I lacked understanding in terms of what my ‘family’ endures around the globe. We are world people, not city or region people.
Thank you, Colombia.
August 9, 2015
As a friend of mine used to say . . .
“Life may slow me down, sidetrack me, or even stop me for a while, but it will never make me go backward.”
Whatever it takes don’t go backward, you were meant to grow and keep going forward.
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