(Book) "Crushing Soft Rubies"
Review of Featured Book
"Crushing Soft Rubies":
Janet Stickmon's `Crushing Soft Rubies: A Memoir'http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/991
--- is a place where spirit, culture and survival meet.
It is the story of a Filipino/African-American who
is caught between the death of her parents and
the desperate need to 'define' herself -- not as an
orphan but as a strong woman who is willing to
do whatever is necessary to ensure that her
past does not become a barrier to her future.
Janet, now a teacher and a married woman, leads
us through the immense details of her story.
From her childhood home being burned
to the ground, to the joys and conflicts
with her Filipino family, to 'seeking a
connection' with her African-American
heritage, and then to the beautiful
moment of her marriage.
Janet navigates the waters of love, spirit,
"identity", and survival, maintaining a
life filled with faith and wonder.
Janet Stickmon, author of the book,
`Crushing Soft Rubies', is a teacher,
writer, and performer who holds
a Master's of the Arts Degree in
Religion and Society from the
Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley and a Bachelor's
of Science Degree in
Civil Engineering from the
University of California, Irvine.
Her work has influenced
hundreds of adolescents and
adults for the last ten years.
She has been a featured speaker, retreat leader,
and workshop facilitator on subjects ranging
from oppression and media portrayal of people
of color to intimacy and Catholic ministry.
Stickmon is also a `spoken-word artist' who
has performed at venues in San Francisco ,
San Jose , cities in the East Bay ,
Seattle , WA and Kansas City , MO.
Through her performances and literature,
she explores issues of love, grief, and
resurrection in the context of her identity
as a Filipino/African-American woman.
These works have culminated into a poetry
book entitled, `Unfragmented' and a
spoken-word CD entitled, "Visible".
Stickmon's book "Crushing Soft Rubies"
is available and can be ordered through:
Broken Shackle Publishing International
P.O. Box 20312 / Piedmont , CA 94620