This . . . Is About Life

Book I: Cherish Your Beginning

by Randi Owens



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/26/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781480861053
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781480861060
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781480861077

About the Book

The poems in this book were written over a period of five years. Beginning as I was entering into high school and during a time when I felt completely at a loss in life. Poetry proved to be a valuable lifeline when I believed there were no other viable alternatives for dealing with my feelings. Poetry can provide therapeutic relief from worries and life’s excess stress. It invites readers to incorporate their thoughts and emotions into the words, creating the opportunity for temporary breaks from everyday life encounters. Through poetry I learned that it was okay to be upset, smile, laugh, cry, and to simply live. We can intertwine and cross what’s real with fantasy ... if only just for that moment in time.

About the Author

Writing began as a form of escape for Randi from her world of reality, allowing for self-expression while living in a foster home with biological siblings and several other foster children. Some poems were written without thought, while others were written as a form of communication without the element of verbal interaction on occasion. She joined the USAF upon graduation from high school, where she remained for 5 years receiving an Honorable discharge once her commitment was complete.

She received an Associates degree from Anchorage Community College, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Eastern Illinois University and a Certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor from the College of Great Falls. Her professional career consisted of working as a Youth at Risk Program Manager, Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor among others. Her chosen careers permitted her access to another of her passions in addition to writing and poetry, that of offering care and service to individuals in need of therapeutic intervention. Randi has lived in Alaska for over 27 years with her husband of over 40 years and their 4 adult children and grandchildren.