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Missionaries and Circus Acts
Grandma could shoot a rifle clean through her house and out her back screen door and drop a varmint in its tracks if it had the misfortune to trespass in her vegetable garden.
My other grandma could play any song you wanted to hear on her piano and she never needed to use piano music.
One grandma had perfect pitch. The other grandma had perfect aim. But the best thing about these two grandmothers was that they never doubted me for a moment when I announced after kindergarden one day that I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be the trapeze act at the circus AND I wanted to be a missionary.
Some older individuals, namely, Fourth Graders, were quick to point out that only a dumbbell would think she could be a trapeze act AND a missionary. But I kept marching along with my dream. It never occurred to me that I couldn't be both. I had uncommon vision. And for back-up, I had grandmothers who thought trapeze AND missionary well within my skill range.
When I was 15 years old I was invited to go to Gabon, Africa and do missionary work with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. It came by way of a young man who spent summers working with him. I was very excited when he asked if I would join a group of volunteers going with him to work the summer months with Dr. Schweitzer. I was very disappointed that my parents wouldn't let me go.
The circus act part didn't happen until I was in my 30's.
When the circus came to town the blind and print impaired children listened with their headsets while I described to them into my microphone all the acts as they were being performed in three rings. During one performance, the clowns came to my seat, took one of my hands and led me onto the main floor into the center circus ring.
One clown arranged us for a group photo. Photographer clown looked through a huge black camera on a tripod. No No No, he gestured. Something wasn't right. He pulled out a large brown paper bag, shook it out and then put it over my head. The laughter began. Then it got louder. I didn't know why.
I couldn't see with the bag on my head. What was going on? With my thumb I lifted the bag a tiny bit. The audience howled. I peeked down and saw nothing but my shoes and sawdust. No clown shoes near me. The audience went wild. I realized as I lifted off the paper bag from my head that I was standing alone, in the center ring.
Non-Medical Ways to Feel Your Best
When Good People Get Bad News
…they can either get scared and crawl under a rock or step up and become proactive; which is exactly what Barbara Baxter did when she learned she had cancer. As she negotiated the emotions that were sparked by the rather one dimensional way typical western medicine was helping her, Barbara started collecting her own ways of coping she started calling her Sugar Pills.
She reached out to the people around her and began collecting their advice, sage words and inspired ways of dealing with difficulties. As she compiled this information she soon realized she had enough to fill a book, and thus "Sugar Pills: Non-Medical Ways to Feel Your Best" was begun in earnest.
"Sugar Pills: Non-Medical Ways to Feel Your Best" touches on seven main topics in its almost 400 pages including:
Each topic is explored from various points of view depicting a variety of ways successful people have successfully changed their lives for the better as they, too, coped with trying times and difficult situation.
- Guided Imagery
- Positive Energy
356 Pages • Perfect Bound • Full Color Cover • Photos, sketches, recipes and more!
Who's it For?
What Are People Saying?
- People looking for ways to positively influence their own health
- People interested in supporting someone going through a difficult health challenge
- Those ready to embrace ideas beyond what the typical medical communities offer
- Anyone who seeks to broaden their own point of view of how to achieve and maintain holistic wellness
- "Provides many sweet delights for the soul and ideas to keep the spirits high when life gets low."
– Victor Paruta, Psychic Medium and Clairvoyant
- "Filled with helpful tools, insights and signposts. A must read for anyone on the journey to their healthiest self."
– Tamara Sumner Petersen, CEO, ESMI Productions
About Barbara Baxter
Barbara Baxter is a creative force of boundless optimism who has been involved with the creative arts including writing, ventriloquism, public speaking, design and creating ways to connect people with their dreams from myriad points of view. She attracts interesting, productive, visionaries like herself to participate in her many projects, many of whom share their own information in this new book! Find out more at http://www.barbarabaxterproductions.com
- Publication Date:
- 1484905857 / 9781484905852
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- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Health & Fitness / Alternative Therapies