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Excerpt from "The Immigrants' Daughter" posted on Australian Website
5/1/2012 10:38:20 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

The first two pages of the prologue in my book, "The Immigrants' Daughter",are posted on the website of Queensland's Department of Education, as an educational tool for use by teachers and students.

I have never been in Queensland, Australia, have you? Well, guess what happened! I just received word, from the Department of Education in Queensland, that  posting of the first two pages from the prologue of my book, “The Immigrants’ Daughter,” on their website has been finalized. These pages are password protected and accessible to their teachers and students.  In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined that my book would cross borders to serve another English-speaking country’s educational system!

 Have I missed my profession? My aspirations to become a teacher were stifled early. Writing was an alternative that remained a sideline, like an extra marital affair, until retirement.  Earning a living was a priority. As you well know, authors need a rich husband/wife or a sponsor in order to survive the first decade or two of their profession.  Even then, few make it to the bestseller list. Without much publicity they don’t stand a chance. Books sell more copies based on advertising than on intrinsic value. It is a sad reality that most everything else is that way too. We spend more on outward appearances like packaging, than inner values like good mores.

 So how did my book travel to Australia, when I didn’t? By pure chance! Certain excerpts of my book are displayed on different websites, by invitation.  Two institutions involved with education requested permission for reprints, each one choosing a different excerpt.  The Queensland  Department of Education is one of them. The second one is on queue for publication.

 Of course permissions to use excerpts do not yield cash returns, unless the end user is prompted to buy the book, but the satisfaction derived from knowing that chapters in my book will serve a positive purpose in education is immense. Perhaps I missed my calling as a teacher or a psychologist and providence is fulfilling my unmet wishes.  Perhaps . . . No, I’m not going into a spin analyzing the ‘how’ s and ‘why‘ s  of this karma.  At this mature stage in my life every such occurrence is a fulfillment and a blessing.     


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More Blogs by Mary Terzian
• Politically Homeless - Thursday, July 30, 2015
• Which language first? - Monday, May 05, 2014
• Hacked but triumphant - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
• Can you Trust your Repairman - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
• Quo Vadis America? - Thursday, August 22, 2013
• Soothing wounds after identity theft - Monday, August 05, 2013
• A very insecure security key - Sunday, January 20, 2013
• 2012 in review - Wednesday, January 02, 2013
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• In the Fall of Life - Monday, December 17, 2012
• Terzian is Winner of Dan Poybnter's 2012 E-book Award in multicultural nonfiction - Saturday, July 14, 2012
•  Excerpt from "The Immigrants' Daughter" posted on Australian Website - Tuesday, May 01, 2012  
• Chasing the silver linings in my clouds - Monday, March 05, 2012
• Review of 2011 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Thrilling messages - Friday, October 28, 2011
• The Impact of Published Articles on the Writer's Mood. - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• Ponderings, After Knee Repair - Wednesday, January 26, 2011
• Vacationing joy - Saturday, December 04, 2010
• Rainbows of Happiness - Thursday, September 09, 2010
• The communication tsunami - Monday, August 23, 2010
• Alternative hobbies - Sunday, June 20, 2010
• Book Club Meeting - Saturday, April 24, 2010
• Writers' Mood Swings - Saturday, March 27, 2010
• Ethnicity at Risk - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• Web addiction - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• News - Saturday, July 11, 2009
• Author fulfillment - Monday, April 06, 2009
• Impressions from a trip to India - Tuesday, February 03, 2009
• Stretching the Comfort Zone - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
• Interview - Shobhan Bantwal - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Traveling abroad - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
• Time to Write - Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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