What a nice way to start a Sunday morning !
Tom & I were reading the papers and Tom came across an article on Grandpa in our little hometown newspaper . Sweet !
Our paper is the Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland….article written by John Christoffersen from the AP>
I read the book the day it arrived (thanks) and then my husband read it.
We thoroughly enjoyed it…..and we have told everyone about it….and we anxiously await the next book
with the back story, I will be first in line to get it.
I think of the tutors who helped your Grandpa…how wonderful it must have been for them to help someone so
interested in learning to read…..and what a thrill to see his progress……and then to write his stories !!!! WOW !
I am a little jealous that I wasn’t one of his tutors.
What is the best way to keep up with you ? I see many sites on the internet….which is the most current and
accurate ? We don’t want to miss a thing.
We hope you are all well and enjoying this glorious ride.
Hugs to Grandpa,
Tom & Esther Stevenson
Here’s another heartening message:
I just saw an online video clip of your grandpa, and it brought tears to my eyes. I am a teacher (past, Elementary, currently Adult English as a Second Language) and a Life Coach. I found your grandfather’s story moving and inspirational!
I just bought four copies of his book – one for myself and three to give as gifts! Please tell your grandpa that he has a big fan in Santa Monica, CA!
Yours truly, Paula Verbit
Mr. Shannon P. Baldridge, President/Co-Founder of Guy Manningham wites:
I just wanted to show our admiration. He is a great inspiration to us all and embodies the values we try to showcase in my magazine. I personally wrote this article after a friend showed me his story. From all the staff at GuyManningham.com, we salute Captain Henry.
Here is the link to the article: http://guymanningham.com/2012/03/fishermans-language/
So sorry folks, but the book is back ordered again. We are simply overwhelmed by the response to James’ story, and we appreciate all the kind words and encouragement. We expect the books to be back in stock very soon, and we thank you for your patience.
The book is still available at Bank Square Books, Mystic Seaport Museum Bookstore, and Other Tiger, in Westerly, R.I. We will be filling orders just as soon as we have the books back in stock.
I just wanted to say that I am a teacher and have used your grandfather’s story as a way to inspire learning in my classroom.
I know you are very proud of him. I would be too!
God bless him, you and your families.
Chaffin Junior High School
Fort Smith, Arkansas
She’s right. We are very proud of him.
We just keep getting these wonderful messages from young readers who have heard James’ story:
Hi, My Name is Ashley and I heard What Has happened to You! This is amazing for you!! Congrats!! And My BFF grace sent You a Message to! I’m hoping to see your book soon!! This i sJUST WOW To me!!!! When i heard About This and what happened, I felt really bad and then when i got to the happy part i was So happy!!!
E-mail Me back at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take Care, Ashley
And so we respond:
I’m Mr. Jim’s granddaughter, Marlisa. Thanks for an awesome letter and, like Grace, I will help my grandfather write you back soon! Thanks again, Marlisa
The replies keep coming:
Marlisa, I think Your A Very Thoughtful Girl!! And You are VERY nice to your grandfather!!!
I think its amazing what You Have done! Mr.Jim, You Inspire me to read more often now.
Now I think reading is the BEST! When I was younger, I didn’t like to read i just goofed off, But now, I think its’s VERY important to read! It will help you learn!
Are you 12 or somthing like that? And are you and your grandfather close??
Pop has some letters to write!
Thanks so much for your kind words to me! I loved your guess at my age, but guess what? I am one half a century younger than Pop and he will be 100 in one year! I am very close to my grandfather. I was his first mate on his lobster boat for a few summers and that his how I got to know him so well. He was always silent until the ride home and then he would open up and tell me all his stories. I bet you would love to hear him laugh because it will make you laugh too! All my best, Marlisa
Back in January, James had a chance to visit a local classroom in Ledyard, CT to talk with children at the Ledyard Center School.The visit was such a success, that we began looking for ways to share the experience, as well as the book, with other children. Since James is limited in how far he can travel, a world tour was unfortunately not an option.
But we soon came up with an idea for his book to go on the road without him, and the port to port program was launched. You can read the details of the program here, and also read the inspirational letters from students who James met in his original visit. Their enthusiasm gave us the idea, and we are grateful to them.
We hope you’ll follow the progress of the book as it travels to all fifty states and eventually back to Mystic. We will update its progress here from time to time. If you’d like the book to visit your school, please contact us, and we’ll put you on the itinerary.
Where: Academy Point in Mystic
20 Academy Lane
Mystic, Ct. 06379
Date: Sunday, December 18th
Join us to celebrate with James at a Benchmark Corporation sponsored Academy Point Event. James will only be able to sign for as long as his stamina allows. Personalized signings are not an option due to the unexpected high volume of requests. If your book does not get signed at the event, he may be able to accomodate you later when he reenergizes. Thank you!
We have experienced an overwhelming response to the release of In A Fisherman’s Language, and we are working very hard to get orders filled just as quickly as possible. We thank each and every one of you for your enthusiastic support. We will respond to all of your emails and comments as soon as possible.
Again, we are very touched by all of your kind words and thoughts. Please keep in touch with us, as we begin a new journey to provide you with resources and more stories from Captain James Henry.