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We hear from family, too

Marlisa, 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 … Continue reading »

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More messages to keep us going

Here’s another heartening message: Hi Marlisa! 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 … Continue reading »

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Another great article

Mr. Shannon P. Baldridge, President/Co-Founder of Guy Manningham wites: Hi, 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, we … Continue reading »

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Back ordered again

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 … Continue reading »

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We hear from teachers, too

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. Kathreen Mendoza Chaffin Junior High School Fort Smith, Arkansas She’s right. … Continue reading »

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More fan mail

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 … Continue reading »

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Our port to port program launches

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 … Continue reading »

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We get wonderful email

Just had to share this : I am a 39 year old working mother of 3 boys, who just saw James’ story on NBC 30. It truly made me smile One of the most inspiring stories I have heard in a long time !! I work as a Bilingual Teachers Assistant in New Britain CT, and … Continue reading »

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Where:  Academy Point in Mystic 20 Academy Lane Mystic, Ct.  06379 Date:      Sunday, December 18th Time:     1-3pm 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 … Continue reading »

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Catching up

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. … Continue reading »

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