Book Description for Interlude to Sentimental Me Volume 2:
A collection of emotionally driven poetry that covers the story of pain, tribulations, happiness, self-esteem and self discovery through love and heartache. The Interlude will take readers on a journey of determination and imagery, which leads to the formation of
short stories and performance poetry.
Book Description for Sentimental Me! Volume 1:
Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
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Michael Barry Judkins was born in the Bronx, New York, along with his four brothers and sisters. Michael’s childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author.
Delightful memories of trips to the zoo or picking apples with his mother contrast greatly to daily reminders of what any hard-working family must battle in building a life in an urban setting. Domestic violence. Drugs. Gangs. All play their part in shaping a person – whether for good or bad is often an individual’s choice.
After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors like skipping school, smoking and drinking, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps to be part of the solution, and not the problem, the germ of the idea for his first book – Sentimental Me – was born.
Graduating from high school a year early, and after a foray into the music business, Michael completed a BS degree in Human Services and MS in Mental Health Counseling. A daydreamer for as long as he can remember, Michael’s inability to forge a relationship with his beloved father before he passed when Michael was only two years old still haunts him today. His mother’s cherished memories of his father’s spirit and honored Armed Forces service, while providing some solace, also serve to make Michael wonder what might have been, if only…
Today, with several poetry collections and short stories in the works, Michael’s first release – Sentimental Me – displays his ability to wrest good from bad, to display the courage to dig deep within himself to help others. Through an inspired melding of his unique voice and inspiring photographic images of nature, Michael provides the reader with a unique perspective of the human condition, inspiring others to follow their own creative paths without boundaries.
Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at email@example.com to discuss your reaction to his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.
Guest Post wiith Michael B. Judkins
What’s your favorite travel spot? by Michael B. Judkins
As a child, my mother used to pick me up from school early several times throughout the school year and take me to the zoo for the afternoon. I loved the diversity of the animals. Watching the camel rides, waiting for the seals to make a big splash or honk their voices, or the exotic birds from all reigns of the world, covered with the rainbow colors enjoying the people admiring their beauty. That was my favorite travel spot.
As an adult, I still love watching animals in their natural environment or at a structured place (Zoo, Aquarium) deliver a spectacular show. Gosh, just writing about those memories, brings a warm, cozy feeling to my soul. The zoo was a great place to visit as a child or an adult, in the fall, spring or the summer months. A place where family togetherness comes alive with laughter, entertainment, and a sense of calmness that last a lifetime. That’s what the daily trips several times a year to the zoo meant to me! A place of acceptance in a world of beautiful creatures, exotic areas of the planet, surrounded in one 2 -5 acre land for the small price of $5.00 (at that time).
As I write this piece, I’m starting to develop a poem, about remembrance, togetherness, a sense of joy and happiness, and most of all, the memories of all creatures embracing each other without fear, or judgment. So, the Zoo was my favorite travel spot and continues to bring a warm feeling to my soul as an adult.
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