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Virtual Book Tour & Kindle Fire #Giveaway: Humerous Anecdotes with #Author Annie Harris



Annie Laurie Harris, the oldest one of her ethnicity who lives independently, was born with cerebral palsy. She has defied the odds and challenged the medical prognosis since early childhood. She continues to live a full and active life in her 6th decade. After achieving her Master's Degree at Penn State University in 1985 she worked as a counselor and advocate for those with a history of chemical dependency. In 1990, she was recruited by the prestigious World Institute of Disability to be the Assistant Director of the first HIV/Disability Project. Her grant writing expertise is second to none as private foundations funded her innovative research projects again and again. Since returning to her home state of PA where she lives near her beloved alma mater, Ms. Harris continues to be involved in her community and avidly supports the Penn State athletic program. Once again,her love of writing helps to supplement her income. Her groundbreaking memoirs, It's Easier to Dance, is provocative and thought provoking.



Humorous Anecdotes



I just LOVE children so I chose to write about two of my many interactions with them. 

I was on vacation with friends of mine and a 3 year old (there must be something about that age) went to her mother and said in frustration, "Mommy, I can't understand Annie's language." 
Her mother looked confused and asked, "What?" 

Her daughter repeated,  "I can't understand her language!"  Understanding that her little girl was referring to my speech impediment, she explained to her child to just ask me to repeat what I had said and, probably, she would understand. 
 "Oh, okay," my young friend replied, and we had several wonderful conversations.

I have actually used this analogy to assist my communicating with strangers by telephone.  I ask them to listen as if they were speaking to someone whose first language is other than English.  Surprisingly, this usually significantly reduces the need for me to repeat myself!

     A lively 6-year old once introduced me to her new Barbie doll.  I asked her what she could tell me about her doll. (I like to ask young children open-ended questions to see what they’ll say.)  She said, “Well, she lives in FLA and has a scooter just like yours.”
  “Oh, really,” I replied.  “And what is her disability?”  The little girl said, “She doesn’t have a disability, she just has a scooter.”  
    I responded, “It’s okay to pretend but in real life someone with a scooter like mine has trouble walking.  Do you understand?’  The little girl said that she understood but Barbie was keeping her scooter! 


Recipe



Ingredients:

1 lb raw kidney beans
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup each: chopped onions, green pepper, and carrots
2 cloves of garlic chopped
6 cups cold water
5 cups of bulgur or couscous



From Mooswood Cookbook - from memory, I've made it so many times.  Makes 6 qts.

I use 1 lb raw kidney beans. 

To soften; Cover w/cold water, bring to boil for 2 minutes then let sit for 1 hr and beans `will be soft.

In a large skillet saute` 1 cup each onion, green pepper, carrot in 2 Tbsp olive oil  & 2 cloves garlic

Add veggies to beans with 6 cups cold water; bring to boil, then let simmer for about 1 hour

Original recipe says to add a cup of bulgur, but I substitute couscous (.5 cups are enough) because I have a difficult time swallowing bulgur .

I like  to let it sit overnight in the frig 'cause it's yummier!

The above recipe is one that I served frequently to three male undergrads in 1996 who didn't have cable and wanted to watch March Madness at my apartment.  They got me interested in basketball!  At the time, I didn't know what a "bracket" was.


It's Easier to Dance, a memoir, by Annie Laurie Harris, a woman of African American Heritage, born with cerebral palsy, depicts the highlights, turning points and crossroads of her life while living with a complex, disability. Cerebral palsy is a neurological birth defect that can impair the function of any part of the brain. In her case, her brilliant intellect exists concurrently with lack of muscle coordination and significant speech impairment as well as difficulty in swallowing and performing everyday tasks. Ms. Harris tells in detail of the struggle to learn to take care of herself, earn professional credentials, work in profit and non-profit organizations, and becoming a contributing member of her community.










September 5 - Introduction at VBT Cafe' Blog
Septembe 7 - Book Feature & Excerpt at The Bunny's Review
September 10 - Guest Blogging at The Golden Pen Review
September 12 - Review & Guest Blogging at A Book Lover's Library
September 14 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
September 18 - Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews
September 20 - Guest Blogging at Cindy Vine's Blog
September 22 - Interviewed at BK Walker Books Etc.
September 24 - Guest Blogging at My Miscellaneous Books
September 26 - Interviewed at From The Mind of Omegia
September 28 - Fun Facts & Fav Recipe at Writing Innovations E-zine
October 2 - Guest Blogging at Books, Books the Magical Fruit
October 4 - Interviewed at Unnecessary Musings
October 8 - Interviewed at MK McClintock's Blog
October 10 - Book Feature & Excerpt at Black Hippie Chick's Take On Books & The World
October 12 - Reviewed at Self Taught Cook




19 Responses to "Virtual Book Tour & Kindle Fire #Giveaway: Humerous Anecdotes with #Author Annie Harris "

Annie said...

I so appreciate being featured on such a fun site.
Thank you for encouraging me to share the lighter and fun part of my life. I can almost smell the coffee!

Writing Innovations said...

We love our coffee Annie :)

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