Author Rochelle Pennington to visit Merrill

11:21 AM, Aug. 13, 2013  |  Comments
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The Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center is excited to once again have author, speaker and columnist Rochelle Pennington present "The Endurance" at the center at 1 p.m. on Sept. 5.

Pennington traveled to the countries of England and Scotland to research Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic 1914 travels aboard the ship Endurance with is crew of 27. The incredible feats achieved during the voyage have inspired generations since.

The author's program will detail the extraordinary acts of determination used by the men to move fearlessly forward as they triumphed over the frozen Antarctic expanse where their lives were threatened daily. A leader among leaders, Shackleton taught his men how to employ their thoughts to overcome every obstacle and to persevere against all odds, and he can inspire us to do the same.

Considered "the greatest survival story in history," the journey lives on today as a timeless model that shows how ordinary people, armed only with the simple power of attitude, can dive headfirst into immense adversity and emerge victorious.

The author's presentation features dozens of authentic documents and stunning photographs taken during the expeditions.

It should be captivating; audience members will be left on the edges of their seats. This is storytelling at its best.

We hope to see you at the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center at 1 p.m., Sept. 5. Refreshments, book signing and an opportunity to visit with Pennington will follow her presentation.

Are you a writer?

Have you ever written a short story? Have you ever written a poem? Have you shared them with anyone? The Writer's Club is just what you need.

A small group meets twice a month to share their works and to learn simple techniques to bring their work to life.

This past month we have been working on material for the "Ageless Wisdom" publication due out later this year.

One of the questions posed was "How would you describe yourself today?"

One gentleman, age 90, wrote a thought that will be published. It is called "Think about it!"

"Think about it."

Why have I lived 15 years beyond the average life expectancy? Has my life mattered to family, individuals, as well as non-family? Was, or am I, an asset to the local community? Have I taken my share of responsibility to maintain the state, country, global and church to which I belong?

What constitutes my share? Everyone will have a different answer, a different rationalization, an excuse, a feeling of satisfaction, perhaps even a feeling of pride ? warranted as well as unwarranted.

Did I, did you, take advantage of the opportunities that were available, or extended to me, or you, by others? Did I, did you, do your best under the shadows of circumstances, or your best in the illuminating light of health, physical strength and a good brain, search out the necessary education, mentoring programs and be a good steward of the talents the Lord has bestowed upon you and me?

No more questions, no answers, just a challenge to my mind and yours.

Think about it!

'Describe yourself'

Now, when asking 12-year-old Jennifer "How would you describe yourself?"

I would describe myself as having hazel eyes, blond/brown hair, around 5'2". I like to be outside, spend time with my family, niece and nephew. I love hanging out with my friends.

Watch for our publication of "Ageless Wisdom" out this fall. Filled with wisdom, short stories and poems created by you.

For more information, call the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center at 715-536-4226 and ask for Jane.

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