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Kathleen P. Perkins

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Award winning author of Flight Instructions: A Journey Through Guilt to Forgiveness

I’m an eclectic kind of a gal, an older gal, sharp as Einstein, and clever as a cat. I have many years of hard lessons behind me and am more than willing to share them. Welcome to my Goodreads page! Watch for my blogs, coming soon.
After my mandatory stint in childhood, I took on the task of being a wife and mother, remaining in those roles for sixteen years.
In 1972, at a time when I was spiritually asleep, I left my husband and children to “find myself. “ I dubbed this period in my life “The Leaving Event.” My memoir, Flight Instructions: A Journey through Guilt to Forgiveness, is a must read so you can learn all the sordid details. The book won a finalist
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Kathleen P. Perkins I've never experienced writer's block. My first work of fiction was about race and racism beginning with slavery and carrying the plot forward to…moreI've never experienced writer's block. My first work of fiction was about race and racism beginning with slavery and carrying the plot forward to present time showing how slavery informs present day racism. I was constantly doing research, and creating characters, and it seemed I couldn't write fast enough to get my thoughts down. (The book languishes in the bottom drawer). My second book, a memoir, Flight Instructions: A Journey Through Guilt to Forgiveness, is, of course about a slice of my life, so there was never a block. I relied heavily on past diary entries to inform content.(less)
Kathleen P. Perkins I have to be honest here and qualify something. I don't consider myself a writer, but rather I write books. In my view, to quality as a "writer" one…moreI have to be honest here and qualify something. I don't consider myself a writer, but rather I write books. In my view, to quality as a "writer" one must have been driven from an early age to want/need to write. It's in the bones, the DNA. I began by writing textbooks while in academe because I had to in order to be granted tenure and promotion. It was a painful process for me, but, in the end, most rewarding.

The book I mention above about race/racism sprung from my years in the Deep South, and becoming a racial justice advocate. The writing of my memoir came about because I grew desperate to put the final peg into place so I could forgive myself for leaving my children. Forgiveness did happen, thanks to the uncovering of a strong spiritual dimension which eventually forced me to take my hands from my eyes, and the shield from my heart.(less)
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As a woman coming of age in the 70’s, I… I chose the road less traveled by. I bucked up against societal norms, and at age 33 left my husband of fourteen years and my three young children. And, that has made all the difference. Some would say I had a choice. Did I?


While my actions could be seen as brave and courageous for the times, the early years were tangled with the low-level vibrations of...

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. -- Dr. Seuss
Since writing my memoir, I'm beginning to realize what it means to be " ... Youer than You. I will be blogging about this soon.”
Kathleen P. Perkins

“Where there were once several competing approaches to medicine, there is now only one that matters to most hospitals, insurers, and the vast majority of the public. One that has been shaped to a great degree by the successful development of potent cures that followed the discovery of sulfa drugs. Aspiring caregivers today are chosen as much (or more) for their scientific abilities, their talent for mastering these manifold technological and pharmaceutical advances as for their interpersonal skills. A century ago most physicians were careful, conservative observers who provided comfort to patients and their families. Today they act: They prescribe, they treat, they cure. They routinely perform what were once considered miracles. The result, in the view of some, has been a shift in the profession from caregiver to technician. The powerful new drugs changed how care was given as well as who gave it.”
Thomas Hager, The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. -- Dr. Seuss
Since writing my memoir, I'm beginning to realize what it means to be " ... Youer than You. I will be blogging about this soon.”
Kathleen P. Perkins




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Kathleen Perkins The quote above, comes from Hager's book,about the discovery of sulfa drugs. I found it a great read, primarily because the sulfa drug saved my life. When I was 2 1/2 ears old, I scratched my ankle on a rusty screen door. The scratch became infected and I contracted a streptococcus infection, pneumonia, and septicemia (blood infection). I am so very grateful to know the history of the drug that saved my life!!


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