By Nanci Hartland
Illustrations by Mariah Grace
Since I was a young and curious girl, my curiosity led me to interview people, from lobstermen in Camden, Maine when I was 10 to my Aunt Mamie, who read us Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" in between jetting off on adventures to Sri Lanka or Johannesburg in her 80's to take on archeological dig sites with her friends. Her fascinating stories led me to do the same with my own life once my kids were grown and off on their own adventures. Traveling the world I found many fascinating stories for my newspaper and magazine columns.
"Remarkable People" contains twelve of the many stories of people I met and spent time with; people with a 'Stick My Neck Out Giraffe Personality'. They persisted against the odds and changed their lives and many other lives for good. My own personal life challenges are there also; my Africa Journal and photographs, as well as a motley and colorful collection of musings about God, money, the family circus, this crazy thing called LOVE and the pursuit of happiness, will entertain you. I am happy to have set adrift an ark for a few of my characters.
"Circumstance may give you the life you have at twenty...
It is then up to you to dream, dare, create and then celebrate
the life you have at twenty-one and beyond..." ~ Nanci Hartland
Read about how Carolle Jean-Murat, M.D. left a small poor village in Haiti at the age of 19 and became one of the world's best Gynecologists and surgeons. Each year she returns to her native island to do free surgery to women with Fistula. Now more than ever Haiti needs what she has to offer.
Find Out How... Between 1989 and 2003, a 2nd violent war devastated the West African country of Liberia. President Charles Taylor’s army of rebels and corrupt warlords wreaked havoc and war on its helpless citizens. Thousands of children were conscripted as soldiers, 300,000 civilians were murdered and 250,000 men raped women.
Discover Leymah Gbowee... the winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. This strong persistent woman gathered thousands of courageous Christian and Muslim women together to pray, chant and sing in the midst of Liberia's bloody 14 Civil War. These women won peace for their children and built a new nation from their shattered country. Real Power does not always flow from the barrel of a gun.
These courageous women's story barely got any news coverage. The world was too busy watching the bombing of Iraq. How many more men and women might have found the courage to boldly challenge their circumstances and change history?
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” by filmmakers Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker documents the actions of these brave film is worth seeing and is available at forkfilms.net/pray-the-devil-back-to-hell.
J.D. Mumma. For most of his youth, he felt poor, out of control, depressed and that led to a sad life of dropping out of high school, suicide attempts, poor health, and three bouts of being homeless.
His circumstances led him to create 'The Human Excellence University' that now changes lives throughout the world.
The Realities of being a Woman in Africa.
Through Lifetracks Global Nanci persisted in her belief that she could make a difference in the lives of the people in a small village 8000 feet up in the mountains near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Then she took on the challenge of helping to support a hospital that repairs the fistula created by FGM - Female Genital Mutilation. Learn about her personal journey as she consoled and counseled girls and women as they cried of the pain and the terror of being held down by women they thought they could trust.
"I cried with them; aware that my compassionate heart was finding its own peace within the world’s tragedies."
Photo: I visit with a woman a few years after her surgery. She was able to marry and delivered a healthy baby.
This unique book has a little wit, wisdom, whimsy and thought-provoking questions. Perhaps it will spark a personal memoir that captures first dates, lifelong friendships, meaningful stories and the pearls of wisdom you've gathered along the way. As you begin to respond to questions from a deep place in your heart, you may discover a new quality of life and a new path to happiness. Writing down a few of your defining moments you may get in touch with your talents, gifts and where your heart wants to lead you on future adventures to write home about.
Whatever it took to get you where you are today, it is not enough to keep you there.
© 2008-2018 Nanci Hartland