These are my stories of my abuse, years that I suffered while living in a Jacksonville, Florida orphanage. The pain, suffering and mental anguish is not easy to read. These stories tell of my feelings. How I took that suffering boldly and how I tried, as best I could, to ease the pain of others. The abuse, hurt and pain I suffered as a child has never left my mind and I feel it as strongly today as I did when I was a child. Forever these memories live with me as a reminder of where I came from and who I am. If the quote above is indeed true, then why I did not turn out to be an abuser. Many who read my stories of my abusive childhood marvel at how I could become a contributing member of society. How I can become a published author with only a 6th grade education, how I can focus on the horrible abuse, and how I earnestly strive, through my books and my media coverage, to seek public and government reform. How can I help others when so much in me goes unhealed? So, why did I not turn out to be an abuser myself ? It is because I could no longer stand to see the pain abuse causes in the hearts and mind of my fellow man. I know the desperation very well. I was there and it happened to me. I cannot recall even one instance where I physically abused my children. I suppose this is because the abuse, the hurt and the pain that I suffered as a child has left such a devastating effect on me I promised myself I would never do this to my children. I find I make that conscious decision everyday. My children are grown and have children of their own. Now, I reaffirm my decision for my grandchildren's sake. I choose not to abuse. It is a decision that I make every day of my life. I help others because I have no choice. When I see the pain of others, my own past reappears and it hurts me so badly. I see myself in their faces, I understand their mental torture, and I know their hopelessness. I need to let them know that I am here and I am a friend. I understand because I have been where they are. Nobody was there for me but I am determined I will be there for them. I must do what I can to save them in order to save myself.
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Published author and internet writer Roger Dean Kiser's stories take you into the heart of a child abandoned by his family and abused by the system responsible for his care. Through his stories he relives the sadness and cruelty of growing up an orphan in the early 1950s. Since it's beginning "AMERICAN ORPHAN" has become one of the most read child abuse web sites in the world. At last count it had a readership of about 4.6 million since November of 1999. It is through his writing that Kiser has begun healing the pain, suffering and sadness of the orphan within him. Unknowingly at first and by the power of the internet Kiser's stories have touched millions. In the vain of Mark Twain Roger Dean Kiser's collection of almost 400 stories have captured the drama and emotion of not only his childhood but of his current day tales. Kiser's short stories carry with them strong images and feelings that search out and find that common thread which connects each of us to our own emotions. Roger will never forget how he and about 300 other children were treated as though they were less than human while living in a Jacksonville, Florida orphanage in the 1950s and 1960s. Roger's has taken those feelings and has done his very best to help those less fortunate than himself. Roger's short stories have also been published in books and magazines around the world. Publications such as: Chicken Soup for the Grandparent's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul, Chicken Soup for the Friend's Soul (USA), Heartwarmers (USA), Heartwarmers of Love (USA), A Cool Collection I and A Cool Collection II (Israel), Faith & True Stories of Friendship (USA), Teen Miracles (USA), Man's Best Friend (Australia), The Next Voice You Hear (USA), Soul Disclosures (USA), Dog Buddies (Australia), Skyline Magazine IV (USA), Venice, Gulf Coast Living, Petwarmers CD Collection (USA), Kiwanis Magazine, as well as his own CD titled "The Life and Times of Roger Dean Kiser". Roger's short story "The Bully" was made into a short film by Nicholas Delfino and Edward Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show) and has been entered into several major film festivals in the United States. Between Edward Asner's bustling, award winning career and a busy political agenda the actor has still made himself available to lend his support and voice to Roger Dean Kiser. Asner is credited as a factor in the publishing of Kiser's first book Orphan in 2001 and was the Executive Producer on the short film The Bully, written and directed by Nicholas Delfino and adapted from the Kiser short story by the same name. More recently he recorded two of Kiser's works Butterflies and Elvis Died in a Florida Barber College as audio stories for Bear-Buca Entertainment. Asner has also been very supportive in the development of a possible feature film or television series based on Kiser's stories. Today, he lives in Brunswick, Georgia, with his wife, Judy.Review:
Dear Roger, Recieved your book 3 days ago and could not put it down! I love your writing style because it's so "down to earth" and realistic that it's so easy to follow. EVERY story touched my heart. During the Vietnam war, the orphanages were rundown and rats got in. I became a rat's meal and have been very scared of furry critters. I normally don't like animals or animal stories but your stories sure showed a compassion for animals and it has changed my thinking about them. Through your stories, you revealed how people can not only be cruel to fellow human beings, but to God's other creatures, as well. I really felt sorry for those cats that you so lovingly took care of. A lot of your stories stay in my mind and I find myself reflecting on them, esp. when I'm driving the kids around. When I read your stories, I can relate to the age through my own kids. My son Adam is almost 8 and I noticed a lot of your stories in your newest book talk about those times when the kids would make fun of the "orphans" or the "fat, tub of lard". Kids make fun on him because he wears glasses and they also make fun of his name, Crum. His natural Irish instinct is to punch the kid out, but she's a girl and my husband told him no hitting girls, no matter what! I knew a girl, too, Sherri was fat and I remember how mean kids were to her. She came to me because she knew I would not make fun of her. My religious upbringing taught me how to treat others like I would be treated. All those times you defended the helpless or the kids who were being chastized and being punnished for standing up to the bullies, made me think that you were their heros. I'm sure if they saw you today, they would be thanking you. I could also relate to the story called Brians and Brawns. I was always picked last or not at all. I use to hate dodge ball because they would through so darn hard. I think that's a cruel game anyway. They still play it because my kids tell me. My little girl, Elizabeth, is 8, almost 9 and --Cyberwit
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Book Description Cyberwit.net, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11818253030X