Hello, I am Barbara J.Henry,and until recently, I was a high school educator who taught junior and senior English in a large urban public school system.
I have been named in "Who's Who among High School Teachers,and my articles on education have appeared in "The American Educator" and "The National Journal of Teachers of High School English".
I have a law degree that is invaluable to me,and although I have not practiced law, I have held key positions in the legal field.
For example, I have clerked for several judges,and I have served as the legal assistant in a large department of state government.
In 2008, I wrote and published my first book. Journaling: Twenty Plus Reasons WhyYou Should Start Now,is a self growth work that is a direct consequence of my daily journaling (literally) for the past thirteen plus years.
The book highlights the powerful benefits that result from daily writing, over time. My second book, Coming Full Circle, a book of poems, prayers and quotes that promote hope, faith and personal growth, was completed and published in 2012. The poems are my original works, but the prayers and quotes are from people around the world. This book will inspire anyone who reads it to dare,soar, and reach for those hopes and dreams that are always within our reach.
I am an avid reader who is particularly fond of legal mysteries, historical fiction, biographies of those who have made significant contributions to the world, and self growth/self help books.
I also like to tackle and solve crossword puzzles, especially those appearing in "The New York Times".
One of my favorite quotes is "Know thyself" attributed to the Greek philosopher Socrates. This quote has been a major guide on my journey of self growth and self discovery.
Getting to know the self, and accepting what we find, is one of life's major challenges I believe,but no real success is possible until we discover and accept who we are.
Another favorite quote of mine is credited to Ralph Waldo Emerson and that is:"Imitation is suicide."
Both quotes speak volumes about the value we place on our uniqueness and individuality.
My general philosophy supports a belief that embraces life long learning.
I don't believe that one ever gets too old to learn something new, or to try a different approach or method.
I know life has untold challenges,and the more 'alive' we are, the more likely we are to have challenges,but we must confront them so that we can continue growing and becoming all that we are meant to become.
Leonardo DaVinci,at a very ripe age,is supposed to have said: "Ancora Imparo".
Translated into English,this means: "I am still learning".
I'd like to be able to say the very same thing throughout my life.
To contact Barbara, please go here:Barbara@barbarajhenry.com.
You can also write Barbara at this address:Attention:Barbara Henry:P.O.Box 5436 River Forest,Illinois 60305-5436, (708) 488-1277.