New Brunswick, NJ (PRWEB) August 06, 2014
When the official teaching day ended, Barbara Ann Murray was not one to pack up her satchel and return home. Now in retirement, she continues her interminable work of encouraging students to be optimistic in the face of hardships, sickness and failure.
At 62, Murray has experienced love-gone-awry, a prom date debacle, her fair share of scams and divorce. In attempt to work through these personal hindrances, she developed a collection of poems in her latest work, “Poetic Thoughts in the Keys of Happiness.” In between verses, Murray found most of her stories were about her first love, the support of her father and the deep connection between friends. While hurt by love, she was also healed.
After years of teaching and coaching, Murray desires that her poems be used to educate readers on the importance of open communication and a family’s unconditional love when opposing a world of adversity.
“It lets readers know that life is full of choices,” Murray said. “You should live your life with an inner peace—pleasing yourself first, not being persuaded to please others before yourself.”
As Murray’s students travel through varying life sagas, they encounter her unyielding faith in family, belief in oneself and love for others. Whether describing her best friend’s plight with cancer or her own medical journey, Murray uses her past to motivate others to continue their work in achieving their best possible selves.
“Poetic Thoughts in the Keys of Happiness”
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About the author
Barbara Murray is a retired educator who devotes her time to community outreach, home instruction and student activism. Her previous experience coaching basketball and writing grants for student programs drives Murray to advocate for open communication and beneficial relationships between children and their peers, teachers and parents. She has won a multitude of awards including Heroes of Character “Teacher as Hero” Award in 2009 and New Jersey Teacher of the Year in 1995.
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