About the Book
There's been much ado about first generation immigrant children lately. Mary Philomena O'Brien Glatz was born into a first generation Irish immigrant family as the seventh of nine children. Her parents literally met on the boat. She is also a quintessential baby boomer of today.
Her life journey, her stories, and her character(s) have been shaped by her heritage - or her rejection of it. A series of life events and relationships propelled her to write these poignant stories of love, loss, adventure, and of her spiritual journey. She combines her study of theology, international affairs, and psychology to share this honest and sometimes raw collection of stories as a daughter, grandmother, wife, lover, sister.
As a sibling and caregiver to a sister with Down Syndrome, she has been an advocate, inclusion facilitator, caregiver and teacher for people with disabilities and their caregivers in both her personal and professional lives. Her own life story provides a uniquely personal and compassionate history of the attitudes toward and services for people with disabilities in society and in her own family.
As they say in creative non-fiction circles, you can't make this stuff up.
This author started writing as a grandmother at the age of 65 after she retired from a career as an educator. Now she follows her bliss from her home in Colorado and shares it here in these heart-warming stories of a first generation immigrant life.