The Thread of My Life

by Louis A. McKay, Sr.

The Thread of My Life, by Louis A. Mckay is the story of a Marine with a quest to avenge the death of his teammate (Paperback)

Louis sheds first tears and the Lincoln Memorial for his buddies he lost in Okinawa, and commented "why not me, they were better men than me."


The Thread of My Life is a rare gem of a novel that tells the story of Louis A. McKay Sr. a talented, hard working young man who decided to serve his country as a Marine at the age of 20 after receiving the terrible news that his high school friend was killed in combat during World War II.

Louis 20 years old when he enlisted in the Marines
on his 20th Birthday, June 14, 1943,


McKay’s story is a page turner from beginning to end and immediately you see his unwavering drive and determination on display at a very early age. McKay’s work ethic stands out front and center promptly in the book and never waivers throughout his highly emotional retelling of his experiences and challenges he faced before, during, and long after the allied victory of WWII. I generally read in the evening time and on several occasions after chewing through several chapters I would find myself lying in bed second guessing whether or not I had done enough during the day or had I wasted precious time sitting on the couch watching television.


Louis at the Washington DC Marine Memorial Okinawa where he lost his leg, but not his eagerness to go on in his life...


The Thread of My Life is a book that deserves inclusion into both the Marine Corp Commandant’s Professional Reading List and the Navy Professional Reading Program and should also be considered for promotion and sell at military exchanges around the world. Mr. McKay if you happen to read this review sir please know that as a 20 Navy veteran I salute you for your meritorious service and I highly recommend this book to both junior and senior officers and enlisted. A fantastic read from start to finish, McKay's story deserves inclusion into both Marine Corp and Navy professional reading list, March 11, 2016.

Reviewed by Von Coleman


The Thread of My Life, by Louis A. Mckay

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The Unstoppable Writing Teacher

by Colleen Cruz


Colleen Cruz, born in Fullerton, attended St.Mary’s Catholic School, Fullerton High School, Bradford College, Massachusetts, Oxford College, England, and Columbia University, New York, is a Senior Consultant for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Colleen and her colleagues are available as consultants to teachers throughout the world English Speaking schools, Grades 3-8th.

Colleen, says, “There is no child that can’t be taught how to read and write, without frustration and refusing to learn, with our system of instruction.” Veteran teacher and author Colleen Cruz has seen it all and done it all in the writing classroom—and she’s got something to admit: this is hard work. Real hard. In The Unstoppable Writing Teacher she takes on the common concerns, struggles, and roadblocks that we all face in writing instruction and helps us engage in the process of problem solving each one.

From dealing with writing workshop skeptics to working with students both gifted and challenged, and of course combating that eternal barrier—lack of time—Colleen offers tried-and-true strategies to address and overcome obstacles.

For the struggles unique to you, she includes a “Name Your Monster” section that helps you identify your own individual roadblocks and even offers sustainable support through her blog, “We can’t solve all the problems we’re faced with in writing instruction,” Colleen promises, “but we can choose how to respond to them. And our responses will make all the difference.”

In addition to writing the recently published Unstoppable Writing Teacher, I am the author of several other titles for teachers, including Independent Writing and A Quick Guide to Helping Struggling Writers, as well as the author of the young adult novel Border Crossing, a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award Finalist. I was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where I am a Senior Lead Staff Developer. I currently supports schools, teachers and their students nationally and internationally as a literacy consultant.


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