Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — In her newly published book It’s About the Journey, Dr. Evelyn Joyce Owens shares her remarkable lifelong journey towards a century that she calls, “a time of fast paced energy, creation and destruction, constant change, unpredictability and ever present anxiety.” Originally penned as a legacy to her children, Owens boldly presents to readers deeply personal glimpses of her life, her reflections and philosophy, hopes and aspirations, uniquely shaped by her multi-cultural roots.
“As a young woman in my twenties with children to whom I wanted to leave something of myself, I determined that one of the most meaningful legacies I could give them was an honest perspective of my life as I saw it,” says Owens. “In keeping with this policy, every ten years, I took an honest, no holds barred review of my life as I saw it within the time frame of that period in time.”
What makes her story interesting is that Owens comes from a totally diverse background. She is an American Black woman, whose most immediate heritage is West Indian, Native American, combined with African ancestry. In addition, she grew up in a San Francisco Bay Area which is a melting pot of Blacks, Japanese, Filipinos, Italians, Jews, and other minorities. All these shaped her unique experiences and eventually her views about herself, the family, the world and its values.
Through her life experiences and personal and professional growth, she gradually became aware that her story may well be the story of anyone who has struggled to overcome adversity and experienced the joy of self-discovery. She realized that things are not always what they appear to be. Within every seeming failure is the kernel of truth, of hope, and of victory. Life itself is truly about people’s journey.
Poignant, multifaceted and transforming, It’s About the Journey challenges readers to live neither in the past nor the future, but to live now in the present—both fully and creatively. Owens believes that even if only one person can resonate with her story and gain hope from it, she will be “well satisfied and fulfilled.”
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About the Author Dr. Evelyn Joyce Owens is of African-American and Native American heritage. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her background is, consequently, a cosmopolitan mixture of Panamanian descent from her mother and Southern descent from her father. Familiarity with a variety of cultures and people in her life’s experiences (including much exposure to a positive southern Black ethic) has influenced her philosophy and course of life. Growth and creativity are keys to her personal beliefs and goals. Sharing of all human experiences with others is her job and life’s work.
It’s About the Journey * by Evelyn Joyce Owens Publication Date: March 9, 2012 Trade Paperback; $15.99; 83 pages; 978-1-4653-0752-1 eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4653-0753-8
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