A while back, two of our members, Judy and Mark Arnold, approached us about a book they are working on. This sounds very interesting, and Story of My Life is taking part in this endeavor. If you'd like to be a part of it, read below for details:
Imagine a Visit With a Loved One Who Has Passed On
Imagine if you could have a loved one you’ve lost come back for a visit: who would you bring back? What would you tell them, show them, ask them? Where would you hold this “reunion?” Who else would you include?
We'd like to hear your story for possible inclusion in a forthcoming book. Be prepared to include your first name, email, phone number, occupation and city and state where you live. We’ll interview (by phone) those with the most interesting stories.
- Mark and Judy Arnold, authors
Send in your idea to be considered for the book!
About the Author
Mark Richard Arnold, of Swampscott, MA, is a veteran journalist who has been writing professionally most of his adult life. Now at age 72, he is devoting himself to a book project that is near and dear to his heart: a book about loved ones who have passed on that people would recall to life, if only they could, for a Grand Reunion.
A seasoned reporter and editor, Mark graduated from Oberlin College in the late 1950s and earned a Master’s degree at Columbia University’s famed Graduate School of Journalism.
For 15 years in Washington, D.C., he covered government and politics for Dow Jones’ National Observer, a former national newsweekly that won a Pulitzer Prize among other distinctions. He wrote a weekly column, This Week in Washington, and served on the Page One staff, turning out hundreds of feature stories and analytical pieces on the issues of the day, from 1962 to 1977.
He served as a foreign correspondent in a dozen countries, and also covered the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, political conventions, and the White House Administrations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Carter.
Along the way, he ghost wrote on tight schedules two books for major publishers: Make up Your Mind, setting forth a simple system for making home and work decisions (AMACOM- American Management Association, 1978), and Shooting the Executive Rapids, about succeeding in a new executive challenge (McGraw-Hill, 1981).
In the 1990s, he served as editor-in-chief of Community Newspapers, Inc., a chain of weeklies in Boston’s northern suburbs, co-owned then by real estate magnate Mort Zuckerman, owner/publisher of the New York Daily News. From 2002 to 2005, he served as editor and publisher of a bi-weekly nonprofit newspaper, The Jewish Journal, Boston North.
There, he restored an ailing weekly newspaper to health while turning out a steady stream of stories and editorials, overseeing staff and freelancers, raising record amounts of money through private fund raising, and winning almost a dozen national press awards for journalistic excellence.
He has also written, under his own name or that of others, articles for The New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Nation’s Business, Washington Monthly and The Washingtonian, among other publications. In his spare time he is a professional jazz pianist and composer.
A keen analyst, sensitive reporter, and knowledgeable editor, Mark writes in a style that is simple, eloquent, and compelling. He is also extremely organized and efficient. All of these skills are serving him well in crafting Grand Reunion.
Submit your idea to be considered for the book here.