Constance Hood has collected journals and notes her entire life. These interests and her passion for storytelling first emerged in her years as a student at Occidental College. Her day job has been educating students from “Which way do you hold the book?” through Advanced Placement Writing skills. The proudest achievement was a student produced book called SECRET LOCKER, an anthology of original stories written by more than fifty creative ninth graders. For nearly a decade she wrote instructional materials for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and performed for the Los Angeles Philharmonic youth programs as a workshop artist. She also contributed to textbooks and instructional materials in the arts and in language acquisition.

In addition to teaching, Connie Hood also spent fifteen years in travel industry marketing and sales. Her book Night Train: A Beatnik Family Odyssey is based on her experiences living in Germany during the Cold War. A second book, Secret War is under way, using her father’s experiences as an intelligence officer as the catalyst to action and adventures. Next stop: The South Pacific.


In the pile of Christmas gifts in 1960 was a pretty white leatherette journal, with gold letters  1961. Books were my favorite gifts, but this book was blank.

“What is this for?”

“You write in it. You can tell it things you can’t tell anyone else. You can share it.”

“Why?”

“Someday you might want to remember.”

So, on New Years night I began writing. Little did I know that year would bring profound changes. The little journal became a friend, a confidante, and eventually a record of what my life evolved into.

 

 

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