Hello everyone. My name is Neal G. Brownell. I prefer just Neal, but I use my full name because that is what is on the cover of my recently published book – You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It!  and it is how to find me on social media. It is my first book and it is an educational/motivational book. Our main audience is tweens, parents, grandparents, step-parents, and teachers, but individuals from the age of 9 to 99 can benefit from the message of this book.

To tell you a little bit about me, I am now 60 years old. You’re Amazing has a story in it about my youth. I was misdiagnosed as being mentally slow and at the age of 7, it was discovered that I was virtually blind. However, the stigma of being mentally slow followed me until the age of 11. At that time my parents decided to put me in a special school for kids like me. It was there that I met the first person that looked deeper, Mrs. Anderson. She changed my life forever. When you read the story you will see that Mrs. Anderson’s techniques were simple, yet extremely effective. In fact, her techniques are the techniques that I use to teach my readers that they are AMAZING!

I am an inventor at heart. I do have a patent on a device called

The Bandit ™, but what makes me the happiest is bringing out the special gifts in a person that they might not have even realized were there.

I will share some of my stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things and hope that you will share your stories with me, and together we will spread the message of not only accepting the people around you, but also the vital importance of accepting yourself. I will be posting once a week on Wednesdays. If you would like to follow my blog, click on the plus sign in the upper left of this page. You can also leave a comment below. Look forward to hearing from you and connecting!

I don’t know how many people know this. When You’re Amazing first got started I had no idea what the book was about. I thought it was a little childrens’ book. Then even when I finished it, I still wasn’t sure what the book was about. I thought it was about accepting other people. When my lady and I had our preliminary readers read it, our preliminary readers informed us what the book was about. They informed us that it was a book about accepting yourself.

This book started literally with a big spider and a little spider. I saw a big spider in a bright room and a little spider in a dark room and said, “Why is there a big spider in a bright room and a little spider in a dark room?”. After answering that question, I then asked myself “Which spider is better or another way to say it, which spider has the advantage?” After answering that question, something inside of me told me to write this book that turned out to be a book about accepting yourself.

Well, although I wrote this book, this project is far bigger than any one person. It has taken on a life of its own. We have a teacher who didn’t like the way her students were treating one another, so she broke out the book and started teaching it (her students are 8 years old).  After teaching from You’re Amazing and having a discussion with the class, she told them they had to stop and go onto something else for the day. They audibly moaned, because they didn’t want to stop. She has now taught almost the complete book to her class.

We have a librarian that has started doing the same with a class that she is teaching. St. Mary of The Snow in Saugerties, NY contacted us after Linda (my wife) left one message on an answering machine and asked us to come teach the content of the book. We have had ARC contact us after they received a book and a media kit that someone took upon themselves to take to them. This person said, “Hey this is a great book. Can I take it to ARC?” Within a week or so ARC contacted us. We recently had a class at Barnes and Noble with approximately 15 people. Eight of them already had the book and after the class was over, the people that had the book sat around talking to one another and me about how they are using the book to teach loved ones and people they care about how incredible each and every one of us is.

It’s pretty obvious to me that although I wrote the book, the only thing I actually did was to articulate what people already believed. That is that people are good. They just didn’t have a way of saying it or proving it or showing it. They are now taking it upon themselves to use the book as a tool to reach people they have been unable to reach until now. It’s really important that we get You’re Amazing out in front of as many people as we possibly can. The best way we can do that is to have everybody that has read the book give us a review either on Amazon or just email it to us at knowledgeisfreedompublishing@gmail.com and we can put it on the website. We need to build a small army to be able to show everyone that this book is worthwhile and then they’ll give it a chance. This is a message we need to all join hands and carry together. Please give us a review and tell everyone you know that You’re Amazing is a tool they can use to prove to their loved ones and friends that they are magnificent.

Linda and I had an absolutely fantastic time teaching the class at Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY on Saturday. We want to thank everyone that came and participated in the discussions about how we can go about spreading the message of You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! For those of you that are new to this blog, I will reiterate what the message is. To put it in a nutshell, everyone on this planet is absolutely spectacular and brings something unique and special to this world, there are no throw-away people.

When I was young I was taught that people are bad and you had to protect yourself from them. That hasn’t been my experience. My experience has been, well let me explain it to you this way. I was taught that the man who lived across the street from us was well, not a good man, let’s put it that way. Then my sister dies in a car accident. He came over to my home and sat on our couch and just talked to us. His spirit was so magnificent that it lifted everybody in the house at a time when we desperately needed it. He later became a friend of mine. There are no throw-away people.

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I apologize for not getting a post on last night, we had a little bit of a technical problem with the website, but we fixed it today and here we are.

Linda and I spent the last week preparing for our fun workshop this Saturday. Today we spent the day practicing the workshop; working with the timeline that we use in order to teach that each and every one of us is magnificent. I am an inventor at heart so everything I do is through the eyes of an inventor. We use the timeline to show you different events in my life and how the lessons learned from those events led directly to my book You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It!.

We hope to see all of you at 1:00 pm at Barnes & Noble in Kingston, NY on Saturday, June 8. Because of time constraints we are going to end our post here today, because we are still preparing for the class.

This past week Linda and I went out to put up flyers announcing our workshop on June 8th at the Kingston Barnes & Noble. Linda (my lady) spent today contacting as many parent groups as she possibly could via email and we have some really great responses coming back to us! Self-acceptance and accepting the people around you seems to be something that we as humans are moving towards rapidly and we are joining one another in order to accomplish it.

I don’t want this blog to just be about what I am doing. I wanted to tell you stories of events that occurred in my life and what I learned from them. As I said in my first blog I would share stories and what I learned from those stories and I hope that you will share your stories with me.

When I was a kid, the first summer out of high school, I got a job at a local farm. Before I started this job I was hanging out with some of my friends and told them that I had gotten this job. They informed me that they had worked there in the past. They then informed me that I was going to meet a man named John (Please note that the photo above is not a photo of John. I tried to get one, but was unable to, so I used a photo of Martin MacDaniel, my wife Linda’s grandfather). They told me that this man was nothing more than a crazy old farmer. He had really peculiar ways and he only told 6 or 7 stories. Then he would tell the same 6 or 7 stories over and over all summer long. They were all laughing when they told me how crazy this old farmer was.

Well I have never been one for listening to someone when they told me who someone was. I was going to find out for myself. When I arrived on the farm and met John I found a man who was just really comfortable with his life. As I started working with him, I noticed a few things that he did that someone else might say “that’s crazy”. For instance, every day for the first week or so that I was there after we met in the barn, he would get on the tractor. I had my back to him so I couldn’t see what he was doing, but he was saying something to the effect of “see the feathers fly”. As I said, this went on for a week or so and finally I said to myself, “what the heck is this guy doing?” So I turned around and as he was saying, “see the feathers fly” he had just sat down on an old down pillow that was on the tractor seat and he had feathers all around his head (what a great sense of humor).

When it came to lunch time, that was the time that we were together the most where we could talk. John started telling his stories. After a week or so of telling the stories that he was telling at lunch time, he started telling the stories over again. When he started telling the stories over I finally put my hands up and stopped him. I said whoa, whoa, whoa I’m not going to listen to a new story until you finish the last one. He looked at me as if I was the only person in years that had listened to him and cared enough to know more of the story. From then on, John finished those six or seven stories and then for the rest of the summer he told me stories of local history of that area that dated back to when he was a little boy and he was in his seventies at the time. John actually became a good friend of mine. I had a woodworking shop and he would drive the tractor over to visit me and I would visit the farm. When he got sick my wife and I went to see him and we attended his funeral.

John in many ways was a very open-minded man, when you finally gave him a chance, and a brilliant historian.

Early on in my relationship with John and many, many times over the years, I have felt really sad for my friends who missed out on an incredible friend just because they didn’t give him a chance. So the next time someone tells you who someone else is, take a little bit of time and decide for yourself.

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May 22, 2019 – As you can see we have a website and this is our first weekly blog post. In order to build the website we used WordPress and their customer service is phenomenal. We would recommend them to anyone. If you have a problem just chat with them and they will walk you through everything.

My lady Linda (wife), and I are gearing up for the fun workshop that we are going to teach at the Kingston, NY Barnes & Noble on June 8, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. Everyone is invited. It is a free event. Neal uses a timeline to show you the events that led to him writing You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! If it wasn’t for these events, this book wouldn’t be the book that it is. We would love to see each and every one of you there. That would be magnificent.

Right now other than cleaning houses (we have a housecleaning business) and trying to keep our cash flow up that way, we spend the rest of our time, building and buying props for the timeline. We’ll keep you posted on how we’re proceeding. Meanwhile if you can tell everyone about Barnes & Noble in any and all ways of communication that is available today we would greatly appreciate it.  We will be teaching positive self-esteem. Another way of saying this is seeing the value not only in other people, but seeing the value in yourself.

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