No Higher Compliment

Author Randolph Randy Camp with East High Students, Feb. 2015 (NY)

Author Randolph Randy Camp with East High Students, Feb. 2015 (NY)

 

Author Tops Off Black History Month at East

The students from Mr. Wagner’s Certified Nursing Assistant class paid homage to Buffalo’s author, Randy Camp on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Mr. Camp was treated to two skits by the students that represented scenes from the two novels that the students recently read in class. The students also awarded Mr. Camp their Annual Distinguish Helper Award for his direct influence on their lives.

The first book the students read was “Wet Matches”, a novel that metaphorically deals with the emotional impact that segregation of schools had on Mr. Camp growing up in the South. This novel is packed with empathy as race is superimposed on the journey of five lost teens who are coping with self-identity confusion, and their medical diagnoses of HIV. The second novel the students read, Mr. Camp’s most recent work;”29 Dimes: A Love Story”, is a very engaging story of a group of close teens, and their last summer before high school graduation. The story deeply explores teenage relationship issues with excellent characters development.

The C.N.A students easily related to the multiple issues that were addressed in this swiftly moving love story where the hero is a special needs high school boy who overcomes multiple obstacles to become the star of the story by giving his life for another. The students spent 20 minutes of each class period reading out loud and then were engaged in daily writing assignments that dealt with the topic that was addressed in the book for that day. Mr. Camp’s response to the event was “…there’s no higher compliment for a writer than to see his characters come to life.”

After the skits, Mr. Camp led the students in a round table discussion about not only the story, but the process, frustration, and challenges involved in publishing his books.

Writer Randolph Randy Camp at East High School, February 2015

Writer Randolph Randy Camp at East High School, February 2015

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Thankful for Another Day

Writer Randolph Randy Camp speaking with Students from East High School in Buffalo, NY

Writer Randolph Randy Camp speaking with Students from East High School in Buffalo, NY

I’m so thankful that I’m granted another day. Hopefully I’ll be of some help to someone within the next 24 hours…then I’ll be able to sleep in peace. – Randy Camp

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Wavelengths

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

Contemporary Author Randolph Randy Camp

Everything we do has an impact or an influence on someone else, whether we like it or not. As I journey through life, I hope that my wavelengths create more of a positive ripple effect than a negative one. No, I’m certainly not perfect and I’ve made plenty of mistakes. Although I’m older now, I still fall way short of perfection but I try to give my best shot at helping and influencing others.

It’s the beginning of a new year now, and yesterday, as the kids went back to school after their long Holiday break, I was blown away by a ripple effect that was set in motion with wavelengths that started several months ago. It all began back in September when one of my neighbors had asked me to speak to her 16 year old daughter who was seriously considering dropping out of high school. Well, yesterday, this young lady knocked on my door and was so excited to tell me that not only was she getting A’s and B’s in all of her classes but she also had talked her mother into purchasing all of my books, in which she read all of them during the Holiday break. And with the biggest and proudest smile on her face, she went on to say that her teacher has also agreed to let her do an oral book report on one of my novels for extra credit. Needless to say, this young lady certainly made my day and I was just as proud of her as she was.

Yes indeed, our wavelengths definitely have an impact on others. I can only hope that during my lifetime I’ve helped more people than I’ve hurt. As I lay my head down at night, I want to sleep peacefully, knowing that my wavelengths had a positive ripple effect on someone. – Randolph Randy Camp

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Keep It Simple

Randolph Randy Camp, Spotsylvania High School

Randolph Randy Camp, Spotsylvania High School

As some of you already know, I grew up in rural Spotsylvania County, Virginia and sometimes my brothers and I were blessed during the Holiday Season to get a handful of hard candy and a few shelled nuts as gifts, which were presented to us in a brown lunch bag with an occasional apple or an orange on Christmas morning.

Still to this day, hazelnuts are my favorite Holiday nuts, and I was very blessed this year with fresh roasted hazelnuts from my dear friend Karen and raw hazelnuts from my daughter Randie. No, it doesn’t take much to make me happy, and this Holiday Season was extra special because I was given something that touched a deeper part of me.

Yep, that’s me, the country boy from Spotsylvania County who loves hazelnuts and life’s simple things. Have a Wonderful 2015 Everyone! – Randolph Randy Camp

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RCstories: 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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Randolph Randy Camp, October 2014

Randolph Randy Camp, October 2014

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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Mind Power

Author Randolph Randy Camp at WBFO Radio in New York, October 2014

Author Randolph Randy Camp at WBFO Radio in New York, October 2014

One of the hardest things to do in this world is trying to stay positive while negativity is all around you. As we approach the new year, I will try my best to keep a positive outlook on life, in spite of all the daily headlines and lead stories on the TV evening news that, too often, focuses on the dark side of humans. No, it’s not easy to maintain a positive attitude, especially when the media continually feeds us negative junk every few minutes.

A mental technique in which I’ve been using for quite awhile now is to think about those positive stories that highlights the human spirit but rarely makes the news. I truly believe that there are certainly more positive people in this world than negative ones, and that for every negative story which makes the news there are plenty of positive stories that goes unnoticed. So therefore, every time I hear a negative news story I try to think about stories such as the girl who goes to the soup kitchen to eat just so that her mother has enough food at home to feed the rest of the kids.

No, it’s definitely not easy but I hope that all of you will stay positive, or at least, give it your best shot as we go forward into the new year 2015. – Randolph Randy Camp

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Always Reaching

What drives you? What keeps you going?

Author Randolph Randy Camp at WBFO Radio in New York, October 2014

Author Randolph Randy Camp at WBFO Radio in New York, October 2014

I recently received an email from one of my young fans who had asked me, “Do you think that you would ever stop writing?” Her question made me think about many things, one of which was the reasons behind my constant drive to attain and achieve certain goals in life.

I’m a firm believer in doing whatever you’re capable of doing, especially if it’s something constructive and positive, because you’re setting an example for others around you. And in my case, my persistent drive to accomplish certain goals comes from my true love of writing and a deeper belief that even though I can’t always shower my own children with material things and wealth, I can, however, always provide them with a sense of hope and inspiration simply by watching me achieve tiny accolades from time to time.

It’s my greatest wish that my own children and grandchildren go much further in life than myself, and that’s why I’m always reaching higher and higher. Giving a child a sense of hope is extremely valuable, and God bless all of you who are, every day, setting a great example for those around you and those in your personal life as well.

By the way, in answering the young lady’s question, I simply told her, “No, I can’t stop writing — I have a lot of kids and grandchildren.”  – Randolph Randy Camp

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