About Dan L. Hays
Dan L. Hays is a gifted writer who has been pursuing his craft for more than 25 years. His passion has always been writing, but he had a writing block that he could not understand for many years. In 1985 he wrote a book about being the adult child of alcoholic parents. Several publishers were very interested; he felt he had “lost the thread of the story,” backed away from the book and did not return to it.
In 1987 Dan’s father died. In 1993, trying to understand his father better, he wrote a book entitled Nothing Left to Lose, about a critical turning point in his father’s life. Several agents expressed interest in the book. Again, he “lost the thread” and walked away from the book, puzzled as to why it had happened yet again.
Lost creativity is just one of the elements of the story he explores in his first published book, Freedom’s Just Another Word, which chronicles events around the time of his father’s death. It is the first of a cycle of seven books about healing old wounds with his father. That cycle will culminate with Nothing Left to Lose, written from a perspective of forgiveness and admiration. You can see the review of Freedom’s Just Another Word by Laura Schultz at New York Journal Of Books.
Dan participates in the Dialogues With Dignity radio show.
By questioning what I had been taught, by doubting God because of my past, I came to a certainty that had been missing earlier with my faith.
Working through The Artist’s Way greatly expanded my concept of myself as a writer, and shed light on the limitations in thinking that had held me back.
There comes a point in a relationship when it’s time to move on – from a group, an old friend, a lover. How do you know when it’s time?
I discovered that there were painful periods of time while I was growing up that I had blocked out, but which were still impacting me strongly.
I decided in my early ‘20s the one thing I wanted most in life was not to be like my Dad. Then I realized I had become just like him.
When I was successful as a child, I got belittled or put down, and as an adult tended to easily become discouraged and give up on projects.
Being extraordinarily analytical, I ruminated over my problems for long periods, until confronted by a good friend who wouldn’t support that behavior.
Since everything was unpredictable when I was growing up, I had poor benchmarks for knowing what normal households looked like.
I used to think in absolutes a lot – I’m right, you’re wrong – and if you disagreed, I would defend my position without compromise.
As a child, if I admitted to anything it could lead to painful consequences, so I learned to lie if confronted, which I had to overcome as an adult.
A Life As A Human Interview: Chelsea and her partner Owiny Morris met a group of street children in Lira, Uganda in 2011 and felt compelled to help them. When they found that there was no government social network to help them they turned to each other and asked a simple question, “Why not us?”
A Life As A Human Interview: Long time traveller turned photographer and philanthropist, Kane Ryan has lived in Mumbai, India for the past 4 years. Working primarily in the Saki Naka slum community building a school, women’s centre and providing healthcare for the community. Over the last 4 years his small non profit has helped Janvi trust and the community turn the Saki Naka slum into one of the cleanest in the city.
A Life As A Human Interview: As filmmaker and writer, Patricia has a passion for large-brained megafauna – from dolphins, to primates, to elephants. Her quest to portray the interrelationships between humans and animals has led her around the globe in pursuit of the issues that threaten these relationships. She is currently working on an advocacy film to raise awareness about the plight of Asian elephants called “Elephants Never Forget.”
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