Hno. Mark ministra el mensaje, ""Como Escapar de Tu Jaula."" Hermano, hermana, estas en una jaula y necesita escapar? Este mensaje es para usted!
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Born in Jamaica in 1976, Mark Simpson was like any kid without indoor plumbing, running water, and shoes. His first ten years were spent being raised by his grandparents. At ten, his grandmother died after she was stricken with diabetes. With only his granddad and young aunt left to raise him, he quickly grew up. At the age of twelve, he started high school; however, that was quickly interrupted when Hurricane Gilbert struck the island. After about two weeks of unofficial holidays, he returned to school. One evening after school while he was hanging out, he noticed a couple drove into town. The next thing he knew, he was on a plane heading for New York with the couple and his young aunt. He realized it wasn't an international kidnapping after his dad greeted him at the airport. He recalls that the first thing his aunt said as she exited the airport and looked around was "this is the foreign everyone is dying to come to!" in a sarcastic tone. Having started high school in Jamaica, he was almost embarrassed to hear he would be attending junior high school. "My first week of junior high was the worst. I had two fights and had to run home once." Following his first month of junior high, he quickly became one of the smartest kids in his math class and was fairly popular due to his accent. Even though he was fairly bright in math, he still had some problem with English. However, after a few hours a week working one-on-one with his English teacher, he slowly caught up to the rest of his English class. In 1990, Mark started high school, and like junior high school, it started out with fights and hasty retreats home. This time, it took him longer to get adjusted to a much larger high school population. However, unlike junior high, English quickly became his number one subject and math the hated one. The first two years of high school was anything but fun. At the start of his junior year, he joined the track team. With a few more friends, things started to look better. Girls started to take notice as his running got better, and his girl skills got polished. On his first year on the track team, he set several sprint records in the hundred-meter dash and the sixty-meter dash. By senior year, he was running alongside some of the fastest kids in New York State. However, several injuries quickly brought him from being a sprinter to a middle-distance runner, where he also excelled. After high school, he went to several colleges and had twice as many majors. In 1999, he graduated from college with a degree in commutations. However, jobs were hard to come by. At the time, his aunt--who was a nurse--helped him get a job in the hospital she worked at. He went back and later graduated with a degree in respiratory therapy. He currently works as a respiratory therapist saving lives, but at the same time, writing is his true passion. Mark began writing just after leaving high school. He started out writing small skits for his acting class, which turned into feature-length scripts. However, he's still waiting on Hollywood to call. He didn't become serious about his writing until his boyhood friend, Narrel Howard, read one of his short stories and told him how good it was. It didn't take long for him to realize that this was something he loved and would like to make a living from. Writing is more than a hobby; it is his passion. Although at this time it can't pay the bills, it continues to bring him great joy.
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September 04, 2011
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