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Postby maryGZ » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:07 pm

Hi all I want to post this here for the ppl who might find this a good read!

This is a book about one girls life in and outside of Elan ,
If you were in Elan in the 70's I would think its a must read! I ordered my book cant wait to read it, WAY TO GO Mary O! THANK YOU! :D
seeking love and acceptance on a path of adversity. by ... See MoreSusan Kelly.
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Re: book to read

Postby Ken Zaretzky » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:47 pm

I think the correct link would be http://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Love-Acce ... 143&sr=8-1

Mary, are Susan Kelly and Mary Sullivan Mary O'brian?

Here is what Amazon says about the book:

Product Description
Mary Sullivan was born illegitimate, and partially blind. She was adopted from a Catholic orphanage by a fanatical, middle aged couple, with no children of their own. Because of MRS. Sullivan's health problems, and her inexperience with small children, Mary was volleyed back and forth between the infant home, and her adopted home. Mary had bonded with one of the nuns, and preferred the infant home to the Sullivan home. This caused a lot of anger, and resentment, resulting in years of physical, verbal, and psychological abuse. Mary was set along a path of institutions, and more abuse. When she was twelve Mary was diagnosed as semi autistic. Because of this, and her compulsion to run away, she wound up in a very controversial treatment center up North. Then at age seventeen Mary received her big break when she was enrolled in The Perkins School for the blind, in Massachusetts. She fell in love with the school, but her emotional scars from her past got in the way frequently. After two years Mary reluctantly graduated, and stumbled head long in to the adult world, not knowing what she was doing. This book is for people who have been beaten down by the system, but not beaten.
About the Author
Susan Kelly was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She is visually impaired. She enjoys writing, drawing, and learning about the computer. Currently out of work, Sue pursues her hobbies, attends counseling, and participates in the Baptist church, where she is a member. Sue is involved in the lives of her family. Sue hopes to work with computers soon. After all, its never too late to learn something new. Sue would like to thank her family, and friends for their support.
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Re: book to read

Postby HappyLynn0724 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:04 pm

What an amazing story of resilience of the human spirit. I was in the house with Mary and many times I wondered if she was in the right place. I vividly remember a GM she received and I cried for her. It is heartwarming to know she made it to the proper environment that could nurture her talents and her bruised spirit. The state of RI as with many states, warehoused many of their children out of sight and out of their own consciences with little or no accountability. I would hope that as a people and as a Society we can evolve and do a better job for our children. Today as so many people who are angry about their experiences while at Elan, I hope they channel that energy in a productive way. Many states are in dire need of CASA workers These are volunteeers in the family court setting who act as advocates for our children. This is another safe guard to prevent the Elans of the past from continuing on. I have met, heard about or read about so many "graduates" (survivors) -your choice -who have criminal records, mental health issues and still today are living in sociopathic situations. Meaning they are not assimilating into society in a functional way. For me this story is such a testament to what can be, when things go right. Elan may have been a productive experience, a less than productive experience, or as in Mary's case a totally incompatable situation but we have the power to decide where we go from here. We may however not have the proper tools the proper coping mechanisms; as we never learned them at the appropriate phase of develpment, we can today still learn them if we choose to. That is what I absorbed out of this book that with the appropriate assistance and tools she found her way in the world and is a contributing thriving productive person. Rather than waste time looking for someone to validate the horrible situations we all found ourselves in, I would hope we find our individual ways to heal and move forward with either counseling, 12 step, religion or appropriate classes so we can be at peace. Personally I did the counseling thing and volunteer with others. This book is awesome-
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Re: book to read

Postby dannyb50 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:34 pm

HappyLynn0724 wrote:What an amazing story of resilience of the human spirit. I was in the house with Mary and many times I wondered if she was in the right place. I vividly remember a GM she received and I cried for her. It is heartwarming to know she made it to the proper environment that could nurture her talents and her bruised spirit. The state of RI as with many states, warehoused many of their children out of sight and out of their own consciences with little or no accountability. I would hope that as a people and as a Society we can evolve and do a better job for our children. Today as so many people who are angry about their experiences while at Elan, I hope they channel that energy in a productive way. Many states are in dire need of CASA workers These are volunteers in the family court setting who act as advocates for our children. This is another safe guard to prevent the Elans of the past from continuing on. I have met, heard about or read about so many "graduates" (survivors) -your choice -who have criminal records, mental health issues and still today are living in sociopath situations. Meaning they are not assimilating into society in a functional way. For me this story is such a testament to what can be, when things go right. Elan may have been a productive experience, a less than productive experience, or as in Mary's case a totally incompatible situation but we have the power to decide where we go from here. We may however not have the proper tools the proper coping mechanisms; as we never learned them at the appropriate phase of development, we can today still learn them if we choose to. That is what I absorbed out of this book that with the appropriate assistance and tools she found her way in the world and is a contributing thriving productive person. Rather than waste time looking for someone to validate the horrible situations we all found ourselves in, I would hope we find our individual ways to heal and move forward with either counseling, 12 step, religion or appropriate classes so we can be at peace. Personally I did the counseling thing and volunteer with others. This book is awesome-



Happy Lynn,
You are awesome also, Thank You very much for this summary of Mary's Book. She did take every experience she had and make the most of them. What a inspiration. :D

Oh, Mary G,
Thanks so much for making us all aware of Mary O. and her book. Your awesome also.
Thanks again and take care. :lol: :lol:
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Re: book to read

Postby MichaelH » Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:24 am

Did this girl have eyes that always seems being moving left and right real fast? Was she cute? She sounds like a girl who was in my house. I thought she was kind of odd, but I felt attracted to her. I do know this girl was name Mary. The house up in Waterford, Elan 6, I think. Would have been in 1977.
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