An amazing afternoon with Probus

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I have to share with you, my readers about an awesome afternoon I had yesterday. Last November at my book signing event at the Coles Bookstore  in Brantford for my book ‘A Hairdresser’s Diary’ I was approached by a customer who suggested she would be contacting a friend of hers who might be interested in me being a guest speaker at a local womans club. To say the least I was flattered. It was only a few days when I received an invitation from Lucinda asking me if I would like to do that very thing (be their guest speaker) the date chosen was May 8th, yesterday in fact. I am ashamed to say I knew nothing about this group that Lucinda talked about so I Googled it. The group is called Probus http://www.probus.org/worigins.htm.

I am a woman who loves to talk and am far from being shy. I love to share my stories and that is one reason I wrote my book but speaking in public to a group is something I have never done nor expected to do. I was not smart enough to ask Lucinda through our several e mails passed between us how many members I should expect to talk to. When I arrived I was directed to a room that was indeed a full house. Lucinda greeted me and I expressed my surprise at the crowd. I said, “how many ladies are there?” Lucinda without missing a beat said,”oh about four hundred.” Seeing the shock on my face she laughed. “I think about a hundred or so today.” I was still in shock. I thought I would be lucky to be in the company of about twenty or twenty-five at the most. I was not sure how many members would be interested in and inexperienced first time author.

I was not two steps into the room and I could feel the acceptance, warmth and friendliness of these amazing women. Each and everyone met me with their smiles and others greeted me verbally. I was shocked to have one of my Facebook friends Wendy there and introduce me to the group.

Shaking like a leaf I started to speak. It was not long before this amazing group of woman made me feel so comfortable that I was sharing my stories as if I was talking one on one. There was no background chattering or disruptive noises and I did not have to shout to be heard. The reception was incredible. They made me feel like I was one of their cosy family members.  It was suggested I take some of my books for the members to purchase and I sold every copy I took. I met someone who I taught make up to when we both sold a cosmetics line at the same time, and to my total astonishment a woman who took the same modeling course that I did at the same school in London a few years after me. It is truly a small world.

My daughter and I were both invited to join this lovely group for lunch and we accepted. We are both on a waiting list to join these lovely ladies in what they do.

I cannot thank them each and every one for making yesterday a most enjoyable day. They also taught me a very valuable lesson, I loved talking in this forum. I would also like to thank you for the beautiful handmade Thank You card that was presented to me made by one of your talented members.

Thank you all so very much the ladies of PROBUS group Brantford.

 

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My granddaughter Shandra

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Anyone that has read my book “A Hairdresser’s Diary” knows how much styling long hair meant to me and my career. My granddaughter Shandra is getting married this July . My dream has always been to be the one hairdresser of choice for all the brides in our family including in laws. Well I have been blessed as I have had that chance. What you are seeing in this picture is my granddaughter. This is the dry run before her wedding. You might ask why this would be necessary? well as most of you know I am just getting over another surgery this time on my left knee. Being the kind and considerate granddaughter that Shandra is, she has been concerned that I might cause myself pain either with my back or my knees on her wedding day and not be able to attend or enjoy her special day so she asked me to do her hair and take pictures now. This way I will have the pictures  of my loving work  for my ‘grandmothers album’ I am making for her. She looks like a Greek Goddess and I am proud to say she was in love with her hair. 

If you look hard enough you can see fine braided woven throughout her hair. This was one of my signatures that made my styles set apart from other stylists. Remember this was over 50 years ago and are no longer a rare embellishment. I enjoyed every second of this special day.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Hairdressers-Diary-looking-reflection-ourselves/dp/1475164289/ref=zg_bsnr_220855011_12

http://www.ahairdressersdiary.com/

 

All too soon gone 2012

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Everyone knows the saying, ‘Everything happens for a reason” well I can attest to that first hand. My grandson was playing on my laptop when all of a sudden I heard, “Sorry Grammies.” I knew that very second I was either going to have to rewrite something or reinstall something. At 67 one would think I would know better than to leave programs open or not saved. I could hardly get upset for the stupidity was my own. I took a look to find the last two chapters of the sequel of my book gone. Ronnie could tell by the look on my face that he did something he was not supposed to do. When I asked him what had happened he said, “Grammies, I was writing like you do but, sorry by mistake I disappeared it.” His huge blue eyes welling up made me grab him and as tight as I could without breaking him I said,’Honey it was Grammies fault for not protecting her woke first. You are not to blame. Grammies will start new ok?”
“Ok Grammies. I love you. I will be careful next time ok?”
With that I thought that maybe other things I have done last year should be new. So here it is. I have started a new blog. New colours, posts and new friends. Many are friends of my old friends.


I have had an amazing year 2012. I became a published author, self published at that. I sold over 250 book and 38 e books in less than 7 months. I have been added to the library of St Leonard’s Society and my book A Hairdresser’s Diary is in every one of their group homes. The director of St Leonard’s gave me an amazing compliment. He said, “Chris I cannot think of a greater role model than you for these kids.” I have made friends with some of the most amazing authors, and delightful people anyone could imagine.


I want to thank you all for your support both in my writing and my art ( there are several more place now that have my painting in their homes or places of business since last year)  and when we lost 5 family members to become Angels of God you were there for us.

It is not possible to thank you all enough, it means so much to me. Those who liked me on Facebook and in my Amazon book store made me visible to those who purchased and read my books. Thank you.
This year I published ‘A Hairdresser’s Diary’ – memoirs, ‘A Cut Above Discrimination’ – short story and ‘Versify’ – my book of poems. 2013 will bring a sequel to ‘A Hairdresser’s Diary’.
I look forward to the many new friendships I will make and to continue to enjoy the friendships I have already made.
Bless you all and have a Happy New Year.

What better gift than my books

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Yesterday a customer called to order four of my book A Hairdresser’s Diary to give as Christmas gifts. I am so honoured that she wants to share my work with so many others. So I am begging your patience as I take a few moments to advertise my books in hopes for a few last-minute holiday sales. We as authors or at least this author finds it awkward at times to do this. I am proud of my books so why does this seem like I am walking across thin ice to hand a drowning person a helping hand. On one hand I feel good I have something exciting to share and on the other I have to be careful doing it.

We should sing from the rooftops about our accomplishments and yet sometimes we hold back afraid of offending someone or in some cases with family and friends afraid they think us braggarts. So risking this I am posting the links to my books just in case there is someone on your list who might enjoy reading one or both of these books. Thank you all.

http://www.amazon.com/Hairdressers-Diary-looking-reflection-ourselves/dp/1475164289/ref=zg_bsnr_220855011_12

http://www.amazon.com/Versify-Poems-Christine-Hannon-1/dp/162220011X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346070150&sr=1-4&keywords=versify

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/sassychannon

When family and friends notice the little things.

I had my eyes opened yesterday and what a delightful surprise. I is amazing how many family and friends noticed and followed the things I am doing with my book. My heart was touch when several asked me how my book signings went. Even more encouraging was the fact that even though I am the first author in the family I certainly am not going to be the only. Three other family members were talking to me about their books or pending books. I can only wish that I might have had just a little influence on their decision.

I had compliments on my cover and title which made me feel proud. Some even remember me looking like that.

I am working on ‘A Hairdresser’s Diary’ sequel and this support will make it so much more enjoyable to write.

I have had several customers and friends ask to please be included in my new book and those who I’ve asked give a resounding yes to my request. I respect the trust they have put in me.

This is a thank you to you all both family and friends.

When we make a difference

I know that as authors we hope that in one way or the other we will make a difference when people read our books. It could be they will learn to do something, they will be entertained or know there are others who have the same problems. It could also be that we touched someone with the hand of God to be given a safe haven, to give strength or even to let them know they are loved. Whatever your book does or says someone somewhere will find the message.

I was blessed to have had that special opportunity. When I wrote A Hairdresser’s Diary I was hoping for many of the reactions listed above, and recently I was blessed to know that a young girl after reading my book took the leap to better her life. She  decided that if I could do it and live through the pain and hardships so could she. In her e-mail to me she thanked me for giving her the strength to look inside herself and see the goodness and love she had inspite being told differently from her family. We talk about bullying in the schools and in the work place but how about the bullying in our own homes. I was this young girls call for help and I answered. I am proud of that. The amazing thing is my help came in the form of my book.

What an exciting way to start the day

Last week I was approched by Barb Quinn from Hairstyleblog magazine. She had purchased my book  A Hairdresser’s Diary from Amazon and asked if I would write a story as a guest blogger. This morning I recieved a link to my story and am most pleased. I would like you all to share in my excitment and ask you to read it over your morning coffee, tea or fruit juice.

With her e mail this morning was a request for me to write a different story for another magazine she writes for . That one will be published Sept 4th.

What a lovely way to wake up in the morning, seeing ones work in print other than in ones books.

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