I Matter Too!: Finding Meaning in Your Life at Any Age

I Matter Too!: Finding Meaning in Your Life at Any Age

“At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared; not our competence but our character; and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love.” –author unknown

This book is a collection of short essays featuring:

  • Steven Curtis Chapman, Five-time Grammy winner, singer, songwriter, musician, author.
  • Jim Meskimen, actor/impressionist who has been in five feature films directed by Ron Howard. His mother, Marion Ross, the subject of his essay, was Richie Cunningham’s (Ron Howard’s) mother on Happy Days.
  • Sherry Morris, whose mother, Constance Madeline Morris, was the inspiration for the cover of this book.
  • Jeff Rector, award-winning writer, director, producer, working actor, stand-up comedian and best-selling author.
  • Dee Wallace, the mother of Elliott in ET: The Extra-Terrestrial. She is the most prolific American actress in movie/television history.
  • Title ‏ : ‎ I Matter Too!: Finding Meaning in Your Life at Any Age
  • Authors ‏ : ‎ Harlan Rector, Edward Mickolus
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wandering Woods Publishers
  • Publication Date ‏ : ‎ May 10, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 148 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 173507473X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1735074733
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.34 x 9 inches


Editors’ Introduction

Foreword by Carol Spargo Pierskalla, Finding a Meaning for One’s Life


The Age of Innocence: Childhood / Elementary School

The Simple Act, by Dee Wallace

Through the Eyes of a Child, by Jack Rawcliffe

She Loved Me Most; She Loved Me Best, by Sherry-Ann Morris

The Job I Never Wanted, by Tracy Tripp

Skunk Oil Skills, by Ruth Van Alstine

A New Landscape, by Sally Wahl Constain


The Age of Learning: High School / College

How a Police Officer Made a Difference in One Person’s Life, by Mal MacIver

Inspiration, Thy Name is Marion, by Jim Meskimen

Only if I, by Kathy Triebwasser

A Walk with Janis Joplin, by Elaine Chekich


The Age of Responsibility: Adulthood

Birthdays, by Buzz Williams

Priorities, by Sam Roberts

From the City Block to the Cell Block, by Pat Collins

A Nudge and a Will, by Ruth Van Alstine

Lost in Translation, by Patricia Daly-Lipe


The Age of Action: Work/Career

A Magic Moment, by Harlan Rector

What Goes Into the First of Life, by Jenny L. Cote

Timing and Talent Matters, by Greg Barry

A Dream Come True, by Jeff Rector

Pray for the Sudanese, by Chuck Brockmeyer

The Chinese/English Bibles, by Chuck Brockmeyer

Mr. Li and a Visit to the USA, by Chuck Brockmeyer

A Path Lit by 133 Stars, by Ed Mickolus


The Age of Sharing: Family/Marriage/Children

Expeditious Adoption, by Rick and Nancy Banks

Coast to Coast, by Harlan Rector

Accepting Life’s Way, by Tim Watts

A Christmas Present from Steven Curtis Chapman, by Harlan Rector

A Tragic Accident with a Happy Ending, by Diane Quick-Machaby

Lessons from my Mother, by Sue Jones

The Letter, by Anni Rawcliffe


The Age of Reflection: Retirement

My Life as a U.S. Census Bureau Enumerator, by Susan Schjelderup

Four Score and Three, by Sheila Weinstein

The Cross, a Rosary, and a Mickey Mouse Watch, by Sue Jones


The Age Beyond Memories: After You’ve Gone

They Were Dying To See Me: Vito’s Story, by Jack Knee

A Parting Gift, by Ed Mickolus

Where Do We Go From Here? by Harlan Rector


Epilogue by Sheila Weinstein, Resilience: Learning from a Plastic Clown

Book Club Questions

About the Authors

Editors’ Introduction

In volume I of this series we asked authors to explore how someone made a (positive) difference in their life or how they made a difference in someone’s life. We’ve been heartened by the response to our request, and to the collection overall. We’ve asked individuals from all walks of life—a movie producer, a police officer, an artist, a public servant, a poet, a professional writer, a spy—to share their recollections of these key experiences in their lives.

Our guiding philosophy is, surprisingly, nicely captured in the following meme:

You never really know the true impact you have on those around you. You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them. You never know how much your kindness turned someone’s entire life around. You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk. So don’t wait to be kind. Don’t wait for someone else to be kind first. Don’t wait for better circumstances or for someone to change. Just be kind, because you never know how much someone needs it.

We’re now collecting material for a volume III. If you’d like to participate, please contact either of us.

Harlan and Ed

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