Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TurnAbout Tour: Tom Hernandez

The BryonySeries' first TurnAbout Tour continues today with Tom Hernandez

What is a TurnAbout Tour?

Well, it's something I made up, as my "thank you" to the writers who graciously and generously hosted the BryonySeries on their blogs last month.

During the Mondays and Tuesdays in June, I'm sharing links to three pieces I especially liked by these writers, giving them additional exposure without them have to write additional pieces. We're on stop No. four today, so if you missed the first three, please scroll back and catch up.

Like last month's blog tour, I'll be archiving this tour on my website once I can make the time. ;)

Today's stop: ,my WriteOn Joliet co-leader Tom Hernandez.

According to his biography on his website at tomhernandezbooks.com, Tom Hernandez is a writer, public speaker, performer and communications professional.

Born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, Tom has been writing personally and professionally since childhood. He was a reporter for 10 years at several suburban daily and weekly newspapers, and wrote a “slice of life” column for another 11 years for two community newspapers. He now serves as the Director of Community Relations for a large suburban Chicago public school district.

Tom is the oldest of three sons. His writing explores the many complicated facets of life — marriage, family, relationships, identity, aging, parenting, faith, social justice and politics.

He and his wife, Kellie have two adult daughters and welcomed their first grandchild in 2018. They live in Plainfield, Illinois.

Now unfortunately, Tom has never posted my most favorite piece on his blog, so I can't share that one with you today. I like that particular piece so much, I tacked it up by my computer at work, and retacked it up last year when I moved work stations.

However, I really like these three posts, too. I hope you do, too.


A poem that eloquently sums up the foundation of all we do.


Dear Riley

No new baby gift ever rivaled Tom's first letter to his first grandchild.


A Line

A poem that begs for forgiveness from the reader, my second all-time favorite of Tom's writings.


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