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Not too long ago I heard her say, "I never met a drug I didn't like." Even if she lives through everything that she's doing to herself and her loved ones, what will her consequences be in the end? I heard that this same young lady has been running away from home, having sex with multiple partners, has been into very heavy drugs and other criminal activities. Since her parents, police and court systems have done the best they could to intervene, they will now have to sit idly by and just hope for the best. She was so sweet, so young, so innocent. How did this happen? She's only thirteen. I wish I couldn't relate... but I can.
Michael Kennon is the CEO and President of Kennon Transport, LLC, a successful trucking business he runs with his wife, Sue.  Before owning his own company, Mike was a runaway and was virtually homeless for most of his childhood and young adulthood.  To survive on the road, Mike drove trucks, sold encyclopedias, hustled pool, was a baker, ski instructor, sous chef and drug dealer--just to name a few.   Drugs and other dependencies took over Mike's life to the point that he could not accept help when it was offered, nor could he stop running away from a past that haunted him. While now blessed with what he has achieved in his life and in his personal and family relationships, things were much different at one time.  "Memoirs of a Runaway:  A Story of Hope" is a tale of survival and spirituality.  Isolation and reconnection.  Most of all, it is a hand reaching out to those who travel down the same troubled path; a story of hope.


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I read a staggering statistic that said one in seven children between the ages of 10 and 17 will run away. 'Memoirs of a Runaway' is a story based on the life of a young man who ran away at a very early age but overcame the odds. Memoirs is an inspiring tale about hope and survival. (I should know... I lived it !!)

"I loved it...It HELD my interest! The ending and nearing the end of the book was especially great. I think your book will inspire many kids/adults that are runaways or having rough times in their own lives." --Janice Lansel

"I'm almost done with the book. I've gotten to the last chapter now and i don't want it to end ! I just really like this book and the character so much. And I read a lot of books !" --Sandra Ruemker

"Wow! You certainly have quite a story to share. You have been through so much. Where some people might have given up you persevered and have done so much. Your work demonstrates strong writing with a nice flow; your narrative voice is fantastic. You really have done a nice job discussing this subject. Your book is nicely put together; books like yours provide insight for many. I liked the way you chose to set up your text. It hooked me right from the start...the baseball story is truly amazing." --Jennifer Rush
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When I reached San Diego, a bunch of bikers pulled up in front of me.  I went up to them, unafraid of any danger that might be lurking.  As I approached them, one of the bikers said, “Hey kid!  Don’t you know it is dangerous to hitchhike out here?”
            “Ah, man.  I’m glad you’re here to protect me then,” I replied.  I began to think I was going to finally die when the bikers looked at each other and started laughing.

“Where are you going?” the biker asked.

“No clue,” I answered.

“Well, jump on.  We’ve been there several times, and we’ll sure take you right to it,” he responded.

I jumped on a bike driven by the gang’s smallest biker.  If I had to end up fighting someone, I wanted him to be the one.  After driving for a while, we stopped to stretch our feet.  One of the bikers asked me if I had ridden before, and I told him that I had ridden dirt bikes and bikes on ice in Crystal Lake.  They gave me an old 67 Triumph Bonneville to ride, and we toured around for quite a bit.  After a while, they had somewhere to go which clearly did not include me, but they told me to keep the bike and drove off.  I drove around Orange County toward the beach.  It occurred to me that the bike was probably hot and not registered, and I became nervous.  I rode the bike for one last time along the beach, parked it, and walked away.








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Saturday, March 24, 2012

update on florida living. writing the next book. and another blurb from 'memoirs'.
my wife (sue) turned to me and said, 'well, is this where you saw yourself when you were making that 5 year plan?' my response was emphatically 'NO!'. no offense to floridians, but florida was not even on my list of places I wanted to live. at least, not yet. our kids (we moved down here for) like theme parks and they say there's so much to do. sue and i like theme parks but really only went maybe once a year (if that). sue seems very content just hanging out and watching the grandson, but i'm going stircrazy. even when i retire, i doubt i'll retire. so, how did we end up in a retirement community? that's a whole nother story! well, when we finally did decide to make this move, we knew we could be positive influences on our grandson and wanted to spend more time with family here. we also love the beach and florida really does have a lot to offer. unfortunately, about the time we moved here (just over a year ago) my health started deteriorating. i think one of the worst 'symptoms' that recently increased was tinnitus. i described 'ringing in my ears' in a story when i was about 16 during one of my runaway experiences. here's a short excerpt from the book...

'I decided to start hitchhiking towards California. I was picked up by a guy who said he was a roadie for one of the bands that was going to be at the California Jam and that he had their drum set. We talked all the way there, and he said he could get me a backstage pass. I was thrilled and once we got there, we started doing mushrooms and smoking joint after joint. I passed out next to one of the huge speakers by the stage. I woke up and wanted to leave because it was so loud that my ears hurt. I could hardly remember watching the concert or meeting anyone because I was so stoned. All I could hear was a ringing in my ears and knew that I suffered permanent damage to my hearing. Life was becoming a constant, loud, confusing haze.'

Last year I felt a shock wave go thru my body and it felt like my eardrums were being blown out. now it's like someone turned up the (ringing in my ears) volume by 80% (i think sinus infections were the culprit). even though tinnitus has become extremely annoying, if you're read 'memoirs' you know that i've lived in the land of adversity and this is just another nuisance. the bad thing is, i think it's one of those deterrents that has kept me from writing this next book. i never seem to have a clear head anymore. but, i'm adjusting! i heard a good story from a movie we watched last night. i'm paraphrasing, but it said this guy heard a constant noise that was driving him crazy, until he knew that he was either going to have to live with it or go insane. he decided to embrace the noise and suddenly it became like music to his ears. i think it was a true miracle i was able to author that first book and i'm sure the passion of writing, traveling and enjoying life to the fullest is just around the corner. but, i know that sometimes life has other plans. so as long as i keep god first in my life and trust him, everything will be perfect (even if it's not). if you've been waiting in anticipation for that next book (or to have mike back), thank you for your patience !!
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