SkillShare: Learn How Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things Everyday

Skill Share

Skill Share

Compiled by Rachel J Rofe, SkillShare: Learn How Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things Everyday is a compilation of chapters written by various authors including myself.

It became an instant best seller when it was launched on Kindle in February 2014.

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You’ll learn all sorts of things from relationships, to marketing, to food skills, and much more from these expert contributors, and whilst you may not be interested in all the topics, you can certainly learn a lot!

My chapter is about audio recording.

Thorns To Be Thankful For: Personal Stories Of Overcoming Hard Times

Another of Rachel Rofe compilations Thorns To Be Thankful For: Personal Stories Of Overcoming Hard Times is a mixture of Thorns To Be Thankful For.1inspirational personal stories, and my chapter is about my son Jodi, who has autism.

Again, this was an instant best seller when it was launched in February 2014.

Here’s the description –

   One of the greatest things about being human is that we get to experience a wide range of experiences.      Sure, sometimes we’re hit with low periods that make us question everything. We also have the high periods – the feeling of new love, the first warm day out of winter; the feeling you get when your favorite song comes on the radio.
While they don’t feel like it at the time, low periods certainly have their value. They make way for revelations, wisdom, rebirth.
Personally, I love to operate under the belief that “everything happens for our highest good”. When “bad” things are happening, I like to think that it’s because it’s making way for a great learning lesson or an even bigger blessing.
That’s what this book is about. You’re going to read stories of people overcoming mind-bending hardship and coming to the other side much stronger.Buy Now
Some of the things people in this book went through are unthinkable. But they got through it – and when you read, hopefully you realize that you can get through anything too. This book will help you peek into the fabric of peoples’ souls. You’ll hear their stories, feel inspired, and realize that we’re all in this together. It is my hope that as tough things come up in your life, you’ll think back to a story you read here and realize that there’s hope on the other side.


An Attitude of Gratitude!

Please Listen!As a published author, I am currently in the process of recording audio versions of all my books.

They will be uploaded to ACX and be available on and Some already are.

Since I’m narrating them myself, I need a quiet place, because the microphone has an annoying habit of picking up every noise.

Although our house is set back a bit from the road, to make it as quiet as possible, I decided to use the bedroom at the back of the house to record my books, and so far I’ve managed to complete ten of them.

I have four to go.

It’s been really hot in UK recently, and the other night I couldn’t sleep so I decided it would be an ideal time to do a bit of narration.

I recorded a few chapters and then the dawn chorus began, with the birds singing and chirping exceptionally loudly, or so it seemed.

Anyway, I gave up and decided I’d give it another go the next morning before the birds woke up.

That worked fine for a short while and then we had a thunder storm with torrential rain, which beat against the windows and clattered on the conservatory roof, so once again I had to stop recording.

A few minutes ago, in the middle of the day, I decided to have another try.

Everything was going well until suddenly I heard a loud banging noise like metal being hit with a huge hammer. It seems there is work being done on the railway line close by so it’s likely to continue all day.

I guess I’ll have to put my recording on hold yet again.

Now, you’d think I’d be a bit annoyed or frustrated with all this, wouldn’t you, but surprisingly I’m not.

Actually, all I can really think about is how grateful I am to be able to hear!

How about you?

Ida Godbold – 100 Years and Counting!

Ida Godbold  paperback coverThis book is about my Grandma Godbold and was written for her 100th birthday.

It doesn’t matter who you talk to, everyone thinks their generation was the best,and even those who experienced tremendous hardships recall mostly the good bits.

My Grandma is no exception.

Whilst she’s survived two world wars and been surrounded by lots of death, endured years of hard work without the modern conveniences we now take for granted, she still maintains she’s probably seen the best in mankind.

She’s helped bring babies into the world, and washed and lain dead people out, something common for many people of her generation.Buy Now

She comes from an era when people were strong, resilient and didn’t just care about material things, but friends and neighbours too. They were proud, independent and hard working. They didn’t rely on handouts, didn’t think the world owed them any favours and when things were broke, they fixed them.

That went for relationships as well as “stuff”, and it’s a philosophy many of us would do well to adopt.

This is the story of my Grandma Godbold, and is based on the conversations we’ve had together over the years. Whilst it will be of most interest to her family, Ida Godbod, is a remarkable woman in my opinion.

She’s part of my history.

Indeed, but for her I wouldn’t be here to tell this tale, and you wouldn’t be reading this blog post!





The GVO Story

Again it’s a true story, but this time it’s about something completely different from autism and mercury poisoning… …or is it?

ActuaTheGVOStorylly, The GVO Story is about Joel Therien, who is now the CEO of several multi-million dollar companies, and the reason I wrote it is because I’ve actually met and interviewed him.

Amazingly it was the search for a cure for a mysterious debilitating health problem that led Joel to the internet.

The GVO Story covers Joel’s battle with aspartame poisoning, and how he eventually regained his health, and go on to develop amazingly powerful and affordable online tools , services, and business oppoBuy Nowrtunities.

His unique online webhosting and marketing solution, as well as his healthy lifestyle program, are changing the lives of people all around the globe.

His story is both interesting and inspiring- at least I think so!

Both the paperback book and Kindle version are available on Amazon , and if you ever read them and feel inspired , please go back and leave an honest review.

 Thanks so much.

By the way,  the book is also now available on Smashwords , and if you’d like to listen to my interview with Joel Therien, the CEO of GVO, please visit

Crabby Old Man – Please Share This Poem!

Last night I went to see the film Quartet.   It’s about a home for retired musicians and was funny and sad.  It’s also very true, because we all age and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Unfortunately, when people get old, often they’re treated differently.

They say life is for the young, and it does seem when you get to a certain age, you do become invisible or a nuisance.

As long as you’re active and have your mind it’s okay, but beware when things start to break down.

It’s a real concern.

Anyway, Crabby Old Man  is an absolutely beautiful poem, which I do hope you’ll share.

I received it in an e-mail so I cannot verify the story, but apparently when an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte, Nebraska, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.   One nurse took her copy to Missouri.

The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.


What do you see nurses? – What do you see?
What are you thinking.- when you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man – not very wise,
Uncertain of habit – with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food – . and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice – ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice – the things that you do.
And forever is losing – A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not – lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding – The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? – Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse -. you’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am – . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding – . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten – . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters – who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen – . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now – a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty – my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows – that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now – I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide – And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty – My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other – With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons – have grown and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me – to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children – My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me – my wife is now dead.
I look at the future – shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing – young of their own.
And I think of the years – and the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man – and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age .-look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles – grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone – where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass – a young guy still dwells,
And now and again – my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys – I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living – life over again.

I think of the years, all too few – gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact – that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people – open and see.
Not a crabby old man – Look closer – see ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!


The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

A Life In Rhyme – Rhyming Verse and Story Poems

My Books

A Life In Rhyme are a collection of rhyming story poems I’ve written over a period of years.

None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I’ve decided to compile the verses into four different titles.

They are available in paperback, kindle and I’ve personally narrated them all so they are also available on AUDIBLE,  if you’re interested.

A Life In Rhyme – My Story is the first book, and introduces you to why and how I started my writing career, not only through my rhyming verses, but also via the background information accompanying each unique poem.

In this book, you are introduced to my son Jodi who has autism and whose disability proved the catalyst for my rhyming poems and verses.

A Life In Rhyme – My Family is the second book , and  introduces you to my family and the story poems I’ve written for them on their special birthdays and anniversaries. Each one is like a This Is Your Life set in rhyme.

A Life In Rhyme – People Poems is the third book , and  introduces you to friends and acquaintances and the story poems I’ve written for them for special events in their lives. I’ve changed the names of all the recipients, but not the actual poems I wrote for them.

A Life In Rhyme – Life’s Observations is the fourth book , and introduces you to story poems I’ve written about events in my life and random observations, together with some of the rhyming verse included in the other books I’ve written.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.


Dean Holland Interview – Could the Quick Start Challenge Prevent Old Age Debt Problems?

Is Dean Holland's Quick Start Challenge The Answer?A few weeks ago, my gran reached the grand old age of 99 years, and already she’s ticking off the days until she’s 100.

I think she’ll make it.

She’s in a nursing home, but she’s not the eldest there.  I know of at least two who are well over a hundred.

Indeed, the other day, my mum went to visit Grandma and was met at the door by a well dressed lady of 102 who was about to go for a walk outside.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Maybe it’s the water in this area, but there do seem to be a lot of exceptionally old people around, which is a bit scary if the statistic on the BBC news the other week is anything to go by.

It said three out of ten over 50’s have debt problems.


You see, even if we retire in our late sixties, or early seventies, that still leaves an awful lot of years to survive without a regular income, and if many of us are in debt at fifty, the outlook is likely to be pretty bleak, isn’t it?

One person who certainly doesn’t intend to have that sort of future is Dean Holland.

He’s already pulled himself up from being $60,000 in debt and doesn’t intend to go there again.

I interviewed him recently and he explained how he’s now helping others get on their own road to financial freedom with his Quick Start Challenge.

You can listen to my interview and read the transcript of our call  here,

and you’ll discover more about his Quick Start Challenge here –


Good Luck!

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