About Me

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." 
~Henry David Thoreau, Journal, 19 August 1851

I am convinced that the first fifty years of my life were in preparation for where I am today: perched on the precipice of the next fifty years, laptop in hand pounding keys. I understand this now. The signs that eluded me parade across my mind, no longer allowing me to look away.
  • I was precocious
  • Talked in sentences before I could pronounce the words
  • Read by age four, voraciously by age seven
  • Was at the head of my class in vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Loved and aced English classes
  • Typically last standing in spelling bees
  • Words fascinate and excite me 
  • Learning thrills me
  • Research sates me
  • I am 'highly sensitive' and feel more deeply than most
  • I know things, often before you
  • I am fated to ponder
  • And compelled to share the resultant AHA's
  • Stories find me, characters whisper in my ear
  • To not write is now unthinkable
Some might call me a late bloomer. That's okay. I have amassed 20+ years of schooling concurrent with 37 years of various and sundry jobs, two careers and 55 years of living.

By Thoreau's reckoning, my season is now. I have paid my dues. I am a writer. It is my one true calling, the answer to the search that began twenty-plus years ago after reading Emmet Fox's treatise "Your Heart's Desire" in "Power Through Constructive Thinking" .

Words have my heart. I am a writer. It's who I am.

It is what I must do.

Roam with me here, on the pages of my blog. Let my journey help you along your sacred path to your own heart's desire, whatever that may be.

~ That Rebel, Olivia J. Herrell (writing as O.J. Barré)

O.J. Barré is the author of the upcoming trilogy Blessed Are the Peace Makers. Book One, Coming Home, is in final edits. The first draft of Book Two, Coming To, is nearing completion and Book Three, Coming Full Circle, is swirling in the mists of creation.


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