Memoirs of a Runaway: A Story of Hope
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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.
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, 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
Excerpts from book...
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
“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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<--Mike at 19
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Monday, February 25, 2013
2012: A Year in Review
10:37 am est
it was another challenging year (not necessarily a bad thing). trucking slowed
to a standstill around thanksgiving and because i was indulging a bit more around the holidays my health issues kicked into
gear again. we also recently lost our uncle. but god has been phenomenal thru it all !! allowing us to fly up and see our
new grandson, kaleb, born dec 20th. god continues to provide for us and pay all
our bills, allowing us to be cheerful givers and have peace and confidence during troubling times. i may have even graduated
to the 6th grade of my spiritual journey--because in the end, it's just like working out--the more challenging life becomes,
the more i exercise my faith and the stronger i become !! and, sue and i still continue to have a love affair going on 17
years (another miracle) !! http://www.facebook.com/yearinreview/overeager
Friday, August 24, 2012
10 year anniversary...with god.
i used to say that i'm in about the 4th grade of my spiritual journey
(and man do i still have a long ways to go)...but i'm eternally grateful i'm no where near who/where i used to be (it's
all in the book !!.
11:12 am edt i'm learning that when we forgive, love and live not under law but under grace (having
a relationship with him), we are truly living in the abundance of god and in his will !!
also learned that i can be a blessing, not a burden. that i can be a contributing, functional member of society.
you've read 'memoirs of a runaway' you know that i believe god was and is working in this mans life.
it is my vision to provide hope and encourage others when i can (hebrews 10:24--'24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another
—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.')
i believe our
lives are living testimonies. i believe the more we know (about god) the better life becomes. again, i admit, i have a long ways to go, but at least i can say without a doubt--this
man has a heart for god, and there's no changing that...period.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Time to Reboot!
10:40 am edt
i hope to incorporate juicing into a healthier lifestyle and reboot my mind
and body. here are some of the results from juicing in just over 60 days... have now lost 26 pounds, feeling much better
and thinking much clearer. several symptoms are either gone or getting much better. prior to being diagnosed with a systemic
fungal infection (mainly attacking esophagus, sinuses and brain) multiple doctors had prescribed antibiotics and prescriptions
for years thinking it was bacterial. a year and a half ago i was admitted to the er twice and released with 'unknown cause'.
even tho they did not find a cure they continued to prescribe medication (what my mom called 'masking the symptoms and not
getting to the root cause'). now (due to juicing) besides supplements and herbs i'm down to less than a pill a day. it is
my hope 'memoirs' will inspire people and i want to thank those who have recently inspired me. martha in our subdivision
(who lovingly reminds me of my mom), joe cross and his documentary (watch the whole movie free off his website at www.fatsickandnearlydead.com), the movie 'super size me' (watch it on hulu... http://www.hulu.com/watch/63283 -- better than i thought it would be) and a very informative film called 'eating 3rd edition' (www.ravediet.com/whatsinfilm.html). i know that 60 days of juicing cannot cure a lifetime of abuse but i'm more encouraged than ever--in terms of a better
diet and proper health.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
'Fat Sick and Nearly Dead'
3:45 pm edt
as some of you may know, i've had health issues for most of my life,
well, i'm tired of being tired and may never change unless
i do something about it!
answer for me (i hope) is juicing...let me explain...my mom had cancer before she died--but did not die of cancer. mom had
just discovered juicing was making the tumor shrink, but it was too late. i do not have cancer (that i know of) but like
me, she had multiple ailments even though she was athletic most of her life...and looked great (even modeled til she was
wife and i just went to a juicing class where we watched 'fat sick and nearly dead' http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/. i'm hoping we can add ourselves to one of the testimonies !!
wish us luck (wife is doing this too) !!
will blog more about it later...
Saturday, March 24, 2012
update on florida living. writing the next book. and another blurb from 'memoirs'.
5:43 pm edt
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 !!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
trucking and next book
9:50 pm est
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Happy New Year 2012 !!
Hope everyone has a happy, healthy, prosperous new year !!
8:58 am est
Monday, December 19, 2011
2011 ~ A Year in Review, by Mike Kennon
11:34 am est
Thursday, October 20, 2011
speaking of bigger and better things...
it's official, i'm no longer a golden tee vendor. sold the game last night.
funny, people keep asking if i'm ok. i'm sure i'll find the next thing to obsess over soon. i wrote about this in the book;
being consumed at being number 1 in sales, pool and many other things. sue said 'it's just temporary', she knows i love playing
and running the game. i'll miss my ol friend and personal atm machine, but for now, it's onto the next best thing.
9:44 am edt
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
been awhile since i've blogged about anything, so here goes... i've been under
the weather with sinus and additional ailments again, but i have to be honest; it could be so much worse. i'm still here
and have too much to be thankful for. trucking is still picking up and business is doing fairly well. truthfully, i have
no complaints (and need to stop it anyway). onto bigger and better things.
11:32 am edt
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