Life 101: Encouragement for Graduates

Life 101


In 1997, Julie Reece-DeMarco and I co-authored the first of more than a dozen books. We lost track of how many copies sold somewhere after 500,000.

Our new, revised editions (Kindle and print)  feature a treasury of graphics.

It takes more than a diploma to get an “A” in life.

Best-selling co-authors Colleen L. Reece and Julie Reece-DeMarco present a wealth of wisdom, humor, and inspiration. The perfect gift for high school and college graduates as they finish a chapter in their lives and prepare for what lies ahead.
  • “Life’s Little Lessons.” Things they never told you you’d need to know (or maybe you just weren’t listening).
  • “Study Partners.” The difference between pass and fail.
  • “School of Hard Knocks.” Learning from life’s painful lessons.
  • “Reading, Writing, Arithmetic.” And you thought school was over!
  • “Sunday School Lessons.” Spiritual guidance for every day of the week.
  • “Cliff Notes.” Before Jesus reached the mountain where he taught and helped others, first He had to climb. So do we.

Sample story: The Race



An unknown author tells the story of a race. Trembling with fear, hope, and excitement, runners line up. Parents and friends watch from the sidelines, cheering them on. The whistle blows. Off they go.

A boy in the lead thinks how proud his dad must be. The next moment, he slips and falls.

“Quit! Give up. You’re beaten!” the crowd jeers.

Stunned for a moment, the boy believes it. Then he sees his father’s face. He can almost hear his dad shout, “Get up and win the race!”

The runner leaps to his feet and races on, only to fall a second time, then a third! Three strikes and you’re out. Why go on? Yet above the taunts of the crowd, his father’s voice rings in his ears. “Get up and win the race!”

The boy again springs to his feet He knows he cannot win the race, but he will not quit. He hears the cheers for the winner and keeps on running. Head bowed, he comes in last, to louder cheers than the winner received. It is small comfort.

“l didn’t do well, Dad,” he sadly tells his father.

His father places his hands on the exhausted boy’s shoulders. “Son, to me you did win. Each time you fell, you kept going.”

The boy becomes a man. He faces dark, hard times. People still shout in his face, “Quit. Give up. You’re beaten.” Yet memories of the boy he once was remind him that all he has to do is to keep on getting up and going on.

For all through the years, his father’s voice still rings in his ears, “Get up and win the race!”

4 thoughts on “Life 101: Encouragement for Graduates

  1. Hi Colleen! It’s so fun to see your blog again. Is Julie your sister-in-law? Congratulations on a prosperous collaboration. You are both creators!


  2. Thanks, Katherine. Julie is my brother Randy’s oldest daughter. Co-authoring with her is a joy.


  3. This is sooo nice, Colleen. You are so amazing in putting together these things.

    Hope to see you Friday.

    So far, they don’t have any pinwheels at Dollar tree. But as soon as they get some again, I’ll pick them up for you.

    Love & prayers,

    Anita 🙂

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