One Moment in Time

Glenn Snyder

 

Welcome to my blog

 

I hope you enjoy One Moment in Time and feel inspired to change the world.

By gsnyder, Jan 11 2013 04:44AM

So it’s 2013, although I have many things I would like to make happen this year, one of my biggest goals is to complete the first draft of Trapped, my second novel. I think I’m about 50 pages away, but I’ll need to go to Cincinnati for some research in the spring.


Thanks for all of the wonderful support with One Moment in Time that I received in 2012.


By gsnyder, Oct 27 2012 11:49PM

In November, One Moment in Time will be on an online book tour. Please visit the blogs below on the specific dates to see reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways.


One Moment in Time - Book Tour Schedule


Date Book Blog Feature

11/1 So Many Precious Books Giveaway

http://teddyrose.blogspot.ca


11/1 Books & More Books Review, Giveaway, Interview

11/2 http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com


11/5 Over Cups of Coffee Review, Giveaway

http://overacuppacoffee.com


11/6 She Treads Softly Review

http://shetreadssoftly.blogspot.com


11/7 Book Lover’s Library Review, Giveaway, Guest Post

11/8 http://abookloverslibrary.com


11/9 I’d Rather Be Reading at the Beach Review

http://irbratb.com


11/12 JoyStory Review

http://joystory.blogspot.ca


11/13 Sweeps4Bloggers Review, Giveaway

http://sweeps4bloggers.com


11/14 Minding Spot Review, Giveaway

http://mindingspot.blogspot.ca


11/14 J.A. Beard’s Unnecessary Musings Interview

http://riftwatcher.blogspot.ca


11/15 Ordinary Girlz Book Reviews Review, Interview

http://ordinarygirlzbookreviews.blog.com


11/16 Minnesota Girl in LA Review, Giveaway, Interview

11/19 http://mngirlinla.com


11/20 Dr. Bill’s Book Bazaar Review

http://drbillsbookbazaar.blogspot.ca


11/21 Book Lover Stop Review

http://bookloverstop.wordpress.com


11/22 Eclectic Books & Movies Review, Interview

11/23 http://eclecticbooksandmovies.blogspot.ca


11/26 Darkest Addictions Review, Giveaway

http://darkestaddictions.blogspot.ca


11/26 Peaceful Wishing Review

http://www.peacefulwishing.com


11/27 Earth’s Book Nook Guest Post

http://earthsbooknook.blogspot.com


11/28 Mary’s Cup of Tea Review, Giveaway

http://mmbearcupoftea.com


11/29 Bibliophilia Review, Interview

11/30 http://bibliophilialovestory.wordpress.com


11/30 The Top Shelf Review, Giveaway

http://www.the-top-shelf.com


By gsnyder, Oct 7 2012 09:00PM

The world is full of them; they lead to miscommunications, wrongful justifications, violence, and even wars. I’m talking about stereotypes. We’re all guilty of them at one time or another. Maybe it’s seeing a homeless person and crossing the street, because they may be dangerous. Or maybe it’s thinking all Jewish people are frugal and focused on saving money. Or maybe it’s thinking that poor black kids aren’t as good in school as white kids. Whatever the stereotype, whatever the conclusion, I can say this with absolute certainty, it doesn’t apply to everyone.


Some people have said that in One Moment in Time, Jack Barrett’s solution to the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians was too simplistic. But I say Ockham’s razor; with competing hypotheses, the simplest solution is typically correct. Stereotypes are a lack of understanding. It’s so easy to jump to a conclusion about something we don’t know, then to apply that conclusion to a broader group. However, it’s when we learn, communicate, and study that we figure out the errors of our ways.


Imagine being a smart kid in high school who is bullied by a larger, but less academically applied kid. In school, they would hate each other. Now imagine those two kids being stranded on an island for a month. Most likely they would get to know each other, and learn to work together for mutual survival. Now I’m not saying we should solve the world’s problems by sticking people on an island for a month, but, wait, maybe we should. Okay, that’s not practical, but the idea that you should get to know someone before you determine to hate them is not so far out of reach.


When Jack brought an Israeli soldier and a member of the Palestinian militia together, they hated each other. Not because of who they were, but because of what the other thought they represented. Once they learned that they were more alike than they thought, did the hate begin to dissipate. Maybe we can’t do this with large groups of people, but every one of us can encourage our children, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else we come in contact with to learn before concluding. Maybe then, we can create a safer and more prosperous planet.


Glenn Snyder


By gsnyder, Oct 1 2012 12:48AM

Early in my career, I was attending an all-company meeting, where the CEO said that he believed the most determinant measure of success was perseverance. The ability to continue to keep moving towards your goals no matter how difficult the road becomes was a common trait found in the most successful people.


I took his words to heart, but expanded the context to include influence. I believe that although goals can be individualized, they typically impact other people, and it’s that influence which often determines greatness.


Perseverance and leadership were two core characteristics that I instilled in Jack Barrett. Jack’s determination and never-give-up approach is what helped save his life and others after a major San Francisco earthquake. And it was his ability to influence and lead that Jack used in his assent in politics.


Too often in today’s world, dreams are set aside because they’re too hard or require too much effort. In my own life, and in Jack’s, I have found that regardless of the difficulty, if you persevere, achievement typically follows. So the next time you think about what you want to do with your life for the next five, ten, or twenty years, just remember, if it’s something you want badly enough, don’t give up, and influence those around you.


Glenn Snyder


By gsnyder, Sep 23 2012 04:31PM

How many commercials have we all seen with poor, starving children around the world in need of a better life? How many children in our own cities and communities need parents to guide, support, and teach them? How many Albert Einsteins, or Abraham Lincolns, or Jackie Robinsons are there that never got the opportunities to make an impact on the world? This was my inspiration for Ana in One Moment in Time. What would Ana’s life had been if it wasn’t for Jack and Maggy?


When I visited the orphanage in Oaxaca (see the picture on the photos tab), I was blown away by both the poverty in which they lived, and the joy on their faces when they were playing in the courtyard. I drew a crowd when I was speaking with Maria, the woman who was in charge, and I figured they didn’t get many visitors, especially ones that didn’t speak Spanish too well. Despite all of this, Maria sat with me and answered all of my questions, all the while the children sat quietly and listened. From time to time I think about those children. Would they have the opportunities to succeed in our world?


Currently we are having a national debate on who will be President of the United States for the next four years. Many times over the past year, each candidate has talked about the “American Dream” — the idea that anyone, from any background, can achieve whatever they set out to achieve. Then I think does that exist? Can a child with little or no education really achieve his or her dreams? Then I think that we as a society should do a better job giving these children, who are in their situation through no fault of their own, a chance at achieving their dreams?


My goal in writing this blog isn’t to get you to adopt a child or volunteer or even donate money. I’m just hoping that each of us realize that we, just like Jack and Maggy, can be a positive influence in the lives of others, and we can help those around us have a greater opportunity to achieve their dreams.


Glenn Snyder


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