A Candle for My Mother: A Daughter's Journey Toward Gratitude Inspired by the Stories of Lorraine E. Newton

A Candle for My Mother: A Daughter's Journey Toward Gratitude Inspired by the Stories of Lorraine E. Newton

by Pamela L. Newton

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A Candle for My Mother is an inspirational story of a young woman from the Midwest, Lorraine Newton, who longed to travel the world despite being the mother of four young children. “I’m going to see places, come hell or high water!” Lorraine remarked, and she made it happen. Lorraine’s stories in the book are told in her own words from tape recordings she made before she died, and letters saved by a friend, detailing Lorraine’s family’s amazing experiences in Iraq and travels in Europe.

Many years later, when Lorraine was dying from ovarian cancer, her youngest daughter, Pamela, was called to go to a business meeting in London while working for Paramount Pictures. Pam was afraid her mother would die while she was on the trip. In London, Pam went into Westminster Abbey to find solace and light a candle in the hope her mother would live until she returned. Lorraine did for two more months. Little did Pam know that in that moment in Westminster Abbey she began a tradition she keeps to this day. “Whenever I travel, and I am able, I visit a church to light a candle for my mother. It is my way of honoring her.”

A few years later after the London trip, Pam was working for the international group at DreamWorks Animation. She was logging over 100,000 miles a year. “I never felt closer to my mom than when I was traveling. These monthly DreamWorks trips gave me the opportunity to reflect on my mother and all that she gave me in this life. Mom’s adventurous spirit was with me on every trip, in every country, encouraging me to make the most of each moment.” The things that happened or that Pam experienced on her DreamWorks corporate business trips often triggered some remembrance of her mother and her childhood. These memories became the reflections and gratitudes that Pam expresses at the end of each chapter when visiting churches across the globe to light candles for her mother. Knowing others may think of some exciting memories from their childhood, A Candle for My Mother is designed to be a gift to oneself or one’s mom.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155190608
Publisher: Pamela L. Newton
Publication date: 04/30/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Pamela L. Newton is a seasoned marketing executive whose lengthy career includes over twenty years in the entertainment industry. Now, with the publication of her revolutionary new memoir, A Candle for My Mother, Newton adds “author” to her professional resume. Infected at an early age by her mother’s adventurous spirit and love of worldwide travel, Newton grew up to embrace a similar lifestyle, grateful for any and all opportunities to travel the globe and experience other cultures. “I’ve always enjoyed telling stories,” she reminisces. “My mom was the best storyteller ever. I have such fond memories of entertaining friends and family with tales of her travels, and of my own. With this book, I’m realizing a dream that I’ve held close to my heart for decades: writing this ‘love letter’ to my mother, highlighting our family’s highly unusual lifestyle.” Newton notes that the book does not sugarcoat her upbringing. “It highlights the good and the bad, the wonderful and the scary!” The revolutionary approach employed by A Candle for My Mother will allow each reader to “personalize” the book, and give tribute to his or her own mother within its pages, Newton promises. She explains that readers will be able to utilize the book’s blank pages to write personalized messages to their own mothers. The youngest of four daughters, Newton’s father was an oil driller who hailed from Pennsylvania; her mother, a bookkeeper, grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. The couple met and married in California. Although money was tight for such a large family, her mother never gave up her dream to see the world, and she talked her husband into working overseas. As a result, Newton began her world travels at age three! She’s lived in such exotic locales as Iraq and attended boarding school in England. After moving with her family back to Southern California, Newton spent her summer vacations in Kuwait where her father was then working. Newton began her professional career in retail at the May Co., a department store later purchased by Macy's, but left the retail buying life for an eleven-year stint as an executive search consultant, a headhunter. She then moved on to the entertainment industry, working her way up to become Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for Paramount Pictures. She would later become Head of International Retail Partnerships at DreamWorks Animation, traveling about 100,000 miles a year to such exotic locations as London, Paris, Madrid, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul and Berlin. Currently, Newton divides her time between writing and teaching marketing courses at The Los Angeles Film School, where she enjoys mentoring the next generation of talented entertainment industry professionals. “It’s my hope that the readers of my book will find their own story in their individual relationships with their mothers, recognizing their own mothers’ gifts to them,” Newton explains. “This book is designed to be a gift. Read it, write in it and then give it to your mother…with gratitude.”

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii

Some Unique Things About This Book xi

Preface xiii

Maps xiv

Prologue: “I promise” 1

1 “I’m going to see places, come hell or high water!” 11

2 “I wouldn’t take a million dollars for this trip so far” 19

3 “Boy, this is the life” 33

4 “This place and its people are so hard to describe” 41

5 “Would you ladies mind if I joined you?” 49

6 “I could retire to my rocking chair, content” 57

7 “So Hassan came to us” 69

8 “She was a little demon!” 79

9 “I think Memsaab go crazy in the head tonight!” 87

10 “I have a y down my ear” and other Lorraine stories 95

11 “Bring her home” 103

12 “Don left for Baghdad”: The revolution, part 1 113

13 “I’m not going”: The revolution, part 2 117

14 “A gloom kind of settled over the camp” 127

15 “Tales from the Vienna Woods”: First leave, part 1 135

16 “Traveling with Father was something”: First leave, part 2 147

17 “I hope we live through this”: First leave, part 3 159

18 “I wonder how we did it”: First leave, part 4 169

19 “Little donkeys have big ears” 181

20 “Life was great in the summer” 193

21 “She was dripping in diamonds” 203

22 “Would you please tell me when we are over Turkey?”: Second leave, part 1 211

23 “I’ll be a nervous wreck by Saturday”: Second leave, part 2 223

24 “There’s no way I can send that one on her own” 235

25 “The writing was kind of on the wall” 243

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