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Deon Jaccard

Deon L. Jaccard, (creator of the pseudonym, Dinny Lawrance,) is a retired museum educator and author of nonfiction articles, monographs and taught museum collection-inspired courses at local colleges. Jaccard designed programs and taught museum course work for Smithsonian and Elderhostel traveling study groups. For 37 years Jaccard applied her creed, Education with Pleasure, to her goal: to interpret---for the delectation of all ages of visitors---collections belonging to art and human history museums, as well as interpreting architecture in local historic districts. Jaccard taught visitors and docents-in-training how  ...See more >


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"Lawrance’s debut memoir is a magnanimous appraisal of how mental illness affects her family, and the respite she found through intellectual stimulation on the road from agnosticism to faith."

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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

FLORIDA'S FINEST Award presented to Deon Jaccard by Governor Lawton Chiles, 1994: The Historic Splendor of Amelia Island

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award In Recognition of Meritorious Achievement Adaptive Use of the Old Nassau County Jail, 1990: The Historic Splendor of Amelia Island

Museum Founder Survived Travails Through Her Faith by Alice Walsh, 2010

Favorite word Believe

Unexpected skill or talent Creating settings with miniatures in shadow boxes.

Passion in life Sharing fascinating ways we human beings become fulfilled.


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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ISBN: 978-1412041683
Page count: 178pp

Lawrance’s debut memoir is a magnanimous appraisal of how mental illness affects her family, and the respite she found through intellectual stimulation on the road from agnosticism to faith. 

Lawrance wades through the details of her life, weaving flashback and exposition with none-too-subtle hints of the heartache to come. Although she focuses most keenly on her eldest son Dan’s struggle with schizophrenia, Lawrance’s perspicacity shines through. She balances the intensity of emotionally charged moments by chronicling the successes of her career in public-history projects, illustrating an understanding of how multifaceted life can be. By incorporating her professional achievements into the narrative, the author emphasizes the necessity and value of intellectual stimulation as a healthy distraction from the challenges of caring for those with mental illness. However, Lawrance’s treatment of the solace she found through religion—which doesn’t appear until three quarters of the way into the book—may have readers questioning her choice of title. By failing to mention it until the book is nearly concluded, Lawrance does little to honor the sense of urgency and importance with which she regards her faith. The author also has a tendency to become overly didactic at times. She prohibits readers from realizing their own emotional reaction to the events; instead, she imparts her own emotional reaction and deconstructs her emotions in the dialect of psychological terminology. These expository interruptions create a sense that the author does not trust readers to fully comprehend what she has written. Worse even, the pedantic passages might signify a writer struggling to cogently relate the difficult events of her family’s history. 

May offer inspiration to readers facing the challenges of mental illness.  

 

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

CLASH OF THE CULTURES
History

Surviving journals kept by participants give immediacy to the days and months of first acquaintance by the curious Timucuan residents and their surprising odd guests, newly arrived, soon to be followed by other ill mannered newcomers

ISBN: B0041FNNOE
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FOUND IN FERNANDINA - THE MAGIC OF MUSEUM-MAKING
History

Newly arrived on a Florida barrier island, a museum educator discovers an historic colossus---the documentation for 4000 years of human habitation---underpinning the islands' only town. A museum was needed to share this bejeweled legacy with the world. Done: An award-winning museum was created, by rallying community volunteers to work magic within the putrid walls of an abandoned jail. Illustrated.

ISBN: B0006QQVEC
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LUCKY THE HOUSE DUCK. A TRUE STORY. POETRY.
Children's

An unexpected life delight was the experience with my teenaged son of getting to know a duck by raising her from an egg.

ISBN: 1-4196-4538-2
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THE HISTORIC SPLENDOR OF AMELIA ISLAND
History

The call of Amelia Island has drawn mankind to its shores for 50 centuries. Told in spoken history style, the story follows Indians, 8 flag domination to railroad barons' Golden Age.

ISBN: 0-9677419-1-2
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