RUSTY SPOON TO SILVER
An Artist's Memoir
By Bertie Stroup Marah
An inspiring story about family, love, and resiliency told with compassion, honesty, and pride.
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Bertie Stroup Marah, along with her four siblings, spent her childhood in abject poverty moving from sawmill shacks, tents, trailers and even an abandoned railroad car in the isolated desert and mountainous hard scrabble areas of New Mexico. The children make the best of their tumultuous existence by creating games and diversions that Bertie describes with humor and heart. Bertie spent most of her life playing the role of family caregiver to her two younger sisters and peacemaker to her sometimes hell-raising parents.
She tells her story through the innocent eyes of her childhood while being raised by neglectful alcoholic parents.
Unable to afford college, Bertie marries and moves to Colorado. She must work to help support her two boys, all the while continuing to repress her natural creative gift and desire to become an artist. This, along with a failed marriage brought about acute clinical depression, a failed suicide attempt, a miraculous second chance, and ultimately redemption and success to become a nationally recognized, award-winning artist.
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