Join Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, the mother-daughter travel team and publishers of Big Blend Magazines, for Big Blend Radio with author, composer, interior designer and gallery owner, J. Ronald M. York.
Ron is the author of the new book, "Songs From An Imperfect Life," and a stunning debut memoir, “Kept in the Dark,” which chronicled the discovery of a grim family secret that was kept from him until just a few years ago when he accidentally stumbled across a box of letters between his mother and father. The secret? His father, a Boy Scout troop leader, had been locked up for sexual abuse of a child. Ron grew up knowing nothing about his father’s crime, and this discovery dramatically changed his life forever.
“Songs from an Imperfect Life” is peppered with Ron's own poetry, song lyrics and family photos. And it takes readers on a journey through his fractured childhood in Nashville, where at 7 years old he was molested for the first time by a member of his church. Ron weaves in stories about his encounters as a teenager with older men in dark movie theaters, his suicide attempt and a deluge of intense experiences that came along with growing up gay in the South in the ‘60s.
Ron’s musical compositions on this episode include: “Belle Meade Proper” and “I Thank The Lord for the Memories”.