Al Lucero Mascareñas
At birth I was sent home with the wrong family. At fifty I learned what had become a family secret, that I had grown up in the wrong family because of a mistake by a county hospital in Central California.
My career as an English and history teacher spanned over twenty years and included juvenile prison; adult education; community college; and elementary, middle, alternative, and traditional high schools. I was a teachers' union activist and member of the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO, and National Council of Teachers of English.
In August 1952, a county hospital in a California farm town sent home two newborns with the wrong families. The woman who would raise me knew that I was not her son the first time I was put him in her arms. The tragedy was worsened when the information was kept from me even into adulthood, despite being known by some uncles, aunts, and cousins.
In April 2003, I was facing major health problems, including a recently diagnosed sleep disorder, surging female hormones, the testosterone level of a castrate, and an unusually large brain tumor. My twenty-year marriage had ended two years prior.
Discovering that I had been switched at birth began an emotional meltdown. Some of those years, what Frank McCourt would have called The Troubles, were in rehab in VA hospitals and programs in Sacramento, LA, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island, and New Mexico without a regular income or stable place to live.
What has emerged from all that is my memoir, "THE WRONG FAMILY, Surviving Myself After a Discovery at Fifty."
Life is much better today, ten years since that life-altering secret surfaced, and today I am more at ease and at peace with what bechas become a radically transformed world.
I am an Army veteran, teacher, Mensa member, and writer. Current projects are keeping a roof over my head, promoting "THE WRONG FAMILY," helping others tell their stories, finishing a novel, and exploring what it means to be a late bloomer. I have discovered my passion, writing.
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- Maginaugh, Book One of The Fair and Fey
on Aug. 26, 2012
When it's good, I get colorful images in my head. That's what lingers most about this book - the images. Having a new movie running in my imagination, put there by twenty-six symbols arranged and rearranged in novel ways, was why I did a reading marathon yesterday (well, til 1 a.m. today). I put everything else aside to return to Maginaugh, and when it was done I didn't want to leave, even when the last boat was pulling away from the dock.
If you enjoyed Clan of the Cave Bear, you will probably enjoy Maginaugh, and vice versa. I'm doing something I haven't done this century - looking forward to reading the next book in a trilogy.