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Margaret—Brave Soldier, Brave Soul

July 23, 2009
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Donald Schnell and Marilyn Diamond

Donald Schnell told me a moving story about a very brave woman for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Here are excerpts from his story, beginning with his bio.

Schnell authored The Initiation, a memoir of his encounter in India with Babaji, the legendary deathless guru. With his wife, Marilyn Diamond (coauthor of Fit for Life), Schnell coauthored Fitonics for Life, which offers a comprehensive program for total wellness. He took the name Prema Baba Swamiji after being initiated as a swami in India in 1997. Click here to visit his website.

I met Margaret in a Black History night class at Fayetteville State University. She needed the credit for the nursing degree she was working toward. We were both stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, proud members of the 82nd Airborne. She was twenty-four, five years older than me, a divorced, African-American mother of two—four-year-old Joe and five-year-old “Little Maggie.”

Nobody messed with Margaret. She was a (more…)