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Angel loving Mrs. Cole <3 on February 17, 2012 at 5:59 AM said:

I am writing this to thank you for writing such an incredilbe memoir of your amazing life journey. Being a fan of Pamela Des Barres, and all things 1960-1979 (well...not ALL, but you know what I mean), I saw you on her amazing documentary and was excited to learn you have authored your own book.
Much to my surprise, I found some links between us. First of all, when my mother was pregnant with me in 1969 not knowing my gender, she chose the name Christian Damian if I had been a boy. I spent my whole life knowing and LOVING that had I been a boy, I would have had such a fabulous name. I actually liked it much, much more than my actual "girl" name that I ended up with. When I read your son's name, I now know where she got my "boy" name from, she just reversd the first and middle! Wow!
Another connection is that I had the clear realization of something that was right in front of my nose the whole time...I grew up in the "B movie" version of much of what you and Pamela Des Barres describe with a musician Father (who left when I was 9 mos old, a very young mother (just turned 18 two weeks prior to my birth), and beautiful, magical rock n' roll and it's characters all around...
And what we have most in common was unexpected for me...the strong spiritual life that helpfed you survive and thrive a hard, abusive childhood. I related so much to the many things you went through as a child with your mother and having a beautiful hearted, yet absentee Father. I have had many, many wounds as a result that I continue to work diligently to heal every single day of my life and have for 20+ years. My wish, hope, and desire is to release, transform and transcend those wounds. Reading your story, feeling your gentle yet incredibly strong energy through your words, I feel inspired and hopeful.
Thank you.

Angelic love, light, and gratitude to you and yours.
laura ludwig on June 15, 2011 at 6:22 PM said:

I just finished, Dandelion (memoir of a free spirit) What an amazing book, I could not put it down! I could relate to many of your adventures, heartache and beauty as I myself am also a free-spirit and rebellious wild child of generation X. As a single-mother who is raising an independent, beautiful and loving daughter, you have inspired me even more to live the rest of my life with courage and determination. Here's to fighting the good fight! Cheers to you and God Bless! XO
Karen Gainer on May 5, 2011 at 10:55 PM said:

Oh my gosh, your book was so amazing! I don't know you but got the book after seeing "Let's spend the night together." I have two small children and my heart just breaks for you when I think about what you had to endure as a child. No one should have to go through that. Good for you for being a strong person and moving on. What an interesting life you are living! Good for you! This was a really really good read, very well written. Thank you for sharing!
Kelly Jones on March 24, 2011 at 9:36 PM said:

Hey Brooke,
do you remember me from the 80's?

luv to here from you.

Kelly Jones
kellytj@earthlink.net
BROOKE D. USNER on March 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM said:

I JUST FINISHED YOUR BOOK. GREAT READ. READ THE DES BARRES BOOKS TOO. I DID MY BACKSTAGE HEYDAY IN THE 80'S. MET ALOT OF FAMOUS PEOPLE BUT NOT THE IMPORTANT THE SHAPED ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY. I ENVY YOU YOUR ROCK AND ROLL FRIENDSHIPS. WHAT A LIFE WE LEAD EH? HAVE A GREAT LIFE.. BROOKE D. USNER
F. Flynn on March 2, 2011 at 8:51 PM said:

Where are you?
Vicky on February 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM said:

I am in the midst of your book... I was born in 1960 so a lot of the music and clothing I remember well! You are beautiful in both body and spirit! I cringed while reading the abuse you suffered due to your mother and her own demons, how anyone can do those things to a child I will never, ever understand, but I know that somehow we find forgiveness... it is better that way in life than to hold anger and bitterness inside! You have and are living an amazing life by the grace of God and your own strength and preserverance! I wish you happiness always!
Catherine James on January 5, 2011 at 5:57 PM said:

Hello Darnelle and Lynn!!
What a nice surprise from both of you..
Please email me at pinkshoes11@netzero.net It would be great to catch up after all this time...

Catherine
LYNN WINKLER on January 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM said:

HOW I FOUND THIS WEBSITE MUST BE A MIRACLE..GOSH, I MET YOU CATHY. A LIFETIME AGO IN THE VILLAGE,(60'S)NY WHERE WE SPENT SOME TIME HANGING OUT. I WAS VERY GOOD FRIENDS WITH MICHELE OVERMAN AND PATTY D'ARBANVILLE. I REMEMBER YOU AS QUITE THE BEAUTY. DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE NY GALS. YOU WERE ALWAYS ALONE. NOT KNOWING WHY, I HOPE TO READ YOUR BOOK AND DISCOVER ALL THE FASCINATING STORIES.
A TEENAGER MYSELF,THEN AS WELL, ITS A MIRACLE THAT WE HAVE SURVIVED ALL THAT OCCURRED SINCE THEN.
I DID HEAR YOU HAD A SON, I TOO HAVE A SON HE IS ONLY 21
I WAS A LATE BLOOMER. HE WILL BE GRADUATING COLLEGE THIS YR.
HE IS MY MIRACLE, AM MARRIED 26YRS. WHO'D A THOUGHT!!!

I CANT WAIT TO READ YOUR BOOK.
WITH FOND MEMORIES,
LYNN
Darnelle Van-Osten Corbett on December 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM said:

Hello Catherine,

I use to know you. We hung out when the Police did their first tour in Los Angeles and played at Madame Wongs. You were
very nice and I look forward to reading your book which I just ordered.

Wishing you happiness
Big hugs,
Darnelle
Lorraine Mason on December 21, 2010 at 7:57 AM said:

I deleated the photo you sent! UGH! Any chance of getting it again?HAPPY HOLIDAYS!xoLorraine
Madeline on November 24, 2010 at 4:55 PM said:

You're so stunning and wonderful.
Thank you for such an inspirational read!
:)
Anita in the South on October 23, 2010 at 8:40 AM said:

Hi Catherine - You are an incredible talent, and I hope your recent seclusion means you are working on the next chapter (film? book?). xoxoxo Anita
"Downtown" Julie Brown from Chicago on August 18, 2010 at 4:14 PM said:

Hi Catherine: I just finished your book last week, I found it very sad, yet inspiring as it went along. I could totally relate to what you were feeling as you grew up, as I had a single young mom with abusive tendencies. I laughed and cried, but most of all, I'm starstruck, so I was excited to read about your meetings, with some of the most famous people and without a doubt best rock and roll legends of our times. Hopefully, you will write again, and I will buy your next book. It's amazing how some people in life never have to endure anything and their lives seem perfect, but I am sure, everybody has something in life that is sad, as you have. I wish you good luck and am very happy for you and your son.
Debbi on July 21, 2010 at 9:52 PM said:

Hello Catherine,

I just read your book in one day and marveled all the way through at your heartbreaking and exciting adventures. I'm exactly your age and was born and raised in Southern California, with an invalid father and alcoholic mother who threatened me on a weekly basis with being dropped off at MacLaren Hall, which was just at the other end of town. Had I known it was such comforting place I may have walked there myself! Although I would love to have been a teen in Hollywood and cavorted with stars as you did, I did manage to grow up and out, marrying the first man who asked. We were both 18 and he proved to be an abuser in every way, but as with you, he did give me my only chid- a wonderful son, so it was all worth it. I left him and moved on to bigger and better things but there are lessons in everything, right? I loved your writing style and your wondrous story of survival and eventual peace and look forward to your next book.

Thanks,

Debbi

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