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April 10, 2014

Jacksonville author spreads message of perseverance

JACKSONVILLE — Hope. Perseverance. And above all, staying positive.

That's the message Jacksonville native Carlos Wallace hopes to share with readers during an 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. book-signing Saturday at the Jacksonville Public Library.

In his book, “Life Is Not Complicated, You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings,” Wallace writes about losing his parents and his job, along with the collapse of his marriage.

“It was important to share these experiences, because too often, people only see the end results; what has been rebuilt after the devastating storm, and that can be deceiving,” Wallace said. “It gives onlookers this false sense of reality and perpetuates misguided notions that success and a good life and peace of mind come easily.”

Rather than perpetuate this kind of thinking, “I wanted to let readers know that I didn’t get where I am without my share of failures and that you simply cannot let these failures derail you – I can’t stress enough, as long as you have breath, you have hope,” he said. “Never give up.”

A 1989 graduate of Jacksonville High School, Wallace is a Navy veteran and fifth-generation railroader, who once worked as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Corrections.

He also is president and CEO of Sol-Caritas, which has produced a series of multi-city tours and events featuring stand-up comics and entertainers from Houston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, according to a press release.

“Through Sol, we encourage comedy lovers to take that aspect of their lives and use it to help others,” he said. “What sets us apart in our industry is our philanthropic spirit. Sol-Caritas and its audiences assist local charities, give back to education through scholarships provided by the Alice Wallace Scholarship Fund and support businesses by offering valuable sponsorship advertising.

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