About Bill Terrell

Biography

I was never much of an athlete, but the first time I saw a book on Yoga I was drawn to it. And, maybe because I’d never made any of the teams I went out for in grade school, I took it as a particular challenge to learn the headstand.

I was a bit afraid at first. Standing upside down with my weight on the crown of my head seemed a pretty reckless thing to do. And yet, so many others did it, how dangerous could it be?

So, I got down on the floor, kneeling, with the front of my head touching the rug, my fingers enfolding my head and lifted my rear end…walked slowly in toward my chest and…surprise…found my legs lifting almost of themselves toward the ceiling.

And there I was, standing upside down, balancing on my head.

Maybe I couldn’t make the basketball or the baseball or the track teams, but I could do this. And it seemed not a small thing to be able to do.

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I’d tried several times over ten years or so to quit smoking, but no matter how long I was able to forego cigarettes, I kept returning to the habit

One day I discovered a new system, a pack of four plastic filters. The idea was to use each filter for two weeks to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine one was taking in from each cigarette. At the end of two months’ time—so was the promise—the aspiring non-smoker would have reduced his nicotine intake enough that he’d then be able to quit.

Not so with me. In fact, I went through two or three of those packs of four, and even though I was able to smoke less, the filthy habit still clung to me like the smell of smoke on my clothes.

But then I got a letter from the company that made the filter. They were offering a solid, attractive filter for long term use for those who continued to smoke. By this time I was beginning to doubt I’d ever take that final step to quitting altogether, so I ordered a filter and was quite pleased with the amber and black look of it. But as I read through the directions, I came across this sentence: “We really think it best if you give up smoking, but if you want to continue, we hope you’ll use this filter.”

“Hey,” I thought, “these people really care.” At that moment I decided I’d use their filter for two more weeks, then quit for good. I used it for about ten days…then stopped. Since then it’s been years since I had my last cigarette, my craving for one is long in the past, nor do I expect ever to light a cigarette again.

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 It was about 5:30, and the summer sky was just dimming into twilight. I was standing on the platform of my local railway station, across from the long, low building that housed the station offices and a waiting room.

As I waited for my train a man walked towards me across the wooden walk connecting the two platforms of the station.

He was about six feet tall, wide-shouldered with blond hair. He looked vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t place him.

“Are you Bill Terrell?” he asked me.

“Yes, “I said,” wondering what this was going to be about.

“I’m Jay Leon,’ he said. “I was in your poetry class at Kendall College. I just wanted to tell you that that class really opened me up to poetry.”

Then I remembered him. He was the blond kid who always sat in the back corner of the class. I don’t think he said a word all that semester.

And yet…something was going on in him all that time as he awakened to an appreciation of poetry.

“Well, thank you,” I said. “That kind of thing is always nice for a teacher to hear.”

We talked for a few moments more. Then my train appeared down the track and we said good-bye. I never saw him again, but that kind of thing stays with you, and I’m certainly glad he came over the tracks to tell me that I’d helped him appreciate poetry.

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I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to get in touch via the form below. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Bill Terrell, Copywriter

bill@billterrellcopywriting.com

630-613-9433

Contact Bill Terrell