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    Marshfield writer talks about life’s journey

    Mi Sun Donahue as seen on her passport photo when she came to the US.
    Mi Sun Donahue as seen on her passport photo when she came to the US.

    SHARING HER STORY: In the introduction to her recently released book, “The Journey of a Motherless Child,” Mi Sun Donahue writes that she was “born in the land of morning calm, but my life was anything but calm.”

    Matthew J. Lee
    Mi Sun Donahue

    Donahue was born in South Korea; her father was mostly absent, and her mother died when she was 3. She came to the United States as a pregnant teenager in 1970, living in Marshfield.

    In the following years, she raised three children and worked as a UPS driver, upholsterer, construction supervisor, and at various other jobs while her children where in school. They are now an attorney, a doctor, and a professional make-up artist. Donahue is a certified yoga instructor and holds classes on the South Shore.


    She wrote and sang constantly, she said, from the time she was a child because “as a stranger in a strange land, it was important to let out your emotions.”

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    The book is her first, though she has sold her words before. In 1984, she formed Mi Sun’s Originals, selling inspirational prints and greeting cards, which she still does.

    Through verse and essays, her illustrated book tells about a hard childhood, going through depression, and finally coming to grips with her mother’s death 40 years later, all as a way of helping others, she said.

    Today, she splits her time between Marshfield and North Palm Beach, Fla. When she’s in this area, she gives talks around the South Shore, telling “the story of where I come from, how we’re all responsible for our own lives, and how sometimes we’re too busy focusing on what we don’t have and don’t see what we do have all around us.”

    One of those recent talks was at the Marshfield Public Library. When she went to speak there, she realized it had long ago been a grocery store, where she was sent in to buy sugar, and started panicking because she didn’t know how to read English very well.


    Donahue, who goes to the nonsectarian Vedanta Centre temple in Cohasset, said as a child she believed God was angry at her and took her mother as punishment.

    “It took a long journey in life to realize my mother loved me, and it became my journey to prove I was special by doing good,” she said. “Writing is my way of communicating with God.”

    After divorcing her first husband, she met Michael Donahue while they were walking on a beach in Humarock 19 years ago, and they were soon married.

    She wants her book to inspire others to realize who they are, she said, and “remember everything changes. Nothing is permanent except your essence. You have more gifts than you’ll ever spend in your lifetime that you haven’t even shed a light on.”

    For information on her book, visit


    MATTAPOISETT STUDENT WINS CONTEST: Carly O’Connell of Mattapoisett, a sixth-grader at Old Hammondtown School, won first place in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite student essay competition, in the middle-school division. The competition is a culminating activity for the nationwide annual Stock Market Game participants, and challenges students to analyze an investment scenario and write an essay offering investment advice.

    In her essay, O’Connell wrote an imaginary blog about the end of the Hostess Twinkie, commenting on what would happen to the stock price of Flower Foods, the company that bought Hostess.

    “I invested in Flower Foods because beyond the fact that it seemed to be financially wise, it is a company that I had a personal interest in owning,” she wrote. “Through the Stock Market Game, I learned to trust my instincts and invest in things I liked.”

    Her InvestWrite essay was picked through a judging process that included teachers and industry professionals who evaluate students’ analysis of asset allocation, investment potential of publicly traded stocks, the students’ overall understanding of the stock market, and the manner in which they express their investment ideas.

    O’Connell and her teacher, Tara Boening, were recognized at a surprise assembly at the school March 28. For information on the foundation, visit

    BUSINESS BRIEFS: Israel Rivera of Middleborough has joined Rockland-based Bay Copy as a warehouse clerk. He had been employed as a foreman at Basement Technologies in Canton and previously was a carpenter in New York.

    Saul Schrader of Weymouth was promoted to senior project manager at Acella Construction Co. in Norwell, and is responsible for all phases of construction projects. He has overseen various jobs as a project manager for Acella, where he’s worked since 2004, including work at Northeastern University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Norwell-based G-Force Shipping was selected by Diversity Business as a 2013 Top Privately Held Business in Massachusetts, ranking second among Massachusetts-based firms and 70th among the 500 companies honored nationally. As a result of the ranking, G-Force was honored with a Top Business Award from Diversity Business, said Scott Guilbeault, G-Force CEO.

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