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Giving Birth to My 9th Child

Giving Birth to My 9th Child
    I apologize for my absence, but I’ve been writing and editing for the past six months—consulting with my development editor and my beta readers. Finally, I’ve given birth to another literary baby. I’m so excited about this new work, and I can’t wait to introduce it to the world. However, depending on the outcome, it may be a while before I can do the latter. It’s my dream to land a traditional book deal for my baby and that’s more than a notion. It’s definitely a process.   At the present time, I’m seeking literary representation. In order to get the attention of the big publishing houses, I need an agent to advocate on my behalf. I need someone to fall in love with and believe in my baby. The search for an agent can be elusive at best and maddening at worst. Writing is so subjective, and one person’s literary masterpiece can be another person’s literary monstrosity. I’m hoping my work won’t fall in the latter category. So far I’ve sent out a handful of query letters, and I’m waiting to get responses. Agents sometimes respond with silence a...
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Mustard Seed Faith

Mustard Seed Faith
  Jesus said if you have the faith of even a mustard seed, you’ll be able to move mountains. A mustard seed is approximately 1 millimeter in size. That’s miniscule. That begs the question, what is faith? According to Webster, it’s a strong BELIEF or trust in someone or something. I find the definition in the Bible to be more exact: Hebrews 11:1 says Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. So it’s BELIEVING something is going to happen, being certain of that something, before it actually happens. Sounds simple enough. Try putting it into practice, and you’ll find it’s more than a notion. Recently I’ve been grappling with my own belief or lack thereof, if you will. How much faith do I have? As you may or may not know, I recently finished my latest novel and am currently shopping it around to agents. In my humble opinion, this phase of the road to publication is beyond grueling and nerve-wracking, because once you make that submission; you have no CONTROL over the recipient. You have no idea how your precious story will be...
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Forever Funny - Rest in Peace Robin Williams

Forever Funny - Rest in Peace Robin Williams
Yesterday when I returned home from work, I told my husband that Robin Williams had taken his own life. My husband’s face dropped and he gaped at me, confused and dazed. He had the same reaction I had when my coworker shared the sad news with me. Robin Williams? Funny Robin Williams? Mork & Mindy Robin Williams? Wacky, crazy, zany, fun-loving Robin Williams? Oscar-winning Robin Williams? Why would someone as gifted and talented as Robin Williams take his own life—a life that for all intents and purposes appeared to be charmed? Yes, on the face of it, Robin Williams was a golden boy. That’s just it—on the face of it, but little did we know that behind the bright smile, there was an internal struggle that Robin eventually succumbed to. It’s hard when someone you know dies. I didn’t know Robin personally, but like countless others, I enjoyed his work. From Mork & Mindy to Mrs. Doubtfire, he never failed to make me roar. I recall seeing Robin at a food court at the Century City Mall in Los Angeles. I wanted to talk to him, to thank him for all the laughte...
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God in the Midst of Garbage and Gore

God in the Midst of Garbage and Gore
Yesterday I downloaded a copy of Michelle Knight’s book, "Finding Me." It’s a harrowing account of the eleven years she, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus were held captive by Ariel Castro. Although Amanda and Gina are mentioned, the story is Michelle’s story and told from her point of view. Like most Americans, I was riveted to the screen when news broke about the kidnappings and Amanda’s escape that led to Michelle and Gina being rescued. A resident of California, I had never heard of any of the three young women nor did I know they had been kidnapped. The tragic incident was something straight out of a horror movie. After a few months had passed, there was talk about the women writing a book about what they had gone through. Immediately I made a decision that I wouldn’t read any of their books. I just couldn’t bear to read –let alone imagine what had happened over the eleven-year period. However, while searching for my next read, I stumbled upon Michelle’s memoir. Something tugged at my heart, and I knew I had to read her story. From the first page I was hook...
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My Angel (Maya Angelou)

My Angel (Maya Angelou)
The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream Till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays And dares to claim the sky. T he aforementioned stanza from Maya Angelou’s acclaimed poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings , came to mind when I heard about her passing this morning. As the news of her death echoed around the world, I imagined her spirit taking flight and soaring through the sky, daring to claim it as her own. A gifted author and poet, she was a national treasure, an icon, and an inspiration to countless people around the world. The first time I heard her speak, I was mesmerized by her melodious voice laced in wisdom and experience. I immediately sensed she was someone I not only wanted to listen to— but someone I needed to listen to. Her legendary poems still resonate with me today. As I grow older, I often reflect on her poem Phenomenal Woman . She reminds me in that poem that my beauty is not what I wear on my head or the makeup I paint on my face or the clothes I wear. It’s in the reach of my arms, The spa...
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Billionaire Bigot

Billionaire Bigot
  While surfing the Internet last week I came across the TMZ story about Donald Sterling’s leaked conversation wherein he and his girlfriend are having a heated conversation about her posting photos of herself with Black people on Instagram.   I can’t say that I was shocked, because this isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last time some well-known person’s racist views are made public. It was just a day or so before Donald was outed, that Clive Bundy, the Nevada rancher, was headline news due to his racist rant. And then there was Paula Dean and the list goes on. But what puts Donald in a class of his own is the paradoxical nature of the situation at hand. Either he is schizophrenic or he has a serious case of cognitive dissonance.   1)       Donald’s girlfriend is Hispanic and Black. 2)       Donald is the owner of the Clippers, a Los Angeles basketball team that’s made up of predominately Black players. 3)       The coach of the Clippers is Black. 4)  &...
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