Sunday, December 21, 2008

All Things Work Together for Good

"The Hat" (Watercolor - Copyright Peggy Love)

This has been a remarkable year, a blessed year. I am most grateful. Funny how one simple things can really have a great impact on so much. This time last year I was commenting about 2007, which had been a most challenging year for me. While making note of those things I was grateful for I made mention of something that was to result in a very uncomfortable situation. Perhaps, in retrospect, it was one of the best lessons and experiences of my life.

It was as though that event started a number of chain reactions that resulted in door after door after door swinging open for me. So much so, that on one occasion someone remarked that the way things were unfolding was "synchronicity". Duh?

I believe it really resulted from my need to understand mindsets, to delve deeper into the world of art and its mechanics, and my genuine desire to better comprehend what mattered beyond what just really mattered to me. I find I am ending 2008 light years beyond where I started it and I am absolutely certain I would not have been privy to the strides and quantum leaps of knowledge and wisdom that I believe I have had I not made that faux pas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Cup Full of Wisdom


I spent the day at home recovering from a nasty bout with a traveling virus. It seems most people that I have encountered recently have had it in some form or another. Regardless of the amount of vitamins C and E I've been taking, it took hold for a couple of unpleasant days. But, all was not lost. No, actually, much was gained.

This little window of downtime gave me an opportunity to just stop and to focus on some of the thoughts that have been vying for my time that I've ignored. It gave me an opportunity to be brutally honest with myself about what I think about a number of things that I have perhaps preferred not to examine too closely. I realized that in many ways I am far more at peace with 'me' than I have ever been, and that I have also - without even being aware of it - released a large quantity of 'things' that I once allowed to take up mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical space unwisely.

I found myself laughing somewhat at the notions I have had, since I was a wee little girl, that surely I am royalty and that some miraculous fate awaits me just around the next corner, most certainly ridden in on or drug in by an enormous white horse. Laughed because as far-fetched as that notion may have been it somehow etched itself on my psyche and has been a part of that subliminal drive that has caused me to throw open door after door after door in search of my yet-to-be-found royal bounty.

The other day I was excitedly telling someone about the history of a beautiful pottery cup that had landed mysteriously in our cupboard. I knew its manufacture, the time frame when it was made, all about its particular trademark on the bottom, and its probable value were it to be offered for sale. The person I was talking to commented with surprise at the breathe of my knowledge on that subject and I immediately responded "oh, pottery and porcelain from that period is a passion of mine". The return comment was "you sure have a lot of passions". Before I knew it my response had leaped from my lips: "I do." I said. "I live every single moment of my life with passion."

So, I guess I will continue to believe, with passion, that I will see a cloud of dust rising on the horizon caused by the determined hoofs of a wonderful white stallion bringing me my long awaited royal treasure chest. I guess I will always believe in fairy tales and happy endings. I guess I will always believe that life is to be lived with every ounce of hope and dream, desire and energy you can muster. I know I will always believe in God's unmerited favor.

I'm glad this nasty little virus stopped me long enough for me to realize how truly blessed I really, really am. Until it did, the rigours of my recent days had begun to cause me to cheat myself of my lust for life. It almost had me thinking my cup was half empty rather than half full.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Equator's Sun


Is there a perfect order to life? I believe there is, and even in those moments when all feels chaotic, when there are occurances that defy any ability I have to comprehend or embrace them, I still believe they are divinely ordained for the life I have been given to live.

I thought about that as it relates to President Elect Barack Obama. Having heard him repeat his own story and that of his mother and father - how they met, married, gave him life, and then parted - I wondered if they perhaps instinctively knew theirs was not just a coming together by chance, not just an ordinary girl and boy, man and woman relationship, but if they knew in their innermost beings something far beyond their own understandings had been manifest.

Those thoughts became this poem. I hope you receive it in the spirit I have written it.

The Equator's Sun

He is a kiss of the equator's sun against a cool Pacific breeze.
Intended, yet a surprise, come too soon,
but right on time.

Neither knew what drew them,
any more than they knew what
repelled them

only that once
upon a time
love demanded their obedience.

He was the gift left unwrapped when the guest had gone.
Intended, yet a surprise, come too soon,
and right on time.

He is the kiss of the equator's sun,
the hint of the days
before

and the days to come
in the simplicity
of his understanding

love
demands
our obedience.

He is the sound of a cool
Pacific breeze,
the kiss of the equator's sun,

an intention
come too soon
yet right on time.

Peggy Eldridge-Love ©2008 – All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Moment in Time


And then the clock struck 10 (at least where I live) and the whole world changed ... for ever!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Truth Be Told

It pains me deeply to see the very core and fabric of who people are twisted and used as weapons against them. I stand back and watch in amazement as people that I know do not intentionally wish to cause anyone true harm become like a once beloved pet bitten by a rabid skunk tragically becoming something dangerous and deadly, foaming at the mouth with the throes of poison that has invaded mind and spirit.

It is so difficult for me to accept that these “good people” are so deafened by the rhetoric of divisiveness that they cannot recognize that it is they who will lose the most. What they fear most, what they want to fight against with flailing arms and wild punches, is not that non-existent enemy that a bevy of shrewd, soulless front men are trying to convince them want to rob them of the rights we all hold most dear. Surely, I keep thinking, they cannot and will not fall for those snake oil tricks again. Yet, I see far too many being drawn in and pulled under, and I know that the only thing they’ll be offered when they are desperately trying to make their way back to shore will be a double-edged sword.

How is it even remotely possible that one who speaks of faith, who has deep abiding faith in a loving God, could ever be deluded by merchants of hate regardless of what those opportunistic merchants label it? Whatever happened to discernment, to the discerning spirit that we all have if we will pause and listen? It hasn’t changed – it doesn’t lie – it will not compromise. It is still there prodding and tugging at heart strings that want to ignore it and the truth is it will not rest. That is the piper that must ultimately be paid.

Though you may exercise a will that is yours to chose because it feels good to strike out, feels good to malign, feels good to hear someone making snappy, rhetorical punch lines – the kind of punch lines you wish you had thought of on the playground as a kid, or perhaps even now in the lunchroom or even the boardroom at work – dark, ugly, cutting words, words that minimize and castrate, belittle and disparage – words that your inner most being knows are not valid or true or justified…words that in the long run will cost you what you can never pay and not just you – but your children and your children’s children, too.

We don’t always know what’s right, but somehow we do always know what’s wrong. Take a minute to examine the choices you are making and your reasons for making them in this election. If your reasons are wrong and you know it – to thine ownself be true and do what’s right. There is still time.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Rising from the 'Free Write" Ashes

I had to create a fictional character today for a writing exercise. A "free write" fictional being with no connection to anything and anyone but my "free moment" imagination. Don't know why I'm sharing this unedited, straight from the hip particular result, with all its flaws, but I am.

Morris Hetch, nearing sixty-five, six foot two inches still, walks across the pine floor to the crackling fire place and warms his hands. Funny how cold his hands seem to stay. His eyes travel to the white oblong alabaster box on the mantle and he wonders about his will power. It has been over 48-hours since he reached for the box, took one of the Benson & Hedges and lit it with the tip of a rolled up piece of newspaper he stuck dangerously into the fire. It was as if he knew each cigarette was as potentially lethal as the embers that fly precariously from the burning newsprint.

He’s strong today. There will be no cigarettes. As strong as he was for over fifteen years, until just this last week. His stomach makes an unattractive noise. It is becoming far too familiar as is the discomfort that accompanies it. He plans to make an appointment, go see Melissa, Melissa Sturgis, the woman who has been his physician since his accident, but he knows he’ll put it off, forever if possible. It isn’t that he’s afraid of what he may learn; it is more that he’s afraid of what he may not – about Melissa.


His hands warmed now, he makes his way to the back room where he has set up his small desk, ignoring the pain in his knees, and the sharp mind wrenching pain in the center of his back. He slept wrong, again, and for an hour or so he’ll be reminded of the fact. But it is the fact of what lies before him on the edge of the desk that is most agonizing. He has no choice but to attend to it today. No choice at all.

Content copyright © 2008 by Peggy Eldridge-Love. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Peggy Eldridge-Love.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Don't You Dare Talk Back Mama!

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I saw a child in a supermarket recently with arms folded tightly across her tiny chest, her head bowed in full-combat defiance, and her bottom lip stuck out so far and apparently clutched so tightly it was the size of a tulip bulb and deep dark purple. This little one was mad!

I watched as her mother sought to reason with her about why the object of her desire was not something they needed to acquire. I watched as the mother explained, cajoled, and pulled out all the diplomatic tactics in her playbook to get Missy to understand. Missy wasn’t giving an inch.

Suddenly I realized what I was really watching as I saw Missy’s mom’s shoulders sag, her continence fall to a level of self-defeated disgust, and I saw the lines of bitter stress etched deep into her far-too-young-for-those-lines-to-be-there face. As Missy’s mother reached for the box of multi-colored yuck cereal and handed it to Missy who snatched it from her mother’s grip and threw it in the basket, I realized I was watching the demise of family, the loss of structure, and the end of a great deal of hope for America.

Missy is already running this country. All the little Missy’s who have been handed the reins and given their heads to take us wherever it is they think we ought to go now rule -- poor babies.

No wonder we are a nation in crisis.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Putting Meat on the Bones

The first thing I did when this particular idea took hold was to check Amazon to see if there were any books that already were using the title that I felt would be perfect for this new story. There were a couple, also a couple of variations on the title, and then a book or two that was using a portion of the title which apparently just came up with the title search.

Okay, so at least the title is not totally seminal. What about the theme?

I searched again, and thus far there is absolutely nothing that seems to have gone my direction with this set of circumstances! No where could I find this theme (that is blowing my mind) touted elsewhere.

Wonderful! It looks like I've found virgin turf.

So, now comes the tough part, the fleshing it out to see if it is strong enough to withstand what will need to occur over the next several months, perhaps even years to bring it in for a landing! I think this one is solid, I think it has the meat it needs to cover the bones of a "good concept." I'm excited because I am almost certain this one can stand and withstand whatever is tossed at it and I can't wait to wrap my mind around it totally!

Now honestly, isn't this what every writer lives for -- no matter how often it happens?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Keep the Faith: A Memoir is Slated for August Release


Ever now and again I am intrigued by what might lay between the covers of a memoir and one such an intrigue is slated for release August 29, 2008. This book is entitled Keep the Faith: A Memoir and it is written by Faith Evans herself, with contributions by author Alyia S. King.

For years the name Faith Evans has been synonymous with that of her late ex-husband Notorious B.I.G., but it appears that this memoir will introduce us to the long before and the ten long years after woman who has lived and continues to live a life that is worthy of its own recognition.

So, I'm awaiting the dropping of the new memoir and I have a fairly solid feeling once I pick it up I won't be able to put it down until I read the last page.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What's On the Wall?

Carol Karotis, Gallery Director, and Cathy Denning, Art Intern - Kansas City Art Institute, hang the current exhibit, Native Son: A Retrospective of the Works of Leroy W. Allen at the Kaw Valley Arts & Humanities Gallery

Keep your eyes peeled and glued to the TV while watching the new reality show, Family Foreman! Don't know if you'll see it, but there is a Leroy Allen painting in the background. Early on the producer's of the show contacted us to let us know it was a part of his collection and to get proper clearances should it be included. Great!

The painting itself is very poignant because it, like a number of Leroy's works, had special family significance. In this instance, the picture is of a country church and several of its patrons as they are leaving a Sunday service. A couple of the patrons are deep in conversation! The church is the church our grandfather attended -one he rode his horse to every Sunday and tied his horse up to a nearby tree until time to ride him home again. Our grandfather was also the subject of another major one of Leroy's works that is currently a part of a national tour. Our grandfather was from, and the church and patrons in the painting in George's collection, are located in Mississippi.

So make sure to catch the show! It comes on Wednesday nights on the TVLand Channel. Picture in the background or no, it is a really fun reality show!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Exhibit Opens Tomorrow




This show opens tomorrow evening, July 11th, at the Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities Gallery in Kansas City, Kansas! This is the second exhibit of my late brother's works that I've coordinated. I am excited because this one is in our hometown.

Wish you could be there! Come to think of it, why can't you be?

Friday, June 13, 2008

Your Turn

Copyright Peggy Love - Charcoal


It would be so easy to miss it. In the midst of it, as it whirls around you, virtually consumes you, there is the possibility you may not understand or recognize its appearance or its purpose. It is change and you are dead off in the middle of it. We all are.

There is a reason for all of the upheaval, the climatic changes, the economic shocks, the social and political never ending dramas that keep us on the edge. We became complacent, got socked in and desensitized to even our own internal cries for introspection and renewal. As a result we have allowed our authenticity to implode in quiet little episodes that threaten not just us individually, but everything.

Minus the chaos that has risen up all around us we might not lift up our heads and at least consider what is going on. It is all being shaken so that we might be tumbled out of our apathetic denial that we are who will and who must make a difference.

Wake up and do something! We need you!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

American Poets

Now this is exciting.* An oil portrait of me painted by Didi Menendez has been added to her intriguing series entitled American Poets.

In this collection, Didi captures an unusual view of a variety of contemporary American poets that is as telling of their individual essence as are the words they write. I am so honored to be included in this series.

*Flash Update: I just checked to see what new portraits had been added and, if you blush easily, be prepared - Didi has added a most unexpected twist to her American Poets series! But, as with all things Didi, it is very tasteful.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Beg You and Pay You: The Oxymoron

Copyright: Leroy Allen "Ma'am" (Tribute to P.Polk) Charcoal & Chalk -All Rights Reserved
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Breaking News!
The migration has just taken place - after nearly a year!
As stated below: He moves mountains! Believe it !

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If you visited my personal web site recently and thought I either abandoned it or have become very lazy about having its content updated you are wrong. What is afoot is a terrible situation with the web host that involves countless domains like mine that can no longer access the web site itself to make changes.


For nearly a year now they have been in the throes of "migration" which very obviously has now become a major disaster for both them and countless numbers of us who have remained loyal trying to ride out the storm of transition.


The obvious question may be why not just change web hosts. The honest answer is the quagmire that others who finally tired of the wait have encountered in attempting to make that switch. Can you spell a n-i-g-h-t-m-a-r-e? Then you have the answer to the issue of change. The cure has more often than not been more painful than the current dilemma. Irrevocable loses of content, domains, and more have been alleged and the anguish is palatable among those caught in this circumstance.


I have been with this particular host for six years and have loved the ease of management for the site. It was perfect for me initially as a novice, seat-of-the-pant grassroots, and guerrilla self-promoter and continued to work well as I grew. I recommended them to anyone who would listen.

I have sought to be logical, patient, and reasonable in all my interactions as I've sought diligently to get my own personal situation resolved. It was excruciating that I was not able to post anything regarding two major art exhibitions that I had occurring and even more painful that I couldn't post newspaper links to information about me, or show new creations or whatever.

I even swallowed my pride and begged on a number of occasions. I really, really don't like to have to beg and pay you too. That goes against my grain, but since I'd already paid for the period of time we were in and I knew any thoughts of a refund were out of the question I just humbled myself and crawled time and time again. But, a couple of days ago, when I saw the charge for the new service period was arbitrarily processed against my credit card early I lost my cool.
I am no longer cool with it, patient, or tolerant. I want it resolved. For me that means praying about it first - telling Jesus on them for real (smile). It is a perhaps surprising confession of faith, but I don't take it lightly at all. He moves mountains for me and I expect Him to move this one.
I'll let you know soon.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Stage, Beads and Dolls

The photos are a few of my jewelry creations from the recent exhibit "She-Art". I've allowed myself a tiny hiatus the last few weeks hoping to catch my breath. I think I am all rested and ready to go once more now.

Next up, I'm working on a new exhibit of my brother, Leroy Allen's, works in the very near future. I'll post details soon.

Next up for my own works is a workshop, Doll-Making: The Healing Art, with Ned Ra Bonds in late June at the Robert Frazier Gallery. This will be the first in a series of exciting workshops and retreats we have planned. More on this soon also.



Something else that is really exciting is the possibility of a collaborative effort on a stage play - a musical (!!!) - that makes my heart thunder! Talk about serendipity ... the way this collaborative relationship came about is a tale all its own. Something tells me that given half a chance this project is destined to be huge!




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Photos courtesy of the artist. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

K.C. Lyric Opera World Premiere - "John Brown"




I attended a wonderful reception this evening (at the Robert Frazier Gallery of Contemporary Art) for the the world premier of the Kansas City Lyric Opera's presentation of "John Brown". As a part of that reception we were given a preview of the performances and it promises to be breathtaking.

If you are in Kansas City it is a "must catch" Opera that I think will be life altering. If you are not in Kansas City may I suggest you consider a quick visit to take this one in.

John Brown is slated to be played by Baritone James Maddalena. Fredrick Douglass by Baritone Donnie Ray Albert. The dates are May 3 - May 11, 2008. (Lyric Opera Ticket office 816-471-7344.)

Visit, too, the exhibit at the Robert Frazier Gallery that coincides with this presentation. Art by Leroy and Michelle Beasley, Michael Toombs, Pellom McDaniels III, NedRa Bonds, and Sherry Mirador (to name a few) specifically commissioned for this event is on display.

A final treat at tonight's reception was the introduction of one of John Brown's direct decendants. She was quite pleased that an opera in his honor is debuting, and I agree, it is a wonderfully amazing thrill.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Minute with Author Lori Johnson


What's your name and the title or titles of your books?

My name is Lori Johnson. I also have work (short stories & essays) published under the name Lori D. Johnson. After The Dance (Kensington/Dafina) is the title of my debut novel.






What genre do you normally write in?

Interesting question. Most of the short stories I've published would more than likely be considered "literary." I've heard people describe After The Dance as chick-lit, romance and even urban-lit. Personally, I don't think it belongs in any of those categories (smile). I view After The Dance as a humorous, contemporary love story.

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?

I was born in Memphis, TN and I am the eldest of two children. Thanks to my father's military career, I spent the first seventeen years of my life living in various parts of the United States and a couple of those seventeen in Wiesbaden Germany. Even though I currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and our young son, Memphis, TN is still the one place I call "home."

My love of words dates back to childhood, well before I could even walk or read. My mother likes to tell the story of how she and other relatives would deliberately hand me books (minus pictures and/or photos) turned upside down. Inevitably, I'd cry until someone turned the book right-side up again. They found it amusing that somehow, instinctively, I seemed to know something wasn't quite right. Even now, I still don't like my words turned upside down (smile).

Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?

After The Dance is a romantic comedy, set in Memphis, and told from both the male and female perspectives. In the story, thirty-four year old Faye Abrahams, a chain-smoking, cynical pharmacist, describes her efforts to resist the charms of her next door neighbor, Carl Tucker, the forty-two year old, financially-strapped, divorced father of three who appears intent on sweet-talking and slow-dancing his way into Faye's heart.

Where are your books available?

After The Dance should be available in all of the major bookstores, retail outlets and via Amazon.



Are you working on anything new at the moment?

I recently finished my second novel, which is tentatively entitled A Natural Woman. In short, A Natural Woman centers upon a young, single college professor whose relationship with her male hairdresser takes a mysterious turn when he disappears shortly after their first night together.

What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?

As much as I enjoy making readers laugh, giggle and smile, I'd like to think my humor goes a step beyond "mindless" entertainment. In much the manner of a Paul Mooney or a Whoopie Goldberg, I'm also striving to make folks think, question or if nothing else, simply say, "Hmm."

Thanks Peggy for granting me this opportunity to share a bit about myself and my writing with others.

Thank you, Lori! We know you'll have great success with this debut offering!


Peggy

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Art Begets Art

Photo Copyright: Peggy Love

Sorry it has been so long since the last post. A great deal has been going on. Wonderful goings on, mind you.

We had so much fun at the doll-making workshop at the Culture House Gallery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City on April 5th! About 25 brave doll-makers showed up. Most were beginners, but some were experienced in some form of sewing (design, quilting, etc.), and the atmosphere was electric with fun and excitement.

The workshop presenter was doll artist Nedra Bonds and I have to give it to her. She was phenomenal!

The reception was so heart-warming for me. The response to my dolls, from my Wee Be Wee Folks to my Bridge Ladies, from my Windsors to my AllenArt Dolls, shook me! The feedback literally just 'blew me away'. I am so encouraged and motivated now. Plus, I received a few new invitations for more exciting opportunities in the near future as a result of this show. I will of course keep you updated.

Make a note, too, that I will be on an artist panel at the Robert Frazier Gallery of Contemporary Art on Thursday, April 17, with a host of extraordinary women artist. Our works are all currently included in the "She-Art" Exhibition at the Gallery which continues through May 3rd.

This lecture/panel is in conjunction with Women in the Arts month and the slated moderator is Sean Kelley. Knowing some of the other artist as I do, the discussion promises to be lively, informative, and provocative! Don't miss it if you are in the city!

My biggest problem now is finding time to go to bed. All of this visual arts foreplay heighten my appetite to write, so I'm once again pecking away at my keyboard into the wee hours of the morning. But, the great thing is that I'm springing from bed in the mornings refreshed and invigorated. Looks like art begets art, and I can think of few things that could be better.

Monday, March 24, 2008

A Minute with Author M. LaVora Perry


This author brings so very much to the literary table! She's a star with a thousand points of light.

What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?

M. LaVora Perry

Books:

Taneesha Never Disparaging, Middle Grade Novel, Wisdom Publications, September 1, 2008, ISBN: 0-86171-550-0, $8.95, Paperback

Teen Sisters' Health--A Mind, Body, & Spirit Wellness Guide for Girls of Color, coauthored with Linda Bradley, MD, an internationally respected physician of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation whose been quoted in Essence, O, and several other popular and professional publications. Dr. Bradley and I are seeking a publisher for Teen Sisters' Health through our agent, Susan Schulman of New York. These books, I think, are revolutionary because there are no others quite like them.. They give our girls straight facts about sex and more, and can save their lives as well as protect their self-respect and futures. For more information including excerpts, a table of contents, a fact sheet about the books, and more, visit www.teensistershealth.com.

What genre do you normally write in?

I write across genres and for different purposes but I'm most passionate about juvenile fiction right now--middle grade to young adult.

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?

A full bio about me is available at http://www.mlavoraperry.com/bio.htm. And on my blog at http://www.lavoraperry.com/about


Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?

This would be Taneesha Never Disparaging.
http://www.mlavoraperry.com/books.htm#taneesha
http://www.mlavoraperry.com/taneesha-interview.htm.



Here is Taneesha Never Disparaging summed up in less than 60 words:
What 5th grader bodyguards her limping best friend, runs a loser’s race for president, gets dissed by her parents, called “wimp” by her imaginary, evil twin, stalked by a teen ogre girl, and told she’s hell-bound because she’s Buddhist? Taneesha Bey-Ross, that’s who. And the whole mess just makes her go, “Dang!”

Where are your books available?

On Sept 1, 2008 Taneesha Never Disparaging will be available wherever children's books are sold.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?

I am seeking a publisher for my sequel to Taneesha Never Disparaging. The sequel is titled Hidden Jewel and is a young adult book written from the point of view of the 14 year-old girl that bullies Taneesha in Never Disparaging. I am writing a series of books about children and teens set in the fictional northern Ohio urban community in which Taneesha Never Disparaging takes place. The third book is about Taneesha's 17 year-old brother, Randy.

I am also working on a story set in 5th century China. It's titled Dragon Woman's Song and centers on a father and son who are skilled calligraphers and the women with whom they fall in love. In the father's case, love leads to a bittersweet outcome--the death of his beloved and the birth of his only child, his son.

What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?

As long as you continually self-reflect, put forth your best effort, work hard to strengthen the areas in which you are weak, and stay focused on your destination without giving in to defeat, you can achieve anything you set out to do.

Thank you so much!

Thank you Peggy for requesting an interview. I deeply appreciate it.

LaVora

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this minute with this exceptional author with all of you!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Serial Novel


I'm going to do a serial novel on a blog. The objective will be simply 'the finish line', so it will be a journey of patience and love for anyone who decides to follow along. I'll fill in the details real soon. The blog will be separate and apart from this one, but there will be a link and ongoing notices of updates or anything else of note regarding the process.

This week I'm working towards the doll exhibit deadline. It will be at the University of Missouri-Kansas City African American Culture House Gallery from March 25 - May 31, 2008. It is simply entitled "Dolls". At the moment, new little dolls are introducing themselves to me on the tip of my needle. Not all will make it into the exhibit, surely, but all are a wonderful venture of exploration for me. This is "Blue Diva" and she is a really cool little doll that I had a lot of fun designing ... last night!

Friday, March 14, 2008

A Minute with Author Shelia M. Goss


Now this author is one of my favorite people, and she is definitely on fire!

What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?
My name is Shelia M. Goss and I'm the author of four books.

My Invisible Husband is the tale of one woman’s desperate attempt to stop the age-old question posed to all women at some point in their lives: So when are you getting married? To appease her family and friends, 34-year-old Nicolette Montana fakes a Las Vegas wedding. How she handles her web of deceit makes for a dramatic and sometimes comical story.

Roses are Thorns, Violets are True is sibling rivalry at its best. Rose's ultimate goal is to remain in the spotlight; preferable on the silver screen. To her fans, Rose is sincere, glamorous, and charitable; but to Violet, her twin, she's a conniving, manipulative person that starves for constant attention. Violet has always been able to forgive her sister's malicious deeds. Well, that is until Rose does the unthinkable.

Paige's Web tackles the subject of commitment phobia from a woman’s perspective by taking readers on a journey with character Paige Christine Webb. As a professional event planner, Paige decides to use her organizational skills in her personal life. Although meeting men has never been an issue for Paige, it's the 'ever after' that has her scared of commitment. Paige devises a fool proof plan to juggle three men which ultimately catches up with her.

Double Platinum is my most recent release. It was released this month. Double Platinum is about R & B mega star Parris Mitchell. To the world, it seems like she has it all. But with a declining career, she has nothing left but disappointed fans and growing depression. Hit Maker and Playboy Casper "CJ The Hitmaker" Johnson is looking for a new sound. He needs her voice. She needs her career back. Their drama from groupies and people from their past becomes the source of plenty of print for the paparazzi.

What genre do you normally write in?
I write in several genres; however only my books that are in the women's fiction genre have been published.

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?
I'll try to tell you something that you can't find in my bio :) Besides books, music is one of my favorite passions. Prince is one of my all time favorite artists. Paradise Island, Bahamas is my favorite vacation spot. Any Southern Jags out there(smile)---Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA is my alma mater. Sprite is my drink of choice. Why Did I Get Married is my favorite Tyler Perry movie. I enjoy blogging, playing online spades and dominoes.

Where are your books available?
Double Platinum, since it's a new release, is currently on the shelves at Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc. Readers can also order it from one of the online retailers such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, etc.



My Invisible Husband is also available in hard cover at BlackExpressions.com, in addition to the stores and other online retailers.

All of my books are available at the stores or online. If you don't see it on the shelf, ask the manager to order it for you.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I am always working on something new. Once I know when the new manuscripts will be published, I can go into more details. It's challenging me as a writer and I look forward to jumping into new territory.


What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?
It's a cliche, but it's true--LIFE IS TOO SHORT. That statement to me means, do not let your life go by without expressing love to those you care about; do not let your life go by without pursuing your dreams; do not let life go by without doing things that make you happy. Life is too short not to live in "the now."

Thank you so much!

Peggy, I appreciate you letting me share my thoughts with your readers.


So glad you could take the time to share with us today, Shelia. The very best to you in your career!

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Minute with Author Linda Dominique Grosvenor


Here's a minute with genuine royalty!

What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?

My name is Linda Dominique Grosvenor and my latest book is an inspirational non-fiction relationship book titled The Plural Thing: Spiritually Preparing for Your Soul Mate.


What genre do you normally write in?

I normally write in contemporary fiction however now I'm leaning more towards suspense or rather I'm incorporating the suspense aspect into my fiction books more. Non-fiction is becoming more of a growing fascination for me too.


Could you tell us just a little about yourself?


I'm a seasoned woman with a poetic soul who loves words and the ability to craft stories from my vivid imagination. I currently live in New Jersey and am on the cusp of finishing off my eighth novel. To stir my creativity I love to walk hand in hand with my husband on the beaches of Sandy Hook.


Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?


My latest book just happens to be my favorite book. It is a powerful book on learning how to love yourself better in order to boost self esteem and become content rather than beating the bushes to find that special someone. It also snatches away the excuses that people give as to why they can't maintain a viable relationship and has tools to aid couples in learning to love each other better. The Plural Thing definitely prepares readers to walk into their God-given blessing when it comes to acquiring and maintaining a mate.


Where are your books available?

You can log on to www.ThePluralThing.com to purchase a copy of The Plural Thing through your favorite retailers or request that your local independent bookseller stock copies too. Contact me to ask me how.




Are you working on anything new at the moment?

I just completed my eighth novel. It took everything in me to get this story out of me. It's the first novel I've completed since 2004 and I'm extremely proud of it. I've also just launched the LoveBetterCamp.com. Love Better Camp is the non-profit (pending) that was created to teach the principles found in The Plural Thing: Spiritually Preparing for Your Soul Mate directly to men and women of faith. We'll be hosting group seminars, weekend retreats for couples and singles as well as launch the inaugural Love Better Camp Conference in 2009, and there is a forthcoming non-fiction title of the same name. If you want your life and relationships to have a fighting chance, you'll log on and begin browsing today. Love is too precious to wing it!


What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?


Whatever your occupation do it solely because you love it. Life is too short to toil away doing something you all out despise and offers you no real joy. Looking forward to each day with a smile is the best gift you can ever give yourself.


Thank you so much!


Peggy I must thank you for this opportunity. I absolutely LOVE what you are doing!

The pleasure was all mine! The best of everything to you!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Wearing Another Hat

Peggy Eldridge-Love Jewelry Designer
Photo Copyright Peggy Love


I'm wearing one of my other hats tonight as there is the opening reception of the 'She-Art' Exhibit, Celebrating Women in the Arts, at the Robert Frazier Gallery of Contemporary Art in Kansas City and I'm one of the artist exhibiting. In this instance I'm exhibiting my jewelry!

The list of artist is impressive and includes installation artist Richie Kaye, internationally celebrated quilter Charlotte O'Neal, painter Philomene Bennette, quilter and doll maker Nedra Bonds, watercolor artist Michelle Beasley, and a few more! The gallery director is the renown fabric artist Sonie Ruffin. The exhibit is up from March 7 through May 7, 2008!

I have another exhibit coming up right behind this one - a doll exhibit that I'm preparing for, but I am continuing to write. Honest.

If Kansas City is on your agenda over the next two months I hope you'll stop in and look at 'She-Art.' I believe you'll enjoy it immensely.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Minute with Author Jackie Young

Here she is! You're going to enjoy this very special scribe!




What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?

I'm Jackie Young – poet, writer, and all-around creative catalyst. My first published offering is a poetry collection entitled "Love's Reparations: the Learning Curve between Heartache & Healing".


What genre do you normally write in?

I guess you could say that poetry is "home base" for me. It's truly where I found I had a "voice". Ever the overachiever, I'm also dabbling in some fiction as well as non-fiction.


Could you tell us just a little about yourself?

Hmmm…what's to tell? I'm a native Virginian, the world's most favorite Aunt, a lover of art in all forms (writing, music, painting, dance, etc.). Overall, I'd say that I'm a true lover of life, love and learning.


Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?

"Love's Reparations" is about growing through whatever barriers, pain, or fears we have to get to the best part of our relationships – be that relationship with God, self, significant other, family/friends. I like to think of it as a "deep tissue massage for the soul".

I have far too many "favorites" to single out one but I will tell you what they all have in common: definitely an engaging storyline. When I curl up to read them, I do so with highlighter in hand or pen/paper so that I can note those passages or phrases that just take me over the top. I love a story that teaches me something or challenges me. Along those lines, some of the books falling into that category would be anything by Pearl Cleage, JD Mason, Linda Dominique Grosvenor, Jenoyne Adams and of course Peggy Eldridge Love.


Where are your books available?

My books are primarily available via my website (www.jackieyoungwrites.com) and Amazon. Barnes & Noble, and Borders will order if for you if requested.


Are you working on anything new at the moment?

Not as fast as I'd like to be but yes. I'm actually juggling multiple writing projects right now. I'm working on a non-fiction offering that I hope to publish in December 08. I'm also trying to corral the characters for my first fiction offering for a Fall 2009 release. And of course there's more poetry on tap – I actually pushed back my publication date for my follow-up collection so hopefully we'll see that in the second quarter of 2009. You'll notice that I didn't name titles. LOL Not being cagey – it's just that my muse likes to shuffle the deck on me so I'm waiting until we're further into the writing process to "name names" so to speak.


What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?


LIVE life out loud, on purpose - dream so big, so beautiful, so bold that only God can answer.


Wow, thanks Jackie! What a pleasure!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Review: 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Photo: Copyright Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
Review Written by Peggy Eldridge-Love

I saw what I wanted last night. I saw the ultimate in raw emotion spew up like an inferno and scorch an emotional trail that will leave an eternal imprint on my mind. I saw art at its absolute best, at least for me. I saw what I, as an artist - whether visual or written - ache to achieve every time I make an effort. I saw two moments in the 2008 presentation of 'Raisin in the Sun' on ABC that are my reason for blubbering like this here and now.

There were many, many moments throughout the production that I thought were wonderful theatre. Each actor carried their role and made their character a part of my life. I was intrigued with the excellent adaption of this production for today's television. Nothing was lost; both the feel of the stage and the film set were preserved for whichever of the two you, the viewer, were most comfortable with. It all worked.

I was deeply moved by Audra McDonald's delivery of Ruth, the peacemaker, and under appreciated wife. Saana Lathan was an interesting Beneatha, and, Sean Combs was a very welcome surprise in the role of Walter. The authenticity of Phylicia Rashad's Lena was quietly riveting for me. I knew Lena, a hundred Lena's, and I knew without question that so too did Phylicia and that it was that irrevocable memory of our personal Lena's that drove this production straight to that place of immorality.

So, I cut to the chase and name the two moments that I refer to. The first was that moment of self-truth, self-knowledge in which Walter (Sean Combs)collided with his unalterable reality and it was such a physical blow after twising and turning every way he possibly could to try to avoid its acceptance that he finally threw himself onto the steps and collapsed. What he was experiencing was a death and Sean's portrayal of that moment was that moment of learning of a death your soul does not believe it can bear. His performance was profound!

The next such moment was Lean's when she too was forced to accept the reality of not Walter's betrayal or poor judgement, but of how fleeting our worth can be regardless of the cost, how easily it can be dissolved in a split second, and how, no matter what she might do or say to preserve her deceased husband's tangible worth or even spiritual worth that she ultimately had no control over that whatsoever. It was the agony of surrender - of relinquishing that role of control to a higher authority - that I thought I heard and saw and felt in her near animal bellow of anguish. Letting go can be more painful than giving birth, and her letting go ripped the moon from its bed. I will never forget how she made me feel in that moment's performance - ever.

This production may not win an award of any kind, and it may be debated and compared to the original, and we may all have our varying opinions as to the degree of its worth. That is to be expected. But those moments are my "Play it Again Sam" and my "Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a Damn" cinematic moments and I assure you, I'm keeping them!

Monday, February 25, 2008

A Minute with Author E. Joyce Moore


Gettin' to the Good Wood


What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?

E. Joyce Moore

Gettin' to the Good Wood, Non-fiction
Ramblings Through the Attic of Thought, Poetry
I Like Brown, Illustrated Children's Book
Jahzzara, Illustrated Children's Book, Multimedia project

What genre do you normally write in?

I write primarily in non-fiction, however I enjoy the creativity of children's books, poetry and I've started an adult novel. I have also written two scripts for television and am working on a screenplay.

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?

I am a mid-career person, who has the opportunity to pursue her passion in the arts, both visual and literary. I am focused on some specific creative projects, in both my writing and in the promotion of fine artists of color and African descent. It is my goal in 2008 to shoot my first film short and initiate my multimedia project and get two of my books published.

Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?

I love my book of poetry, Ramblings Through the Attic of Thought, which has many pieces that many resonate with. I plan to load it onto Kindle soon. I am also fond of the children's book I Like Brown which is being illustrated by fine artist Charlotte Riley-Webb and will include a piece of children's art by Jourdan Toliver -- a piece that will go in the back of all of my children's books.

Where are your books available?

Gettin' to the Good Wood is available on Amazon, all others are not yet published.


Thanks for taking time out to share with us and the best of luck to you, Joyce!

Literary Road Trips


The beaten path is cool. Matter of fact it is normally safe and comfortable, predictable and, more often than we want to acknowledge, pretty darn boring. I'm stepping off my beaten path and venturing into byways and new avenues, back roads and some rocky trails.

One area of exploration is taking a closer look at the literature that is right around me, that in some instances is just starting to surface, while perhaps in some other cases it may be literature that should have - in my humble opinion - ripped through the stars that has gotten pushed to a back, dusty shelf. A lot of it will be the best of the best of new contemporary works, and I'll also be taking "A Minute With..." to share short interviews with authors I believe you need to know!

So, off I go in search of some literary excitement. Hope you plan to come along.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Minute with Author Vanessa A. Johnson

Here's an author you really should get to know!

What's your name and the title or titles of your books?
Vanessa A Johnson
Book Title: When Death Comes a Knockin'



What genre do you normally write in?
My first book was non-fiction, right now I'm writing fiction.

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?
I'm 49, a lifelong Louisianan, married 29 years, mom and grandmother.

Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?
My book is a self-help, inspirational book about loss and grief. It chronicles my journey through the grief process after the untimely deaths of my mother and son in August & September 1994.

Where are your books available?
www.lulu.com/vanessaajohnson, amazon.com, bn.com, or from me directly.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Yes, I'm doing edits and rewrites on Sacrifices In The Name of Love, a coming of age, multicultural story about two teenagers who will ultimately learn that there are consequences to your actions, that sometimes dictate sacrifices to be made under the guise of love that's painful, but necessary.

What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?
Whatever your passion or your dream is, be persistent, even when others don't believe in you, believe in yourself.

Thanks Vanessa for sharing with us!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Fears that Startle

I'm in a few excellent writing groups. There is one where we have the freedom and pleasure of just flying from the cuff and the beauty and magic that often flows there is beyond expressing. I'm in a few others where varying levels of critique are exercised. Some are rigid and exacting, while I think of another that is blunt, filled with exceptional craftsmen, and overflowing with an energy that can't help but spark new creative fires.

I shared this poem in a couple of them a few days ago and it was the response to the poem, not its structure, but its content, that I found intriguing. It was someone they knew, someone they loved, someone they distrusted, someone they ...

That isn't that extraordinary. Poetry should do that, but for some reason it was that little something extra that seemed to be between the lines in some of the messages and responses that piqued my intrigue. So, I thought I'd share the poem with you:

SEEING THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE

Seeing through to his hollowness,
I ache. He doesn't want me to,
see him, that is. Others don't.
They want him to be who he dreams
of being, but isn't.

I taste the fears that startle
him awake when truth
slips between the artificial
layers even he
has grown to believe.

Why should I feel such guilt
knowing there is no one to tell,
even if I want to. I don't.
I wish instead to be snagged,
converted by his glow.

I have been wrong I think
somewhere some time, but not
about this. Ever. He doesn't want
me to, see him, that is. And,
perhaps in reality, I don't.

©Peggy Eldridge-Love -2008 – All Rights Reserved



That deep tortured person some folk described as preceiving in the poem brought to mind this tiny little sculpture I created, too. The human experience is truly a mysterious journey.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Little More "Bought Sense"



Have you ever had someone hit a raw nerve that you had no idea was raw? It is an excruciating pain, not at all unlike that first instance when you bite down on something and a pain shoots through your mind, body, and soul and you realize the pain is actually in your mouth, in a tooth you had no reason to think might crack. I had one of those riveting experiences recently and it left me with much to think about and consider.

I was in a setting not at all conducive to anything but civility, and civil we all were as we politely exchanged our thoughts and ideas, but there was one person who kept dropping hints of dissatisfaction, deep sighs of frustration, and a good reason why anything anyone else thought promising was anything but. I found myself empathizing with that person, assuming they might have had a long, unpleasant day and that session with us was the time they finally decided it was okay to start to let the built up tensions go. Heck, I've had bad days, too.

I was feeling magnanimous for being so silently understanding when suddenly a few words were said that hit me in the mid-section like a bowling ball. Nothing big. Nothing overtly insulting or inflammatory, but the underlining ramifications were so vile and mean-spirited it was breathtaking. I almost started to hyperventilate.

What did I do? Very briefly I determined that I needed to set the perpetrator straight and with the breath I was about to exhale I was well on my way to accomplishing that when suddenly it dawned on me! This is so, so rich and so, so prime for my novel "Bought Sense!" This is exactly what I've been needing to bring out the true negative, mean-spirited nature in a character I've been toiling with developing that is such a wonderful little actress that she's been hiding her venom even from me - the writer who made her up!

I couldn't wait to get out of that setting and to my notebook! I was civil in that hour of civility which meant I didn't lose anything other than a quick, hot breath. Best of all I won another priceless glance into one of those extra special human natures that we only get an opportunity to glance ever now and again. It was all I could do not to run up and give them a great big hug, an extra little squeeze and a truly exuberant thank you for opening this perfect little door!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Essence...

Great new things are happening! First, check out our brand new look! Blue, not pink! Feels really good.

Plus, I want to announce that Living on the Tip of My Pen is now a member of the Essence Ad Network! That is sure to add a wonderful dash of ongoing excitement.

I'm in the new Cafe Cafe issue of Mipoesias Magazine! Click on my photo once you get there and it will take you to my poetic contribution. Also, be sure to check out the Mipoesias Art Gallery while you are exploring, too. Cafe Cafe touts some of today's most gifted and celebrated contemporary poets, so be prepared for the profound! You'll find it in this issue at every turn.

Enough already! It is the wee hour of a new morning and I had promised myself I wouldn't keep pulling all nighters at the computer. It is time to rest so that as soon as the sun peeks through the clouds I'll be fresh and ready! I'm going to keep that promise!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Need to Pull Your Coattail

This is a situation in which I really got taken for a ride! This just occurred a few days ago.

Recently I've been researching ways to "make a few extra dollars" on line with ad clicks and so forth for web sites and blogs and I fell for what seemed a very legit opportunity. In a flash I had been snake bitten!

Turns out that "legit opportunity" was about to become a very costly mistake - but, a little fast thinking allowed me to get myself out of the quagmire. That's what I wrote about in this article "Ignoring the Fine Print Can Cost You a Mint".

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/590203/ignoring_the_fine_print_can_cost_you.html

Please check it out when your time permits and please, please share it! It could probably benefit someone you know!

Thanks!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Some Tacky Fun

I got adventurous today. I made a video and uploaded it to YouTube. It was about my "muse" and how h/she has been on a roll lately, spicing up my creative life with all manner of creative exploration.

I can be shameless when it comes to art - to creativity - much like a child really. I'm like "looky, see, see, look what I've done!" I think that is because in my home, as a child, the creative side of us was so encouraged, and every little thing we did was a big event. I still expect it to be a big event, and so, even if no one else gets excited with me, I get excited all by my doggone self!

Since I was just playing with this movie maker thing on my computer I put all kind of self-serving stuff in the video. I didn't remember doing that until I played it back and thought, how tacky! Tacky or not, this is my first step into the world of MyTube, oops, I mean YourTube, ah, I mean YouTube.

Lights! Curtain!



Monday, January 21, 2008

Who Cracked the Door and Let in the Light?

When I've gone to family reunions in recent years I've been reminded of the reality of the history of the civil rights struggles in the middle of the last century as sitting amongst us is one of our family members who was a central figure in that struggle.

His right, in 1962, to attend the southern university of his choice required then President John F. Kennedy to have to call out federal troops and U.S. Marshals. That simple right was violently opposed and challenged by the state's governor and its people, and resulted in some of the most tumultuous, riotous days of this nation's history as the struggles for his rights played out.

In 1967, a photograph of this same relative being shot in 1966 as he led the civil rights march entitled "March Against Fear" from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi won the Pulitzer Prize for photography (Photographer, Jack R. Thornell of Associated Press).

That this family member, James Meredith, opened doors for those of us coming behind him in search of the educations not only of our ability, but also our choice, goes without saying. That this family member has continually reached out to us individually and collectively to encourage our efforts as we reach for our own goals and objectives is unrelenting. One of the first letters of support and encouragement I received when my first book was published was from James. One of my greatest treasures will always be that letter as it reassured me that "I had a lot to say that the world needed to hear". I believed him and as a part of that belief I have never stopped trying.

But before civil rights there was Reconstruction and my husband's family played a key role in that lofty endeavor.

His great, great grandfather was a member of the 1866 Constitutional Convention and a number of successive legislatures, but it was his son, born in 1859, who took the new possibilities for freed black people and maximized on them and built a legacy of success that still resonates from Atlanta to Los Angeles for its ferocity.

Lieutenant-Colonel Floyd Henry Crumbly, a member of the Tenth U.S. Calvary, and honored veteran of the Spanish-American War, followed his military career with a thirst for business that in the mid 1880's turned a $300 line of credit into one of Atlanta's first black-owned grocery stores and him into one of the founders of Atlanta's prestigious Wheat Street business center.

Within months Floyd Henry (after whom my husband is named) had paid off his loan and initiated purchase of the building he operated out of. A year and a half later he paid that building off and purchased the one next door. It was a momentum that he didn't believe was just for himself, and as his prosperity increased, so did his commitment to his fellow man.

By 1890 he became the chief organizer of the Georgia Real Estate Loan and Trust Company, along with a hand full of other successful black Atlanta entrepreneurs of the time. He is credited with bringing into reality and serving on the board of trustees for The Carrie Steele Logan Orphanage which focused on the needs of African-American orphanaged and abandoned children who previously had been left to forge for themselves. In 1892 he was selected as a director of The Penny Savings Bank of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and, based on his outstanding military career, was appointed and Adjutant of the staff of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Grant by the Governor of the State of Georgia.

Floyd Henry Crumbly founded the Negro Historical Society of Atlanta, and, eventually he moved to Los Angeles, California. His contributions in California were many as well as noted in F.H. Crumbly, "A Los Angeles Citizen," The Colored American Magazine (September 1905). Some of his letters to co-harts such as Fredrick Douglass and Booker T. Washington are also a part of their collections in the Library of Congress.

It is a pleasure to be able to point our children and grandchildren to the accomplishments and contributions of their bloodlines - particularly these two - and to remind them that none of us arrive at our destination alone. We are there because of the efforts, the thrusts, the sacrifices, and the tenacity of others who cracked open the doors and let in a little light to shine upon our path.

This knowledge is particularly poignant on this celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday.


Note: Books by and about James Meredith and FH Crumbly are available from many sources online.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

5000 Words a Day

Today I need to make sure I write my 5000 words if I hope to meet the deadline I committed to earlier this week. And tomorrow, and the next day, the next day, and the next. It shouldn't be an issue since I've taken a lot of time to reorganize and schedule. I've made sure too that I don't over commit, or set unrealistic goals for myself because what I seek from here until eternity is balance and peace in my world.

As far as the visual arts are concerned, I've been invited to exhibit in a couple of gallery shows in the early spring. One I'll be exhibiting my jewelry and the other I'll be exhibiting my dolls. Several of my paintings were also included on the Mipoesias Art cover recently, which was really a good thing. So, I'm also busy designing a host of new jewelry pieces and dolls, but, for the moment, I've put my paints and pencils down.

I moved my studio/workshop up to the third floor where the light (especially the north light) is awesome. Once upon a time the third floor was a ballroom and another room was said to have been the original owner's children's classroom - this house is over 100 years old - so, on occasion, I let my imagination loose and imagine the parties, the people in their high spirits and finery, and the children who were once occupants. The energy sometimes is almost palatable!

I'm making sure I give back more too. I've added a couple of civic activities and I'm trying to keep both my eyes and my heart peeled for real people in need that I can somehow assist. It's time.

There are one or two areas I'm weighing - activities that it may well be time to relinquish, but that have been very meaningful to me in the past. I'm trying to listen closely to my spirit in these regards, and, whatever that final spirit led conclusion is I'll follow.

All in all it is good. All in all I am blessed.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Oops! Hubris!

I deleted and edited my year end blog entry! Seems I might be have been guilty of a wee bit of hubris. I stand corrected!

The New Year has been exceptionally kind! Much to be thankful for. Hope yours is beginning that way too!



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WHAT A YEAR! (EDITED!!!)

Oh, my goodness! What a year this has been for me. That I am here, on this last day of 2007, with my head up and my heart in tact is a miraculous, miraculous thing! It is testament that there is a good and merciful God, a power beyond my comprehension, who has cradled me, rocked me, sustained me, and restored me through valleys as bleak and opaque as India ink.

I lost my brother Leroy in 2007, and close family members Helen, Albert, Joan, and several other friends near and dear. There were days I thought I could not possibly make it through, but I did! I did!

And, there was a major literary disappointment that seemed so unnecessary because the professional involved was so unethical. But, then, maybe, rather than be disappointed I should be rejoicing. All relationships are not meant to be. I wish her well. I wish goodness and success for her in everything she does just as I wish those blessings for myself in all I do.

But life has its balances too, at least in the literary world. Another professional has been such a pleasure - running with a project I thought was lifeless, and landing it in the lap of one of the major players at one of Hollywood's top three talent agencies! He shocked us both with his desire to pitch it! And though he admits it is a difficult project, he still wants to hold on to it. Who would have ever thunk it??? Thank you!!! You go girl!

So, I release 2007 for the unknowns of 2008. I enter this new year with respect and awe and the reality that every moment will hold its own mysteries and I will just be along for its unfoldings and its journeys - if I'm blessed.

I thank you all for your friendship, for your kinship, for your love, and for your support. And above all I lift you high in my prayers this coming year. Get ready! Here it comes!