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In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to move our clocks forward. An easy way to remember is we spring forward and fall backward. So this Sunday don’t forget to move your clocks ahead by an hour. I have to admit, I didn’t even know Daylight Saving Time was upon us. I just happened to notice a reminder sign in the store located in the building where I work. There are a lot of pros and cons to this tradition that was initially proposed by a man named George Vernon Hudson in 1895. Since that time, many countries have used it at various times, most consistently since the energy crises of the 1970s. In my humble opinion, if we did away with the practice, I don’t think it would be a deal breaker.  In fact, I’m not surprised we haven’t banned it all together. I’m sure the countless people who will show up late to church this Sunday and late to work on Monday, might be willing to sign a petition. On the other hand, I do like the idea of it being daylight when I get home. At present, when I leave the house a little after five in the morning, it’s still dark out,...
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Last week I received an email on Facebook from an author named Charles Burgess with a request to read his new novel titled “Balllin’ the Last Dribble.”  He’s still in the editing phase and asked that I review the book and provide him with a blurb for the cover.  His request gave me pause because at the present time my cup overfloweth with projects. I work a 9-5 job, I commute 370 miles a week, I just released my latest Indie novel “Four Ladies Only” and I am deeply engrossed in promotions. I just signed a four-book deal with Soul Mate Publishing for my Cass and Nick series which includes, “Married in the Nick of Nine,” coming this summer, “The Baby in the Window,” “One Harte, Two Loves” and “Renee’s Return.”  In a minute I’m going to be working with my new editor getting “Married in the Nick of Nine” ready for publication and then I’m going to be embarking upon an aggressive advertising campaign. Additionally, I am directing a play I wrote called “Sacrificing Simone.” It will be coming to a theater near you this summer as well. I also have an...
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Posted by on in Married in the Nick of Nine
  “We have an offer on Married.” Those were the words that appeared in the subject line of an email I received from my agent, Stacey Donaghy, on January 4, 2014. Only four days into the New Year, and I was on the brink of realizing my dream—my dream to become a published author. “Married is “Married in the Nick of Nine,” the first book in the four-part Cass and Nick series. Deborah Gilbert, Founder and Senior Editor at Soul Mate publishing (how apropos), was interested in my baby! I nearly broke my fingers trying to read the entire email and respond. After fifteen years of trying to land an agent and a publishing deal, the day had finally come. Not only did Soul Mate want “Married in the Nick of Nine,” they wanted the entire Cass and Nick series—“Married in the Nick of Nine,” “The Baby in the Window,” “One Harte, Two Loves,” and “Renee’s Return.” “Married in the Nick of Nine,” will be released in July 2014. They were offering me a four-book deal! Thank you, Jesus. After fifteen years, my prayers had finally been answered. I was determined not to give ...
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  My coworker gasped and I braced myself for what she had to say. The last thing I expected was for her to tell me Nelson Mandela died today. A wave of sadness overtook me and I fought back tears. Nelson Mandela was a monumental figure and leader who knew no fears. Twenty-seven of his ninety-five years spent in captivity—a punishment for fighting for the rights of people who look like me. Determined to abolish Apartheid and its insidious rules, no one can fill Nelson Mandela’s shoes. A Xhosa, born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela had ambition early.  He studied law and joined the ANC (African National Congress), determined to fight the powers that be. He served as the President of the ANC from 1991 to 1997—still fighting the good fight for his brethren. He wrote his autobiography and led negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid. His name by then was known worldwide. In 1994 he led the ANC to victory and became the first black South African president, making history. He will be revered and remembered from this ...
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  Today marks the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s death. People all over the world are taking time to remember the man who was known as Camelot to those who loved and revered him. Fifty years ago I was three-years-old, and unlike the older children and adults in my life, I can’t tell you where I was the day an alleged lone assassin took the life of our president—an act of terror that brought the citizens of our good nation to tears and to their knees in anguish and prayer. I can’t tell you what I was thinking that day, what I was wearing, or what I had eaten for breakfast on November 22, 1963—a day of infamy. I can only imagine that day. My three youngest siblings were not born yet. My two older sisters would have been five and nine and my mother would have been twenty-four. I don’t even remember where we lived. Perhaps we lived in Oakland, California where I was born. I do know that my mother was very aware and socially conscious, so most likely, she, like the rest of America, was watching television news that broadcasted endless accounts of ...
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