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Writing Brings Joy


In March, I decided to give up my hours reading posts on my personal Facebook page for Lent. I know what most would say, “That is not a sacrifice.” For me it is. I work on manuscripts, blogs and websites in the privacy of my home. Facebook offers me a chance to socialize with the outside world. In bible study, my Pastor taught us about the true meaning of the Lenten season, and how it was not just to give up something to eat, but to really sacrifice something that is pleasurable and replace it with something that is holy or meaningful.

I have many client projects that are keeping me busy, but I wanted to do something for myself that would be dedicated to the Lord and my family.  Finances are always an issue and I wantHadana-FCed to focus on bringing a steady sustaining income into the household, not just money from projects as I complete them.  So in addition to spending a great deal of my time studying “The Lord’s Prayer” for which I am writing a reflection paper; I also decided to publish a couple of my own manuscripts. Of course the big one is my collaboration with P. J. Richardson on “The String of Pearl” series, but I also had a gem that I collaborated with my young niece, Hadana Trinity Smart. At the time, Hadana was seven years old. She is now eleven and still just as gifted and wise as can be.  “Hadana and the Skating Club” will be released in the next couple of weeks. I am putting the finishing touches on it.

I was also blessed to work with a young teenager, a senior in high school, Joy R. Brooks who did a wonderful job designing and illustrating the book cover. I gave her a photo of Hadana and described a scene from the story. What you see is exactly how I described it to her.

I pray that the Lord will bless these two young ladies with a life that will allow them to grow with their gifts.

I pray that you will support us when the book is published and share it with your friends and family. The book is written with young folk from ages 8-10 in mine, but can be enjoyed by all.

“Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” will soon follow.

 

Hello world!


This is a personal article. It’s been a long year and I’ve changed directions a number of times.  This has been a very productive year for me. I have found my passion again and I’m on target to complete ten books by the end of 2010.

The last two holdouts are my own;

1) Cultivating Pearl

2) Aunt Dee and the Safari Rail Line

Both are based on my experience, one takes place during the 50’s and 60’s and the other in 2009 when I joined the Philadelphia Freedom School movement at Lea Community School during the summer of 2009.  It was an awesome experience for me. I had never taught curriculum full-time. My experience was training adults to use software applications that were designed by me or an third party company and train them in how to use it.

Philadelphia Freedom School

Working with youth is challenging and fun.  Our curriculum followed a set agenda each day. This may seem like a cake walk but it was not easy. Each day you had to take down the posters made for that days program; design and replace the poster with the next day’s poster.  These posters consisted of:

1. Your Daily Agenda
2. Supporting Material for the Book of the Day.
3. Creating Vocabulary Words or Math Flash Cards.
4. Keeping the Reading Library fresh with new books during the 8 week program.

I had a class of 14 youths ranging from age 8-11.  Two of my girls had just moved to United States from Egypt and didn’t have strong reading skills. In Egypt they memorized and recited their lessons. It was really challenging to get them to write their thoughts down. Raja would stand in the front of the class with her book in hand and give a wonderful and thoughtful presentation; just for me to find out that she composed her presentation in her head. I really was amazed and wished this was as skill that all of our youths had an opportunity to learn.

From this experience comes “Aunt Dee and the Safari Rail Line”.

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