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Family Reunion


Preparing for my family reunion is opening up a world of wonder. I always knew my Grandfather’s people came from Westmoreland County, Virginia.  Today I went though a book written about my ancestors and a pamphlet from the “The First Wilson and Connected Family Reunion” dated August 31,1996.

I always had a thirst to know my heritage. I always felt out of place and disconnected as a child and teenager. I had friends and family who liked me and we got along, but I never really felt that I fit in.  As a middle child, I developed a wonderful gift of expanding my imagination through writing.  I always saw my characters come to life as I wrote their stories. I made up stories of how my great great great grandmother was a black slave who worked in the home of my great-great-great grandfather who was a white landowner. That was how I explained how my family came to own the Bull Run property.  It was from the romantic and idealized imaginings of a young teenager.

This past summer, my family members who I really didn’t know about came alive. I know the names of my Great-Great-Great Grandfather, a black man born-free in 1852 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. I know that before he purchased the land with his two sons, he was a sailor. He was married to my grandmother, and together they had thirteen children. His sons and grandsons were known as the “waterman” of Westmoreland County.  My cousins still owe the land on the point.  When purchased it was known as Bull Run Point.

The books that I write are fictionalized. I will continue to piece together the stories of the men and women who gave me life, and write my family’s memoirs as the final book in “The String of Pearl” series called “The Clasp” which will honor the Free black men of Virginia who worked hard and produced a legacy of Wilsons; and my mother who does not know her family history. She was found abandoned at the age of 18 months old in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

I look forward to my family reunion in June. It will continue to motivate me to learn more about my father’s family.  I hope this post inspires you to do the same.

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Experience My First Book Launch Celebration


Yesterday I had the pleasure to experience my first book launch celebration as an Author. I preface “as an Author” because I have done book launches many times for individuals who I have helped get their book published. I know there may be some people who may be wondering what made me write a book and why would anyone want to read it? After all I’m not famous and haven’t done anything spectacular in my life. My answer to is, God gifted me with the ability to record my feelings and things that I’ve observed as I went through different seasons in my life. Knowledge, Faith and Helps are among my spiritual gifts. I am living and operating in my gifts so it was easy for me to make the decision to write about and publish my experience.

One of the statements that my pastor, George Holland, tells us is “What you are going through is not for you.” I know that is a hard statement to understand. Why would God put me through so much pain and heartache if it’s not for me? It is for you to experience the situation and grow stronger in your Christian journey. It is for you to share your experience with those who have yet to experience the situation or to share with those who have already experienced it.

“Joy Comes Through The Mourning” is my recorded story of death, mourning and resurrection in a new life. I recorded my experience as I went through the death of my late husband, Donald Karper; my attempts to cope and get through the grief cycle and how the different tools and individuals that the Lord sent into my life helped bring me through the darkness. Out of this experience my current husband also widowed, Willie Smart and I have become facilitators of a new ministry called “Crossroads”. During Fulfillment Hour we meet with the widowed community to scriptually focus on our collective experience. Our prayer is once we have established a strong structure we will move on to others who have suffered a loss of a loved one through other circumstances other than death. The deep void that a loss in a relationship sometimes causes God’s people to walk away from fellowship. Crossroads gives them a place to come where they can rebuild their faith and begin a stronger relationship with God.

I truly enjoyed myself yesterday and I want to thank the folk that came out to share that experience. I pray that I have more opportunities to share my story and to testify how God has given me a series of experiences that has brought me closer to HIM.

I encourage you to buy the book and read my story. Death comes to us all. As a survivor, death is something that we must be able to accept and work through. You can order “Joy” directly from my website-http://www.gladstonepublishing.com/JCTTM/Joy-1.htm.

Yesterday I had the pleasure to experience my first book launch celebration as an Author. I preface “as an Author” because I have done book launches many times for individuals who I have helped get their book published. I know there may be some people who may be wondering what made me write a book and why would anyone want to read it? After all I’m not famous and haven’t done anything spectacular in my life. My answer to is, God gifted me with the ability to record my feelings and things that I’ve observed as I went through different seasons in my life. Knowledge, Faith and Helps are among my spiritual gifts. I am living and operating in my gifts so it was easy for me to make the decision to write about and publish my experience.

One of the statements that my pastor, George Holland, tells us is “What you are going through is not for you.” I know that is a hard statement to understand. Why would God put me through so much pain and heartache if it’s not for me? It is for you to experience the situation and grow stronger in your Christian journey. It is for you to share your experience with those who have yet to experience the situation or to share with those who have already experienced it.

“Joy Comes Through The Mourning” is my recorded story of death, mourning and resurrection in a new life. I recorded my experience as I went through the death of my late husband, Donald Karper; my attempts to cope and get through the grief cycle and how the different tools and individuals that the Lord sent into my life helped bring me through the darkness. Out of this experience my current husband also widowed, Willie Smart and I have become facilitators of a new ministry called “Crossroads”. During Fulfillment Hour we meet with the widowed community to scriptually focus on our collective experience. Our prayer is once we have established a strong structure we will move on to others who have suffered a loss of a loved one through other circumstances other than death. The deep void that a loss in a relationship sometimes causes God’s people to walk away from fellowship. Crossroads gives them a place to come where they can rebuild their faith and begin a stronger relationship with God.

I truly enjoyed myself yesterday and I want to thank the folk that came out to share that experience. I pray that I have more opportunities to share my story and to testify how God has given me a series of experiences that has brought me closer to HIM.

I encourage you to buy the book and read my story. Death comes to us all. As a survivor, death is something that we must be able to accept and work through. You can order “Joy” directly from my website-http://www.gladstonepublishing.com/JCTTM/Joy-1.htm.

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