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The Legend of Quito Road by Dwight Fryer

The Legend of Quito Road by Dwight Fryer

The Future seems to hold limited possibilities for Son Erby. The African-American child of a farm laborer in 1930’s Tennessee, his fate seems as certain as the sunset at day’s end. But when his father takes him to work at the Coleman farm and hands down the secret to making corn liquor, everything changes.

Moving from shadowed parlors of the wealthy Sawyer clan to the illegal activities in the woods along the Mississippi River, this perspective novel explores the roots of racism, and the dangerous power of secrets that will shatter every taboo in a sleepy town caught between the past and future. The Legend of Quito Road is a look at a bygone time, the sobering echoes of which can still be heard today.


In the scene below from The Legend of Quito Road, Papa Gill Erby, a religious man, teaches his only boy how to make illegal whiskey and keep secrets. Are there really many spiritual or physical differences in ma…

POEM: Thankful by Doris Washington

Thankful  by Doris Washington

Let's be thankful for the times we come together
Not only for the holiday feast,
The Turkey,
The dressing,
And the pumpkin pie,
But also to cherish the time
In seeing each other again,
Till the time we come together-Again.

Let's be thankful
And remember it's the moments we share,
The Love we give,
The Love of family,
The Love of friends,
Near or far.

Let's be thankful for every moment,
For each day,
And remember as we give to others in need,
We too will be blessed.

For its the Love of family,
The Love of friends,
And the Love of Giving.

Let's Be-

Thankful copyright (c) Doris Washington, November 2010. All rights reserved.

About the Author/Poet
Doris Washington is a spiritual writer, author, poet, and disability advocate who resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with her husband and son John. Doris takes the inspiration from her poetry from an unfortunate incident that involved her 18-year-old son with autism, and two police…

Lutishia Lovely - Voices of Thanksgiving AND Gratitude

Voices of Thanksgiving AND Gratitude Lutishia Lovely  Lutishia Lovely grew up in a small Kansan town, and often had to rely on her own creativity and imagination for entertainment. Her childhood habit of long conversations with imaginary friends and fantasies of traveling the world have evolved into a satisfying career that allows her to indulge her passion for spontaneous jet-setting to parts unknown. She’s visited forty states and more than a dozen countries. Since childhood, she’s also had a deep-seated belief that dreams can come true. This is what gave her the courage to take her self-published novel to a conference attended by 25,000 people, give one book to one editor, and get a book deal. She says that magic can only happen, when we believe…
What was your most memorable holiday from the past? My favorite holiday memory is from when I was eight years old. Christmas was coming, yet on Christmas Eve, there were only two or three presents under the tree, and none of …

Christmas with author Andrea Foy

Christmas with author Andrea Foy
AndreaFoy has over twenty years of customer service experience working for companies such as McDonald’s, Sears, Delta and USAir Airlines, American Express Financial Advisors the Federal Government. A graduate of Dayton’s Wright State University, she currently resides outside Dayton Ohio where she is attending grad school in Organizational Leadership and volunteers for her community. Visit the author's website: BPM:  What are you most thankful for today? I am thankful for being a published author. It is one of the most challenging but rewarding things you can do in life. Being a self-published author puts you in complete control and it is nice. BPM:  Tell us about your fondest holiday moment or event. Do you have Holiday rituals that absolutely, positively must be followed? It is all about the food. I love eating my way through the holiday! I used to be a flight attendant and on what I thought would be my first C…

Christmas in Europe: A Blending of Cultures

       Christmas in Europe: A Blending of Cultures
By Carolyn Davenport-Moncel

I am African American and my husband is French American. After almost 15 years of marriage we've had to make a conscious commitment to blend our two very different cultures together so that our two daughters have a more complete appreciation for the Christmas season.  In the beginning while living in the United States, blending those traditions wasn't very hard to do.  However surprisingly, living overseas (first in France and now in Switzerland) has made this commitment a tad more challenging.  For one thing, we are both traditionalists so we had to learn how to compromise.  Below are some areas where we had to find common ground so that our children could enjoy two cultures and understand just how blessed they are to have an opportunity to experience both.

A Blending of Food When we moved to France from Chicago almost ten years ago, you would have never met a woman more frustrated than…

Left for Dead by Ebony Canion

Left for Dead by Ebony Canion

“Victory at all costs…in spite of all terror…however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”  - Winston Churchill

Ebony Canion is no stranger to adversity. In fact, her countless traumatic experiences in her childhood and adulthood have molded her to be strong, resilient, and faithful, in short—a survivor.

But on that fateful day, June 30, 2012, her strength was tested more than ever before. Run over, then dragged for over two hundred feet, Ebony Canion was left for dead. She sustained multiple serious injuries and was in a coma for nearly two months. But keeping with the pattern of her life, Ebony’s spirit of faithfulness was bent but never
broken. And it was then, healing in the hospital, that Ebony decided to share her story with the world.

As an inspiration to all who know her, Ebony’s will to overcome, more importantly to survive, is unparalleled. She started a T-shirt company, Survival Story Tees, which empower oth…

Homeless for the Holidays By Alicia Singleton

Homeless for the Holidays
An American Family Epidemic

By Alicia Singleton

Firelight catches the Christmas tinsel in mid-dance, reflects its amber brilliance amid the bedazzled fir branches. Squeals of joy from children melds with their parent’s laughter. Families gather around the glow of the Menorah to give thanks. The seven principles of Kwanza renew a community’s spirit, its soul.  Tis the season for warm wishes, merriment, family, food and thanksgiving. But, for many American families, this holiday season is marred by a new found, depressing reality. Family homelessness. The statistics are staggering.

• Families comprise 40% of all who are homeless.

• 42% of homeless children are under the age of 6.

• According to the 2010 United States Conference of Mayors Report, family homelessness increased by 9%.

• Families with children comprise one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population today.

• More than 15% of Americans live in poverty, including 1 in …

The Significance of Thanksgiving by CD Mohatta

The Significance of Thanksgiving
by CD Mohatta

Just imagine, what would be a world where there is no Thanksgiving. 'Thank you' are one of the most beautiful words in a dictionary. It is said that, gratitude may not be the greatest of all virtues, but it is surely the parent of all other virtues.

Thanksgiving is a day celebrated post harvest. It is a day when people worldwide thank God and give praises to him for the harvest received by them. It symbolizes the values of gratitude, love, respect and honor. It brings about the feeling of togetherness and care among the members of a family and a community. It is said, 'A family that prays together, stays together'.  A festival like Thanksgiving gives a reason for families to sit together, pray and thank God for his blessings. The Thanksgiving meal is the main part of the Thanksgiving celebration. It encourages families to sit together for a family dinner. It generates the feeling of harmony among fam…

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Beating the Year-End Blues by Talayah Stovall

Beating the Year-End Blues by Talayah Stovall It is that time of year again - time for turkey eating, eggnog drinking and overall holiday cheer. It is the time of year when we show love to those people who are important in our lives and give thanks for our many blessings. Many of us will get caught up in all of the rich, caloric indulgences, the gift buying and the social gatherings that are guaranteed to occur. During this time, people find that there is more focus on relationships than at any other time of the year. And, that can be a mixed blessing.
For those who have a significant other, it is often a time of quiet moments to renew your love. For those with children, it might mean extending the budget a bit to accommodate those lovely trinkets that will light up the eyes of your little darling. For those who are not in a relationship, the holiday season often includes social activities with friends and extended family.
But often, we feel something is lacking in our live…

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Making a Family Harvest Offering

Making a Family "Harvest Offering" by Amy Wickstrom, PhD. While at church, I picked up a parenting brochure that described a new, creative spin on using money jar for a family service project. For those of you who have tried to teach your children how to "give" in a culture that likes to "take," this may be just what you are looking for.

Making a "Harvest Offering"

1) Find a mason jar (or any other container) for your family to fill with spare change and dollar bills.

2) Decorate the jar together using glue, beads, stickers, pipe cleaners, or anything else you can think of. This will build enthusiasm and momentum for the family service project.

3) Explain to your children that you will be making a harvest offering to someone in need of extra money this fall. With Thanksgiving drawing near, it is a special time to think about all of the blessings your family has received, as well as how to give back to others. The money put into the jar will be used to…

Make Every Day Thanksgiving Day


 "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." - William Arthur Ward

"Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it's important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level. We need to literally "count our blessings," give thanks for them, allow ourselves to enjoy them, and relish the experience of prosperity we already have." - Shakti Gawain

Thanksgiving is the most important holiday of the year.  Oh, sure, Christmas is grand, and I know it has many, many fans. I'm not knocking Christmas, but The Thanksgiving story is more important. And Easter has its fans, too. Rebirth is a wonderful thing, but I still say Thanksgiving is more important. Yes, kids jump for joy at the thought of Halloween. I am sure they enjoy the costumes almost as much as overdose on sugar and chocolate…

Sonja Lewis On BAN Radio Nov. 17 at 1pm EST

Intimate Conversation with Sonja Lewis

Sonja on BAN Radio Show with Ella Curry
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Author of The Barrenness and the Blindsided Prophet, Sonja Lewis has appeared on CNN and The Tom Joyner Morning Show. She has also been featured in Black Enterprise, and in the media in Canada and the United Kingdom.  A former reporter for The Albany Herald (Georgia), Sonja has also written for British newspaper The Guardian. Currently, she writes a blog for the Huffington Post, UK.  A member of the Society of Authors, Sonja lives in London with her husband, Paul.

The Blindsided Prophet  by Sonja Lewis

"Daughter, you have given birth to a child who will
see many things beyond what the rest of us see."

1980. Coffee, Georgia. A mass killing in a church claims the lives of twelve people. Isaiah Brown, a fourteen-year-old prophet, fails to predict the massacre, in which his mother and grandfather die.…

Negative Thinking: Monstrously Easy by Sonja Lewis

Negative Thinking: Monstrously Easy by Sonja Lewis

Where do we get such negative ideas anyhow? As children, we pick up thoughts -- be they good, bad or indifferent -- from family, friends, television, and the most influential, interesting ones stay deep within our subconscious mind, many of them negative. Hypochondria and illness, for instance, have both been linked to negative thinking, as has stress.

As adults, we should just oust the negative thinking, right? That's the idea, but it's not so easy for a number of reasons. The main one is that most negative thoughts are planted before we have the capacity to discern between good and bad. To get rid of them is a bit like weeding. Until they are really uprooted, they are annoying.

Up until several weeks ago, I considered myself to be rather positive. Most folk that know me would agree. One friend stopped short of calling me a Pollyanna, but insisted that I had an answer for everything. Another likened me to a chirpy Cameron Di…

Kicking the Habit of Sibling Rivalry by Sonja Lewis

Kicking the Habit of Sibling Rivalry   by Sonja Lewis

Sonja Lewis HuffPost Article:

Adult sibling rivalry is not only childish, but, also, it is unnatural.

Don't misunderstand me! I know that adult siblings have disagreements. That's par for the course, but effective, grown-up conflict resolution is in order, as it is in any relationship.

Never mind the pundits who say that sibling rivalry, regardless of age, is natural and healthy and should be accepted as a norm.  Nonsense! Picking on a sibling and falling out over major or minor issues is stressful and can cause emotional and physical health problems -- headaches, heartaches, not to mention backside aches.

I should know; I am one of seven siblings. But at the risk of causing further rivalries, I'll refrain from airing our dirty spats and focus on dispelling the belief that adult siblings have a right, a license if you will, to hurt one another.  Far from it, as such licenses should never be given in…

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