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Yaaay! I was selected as Author of the Month for September by I Ascend Magazine! I am honored. I Ascend Magazine is geared toward real people, real-talk, real life, and leveling up daily. My book Just Call Me Scholar is featured. It’s back to school and ready to learn. Just Call Me Scholar was written to encourage our young scholars to shine. Grab copies for your young scholar today. A special thanks to those of you who have already bought copies. Be sure to check out my merch for Just Call Me Scholar and more. Keep shining and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks for your support!
It’s still all about love We all want to be loved Even when we do not act in a loving manner Even as the tears are shed And the stinging words Are said As we wait by the phone Longing to hear a ring Hoping the voice on the other end will sing Sing and chime notes of goodness
It’s still all about love And some other stuff Even as the sexes battle And the hormones rage The money earned Bills paid and unpaid Babies crying Friends and family dying Dinner ready Can’t seem to rock steady We all want to be loved still
Hoping and praying Believing that we know what God is saying Not hearing what He has been whispering Not sensing what echoes Not seeing what’s more than obvious Or at least it should be Desperation is the mask Deception Doubt Destruction Hate-where is the love We must all be brought to task
It’s still all about love and some other stuff Other stuff that we step into Walk in (Did I say step in?) Beg for-lie for Die for-sell out for Settle for and call love The other stuff Which we say Will do Must do We just gotta do The other stuff That disappears
It’s still all about love And some other stuff Feeling? Choice? Decision? Work? Effort? Openness and willingness God help us God show us God love us He does already He already does
Read more in my collection of poetry, It’s Still All About Love and Some Other STUFF. This collection is dedicated to love and the search for more. You’ll smile and maybe shed a tear as you read this book. You’ll want to share it with others. Available on Amazon and every where books are sold https://www.amazon.com/dp/1436392969 .
Journaling is GOOD for you! Journaling relieves stress, is a way to track goals, make to-do lists, enhance your writing & communication skills, express your creativity, and so much more. Buy one, two, or more of my blank journals today for yourself, family, and friends. Once you place your order, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a FREE gift—a PDF with 31 Writing Prompts!!! Each journal theme has a special set of prompts. Happy Writing!!! Thanks for your support!!!
Journaling is GOOD for you! Journaling relieves stress, is a way to track goals, make to-do lists, enhance your writing & communication skills, express your creativity, and so much more. Buy one, two, or more of my blank journals today for yourself, family, and friends. Once you place your order, contact me at email@example.com to get a FREE gift—a PDF with 31 Writing Prompts!!! Each journal theme has a special set of prompts. Happy Writing!!! Thanks for your support!!! CLICK HERE to Order:
We are quickly entering the 3rd quarter of 2021, the time for self-reflection is making a grand entrance. Cries of coulda, woulda, shoulda, along with courageous declarations of, this time I can, I will, and I must, echo in our hearts, minds, and souls. One of those declarations might just involve you telling a story or delivering a message to the world. Do you have a story to tell? Have you ever thought about writing a book? Do you have an idea for a book? Have you started writing and now you are stuck? Did you finish a writing project and now either you are afraid to share it or you don’t know where to go from there?
I’ve enjoyed reading and writing ever since I was a young girl. Reading was such a vivid adventure for me. I was overjoyed when my daughter first started reading, from turning pages, following along from left to right, identifying letters, sounds, sounding out and defining words, to bringing it all together. I knew she had it when she was about 5 or 6 years old and she told me reading was like watching a movie. Reading and writing go together in countless ways and I have been fortunate to live my life choosing, using, sharpening, and sharing this perfect combination. From my days of writing in a diary as a young girl; beginning to write poetry and stories as a teen; earning a degree in Mass Media Communications; working in the field of journalism as a magazine editor; teaching reading & writing; forming book clubs; writing groups; becoming a published author; and writing in a journal even now, writing has been and continues to be my source of self-expression for personal inspiration, teaching, growth, and overall joy. Go for it! Think it! Write it! Live it!
Write down any thoughts you have about writing. You may have a list of topics, phrases, paragraphs, or pages. Your thoughts may be relaxing in a journal; hiding on the back of an envelope for a bill you received in the mail; or attempting to leap from the store receipt tucked in your pocket or purse. Whether your thoughts are stashed away in a manila folder or saved on a flash drive, now is the time to uncover and bring out all your treasures. Gather your stacks of thoughts and take everything to the next stage.
Go ahead choose a direction and begin to write. You have your topic, maybe even a title for this project, so write. Write daily, every other day, weekly, monthly, or however and whenever your story or message flows. Write it out long hand on a note pad or type it out on your laptop, whichever method is comfortable for you and will then catapult you into getting your thoughts out of your head and down on paper. This is another step closer to the manifestation of your book. Remember, to go with the flow, revising and editing will come later and will be plentiful.
Begin exploring and selecting a format for your book, print, e-book, or audio. Investigating printers, publishing outlets, traditional, self-publishing, subsidiary, and more will add to you tasting the reality of your dream come true. Finding out about copyright, ISBNs, barcodes, and registering your book adds to the excitement. Finishing, marketing, promoting, and selling your book is rewarding and contagious. Once you write one book you’ll be driven to write another one and another one.
Yes, it’s your turn to take it to your next level. Your writing and publishing journey is a personalized one. In your admiration for other published authors of international, national, local, or neighborhood fame, know that Yes, You Can Write Your Book, Too!
It’s Here…A brightly colored, positive poster, with a credo, full of affirmations. Get this poster to hang in your young scholar’s bedroom, your family room, office, classroom, church, community center, library, and more. Encourage young scholars to believe in their own success. “I am right where I belong!” (11″ x 17″ laminated)
IT’S HERE!!! A beautiful drawstring bag for your young scholar. Perfect to carry your copy of the “Just Call Me Scholar” book and the soon-to-be released coloring book & activity pages. Your young scholar can also use this bag for a sleepover, a trip to the library, a day out around town, to a festival, on a family outing, or just because. Older scholars might like it as a gym bag or to carry a book, journal, or tablet. “My future is bright, Just Call Me Scholar!”
Many students, families, and teachers are already singing…school’s out for summer! However, beware of the summer slide. This is especially important to remember due to the ongoing pandemic. The summer slide isn’t a dance or an amusement park ride. It’s the loss of educational gains some students experience when they do not read or participate in other educational activities during summer break. Character building; career and entrepreneurship exploration; academic enrichment; and developing a plan are areas with tools and strategies you can use to continue your child’s learning success. Yes, you can still help your child succeed in learning, even during a pandemic.
Character Building begins with a careful examination of personal attitudes and beliefs. Getting along with others, responsibility, respect, and trust are among the positive character traits that contribute greatly to living our best life and dreams becoming real. Getting involved in volunteering, community service projects, attending church and Vacation Bible School will provide additional opportunities for your child to observe and build strong character.
Career and EntrepreneurshipExploration involves discovering different options. Learning more about what others do through reading, seeing, talking and listening, aids your child in crystallizing a possible aspiration. Talents, skills, abilities, interests and curiosity can spark the direction of a “what I want to be when I grow up” search. Knowing what skills, training and preparation are required for a targeted career can encourage better performance in school. Check out https://www.mynextmove.org/
Academic Enrichment means ensuring education is a top priority and academic preparation is high quality. Evaluating academic strengths and weaknesses and then striving for improvement will expedite the move ahead. Consider getting tutoring services to support and build your child’s confidence and academic skills. The website https://www.factmonster.com/
is full of games and other enrichment activities for all academic subjects and grades k-12. The Ohio Department of Education and your state’s Department of Education websites have valuable resources on state testing, the academic content and common core standards.
Developing a Plan means writing down goals with deadlines and doing the work to make it happen. If your son, daughter, or mentee wants to make better grades, help him or her set goals to do so. If a child wants to be a doctor he or she can visit hospitals and volunteer to help others. If a child wants to be an entrepreneur he or she can begin to write down ideas for a business plan and even begin to offer a product or service now. When a plan is set in motion the dream becomes vivid and before you know it you will get there.
While summer fun is in full gear, along with following health and safety protocols, make summer learning a top priority. Be safe, stay healthy, and be encouraged. Keep reading, exploring, playing, singing, and even dancing. Just be sure to skip the summer slide and keep making progress even in a pandemic..
Read more in Yes, You Can Help Your Child Succeed in Learning and in Life! Parent & Child Journal. Get your copy of my other books and services for summer reading and building academic skills and overall confidence. Visit https://yeswithpes.com/my-books/