An impetuous post

The sun shines brightly on northeast Ohio today and without any scheduled activities in the early hours I find myself languishing in that thought.

Mind you, non-scheduled does not equal free! My intent was to start this day early in order to pamper myself at the nail salon before attending a gala this evening. That did not happen.

Instead I prepared a late breakfast and FINALLY began reading Americanah, the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. As I sat devouring this book I was prompted to write this brief post and share my current angst with adulthood and responsibility.

You see there is much that I need and should be doing but right now I just want to bask in these words.

Thanks for listening – well reading the rant of the youth trapped in my adult body!

~Peace & Blessings until we meet again!


FREE BOOKS – Part Three!

Ok you “bookies” out there, I’m sure you could use a book or two! I on the other hand, need to get rid of a book or two, or three or four – you get it.

I’ve had two takers so far, (Thanks Nate & Angie) which means I am making some progress, but I really want to make more progress! So please help a girl purge, and I promise I will wait at least 30 days before I purchase another book. I’m going to become a very frequent user in the Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Library systems. Now as an aspiring novelist I understand the importance of sales, so I can not say that I will not purchase any more titles, but I will attempt to be more selective.
One day I have a vision of a home that offers me space similar to that of Whoopi Goldberg. Did you guys happen to see Oprah yesterday? If you are a “Bookie” you would be in heaven inside of Whoopi’s house!
She has a library spanning a couple of rooms! I mean you could really get lost in a book in her house! On top of the library from Dewey’s dreams, she has a master SUITE that would leave the designers on HGTV in design heaven! Her bathroom is as large as some of the bedrooms featured on HGTV shows. To put it into my perspective it as large as the two large bedrooms in my home – a girl could get used to a powder room like that! But would you expect less from Whoopi – I sure wouldn’t!
Now on to the next selection of Freebies! I think I failed to mention in my previous posts, but a perusal of the lists will tell you that these are not all fiction freebies, many of these are non-fiction and might help someone out there fix finances or come to terms with the best way to educate children. Without further delay – the 3rd Installment of Free Books!
  1. Myth of the Welfare Queen – A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist’s Portrait of Women on the Line by David Zucchino
  2. Beating the Odds – Raising Academically Successful Afican American Males by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Kenneth I. Maton & Geoffrey L. Greif
  3. Stepping Out With Attitude by Anita Bunkley
  4. Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats – From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger, The Autobiography of Star Parker by Star Parker with Lorenzo Benet
  5. Childhood by Andre’ Alexis
  6. The Twelve Universal Laws of Success by Herbert Harris
  7. Boys to Men – Maps For The Journey by Greg Alan Williams
  8. I Was On Time – My Journey From The Negro Leagues To The Majors by Buck O’Neil
  9. America’s Best Kept Secret by James L. Gagan with Robert L. Shook
  10. How To Raise a Child with a High EQ – A Parent’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence by Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D.
The following books are no longer available – Sister Souljah’s “No Disrespect” and Richard North Patterson’s “Eyes of A Child”

Free Books, as I purge!

So today is purge day and man it is not easy. I am trying to organize and I can’t seem to do it. What is the biggest culprit you ask? Booooks, can I say Booooks again! Recently I attempted to count all of the books that I own and there were well over 700! That’s a lot of books, but as my sister has said, “you’re a bookie” which I must admit I am. I should not have grown up in the era of “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste” and “Knowledge is Power” etc. Man did I ever take those messages to heart. Actually one of my favorite pictures is of me as a child asleep lying on my stomach on the hardwood floor, face in a book and knees bent – that is a telling photo. I’ll have to find it and post it one day.

Now back to my dilemma – books. I have a three bedroom house, no children and just about every corner and crevice has a book of some sort taking occupancy. I am posting photos of some of the bookcases and piles to illustrate my point.

So how did this start? Well the easy answer is my love for reading. As long as I can remember I have loved reading, language and being taken away through the pages of a book. I can recall as a child being punished and told to go to my room, that is until the day my mother realized that was no punishment! You see I spent those hours reading and engrossing myself in the worlds of everyone from Nancy Drew to Margaret in Judy Blume’s classic “God, Are You There, It’s Me Margaret.”

As the years progressed and my interests were continually piqued I picked up the works of black female authors Toni Cade Bambara, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and the trailblazer Zora Neale Hurston. Not wanting the men of the Harlem Renaissance to feel left out I began to read James Baldwin, Richard Wright and Langston Hughes. Spreading my wings into collections of poetry, I became a fan of anything and everything Nikki Giovanni wrote as well as making a point to be in the audience whenever she came to Cleveland. There was even an Eldrige Cleaver novel or two in there. So, the point is that my reading passion continued, took on a slant towards the works of blacks, but the majority was still prominent. There was Dostoevsky and Pasternak along with Shakespeare, Albee and Moliere’. Now I don’t mention all of these authors to seem anything more than a lover of language.

The problem with just these few authors is that instead of trekking to the neighborhood library and retrieving these works I headed straight to the local bookstore and purchased book after book. For the life of me I can’t recall the names of two of my favorite haunts as a teen – they were small independent bookstores where you could find all sorts of used books. One was on Coventry and the other was on Shaker Square, and how I loved going in and spending hours just browsing the titles. That was heaven on earth! They were small, quaint and smelled old because of the books but I found such warmth in these stores. I would say that Mac’s Back on Coventry lends itself to that memory.

Now this obsession with books did not end back in the late 70s and 80s, no it manifested and has reached gargantuan proportions as stated in the opening paragraph – more than 700 titles! No matter how I try to purge myself of books I just can’t. I’ve given away a few titles because I am trying to make myself understand that I most likely will not re-read half of these wonderful books. The problem with that assessment is how can I be certain? What if read a review, or become engaged in a conversation about a work that I know I have/had and go to seek it out for clarity and it’s not there! What’s a girl to do?

Well this girl has determined she is going to be successful in this endeavor and one way to achieve my goal is to share with others, and to do this on a larger scale. So beginning today I am parting with some of my prized possessions, and you could be a recipient. All you have to do is express an interest in the comments section and I’ll send you one of my babies! Remember knowledge is power and we must share the power!

Summer Reading – reviews to come

I’ve been busy this summer trying to catch up on reading that was pushed to the backburner this winter and spring.

Keep an eye out for reviews of the following titles:
This should keep me busy and actively posting over the next few weeks. I hope you’ll drop in and check out the reviews and offer your feedback.