Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Veterans Day 2017

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Veterans Day Celebrates the Service of All U.S. Military Veterans

“…We honor those who honored our country with its highest form of service:  You who once wore the uniform of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.  We owe you our thanks.  We owe you our respect.  And we owe you our freedom.”

                                                    ~Barack Obama, 44th U. S. President

If you know me, then you know that I am from a military family (several generations), and that I support the military all year long.  I am a firm believer…“Supporting Veterans Shouldn’t Only Happen on Veterans Day.”

Be reminded of the sacrifices military men and women in our country make and that for a combat veteran, the fight doesn’t end when the war does.

I think it’s critical that we’re giving back to our veterans. And remember that they need our help and recognition all year long, not just on Veterans Day.

So, there is no better way to appreciate veterans than to give back. If you can’t give back to them personally, give to an organization that supports veterans. Some organizations that help military vets and military families are Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, The American Legion, Vietnam Vets of America and Wounded Warriors. A new organization seems to appear with each new generation of military vets. So, I’m asking that you do your best to support at least one organization.

Thanks Vets

On this Veterans Day I ask, “What have you been doing to support our troops?”

God Bless our men and women in service—their dedication will never be forgotten.                                                                   ~Cheryl Holloway

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Cheryl Holloway Invites Everyone to the Blog’s 3rd Anniversary Virtual Party

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Cheryl Holloway, author and blogger, throws a Virtual Third Anniversary Party.

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Frustration…Cheryl Holloway

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Frustration…

During Slavery Era

Tuskegee Institute recorded 3,446 blacks lynched between 1882 and 1968; and Equal Initiative reported 3,959 black men, women and children were lynched in 12 southern states between 1877 and 1950.                                                                     Compliments of Wikipedia.com

During Civil Rights Era

1955- Emmett Till, 14 years old, was fatally beaten, mutilated, shot and lynched by a white store owner and his brother in Money, MS.

1965- Jimmie Lee Jackson, 26 years old, was fatally shot by an Alabama State Trooper for participating in a Non-Violent Voting March in Marion, AL.

During Today’s Era (A Few High Profile Cases)

2012- Trayvon Martin, 17 years old, was fatally shot by a Neighborhood Watch Volunteer for looking suspicious in a gated community in Sanford, FL.

2014- Michael Brown, 18 years old, fatally shot by Police for stealing in Ferguson, MO.

2015- Tamir Rice, 12 years old, was fatally shot by Police for having a toy gun in Cleveland, OH.

2016- Alton Sterling, 37 years old, was fatally shot by Police for selling CDs and DVDs in front of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, LA.

THE NEXT DAY 2016- Philando Castile, 32 years old, was fatally shot by Police for a broken tail light with his girlfriend and 4-year-old child in the car in Minneapolis, MN.

A Thought: When will it stop?

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Cheryl Holloway’s Birthday!

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Well, It’s my birthday and I’m going to celebrate!

So, I don’t have to blog, if I don’t want to blog.

See, yeah…

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Father’s Day Writing Contest for Military Kids Sponsored by NavyRackPacks

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Best Dad on the Seven Seas. Tell us why an active duty Sailor, Coast Guardian, or Marine you know is the best Dad. Post a 40 word essay here for two chances to win a complete set of NavyRackPacks and a $25 NEX gift card. One winner will be selected by the most likes, and the second winner will be selected by a panel of professional military writers. Rules: only unedited essays will be considered, so post carefully. Contest runs now to midnight, EST June 15. Winners will be announced here Sunday, June 21. Father’s Day. Children may dictate essays to parents for submission.

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Cheryl Holloway Encourages You to Celebrate National Library Week April 12-18, 2015

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The 2015 Nation Library Week theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

Facts: National Library Week was first sponsored in 1958.  National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate. Best-selling author David Baldacci will serve as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015.

From the time that I was first introduced to the neighborhood library until I graduated from high school, I went to the library every day. (Our hometown library was open on Sundays.) I read a book a day back then. I was a fast reader and later, before entering college, took the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Program, which taught me how to read even faster with accurate comprehension. My reading led to writing. I always thought I could write a story ‘just as good, if not better.’

Even today, I still remain an avid reader and dedicated writer, who goes to the library on a regular basis. So, libraries have always been a part of my foundation. I still have a current library card in Indiana, besides my current library card in Maryland.

I encourage you to celebrate National Library Week!

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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Omar Tyree

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Title: Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.

Synopsis: Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world.

Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics.

In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all—including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC, this is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.

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Author: Marion Barry, Jr.                                                                                                         A tribute to Marion S. Barry, Jr.  March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014

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Author: Omar Tyree

CH: Omar Tyree is a New York Times best selling author with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Work in Fiction. Welcome to my blog, Omar.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read this book.

OT: Marion Barry Jr.’s autobiography, Mayor For Life, is his only full account of his very long, detailed and oftentimes, controversial life written in his own words.

CH: Do you think it was painful for Marion Barry to revisit some of the situations that changed his life?

OT: Of course, it would be painful for you, me or anyone else to revisit the sour moments of our lives and publish them all in a book for other people to read, discuss and ask you about.

CH: Since the book span is his entire life, did he leave out any stories that he wanted to include?

OT: I don’t believe he left out many stories that he wanted to include, because he made sure to add them all in the editing process. But he surely left out stories that he didn’t want in the book. And that was his publishing prerogative. It’s his book.

CH: Marion Barry, Jr. wanted to get “his story” out to the public and not the “media’s story.” Do you think he portrayed himself, the good and the bad, as he lived his life?

OT: Yes. Marion Barry Jr. did a hell of a job in being very forthright about his life. So this book is a solid read to understand him, the good, the bad and the great.

CH: So many memoir writers work on their book for years and years. How long did it take to write this book?

OT: It took us 11 months to record and write his book. But Mayor For Life is not a memoir of his reflections. This is an official autobiography of his entire life, or as much as we were able to publish in one book.

CH: Take us through your writing process. Did he just tell you about the events in his life or did you have an outline?

OT: There is no way in this world that I would tackle anyone’s book without an outline. As a professional journalist, I definitely used my journalism training and skills to execute and complete the book. That’s actually why he hired me. I presented an outline on the first day we met to discuss the book.

CH: The book begins with his mother having big visions and instilling them in him. Do you think these ‘big visions’ made him continually aspire for more throughout his life?

OT: Definitely. Even this book was a “big vision” of his, and now we’re talking about it. So once again, the man delivered.

CH: The media wanted to dwell on the ‘crack mayor,’ but Marion Barry Jr. did so much more. Can you elaborate a little on his accomplishments?

OT: Actually, I believe the book was written to be read first, and then discussed. So I would rather folks read the book about him in his own dialogue, than for me to paraphrase 90,000+ words. And I apologize for that, but I think Marion does it better.

CH: What made you decide to co-author with Marion Barry Jr.?

OT: The man is an icon and I get a chance to put my name on the book and work with him on it. That’s what writers dream about. Particularly, journalistic writers like myself. I love to have assignments that people actually care about.

CH: Have you co-authored any other autobiographies or memoirs?

OT: You have to be selected by someone who you would want to write a book with, and I’m negotiating now with Cicely Tyson, but on an autobiography, not a memoir.

CH: What advice would you give someone who is starting to write their memoir?

OT: You have to know that other people would be interested in reading your memoir. They are usually written by people who others highly regard for their thoughts. Oprah Winfrey would be perfect for a memoir. People love to listen to her on almost any subject. But will they listen to you? So make sure you put something on the table that people would really sit up and pay attention to.

CH: When I have talked to DC residents, they all say the same thing, ‘Marion Barry was always there for them and they would always be there for him.’ Do you think this is why the people kept nominating him for office? (When he died, he was on the D. C. Council for Ward 8.)

OT: Exactly. An elected official’s job is to do what’s needed for the people who voted him or her in, right? Well, that’s what Barry did and that’s why the people continued to vote for him. It’s as simple as that. And they loved him for his humble relatability, too.

CH: Marion Barry Jr. had a great amount of help with this book, such as Zane, Charmaine Parker of Strebor Books, politicians, and friends. Do you think, he could have published this book without so many people behind him?

OT: Not without Zane behind him, because she secured the deal to publish the book; and brought me in to do the job and her sister Charmaine to edit. I suppose Barry could have found another publisher, writer and editor, but you would still need those people in place to interview, write, edit and publish your book. So no, a non-writer cannot produce a quality book without the professionals being involved. That’s like producing a movie with no directors, screenwriters or cameramen, and you’re doing everything on your own. Barry didn’t have time to do all of that. He was still a Councilman for Ward 8.

CH: What is next for you, Omar Tyree, as an author?

OT: First, to continue working Marion Barry Jr.’s book and establishing his legacy nationally. He wanted a movie deal on his book too. Then I look forward to publishing a hot new novel and hopefully working with Cicely Tyson on her book. But it’s all about Marion Barry Jr.’s book right now. There’s still plenty of work to do with it!

CH: For my readers, is there a website for this book? 

OT: More important than a website is to simply buy the book. So go to Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com and show your authentic support for the man by supporting his published words on his life and his 50 years of service to the people.

CH: For my readers, where is the book sold?

OT: Everywhere hardback books are sold. This man has a major publisher behind him. So all you have to do is ask for it, and every bookstore will have it or order it for you. If you don’t ask for it, then the bookstores will assume that you don’t want it.

CH: Any closing remarks?

OT: One of the oldest racial jokes around is: “The best way to hide something from black people is to put it in a book.” But when Barry showed up, people bought his books by the hundreds. I just wonder what they will do now without having him there to sell it to them.

CH: For more on Omar Tyree’s books and career, view his website at www.OmarTyree.com

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Mail Christmas Cards to Deployed Military by Dec 5th

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Just A Reminder: Don’t Forget to mail the Christmas Cards to the Deployed Military Men and Women by December 5th. I mailed mine TODAY.

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1st Blog Anniversary: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Blogging That Successful Bloggers Know by Cheryl Holloway

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I’ve been writing on my blog for one year and I have over 100 posts. In that year,  I’ve learned ten things that successful bloggers know.  They are:

  1. Blog Readers are important.  My blog readers mean the world to me! I love each and every one of them, especially those who take the time out of their busy schedule to visit my blog. I just wish I could meet more than one blog reader at a time.
  1. Writing for readers is even more important. I enjoy writing for my readers. Good appearance, proper grammar and topics of interest are at the top of the list.
  1. Building a blog is difficult. You can’t build a blog over night.  You have to be realistic in your expectations. So, I try to build my blog by writing more good posts and by giving the readers what they request.
  1. You can’t blog all the time. Sometimes, life gets in the way and you have to take a break. I try to blog as often as I can.
  1. Blog on a regular basis. You need to blog at least 2-3 times a week. Often, life gets in the way and I can’t blog as many times as I have planned.
  1. Blog about varied topics. I have to change things up from time-to-time. I try to write when I have interesting thoughts. I want to give my readers something different, and I don’t want to be like everyone else.
  1. Bloggers need to tell readers about themselves. I try to tell a little bit about myself. A short bio is listed on the blog, but the best bio is listed on my website.     I try to give you a peak into my life then and now. I like just being me.
  1. Other bloggers are willing to help. From time-to-time, I need suggestions and help from other bloggers. I also post on other blogs for writers.
  1. Blog reader comments are sparse. Comments don’t come as often as I’d like. Blog readers care…they just don’t comment much. I only get a few comments—but the ones I get are great!
  2.  Bloggers love blogging.  I love blogging! (And I love writing, too!) So, I will be around for years to come.

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  • Cheryl Holloway’s Recent Business Trip

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    Life has been extremely pleasing lately. I want to give my readers an update on a recent business trip to northern California.

    It started out as a nightmare. We had a snowstorm on the East Coast on Sunday and Monday, so the weather was cancelling flights everywhere. I finally got on my flight on Wednesday. I went through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checks and thought I was fine. It was a little shaky in various spots, but the closer we got to the West Coast, the better the weather became. I arrived at my destination. However, the next day when I was going to take my prescribed medication, I realized that TSA had disposed of it. I had to call my doctor back home and get her to send a prescription to my current location. This took several days of frustration for everyone to coordinate. Wow that’s finally over!

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    On March 7th and 8th, I was a participant in The Invitation: Healing of a Woman’s Heart Conference (Free) at First Baptist Church in Rancho Cordova. I spoke on Saturday morning, and my topic was “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”  The conference was indeed a Blessing to everyone attending and participating! I am on the Invitation Team and do the conference every year. I have the Creative Writing Women’s Ministry, which includes classes on various topics, but the writing topics are Spiritual Journaling and Writing Devotionals.

    Writers Resource Center

    When Janie Bess heard that I was in town, she asked me to teach a writing class for the Writers Resource Center (WRC) in Fairfield. So, on March 11th, I taught the first class in the “Writing for Publication” series at WRC. I provided information for beginning writers on “How to Write Every Day for 365 Days” and “How to Promote and Market Your Writing” for seasoned writers. They were a great group who was enthusiastic and had a positive spirit, which provided for a productive and fun class.

    Melanie commented on the Evaluation Form, “I appreciate the useful tips for book promotion as well as the ‘don’t break the chain’ idea. It is clear that Cheryl cares deeply about the field of writing and has much to offer other writers. This was an evening well spent – thanks!”

    The organizers of the writing series thanked me for coming on short notice. I try to be accommodating and prepared (I carry information, handouts and classes on my usb).

    So, considering everything that happened on this business trip, it was respectively a success!

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    Whitney Houston Biopic – Controversy or Publicity

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    Fact: A biopic is a film or television biography, often with fictionalized episodes.

    Fact: Bio(graphy) + Motion pic(ture)

    • Is fiction just fudging the truth?

    So, are they going to falsify the truth a little, or slightly evade the issue?  Everybody knows that she did drugs. We just don’t know to what extent. Most people felt sorry for her at one point-in-time.  Others were disgusted with the way she ruined her career. But drugs do that to people. The drugs don’t care how famous the person is, even if it is about the tragic life of an internationally-known singer. The truth and fiction will mingle and mix, that is until the truth looks like fiction and the fiction looks like the truth.

    • Is it about control?

    Clive Davis, who controlled her career for years, after all, he was her former mentor.  Her family—her mother, Cissy Houston and her cousin, Dionne Warwick—who loved her but couldn’t control her love for drugs. It has been reported that Clive Davis is not giving in to the family, because “the biopic is a labor of love for him.”

    • Is it all about “celebrity” names?

    The list of names will draw just about anyone into the movie theater.                     Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Megan Good and Jordin Sparks are considered for portraying Houston in the highlight of her career. Brandy has thrown in her braids or should I say her hat into the ring. Even Bobbi, her daughter, feels like she can portray Whitney.

    Willow Smith is considered for portraying Houston as a child                                       Vivica Fox is considered for portraying Houston in her later years                               And who better than Tyler Perry to bring it all together as the director.

    I think, it’s all about making money. There’s nothing like stirring up the news for some pre-marketing interest.

    This is just one writer’s opinion. What do you think?

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    Thank You to All of My Blog Readers Around the World!

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    I am new to blogging as a writer/author and I write about what interests me—writing, guest author interviews with Cheryl Holloway, literary events, good books to read, writing tips, and life!

    I am so surprised at the quick growth of my blog. I want to thank each of you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog posts. Without you, all of my writing would fall on deaf ears and closed eyes. Every time you click on my blog post, you are listening to my voice. I appreciate it.  Thank you for responding, for leaving comments and for sending emails. I love hearing from each of you.

    Thank you for making it possible.

    I believe the primary reason that the blog is ranking well is because of you…the many readers.  And none of this would be possible without you. You give me encouragement, ideas and support.  I am so thankful that you take time out of your busy schedule to read what I write. My goal is to provide you with quality literary information, and genuine inspiration for your writing.

    Thank you for taking time to read my blog.                                                                        Thank you for your comments on the blog posts.                                                            Thank you for suggestions for blog content.                                                                    Thank you for your encouragement and support of my blog.                                          Thank you for embracing and welcoming my Guest Authors.

     THANK YOU for your ongoing readership!  I am so happy to have such a wonderful group of people visiting and reading my blog. 

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    The World Mourns the Death of Nelson Mandela

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    Former South African President Nelson Mandela died yesterday. Even though he was 95 years old and had lived a long life, we are never really prepared when we loose someone, be it a family member or a celebrity.

    Most important is the fact that Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black President and served from 1994 to 1999.  His political career began in 1944, long before most of us were even born.

    Nelson Mandela was an anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate, but I think most people remember him as having been a prisoner for almost 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa’s apartheid government. While majority of his prison time was spent on Robben Island, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

     While thousands of people will honor his legacy, I offer my humble condolences to Nelson Mandela’s family.