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“The way you get meaning into your life is to
devote yourself to loving others,
devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something
that gives you purpose and meaning.”
—Mitch Albom(b. 1958); author, screenwriter, musician
Mitch Albom didn’t know Jerry Craft, but this quote certainly mirrors the spirit of this intuitive and talented man: Jerry Craft. How I wish my brothers and I had, had cartoons like theses to read on Sunday mornings. Remember you couldn’t wait to get your hands on the “funnies” ? The funnies were full of our favorite comic strips. Mama’s Boyz have been added to my list. I am young at heart, so this is right up my alley. The characters are constantly evolving because of a nurturing family environment and positive experiences in their community.
Visit Jerry’s site: Mama’s Boyz and learn about the cartoonist, his passion for family, promoting character building qualities, love of fine arts and his desire to motivate young people to think, grow and learn.
The topics in Jerry’s comic strips and his books are relevant, timely and written with great understanding, honesty and humor. You’ll be pleased that you added these books to your personal libraries or shared them as great gifts which encourage literacy, creativity, ethics, character development and honest dialogue between adults and young people. I just loved them!

These wonderful books and items await you!

I am so pleased for Jerry. Kudos to him, his family and his brilliant editorial team! I pray that God continues to bless his endeavors in ways he hasn’t even imagined!

The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go!

Joshua 1:9

Hey Mike, “Give me back my Mama’s Boyz Book!”

So Glad to Share:
Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Columnist and Inspirational Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007). http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/


This was written more than a year ago, and I wanted to revisit this post and thought you too might appreciate the sentiment for family and poetry that resonates with the divine. God bless you my friends!


photo © Dorothy Alexander 

 Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York, on June 27, 1936. Her first book of poems, Good Times, was rated one of the best books of the year by the New York Times in 1969.
Clifton remained employed in state and federal government positions until 1971, when she became a writer in residence at Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she completed two collections: Good News About the Earth (1972) and An Ordinary Woman (1974).


blessing the boats

Lucille Clifton

(at St. Mary’s)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back

may you open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that


This was my third Jones Lewis Family reunion celebrated with my husband’s side of the family in Baltimore, Maryland; Dougie and Janice did an exemplary job as our host family from the start of the weekend through Sunday farewell gathering afternoon spent in their backyard.

Truly it was a memorable occassion and quite a whirlwind weekend filled with cutural and family appreciation. New connections were made, conversations had with favorite family members, laughter and lamenting opportunities had while we meander through the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Why I never thought about Art History and eventually becoming a curator is beyond me? I love visiting museums, truly it’s a great meeting place, and yes there’s history, culture and art under one roof.

This was my second visit to this fine museum, but this moment provided me with an opportunity to journey through the exhibit A People’s Geography. As my husband entertained and chased little Courtney around the museum, I eventually caught up with them in the gallery that featured A People’s Geography: The Spaces of American Life and there was Lucille Clifton’s blessing the boats poem painted on the wall.

There I stood transfixed rereading her blessing. I felt the words were as powerful as the beautiful quilts, the artistic impressions and the historical video.

I thanked God for how eloquent and appropriate Ms. Clifton’s words were for this family sojourn. These were words were stenciled not only on this wall, but in my heart. These are words that captivated my soul-words meant for our time, our ancestors and the generations yet to be born; words that were a blessings for any visitor, any traveler to behold.

Here we were in the midst of this celebration of family and culture, why it couldn’t have occurred in a more appropriate setting! Thank you and may God continue to keep you Sister Lucille!

   Every Word of God is pure;

he is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

Proverbs 30:5


 Joyfully Resubmitted by :

Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Columnist

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises



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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,

the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1



Sun Mask Plate by Charles Bibbs


Enjoy reading and reflecting

on :


written by: Linda Mose Meadows


Urban Views Weekly

( in print and on-line)



Issue: (August, 26, 2009, Pg 5 )




Phenomenal Nikki! Her words inspire many!






Tuesday, August 25, 2009   

at the Petersburg Library, Central Branch   

from 6 to 7 pm  

to learn self-publishing tactics from a seasoned, local author. Rod Mustanski, author of three books, will share his experiences,methods and best practices, as well as cover topics that include: skills required to write your first manuscript; tactics to stay focused while writing; what to do with your draft manuscript; selecting a self-publishing company; and doing a marketing plan.   

Registration is required and can be done over the phone by calling the  

circulation desk at 733-2387, or by email to lnoel@ppls.org 

TheCentral Branch is located at 137 South Sycamore Street, Petersburg;  



  Red Room- http://www.redroom.com/
Great site for writers & authors!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Poetry Society of Virginia presents
South Eastern Region
Annual Day of Poetry A Conversation w/the Muse
a Poetry Workshop with Anne Meek and Pete Freasfrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
in the
Auditorium in the Meyera E. Oberndorf (Central) Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach
It’s FREE – the coffee shop just inside the front entrance is reasonableQuestions? Contact Pete at themindworm@yahoo.com or call 757-465-5995.

 Shared With Great JOY!
Linda Mose Meadows, Columnist and Inspirational author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises  (Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007).

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“Set out each day believing in your dreams.

Know without a doubt that you were made for amazing things.”

—Josh Hinds; motivational speaker, author
The values we live by are worth morewhen we pass them on.
©2009 Values.com

Yes, yes that’s the truth Josh Hinds (hands up, high five) we were made for amazing things. You must have met Jaynee’s bright, bubbly children? The Holy Ghost has once again demonstrated another spiritual lesson through Jaynee’s gifted children and The Foundation For A Better Life’s selected quote from the motivational speaker Mr. Josh Hinds.

These youngsters were recently featured on the Richmond’s lifestyle news cover of Urban Views Weekly. They are celebs, yes; super stars, and it’s evident. Remember God brings home his point however he chooses. I’d like to think that Julian and Tamara are our pin-up’s for FAITH IN ACTION!  Their conversations exude greatness. After happily chatting with them about their debut cover they and their Mom consented to my taking their picture of them holding the news paper. We all giggled and celebrated at the irony of this moment. Imagine it starts as thought-a vision, a “what if”

Don’t you see it? I know you do! Their photo expresses God’s character and essence. It’s as though their smiles are saying, “See what happens when you trust and believe God?”

Indeed, blessings and dreams do materialize for all of us and even spill over into the lives of others. Think of the bucket filled with water that usually splashes out as you walk ackwardly which then leaves a trail of water. Same principles applies with our faith journey. The water can’t be contained, your feet, the ground, the floor, the dog, wherever you are moving benefits and experiences the water fall or spill. As Hinds states we were made for amazing things and the domino effect begins. Our water shed experiences touch and impact many circles-circles and lives we’re not even aware of. The world has the opportunity to witness and contemplate God’s favor.

So, what are you believing God for?

Can it happen?

Scripture assures us of that in due season it surely can and will!

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered  into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2: 9

Tamara & Julian are living proof that the combination of faith and confidence produce outstanding results. Thanks for the divine confirmation kids, we’ll apply your school of thought. Come on friends, let’s get busy and watch God do even greater things for us and our generations to come!

“Hey where’s my Urban Views? “Wait kids, I’m next in line for your autographs, sign right here please! “

Shared With Great JOY!
Linda Mose Meadows, Columnist and Inspirational author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

(Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007).

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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was

when one asked me what I thought,

and attended to my answer.” 

—Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); philosopher, writer, naturalist 




I really appreciate Thoreau’s quote and immediately connected his words with the event held Saturday, August 8th at Precious Memories Bookstore (Richmond, VA).  I believe Thoreau’s quote applies especially to those passionate writers and book lovers that assembled; ask them to reflect and share their writings and their answers are heard in literary works. Pen to paper and now fingers to key boards are the tools that birth amazing literature.


This was a celebratory afternoon of high energy  sage advice, networking and earnest accounts of an author’s vision.

Her vision of a book club, bringing passionate readers together was good. But then other endeavors evolved. These activities are continually ballooning-happenings like other writers being mentored to spur their literary dreams on!  


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 Who is this blessed author reaping the rewards and celebrating a 1st anniversary for her dedication to her calling?

bc memebers

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It’s Nikkea Smithers; who displays exuberance and a love for others.  Her energy and creativity are nonstop (i.e. YouTube, Readers With Attitude Book Club, Essence Readers Best Sellers List, Author & Poetess). Her circle of friends extends to many. The honored authors for this occasion were Ndea B. and Brain W. Smith.

We gathered with the mission of celebrating a momentous milestone for Readers with Attitudes Book Club. Friends take note of what Charles Stanley calls a Possibility Thinker! I thanked God that I was a witness and so pleased to be present, listening to Nikkea and the Readers With Attitude’s many accomplishments which occurred in a year’s time. Oh what a difference a day, a week, a month and finally a year can make. Someone sings that?


 It’s really true that all that happens in a span of time challenges and stretches us in ways we would have never fathomed, Nikkea attested to that. While Nikkea was realizing her publishing dreams, the book club was also experiencing literary success. God is at work in their life and yours as well.  What a blessing! Happy Anniversary Nikkea and Readers With Attitude!

 Shared With Great JOY!

Linda Mose Meadows, Columnist and Inspirational author of:

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, Nov. 2007).






Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him.”

 Luke 17:4

Harden the hearts of these people. Close their ears, and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn to me for healing.”

Isa 6:10 (NIV)


Image_1Enjoy reading and reflecting on:


 written by: Linda Mose Meadows


in Urban Views Weekly

 ( in print and on-line)


 (Issue: August 12, 2009) , Pg. 11

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