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August 12, 2014

A Messy Situation

Filed under: A Must Read,Author,Betrayal,Blog,drama — April Alisa Marquette @ 3:55 pm
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funeral flowersI read an article today. It was about a messy situation that really got on my nerves. From this article it appears there was a man who died. It seems his funeral was arranged at a church in Tampa,  Florida.

However, the day before the funeral, as grieving family members attended the wake, a phone call was received. It seems the pastor of the church was calling to cancel the funeral.

Why? –Because church parishioners read in the deceased’s obituary that he was married to a man.

Now I have to ask: Does that matter?

The article points out that the living male spouse was able to make other rushed funeral arrangements. Yet he was quoted as saying, “I haven’t had a chance to grieve since I got the phone call.”

My next question is: Why? Why did the pastor/parishioners do this?

Are we not all people who live, love, laugh, and grieve — regardless of our religious, political, or sexual affiliations?

And my last question is: Shouldn’t people who aren’t necessarily like us be allowed to grieve too — in peace?

The article goes on to speak about homophobia and challenging it. It also said that while still reeling from this tragedy, the grieving spouse offered a message to the church. It was one that caught my attention. He said, “It is not okay to turn your back on people in need.”

I agree, especially if that church didn’t balk when it was time to receive those men’s tithes or offerings.

If you’d like to read the article detailing this messy situation, click here.

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June 14, 2014

Reviewers didn’t fudge when they said

by Wendy Webb

by Wendy Webb

Hello lovely reader. I recently had the pleasure of reading a book by author Wendy Webb. Titled THE FATE OF MERCY ALBAN, this book is in turns creepy and chilling.  I tell you, reviewers did not fudge when they said it was gothic, mysterious and spellbinding. It is quite simply put, a good old fashioned thriller.  It is the type of book you’d read on a stormy night.

Then you will want to sleep with the lights on. I’m telling you, I had so much fun reading this. Set on a remote island, with people who seem more ghostly than alive, it reminded me, somewhat, of my novel EXODUS.

I have to tell you, this book had twists and  turns and the heroine sometimes had no idea whether she was going or coming. There is a love interest in the book, and there is another man. He is oh so ill-mannered, the very type of character readers love to hate on. There is a teenager with the proverbial near-rotten attitude and there are twists and turns, literally, that you the reader won’t see coming.

If you want to be just a bit scared, a lot intrigued, and ready for the next book when you finish, pick this up. Then go do yourself another favor, get my EXODUS. Travel to that little island, and let the goings-on give you the creeps again as you wonder ‘What the heck is going on now?’

Well readers, I’ve got to run but until we meet again, two things.

Happy reading.

Be blessed.

April

August 21, 2013

Do You Embrace Yourself?

thumbs up hug

Loving one’s body, and mind — employing self-love is embracing one’s self. 

With that said; as modern people, we are often bombarded from every side by the media. It hits us with messages that say we are not enough — not tall enough, or thin enough, not light enough, or tan or bronzed or black enough. The message sometimes is we’re not young, hip, or smart enough either.

Then if that’s not the case,  we may wind up receiving the same  message, but in reverse. We are too much. We are much too loud, too big –we’re obese, or we’re too old or too boisterous. It can even be suggested that we are much too under — or over — qualified. Wow! All of these mixed messages can weigh heavily on a person’s mind, whether or not they know it.

To tell you the truth, all of these mixed messages are the anti-thesis of embracing ourselves. Click here to find out why

August 14, 2013

Don’t Wanna Look Old?

Filed under: A Must Read,Author,Blog,For the Fashion Conscious,womens fiction — April Alisa Marquette @ 2:14 pm
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Don’t wanna look Old? If you fall into this category, if you happen to be someone who doesn’t want to look old before you get –say ninety-nine, then have I got something for you to check out. Written by Charla Krupp, the book  How Not To Look Old is chock full of fast and effortless ways to look 10 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, and 10 times better — exactly what it says on the cover. Roughly about 254 pages, this guide begins with how to age gracefully. Not.

Actually, the author speaks candidly about how aging can stick in one’s throat, like my  grandma’s dry turkey. It can be hard to swallow. The author speaks of how women can discover things that seemingly pop up overnight — like age spots, crow’s feet, chin hair, sagging bazooms, and bunions! Witch But don’t be alarmed. I’m speaking to those of us who don’t wanna look old before our time. The book’s author says we can do something about those things and others. She also states we can look great doing so.
So there I was, reading about the author’s proposed plan of attack on aging, and becoming more interested by the minute. Click here to see why…

July 9, 2013

Ever start the day feeling not quite right?

Ever start the day feeling not quite right? Well, I’ll tell you something. You can fix that. How, you might ask. With the power of your mind of course. A man once told me that it didn’t matter what happened to him, he could always start his day over — in his mind. So I tried it, and today I’m even going to let you join me. Watch me now… because I am going to do something we often did as kids when things didn’t go like we wanted them to. I am going to indulge in a virtual ‘do-over.’

Since I feel like crap at this moment, I’m going to have a huge cup of coffee. This one right here…coffee

Then although I know it’s laden with calories and sugar, I don’t care right now. I am am going to enjoy a virtual apple turnover. apple turnover See, I’ve even taken a ‘bite.’ Mmm…dee-lish!

When I finish it, I am going to get up in this comfy bed where I will pull the covers over my head and sleep until I feel ready to face the day. comfy bed …Reaching from beneath the cover to turn out the light.

A virtual two hours has passed. Ahhhh, now I’m waking up. I feel refreshed and new. waking up new Don’t I look it?

 

You should try it. It’s amazing how just thinking about doing a few needful things will rejuvenate!

Well, I’ve got to go, get a few things done, now that I’m all better, therefore…

Until next time,

April

 

June 27, 2013

One of my new favorite songstresses is…

jaime Paul

Okay, so we’ve all heard certain songs a thousand times. Yet every once in a while a song or a song-stylist makes us do a double-take. Well, I had that experience not long ago. I even had to ask, “Who was that?

In my opinion, it takes a special kind of artist to cause people to stop and take notice; just go cold in their tracks. Young Whitney Houston did it, and now one of my new favorite songstresses is doing it. She singes great American standards, soul and some jazz. Her name is Jaimee Paul and to find out more, click here.

Thank you for stopping by,

April

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June 19, 2013

If you’re avoiding people, I can suggest another way…

Filed under: Author,Blog,General Fiction — April Alisa Marquette @ 7:53 am
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kitty hiding

Want to avoid others? Well there is an app for that. I’m not kidding.

In one article it is called the anti-social media app. It is said to help people avoid their Foursquare friends. No need to ever hide again, peeking out from somewhere as your heart jack hammers away. I got you. I’m going to suggest another way.

For those who don’t know what Foursquare is, or those who want to read more, click here.

And as always, be blessed.

April

June 13, 2013

Wanna get fit? No gimmicks here.

Filed under: Author,Blog,Books,Exercise,Fitness,Health,Walking,Workout — April Alisa Marquette @ 8:26 am
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fat girl

Hello there,

It seems we’re in that portion of the year where everyone wants to get and appear fit. Still, there are so many gimmicks out there. Every clown and his mama are trying to take your money –for some DVD that you’ll never use, or for some class that you’ll sign up for but never go to. Or worse yet, for some meal plan that will starve you and make you meaner than the devil. I know. I’ve been there.

So I know you’ve heard this before… You can walk your way to fitness. Hang on. Don’t shut me down. Just let me say it again –because it’s true. Walking can help you shed pounds.

I know because there was a time when I looked like someone had blown me up with an air pump. I’ve even got photos to prove it. I’m not going to let you see them, and quit laughing; it wasn’t funny, and it sure wasn’t pretty. However, walking truly helped me. It can help you too. It’s simple. To read more, click here

June 5, 2013

This phone call was no harmless prank.

Hello friends,

The Call  I’ve been meaning to tell you about a movie I saw recently. Halle Berry stars in it. Morris Chestnut is her love interest and the name of the flick, directed by Brad Anderson is The Call.

Now I’ve got to tell you, when I saw the trailers I didn’t think it would be something I’d really want to see.
Boy was I wrong!
To read more, click here

October 5, 2010

What Would You Do?

Filed under: Uncategorized — April Alisa Marquette @ 1:02 pm
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A girlfriend forwarded an email to me entitled Breakfast at McDonald’s. I’ve cut and  pasted it below, because I simply had to share it with you:

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called, ‘Smile.’ The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, Literally. Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch… An overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men. As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling.’ His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched f or acceptance…

He said, ‘Good day’ as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.

He said, ‘Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, ‘Thank you.’ I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, ‘I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.’

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, ‘That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope.’

We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers. That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in ‘my project’ and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, ‘Can I share this?’ I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to

LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS

NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

and never forget:

To handle yourself, use your head.

To handle others, use your heart…

Ask this question too: were you to find yourself in a situation similar to this woman’s, what would you do?

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