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Avia Mebane is support staff at DC Bilingual Public Charter School in Washington, DC and is detailed to work with students at CentroNia School.
She is dedicated to her students and they inspire her! One day as this creative teacher taught her students, Amorette happened!!
As you listen to her story, you’ll hear the possibilities and promises ALL of us should embrace - no matter how young or how old! If we were more like the main character, Amorette, and if we had more teachers like Avia Mebane, the world might be a better place. Thanks, Ms. Mebane, for the inspiration!
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Author’s Beat presents three very special authors, the winners of the Village Neighbors Magazine/Writer’s League Short Story Competition who discuss the elements that make for winning short stories. These stories are featured in the August issue of Village Neighbors Magazine which reaches almost 90,000 readers. So how did they win and what do their stories tell us about what magazine editors are looking for?
The 1st Prize story begins with a common experience, the embarrassment we felt as children about our parents, but it takes a simple event and turns it into a snapshot that has humor and a subtle lesson about life.
The 2nd Prize story is a ‘lemon’ turned into ‘lemonade’ as a family struggles with the realization that a father has Alzheimer's disease. What makes this story special is the hopeful ending where strangers show a kindness she never expected.
The 3rd Prize story begins as a journey to a foreign land that evolves into a highly personal account of how the American invasion of Grenada appeared to a native. All of these stories have common elements that editors and readers look for in personal narrative. It is their humanity and ability to take a relatively simple event and squeeze a great deal of ‘juice’ from it.
It is with great pride Author’s Beat presents the winners of this year’s contest. Congratulations to everyone who enters a writing contest. It is a great way to build your credits for submitting longer works to publishers or agents. For readers, it is a great way to spend 30 minutes with writers that can touch your soul.
I am going to read a short, short story of my dogs meeting. This is nice and light and fun, no politics today. Just a nice short story and maybe a little smile will arise on your face!
Not to mention it is important to always take your first dog to meet puppies to see who gets along better with your older dog.
So I am going to read a story about ole bones Holmes and Miss Pella.
On this episode, we'll highlight and give away two novels and a short story collection written by three acclaimed authors:
Colin Barrett on Young Skins. A multi-award-winning debut short story collection set in the fictional, rural town of Glanbeigh, Ireland--a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub.
Jonathan Odell on Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. Inspired by Odell's childhood in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, two young mothers--one wealthy and white and the other poor and black--have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another. As their relationship and beliefs grow, so does an unexpected friendship.
Susan Wilson on The Dog Who Saved Me. After his faithful canine partner is killed in the line of duty, Officer Cooper Harrison finds himself jobless, on the verge of divorce and in a self-destructive rut. Then he becomes an animal control officer back in his hometown, where he works to rescue a wounded and gun-shy yellow Lab gone feral.
Hosted by Cindy Wolfe Boynton. Visit the Literary New England blog for more book giveaways, author talk, event information and to listen to past episodes -- book-tatstic updates posted regularly!
Surprise guest Lida Parent Harris called in for a last minute show for the insomniacs! She hosts Tribal Café's Chill Sundays (2nd and 4th Sundays) as well as Open Mic Mondays (First Monday). Listen in to hear about her upcoming second book, other open mics she recommends and some poems she read on the air!
Are you searching for answers to life's mysteries? So are we. Lets look for them together!
Tonight Author Gary Starta stops by to discuss his newest Spiritual/SciFi Thriller, "Kindred Killers", In which the title Character uses Zen Meditation to deal with the gruesome crimes he encounters. Gary's writing is that one off combination of science and spirituality that we often state here on the show actually go hand in hand as opposed to working seperately and we are always happy to have Gary stop by for a discussion on these topics. join us wont you?
Good evening everyone, happy to have back with us 2nite for our “New Beginning” 26th Episode broadcast of ‘You Are “The One” Essay Contest’ April 15th, 2thousand15. How was your weekend? Call in & let us know of any local cool & fun upcoming events the listening audience & I would appreciate it very much! Ok, we’re taking a retrospective look at Chris Jasper’s illustrious musical career featuring ‘The Essentials of Chris Jasper’ album. Compose an essay 500 words or less relating to an experience of yours (past, present or future) to a song of your choice on the new CD release “The One” by Chris Jasper, recognized scholar, multi-talented producer, composer, singer, song writer, musician, Hall of Fame Inductee, former member of the Isley Brothers & Isley Jasper Isley Groups & recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Hear It Now Live Radio airs snippets off the album “The One” randomly throughout the contest opening & closing date. Features include songs from Chris Jasper’s personal vault. Essays in video format must be on disc, no links accepted. Discs are subject to virus/disc analysis. A disc/electronic submission containing a virus, malware, spyware or malicious code will be disqualified & may be subject to civil/criminal action. Details/Official Entry Form will be posted on entertainmentenclosed.com and the link is available on chrisjasper.com, we will show case your talent & let’s have fun. Entries will be submitted to the official email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or to the official physical mailing address: You Are “The One” Contest, P.O. Box 90055, Columbia, SC 29290. No mailing costs will be reimbursed. Strict adherence to the Official Rules will be followed. Good Luck Everyone!!
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They were both looking for love. She is a bisexual woman, he is a transgendered man. What could possibly go wrong? The answers Wednesday, April 29, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is the author of a profound new book WHEN MY BOYFRIEND WAS A GIRL, Sunshine Mugrabi.
In her mind-blowing memoir, Mugrabi shatters any preconceived notions you have about gender, relationships, and love. Part love story, part Rorschach relationship test, and a psychological mirror for everyone who has ever been in love -- WHEN MY BOYFRIEND WAS A GIRL gives readers an extremely rare and intimate glimpse into the lives of transgendered people and those who love them. Sunshine Mugrabi has a B.A. in Philosophy from Vassar College and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. She has been a freelance and staff writer for such publications as Red Herring, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Curve Magazine, and The Daily Hampshire Gazetter. Her short story, “The Last Time,” was published in The Lullwater Review.
Bruce Jenner gave us one side of the story, there’s another. WHEN MY BOYFRIEND WAS A GIRL on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with the wife of a transgendered man, Sunshine Mugrabi Wednesday, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.
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We're going to keep this week's description short, sweet and POSITIVE (as best we can)! Join Dburt and Capt, Kirk for another fact finding expedition commonly referred to as The Mid Week in Review, courtesy of Afronerd Radio airing this Wednesday at 7:30pm (EST). The topics to be analyzed are: we finally get to the two HS students of color that garnered national media attention by receiving multiple Ivy League acceptance letters; Dburt revisits and "deconstructs" progressive Black aversion to the notion of respectability politics; a homeless student who lived in San Jose barbershop graduates from law school; Dburt will probably still bring how great Netflix' Daredevil is and how it is a game changer for future small and silver screen projects; a video by self described "redneck" named Dixon appears to be going viral due to a heartfelt rant about the need to end white supremacy (or is it a test reel.....we'll explain); highlighting a new crowdsource film project by famed director, Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust). And lastly, a former inmate cuts his dreads and encourages the youth to clean up their image (is this respectability politics, intelligence or survival?). *Oh and Taraji P Henson gets called back to Person of Interest...really? (minstrel ratings boost?) Call the hosts live ar 646-915-9620.
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