Monday Morning Musings

How was your weekend? Mine was busy, but a lot of fun. Yesterday I met with my writer’s group and received some good feedback on my new book. Saturday, I was at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, keeping the doors open, and met some folks who were interested in the current exhibit and art classes.

Friday night I had the pleasure of hearing two of my favorite singer/songwriters, Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne, known as Adler & Hearne, live on the Bowery Stage at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts. They were joined by Michael McNevin another terrific singer/songwriter for an interesting concert – Songwriters in the Round – taking turns sharing original songs. Some were older songs, but there were a few new ones, and all the songs told wonderful musical stories. That’s one of the things I love about Americana and Folk music, the story.

I also love the cover of the new Adler& Hearne CD. It was taken at their Organic Song Farm here in East Texas and the body of water is Goolsby’s Pool. 

What I’m Reading: Actually finished this short story the other day and am back to reading Rollercoaster for next Sunday’s review. The short story is The Pit Stop by Carmen DeSousa. This is a 10,000 word story that introduces Detective Mark Waters, a recurring character is other stories by Ms. DeSousa. It was a good, quick read, and I liked this new detective – at least new to me.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Celebrating Strong Women: In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I want to feature his wife, Coretta  Scott King. That horrible day in 1968 when MLK was shot in Memphis, most of the nation cried because we lost a great leader, but very little of the media coverage focused on her loss. I couldn’t help but think how much more tragic that day was for her than for us.

Despite the inherent dangers of the Civil Rights era, and they both were very aware of those dangers, she worked along with her husband throughout the 1950s and ’60s. She took part in the  Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

While her husband was primarily in the limelight during those years, Coretta had a notable career as an activist, working as a public mediator and as a liaison to peace and justice organizations. Following the death of her husband, Coretta continued his work along with hers. She founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, based in Atlanta, Georgia, serving as the center’s president and chief executive officer from its inception. In 1980, a 23-acre site around Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthplace was designated for use by the King Center. The following year, a museum complex was dedicated on the site.

On April 27, 2010, Journalist Shannon Firth wrote on the website Finding Dulcinea about Coretta on the occasion of her birthday. This is what Shannon wrote, “Coretta Scott King was more than just the wife of a legend, she was a singer, an organizer and an activist in her own right, pledging her support to nonviolence, tolerance and equality for all races, genders and classes. Though criticized for both whitewashing her husband’s image and for not rigidly following his beliefs, she did what was in her nature—she persevered.”

Yes she did!!!

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