MARCH – WOMEN HISTORY MONTH

INFLUENTIAL FEMALE RETIRED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

March 3 Midnight Pick – Hillary Clinton

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A few of my favorite quotes:

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” – Hillary Clinton

“I learned some valuable lessons about the legislative process, the importance of bipartisan cooperation and the wisdom of taking small steps to get a big job done.” – Hillary Clinton

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.” Hillary Clinton

“Now, I have always believed that women are not victims; we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace – all we need is a fighting chance.” – Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and served as the junior U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 and 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She is the first female first lady to run for the highest office in the land, the President of the United States.

As with other first ladies, she wears the pearl with pride.

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I had the opportunity to hear Mrs. Clinton’s daughter, an award-winning author, speak at the annual conference of The American Business Women Association. Chelsea’s life and career are by far Mrs. Clinton’s proudest achievement.

Like Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton raised a daughter who is accomplished in her own rights. Mrs. Clinton has proven to be a loving mother, a powerful senator, a force to be reckoned with Secretary of State, a highly respected lawyer, and a woman more intellectually prepared through education and experience than any other female willing to take on the role of President of the United States.

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Get to know Hillary Clinton, the woman, mother, and politician through her penned books. They are enlightening. My grandson purchased her books for me as gifts because he knows that I am a strong supporter of female authors.

Read what others are saying about Secretary Clinton’s accomplishments.

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SLIVERS OF LIFE book review -Short Stories in vogue

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At midnight, my eyes are a little heavy. I didn’t have the attention span I had when I was younger to read a 300 plus page book in one sitting. I find myself searching for thin reads.

I took my car in for service at 8 A.M. this morning. As I walked out the door, without my tea and morning exercise, I realized that I might have a wait. I grabbed from the top of my books stacked on my dining table awaiting a read. My week started as one of those weeks that the books stared at me saying, “When are you going to read me?” Glancing at the book as I rammed it into my tote bag, I smiled knowing that it was not too heavy nor too thick. Arriving at the dealership and getting checked in, the specialist told me the car would be ready in two hours.

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I sat down and pulled out my book hoping that I had grabbed one that was not boring. Hallelujah, it’s a collection of short stories.

Four hours later, standing in front of me was a young smiling person apologizing for taking so long. Glancing up, I wondered to whom he was talking. I was so mesmerized by the stories in the book until I lost track of time.  I had two more of the 20 stories left to read. I was a little annoyed that I had to stop reading, but it was okay because I could finish at midnight very quickly and write my review.

My definition of short stories:

There’s a beginning to introduce and whet the appetite. An author can skip 20 years without losing the essence of the dialogue, bridge the work as not to lose the meaning, then boom, the dramatic ending that brings the story to a conclusion or an end that leaves the reader hanging and wishing for more. Throughout, the reader will discover threads of life lessons weaved throughout the story.

My hot seat author, Beem Weeks (@BeemWeeks) nailed this definition in his book, Slivers of Life – A collection of short stories.

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My Rating: 5 Stars

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The author’s description of the contents as listed on Amazon.com

These twenty short stories are a peek into individual lives caught up in spectacular moments in time. Children, teens, mothers, and the elderly each have stories to share. Readers witness tragedy and fulfillment, love and hate, loss and renewal. Historical events become backdrops in the lives of ordinary people, those souls forgotten with the passage of time. Beem Weeks tackles diverse issues running the gamut from Alzheimer’s disease to civil rights, abandonment to abuse, from young love to the death of a child. Long-hidden secrets and notions of revenge unfold at the promptings of rich and realistic characters; plot lines often lead readers into strange and dark corners. Within Slivers of Life, Weeks proves that everybody has a story to tell—and no two are ever exactly alike.

Here’s What I think

This book has 118 pages. Nice. It has a collection of 20 short stories some as short as two and a half pages. Don’t that just make you want to pick up this book right now and read it? Two pages – Wow!

By reading most in one session revealed a common theme of broken families with either the father or mother absent. The author covered everything from peeping toms to ligamatrix attacks to bigfoot to homelessness to a high school shooting, to coping during a time of grievance. Each story is compelling holding the reader’s attention with great anticipation. I loved the story of old Charlie and his wife, Elmira. I couldn’t stop laughing. Although I do not condone violence, I like Elmira’s style. The story of Richie losing his baby brother is heart-wrenching.

I wasn’t very impressed with the appearance of the book cover although it indeed represented the dark side of some of the stories. Beem has an intriguing table of contents and equally as exciting chapter headings such as “When Jesus Left Birmingham” or “Peepers Creepers.”  I found the stories to be vivid and coherent. I thought the story about the ligamatrix was a tad bit unrealistic but held my attention. I feel that the characters, for the most part, are well-defined forming a connection for the reader.

You can purchase copies of Beem Weeks books at:

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FOOTNOTE: In light of the school shooting that occurred this Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida with 17 dead, I send my condolences to the families that lost their children and to the children and teachers who will never forget this horrendous day in history. Their lives will be forever changed. Let’s lift up the city of Parkland, Florida as you read this post.

Read Beem’s short story in his book entitled “Yearbook.” Yesterday’s fiction becomes today’s reality.