By Inspirational Columnist and Author: Linda Mose Meadows


However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--
1 Corinthians 2:9

Friday, December 19, 2008

"HEY THAT'S WALTER ! " A MEMORABLE EVENING LECTURE WITH WALTER MOSLEY

Walter Mosley's Current Novel

Walter Mosley Lecture Hosted by Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium

“Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.”
—Dr. Thomas Dooley (1927-1961); physician of the US Navy
The Foundation for a Better Life [newsletter@forbetterlife.org

There I sat smack dab in the front middle section of auditorium. Yes, this was really occurring, finally the long anticipated event, an evening with Walter Mosley at the beautiful Ferguson Center’s for the Performing Arts on Christopher Newport’s Campus had arrived. There he stood in his signature panama hat. He was down to earth, very funny, his wit pinched my funny bone, I just couldn’t help but to laugh out loud-it felt good and I definitely was in his amen corner. Friends I tried to capture his words, I felt like my pen wasn’t moving in sync with my brain. I should have just absorbed his words but I couldn’t help it! I wanted to relive the evening on paper for a later time. I held on tight to my pen and tried hard to position my journal so it wouldn’t hit the floor. I am the person in the audience whose paper slides on the floor underneath the seat and isn’t content until I have reclaimed it!

I didn’t want to miss any of the pearls of wisdom he freely shared. And there they were:

“Writing is the heart and soul of me. We all experience suffering. I must give something back. Our work is our reward not payment for our debt. Language not everything, our minds, our radios, words go deep in our heart is essential. Literary life is everything we are and can be. Admitted into kingdom unaware- stories told and retold!”

Walther Mosley now the screen writer, lecturer, author extraordinaire spoke profoundly to our writer’s and reader’s hearts. He answered questions with truth and clarity. He said he didn’t want to put on airs. Forgive me if I misquote him, I believe you’ll appreciate the essence of his sentiment. He announced that he has a “literary life seen or imagined…. Writers are not teachers; readers are more intelligent than the writer. …Writer’s are unraveling the mysteries of life. Words tell you, but images are a dull incantation, the right words must sparkle but not too bright! ”

He encouraged those that love writing to write something daily-never skip a day, even if it’s just several sentences-it’s important to create daily! He remarked that writer’s aren’t able to edit their own work. He adamantly stated, “Strick out what doesn’t belong!”

Walter Mosley was really honest when he declared that his father loved his writings, never criticized his work, but was disappointed when he didn’t acquire a “good job” [meaning a 9 to 5] instead. His father didn’t believe he’d be able to make a living wage writing stories. Walter chuckled at that thought but admitted that his life took a turn financially when Devil in The Blue Dress hit the silver screen. We were encouraged to write what we write about and know that some of our best days may mean sitting in our robes glued to our computers, never leaving the house until our work has been birthed. He mused “Now that’s a productive day.” He was really funny when he shared that he didn’t have an exciting life that many others imagine; he simply writes about what’s occurring in their lives.

Much was said, regarding the writers and poets he enjoys, his love of listening to his family share stories, growing up biracial ( Jewish and African American), and the importance of making an impact on our communities.

Friends, I guess what I just discovered , here's the evening hosted with Walter Mosley! Kudos to the VA Peninsula Literary Consortium. Truly the evening was remarkable! No need to search out this enlightening conversation on CSPAN or YouTube, enjoy more photos and podcast:
Learn more about this interesting author :

http://authors.aalbc.com/walter.htm

And by the way he agreed to photos and signing his books after the talk. Yes, indeed yours truly was in line!!! Ain’t God great! Yes I said, "Ain't!" :-) Bless you all!

Joyfully submitted by:
Linda Mose Meadows, Author

The Blessedness of Believing

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

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I PRAY THAT HE KNOWS

One of My Favorite Photos of Mike, Ambassador Andrew Young and Shaw University Classmates

However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard,

no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

“Life means to have something definite to do—a mission to fulfill—and in the measure in which we avoid setting our life to something, we make it empty. Human life, by its very nature, has to be dedicated to something.”
—Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955); philosopher

I know our brains resemble curcuit boards during the course of a day. And what about our life time of brain power utilized as we navigate our lives through the maze of ups and downs, trials and triumphs? The night before I had really been too exhausted to focus on the online transcript my son was sharing. He stared at the screen reading his academic transcript. I promised myself that when I was alert the next morning I’d be sure to review the transcript. Instead I found myself at work and chatting with my husband, who inquired if I had seen the transcript and then forwarded the emailed attachment. Amazing technology!


When I reviewed our son’s college transcript (which I had never had an opportunity to review in his previous years of college) the courses and grades surprised me. I knew that this young man had absorbed a great deal of information and content knowledge throughout his life time and now during his undergraduate college stint which is fast concluding. His brain must have been reeling from the Calculus to the music theory and finally the political science courses. By reviewing Mike’s transcript I could visibly tell when he was struggling and stumbling academically and when he was soaring. As he approaches his final semester, his grades and work reflect that he’s confident, assured and comfortable with his academics. His steps must be sure, this must feel exhilarating, and he’s in the home stretch towards graduation!


I feel good about that and thankful to God for allowing me to witness this fete. I especially am mindful of the many phone conversations, the long silence and blurts of “I just don’t know Mom!” Oh my heart was so anxious after those conversations. I always tried to conclude our talks with an upbeat word, a prayer and scripture for reinforcement.


“Remember to read your Bible and pray Mike!
Yes you can accomplish this, you are well equipped to handle this.”


My heart is pleased and yes, our Lord is good!


But, I realize that the real education will occur outside of his comfort zone- the Shaw University comfort zone of familiarity for him and then the learning will take a new form and direction with the peaks and valleys and yes, the “hard knocks of life”.

What has he gained outside of the classroom that will carry him through the lean and difficult periods?

I pray he’s learned to call on the name of the Lord.

I pray he’s comfortable with getting in his secret prayer closet and imploring God until he’s confident about the choices he must make.

I pray that he has scriptures at arms reach or better yet -tucked in his heart which will be his compass and guide when he’s faced not only with hard choices, but for productive living.

I pray that when there’s not another human soul that he neither trusts, nor can confide in-that he’ll know that the God that dwells within him is more than enough.

I pray he has the wisdom and discernment to continually seek, trust and pray to God. Then act on God's unction.

I pray that he knows his life is a prayer of thanksgiving, not to be messed over.
I pray that he will reach forward, and actively seek out service to assist others for their benefit and God's glory.

And I pray that he’ll know, that he knows who’s he is and to whom he belongs-JESUS. His SOURCE, FRIEND, MOTHER, FATHER, COMFORTER AND CONFIDANTE!

I pray that he’ll remember the love that anchored him, the prayers that bathed him and the circle of family and friends that encourage(d) and yes, carried him.
I pray that he'll appreciate his limitations and frailties but applaud God's Omniscience and Omnipotence.

And, I pray that he values the scripture that my mother taught me and that spills from my mouth when nothing else will:

However, as it is written:

"No eye has seen,

no ear has heard,

no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

Joyfully Submitted by Linda Mose Meadows, author

The Blessedness of Believing-

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

Monday, December 15, 2008

WITH GREAT POSSIBILITIES BECOME REALITIES


But Jesus looked at them and said to them,

“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

With faith great possibilities become realities. That’s my divinely inspired decree for this day! I just love chatting with my friend Joyce Blair who lovingly shares that she and her husband were living comfortable lives, secure in their vocations and then their lives took a turn-a turn for really becoming quite interesting; they dreamed vividly, boldly prayed with expectant faith, explored and obtained the momentum needed to embrace a new reality. Together the Blair’s ventured out; and took the great leap of faith to become owner and innkeeper. There it sits now a beautiful B & B aptly entitled:

The Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast


232 S. Armistead Avenue

Hampton, Virginia 23669

This most impressive bed and breakfast’s initial appearance made family members wonder if the Blair’s were being prudent with their decision. They ignored the naysayers and the objector’s glares. Why refurbish a Victorian home in downtown Hampton? I am sure in their heart’s they adamantly said, “Why not?” Thank God Lankford and Joyce kept their faith and their vision. Today an impressive list of visitor’s (not only in the US) from across the globe frequent their outstanding establishment for respite, vacations, receptions, teas and business meetings.

Been in touch with anyone objecting or questioning your dreams? It matters not! I am sure that you too know what it means to unwaveringly see what you see and have faith enough to believe what you believe!

It’s a fact my friend; others can’t dream our dream and live out our faith!

What’s stirring in your heart?
What are you hoping and dreaming for?
What are you longing to accomplish?
Do you see what God has instilled in you to do?


Well, it surely can happen. Let’s be encouraged to dream big and faithfully act on the vision by Joyce & Lankford Blair http://www.virginia.org/site/features.asp?FeatureID=434 . They've remind us not to waiver in our faith that our dreams are not an impossibilty!

With God at the helm, all things are possible to those who believe!
Enjoy Southern Sophistication and know you are welcomed to take a tour, appreciate the view, listen to the up tempo music and breathe in the wonderful aromas of this majestic and peace filled Magnolia House. If I know my friends, they'll say, "Sit awhile and relax." As you breathe easy take in God’s goodness and the Blair’s testament of living passionately!
Have a wonderful day and a blessed Christmas holiday!


















Beautiful Christmas Tree in Parlor

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