-- I want to tell you about some of my upcoming writing projects. Soon I will be collaborating with another professional to write a children's book. Another project that i finished was a family history album that chronicles my father's genealogy as far back as slavery. I found interesting information about my mother's genealogy as well. I have a photograph of my third generation grandparents!I found the gravesite of oneof myt ancestors' slave masters. And even more astounding! I found out that I am related to the late Eddie Kendrick of the Temptations! Such interesting stuff! I am also working on something for veterans of foreign wars. I love writing and reading. I'm so glad that my parents loved reading and storytelling. One interesting thing that I experienced this summer was meeting Myrlie Evers, the widow of the slain Civil Rights leader, Medgar Evers. Unbeknownst to me, as I was sitting in a hotel restaurant when she walked by. I was honored to meet her and gave her a copy of Louvenia's Quest, which hjas a picture ofher late husband. She also autographed a copy for me.
Writing Tip: This summer there will be family gatherings and reunions, especially during the 4th of July. Interview an elder in the family and record his or her stories about whatever you like and publish for the next reunion.
Reading Tip: Go to your public library or local bookstore and get a book for summer reading. It will be refreshing and will keep your reading skills sharpened. I am now reading Delta Jewels by Alyssa Burton Steele. A friend sent it to me for Mother's Day, and I am eternally grateful. I do have available copies of my books Memories of Mississippi and Louvenia's Quest. Just let me know if you would like copies.
*Conducting Writing Workshops
* Editing short to averge length manuscripts
Oral Reading Activities
This spring I visited Otken Elementary School, McComb, MS and read my children's book Louvenia's Quest to some third graders. Principal Camitta Dillon gave me the invitation, and I really enjoyed reading to the students.
Claudie Bell Buchanan Baskin
June 1, 1918-October 1, 1991)
So may of my writings were inspired by you. Your smiling face, your soft sweet voice , your delicious home-cooked meals, and everything about you made me happy and grateful that you were my mother. You raised me well, and I tried to raise my daughter using your principles and wisdom. And you would be happy to know that my daughter is raising her daughter the same.Happy Birthday in the earth realm. You would be 97, but everyday in heaven you are forever young.