I worked deep into the night last night finishing the updated version of Dancing During the Storm. You are going to love it. I know. I love it. I literally had to cut the last story off because I was running out of space.  I had been promising this update for a year and I finally did it! It is so worth it!

I will be honest writing for me is like a relationship. Some days it is good and I love it more than anything, other days, I quit it and promise never to return. If it were a marriage, I would have divorced it a dozen times. Of course, we would get back together and promise to do right.

The thing that always brings me back is the story.  I tell God I am not doing this anymore. I am finished, done. God gives me a story so good I can’t wait to put it on paper.

I added three new stories to the book and took two stories away.  Dancing During the Storm is a collection of short stories. These are stories I have written over the course of my life. the first story I added is about justice or what is perceived as justice. Another is about the state of women and the third one was my first attempt to write from the point of view of a man.

As you read my work, I am sure you wonder where does this come from, and only the grace of God knows.  He inspires me and takes me step by step through the process.

During the month of September I will give you some insight into why I do what I do. I will tell you some stories. You may even learn some things. This year I will also share some of the influencers in my life. Looking forward to telling you the story of me.


If You Disagree With Your Pastor

and just go to church to hear the choir sing, or you don’t participate in any of the things he calls the church to do from his pulpit, it is time for you to find a new church.

I know. I was in that position once. The preacher was good, but what he said did not line up with who God was creating me to be.  As I often say we are the body of Christ and as such we all need different things, just as a body does. I mean we don’t put socks on our hands or sit on our hats.  There are things designed for those areas of the body that allow them to function the way they ought to.

God has specific ministries for all of us, but many of us sit at the wrong church for the wrong reasons and miss it.

Since I joined this new church, I have found that my life is more full than it has ever been.  I walk with folks who help me walk in obedience with God. i participate in the work God has designed for me as service. I don’t agree with everything my pastor says, but I hear the voice of God from the pulpit. He leads me.

In my new church, I have discovered that when my pastor asks something from the pulpit, he is representing God. How dare I say no. (yes, I have said no.) But I try to make it 90 percent of the time.

Annually my church sets aside time to help in local schools. I told myself I am serving in another ministry I do not have to do this. It would mean an extra day during the week, blah, blah, blah.


But my lifegroup chose to serve this week. I chose to serve with them. It was good. Find yourself a church where you can do the work God has for you to do. Find yourself a lifegroup to hold you to God’s principles.  In a time when very few are moral, find someones who will hold you accountable.


I loved serving at the school. The principal was a joy.


It spoke to me to say that this is how life ought to be. When God requests, we fulfill.  We let go of our selfish ambitions and do what God requires of us.

It Is Almost September

and time for the book event.  There will be more videos, writing tips and contests.  I really would like for one of these books to become an international bestseller and you can help me get there. I have lots of ideas!

I will introduce you to some new authors and their books. I will even raffle off one of their books.

I will introduce you to UPP Creative Media’s mission. Why I do what I do. It. Will. Be. Fun

September Book Event

Turning off your social media might land you dead or in jail.

I have been amused by the tweets of folks wanting to give up social media because they feel they are addicted to the news.  I think they have confused addiction with preservation.

Some of these stories are about racist attacks on people of color. Why would you not want to know where this is happening? If Congress started a vote to put all people of color into slavery and take all of their property, wouldn’t you like to hear about the bill before it became a law? I’m just saying…

The current establishment would love nothing better than for millions of people to turn off their social media and just stop paying attention to what is going on.  They don’t want you to know when people disappear, when laws change or any other slight of the hand they may be doing.  It is kind of like a baby who closes their eyes and thinks you can’t see them because they can’t see you.  You better keep your eyes on these fools because they have no good intentions for any of us.

History has taught us that when millions of people bury their heads and minds during seasons of injustice, a form of evil takes over that is so diabolical that most can’t even imagine it.  The things are happening to undocumented workers in prisons right now that we don’t know about. Our Justice System has set up a process where they can take a persons property just by accusing them of a crime, not convicting, just accusing. We as Americans will one day have to reckon with the things we allowed our government to do on our behalf.  Man might not hold justice high on his bucket list, but God does. God is just. The things used to destroy a certain people will end up destroying the ones who put it in place.

And just like when the Babylonians arrived to take the Israelites into captivity, they ignored the poor and the slaves. They put hooks through the flesh of the rich and drug them off to captivity. Right now, they think they are protecting their own interest.  What they are doing is building barns for someone else to own.

Prayer warriors, stay awake. Do not shrink back from the news but pray boldly according to scripture. Hear every story and make your petition to God. Make sure you have on your armor so that you can stand against the devil’s tricks.

Know that these times are opportunities for God to get His Glory. Pray and watch Him work.