Artist of the Week

Selma Hortense Burke was an American sculptor and a member of the Harlem Renaissance movement. Burke is best known for a bas relief portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that may have inspired the profile found on the obverse of the dime.

Selma Burke was born on December 31, 1900, in MooresvilleNorth Carolina, the seventh of 10 children of Reverend Neil and Mary Elizabeth Colfield Burke.[6][7] Her father was an AME Church Minister who worked on the railroads for additional income. As a child, she attended a one-room segregated schoolhouse, and often played with the riverbed clay found near her home.[3][8] She would later describe the feeling of squeezing the clay through her fingers as a first encounter with sculpture, saying “It was there in 1907 that I discovered me.”[9] Burke’s interest in sculpture was encouraged by her maternal grandmother, a painter, although her mother thought she should pursue a more financially stable career.[10]

Selma Burke died at the age of 94 on August 29, 1995 in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where she had lived since the 1950s.

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Christmas Movie of the Week

I love the traditional movies, like White Christmas. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. They sing. They dance. They make you laugh. This is available on Netflix and you can rent it on Prime.

Debuted in 1954

A cute new movie is A Castle for Christmas. This little movie stars Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes. It is available on Netflix. I like this movie because of the actors, but the story was fun and quirky.

2021

Art of the Month

The Journey

These people took a journey to find something they had only heard in folklore. But something compelled them to move forward. The thing was a star and they began to follow it.

It led them far from home.

The Bible tells us they came from the East and were called wise men. Imagine the smartest people in the world at the time were following an astronomical phenomenon. Whatever was at the end of it had to be life changing.

Christian folklore sometimes refers to these wise men as kings using Isaiah 60 and Psalm 72. They also give them a racial identity making one from China, or India or Persia or even Africa.

Regardless of where they were from. They went somewhere. The star led them on a journey that changed everything.

Book of the Month

Privateers

A single young woman is tricked by modern day pirates losing everything she owned. As she tries to figure out what happened to her belongings, her world crashes around her as government and private agencies treat her as a suspect. Determined to find the man who did this to her, she stumbles onto a government top secret. Finding this modern-day pirate turns into a race against lethal forces.

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Sample Chapter

Winters pulled the car to the edge of a parking lot of the truck stop. It was a huge stop with a convenience store, restaurant and clean up station.

“This makes sense,” Zeped said as he got out of the car. “This is how they are moving stuff out.

Winters and Pete got and started following him. They saw Claire walking toward the store.

“Ain’t that that girl?” Pete asked.

“That is. Williams, you get her. We will check the buildings,” Zeped ordered and ran in toward the restaurant.

“They must have contacted her,” said Winters and followed Zeped.

“I’ll get her,” Pete replied, halfway joking because the two agents were gone.

Pete ran up on Claire who was waiting and watching for someone.

“Miss Moss!  Miss Moss! Claire! Claire!” Pete called.

“Officer Williams, what are you doing here? I was just… I…He called me at work,” she said feeling caught. “He wanted to explain.”

“He is a dangerous man.”

“You’re wrong. He is not…”

“Remember the woman who was by your car that day? She had been working undercover. They still have not been able to find her. You know why he’s here? To clean up everything.”

By the restaurant, Roger stood talking to a man who looks like a truck driver, Jason Mitchell. Roger has the emblem on the chain around his neck.

“This is our last go around here,” Roger said.

“Last?” the younger man questioned.

“Last here,” Roger clarified.

“Mr. Brown, you are wanted for questioning.”

Agent Zeped had managed to sneak up on Roger. He stood at the corner of the restaurant with his weapon pointed toward Roger.

“Mr. Zeped, it is a pleasure to finally meet you,” said Roger not surprised.

“The pleasure is all mine.”

“You boys get against the wall,” Winters said as she appeared on the other end of the store with her weapon drawn.

“Special Agents, I am not quite ready to go with you. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I will ever be ready to go with you,” Roger said.

“You don’t have a choice,” Winters replied.

Pete walked Claire back toward the car.

“He told you to meet him here? Pete asked.

“Yes. He is giving me my stuff back. He lives a little on the edge and cops are not his favorite people,” Claire confided.

“So which one of these rigs do you think is his?” Pete asked.

Claire saw the symbol from Roger’s neck chain on the back of a rig.

“I think it is that one,” she said.

Pete opened the back door of a big rig. Claire saw her belongings, her clothes, furniture, everything.

“My stuff! This is it? See he was going to give it back.”

“It looks like more than just your stuff.”

“It does.”

“There is one way to ensure he gives it back.”

Down the road, Pete drove the big rig, with Claire in the passenger seat.

“At least you got your stuff back,”

“Yeah,” Claire said. She was excited about this adventure.

“And before I turn the rest over to the feds, I am going to take a look through this stuff and see what all the fuss is about.”

What Are the Ingredients of Solving a Murder?

Style. Class. And an X chromosome.  These are the ingredients for a successful detective. 

Phryne Fisher and Jessica Fletcher.  dynamic crime fighters whose attention to detail have foiled the plans of many criminals

These damsels are not in distress they are in fact applying stress to all who dare to break the law. Listen as the Sistas explain what makes them so good.

Episode She Murdered It