Storytellers are Born-Not Made

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Hello There,

As a child, I loved to tell stories and limericks to anyone who would listen. My favorite audience were older women who lived on my block or in the boarding home where I spent part of my youth. My most ardent fan was my friend Diana Amati. She was gracious enough to sit for hours listening to my adventures and experiences in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. She fell in love with Grandmom Rebbecca and Aunt Clara. She encouraged me to share bible stories with her because during the beginning of our friendship, she did not attend Sunday School.  My stories made Sunday school very attractive to Diana.

One of my other friends, Liz attended the same church. I had a totally different relationship with her. She didn’t have the patience for my storytelling.

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Grandmom Rebbecca tells Pearl how pearls are created through patience and perseverance.

Well I hope that you do. Deborah is placing my first book, “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” on sale today. The book is written with the young reader in mind, but transcends generations. It is a good book for middle grade, young adults and adults who love reading to their young ones. The book will begin shipping May 1st.  The retail price is $9.99.

To order your copy and to save $2.00 on your purchase until May 1, click here PEARL.

Thank you for your support.

P. J. Richardson

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Meet Sean Tate

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Sean Tate is the illustrator and designer of my avatar and is the illustrator of the book cover for “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines”. We are so blessed to have such talented and gifted people working on this project.

On Wednesday, January 8th, The Arts Avenue, hosted by Cedric Brown, Senior Pastor at Commitment Community Church in Lindenwold, New Jersey, interviewed Sean. I hope you enjoy the interview.

Oops! I forgot to turn the camera when the Sean’s video was shown, but you can go on his website to see Ground Up Studio’s incredible work.

If you are an artist of music, dance, drama or literature and would like to perform or be interviewed, please visit their website.

The Arts Avenue program is presented the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of holidays. Lord willing I will be there each month, presenting talented individuals in my network. I hope to see you there too.

At A Crossroads

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I am standing at a crossroads in our project…Deborah told me she received an email from Steve Eisner that our first twenty page submission did not make the cut. She is disappointed but assures me that our project is still a go. Rejection is part of life. I experienced it as a young child and over the years have learned to take rejection in stride.  I thank God for his favor.

At this current crossroads we have the option of turning back and stopping our momentum. We can try to make major changes in our project and turn to the left or to the right which takes us in a totally different direction; or we can stay on course and move forward. We are staying on course and moving forward with our plans.

Our purpose for writing “The String of Pearls” series is to tell wholesome stories based on our lifetime experiences. There were so many wonderful things that happened in the 1950s and 1960s that need to be told.  I will be posting stories behind the stories that cannot be told in detail in the books. I started a Pinterest Board that shows the television shows we watched in the 1950s.  I started a Pinterest Board to collect pictures and video where I can share with you the things that I grew up and experienced.

If you haven’t done so already, please click on the follow button if one is displayed upper left-hand side, or email me at pjrichardson@gladstonepublishing.com.

Christmas Memories

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It is 10:00 pm as I write this and I have fond memories of Christmas past.  One of my fondest memories is the television show aired in 1950 on WHYY Channel 12 “The Spirit of Christmas”. The same year I was born.

The opening credit announces this show is “Presented By Your Telephone Company” . AT&T and the Bell Telephone System monopolized the telephone industry until 1984. My very first job in  1967 was as an information operator for Bell Telephone in Center City Philadelphia, and it was a family environment.

During the 1950s, my siblings and I still believed in Santa Claus and, more importantly, Christmas Day was the day Jesus was born.  We enjoyed hanging our stockings over the fire place, trimming the tree and watching this wonderful marionette presentation. Just in case you have never seen this program, my Christmas gift comes to you from YouTube. The Night Before Christmas and The Nativity were performed by The Mabel Beaton Marionettes “The Spirit of Christmas”.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Joyous New Year!

With Love,

Pearl (P.J.) Richardson and
Deborah Wilson Smart

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Our Theme Song

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Deborah and I selected a theme song that inspires us as we write. http://youtu.be/No_C0FNCwKo  In the 50s and early 60s my taste in music was defined by watching a daily television show called, “The Early Show”.  I would rush home do my chores and watch the musicals faithfully.  I saw myself as one of Fred Astaire’s dance partners.  I know. I know, not what you expected from an African-American.  But you have to understand that I was born Colored, then redefined as Negro, then Black and now African-American.  We didn’t have the ethnic faces that surround us today.  During my defining years, the United States were transitioning from segregation to integration.  Nat King Cole was our Arsenio Hall. Times have changed.