"Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her." Proverbs 31:28
Happy Mother’s Day to the mom’s and moms-to-be! Next week, my mom and I will enjoy a brunch sponsored by my financial advisor. I look forward to spending some down time with her. When you were younger, did you ever want to mimic your mom? Everyday, I find myself sounding and acting like my mother--oh well, I got it honestly.

Earlier in April, I had a chance to visit a car show in Texas. Ladies were dressed in 1950s fashions, including me, my sister-in-law, and nieces. I met an interesting vendor, Heather, who buys and sales vintage clothing. She puts a lot of research into learning more about the period clothes as I do about African American genealogy.

Finally! It's countdown to the Book Lovers Con at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. This is going to be an exciting year with the return of some favorite events like the faery ball and new game workshops for readers. If you can't make the entire conference, make a day trip on Saturday for the public book signing. I'm selling and signing copies of my new releases and some older ones. Grab a fellow book lover at meet me in NOLA. Make this your spring break for books.

If you live in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio Valley area, come out to the Duke Convention Center for the annual Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W). Hundreds of vendors, including me, will be on hand, showcasing clothes, services, books, and more. Stop by, so we can take selfies and check out  my latest books. The admission is free to access the vendor area.

Finally in the fall, don't miss the 4th annual the Christian Book Lovers Retreat in Charlotte, NC. Fun, fellowship, plenty of food and books!!!!! 
See the photos.
Last Saturday, I had a chance to connect with some old genealogy friends at the Africans to Americans Ancestry workshop in St. Louis. As an amateur genealogist, there is always something new to learn. Speakers gave tips for African Americans to search for their ancestors during and prior to enslavement and as Freed Blacks. Fascinating tidbits. One of the biggest areas overlooked is Supreme Court cases involving slaveholders and those enslaved. If you haven't researched your family tree, start at your local library. Check out St. Louis native Josephine Baker's marriage certificate.
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Our 2019 Family portrait. We update it about every five years. My son and daughter haven't changed. Both insisted on certain poses. Our photographer, as always, captured their "best" sides. LOL Look for either one or both on one of my future covers.
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As always, thank you for spending a few minutes catching up with me. May God's presence continue to be over your life in Jesus' name. Amen. 

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Until next month, happy heading! 

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