Life has two rules: number 1, Never quit!; number 2, Always remember rule number 1 ~Duke Ellington
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hurricane Rita swept through leaving many without electric

Including people in my community. After Hurricane Katrina, many of us set glued to the TV set to see which path Hurricane Rita would go. As friends and family evacuated and headed up north, the news reported that it would sweep across my state. Only thing we could do was pray. Saturday morning many were without electric (us included). Three days, still no electric. As of today, however we do have electric. Our minor inconvenience still doesn't compare to what others have gone through...we didn't lose our houses or our lives. In fact, it allowed the neighbors to take time out to really talk...instead of the quick "hi" and "bye" you would normally get while exiting and/or entering the house or car. As a wise woman said (my mom), what makes us so special that we couldn't be inconvenienced. Life is too short and although I was dealing with 100 degree weather and no electric for three days, I feel blessed. God spared my life and those around me. Tornadoes touched down in various places, some places were flooded, and many trees fell, but we were spared.
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Monday, September 26, 2005

No posts

No posts

Due to things beyond my control, there will be no updates on the site for the next few days. Hopefully, things will be back to normal to high winds resulting from Hurricane Rita, we lost power. Until the electric is fixed, I will be visiting my local library to use their computer to check email only...and guess what happened when I went to one branch...their electric went I drove to another branch and it's packed and I'm about to get kicked off the computer any minute.

Have a good week and stay cool.
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

An Email that made my Day

I received an email from someone who read my book--My Invisible Husband over the weekend. This person went on to say they thought it was great. Wow..."Someone actually gets what I'm writing" is what I say whenever I get an email from someone expressing "a like" for any of my books. That's music to my ears.

Although I write because I love to write, knowing that someone enjoys my writing is like icing on the cake. They don't even know it, but they made my day.
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Friday, September 16, 2005


As I ring in my birthday, I sit and reminisce about the last year. Although, I've had some heartbreak and pain, I have a lot to thankful for. This morning I celebrate LIFE. I decided to bring it in with my favorite drink and listening to some old school R & B songs. Today, is B-Day and I plan on enjoying every moment. So if you come across this post in cyberspace, here's a cyber cheer. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! Take a saucer and have a piece of cake

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Excitement for New Book Release

Today, I joined in excitement for one of my friends. Her book was released today all across the nation. I feel like her success is my success. I almost cried when I saw my name in the dedication. So if you're reading my blog today, make sure you go out and pick up your copy of Counting Raindrops through a Stained Glass Window by Cherlyn Michaels. Her website is

Also, another good book to check out is by another friend, Linda Dominique Grosvenor. Okay, I know you're probably thinking, is this the day to promote friends day (smile). There's a book discussion going on at her blog today and tomorrow, so stop by her website to see if you can learn more:
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Saturday, September 10, 2005

So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross Announcement from J Records

Luther Vandross will surely be remembered as one of the greatest musical legends of all time. With over two decades of greatness, his memory will live on not only through his music, but through his fans, friends and family. This month, J Records will release an exclusive tribute album showcasing some of today's biggest stars performing Luther's greatest and most well known hits. Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Usher, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean, Mary J Blige, and many more come together for this spectacular collaboration.

So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross

On September 20th, this very special album will be released. Get the official track listing by clicking here. You can pre-order by clicking here.

Oprah Special

On September 20th at 4 PM (EST), Oprah Winfrey will spend an hour with the amazing artists featured on So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute To Luther Vandross. Usher and Patti LaBelle will perform some of Luther's greatest hits. Don't miss it. Check your local listings and check out

New Luther Vandross Website Launch

Keep an eye out for a relaunch of the official Luther Vandross website (, featuring exclusive songs off his tribute album. The site will include a very special memory book along with condolences and a tribute to one of the world's most amazing legends.

VIBE Magazine

Check out this month's issue of Vibe magazine where Luther graces the cover, on newsstands now.

ET and The Insider

Be sure to tune into ET and The Insider the week of September 20th to catch exclusive pieces on the new album! Check your local listings for showtimes and channel.
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Thursday, September 08, 2005

How to Offer Your Help to the Hurricane Katrina Victims


For those individuals looking for ways to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, please refer to the following organizations:


Operation Blessing

America's Second Harvest

Adventist Community Services

Catholic Charities, USA

Christian Disaster Response

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

Church World Service

Convoy of Hope

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Humane Society

Lutheran Disaster Response

Mennonite Disaster Service

Nazarene Disaster Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Red Cross

Salvation Army

Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief
800-462-8657 t

SPCA of Texas

United Methodist Relief

Housing Opportunities:

To offer a house for evacuees, please contact the Dallas Housing Authority at 214-951-8305.

Medical Expertise:

Dallas: 214-819-1922 or 972-692-2711
For health care professionals and relief personnel who want to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, please contact 1-866-KATMEDI (1-866-528-6334) or


Salvation Army of Kaufman

Volunteer Center of North Texas
214-826-6767 x299

Adopt/Foster an evacuated pet


Disaster victims are urged to register for assistance first by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at The TTY number is 1-800 462-7585 for those who are speech or hearing-impaired.

For those who had been receiving Public Housing or Section 8 vouchers, call HUD toll-free at 1-800-955-2232. For all other information on housing needs, call HUD toll-free at 1-866-641-8102. All HUD operations performed out of the New Orleans Field Office have been transferred to the Ft. Worth Regional Office.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can also be called toll-free at 1-800-621-3362 or register online at

Dallas Housing Authority (for cities in Dallas County) at 214-951-8300

Garland Housing Authority (accepting walk-ins) at 972-205-3393
210 Carver Street, Suite 201B
Garland, TX 75040

Mesquite Section 8 Housing (for those already qualified for Section 8) 972-329-8727. Terrell: Red Cross at 972-551-5560 or Chamber of Commerce at 972-563-5703

The Office of Housing recently published a mortgage letter reminding lenders of the 203(h) disaster program and encouraging servicers to delay foreclosure in counties and parishes declared federal disaster areas and to consider hurricane damage in the context of any requests for loss mitigation assistance.

The U.S. Postal System wants to reconnect evacuees with their mail. Visit a nearby Post Office and complete a Change of Address Form or call toll free 1-800-275-8777 or visit

Medical Attention:
People in Dallas County with medical conditions or for students who need their immunization shots for school, should call 211. They may also call the Health and Human Services Commission of Texas toll-free at 1-888-834-7406 or go by the Dallas Convention Center located at 650 S. Griffin Street.

Medicare and Medicaid:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have set up additional staff to be of assistant. For those who want to know if they are eligible to enroll in Medicaid, need durable medical equipment or have questions, please call 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227).

Missing Persons:
The American Red Cross has created and launched the Family Links Registry, which will aid individuals who are seeking loved ones and family members in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Family Links Registry can be accessed by visiting or by calling: 1-877-LOVED-1s (1-877-568-3317) to register or 1-866-438-4636.

Social Security:
Evacuees should go to the nearest Social Security Administration office where checks can be obtained. If possible, bring identification; if not, SSA can still assist you. For information on the nearest Social Security office, call toll-free to 1-800-772-1213. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing should call the TTY number at 1-800-325-0778, or visit or

The U.S. Postal Service and the Social Security Administration have established temporary, alternative locations for the distribution of Social Security checks to Louisiana and Mississippi residents who are unable to receive regular mail delivery service.

Unemployment Insurance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance:
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is assisting the Louisiana Department of Labor in processing Louisiana Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Evacuees who have relocated to Texas may file a claim at Those in Dallas should call 214-252-1200; all other non-major metropolitan areas should call 1-800-939-6631.

In addition, Texas workforce development boards across the state with large numbers of Louisiana evacuees are establishing on site workforce centers including one at the Dallas Convention Center and other cities in Texas with displaced workers. Many of these boards will sponsor on-site job fairs to match workers with local employers. Several workforce boards are contributing the use of their mobile workforce centers to further assist with evacuees' needs.

Because of the catastrophic nature of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana is working around the clock to restructure the way Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) claims are accepted and how payments are delivered.

In order to be eligible for DUA, a claimant must have worked or been scheduled to work in the disaster area, or you could not get to your place of work because of disaster damage; have been prevented from working by an injury or illness as a direct result of the disaster; have become the head of the household and need employment because the head of the household died as a result of the disaster; or have been self-employed, but lost all or part of your livelihood as a result of this disaster (you will need to provide proof of your self-employment).

The Department of Labor can be called toll-free at 1-866-487-2365.
In Terrell, call 972-965-5100 ext. 104.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has set up a toll-free number (1-800-507-4571) for veterans who normally receive health care at VA facilities in New Orleans, LA, Gulfport, MS, and Biloxi, MS. The number can also be used by family members concerned about the location of veterans who were hospitalized at the above facilities.

For veterans who need medication or medical attention, a tele-nurse can be reached toll-free at 1-800-849-3597 (choose option 2).

The Dallas VA Medical Center (VAMC) is identifying veterans at Dallas area shelters and transporting them to the Dallas VAMC for evaluation and medication refills. The VA Regional Office will soon have an office at the Dallas Convention Center. VA Patients can call toll-free 1-800-827-1000 for more information.

If veterans receive their payments electronically, then payments are being deposited into your bank account. If these accounts are not accessible or are received by mail, then veterans need to visit their regional office, either in Houston, Waco or at the Dallas VAMC.

The Dallas VAMC is located at 4500 South Lancaster Road; Dallas, TX 75216.

For veteran's benefits and eligibility questions, call toll-free to1-877-222-VETS (1-877-222-8387) or visit the Veterans Integrated Service Network website at

Texas has approximately 700 WIC clinics. Evacuees can call toll-free 1-800-942-3678 for local WIC clinic locations. This will be for those who were receiving WIC benefits or hope to qualify.


Anderson County:

Emergency Management Coordinator
903-723-7812 or 903-922-0695

Cherokee County:


Dallas County:

Dallas Convention Center: 650 S. Griffin Street; Dallas, TX 75220
Reunion Arena: 777 Sports Street; Dallas, TX 75207

Henderson County:

Wood County:

Tyler Red Cross

The City of Dallas has setup facilities at Reunion Arena to house the dogs and cats of those who are seeking refuge at Reunion Arena. Temporary dog runs and cat condos are setup to allow people displaced by Katrina the ability to keep their pets and care for them instead of relinquishing them to a shelter. The City of Dallas will provide pet owners with essentials such as pet food, bowls, cat boxes & scoops (dog and cat), litter, leashes, etc.

Individuals who learn of stranded pets are urged to call the Humane Society phone bank at 1-800-HUMANE-1 (1-800-486-2631), provided they have location information that can be relayed to the teams in the field. Thousands of concerned citizens have also donated to the relief effort by visiting

SPCA of Texas: in Dallas at 214-651-9611, in McKinney at 972-562-7297;
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Words can not express how I'm feeling right now. Here's a poem I wrote that barely touches the surface. I pray for the families that are affected by Hurricane Katrina. May God help us all, because we are in a new era.


by Shelia M. Goss

Have You ever felt an emptinessinside
That could not be explained
A feeling of loneliness
The kind that makes you want to scream
You see, I've felt like crying

But no tears could be found
I tried hard to explain why I was
always feeling down
Will I get a call, that'll make me happy
Or will I be left feeling blue
I've thought about it, over & over again

This feeling is strange
Like it'll never end
Am I hoping for something that can never be
Until then, I'm sitting here
Feeling Empty.
Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz
Friday, September 02, 2005

Help! The Hurricane Katrina Victims

Previously I posted that I was busy working on my next novel. Well, I finished the first draft on Wednesday, August 31, but didn't feel like celebrating when people in my state are suffering.

Words cannot express how I feel right now. If you've been watching CNN, FOX, or any of the other news stations, you're aware of the loss of lives in New Orleans and the other Gulf Coast States. I have been glued to the TV and on one hand I applaud those that are risking their lives to help, but then on the other hand I'm saddened because it doesn't seem like help is getting there fast enough for my people that are in need. Many are dying by the wayside. They feel like we've abandoned them. Why can't we airlift food and other items to them??? Holding another press conference isn't helping anyone...Action is what's needed.

I know there has been shooting, but we're fighting a war in Iraq which is 100 times worse. Majority of the folks are not shooting, they should not suffer for an ignorant few.

My mind can't comprehend what they may be going through. My compassion for them has brought me to tears throughout the week.

I'm pleading with everyone to Pray, to Donate their money, items and/or their time to help.

These are our people. It could have happened anywhere. Remember the Flood of '93 on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was bad and lives were lost, but nothing like the magnitude of what we're witnessing in Louisiana, Mississippi, etc.

Help. I plead with everyone who read this to help by any means necessary.

Celebrities like Sean "Diddy" Combs, Shawn "JayZ" Carter, and David Banner are pulling together and we as individuals have to pull together. We might not have the millions that they do, but every cent counts.

Contact your local Red Cross.

Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or

Below are a list of events pulled together to help assist Hurricane KaTrina victims:

NBC Universal has scheduled "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," an hour long show that will air Friday on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. The concert will include country singer Tim McGraw, pianist and singer Harry Connick Jr. and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, all Louisiana natives. Matt Lauer will host.

MTV, VH1 and CMT announced a relief campaign that will kick off Saturday, September 10, with a special featuring such acts as the Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, Ludacris, Green Day, David Banner, Rob Thomas, Gretchen Wilson and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. The program will be simulcast live on all three networks from locations in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Morgan Freeman Online Auction @ (proceeds will go to The Red Cross)

Below are places in my area that really need your donations (money and non-perishable items):

Northwest Louisiana Chapter
American Red Cross

Northwest Louisiana Chapter
4221 Linwood Ave
Shreveport, LA 71108-3121

Phone: 318-865-9545

Web site:

The Salvation Army
200 E. Stoner Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101

Mail Address
P.O. Box 1158,
Shreveport, LA 71163

Phone (318) 424-3200

The Salvation Army
4025 W. Brookstown Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70805-5309

Mail Address
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 4148,
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Phone (225) 357-3267

Powered for Blogger by Blogger templates

Blogarama - The Blog Directory Blogwise - blog directory