Wade Community Craft fair

This is what’s happening right now at Wade Community Center
Craft/Vendor Fair Extravaganza

 

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When:

Today, Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

At:

2300 Smallwood Drive West
Waldorf, MD 20603

What:

I’m selling my books of poetry, Twilight to Son Shine & Life Changes. I also have nice 8 x 11 photos, ready for framing.

Standing with me is Imani Briscoe, who’s second in charge of this shindig. Of course you can see my buddy, Matt, behind the table. He’s very important, because he takes all the money coming my way.

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Your three words, my little story: Carols words are kangaroo, basement & lamp

Your three words, my little story: kangaroo, basement & lamp

 

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This BASEMENT reminded me of the one in Lanham, on Cordova Street. We lived there from 1960 to 1965, I was eleven when we moved from there to the farm in Hughesville.
My scariest memory of that basement was when my brother, George, and I were downstairs watching a scary movie. It was called, ‘It Came From Outer Space’. Mom called us, “It’s time to come upstairs.” The reason for calling us up, must not have been that important, because she allowed me to stay down and watch the rest of the show, while George left. It was dark outside, so it might have been close to our bed time.

By today’s standards it was not a very scary movie. But I was nine and when it was over, I was afraid to get off the couch and go upstairs. However, I eventually did.

While upstairs in the kitchen, dad noticed I didn’t turn off the basement light, he asked, “Did you forget something?”

I knew exactly what he was talking about, because I was too scared to turn it off, but what I said was, “What?”

“The basement light is still on. Turn it off.” We didn’t have a switch at the top of the stairs to turn any lights on or off. All we had were lambs. The only light on downstairs was a table LAMP, and it was all the way across the then freighting wide open space.

I can’t remember actually turning off the light and going back upstairs, but I do remember standing there with my thumb and forefinger on the knob. Afraid beyond belief, of the mad dash that laid ahead of me. In my mind, I had to negotiate a path from the lamb to the bottom step, in the dark. With tears in my eyes I called to dad, “Please dad! Please!” I don’t remember actually doing it, I just remember the fear.

That memory is fifty-five years old. This basement was wide open just like ours was, but it didn’t have a television, couch or chairs. The walls and tables were full of photos, art work, guns, mounted heads and statues.

It was an amazing room, but there was one item that was called into question. It was a stuffed KANGAROO and it had another stuffed kangaroo in it’s pouch. When Carol saw me pointing at it, she giggled and said, “Yeah, that looks out of place, doesn’t it?”

I said, “Sure does.”

“It belongs to my daughter, and she thinks it should hang around with the rest of the art…”

 

Wade Community Center Craft/Vendor Fair Extravaganza

Here’s where my next book sale and signing will be at. It’s local so please come out and help support me.

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I will be selling my two books of poetry for a paltry fee of $10 apiece. They both comprise of 25 poems and photos about my life and are called, ‘Twilight to Son Shine’ and ‘Life Changes’.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at:

Wade Community Center
2300 Smallwood Drive West
Waldorf, MD 20603

 

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College Park Community Library’s 6th Annual Book Festival!

I will be at, College Park Community Library’s 6th Annual Book Festival! Selling my books, ‘Twilight to Son Shine’ & “Life Changes’

Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 11:00 – 2:00
Place: College Park Community Center
5100 Pierce Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

 

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Join the fun! Meet local Authors, like me, who will be on hand to talk about their books and sell copies.

How ya like my hat? Fuzz ball hat

How ya like my hat? Fuzz ball hat

 

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I was enjoying my normal Sunday morning at the White Plains Flea Market, when I came across this fuzz ball hat. I had no desire to buy it. But I did want some pictures for my, ‘How ya like my hat?’ gig.

I asked the vendor, Reggie, “Can you take some pictures of me wearing this hat?”

He said, “Sure.”

I took my Washington Redskin hat off and posed for some pictures. Figuring six photos were enough to choose from, I said, “Thank you.” as I sat the hat back in it’s place.”

“You can have it for a buck.”

I, “Stuttered” for a moment.

Then he said, “Just take it, it’s yours.”

While, putting the hat back on my head, I said, “Thank you.” then headed further into the market.

A friend of mine was staring at my funny hat, while saying, “That hat’s much better, than the one in your hand.” Anyone could tell he’s a Dallas Cowboy fan, by the hat he was wearing.

I sent him a sideways grin while saying, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ll give you a dollar for your hat.”

“You have two already. What do you want with mine?”

“I have to use the rest room and there is no toilet paper.”

“Get out of here you fool.” So we hugged and went our separate ways.

Later at the La Plata, Starbucks, my barista kept staring at my fuzz ball hat. “Nice hat.”

“You want it?”

“How much?”

“Nothing, take it, it’s yours.”

 

Fact or fiction? What are your thoughts?