William Faulkner entitled his book Go Down Moses for the Black Spiritual song.
Louis Armstrong the grandson of slaves, was born in the poor neighborhood of “the Battlefield” part of Storyville. Shortly after he was born in New Orleans his father left the family, and sometime afterward his mother left him in care of his younger sister and his grandmother.
His musical talent gave him a way to get money by playing and singing on the streets with three other boys. Louis found work with a kindly Jewish family in a junk hauling business. The Karnofskys knew Louis was fatherless and took him in. In the bosom of a loving family Louis blossomed. He wrote a memoir of his relationship with them entitled Louis Armstrong + the Jewish Family in New Orleans, La., the Year of 1907. He learned the family suffered discrimination as he did. In the book he wrote: “other white folks” nationalities who felt that they were better than the Jewish race… “I was only seven years old but I could easily see the ungodly treatment that the White Folks were handing the poor Jewish family whom he worked.” wikipedia
Louis wore a Star of David pendant all of his life in memory of what the family taught him about real life and determination. The Karnofsky Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to accepting musical instruments for the boys and girls in New Orleans who are eager to play, and wouldn’t be able to participate in a wonderful learning experience.
Ronovan and Colleen joined their Wednesday challenges so we can cover both in one fell swoop, or in a single swift action. They give me the opportunity to share a quote from a writer that will help me to have a positive attitude and to do the best I can to entertain and inform you, and to pass that positive attitude on.
I’m crazy about the combo cartoon featuring Colleen and Ronovan!!! Perhaps it will become part of the Wednesday blog.
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) is and American author and teacher. I like to see a picture o the person I’m quoting, and to hear the voice is an extra treat. Here he is on YouTube:
MercyMe was a feature of an April post on Sunday’s Singing Soul. Just as I did in April, I post Bart Mallard on YouTube telling you about why the wrote Flawless. The song was chosen as on of the Top 40 Christian Songs 2015. It is from the album “Welcome To The New.”
I’m reading again! Martha has some books she was going to give away, but not before I read them! The titles, book covers, “What people are saying about…” and the blurb on the back of the books grabbed my attention. It’s nice to read a printed novel again.
This week I read Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Gove. This was her debut novel in 2009. Bonnie developed and wrote social programs for families before she began her career as an author. Many authors were quoted on the pages of recommendations that I hold in esteem, Francine River, Ane Mulligan, Mary Demuth.
I hope you like the YouTube preview video of the of the book. What I liked about the book is that it begins in the middle of trauma for Kate. “Kevin was dead and the people in my house wouldn’t go home.” I don’t want to quit reading. Each chapter I discover something else that the young widow is plagued by. These things are clues to where she’s been and where she is now. For instance, Kevin, her dead husband is talking to her; she doesn’t remember parts of her past; is she crazy?
All the questions will be answered, slowly but surely. There will be ah ha moments as well as oh no surprises.
Dorothy Dunnett is best known for her series of historical fiction – The Lymond Chronicles, and The House of Niccolo – set in the 15th century. Considering her genre I can understand her seeing imagination as a last resort.
I haven’t read any of her historical fiction, but finding they celebrate a Dorothy Dunnett Day in Edinburgh I guess she has a good following. I doubt very seriously if she discounted imagination altogether, after all she was a painter and sculptress. She appeared to want to emphasis how important facts are to history.
NPR site will provide more quotes from other authors about Dunnett. You can find an audio book, maybe more, on YouTube, as well as a 22 minute clip of her appearance on Off The Page.
Colleen, thanks for the opportunity to search for pearls of wisdom in the sea or authors. I enjoy it when I write, and later when I read what my friends have found and shared.