Roxane Gay reads and discusses Difficult Women with Saeed Jones of BuzzFeed at 92Y [12JAN17]

“Everything caters to the male gaze and I just, I’m not interested in that as a writer, and so, I want to write stories where women are centered, even if their stories exist, in part, because of something that has happened with a man.”

Roxane Gay

I have a deep, abiding love and respect for Roxane Gay. I would follow her to Reno without hesitation, asking only one (wholly important) question, “lipstick or boots?” 

 I see her. And I know that she sees me.
92Y | Roxane Gay | Difficult Women  


Newlyweds Nail Iconic ‘Dirty Dancing’ Routine at Wedding – Yahoo–abc-news-sex.html?cid=social_twitter_gma

Watch Damiyr perform “Theresa” | YouTube

Kids Dive Deep in The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, A Children’s Book Series That Inspires Success

April 19, 2016
New York, New York (view release on PRWEB)

What if children’s books could help teach our kids fundamental principles for life-long success?  This is the question that author, attorney, business owner and father, Brooks Olbrys asked over six years ago when he began writing The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob books for children.  Inspired by his young son and encouraged by author and speaker Bob Proctor, Olbrys created a series of colorful, rhyming books that introduces children to timeless achievement principles wrapped in an oceanic “hero’s journey.”  Olbrys distilled the lessons in the books from the teachings of experts on personal achievement including Bob Proctor, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, and Wallace Wattles.


The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob-Into The Lead (book #3 in trilogy)

In the latest book in the series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – Into the Lead, Blue Ocean Bob progresses from a job as an assistant marine biologist into a new leadership role on the island and learns valuable lessons about courage, creativity, decision-making, action and leadership.  After an earthquake hits, Bob faces a series of new challenges on his quest to protect the surrounding sea and its creatures and turns to Doc the turtle, Wallace the walrus and Earl the clam, for sage advice and guidance.  But when his mentor, Mary Marine, is called away to a distant island, Bob puts his fears aside and steps into Mary’s shoes. 

Distinguishing the series, Olbrys says, “Blue Ocean Bob books substitute worldly and aquatic challenges for evil forces or characters.  Instead of facing villains or fighting battles, Bob must overcome his own fears, and the doubts of his hummingbird companion Xena, each time he confronts a new challenge.”

Fun and impactful, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – Into the Lead and the entire series offer:
∗   Access to fundamental achievement principles for children ages 6 to 10
∗   Engaging rhyme and colorful illustrations for the whole family to enjoy
∗   Stories that foster an appreciation for the ocean and marine life
∗   Power through a positive mindset, creative thinking and good decision-making
∗   And much more!

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – A Journey Begins was the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner for Juvenile Fiction and a 2013 Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year INDIEFAB Finalist.  The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob – A Challenging Job is a 2015 Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year INDIEFAB Finalist and a 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for Best Overall Design – Fiction.

Source: The Series – Blue Ocean Bob Books


Audio collection of Maya Angelou reading her poems



There are few sounds more beautiful or powerful than Dr. Maya Angelou as she reads her poetry out loud. She expertly draws you into the poem’s setting, mood and emotions through use of timed pauses in conjunction with changes in the rhythm, tone and volume of her voice. Listeners are provided with a deep understanding of Dr. Angelou’s interpretation of the poem.


Listening to these clips made me think about Ms. Flowers, whom Dr. Angelou credits with instilling in her an abiding love of words, reading books, and the importance of education, and an interview I saw years ago wherein Dr. Angelou talks openly about painful events in her childhood and shares a lot about Ms. Flowers.

Link to YouTube video of interview of Maya Angelou after the release of her book i know why the caged bird sings.

Every time I have watched, listened, or read the words of Maya Angelou, I am acutely aware that I am in the presence of a truly great human.



Papa from Natalie LaBarre (Vimeo Staff Pick_

When an eccentric inventor realizes he’s not a perfect father, he tries to make one. PAPA…

Papa from Natalie LaBarre (Vimeo Staff Pick_


When an eccentric inventor realizes he’s not a perfect father, he tries to make one.
PAPA will be on the big screen at BAM on February 27th and 28th!
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