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Dr. Ruth: A Writer Of The Year You Should Know


Dr. Ruth: A Writer Of The Year  People Should Know

I am honored to be connected to some highly talented writer’s and published authors through my affiliation with The Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild. This year Dr. Ruth Baskerville, was named The 2015 Writer Of The Year by The Guild. Read on to find out about Dr. Ruth…

Who is Dr. Ruth?

“Dr. Ruth” is actually Dr. Ruth L. Baskerville, born in NYC, spent 35 years in NJ Public Schools as high school English and Theatre teacher, administrator K-12, and member of Central Office as Directors of Human Relations/Personnel and Curriculum/Staff Development. She and husband, Waverly migrated to Florida because their only child, husband and four grandchildren lived there.

Dr. Ruth was a principal in Orlando and an Atlanta, GA suburb, and is now Principal of City of Life Orlando Christian Academy, ending 43 years in education in June.

Dr. Ruth is the author of HOODLESS KLAN and FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF, winning gold medals for the second book from Florida Authors and Publishers Association and Florida Writers Association. Recently, Dr. Ruth also won Writer of the Year Award from the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. She is an editor, ghostwriter, grant writer, and tutor of students K-12.

Dr. Ruth, you have two very different books you have authored. Can you share a brief synopsis of them?

I spent four years as principal of a large charter school in an Atlanta suburb, during which time a powerful, wealthy group of politically connected individuals tried to intimidate me into denying minority children from placement into gifted classes, ignoring minority parent concerns, and putting disparaging letters into files of minority teachers for no other reason than blatant racism. They quickly realized they needed to get rid of me, and created an elaborate plot against which Waverly and I stood tall. HOODLESS KLAN is based on my story of racism in education in modern times, and reads like a “thriller.”

The day the only publisher to whom I sent my manuscript sent an email of acceptance for publication, Waverly died. After almost 45 years together, I was utterly lost. Trying to do the mostly technological tasks he had done caused me to make “funny” mistakes. I realized that there was humor in the midst of grief, and wrote FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF, which most reviewers called my “love story.” It’s also about my spiritual healing. It is tender, sad and oh, so humorous.

What have you learned on the journey to becoming a writer and award-winning author?

I’ve learned first to forgive everyone everything, and to ask God to show me where I need to apologize or change my habits. I always had a gift for writing, particularly creative writing and character descriptions. Waverly encouraged, really pushed me to write HOODLESS KLAN, and since then, I’ve been approached to find the words to tell others’ stories, and to use my strong background in English and Latin to edit other authors’ books.

Being principal in a Christian school showed me that the missing piece in public education is prayer. I love beginning each day with Chapel, and stopping to pray when learning seems tough for my students. I’ve grown exponentially closer to God than ever before, which I now see is the reason He separated me from my Waverly. I was too comfortable on his arm, and God wanted to stretch me. I absolutely feel like I’m being stretched daily, and sometimes it’s painful, but always necessary for my spiritual advancement.

Who or what inspires you?

My first response to this question is that God and the Holy Bible inspire me. I had read the Holy Bible more than once, but it’s as if someone wrote a new book while I slept! Everything we need to live, love and prosper is found in scriptures.

My daughter, Alicia inspires me. She is a mother of four, homeschooling all of them, teaching two online college classes, and working on her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has Multiple Sclerosis, but manages the disease with grace and strength. Being a widow allows me to notice her ability to balance her busy life, and still expose her children to moral character through Christianity. Her husband is an amazing support who loves her like my Waverly loved me.

What is next for you as an author?

I have begun my third book, BEHOLD THE TURTLE. The title comes from a quote by James Conant: “Behold the turtle! He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” You can imagine the contents of this book!

I’ve done almost two dozen book readings and signings in five states, and plan to more aggressively market my books to potential audiences. I have gotten more clients to tutor, including prep for GED, ACT, SAT, and completing college application letters. I’ve provided content and technical editing assistance to two persons completing their Doctorates, and six published and aspiring authors. Seems like I can’t get away from anything involving writing and teaching.

Please add how my followers can connect with you (social media), as well as, how they can purchase your books.

Anyone wishing to order my books (HOODLESS KLAN $19.95, FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF $14.95), may contact me via my email address or website, and I’ll personalize a message before delivering or mailing them. I have gold stickers to place on my second book. Books may also be purchased from Amazon.com, Baker & Taylor.

http://www.ruthbaskerville.com
http://www.ruth.baskerville3@facebook.com
www.drruthscorner.blogspot.com
wrbaskerville@aol.com
321-331-5011

http://www.24flix.com/Video-detail/powerful-testimonies-dr-ruth-baskerville-2/ 

YouTube – Look up Finding Humor in Grief–Dr. Ruth Baskerville

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mVSj1El9-4&list=UUTq4Rp9oOfLbWht21a7jj-Q (Author’s Showcase “Writing Expert Panelist” – Dr. Ruth is first speaker)

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 Thanks Dr. Ruth for sharing and congratulations on your being named 2015 Writer Of The Year!

~YoTrip

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
“Significantly Empowered Living Focused”

Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett
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Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds


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Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds 4/12/15

If life would grant me one of my wishes then it would be for Him to
Give us all Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds with you
Now I would not be selfish and take up all of your time
Based on the family I would be second in line
Just to see you with that look that commands the attention of all
Or to hear your voice and record the call
So much I want to tell you, seems like forever since you went home to rest
We would not bother you Daddy but know that this life it is a test.
So only grant us  Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds with you
Please be so kind, it is the Christian thing to do
Daddy I know you watching us through the joy, the happiness, the sunshine and the rain.
Thinking forever of you Daddy and all those beautiful memories that you helped us gain
If only time were able to stand still and allow you to be near
We could calm our restless longings if just your voice we could hear
We only want Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds of time in this place
Your presence Daddy will bring so much joy to this space
I miss you like crazy and wish you were here
Just give me those Four Hours Twelve Minutes and Fifteen seconds Daddy to help wipe away my tears

I love you Daddy to life and beyond! Happy birthday to you!!!!

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
“Significantly Empowered Living Focused”

Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett
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The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 

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Who Are We


Who Are We?

Who Are We?
Shall we be what we dream of
Or is there more or less to be desired
Are we what the world sees?
A shell of encasement in flesh and bones

Are we who we choose to be unapologetically ME!
Who Are We?
Whomsoever we decide suits us
In our current state of being
Adventurous, Bodacious, Captivating,
and the beat goes on and on…
That is Who We Are?
Just Me…

~YoTrip 4/4/15

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2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
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The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 

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Miss Maya The Caged Bird Singer


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From the Editors of Essence, 2014, AP photo

The Caged Bird Singer
She is the Caged Bird Singer
One of the greatest orators
Of all times
Her words give life to both rhythm and to rhyme
For she is… and forever will be
Authentically Ambitious
Beautifully Brilliant
Creatively Clever
Defiantly Determined
Empowering Encouragement
Fabulously Fierce
She is The Caged Bird Singer
An epitome of Poetry in color and motion
Her thoughts moved you like waves crashing upon the ocean
Graciously Giving
Honorably Humbled
Impeccably Inspiring
Joyously Jubilant
Kindly Kept
Lively Listener
She is the Caged Bird Singer
When she speaks the world is on pause
The things she shares always about the cause
Masterfully Motivating
Naturally Nurturing
Outrageously Outspoken
Passionately Poetic
Quantitatively Qualified
Radiantly Regal
She is the Caged Bird Singer
Miss Maya’s life gives life as it reaches your soul
The stories continually unfold
Superbly Seasoned
Timelessly Talented
Uncompromisingly Unique
Valiantly Virtuous
Willingly Wonderful
Xtremely Xciting
Youthfully Young
Zealously Z
She is forever the Caged Bird Singer
In body, in spirit, and in mind
Forever her light laminates and will always shine
~YoTrip 4/3/15

Happy birthday Dr. Maya Angelou
Forever remembered, never forgotten…

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
“Significantly Empowered Living Focused”

Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett
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The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 

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“What’s Going On” A Poetic Tribute To Marvin Gaye


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This is how I honor the masterful musician Marvin Gaye #NationalPoetryMonth2015

Originally posted on YoTrip-Words and Thoughts:

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photo credit: http://www.marvingayepage.net/

What’s Going On?

What’s going on the question dear Marvin asked over forty decades ago

I sit here and ponder and can honestly can say do we really know

Mother’s are still crying so many tears of pain

Will they find a place of peace some sunshine after the rain

Our brothers they are dying  on foreign soils and lands called home

Some considered endangered species in the places that they roam

Fathers we call on you to not let wars rise up and elevate

In your hands are the keys to both peace and love to war and hate

People are protest marching  and carrying thought-provoking signs of the times

Seeking to make a difference and eagerly towing the lines.

So Marvin is asking and wondering  about what is going on in our world today

I believe he said it best when he offered that classic line

You…

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A Poet


Let’s celebrate April it is National Poetry Month!

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Here is my first entry as I journey the ABC’s via A Poet:

A Poet
Amazes
A Poet
Believes
A Poet
Communicates
A Poet
Delivers
A Poet
Encourages
A Poet
Feels
A Poet
Gravitates
A Poet
Heals
A Poet
Inspires
A Poet
Justifies
A Poet
Keeps
A Poet
Loves
A Poet
Mystifies
A Poet
Navigates
A Poet
Organizes
A Poet
Pursues
A Poet
Quiets
A Poet
Resonates
A Poet
Survives
A Poet
Tantalizes
A Poet
Understands
A Poet
Visualizes
A Poet
Wonders
A Poet
Xcites
A Poet
Yearns
A Poet
Zones

A Poet puts it all on paper.  A Poet spills their soul. A Poet is as a Poet is…
~YoTrip
4/1/15

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
“Significantly Empowered Living Focused”

Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett
Words and Thoughts Artist

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The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 

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Weaving The Lives Of Women: Celebrating My SHERO For Life


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Birthday Happy Marian Anderson Clay
you are my SHERO for life. God saw the need to gift you to the world 68 years ago.
The birth year
On the 25th of March in the year of 1947, in a city and state called Augusta, Georgia  in a place called University Hospital. To your proud parents, Joe L. and Ruth Anderson a “String Bean” was born.

My SHERO…My Mom

I call you my SHERO for the selfless things you have done for me
I am happy and proud to shout you out for all the world to see
A heart made of gold and covered with a spirit of giving
You are worthy to be honored for the humbleness in your living
A woman of faith and believer in the true and living Saviour
It is in His spirit you continually find a measure of favor
Because of you I am living to be the best I can be
Glad to call you my Momma, my Queen,  my SHERO for all the world to see!

Birthday Happy Mom I love you to life!
Blessing to you now and forever!!!!

YoTrip 3/25/15

2015 The Year of S.E.L.F.
“Significantly Empowered Living Focused”

Yolanda “YoTrip” Triplett
Words and Thoughts Artist

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Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE https://www.facebook.com/groups/346157868811751/

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The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 

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Les Brown and Dr. Erica Pooler Elaborations of a Powerful Speech (RYSE Event J. Jackson)


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Great recap Dr. Pooler, thanks for sharing!

Originally posted on ericapooler The Cards of Life:

Les Brown Mentor Coach

For those that missed a great RYSE  Magazine (J Jackson)  Event and others that asked.

I will share Les’ pearls of wisdom and Dr. Erica Pooler’s Elaborations on my outlets

Develop 3 Goals….Short and long term – SMART goals work best to ensure they are (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) If people don’t believe in you find someone who will. – Remove naysayers and negativity from your surroundings – the energy is contagious.

Visualize the win, Invest in your mind and learn something new daily. – Continuously feed your spirit and practice your craft. Read 30/40 pages daily as the mind impacts genetic expressions. Instill this concept in your children or students daily and always model the expectation. Ask them specifically what did they learn new today? How did your mind expand? How were you impacted or inspired?

Do you want to live, survive, or thrive? What actions…

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Celebrate The 8 in 2015


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Finally finished this post on the need to decide to live and celebrate the eight!

Originally posted on YoTrip-Words and Thoughts:

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We are Eight days into the Year of 2015. Are you embracing the New Year with a joyous and positive mindset? The number 8 is symbolic of, “new beginnings” in our life. Today I used the number 8 to help show someone that no matter what happens we were given this day and this year to live. I say this year because 2+0+1+5=8 and that equals “new beginnings”.

The beginning of the year is a time when people inspect and reflect on where they are and where they want to be in life. Let me encourage you, as you celebrate the 8, it is time for you to decide to live. Just a few days ago I had to bring this concept home to someone who was internalizing things that was causing them undo distress. I had to…

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Celebrate The 8 in 2015


20150108-231751.jpg
****note it took me a few days to complete this post ****

We are Eight days into the Year of 2015. Are you embracing the New Year with a joyous and positive mindset? The number 8 is symbolic of, “new beginnings” in our life. Today I used the number 8 to help show someone that no matter what happens we were given this day and this year to live. I say this year because 2+0+1+5=8 and that equals “new beginnings”.

The beginning of the year is a time when people inspect and reflect on where they are and where they want to be in life. Let me encourage you, as you celebrate the 8, it is time for you to decide to live. Just a few days ago I had to bring this concept home to someone who was internalizing things that was causing them undo distress. I had to explain that he was not bleeding or on fire so he was granted a gift of life. I further explained that since he was here on earth this day it was his duty to live life. I asked him to affirmatively speak these words, “today I decide to live life!” Let go of the things you cannot control and embrace what is in front of you…this moment…this minute…right now, the eight…your new beginnings!

At that point I had to show him what he needed to envision and that was the power of the eight. I took to the whiteboard and commenced to draw the number eight going from the left swinging downward to the right circling upward to the left and the coming upward to the right to complete the number. Then I began to draw from the right side, swinging downward to the left and coming upward to the right, to complete the number. The number eight has the numerical distinction of being contiguous. It is the same right side up or upside down. It crosses at it middle and is the epitome of infinity.

I liken the number eight to our lives, it starts at birth (our beginning) and we journey up and down the pathways, up the hills and down into the valley. When we reach the mid points in the eight, we can decide to journey backward in reflection of our past or go forward in expectation of our future, it is all still connected. The contiguous makeup of the number eight allows us to start over again, and again, and again, and again with each new day!

Let me challenge you to celebrate the eight by affirming “today I decide to live!” Now go and make a fresh start to this new beginning in the Year of 2015!

~YoTrip 1/14/15

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