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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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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
Words and Thoughts Artist

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YoTrip Presents: Dr. Loretta Faith Harris “A Woman People Should Know”


YoTrip Presents: Dr. Loretta Faith Harris ” A Woman People Should Know”

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Below is my sixth feature blog post in honor of Women’s History Month.  It is important that we celebrate the beauty and brains of women. Please enjoy learning about these fascinating women and then make sure you support them in their passions, projects, and products

Who are you? My name is Dr. Loretta Faith Harris, but I live by Faith. I am the second of five children to the parents of Meshach and Delrene Harris. My humble beginnings are in Pahokee “Muck city” Florida where I take pride and joy. There is a lot in a name and I believe that God divinely ordained my name. Faith foreshadowed my life’s encounters and experiences, which required COMPLETE and TOTAL Faith in God.

What makes you a “Woman People Should Know”? I believe that my genuine, transparent, and honest approach to share my life experiences make me a woman people should know. Life is everything but a fairy tale! When you have survived tragedy, adversity, and even experienced death, you adopt a new perspective towards life encounters. My experiences of overcoming death-defying odds and making it to my eventual triumph are chronicled in my award-winning memoir, “The Journey Less Traveled: Choose to Turn Your Tragedy into Triumph.” So, I say to anyone reading this blog, “Take the time” to get to know the true woman.

When I rise in the morning before my feet hit the ground I whisper, “Good morning Holy Spirit” because my Father and I are one. There is a reason I face my fears and skydive, rock climb, and run tracks. My shortcomings remind me every single day that my doctorate is just a title and had it not been for the GRACE of God, I would not be here! I am confident in who I am in Christ, yet humbled in spirit. Yes, I am a woman you should get to know.

When did you find out that you had that something special that you wanted to share with the world? I remember this day as if it were yesterday. I was a preteen, attending a church service and my mother took one look at me and said, “You are going to do something great with children.” I was holding a baby at that time. I did not think that I would end up becoming an educator, but I always knew that I shared a special connection with children. I always loved the Lord and would spend lots of time in my room as a child reading, dissecting, and writing down information from the bible. I understood everything clearly, as I read and when things were not that clear, I would pray and ask God to help me understand His word. When, “I” knew for myself that I had something special was when I experienced the LOVE of the Lord!

Where can people find out more about you? People call me the, Social Media Queen” because I can be found across the internet. Here are a few outlets that will give you a good overview of who I am and what I do:

How do you make it all happen? I can do ALL things though Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Amen. I appreciate this HONOR.

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