Pearl Cleage

Award winning author  Pearl Cleage will be at the West End Branch Library September 2, 2008 @ 7PM.

Can I tell you how excited I am about seeing (and possibly meeting) this amazingly talented writer. She’s on every bestsellers list and Oprah’s book club (not that I read based on Oprah’s list BUT according to people.. if you make that- then you must be doing something good- LOL)

I was introduced to Ms Cleage by one of my buyers who was motivated to move to the West End because of her novels!!! (Thank you Ms Cleage for making my job easier!!)  Apparently the novels give great details about our community..homes, especially about the homes on Peeples street. I wonder if she lives in the West End???… I think I know almost everyone, but I know she lives in Atlanta (thanks to the small bio on her book). Today I picked up my first copy of her work- “Baby Brother’s Blues”. Bear with me as I take you guys on this journey. You wouldn’t know it, but besides Real Estate my other passion is writing. I know…I know.. again, you wouldn’t know it from my shabby blog writing..but I have work.  ” I couldda been a Contender..” (I mean WRITER)..which movie is that from?

Hey..look what I’ve found http://www.pearlcleage.net/

See, I knew I liked Will and Jada Smith..

they home school! And now they’re opening a new school… see Essence article HERE

I met a man a few weeks ago who was totally against everything except for Public School..needless to say he is a Teacher in the APS system. He was going on and on bashing Charter Schools about the use of public funding etc… so I had to ask “What do you think about Home school?”  As a deep frown spread across his face, he began to tell me all the WRONG with home schooling and home schooled kids i.e they will not know how to work with others, they are sheltered, they are not social etc- the same nonsense many think. ( I wasn’t angry- I’ve been doing this 3yrs now and have heard everything from family,friends, “teachers”- and my favorite, STRANGERS. ) But here is the killer…so I ask this highly opinionated teacher, “Do you have kids?”   and as usual, the response was “NO! But, I work with kids daily.”   That was all I needed to hear to end the conversation.

Anyway, for all of you other home schooling moms or those thinking of it, here is a cool new group I was introduced to : Kid Cultivators Homeschool Support Group