Ariana Fisher is a humanitarian who has a heart of gold. Before she found a school to pursue a M.D., she served the community by practically volunteering her time to serve as a doula to women who otherwise could not afford the hefty $2000.00 service in the metropolitan area for next to nothing. Ariana’s mission was simple, to make the birthing experience peaceful, positive, and accessible. From praying with mothers in labor to being available at all times of the night to capturing special moments and even writing a letter to the baby about how they came into the world- Ariana is simply amazing and genuinely delights in being helpful. I wish her the best in all of her endeavors and look forward to calling her Dr. Ariana Fisher. For all the love that she puts into the universe, I want her to know that it is reflecting right back- you are LOVED!
Eight years ago, Lori and I met at Language Matters II: Reading and Teaching Toni Morrison, an intensive week-long NEH workshop held at Northern Kentucky University. I felt so lucky to have Lori as a roomie. She was extremely good at anticipating the thoughts and feelings of others especially when I was discussing my writing and was stumped with a title. Inspired by a touching Morrison experience, Lori enthusiastically proclaimed, “That’s it! That’s your title Yvonne! Crying Girl!”
Lori’s kindness and thoughtfulness are some of her best attributes and they shine in everything she does. I recall noticing that she wore a comfortable pair of shoes that I’ve never seen before and which everyone knows today as Crocs. Shortly after I arrived home from Kentucky, guess what was delivered to me? Yup, a pair of my very own crocs!
I treasure the rich experience that Lori and I shared together and with other wonderful teacher friends at Northern Kentucky University. From the bottom of my heart, I am thankful that you shared your brilliant book title idea with me and did not keep it to yourself! Lori Ingram Stussie- you are LOVED!
Today is the National Day of Service, a day that President Obama started four years ago to honor the life an legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to encourage Americans to be committed to a life of service- whether it’s at a school, community, city, state, or a national level.
Joe Ford has dedicated his life to service as I have witnessed in school and in the community. I have seen him grow from a high school teenager experimenting with creative ways to sharpen his voice at Parkdale Idol as the best host ever to a college graduate and now a chef that is evolving into an entrepreneur. Joe is goal-oriented and knows his worth and welcomes the opportunity to prove it. His integrity is constantly polished as he strives to do good deeds both big and small. I will never forget how Joe brought his family to my home and prayed for me after I was in a car accident. In addition to this, Joe recently volunteered to cater one of my events. He delivered a professional experience that exceeded my expectations while teaching me a few things in the kitchen! Joe Ford is an awesome person with a rich heart and he is LOVED!
I have known Emery Jones in a variety of capacities for 20 years. He has shared his expertise in grant and proposal writing for the Phoenix/Medina Writer's Project Inc. in generous ways. His willingness to assist and consistently deliver quality work within a reasonable budget have been key to an organization that has recently been launched. In addition, Emery is partnering with me to work on an exciting project relating to the novel Crying Girl.
Always a phone call away, Emery is committed to providing shrewd and succinct consultations on a wide-range of projects. Because he is a natural leader and has keen knowledge of procurement and business development, it is easy to look to Emery for advice and solutions for business success. His communication skills, both written and verbal, are excellent and have always stood out to me. Thank you for helping me take my work to the next level and for this Emery Jones, you are LOVED!
Mieyah Cook, you are LOVED!
She is a kind, caring, and a down to earth young lady that I have had the pleasure to know in the past couple of months. Mieyah has a beautiful voice and I am thrilled that she shared it with so many of us. Her passion about others is what drew me to her and her courage to be vulnerable in a group of strangers was daring and did not go unnoticed. Mieyah stood out in a good way leaving an impression on me and those around her that may not have had the heart to tell Mieyah that she is simply awesome. Mieyah is beautifully honest and deserving of all the goodness life has to offer. Mieyah Cook, YOU ARE LOVED!
Tameka Hill - you are LOVED!
Tameka's support of my work and to my life is wide like the ocean. It is almost 20 years now that we have been in each other’s lives for better and worse. Our relationship has taught me the importance of acceptance and resolve. Tameka may not have always known what to say, but she was there and in the end that is what counts. I can list thousands of things she has done that have been supportive, but if I had to list two, I would say thanks for letting me love your children and play an instrumental part in their lives. I do not take for granted being their favorite auntie in the whole wide world. And the other thing would be, thanks for sitting with me and learning how to hug and to heal this broken heart (tears….). I will need a hug when I see you next.
Blossom Jiang is an intelligent, capable, and personable young woman. She is shrewd and quick on her feet, with sensible reactions in all circumstances I’ve seen her in. The personal sacrifices Blossom has made to have a better future are courageous and worthy of praise. Blossom was very generous with her time and energies in ensuring that I felt appreciated and encouraged through a challenging experience. For a teenager, Blossom exhibits great maturity and leadership qualities. I pray that we stay in touch, as I would love to see what an exceptional woman she will blossom into. She is a young lady from my own heart and for this you are LOVED BLOSSOM JIANG!
Day 1 of the 30 Days of Love Campaign and who to better start celebrating than SARAH ARBUTHNOT LENDT, editor and friend, who has worked with me since 2009!
Your support of my work and valuable contribution to Crying Girl means the world to me in so many ways. You have not taken the task lightly of handling my “baby” a.k.a manuscript and have worked diligently to identify trouble in efforts to bring to surface all the rough spots to be smoothed out so that the work can truly shine. As a prudent copyeditor, you have made me feel challenged, enthusiastic and valuable. You are also generous with acknowledging when I’ve done a good job or when my author ego needs a little stroke of encouragement. You have always followed through with all edits and deadlines and have always remained flexible. While you are detail-oriented, consistent, and thorough, your ability to enjoy the process (the plodding, unglamorous nature of the work itself) means so much and for this you are LOVED SARAH ARBUTHNOT LENDT!
Who do you LOVE? What do the objects of our affection reveal? The main character, Nicole, in the upcoming novel, Crying Girl, needs to feel loved in order to survive. It is for this reason that I am launching a LOVE campaign from January 14, 2013 to February 14, 2013 (Valentine’s Day), which highlights a different person for thirty days that is loved. Is there a special someone that you would like to give a unique Valentine's Day love message to?