A quiet word before you vote, and a message for all the candidates running for office.

I see you…not seeing me!
And I hear all the hypocrisy from the GOP…not to mention the tea party
Hosting Klan type rallies shouting their coded word rhetoric
Waving the flag of hatred and bigotry…Yeah I see you…not seeing me!
Using the public schools as a political platform for reform through testing
Designed to eliminate tenure teachers and urban schools
Requiring students to pledge allegiance to the nation
Where zip codes determine the quality of education.
I see you…not seeing me!
Congressional dysfunction at its best
Conspiring to undermine the president
Dark of complexion they don't respect
And when they can't have their way
Sorry…we're shutting down the government today
Hey! I see you…not seeing me!
Politicians bought and paid for by the Koch brothers
And a few others who want to dictate national policy
At the expense of people who have less, but they could careless
Catering to the CEO's of companies too big to fail
Wealthy criminals avoiding jail…I see you…not seeing me!
Vindictive hypocrites…that need to be dealt with
Starting with the bully of bridge-gate…but oh wait
There's a list too long to go through
Filled with politicians who would deny you…your right to vote
And how dare…you want health care.
I see you…not seeing me!
Police serving and protecting their own political interest
A power structure designed to oppress
Backed by prosecutors who…
Won't prosecute police when they murder and maim
And if you demonstrate to complain
You're greeted with threats of violence from those boys in blue
So who's protecting me - from you?
I see you not seeing me. Are listening, I SEE YOU!


Hey Indie authors and artist, spring is here and that means getting out and promoting yourself, books & art work. MQW suggest that you explore your local community for flea markets and arts & craft shows that are nominal. Don't be fooled by prestigious street festivals that charge outrageous fees that benefit the sponsor, but leave you far short of making a profit. When selecting a venue it's important that you're realistic about the expense and profit margin. For example; a book fair charges $300 for you to setup your display. Based on the cost of your books, how many would you need to sell in order to make a profit?  This should be the first question asked and answered.

   A good option might be to coordinate with an independent book or art store to setup a venue which would promote local artist and authors. This should be a win, win for all. The promoting of literacy and the arts within your community is always a positive step for everyone. So get out there and make it happen!    

MQW Book Review

Reviewed by Mike G

Message to my Children-Hear the Message: by Susanna C. Mahoney

Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed the book. It’s a positive compelling story.
In truth I’m not into reading spiritual books, I’m more of a thriller, mystery buff, but as the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, or in this case, its gender.
The author sets a captivating stage with a dark and bleak atmosphere that in its self is topical. The introduction of the  characters within the book, stir the imagination and sets the tone of intrigue.   
A passage from the book:
Eileen placed the crown back in its place inside the cedar chest. There was another layer of red velvet cloth to uncover more treasures. The children were about to pull it back when they felt a dark shadow fall over them. Michael looked up. Their grandmother was staring at them. On her face, was a furious mask of anger, her eyes were like little slits and her breathing was raspy. She was reaching out her arm to snatch them up off the floor. They ducked from her reach and ran towards the stairs to the main room in the house. They heard their mother coming back from town and ran into her arms. Grandmother raced down the stairs, demanding that her ungrateful daughter with her spoiled children leave her home immediately and to never return. The mother looked at the children in shock, looked at her mother, raised her hands to the sky and said, “What now? We have no place to go. This and many other experiences prepare Michael and Eileen to be strong when the time came to fight Satan and his evil henchmen.
I rate this book 3 and a half stars – a good read, recommended for all.

MQW Book Review

Review: by Mike G.
The Black Man's Burden, The Horrors of the Southern Lynchings, written  by Irenas J. Palmer in 1902.
From the preface:
Fifty years ago it was not an uncommon occurrence to see in the newspapers in certain sections of our country, the picture of a colored man with a stick across his shoulder to which a bundle was attached. Below the picture would be an advertisement offering a reward for the capture and return of a runaway slave. Nor was it an uncommon occurrence to see in the papers a few days later, the account of where a fugitive slave had been overtaken, but who, having retreated into the bogs and mire of a swamp beyond the reach of the pursuing blood hounds, and refusing to surrender and return to his pursuers, had been shot dead in his tracks. Even in these latitudes the affair would create but a temporary sensation, which would disappear in a few days.
   There were then men who denounced these outages and who appeal to the law-making powers for relief, but no relief was afforded. The people of this country stood before the world, darkened by the shadows of injustice and crime that pictured them as a cruel and half-civilized race. But down in the hearts of the American people there were justice and mercy. There were the underlying principles of humanity which needed but the awakening touch, to arise with irresistible force and right the wrongs of centuries.
   It is said that history repeats itself. Today we read the accounts of where colored men are shot, hanged or burned to death, and tomorrow it is forgotten. These outrages have been denounced, and the law-making powers have been appealed to for relief, but no relief has been afforded. We stand before the world as a heartless people, who permit the perpetration of cruel and fiendish crimes against man. The charge is true. But down in the souls of the people today are the principles of justice, humanity and civilization, that will someday be awakened to action and these wrongs will be righted.

Let me start off by saying… Wow!!!  This book is a powerful history lesion that begins with the American Revolution. It pinpoints the sacrifice and contributions of African Americans from the very beginning of the United States.
The author provides statistics, a speech by John Hancock, a proclamation from General Jackson and a documented statement from President Lincoln.
Never losing site of the books intent to bring attention to the lynch mobs that murdered thousands of African Americans, the author gives several detailed accounts of brutal, horrific lynchings. The interview of Julius Gardner, a man who was actually lynched and survived to relate his experience is an incredible, moving story. This book is a five star must read.