Season’s Greetings! The holiday season is upon us and books make excellent gifts! This holiday season, Black Butterfly Books LLC offers free shipping on all paperbacks and many of the books will be offered at discount; this includes my best-sellers: Kingdom Cliques and Black Butterfly. Also, my children’s books are fun-filled with full-color, high-quality illustrations. Happy Holidays! To order, click here: Book Catalog
Black Butterfly Books speak to the silence of loss, fight for families, and love for foster children. As a former foster child, I can remember wondering where to turn or who I could talk to for help and emotional support. Of course, those closest to me came to mind. Yet, when my voice fell on deaf ears, I became lost and emotionally detached. Today, I understand more than ever, that my plight was not uncommon; there are children in foster care who suffer in silence every day. With the numerous agencies and organizations that exist to support foster care, there may be an assumption that foster children are afforded every opportunity that their biological parents were unable to provide. Yet, this may be far from true. In fact, foster children may not know that there are supports that benefit them directly. Therefore, resources are provided on this website solely for that purpose. Click on the Resources & Affiliates tab for more information.
Of course, I am only one individual with this great burden that Father God has placed upon my heart. But, I will not stop! I will not give up, and I will always care about the foster child and their access to resources or services that positively influence their social and emotional development. Together, we can make a difference!
To that end, there are a number of facilities and organizations in the State of Michigan that provide emotional and/or physical support to youth. Black Butterfly Books LLC lists the Ennis Center as one such organization. The Ennis Center operates weekdays, Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. However, days of operation vary as follows:
Port Huron – Monday and Wednesday
Detroit – Monday and Wednesday
Flint – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Monroe – Tuesday and Thursday
Pontiac – Tuesday and Friday
Howell – Wednesday and Thursday
When calling the Ennis Center after hours, please refer to the following emergency numbers:
“I really wanted to read this and I’m so glad I did — Cliques! Are you kidding? Churches have cliques! Oh, my dear, do sit down, and let’s talk about it! Yes, what church member hasn’t suffered through the web of church members and their groups all snatching for power and attention? Hey, even the apostles scrambled for preference. Yet this well-written story with spot-on characters captures that all-too-human scene and is both touching and riveting!” — Mary Sheeran, an Amazon Five-Star Reviewer
During these trying times, many parents are unsure as to the future of education and what many are calling the new norm. Does the new norm mean students will forever require protective masks? Does it mean students will no longer be able to embrace their family or friends with something as simple as a hug? Will a social distance of six feet remain indefinitely and what will happen to students’ ability to learn in a traditional school setting? Many students need that one-on-one connection with teachers and other students. At the end of the day, what measures are being put in place to ensure students remain connected to what matters most, i.e., the human touch? Maybe it’s time for the community to come together and provide valuable resources to one another. While many families are self-quarantining, students should be exposed to opportunities for safe learning, fun activities, and physical interaction. Some school districts have taken measures to install portable plexiguard shields in every classroom, similar to the way they have in many casinos. However, this is probably very expensive, and while it may provide a higher measure of safety or prevention, online learning is also an option. Yet, even the online environment should incorporate resources that allow parents, school districts, and communities to collaborate in a manner that ensures that students feel connected. For example, when a teacher is providing instruction, the student should be able to see their teacher, even if it’s only virtually. In addition, students should have physical copies of the same textbooks that they see their teachers using; they need to touch it! Moreover, parents should be included and allowed to actively engage in student learning in a manner that allows a personal touch, maybe even find ways to involve the quarantining family member(s). Of course, these are just a few examples. I’m sure there are many others. Needless to say, our collective ideas could create a treasure trove of literary activities that are fun and engaging, especially now!
Have you ever taken a closer look at the business world with consideration of the games people play to get ahead in the workplace? Game Changers: Power – Control – Deception takes readers inside the offices of Dynamic Digital Marketing (DDM), an organization that is highly competitive. This character-driven novel spotlights Carmen Fenton, a waitress at Greyton’s Grill. Carmen is also a student studying to earn a college degree in Marketing. With the laborious hours she spends as a waitress, she’s eager to graduate and start her career. Meanwhile, Ray Collins, an architect and lover of the arts finds Carmen quite beautiful. While there is mutual attraction, she wonders if she can handle the demands of school, work, and a new relationship. Upon graduation, she receives an internship with DDM. As she strives to learn the business, she is ill-prepared for what lies ahead.