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When a Child’s Voice Falls on Deaf Ears!

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:

  • Flint
    810-233-4031 (office)
    810-820-1728 (emergency number)
  • Detroit
    313-342-2699 (office)
    313-418-2265 (emergency number)
  • Howell
    517-881-0723 (office)
    517-881-1559 (emergency number)
  • Monroe
    734-349-6546 (office)
    734-349-6030 (emergency number)
  • Pontiac
    248-334-2715 (office)
    248-802-5071 (emergency number)
  • Port Huron
    810-990-1424 (office)
    810-285-5694 (emergency number)

 Click here for more information:  https://www.enniscenter.org/

Cliques! Are you kidding? Churches have cliques?

“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

The New Norm: Social Distancing and Education

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 contact with teachers and other students. Moreover, 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 (cubicle-style) portable plexiguard shields in every classroom, similar to the way they have in many casinos. However, this is probably very expensive. Yet, it provides a higher measure of prevention. On the other hand, online learning is an option. However, even the online environment could incorporate resources that allow parents, school districts, and communities to collaborate and pool together resources to ensure that students feel connected. For example, when a teacher is reviewing a book online, the student should have a physical copy of the same book; they need to touch it! Also, parents could actively engage in student learning in a manner that allows a personal touch, especially with siblings. Of course, this is just one example. 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! To that end, Black Butterfly Books LLC has children’s books for ages 5-12. Penny Candy the Hopscotch Trails is for students in Grades K-5 and That’s My Car is for students in Grades 4-7. Both books are available in paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores.

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Greyton’s Grill and the Game Changers: Where Ambition and Love Collide

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.

THAT'S MY CAR: I DESIGNED IT!

On February 23, 2020, Detroit Book City hosted its 4th Annual African-American Family Book Expo. Over sixty independent authors were in attendance and I was honored to be one of them. While at my table, a father and his son approached my table and asked if I had any children’s books for elementary or middle school-aged boys of color. Unfortunately, I did not. Needless to say, that was incentive enough for me to start writing again. So, the title of my next book is, THAT’S MY CAR – Subtitle: I DESIGNED IT! Now available on Amazon for Pre-Order.

The synopsis follows: Kevin is a nine-year-old boy who loves cars. He and his best friend, Michael, often play with Hot Wheels. Yet, when Kevin isn’t playing, he is in school or drawing designs of cars. His father is an automotive design engineer and Kevin desires to be just like him when he grows up. This is the story of a father’s influence over his son’s life choices. It emphasizes the importance of role models and is presented as a fun-filled adventure that is colorful, entertaining, and educational.

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