Thanks Lucinda Thierry for inviting me to speak at your Writer’s Vision Literary Symposium September 3rd and 4th in Oklahoma City about my four books and the 300 patriotic touring quilts with all profits going to provide quilts for wounded soldiers and families of the fallen.
Showed a replica of the Civil War Eagle Quilt made in 1862 which is touring with the "Thanking Our Troops--God Bless America Touring Quilts."
And I told the story of VietNam Veteran Jack Hayes I presented the full size reproduction of the Chenoweth Civil War Eagle Quilt to. He carried that quilt in and out of hospitals while he valiantly fought for his life. When the pain became to much to bear, Jack stroked the 3 dimensional eagle's wings as if they gave him courage to rise above his circumstances to higher levels of faith. When his spirits needed lifting, Jack traced the "Thank you Jack for your service" embroidered in the center of the quilt and realized that his sacrifice for his country was not in vain but documented in this tangible memorial.
Jack was wrapped in his beloved quilt when he was carried up on eagle's wings to even greater heights right into his loving heavenly Father's arms to receive his final reward--the shiny stars in his golden crowns.
Networked with lots of great African American authors & self-publishers. I salute the Dream Team for their community involvement in literacy awareness. Great fun & food and educational!