Observations of life by author and poet Charles L. Chatmon. (Matthew 16:18)
The final day of the year causes different reactions from everyone who makes it through this special day. For one, it's a day planned for a party later in the evening as the clock strikes close to midnight and the beginning of a new year. For others, it provokes feelings of reflection and remembrance. In this past year personally, there's a lot to celebrate but it came with a cost. As you reading this may know, I suffered a stroke in July. Hours, days and now months after that experience, I don't know where my life is going to lead. All I can say, it's in the Lord's hands.
This first year after the passing of my father, I spent more time in the company of young people who take education seriously. Those days on assignment were a welcome relief from the days spent in a house without my father in it. As his caretaker for years, the feeling of emptiness since his passing could have overwhelmed me were it not for the students who filled my days up with hard work and a smile. I look forward to 2020 with the same outcome as this year; a very positive and profitable one.
Moving forward, I plan to publish more books. It''s been quite a long time, but I assure you readers the wait for new material won't be long. Aside from the completed draft of Storm Over South Central, it has to go through the process a book goes through in order to be fine tuned, polished off and pushed out for public consumption. It won't be the only one, there are other projects, other plans and with the digital age, a chance to create more literary works for the different platforms available.
For those of you who have sent cards, emails and prayers regarding my health, thank you. They meant so much during my recovery and I plan to continue on this process, this journey towards a healthier and happier life.
I didn't want use this entry to talk about myself, since there are people who wont see 2020 with us. They're gone from this earth such as the late, great Itibari M. Zulu, the man who offered me the opportunity to run the L.A. Black Book Expo for several years. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Thank you all for your support! On to 2020!