All My Springs: Journey of a Lifetime

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AuthorHouse, Aug 14, 2012 - Poetry - 198 pages
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All My Springs: Journey of a Lifetime

In All My Springs: Journey of a Lifetime, author Carol L. Evans invites readers to share a life (her life)that like spring itselfis constantly being renewed and reborn. This lovely and lively collection of personal essays, short stories and poems will quickly compel readers to find a comfortable chair and quiet time to savor the newness of Evans writing.

The writing is mature, but not stale. It is skilled, yet extremely poetic. Her short story, The Little House in the Cul de Sac, is a beautiful, yet disturbing tale of mental illness. In it, the narrator deftly unfolds a poignant modern-day tale of a deeply troubled mind wresting with reality and normalcy.

By Jennifer D. King Author/Turning My Face To The Sun

1st Place Winner in 2006 Write On! Senior Creative Writing Contest

An essay about Hurricane Katrina victims cast as slaves is masterful as Katrina: The Ghosts of 1865. Peggy Stinnett, former writer of the Oakland Tribune.

 

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Contents

Returning Home On The California Zephyr
1
Miss Leona and the Caregiver
9
203 Hawkins Street
37
A Magical Holiday
47
The Little House in the CULDESAC
51
The Calendar
63
Memories of Janet
71
The Ghosts of 1865
77
Mama Wont You Play For Me Just One More Time?
143
A Charming Life
145
The Traveling Heart
147
He
151
Remembering Della
153
Yes You Can Depend On Me
155
Dear Rayna
157
The Big Chill Is On
159

Discovering Life in Cuba
81
Opening Remarks
112
A Garden of Secrets
117
Willie
123
A Sailboat Named Summary Judgment
129
The Renewal
135
A Personal Note To Mrs Coretta SCOTT King
141
SeventyFour Springs
161
Nora Commons Creative Writing Workshop
163
The Lieutenant and the Corporal
165
Little Grandma
171
Recommended Reading
177
About The Author
179
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ABOUT CAROL L. EVANS

Carol L. Evans the oldest of five children is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout the 60s, and early 70s, she worked as a fundraiser and was the co-founder of the largest and most successful funding program within her grassroots community. She moved to Oakland, California in 1971 and was employed by Mills College in administration until retiring in 1994. She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Mills College. During those years before retiring, she developed a love for community service. Ms. Evans became a substance abuse counselor for women, and also began honing her fundraising skills. Ms. Evans chaired many benefit and award ceremonies, attracting celebrities like Danny Glover and Terry McMillan. She soon realized how much her heart was deeply rooted within her community, where she felt their everyday pain from the violence, constant degradation of communities and the loss of a generation of African-American youth. Ms. Evans envisioned a way to restore hope by focusing on “Good News.” She believed it is possible to increase respect and understanding through the production of a product. To produce, then distribute and consume would keep more of our dollars in our own communities. Ms. Evans is founder of the award-winning calendar Positive Images of Oakland. This unprecedented project attractd TV interviews, numerous news articles, awards and two proclamations. This was a project developed by Ms. Evans in 1994, and implemented by her in 1996 until 2006. Ms. Evans always intended for the project, Positive Images of Oakland, to be a major fundraiser and marketing tool for the sponsoring organizations. Many nonprofit organizations benefited from the success of the Calendar project. The project was underwritten (in part) by businesses and corporations. This was an exciting art production to acknowledge youth and young adults, for living a positive lifestyle, while attempting to combat the negative images of an urban city. Ms. Evans believed this was the only decent souvenir that depicted the ‘real’ Oakland – it made people smile. Family members mailed them all over the country for Christmas gifts. It was not ‘just’ a calendar. It was about telling our community stories and then turning them into an economic development program. In addition to publishing the annual Positive Images of Oakland Calendar, Ms. Evans also published the following narratives: The award-winning Katrina: The Ghosts of 1865, Memories of Janet and The Calendar appeared in several senior anthologies. She is the author of All My Springs: Journey of a Lifetime – a collection of short stories, poems and personal essays, published in August, 2012. She now resides in her hometown of Indianapolis, IN, and still remains active in her community and senior organizations. She has one son and two living siblings.

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