"My only fear was that I would finish the trail and be unchanged by it."
- Jennifer Hanson
Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey
A writer’s gift lies within their ability to share with you their world while maintaining their voice. And if they are truly gifted they are able to throw you into their universe allowing you to see through their eyes. Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey written by Jennifer Hanson does just this.
For those of you who have never hiked let alone explored your own back yard, the CDT is a 2600 mile scenic trail that reaches from Mexico to Canada. This trail is not thoroughly documented from beginning to end and although many pledge to conquer its vast wilderness very few succeed. Jennifer Hanson is one of these few and thankfully for us and for future thru-hikers everywhere she decided to capture her journey and share it with us all.
The world is filled with voices that are driven by the stories of their lives. Some choose to share their chaos with the world while others choose to remain silent and their story, no matter how poignant, inspirational, or thought provoking, dies with them. Be the Sun Again by Teryn, is one of those such stories written by a voice that I hope never chooses to remain silent.
For those of you who have yet to read Be the Sun Again, or my review of the book a few weeks back, I encourage you to do so simply because your life will be less changed if you don’t and who doesn’t like change accept those who fear it.
“…to those that love me now and a few who have loved me in the past you feed me”
Anondra “Kat” Williams – Black Girl Love
From the acknowledgement I was drawn in. I wanted to know how the naysayers influenced her words. And then it began. Anondra “Kat” Williams, the author of Black Girl Love, speaks in an exquisite tongue, delivering the reader to a verbal climax like no other.
Black Girl Love is a collection, of sorts, riddled with short stories and prose. Through her words I shared in her insecurities, her confidence, her loving heart, her anger, and even felt her spunk. It has always amazed me when a writer has the ability to exhibit their expertise in their craft versus those who struggle to express a thought borrowed from the minds of others.
A few weeks ago, I had spoken to you about an author, Marion Heath, who had plan to release her book, Where is your brother?, which preaches the fact that Jesus can cure homosexuality, her publisher (pictured) decided to cancel it because LGBT activists plan to protest.
Writing is such a privilege. It’s an honour to have people read your words, thoughts, dreams, wishes. For some of us writing is easy; for others, not so much. I don’t know if my love of writing stems from being brought up by a father who excelled in the english language or if it was my love of the written word since I was really small. Either way it’s always been a blessing in my life to be able to put words to paper.