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2017 Heritage Award Honoree

2017 Heritage Award Honoree The past few months have been a blur.  December I was touring in Spain and the Canary Islands (short video clip of part of a performance there). While in Spain I participated in a Spanish Book Festival to promote ROAD and then returned to a...

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Our Book #1 in the US and UK!

I’m trying to continue journaling this experience but honestly it is difficult. Sometimes I’m finding myself sitting in silence feeling as though what is happening is not real. I just wanted to write a book that people would want to read. Because the theme of Road of...

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Number #1 Best Seller on Amazon!

We did it! We hit the #1 Spot on Amazon. Road of Ash and Dust: Awakening of a Soul in Africa is "officially" an Amazon Bestseller. I wish I could say that I expected it but honestly I'm a little in shock. As of now the book is continuing to climb the charts as far as...

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200 People Just Purchased My New Book!

I'm running a promotion through BookBub that started this morning. I have already sold 200 eBooks. That means 200 people downloaded the eBook, but more importantly to me that means 200 people valued my work enough to purchase Road of Ash and Dust. As an author, the...

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My BookBub Just Got Political!

"I got a Bookbub!" A few of the most joyful words we indie authors can shout. My first time out of the gate as a published indie author I had the temerity to audition (because that's what it feels like) for a BookBub promotional deal for my new book Road of Ash and...

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BuckBooks Campaign Crashed

I woke up on the 24th excited to spend the day checking the metrics on my BuckBooks Deal. I can be somewhat of a data wonk when I’m not in my creative head. I had done a ton of research (I.e. Hours of Googl’ing) to check out what experiences other indie authors were...

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BuckBooks Promotion Experiment

I published my first book October 5th and ever since that day my life has not been the same. I’ve been a writer all of my life. I began on manual typewriters and pads of paper. I wrote out of a passion for writing. I have files and stacks and stacks of papers on which...

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AM I A SLAVE?

            I’m touring schools here in Lafayette Louisiana and having an incredible experience. Something happened yesterday that made me pause and give an issue some thought. A young girl of about 11 years old asked me, “Have you ever been a slave?” Now on the...

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Costa Rica Blog #03

I just finished my final performance here in Costa Rica and I’m supposed to be getting ready for my flight but I had to sit down and just write out what just happened really quickly. First of all, the performance was awesome, amazing and I’m not talking about my part...

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Costa Rica Blog #02

I’ve only been in Costa Rica for a few days but in that time I’ve performed for 10 different school audiences of varying ages. There is a response that I’m finding common here amongst the people, both adult and children. Each time I’ve finished a performance, instead...

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Costa Rica Blog #01

After arriving in San Jose Costa Rica on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles I was met by my tour manager and whisked away to a school for my first performance. I tried not to allow my exhaustion to show through the veneer of energetic engagement but it was a little...

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BABA @ The Last Bookstore

At least once, sometimes twice a week I try to make time to sit quietly and listen to records. Usually before the needle rises on one of the last albums I’ve got my nose buried in the pages of a book. Time ceases to be of any consequence. I’ve been listening to a...

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Argentina Blog #07

Yesterday I was not feeling like performing. I had that “wanna-stay-in-eat-popcorn-and-watch-movies” kind of feeling. Even though I know it is a mental test of adapting, I still keep inching closer towards the soothing sensation of apathy. Not good, I know. During the...

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Argentina Blog #06

There are times when I feel as though I live in an alternate reality. I probably engage more people in a week than most do in a lifetime. What seems surreal to me is the reaction that so many people have to storytelling. I have lived long enough to know that I am only...

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Argentina Blog #05

Today was another day of performing at schools trying to see as much of the city as I could from the windows of my taxi. My tour manager, Sofi, is astounding. She is really on top of her game. I have not wanted, nor needed, for anything. I've been looking forward to...

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Argentina Blog #04

I've been experiencing a really interesting phenomenon since I've arrived in Uruguay and Argentina. I haven't spoken much about it because it is a bit embarrassing. But since I now have a portion of the answer I'll share. Each school I've visited I've encountered...

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Argentina Blog #03

I just returned from a Tango lesson here in Buenos Aires with my wife and son. It was much more challenging than I thought it would be. My back was pouring with sweat. I love challenging myself with new things. I've learned never to get "too" comfortable with life....

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Argentina Blog #02

I've been here in Buenos Aires for a couple of days now. My first gathering was a group of 16 and 17 year olds. I gage how the rest of the tour will go in a country by the very first performance. It was early, really early and, as most people know, morning is the...

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Argentina Blog #01

Last night I we left Uruguay and arrived in Buenos Aires a little behind schedule. I was starting to really feel the physical effects of touring on both mind and body. While we were at the airport I felt myself slip into some sort of "wide-awake" state of mental...

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Uruguay Blog #05

I haven't had a chance to talk much about the actual visits to the schools here in Uruguay. I can say that I have yet, crossing my fingers, had a single negative experience. In fact, I've had quite the opposite. I've found the students, teachers, and even the...

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Uruguay Blog #04

Last Saturday my tour manager, Sofi, took me to the historical city of Colonia. It is one of the earliest settlements here in Uruguay. Its' history is a blend of Portuguese and Spanish Colonial conflict. Everything from the architecture to the roadways is a blend of...

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Uruguay Blog #03

Last Friday I visited Casa de la Cultura Afrouruguaya. I try to explore as much of the cultural landscape of the countries I travel to as possible. With a hectic work schedule and maintaining business and familial connections back in the U.S. it gets to be quite...

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Uruguay Blog #02

Since I've stepped off of the plane and started visiting schools here in Montevideo, I've been getting enthusiastically hugged and kissed by both old and young. I've visited about 6 schools so far and at each school, the children have erupted in spontaneous...

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Uruguay Blog #01

The trip getting here was long, oh so long. I spent 6 and a half hours on a plane going from Los Angeles to Panama and then, after only an hour layover in Panama, I voluntarily assaulted my body for another 7 hours on a plane from Panama to Argentina. Now you might...

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BABA_episode #13

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Loving LoVegan in Bucharest

I’ve always avoided talking about food. I don’t enjoy explaining to the, oddly, curious what I eat, why I eat what I eat or where I get what I eat when I eat. With that being said, some might find it curious that I would choose to play “food critic” and write a review...

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Goodbye Bucharest

Leaving Romania is a bittersweet experience for me. On one hand I can’t wait to return to the familiarity of home and, on the other hand, I’m going to miss the amazing souls I’ve crossed paths with. I have taught and been taught here in Bucharest. I’ve experienced...

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