Friday, January 31, 2014

Donald's Cross by Joseph Todd Emerson

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Fiction With Lessons for Reality

“That to speak out against economic and social injustice is to speak to the prophetic vision of Christ’s affirming love for everyone. That Christ is, indeed, alive within all of us and that the church must be actively involved in progressive change from environmental stewardship and civil rights to marriage equality…It is, Donnie. It’s the cross that we must carry with us.” - Donald's Cross by Joseph Todd Emerson
Donald's Cross by Joseph Todd Emerson
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The culture wars have descended and have disturbed the comfortable and privileged residents of Pernoit County, Virginia. Caught in the midst of this conflict is Donald Ross, the eldest son of Dr. Eric Ross, the Senior Minister at Grace Progressive Church. Donnie has two things on his mind as he enters the summer between his Junior and Senior years at Logan High School, finding a job and improving his baseball swing. He never intends on becoming an avid volunteer to defeat his state’s anti-gay marriage referendum. Yet, after being entrusted with a secret from his favorite teacher and receiving a personal revelation from God, Donnie ventures upon his quest to heed the call of the Prophet Isaiah to “seek justice.” Click to Read more from Amazon Book Description.


"This deeply engrossing novel challenges the reader to examine fundamental notions of fairness and question how far would you be prepared to go in furtherance of your own moral convictions. Yet Donnies moral coming of age remains thoroughly entertaining throughout. The closing is subtly powerful leaving the reader anxiously awaiting the next outing by this talented new novelist. By steve adcox Amazon Reviews

About the Author:
"Joseph T. Emerson was awarded the doctor of education degree at the 185th commencement of The George Washington University on The Mall in Washington, D.C. Emerson graduated from Tabb High School and holds both a B.A. and a M.A.T. from Christopher Newport University." *Daily Press

Dr. Joseph Emerson is a career educator. His research interests include the politics of education, adolescent political socialization, and the role of religious faith has in cultivating personal leadership capacities. His previously published work includes a doctoral dissertation on educational interest groups, a policy paper on reframing school board governance, and a critical review of the literature on teachers’ unions. A portion of his dissertation's second chapter is currently being used as a template by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration to assist members in lobbying members of the United States Congress. Donald’s Cross, Dr. Emerson’s first novel, is available as an e-book. “The Unlikely Hero,” an anti-bullying short story won third place in a national competition sponsored by Writer’s Digest. He currently teaches AP Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and Sociology in Newport News, Virginia. *Joseph Todd Emerson

What inspired “Donald’s Cross?”:
Before I started writing this novel, I was strictly a writer of non-fiction. I had just successfully defended my dissertation on educational interest groups when one of my former students quipped that needed to explain my findings to a broader, non-academic audience. I was already feeling the “withdrawals” of not writing on a daily basis, and thought maybe, just maybe, I had a novel buried deep within me. Virginia had just passed a referendum banning same-sex marriage in our constitution. So, during a brisk walk I contemplated what would be most uncommon individual who would stand in favor of “bending the arc of justice.” “Donald’s Cross” emerged from that intersection of my former student’s advisement, my own personal experience in politics, and the desire I had to continue writing.

How long have you been writing?:
I did a tremendous amount of writing working on my various degrees. I enjoyed reading fiction, yet was so focused on my personal research agenda that writing fiction was never really something I thought I could achieve. Since writing “Donald’s Cross,” I spend most of my time writing fiction, including a few short stories. I’ve completed a few items, including a possible sequel to “Donald’s Cross,” that are currently being vetted.

Links to other works by Joseph Todd Emerson:
I’m pleased that a portion of my dissertation’s second chapter was once used as a possible template for members of the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration to lobby members of the United States Congress. A link to that chapter can be found here: Reformers or Roadblocks: Educational Interest Groups and State Policy Formation, Click to ACCESS FULL MANUSCRIPT or anyone interested in reading the whole dissertation can also access it via Dissertations Abstracts International. The UMI number for that document is: 3249376.

The Unlikely Hero,” by Joseph Todd Emerson is a short story that won third place in the mainstream/literary category of the 82ND ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS can be found in the May/June 2013 issue of “Separate Worlds” by logging onto: http://www.speculativefictionstories.com.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

No to Bullying and Know

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No to Bullying and Know:
To Those who are Bullied or have been Bullied
We are Sorry
Know there are many People working to S.T.O.P. Bullying
Please talk to someone who can help you, help you heal
Know You can Call your local HotLine Any Time
Know There is Always a tomorrow
Know the bullying and your pain will pass one day
Know there are many People you have never met
Know We care about You
And Know We accept You just the way You are
{{Hugs}} from the Universe!
~ndpthepoetress

Friday, January 24, 2014

Justin Bieber 1st Amendment Abuse

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I don't usually blog about politics, I regard the fact that everyone is entitled to their opinion. However; when I heard, then read in the news, and confirmed on the The White House official site that there is a petition to deport Justin Bieber, I was appalled. This ridiculous petition that launched Thursday January 24 is almost at 100,000 signatures needed by February 22, 2014. What could 'We the People' do if we came together to petition serious matters such as World Peace, higher wages for Teachers and Military personnel, etc.!

The deport jb basically states: "1 We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society." I'm certain many of us have a list of Celebrity U.S. Citizens we wish could be add to this petition also.

Nonetheless; America, there are more important concerns in our Country and in the White House. It would be nice if those people who took the time to sign the above the petition, rather pro or con; could take an equal amount of time to sign any of the many other significantly important petitions. Let us not waste our First Amendment right to petition the government on tabloidization.

Unfortunately; Justin Bieber is only one of many young Celebrities who grew up in the public spotlight only to succumb to substance use and the consequences,  just as other well-known Celebrities have experienced. However; we need to acknowledge everyone involved in this crisis: the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, 22.5 million million people 12 years of age and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2011, 'the most recent year for which NSDUH survey data have been analyzed'.

Rather addiction is due to peer pressure, depression... if you want to free your mind and body from substance abuse, please call:

1-800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)
SAMHSA's National Helpline, English and Spanish


1. The White House