Greetings and Good Monday Morning Everyone,
It has been quite some time since I've shared a blog post. I hope all has been well. This summer has been a interesting one, and I for one would like to catch up a bit. Especially, since we're now heading into the autumn season. Time for apple picking, apple cider, and pumpkin patches. I cannot wait because, it is definitely my favorite time of the year. Before, I do, I'd like to reminisce briefly on September 11, 2001, as the 20th anniversary of this earth shattering day in American history just passed over the weekend.
My Remembrance of September 11, 2001
This past weekend of marked the 20th anniversary since Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I will never forget that day. I recall the day vividly, as if it were yesterday. It is interesting, over the weekend, I spent the entire day avoiding memories of that day. Not because, I was "over it", but because, it was, and still is very much a hurtful open wound of that time. Although, I did not lose anyone directly tied to that day, I as one of many Americans, watched in horror that day as my fellow brethen, American brothers and sisters, perrished in the collapse of the "Twin Towers". That is a scene that one would never forget. The impact affected us all, and I remember the days, months, and years to follow there was always a constant reminder that brought us back to that day. It wasn't and hasn't been easy to put back the pieces of our lives following that day, but we did. I will keep that day in my heart and I wanted to share my thoughts and remembrance of that day. We don't talk about it as much as we did in the first 5-10 years following, but the impact has been great and it is still very much a present memory in many of our minds; all of these years later. As I think about our withdrawal from Afghanistan earlier this month, and what the "war on terror" has done to our society, our thought process, and how we view terrorism at home and abroad; I will not forget the impact and how today we lack the basic compassion we had back then for one another. I will not dwell on that day, but I will leave you with the caption I shared on my Instagram page, Saturday, September 11, 2021. May it give you, a sense of connection in our solidarity, as Americans remembering such a dark moment in our history, today and always.
I still remember like it was yesterday, and what I was doing when it happened. I was sitting on my bed getting ready to go to class at NC A&T SU, and watching Bryant Gumbel on The Early Show. The level fear, horror, and uncertainty of what to expect that day and going forward changed how we lived since that day. I pray for the souls we lost that day, the many that lost their lives in the aftermath from countless illnesses and remnants of the impact of that day, and I pray for the families of the loved ones that lost their lives that day. I pray for those of us that watched helplessly as those towers came down, and cried for the lives we never knew. I think we all as a Americans lost a lot that day, but it was the first time that I saw us stand as a nation (with the world supporting us) in solidarity against a common threat to our livelihood and quality of life. It pains me to see how divisive we are today, but there is one day that I know that we stood together when we put all differences aside to band together and help one another through this moment. We need one another. I am my brother’s keeper. #Never4Get911
Hey How's Your Summer Been? Let's Catch Up...Here's What I've Been Up To!
Back At It! Wedding Makeup Session - 6/12/2021
I've had the wonderful pleasure of performing makeup artistry services over the summer. I'm happy to have made the lovely mother of the groom very happy with her make up services. If' you're looking for wedding makeup or makeup for any special occasion please feel free to reach out to me. Book me for your next special event!
Level Up Women's Entrepreneurship Discussion Panel - 6/27/2021
This panel gave me the distinct pleasure of speaking to a wonderful audience about the ups and downs, as well as, the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. There were many gems dropped during this discussion, and I hope to be able to do more speaking engagements like this in the future.
No Pix After Dark Podcast - Guest Interviewer on 7/12/2021 & 8/13/2021
Oh what a fun time I had on the No Pix After Dark Podcast! The hosts of No Pix After Dark, Aaron Danté, See Plan Do Show, Garry O'Neal, Jr. and I have had two lively discussions! We've discussed Aaron's achievements as a podcaster. Aaron Danté is a 2-Time Baltimore Sun Podcast Honoree. We've also discussed our individual journeys as podcasters juggling work, family, and building a podcast with meaningful content that people want and enjoy!
Check out the episodes:
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Voyage Baltimore Magazine Interview - 8/9/2021
This summer, I was contacted by Voyage Baltimore Magazine for an interview. This column highlights "Hidden Gems" in the Baltimore and surrounding areas. In this interview, I talk about what it's been like for me as a self-published author and building my business Creative Calfuray, LLC, and my journey to becoming a future Best-Selling Romance Author.
Check out the article here: https://voyagebaltimore.com/interview/hidden-gems-meet-charmyra-fleming-of-creative-calfuray-llc/
The Purple Charm Series: The Violet Rose & Three's a Charm - Submitted - 8/19/2021
This contest is sponsored by the Alaska Romance Writers of America, and it offers "chance for published authors (digital and print) to win great prizes." Every entry will be on display to over 150 voracious readers at the AWG (Alaska Writer's Guild) Writer's Conference who will vote for the top entries.
This is the first time that I've submitted my books into a contest for anything, and I'm hoping that they will win! Judging is ongoing now...so, wish me luck!
Member of National Podcast Association - 8/24/2021
I decided to join this newly created and rapidly growing organization or podcasters, as a way to connect and network with other podcasters in the industry. Stay tuned for information, to come from my participation with this organization.