Walk On

The Champions Who Walked Among Us

WEP’S June Challenge, The Flood No One Thought Would Come, A Creative Non-Fiction Story by Pat Garcia

The man worked hard. He and his three sons hammered and pitched each wooden plank together. Sure, people thought he was crazy, but that didn’t disturb him. He closed his ears to what others said. If he were honest, and he was,  he didn’t give a hoot. He hadn’t made it so far in life by seeking the approval of others.

 The other day his sons had informed him that the neighbors thought he was insane. He had laughed and told his sons to get to work before he fired them. After all, he was not only their father but their employer. No one would give them the amount of money for the kind of work they did for him.  They had no choice.

The father gazed down at the oldest son, looking up at the sun,  and the old man thought about the discussion they had had the night before.  His sons thought he was a daydreamer and had invited a lawyer to his house without his permission. Their excuse for not telling him had him laughing. They wanted to rattle his brain. 

After talking with him, the lawyer said that declaring their father as insane wouldn’t work. Besides, the majority of the judges knew him too well as that no-nonsense man that spoke what he thought.   

 The sons’  wives were outraged, shouting they had become the laughing stock of the whole town, maybe the whole world. They were sick and tired of people pointing fingers at them. So, what,  the old man said when they had tried to explain what it meant to them not to be among the popular crowd they considered their friends. Come to my house for tea, my wife would enjoy your company, he’d answered back.

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The temperature had risen to forty degrees Celsius. The oldest son went to get a water bottle. As he passed his brothers,  their accusatory looks felt like knives in his back. He had promised that he would speak with their father alone, once more.

He grabbed a bottle of water and went in the direction of his father. His father had turned to sit, his head hung down in his bosom. Oh my, the oldest son thought. The old man has died from the heat.  He almost screamed help, but his father moved his head with a strange gaze and looked upward into the sun. 

“Were you taking a little nap, father?” He asked. 

“No, I was listening. I got further instructions,” the old man said. 

The oldest son shook his head. “Father, there is no God who talks to people. You’re making us think you’re crazy.”

“No, I’m not crazy, my son,” said the old man. “You are.”

“So, what did he tell you this time?” The eldest son asked sarcastically. 

“The animals will come on the boat tomorrow.  He’ll bring them here. We have to put the feed and everything else in the ship tonight. “

“Father, I want you to stop this foolishness right now,” the oldest son screamed.

The old man stood. “You and your brothers get to work. We have a lot to do before the animals come and get your wives prepared to leave, and don’t forget to bring the food rations I told you to gather.”

By the afternoon of the following day, the boat was ready to be filled. Suddenly noises from the forest neared. The animals were there, and they stood in pairs and walked peacefully into the ship. Some went on the first level, others to the second level, and the birds flew up to the third level. 

“Come, Woman,” said the old man to his wife. 

The three sons gazed at their wives and shrugged. The middle son said, “Let’s pacify him. He’ll never believe the foolishness he’s put us all through until we go into the boat and sit with him for an hour or two. . “In fact, if we do that,” the son rationed,  “it’ll be easy to get him qualified as incompetent and incapable of conducting his own affairs.” He chuckled. “This ark is our proof.”

 All three brothers and their wives followed the old man and his wife into the ark. 

As soon as they were inside this big belly of an ark, they heard the mighty roar of  wind; a loud bang shut the door. Locked inside, with shock on their faces, they turned to look at their father. 

“How did you do that? Open that door right now!” the oldest son yelled.

“I didn’t do anything. If you want to open the door, do it yourself. I’m going up on the third deck to have my dinner with my wife.” 

As their father took to the stairs, the pitter-patter sounds of rain hit against the ship’s broad side. 

“What’s that noise?” Asked the youngest son. 

His father stopped midway and turned. “That’s the rain, my son, that you all thought wouldn’t come.

 The old man, Noah, stayed in the ark for three hundred and sixty-four days, and the greatest flood that ever was and ever will be swept across the face of the earth.

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Thank you for reading. Have a lovely June/July. I’ll see you in August.

Shalom aleichem

Pat Garcia

WEP CHALLENGE, APRIL 21-23, 2021, LAWD,LAWD, BY Pat Garcia

LAWD, LAWD by Pat Garcia

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Looked to the east,

Spring revolution,

Freedom cries

Bodies lay in the streets.

LAWD, LAWD, 

Freedom’s mourning.

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Turned to my left,

And went further north.

People marched,

Demanding equality.

Bombs dropped,

Chemicals filled the air,

Agitation, pain, suffocation,

Bodies drop dead while moving,

Breath’s gone

LAWD, LAWD,

Freedom’s mourning.

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Took flight and crossed over.

Gazed at the river,

Water, blue. 

River wide, river deep,

Stepped quickly,

Turned aside to my right,

Someone waded the water,

People stood on the bank,

On the other side.

“There she is,” someone shouted.

“I got her,” said the other.

Plopped went the noise.

The shot shattered the peacefulness of the night.

Birds scattered from their nests.

The body kept swimming.

She reached the bank.

Her hand grabbed some weeds,

Blood muddied the water,

And the nappy-headed woman whispered through the dawn of the early morning,

LAWD, LAWD,

Freedom morning,

Before she sank.

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Wishing everyone a lovely day. Take care.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Welcome to Day 2 of #RRBC’S ’20 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG TOUR! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @kirazian

The Long and Short Stories of Life

Good morning, Readers,

It’s my pleasure to feature today, author Liza Kirazian. Lisa is a very supportive member of the Rave Reviews Book Club. Please be sure to leave a comment below to ensure that you have a chance at winning a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Appassionato (The Music We Made—Book 2)

Appassionato, Book Two of “The Music We Made” series, continues the passionate story of the next generation of the Driscoll family of musicians as Jenny Driscoll, a composer and conductor, navigates her personal and professional life in London in the 1990’s.

Author’s Bio

Lisa Kirazian writes fiction, plays, screenplays, and also directs for stage and screen. 

Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Performing Arts Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune and in many other publications. She is in demand as a speaker and has been a guest on KPBS/NPR Public Radio and at various conferences. Lisa is…

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Join in the celebration of #RRBCAuthor @sharrislaughter, #RRBC’s November “SPOTLIGHT” Author! #Author of #OurLadyOfVictory

Good Morning Everyone,

Don’t ever say that History cannot be corrected. Where there is a will, there is a way. The second edition of Our Lady Of Victory by Author Shirley Harris Slaughter has been released. It has many new updates on this historic church that will interest many.

Blurb:

This is a second edition with updates on the state of this historic church. In the original publication files were lost then resurfaced with content altered along with missing photos during transition from one publisher to another. Such is the fate of an Independent Author.


This book evolved out of years of frustration at the total disregard and lack of respect for the contributions of Black Catholics in the city of Detroit. The author says, “We are not mentioned in the pages of history along with the other Catholic churches that sprung up during the World War II era, and that needed to be corrected.” The author did fulfill one dream since publication … that this church can now be found on the web even though it has merged with another church. It is now called Presentation-Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

Picture below: Author Shirley Harris-Slaughter

Get your copy today!

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

WELCOME TO DAY 11 OF THE WATCH “RWISA” WRITE SHOWCASE TOUR! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISAWRW @RRBC_ORG @NonnieJules

Good Morning Everyone,
Today is Day 11 of the RWISA WRITES Showcase Tour. Author Nonnie Jules presents herself by putting her thoughts in poetic prose.
Enjoy.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

RWISA: RAVE WRITERS - INT'L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

Welcome to the 2020 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour!

Featured Author for Thursday, 11/19/20…

RWISA Author, Nonnie Jules!

…IN THE WORLD OF WE

We often hear that music is the universal language.  It is the avenue to bridge all divides –

racial divides

gender divides

political divides.    

But, in the midst of all the division,

each party holding court in their respective corners of the ring,

ears lightly tickled by the sound of the simple “IMAGINE” by John Lennon,

wafting through the musky air of tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons –

a mist of standstill calms the noise

…and in mere moments, the eyes of “independent” onlookers are pleasantly greeted by the most beautiful and welcoming sight –

…bodies slowly rocking

…hands collectively raised

…waving side to side

…all in unison  

…chanting

 “Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try…”

The 2020 US election has…

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WELCOME TO DAY 10 OF THE WATCH “RWISA” WRITE SHOWCASE TOUR! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISAWRW @RRBC_ORG @Jinlobify

Good Morning Everyone,
We’re into Day 10 of the RWISA WRITES Showcase Tour. Today’s story features Author Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko. She’s written an engaging tale that you will enjoy.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

WELCOME TO DAY 9 OF THE WATCH “RWISA” WRITE SHOWCASE TOUR! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISAWRW @RRBC_ORG @WendyJayneScott

Good Morning Everyone,
Today is Day 9 of the RWISA WRITES Showcase Tour. A new excellently written story greets you, Authored by Wendy J. Scott. Read and enjoy.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

WELCOME TO DAY 8 OF THE WATCH “RWISA” WRITE SHOWCASE TOUR! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISAWRW @RRBC_ORG @ptlperrin

Good Morning Everyone,
This is Day 8 of the RWISA WRITES Showcase Tour and here is an encouraging story that will lift up your Monday.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

RWISA: RAVE WRITERS - INT'L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

Welcome to the 2020 WATCH“RWISA”WRITE Showcase Tour!

Featured Author for Monday, 11/16/20…

RWISAAuthor, PTL Perrin!

“SUNSET”

Eden backed her Boston Whaler, Eden’s End, away from the dock, swung her nose into the current and gave the outboard a little gas. Still in the no-wake zone, her granddaughter hung over the side near the stern and trailed her hand in the water.

“Leigh, a shark’s gonna bite that thing right off.”

“No, it won’t. See the dolphins alongside?” She pointed her dripping finger at a pair of breeching dolphins. “Everyone knows they protect folks from sharks.”

Eden shook her head, grinned, and watched the sleek bodies leap through gray water until the pod outdistanced them. She’d never heard of a shark this far up the intracoastal, but she enjoyed teasing Leigh, even if the girl didn’t like it much. Besides, she wouldn’t have to put up with…

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WELCOME TO DAY 6 OF THE WATCH “RWISA” WRITE SHOWCASE TOUR! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISAWRW @RRBC_ORG @healthmn1

Good Afternoon Everyone,
The RWISA WRITES Showcase is in its sixth day. Today Harriet Hodgson is being featured. She is an author that has a story to tell.
Please take the time and read her remarkable heartwarming story.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

RWISA: RAVE WRITERS - INT'L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

Welcome to the 2020 WATCH“RWISA”WRITE Showcase Tour!

Featured Author for Saturday, 11/14/20…

RWISA Author, Harriet Hodgson!

“UNLEASHING THE ADVOCACY WARRIOR”

My husband and I live in a retirement community that has a continuum of care. He is paraplegic and I have been his caregiver since 2013. Several months ago, my husband was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. A bone scan showed the cancer had spread to many parts of his body. As my husband became weaker, I realized I needed help to care for him.

Now my husband is in a rehabilitation unit. Unfortunately, COVID-19 prevents me from seeing him. I live on the 18th floor of the high-rise and my husband lives on the third floor. We are near each other, yet so far away. Being apart from each other made us feel stressed, frustrated, and down.

Then I received a notice in my mailbox. A…

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WELCOME TO DAY 4 OF THE WATCH “RWISA” WRITE SHOWCASE TOUR! #RRBC #RWISA #RWISAWRW @RRBC_ORG @LinneaTanner

Good Morning Everyone,
Another intriguing author, Linnea Tanner, and an excerpt from one of her stories on the fourth day of RWISA WRITES Showcase Tour.
Take a few minutes and enjoy this wonderful tale.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat Garcia

RWISA: RAVE WRITERS - INT'L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS

Welcome to the 2020 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour!

Featured Author for Thursday, 11/12/20…

RWISA Author, Linnea Tanner!

“KING’S CHAMPION”

At dawn tomorrow, I compete with every reputed warrior in our kingdom to become the King’s Champion. Defeating my opponents is almost an impossible feat for any man, much less a woman. Even so, I will triumph and win my father’s respect.

As the king’s eldest daughter, I vow to protect him and everyone in his kingdom. I stand ready to defend my father in mortal combat against any challenger vying for his crown. A true champion emblazons courage, loyalty, and sacred love for her king and family. But first, I must tell you my tale that seeded my desire to combat every warrior in the kingdom and stand by my father as his champion.

 When I was barely five winters old, my mother and I gathered with villagers to…

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