#QuickPost – Mr Pie Man


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“Mr. Pie Man, deemed the Oldest Man in Homestead, owned a small store right on Dixon Street. Mr Pie Man just may have been the one to teach sailors how to cuss because it didn’t matter if he was talking to an adult or a kid, they would eventually get cussed out. He was also know for having an uncanny ability to throw bricks around the corner—though admittedly, Nita never actually saw this feat.” —Anita D Russell

#QuickQuote – Scary Tenant


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“She did not want to go past him alone in that hallway and she couldn’t leave because it was late and she needed to be in the house. So the words starting in her mind, finally reached her mouth and she screamed out, “Mommy, Mommy”, so her mother would know she was at the bottom of the stairs. Her mother opened the apartment door and came out into the hallway to see what was going on. Seeing Scary Tenant lying on the stairs, her mom told her to hurry and get up the stairs. As she bolted up the stairs, she prayed again—Please do not let him touch me.” —Anita D Russell

 

#QuickQuote – Dreams


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“Did you know that soft voice whispering inside of you, saying you’re supposed to be doing something else, is the seed of a dream, waiting to be nurtured and fulfilled?” —Anita D Russell

#QuickQuote – Being Black


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“For Little Girl this was a time of quiet, tremendously deep learning about the world and people—in the midst of it all, her character and, subsequently, a new personhood was being molded and developed. She was spending less and less time in the dark space beneath the spiral staircase and feeling more and more visible to people around her. She was unconsciously, way in the back of her mind, beginning to fathom the notion that there was something decidedly different about being Black in America.”—Anita D Russell

#QuickQuote – House Fire


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“The air was nauseatingly thick with the smell of smoke. And Little Girl’s mind was shrouded in sadness as the black space beneath the spiral staircase became her home once again.” —Anita D Russell

#QuickQuote – Home Alone


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“Children have a funny way of associating life events with what they assumed to be concrete truths about life, things that often pave the way for specific behaviors that follow them into adulthood. Little Girl formed the idea in her mind that leaving small children at home alone would always result in a house fire. As an adult with her own small children, she never left them at home alone, not even just to run to the store.” —Anita D Russell

#QuickQuote – Liberation


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“This book is a testament to the presence of God in my life, over the entire course of my life—growing, developing and maturing from a little girl to an adolescent, to a young adult, to a grown woman, and finally to the liberated woman I believe I am today.

Maya Angelo once said, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” As I enter my sixth decade of living, I choose not to be reduced by the events of life while also choosing not to fear the events of life. God is now the boss of my life and this book chronicles my journey of awakening.” —Anita D Russell