Cider Enterprises Book Club October Conference Call & Appreciation Ceremony

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kathleen-the-store-bk-cover-10-20-16Many Chicago business icons come to mind in remembrance of the Great Migration’s 100th year Anniversary.  Our featured author, Kathleen Y. Robinson chronicles her family’s journey as part of the great migration in her book, The Store.  Kathleen provides a revealing insider view of a proud family with strong southern roots and life with her husband Warren,  doing business inside and outside of  Rob’s.

Her story’s roots began in Mississippi and Tennessee. Cities like Memphis provided a starting point for several million people who journeyed from the south to the north seeking a better life. This was the heart of that generation’s mindset, a time when ‘failure was not an option’ and legacy continued.

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Fourth Season of Cider Enterprises Book Club Returns September 15

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Welcome back to the Cider Enterprises Book Club Blog.  The fourth season of our Conference Call begins on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7PM Central Standard Time with a NEW CALL-IN NUMBER at 218-548-7622, Access Code is 20112#.

Our focus on ‘Over-Comers’ will feature several Chicago based authors and promoters who tell their stories of overcoming Chicago’s Literary Desert.  And in recognition of the 100th year of the Great Migration, we will also feature personal stories from authors who’ve experienced a time period when ‘failure was not an option.’

13909065_10208734437591928_4339919626153792773_oOur first guest of the season is Asadah Kirkland, the Soulful Chicago Book Fair founder and promoter.  Asadah and her book, “Beating Black Kids,” was also featured last season on the Cider Enterprises Book Club. Since then, she has elevated her status and increased her accomplishments to produce the first Black Literary Art Fair. To her credit, Asadah not  only sold the City and corporate sponsors on the idea, but she additionally gathered an overflow of quality authors from a multitude of genre’s to the extent that  Soulful Book Fair is already set for 2017! Read the rest of this entry »

A Three-Part Celebration: The Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon

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It-Works-if-You-Work-It-195x300Johnnie ColemonFebruary is a month of great celebration for me primarily because of my born day on Feb. 11th. Yes, it’s My Birthday month!  In addition, I will also be engaging in “A Three-Part Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon,” my beloved Spiritual Mother and one of the greatest ‘over-comers’ I’ve ever had the opportunity to personally learn and grow from. The Cider Enterprises Book Club Conference Call will be concluding this three-part celebration with a discussion about Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon’s thought-transformation series “It Works If You Work It.” Rev. Coleman’s five-part study contains simple, yet powerful affirmations; and more importantly, she shares her beliefs about these affirmations. In retrospection, I find it even more amazing to note the alignment of her study with Universal Truths. Join us in part three of the celebration on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 at 7 pm CST, by calling 218-339-9469, access code 20112#.

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Life is Working in My Favor In Spite of Unexpected Obstacles

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Claudette in hat (2)Life is working in my favor in spite of unexpected obstacles, like in the case of the Authors Appreciation Celebration that was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The Cider Enterprises Book Club Conference Call had planned to ‘Celebrate Authors’ who have been showcased during our past three seasons. But, even the best laid plans and efforts can sometimes be unexpectedly derailed because although the event permit was issued and the promotion was in full swing, the City of Chicago decided it was a great time to lay big industrial water pipes in the area. Needless to say, as a participant of the 27th Annual Dauphin Avenue Civic Organization’s Block Club Event, the inconvenience of maneuvering the streets amidst the dust and pipe work, effectively canceled our outdoor event. I extend my heartfelt apologies to all who had planned to attend. However, be aware that I am already planning the 2016 celebration.

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MARCH: Celebrating Women of Strength with Rev. Valerie Love

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Rev. Valerie LoveMarch is National Women’s Month and features many tributes, accolades and stories of Women of Strength.  Cider Enterprises Book Club joins the celebration of great women with the March 19th Conference Call, featuring Rev. Valerie Love.  Rev. Valerie is an Intuitive Advisor, Inspirational Speaker, Author of 11 books on practical spirituality and the founding minister of Boost Worldwide Love, a community in the New Thought/Ancient Wisdom tradition.

Having heard numerous testimonies from quite a few people within my circle of business and personal friends, I knew I would have to have Rev. Love on the call eventually.  Then news came through the ‘true vine’ that she will be moving to Bali, Indonesia real soon!  That news put some fire and urgency under my intentions, and now I’m proud to say that Rev. Val will be on the Thursday, March 19, 2015 Cider Enterprises Book Club Conference Call at 7 p.m. CST/ 8 p.m. EST.

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Sistah’s Home – The Place of Love in Action! Celebrating the 3-Year Vision

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WP Article photo- 2014The time of the year is here for acknowledging, commemorating, and celebrating the third year anniversary of my vision for “Sistah’s Home – The Place of Love in Action!”  This luxurious resort is in tribute to the powerful, creative and loving African-American women, who share their humanity for the good of many.

The Mission: To be the premier place, where tributes to Sisterhood are evident throughout. Hospitality, Hope and Health are the Pavilions of our connected spirits and the avenues of our expression.

The Vision: To be an opulent waterfront international destination in Chicago, IL. People from around the world will feel the energy of African-American women and use “Sistah’s Home” – as a place of respite, renewal and rejoicing.


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How to Play The Game of Life – written by Ernest Basim Abdullah

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Fall is officially here and my featured author for October 16, 2014 is Mr. Ernest Basim Abdullah. His book “The Game of Life and How to Play It” will have me cozying up to some powerful lessons during this time. Ernest wrote his book more than 20 years ago, sent a copy to his sister in another city and forgot about it.  As a repatriate of hurricane Katrina, Ernest left New Orleans with only his self.  In working through the process of re-inventing his life, Ernest assessed the intangibles within himself to create his new life.  He remembered he had already written the guide he needed.  His sister had her copy so he revived it and published it earlier this year.  To purchase book, click on book title above or photo of book below.

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Can you hear me breathing?  Each exhalation of a long deep breath is one of release and gratefulness.  Each inhalation is a direct flow from the universe.  I can have what I believe I can have.  Each inhaled breath of strength straightens my back and my resolve.  Each breath I take, expecting the goodness of the universe, propels me right into action – no further hesitation or doubt.  The fear and procrastination drops away –  I exhale it all.  Aaaah!  What a delight to move in the will of the universe.

I nailed it!  The unveiling of my dream, Sistah’s Home – the Place of Love in Action! is done.  This Prayer and Praise Breakfast was one of the best times I have ever experienced.  There was so much love and support in the planning, the actual event presentation and in the creative support of my sisters and brothers.

First, let me give special thanks to the Most High.  Secondly, my thanks to Mr. Brit Savage, Business Manager, of the Chesterfield Tom Thumb Day Care Center located at 9208 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago.  Brit, you are a great person to offer the facility for the community’s use.  You displayed favor and kindness in continuing to respond to my requests even when I did not always keep my word on appointment times.  Thanks for hanging in there with me and my dream.   To those friends and talented individuals who helped to make the breakfast an event that will be long remembered – Ashe.

A very special group helped me to present the visual and Power Point expressions of the Pavilions of Hospitality, Hope and Help in Sistah’s Home.  They took my concepts and vague descriptions and set it out!   Thank you, Min. Joy Sigur-Ramza of Neighborship of Joy, contact her at neighborshipofjoy@yahoo.com, for working through the night with me to get my Power Points in sync with the photographic work of the wonderful Don Kelley of DK Photo at 773-255-1192.  Don, and his friend Phil, are working to build brand recognition and identity for Sistah’s Home.  Don video recorded the breakfast so we can all look forward to seeing some great shots in the near future.

Explosive thanks to Deborah Gary, Owner/Painter, Paint On Me, Inc.  Contact Deb at 773-209-5325 or wepaintsmiles@gmail.com and www.PaintOnMe.com.   I send “creative thanks” for the great work you did on my face.  You helped me to convey the drama and enthusiasm I wanted to bring to my commercial.  Your work enhanced me as I convincingly portrayed the look of person who has a dream like Sistah’s Home.  Your work was a driving force in the presentation.  To my friend and sistah, Belinda Harris, you’re the kind of sister the dream belongs to.  You showed out in the details with a “yes” every time.  Thank you to Mama Sunshine, Dorothy Lyles, contact her at cosmicdiva1usa@yahoo.com.  Your piece on “Forgiveness” and the reason for the ancestors is us – was a powerful  reminder that the strength of the world is best depicted in the strength of the sisters.  It was so on point.  Sister Abuna Hetap, contact her at abunahetep@gmail.com,  your creation of the flyer invitation perfectly conveyed my sentiments to the “Consciously Committed Ones”.  Your help in centering me on last-minute details is greatly appreciated.  You also have a video that I want to add to my personal collection.  I guess I’m one of the last to know what a smart phone is capable of doing.

To Rev. Catherine Jackson, contact her at csleadership@gmail.com, you introduced me with enthusiasm and aplomb.  You woke the audience up – I felt like a Rock Star with that intro.  However, in the future, be sure to add these words about me – “that I am a woman who is proof of the Unlimited Supply of God”.  To my special “food and family friend”, Ms. Leigh-Ann Murphy of Lee’s, contact her at lmurphyh@comcast.net, “Thank you”.  You filled us up with delicious fare and your young crew of help was a delight to see and experience, especially at such an early hour.

To my traveling angels, Joe Merrills of Merrills & Hogan Family Movers, contact Joe at 773-225-4259 and Melvyna Gaynor of Boon Jab-ba LLC.,  contact her at melvyna.boonjabba@yahoo.com; “Ya’ll kept it moving”.   I have great appreciation for your getting me to and from the breakfast.  Your unwavering commitment to get me there, regardless of circumstances, is but another testament of the goodness of God.

To my mother, Doris Love Redic and my sister, Jacqueline Pinegar, thanks to the both of you for your faith, conviction and commitment to me.  I saw the looks of love and pride on your faces.  Your unfaltering willingness to see how you can help despite your personal situations is my motivation when I feel like “not going on”.   To each and every one of my guests, “thanks” for your support of me.  It will not be forgotten.  You will be among the first to know of all the good news about Sistah’s Home.  To each of my supporters and well-wishers at a distance, I felt the love.  Each donation was received in gratitude for your contribution to Sistah’s Home – the Place of Love in Action!

My featured guest – Janine A. Ingram, author of Born to Be Rich, rocked the house.  Janine, facilitator and founder of the AMPRAYERCALL, is my declared other “Mother”.  She helped “deliver” a new soldier into the universe.   Janine A. Ingram brought her special gifts of encouragement, the win/win spirit and enthusiasm to the breakfast.  By the time this dynamic and energetic sistah got through with her message – we had a “love train” moving in the place!  And for those who don’t know, Sister Joy can drop it like its’ hot, right along with Janine.  Those sistahs did the thang!  We danced and celebrated to “Money is Coming to Me” so much and so long that the owners were waiting for us to go!  We were fired up and couldn’t let such a high moment end.  We took ourselves and the extra food over to “Your School of Beauty Culture” located at 116 E. Pershing Road in Chicago, IL.  We brought joy and cheer to a packed school.  We were just in time for a Birthday celebration there for sweet Betty White.  We had customers in different states of “getting that butter whipped” join us in a soul-train line.  The operators tapped and sang along with us.  They didn’t want us to leave.  It was so stimulating and well received; I thought such a “love-train” might be something we could consider for the holidays.  There are so many individuals and places of business in need of cheer.

I will conclude this blog today, telling you that your dreams can be realized.  I have just started on the birth of my own dream and I move forward with the expectancy that my greatest good is coming to me right now.  If the universe did it for me, it will certainly do it for you – Just Ask!  I can tell you that the right individuals, things and circumstances will show up at your request!

Indeed, Let the Church Say Amen 

Peace and Love,

Queen Hostess,

Claudette Redic