A life filled with family revealed secrets inspires a young Mississippi farm girl to find a new and exciting life on the sunny shores of a Florida town. The four M’s: Money, Murder, Moonshine and Marijuana are part of her past and future. Add the taste of the best brownies ever made and you have a southern story with all the needed ingredients.
The struggle for equality is as old as the nation itself. Each marginalized demographic has fought to achieve the opportunity for self-determination as guaranteed by the Constitution. The American military has contributed as much to the notion of American exceptionalism as American leaders of industry and American artisans.
Since 1776 the U.S. military has established a proven track record of winning America’s wars- the standard by which all militaries are judged. When called upon to do the nation’s bidding in combat or on field of competition, the U.S. military
has been second to none. One of the unique aspects of combat is that rarely are Americans more equal than when thrust into harm’s way. It has been said, “There are no atheists in fox holes.” Similarly, racism, sexism, and homophobia quickly go by the wayside when things get real. Yet for the 19th century and half of the 20th century,
America’s military policies regarding the use of manpower can best be described as an awkward attempt to balance the requirement to win America’s wars with the desire to support the socio-political caste system that relegated black Americans to second-class citizenship. President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948 and cast the U.S. military as an unlikely champion for inclusion and equality of opportunity. Today, some of this progress is under direct threat. For as far as America has come, we still have work to do for Truman’s vision of equality of opportunity to become a reality for all Americans. Join me in this thought-provoking narrative that honors the brave American military pioneers, black, white, brown, male and female, straight and gay.
Join the conversation that challenges us all to continue the push for a better expression of America.
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Troy Mosley is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and 20-year veteran. His views have been shaped by his experiences leading troops, and growing up in the 80s in an upper middle class, predominately white, southern community. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds a Master’s of Health Administration from Baylor University.
A world war II veteran, having served first in the old Florida State Guard attaining
the rank of sergeant. Called to active duty in the army he served in the Aleutians.
Upon returning to the States his last duty station was at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
He recently retired after 60 plus years as an engineering technician, draftsman, designer and engineering project manager for a number of consulting engineering firms.
Jim has, for over 65 years, ministered in a number of Baptist churches serving as a deacon, teacher and Bible study leader. He is presently teaching a men’s Bible class each Sunday, as well as a mid week study group.
When Timmy is not with his family, he is in school. Timmy’s creative mind almost gets him into trouble at school. But with Timmy’s parents’ gentle guidance, he learns to tell the truth and, gets to meet the Sock Monster.
Mooser is a delightful character who stars in Jenet Cattar’s Mooser book series for children. Written for Jenet’s Niece, Amy’s, 3rd graders these delightful books take the reader on a fun filled adventure.
New York City attorney Matt Ryan’s divorce is finally settled. To escape the pain of discovering his wife with another man and the bitter break-up that followed, he migrates south and settles on a little spit of sand and marsh called Tybee Island, the last in a series of small barrier islands connected like a string of pearls by a single highway, stretching eighteen miles from the mainland at Savannah. The lure of the area is the laid-back ambiance of the island and its people, and an ambivalent desire to reconnect with Carolyn, his college sweetheart, who married a Savannah banker when Matt dumped her ten years ago to marry Yvette, a wealthy young lawyer in her father’s firm. He has forgotten Carolyn’s married name and spends some time searching for her. While trying to find Carolyn, he gets involved with Melody, an island girl. He eventually locates Carolyn, and now he has a decision to make.
Orphaned at eight-years-old, Matt grows up in an adoptive family in which he is neither enthusiastically received nor financially supported. As he matures he develops a compulsion for wealth, and a stable and loving family. With a committed work ethic and a law degree from Harvard, riches are easy enough to come by, but he finds the love and stable family he seeks much more elusive.
In his new home, his life merges with those of five unlikely new acquaintances: John Wayne, a homeless former philosophy professor from Kansas and his homeless friend, Robert, a Chicago murderer; Miss Florence, an elderly cussing church lady from South Florida; Hannah, a promiscuous teenager from Savannah; and Melody, a Tybee nurse. Together they discover all they need to know about love, family, and the island.