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About Angie Mangino
Angie Mangino, a former investigative reporter for the Staten Island Register weekly newspaper, is a freelance journalist who has been providing quality service to editors since 1995. Her publications online and in print include articles on a variety of subjects, essays, and book reviews as well as her contributions to anthologies and an academic book. In 2013 the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) accepted her as a member. She critiques unpublished manuscripts for other authors and is a copy editor.
Having lived in Tottenville since 1978, the Council on the Arts & Humanities Staten Island awarded a grant to her in 1999 to research the history of Tottenville to conduct an interactive workshop in the community. In 2000 the New York Public Library sponsored another workshop at the Tottenville Branch, and in 2002 the N.Y. State Assembly named her a Staten Island Woman in History. She was interviewed on the 50 Plus show at the local Community TV station and included in Gabe Pressman’s report on Tottenville on WNBC.
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A donation on behalf of all the contributing authors of this book has been made to Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare (Friends), organized to combat animal suffering.
That was the prompt for this edition of The Community Book Project. A group of 100+ contributing authors answered this question in 200 words or less. Their entries are gathered here. This book includes stories about living out loud (and on your own). There are tales of friends and flags and even one about online dating.
Take them in and think about this question, too: What does independence mean to you?
Thank you to our contributing authors, listed below:
Paula S. Webb
Ruben J. Rocha
Carol Anne Cooper
Marcelle della Faille
John A. Williams
Cody Dakota Wooten
Donna L. Martin
Jason Wright Downs
Connie Ragen Green
Harold K. Thompkins
Marie A. Levy
Melissa Ellen Penn
Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff
Irena Kay, MD
Christine L. Cunningham
Holly R. Fitzpatrick
Angela I Schutz
Lorrie M. Nixon
Carol Stockall MD
Lori R. Winslow
Dixie L. Thompson
Michael Bimbo Ojelabi
Warren L. Henderson, Jr.
Cheryl A Major
Norma Bonner Elmore
Daphne Bach Greer
Susan J Walklate
Judi G. Reid
Shirley J. Noah
Melanie G. Robinson
Sharon G Teed
Eszter Molnar Mills
Nancy Lee Bentley
Charlisa E. Delancy
Melisse L Campbell
Joanna Lynn Faulk
Peggy Lee Hanson
Phillip D. Woolfolk
Katie De Souza
Mary Alice Long
Michael E. Bourland
together to submit essays on a particular theme. In a weekend.
The everyday joys described include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one
These authors are examples of everyday joy, too. And so are our readers.
Now we share with you the results of that weekend: the inspirational essays, narratives and
insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to be a more joyful being.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—everyday joy!
EVERYDAY JOY contributors include:
Diane Kurzava, Holly Fitzpatrick, Norma Bonner Elmore, Michael E. Bourland, Terri Stovall, Marcelle della Faille, Lindy Schneider, Heidi MillerFord, Paula S Webb, Susie Jumper, Megan SaintMarie, Melissa Ellen Penn, Nicki Steinberger, Michelle Barrial, Angie Mangino, Michell Pulliam, Daphne Bach Greer, Rev. Christopher L. Smith, and Suzanne Alba.
Also, Shona Battersby, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Leasha West, Ayesha Hilton, Dr. Marilyn Joyce, Ruth McGarry, Graham Wade, Gwyn Goodrow, Kimberly Schramm, David A. Chaumette, Cheryl Major, Sheri Graubert, Cody Wooten, Karen Hannon, Florence R. De Silva, Joyce Blue, Veronica Hollingsworth, Tracy Glass, Judy Morton, Lori R. Winslow, Teresa Miller, Konstantine Kundanis, Sarah-Jane Watson, Debbie Bolton, Gloria HowardSmith, and Andy Anderson.
Also, Judi G. Reid, Jen DG, Margy Lang, Rich Liotta, Kit Rosato, Ruben J. Rocha, Brittany N. Smith, Larisa Sharipova, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Linda Faulk, LaVerne M. Byrd, Rebecca Brown, Dan Klatt, Shari-Jayne Boda, Michelle Francik, Bonnie Ebsen Jackson, Susan Shatzer, Connie Ragen Green, Lee Startegies, and LuWanda Ford.
Also, Gregory Paul Hoffmaster, Bill McCarthy, Frances O. Thomas, Asha Khalil, Moira Shepard, Alana Mander, Steve Sponseller, Tara Myers, Nicholas Yakima, Courtney Berry, Robyn MacKillop, Nancy J. Haberstich, Donna Burgher, Sally White, Fiona Louise, Katie Weiser, Martin Salama, S. Newman and Michelle Denier.
Also, Mary Anne Strange, Adrienne Dupree, Trina M. Bailey, Kristi Dement, Anne M. Skinner, JoAn Richardson, Helen Leighton Phelps, Lorrie M. Nixon, Tanya McGill Freeman, Jeanine Byers, Elandra Kirsten Meredith, Katie De Souza, Rev J Russell Burck, and Shanley Weston.
Meet the people from each century, rather than only studying a list of historical dates and facts.
Immerse yourself into the century to experience how events impacted life in Tottenville through what was happening on Staten Island, in New York City, in the United States, and in the World.
Imagine what life was like then to take away a deeper understanding of Tottenville.
Spring has sprung
Spring is a time of renewal for all the Earth
See the flag in the back
It is the International Flag of Love
It symbolizes all people on Earth
loving all other people
It goes across age lines and generations
It is for all people and for all times
We are not all tall
We are not all short
We are not all fat
We are not all thin
We are not all black
We are not all white
We are not all oriental
We are not all male
We are not all female
We are not all young
We are not all old
We are not all handicapped
But we are all children of the same non bored God
Who doesn't see any of this
All God sees is the good or Evil in ones soul
To Him we are all DOLLS LIKE US
This was on my first artwork that won second as a non professional artist at Sinclair college in Dayton Ohio years ago . This was also the start of dolls like us but I never knew what it was going to be at the time . It started years ago as a women who made dolls that looked like us . I thought they would sell so I put them in a craft building non sold not one spent 300 dollars for them to store my dolls for 6 months . I had made 50 of them they were of all races and all colors and all sizes and they were rag dolls .
I wanted to help kids tried some 3 d artwork didn't get to show much and boy was it heavy the artwork for grand parents raising grand children probably weighted 40 to 50 pounds my husband broke it by accident . Photo graphed the dolls out in the yard and decided I liked it . Then I figured out how to put them in scenes as people since I have sewed for over 50 years and some of my dolls needed new clothes. I wanted clothes for boy dolls I made them . I took girl dolls mostly or baby dolls added craft hair with velcro .
This book deals with problems facing kids today divorce remarriage death of a parent adoption by family pregnancy out of wedlock and alienation of children against a parent .
I believe in shared custody 50% mom 50% dad in the case of divorce .
Even though I have been married 43 years soon this is my second divorce book . My own parents came very close to divorce when my mom left dad no warning . I came home one day and she wasn't there it was scary dad said he didn't know where she was I was 10 . She had went to Florida with a boyfriend and left us supposedly for good .
But she missed us and eventually she came home dad tried to alienate us against her . I write for kids who are going through tramatic things and adults who have lived through this .
I had no one to talk to and I say what I would like to have heard as a child .