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Book Review “I am Soul” by the imcomparable Yecheilyah Ysrayl #RRBC #RWISA

FOREMOST, It has been a long time my friends but I hope you all have remained safe and healthy. This is a crazy time we are living in right now. I have fallen behind in reviewing some incredible books and collections due my work life as a Social Worker and Inpatient Program Manager. I wish to thank everyone who has reached out to me or sent warm wishes during this health scare that is surrounding us all. I do apologize if my silence has worried anyone or caused them concern.

My first review is a beautiful poetry and prose anthology by the beautiful Yecheilyah Ysrayl. I happened upon her through the wonder Rave Reviews Book Club #RRBC and #RWISA.

Before I go into my review, please read more about Yecheilyah Ysrayl and her collection “I am Soul”

About “I am Soul” (taken from Amazon):

I am Soul is Yecheilyah’s fourth collection of poetry and a 2019 Kindle Book Review Winner for Poetry in the 8th Annual Kindle Book Awards, 2019. The poems focus on Black History, Identity, Personal Development, and Spirituality. Readers describe this collection as touching, intelligent, personal and deeply soulful.

About Yecheilyah Ysrayl:

Yecheilyah (e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) grew up on the South Side of Chicago, IL. She is an award-winning Author, Blogger, and Poet. Yecheilyah studied Technical and Professional Writing at Chicago State University, and Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Studies at Argosy University, Atlanta. She is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC), RWISA International Society of Authors, and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She writes Black Historical Fiction, Poetry, and Inspirational Non-Fiction. Ysrayl is the founder of Yecheilyah Books LLC, Yecheilyah’s Annual Poetry Contests, Lit Mag Literary Magazine for Poets, and The PBS Blog, where she publishes the work of other writers, Book Reviews, and Writing Tips for Independent (Indie) Authors and Publishers. Yecheilyah lives in Dallas, Georgia with her husband where attends the University of West Alabama online while writing and publishing full-time. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Truth is limitless

and humble

It needs no acknowledgment

and yet wears a crown.

Truth needs no confirmations,

and yet rules.

yet royal,

it’s accepted by the faithful

and resisted by those who are afraid.

Excerpt from the poem “Truth” by Yecheilyah Ysrayl from “I am Soul”

My Review:

It is difficult to find the words to truly express my emotions regarding this exquisite collection of poetry and prose by Yecheilyah Ysrayl, other than I am truly speechless and in awe. Ms Israyl takes her readers on a journey of identity, struggle, and African-American history in a way that leaves the reader truly breathless and mesmerized. Every one of her poetic works causes the reader to picture the literary image she is painting through lyrical arts.

In a magical way, she reviews the works of novelist James Baldwin, all while sharing her own memoir. I loved every poetic work she created but I do have a few favorites, such as “Truth”, If My Books Shall Die”, “Her Song”, “Hope Like Water”, “To Lose a Friend”, “These Good People”, “Why I Read”, “Silent Heart Breaks”, “Eyes to See”, “I Wonder”, to name a few. I also enjoyed her “Love Letters to some of the Black Women Writers who inspired me” section, as well. Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou are two of my favorite writers, and if I might add, their influence is definitely infused throughout her work.

JAMES BALDWIN, AMERICAN WRITER, SEPTEMBER 1964 – © RENE SAINT PAUL/AD

The poetic works “If My Books Shall Die” truly hit hard, as she describes an artist’s legacy. As author’s, we all hope to leave a piece of our soul, if not our entire soul, in our bodies of work. Not only does she leave her soul in this collection, but her body, blood, mind, and breath as well. She is my new “goddess of the lyrical”, as she reminded me why I also write in the poetic free verse form.

As a woman of color, she reminds us to never take our differences or history for granted, and to celebrate the scars we inherited in an effort to stop the cycle of racism, bigotry, and hatred. If our recent losses in the US have pointed out anything, we still have work to do. Children are shot for jogging in their neighborhood, and some of our police officers continue to profile the different. I pray for a world where we can hold hands and not have to worry about who wants to harm or kill me.

As you can see, Yecheilyah will take all of her readers on a journey of retrospection and education. She will remind you that we live in a world where some people wish things were still “black and white”, instead of celebrating it in full color. This being said, I humbly give “I am Soul” a FIVE-STAR rating, and truly everyone picks up this book today!

Five golden rating star vector illustration in white background.

To learn more about this author and poet, please click the links below.

Author Website

RWISA Author Page

Twitter

Thank you everyone for stopping by!

See you soon!

Good evening everyone;

I was requested recently to make a posting with colleagues of mine in a not for profit group I am involved in regarding COVID-19 and effective precautions you can take that can help you and your loved ones safe and healthy. ,I decided to share this information with you all this evening.

Many of us in healthcare receive updates regarding the virus daily, sometimes multiple times a day, so I wanted to share with you all some of the important facts and preventative measures you can all implement in your households. This post was created from information we received from the Washington State Department of Health and CDC.

Full disclosure, I am not an expert on this disease by any means, but we hope that the sharing of this information may help you understand the virus more and what precautions can be effective to protect yourselves and loved ones, as able. I hope this information finds you useful. 

Things to pay attention too with COVID-19 aka the Corona Virus

FOREMOST- FACTS- What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a severe cold virus and is NOT related to Influenza. It is much more contagious then any influenza or common cold virus known to us currently.

“People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, autoimmune suppressed, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.”

People may experience:

1) Dry deep coughs

2) Fevers (greater than 100 F specifically)

3) Tiredness/fatigue/lethargy

4) Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath (severe cases); one will feel like they are gasping for air at times. (seek medical attention immediately)

5) Significant loss in teste or smell

6) Some cases- runny nose (outside of the norm of common allergies)

7) Chest pain or increased pressure in your lungs/chest region (seek medical attention emergently)

8) Changes in your complexion or color (seek medical attention emergently)

Some cases have been passed along from individuals who have not had symptoms at all!

Please be aware of who is around you and your potential risks of exposure.

Many essential healthcare workers, grocery store staff, first responders, long term care providers, etc., hold a higher risk for being exposed.

Things you can do to prevent the potential spread or exposure.

1) Wash your hands properly (20 seconds at a time; sing happy birthday twice if need be)

2) If leaving your home to obtain household necessities; Wash your hands before going to the store or after returning from the store.

3) Sanitize your hands (if able, before trips in your car, before entering the store, and after returning to your car or mode of public transportation.

4) COVER Coughs and sneezes in the crook of your elbow/arm always. This will decrease the spread of droplets from these episodes.

5) SOCIAL DISTANCING- this is key. Avoid areas where there may be large groups of people. Some grocery stores have implemented precautions and store capacity monitoring to prevent from too many people being in their stores all at once. When out and about- maintain 6-8 feet distance from others.

6) Wipe down all frequently touched surfaces, i.e. doorknobs, kitchen/bathroom counters, railings, etc., frequently with a germicidal cleanser, such as Lysol or Bleach.

7) Wipe down media devices with alcohol pads or wipes. Attempt not to share your devices.

8) COVER YOUR MOUTH, NOSE, AND EYES when out in public. Wearing masks, even of cloth type will decrease the spread of the virus significantly. Wearing a face shield, if able will decrease the risk of droplets from entering your eye spaces.

9) If able, wear gloves when out in public, especially grocery shopping. Grocery stores are not able to guarantee that their environments have been consistently sanitize or disinfected.

If there are basic necessities you are having difficulty locating, please let one of us know. We are all taking this journey together and no one will remain hungry or struggle without basic essentials. There are people who can help! 

Here are some videos and links that may help you as well-

6-Steps to Prevent COVID-19-

For hearing impaired individuals-

What to do if you are sick?

Symptoms of Corona Virus-

Here is the link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevent:

The more you know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you Vashti Q for a amazing review! I love the recommendations as well. I will be picking up these books today!

The Writer Next Door | Vashti Q

Hello, everyone! I hope you are all safe and healthy.

“There is no place like home.”

~L. Frank Baum

The best thing we could do right now to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home. Of course, that’s not possible for everyone, but if you can work from home you should. Self isolation has worked well for other countries and in past pandemics. Practice social distancing even if you’re young and healthy because although your chances of dying from COVID– 19 is low you could still spread the disease to people that are vulnerable and could die from it.

I’d like to thank all the people in the medical field, including my brother Ralph, who’s at the front lines every day, and my cousins Lissette, Ray, Miguel, Leo, and Sonya. You’re putting yourselves at risk on a daily basis to help those in need. Thank you.

Changing…

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Thank you Nonnie for sharing your wisdom! You are always a guiding jewel of support to all of us. This is a great blog post today.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB

During our 4th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, I was scheduled to present a session on my “15 Pearls” of Literature on Marketing, Blogging, Community, and Support.  As it has worked out in the past (but won’t be the case anymore), I wasn’t able to get this session up in time but did get it done eventually – just not published.  Those who registered for that session will be getting 3 new sessions FREE during our upcoming WC&BE in August! 

This session on my “PEARLS…” will be shared here for all our members, in hopes that it will help in our quest to become more successful and better at marketing our work as we make connections that will benefit us professionally as well as personally.  These will be posted under our posting schedule of Mondays & Thursdays each week, in separate parts.  

Welcome to Part 2!

SUPPORT…

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Thank you Nonnie for the reminder! We are all fortunate to have the solid family and support we have here at #RRBC!

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB

Hello, RRBC!

We are living through what has already promised to be one of the most trying times in the history of the world.

This pandemic (the Coronavirus) is not affecting only me, it’s affecting my brothers and sisters next door, those around the corner, in the next city, the adjoining states and my extended, chosen family … those of you across the waters.

RRBC cares about its members.  And although our hands may never touch, and our eyes may never see, we support one another.  We are here for each other.

Many of us are now confined to our homes – some willfully and others out of health compliance, so as not to even potentially spread this awful disease.  The good thing (if there is one to be found in all of this) is that unlike awful situations of our past, we now have the world wide web to…

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Congratulations to my dear friend and poet Balroop Singh for being this month’s #RRBCSpotlightAuthor! I am proud to share Nonnie’s post for you today!

Watch Nonnie Write!

Hello, Friends!

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to an awesome member of theRAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, Author, Balroop Singh!

Balroop Singh

What makes her so awesome? I’m sure this question is front and center of some of your visiting minds here today. 

Balroop is one of the most honest individuals (in her reviews) I’ve come across in a long while.  (If you think I’m kidding, just head to Amazon and take a whiff of some of her reviews there.)  I recently caught wind of a couple of those book reviews, and instantly knew she was my kind of reviewer.  

In today’s society, many find being honest a really hard thing to do, especially when you become a target for those who you piss off in your honesty.  We all know that everyone doesn’t really want to know the truth about themselves, especially when it comes to their writing.  You…

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Thank you Nonnie for having me on today!

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB

Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to, on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!

Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, RRBC member, FORREST ROBERT STEPNOWSKI! We have been celebrating him for the last full month of February and…

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I love that song, and the story of Harriet Tubman! Such a hero and inspiration she was to many people who were enslaved and treated like they were less than human. Thank you Nonnie for sharing this post!

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB

There are 29 days in February this year and on day 22, I am just posting recognition of BLACK HISTORY MONTH.   I’m going to share someone who inspires me greatly.

HARRIET TUBMAN

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Rossc. March 1822[1] – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends,[2] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. During the American Civil War, she served as an armed scout and spy for the Union Army. In her later years, Tubman was an activist in the struggle for women’s suffrage.

Born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various masters as a child. Early in life, she suffered…

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Have you written that book or short story you want the whole world to know about? Are you looking for a great way to promote your creative endeavors? Perhaps you’re seeking to add some prestige to your body of work! If this sounds like you, we invite you to come on over to RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA

At RWISA, we invite to membership only the very best writers the Indie community has to offer. 

If your work is exemplary and speaks for itself, stop by the RWISA website today at RaveWriters.wordpress.com and find out how you can submit your sample of writing for consideration. 

We’re an exclusive bunch but we’d love to have you join us!

NOTE:  If you’re looking to improve your writing while taking another route to membership into RWISA, while you’re at the site, visit RWISA UNIVERSITY!

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